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Saturday 25 February 2023

Kuching Day 6 (Going Home!)

Kuching Day 6!

We're leaving Kuching on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 2545 later at 6:00pm. We woke up and headed out to a laundromat to give our bedsheets and covers a wash as well as have breakfast.

We drove around for a while before eventually settling on myDobi at Queen's Court. Brendan had a debate tournament over the weekend and because of that we extended our Airbnb till Monday. At the same time the Airbnb will be the control centre for his group of debating friends over the weekend hence the need for clean bedsheets and covers.

He is scheduled to fly back to Kuala Lumpur on Monday once the debate tournament is over.

Once our clothes were in the washer we thought of having breakfast at the noodle restaurant Little Skill across the street but it was full. We then wandered around a bit but found nothing of interest and doubled back to Little Skill where a table was free.

We both ordered the Mee Pok Kolo Mee and with a round of drinks our final Sarawakian breakfast came to RM43.95 (approximately USD10/EUR9). We then drove back to the Airbnb where the debate tournament was in full swing. We retired to our room and after some time spent organising our luggage bags we took a shower.

We bade Brendan farewell and drove the rental car to Kuching Airport where good old Awang Amirul was waiting. We handed the car back to him and walked into the airport. We were worried that our luggage bags especially the large red bag of Brendan's would excess our baggage limit. True enough, we were in excess of 8 kilograms and had to pay a hefty sum of RM301.00 for it (approximately USD68/EUR64).

With our flight three hours away we settled down to have drinks at Starbucks. An hour later we walked into the departure hall and made it through Immigration unscathed. We then sat patiently at Gate 4 until we were allowed to board.

Cliched as it sounded but time sure did fly by when we're having fun. We had an actioned pack five days in Kuching, and we were truly sad to leave, taking solace in the fact that we will be back next year for Brendan's convocation ceremony. To commemorate our visit to Kuching we pieced together highlights of our five days into a short montage that we hope you will like in the video attached below.

At around 5:15pm we boarded MH2545 and after a slight delay took off an hour later. The flight was largely uneventful with very little turbulence except for the fact that our landing had to be delayed due to traffic congestion into KLIA (is that even possible?).

Please enjoy snippets from the flight we took in hyper lapse mode in the video attached below.

We were eventually given the go ahead to land and touched down at 8:00pm. After a short time taxiing we were docked and we were then told to collect our luggage bags from Carousel K which was quite a distance away. We were glad to see the shops lining the long, long walkway had come back to life, unlike a year ago when it was all closed and cordoned off.

We picked up our very heavy luggage bags and debating whether to take the ERL train to KL Sentral or hail a six-seater Grab car home. In the end we went with the door-to-door option that the Grab car accorded us.

We got home at half past ten and began the arduous task of unpacking the two mammoth bags while dreaming of our next trip to Kuching! With that we end these series of vlogs on our trip to Kuching. 

Please stay tuned as we make plans to explore Kuala Lumpur in the weekends to come and show you the full glory of its public transportation.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
The CountryMan, Terrace House - https://goo.gl/maps/ASdsS7d7Qqo718vs8
Little Skill - https://goo.gl/maps/pEm4XzKMfmWibC4L9
myDobi King Center - https://goo.gl/maps/7oNzFnp2Lofhw6it8
Kuching International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/8ei2VZArmivJHuwR6
Kuala Lumpur International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/YzCAt7GGta382YKk7

Friday 24 February 2023

Kuching Day 5 (Jong Hua Kopitiam │ Mita Cake House │ Unihaus)

Kuching Day 5!

It's our penultimate day in Kuching and with nothing planned we walked out of the Airbnb toward a row of shop houses. Brendan decided to sleep in and did not join us on our morning meandering. We wandered for a while before deciding on Thian Fock Cafe.

We've been having Kolo Mee the past few days and for a change ordered two sets of toast bread with half boiled eggs. It took a while for the eggs to be ready and together with drinks our breakfast came to RM16.00 (approximately USD4/EUR3).

We walked back to the Airbnb and I spent the rest of the morning in an office call.

