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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

kl is cool

Funny enough, this is my first trip to Malaysia. We arrived at KL International Airport at 1: 30 p.m. from Singapore, but I had no idea that the airport was so far away from the city. It took us over an hour to get to our hotel, Le Meridien -- and that's with absolutely no traffic jam!

The roads are pretty nice and clean, and it's great that they have a lot of trees here in KL. Am now editing and filing stories at the business center -- the hotel offers complimentary broadband Internet access to guests. Ain't it wonderful?

We had a very long day in Singapore yesterday, what with all the sessions at the MediaConnect Security Issues Forum from 9 to almost 6 pm. Can't complain though, because the presentations were informative and the speakers veered away from product spiels, as the organizers and we journalists requested.

After that, we had cocktails at the hotel, then ate and had more drinks at Lau Pa Sat, where we also met up with the Filipino IT journos who covered the Juniper event, as well as my friend Elena Torrijos, who used to be an ace business reporter for PDI but is now the associate editor of Singapore-based trade pub Asian Banker. After Lau Pa Sat, we had more drinks at a KTV that was like something out of the 70s, then to a better club which had a live band, Ipanema, where MediaConnect managing director Phil Sim, MediaConnect/ITJourno writer Crystal Lawrence, Erwin Oliva and I stayed until 4 am.

OK, got to get back to work.

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