I am going to Ipoh! The idea came because Wai Yin wanted to go to Kampar to check out her new campus. She is going to study at UTAR taking Quantity Survey (QS). Since Hanson is not able to join the class trip to Melaka, WY suggested that we go to Ipoh with Hanson instead. It was really just an idea and we did not plan much until the eleventh hour. The main problem that arise was definitely the dates. Hanson has only one week of holiday, WY is still working twice a week at Kumon, Jino is working at Wisma Genting during his sem break and Suz C (who initially wanted to follow us back to KL) also has her own plans to meet her husband. But finally, we finalise the dates and there is no changing of dates anymore!
I met up with WY and Hanson today to discuss further about the trip as well as to purchase our bus tickets at the Pudu bus station. I picked up WY first at the lrt station and then later we went to visit Hanson at KTSN, our hostel, since he stayed overnight there. I was surprised to see some FSKB students there, who are busy with the shengxue activities (So semangat!). Other than some of those students in the DSG foyer, the rest of the hostel area was really quiet.
I took a lot of random pics in PST today. WY and Hanson laughed at me for being so tourist-like. LOL. It is just I have not been to PST for a long time mah;(
Chinatown of Malaysia
Walking down memory lane
Kota Raya and the S&M Shopping Arcade
We intially wanted to eat the "famous" Hakka Mee at one of our favourite eating stalls but they were closed. So we revert to S&M Shopping Arcade where we ate at Uncle John's Kopitiam instead.
Check out the fancy lights at the ceiling of the mall
Wai Yin and the very bitter guilinggao
Hanson with his iced lemon tea
My meal - Special Egg Toast! Really tastes good!
"Cham" coffee and tea - So bitter!!!
Me being SS (Syok sendiri)
Wai Yin and Hanson had the special set meal
After lunch, we went to Pudu Bus Station to enquire about the bus tickets to Ipoh. This was the first time the 3 of us ever buy bus tickets before. LOL~ We did not even know where to start enquiring. WY suggested we ask reliable and established bus companies like KKKL, Konsortium and Transnasional. We started at KKKL. But when I asked the lady if they had buses to Ipoh, she said no. And you know what? They had a big sign at the front of the counter that said "Ipoh." LOL. If don't have buses to Ipoh, then don't put misleading signs-lah! Wasted our time lining up. We chose KKKL first because we saw so many people lining up. Haihz...
So, next we decided to try our luck at Konsortium. This time, there was no misunderstanding. They do have buses to Ipoh as according to the SIGNBOARDS (lol!) But we wanted to check the prices of other buses as well so we then proceed to Transnasional. Luckily, I had followed my coursemates, Carolyn and Yu Siang to Pudu bus station previously when they wanted to refund their tickets so I knew there was a bigger counter for Transnasional. They offered tickets to Ipoh at a slightly cheaper price so we bought our bus tickets there and then.
Paiseh! Me and WY acting so tourist-like!While waiting for Hanson who went to KFC toilet, WY and I went to our favourite stickers-selling shop which was decked out in Christmas decorations.
Couldn't resist taking pic with this cool giant robotic Santa Claus
An unsuspecting Wai Yin in front of the shop
Wishin' all a Jolly Good Christmas!
There was nothing else left to do so we left. The weather was scorching hot so that probably made us want to go back home. I send Hanson back to KTSN and he gave WY a ride home.
The two passengers posing with my car
S&M Shopping Arcade was having sale today. We went to Hot Market and copped some stuff. Wish I could copped more accessories but I had to control myself. A lot of accessories were on sale. I copped an anklet (which originally costs RM3.00 but had 50% discount!) and 2 sets of similiar earrings but in different colours. Before that, in the morning, I bought a pair of leggings at the flea market near my house.
T-shirt: From Guilin, China
Denim skirt: Imbi Flea Market
Accessories: Headband and earrings
If there is one thing that I learn today is that it is okay to be out of my comfort zone once in a while. I have never bought bus tickets before and I have never went on a free & easy (non-tour) trip with just 4 friends. I am really glad for all this experience and to have friends to share it with:)