The Other Side of Kay Ell ...

Emila of Emila's Illustrated Blog is right now running a contest to reward her top commenters starting from now to the end of December. The blogger with the most number of comments will get some really cool goodies as prizes from a host of generous sponsors.

And since I'm always game for winning stuff, I've been commenting away like crazy trying to get up there with the favourites Nurul, Diya, TH, Nessa and Marzie who are all currently ahead of me by a huge margin! How the heck I'm going to even get a whiff of them, I have no idea seeing as how right on my tail are Marvic, Anny, Bain and Ken! Can't you people just go for a holiday or something from now till the end of December, ah? LOL!

Anyways, while commenting like a desperate fool, I came across her post about the launching of blog for FT which was held at the Pavilion recently. Blog for FT is basically a contest to encourage the public to blog about stuff from the Federal Territories of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan.

The whole idea behind this contest is to create a positive internet buzz about these Federal Territories, to promote the spirit of 1Malaysia, etc, etc ... For more info about this contest, check out Blog4FT for a much more detailed information regarding the contest.

Now I didn't want to enter the contest at first cos I'm such a bad writer and half the time put people to sleep with my posts. But then, I sat back and thought about KL and its places of interest. Quite a few came to mind instantly, The National Museum, The National Zoo, the Bird Park, Lake Gardens, Aquaria, KLCC, KL Tower just to name a few.

But then, KL is also so much more than just those famous places. There are so many small little shops, small little well known places that gives KL its distinctive character and flavour.

Take for instance Petaling Street or better know as China Town. Who among those who live in KL have not at one time or another paid the place a visit? Even tourist clamour to visit the place. The mix of people from all walks of life inter mingling gives KL it's uniqueness that gives meaning to the 1Malaysia theme.

Those of of you from way back would probably know of this quaint little old Chinese shop just behind Kota Raya shopping complex called Soong Kee that sells the worlds best beef ball noodles this side of planet Earth.

It started off as a stall by the five foot way and now they have their own little restaurant that is still patronized by many people, some of whom are not even from KL. I think if you ask anyone from the 80's or 90's and the chances are they'd probably heard of this place. It's beef ball noodles are simply iconic.

Taking a drive a little further down the road we come to the haven for those with an artistic flair, The Central Market which was at one time a real wet market right in the heart of the city now home to a host of extremely talented individuals from all walks of life. The moment you walk into the place, the air smells and feel different from all the art that is flowing in the air.

Next, take a walk across the street towards the Klang Bus Stand once a central point for buses heading out of the city. Here you'd find many people from all walks of life waiting for their respective public buses to take them home after a hard day at work. Often times while waiting you'd always see the same old familiar faces and end up becoming friends.

It's the small and often times forgotten places like these that give KL its character and soul. Take away all these and even with the amazing Twin Towers KL, the exquisite Aquaria, the towering KL Tower and Kuala Lumpur would be a place without a heart and soul.

*Note: The pictures shown were found randomly on the internet so credit and rights for pictures go out to the respective picture owners.




44 weird comments:

Emila Yusof said...

yay for petaling street!! your vote link is working just fine its just that it's in the vetting stage. they'll release it within 24hrs for voting!

Mariuca said...

chop

Mariuca said...

alamak suddenly only emila is here!

Mariuca said...

LOL I haven been commenting at EIB lately, sure or nooooooot I'm still ahead of u? lol...

Mariuca said...

Good luck to u!

Spiffy said...

Emila - I've always loved Petaling street for the fake ... urrmmm ... alternate products ... hehehe ...

I was actually having problem with the vote for my entry link. It was appearing on my blog. I managed to get it fixed though :D

Spiffy said...

Marzie - LOL! Marzie chop second ... takpe my blog can chop second and third also ... hehehe ...

Spiffy said...

Marzie - Ya, only Emila is here, the rest all mogok with my blog ... LOL!

Spiffy said...

Marzie - Aiyaa with you ah I can't be too careful, nanti all of a sudden you'll go on a commenting spree ... LOL!

Spiffy said...

Marzie - Yeah, good luck to all of us. Siapa yang win the car can take us all for a drive round KL ... LOL!

baincardin said...

yay dah vote spiff! ^_^

*holiday? no laa spiff, me oso crazy-hell-desperate to be d top commenter@EIB! hehehe.....^_^'

Spiffy said...

Bain - Thank you :D

Hahaha, jangan la give me too much competition at EIB ...

Nessa said...

OMG! I haven't been to Petaling Street in ages!

Beef ball noodles??? Now I'm hungry *drools*

Nessa said...

Chopp!!! Hahhaaha... lambat suda but what the heck!

Nessa said...

BTW, just voted for you :D Good luck!!

Mama Mia said...

i've voted for u, spiffy. good luck!

