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18 May 2015

FIVE Hidden Gems Rediscovered in Kuala Lumpur with Project:RE

Lenovo Project:RE - Rediscover The City of  Kuala Lumpur

Lenovo Project:RE - Rediscover The City of  Kuala Lumpur

Here is it!! After weeks of planning and research online with the helps of Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows, I am now revealing with you guys what are the hidden gems that I found during my adventure to the familiar yet mysterious Kuala Lumpur. Below is the map route that I've planned and marked with pins.

My starting point from Dang Wangi LRT ended at Pasar Seni LRT Station
My starting point from Dang Wangi LRT and ended at PasarSeni LRT Station
Ever since I start travelling, I know that to fully explore one place you must take it slow and walk on foot instead. With that you will able to see more things at your surroundings. I've always wanted to explore the city but it was hard to find parking when I was driving and there are certain roads that can only be accessed if you walk. 

Took LRT to Dang Wangi Station so I can explore the city by foot
Took LRT to Dang Wangi Station so I can explore the city by foot

That's why I've decided to take the LRT to Dang Wangi Station and continue my exploration all the way up to PasarSeni LRT by foot. The first place that I wanted to explore is Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve - Taman EkoRimba Kuala Lumpur.


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KL Forest Eco Park - Bukit Nanas was closed partially since 2012
KL Forest Eco Park - Bukit Nanas was closed partially since 2012
Knowing that KL Forest Eco Park - Bukit Nanas was under construction since 2012, I was expecting a well maintained Eco Park during my visit this time. I was there afew years back and I still remember I saw a group of Macaque monkeys wandering around the trail of Jelutong. Unfortunately it seems like the place is not well maintained as I saw some broken facilities along the journey.


Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve Route Map
Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve Route Map
I started my lone journey to Bukit Nanas from Warung Seni. ( A few meters away from Dang Wangi LRT Station) You can choose to use the well paved stairs to the Bamboo Walk or the Jelutong Trail (which closer to nature) to reach the Bamboo Walk area. 

Blue ferns found at the hill side
Blue ferns found at the hill side
You know that you will find something awesome when you see blue ferns growing at the hill side. I saw many of them when I was going up the stairs towards the Bamboo Walk. It was a long walk uphill hence you are advised to bring along a bottle of water.

There were lots of insects including mosquitoes hence I highly recommend you guys to wear long sleeves or use insect repellents to prevent mosquito bites. 

Stairs uphill to Bukit Nanas Bamboo Walk
Stairs uphill to Bukit Nanas Bamboo Walk
When I was setting up my camera with gorilla pods on the stairs for self-portrait, I saw a cute squirrel passing by =) Don't see me looking so cool like that, I was secretly bitten by mosquitoes when I tried to make an adventurous pose haha.

The tree canopies in Bukit Nanas
The tree canopies in Bukit Nanas
If you love nature, you will definitely like the surrounding there. Enjoying the hums created by summer bugs while walking through tree canopies with leaves sliding down when wind blows. It was therapeutic for a person who always stay in the city.

Comparison the size between the big tree and a tourist I met
Comparing the size between the big tree and a tourist I met
During my journey to Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, I only bump into a tourist who was walking towards KL Tower alone. There was a toilet but it was not open, so I guess not many visitors come to this secret place.

The good thing about less crowded place is you will able to see the more natural side of the forest, the bad thing is you can't find store that sells drinking water, or toilet for you to take a quick break. I was sweating a lot when I have reached this place.

The Ara Kelepong (Ficus Variegata) tree is really tall and huge
The Ara Kelepong (Ficus Variegata) tree is really tall and huge

Bamboo Walk in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve - Taman Eko Rimba Kuala Lumpur
Bamboo Walk in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve - Taman EkoRimba Kuala Lumpur
If you checked out the location map above, Bamboo Walk is only half way of Bukit Nanas. I was trying to access the road from Bamboo Walk to another part of Bukit Nanas, but the route to Hopea Track was closed during my visit. Therefore I have no choice but to continue my trip to KL Tower instead. There is a camping site right beside the Bamboo Walk and from there you can have different view of the KL Tower.

My favourite part of Bukit Nanas is still the Bamboo Walk regardless of the mosquito swarm that was attracted to my sweat and decided to feast on me.


Amazing view of KL Tower from the camping site in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
Amazing view of KL Tower from the camping site in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Hanging bridge in Bukit Nanas that leads to KL Tower
Hanging bridge in Bukit Nanas that leads to KL Tower
In order to reach KL Tower, you will need to walk through this red rope hanging bridge. I didn't encounter any big spider that day, but I can always feel their existence by running into spider webs floating in the air.

The tall and big size Jelutong Tree  right beside KL Tower
The tall and big size Jelutong Tree  right beside KL Tower
I took a short break around KL Tower and walked around the tower for 360 city view. Replenish myself with a bottle of mineral water, a quick toilet break, and I am good to continue my adventure in the KL City.

FREE Shuttle Service (available every 15 minutes) can bring you go downhill/uphill to KL Tower.

FREE Shuttle Service (available every 15 minutes) at KL Tower
FREE Shuttle Service (available every 15 minutes) at KL Tower
I took the shuttle service to go downhill and continue my walk towards JalanPudu. Found some cool wall graffiti at the old building near KL Tower and you can see more by searching the hashtag #TanahAirKu.


