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Enjoy the sights of Kuala Lumpur this Chinese New Year

Enjoy the sights of Kuala Lumpur this Chinese New Year
"Enjoy the sights of Kuala Lumpur this Chinese New Year"

The home minister, two friends and I had a night run at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) last week – and what an amazing experience that was.

Seeing Malaysia’s capital city lit up and walking-running past the Saloma Link was a surreal experience, made all the more ‘happening’ with Chinese New Year decorations around the city.

The home minister and I planned on driving to KLCC over the weekend to take in the sights and sounds, as we assumed it would be empty.

But, on Thursday night, after a dinner function at the Mandarin Hotel, I was caught in a massive traffic jam and took nearly an hour to return to Subang Jaya.

Unsurprisingly, the roads were packed mainly with tourists, but there was a sizeable local crowd.

As I made my way past Pavilion and Star Hill, I noticed some buskers entertaining the crowd, and it was close to midnight.

So, our plans have changed, and we might take a train to the city centre on Sunday – we can’t do it today as Liverpool plays at 11pm!

We want to bring our daughter along and be ‘tourists’ as I feel we do not appreciate Kuala Lumpur enough on normal days.

During our usual fun runs in the morning, we saw many interesting places in the city, but it would look different at dusk.

As for today, we will hang out at Taipan in USJ 10 as the place would be ‘dead’ – a far cry from the past week when there were hardly any parking spots available, apart from the multi-storey parking buildings – which, unsurprisingly, was also packed.

On several Facebook pages about Subang Jaya that we follow, many people complained about the traffic jams in Taipan and other famous roads where many shops sell Chinese New Year-related items and delicacies.

Unfortunately, we were caught in one of those jams a couple of days ago when we had to pay some bills – yes, we know there is such a thing called online banking, but sometimes, we want to go ‘old school’.

The one thing we will miss the most during the long weekend is Chinese food, as many hawkers are on holiday, but we have enough supply of bak kwa (sliced barbeque meat), oranges, and several bottles of cookies (more about this later).

The one thing I am looking forward to this holiday is finally watching the entire first season of ‘Tulsa King’.

I recorded the series when Astro re-ran it in December, but had not found the time to watch even one episode.

Many friends raved about the show, and Twentytwo13’s Haresh Deol reckons it is one of Sylvester Stallone’s best roles of his career.

The good news is that a second season is in the works, so now is the best time to catch up on the series.

Have a good holiday, folks.

A SPECIAL CNY DELICACY

Among the bottles of cookies at home is an unopened one with kuih kapit.

What is unusual about it is that the filling is musang king durian. Guess what I am having for tea today.

PRE-LOVED BOOKS

KL Eco City Mall (Level 3) has a cool spot where people can donate or buy pre-loved books. There is a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books in English, Mandarin, and Bahasa Melayu.

Interestingly, the shop is unattended. Select a book and make your payment via online transfer.

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