Kuala Lumpur Online

I visited Gomobile09 expo at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Sunday 25th October 2009. Gomobile 09 is one of the many exposition held at this International Class Convention Centre. Gomobile as I see is is the promotion of mobile newtorking concentrating on mobile phones and gadgets. Besides mobile phone booths, also present were promotion of portable navigation device or popularly known as GPS. 

There are also government agencies taking part especially from Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC), MAMPU and MSC.    

This years exhibition seems to focus on the Blackberry the new trend of mobile communication and networking. 

One booth that I happen to visit is the KL247. KL247 is a website to provide online information about Kuala Lumpur and as its name implies 24 hours 7 days a week. I signed up for a profile on the spot. KL247’s tagline is “Share Your KL Life”.

What can be found at KL247? 

Information on lifestyles, sports, business, issues, bizzare news and about KL people. Visitors are also invited to send in articles about Kuala Lumpur Life and in return will be rewarded. This is an opportunity for the public to be a reporter and post news and events about KL.

kl247 can be a source of information for KLites as well as tourist and visitors to Kuala Lumpur.  This portal is still in the Beta stage.  

So much to introduce the new KL info site on the internet that is available worldwide.

There is also another website that can provide information about Kuala Lumpur. Its the Wireless@KL Portal. Wireless@KL is a wireless broadband Internet access service that will keep users connected to the internet round the clock. The service is FREE and with speeds of up to 512 kbps with access centres available almost all over the city. It is brought by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC). Check coverage area HERE. 

This FREE WiFi internet access however need to create a FREE account before you can start using Wireless@KL. Go HERE for User Guide and on registration. Just register yourself and login. After getting connected, surfers can check out Kuala Lumpur’s latest happenings and attractions this city has to offer. Check the latest events, KL’s nightlife, Where to dine or shop.  Subscribers can also check for hotels around KL. This portal is powered by KLUE. 

Did I mention KLUE? KLUE is not only a physical magazine to gather information about the happenings in and around Kuala Lumpur but is also available online. Go HERE for the web edition of KLUE. In simpler term, KLUE is also another source for information about this vibrant city that has grown from a small tin mining town in 1885. 

There are many websites too apart from what I have mentioned that visitors can obtain information before you plan your visit. 

Kuala Lumpur is also a shopping paradise and the yearly Mega Sales is a good time to shop until you drop. Just carry enough money for your excess luggage. This website here give you information about SHOPPING IN KUALA LUMPUR. This website is also a source for locating your shopping spree, location of hotels, area guide, Kuala Lumpur tours and attractions, activities and night life.

Need map of Kuala Lumpur online? This is one location where you can find one. HERE. You can have it in the form of map, satellite or  hybrid. Of course its FREE. 

Or you are looking for hotels in Kuala Lumpur? 


Memories Of Labuan

My first visit to Labuan was in 1975 when I was a trainee at Gaya Teachers College in Kota Kinabalu. Together with my college mate, we fly on MAS Fokker Friendship F50 from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Labuan Airport. Labuan town was known as Victoria then. During that visit, I can still remember the we stop at a Malay barbershop at the roundabout on Jalan Merdeka, near the Labuan jetty now. The barber shop was owned by the father of our college friend who invited us to Labuan. The barber shop is no more at the location now but in its place is the Hong Leong Bank.

This picture below is the mentioned roundabout. Compare it with the Labuan Town map above. The barber shop I mentioned is somewhere near the tree on the left side of the photo. Of course the roundabout then was smaller than what can be seen today.

Another landmark that I can still remember is the Victoria Hotel. I am not sure whether it was the only hotel in the town then since we slept in our friends house. The hotel is depicted on the photo below.

In this posting, I am compiling all my blogs about my visit to Labuan. Just click on the links provided to read further.

The first time I visited Labuan after 1975 was in 2004. I was housed at the Sara Hotel at Jalan Dewan. The status is between luxury and budget and affordable to most people. One advantage of staying at Sara is the availability of a good Malay eating restaurant just next to the hotel. It is also just walking distance to the Ujana Kewangan the largest shopping complex on Labuan Island. The Labuan Tourism office and Labuan Museum is just 5 minutes walk away. Labuan library is also within walking distance. Round the corner is the nightspots for those who like to spend the night boozing.

In 2007 I came to Labuan again and stayed at the Labuan Waterfront. Read about my stay HERE.

One place that visitor must take the opportunity to visit is the chimney, a unique and historical landmark of Labuan. It is situated at Tanjung Krubong, Labuan. My journey with three other friends made a stop and it is my first visit to this landmark after a few visits to Labuan. The chimney is part of the effort to generate power using coal when the British was stay on the Island  in 1800s. The most visible sight of the chimney is it  is constructed using more than 34,000 blocks of red brick and was imported from England. 
We then proceed to the Peace Garden. Read my post about our visit to the Peace Garden HERE.
My last visit to Labuan was in May 2009. Read about my visit HERE.
If one visit Labuan, make time to visit Anjung Ketam for fresh sea crabs while enjoying the sea breeze and the moonlight on a clear night. Crab is the speciality of this seaside restaurant but diners must make a booking first because if you are unlucky it will be a sold out.
Labuan is also connected to Brunei Darusallam about one half hour away using the ferry that depart Labuan Jetty to Muara in Bandar Seri Begawan. Visitors can also travel to mainland Sabah by sea either through Membakut or directly to Kota Kinabalu.