Okay so the petrol prices just recently went up and we've all been urged to change our lifestyle to cope with the change.
According to an article I read in The Star, apparently only 16% of Malaysians take public transport.
That's shocking! I mean when I was in London, almost everyone I knew took public transport but fair enough, I'm ashamed that I'm one of the 84% of Malaysians that don't take public transport.Prior to this the only times I take public transport is when I try to escape the jam. Like after work on Fridays, instead of trying to fight the jam out of the city, I take a Monorail to Pavilion to watch a movie.By the time my movie is done, the jam has gone from this
It makes a big difference.
But I never take public transport to go where I need to go. *Sigh*
I'm just drive.
So today I had a few meetings all around the city and I decided that I was going to take public transport or walk to my meetings. My first meeting was a lunch meeting with a client at KLCC and just before I was about to leave... heavy rain struck.
And when I say heavy rain... I mean HEAVY RAIN!!!
I quickly saw it as an opportunity to justify me taking the car but I decided that NO... I have to be true to myself.
So I went down to my car, grabbed my umbrella and started walking to the nearest LRT Station with Robb who was coming with me for the meeting.
Just before I left the office, Yee Hou asked Robb
"Eh raining... do you need to borrow my Ela Ela Eh Eh..."The things some of my colleagues think about sometimes. (Ela Ela Eh Eh = Umbrella ... think Rihanna).
So okay armed with my umbrella I was on my way.
The thing I noticed about walking is... that you really get to see everything when you walk.
From the messed up empty lots
to the disgusting giant monsoon drains that I'm sure is radioactive at some point.
Walking around KL City was a lot harder than the walking around I did in London.
For one, the roads here were a lot broader than the ones in London so cars here went really really fast.If I earned RM0.50 for every time a car nearly ran me down while I was crossing the road, I would be a very rich man today.
Not too long later, after stepping on a lot of puddles I finally reached a bridge that was going to take me to the Dang Wangi LRT station.Simple stuff.
All I had to do was go and buy a ticket from one of these machines costing me RM1.30
Then head over to the trains.
Then it was time to let the waiting begin.
I must've seen two trains on the other side past before mine finally came and before I knew it....
Taddaaaaa I was on board.
Not too crowded a train even for lunch hour.
And soon enough, we were at KLCC.
The whole trip cost me only RM1.30 and took me just as much time as it would have taken me to drive there and park my car.
Not to mention parking at KLCC would easily be something like RM10 after the many hours I've spent there and around the nearby buildings for my meetings.So there you have it.
Malaysian public transport is not entirely useless.
It works... it just needs a wider network.
After the client meeting I went to the office of one of our Nuffnang law firms to meet one of the partners there.
Seeing my umbrella he asked
"Did you walk here?"
And I said
"Yes... times are bad... couldn't afford to fill up my car so I decided to walk instead".
Then he said
"HAIH!!! I was thinking of charging you a bit more for this thing we just did for you because we had to put some extra time into it but okay lah... since you so poor thing".
I gave him Bambi eyes.
SEE!!! I SAVED A LOT OF MONEY TODAY BY WALKING AND TAKING LRT!!!