The online meeting ended at half past twelve and we drove out of the Airbnb toward Jalan Satok in search the famous butter cheese cake at Mita Cake House. Alas they were out of stock. We then strolled along the row of shop houses until we reached Jong Hua Kopitiam where we decided to have lunch. 

After browsing the various stalls here we settled on:

  • Sarawak Laksa for RM8.00
  • Beef Noodles (Kueh Teow) for RM6.00
  • Chicken Rice (packed for Brendan) for RM9.00
  • a round of Wheat Grass drink for RM5.10

Cat ordered the Sarawak Laksa while I tried the Beef Noodle (Kueh Teow) and together with a round of drinks our lunch came to RM28.10 (approximately USD/EUR6).

After lunch we drove around and found success with the fabled butter cheese cake at the Mita Cake House in Eastmoore Centre. We then drove back to the Airbnb to begin packing for our flight back to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow evening.

Our car rental guy Awang Amirul called in the evening to explain that he had the rental dates mixed up for the car he gave us. Turned out he had also promised another renter the same car today, so he had to collect the car from us.

In exchange he gave us the use of a Toyota Camry till tomorrow! As nightfall approached we drove the replacement rental car to UNIMAS to pick Ashley up from Cempaka Residential College and take her our to dinner then proceeded to the general area of Aiman Mall.

We were in the mood for western food and wanted to try GBS Hanbāgā but alas it was closed, probably for good. Brendan then suggested we try Unihaus instead.

We got to Unihaus and got ourselves seated, but quickly moved to a bigger table when the opportunity arose. After browsing their menu we settled on:

  • Beef Cheezy Fries
  • Chicken Chop
  • Lamb Chop
  • Nasi Goreng Daging (Beef Fried Rice)
  • Nasi Goreng Seafood
  • Green Ice Tea
  • Iced Teh C Special
  • 2 glasses of Ribena Sprite Longan

that came to RM76.00 (approximately USD17/EUR16). We enjoyed our time at Unihaus as we got to know Ashley a little better, and after an hour we drove Ashley back to Cempaka Residential College before heading back to the Airbnb.

Tomorrow we'll be leaving on a jet plane!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
The CountryMan, Terrace House - https://goo.gl/maps/ASdsS7d7Qqo718vs8
Thian Fock Cafe - https://goo.gl/maps/WA3oWXxXLq1Lxtbg6
Mita Cake House (Tabuan Baru) - https://goo.gl/maps/92VbyjVbNrFKyquF7
Jong Hua Kopitiam - https://goo.gl/maps/JXwz2DxNJGQu7Zox7
Mita Cake House (Jalan Tun Jugah) - https://goo.gl/maps/wfaL5Tddso6or2FbA
Unihaus - https://goo.gl/maps/e3G74prkfUHzyhxN9

Thursday 23 February 2023

An Evening in UNIMAS

UNIMAS!

Brendan enrolled in University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) in September 2019 to pursue his Bachelor Of Arts In English For Global Communication (With Honours). It was then that we began acquainting ourselves with this little known suburb of Kuching, though it is a district in its own right.

Brendan was assigned Cempaka Residential College as his dorm and in his first week of enrolment during the Minggu Aluan Pelajar (or students' welcoming week?) together with two other students brought glory to the college when they won the inter-college English debating tournament.

Brendan then came back for his semester break in March 2020, which was when the pandemic hit, and for the next four semesters or two years he attending lectures remotely from our home in Kuala Lumpur.

Last November he was asked to come back to attend face to face classes. Alas Cempaka Residential College turned their backs on him and did not offer him a room. We know for a fact that cronyism is practiced but will not say anything further on the matter.

We had no other choice but to put him up at the paid Dahlia Residential College for the remainder of his seventh semester.

A few days ago was his last day at Dahlia College, which was why we flew to Kuching. Apart from his convocation next year this would be among the last times that we will be visiting UNIMAS.

Despite the ungracious experience with Cempaka College Brendan still had far more fond memories of this place, which is why we decided to take a drive around most parts of UNIMAS as well as take a walk along his most frequented places here.

We hope you will enjoy the video, whether or not you are or were a student of UNIMAS.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

Kuching Day 4 (Muara Tebas │ UNIMAS │ Siang Siang)

Kuching Day 4!

