Monday, February 10, 2014
Chinese New Year in Malaysia vs Singapore
I was in Malaysia during Chinese New Year and the festive feeling is much more intense. On the weekends, there are fireworks everywhere and most buildings are decorated.
In Singapore there are various designated places where they have done it up, and some, still look like Christmas lights.
I do feel that in Kuala Lumpur, things are much more bustling and interesting. There is no comparison between having Chinese New Year in Malaysia as
1) More variety of things to do, temples open late.
2) Fire works / fire crackers are allowed.
3) Bukit Bintang and various other mall areas are heavily decorated giving the festive feel.
Singapore on the other hand, action is where the casinos are. and at various designated areas.
1) River Angpao
2) Sentosa RWS
3) Istana Open House
4) Gardens by the Bay
As a result, there is a crush of people everywhere you go and forget about taking a taxi as they are impossible to flag down.
I do feel that even though the F&B take this opportunity to over charge, generally, the cost is 40% less in Malaysia and food tastes better.
I prefer fresh chicken/ pork rather than the frozen ones you get in Singapore, and most food places are still family owned, where as there are lots of franchises in Singapore.
I must agree, that in both countries, unless you go to a very high end restaurant, service is generally bad, but food can be exceptional.
If you have not been in Malaysia (KL) for Chinese New Year, you should give it a try.
-- Robin Low