Friday, March 27, 2015

KTMB High Speed Train on Test Run

It will not be long for passengers to ride the high speed train from KL Central, Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar or any compulsory stops in between. 

KTMB is running its test on the completed dual track. 
KTMB Test maintain speed 140km/j from Padang Besar at 0430 and arrived KL Sentral at 0845 taking only about 4 hours 15 minutes inclusive making stop at 5 stations in between.  

The picture shows what might be the KTM Class 93 a type of electric multiple unit ordered by Keretapi Tanah Melayu for its intercity Electric Train Service (ETS). A total of 10 sets in 6-car formations are in the process of being built and delivered by China's Zhu Zhou Electric Locomotives Co Ltd. READ HERE and HERE too.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sakura Kedah

Sakura had been identified with Tokyo but now in Malaysia, the blooming phenomena identical to the Japanese Sakura has been a hit among photographers especially around Alor Setar. 

This phenomena first gets it attention in 2014 when the Tekoma Stans Plant blooms and produce colourful flowers that beautify the landscape especially around Alor Setar City. 

Tecoma stans is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Common names include yellow trumpetbush,[1] yellow bells,[1] yellow elder,[1] ginger-thomasTecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the floral emblem of the Bahamas.

Pictures below are taken from Facebook postings and from someone who sent me through Whatsapps. 

Watch a You tube video by Harian Metro below

Tourism Malaysia Kedah took this opportunity to woo tourist to Kedah by organising a smartphone photography contest related to the blooming Tacoma plant. The contest will end on 9th April 2015.

The plant blooms only for about two weeks and if you want to catch a glimpse of the Sakura Kedah, now is the time when the school holidays is going on. 

The blooming season nicknamed Sakura Kedah will be a new identity for Kedah in future when the flower blooms just for a few weeks. To make it a reality, Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar made it compulsory for housing scheme developers to plant the Tekoma Stans and turn Alor Setar city into a Flower City.

Some of 2014's photo HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Iwan Mee Udang @ Jitra

The last time I had Mee Udang was at Kuala Sepetenag when I was on my way back to Kedah from Kuala Lumpur.

Mee Udang as it is called has a few medium sized prawns as part of the recipe. Popular Mee Udang are also found at Sungai Dua and Pulau Sayak.

It was the first time I tried Mee Udang in Jitra at Iwan Koteow Kerang.  The roadside stall is located at Jitra II opposite SMK Jitra on the main road towards North. Driving into Jitra town after the first traffic light, and after the first junction on the left, look for the Nasi Kandar Nasmir and the stall is just in front. A plate of Mee Udang is RM8.00.  

The Char Koteow (below) is also as tasty as the Mee Udang


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