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Saturday 23 July 2022

Rapid KL Runaround (Hartamas Shopping Centre, The Curve, IPC, IKEA Damansara, Nu Sentral)

Time for another run-around!

We had been quiet the past few weeks attending to family matters as well as chasing work related deadlines. This weekend was the first time we were able to roam free from pressing matters, plus this time around we had someone joining us.

Remember the apartment that my sister Virginia (Ginny) left in our care? Well, Waldorf is now occupied by our other sister Veronica (affectionately known as Imm) who has made the difficult but necessary decision to return to Malaysia. She spent had all her adult life working and living in Singapore and after more than two decades has moved back.

Our weekend therefore started off with a Grab car ride to Waldorf Tower to meet up with Imm. Brendan has been quite the night owl since his semester break and decided to sleep in. Yet again. 

With Imm in tow we then headed out of Hartamas Shopping Centre and waited for the Rapid KL T852 bus that would take us to the Semantan MRT Station. We caught the bus soon after and twenty minutes arrived at the Semantan MRT Station where we caught a train to Mutiara Damansara.

Here we disembarked and walked along the desolate corridors and walkways of The Curve before making our way to IPC Shopping Centre. None of us had breakfast so we thought it a good idea to have brunch at one of the eateries at the lower ground floor. 

After checking out what was on offer, we settled on MyeongDong Topokki and had ourselves a fine Korean meal.

Our tummies filled we headed back up to the ground floor and entered IKEA, our true destination for the day. We spent quite some time browsing as Imm looked for home decor inspiration while Cat and I checked out the curtains and railings.

We then made our way back to the Mutiara Damansara MRT Station and hopped on a train in the opposite direction. This time we were headed to the Muzium Negara MRT Station, and specifically KL Sentral. 

We were eager to show Imm the excellent public transportation hub that is KL Sentral, where you could catch an MRT, LRT, Monorail (for urban travel) as well as the KTM Komuter and ERL trains for inter-city travel. Not to mention the various buses from here that goes to KLIA and even Genting Highlands.

After a brief tour of KL Sentral we wandered further in and soon found ourselves at NU Sentral, where we stopped by for drinks. We then headed back to the Muzium Negara MRT Station and caught a train to the Semantan MRT Station before catching the Rapid KL T852. 

We got on the bus and after ten minutes Imm disembarked at the Plaza Damas bus stop to head back to Waldorf, while we continued on and made a loop back to Semantan. We then caught the Rapid KL T820 bus to Menara DBKL (KL City Hall) and walked back to our condo.

The list of fare we had incurred during our excursion today were as follows:

  • Rapid KL T852 bus fare from Hartamas Shopping Centre to Semantan was RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)
  • MRT train fare from Semantan to Mutiara Damansara was RM2.80 (approximately USD/EUR0.60)
  • MRT train fare from Mutiara Damansara to Muzium Negara was RM3.10 (approximately USD/EUR0.70)
  • MRT train fare from Muzium Negara to Semantan was RM1.20 (approximately USD/EUR0.30)
  • Rapid KL T852 bus fare from Semantan to Semantan (round trip) was still RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)
  • Rapid KL T820 bus fare from Semantan to DBKL (KL City Hall) was also RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

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We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

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