Monthly Archive: April 2007

KL MENJERIT 2007 : Off Budget

Here the budget for 4 days 3 nights for 3 person that was created by Imraneo before we move to KL:

Car : RM 657
Gas : RM 120
Tolls : RM 120
Hotel : RM 240

Here what the real costs:

Car : RM 675
Gas : RM 154.44
Tolls : RM 123.60
Hotel : RM 374

Total Cost : RM 1327.04

Due to the car rental’s statergy, we forked out RM18 more. RM34.44 for the GPS confusion that make the car eat up more gas. The tolls quite accurate but we can make it less if we went back the same way we went to Sepang F1 Circuit. About the hotel, we planned to get a budget inn as Amino keep on mumbling on the $$$ spent and wanted to take the bus instead.

Total each person spend is RM 442.34 = SGD 196.59

KL MENJERIT 2007 – Day 4 : Berjaya TimeSquare and Johore Bahru

Destination : Orkid Hotel -> Berjaya TimeSquare -> Johore Bahru -> Singapore
Date : Sunday, 9th April 2007

Time : 9.30am

We were late for breakfast!

Time : 10.30am

Reached the TimeSquare on foot one more time.

Inside the TimeSquare

The Indoor Theme Park

The Roller Coaster Rails

Time : 12.10pm

Bought a Apache for RM140.

Toy Apache $$$ = RM140

Dreambox, the shop which sell all Coke’s stuffs

Some of the bottles Coke the shop sell

Time : 12.50pm

Amino and I decided to have a full massage at one of the shop as they got a special offer on a weekday. Amino lost one of his contact lenses while massaging his eyes. Don’t know whether the contact len fall out of his eye or lost inside his eye.

Full Massage $$$ = RM50

Time : 2pm

We decided to went back to Singapore. It was raining cat and dog again before it become heavy until all the vehicles put on the hazard light.

Time : 7pm

We were stopped by the Trafic Police just before we reached Johore Bahru City area. The Datuk said “124… Selamat Malam Encik”. We don’t know what is the “124” he was referring. The driver, Amino, kan-cheong a bit and was looking for the car rent booklet as we were driving in a Malaysian plate car. We thought they we doing their routine spot-checks.

The Datuk asked for the Amino’s license. Then he asked where we from and where we are heading. When he know that we are from Singapore, he told us that on Sunday they summoned 78 Singapore’s cars and asked us are we from F1 Sepang International Circuit.

What would you do if you are in this situation. Below is some options we can take.

Extract from The condom (and other assorted things) test

1. You are driving along and you realise there is a police roadblock up ahead. What do you do?

a. Reach for the RM100 note you have hidden in the visor, roll down the window, and say, with a big smile, “Selamat petang, Datuk.�

b. Make an abrupt U-turn and flash your lights at the oncoming traffic to alert them.

c. Hastily cover the copy of the Report of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police that’s sitting on the passenger seat with the latest issue of Vogue.

d. Proudly place your copy of the Report of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police on the dashboard together with a copy of the Suhakam report on the Kesas Highway Incident and the latest issues of Aliran and Utusan Konsumer, then roll down the window, and say, with a big smile, “Selamat petang, Saudara.�

The Datuk went to check the outer of our car and peeped in the car and asked us some more questions. Then he keeps asking us whether we want a summon. We keep cool and wanted to say “no” but instead we gave him some excuses such as that we were first time driving, we were unintended, asking for a warning only and bla bla bla…

After sometime, maybe because the queue of the stopped cars were getting long, he said he let us go and just take the picture. What a near booking for our first time driving in a rented Malaysian car. The number 124 will be remembered for some times… anyway 124km/hr is not so bad compared to the highway speed limit of 110km/hr.

Time : 8pm

Parked the car at the carpark near the Orix office, drop the key inside the office and time to go back to Singapore

Time : 10pm

Reached home, unpacked all stuffs, took a bath and went to sleep.

