It was our last day in Malaysia. And we’re preparing to return back to Indonesia with the afternoon flight direct from Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya.
However, I was thinking about bringing some food as souvenirs for my family. In this case, I want to bring home Keropok Trengganu. This delicious fishcake is the native from the state of Trengganu. But it is widely sold in Kuala Lumpur as well.
The problem is, I don’t know in which part of Kuala Lumpur do they sell it? I asked the receptionist, and they direct me to Masjid Jamek.
This is my last day, and my flight will depart in the afternoon, so it is a good (if not risky) way to see how reliable the rail-based public transportation in Kuala Lumpur.
It was still early in the morning when I took the city bound LRT. Since it was Friday, there were fewer passengers than normal.
But still, even if it’s packed, it still doesn’t reduce its reliability. Because it won’t be affected by traffic jams.
Once I arrived at Masjid Jamek, I didn’t found any Keropok Trengganu seller. There are some fritter stalls that sell the Keropok. But the problem is I’m looking for the raw one (that resemble snake) where I can cook them with my family in Surabaya.
Then I remember Pak Cik Husin’s advice. He said that there is a traditional market at Taman Melati on the northern suburb of Kuala Lumpur. The place is really far from Masjid Jamek, but it is well connected with LRT network.
Since the trip took less than half an hour (according to the schedule), then I braved myself to go there. Had the place is not connected with LRT (as such in the case of most major cities in Indonesia) the journey would have took more than one hour.
I boarded the driverless Gombak line LRT. I haven’t traveled on this route since 2004. Back then the network of driverless LRT was called Putra Line.
It seemed that in the morning, there are some commuters that trying to catch some sleep in the train.
Had they done the same thing in Indonesia, they would have risking themselves of being mugged, robbed, or missing their station (a dire consequence considering the unreliability of commuter train service).
Once the train exited the subway section, I was greeted by this sight.
It is obvious that the network is not just catered for the upper middle class, but also lower middle class too.
Sometime the track would go through the elite housing area.
Or perhaps, it would be located in the middle of a suburb. Just near its community center.
From Jelatek station, the track began to ascend.
Now we’re approaching the mountainous part of Kuala Lumpur.
Along the way, there is a siding which is used to store the idle LRT stock.
Sometime the track will go into a cutting.
But interestingly, some part or the track is located on ground level.
As we approaching Wangsa Maju, the track goes into a cutting again.
The minaret reminds me that it is the time to go to the mosque. Unfortunately, since I have very little time (my plane’s departure time is quite close), so I decided not to go to the mosque.
The track is getting twistier as we approaching Taman Melati.
Once I arrived at Taman Melati I tried to look at any place that resemble grocery store (“kedai runcit”) that might sell any of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any around the station. And as I was in a hurry, I decided to return back to my hotel immediately.
On the return journey, the train went through descending track.
My train approaching Wangsa Maju suburb.
Wangsa Maju LRT station is located in the middle of its commercial area, so it is easy for anyone who wants to buy something once they returned back from city.
I am really impressed by this mosque. I wish if my flight departed in the evening, I would have spent my time to pray in the mosque.
Along the way, my train passed the Gombak-bound train on the ground level track.
The LRT track’s location which is adjacent to the main highway really gave a good comparison on how efficient this rail based transportation, especially when compared to road-based transportation.
You could even see that the highway is already jammed.
We’re approaching another station with a small storage siding nearby.
Back to Jelatek station again.
After the train departed that station, the train crossed a giant sweeping curve which led us to the city center.
I can’t imagine that how much saving the commuters would made during the rush hour by taking this train.
Not long after crossing that train, the track turn to the left…
Curving under the buildings…
Before entering the subway tunnel.
Once I returned back to Masjid Jamek, I catch the Ampang line LRT to return back to my hotel.
To be continued.