How I Changed My Blog's Layout At Genting Highlands (Part 2)

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Published in

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Continued from Part 1

Before we drove up Genting Highlands, I and my friend Ed decided to have our breakfast at Otak Otak Place in 1Utama.



We chose to go there as they were having this breakfast set promotion at RM5!

Ed and I ordered the same set, which was toasted bread with butter and kaya, half boiled eggs and coffee.



The cup of coffee came with a piece of cracker too. At RM5, it was worth it as ordering these 3 items would cost about RM8 at the normal prices.

I love the toasted bread! Well, it was way better than the toasted bread I had at OldTown White Coffee! I would say after eating at places like Otak Otak Place, PappaRich and TC Toast & Coffee, OldTown's food is the absolute worst!

Otak Otak Place also have a nice interior. Look at this bicycle on display there!



I just realised they have a bicycle on display in every one of their outlets. I have been to the outlet in Tropicana City Mall and they have even more things on display there!

I even saw a pack of Happy Families cards on my table but we did not bother to play it. In fact, I don't even know how to play this card game!

Before leaving, we were given 2 complimentary packets of premix coffee with tongkat ali, gano and ginseng extract. Nice!



After breakfast, we drove to Genting Highlands. Or rather, Ed drove while I sat there and enjoyed the view.

It was a breeze driving there as there were not many cars. Well, it was the second day of Chinese New Year so I guess most people were already back in their hometowns.

Well, how wrong I was! When we reached the Skyway station midway up Genting, we were shocked to see the long queue of people waiting in line for the cable cars!



There were many foreign workers from Bangladesh and Indonesia. I guess they must be having their day off and took the opportunity to visit Genting Highlands!

Moral of this story : Don't go to Genting Highlands on a public holiday! Or at least, don't take the cable car ride.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I hate queues! Well, as much as I hated queues, I did not ask Ed to drive us up because his car was a brand new car and had yet to reach 1000km in mileage! I did not want to strain his new car too much!

So we had to tolerate for almost two hours lining up for the cable car!



I did not know how I survived that 2 hours but I did! I guess with a friend as company, it was bearable.

Finally, we got onto the cable car. They called it Skyway Gondola which sounded nice, haha.



Now please excuse me if I have to flood this post with pictures taken from inside the cable car as I have not sat in this Skyway Gondola for more than 10 years! LOL!



Each cable car can only take in a maximum of 8 persons. So there were 6 other people with us. Not much room to move around to take pictures!

From this photo below, you can see that we were leaving the cable car station.



I was surprised that as a person who is afraid of heights, I did not feel any fear at that time! Maybe my stint at FRIM's suspended bridge had cured me. Haha!



Yippie! We were on top of the world!



Then Ed pointed out to me our cable car number. Wow! It was number 48!!



In Cantonese, 48 sounds like "sei fatt" or continuously getting rich! What a prosperous feeling up there in the sky! And coincidentally, it was the second day of Chinese New Year. Woo hoo!

My friend would end up using this number later on in the casino but that will be another story.



I really enjoyed the ride. Well, maybe not as much fun as 10 years ago, when I was much younger, but it was still fun nevertheless.



By the way, did you know that Genting Skyway is one of the fastest cable car in the world running at 6 metres per second and also the longest in South East Asia at 3.38km?

OK, here's a question to test your mathematical skill. Using the figures I just provided above, how long do you think our cable car journey was? The first person to answer this correctly will win a special prize from me! : )

Coming Up In Part 3 : My Lunch At 6,000 Feet Above Sea Level!

FIRST COMMENTER

(95) Comments

  1. Bananazക said...

    changed..

    February 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM
  2. Bananazക said...

    3 in a row but different day!!!:p

    February 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM
  3. Bananazക said...

    Up coffee with tongkat ali & ginseng.. careful nose bleed oh..

    February 23, 2010 at 8:35 AM
  4. Bananazക said...

    guess you would be tweeting non stop during the 2 hours wait.

    February 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM
  5. Cloudia said...

    What a lovely country and post!

    I do enjoy toast...



    Aloha, Friend!


    Comfort Spiral

    February 23, 2010 at 8:39 AM
  6. Bananazക said...

    9.39mins

    February 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM
  7. fufu said...

    what unit you want for the answer? it is 563.333 seconds, less than 10mins ride =p

    February 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM
  8. Jade said...