During our previous trip here we drove to Bako and chanced upon an interesting riverside seafood restaurant. It was however closed at the time, so this time around we made it a point to visit Muara Tebas Seafood for lunch.

Described as "a little gem of a place that only the knowledgeable few know about" we were eager to have lunch at a restaurant on stilts by the Kuching River.

So we began our drive at ten in the morning but went in search of a padlock for Brendan's luggage bag that was to be shipped back to Kuala Lumpur. That out of the way we then drove to a shipping company called Nizaf Movers over at Jalan Keruing.

We got there and found out that they only catered to bulk shipping and a flat fee of RM250 was charge regardless of number of items or weight, so long as it fit a 'pallet'. Undeterred we decided to postpone our search for a reasonable shipping company and continued on with our drive in the general direction of Bako.

Half an hour later we arrived at Muara Tebas Seafood and were immediately approached by a local gangster asking that we pay him RM5.00 for the privilege of parking at the restaurant. Rather than attract unnecessary attention we quietly paid the thug.

We walked into the restaurant and were immediately taken in with the view of the Sarawak River. We perused the menu and settled on the:

  • Deep Fried Ikan Mancung (Indian Threadfin)
  • Cangkuk Manis (Sweet Leaves?)
  • Deer Meat in Soy Sauce
  • Chicken in Soy Sauce
  • Oyster Omelette
  • Plain Omelette
  • 3 servings of Rice
  • Several rounds of drinks

Our riverside seafood feast came to RM172.80 (approximately USD39/EUR37) which was a little pricey but the novelty fish alone was RM70.00 (approximately USD16/EUR15) so it was to be expected. 

Lunch of the way we then decided to settle the shipment of Brendan's large luggage bag.

At Nizaf Movers we were told to try Microlink Express that catered to individual item shipping. We keyed in the name of the company into Waze that suggested the company TJ Pacific so off we went. A half an hour later we arrived at TJ PAcific which appeared closed.

We then tried the second alternative, CTSI that Waze interpreted as K.C Logistics. We arrived have an hour later and were thankful that they accepted Brendan's single luggage bag, we were told that we were only expected to make payment once the bag arrives in Kuala Lumpur.

The rate was quoted at RM5.50 per kilogram and since Brendan's luggage bag weighed 20.25 kilograms the estimated cost would be RM111.40 which was less than half of what Nizaf would have had to charge us.

Mission accomplished we drove back to the Airbnb where I spent the afternoon organising and editing the footage from the last few days.

We emerged in the evening and went on a leisurely drive to UNIMAS. Once there we switched from hyperlapse to normal mode and dropped Brendan off at his old college (Cempaka) before continuing our drive around most parts of UNIMAS before parking at the Student Pavilion to talk a stroll along the bridge of love or Jambatan Cinta.

We then drove to Siang Siang Corner for dinner. This was the first food court that we had ever been to the first time we came to Kota Samarahan in September 2019. It was only fitting that our last time in Kota Samarahan would be spent here as well.

Time has not been kind to Siang Siang, with only a handful of stalls still operating. Cat ordered the Fried Beehoon (what else) while I settled on the Rice with Fried Chicken and shared two set of chicken wings. Together with drinks our dinner came to RM26.60 (approximately USD/EUR6). We then drove back to the Airbnb.

Tomorrow would be our penultimate day in Kuching, and with nothing planned we will be playing it by ear.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

Wednesday 22 February 2023

Kuching Day 3 (EPIC Sarawak Cultural Village)

Kuching Day 3!

Today is the day we visit the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). We tried to book tickets to the SCV during our previous trip to Kuching to no avail. This time around we booked the 1 Day Admission with Lunch for RM117.00 each a month beforehand.

We were especially eager to watch their Cultural Show where "the Sarawak Cultural Village’s award-winning dancers and musicians present their famous multi-cultural performances. Spectacular costumes and elegant dance routines provide an entertaining and enjoyable introduction to Sarawak’s ethnic groups and their cultures". 

We were hoping to catch the cultural performance morning show at 11:30am.

