Friday, April 22, 2011

Adventurous Sunday

I was inspired by a fellow blogger, Alice that all of a sudden I suggested we travel by train to our destination last Sunday. It was no surprise that my husband wasn't too keen on the idea but I think he has learnt not to argue with a persistent wife. :P He wanted to go to Mid Valley but I wanted to go to KLCC. We went to KLCC in the end. Wanna know why? It's not because I was persistent..hehe. Read on.

We were quite clueless when we reached the train station at Bukit Jalil. It is the nearest station to my house although there is another station in Sri Petaling too. Oh and before that, we still had to drive ourselves to the train station and find a parking to park our car. The drama started when we realised that from the car park to the train station, it was not disabled-friendly at all. I mean we are not disabled but my child was strapped in his stroller for heaven's sake. There were so many steps leading to the train station. Haven't they thought about the disabled or children in strollers? How is it that the government wants to promote taking public transport when everything is not built completely for everyone's convenience? So imagine how many steps we have to go through just to reach the station plus the stroller is not that light you know? My husband had to carry the stroller and I had to carry my son. 

Checking out the route map before embarking on our journey.

The ticket counter.

Not congested at this Bukit Jalil station. I nearly fainted when I saw the flight of stairs ahead.
Phew! Luckily got escalator here.

Eager kids waiting for the train.

Crowd is manageable here. Spacious waiting area.

And here comes the RapidKL LRT.

Don't be deceived by Joseph's look. He was actually excited. It's something new to him.
We boarded the train, RapidKL LRT to be exact, to Bandar Tasik Selatan for the interchange to KTM Komuter. This is when we met the next hurdle of our little adventure. We were in for a big surprise for little did we know that there were many people who have the same destination(Mid Valley). Not only that, this KTM Komuter came from Seremban. So you can imagine the amount of people who were already in the train plus the amount of people waiting for the train. We couldn't even get ourselves in because we had the stroller. We were waited for the next train to come but it was still jam packed like sardines. And we thought that there will be less people travelling during the weekend.

The KTM Komuter ticket counter.

Fortunately there is a lift at this station.

There's definitely more people at this station.

Joseph is starting to get fussy already. I had to keep him occupied with biscuits which he gobbled up to 9 pieces.

The KTM Komuter leaving us behind to try our luck with the next train. Everyone's gone except for us.

My lil' dahling is still not tired yet.

At the Bandar Tasik Puteri station, there is also the interchange to KLIA Transit which will lead us to KL Sentral station. Feeling so desperate, we did that exactly. When my hubby told the ticket seller our destination to KL Sentral, she gave us a surprise look and had to ask us the second time for confirmation. I guess nobody would be silly enough like us to hop on this train just to go KL Sentral not only because the fare was expensive but also most people are going to LCCT instead of KL Sentral! RM 8.40 for 2 adults. Now that's more expensive than a normal train ride. Of course with that amount we paid, there will some difference like speed because it is an express train, comfortable cushion seats and not crowded with people.

That leg space is for people to put their luggage but instead we put a boy in a stroller. Hehe.

Comfy cushion seats in KLIA Transit.

I told my hubby that he should've listen to me and go to KLCC instead. Somehow, I think that there will be less people going to KLCC compared to Mid Valley. Although we could've boarded the train to Mid Valley at KL Sentral, my hubby got phobia and changed his mind to KLCC instead. So that's how we ended up going to KLCC in the end. See, it's not because I was persistent..:P

At long last, we finally arrived at KLCC. All that walking got us feeling hungry and we searched for a place to have our lunch. I was too hungry that I didn't even snap any pictures. Joseph was also tired that he fell asleep even before we had our lunch. Alas, my hubby didn't have the mood to shop after lunch and we ended up only getting cupcakes from Bisou Bake Shop as a treat for the kids.

Just to show how crowded the train to KLCC but it was still a wee bit better than the crowd going to Mid Valley.

Bisou Bake Shop in KLCC where I got the cupcakes. Sinful but lovely indulgence.

Presenting the cupcakes anti-clockwise from the top, Red Velvet, Nutella and Dark Secret. I personally feel that the Nutella tasted the best.

I gave Joseph a few bites of my Red Velvet cupcake.

Elizabeth chose the Dark Secret because she said it looked like ice-cream. Now she still looks normal. 

Then she behaved a bit crazy.

Finally a bit scary? That's what sugar do to kids?

You know, Elizabeth finished up all the chocolate frosting and then decided she had enough. So Joseph grabbed the cupcake from me and ate it all up.

Chomp, chomp, chomp.

Chocolate cupcake monster!

All of Bisou's cupcakes. Make you salivate?

I think after this little adventure, my hubby will stay far away from trains until his phobia subsides. LOL. Or should I say until Joseph turns 3 or 4 perhaps? But even though he wasn't exactly happy with the ride, he still went on for the sake of the children. I overheard him asking Elizabeth a few times whether she is happy to ride a train and you can bet that hearing her answer is all that matters to him. Unquestionably, her answer was YES!


  1. hahaha of course weekends the trains are pack! what else would malaysians do? free aircond ma... btw ur daughter was standing over the yellow line in the station! kena saman oh! ehhe

  2. It has been years since I sat on a train! The last was I think back in early 2008 when I was working in OCBC, everyday have to take train else be caught in traffic jam for hours!

    Anyway, normally train stations will have escalators going up for convenience and lift for going down but lots of time the lift is quite slow.

    Wait till you try the monorail.. they are not even linked to KL Sentral, so if you have to change from monorail to Star LRT or Putra, you'll cry cos you have to walk from the Brickfields station all the way to KL Sentral to catch the connecting train rides...

    Awesome transportation system huh?!

  3. kakak!welcome to Malaysian public transportation system. this is just the trains you've tried. wait till your lil' Dahling tells you, "mummy, i want to take bus". OMG! *faints* God Bless You!

    btw, the interchange station's name is Bandar Tasik Selatan isn't it?

  4. Jun Sern: Believe me man, with so many people, I can't even feel much of the air cond. Better sit car like that right? Hehe. Aiyah I told my daughter so many times but she's still a kid. So what to do? Luckily I strapped my son in the stroller. Now you know why I badly need the stroller.

    Jenny: Yeah awesome man..LOL. Believe me not all stations have escalators and lift you know? Some have escalators going up but no escalator going down. Crazy.

    Adik: Oh I'm not worried about that because she has sat bus before during her school trips and concerts. Hehe. So I got that one covered.

    Oh my you are right lar. Bandar Tasik Selatan. Pardon me, long time never sit already lar.

  5. wah... i've never bring ethan on the LRT here! But he tried the MRT in Spore. Over here I'm not well-versed with the public transport coz me have driver :P

  6. Merryn: Never mind. As long as you've taken Ethan to sit before and he has seen a real train then it's ok. Don't have to bring again in Malaysia. LOL. I'm also not well versed because I drive not so lucky like you driver. ;)

  7. Wooo... it seems STAR LRT were rather packed compared to PUTRA, I reckon PUTRA is more friendly since it has ram for OKU and the train is longer!:)

    Yalor, most important is the lil ones enjoyed the trip mar, worth your efforts!^^

  8. Alice: I can't even differentiate which is Star LRT and which is Putra LRT because they all have the same name now. haha.

    Anyway, thanks for your post if not I wouldn't have tried it too..;)

  9. Elizabeth wear long sleeve..not hot kah? But she looks to be having loads of fun. Although more 'ma fan' for you and Yap to bring them for a train ride, but I think that when you see how they enjoyed it, it makes all the effort worthwhile right? :)



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