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Old 10th March 2010, 15:16   #196
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Fantatstic write-up Ashish and cool photos. Admire your patience to upload so many pics. Your travelogue is a ready-reckoner for all KL-SG travellers esp. the KL bit.

I had seen your useful posts on places around Pune. Now, you have become an international travel planner and coach.

Way to go mate.
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Hey ashish. Great travelgoue there buddy. Very interesting, elaborate and detailed.

Your trip brought back my memories of KL and singapore. 5 stars rating from me.

Please also share on how you planned the trip, the sites you visited etc to make this travelogue more complete.

In Malaysia, only KL has the ultra modern look, other states are like in india or in a much pathetic condition. That's why i like KL more than SG, it gives a feeling of being in India, a much developed India.

Early morning traffic in KL is reckless as we have it here. There used to be these mini buses, which run over platforms to avoid the traffic jam. of course, these sightings were 5-6 years back, everything could have improved.

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Ashish,
No words to explain the commitment in arranging and completing the travel.
And of course excellent travelouge.
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Old 10th March 2010, 22:33   #199
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Guys. It's not over yet. Here's some parts of singapore Rajababus couldn't cover.
It's my tribute to the great trip the Rajababus had.

The true attraction of singapore is not Sentosa or Serangoon road. It's not Mandai Zoo or the Jurong bird park. Not it's not the night safari or the merlion either.

The true attraction of Singapore is the shopping. Orchard road is the most happening part of singapore when it comes to shopping. Mustafa is a 24 hour big bazaar.
Singapore further explodes when the IT fair comes. And it comes every quarter. The most famous being the Comex IT fair.
Suntec city (near the very famous singapore fountain of wealth- which most Indians miss out) becomes the hotspot during the comex IT fair. Almost 90% of the population visit the IT fair every year during the 3 or 4 days. Apart from this we have the foriegners who drop in from other countries.

You get amazing things at throw away prices. I used to go on rampage collecting gifts like t-shirts, pens etc from the stalls, which has the brand names.

Here's photos of Comex IT fair in 2006.

Passerbys so interested in finding out who this photographer is. Smile. You are on cam. And, it's Me!
15 RAJABABUes in Malaysia and Singapore-comex-1.jpg

Xbox 360 was unveiled in singapore! It soon took singapore by rage. The stall attracted all men. You'd find the reasons shortly.
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The show was on levels 3, 4 and 6. Not to leave out the common areas outside the halls on these levels.
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Nintendo outside level 3. I'm on level 6. Poor nintendo. They didn't have the star attraction like the X-box.
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The towers of Suntec city taken from besides the fountain of wealth (which is below road level actually). There are five towers in all.
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Suntec city is a prominent mall in singapore. the first 6 levels are big, beyond which these towers open out. How does it look? Hold out your palm on a table. let the palm face upwards. Now lift all your fingers up. That's how it looks. The towers like the 5 fingers and the 6 levels joined like a palm. Here's a couple of towers.
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Eye shaped centennial tower next to suntec city.
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Centennial tower and the conrad hotel.
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The walkway above the road connecting two towers. The handsome man was me. That was Dr. Jeckyll. Now I'm Mr. Hyde!
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Cars were amazing in singapore. But singapore is a T-Bhpians hell. Owning a car is very very very prohibitive. Cars are damn costly. Singapore is small. It takes 40 mins to go from end to end. So the govt doesn't want people to buy cars and stagnate the whole of city (like bangalore or pune). They've imposed huge taxes called certificate of entitlement, which can go up to 50% of car cost. You want to own a vehicle, then pay huge bucks. Parking comes at a premium. Every mile you come under toll. Electronically operated tolls scan the machine on your car. You have to inset your card in the equipment and automatically the amount is deducted. So you don't stop like in our toll roads. Tax is huge every year on cars. 10 years is what you can keep your car from brand new. fuel is costly in singapore. It's twice as in Malaysia.
People can drive from singapore to malaysia and back. When you leave woodlands, there are huge boards that instruct you to ensure you have 75% fuel filled in your car. If less, you have to take a U-turn, fill fuel and then go join the end of queue again. They way they ensure that max you can fill in malaysia and come is 25% of fuel tank capacity. Smart eh?
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Coming up next, more of IT fair, and the reason why there was a beeline at X-box.
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Hey MX6,

