|September 25th, 2008, 07:31 AM||#843|
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Pampered in Putrajaya
By LEONG SIOK HUI
More than just a stuffy Government administrative capital, Putrajaya is a fun getaway too.
What’s there to do in Putrajaya?” is the typical response one would get from a KL-ite who has never thought of the federal administrative capital as a chill-out destination.
I soon discovered that Putrajaya does indeed have lots to offer.
My partner and I have been sailing on the Putrajaya Lake since we picked up dinghy sailing last December. On a good day, we get about three hours of great wind and our Lasers or 420s (a type of dinghy) surge across the lake at full speed. What a rush!
Large glass walls allow natural sunlight to brighten up the hotel’s interior.
Sailing aside, you can also cruise on your bicycle, stroll in different parks, hop on a horse at the equestrian park or just indulge in a day spa.
Last month, we checked into the Putrajaya Shangri-La Hotel for a weekend of pampering.
Resort-style, chic comfort
Nestled on a hilltop, Putrajaya Shangri-La boasts a commanding view of the “garden city”. The intimate, four-storey boutique hotel is cloaked in lush greenery and sits just below Istana Melawati.
With 118 rooms and suites, the hotel is equipped with banquet and meeting rooms, a 24-hour business centre and gym, and a full-fledged spa.
As we pulled up to the hotel entrance with bikes in tow, the concierge hurriedly strode to our car and helped us unload the bicycles.
We were given a choice of either storing them in the luggage room or taking them to our room. We opted for the former. After a brisk, fuss-free check-in, we made our way to the room on the fourth floor.
The infinity pool overlooks Putrajaya.
Putrajaya Shangri-La’s rooms are huge. The average size room is 40sq m, equivalent to my one-bedroom apartment. Complete with a large balcony overlooking the Putrajaya Lake and the Prime Minister’s office, our room came with luxurious amenities like a one-touch butler call system, free broadband Internet access, electronic safe, personalised voice mail, cable TV, well-stocked mini bar and tea and coffee-making facilities.
It was tempting to just sink into the soft, fluffy pillows and stay in. But we were raring to go cycling.
We headed to Palm Hill Cafe for a quick bite before the ride. Palm Hill dishes up a hodgepodge of local and Western cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our murtabak with crunchy skin and juicy, shredded chicken filling was scrumptious. Crispy on the outside, the breaded mozzarella sticks melted in our mouths as we took a bite.
When the concierge spotted us descending the stairs to the lobby clad in biker shorts, he promptly wheeled out our bikes. He waved us off with a grin and hollered, “Have a nice ride!” Typical of the Shangri-La hospitality, the staff here are all smiles.
With its tangled web of wide four-lane roads, rolling hills and relatively low traffic, Putrajaya is a favourite amongst road bike enthusiasts. All the attractions — the various parks, lake club, Souq, Putra mosque and Alamanda Shopping Centre — are accessible by bike.
The cycling/walking paths are best avoided as they either have potholes or end up going nowhere, as we found out.
Back at the hotel, we had a quick shower and sauntered into Azur Restaurant for dinner. Serving Mediterranean fare, the chic, fine-dining joint has indoor and outdoor candlelight sitting, coupled with a stunning view of Putrajaya’s night sky.
Perdana’s Megalith Park were brought over from Tampin. — ART CHEN & ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star and PUTRAJAYA SHANGRI-LA
Chilled avocado and shrimp with salmon flakes, tangy mango slices and fiery red peppercorn whetted our appetites for the main course.
My partner enjoyed his pan-fried chicken breast stuffed with creamy spinach and slathered with forest mushroom ragout, but my Mediterranean-style baked seabass fillet was nothing to shout about.
The wine list pales in comparison to Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, but we downed a couple of decent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Semillon Chardonnay.
Melt-in-your-mouth warm chocolate cake and earl grey tea capped off a pleasant evening.
Blending play with relaxation
The next day, after a hearty breakfast at Palm Hill, we rode to Putrajaya Wetlands park, a man-made wetland that filters, treats and purifies water using aquatic plants. With its seven different large parks, it’s little wonder Putrajaya is dubbed the Garden City.
Visitors can take a leisurely stroll and learn about Malaysia’s native plants at the Botanical Park or pick up rubber-tapping or jam-making skills at the Agriculture Heritage Park
A bridge forms a backdrop for young sailors training in Putrajaya Lake. — ART CHEN & ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star and PUTRAJAYA SHANGRI-LA
Those who don’t feel like exerting themselves can take a relaxing cruise on a passenger cruise boat or Malay traditional perahu (wooden boat) with Cruise Tasik Putrajaya.
After a long, hot ride we had a refreshing dip in the hotel’s infinity pool followed by a light lunch of green curry tuna pita sandwiches. And what better way to wind down than with a four-hour spa treatment at the hotel’s Health Club & Spa
Its signature spa experience, the Zodiac ritual, offers treatments with blended signature oils that are compatible with your zodiac sign. Hence, the signature oil for an Aries, yours truly, is a blend of cedarwood, geranium, lavender, rosemary and juniper with the treatment emphasising the head and scalp.
As the masseuse’s fingers and palms deftly kneaded my shoulders and back, and worked at loosening the tense muscles, I grimaced in pain, but I could feel the knots slackening. The invigorating scrub with sea salts and essential oils sloughed away the dead skin cells, leaving my skin baby-soft and glowing.
