Memories of Waterfront Hotel, Labuan

I had the opportunity to stay at the Waterfront Hotel on one of my visit to Labuan. The hotel located at No.1 Jalan Wawasan is a Mariner’s Hotel and is as the name implies is at the waterfront. It is adjacent to the largest shopping centre of Labuan, The Financial Park and also the Labuan Mariner Centre. The hotel has its own mariner and one can walk along its promenade breathing the fresh sea breeze and the ships in the bay or just relax at the monkey bar next to the swimming pool. No! the bar is not for monkeys. LOL. Photo below is a birds eyeview of the hotel I took from Mari-mari.com.
All these photo below are from this blogger’s camera.
Top: The porch to the reception as seen from my room.
The three picture below is the room where I stay. To suit the mariners mood, its painted white.
Below: The Swimming pool
Besides the swimming pool there is also a gymnasium and a health centre. I do go to the gym a few times running on the treadmill.

Bandaraya Kembar Kuala Lumpur


Tahukah anda bahawa Kuala Lumpur yang mempunyai keluasan 244 km persegi ini bukan keseorangan di dunia? Hairan bukan? Selama ini kita ingatkan manusia sahaja ada saudara kembar tetapi sebenarnya ibu negara-ibu negara dunia juga ada yang dijadikan sebagai bandar atau bandaraya kembar. Ianya berlaku hasil daripada kerjasama, hubungan tali silatulrahim dan cita-cita pemimpin untuk mengeratkan lagi penduduk di kedua-dua bandar yang dijadikan kembar itu. Ia juga berlaku hasil daripada lawatan pemimpin-pemimpin.
Berdasarkan maklumat dalam Wikipedia Kuala Lumpur ada 18 bandaraya kembarnya seperti berikut:

Downtown Di Kuala Lumpur


Tuhan mencipta siang dan malam dan mengisi masa tersebut dengan aktiviti yang sesuai dengannya. Siang adalah masa untuk manusia bekerja mencari rezeki mulai dari matahari terbit dan berakhir dengan matahari terbenam. Malam pula adalah masa untuk beribadat dan berehat sebelum meneruskan aktiviti untuk hari esoknya. Siang juga merupakan masa bagi sesetengah haiwan tidur untuk berjaga sebelah malamnya dan begitulah Allah mengaturkan masa untuk keselesaan makhluknya.
Tetapi dalam keadaan terdesak manusia semakin tidak mengikuti lagi peraturan masa ini dan bagi sebahagian mereka malam dan siang bukanlah penghalang untuk meneruskan aktiviti. Zaman sekarang semakin ramai manusia sudah mula mencari rezeki sebelah malam dan berehat sebalah siang pula. Walaupun ianya berubah dari lumrah alam ciptaan Allah, tetapi ia tidak ditolak oleh masyarakat.
Jika mulai tahun 70an dulu, peniaga-peniaga mencari rezeki tambahan melalui perniagaan di pasar malam, bermula dari lewat petang hingga tengah malam. Semasa berlaku kegawatan ekonomi di akhir tahun 80an,  ramai juga mereka yang bekerja pada waktu siang atau kehilangan pekerjaan mula melakukan perniagaan yang dinamakan Car Boot Sales pada sebelah malam. Sekarang aktiviti perniagaan waktu malam semakin dilanjutkan hinggalah lewat pagi antara jam 3.00 hingga 4.00 pagi. Jika dulu kita kenali sebagai pasar malam, kini namanya lebih canggih dengan menamakannya Uptown.
Tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada Uptown di Malaysia ini bermula di Kuala Lumpur tetapi ia sudah semakin popular dan mula diujudkan di merata tempat. Dengan ujudnya Uptown memberikan peluang kepada mereka yang bekerja di siang hari khususnya pekerja pejabat, peluang untuk membeli belah selepas waktu kerja walaupun pilihannya tidak seperti membeli-belah waktu siang. Tetapi memadailah untuk membeli barang-barang keperluan yang bukan keutamaan. Di Kuala Lumpur terdapat tiga kawasan perniagaan tengah malam ini iaitu di Downtown Danau Kota, Setapak, Downtown KL di Cheras dan Uptown di Kota Damansara.Downtown ini mengambil konsep pusat perniagaan industri kecil dan sederhana dam juga konsep pasar malam dan mendapat sambutan hangat dari orang ramai khususnya pada hari Jumaat dan Sabtu. Ia diusahakan oleh Persatuan Pengasih Malaysia.