We awoke at seven in the morning and had breakfast just outside the Airbnb before starting our drive at half past eight in the general direction of Mount Santubong. Forty-five minutes later we arrived at SCV and parked out rental car at the designated lot.

We produced our proof of payment to the counter and were issued three tickets as well as stickers to affix on our person. We had to pinch ourselves since SCV has been at the top of our bucket list for a very long time.

We began our walkabout with a visit to the Rumah Cina (Chinese House) then the Rumah Melayu (Malay House). With each passing House we noticed that it got bigger and grander, starting with the Melanau House, then the Orang Ulu House, followed by the Bidayuh House and finally the Iban House.

We hoped that our footage did justice to these magnificent houses.

We reached the entrance where I asked for a fresh sticker since the one affixed to my T-shirt had dropped off. We then strolled over to the Budaya Restaurant to have a breather and wait for the Cultural Show to begin. The doors to the Theatre opened at 11:15am and we entered with excitement.

The show was everything it was hyped to be, and we could not recommend it highly enough to everyone. So as not to take anything away from the show we only provided snippets of the various dances and performances. We insist that you attend the show in person!

The ticket prices are:

  • 1 Day Admission at RM85 per adult (approximately USD19/EUR18) and RM55.00 per child between the ages of 2 – 12 (approximately USD/EUR12
  • 1 Day Admission with Lunch at RM117 per adult (approximately USD26/EUR25) and RM80.00 per child between the ages of 2 – 12 (approximately USD18/EUR17

We opted for the 1 day admission with lunch and did not regret it, since we were served with:

  • Steamed Rice
  • Manok Pansoh (Chicken cooked in Bamboo)
  • Ikan Asam Pedas (Fish cooked with Golden Brinjal)
  • Bandong Tutok (Squashed Tapioca leaves)
  • Labu Masak Lemak (Pumpkin cooked with Coconut Milk)
  • Paku Belacan (Wild Fern cooked with Prawn Paste)
  • Beverages of Sirap Selasih (Basil Syrup)
  • Local Fruits (Honey Dew)

We enjoyed our exotic local lunch immensely and highly recommend that you opt for the 1 Day Admission with Lunch if you do decide to visit SCV.

We walked back to the rental car and drove back to the Airbnb. We spent the rest of the day indoors and briefly walked out to get dinner off camera. We will be busy tomorrow as we attempt to look for the cheapest way possible to ship Brendan's belonging back to Kuala Lumpur.

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
The CountryMan, Terrace House - https://goo.gl/maps/ASdsS7d7Qqo718vs8
Thian Fock Cafe - https://goo.gl/maps/4kVcZLZEpDa2zRom8
Sarawak Cultural Village - https://goo.gl/maps/pVyzA9NS8jWCcSdq9
Restaurant Budaya - https://goo.gl/maps/6rKMGZ4a5YgPnhTp6

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Kuching Day 2 (Kenyalang Park │ Makansari │ Kuching Waterfront │ Langkau Arau)

Kuching Day 2!

We woke up and after a shower headed out to the Kenyalang Food Centre for breakfast. Brendan was tired out from his debate tournament of the past few days and declined our invitation.

Not many stalls were open this morning at the food court here, but we were glad that the noodle stall was in business. I tried the 'black' Kolo Mee while Cat tried the 'white' Kolo Mee. Together with a round of drinks our first Sarawakian breakfast came to only RM11.50 (approximately USD3/EUR2) with the Kolo Mee only costing us RM4.00 each (approximately USD/EUR1).

We then took a stroll along the Kenyalang Park Market taking in the sights and sounds before dropping by an Everwin Supermarket for some provisions. We walked back to the Airbnb where I spent the morning in an office call.

We emerged at lunchtime and took a drive to UNIMAS where we dropped off some souvenirs with Brendan's favourite lecturers. We then headed to Dahlia College to collect a shoe horn and then made our way to Aiman Mall where we sent the rental car for a wash while we headed over to Makansari Street Food for lunch.

