Monday, February 01, 2016

One of the Wednesday Evening Rides in Klang Valley

As usual our gathering point is either at Lake Ttiwangsa or Bandar Utama (My Bicycle Shop). This time around we met up at the club at KGT PDRM Titiwangsa. We just love the ginger tea (teh halia) here it is really awesome. One must try the fresh ginger flavoured tea in Titiwangsa.
Below are three clips of the evening ride to Seri Gombak for a dinner.
Part 1 - Getting out of lake Titiwangsa.

Part 2 - Into the kampong at Sentul somewhere along the DUKE Highway. We have to use many bridges to cross the highways and Gombak River.

Part 3 - Finally we reached our destination at Restoran Sin Kee for our dinner and headed back on a different route using bicycle lanes built by DBKL (local council).
The eleven of us at Dataran Merdeka before we adjourned at the club with a distance of 35km covered for the evening. 
Till then we shall see you again.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Meng Kee Char Siew Glenmarie Shah Alam

Beside the popular char siew, you can get poached chicken or fried chicken.
The famous Char Siew BBQ pork belly that is sweet, sticky and delicious. One must not miss if you are in this shop. Well done for it's good quality and and maintaining over the years. 
Crunchy bean sprouts to go with the meal.
At this time of hard economy this bill would probably be a bit heavy but considering it as a once in a blue moon affair then it's worth the while.
The place is ever crowded with mouths seeking for delicious food. The first time I tried this Meng Kee Char Siew was at a different shop back in 2008 but it was still on the same road. They surely have expanded in a big way in Glenmarie.

Meng Kee Char Siew
20, Jalan Pekedai U1/36, 
Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park 
Shah Alam

GPS : 3.081433, 101.560337

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Revisit to Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

This is my fourth time visiting Taman Botani Negara also known as Taman Cerakah or Taman Cahaya. My first time I went with my sons together with a friend's family in April 2012, our kids were so young then. Subsequently in July 2012 Dave Ern had a big group visiting the park. And the last visit was on December 2012. Malaysia has vast potential for tourism as usual we need to buckle up on our maintenance things seem to be deteriorating over time and it is a waste of money and opportunity.
This recent visit I took my wife for a morning ride it was a public holiday and it was her first time. I was glad she enjoyed it though she was had a bit of hard time with some climbs. She got to practice more in order to couple with tougher rides. We enjoyed the visit such as the paddy fields. Well done Taman Botani Negara for the perseverance,  continue to improve and revive the property.
It was a good work out we covered as many places as possible and it was so refreshing with the clean fresh air, the breeze of the coming new lunar year, sound of birds and animals in a forest environment that is so near to the city.
We will back for more rides in this park. Bear with me for about 5 minutes to watch this clip of this recent visit and I hope you will like it.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Brompton Ride to Pulau Ketam

It was a ride organised by a group of Brompton bicycle owners to visit an island off Port Kelang with our folding bikes. This was my second time visiting Pulau Ketam. My first trip could be viewed from this link. We all gathered at Chong Kok Kopitiam near the Klang Train Station for a lovely breakfast before we start our event.
I like the atmosphere of this coffee shop, it has become a very rare scene to see all races sitting down in the a coffee shop and eat together. Fortunately we still have a few of such shops like Chong Kok Kopitiam. The local coffee is simply awesome it's concentrated "kaw-kaw" and I love it without sugar.
Our ride from Klang town to Port Kelang, it was about a 10km ride.

To the jetty at Port Kelang and here we come.
By the way the boat fare per trip is RM7.00.
Pulau Ketam if translated to English is "Crab Island" is basically a fishing community literally floating or sitting on silts. We enjoyed cycling around and observing and experience their lifestyle in the island.
We found an interesting ice floss dessert at a shop by the name of Chop Hiap Thye, the ice dessert is a finely shaved flavoured ice and topped with red bean and jelly. 
Time to go home and everyone on board as the boat is about to leave.
A train ride from Port Kelang to Klang instead of cycling on a hot afternoon, we were looking forward eating the banana leaf rice in Klang.
Yap Kee is another unique shop a Chinese shop serving Indian banana leaf rice and it is always pack.

