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9/3: Exploring Ampang Tasik Permai, Ampang Waterfront & Pekan Ampang

These days, I feel like doing some solo exploration on my bicycle around my neighbourhood. So today, I went out to check routes around Ampang Tasik Permai, Ampang Waterfront and Pekan Ampang.

I took some pictures of some notable landmarks, though I got lost at Ampang Saujana.

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an Indian temple within Ampang Tasik Permai

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Many roads on the right leads up very steeply to the hills (Ampang Tasik Permai)

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I got lost at Ampang Saujana (notice Ampang Look Out Point on the hill behind the flat)

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Friendly residents at Ampang Saujana (I saw 5 of them)

Rode back towards Jalan Bukit Belacan via Jalan Lembah Jaya. I cut across to Ampang Waterfront, where there is a river (Sg Purun, i think, but Google Maps says it is Sg Kelang) along the Jalan Ampang.

Here I found a cycle path along the river behind the Ampang Waterfront buildings for a length of 1.7km.

Waterfront Bike Path

the 1.7km long bike path is divided into 2 stretches by Jalan Kosas Utama

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this was taken behind Station Satay building

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abandoned bike paths without any proper maintenance

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fallen mini bamboo tree and soil depression behind the tree

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overhead bridge linking to a forested area (funny?)

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short stretch of missing blocks of bricks

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this one takes the cake, a block of cement to prevent bicycles to go through (apology for poorly focused shot on my camera phone)

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covered bike paths next to underground parking (nice)

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end of the bicycle path with raised cement block at Jalan Kosas 2

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After the bike paths, I had to stop for refreshment. the small glass of coconut water (RM1.50) at Pekan Ampang.

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101-year-old On Pong school (since 1912) at Pekan Ampang

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After my refreshment, a stopover at Nine Emperors God Temple

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my first visit inside this temple. interior details are amazing. must visit!

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9/2 Putrajaya Ride and 10/2 Hulu Langat Ride

The long Chinese New Year weekends is the only time I have at least 3 days off from work to go for cycling.

First up, on eve of Chinese New Year, I joined Putrajaya Reunion Ride on Saturday morning. Wonderful ride but without shades, especially the long straight between Putra Mosque and PICC. We visited a couple of parks (too many in Putrajaya to remember the names).

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Putra Mosque at 7.15am, with clear blue sky

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Group photo before the ride off – I am 3rd from the left (image by Fong)

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Met a French bike tourer, Alain (image by Fong)

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Met some ducks, geese, swans & pelicans at one of Putrajaya parks

On the first day of Chinese New Year, I joined another group for a ride at Hulu Langat to tackle the Genting Peres. This was my 2nd ride up to Genting Peres. We started at Hulu Langat Batu 18 police station at 7.15am, going through Jalan Sg Lui, detoured to Sg Tekala, and then went up Genting Peres.

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We made a detour to this Hulu Langat Semenyih Reservoir & Hydroelectric Dam along Jalan Sungai Lalang

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The stretch of Jalan Sungai Lalang wiped off by landslides earlier in December

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Group photo next to the landslide – I wore a black tee (image by Sin)

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My customary sandals, bermuda shorts and 100+ bottle at the back (image by Sin)

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Target achieved. Reached Genting Peres for 2nd time (image by Sin)

Details at Endomondo

9/2 Putrajaya Ride (30km)

10/2 Hulu Langat Ride (55km)

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27/1: Batang Kali–Sentul

Got up way too late for this ride. Only managed to leave the house at 7am. Got to Putra KTM Station at 8am. Finally only managed to reach Batang Kali station 10 minutes to 10am. I almost abandoned plan to ride from BK. Contemplated exiting at Rawang, but didn’t.

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By the time I reached LRT station, the sky was already bright.

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Can you spot the multimodal logo there?

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Opie’s fully clothed before allowed into the station

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Opie and I are ready to roll towards Ulu Yam Lama for breakfast (brunch)

Just as a reminder that in order to travel further from Rawang (i.e. KKB, Tg Malim), you have to transfer to another train at Rawang station. It cost RM4.70 for the train ride from Putra to Batang Kali.

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As you can see, Ulu Yam Lama is quite near to Batang Kali

Ulu Yam Lama is not that far from BK station. It was just a 5-minute ride. You have to ride up a bridge over the railway line. Before the bridge was built, people had to use a pedestrian bridge to go to Ulu Yam Lama.

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Took this picture at the bridge, but this is not Ulu Yam Lama

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Can you see Genting Highlands up on the hills with the white clouds?

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Sorry, no picture of actual loh mee, but I had mine at this restaurant

At Ulu Yam Lama, you can see street names like Jalan Pisang and Jalan Stesen. You can see some banana trees, but you cannot find any shop selling bananas. Weird. There are many restaurants and coffee shops selling loh mee. I think most of them should be nice. Many KL registered cars park outside them.

After my breakfast of loh mee, I rode back to the bridge and cycled along Jalan Ipoh (state road 1) towards Batu Caves, via Serendah and Rawang. The ride was uneventful. The quality of the road is pretty good, compared to my housing areas. The route was quite flat until I reached Kanching and Templer’s Park.

I passed by the LATAR highway entrance, and I was amazed at how the government was willing to rape the forests outside Rawang to build this tolled highway. Part of the forested hills were cut off to accommodate this ugly concrete infrastructure for use of heavy metal box with four tyres. Disgusting!

When I exited at Batu Caves, the atmosphere was electrifying. Thaipussam festival was held here. I have never seen it at Batu Caves, but so many people are here to pray. Exciting indeed.

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a devotee carry a big “kavadi” with loud music and cheering by the crowds

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Yellow is the main colour at this stall

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It is just so hot out there, and the devotees were walking barefoot

After passing through Batu Caves, I continued my journey to Sentul (Sentul Timur station) to catch the LRT back to Cempaka station. It was a very tough and hot day. Lesson of the ride: go out earlier and bring lots of water.

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Bicycle parking facility at Sentul Timur LRT station

Total damage today

Distance: 50.43km

Average Speed: 18.7 km/h

Duration: 2h 42m 8s

Shocking stat: my top speed was recorded at 56.9km/h!!!

Details at Endomondo

 

p/s: I never dress up my bikes when I board the LRT.

 

Happy Thaipussam!

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Rides in the Q1 of 2013

I am currently planning a few rides in and about the state of Selangor and a couple interstate rides too. All my rides are not that far. They won’t be century rides.

I am planning to make full use of the “foldability” of Opie. I will most likely will be taking train rides out of KL, and ride back to the city. Other routes would be in Hulu Langat, which is very near to my house. I am also planning another Cheras-Seremban ride again. I want to try the beef noodle again and this time the Cendol too.

I am asking a select few to join me for the rides. I mostly love riding alone too. I don’t feel pressurized to ride faster than I am capable of.

Will I make it to Batang Kali this weekend? Batu Caves crowd must be humongous this Sunday. Must bring my big camera.

Of course there is the Batu Pahat CycleFriday Cultural Bicycle Ride on 30 March 2013, organised by Azizan. That will be interesting. Hope to make it there too.

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WTA: BMW Malaysian Open 2013

This year’s tournament will be held on 25 Feb – 3 Mar 2013 at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (near to Kampung Pandan).

Please support this international event in our country. Get your tickets and watch live tennis at least once in your life. Outdoor tennis tournament is very engaging. The prices are not that expensive.

I have attended the last three Opens at Bukit Kiara. I really had a good time at all three Opens.

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Link: BMW Malaysian Open 2013

Link: Facebook page

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