Sunday, April 22, 2012

Going to West Malaysia - Day 2 (14th Apr 2012) Part 1

The hotel we stay in Kuala Lumpur was Sg. Wang Hotel. From the look of the picture in the internet it is very nice and cheap which cost us about RM118 nett per night. When I saw the room they gave us, I was so shock : - No Window?! It seems like a cabinet with a bathroom more than like a hotel room -_-" Oh well, what can I expect? It is really cheap.

The 1st day I had so much fun meeting all those net friends around Malaysia, then we had some drinking session and  we went back to the Sg Wang hotel at about 5am. Since it was very late, we let Caith squeeze in the room aka cabinet with us. I can't sleep because I felt like sleeping in the closet and after that I need to wake up at 7am and get ready to Pudu Sentral and take our bus to Penang. So I just let my eyes rest for a while and when I open my eyes again it is about 6am. Time to get ready and about 7am, Andrew gave me a call and he said that he will be ready to pick us up for breakfast and sent us to the Pudu Sentral.

We had book our bus tickets one week before the exact date but our net friend Wilson from Penang keep remind us to go to the bus station to double check and make sure again that our tickets are confirm. -_-" Not only that but before we go to KL, we received a lot of warning from our other Malaysia friends. They will keep nagging:
" Be careful of your bag. Please do not bring those branded and big bags"
" Be careful of the Taxi driver, make sure they use meters. "
" Please do not wear short pants in Penang."
Bla bla bla.... 
Then I reply to them : " You all make me appreciate more of my country - Brunei." 

Since it was still early, after we took our bus tickets, Andrew brought us to had some breakfast. Andrew is a really weird guy. 
He wears a pair of over size crocs.

1/3 of Andrew's car's wind shield are covered with weird stickers. -_-" He even had a McD sticker, I wonder will McD give him special discount for that?

Since Andrew joined our drinking session that night too and he went home the same time like we do, he told me that he did not sleep and apparently he wait for 7am so that he could pick us up.... Oh! What a nice "weird" guy!

After we took our bus tickets at the Pudu Sentral and since it is still early we went for a breakfast. ( Sorry, I am not sure the exact location. ) The best chee cheong feng that I had ever tried.

This one is with some fish balls, fish cakes and dried bean curb skin.

After the breakfast, we wave goodbye to Andrew and Caith followed us to the bus station as she need to take the bus to go back to her home town. Finally when we reach our platform, Caith gave us a big hugs and a kiss on our cheeks. Even thought is was so hard to say the word "goodbye", but we knew that there is something waiting at the other side of Goodbye - the memories of friends like Fenny, Caith, Jelly, Andrew, John and Vijay that will always keep me smiling =)

Then in Penang we will be meeting another four new net friends, Wilson, Jerry, Charles and Thad. Jerry and Thad are readers from my blog while I know Wilson and Charles thru Jerry and Facebook.  

Pudu Sentral is a bus station and I heard that it was newly renovate and very clean. 


So we took a 5hrs trip from KL to Penang using Sri Maju Bus. The seats of the bus is very comfortable and much more better than Air asia's seaters. Best of all there is only 8 passengers. 

Image taken from Connie.

Bus stop for 10 minute at Taiping rest stop. 

When we almost reach Penang, Wilson keep on sms me and estimate the time we arrive Butterworth Bus station. When Connie and I reached there we were so surprise that we were being drop off  by some unknown old street.

Then I ask the bus driver, where is the bus station and he said it's at the back of the shop. When I went there it is just an empty field. -_-". So I called Wilson and I told him that we were " abandoned" some place called Bukit Mentajam  in Penang. While we were waiting for Wilson I saw this mamak stall cooking some very strange dish.

I ask him what is that and he mumble some sweet sugar plus coconut. He make it like a Pau at first then make it flat and fried it like Roti Canai. After about a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG 30 minute, finally, Wilson came. 

To be continue....... 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Going to West Malaysia - Day 1 (13th Apr 2012)

Since last year Connie and I had already bought the cheapest air ticket flying from Brunei to West Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur and we had been started to plan where to go in Malaysia. Then we decided to go to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Cameron Highland. Two weeks before we fly,  we tried to contact all our net friends in Malaysia and hope that we can meet up and had some small gathering.

So that day we reached the Brunei International airport very early and we manage to have a look around the departure hall. I was very surprise because it had change a lot compare to my last visit, about 20 yrs ago? ( Before that I usually flew from Miri, Sarawak ) . It is very big inside and there is some cafe and souvenir shop too. Best of all there is a tourist centre.

But now to think of it, since this is located inside the departure hall and the tourists are prepare to fly, so what info will they want to get at this centre? Hm... I wonder....

Then I saw this air plane - Royal Brunei Airline...

Ahhhhhh... It has been a long time I didn't sit on that plane ever since there is Air asia....  I really miss the comfy seat.

So after a two hours flight, we reached LCC Terminal at around 11.30am, take our bus to KL Centre and meet two frens there. This is my first time meeting Jelly, she is my chatters for almost a year from a social website and FB. Jelly is a very friendly and chatty kind of girl. She and another friend - John who is an old friend of mine accompany us to our hotel using LRT ( KL Monorail) This was my second time taking KL's monorail and I really don't feel comfortable at all because it was very shaky -_-"

So we reach the hotel and met another three friends, Caith, Fenny and Andrew by which these three people  Connie and I never met in real before. We only chat in FB for about less than one year  and and it is amazing that they agree to meet us.

Fenny brought us to Levain Boulangerine and Patisserie for high tea.

Too bad after the long trip I felt very tired to tried anything. So Fenny and Caith just order some dessert for us to try. 

Then Fenny recommend that we should try the Creamy Mushroom soup.

And yes, I had to agree with her that so far this is the creamiest and the most tasty cream of mushroom soup that I had ever taste. 

The other friends also tried these food:

From Left to right : John, Andrew, Caith, Venie (me) Connie, Fenny and Jelly. 

This is my first time meeting Andrew, Caith, Fenny and Jelly. It was surprisingly that day we had so much to talk about and hence this shows a best friend is someone who can be your sister or brother, even from 1445 kilo meters. Ya, maybe being far away does make it difficult to communicate sometime, but when we are together, it just makes every moment special. 

Then later we go to Time Square and do some shopping. I was disappointed with the changes of Time Square compare to the last time I went there. It was so messy and so many shops which repeated selling the same thing. But then I still have some fun shopping around. 

And the poster I like best : Wonder MOM ~ !

And Best of all, taking all these pictures for FREE! lol!

Then later we have dinner at Jalan Alor

I saw one of my friend order this - Hot and Spicy Pan Mee,

So I asked my friend : " Nice or not? " The boss quickly replied me : " If Not nice then you no need to pay." Lol! Of cos it is Delicious!!!!! 

 After dinner we go for some drink session with VJ, another old friend of mine,  and then Connie and I return to the hotel at around 5am -___-"  

To be continue...