    Foong,
    Happy Lunar New Year!!
    I have never been to Genting, maybe we should visit before we relocate to the Philippines... think think.

    Btw, I love the new look!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  9. reanaclaire said...

    haha...got prize for top 3 answers ah.. 9.39 around 10 min.. but the last time i sat, it was around 15-20 min ride.. and guess what? i have to close my eyes all the way.. sigh..fear factor!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM
  10. Mei Teng said...

    Wow...two hours queuing up for the cable car is just too much. I wouldn't have stuck around for that.

    I don't travel to Genting during CNY but I presume the place must be packed like sardines huh?

    February 23, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  11. Shingo T said...

    By the time I posted, I already see tons of posts above me. Got any consolation prizes? =p

    I hate queues too, just like you. To the extent that when I wrote my thesis in uni, I wrote about queueing and efficiency. Haha.

    I have been up to genting countless of times, but have never taken the cable car. I thought the cable cars are supposed to be slow so we can enjoy the view. Maybe Genting made it fast so anxious people can reached the casino quick!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM
  12. CheaHS@n said...

    For the 2 hours Q, I would most likely headed for a U turn provided my friend(s) agrees. Must learn from sifu how you managed to "survive" the 2 hrs ordeal. OK Tweeting can kill time and it can also kill your feet? Master you must be floating in mid-air then..?? May the force be with you..haha

    February 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  13. iamthewitch said...

    Wah you really would stand 2 hours just for the ride! I definitely do not have such patience, unless no choice. :) Also, the answer to your question, accurately it should be 563 seconds, but I remember there being some stops in the middle of the ride,which would take up extra time.. My guess is probably 10 mins? :P

    February 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM
  14. [SK] said...

    see?? i've told you.. during CNY, only KL/PJ will be very empty and peaceful.. but if you are going to other towns or cities, and especially touristy places, please expect crowds and queues.. :p

    February 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM
  15. [SK] said...

    yeah, i've been to genting once during a long weekend.. and guess what, so crowded and packed with people (just like those bangladeshi and indians you mentioned).. *faint*

    February 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    and we couldn't get return bus ticket back to KL, forced to take those taxi touts which charges us RM30 downhill per person!! crazy eh?? but no choice we have to pay..

    February 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM
  17. [SK] said...

    actually really nothing to do up there in genting.. i don't gamble, food are expensive and not nice, and those rides are not interesting at all to me.. so i don't really have the urge to go up there..

    February 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM
  18. [SK] said...

    ok, now back to your trivia!! the skyway cable car.. yes, the total journey is 3.38km, the speed is 6 metres per second but to be precise that's the maximum speed only..

    February 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM
  19. [SK] said...

    and hence, to run the whole 3.38km journey, it takes the cable car 11 minutes.. this is my answer!! hooray!! :p

    February 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM
  20. [SK] said...

    btw, your post title is How I Changed My Blog's Layout At Genting Highlands.. already part 2 going part 3, nothing has been mentioned about your blog layout one?? hahaha :D

    February 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM
  21. CheaHS@n said...

    You hate to Q yeah but very considerate as not to 'over rev' your friend's brand new car to bite the bullet. Yeah Cukup kawan..cheers.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM
  22. CheaHS@n said...

    Time taken for you to reach from base to the top on that particular day is 2hr 9.39 mins.:P

    February 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM
  23. xin said...

    hmmmmm 15 mins? plus the stops and all :p

    February 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM
  24. kenwooi said...

    based on the calculation it is about 10 minutes.. but if im not wrong, it takes longer than that.. about 30minutes? =)

    kenwooi.com

    February 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM
  25. Angie Tan said...

    Hmmmm... If I recall, the cable car journey should be around 30 minutes.. :)

    But siao-la! What a long queue!

    so, you must have changed your blog layout while waiting, huh?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM
  26. saucer said...

    Mathematically, it should takes 9.38888 minutes. But adding up your weight factor, (you know la, you're not light), so of course got some effect to the speed. so 9.38888 x 1.6913 (weight factor), doubling the time to 15.88 mins, to be exact. Correct anot?

    anyway, 15.88 sounds like is a good fengshui number, right?

    February 23, 2010 at 12:45 PM
  27. Rose Belle said...

