I guess the title says it all. This time, at the last minute (considered last minute lah, since we planned this outing only about a week ago) Jazz and myself decided to go to this much talked about place in Ampang, the Hulu Langat Lookout Point or Menara Tinjau. We planned to reach there by 6pm so that we could catch the sunset. At the last minute since Cheryl decided not to go and my kids were sleeping, we decided to leave at 5.30pm instead of 5pm as planned. Our entourage: Jasmine, Faythe, Vyktore, their kakak and myself.
We used MRR2 and exited at Pandan Indah, there was a little traffic congestion in that area and I missed the exit, so we had to do a U-turn. We nearly did a wrong turn again (we followed the instructions we got from the Internet OK) but managed to salvage it at the traffic light where we decided to head towards the mountains instead of the downtown route.
Turn left, turn right, turn left, turn left… we ended up having to do another U-turn as we missed to road which supposedly brings us up to the lookout point (there was no sign pointing to “Ulu Langat / Kajang” as stated on the directions). So finally we were on the right track and going up the winding hill, when we reached there the parking right at the top was full, so I had to park at the slope and risk my car sliding down the steep road *sweats*.
As we were undecided where to dine, and most of the seats right by the railing at the Look Out Point Restaurant & Cafe were occupied, we decided to just go and take some pictures then only decide. It turns out that if we do not dine at the Bread & Olives Cafe, we are not to take pictures from their spot too (and there were NO ONE sitting on their side). Jazz was given 5 minutes to shoot whatever she wanted by the waiter, so we decided to take the last available table near the side at Gasoline Cafe.
The sunset was nothing to shout about, the sun went down just like that without lighting up the sky with a spectacular red. So we ordered food and ate… the food was so-so, not really worth it IMHO.
However, the night view of Kuala Lumpur was breath taking. This was my first time using a tripod for pictures and also my first time using manual adjustment for pictures, a good apportunity for me to learn some stuff from Jazz (remember she took firework pics?). I’m so glad the pictures turned out OK but people shots were terrible *grimaces*. I really hate taking people pictures under low light conditions… I can’t wait to get my hands on the Canon 430EX Speedlite!!
On our way down after dinner and pictures, we decided to stop at another spot which overlooks the city as well. By then I was lazy to set up the tripod, thus end up taking this blurred picture. Hey, I was surprised it looked quite colorful and pretty too!
For those of you who wish to go, here are the simple directions that we used, without even looking at the map.
1. Exit the MRR2 at Pandan Indah (NOT Pandan Jaya) Interchange, at the top of the bridge turn right.
2. Go straight until the T-Junction, turn right . Esso will be on your left.
3. Take an immediate left at the next traffic light.
4. Take another left at the traffic light beside Puteri Place Plaza.
5. Turn right at the traffic light junction to Ulu Langat/Kajang (remember I said the sign doesn’t say so, just turn right when you see a long and winding road to your right, I think it’s the 1st traffic light :P).
6. From this traffic light the road is winding for about 3 km.
7. Look out for the sign board Ã¢â‚¬Å“Menara TinjauÃ¢â‚¬Â.
8. Will come across a food court on the right with carpark. Drive up the hill to the restaurants (limited car park at the top).
02 Jun 2008 Sue