KL MENJERIT 2007 – Day 3 : Suria KLCC, Sepang F1 Circuit, Berjaya TimeSquare and Bukit Bintang

Destination : Orkid Hotel -> Suria KLCC -> Sepang International Circuit -> Berjaya TimeSquare -> Jalan Bukit Bintang
Date : Sunday, 8th April 2007

Time : 9.15am

Breakfast is the same as yesterday but today they served Fried Mee Hoon instead of Fried Kuey Tieow.

Time : 9.55am

We start our way to the Suria KLCC to buy the F1 tickets.

One of Suria KLCC Entrance

View from Suria KLCC

Time : 10.30am

We got the tickets, posters and car stickers!

The 3 C3 tickets that cost RM50. It will cost RM100 next year.

Time : 2pm

It was a long journey to the Sepang International Circuit. The highway was jammed, and we used the motorbike’s lane most of the time. Some vehicles even drove on the grass patch to reach to the SIC.

The so-called carparks

There is a parking charges of RM50 to park in this natural carpark. You can pre purchase the parking sticker at the ticket booth or just after the Plaza Tol exits. You are not allowed to the SIC areas and the trafic police will tell you to get out of the place. We managed to sneak through without the parking sticker and parked our car on the side of the road just before the carpark.

A Ferrari just passed by me

Ferrari’s Kits Anyone?

The Entrance to the Circuit

The Renault’s Salegirl

This girl is selling some stuffs for those who can’t take the heat and noise.

Another Petronas Display Car

Salegirls Selling Cigarettes

Another Salegirl Selling Cigarettes

Papa Rock Ramli Sarip Was There Too

Time : 2.50pm

We were at the Mall Area and we rushed to take the shuttle bus to the C3 area.

View Inside The Circuit (Grandstand F)

The Tower

South Mall Area

Most of them were under the umbrellas

The first lap with all the F1’s cars testing their machine lead by Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

The gap between the cars. They were far apart!

This is the only cars that give a fight.

See how far is this two cars?

The Ferrari’s car

Most of them left the circuit just before the race end.

Time : 4.45pm

The race ended with Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Mercedes) clocked 1:32.14.930. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) hit 2nd, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) is 3rd, Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) 4th and 5th is Felipe Massa (Ferrari) who had a bad day by doing so many mistakes from the start. The turnout is about 115,000 spectators and is the highest in Sepang.

To The Exits

Goodbye Sepang F1 Circuit

The C3 Gate

The Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2007 is not that exciting as the one I watched on television. Maybe because we only got to see some part of the race and no big screen on our side. I feel like all the racers were just having fun at this event as I can’t see any overtaking take place. My friend who went there last year said it was very noisy but I find it not so bad. Imraneo and I managed to endure the heat with just our cap and no water while Amino hide under his umbrella.

Time : 5.50pm

Went to have our lunch cum dinner at the Perhentian.

Dinner $$$ = Nasi Goreng (RM2) + Ayam Goreng (RM2) + Coke (RM1.60) + Mineral Water (RM2) = RM7.60

Time : 9pm

Reached Orkid Hotel to park our car and clean up before we went on foot to Berjaya TimeSquare for a short shopping and a cup of Starbucks Coffee.

Coffee Break $$$ = Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Blended (RM14.50)

Time : 11.30pm

Reached Jalan Bukit Bintang area to look for massage therapist. A place offered us RM68 for an hour full body massage. Amino said it is expensive and we walked away.

Bought a belt for RM20 and a Manchester United shirt for RM15 at the pasar malam nearby.

Funtheque‘s Bar, Disco and Restaurant

The view at Jalan Bulan

Had Ramly Burgers near the Nova Hotel before we went back to our hotel.

Supper $$$ = Special Chicken Burger (RM2.50) + Coke

KL MENJERIT 2007 – Day 2 : Genting Highlands and Suria KLCC

Destination : Orkid Hotel -> Genting Highlands -> Suria Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC)
Date : Saturday, 7th April 2007

Time : 8:45am

Posing with the “I Love Patents” jacket that was awarded to Putera Emas by his company

Imraneo posing with his F.B.I shirt

Our first breakfast at Orkid Hotel – Omelet, Baked Beans, Fried Kuey Tieow & Fried Mee, Buns & Breads, Fried Hotdogs, Orange Juice and Tea

The tea with packed milk. Look different eh? The taste also different!

