Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bukit Bintang, go visit!

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Bukit Bintang is the shopping district and  entertainment zone with big malls, many shops,  lots of bars and pubs as well. This area has a pretty good number of hotels which ranges from 150 RM and above (depends on your choice of luxury).  It is popular among tourists and locals, especially among the youths. A part of Bintang Walk is designated as an "Arab Street".

perfume shop at Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang or Starhill encompasses Jalan Bukit Bintang and its immediate surrounding areas. The area has long been Kuala Lumpur's most prominent retail belt that is home to many landmark shopping centres, al-fresco cafés, swanky bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries.

starhill mal at Bukit Bintang

Nestled within Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle, the Bukit Bintang district begins with Jalan Bukit Bintang which starts at Jalan Raja Chulan and ends at Pudu Road. The two other roads that border the Bukit Bintang district are Jalan Sultan Ismail which intersects it and Imbi Road at the south. Jalan Walter Grenier, Jalan Bulan, Changkat Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor are considered part of the entertainment district.

street performance at Bukit Bintang

On weekends, thousands of locals as well as tourists throng Bintang Walk and its shopping centres. Many majornightlife events take place here such as the New Year's countdown, Merdeka eve celebrations, street concerts and parties. The annual Malaysian F1 Grand Prix pit stop and Guinness St Patrick's Day Celebrations are held here too

Pavilion mall

These are the shoping malls you should browse when you are at Bukit Bintang:
  • Berjaya Times Square It is currently the 13th biggest shopping mall in the world boasting 12 levels of retail with a total of 3,500,000 square feet (330,000 m2). Although it was initially aimed at the upper-echelon of society, it is currently positioned as a middle-class shopping mall offering youth fashion targeted at the younger crowds. 
  • Starhill Gallery is probably the ritziest and luxurious mall in the whole of Kuala Lumpur alongside Suria KLCC.[citation needed] A Louis Vuitton flagship outlet flank the exterior facade of this grand structure. Fashion houses whether Gucci, Fendi, Valentino can all be found here. 
  • Pavilion KL Built in late 2007, it is targeted at the middle-upper segment of society. It offers a diverse tenant mix which makes it one of the most successful malls in KL.[citation needed] Tangs and Parkson are the anchor tenants of this mammoth 7-storey retail podium, first-times in Malaysia like Mandarina Duck and Juicy Couture have settled here. You'll also find a plethora of luxury boutiques ranging from YSL, Celine, Zegna, Diane von Fürstenberg to Italian fashion doyens like Furla and Prada. 
  • Fahrenheit 88 Renamed and refurbished, opened in September 2010, the area previously housed the deteriorating KL Plaza. It consists of 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of lettable space spread over 5 levels of zoned shopping space. There is a designated zone for IT gadgets similar to that of Low Yat Plaza, named Signature@IT. This mall caters largely to homegrown, middle-priced retallers despite anchored by Japanese retailer Uniqlo. 
  • Lot 10 is as a middle-class retail destination as most outlets have shifted as a result of competition and degradation. Widespread refurbishment to the mall was done at a cost of RM20 million. Existing anchor Isetan has undergone a facelift. The entrance of this monumental landmark is flanked by British retailer Debenhams and Zara. 
  • Low Yat Plaza The ultimate one-stop center for KL-ites when shopping for electronic gadgets. The ratio between IT outlets and F&B outlets are 70:30. 
  • Sungei Wang Plaza (Chinese: 金河广场)— Despite being 36 years old, it remains a 100%-occupancy mall with the highest visiting traffic in Malaysia, though visitors more towards the younger crowd. It features mainly trendy Asian-inspired fast-retail fashion at bargain prices. 
  • BB Plaza (Chinese: 武吉免登购物中心)— Bukit Bintang Plaza is adjoined to Sungei Wang Plaza. It is anchored by homegrownMetrojaya. 
  • Imbi Plaza 

