LESSONS FROM THE TREN EXPERIENCE

When you’re unfamiliar to a place and you choose to take the unknown, you have to be ready to digest the consequences. πŸ˜€ This thought dawned on me when my mom suggested for us to take a train ride from our cheap hotel in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur to Petronas Twin Towers-Suria-KLCC Shopping Complex instead of the affordably reliable taxi ride. We all gave in with a smile to my mom’s suggestion so no one’s to blame. We all took the path without the aid of a techie gadget that shows direction; worse without googling the how-to-get-there thing. We should have asked guidance from the spirit of Dora the Explorer before we embarked on such common adventure, LOL! πŸ˜€

Smiling to our own little misfortune, I took a photo first of our family! With such sweet smiles, who would have thought that we didn’t know where to go next? hahaha!

Perhaps, the idea that the train line of Kuala Lumpur looks quite similar to Manila’s LRT and MRT systems gave us the kick that we would not be lost and we could find our way easily.

Other than I am used to taking the MRT and LRT systems in Manila, I was also fortunate to experienced 2 of the world’s most efficient railway commuting systems- the multi-leveled subways in Tokyo and in Singapore. With some similarities of these trains in mind, I never expected that a portion of KL’s train would give us an unexpected TREK.

We never walked, we didn’t stroll en route to train platforms, we trekked!!! hahaha!

Without a clue of what’s in for us, we were happy to pay RM11 (PhP 154) for the 2 train rides that would take us from Puduraya to KLCC-Suria Shopping Complex; the amount covered 2 adults (Tina and me), a senior citizen (my mom) and a 7-year-old kid (Gabby). It’s really cheaper than taking unmetered taxi cab but it cost us our thighs and legs!

These are the chips the counter gave us that passengers need to tap at the turnstile at the entrance. We thought it’s like chips in slot or vendo machines, hahaha! After asking a man in uniform before the turnstiles, we learned that these chips are only for tapping and there’s no need to drop it until you reach your final destination (sounds like a title of a scary movie! heheh!).

Right or left? What escalator should we take? We had to ask again and confirm. Better to be sure than to assume! We rode the escalator on the right and we took the path to the platform that’s far than you could imagine!

On our search for that train platform, we saw fascinating views…

Signs are there to guide you but nothing stated we’re in for a walkaton…

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish” -John Quincy Adams.

OK, so going down the stairs was easy.

When we reached Masjid Jamek station and rode the first train, we had to alight the next station to transfer to another line that would take us to KLCC-Petronas Twin Towers. This is it! πŸ˜€

Again it was not a walk, nor a stroll but a trek! hahaha!

forrest gump, is that you? hehe!

We got in the train at no fuss except for the long walk to its platform. Had I googled something about it, we could have been more ready. Nonetheless, it’s a fun experience!

After struggling for directions and being surprised at the ups and downs, literally,Β  my family and I were still all smiles of course! Look, I captured that moment, haha! (parang hindi pagod!)

Just when we thought that the challenges are over, we’re in again for a new one!

Then Miley Cyrus began humming in my mind : “There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna make it move.Β  Always gonna be an uphill battle; sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. Aint about how fast I get there, Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb!”Β  hahaha! πŸ˜€

Mamy, Tina, and I, more so Gabby are not ready yet for trekking. It’s not our cup of tea for the moment. Imagine it was only a long walk to the train platforms, up and down steps to the flight of stairs and we were laughing down to our knees! What more a real trek that adventurers and travelers do.

Finally, our destinasi!!!

Napabili tuloy kami ng fresh fruit juices! πŸ˜€

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden

“For every mountain there is a miracle.” -Robert H. Schuller. πŸ˜€

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24 thoughts on “LESSONS FROM THE TREN EXPERIENCE

  1. Was that an adventure or misadventure πŸ™‚ Charge to experience na lang docgelo. In Beijing, they have a more labyrinthine subway. But I’m prepared to get lost. Ansarap maligaw di ba

  2. Hi Doc! I hope you still remember me from our Binondo Food Wok Trip last January πŸ™‚ Btw, I was laughing on that “spirit of Dora the Explorer” you mentioned! haha! It may sound like a sorry excuse for having a bad sense of direction (which I am guilty of), but I appreciate the wonders of getting lost. Learning opportunity or just plain experience, life would be too boring without it πŸ™‚ Wag lang palagi, syempre πŸ˜€

  3. The joy of adventures! Actually, here in LA and in the West side (Santa Monica and Culver City), there is a group that climb stairs, one has 300 steps!

    1. i forgot to mention that i already experienced that in tokyo.
      midnight pa! when we arrived at narita airport in 2005, we only rode the bus, then off we went to catch the train in the multi-leveled subway of tokyo and yes, with all our luggages (35kg all for me!) and laptop bag in the cold wee hours of the morn. ang saya! akyat baba!

    1. nakasakay na ako from taft to edsa lrt 1, then shirt to mrt edsa to trinoma. pakiramdam ko naikot ko buong maynila. hehe. at least we have escalators in manila’s commuter trains.

  4. wow! alam mo gusto ko mag emote at sumakay din sa tren, yung mahaba yung hanggang bicol. tapos pagdating ko dun wala lang sasakay na ulit ako pabalik uwe na ko haha

  5. Nakarelate ako sayo dyan Doc, mahirap pag di mo kabisado ang lugar then mas mahirap pag hindi marunong mag english ang mga tao na napagtanungan mo….nangyari lang sa kin ngayon yan last week, hayyy ang hirap di naman ako marunong mag French…mabuti ka nga may kasama e ako as in ako lang, gusto ko na ngang ngumawa sa train station e hahaha

    by the way natawa ako sayo, kinanta ko talaga yang Miley Cyrus na Climb mo hehehe

  6. oh joy, but look at the destination naman. this is probably why there are no obese people in kl, just look at what they have to walk during the day in their commute.

    i wonder if they have accommodations for the handicaps who can’t hurdle all those stairs?

  7. Your smiling faces doesn’t sound like everyone was pagod hahaha! Buti di nag-reklamo si Gabby – usually the young ones are the ones who will pester you with “are we there yet?” Wala man lang escalator?

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