Tuesday, April 29, 2014

klia 2

The klia 2 will commence operation on 2nd May 2014 and fully replace the existing Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) on 9th May 2014.

The klia 2 is connected to KLIA, Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya, Bandar Tasik Selatan and KL Sentral with ERL which run on 30 minutes interval. It takes about 20 minutes ride from Putrajaya and approximately 33 minutes to this airport (KLIA Transit). The train station is a bit of a disappointment as it is not air conditioned which can make it rather uncomfortable on a hot afternoon.

The ERL connects klia 2 with KLIA and it will cost RM2 one way. I would have expect a free rail service which connects the two airports with waiting time around 10 minutes.

The new airport itself feels like a shopping complex and it definitely offer a better shopping experience compare to the LCCT and even KLIA.

Tune Hotel is just a stone throw away and there is a dedicated covered walkway to reach the hotel in a more comfortable environment.

The check in course is much bigger compare to the LCCT and passenger can check in and drop their luggage at any counter as oppose to LCCT where there are dedicated counter for a particular destination and airline.

Even the toilet looks interesting with aircraft livery on the doors.

One of the main features of klia 2 is the 300m long Skybridge which connects the domestic and international departure hall. It has 2 storeys which segregate the arrival and departure of international passengers.

Aircraft crossing underneath the Skybridge can be viewed from here. It can allows 2 aircraft (Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 only) passing through it at a time.

The departure hall here incorporates aerobridges and dedicated waiting area which enhanced passenger convenience. However the domestic departure hall is still a bit too small to my liking as I expect the passenger volume here to be heavy at peak season.

Another distinguished features of the airport is the 141.3m Air Traffic Control tower, which is the tallest ATC tower in the world.

Runway 3, is a 4km runway dedicated for the klia 2 which allows simultaneous landing and taking off with Runway 2. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hotel Ninety Six @ Melaka Raya

Hotel Ninety Six is a budget hotel which have branches at different places in Melaka. The one in Melaka Raya is housed in what appear to be a shop house. With its trademark red and white paint at its facade, it is quite recognizable from far away.

Check in is rather smooth and the receptionist is friendly. The wifi connection and speed is surprisingly good at the lobby. Complimentary breakfast is provided for each guest at its cafe.

The standard room rate is about RM113 for first time visitor and the very same occupant can get a discount during the second visit (about RM97per night). The room is clean and rather comfortable with its laminated wooden floor.

Unfortunately, the wifi connection is poor in the room even with the presence of the wifi router at the hallway. The room is also not sound proof as the noise from adjacent room and hallway can still be heard.

I don't get much of a view from my room as it was facing the rear with Melaka Raya Plaza at sight. Location wise, it is quite convenient as some of the famed Nyonya restaurants and pubs are located within the walking distance within the Melaka Raya area. The heritage area is about 15 minutes walk from here.

Hotel Ninety Six
22, Jalan Melaka Raya 15,
Taman Melaka Raya,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Borneo Heavy Machinery Fair 2014

The just concluded Borneo Heavy Machinery Fair 2014 (17 - 20 April 2014) held at the Sibu Town Square Phase II was the first of its kind here and it was organised to promote Sibu as a heavy machinery distribution hub to support the development of construction, transportation, plantation and the agri-business industries.

The fair provides a common platform for heavy machinery and equipment manufacturers and dealers to showcase and promote their latest range of machinery to potential and new buyers.

Some of the known brands such as Isuzu, Hyundai, Komatsu, CASE, JAC are been showcasing here, largely used in the oil palm industry.

Honestly, I am a bit disappointed as I had expect some heavy lifting equipment will be introduced here. Even  the mobile elevating work platform on display here are not from reputable brands.

I hope the fair returns again next year to the exact venue and it will gives the locals a better brand awareness in the name of Tadano, Sumitomo, Liebherr, Bauer, Aichi, Genie, JLG and etc.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Agape Love Your Food @ Setia Walk

There is a hidden gem at Setia Walk, Puchong which is not known to many visitor here probably due to its location on the 1st floor. Agape Love Your Food is definitely worth a visit for those who fancy a decent Western meal and good beer.

One of the main reason why I frequent this outlet is for their very reasonable prized Schneider Weisse beer at RM18 per bottle. It can't get any better than this. The beer is served in chilled Weizen glass. The staffs here pour the beer in the correct way and that just show the product knowledge they had on what they are selling.

The setting here is simple and relaxing. The only minus point about this place is its poor wifi and sometime even phone could lost signal momentarily here.

There are quite a number of photo frame on the wall which depicts European scenery.

Brochettes (RM 18) would be a perfect appetizer/starter. It is a prawn wrapped in bacon served with pineapple chipotle dipping sauce. It tastes really good and goes well with beers.

German style roast pork (RM 29) served with mashed potato puff, roasted broccoli with bacon and garlic gravy. Another satisfying and fulfilling meal.

Agape Love Your Food
Block I, No. 5, 1st Floor,
Setia Walk Mall,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tiger Radler

Tiger Radler was inspired by the drink invented by Franz Xaver Kugler called Radler Mass. Back in June 1922, some 13,000 cyclists stop by a pub called Kugler-Alm and Franz Xaver nearly ran out of stock. In order to save the day, he mixed the beer with several thousand bottles of lemon juice and declared that this mixture was specially invented for cyclist. The new product was officially named Raddler Mass.

It has a low alcohol content (2%) and is sold at RM 7.59 here, which is about the same price with any other beers in the market.

Made with tiger beer and natural lemon juice, it pours to a naturally cloudy and almost looks like an unfiltered wheat beer. It has a fruity taste and a refreshing flavour, thanks to the lemon flavour.

It is most suitably drank on a very hot day as it is light and refreshing.