My First Big Mall and a Taste of the Night Markets
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January 21st, 2009 – by: YuKai
After the second breakfast, we ventured out to the relatively close Cheras Mall for a general look around at the shops. Coming from a place such as Australia, Cheras Mall was bustling with shops and it made you want to walk in 5 different directions at once. But I had to remind myself this was the first day of a 2 week trip, and spending al of my money now was not the way to go about things. I did buy myself that pair of sandals I needed since walking around in KL with socks and shoes wil get you hot pretty quickly and is not recommended; unless of course you're out hiking.
Lunch was served in the nearby Kim Gary restaurant (first time I heard it I thought it was Jim Carrey restaurant and was really excited until I got there and saw the sign).
Oh - before I left I dropped into Speedy's, the most common legitimate DVD store. These DVD's are all legal (i.e. not pirated) but they are still so cheap, at least compared to Australian prices.
Cheras Pasar Malam (Night Markets)
The night markets (pasar malam) are more a way of life for the Malaysians than most other places in the world. You will see numerous night markets across the KL streets, but one of the largest is the Cheras Pasar Malam.
Speaking of locals, still being in Kajang there was barely a foreigner in sight, and I think I was the only white male walking through, or should I say pushing through. The markets are narrow and crowded and there is no order to anything. My advice to anyone who goes there, take some money, be prepared to haggle for what you want, and for goodness sake keep a close hold of your valuables. There's people bumping into you every 2 seconds, and so long as you're not the most impatient person in the world, you get used to it. The problem there is that if you stop noticing people pushing you, you will not notice the shady guy who reaches in and takes your wallet.
I didn't buy much here, but I could have easily walked away with a fair amount of items if I hadn't controlled myself. If you're with a local (and I was with my darling girlfriend Felicia, who grew up here), then you find that you're not hassled as much because you have more or less integrated with them. If you are clearly a tourist, then they will try their hardest to bargain with you.
One thing I did get there however was some delicious little cake-like things on a stick, that are shaped like cartoon characters. They go down a treat, and you have to eat them while they are hot. It was only about $1.50AUS for a bag of 6, and well worth it, too!
Oh, and if you're driving here then be prepared to wait a lot. Car parks are almost impossible unless you get there early or are extremely lucky.
To summarise for those who don't want to read my ramblings:
- Buy your DVD's at Speedys and get yourself an all region player cheap in Malaysia!
- Cheras shopping mall is large and in charge, and has a lot of things to keep you entertained shopping wise, plus a good food court and stalls all around, as well as a good selection of restaurants.
- Kim Gary's is really worth it, on the second floor on the outdoor mall, almost directly opposite the red cow statue with white crosses (yeah, serious). You know you're in the right place when you see a Fireman restaurant. Look directly across from it and you will see Kim Gary's.
- Cheras Night Markets are a treat if you want some cheap souveniers, pirate DVD's, delicious snacks and a good local atmosphere; just watch your valuables!
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