Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rapid transition

Here's something you may not know about me: Before I started college, I never took public transport. I was either being driven by my obliging parents, nervously driving myself with a reluctant parent riding shotgun, or hitching rides from friends or their parents. Public transport, I reasoned, was for people who didn't have these privileges; since I did, I never bothered with it.

(From kiat.net.)

Then college started. To get from my house to college, I use four modes of transport:
1. I'm driven to the LRT station.
2. I take the LRT.
3. I walk.
4. I take the monorail.
Whew. All that takes about forty minutes, assuming the LRT doesn't keep stopping midway between stations like it sometimes does ('congestion', they tell us over the PA system).

At first I thought I might have trouble adapting to the whole thing -- school used to be a mere ten to fifteen minute drive away. This wasn't a problem, though. I found I enjoyed the freedom of, well, movement, and being able to come and go as I liked (relatively, anyway).

MCKL's location may have something to do with it, though. The Tun Sambanthan monorail station is right beside it, and it's a walkable distance from KL Sentral. If any of us wanted to go to Berjaya Times Square after college (or in between lectures), we'd simply take the monorail to Imbi. If our destination was KLCC, all we'd have to do is get on the Putra LRT line and take the LRT there. If it was Mid Valley we wanted to go to, we'd just take the KTM from KL Sentral.

Recently, we booked an entire cinema theater at GSC Pavilion to watch No Strings Attached. (Those who stayed back in college took the monorail to Bukit Bintang and walked the remainder of the way.) It was pretty awesome. No transport worries too.

(Photo credit: Kai Shin)

Today, after OB (Orientation Ball) shopping with Trishi at Mid Valley, I hopped onto a random Rapid KL bus to get home. I felt for all the world like an adventurer heading into the unknown. On a solo voyage surrounded by strangers. Throwing all caution to the wind, armed with only my trusty RapidPass Pelajar card. (Oh, the drama!) I got home okay. In fact, the bus took me pretty close to my place, which was a pleasant surprise.

I guess the whole point of this post is to tell everyone that I've discovered the joys of public transport. If you, like me, aren't a big fan of driving (especially in KL!), it really is the way to go. Public transport ftw!


  1. That's how it was for me when I first got here. Public transport, public transport, public transport. It sucks at times, the waiting (most of the time), but at least, it gets us from Point A to Point B. :)

    Good one Jan!

  2. Haha! It's a sort of blessing in disguise, because I don't have to drive. Imagine driving to college in KL! :S Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get to Pyramid. Oh dear.

    Thankyou! :D