Shopping Malls. I will be quite honest that when I was in Junior High, High School and even College I really did enjoy going to the mall. I am not sure I actually did much shopping, perhaps some, but whomever I was with at the mall, we would usually just walk around rather aimlessly. Browse this store and that store on occasion, but we would just spend an absurd amount of time people watching and a ridiculous amount of time at the food court. Cinnabon anyone?
Then I got older and I came to a point in my life that I hated malls. Like I seriously loathed them. The thought of having to physically enter a mall and deal with a ridiculously absurd amount of people was absolutely appalling to me. Before you could even get into the mall you would have to deal with the horrendous mall parking and that annoying person who would wait literally 5+ minutes just for a car to back out of a spot that was no closer than a spot they could have parked in 4 minutes ago! It drove me crazy! If only Fitbits existed back then, maybe more people would have been okay taking the extra 3o steps to park just a bit further away! Okay so you finally get into the mall and then you have to deal with people that walk so slow, so slow that you are trying to scope out a way to move past them only to see a stroller with a screaming child approaching! Time to stay focused, just go to the store you have to go to, bypass all the rest and get the hell out of there. Did I mention how much I hate fitting rooms?! These experiences my friends are what led me to become a perpetual online shopper. I was loving all of the stores that were in malls that offered their inventory online, I grew very strong feelings for Zappos.com, I mean seriously free shipping & returns, yes please! And then my husband came along and I fell madly in love with Amazon (and him of course). Amazon is everything. I am not joking when I say that they delivered to our house at least once a week, probably more accurately 2-3 times per week. Don’t believe me, ask our neighbors.
So online shopping was now my best friend and the thought of malls still made me ill. And then we moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In all fairness, I had been warned. My husband told me that a lot of people spend their time in malls. Doing what?!?! It drove me crazy. How was I going to do this? I was having flashbacks of everything that I hated about malls. I convinced myself that I was not going to be one of those people, that I could live in KL and not touch foot in a mall unless absolutely necessary. I can do this, I got this.
Y’all. My name is Theresa Wade and I am addicted to malls. Hello Theresa. Also, our daughter is sometimes the screaming toddler in the stroller. I guess payback is sometimes a you know what.
Malls are all over the place and there is one that is like maybe a block or two away from where we are currently living. I go there just about every single day. I am not lying. We have officially been living here since Friday, June 3rd 2016 and there might be just a handful of days that I didn’t physically enter that mall, but I probably did go into another one. Sometimes I visit more than one mall a day. So what has changed? Why do I now love malls so much?! Malls here are a bit different. First of all they are enormous….like 4-8 floors enormous. And the floors are long, like you could sometimes get lost long. They are beautifully decorated and they are from my experience thus far pretty immaculate.
Suria KLCC (decoration for Ramadan and anticipation of Raya Aidilfitri or the celebration for the end of Ramadan)
More decoration during Ramadan and and anticipation of Raya Aidilfitri
Okay so big malls that are pretty and clean. Awesome. But there has to be more right? There is. Malls here for the most part have everything! I am talking all of the stores you would think that they would have like Nike, Gap, MAC, Bath & Body Works, Guess, Armani Exchange, Toys R Us, Sephora, and so on and so on. And then they have the high end stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors, Balenciaga and Versace. Did I mention the restaurants? Suria KLCC is the mall that is right by us and they alone have 30+ restaurants, some inside and some with outside dining options and 2 food courts, one of which has the absolute best chicken ramyeon ever. But this isn’t all, malls here are like a one stop shop. They not only have the stores and the restaurants and the movie theatre, but they have hair salons, nail parlors, banks, pharmacies and at least one grocery store in them. Suria KLCC also has a walkway that not only takes you to even more restaurants/food courts, but takes you directly to Aquaria KLCC (the aquarium) and connects you to yet another mall. Rather convenient I must say! Some even have indoor amusement parks, water theme parks and ice skating rinks.
Ariane’s Toys R Us
So why all the mall love?! The malls here are still busy, mostly on the weekends, but it just doesn’t seem as busy or maybe that is because I go there like everyday even before they open at 10am to just walk and grab a coffee from San Francisco coffee. There literally seems to be a coffee shop at both ends of every single level. There is even a Starbucks, which I was addicted to back in the states, but now not so much. There are way too many other options and my only experience here at Starbucks had my Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte tasting not as great as I was used to. Anyways, I run all of my errands at Suria KLCC and it is air conditioned! Another reason why I think people gravitate to the malls here. It allows you to de-sweat. Not a word I know, but it works. We will walk around KLCC Park a couple of times and be drenched in sweat. We take one step into the mall and it is like penguin heaven.
This is our new Barnes & Noble
This is our new Macy’s or Boston Store or Bloomingdales, but most importantly my go to grocery store because it is right across the street. They have clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchen appliances and more! It is 4 levels.
Okay so since moving here I have been to Suria KLCC (pretty much daily), I have also been to Avenue K, The Pavillion, Starhill Gallery, Sungei Wang Plaza, Bangsar Village and Publika! Almost all of these are in the Top 20 Malls in Kuala Lumpur, that leaves 14 more malls that I need to go visit.
Starhill Gallery (this place is gorgeous!)
Ari devouring Baskin Robbins ice cream at Publika
I usually don’t even buy anything, but groceries. Okay well my husband would disagree since I have bought some clothes and shoes for Ari and a pair of sunglasses for myself (and wine, just a few bottles of wine), but typically the mall is where I go to run my everyday errands.
This is a day in the life. Grocery bag filled with groceries and Ari in the stroller. I know you can’t see her, but she is helping this stroller from tipping over!
And I will get into this at a later time, but I have NEVER been in a mall here where I didn’t see a 3ft selfie stick in action and selfies galore! It is quite entertaining and ridiculous at times. And NO I do not own a selfie stick
I guess you can say that I am back to loving me some malls! When my husband asks, ‘what would you like to do this weekend’? I say, ‘wanna go to the mall?!’. Lol. Fortunately there is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur and we have our bucket list of places we want to go and things we want to do, but ladies and gentlemen, the mall has a big fat check mark next to it! 6 down, at least 14 more to go! Happy Shopping Y’all!
Hopefully Ari is up for the challenge! Clearly this day, Mommy overdid it!
But clearly this day, Ari had her shopping shoes on and was working that bag!