Anny said...

wahhhhhhhhh.. u too? so fast.. i voted for Emila.. Bain and now u.. hehhehehee.. good for u guys.. may the best woman wins :D urmm...

anyways.. i also lovedddd Petaling Street as the part of Kay Ell too.. but now.. a bit takut to go there now.. its a wee different now :D

Anny said...

and and and.. the best beef ball noodles is THAT! i miss that too.. i used to go there.. after work. The uncle's hair look kinda cool ya? kinda look like Andy Lau.. hehehe

Spiffy said...

Nessa - I also haven't been there in ages la ... and that Beef ball noddles is also making me hungry ... LOL!

Spiffy said...

Nessa - LOL! Here can CHOP one even if you commenter number twelve ...

Spiffy said...

Nessa - You did? Thank you, thank you, thank you :D

Nick Phillips said...

Mama Mia - Thanks a lot :D

Spiffy said...

Anny - LOL! Best woman win, huh? Well, in that case, call me Spiff, The SpaceWOMAN until the contest finishes ... LOL!

Actually I haven't been there in quite a while and don't know how it looks anymore ... hehehe ...

Spiffy said...

Anny - You pun eaten there before ... cool :D Do you remember seeing this kinda urrrmmm fat guy working there too. I gaduh with him once before ... LOL!

Anny said...

i went there when i was like mebbe 22? hhahahahhahahaa.. now i am urmm... as ole as the Andy Lau in the shop.. hahahhahahahaa..

fat guy? hmm... i only looked at my food and the beef balls.. i didn't even look up when i paid... urmm.. i have to go back there and EAT. Come Nessa... i belanja.. mai kita pergi makan sana.. :D

Spiffy said...

Anny - LOL! Where got old la you. I'm the old man in this blogging group la, so tua have to use walking stick soon ... LOL!

Next time you go there look for the fat guy, he's still there :D

Belanja Nessa only? What about me, Marzie, Emila, Ken, Bem, Soulie, Bain, Nurul, Diya, Khemy ... urmmm siapa lagi ah? LOL!

baincardin said...

yelaaa....cakap psl petaling street, dah bertahun Bain tak pergi sana! osh!...

Anny said...

halal ka this beef ball fella? i dun remember it as halal la.. how to belanja the rest :) i only belanja Nessa la... cos cos cos.. urmm.. urmm.. Nessa drooled when she saw the beef balls soup :p

Nessa said...

LOL! He does look like Andy Lau... caya la rambut pacik tu still itam. apa rehsia dia agaknya??...

Anny, i wan to eat aircon place... dis place no aircon... lalala :P

Spiffy said...

Bain - Same here la ... I can't even remember the last time I was there ...

Spiffy said...

Anny - You have a point la, I don't think it's halal. There's always McDonalds ... LOL!

Spiffy said...

Nessa - Actually the fellow has looked like that ever since I've been going there ... LOL!

Wah Nessa nie high class, nak aircon punya tempat ... hehehe .... urrmmm, I think it's air conditioned la these days ...

Anny said...

alaaaaaa.. this Nessa like aircon place pulak... hahahaha.. u like my sister.. no aircon tak mau masuk.. hahahhahahaaa.. but the non aircon place.. when u eat and sweat tons..that makes the food more enjoyable.. hehehe.. +++ the sweat that drip into the food.. *LOL*

Anny said...

McD's? aduhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... McDs is for.. urmm.. urmm... bribing kids la.. hahhahahaa

rizal said...

Olla spiffy,

hop hop hippity hop from kak Emi's

Voted for you too.

Yeah, i had the same problem with the voting badge. Wasnt appearing on my blog, so i had to copy the badge picture, paste it manually and link it to my entry.

Wah3x! (In amazement), Sindrom EIB has spilled onto your blog too.

Hehe.

Happy blogging and have a great weekend ya. :D

rizal said...

Owh!! CM, this was a place that i like to hang out after my tuition Class. Pusat Kelas Tusyen Kasturi - hehe. I wonder, does it still exist there?

Spiffy said...

Anny - LOL! Tu la, now you have to tgake her to aircon place only ...

And yeah, the sweat does add taste to the food ... LOL!

Spiffy said...

Anny - I'm still a kid, so I don;t mind being bribed ... hahaha!

Spiffy said...

Rizal - Welcome to my blog :D

Thanks for voting for me :D That badge gave me a headache la for quite a while. I thought I was doing it wrongly ... hehehe ...

Hahaha ... memang menjangkit la sindrom EIB ...

A great weekend to you too :D

Spiffy said...

Rizal - I used to hang out there too when I was still studying graphic design years ago. I was there almost everyday ... hehehe ...

yoon see said...

I have just voted for you too.

I am doing some projects on drawing & craft at the moment.
Developing my characters.
Sure I remember you.

Happy weekends to you & your beloved family, I can draw pebble only when I am more free much later.

Spiffy said...

Yoon See - Thank you so much :D

I was just kidding about drawing for Pebbles la ... hehehe ...

Happy weekend to you and your family too :D

khairulorama said...

liky.. liky like your post ..

Spiffy said...

Khairulorama - Why thank you :D And welcome to my blog too :D