Saya telah mengunjungi Downtown Kuala Lumpur di Cheras kerana lebih dekat dengan tempat saya tinggal.   Ia terletak di Cheras iaitu di kawasan letak kereta Velodrom Kuala Lumpur dan beroperasi dari hari Selasa hingga Ahad mulai jam 10.00 malam hinggalah 5.00 pagi. Lihat peta lokasi Downtown ini.

KL Downtown menawarkan pelbagai barangan dan aksesori harian seperti pakaian lelaki, wanita dan kanak-kanak, kasut, barangan kulit, aksesori telefon bimbit, beg, barangan elektronik, aksesori kenderaan, aksesori penampilan diri, hiasaan rumah, permainan kanak-kanak dan sebagainya. Di samping itu bagi wanita yang ingin mendapatkan hiasan inai atau henna, juga boleh didapati di KL Downtown.Di dalam kawasan ini juga terdapat pentas dan pihak penganjur merancang pertunjukkan-pertunjukkan dari semasa ke semasa sebagai daya tarikan kepada pengunjung. Di samping itu jika anda ingin menunjukkan bakat untuk menyanyi boleh juga mencuba berkaraoke di khalayak dengan bayaran yang minima.

Kredit gambar di atas TV SMITH.

Gambar bawah dipetik dari galeri laman web KL Downtown yang merupakan antara acara yang dianjurkan di sini.

Sekiranya anda kepenatan boleh mendapatkan khidmat refleksologi dari beberapa gerai yang menawarkan perkhidmatan tersebut. Khidmat mengurut badan juga disediakan disamping rawatan resdung.

Selepas meronda-ronda di gerai-gerai yang tersusun itu, pengunjung juga boleh menjamu selera di Medan Selera DBKL berhampiran.

Sila lawat laman KLDowntown.

Satu lagi uptown di Kuala Lumpur ialah Danau Kota di Setapak. Saya belum pernah pergi lagi, jadi saya tidak dapat tulis lebih panjut tentangnya. Walau bagaimanapun peta di bawah dan DI SINI menunjukkan kawasan Downtown berkenaan.

WCA At Bukit Jalil – Day 1

This morning I visited the venue of the paintball World Cup Asia site at Family Park Bukit Jalil. Preliminary round games has already started and for thepublic and paintballers this is an opportunity to see for yourself world class paintball tournament when there are international teams taking part. WCA at Bukit Jalil seems to be the biggest paintball event in the country and there are booths selling paintball equipments and attires. Dye paintball, Werdna Holz, KCHL and Napshots booth can be seen promoting their merchandize.
Top: An e-marker on display
The field and one of the matches going on. Its too bad both my camera is not with me.My DSLR is at the service centre and my compact with my daughter. So I have to make do with my handphone camera.
These are players from Indonesia. Teams competing come from all over the world including United States,Europe and Middle East.

So, paintballerz,come over to Bukit Jalil……………………..

Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur – Central Market


I want to continue my Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur series. If you have been following As I Travel.…… you might have read about my posting on Dataran Merdeka and its heritage buildings.
I end my last posting in this series at the bridge across the Sungai Klang.
In this posting I will write about my stop at Central Market.
The first thing that I can see before reaching the Central Market is this most important river confluence that gives birth to Kuala Lumpur. The muddy river confluence is literally translated as Kuala berLumpur.  On this confluence now stand the Mesjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur, a symbol of Islamic development from the early days of this metropilitan city now. It is one of the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. This mosque was officially opened in 1909 by the Sultan of Selangor.
Around this river confluence the communities of Kuala Lumpur rose and if we look into the distribution there is the Indian community at the Mesjid India area and the Chinese community synonym to Petaling Street and named China Town. Since the Mesjid Jamek was built on a burial ground, there must be the Malay Community too somewhere around the area. However the nearest Malay community in the city today is concentrated at Kampung Baru and is the oldest Malay community enclave within the city centre.

THIS PART ONWARD OF THE BLOG IS DRAFTED AND POSTED FROM BRIANI BISTRO ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF PERTAMA COMPLEX USING WIRELESS@KL SIGNAL. 

Central Market located at Jalan Hang Kasturi (Rodger Street) was built in 1888 is a new market to replace  the old market built by YapAh Loy, the first Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur. The name retain after being converted into an arts and handicraft centre. The Malaysian Heritage Soceity classify it as a Heritage site.  

