Thursday, August 10, 2017

SBK MRT line and Delightfully diverse cuisine

Damansara Uptown obtained a brief mention in the MalayMailOnline website: "For instance, the Bandar Utama MRT now benefits the dense residential and commercial areas of Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Uptown and even Tropicana, all of which previously depended on the Kelana Jaya LRT.


Delightfully diverse cuisine. 

However, they got it wrong. It is easier to get to Damansara Uptown from the TTDI MRT station which has shuttle buses going to Damansara Uptown, namely, RapidKL T813, and the free Starling Mall Shuttle Bus.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hidden Jewel: Mamalee Malaysian Cuisine

Mamalee Malaysian Cuisine does not have a signboard being located at a less visible mezzanine floor above Syarikat Chong Servis Tayar. Instead of looking for Syarikat Chong Servis Tayar, Look for a more prominent Kumho Tire. Or go directly to 27M Jalan SS21/37.

I wouldn't know that there is a restaurant if I had not received a phone call telling me about the restaurant. Malaysian Cuisine? I must go try it. I found nasi lemak was prominently displayed in the menu so if ever you want to go to Village Park Restaurant for their nasi lemak but don't fancy sitting at the hot and busy 5-foot walkway, I suggest you walk a few shops (towards HSBC) and you will notice a signage placed outside along the 5-foot walkway. Go up 1 flight of steps and you will reach Mamalee Malaysian Cuisine.

I tried their bubor chacha and butter milk nasi lemak. The bubor chacha was delicious, so was the butter milk nasi lemak.

bubor chacha Mamalee

butter milk nasi lemak mamalee

I looked through their extensive menu. I figure Village Park Restaurant is going to face some serious competition especially being located so close to them and Village Park Restaurant being so crowded as to spill over the hot and uncomfortable pedestrian walkway. Not only that, I think Mamalee Malaysian Cuisine has a wider variety of dishes, especially the butter milk nasi lemak which is not offered by Village Park Restaurant.

I heard they are always crowded at lunch hour so much so they are thinking of expanding to the neighbouring mezzanine floor. Since they don't have a signboard, news of their delicious food must have been spread by positive word of mouth. Try them, you wouldn't regret.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Live free range chicken spotted in uptown damansara

Today, Sunday 30th July 2017, a male chicken (cockerel) was spotted in front of Joo Nyan Son bicycle shop along Jalan SS21/37. It could be considered a kampung chicken as it is free ranging, not kept in cage:

live cockerel in uptown damansara

live chicken spotted in uptown damansara

I have seen them before in the back lane behind Restoran Vicchunda Tomyam Thai but this is the first time I saw them venturing onto the busy road along Jalan SS21/37. I suspect the owner likely is Vicchunda Tomyam Restaurant.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

MRT SBK and The Starling Mall at Uptown

There was an article in the MalayMail Online today - Fancy Mall Hopping in the Klang Valley MRT SBK Line:

Among the malls near Uptown Damansara mentioned were 1 Utama, Bangsar Shopping Centre and Pavilion Damansara Heights. There was 1 glaring mall missed out by the article, namely The Starling Mall at Uptown Damansara.

The Taman Tun Dr Ismail MRT Station is just nearby the Starling Mall within walking distance (at least by me if not others) plus well served by public transport among which is one that is free to use - Starling Mall shuttle bus to TTDI MRT and Kelana Jaya LRT. Other than that, there is also the Feeder bus T813 serving TTDI MRT station which only cost RM1.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bike sharing has come to Damansara Uptown

Have you noticed those yellow bikes around Damansara Uptown? Those are bicycles that you can ride for RM1 for every fifteen minutes wherever you see them and drop off "wherever" you like without having to drop them off at bike sharing stations. These yellow bikes are from oBike, a bike sharing app that originated from Singapore.

All you need to do is to download and install the oBike app and with that, find available bikes nearby, unlock them by scanning their barcode (more like QR code), ride them to where you want to go, drop them off at any accessible public places and be charged for only RM1 for every 15 minutes blocks.

oBike is ideal for getting around, to and from Uptown Damansara as it now has a dedicated bicycle lane and you don't need to own a bike to be able to do that with the availability of oBike.

Although oBike is supposedly station-less (no need for a particular station for pickup and dropoff), I think it would still be more convenient if there are stations, whether official or unofficial) for pickup. Imagine the convenience if you just arrived and exit from an LRT station, and you see those yellow bikes and you can just pick one to ride without having to walk far from the LRT station.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New discount mobile phone store coming to Uptown

Good news for mobile phone enthusiasts, GSTPhone, a discount mobile phone store is coming to Damansara Uptown by August 2017 at 29 Jalan SS21/37. Soon you will be able to buy new mobile phones from GSTphone conveniently without having to travel far.

The new GSTphone store is conveniently located at the most popular road, sharing street front with the new Starling Mall nearby. And parking will not be a problem because if roadside parking bay is full, you can always park at the Starling Mall basement carpark nearby or even the upper floors carparks of the same Starling Mall. There are plenty available car park bays at that mall plus parking the first hour is free.

You can access the Starling Mall basement carpark direct from LDP (between Maybank and Ambank) via a tunnel plus you can exit directly to LDP without having to go to the internal roads of the busy Uptown.

And if you don't like basement carparks, the upper floors carparks of the Starling Mall is accessible direct from Jalan SS21/37.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Food vending machines in MRT LRT stations

The Straits Times newspaper has reported that food vending machine is being installed by MRT VendCafe in Singapore MRT stations, the first one being the Ang Mo Kio MRT station and more expected.

This is an update on the previous post Etiquette when traveling on KL Rapid LRT trains which stated that there was no sign informing of no eating when on their train, buses (note that I did eventually saw a sign indicating such). This installation of food vending machines in Singapore MRT stations, will it lead a similar trend here? I think it is no big deal as I have seen manned stalls selling food and drinks at KL Rapid LRT stations and food vending machines will just be a variation.

SBK MRT line and Delightfully diverse cuisine

Damansara Uptown obtained a brief mention in the MalayMailOnline website: "For instance, the Bandar Utama MRT now benefits the dense re...