| Izah Azahari In Kuala Lumpur |
THE annual 1Malaysia Year-End Sale (1MYES) is back! Launched on November 15, the highly anticipated campaign will run through January 4, 2015 promising the best shopping, dining and recreation deals all over Malaysia.
Dubbed the fourth best shopping destination in the world and second in Asia, Malaysia is sure to satisfy one’s shopping needs. And what better way to wrap up the end of 2014 with a shopping spree.
Prior to the launching of the 1MYES, a group of media representatives from Brunei Darussalam under the sponsorship of Malaysia Airlines travelled onboard MH731 from Brunei International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The flight was a smooth, comfortable one. After all, the aircraft has great in-flight entertainment featuring the latest movies, comfortable seats and a very courteous cabin crew.
Upon arrival at KLIA, we were warmly welcomed by our tour guide, Sean, and driver, Encik Mat.
We were later taken to a swanky Malay fine dining restaurant (said to be the first of its kind in the world) called Enak KL, which is located at Starhill Gallery 181’s Feast Floor in Bukit Bintang, featuring all sorts of restaurants and live bands.
We stayed at the Grand Millennium Hotel, which is surrounded by shopping malls with the likes of Pavilion, Fahrenheit and Lot 10 – an ideal place to stay if you love shopping. There is also a 7-Eleven convenience store just five minutes away from the hotel.
If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, you should head on over to Avenue K, Berjaya Times Square, Central Market, Fahrenheit 88, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Sogo KL, Sungei Wang Plaza, Suria KLCC, the Gardens Mall and Viva Mall, as they will have numerous promotions throughout December.
The next day, we went to Kuala Lumpur’s National Visual Arts Gallery for the launching of the year-end sale, which featured performances by local artistes, as well as a designers’ showcase in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend 2014.
The following day, we departed for Johor where we were greeted by our ground handler, Ricky who brought us to the Malay Village Restaurant for lunch, one of the best halal family restaurants situated in Jalan Bestari 1/5 in Taman Nusa Bestari serving international cuisine.
We were later taken to Johor Premium Outlet to experience firsthand the shopping scene during the year-end sale. With discounts of up to 70 per cent on various premium brands, we were like children walking into a candy shop. There are almost 70 designer fashion and sportswear shops like Coach, Adidas, Nike and Burberry. It also has over 10 shoe stores, 30 gifts and specialty items stores, two houseware and home furnishing stores, as well as 12 food and beverage outlets.
While in Johor, we stayed at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, which is ideally located in the Central Business District and just a few minutes’ walk away from City Square Shopping Centre as well as JBCC Komtar where the Angry Birds Activity Park is situated in.
During our short stay in Johor, we also had the opportunity to visit the KSL Shopping Mall and various historical sites such as the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Royal Abu Bakar Mosque, Muzium Tokoh and Iskandar Malaysia Information Centre.
We also dined at Banafee Village Johor Bahru, which serves delicious satay and penyet dishes, as well as Tera Thai Restaurant, a comfortable home-turned-restaurant serving authentic Thai delicacies.
It was a relaxing experience for me in Johor Bahru. It reminded me very much of the lifestyle in Brunei Darussalam. I felt so comfortable walking around the shopping malls.
I would strongly suggest making some room in your luggage if you are travelling to Malaysia.
With deals aplenty, filling up your luggage for the trip back home will not be a problem.
The question you should ask yourself before departing for Malaysia is, “How many empty bags should I bring for this shopping trip?”