I went to The Mines last month because it is the only venue in Malaysia where the renowned Big Bad Wolf book fair is held every year. Well, since the past 2 years that I’ve been here actually. I enjoyed the jaunt so much and I’d love to go back there again because of two things.
First, I love riding the monorail! For an engineering dummy, this ride has captured the youngster in me. I hated the tummy twirling coaster rides in theme parks although the slightly tilting monorail gives a twitch that my stomach can bear, but I can’t help the tingling sensation on my feet when it leans on a turning point. This urban transport was opened 11 years ago, on 31st of August 2003. It was a multi-million project built by KL Infrastructure Group the first Malaysian company to achieve such a huge project in South East Asia. Today, RapidKL operates the KL Monorail , a government subsidiary company that oversees the public transport infrastructure in Malaysia. They did an impressive transport system that helped a lot in the city’s traffic management. It was an eye-opening experience for someone like me whose country’s transport system is in complete disorder.
Second, from the monorail station there’s a ferry that carries shoppers to the mall. It’s a short trip but the fact that this mall have a tiny wharf inside is quite interesting. And so I went en route to The Mines shopping mall on-board the 20-seat ferry and like a kid with utter excitement, I was so delighted to see the swans afloat in the lake! It was the first time for me to see a real swan. All the while, I suspected that this graceful creäture is on the verge of extinction as the earth is turning into a digital world. I’m so happy I was wrong.
The Mines Shopping mall is located at the former largest open-pit tin site of the world, south of the Federal District of Kuala Lumpur in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. It is a complete recreational and tourism area spanned with hotels, spa, business parks, a convention center, and a golf club. The transformation of this mine into a Wellness City is part of the government’s Economic Transformation Plan under the Prime Minister’s authority.
Arriving at the mall, I didn’t let the boat crew stop me from taking a photo after it was quickly moored at the tiny docking platform. It was a very refreshing ride. The smell of the lake water breeze and the placid waters of the lake made an unperturbed expression to my phlegmatic soul. I dearly love the ecosystem and to me the city sends a hidden message to the public; our natural resources can co-exist with human in this modern,technologically hyped era .