Above: A postcard picture of Central Market taken from HERE.
Today visitors and KLites come to this place to seek for souvenirs of local handicraft. It is also a place where local artists paint their wares live. One can stop and ask them to sketch and paint their own portrait. One of the artist that I happen to see during my walk about is Abdul Ghani Ahmad who paint at his shop at the Central Market Annexe. He is a water colour artist.
Picture below is the Central Market Annexe, an arts centre
Below: Whats inside the Central Market on the ground floor
At the Ampitheatre outside to the building there are performances from time to time.
Below is part of Jalan Hang Kasturi that has been closed down and turn into pedestrian mall. You can laze around under this shady areas and if luck ison your side can get to be entertained by street musicians or buskers.
This row of shophouse at Medan Pasar. Medan Pasar is quite significant to the birth of Kuala Lumpur. Before  I proceed, I would like to ask, “Where is Kuala Lumpur?” I am sure most people will not know where is Kuala Lumpur. When I first migrated to the city, my only means of transportation was the pink ‘notorious’ (so they nickmaned it) Mini Buses. I could still remember when the Mini Bus reached Medan Pasar, the conductor will shout, “Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur turun sini.” That was the station for mini buses besides the Bangkok Bank that can be considered as one of the main stops.
So Medan Pasar is the actual spot for Kuala Lumpur? I do not have any argument about it. There is a clock tower at Medan Pasar. Usually when clock towers are constructed, there must be some significant to it. The site of the clock tower (marked X on the route map above) is just less than 50 metres from the river banks of Sungai Gombak and the confluence where it joins Sungai Klang. There is no signboard whatsoever to give information or details of the clock tower. Maybe the Kuala Lumpur City Hall can trace and mark the history of this clock tower. Scroll down to see the picture of the mentioned structure.
The picture below is of Medan Pasar and compare it with the screen capture I took from the Central Market website. The buildings still exists. Now this Medan Pasar is one of the bus stops within Kuala Lumpur city.
Below: A screen capture of Medan Pasar taken from Central Market website
Not far from Medan Pasar is a lane named after the first Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur, Yap Ah Loy.
This segment of Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur ends here. My next segment will be Petaling Street or popularly called China Town.

Sibu The Swan

I was in Sibu again for another week. This time I stayed at Premier Hotel in the centre of the town. The reason being is that there is availability of Muslim and Halal food. The Tanah Mas food court is just in front of the hotel. The stall is open from morning till evening. However for dinner one can go to Sri Meranti Restaurant just across the road. The Sri Meranti is open until 4.00 a.m.

I did not travel around much this time since I’ve been to this Foochow town many times. My schedule was a bit tight this time or else I would live to travel up the Rajang again to Kapit. I’ll post pictures when I get back home.

Harbour View – Kuching

Harbour view hotel is one of the most convenient place to stay when you are in Kuching if you are looking for a cheaper alternative place to sleep. Located at Temple street it is near to the waterfront and market street where one can buy local Sarawak handicraft. I was told that the hotel is a favourite for visitors from West Malaysia and one must pre book because it usually full house.
There is also Free WiFi for guest and you can ask for the password from the reception. However during my stay I can’t get logged on to the network and the problem is with my laptop not the service I think. However since I subscribe to Celcom Broadband, I have nothing to regret about not being able to get connected to their network. The only thing is that Celcom’s signal is not very stable and speed is slow.

Rooms are with breakfast and I can tell that food is excellent and on a rating of 5 I can give 4.5. However there is not much choice for breakfast but with a hotel like it, what more can we expect.

Taxi’s is always available and if you want cheaper meals for your lunch or dinner, there’s a Malay restaurant just at the back of the hotel. Its Molly’s Place and serve excellent Malay food with a reasonable price. Five to ten minutes (depend on your walking speed) away is the waterfront, D place to hang at night. There’s food stall but price is quite expensive. Just sit and enjoy a glass of teh tarik. Read more here.

The single standard room with one single bed

The view from my room. Sarawak River and the istana in the background. The dome shaped building in the background is the Kuching North Local Council

If you are a night owl, nightlife is just five minutes away from the hotel. Cafes and Bistro can be found along the road opposite The Hilton. Walk out of the hotel and go left. Walk up the hill and the next junction is the place. If you are the kinky type, you might find transvestites as company (LOL) over there.