Time : 9.40am

Putera Emas posing with a Singapore’s car at Orkid Hotel. Hmm.. another Singaporean staying with us.

The Petronas Twin Tower view from the highway

Gantry at the Plaza Tol

A long way to Genting Highlands, Pahang

Time : 12.00 noon

Reached the top of Genting Highlands. Went straight to the Outdoor Theme Park.

View from the highlands

A mural drawing outside Coffee Beans

Another view of the highlands

Outside of Genting Hotel

The Water Theme Park. Still under developments when we went there the last time.

The Outdoor Dry Theme Park at the back of the Wet Theme Park

The Outdoor Roller Coaster

The entrance to the Outdoor Dry Theme Park

Time : 6pm

Bought a Ferrari’s shirt for RM30 before we have our lunch cum dinner at Mary Brown’s Restaurant.

Mary Brown Rice. It looks and taste like Nasi Lemak

Dinner $$$ = RM11

Monte Carlo Casino

No need to wear Batik shirt, just wear any shirt with collars and you will be allowed in. Malaysian malay are not allowed in the casino. Singapore malays had to show their passports to get in. He.. he.. he.. I do not need to show mine.

Inside The Casino

The Jackpots

Time : 8pm

Decided to went back to KL. It was foggy and we can’t really see the road upfront. Had to follow the back light of the other cars until it was not so foggy at the lower part of the hill. We had a smooth snake ride down the hill.

Time : 10.15pm

Reached KLCC to look for the F1 tickets.

The Petronas BMW display F1 car

The counter staff told us that ticket will be available tomorrow at KLCC from 10am onwards. A guy prompted me and asked me whether I want to buy a F1 ticket and shown me a RM500 ticket (F gallery covered area) and offered me at RM300. I told him it is expensive and walk away. A few minutes later, the guy came back to me and offered me the ticket for RM50 only. He told me I can ask the tickets counter staff to check whether it is an original ticket. As he had only one ticket, I give him an excuse that my friends will be seating far away from me and finally he went away. Don’t know maybe he found the ticket and decided to sell it to me? Or he got it free from someone who went on the first two days of qualifying round.

Time : 10.50pm

Went to buy “The Shooter” movie tickets. A story about an ex-CIA agent (Snipes) starring Mark Wahlberg that was asked to take out a terrorist, only to realize that he had been set up by his former employer. 9 out of 10 stars for this movie that full of actions from the start. The ending was quite fast when he went to the former employer house and killed all of the CIA big-shots.

Imraneo posing at the Die Hard 4 poster

Amino standing at the 9:56 poster

Movie Ticket $$$ = RM11
Large Popcorn & Drink $$$ = RM7.50

Time : 2am – 8th April 2007

Reached Orkid Hotel… bath… zzzzzzzzzzzzz

KL MENJERIT 2007 – Day 1 : Johore Bahru, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur

Ringgit Malaysia $$$ = SGD249.77 * 2.25 = RM562
Destination : Singapore -> Johore Bahru -> Malacca -> Kuala Lumpur
Date : Friday, 6th April 2007

Time : 8.30am
Yeah! We are back to KL again since the last time we went there in 2005. This time we are going to drive there using a Malaysian car. Waited Imraneo and Amino at the Kranji MRT since 8.20am. They were late again. 8.35am, Imraneo came with his trolley bag. This time Amino was the last one to come at 8.50am. Took bus 170 to the check-point and it was a very long queue at the Johore side. Due to today is a Good Friday, most Singaporeans will spend their time on Malaysia’s land. About noon time, we got our passports stamped. We checked our passports for valid custom stamps to make sure that we will be able to get back to Singapore without any trouble.

