Some Pictures of and around Kuala Lumpur

For me, Kuala Lumpur is a clean and organized Asian city. The public transportation feels adequate coming from Metro Manila but it can be better. My only gripe are the erring taxi drivers who prefer to charge a fixed amount than use their meters. I just hope that the government of Malaysia can solve this.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport satellite terminal

Kuala Lumpur International Airport satellite terminal

KTMB (Malaysia Railways) head office

KTMB (Malaysia Railways) head office

KTMB Main Office

KTMB Main Office

LRT and KL Tower

LRT and KL Tower

Kuala Lumpur LRT

Kuala Lumpur LRT

Petaling Street

Petaling Street

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Riding Air Asia to Macao

I recently took a trip to Kuala Lumpur. When I left Malaysia I did not head back to the Philippines immediately. I went to Macao first!

The photos below are some photos of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and inside the Air Asia cabin.

The LCCT did not surprise me at all. It was similar to the international airport at Clark Freeport but bigger.  The terminal is very bare and basic, no fancy flooring, no fancy ceilings and lighting just the basics.  The are no air bridges as well, instead passengers go their respective planes by BMW (by means of walking).

It was a good thing that I bought express boarding so I was one of the first passengers who walked to the plane and was able to seat on the first row.

If you want to eat on board you can only do so by purchasing meals from the flight crew.  Prices can be sky high.  The prices are quoted in Malaysian Ringgit (RM) which is about thirteen (13) pesos per RM.  However, during internet booking passengers can pre-order meals online which costs from 60 to 95 pesos.

The fligh was around three hours long.  Without anything to entertain you the flight can be very boring.  Make sure you have a book to read or an ipod/mp3 player to listen to.

Opon arrival at Macao International Aiport, the plane parked on the tarmac.  Passengers disembarked again by BMW and rode a bus to the main terminal.

I shall post more photos when I have the luxury of time.

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

I waited in gate T8 for my flight to Macao

I waited in gate T8 for my flight to Macao

inside the air asia cabin, most passengers were obviously Malaysian or Chinese

inside the air asia cabin, most passengers were obviously Malaysian or Chinese

some air asia goodies for sale

some air asia goodies for sale

other air asia merchandise for sale

other air asia merchandise for sale

waiting for other passengers to disembark from the plane and board the bus to the main terminal building

waiting for other passengers to disembark from the plane and board the bus to the main terminal building

Venetian Macao food court

Venetian Macao food court

Venetian Macao canals

Venetian Macao canal

 a replica of a Venetian building at the Venetian Macao

a replica of a Venetian building at the Venetian Macao

NBI Clearance Renewal Card

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The image you see above is a biometric National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance Renewal Card. This card costs P120.00. The card can be printed the same time the applicant requests it, provided, of course that there is no technical problems. (More after the jump…)

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Pasig River Ferry Trip

Source: WikipediaOn Thursday, January 3, 2008 I rode the Pasig River Ferry with a friend before going to our former offices to process some paperwork from our former employer.

The trip costs PHP 45.00 or about a little over USD 1.00 from Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico, Intramuros, Manila. Its a 45 minute boat ride. The vessel is airconditioned, clean and looked modern and safe.

For me the highlight of the trip was passing along the Malacañang Palace, the official home of the President of the Philippines. No pictures were allowed to be taken, for security reasons of course. However, I can say that the palace was really nice. I hope I can visit it if not live there one day. LOL!

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Photo taken inside Guadalupe ferry station, near Guadalupe MRT and ABC Mall and Cinema

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Photo of boarding gates taken inside Guadalupe ferry station

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Photo of another Pasig river ferry vessel, taken inside the ferry bound for Plaza Mexico, Intramuros, Manila

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Photo taken inside the ferry from where I was seated. There is an LCD video screen on the front showing a film similar to intercity buses.

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Some communities along the Guadalupe, Makati part of Pasig River

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Photos of Hulo, Lambingan, P.U.P. and Escolta Stations

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Photos of buildings near Escolta station

Singapore Trip (Plus Batam, Indonesia and Johor Bahru, Malaysia) Part 1

My mom and dad, plus seven others and I went to Singapore, Batam Island and Johor Bahru last September 7-10, 2007.  There just some of the travel pictures.

our plane, PAL Airbus A320

 inside NAIA T2 departure area

the Swisotel Stamford, not our hotel

 City Hall and old Supreme Court

UOB Plaza, OCBC Centre, Singtel Comcentre

 Boat Quay shophouses

Merlion park and skyscrapers

 the Merlion

the Esplanade 

Singapore Gemstone Factory

 gem artwork

photo taken onboard the cable car to Sentosa

Vivo City and skyline

Uniquely Singapore – The official website for tourist information on Singapore

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Last Friday I went up to Benguet Province and visited Baguio City and La Trinidad Municipality.

The trip was a nice break from the mad heat and humidity of Metro Manila.  I was disappointed to see that the city has become chaotic and too crowded since I last visited a few years ago.

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Vivo City

Last October 2006 I visited Singapore for the fourth time.  I had to fly (Philippines to Singapore via Tiger Airways and Singapore to Philippines via Singapore Airlines, long story) to Singapore because my accumulated milage from Krisflyer is to expire that year.

During my short visit I went to possibly the newest and most beautiful mall in South East Asia, Vivo City.  This mall is located in the Harbour Front which is in southern tip of the island and fronting Sentosa Island.

The mall was on its pre-opening stage as there were still shops under construction.  However, most of its major tenants are already operating such a Tangs, VivoMart/Giant Hypermarket, The GAP (the first GAP store in S.E. Asia), etc.

I must say that the design of this four level mall is very post-modern.  The façade is unique.  Inside the mall the hall ways are very wide which lets you feel that you are in a really massive building. 

The mall’s promenade was also a visual delight it is also wide and adorned with many fountains.  I was informed that the concierge staff in the promenade ride Segways to travel from area to area.

 I would love to visit this mall again in the future especially now that all the shops have opened.

Vivo City Photos (Source: VivoCity – Wikipedia):
Vivo City - outside 

Vivo City - Panoramic

Vivo City - inside