YES Malaysia has opened its doors for Shopaholics across the world with its year end mega end sales starting from November 15, 2014 – January 4, 2015. So now you can have a ball of a time with some cool bargains, hot merchandise, deep discounts, cash-backs, exquisite cuisines, top brands & street fashions from Europe – YES…YES has it all for you on its platter. Come and savour all this and more. You can make most of your Christmas holidays by being in Malaysia. This is a confession of a “Shopaholic” like me who was in Malaysia for the inaugural ceremony for YEAR END SALE 2014 which was done with much fanfare on November 15. More on that later…
The topping of this year’s 1MYES is the nationwide sale, offering in-store surprises, redemption’s and gifts, deals and discounts, and year-end school holiday special for the entire family, as well as Christmas and New Year sales. Besides that, it is also the best time to enjoy Malaysian food – from local street fares to Malaysia truly Asia’s melting pot of delicacies and east-meets-west gastronomic delights.
Malaysia Tourism took big initiative and great pains to work out this trip to the last detail for us to us visit Malls and Markets, Concerts, Sight-seeing destinations and relish some of the exquisite international cuisines. I shall cherish the memories of this trip for a life time as I was a nine-day princess in Malaysia. Could not have asked for more. We were put up in Hotel Renaissance which is my favourite hotel as I had stayed several times in Renaissance, Hong Kong. Renaissance is strategically located as I could see my favourite PETRONAS Towers from my room window. I saw it in the morning, in the afternoon and in the night. Wanted to bring it home with me…alas!
We landed Kuala Lumpur in the morning of November 14 where a representative – Jeevan of Malaysia Tourism welcomed us with his friendly smile. The ball was set rolling…as we sat in the van – Jeevan said, “Puan Puan & Tuan Tuan…Salamat Datang” (Ladies & Gentlemen – Namaste). Weather was bright and sunny but as we stepped out for our “Malling” sojourn, it started raining and it became quite pleasant. Our first destination was Bukit Bintang which is house to many malls; here Pavilion mall was our first destination which was dressed in complete Christmas splendour. A very big Santa caught my fancy, the child inside me came to the fore and I could not resist clicking pictures. Here, I could spot people from all over the world like Indonesia, Philippines, China, India, UK, The US, and Europe who were having great time with their families. No wonder Malaysia is known as a “Complete Family Destination”!
From here we hopped to Sungei Wang Mall across the road which needs a special mention here for its value propositions and particularly friendly and bargains granting shop owners. I could spot many attractively priced merchandise, accessories, shoes, bags, stoles, watches…what not. This is where I decided to take RM 500 challenge! It was about doing value shopping for my fashionista daughter Tanya from Malaysia &&&& it turned out to be most exciting and challenging assignment for me. So what all I could shop? You can check my Malaysian Shopping Bag on her blog couturepixie.wordpress.com.
Now I wanted to do unlimited shopping on limited RM 500. The quest began. But one thought which constantly itched my mind was “has On-line shopping eaten into the pie of Off – line shopping” .In India…YES but Malaysia told a different story. Here brick & mortar shopping is quite happening…courtesy Malaysia Tourism which has positioned it as “Complete Experience” which has something for everyone whether you are a value shopper or brand connoisseur. Here malls are quite spacious, properly planned, well – equipped with food courts, rest rooms, family rooms, money changers, attractive in-store displays and most importantly welcoming Malay men & women. You can exchange your US dollar or Indian rupee with great ease as it is the most tourist friendly country one can think of.
Our next destination was CENTRAL MARKET which made me feel as if I was in Egypt’s market or back home Janpath in New Delhi which housed many shops selling traditional handicrafts like Silverware, cane work, batik, sarongs, pariahs, shirts, skirts…here I could shop for some exquisite designer dresses, shirts, sarongs, stoles, wallets…one bag which caught my fancy was “Owl Bag” which I regret not buying. May be next time…Here things were available at reasonable prices but shop-owners were in no mood to bargain. It was like being in mini Malaysia. Central Market is currently running Batik Reward Program where shoppers can savour, indulge and experience. Here if you spend RM 150 on batik products, you can redeem RM 20 meal vouchers at all participating outlets. Here you can watch talents dressed in traditional Malaysian attire parading during YES.
SURIA KLCC in PETRONAS Towers takes the cake for its plush interiors, spacious walk-ways, creative displays, exquisite cuisines, top brands, latest collections, I was completely bowled over…it was like icing on the cake on my “mall” experience. Particularly I loved the walkway between SURIA KLCC and Bukit Bintang.
We could see FAHRENHEIT 88 mall across the road which is also running some interesting offers like spend RM 200 and above in max. 2 accumulated receipts at any speciality store or RM 300 at brands outlets or UNIQLO and you can pick up special gift vouchers.
While in Kuala Lumpur you should visit other malls like SOGO KL, AVENUE K, BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE, THE GARDENS MALL, VIVA MALL, QUILL CITY MALL, UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE AND SUNWAY PYRAMID as every mall is a unique shopping experience.
You can certainly plan your trip between November 15 – January 4, 2015, if you are a shopaholic; your senses will be satiated completely whether you are a budget shopper or a lavish shopper. Malaysia has it all for you. You can contact Malaysia Tourism Mumbai.
Special thanks to Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director General Malaysia Tourism for offering me this opportunity.
Must mention Deepa Venugopal and Jane D’Cruz of Beehive Communications for their initiative in planning out every detail smeticulously.
Last but not the least, our guide Jeevan for his impeccable knowledge, untiring support and smiling demeanour.
Photos by Bienu Verma Vaghela