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KL staycations: 3 things to do this long weekend

With most Malaysians away this long weekend, why not stay put in KL and make the most from the lull traffic? Here’s our top three picks to do this weekend.

By Khalil Adis

Watch: Mud: The Story of Kuala Lumpur

MUD KL has a truly local flavour and has received rave reviews from the public. Photo: MUD: KL Facebook page

Mud: The Story of Kuala Lumpur has a truly local flavour and has received rave reviews from the public. Photo: MUD: KL Facebook page

Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603 2602 3335

Show time: Daily performance at 3pm and 8.30pm.

Website: http://www.mudkl.com

Facebook: @MUDKualaLumpur

“MUD: The Story of Kuala Lumpur” has a truly Malaysian flavour and features a multi-cultural casts. Directed by award-winning producer Tiara Jacqueline, it tells the story of the city through the life journey of three young men who had left their village in search of fortune in a tin mining village in the 1850s to the city’s inception of becoming the administrative capital of the Federated Malay States in1896.

Reviews among Malaysians and foreigners have been nothing short but fantastic as the production features the rich and unique multi-cultural tapestry that has made Kuala Lumpur into what it is today. Presented by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as part of its Visit KL project, the theatrical extravaganza is held at the iconic Panggung Bandaraya.

 

Eat: Go Off The Eaten Trek

Get off the eaten track and explore makan places like Petaling Street, among others. Photo: Khalil Adis

Get off the eaten track and explore makan places like Petaling Street, among others. Photo: Khalil Adis

Website: http://www.foodtourmalaysia.com

Facebook: @FoodTourMalaysia

You aren’t truly Malaysian if makan is not among your to-do list this weekend. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is a food paradise where you can find tasty and affordable Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. However, as some of the city’s best hidden gems are located in hard to find nook and cranny, this might be frustrating for food lovers. Well, fret not as help is just a click away. Join the Food Tour with experienced Malaysians alike as they take you for a food trail from Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

There are two packages to choose from in KL – Off the Eaten Trek and Kuala Lumpur Walk Tour. The former is available everyday at RM269 per pax from 7pm to 11pm. Meeting point is at Taman Paramount LRT station. The latter is available Monday to Fridays only at RM256 per pax. Meeting point is at Bangsar LRT.

 

Chill: TREC

There is something for everyone at TREC KL. Photo: Khalil Adis

There is something for everyone at TREC KL. Photo: Khalil Adis

TREC Holdings Sdn Bhd

436 & 438, Jalan Tun Razak,

50400 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia

Tel: +603 2110 5095

Website: http://www.trec.com.my

Facebook: @treckl

Let your hair down this Labour Day weekend and say hello to Kuala Lumpur’s first dedicated entertainment district.  Meaning “Taste, Relish, Experience, Celebrate”, TREC is home to Zouk KL and features an eclectic mix of casual and fine dining, quirky and independent cafes, wine bars, pubs, lounges and clubs across five different zones. Within Zouk itself, there are eight rooms to choose from – Zouk Main Room, Ace, Velvet Underground, Imperial, Member’s Lounge, Balcony Deck and Apex Lounge.

If partying to loud-banging EDM music is not your idea of winding down, fret not. There are a number of entertainment outlets to choose from ranging from Artebar to Starbucks. You can also check out the Electric Boulevard for flea marts and performances by indie bands and local talents.

Parking at TREC is a breeze as there are around 1,000 plus parking bays. You also get a daily 2-hour free parking at the basement and multi-level carpark when you spend a minimum of RM30 within TREC. All you need to do is to redeem your ticket at the carpark office and pay at the auto machine.In addition, TREC is  offering ten free UBER rides worth RM15 each. Simply type in the following promo code: GOTREC.

#youshouldbehere 3 game-changing ways of the Ampang LRT Line Extension Line on Puchong

Puchong’s time to shine has finally come. A new finding by iPropertyiQ showed that Puchong is now the fourth highly sought after location in Malaysia. Join our Puchongite, Lucky Ducky, as she takes the train and discovers how the LRT project has transformed this once ulu area into one of Malaysia’s sought after township

Born and raised in the tin mining lake of Puchong, Lucky Ducky has witnessed herself how much her kampung has transformed over the years. Follow her on her #youshouldbehere journey Photo: Khalil Adis

Born and raised in the tin mining lake of Puchong, Lucky Ducky has witnessed herself how much her kampung has transformed over the years. Follow her on her #youshouldbehere journey Photo: Khalil Adis

By Lucky Ducky

Quack! It’s me, Lucky Ducky, your new correspondent from Puchong.

