A Day At Pandan Indah

My application for the training in Bangkok entailed submitting a medical report to the Thai Embassy. I did not have sufficient time to do that before going to Tokyo. Last Saturday, Wuan and I went to Hospital Pantai Indah at Pandan Indah for the health screening. Blood and urine specimen were taken followed by the medical examination by Dr. Lim, Physician and Nephrologist. We had a brief exchange about the condition of my kidneys too. Wuan had to go back to collect the medical report as it was half day and they tests were not completed yet.

Wuan and I went over to Esquire Kitchen for lunch. We had wanted to eat yee sang but it was a little too expensive and we had deep fried wantan and a vegetarian stir fried vegetables. I ate my portion of protein for that meal although it as a little difficult seeing how long it has been since my last feast in a restaurant.

We also took the opportunity to do a survey on accessibility around Pandan Indah town centre. The verdict is that the entire town is not accessible to wheelchair users. The slope leading to the walkways were too steep. The kerb of the slope was more than 2cm above the road. These two factors would make it very difficult and dangerous for a wheelchair user alone to traverse. Wuan had to push me along the road which made it even more dangerous with cars and heavy vehicles speeding by just a few meter or two from us. With time to kill, we went shopping at The Store and Fajar Supermarket. That was a change from the frequent shopping at Carrefour and Jusco at Mid Valley Megamall.

There was one particular restaurant at Pandan Indah that Wuan highly recommended. She had stayed there for a period. Restoran Hiong Pan was almost full when we arrived for dinner. We took a table at the far end of the corridor and ordered yee sang, venison and stir fried vegetable – taboo food but an auspicious day like that called for a mini celebration. According to Chinese traditions, the seventh day after the new Spring is Yan Yat. It is a celebration of humanity. The mood of the Chinese New Year was slowly coming back to me although a little too late for me to enjoy it fully.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

4 thoughts on “A Day At Pandan Indah”

  1. don even talk bout the kerbs, those kerbs were not even there a year ago, if u noticed the kerbs in front of Fajar is not even completed yet

    there is this old indian uncle which i used to see on a wheelchair, he used to travel from the housing areas near the Rapid Depot to Fajar, and in front of Fajar there is this slope which is kinda steep, cars will have to engage 1st from a stanstill position, he used to push himself up there

    occasionally back when i was still schooling when i see him i will give him a hand … but now days its kinda hard to see him around anymore …

    It takes a lot of getting used to coming back to Malaysia. I could have travelled all over Tokyo without much assistance. Here I cannot even get on the walkways.

  2. When I started pushing Zara’s pram around places, I too started checking out places if they were pram friendly, and then when doing so, I realise how much inconvenience it must have been for those who travel in wheel chair. At least with pram, the baby is lighter, and we can lift the whole pram up and down certain curbs/steps.

    There are still a lot of places around KL which are wheels friendly. Have you checked out Hartamas area? That’s quite bad. I can’t bring Zara in her pram to the shops there, and i believe no one in wheelchair can meneuver around.

    Btw, I would like to wish you HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR, GONG XI FA CHAI.

    A properly constructed accessible walkway will not only benefit wheelchair users but parents pushing prams and the elderly with mobility problems. The local authorities need to be constantly reminded that there are laws and standards to provide accessible public amenities.

  3. i am staying at pandan indah! 🙂
    i heard about this restaurant before BUT now not sure if it is the same as as the one u meantioned here…got to check it out once i back…yeah. back to Beijing. now…

    The prices are cheap too. I surely will patronise this restaurant again when I am in the vicinity.

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