Ikea Damansara

Despite of its location which is outside the city of KL, we still put Ikea Damansara on our itinerary, with one reason: we wanted to try the Swedish Meatball, which is halal here! We had to take LRT all the way to Kelana Jaya LRT station. It was a 30 minutes trip from KL Sentral.

At the Kelana Jaya LRT station turn left when after the train exit counter and use the bridge to cross the road (bridge with "Mr Paint" ad on the above picture) which will take us to the bus stop at the opposite of Kelana Jaya Stn. We waited for the Ikea's free shuttle bus. The bus will be taking us to Ikano Power Center, the name of the mall. The bus interval is every 1-2 hours. The bus should have come by 10 am, but it didn't show up. And our itinerary doesn't contain which public bus to take, as we depend on the Ikea's shuttle bus!!

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Vincci Shopping at Bukit Bintang

If I travel with Rene, we don't like shopping that much, we spend most of our travel time to explore new things, taking pictures and just enjoy our quality time. Only in Hongkong, we shop a lot:D In Malaysia, I only want to buy some Vincci bags or shoes, and we thought the outlet is still open in Suria KLCC. We went there, and it was closed! So we were looking for another outlet on our last day in Bukit Bintang.

Bukit Bintang is similar to Orchard Road in Singapore. To reach this place, you may alight at Monorail station Bukit Bintang and procedd going to nearby malls: Pavillion, Fahrenheit, Lot 10 and Sungei Wang. Or you could also alight at Imbi to go to Berjaya Times Square. If you're taking kids with you, visit Berjaya Times Square as it has a fantasy land inside. This time we only visited two malls which are The Pavillion and Fahrenheit. And yes we found Vincci at Farrenheit.

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Is Putrajaya Worth A Visit?

This is one of our reason of visiting KL, to have another visit to Putrajaya. We loved the ambience there, it is so peaceful. That's why this place was on the top of our itinerary. But this time, we visited this place around 4 pm until the sunset, as it is the golden time of Putrajaya. If you are asking whether Putrajaya worth a visit? Read this post further and enjoy the pictures:)

We took KLIA transit from KL Sentral, a return ticket cost MYR 19 per person, than we alight at Putrajaya. Exit the station, turn right to go to the bus station or taxi counter. When I googling, there were limited info on how to go around Putrajaya by bus. Mostly tourist take taxi here which cost MYR 30 for an hour. But there is a cheaper way by taking Nadi Putra bus which cost only MYR 0,5. Based on my googling, bus 900 will be takung us to Dataran Putra, Putra Mosque, Selera Putra food court, which all located in Precint 1.

Arriving at the bus terminal, we couldn't find the bus number! So when your itinerary is not the same as the actual, don't panic, just relax and have an ice cream:p It's a plan anyway, and plan might change. After eating the ice cream, I approach an uniformed lady which bust will take me to Dataran Putra. She than inform me to hop on the bus 901 which was just in front of me. I confirmed to the bus driver, he said the bus is going there. So we paid 1 MYR for two person! So cheap.. After 15 minutes, the driver told us to alight and just walk down the hills.

After 10 minutes walking, we arrived at Dataran Putra. By the way to go back to the Putrajaya train station, the driver said that this is the nearest bus stop. So we have to walk to the same bus stop later that night.

We went directly to the Selera Putra food court. We tried some malay food, taste very rare. Oh nooo..so we continue taking pictures instead.

After the sunset, the view is even better! So take my tip, go there to get the sunset, and enjoy the lights of Putrajaya afterwards

written on April 22, 2011
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Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This is the second Tune hotel we're staying after Tune Legian. The atmosphere is really different, as the one in Legian has its beautiful Balinese touch at the lobby. When I entered Tune on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Kuala Lumpur, I didn't feel the holiday mood, neither at the lobby nor in the room.

This hotel is strategically located, only 5 minutes away from Medan Tuanku monorail station. In front of the hotel, there is a shopping mall called Maju Junction, and at night, there are food stalls at the corner of the street.

The loby itself has subway and a kopitiam, so you never far away from food when you're staying at this hotel.

The hotel's lift looks very nice with its wallpaper.

The room is very small (of course it is tune!), but they have a very comfortable bed and pillow (we didn't see the king koil sign though), that made you sleep very well after you tiring day. The room is lovely with its painted wall by Danapaint:p

The toilet is clean, the aircon works properly, no complaint regarding the room, except that it doesn't have the control machine as Tune Legian has, that inform you how many hours you have used your aircon. And one more thing, at the first time we arrived in the room, we failed to insert our key to light up the room. There's insufficient information in the room or on the card itself. We had to go back to the lobby to ask whether our card was error. But there was no error, it's just how you open the room with the card and how you insert it to light up the room is on a different way. We also found other guests asking about the same problem.

We had a room which has a view to the city. Next to the hotel is the monorail railway, but we didn't hear any annoying sound from the monorail when it is passing by.

We took a cab from KL sentral as we're arriving at midnight, it cost MYR 20 only. On our last day, we also took a cab to go back to the KL sentral, it cost only MYR 15. From this hotel to the Petronas tower, I will suggest you to take taxi (as there's no direct monorail to Petronas), it will cost you max MYR 10.