    OMG, that ride looks scary. I'm scared of height. I'd pray first and then build up some courage to go up so high. And oh...the premix coffee packet, how interesting..I've never heard of coffee mixed with gingseng extract. Wonder how that tastes look...hmmm...

    February 23, 2010 at 1:48 PM
  28. Tekkaus said...

    Haha :D People are using such a weird name as their cafe's name? Otak-otak place? :p Must be attention-grabbing aye.

    February 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM
  29. Tekkaus said...

    Rm5 for those? Hmm....still ok I guess. :p

    February 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM
  30. Tekkaus said...

    Wow....bro...you are making Old Town sounds like a lousy place for us to eat ler. LOL :D

    Is it because the Old Town there is too busy?

    February 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM
  31. Tekkaus said...

    Perhaps the owner is an avid bicycle collectors? Especially this kind of antics one? :p

    February 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM
  32. Tekkaus said...

    Bro...gimme the coffee. :p War...so nice huh they even give you free coffee. Maybe I should pay them a visit too.

    February 23, 2010 at 3:52 PM
  33. Tekkaus said...

    Aiyah....must train the car mah. :p Wow...that's really a lot of people ler. Malaysia...is becoming so not Malaysia already. :p

    February 23, 2010 at 3:54 PM
  34. Tekkaus said...

    Awww.....I miss Genting so much bro. :p

    February 23, 2010 at 3:55 PM
  35. ladyviral said...

    oh the toast sure looks good. Somehow I think the butte rin Old Town's Toast is insuffcient! End up eating more Kaya than butter...

    Oh the egg sure looks good too! Wah wah... Go genting never invite me? hahhaa kidding!

    February 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM
  36. ladyviral said...

    The queue is so long! If I see such a queue, I would of given up! Gosh! Must be hot days and all, everyone going Genting for cool air?

    February 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM
  37. ladyviral said...

    Oh btw, love the new layout :).

    February 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM
  38. levian said...

    ah, love the new layout! so neat n it loads so much faster. oh gosh, what a long queue. 2 hours is so long to wait. a happy chinese new year to you, foong! :)

    February 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM
  39. HappySurfer said...

    9.38888 mins didn't seem that long but the long wait was truly something to test one's patience - which I also had the pleasure of experiencing several years ago on a Labor Day holiday. We also waited for more than two hours and the queue wound right down to the level below!

    February 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM
  40. HappySurfer said...

    And then one time we (with friends) drove up (also on a public holiday) and spent more than two hours in the jam coming downhill! Ridiculous, but true. Lesson learned - never go up there on a public holiday if you don't want to be caught in traffic jams and food queues.

    February 23, 2010 at 4:40 PM
  41. HappySurfer said...

    Great shots, Foong. That must have been clear weather up there. Thanks for sharing.

    Btw, that's a good price for the breakfast set. I think this is the trend now.

    February 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM
  42. vialentino said...

    wah...lunch at 6k feet...wat an experience!

    February 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM
  43. lina said...

    I kena when I took my sisters to Genting on a public holiday
    The queue was sooooo long!
    And then when went inside the theme park, had to queue some more. Madness!

    February 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM
  44. synical said...

    I was there on Wednesday and Thursday - lucky I didn't actually go on CNY, LOL.

    If I'm not wrong the cable car ride is about 25 minutes. Just guessing :)

    February 23, 2010 at 8:12 PM
  45. EastCoastLife said...

    Cool. Like this simple blog template.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:39 PM
  46. EastCoastLife said...

    I miss the cool and refreshing mountain air of Genting Highlands. It's scorching hot over here in SG.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    bananaz, wow! Congrats for being FC here 3 times in a row! Wonder if you'll be 4 times FC? : )

    Haha, if cannot take that coffee, maybe nose can bleed : )

    Well, I did tweet a little but mostly I was chit chatting with my friend : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    cloudia, thanks! Toast is nice! : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    bananaz, congratulations!! You are the first person to answer correctly! Yes, it's 9.39mins! Although in reality, I think it was about 12 mins.

    Anyway, email me your address so I can mail you your prize! : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:31 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    fufu, you are correct! But 5 mins too late! I already have a winner! Better luck next time, yes? : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:32 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    jade, thanks for the wishes! Yes, I think you should visit Genting Highlands before you move to Philippines!

