Malaysia Trip 2014

DAY ONE (April 17, 2014)

Alif and I left home at 12:25 PM, plenty of time before our flight ETD 4:45 PM. After 20 minutes from home by “angkot” M21, we arrived at Rawamangun Terminal to get DAMRI Bus to airport. It departed at 12:50 PM, fare = Rp.30,000 per passenger (no concession for child unless doesnt take own seat when sit on parent’s lap).

The trip was 1.5 hours including short traffic jam (BEWARE: It could take 3 hours due to heavy traffic jam). We arrived at 2:20 PM, already checked-in and got boarding pass through Air Asia’s website, then not much to do other than explore T3 Soekarno-Hatta Int’l Airport.

The flight was on time, as planned then I took bus from Penang Airport to Georgetown, checked in to Kimberley House.

DAY TWO (April 18, 2014)

Explore Georgetown!

DAY THREE (April 19, 2014)

I was awake since 5:15 AM although set my alarm at 5:45 AM. But I needed to go to the bathroom, so I got up anyway.

After final packing and prepared instant noodles for Alif, I woke him up at 6:00 AM for breakfast.

We left Kimberley House at 6:45 AM, only 5 minutes walk to the bus terminal at Prangin Mall. KOMTAR Building majestically standing, the moon was still visible at 7:00 AM.

A bit hard to locate Komtar Gunung Raya counter to get our tickets (I purchased in advance through then no need to pay in cash anymore). Unititi (S VIP) Express Bus arrived as scheduled (7:15 AM) then departed from Prangin Mall 15 minutes later. Only two other passengers, a Caucasian couple, not sure how the company could cover operational costs with only 4 x RM 20 = RM 80 for this 2 hours trip to Ipoh.

The bus was good and well kept, although old and a bit damp. The driver was an Indian guy, then all the way we listened to Hindi songs and news from the radio.

After half an hour, our bus stopped for another 15 minutes at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. There were additional three Chinese passengers, two Malay Muslim hijabi girls, one Indian girl. Total = 10 passengers, less than half of this bus capacity (28 seats).

Talking to a lady at the counter, actually the ticket price was RM 22 on weekends. I paid RM 41.90 for both of us (including website fee), meant still a good deal.

After 25 minutes trip from Sungai Nibong, the bus stopped again at Penang Central Bus Terminal. Eight more passengers were going with us.

Finally it really departed to Ipoh at 9:00 AM. The trip was non stop.

At 10:45 AM, we arrived at Amanjaya Bus Terminal. We could take bus to Medan Kid Bus Terminal then another bus to Tambun, but would be long time and tiresome. So I decided to get a cab. Fare = RM 25 for 20 minutes trip, non-negotiable because there was price list at the terminal.

Tulip Hotel was located near Giant, only few hundred meters away from Lost World. The front desk didn’t let us enter our room before 2:00 PM, so I left our luggages at the lobby and walked our way to 24/7 McDonald’s to have a lunch.

They offered “value meal” for lunch (12:00 PM – 3:00 PM) and dinner (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM). Price cut 15% e.g. GCB set menu (grilled chicken burger with french fries and soft drink) became only RM 9.95 (regular price was RM 10.80). By the way, GCB = Grilled Chicken Burger.

We dropped our bags at Tulip Hotel then entered Lost World at 12:35 PM (ten minutes walk from McD) and enjoyed the theme park until more than next five hours later.

Alif and I left Lost World after purchased t-shirts, fridge magnets, plus a pack of “Ipoh White Coffee”. We made a stop to buy cheeseburgers for dinner, also had ice cream cone to relax for few minutes before continued walking to Giant across the street at 6:45 PM.

What I planned for just a quick shopping (I wrongly brought an almost empty deodorant) ended one hour later. Alif got a backpack and a pair of new shoes, I bought more packs of “Ipoh White Coffee”, plus some bottles of “lassi” (RM 4.90 or around Rp.15,000).

It was 8:00 PM when Alif and I arrived back at Tulip Hotel. The staffs nicely brought and arranged our things into room #102 already. We ate our burgers, later Alif played with B-Daman toys and watched some movies before went to sleep while I was busy repackaging our bags and charging all of my gadgets (nightly ritual!).