On the last day, we checked out at 8 am and left our luggage at the hotel which cost only MYR 2/ luggage per 24 hours. When we reached Monorail Medan Tuanku, we realize that we left our gorilla tripod in the room. We were trying to call the hotel but we only got Tune call center which only opens during working days. We called Malaysia yellow page, got the phone call, but failed to reach the hotel. We went back to the hotel around 3 pm to get our luggage, and ask the reception whether they found our left gorilla tripod in the room. He than check it with the housekeeping, but couldn't find it for us.
Despite that we lost our gorilla tripod in the room, we enjoyed our stay here, and for sure we will come back.

written on April 20, 2011 by @tesyasblog

Read also our other Tune Hotels review:
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Petronas Tower

This is the third time that we visit KL, and this time we promised ourselves to go up to the twin towers! So when I made the itinerary, I visited some blogs to gather info how to get the ticket, where is the location of the ticket counter, etc. From what I read, the ticket is no longer free. We have to pay MYR 10 to go up until 41st level, and MYR 40 to go up until 86th floor. They also have lunch and dinner package for MYR 200 and MYR 350 respectively. We decided to take the package which will allow us going up to the top.

Other important thing is that we have to queue up very early as the daily ticket is limited. The ticket counter opens at 8.30am, but it is recommended to come as early as possible.

We planned to leave at 6am to catch the ticket, but that morning we left tune hotel at 7.15 am and were confused either to take taxi, monorail or just walk to the petronas tower. As our hotel is really close to Medan Tuanku monorail station, we took the monorail and alight at the next stop called Bukit Nanas. The lady in ticket counter suggest us to continue taking LRT from Bukit Nanas to KLCC. But when we arrived at Bukit Nanas, we didn't see any LRT station, instead the Petronas tower looks very close. So we walked along Ampang Street and turn right to KLCC. It was only 10 minutes walking distance.

It was 7.50 am when we finally found the ticket counter (which is located at the basement), there were already so many people..amazing! I wonder what time they arrived that morning.

One adult can purchase up to 5 tickets, so Rene got into the line, while I had breakfast at Mesra Shop, located just opposite the ticket counter. I had Nasi Lemak with fried chicken and a botol of mineral water cost MYR5
At 8.30 am the counter opens, and at 9.10 am no more people were allowed to get into the line. The gate is closed and there's a sign saying "sorry no more ticket available" Wooohooo!! Rene got the ticket only to go up to 41th floor (MYR 10 per person). The second package was no longer available for morning visit.

At 9.50 we entered the exhibition area where we can see movie, pictures, and some "try yorself" kind of tools. The one that I tried was to compare our height with the tower! So funny.

We were directed to a small movie, had to see a 7 minute video, than start the visit up to 41st floor.

The lift was really fast, it went by each floor by second, so it took only 41 seconds to the observation deck!

We were given only 10 minutes to take pictures. Too bad that we weren't able to go up to the top level. The view must be better. Believe it or not, but the view from the observation deck is not so breathtaking as I thought it would be. A little bit dissappointed, but at least we can say, we have been there:p

After the visit, we had lunch and did some window shopping at Suria KLCC, the mall adjacent to the towers. We were looking for Vinnci shop, too bad the outlet is no longer operate in KLCC. We went back to Tune hotel taking LRT to Dangwangi than continue taking monorail from Bukit Nanas to Medan Tuanku. We found out that the LRT and Monorail stations were separated by10 minutes walking. That's why we couldn't find it in the morning when we wanted to go to the twin towers.

written on April 19, 2011
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Jalan Hemat Kuala Lumpur

Another budget trip for me and my husband, this time to Kuala Lumpur. We have purchased the ticket a year in advance during the Air Asia Rp 0 promo (free seats). Thanks to our friend Yenni Puspo who helped us buying the ticket and also booking Tune hotel in downtown KL. Later on I upgraded the ticket with pre-purchased meals, skybus ticket, so in total the ticket cost IDR 545,196 for two person (incl two way bagage for 15 kg). Yenni recommend Tune hotel for us. At that time I had never stayed in Tune hotel before. But as the hotel were having Rp 0 promo (free rooms) as well, we agree with her recommendation. Our two night stay cost only IDR 423.000 nett. Unbelivable.

About one month I prepared the itinerary. Confused where to go in the short time in KL. First we'd like to go to Melacca, that was the plan a. But we thought that two days in KL will be too short, we go back to the original plan : just vising KL. So here's our itinerary:

Day 1: Go to Petronas tower early in the morning to queue up the tickets, visit the twin tower, shopping and lunch at Suria KLCC, visit Masjid Jamek and Dataran Merdeka, visit Putrajaya.

Day 2: Go to Ikea Damansara, visit Bukit Bintang, go back to KL sentral.

A very short visit indeed, and this time we made our itinerary with the detail budget. It's our first time ever, but we have to stay on track as this year we'll have holiday up to 5 times:)

Ok, we'll update our KL story really soon :)

written on March 4, 2011
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