As I was in Gurney Paragon, I thought it would be a good idea to capture some photos for the blog. Even though I was not with my camera, still… I probably won’t be coming over again just for photo shooting purposes. And I think my Xperia Z3’s camera is plenty good.
I thought it was a good idea, but turns out I had no idea at all. You see, although I have many friends that already have kids, and I occasionally see a lot of toddlers in dinner gatherings, this was the first time I was wandering around a mall with a toddler in tow. I have never experienced a toddler’s excitement that comes with a “kai kai” adventure.
By the way, “Kai kai” means going out to have fun. Don’t ask me why or how. Malaysian toddler language.
The first thing we came across just as we got out of the car park into the mall was a Santa Claus seated outside an electronics shop. A real Santa. I mean, much more real than the usual Santa that you come across in Malaysia, because this Santa is a white man.
There are a few ways you can use this Santa. If you are feeling generous, you can go into that electronics shop to get their photographer to come out and take pictures for you. According to the poster right next to Santa, you get a free 4R photo and for a small fee (I don’t know how small), you get a photo frame for the photo too. Santa will be around until Christmas, so you still have time to go there if you want to see a white man Santa.
If you are feeling cheap, you can just get your kid to stand next to Santa and take your own photos using your smartphone. He’s cool with that. He’ll also give your kid some sweets for free. That’s what Santa does after all.
I learned another lesson with toddlers here. I shall refer to my friend’s daughter as little girl here. You see, us adults were excited to get little girl to take photos with Santa. She did not share our enthusiasm. In fact, she almost totally ignored Mr Santa. She was more interested with the sweets and the mock gift boxes beside the Christmas tree. She wanted to bring those boxes home with her. >.<
We had to leave quickly while working hard to distract her…
Then we made our way downstairs (we were on the way to go outside to search for our elusive Michelin star noodles restaurant).
Gurney Paragon has no Center Concourse. So instead of those giant Christmas trees that you see dominating the malls in KL, you get a series of smaller trees along the walkway.
And then we got to the front entrance of the mall and came across another source of distraction for little girl.
Again, she almost totally ignored the big teddy bear. Her entire focus was aimed at the variety of gift boxes and gift bags surrounding big teddy. To her, posing for a photo with big teddy is a chore, a nuisance. The moment we were done with the photo, she wanted to climb through the mini fence to get inside. When we stopped her from doing it, she tried her best to grab at one of those bags to bring home with her. Again, we had to quickly leave.
I caught a glimpse of a rather large Christmas tree outside the front entrance. But we did not make it there. Our main focus was to get little girl as far away from all those “gifts” as possible. So no photos of giant Christmas trees for you.
The last lesson I was given about toddler management today is that you need to know your malls and know the layout and shop locations in each malls that you are going. You need to be a navigational expert in the mall. I did not know that. I navigated badly and we ended up coming pretty close to the arcade/amusement center. Little girl saw it, and in a moment of sheer force, she shook off mommy’s hands and rushed into the middle of action.
It was quite funny to watch. All those game machines require coins to operate, without which they were just static machines. That would have deterred the 3 years old me. Without coins, I would not even bother to play with those boring machines. But not little girl. She got all excited just by climbing on non-moving machines and shooting laser guns at the screens which did not respond to her. Of course, on and off, she would pester mommy to insert coins on certain machines to make them come alive, but even with dead machines, she was having tonnes of fun. We spent almost 20 minutes in there trying to keep up with little girl from enjoying her free of charge entertainment. Interesting…
After we finally managed to coax her out of the games center, we quickly headed over for lunch. And then we left, because little girl was properly worn out. She was still running around, jumping here and there as we made our way back to the car. Even when we got into the car, she was still chanting “kai kai, kai kai kai”. But within 10 seconds, the chanting stopped. I was driving but got curious, so I turned around and was shocked to see that she had fallen asleep in mommy’s arms!
I guess this post has been more about me learning more about toddlers than it is a post about Christmas, huh?