    Glad you like the new layout! : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:34 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, haha sorry no prize for top 3 this time, better luck next time, yes? : )

    Yeah, in reality it's slightly longer than 9.39mins. So you also afraid of heights? Welcome to the club! : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    mei teng, well, we were already there and there's no other way to go up but using the cable car. But it didn't feel like 2 hours to me actually, more like 1 hour or so. Maybe it's not that bad when you have a friend to chit chat with.

    It's advisable not to go Genting during public holidays, but when I was up there, it was not exactly packed like sardines, still quite OK to me.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:39 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    shingo T, haha sorry no consolation prize this time. Maybe next time : )

    So you hate queues just like me? Gimme 5! Haha.

    You should try the cable car ride next time - it's quite fast, but you don't feel it's fast at all so you can really enjoy the view at your leisure : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:43 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, I guess we didn't do any U-turn cos we had already made up our mind to go there. You know, once you make up your mind, you won't want to change or quit. Besides, I wanted to enjoy the cool air! Going back down to KL back to hot and humid weather just doesn't sound like an attractive option, haha.

    And of course, as a blogger, this seems like an interesting topic to blog about, so no way of doing any U-turn. Haha!

    Actually, midway queuing, we were given seats! How about that? Haha!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:47 PM
  56. Bananazക said...

    XieXie for the 3rd FC. 4th time? No lah let others a chance. Thanks for the prize in advance, shall email my address. tQ

    February 23, 2010 at 11:48 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, actually we stood for 1 hour and sat for another 1 hour. Yeah, that's right - we were given seats : )

    There were stops in the middle? Where got? From where you took the cable car ride? Awana? I took it from GohTong Jaya Skyway Station.

    You are right - it's about 10 mins, though in reality it was more like 12mins : )

    February 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM
  58. wenn said...

    wah, lucky number u had there too!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:02 AM
  59. foongpc said...

    SK, haha looks like you don't like Genting Highlands! For me, I don't mind going there just for the natural cool air and the mist! Love the mist!

    I don't fancy the rides and I don't really gamble too, and as for the food, some restaurants are not bad, though most are average.

    You know, I don't mind going to Genting just to sit and chill out at Starbucks and maybe have a cup of coffee and chit chat with friends or do my blogging. Haha!

    Hey, you actually have the closest answer! The reality is 12 mins! But since my question is a mathematical question based on the figures I provided, sorry the correct answer should be 9.39mins : )

    As for changing of my blog's layout, it'll be mentioned in the last part, which I myself am not sure is Part 3 or 4 or 5, maybe 6? Haha!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM
  60. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, haha I'm a good friend no? *self praise* : )

    Yeah, you got the time quite correct, haha!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:09 AM
  61. foongpc said...

    xin, there were no stops along the way. It was about 12 mins in reality, although the calculation showed 9.39 mins : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:10 AM
  62. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, not that long, just 12 mins only : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:11 AM
  63. foongpc said...

    angie tan, no it's only 12 mins. Yeah, horribly long queue, but I survived, haha! No lah, how to change blog layout while standing in the queue? LOL!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:12 AM
  64. foongpc said...

    saucer, haha! Where you pluck that weight factor numbers from? And I'm quite light you know, haha! How about the other passengers? There are 7 others inside the cable car including my friend - you didn't add in their weight factor? LOL!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:15 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    rose belle, you are scared of height too? Welcome to the club! Haha!

    The coffee with ginseng, tongkat ali and ganoderma is not bad actually! Maybe I should send you one packet, haha!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:17 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, actually Otak Otak Place sells otak otak, hence the name : )

    So is RM5 expensive for you or not? I think you'll get it much cheaper in Melaka right? : )

    No, it's not because OldTown is too busy. It's simply because their food quality is just poor! You only have OldTown in Melaka? No PappaRich or others? No wonder you all like OldTown then, haha!

    Yeah, a lot of foreigners there. Like a culture shock to me, haha.

    Train the car? Better not lah! It's my friend's new car - and it's not advisable to stress the car too much during the first 1000 km.

    Miss Genting? Go and visit with your wifey or family lah, can escape the heat in Melaka : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, oh yeah the OldTown's toast has very little butter. So kiam siap, haha.

