From Borneo and Around

This blog is all about Borneo (and sometimes elswere) as I experience it. It's about places, people, fauna, food ... and anything I find pleasantly worth sharing in words and pictures.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Living in East Malaysia (Borneo) certainly has its perks; for instance there are no foreign embassies here, so that when you happen to be an expat like me, you have no choice but to go to KL when you need to renew your passport. This is how, a few days ago, I paid a visit to l’Ambassade de France on Jalan Ampang.  So where’s the perk in that, you may wonder? No less than a perfect excuse to spend a couple of days in the capital and indulge in window shopping in some of the trendiest malls in South East Asia, and if you have never come to Asia, trust me, shopping here is absolutely AWESOME!                                          
With such a good shopping “opportunity” I invited my best friend Helen to come along and from where our hotel was, on Bintang Walk, we couldn’t ask for a better situation: Pavillion, Star Hill, KL Plazza, Lot 10, and of course Sungai Wang and Bukit Bintang Plazzas and even Time Square were all within walking distance. I was even able to check out on a new lens for my camera at Low Yat Plazza which specialises in computers, cameras and various gadgets.
I love the Pavilion, the most affordable part of course and unashamedly the top designers section too. Who wouldn’t feel grand walking through gigantic doors, passing COACH on the right side and being welcome by MARC JACOBS. I must confess that I always walk out of there happy, with perhaps something out of Tangs, a pair of shoes from Nine West (I even found a pair of elegant Zang Toi sandals at Parkson) and a little something chic from Bimba and Lola on the ground floor (I love this boutique! See my latest bag?); and what to say about one of my favorite boutiques, Ralph Lauren which conveniently faces The Loaf that serves pastries which I find impossible to resist? What a nice way to ponder over a cuppa and decide on whether or not to go crazy over that chiffon skirt which happens to be in my size?
Right on the opposite side of the Walk, we were happily surprised to find KL Plaza had undergone a full make-over; so and off course, we had to explore it, which was a good idea as we found out that every boutique in there seemed to make a point to offer something different while we were beginning to think that the only difference from one shop to another was the price tag on the same blouse or tees. Chapter 8 in particular felt special both in decor and goods and the fact that everyone was fussing around a lovely model pausing on a cosy chair (I was allowed to take my own picture) definitely added a touch of glamor to our visit.
Again it was great going to KL, although rather overwhelming after a while. Ask most East Malaysians and they’ll tell you that three days is the maximum they can take of the fast and furious pace of life in the capital city; this is why, flying homeward bound back to Kuching is never a sad moment. Life’s good in Borneo, until that is, the next excuse to visit KL.

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