Time : 12.30pm
We reached the ORIX Leasing Malaysia Berhad at Jalan Tebrau and were told that our booked Proton Wira is not available and we need to upgrade to Toyota Vios. WTF, we booked it 2 weeks ago and when we reached there, the admin guy say the Wira is not available. Don’t know whether it a bussiness statergy to make more money. The agreed rate for a Wira is RM164 per day and a deposit of RM500, but for the Vios, the rate is RM168 and a deposit of RM1000. We got no choice but to go ahead with the Vios. After settling up with all the admin stuffs, the admin guy bring us to the car and do a mark on all the scratches on the car to a piece of paper.

Time : 1.30pm
Went to an Indian eating shop nearby the Orix to have our breakfast cum lunch before we headed to the North South Highway toward Kuala Lumpur.

Lunch $$$ = White Rice, Curry and Fry Chicken (RM5.50) + Coke (RM1.60) = RM7.10

The 2 agents : Amino & Imraneo

The North South Highway

Time : 5pm

We stopped at Malacca Town (Jalan Laksamana) for cendol and photos taking at the Clock Tower, Queen Victoria Fountain, Dutch Square Area, Museum Belia, Windmill Model, Melaka Art Gallery and the Christ Church.

The Clock Tower

The Windmill Model

The Cendol and Air Batu Kacang seller

More better looking tourist trishaws than the Singapore one

The souvenirs shop

Amino and Imraneo posing with the rented car

Time : 6pm

No time for A’Famosa Fort and we headed to Al-Azim State Mosque at Bukit Palah for our prayers.

Al-Azim State Mosque was constructed between 1989 and 1991. Chinese influence mosque and no wonder it look like a pagoda.

Al-Azim State Mosque located 2 km from Malacca town

Entrance to the sholat area

Time : 6.40pm

It was “cat and dog” rain on our two hours journey to KL. We reached Jalan Masjid India at 9.00pm. We lost our way at the confusing roads and the GPS did not give us the exact guides to our destination. Went to look for Kowloon Hotel but it was fully booked. Look for the other hotels at Jalan Masjid India, too bad they were also fully booked.

Time : 9.30pm

We decided to have our dinner first at Restoran Selera M Y (No 16 Lorong Bonus 6 Off Jalan Masjid India) before going back to our 2005 Cardigon hotel near Jalan Bukit Bintang.

The Restoran Selera M Y’s Dal Fry – Cost : RM2

Tandoori Chicken – Cost : RM7

Plain Nan – Cost : RM1

The left overs

Imraneo showing the thumb UP for the foods

Dinner $$$ = Tandoori Chicken (RM7) + 2x Plain Nan (RM2) + Dal Fry (RM2/2=RM1) + Coke (RM1.60) = RM11.60

Time : 10pm

Drive our way to Jalan Bukit Bintang, and the GPS confusing us again before we reached Cardigon hotel.

Time : 11pm

Went to all the hotels along Jalan Bulan and they were fully booked. Hotel Warisan, Cardigon, Nova, small hotels an even the inns were fully booked. The last hotel Carona Inn got a room for two but it was too small for 3 of us. The hotel staff help us to look for other hotels by calling his friend and offer us a room at RM128 somewhere near Berjaya Timesquare but refused to say which hotel. But I guess I know which hotel we were going to stay. About half an hour we waited for the guy to fetch us to the hotel. We followed him, a bit worried he may bring us to some weird places.

Time : 1am (7th April 2007)

We reached the hotel. Yes, it is Orkid Hotel (They got 3 buidings, each situated nearby). A six storey hotel at Jalan Pudu. The guy told us that they got special rate at RM108 for the Deluxe room instead of the usual rate of RM150 and an extra bed cost RM10. The guy told us that the RM20 is for both him and the Carona Inn staff. Scared he will asked for RM20 each day we stay, we decided to book for 1 day only and will extend it on the next day. Not bad for a RM108 hotel that included a breakfast. I don’t think the guy earned RM10 only. I think he had a discount on the room and earned more from that.

The 402 key to our room

The 2 beds and extra bed

A 15″ TV in the room