A clip showing our round in the island.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sathiyanery Vegetarian Food Centre, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur

Thanks to Jeffery for bringing me here for lunch, he told me to just sit down and food will be served. All the patrons eat the same standard combination of food. Seating is just a mere bench shared by everyone. That's interesting indeed.
A plate of rice with a few types of vegetarian dishes, a bowl of dahl, a bowl of dessert and a glass of cold water. All for a fixed price of RM6.00 per plate. I had a good time my appetitie was good and the food was delicious, nothing was left from my share. Thumb up for Sathiyanery.
The stall is clean with many poster of different beliefs, Picture of Mahatma Gandhi, Signages with different languages and I truly love Malaysia. So many kind of different food to savour and so colourful. 
It was packed and there were patrons waiting to be seated so eat reasonably quick and let others have a chance to eat.
It was busy working at the severy counter cum cashier and all system looking well in place and food were served fast. Cheers I shall be back.

Sathiyanery Vegetarian Food Centre
Jalan Tun Samanthan 3 (Near Petronas Station)
Kuala Lumpur
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 
GPS: 3,135769, 101,689957

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Trying out a new Toy Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

Awesome! I have completed my first cycling video within a day including all the learning, trial and error I hope to improve as time goes by provided that the interest stays.

I got myself online a small little white box that could take pictures and videos something like what a Gopro could do but at a lot cheaper.
I just wonder whether I will actually use these accessories, Right now I just want the small little box. Immediately after I received this toy I went out for my first project i.e. to cycle to Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya from my house for a distance of about 32km. Then I came back home learning through the YouTube on how to upload the video. Frankly speaking learning through YouTube is easy and fun I quite like it.

Cheers and see you again.

Below is the route I took from home to Bandar Utama.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My First Time Going Off Trail at Bukit Lagong

It was a Sunday I wanted to bring my wife to Putrajaya to join a leisure ride but she got some work commitment and I had to go on my own. I changed my plan of going to Putrajaya and instead I went for Johnny Ng's ride. This time I was expecting something different from my normal cycling.
Johnny brought us to Selayang Jaya for our breakfast, a good place for noodle by the name of Kim Kee Noodle 金记面家.
We went over to place to meet up other riders and this shop is getting popular for breakfast. I have marked it for a return visit.
It is situated at Taman Bidara, Selayang. This is the noodle stall that was popularly posted at Facebook for its curry noodle. We just can't have the luxury of time to wait for a bowl and try it. The curry mee has to wait.
All ready and a dozen was set to try Bukit Lagong many of us do not have the slightest idea of the condition of the trail, we just follow blindly.
Bukit Lagong is located off Jalan Bidara, Selayang a forest reserve area with river spot for picnic and further in there is an Orang Asli Settlement. We were about to explore the hill beyond the settlement with our bicycles. Click here to see my previous visit to this place during my initial time of cycling with our regular buddies.
At the end of the paved road there is an earth road all up into the hill. I understand that this road is a dead end and is being used by the Orang Asli for durian season.
After a few hundred of metres there is a site for paintball war game and the trail continues ... the condition was bad and little did I know it was so difficult to ascend this climb. 
The trail is uneven with fallen trees and branches on the path, it is steep and at times we were required to carry our bikes over obstacles. This trail is definitely not popularly tried by MTB bikers except for some crazy ones like us.
The leader stopped and regroup as many time much as possible, a few of us turned back and gave up.
I nearly wanted to give up but I told myself to finish it and slowly I pushed up and ride where I can but most of the uphill I pushed the bike up. My tee shirt was fully drenched with sweat and never had I experienced such a sweaty shirt before.
What a great relief  when I heard that we have reached the destination up at Bukti Lagong, the path is totally covered with green apparently the path will only be cleared when there is durians to be collected.
As I was going up the hill I was worried about going down later unfavorable trail really look scary. I just took the return slowly holding the rear brake most of the time and riding like a small kid learning how to balance as I saddled down. Thank to Johnny for the tips on how to handle the bike it was totally a different ball game when you are on an off road adventure at tough condition like this. Two felled and hurted themselves fortunately it was not serious. Overall it was fun and a great experience for me. The next round I will look for a friendlier trail for a MTB adventure.