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年初四 Day Four of CNY, I was going to meet up with a couple of friends, and then make the four hours drive back to Penang today. Unfortunately, they 放我飞机 fong ngor fei kei (Manglish: put me aeroplane, English: canceled on me). To make matters worse, the cancellation confirmation came AFTER I have already left home. As a result, I found myself at Mid Valley City, alone and wandering around with camera in hand. Since it is still Chinese New Year, there’s only one thing left for me to do..
Mid Valley City is a mixed development area in KL that comprises two shopping malls: Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. Both the malls share a centralized car park and are linked via an underground bridge.
I exited the car park to The Gardens and immediately found myself staring at this:
Perfect! It seems like they are getting ready for lion dance! So I hung around in that area and looked at other decorations..
It was kind of boring at first. I mean, any other day, I would probably find these polygonal shaped lanterns to be interesting,
but I have seen very many lanterns already this year that I was just not able to feel especially connected to them.
Then they have specially set up booths with cherry blossoms hanging around,
which again, is sort of yawn inducing for me. Until I looked more closely at what those booths are about..
I don’t know what this is called in English, sugar coated fruit on sticks? This isn’t a typical Malaysian snack, it is something you can only find in China. They’re obviously fake ones, but I’ve had the real thing before in Beijing as a kid.
Anyway, I realized that these booths aren’t really souvenir booths. Some of them are display booths, showcasing various props of items that my grandmother’s generation used to use. Interesting..
I have a similar thermal flask at home, belonged to my late grandma..
I think I spent about half an hour marveling at late 1800s/early 1900s props. Then I remembered that there’s going to be a lion dance, so I made it back to the center concourse area, only to find that the lion dance troupe is still mucking about. I asked a security guard standing nearby and he said, the lion dance will start at 1.30PM.
That means I have one and a half hours to kill if I wanted to wait for the lion dance. Since I was done with The Gardens, I decided to head to Mid Valley Megamall first. Instead of going through the underground bridge, I chose to cross the street at Ground floor.
It really has been quite a while since I last came to Mid Valley. The last time I came here, there was no fountain in between the two malls..
And there was certainly no famous Michelin star Hong Kong dim sum chain when I last visited. Heck, who would have thought that a Michelin star Hong Kong dim sum chain would set up shop in Malaysia, at all?
Man, look at the queue! I heard when 添好运 Tim Ho Wan first opened for business a few months ago, the queue was many times more insane than this!
I suppose it is understandable. You want an auspicious start to the year. And to do that, it is preferable to dine at a place with an auspicious name. And what can be more auspicious than 添好运 Tim Ho Wan (add good fortune)?
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed that there were nothing much going on at the entrances of both the malls. But I found amusement soon after I entered Mid Valley Megamall’s premises in the form of a HSBC booth.
LOL! A modern bank in an ancient setup. I don’t know why but I find it really funny! 😀
I soon made my way to Megamall’s Centre Court. I had a rough idea what’s there, I have seen pictures from a few other blogs.
It was bloody crowded! Basically there is no way you can get a clean shot without anyone photobombing you..
Noticed another interesting prop. I was tempted to try climbing this ladder..
I was particularly interested to see those hanging clothes myself and see if I can figure out what these things really are.
Nope, still have no idea what they really are. I’m guessing they probably resemble an ancient China cloth producing place or something..
I got bored at the Centre Court pretty quickly, mainly because of the terrible crowd gathering there. I decided to head to one end of the mall to see if there’s anything special there. It took me a while to decide whether to head to North Court or South Court. You see, when Mid Valley Megamall was newly opened, the management spread a rumor that the mall was 1 kilometer in length, from North Court to South Court. While I can confirm that this is a grossly misleading exaggeration, it is still a bloody long mall. I reckon the entire length of the mall is 400 to 500 meters.
Well, if I walked to both ends of the mall and back then it would be 1 kilometer. I didn’t feel like walking that much, what with a backpack in tow.