  • You can opt for street food at Jalan Alor  as well as good restaurants (few are near Times Square mall). 
  • If you are a shopaholic then the best destination is The Times Square Mall. Its huge with loads of variety. In some stalls you can bargain too. Discounts run round the year with affordable prices. 
  • Beware for touts and agents on the road wanting to take you for a ride to some massage places. 
  • There is too much traffic in this area and best to take the monorail to get to this place. The monorail stations are situated here, you can stop at Imbi station or Bukit Bintang station. 
  • You can go to KL CC via The Pavilion. It has a connection bridge from pavilion to KL CC 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jalan Surabaya an antique shops at Jakarta

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Jalan Surabaya is a flea market that well known for the antiques goods.  Jalan Surabaya itself is located at the Menteng residential area, at the Central of Jakarta. The Menteng area is a new urban design developed in the 1910s to become a residential area for Dutch people and high officials. This area has become one of the most expensive areas for residential real estate in Jakarta. Several important people such as former president Suharto take up residence in Menteng. The President of the United States Barack Obama spent his childhood in Menteng, attending local schools including Besuki Public Schooland St. Francis of Assisi School.

antique shops at Jalan Surabaya

You can see kiosks/shops along the Surabaya Street. It has been existed since 1974. There are about 180 or so stalls in a 500-meter line on left side of the narrow street. It sells various items that usually attract collectors, historians or those who simply want an extra touch of authenticity in their living room. 

antique shops at Jalan Surabaya
Some stalls has specialty on antique goods. You can find stalls sell only porcelains with variety models and ages while others only sell books or cassette / phonograph records, or specialized on selling bags and suitcases. However, many stalls sell variety antique staffs. You can find stuffs  like wayang, porcelain, wooden sculptures, mask, eating utensils made of silver and brass, antique lamp, metal souvenirs, old fashioned ornaments, old telephone, old camera, old woven cloth, phonograph record, and some others.

old gramophone at Jalan Surabaya


  • The antique goods do not have prices. It depends on the rarity of its models or age of the goods or quality of it. So browse around if you already know what to buy. You need to bargain when you want to buy it. Do not forget to do price comparison between one shop to another.

old cameras and Books at Jalan Surabaya

  • There are some goods been replicated to the original one, but some time there are some modification on antique goods. So if you know the antique goods you can test your experiences in here otherwise better to bring someone who understands about antiques when you visit Jalan Surabaya.
  • Take a bajaj or taxi to here, it will be very complicated to reach Jalan Surabaya by public transportation. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The beautiful beach at Tanjung Bungah

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Tanjung Bungah (also spelled as Tanjong Bunga) is a suburb of Penang, Malaysia. It is situated in the northern part of Penang Island. It was known as a fishing village, but now it's populated by many commuters from Georgetown and people who work in the hotels along the beach. You will pass through this area when you're heading to Batu Ferringhi.  There are many hotels you can find here which are lower priced than those in Batu Ferringhi.

Tanjung Bungah beach view at night

Tanjung Bungah was hit on Christmas 2004 by the tsunami. The Royal couple of Malaysia paid a visit to the area hit by the massive tidal waves in Tanjung Bungah and checked on the floating mosque.

tanjung bungah street from batu feringgi

Tanjung Bungah has become a favorite spot for foreigners to settle down in Penang because of its proximity to the educational facilities at Dalat International School as well as its proximity to the leisure areas of Batu Ferringhi and Gurney Drive. The Penang Branch Campus of Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC), which has its main campus in Kuala Lumpur is also located here.

tanjung bungah main street

Tanjung Bungah is a valley of 1.5 km across and 4 km long flanked by hills on the west, south and east, and the sea on the north. The hill to the east is known as Pearl Hill or Mount Erskine and is 194 meters high. The hill to the south leads to Bukit Bendera.

If you go to Malaysia, it is one of destination tourists spot to experience the beautiful sandy beach. Two of the most popular spots, Tanjung Bungah and Batu Feringghi are well developed ‘island paradises' featuring top range accommodations and some natural attractions. The most unique aspect of the island is perhaps how cultures combine seamlessly so don't be surprised to find a mosque, Chinese or Indian temple a few hundred metres away from each other.

tanjung bungah beach 

There are many hotels available in Tanjung Bungah.  They are situated between the beach and the busy road. There are traffic lights and a bridge for pedestrians to cross the road.

One of the attractions of Tanjung Bungah is the floating mosque. It was completed in 2005.
Every Friday a lot of people come from far away to pray in this floating mosque

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