Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Publika exclusive

"Why you want to go here?" asked the cabbie who took me in after I waited in vain for half an hour for the bus. "So far taxi!"

I had actually wanted to go to Publika to see the French Art Fair and because Brandie had mentioned that it was pretty artsy. But the cabbie was right--the mall formerly known as Solaris Dutamas is not easy to get to and isn't a place the average Malaysian would think of going to on a regular weekend.


Stepping into it on a Sunday morning, I had a sense of deja vu. What did it remind me of? Ah, museums (which I love). There were no crowds. Some empty spaces. A lot of natural light. It makes you want to put up an easel.

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The stores are playgrounds for anti-mass production hipsters, as there is a significant number of independents, of which Ben's Independent Grocer is the big daddy. B.I.G. Publika has the most beautiful selection from the supermarkets I have seen in Malaysia. Just looking at the labels made me giddy.

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Step outside for some verses.






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Come up to see nearby buildings.

Examination Boards (?)

Masjid Wilayah

Publika is wonderful for families, especially on Wheelie Sundays. If only it wasn't so far...and there are taxis (I had to cross the main street to hail one).

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