This is Jalan Bukit Bintang in the heart of Kuala Lumpur .
Last Saturday 28 Jun 2011 , I was going to Low Yat Plaza to fetch my Acer laptop from Highpoint Service Centre in Low Yat Plaza , by monorail from Bkt Nenas. My laptop broke down , and so I sent it for repair . Today I could get it back from the shop.
As I walked into the Bukit Nenas station , I was told at the ticket counter that the train was delayed . It would only arrive in one hour’s time instead of the usual 15 minutes. It was 3.00 pm , the weather wasn’t too hot , and I wasn’t in a hurry . So I thought I’d take things easy by going to my destination by foot. Why not.
At the same time it gave me a chance to stroll through the famous Jalan Bukit Bintang , watching the street and its people at a more casual pace . A change from the normally hectic pace I was used to in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
|A lot of young people watching a street carnival|
It struck me as I walked down the Jalan Bukit Bintang , that it had a definite more middle eastern flavour to it. Visibly there was a big presence of arab restaurants and shops and of course Arab tourists.
|An Arab Restaurant Maroush|
|An Arab shop selling oud perfumes|
|An Arab street cafe|
It fascinates me what makes this place popular to the Arabs. Is it because of its location , sat in the shopping district of Kuala Lumpur? Lot 10 shopping mall is a stone’s throw away . Of course , there is Bukit Bintang Plaza in the corner. And the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur at the end of the road. Its a shopping paradise here.
Or is it because of the night life . The Bukit Bintang Street is of course infamous for its nightlife .The night life here is teeming with people in side walk cafes , pubs and karoukes.
At the end of mid afternoon walk I felt somewhat transplanted and lost . Perhaps a change of name to Arab Street may be more appropriate. What do you think?