It has been a long time since I was able to embark on an epic philatelic adventure. This day, it as a smaller but still epic! A full tour of ALL the Philatelic Bureau branches in Kuala Lumpur.
Planning started much earlier with the Monorail, MRT, LRT and walking distances. The gaps had to be filled in by driving to less accessible post offices. In addition there needed to be an allowance for the dreaded rain. A plus point was some post offices close at 6 pm and others at 8 pm! After many permutations… on the very day, a few unexpected events made last minute changes a necessity!
So here we go as we start off from the Philatelic Bureau HQ in Dayabumi… by the way, the response was significantly better … maybe because it is an attractive single stamp design with UV spot varnish printing or because it is a single stamp? Any which way, I met a lot of collectors in the various POs who were surprised there was a stamp issue… goes to show… information need to be at its earliest or it is just a old report.
Well, first stop is the post office nearest to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL the hall not the fish).
The cop was not well aligned and required a lot of adjustments. Next was a walk to a very scenic road leading into Kampung Bharu. Did you know that the Saloma Pedestrain Link Bridge connects the KLCC area into Kampung Bharu? It is beautifully lighted up at night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKQSES4FPiY&t=8s
This post office has been erroneously referred to as Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman because of the famous abbreviation TAR. The road is actually named after the first DYMM YDPA, Tuanku Abdul Rahman!
Nearby is Nasi Kandar Kudu bin Abdul… a nice place for Penang Style Nasi Kandar if you come before 11:00 am! Or the queue is super long!!! https://youtu.be/zsiCiXbgTwM
Next stop is a Monorail ride to….the shopping belt of Kuala Lumpur! This is also the spot to see all the towers! Guess where is this Post Office?
Another ride to the Bukit Bintang City Centre transfer hub will enable a quick connection to the LRT line that will bring me to…
This is an old part of Kuala Lumpur and is dotted with famous eateries and bakeries! Ohhh if only I have the luxury of time! For one thing, the pedestrian light NEVER change to green! I wonder what is the cycle??? By then the heat was draining me and I am getting dehydrated. Bottles of water have been exhausted.
Time to get to the darling of towers in Kuala Lumpur! More connecting LRT rides and an awesome view of old Kuala Lumpur… wait… I will compile a video of the great view later on…
The clock was ticking… I am still within the city centre and I have to soon brave the ring road massive traffic jam….
First stop on driving out of Dayabumi was the perpetual traffic jam and no parking area (hmmm sounds like the rest of Kuala Lumpur isn’t it???):
Did you know this area used to be called Bungsar??? Read some history to find out why…..
Then the continuation of the traffic jam as we head over to the criss-cross of highways, construction and everything in between!
This Post Office is so secluded that each time I have to ask for directions… It is tuck way way behind AEON Big!
Then a short distance (but lengthy jam packed drive away) is our second last pit stop!
The place is always dark and dingy… the cheerful light of the post office warms the heart as I saw it was still open!
Okay, it is raining now and the hardest and last stop is way at the edge of the city! That means cutting through the city centre during peak after work hour in rain! What a combination!
I was hoping we can make it on time and I was not disappointed… I was probably the last customer!
A journey from dawn to dusk! Quite satisfying and a feeling of accomplishment after a long hiatus from philatelic adventures!
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I will try and compile a video of the adventure and upload into: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmgo-MOHhzBRKnsF7NJooLA
50 km around the city
The making of a great adventure.
Now your turn to guess all the locations… the tips are all over!