Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Malaysian North South Highway - An Engineering Marvels

Malaysia longest Expressway is North South Expressway or PLUS Highway. The Expressway has total length of 966km stretching from Thailand to Singapore. Refer to,_Malaysia

The highway construction start in 1975 starting from Kuala Lumpur to Seremban. The highway built in stages and completed in 1994.

If you travel along the highway it is advised to observed speed limit which is 110km/h. Some stretch will be as low as 80km/h).

  1. Observed speed limit
  2. Do not follow another car too closed
  3. Before overtake, observed incoming car from behind and check blind spot
If your car involve in accident, stalled or even tyre puncture
  1. Pull over you car to the side. Activate emergency light. Put emergency cone at lease 100m from your car to assist high speed car to notice you.
  2. Get out from the car and wait behind steel barrier
  3. Call PLUS LINE 1800 88 0000
  4. The PLUS tow truck will tow your car to the nearest exit. Confirm that the tow truck is from PLUS. If you in doubt, you can can the PLUS Line again
  5. Call your insurance towing service to tow your car to any workshop you familiar. If your car involve in accident, send back you car to the OEM workshop (for example Proton Service Centre or Toyota Service Centre)
  1. Do not except any help from private mechanic. They tend to do more damage to your car and charge more. For example if your car overheat, they will put cold water into your engine to damage the engine and offer free towing to their workshop. Of course they will charge for repair (not even complete) and the charge is very-very expensive
  2. When raining or during low visibility, do not use emergency light. Just switch on the light.
That's all for today. Happy driving

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia

Penang Hill is located about 6km from city centre. You can ride Rapid Penang Bus or Taxi to lower train station, The funicular train will climb 830m to the top of Penang Hill.  Penang Hill is the only funicular train system in South East Asia.

The track built by British completed in1923. At that time, Penang Hill serve as a resort for Briton to escape from Penang tropical heat. The hill also serve as a strategic point to control security and shipping land in Penang.

Recent upgrade of the train completed on 2010. The new train is faster and waiting time is also improve. The new train also air-conditioned.

There is not much activity on the top of the hill. But a nice ABC or literally mean Mixed Crushed Ice (with syrup, nuts and ice-cream) with scenic view of Penang will sure give a memorable experiences.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

Malaysia had several International Airport but the main airport that land right into Kuala Lumpur (30km from city centre) is Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The airport also equipped with the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) to accommodate no frills airlines such as AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific.

The concept of the airport is airport within the tropical jungle. In some place you can see actual jungle tress planted inside the terminal to be only separated by glass panel. Among notable facilities is free WiFi access to the visitors. Other facilities is almost the same as any other major airport in western countries except less crowded and more spacious.

To reach the city is only 35 minutes by train (KLIA express) or about 1 hour by bus or taxi.

Welcome to Malaysia.

Portuguese Settlement, Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca is a unique tourist attraction in Malaysia. Malacca blend several cultural namely Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and Chettiars. 

Portuguese settlement exist since the age of Portuguese occupation to Malacca since 1514. 

Most Portuguese still embrace Christianity so the area of Kampung Portuguese is mostly dotted by non-halal restaurant.

But the area is relatively small and a 5 to 10 minutes drive will land you to Bandar Hilir or Mahkota Parade

Enjoy the scenary.

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