|Our electronic tree|
Doug decided that Christmas required a tree. We could have bought an imported fir tree - expensive and we would still need to buy lights and ornaments. Pre-decorated trees for the most part seemed sad. Doug searched the web and found this tree and uploaded it on an electronic picture frame. We haven't discussed how long it will stay up.
On the 23rd as we prepared for the week we discovered one of KL's apparent secrets. Just before Christmas (the 23rd this year) seasonal items were sharply discounted. Christmas cakes and cookies were reduced by 70%. Candy canes were also reduced, but we didn't note the amount. Christmas trees were priced at 1/3 of what they were a week earlier.
Our Christmas week began with a dance performance of Viswa Vinayaka at the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA). The dance celebrates the life of Lord Ganesha The hour went by quickly - the dancing, the music, and the video backdrops were a treat for the eyes and ears. (There is a snippet of a performance in Perth last month.) Throughout TFA were paintings of Lord Ganesha and kolams. We could not photograph the performance, so to leave you with an image of Lord Ganesha this kolam will have to do.
|Getting ready for dinner|
For Christmas Eve we booked dinner at Croisette Cafe, the small French restaurant down the hall from our unit and across from the gym where I had worked out earlier. The menu was interesting and the price was reasonable. Dinner was tasty and has some items that we especially like. Doug raved about the duck. The parsley ramequin was unusual - I would happily order it again. The Christmas log was filled with passion fruit and ice cream - yummy. I gave Doug most of the chocolate trunk, mostly because I find a little chocolate goes a long way.
Christmas morning was quiet and cool, a perfect day for a walk.. As it started to drizzle we ducked into Bamgsar Shopping Center (BSC). We snapped pictures of the fish, which were well arranged and tempting. Then there was the MYR1500 (USD500) hamper - no post-Christmas reduction.
|Christmas Day Fish Display at Jason's (BSC)|
|MYR1500 (USD500) for that last minute gift|
The main event was to see Les Miserables at Mid Valley Mega Mall. "Mega Malll says it all - I have no idea how many eating choices there are. Our favorite, almost every house guest ends up there, is Din Tai Fung where we have always xiao long bau (soup dumplings) and other treats That was our choice for Christmas dinner. The mall was packed - even lines for the escalator.
|25 Dec 2012 - Mid Valley Mega Mall, KL|
Just a little breathing room
|A puzzling mall display|
|We are often asked - Is Christmas celebrated in Malaysia? You decide|