Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Telekom Museum Kuala Lumpur




Built in 1928 to house the Central Battery Manual Telephone Exchange, this building is now home to Muzium Telekom. Located at the intersection of Jalan Gereja and Jalan Raja Chulan, this magnificent building is 82 years of age (1928-2010) and was declared a historic landmark by the National Archives of Malaysia Negara. 




And I told myself die-die also I must visit this place, I remembered vaguely the last time I was here... a couple of old phones and etc. It was so-so if my memory serves me right. Well, obviously, my memory failed me. BIG TIME!


This is what I've imagined - the telephony evolution. Basically just that, full stop. Period. But NOOOOOOO.... It also talks about communication evolution - from Batu Bersurat to Pasu Bersurat (yeah, first time hearing this!), and from morse code to the internet era. Not forgetting the beduk communication, they even showed us the beduk sound for emergency, azan and death. I was half expecting smoke signal will be showcased here too, but nahhhhhh... kenot main api depa they say, dangerous wor.



It also displayed the birth of phone right thru what we are using now – smart phones. Hey! They even have ATUR and satellite phone, have you heard and seen an ATUR phone before? No huh! Go check them out when you are there. While you are there, do check-out the public phones that we used to use – way before everyone owns a mobile phone.




This is something I hold close to my heart – branding. A true blue marketing person that I am, I was excited when I saw the transition from the first logo that Telekom ever had till the one we are using now. And I can only remember Jabatan Telekom logo, the one with the phone in the middle. What I didn’t realized was that it went thru more changes after that as well as before that.


I also learnt that all the telecommunication towers in Malaysia is owned by Telekom Malaysia namely Menara Kuala Lumpur and Menara Alor Setar.




A Telegraph Museum was recently launched in July 2018 in the same building that housed the first Post and Telegraph office in Tanah Melayu back in 1883. It is located at Jalan Stesen in Taiping. I myself have not been there but will definitely be ni my Perak bucket list aside from covering the rest of 33 first Taiping of course. The museum covers submarine cable from the 1870s, a massive stone grinder, old clothing and many items from between the 18th century right to 2012. What makes it even better is that this building is recognized as National Heritage Building. The entrance fee is RM8 for adults and RM5 for children while for non-Malaysia is RM15 per person.





So, if you guys are curious of the communication evolution in Malaysia (so yeah, no smoke signal here), drop by at the Muzium Telekom here in KL, it is near the Plaza Rakyat/China Town (about 10mins walk). You won’t regret it, trust me.


Operating Hours
9am - 5pm (closed on public holiday)

Entrance Fee
Adult - RM6
Kid - RM3





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Monday, October 29, 2018

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur (Part 3)





Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

An architectural excellence.
Built in 1910, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Kedah is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses.

Built in between 1910 to 1930s, it was owned by the penghulu or village headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu, Kedah. The home was originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, Kedah and was rescued, relocated and restored between 1996-1997 by the Badan Warisan Malaysia.
I am proud to say that as an ongoing effort in preserving and conserving #Malaysia architectural heritage, Badan Warisan Malaysia or The Heritage of Malaysia Trust (an NGO body) has managed to disassemble and relocate Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman to Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur for public to learn and experience our heritage.

Badan Warisan Malaysia Background

Badan Warisan Malaysia or The Heritage of Malaysia Trust is a national heritage NGO that focuses on heritage conservation services for nearly 30 years. Their role is to create and raise awareness of heritage issues and to ensure the survival of our built heritage. It also helps to influence policy so as to create a conservation-friendly environment as well as promoting and educating the understanding of Malaysia heritage as an expression of our history and identity. Badan Warisan Malaysia also hosts monthly talks and lectures, to know more and participate in their activities, kindly follow @heritagemalaysia Instagram.
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (next to Badan WarisanMalaysia)
2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2144 9273
(15mins walk from the Bukit Bintang monorail station)

Operating Hours :
Tues - Sat : 10am – 4pm
Price Range : FREE. RM10 for guided tour

Badan Warisan Malaysia (next to Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman)
2, Jalan Stonor
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603-2144 9273
Email : info@badanwarisan.org.my
(15mins walk from the Bukit Bintang monorail station)

Opening Hours :
Mon- Sat : 10am-5pm (closed on Public Holidays)
Tours: 11am & 3pm




Selfie Museum KL

The latest craze just hit KL. Selfie Museum just across…… Pavilion, in Fahrenheit88 (2nd floor to be precise). Everything is a must selfie, nothing should be missed – all the 9 thematic rooms.

There’s “The Giant Cakes” Room by Pandora (people tend to have plenty of photos here, I mean, would you want a photo with a cupcake, unicorn and lollipops), the there’s the “Rainbow” Room (my suggestion is for you to wear white so that the background pops out *serious talk nih*), of course there “Splash Lab” Room by TeaLive & llaollao (yang ni I nak minum air jer hehhehhee) and a few more rooms lah.


For more tips (yup! On how many time to spend, what to wear, how to pose *kid you not*), click HERE.

Level 2, Fahrenheit88
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours : 10am - 10pm (daily)
Entrance Fee : RM45 (Adult), RM30 (Kids)




Museum Of Illusions

The first Museum Of Illusions in Asia and 7th in the world and it stated that ‘illusion which will trick your confidence in senses’ oh boy, it is so true. And my favourite are the puzzles (yeah! I am simple like that), but I can’t even solve one, felt like I should buy a few, memorize the steps and show of my ‘skill’.