If you are a Puchongite, I am sure you are familiar with the problems faced by fellow residents.

In fact, ask any Klang Valley urbanites what their number one daily frustration is and they will tell you hands down that it is the traffic jams. Therefore, it is no wonder thousands of KLites breathed collective sighs of relief when full service for the Ampang-Sri Petaling LRT Extension Line became commenced on 30 June 2016.

Measuring some 18.1 km long and comprising 11 new stations that extends from the existing Sri Petaling station, the line now makes it possible for those living in Southern Kuala Lumpur to travel to the city centre via rail. Let this Puchongite explain to you three game-changing ways arising from this RM10 billion project.

1. Improved accessibility

The RM10 billion Ampang Extension LRT Line is expected to bring in an additional 195,000 passengers in daily ridership, including 40,000 from the newly-opened stations. Image: RapidKL

The RM10 billion Ampang Extension LRT Line is expected to bring in an additional 195,000 passengers in daily ridership, including 40,000 from the newly-opened stations. Image: RapidKL

Remember those days when we used to get caught in horrible daily traffic congestion? Let’s not even talk about the floods!

Well, those days are now over as the opening of the Ampang LRT Extension Line has made traffic a lot more smoother. There are now seven stations running through the township, namely BK5 (Kinrara), IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong Perdana and Puchong Prima. This would bode well for Puchong’s population of 400,000 which will continue to grow.

It does not stop there. Commuters from Puchong can now enjoy easy accessibility to the whole of Greater Klang Valley as the Ampang LRT Extension Line is integrated with the Kelana Jaya LRT, the Batu Caves-Seremban KTM, the Tanjung Malim-Pelabuhan Klang KTM, the ERL KLIA Transit, the KL Monorail and the soon to be completed MRT Line 1 (Sungai Buloh-Kajang).

Hence, it does not matter if your workplace is in KL or as far away as Cyberjaya and Seremban. The Ampang LRT Extension Line and its sister rails will have your back!

View the whole integrated transport magic system here

2. Savings, savings and more savings!

You can save more with the monthly MyRapid Card! Photo: Khalil Adis

You can save more with the monthly MyRapid Card! Photo: Khalil Adis

Let’s talk about the LRT’s biggest boons – time and cash savings!

Take for example a trip from Bandar Puteri Puchong station to KL Sentral. This 24 km journey can either take you 45 minutes or an-hour-and-a-half, depending on the time of the day.

Considering the burgeoning traffic conditions in KL coupled with the current rainy weather, it is safe to say that the commute in the mornings and evenings will involve a lot of hair-pulling.

In addition, the travelling cost is not cheap – a one way trip can come up to almost RM9 (plus an additional RM4.70 for toll charges along the LDP and NPE & RM4 for petrol). This does not include parking fees and your car’s wear and tear, which contributes to another estimated RM10 in expenditures.

In contrast, the journey by public transport, will take you 45 minutes and costs you RM4.60. Comprising 19 stops from Bandar Puteri Puchong LRT station to Masjid Jamek interchange station and then hopping onto the Kelana Jaya Line to the KL Sentral station, this translates to a cost saving of RM14 or a whopping 75 per cent – one way.

Instead of getting caught in traffic, you now have the luxury of time in using that 45 minutes to catch up on some reading or a shut-eye.

3. Puchong is rising in popularity – accessibility & affordability, checked!

Puchong is the fourth most sought after township in Malaysia. Source: iPropertyiQ

Puchong is the fourth most sought after township in Malaysia. Source: iPropertyiQ

Not everyone who works in the city centre can afford to purchase a home there, especially, Gen Ys.

Hence, it is no surprise that Puchong has always been a top choice among aspiring home buyers as there are numerous affordable property options and the township has it all – from shopping centres to  hypermarkets such as Tesco Extra Puchong, Giant Bandar Puteri Mall and AEON Big Puchong Utama.

This does not include the many educational institutions comprising 24 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, three colleges/university colleges and Taylor’s International School.

In the past, many used to find Puchong’s traffic conditions a deal-breaker. However, that is now a distant thing with the LRT extension line. With enhanced connectivity, Puchong has seen an uptick in interest among property buyers.

For example, according to data obtained from iProperty.com’s iPropertyiQ, Puchong ranked fourth as one of the top residential hotspots in Malaysia as of September 2016. (See graph above)

So what are you waiting for? – Get your hands on a slice of Puchong’s property pie today.

Visit Epic Residence to search for your dream home in Puchong. 

Disclaimer: No animals have been harmed in the process of writing this story.