Interesting info and some nice photos there.
I'd say this was a new look at Singapore (compared to the enthusiastic first-timer-view on this thread)
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Coming up next, more of IT fair, and the reason why there was a beeline at X-box.
I'd love it if you could start an independent thread on your view of Singapore. And leave this thread to its Rajababu theme.
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Coming up next, more of IT fair, and the reason why there was a beeline at X-box.
Agree with Sam. You should start a new thread for your trip. Looks like you also got some meat on Singapore.
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Old 11th March 2010, 11:34   #202
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Hey MX6,

Interesting info and some nice photos there.
I'd say this was a new look at Singapore (compared to the enthusiastic first-timer-view on this thread)


I'd love it if you could start an independent thread on your view of Singapore. And leave this thread to its Rajababu theme.
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Agree with Sam. You should start a new thread for your trip. Looks like you also got some meat on Singapore.
Well, It's Rajababu (ashish's call). I have no issues. We felt that it can be one thread showing all that singapore and KL had to offer.

Ashish. I'll hold on this one till someone directs me. The Yeti has spoken!
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The cost of the trip was peanuts.
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Aashish, Can you pls provide the breakup of the cost. There would be some heads which can be shared by a family. There might be some another which might be redundant for a family.

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Can you pls provide the breakup of the cost. There would be some heads which can be shared by a family. There might be some another which might be redundant for a family.
Break up of the cost per pax
--------------------rs-------- %
air fare------------9504.8------ 40
hotel stay---------5265.7------ 22
visa+==-----------3177.1------ 13
entrance----------2571.0------ 11
taxi+monorail+mrt--2010.4------ 8
train+bus[india]----1274.0------ 5
other-------------- 75.0------ 1

total-------------- 23878-------100%

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Awesome. Ashish, Thanks.

I travelled miles back in memory lane; to my home in Malaysia and Singapore for so long. Almost whole of this month I was away and finished reading entire log in one sitting just now. Great.

I know you have many more photos; so share them as well.
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Awesome.
I know you have many more photos; so share them as well.
Thanks advaite,

the inputs from you and mx6 made this travel successful in many ways.

I do have lot of pics but i hesitate to post so many for reasons you know....


Ok, i will share Rajababu gang's funny moments in this trip, wait for my next post today.

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Thanks advaite,

the inputs from you and mx6 made this travel successful in many ways.

I do have lot of pics but i hesitate to post so many for reasons you know....


Ok, i will share Rajababu gang's funny moments in this trip, wait for my next post today.
I'm happy AP finding my name in the list of credits!

I'm planning on a drive to Baramati. To meet up with you and the 14 other RBs. Incidentally, there's a Pashan meet brewing up. I want to motivate members to drive to Baramati after that!

Good to see this post is alive again!
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As earlier posted, everyone was going abroad first time and majority babues were first time on board.
The guys were so excited about this foreign trip that everyone tried to act like seasoned international traveler.

1] Babu and tie.

We were at Trivendrum airport.
I was really busy to assist almost everyone regarding procedures at the airport, so i had not observed our guys clothing in that early hour.
We were at security hold area.
I got attention of one fat loud babu who was making much noise,
to my surprise, he was trying to knot the tie.
As fas as i remember, i had never seen him wearing tie,
i thought that he is so excited to go on foreign trip with wearing tie, blazer, nice shoes.....i looked at his shoes.....he was wearing sports shoes.

All started to laugh at him and that fat loud babu quickly removed the tie.




2] Chicken sataty and vada pav.

We were flying toward kl,

20 min after take off at TRV, meal service started,
as i had preordered Asian fried rice with chicken satay, we all got the same.
The satay was smelly, so no one enjoyed it,

The FA was just near to our seats serving the food items,

one babu from backseat to fa,

Babu 1: madam, what is this?

FA: sir, this is asian fried rice with chicken satay.

Babu 2: can i get pakoda or vada pav?

FA: what?!!!!?

Babu3: misal pav milega kya?

I:



3] Malaysian sulabh shouchyalaya

.....wait for next post........

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Misal pav milega kya?

You guys rock!
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2] Chicken sataty and vada pav.

We were flying toward kl,

20 min after take off at TRV, meal service started,
as i had preordered Asian fried rice with chicken satay, we all got the same.
The satay was smelly, so no one enjoyed it,

The FA was just near to our seats serving the food items,

one babu from backseat to fa,

Babu 1: madam, what is this?

FA: sir, this is asian fried rice with chicken satay.

Babu 2: can i get pakoda or vada pav?

FA: what?!!!!?

Babu3: misal pav milega kya?

I:


That was terrific. Such experiences makes you wonder whether to smile or hit your head on the seat in front of you in frustration
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