Glad that I got this hotel. Clean. Unusually, every room had “qiblat” direction on the ceiling then Muslim like me could perform “shalat” (pray) in the room knowing where the Ka’bah without asking.

RM 10 (fridge magnets)
RM 4.80 (bottled drinks)
RM 0.40 toilet at Amanjaya (@RM 0.20)
RM 25 taxi
RM 21.10 GCB lunch at McD
RM 1.00 food deposit at Lost World
RM 10 locker rent at Lost World
RM 6 softdrinks at Lost World
RM 20 Haunted House at Lost World
RM 6.35 cheeseburgers at McD
RM 2.10 ice cream cone at McD

DAY FOUR (April 20, 2014)

On that Sunday morning, I decided to get from our hotel to Amanjaya Bus Terminal by bus instead of taxi that would cost no less than RM 25.

No direct bus from Tambun to Amanjaya. First I had to take bus to Medan Kid Bus Terminal. It departed hourly from the bus stop in front of Pasar Raya Giant, less than 100 m from Tulip Hotel. The bus arrived 10 minutes late than schedule, 7:55 AM. Fare (based on distance): RM 1.50 for adult, RM 0.80 for child. The trip from Tambun to Medan Kid was 25 minutes without traffic jam. No AC, an old bus but comfortable because not much passenger and weather was nice.

We took another bus from Medan Kid to Amanjaya. This one was air conditioned. Fare (based on distance): RM 2.30 for adult, RM 1.20 for child. Travel time was 15 minutes.

Total cost was RM 5.80 for both of us. Much cheaper than taxi.

It was still 8:45 AM when Alif and I arrived at Amanjaya. The bus terminal was new building, 2-stories (ground floor for departure, upper floor for arrival). After exchange my e-ticket to printed one at Plusliner counter, then I spent our waiting time by going around, also tried massage chair (RM 1 for three minutes).

Our Plusliner bus departed as scheduled, 9:30 AM. Not much passengers then Alif could lay down to sleep. Very comfortable trip. Some passengers were snoring while they slept along the way, hehehe…

After 2 hours trip, the bus made 15 minutes stop (70 km before Kuala Lumpur) for toilet or smoking break. The gasoline station was nice, there were convenient store, bakery, coffee shop. Alif and I had our snack of mini jelly cups. Perfect for trip because contains fiber to make us fell full for a while, also watery but wouldn’t make us want to go to toilet. Purchased at Giant, 16 mini cups (288 gr) for only RM 1.

We arrived at KL Sentral at 12:30 PM. I preferred Plusliner Bus than others that took passengers to Puduraya then need to take other transport to KL Sentral.

Alif wanted a cheap watch for daily wear (he didn’t want to risk a quite expensive Casio that I bought for him last year). He got a knock-out of Ice Watch for only RM 15 at KL Sentral on our way to New Winner Hotel at Thambipillay Street (only 10-15 minutes walk away).

The front desk let us checked-in at 1:00 PM (should be 2:00 PM). After dropped our bags, then Alif and I had lunch at Restoran Husen Cafe. It was only few meters away from the hotel.

From nearby shelter, we took a bus to Petaling Street. I only paid RM 1 (bus fare for one adult) because a lady told me that no charge for Alif.

At the Chinatown (similar with Ladies Market in Hong Kong), Alif got Mr. Bean’s Teddy. I bought another one for my sister’s son.

The next destination was Pasar Seni or Central Market, less than 100 m from Petaling Street. There was new sign, Kasturi Walk, taken from the street’s origin name (Hang Kasturi Street).

We didn’t enter the market because Alif and I’ve been there few times and just need to buy some keychains, fridge magnets etc for Alif’s teacher and schoolmates then already found a seller who offered a good price at Kasturi Walk.

From Central Market, we took LRT to KLCC, fare = RM 1.60 per passenger (no concession for Alif). Arrived there at 3:00 PM, then he and I walked inside the malls (and visited Toys R Us), enjoyed the fountain (and made a pose with the twin towers as the background) until next couple of hours.