We browsed for a bit and settled on the following Dayak dishes:

  • Pork Curry with Rice for RM10.00
  • Crispy Pork for RM12.00
  • Mixed Pork Soup for RM12.00
  • Cangkuk Manis (Sweet Leaf) for RM12.00
  • 2 servings of Rice for RM1.00 each
  • 3 glasses of Special Iced Milked Tea for RM3.50 each

Our delectable Dayak lunch came to RM59.50 (approximately USD/EUR13). We then walked back to the car wash and drove our rental car back to the Airbnb, where I spent the afternoon on another office call.

We re-emerged at six in the evening and hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM10.00 (approximately USD/EUR2) to Kuching Waterfront where we hoped to catch a river cruise. Alas we narrowly missed it and will have to come again some other day since it only runs once a day at 5:30pm.

Unfazed, we started an impromptu walkabout along the Kuching River until we reached the Burger Station where we hailed another Grab car for a fare of RM18.00 (approximately USD/EUR4) to our dinner destination.

Twenty minutes later we arrived at Langkau Arau Rumah Asap Dayak Stutong, a mouthful we know. Basically its yet another smokehouse (together with seafood are our kryptonite). With no idea what to order we started ordering and before we know it we ended up with:

  • Fried Cangkuk Manis (Sweet Leaf) for RM12.00
  • Medium Barbecue Set for RM28.00
  • Butter Pork Rice for RM9.00
  • 3 Lemon Wheat Grass for RM11.50
  • Grilled Crispy Pork for RM25.00
  • an unknown Nasi Goreng for RM11.50
  • 3 Coca Cola for RM7.50

Our smoking supper came to RM104.50 which was a little pricey but with the rising prices of pork was to be expected. We may stick to seafood in the future?

We then hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM8.00 (approximately USD/EUR2) and hoped to have an early night since we will be headed north in search of a cultural village tomorrow morning!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
The CountryMan, Terrace House - https://goo.gl/maps/ASdsS7d7Qqo718vs8
Kenyalang Food Center - https://goo.gl/maps/Y9eHCx2uTTU2Jz7i6
Faculty of Language and Communication

Monday 20 February 2023

Kuching Day 1 (MH2520 │ UNIMAS │ Premier Food Republic)

Kuching Day 1!

Brendan enrolled in University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) in September 2019. Pursuing his Bachelor Of Arts In English For Global Communication (With Honours) he recently concluded his seventh and penultimate semester.

The 19th of February was his last day at his residential college in UNIMAS and he will be coming back home to serve his internship at an agency in Kuala Lumpur. With this in mind we made plans to come to Kuching.

We woke up at half past five and were out the door a quarter past six in the morning. We hailed a 6-seater Grab car for a fare of RM16.00 (approximately USD4/EUR3) to KL Sentral and from there rode the ERL for a fare of RM55.00 each (approximately USD/EUR12) to KLIA.

We arrived at half past seven and rode an elevator up to the departure hall. Here we checked in our luggage and collected our boarding passes before going in search of breakfast.

We initially thought of the "Noodles" stall but Cat eyed a Taco Bell nearby and we went there instead. I ordered a Quesadilla with a side of Fries while Cat had the Shredded Chicken Nacho set that came to RM46.20 (approximately USD/EUR10).

We spent the next hour here people-watching and with two hours till our flight departed we strolled into the domestic departure gates. We were catching the MH2520 from Gate B10 that would take off close to eleven in the morning.

We spent another hour or so people-watching at the boarding gate waiting area and boarded at a quarter to eleven. The flight took off at twenty past eleven and we spent the next hour in the half in the air experiencing some turbulence over the South China Sea.

MH2520 landed at a quarter to one in the afternoon. We got past Customs & Immigration then collected our luggage from Carousel D and walked out of Kuching Airport where our regular car rental guy Awang Amirul was waiting. He offers very attractive rates and you can reach out to him here at https://bit.ly/3IlMUIA

He handed over the keys to the blue Perodua Bezza to us and after fixing the DJI Action 3's mount onto the windscreen made our way to UNIMAS.

We arrived at Dahlia College half an hour later. Brendan was waiting for us and after a round of hugs & kisses started loading his belongings into the car. We then headed to our Airbnb in the Kenyalang Park area of Kuching. We plan to review this home once we get permission from its owner.

After a quick shower we headed back to Dahlia College to collect the remaining belongings. We then drove to Aiman Mall to run a few errands and since I was a little hungry we stopped by a cafe for a drink.

