Dearest Kuala Lumpur,
I think I know you well enough to call you KL by now. Somehow, I don’t give you enough credit for being one of the most fascinating and lovable cities in the world.
Too cheesy? You’re still not convinced, are you, KL?
Oh. You heard me cursing about some potholes on some roads somewhere. And the horrendous peak-hour traffic. And the flash floods once in awhile. And…
Oh dear. I truly am sorry. I didn’t think you would be offended by my careless curses. Well, all I can do to convince you otherwise is to tell you three things I love about you.
Your endless array of shopping malls
I admit I have a love-hate relationship with shopping malls; the hate part being the traffic and crowd over weekends, public holidays and wedding fair weekend-madness.
However, thanks to these malls I am able to get my fill of bookstores, travel gear, tattoos, gadgets, coffee, Thai food, massages, organic ingredients, more coffee and all the movies a girl can watch. Plus a round of bowling, if I feel like it.
I may question the need for a new shopping mall most of the time, and I know that I haven’t been to all the malls in the city.
Despite all that, I am grateful for Empire Gallery, Subang Parade, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Sunway Pyramid, Gardens Mall, Midvalley, 1 Utama, Publika and Bangsar Village.
That’s quite a number for someone who, prior to this post, didn’t like malls.
Your food. Oh, glorious food!
Nasi Lemak, Chilli Pan Mee, Chicken Rice, Maggi Goreng, Roti Canai, Cendol, Banana Leaf Rice and countless cuisines from the world over are available here. Add in durians and you’ve got yourself one very happy girl.
I can get all that in Singapore, you say? Well, why don’t we just get along with our neighbour and be happy for each other. No need for comparisons and all that unnecessary angst.
In other words, let’s just focus on you, KL. You will always be my ultimate food heaven.
Your cultural diversity
KL, I am grateful to you for opening your arms to various cultures and ethnicities.
Thanks to your kindness, we now have stunningly beautiful mosques, churches and temples dotted around the city; with numerous religious festivals and the accompanying public holidays to enjoy together.
I can never tire of the Yee Sang dinners with friends before Chinese New Year, the murukku-eating madness of Deepavali (or Diwali), the Ramadhan bazaars during the holy fasting month and the hunt for the perfect rum-soaked puddings come Christmas season.
Food, festivities and culture all come together in glorious festivals year in, year out; celebrated with kindness, tolerance and loads of firecrackers!
I may curse from time to time, get angry, say things I might regret. Please know that it never stays that way for long.
As the next day comes along and I am driving about, I am reminded of the spirited, exciting, chaotic, mad and brilliant city that I have grown to love immensely.
I thank you, KL. Always remember that there will never be another city like you.
This piece was inspired by Accorhotels.com’s super fun contest for travel bloggers and vloggers with the theme “Three Things I Love About My Favourite City”. Wish me luck, peeps!