Thursday, April 1, 2010
Finding Lake Titiwangsa in Scorching KL
I had to visit that white washed church I see from Jalan Pudu. By 9:30AM, I was walking towards St. Anthony's Church. Unfortunately, it was closed and would only open during Sunday mass. From there, I walked towards Chinatown area. New places I have never walked before, so it was nice despite sweat trickling down my shirt so early in the day.
From Pasar Seni station, I went to KL Sentral and changed trains via KL Monorail, 6 stations til the last - Titiwangsa Station! I wasn't sure if I should really walk as suggested by some site in the net: 10-minutes walk or take bus 120! There was a Bus Terminal just beside the train station, but they were all headed to the Genting Highlands. So I didn't have a choice, but to walk. After several tries in various directions, I was finally headed to the right direction, all the time basing on instinct and intuition since most of the people I asked from the roadside didn't seem to hear of a Lake Titiwangsa! The reason: they know it more as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa!
The walk turned out to be an arduous one that took 30 minutes under the scorching sun! After several curves on the trail, I reached a highway where Istana Budaya stands proud and mighty. It is a beautiful building which hosts musicals and cultural events. I went inside - no shows at the moment! I was to learn that 300 meters from the road beside the istana is charming Lake Titiwangsa!
The place is a lot better than the KL Lake Gardens, and the park grounds is huge and boast of several sections - fountains, jogging/race track, a huge colorful children's playground, gigantic trees, an events hall where a wedding reception was taking place. I loved the place! If only it wasn't so hot! All this sun was dissipating my soul into vapors of exhaustion!
I braced myself for the walk back to Monorail's Titiwangsa Station. I stopped several times along the way, fully aware of how exhausted I am. The ride back to Imbi's Berjaya Times Square was heaven! Cool AC fumes wafting through my train seat. I decided to watch a Malay film, "V3 Samseng Jalanan" which is another derivative action-drama-comedy-racing flick. I didn't have the constitution to finish the horrible film. Must have 30 minutes left but I just couldn't it further. I remember this movie ad with an erroneous message, "Malaysia makes great movies, and it's not just Malaysians saying it." This was their anti-piracy pitch, but heck! - Malaysia makes TERRIBLE movies! Whoever says that Malaysia makes great ones is one heavily inebriated soul!
For the record, I believe that Malaysia has done almost everything right - economically, culturally, etc. But movie-making isn't their strong point. They are among the worst in the region, I wonder why!
This is the Eye in the Sky!
Update: (March 12, 2011)
The beauty of Lake Titiwangsa in photos here - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2011/03/images-from-lake-titiwangsa-part-1.html