|New additions - longer lines now available.|
I hate nostalgia.
I also hate taking the bus.
Back in 1998, I got the opportunity to ride the newly launched Putra line...for free! I was still in college and was easily mesmerized and surprised at how advanced KL was compared to back home. I was so proud of then PM Tun Mahathir, besides both of us shared almost the same birthday - he also built the KLCC and turned Malaysia into one of the most advanced country in its infrastructure. Malaysia was way ahead of its Southeast Asian counterparts that time, even though the country was still recovering from the Asian economic crisis of 1997.
|Spanking new seats and elevators|
But is it worth it?
For the urban poor, our money is limited. Therefore, it's vital we get a general overview of the entire line so we can determine which stations can best meet our needs - whatever it may be. For me personally, I am looking for a stop that can fulfill me from day to night, like my clothes. But I am still open to other options, if there's any. When the train went beyond the Kelana Jaya station, it was exciting to see a new view. It used to be the last stop - and our journey has ended. It was simpler back then, because we don't have the gnawing curiosity of what's beyond. But now, it's different.
|Open air view|
There's basically 2 main types of station roof top design. Of course, I've already told you about the womb-like rooftop, but from afar it looks like a spaceship. But there's a second type of station design, with an interesting architecture that resembles a Japanese Shogun warrior armour for its silhouette. To make things simple. let's call these 2 station designs - The Womb and Shogun.
|The Womb not meant for stops|
1) Ara Damansara - Evolve
2) Subang Jaya - Aeon Big
3) SS15 or Subang Jaya - Subang Parade
4) Wawasan - The 19 USJ
5) USJ7 - The Summit
If you enjoy shopping for fashion, there's a little known HM shop at Evolve mall. If you're looking to buy groceries, then Aeon Big is for you. The other malls are basically a combination of shops and leisure spots. The other stations are situated at residential areas, with some very rich neighborhood.
Nothing is ever what it seems to be...
I was surprised to know how nearby Subang Jaya was to Kelana Jaya being a frequent train commuter. It was just on its next stop! I remembered before this new line extension, I have to stop at KL Sentral and transit to the Komuter line - the waiting period was exhaustingly long. Maybe that's why it gave the impression that it's faraway. it costs RM3.30 to stop from Wangsa Maju. But now, it's just a few stops nearby. I managed to catch a glimpse of how closely spaced the many rows of shoplots - perhaps I may even get a quick lunch later. I did get a quick lunch at Restoren Yee Fatt - a very rubbery wan ton mee for RM5.50 (small). I didn't order any drinks, but saved that for a teh tarik at Nasi Kandar shop opposite.
|Free rides in 1998|
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