I felt the Vortex Tunnel was fun and vomiting which makes my photo turns out ugly, but I enjoyed the enperience (kept challenging myself to walk straight and go against the ‘vortex’). There are also the Mirror Room and Infinity Room which need no explanation lah. The Hologram collections are pretty cool, was wondering whether I can purchase that Einstein posted, hemmm…..


There are few other illutions that you can wander and wonder (get it?!) such as the The Ames Room, The Anti-Gravity Room, The Chair Illusion, The Rotated Room,  The Bottomless Pit and many more. Allocate 2 hours or so here, it’ll be fun (and sense-stimulating).


Museum Of Illusions
Ansa Hotel 1st&2nd floor
101, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours : 9am - 11pm (daily)

Entrance Fee
Adult : RM35 (MyKad) / RM45 (Non-MyKad)
Kids : RM25 (MyKad) / RM35 (Non-MyKad)



Muzium Telekom

Built in 1928 to house the Central Battery Manual Telephone Exchange, this building is now home to Muzium Telekom. Located at the intersection of Jalan Gereja and Jalan Raja Chulan, this magnificent building is 82 years of age (1928-2010) and was declared a historic landmark by the National Archives of Malaysia Negara.

I remembered vaguely the last time I was here... a couple of old phones and etc. It was so-so if my memory serves me right. Well, obviously, my memory failed me. BIG TIME! Ahaks.
This is what I've imagined (before visiting lah) - the telephony evolution. Basically just that, full stop. Period. But NOOOOOOO.... It also talks about communication evolution - from Batu Bersurat to Pasu Bersurat (yeah, first time hearing this!), and from morse code to the internet era. Not forgetting the beduk communication, they even showed us the beduk sound for emergency, azan and death. I was half expecting smoke signal will be showcased here too, but nahhhhhh... kenot main api depa kata, dangerous.

SO, if you guys are curious of the communication evolution, drop by  at the Muzium Telekom here in KL, it is near the Plaza Rakyat/China Town (a 10mins walk). You won’t regret it.
Muzium Telekom http://www.muziumtelekom.com.my/Jalan Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours
9am - 5pm (closed on public holiday)

Entrance Fee
Adult - RM6
Kid - RM3



#UnseenKL Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, #VisitKL and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.













Thursday, October 25, 2018

Selfie Museum Kuala Lumpur





Selfie Museum
Go crazy guys!



Seriously guys. Amazing right. And you know what makes this even better? It is located a mere 2mins walk from Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, basically it is across the street. There is 2 other places that you can cover while you are within this area as it is located just next door to each other – Museum of Illusion KL (will blog about this in my next post) and the mural behind Lot 10.


You know what, this is my recommendation if you happened to be in Pavillion or Jalan Bukit Bintang area. Spend probably half a day or perhaps a full day (if you include shopping lah) and cover these places:

  • Selfie Museum KL
  • Museum of Illusion KL
  • Mural at Hutong (behind Lot10)
  • And nearby this area, where you can reach via grab or/and walk (a tad too far to walk though)
  • Jadi Batek Gallery at Jalan Inai
  • Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman at Jalan Stonor
  • And ends you trip at Jalan Alor for dinner (mostly non-halal) or Ain Arabia/Arab Street on Jalan Berangan, or perhaps you might prefer the malls’ eateries.


This is the part that I find it weird, like seriously weird. Well, you see… a bunch of us visited the Selfie Museum by Samsung Galaxy (like 20+ of us was there) and I hardly see anyone taking any selfies, most of us (me inclusive) asked our friends to snap a picture for us. No! No guys! We are not supposed to do that, its selfies (wefies pun ok lagi) … why lah no one took any selfies? But can I really blame them? After all, the rooms are really and truly amazing – vibrant, colourful, catchy and most importantly Instagrammable (penting tuh).

One must know that some of the 9 rooms are being sponsored by well known brands such as :

1. “The Giant Cakes” Room by Pandora
2. “Everything’s Sweet” Room by Benefit Cosmetics
3. “Fluffy Path” Room
4. “Ice-Cream World” Room by Baskin Robbins
5. “dUCkies CafĂ©” Room by dUCk Scarves


6. “Rainbow” Room
7. “Super Happiness” Room by Samsung Galaxy
8. “Splash Lab” Room by TeaLive & llaollao
9. “Do-Nut-Stop” Room by Hotlink

Yup! You guess it right, some of the rooms serves bite size food/icecream/drinks. And NO! You are not getting a dUCk scarves, I’ve asked *wink*.


General Tips from non-selfie-lover.
  • Plan your attire wisely, my suggestion is go for non-printed design and perhaps light/pastel colours
  • Browse thru the hashtags or their Instagram on poses so that you can recreate during your visit
  • No props are require, am sure you can make use of whatever available there (takut tak menang tangan jer nanti)
  • We were given less than 10mins per room (due to our large crowd), if it is the same for you guys – time well.
  • Solo visitor - most of the room looks better if the photos are being taken by another person (Seriously. Despite that it is called the Selfie Museum. Ahaks)
  • Allocate sufficient memory space on your mobile. Kid you not!
  • Come early. As you can adjourn to Museum of Illusion next door and mural photo session right after.
  • Remember to hashtag #SelfieMuseumKL when you post in the Instagram


You selfie lovers out there, what are you waiting for?
JOMlah!


Selfie Museum KL
Level 2, Fahrenheit88
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
https://www.selfie.com.my/


Operating hours : 10am - 10pm (daily)
Entrance Fee : RM45 (Adult), RM30 (Kids)




#UnseenKL Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, #VisitKL and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.











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