    Given up? Then what? Go back down? I was determined to reach the top for the cool air that's why didn't give up : )

    Glad you like my new layout! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    levian, thanks! Glad you like this new layout! : )

    Yeah 2 hours is really long to wait, but I didn't feel like it was 2 hours there, so it's not too bad for me. Happy CNY to you too : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:28 AM
  69. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yeah the waiting was far longer than the ride! Haha! So you experienced it too? Good! Now we both learnt a lesson ie not to go Genting during public holidays!! LOL!

    Yeah, it was quite clear weather during our cable car ride, but later it was really misty. I love the mist! : )

    Yes, very good price for the breakfast set. Feel like going there again for my breakfast! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:32 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    vialentino, it's a great experience : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:33 AM
  71. foongpc said...

    lina, oh it's crazy to queue for cable car ride and theme park as well! I don't think I would want that! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:34 AM
  72. foongpc said...

    synical, oh you were there a few days later? No more queues and crowds, I suppose? The cable car ride was just 12 mins. Pretty fast! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:35 AM
  73. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, glad you like my new blog template : )

    Very hot in Singapore too? Then I guess you must stay in air-con rooms : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:36 AM
  74. foongpc said...

    bananaz, hope you'll like the prize : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM
  75. foongpc said...

    wenn, haha yeah nice number! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 12:38 AM
  76. manglish said...

    ohh myyyyyy god looked at the line....i sure gif up oredi one hahahha

    February 24, 2010 at 8:23 AM
  77. lina said...

    foong,
    you don't know how to play Happy Family meh?
    Aiyo, I also so long haven't play but come lah, I show you how. :D

    February 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM
  78. Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

    Genting has never been quiet.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:20 AM
  79. Faisal Admar said...

    next place to snap: genting highlands!

    good shot foong.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM
  80. [SK] said...
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    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM
  81. [SK] said...

    not fair, i should also be given the prize for i've got the correct and realistic answer..

    please see here for the official answer..

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    manglish, so easily give up? Haha!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:59 PM
  83. foongpc said...

    lina, OK, next time you show me how to play : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM
  84. foongpc said...

    willie, oh it's quiet during non peak periods : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:01 PM
  85. foongpc said...

    faisal, thanks! More photos coming up : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:01 PM
  86. Hanging lamps said...

    Okay well Ive seen people have a regular layout on their page but when you go to their blogs they have a different layout. How do you do that?

    February 24, 2010 at 11:14 PM
  87. foongpc said...

    SK, Wah! You even got the official answer to show me, haha! Must have done some research there? Hehe.

    OK, first, let me tell you this - life is definitely not fair! LOL!

    So even if you got the right answer, unfortunately it's not the answer I want. Remember, I am the contest organiser and therefore, all decision is final : )

    Secondly, if you read my question properly, I said "Using the figures I just provided above, how long do you think our cable car journey was?" Therefore, I expect the correct answer to be based not on the reality or even the official answer you pointed out, BUT on the mathematical calculation according to the figures I provided.

    It would be different if I asked readers to "guess" how long our cable car ride was. This is not a guessing game, but a maths question actually.

    But, and here's a but, since you put in so much effort to find the official answer, and also since you are such a loyal reader and commenter in my blog which I highly appreciate, I shall award you a prize too! : )

    Quickly email me your address and I will send the prize to you! : )

    February 24, 2010 at 11:22 PM
  88. CH Voon said...

    quite a long time never use the cable car...

    aiya... i miss the quiz!

    aiya... i always the last commentor ... rugi ni!!!

    yalor agree with SK... so far... u never mention how ur change ur layout ... mmm

    February 25, 2010 at 1:23 AM
  89. Ayie said...

    wow new colors foong!

    i'll pass on the math thingie...it's hard enough to type and blog hop with baby sleeping on my lap =)

    February 25, 2010 at 3:02 AM
  90. jam said...

    So you have not actually started to tell us how you had changed your blog layout in Genting, haha!

    February 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM
  91. Bob said...

    I think you have enjoyed the ride so much.
    But what are you doing there?only taking the photo or feeling insecure himself or...........
    Ok thanks for sharing.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:34 PM
  92. eiling lim said...

    I think the Kluang Coffee STation food is the worst! Have you try them recently? I was so horrified by the food especially the laksa!

    February 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM
  93. best juicer said...

    yummy coffee.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:42 PM
  94. TSANTES said...

    I loved the breakfast image !!!

    June 8, 2017 at 3:21 PM
  95. Nantia said...

    I really really hate queues too!!

    June 8, 2017 at 3:24 PM