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Saturday 27 January 2024

New Gear Day: DJI Action 4 - Altech Camera • Hawker Chan • Sunny Side Up

New Gear Day!

It's been a month since we came back from Penang. In that time work had again consumed my time,so today was the first time quite a while that we went out purposefully in search of content.

While we love our DJI Action 3 its low light performance left much to be desired. I contacted CM of Altech Camera over at Berjaya Times Square yesterda and made a deal to trade in the body of the DJI Action 3 (minutes all its accessories acquired under the Adventure Combo package) for the DJI Action 4 (Standard combo).

Today we left our condo at eleven and walked north along Jalan Munshi Abdullah before making our way across Jalan Dang Wangi. We continued west for a while before turning right onto Jalan Medan Tuanku headed back north.

We then continued onto Lorong Medan Tuanku 2 then turned right onto Jalan Sultan Ismail before taking an escalator up to the Medan Tuanku Monorail station. A few short minutes later we caught a train for a fare of RM2.30 (approximately USD/EUR0.50) to the Imbi Monorail station. We disembarked and entered Berjaya Times Square and made our way to Altech Camera. 

Here we met up with Eric who gave our DJI Action 3 a thorough inspection and look over before giving it his seal of approval. We then paid the difference between the two cameras of(RM1,000 (approximately USD212/EUR195), and were then the proud owners of a brand new DJI Action 4!

I attached the Action 4 to a lanyard strap and began our testing!

We headed out of Berjaya Times Square and walked southwest along Jalan Imbi before taking an escalator up and across footbridge that took us directly into LaLaport BBCC.

We then headed down to the lower ground for lunch. During the pandemic if we had a hankering for  Chinese food our go-to restaurant on the Grab app would always be Hawker Chan. One we entered the endemic stage we saw less and less of this restaurant, so it was kind of nostalgic to have lunch here today after all this time.

We had a seat, scanned the QR code and ordered the:

  • Roasted Pork Rice for Cat
  • Kapitan Curry Pork Rice for moi
  • Each a glass of Homemade Tea

Our lunch came to RM39.25 (approximately USD/EUR8). We then strolled into Jaya Grocer and got ourselves a bagful of pastries for dinner for RM40.10 (approximately USD/EUR8), then made our way out of LaLaport BBCC. We took another escalator up and into the Hang Tuah Monorail station.

A short while later we caught another train for a fare of RM2.60 (approximately USD/EUR0.50) back to the to the Medan Tuanku Monorail station. We got off and strolled onto Jalan Doraisamy since wanted to check out the Sunny Side Up flea market. We were allergic to the "pomposity" here, a little too crass and pretentious for our liking, and beat a hasty retreat.

We continued our stroll along Jalan Doraisamy walking south before walking back across Jalan Dang Wangi before eventually arriving at Starbucks Capital Square Tower that alas was closed on the weekends! We then walked across Jalan Munshi Abdullah and headed back to our condo.

Thus ended our mini walkabout, so be sure to catch our next video where we (hopefully) wake up to enjoy early enough to enjoy a quiet morning of car-free Sunday!

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Monday 1 January 2024

AEROLINE: Penang to KL [Smooth as Silk!]

Penang Day 10: We're going home!

10 glorious had passed us by in a flash. Clichéd as it may sound, but time did fly when you're having fun.

We awoke at a quarter to seven confident of making it to Queensbay Mall before 9:30am which was when we thought the Aeroline bus would depart.

Half an hour later I casually glanced at our bus tickets to discover in horror that our bus was departing at 8:30am, not 9:30am as first thought!

With Brendan just about to shower it was a mad scramble to get ready and hail a Grab car. Thankfully we invested a fair amount of time to pre-pack all that we could the night before, leaving only our pyjamas and toiletries to be packed this morning.

We got ready and hailed a 6-seater Grab car for a fare of RM43.00 (approximately USD/EUR) that picked us up at 7:48am.

The Grab driver said we were fortunate to have hailed him when we did since most major roads in town would shortly be closed for a "fun run". He was experienced and knowledgeable who expertly 'maneuvered' his way around the streets of Georgetown.

We arrived at Queensbay Mall at 8:03am which meant that the drive barely took 15 minutes!

As a token of our appreciation for his expert navigation and constant assurances that we would make it on time. We gifted the driver Abang Mansor with a RM5.00 tip (approximately USD/EUR1).

The bus eventually departed Queensbay Mall at 8:35am and drove across the 2nd Penang bridge at 8:50am, and past the Bandar Cassia toll plaza at 9:05am.

The drive was as smooth as silk and a little over 2 hours later we arrived at the Petronas station at the Simpang Pulai R&R for a potty break.

We resumed the silky-smooth drive at 11:15am, but encountered a slow down in traffic half an hour later near the Ladang Bikam R&R. After a while the traffic cleared and we were on our merry way again. False alarm!

Traffic was smooth for the next 2 hours then slowed down again near Rawang due to an accident.

We eventually arrived at the Jalan Duta toll plaza at 1.20pm, the entire journey taking a total of about 5 hours. What a contrast it was to the almost 10-hour ordeal we endured on our trip to Penang!

We then arrived at Corus Hotel at 1:45pm and hailed a 6-seater Grab car driven by Sim Ming Siong driving a new Perodua Alza bearing the registration number VCP9395. We watched him approach us on the Grab app but then stopped at Ascott Star. He then called me to ask for our whereabouts, to which I explained that we are waiting for him at the Corus Hotel.

He insisted that we were at the wrong place despite the Grab app's pin clearly showing the pick up point at Corus Hote. He then began to be verbally abuse us, then cancelled the ride! We then hailed another 6-seater Grab car for a fare of RM27.00 (approximately USD/EUR) and got home at 2:00pm.

We will probably go on another trip somewhere in March to celebrate my 55th birthday, so in the meantime we will post the usual weekend escapades.

I have to work on my New Year's resolution, so take care and Happy New Year everyone!

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