Malaysia – A Ride through Penang’s 2nd Bridge (in B&W)

Finally I get to post this. I had taken photos earlier which was taken at night but it turn out bad. Guess I was traveling in a bus and bus was jumping here and there. This time I got it right. LOL!!

This trip was from Penang Island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia trip. It is actually my 2 trip on this new Penang 2nd Bridge (it’s official name – Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge) since it opened in 1 March 2014.

During my trip back to Kuala Lumpur, the bus I took has decided to take the new route instead of the ‘old’ Penang Bridge (haha… it is already close to 29 years since it first open to the traffic) .

To get to the bridge, the bus had to take to coastal road is passing the Free Industrial Zone where most of the multinational companies are set up.

A shot of the coast with the background view of the bridge at it’s mainspan.

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Construction of an elevated highway is in progress in the middle of the 2 carriageway. So traffic was slow but moving. (luckily it was not a working day else it will be massive jam.)

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Another shot of the mainspan. Actually the mainspan is very much closer to the island as that point is the deepest part along the whole stretch of the 16.9km of bridge length on the water.

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Entering the bridge. The exit is from Batu Maung on Island and arrive at Batu Kawan on mainland

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The total length of the bridge is 24km (overland and water). Dual carriage and a dedicated motorbikes lane on each side.

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Mainspan. This part is most beautiful at night when they lighted it up.

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Coming down the mainspan, and if you can see far at the background, you will see the round dual carriage way is like a ‘snake’ like.

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See it? Have you ever wonder why?

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Exiting the bridge. On the other side is the toll which all vehicles have to pay toll. The price? Mmm… the government has yet to determine. So for the time being, everyone is enjoying the toll-free bridge.

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Another toll? Yup. This is to toll which connects to the North South Expressway. Big arch right?

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Close up shot.

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Anyway that’s it. Hope you enjoy my ride on the Penang’s 2nd Bridge. Stay tune for my other posting. =)

Malaysia; Penang’s 2nd bridge to open to traffic..

Tomorrow 1st March 2014, Penang’s 2nd bridge will be open to traffic. It is the longest bridge in South East Asia. It’s length is 24km; 16km out in the waters and 8 km on land.

This 2nd bridge will help to ease the traffic on the 1st bridge which is more than 20years old and is only slight more than half the length of the 2nd bridge.

Me passing the entry point to the 2nd bridge which is hours away from the opening.

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Anyway, once I have more on this, I will share with my readers.

P.S. If any of your are interested in marathon, they may organize a marathon on this 2nd bridge in November this year. So do keep a look out. 😊

USA – San Francisco Bay Area on a Self bicycle tour (1)

This is one of my personal trips to USA way back in mid 2007. During this trip, I visited a couple of places nearby which was within driving distance or within a day trip except for LasVegas where I stayed for a night. Anyway that’s another posting. 😊

Took a flight via Taipei, Taiwan before reaching SFO. Saw this colourful lantern decorations in the Taoyuan International Airport.

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A long flight; 4 hours flight to Taiwan then a connecting 12 hours flight to San Francisco Airport.

A shot outside my window before the plane landed a SFO.

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For my posting here, I will share my day trip on self bicycle tour around the Bay Area in San Francisco. Arrived at the Bay Area in late morning a day after I landed the day before. I took the Caltrain all the way to the San Francisco station.

First place I passed was the AT&T. It is a ballpark used for Major League Baseball, located in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. It has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball since 2000.

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Unmanned newpaper stands on the roadside.

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I walked along the pier and managed to rent a bicycle to get around. By foot, I know I would not cover or get far.

Yacht Club at the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Cycled along the cycling path passing under the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge until I reached Pier 39. Lots of shops here and nice to walk around.

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Lots of fridge magnet to choose from…..

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…more selection.

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Cute sign which I saw at Pier 39…..

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More pictures to come. Stay tune…..

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (5)

Thanks for staying with me on my trail of Hanoi. Before I continue, let me share with you some information about the place that we will be visiting.

Ninh Binh is 90km away from Hanoi and is a popular destination for its’ beautiful tourist sites such as Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Kenh Ga and Cuc Phuong National Park but today, the place of our interest is Tam Coc.

Tam Coc is known as Halong Bay on land for its’ breathtaking scenery. While Halong Bay features huge rock formations jutting out o the sea, Tam Coc has them jutting out of its rice paddies. Tam Coc means three caves; that is Hang Ca (the first), Hang Giua (the second) and Hang Cuoi (the smallest).

Our trip started with a boat trip which took us to all three caves. It took us about two hours; to and fro. Ok enough of writing. Lets enjoy the photos now.

Starting point to catch our boat ride which can carry a maximum of 3 adults which includes the ‘captain’.

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Yup.. you saw it right. It leg pedal power!!

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You bend down to go under the bridge or else….. Yes. Everyone had to bend down to cross the bridge to get to the caves.

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Waiting your turn to cross under the bridge. It is a single lane and everyone has to wait.

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A house built next to the trail.

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Beautiful scenery of the rock formation next to the rice paddies.

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Passing close to the rock formation heading to the caves.

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Trails of boats on both direction heading to and away from the caves.

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Love the photos so far? If yes, there are more to come. So keep following me on my next posting.

Macau – A Ferry Trip Across (5)

This is my final part of Macau before heading back to Hong Kong. If you have not seen my first 4 parts, pls feel free to have a read on them.

Walking through the alley, you will see lot of shops selling dry meat, Portuguese egg tart, almond cakes and egg rolls. Each of these shops are  fighting for customers. Guess when you are selling the same stuff, surely there will be stiff competition among themselves but the ones who gain are the customers. =)

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… the ruins of St Paul Cathedral.

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Heading back from the ruins ….

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to catch a ferry back to Hong Kong.

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Macau5 (11) The older part of Macau

Macau5 (12) View of Macau-Taipa Bridge from the Ferry

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. So what next? Want to know….then follow me on my next blog!  =)

PutraJaya…. a trip to a planned city

Putrajaya? Planned city? Yup it is. It is a city that is planned for the federal administrative center; shifting from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. I was there a year ago and it is a place where all the new building and structure area as previously… all the administrative was all over Kuala Lumpur but now they centralize it to here.

There are a few man made lakes and bridges to link to a so call man made island. It is a place nice to drop by to have a visit.

Have a look and give your thoughts….

DSC_0241-001 View of the Mosque from the bridge.

DSC_0249-001  View up directly from the bottom of the brdige. Superb view!!

DSC_0258-001Caution!!  Reduce…..s..p..e..e..d!!

 

 

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DSC_0322-001  Sunset @ Putrajaya

DSC_0346-001 Another view of the building @ sunset

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To take ferry or the bridge is the question…

Take the ferry of course!! Had to take trip to the peninsula. It was either to take the ferry or use the bridge to get across.

It is a 15 to 20 min ride on the ferry. The ferry can ferry both cars and passengers and it is a double deck. They named each ferry with a island names in Malaysia. It was kinda cute.

So… enjoy the ride with me on the ferry.

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