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The star atop the hill.

Well, if you have ever had any doubt on the immense power money can bring, just step right into one particular shopping mall located in town.

Yes, we all like the crispy smell of fresh dollar notes in our hands. There is nothing like the thrill of seeing the numbers in your bank account going nowhere else but up, up, and up. Chances of this being a regular occurrence is rather slim, though – much like the same stupid CGPA I had had while in university.

And that is it – as long as you have enough money to buy necessities and pay for a roof over your head, albeit the numbers fluctuating wildly – you will be content.

But a visit to this recently-renovated shopping mall will leave you wishing you have a healthier bank account, just so to join the higher ranks and bask in the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

The shops were all made up of well-known designer brands and names – ones that would elicit sighs of envy from your peers. The interiors were kept sparkling clean and well-maintained by its staff, who were all dressed seemingly in their best uniforms and exuded a distinct air of diligence.

The food outlets located on the lower ground floor all had gleaming cutlery and wine glasses arranged meticulously on the decorated tables. I had read in the newspapers the rather unique interior design bestowed by a famed Japanese designer to this particular area, and frankly, it did not disappoint me at all.

Heck, even their washroom is unique. I felt like I had been transported back to the past, where water runs not out from the taps we had grown accustomed to, but from some sort of a windmill machine turned effortlessly by a staff member, much to the fascination of those who initially thought that visits to washrooms are nothing to shout about. Like, not everyone would snap a picture in a public washroom, would they?

Unfortunately, the shops and restaurants were sadly devoid of customers, which is a rare sight indeed due to the ongoing year-end sales period, where parking spots are sorely lacking in just about any other shopping malls in the city, and people come out in droves juggling many bags of their purchases, their wallets and purses many times lighter.

Yes, I was left in awe, and felt a strange urge to start buying a lottery ticket for a quick windfall, just so I could splurge it all here. To shop amongst the wealthy, don black shades, and stalk around in black high-heeled boots that go clickety-clack while a shop assistant follows you with puppy-dog eyes as she attempts to make mental notes of your purchases (“I want this, this, this and this, of course!”). To wrap up a grand day of productive retail therapy by dining stylishly, satisfying your tantalising tastebuds and indulge in the calming decor and atmosphere.

Boy, nothing like a random trip to a shopping mall to change your perception on money. If you ever need a sound knocking on the head on how to effectively manage your finances, you know where to go.

In fact, I probably should have filed this under ‘Reviews’, too. The last time I visited this shopping mall was probably a decade ago – when it first opened. Brrr.

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  1. quite a place, eh? but maybe its clientele frequent it closer towards the night. i presume you were there in the day?

    soporific | 26/12/05 09:05 PM

  2. Soporific – Heh. You’re quick, I just posted this up (and still editing it somewhat).

    Yep, I was there this afternoon. Is it any better and more alive at night? I love the stylish decor and design of the food outlets/restaurants. I hope they’re making money, or their efforts will all be in vain. Don’t think I can afford to dine there anytime soon…

    Strizzt | 26/12/05 09:16 PM

  3. Where is this place that eludes my recollection of major Klang Valley shopping arcades?

    yszm | 29/12/05 11:55 AM

  4. from what i know, some of the outlets are rented to vendors, so tan sri makes money nonetheless. but the whole of that mall is more like a branding exercise for the company anyway, it doesnt matter if they make money so long as the rich and famous continue to see it as ‘the place to be’.

    but yes, love the dining concourse, have actually eaten there twice i think. and you can afford it, just not too often:).

    soporific | 29/12/05 06:43 PM

  5. yszm – I think it’s the most least visited among the shopping malls in Bukit Bintang. We’re talking about Starhill Gallery. :)

    Soporific – Well, the company already owns a few buildings down that road… I just don’t like seeing Starhill go to waste, after all those money pumped in for this recent rebranding exercise. It has potential, but hmm. Maybe there’s not too many rich people in Malaysia.

    You’ve eaten there twice? For free ah? Bah. :P

    Strizzt | 29/12/05 08:37 PM

  6. well, in my book it’s not going to waste, no matter how many other properties the company own down the road. it’s different from the rest and while people like us may not find many reasons to visit it, it does fill a niche.

    of course-lah for free…:)

    soporific | 01/01/06 06:40 PM

  7. Soporific – Oh, you lucky man. You know, perhaps it wouldn’t be that bad to serve the tables there, heh.

    Strizzt | 02/01/06 12:39 AM

  8. you’ve got a better job than that.

    soporific | 02/01/06 10:18 AM

  9. Soporific – Maybe I do, maybe I don’t.

    Strizzt | 02/01/06 07:35 PM

  10. so quit then.

    soporific | 05/01/06 10:05 AM

  11. Soporific – Can’t make job-hopping a habit!

    Strizzt | 05/01/06 08:15 PM

  12. well, how about just once more, if u don’t think this i the job for you? got nothing to lose.

    soporific | 07/01/06 12:42 AM

  13. Soporific – Not sure, three months is a bit too soon to tell. People do come and go here. Eep.

    Strizzt | 07/01/06 10:56 AM

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