#TanahAirKu wall-arts on old buildings at Jalan Raja Chulan near KL Tower By Kenji Chai and Cloakwork
#TanahAirKu wall-arts on old buildings at Jalan Raja Chulan near KL Tower
By Kenji Chai and Cloakwork
After the trip, I found out more info about the #TanahAirKu: Street Art Project, 15 talented local artists turn six walls around Kuala Lumpur into a canvas to showcase their patriotic art. For more info, you can read here.

I always like how artis implemented into the City with great meanings behind each piece of them.

Passed by Muzium Telekom and decided to check it out
Passed by Muzium Telekom and decided to check it out

A huge telephone spotted inside Museum Telekom
A huge telephone spotted inside Museum Telekom

Hidden gems in Muzium Telekom: RM1 Can Drinks!!
Hidden gems in Muzium Telekom: RM1 Can Drinks!!
Went into Muzium Telekom for a quick check out of this place and I was really happy that I found this can drink machine that sell drink at only RM1. I do consider this as one of the hidden gems that I stumble into as I got the cold drink that quench my thirst =D


Another beautiful #TanahAirKu Street Art at Jalan Raja Chulan By MediumTouch
Another beautiful #TanahAirKu Street Art at Jalan Raja Chulan
By MediumTouch

Nando's shop with big rooster wall art on the wall along Jalan Pudu By Kenji Chai
Nando's shop with big rooster wall art on the wall along JalanPudu
By Kenji Chai

Chinatown Petaling Street Flea Market
Chinatown Petaling Street Flea Market
I passed by one of the entrance of Petaling Street Flea Market and took the above picture. After that I went through the busy street so that I can check out what stuff they are selling in there and reach PasarSeni LRT Station earlier.


Passerby at Petaling Street
Passerby at Petaling Street
Petaling Street is a place that you can buy all kinds of fake branded stuff at bargain price. Since this is a popular and busy tourist area, do take care of your belongings to avoid pickpockets.

Kim Soya Bean @ Petaling Street
Kim Soya Bean @ Petaling Street
Right at the middle intersection of Petaling Street Flea Market, you will able to spot this Kim Soya Bean stall selling fresh soya bean curd (Tau Fu Fa/豆腐花) and soya milk. They have been doing business here for more than 70 years and now is handled by the third generation.


Kim Soya Bean (RM1.60/bowl) with no food preservatives @ Petaling Street Chinatown
Kim Soya Bean (RM1.60/bowl) with no food preservatives @ Petaling Street Chinatown
I had a nice bowl of soya bean curd with black sugar and even bought two extra for takeaway. It is advised that you have your bean curd right at the stall as it deteriorate quite fast since it doesn't contain any food preservatives. For takeaway it cost around RM2.00 per box.

Graffiti along the canal of Sungai Klang
Graffiti along the canal of Sungai Klang
Before I took the LRT at Pasar Seni Station, I saw a long stretch along the canal with mural arts on the wall. I've always wanted to check out this place and get closer to it ever since I saw it for the first time. There are currently two ways to access to the graffiti along the canal. You can either go behind of PasarSeni LRT Station to the road slope to access this place; or climb down using the ladder that you can find near the bridge over the canal.

The ladder that you can climb to access to this artsy canal in Pasar Seni Area.
The ladder that you can climb to access to this artsy canal in PasarSeni Area.

This is where I figured out the hidden gems of Pasar Seni in Kuala Lumpur
This is where I figured out the hidden gems of Pasar Seni in Kuala Lumpur
It could be dangerous if you are travelling alone down here but so far nothing bad happened. I was greeted by friendly person who seems like staying under the bridge at the other end. Below are some of the mural arts that I've captured using my camera with #TCFisheye lenses. Let me know which one is your favourite =)

"Spread the love"
"Spread the love"

Spotted Kenji Chai's signature dog drawings at the canal wall too
Spotted Kenji Chai's signature dog drawings at the canal wall too

"Giants Shall Rise"
"Giants Shall Rise"

"Robotic Fight"
"Robotic Fight"

My adventure partner Evil Minion
My adventure partner Evil Minion 

"Seperation 2: Giants Shall Rise" A very colorful monster graffiti spotted at the canal
"Separation 2: Giants Shall Rise"
A very colorful monster graffiti spotted at the canal
"Separation 2: Giants Shall Rise" was the result of a live graffiti battle between Katun (Malaysia) and ClogTwo (Singapore). You can find more of these graffitis along Sungai Klang River Bank.
Self portrait with the amazing wall arts right at the canal wall
Self portrait with the amazing wall arts right at the canal wall
To end this rediscover journey, I've decided to take a photo with the beautiful wall arts behind me. I hope that you like the turn out of my Project:RE and I would like to thank Lenovo Malaysia for having me as part of your REdiscover project.

FIVE Hidden Gems Rediscovered in Lenovo Project:RE Journey:

  • Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve Nature Scenery in the City ft Bamboo Walk
  • #TanahAirKu Street Art at 6 different walls in Kuala Lumpur
  • RM1 Can Drinks Vending Machine inside Muzium Telekom
  • KIM Soya Bean Tau Fu Fa @ Petaling Street Chinatown Flea Market
  • Graffitis at the canal of Sg. Klang River Bank


It has now become Wallpaper for my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows =)
It has now become wallpaper for my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows =)

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