In the end I decided to head to the North Court. And I soon realized what a genius I was, because I came across this fortune telling machine..
I have very fond memories of this machine. I first saw this in Central Market, very many years ago. Back then, we had those weight machines where you step on the scale, pay 20 cents and get a card indicating your weight and a piece of fortune telling, much like what you get in fortune cookies. It was stupid. I always wondered how your fortune can be predicted by checking your body weight. And then this machine made it’s maiden appearance in Central Market, I think 20 years ago. At that time, Central Market’s management claimed that it was imported directly from Italy and was the first of it’s kind in Malaysia. We were thrilled. We paid RM 1 to get our fortunes read, every single week!
Of course today I know this machine is another bullshit machine. They made it look like it is a palm reading machine, but the hole where you put your hand in is all granite, with no sensors whatsoever. Of course it is not really reading your palm!
When I finally reached North Court, I discovered that this is a better place to be if you want photos.
It is basically the same thing as the one in Centre Court, but smaller scale..
There are still people here, but infinitely less compared to the madness at Centre Court.
And similar props can be found here. I’m loving these ancient and wooden props that both the malls use for decorations..
It was also here that I finally discovered what these hanging clothes are for..
They are for little girls to run around and play hide in seek inside! 😀
At this point of time, I was still 45 minutes away from 1.30PM (lion dance), so I decided to have lunch first. You know, it has been so long since I visited this place, there are a million new restaurants that I wanted to try. I think malls like these would most likely lure me to move back to KL some time in the future. In the end I settled for something auspicious since it is still CNY.
What? You don’t think KGB is auspicious enough for CNY?
You know this KGB does not mean that Russian military agency, right? This KGB is an abbreviation for Killer Gourmet Burgers. Ever heard of 大杀四方 Dai Sat Sei Fong? Make a big killing in four (every) directions? That’s how you wish people success in their every endeavors, especially if they are going to the casino. Eat Killer burgers and you will 大杀四方 make a big killing in every direction!
Even after I settled for KGB, there are like a million different choices from the menu. It almost gave me a headache to decide what to eat. Their range of beef burgers looked especially tempting, but you know my concerns.. so I settled for this instead:
Don’t know why the burger is called this. It is basically a chicken burger, a few pieces of chicken patties stacked on top of one another, with some lettuce and special sauce (I think), in between a burger bun. I thought it was alright..
I also had a fries on the side..
I know, I should’ve tried the more popular Jalapeno Cheese Fries or Kimchi Fries, but I was thinking that I don’t want to make my hands dirty with sauce, so I chose this Truffle’d Fries.
It was great. It tasted different compared to normal fries, awesomely different. I’m not even sure if it is the truffles, I’m guessing that it is. I have actually never had truffles before in my life prior to this 😳 . I was shocked that I was able to polish both the burger and the fries, they seemed too much for me in the beginning. I was even more shocked when I looked around and noticed everyone else are polishing their own burger and fries too! I guess either the food here is that good, or that I am no longer acclimatized to KL people’s eating capacity.
Anyway, with a filled and satisfied tummy, I headed back to the lion dance place. It was 1.20PM, I thought I would just hang around for a bit until the dance started. But when I arrived back at the place, I saw that the lion dance troupe was already packing up and ready to leave! What the?? … The security guard lied to me! I had missed the lion dance!
So.. sorry guys, no lion dance video to end this post. And on that sad bombshell, it is time to end this post…
I think this will be the last of my CNY posts for this year. I know there is another Hokkien thing, the 拜天公 Pai Tee Kong (Praying to the Sky Deity) thing going on Thursday night, but I am 99.99% certain that I won’t be getting involved. If I go out for that, I would have to skip work on Friday because I would only be able to make it home by 3 or 4 AM. And I have to work on Friday so that is not an option..
Then there is Chap Goh Meh (Day Fifteen of CNY), but historically, I have never done anything on this day, and I don’t think it will change this year..
So, yeah… I quite enjoyed writing my series of CNY related posts. I hope you guys enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing.. 😉