Adulting is not easy. Just ask any millennial and they will surely tell you so. Sadly, we all have to grow up at some point and sometimes that involves relocating to a new city. For Malaysians, that usually means moving to a big city like Kuala Lumpur where there are more job opportunities.
However, as the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Thus, many of us small town Malaysians would have had to overcome the struggles of transitioning to the city life. Well, if you’ve recently moved to the great big city then here are 6 things you’ll confirm relate to on a spiritual level.
1. Trying to find a new circle of friends because your homies are no longer with you
Gone are the days where you can call your kaki-kaki for late night teh tarik sessions. Now, you’re all alone looking at other groups of friends having fun (guess it’s time to make new ones!) while you reminisce on the good old days. Ahhh memories… such sweet memories.
2. Thinking to yourself that everyone in KL is a walking zombie on their phones
Anyone coming from a small town such as Sungai Petani or Bukit Mertajam (bet some of you don’t even know where these places are!) will surely be able to relate to this. You see, life moves on a much slower pace in small towns. Thus, transitioning to a fast-paced city life can definitely be an eye-opener for any small town Malaysian.
If you’ve been taking the LRT or any public transportation for a while now, you must have found yourself wondering ‘why does everyone look like a zombie on their phones?’. Sadly, the city life isn’t as laid back as it is in small towns and most KL-ites are too busy to layan you in making small talk.
For reference, here’s what life looks like in the humble town of Bukit Mertajam:
3. Trying to make sense of all the complicated KL highways and getting lost half the time
Recalculating… recalculating… recalculating. If you’ve heard this way too often, chances are you’re the new kid in town and you have absolutely no idea how to get around. Plus, it doesn’t help that a city like KL has so many highways; take one wrong turn and you could spend about half an hour trying to exit the highway.
Sprint, LDP, Silk, NKVE, NPE… need we say more?
4. Googling where the best food spots in town are… only to end up in a tourist trap
Nasi kandar, char koay teow, laksa, you name it; you were pretty much an expert on the best food spots back home. Now? Not quite. Thus, you probably had to resort to googling for food spots in town and pray those reviews can be trusted. Spoiler alert: More often than not they can’t be trusted.
5. Getting a heart attack when you realise a plate of char koay teow can cost a minimum of RM7.50 when it’s only RM4 back home
You know how you could afford not to worry about the prices of food back home? Well, you can kiss that goodbye now, because nothing can prepare you for the food prices in KL. Some stalls even sell a plate of char koay teow for RM7.50 and iced Milo can go up to as high as RM3 at a regular Kopitiam. How to go for second round like this lah?
Also, if hawkers in KL could stop promoting their stalls by putting up signs saying “Penang Fried Koay Teow”, that would be great.
6. Not being able to celebrate festive holidays with your family
This is arguably the worst part of relocating to a new city. Okay, okay, we know that you can always head back home during the festive period. However, this is easier said than done when you’re working, especially since Christmas is only a one-day public holiday (which inconveniently falls on a Tuesday this year). Thus, you probably would have to either celebrate the joyous occasion alone or with a couple of your newly-made friends.
Thankfully, many shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are beautifully decorated with dazzling lights this time of the year and have a line-up of Christmas performances that will surely instill that Christmas cheer. Well, if you’re looking for such a place, then we highly recommend Bangsar Shopping Centre as it is the perfect destination to call your “home away from home” this Christmas.
Plus, from 23rd November to 23rd December 2018, Bangsar Shopping Centre will provide shoppers with an experience of spending Christmas under the stars with a dazzling display of lights. To hype up the festive cheer even further, there will also be a centrepiece reindeer which moves at regular intervals.
Shoppers can also expect a wide range of live performances and activities suitable for all ages.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Christmas line-up at BSC:
- Shoppers can enjoy Christmas carols sung by SIBKL Choir, La Voce Choir, and Good Tidings Choir
- A special harp performance will also be held on 25 November & 8 December 2018
- A range of craft workshops that are perfect for kids
- Special Santa and Santarina appearances will be held throughout the season too!
And since Malaysians love shopping so much, Bangsar Shopping Centre will also be having specialty booths set up in the main concourse area selling a wide variety of Christmas home decor and handcrafted decorative items. Now you know where to shop for those Xmas gifts!
Psst! Be sure to check out the Cottage Patch.
That’s not all too, because there will be a special treat in store for shoppers which entitles them to redeem an exclusive BSC Christmas Enamel Tea Pot by shopping at any BSC outlet. *Terms & conditions apply.
What’s more, complimentary gift wrapping service is also offered with a minimum spend of RM200 at any BSC outlet! No need to spend extra time wrapping all those gifts, especially if you’re a last-minute shopper!
More information on Bangsar Shopping Centre’s Christmas Under The Stars Campaign can be found here.
Well, it looks like we know where we will be doing our Christmas shopping this 2018!
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