Taman Putra Perdana in Garden City is breathtaking. — ART CHEN & ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star and PUTRAJAYA SHANGRI-LA
At the Lobby Lounge, guests can treat themselves to free cocktails and finger food every evening and enjoy the sunset through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. If you feel inclined to step out of the cosy hotel, you can hop on the free shuttle buses to Alamanda, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur or Cyberjaya.
We were content to just stay in for the night, order room service (which is 24 hours) and enjoy a movie on DVD. We had planned to wrap up our weekend with sailing at the lake club the next day, but after lolling around in the hotel all morning, we were short of time.
Since it takes a mere 20 minutes on the new Putrajaya Highway from Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya is definitely high on the list of our weekend destinations.
The writer’s stay was courtesy of Putrajaya Shangri-La.
Tel: (03) 8887 8888
|September 27th, 2008, 06:23 AM||#845|
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PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA'S NEW ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL
from left to right:
Istana Kehakiman (Palace of Justice),
Perdana Putra (PM's Office),
Masjid Putra (Putra Mosque),
Seri Perdana (PM's Official Residence),
Istana Melawati (Melawati National Palace),
Istana Darul Ehsan (Darul Ehsan Palace),
Kompleks Kementerian Kewangan (Ministry of Finance),
Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya (Putrajaya Authority),
Putrajaya International Convention Centre,
road leading to Wisma Tani (Ministry of Agriculture),
Persiaran Perdana (Putrajaya Boulevard),
overlooking offices of Jabatan Pendaftaran (National Registration Department),
Jambatan Seri Putra (tri-deck Putra Bridge),
Dataran Putra (Putra Square or Putrajaya Independence Square),
Jambatan Seri Wawasan (Seri Wawasan Bridge),
Jambatan Seri Saujana (Seri Saujana Bridge),
Jambatan Seri Gemilang (Seri Gemilang Bridge)
Does anyone have better pics on Seri Perdana??? And I need more pictures on specific buildings like Wisma Putra etc please lol...
|October 7th, 2008, 09:00 PM||#855|
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thx james, many constructions in progress...
btw loving the roof top of these buildings, (pics from jafrimarican architects)
Understand how powerful it is not to have to be right (John Naisbitt)
|October 11th, 2008, 09:06 AM||#857|
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Naveen Mathew Menon
Participants are to capture the personality of Putrajaya in a photograph for the contest.
PUTRAJAYA : Take a shot at being a winner of the Putrajaya Arts Festival Photography Competition. Themed "Putrajaya: The Vibrant City," photographers have to take creative photos of what they think best captures the essence of Putrajaya.
Attractive prizes worth a total of RM17,000 await the winners. The competition is from Sept 15 to Oct 15.
Organised by Putrajaya Holdings, the competition offers avid photographers a chance to discover and portray the energy and personality of Putrajaya.
Azlan Abdul Karim, chief executive ifficer of Putrajaya Holdings said: "The students' category shows a lot of promising work. We're very glad for this opportunity to nurture budding talent in this field.
"This year's theme, which focuses on the city's energy, offers participants limitless opportunities to capture the sights and sounds of Putrajaya. Interesting angles of everyday scenes will make the point of difference between a prize-winning work and a beautiful photograph," he added.
The prize-winning entries will be exhibited from Oct 25-31 at the Alamanda shopping centre after the prize-giving ceremony on Oct 25.
The Putrajaya Arts Festival celebrates the arts in all forms including dances, music, theatre, films and photography.
The competition is jointly organised by Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd and Perbadanan Putrajaya. New Straits Times (NST), Berita Harian and Harian Metro are the official media partners for this event.
For details, call 03-2274 5693 , Eddie Khalil ( 03-8883 8743 ), Sabariah Mahmood ( 03-8883 8636 ) or Alias Kamaruddin ( 03-8883 8744 ).
Entry forms can be downloaded at www.putrajayaartsfest.com.my
|October 16th, 2008, 04:32 AM||#858|
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End of parking woes in Putrajaya
Visitors to the administrative capital often have to park by the roadside due to the lack of proper parking areas.
PUTRAJAYA: If you need to visit the government complexes here at the administrative capital, there is no longer the need to worry about parking come November.
A new three-storey Park and Ride facility adjoining Putrajaya Central at Precinct 7 will be offering 1,403 parking lots to visitors and those working. From here, they can board the frequent shuttle buses to their various destinations.
Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said the Park and Ride (P&R) System expected to be operational in November will buffer the current parking issues faced by those visiting the government complexes here if fully utilised.
"We will even be offering a trial period of free parking to encourage people to use the P&R system," he said at the handing over ceremony of the facility to the Putrajaya Corporation city development department.
Samsudin said the cooperation will soon purchase 104 buses at the cost of RM70 million to add to the current fleet of 55 shuttle buses to increase the frequency of the service.
He added that the corporation was also currently at the initial stages of building more parking lots around the government complexes as an immediate solution to the residents and visitors' parking grouses.
"We will be building parking lots to offer space for at least 1,000 cars around Parcel E, Precincts 13 and 14, and also behind the Customs Department to ease the burden of parking here," he said.
"As a temporary measure, it would also be of great help if these government complexes allocated an adequate number of parking lots for visitors so that they need not park by the roadside near their destinations," he suggested.
Putrajaya Corporation city development department director Mohd. Ridzwan K. Othman said that the P&R facility that was handed over to his department was the fifth project to be completed this year.
Other projects include the community police station in Precinct 9, and the Precinct 11 and 14 school complexes.