We left KLCC, take another LRT ride to Masjid Jamek. It finished major renovation few months ago. The result was a very modern and beautiful mosque inside, while still kept its historical outlook. Unlike mosques in Turkiye, the praying rooms were limited only for Muslim. Visiting hours for tourist was limited, and should be accompanied by mosque operational staffs.

I had no problem entering the mosque, but taking picture inside it was a bit challenging.

From there, at 6:40 PM then Alif and I walked to Jalan Masjid India across the street, going to Mydin. Locker was not free, RM 1 (small) or RM 2 (big). Add charge if more than 2 hours.

Somehow I got disappointed, I couldn’t find skin care products that I wanted, also not Oldtown White Coffee. Alif was also disappointed because he couldn’t get a.bicycle (both of us thought that Mydin had complete range of items like Giant in Tambun).

Still I purchased lots of things until next hour. BOH Teh Tarik, facial foam, etc.

After a stop for chocolate cakes (RM 5 for two), we took LRT again back to KL Sentral (@RM 1.30). Finally back to our room at 8:30 PM. It’s time to get rest!

RM 2.30 bus from Tambun to Medan Kid
RM 3.50 bus from Medan Kid to Amanjaya
RM 0.20 public toilet at Amanjaya
RM 2 massage chair
RM 15 Alif’s watch
RM 10 keychains
RM 16.60 lunch at Restoran Husen Cafe
RM 1 bus to Petaling Street
RM 35 keychains
RM 30 fridge magnets (9 pcs)
RM 20 Mr.Bean’s Teddy plush toy (@RM 10)
RM 3.20 LRT to KLCC
RM 3.20 LRT to Masjid Jamek
RM 5 chocolate cakes
RM 10 Pusky cat toy
RM 2.60 LRT to KL Sentral

DAY FIVE (April 21, 2014)

Alif and I had enough sleep. After shower, we checked out from New Winner Hotel at 9:30 AM then went to Restoran Husen Cafe for breakfast. Alif ate “nasi kandar ayam kecap” again, I chose “nasi lemak daging kambing” which only served every morning by this 24/7 restaurant.

An hour later, we took monorail to Imbi Station. Our last destination of the day was Berjaya Times Square. It was similar with Cevahir Mall, Istanbul. The indoor theme park was huge. Too bad that its operating hours started at 12:00 PM then we couldn’t try anything (the roller coaster looked great).

After strolling around, Alif got additional purchase for his B-Daman collection. It’s a “rare, one sided core” (a “rypid fire” type that enable continuous shots).

We left Times Square at 12:00 PM then got back to our hotel (only 15 minutes away by monorail plus few minutes walk). We grabbed our bags then walked to KL Sentral (10 minutes walk). Few more minutes of waiting after purchased our tickets (RM 10 for adult, RM 6 for child), the bus came. It departed from KL Sentral at 1:00 PM (hourly departure, 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM).

The trip from KL Sentral to KLIA was exactly one hour. I checked in to Malaysia Airlines flight MH723 at 2:25 PM, two hours before ETD. Alif and I then just hanging out around the departure hall.

The airport was very nice. I wished that Jakarta airport would be like someday. This country of 30 million people was well prepared to welcome over 20 million tourists annually, unlike Indonesia.

The flight departed and arrived as scheduled (ETD 4:25 PM Kuala Lumpur time/ETA 5:30 PM Jakarta time). Alif got “child meal” in a box that could be cut to become Malaysia Airlines model plane. There was a cheese sandwich, bun and butter, mango puding, packed blackcurrant juice, plus a bar of chocolate and activity book. I got cold turkey sandwich with orange pudding. Choice of beverage ranged from plain water to milk, juice, wine. Flying with flag carrier was always great time.

We got DAMRI Bus from airport toward Rawamangun at 6:30 PM. See you again, Malaysia!

RM 15.10 Restoran Husen Cafe
RM 10.90 B-Daman
RM 3.20 monorail to Times Square
RM 4.40 monorail to KL Sentral
RM 16 Airport Coach to KLIA
RM 2.55 ice cream cone at McD


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