Ist of May, May Day 2004, saw me taking a trip to Ipoh. Had two reasons to do so; firstly, had to fetch someone back to Taiping and the other was to spend sometime away from congested Taiping and browsing the supermart looking for bargains. What i ended up with was spending more time on our PLUS highway than shopping. We sat off at about 1000am and things were okay till we exited the tunnel, then traffic came to a crawl, as suspected the jam was at the Jelapang toll plaza. While on the slope reaching down to the toll plaza, one feels like a sitting duck for any runaway heavy vehicle. It must be remembered that there has been many an accident here. There were talks that it would be relocated but till now there is no sign of such a move. Looks like the Perak MB and the Works MINIster have yet to come to a decision. Probably the authorities are waiting for the next major pileup. Anyway coming back to the trip, it took almost 30 minutes to clear the toll plaza despit having a Touch 'N Go card. There was also heavy northward bound traffic due to the long break. Managed to reach Ipoh at about 1130am, by the time i reached Kinta City, the place was filled up with cars, started having misgivings about coming. But with some luck managed to find an empty parking space. So off we went to do some shopping. The whole complex was pretty crowded, managed to get some bargains in Jusco and Guardian--May Day specials. Managed to pick up a book in MPH, this one is titled 'Teach yourself :: Politics' by Peter Joyce. By 1230pm, we were getting pretty hungry and decided to have lunch. Kinta City has a relatively newly opened branch of Johnny's Steamboat, so we gave its steamboat and Thai dishes a try. The restaurant itself has wooden tables and chairs neatly arranged, providing a comfortable atmosphere. The lighting is bright and you can definitely see what you are about to eat. If one is going for steamboat just head for those tables with steamboat cookers atop them. The spread available can be seen here, prices are reasonable. Verdict--deserves another try even though the Thai dishes are not as good or as authentic as those one can get in Kota Bharu or Golok. After lunch, it was time to pick up our additional passenger and head for home. Thinking that by then the traffic would have abated and that there would be no more jam at the toll plaza, we were greatly disappointed. There was still quite a bit of a jam at Jelapang, there was the usually ugly Malaysian drivers cutting queue and causing near misses. Why can't PLUS have better control on such days? The Jelapang toll plaza approaches still do not have clear markings for the Touch 'N Go and SmartTag lanes so that is plenty of lane changing as the plaza is reached. PLUS please take note. Worse was to come after we exited the tunnel, traffic soon came to a crawl as a result of a pileup of a few vehicles just before the Perak River rest area. We literally had to crawl for some 30 minutes or so. After this trip, i have resolved not to do any travelling come future May Days. It would be better to spend time in front of the TV or with a good book for company or blogging.
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