City Trails


Penang On The CAT [PW1]

Penang On The CAT [PW1]

“The last time I walked on this street was ten years ago!”

My Japanese friend Yasuyo is bubbling with excitement as we walk towards the KOMTAR (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) bus terminal to catch a CAT…and no, we were not looking for the furry ones with four legs but rather the big metallic ones with four wheels – the Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle buses, also simply known as the MPPP (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang or Penang Municipal Council) shuttle bus.

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Life on the fast track

Life on the fast track

A long time ago, travelling by train was the least favourite choice for many travellers as it always meant that it would be a long and tiring journey. Travellers on a time constraint would prefer to fork out more to ensure that they reach their destination comfortably and timely rather than saving up the extra money. With the launching of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s (KTMB) Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur, the future of rail travel is set to take on a whole new meaning. The new electric trains which are servicing this route is expected to cut travelling time from three hours to two hours. Not only are these new trains speedy, they are also comfortable and are equipped with facilities like WiFi.

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“Tunku & The Star” Exhibition

“Tunku & The Star” Exhibition

Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, or widely known as just “Tunku” to those who knew and met him, was Malaysia’s first Prime Minister when the country gained its independence in 1957. He was also known as Bapa Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence) or Bapa Malaysia (Father of Malaysia) for his efforts in leading negotiations for the country’s independence with Britain. His continuous contributions to the development and betterment of the country extolled and endeared him in the hearts of the people of Malaysia. After his retirement from the world of politics, Tunku became the chairman of The Star, a Penang-based newspaper. His columns, “Looking Back” and “As I See It” were often critical of the government, which resulted in the paper being banned by the then Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Though the articles were controversial, his honest and open views were respected and appreciated by many Malaysians.

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Gaya Christmas Celebration 2010

Gaya Christmas Celebration 2010

Though Christmas may be another two weeks away, the festive air can already be felt everywhere around Malaysia. This is a time for giving and sharing and a time of being with our family and loved ones. To celebrate this joyous occasion, many businesses and organisations take the opportunity to organise dinners or even gatherings amongst their employees and their respective family. Shopping malls decorate the interior with all sorts of theme-based Christmas decorations, thus adding to the Christmas mood.

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Rapid Lady Bus – a ‘magic pill’ to stopping sexual harassment?

Rapid Lady Bus – a ‘magic pill’ to stopping sexual harassment?

As I was browsing through news on The Star Online earlier this morning, I came across an article that caught my attention. The article was about RapidKL’s newly launched Rapid Lady Bus. The Rapid Lady Bus is currently undergoing its maiden trial run starting from the 1st December up until 31st December 2010. The bus will bear a ‘women-only’ label on its windshield, window, doorway as well as on the LED display to differentiate it from the other buses. Lady passengers who are travelling with their children will not need to fret as boys under the age of 12 are allowed on board the bus.

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Have bicycle, will cycle everywhere…

Have bicycle, will cycle everywhere…

Back in the days when Playstation2 or Xbox was just a dream waiting to come true, many kids like myself keep ourselves entertained with all sorts of activities. Cycling was one of the main activities that I really loved doing, whether by myself or with a group of friends. It was the easiest way to cover short distances in the least amount of time. A part of me felt free, free to explore anywhere I want as long as I did not cycle out of town without permission and as long as I had the stamina to keep cycling! This freedom was exhilarating for me as each bicycle ride was like a mini adventure of my own.

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