We then drove back to UNIMAS but this time to Cempaka College to pick up Brendan's (ahem) friend Ashley. We then headed to the Premier Food Republic, a food court in Tabuan Jaya. It was a large and sprawling food court and after much browsing:

  • I had the Bak Kut Teh for RM11.00
  • Cat had the Laksa Sarawak for RM8.00
  • Brendan had the Minced Pork Noodles for RM8.00
  • Ashley had the Beef Noodles for RM8.00
  • and a round of drinks for RM11.20

Our first Sarawakian dinner came to RM46.20 (approximately USD/EUR10) which was exactly what we spent for our breakfast at Taco Bell in KLIA!

After dinner we sent Ashley back to Cempaka College before returning to our Airbnb in Kenyalang Park to retire for the night.

Apart from an office call tomorrow morning we had nothing planned, so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Kuala Lumpur International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/YzCAt7GGta382YKk7
Kuching International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/8ei2VZArmivJHuwR6
The CountryMan, Terrace House - https://goo.gl/maps/ASdsS7d7Qqo718vs8
Dahlia College, UNIMAS - https://goo.gl/maps/jn9yvFM25WsV1WyaA
Cempaka College - https://goo.gl/maps/A9BMmesQfTGzToU19
Premier Food Republic - https://goo.gl/maps/dBE1dUqpPKUWTyos7

Saturday 11 February 2023

Saturday Stroll (Nova Chiropractic │ Suria KLCC, Lot 10)

Let's manipulate some joints!

Ever since our Penang trip I've been meaning to seek chiropractic help, but didn't get round to doing it till recently. Off camera I went to Nova Chiropractic on Monday, and after consulting with Dr Chin was sent to get an X-Ray taken of my lower back and neck from Sunway Medical Centre Velocity.

We went back on Wednesday (again off camera) and he confirmed that a slipped disc of the L4 & L5 had indeed occurred. He then administered adjustments to my lower back and neck which provided immediate relief and increased mobility.

My third appointment was at ten in the morning so we left our condo bright and early to hop on a Rapid KL Bus #300 for a fare of only RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20) to Corus Hotel. We walked across the overhead pedestrian bridge and stopped by a diminutive Mamak stall for breakfast. We each had a packet of Nasi Lemak and Cat had Iced Milk Tea while I had a hot Nescafe Tarik that came to only RM9.20 (approximately USD/EUR2).

We then walked over to Wisma MCA and into Nova Chiropractic and found Dr Chin waiting for us. I underwent further adjustments to the lower back and neck. Dr Chin was pleased with my progressed and hoped to see me often in the weeks to come.

Seeing as I would be coming often we decided to sign up for the package that offered a ten percent discount for ten sessions.

We then set our next appointment and walked out onto Jalan Ampang headed to Suria KLCC. Cat wanted to look for a blouse she liked at Marks & Spencer, a blouse she bought at their Gurney Paragon Mall during our recent Penang trip. Alas she could not find the blouse she liked.

We then hopped on a free GOKL Green Line bus to Bukit Bintang where we got off and walked to Lot 10. After a quick pitstop at their washroom which cost RM0.50 (approximately USD/EUR0.10) we took a couple of escalators down to the Hutong Food Court. We browsed for a bit and settle on the Penang Famous Fried Koay Teow stall where we ordered the:

  • Curry Mee (Yellow Noodles)
  • Duck Egg Fried Kueh Teow
  • 2 cups of Iced Herbal Tea 

Unfortunately our lunch attracted service tax and came to RM42.60 (approximately USD10/EUR9). We then walked over to the bakery on the same floor and got ourselves a bagful of pastries for RM39.30 (approximately USD9/EUR8), and our dinner was sorted.

We then walked out of Lot 10 and walked across Jalan Bukit Bintang's mini version of the Shibuya crossing toward the bus stop. After a little wait we caught the free GOKL Blue Line bus to our customarily bus stop along Jalan Munshi Abdullah.

We have nothing planned next week and look forward to our flight to Kuching the following Monday!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

Wednesday 1 February 2023

FT Day Walkabout (Mechimakali │ Petaling Street │ LRT Ride │ Rapid KL #250)

It's Federal Territory Day!

Federal Territory Day is an annual regional celebration that is observed on February 1 in Malaysia to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in 1974. Kuala Lumpur, the much newer Putrajaya, and Labuan are the three federal territories of Malaysia.

It is a public in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan while everywhere else is a normal working day. We took the opportunity to visit a friend who had moved his eatery.

Dipendra and Rabitha were running Hamro Nepali Restaurant over at Medan Pasar, and after a while could not cope with the rising rental. We kept in touch and after a period of inactivity they were finally able to re-open their eatery under the name Mechimakali Restaurant.

We made it a point to visit them first chance we got and today was the perfect opportunity. We left our condo late morning and began our walkabout along Jalan Munshi Abdullah headed south. We then continued onto Jalan Melaka until the Masjid Jamek LRT station before walking across Jalan Tun Perak onto Jalan Benteng.

We continued southwest and paid the Old Market Square Clock Tower where Dipendra's old restaurant was situated before continuing across Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin. We turned left onto Jalan Tun H S Lee and arrived at Mechimakali Restaurant.

We met up with Dipendra and Rabitha, and after a short chit chat we ordered the:

  • Chicken Kanna set for RM20.00
  • Lamb Kanna set for RM25.00
  • A set of Momo (dumplings) for RM15.00
  • Coca Cola for RM3.00

that came to RM63.00 (approximately USD15/EUR14) which in our minds was a little expensive but accepted that novelty cuisines come at a premium.

We bade Dipendra and Rabitha all the best with their new eatery and continued our walkabout towards Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin and across Jalan Yap Ah Loy before turning right onto Lebuh Pudu. We then continued on along and turned left onto Jalan Petaling.

We walked across Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lok and past the Chinatown entrance archway. The last time we came here it was very quiet unlike today, where it was hustling and bustling. we walked to the end of Jalan Petaling then turned right onto Jalan Sultan then right onto Jalan Hang Kasturi.

We walked across and rode the escalator up to the Pasar Seni LRT Station and caught a Kelana Jaya LRT to Wangsa Maju. Do enjoy the hyper lapse footage of the journey in the video below.

We disembarked at the Wangsa Maju LRT Station for a fare of RM3.20 (approximately USD/EUR0.70) and walked across the overhead pedestrian bridge where we caught a Rapid KL Bus #250 to Sogo Kuala Lumpur. Please enjoy the hyper lapse footage of this journey as well in the video below.

We eventually got off at SOGO Kuala Lumpur for a fare of RM1.70 (approximately USD/EUR0.40) and walked back towards our condo. However we had some errands to run so we continued along across Jalan Munshi Abdullah to LuLu Hypermarket where we got a loaf of bread.

We then doubled back across Jalan Munshi Abdullah, and I stopped by the Murukku stall where I got several packets of nuts for RM10.00 each (approximately USD/EUR2) while Cat continued on to Haniffa Department Store where to get a can of butane gas lighter refill. We then headed home, content with the fact that we managed to meet our daily quota of 7,000 steps

We have nothing planned this weekend, so we next videos will probably be centred around our trip to Kuching. Please stay tuned!

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📍 Location:
Old Market Square Clock Tower - https://goo.gl/maps/FsDfA2ZCK5Jygs199
Mechimakali Restaurant - https://goo.gl/maps/Jn1Mf9vD3izXKFdZ7
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur - https://goo.gl/maps/YD72Qu3wFW2CRVTb8
Jalan Petaling - https://goo.gl/maps/eZUp534APkRta27Q8
Pasar Seni LRT Station - https://goo.gl/maps/iUAkWzskTCzGnJmu5
Wangsa Maju LRT Station - https://goo.gl/maps/sNxheG5NKi917Unr5
SOGO Kuala Lumpur - https://goo.gl/maps/MYU4cGzGiEzX8kMy6
LuLu Hypermarket Kuala Lumpur - https://goo.gl/maps/ycBhN3fBC2SJ7Uub6
Haniffa Department Store - https://goo.gl/maps/ZpQyNGJKkvJC1LX88