I am back in KL for about six days or so for my pre-Raya break. Gosh, I can't believe how much I miss this place - the heavy traffic, the various city highways, crazy drivers, the LRT train stations, heavily polluted with carbon monoxide air, One Utama and the tolls (the tolls or gawd the tolls).
Oh nothing feels as good as home :)
Some of my classmates from Ipoh and Kelantan have wondered how I managed to survive in this crazy metropolitan city which we call KL for the last 18 years or so of my life. And every time my reply would be the same "What is so hard about living in KL?!"
Sure the stretch of LDP from Bandar Utama to Kelana Jaya is jam packed with cars of various shapes and sizes during the peak hours and sure the drivers might honk you if you travel for less than 70km/hr. And yes, I do pay RM3.20 every time I travel to-and-fro to One Utama and you can never, I repeat NEVER find a parking if you visit Mid Valley after noon on a weekend..
But all this is pretty normal yes? Normal like how you would wake up every morning and brush your teeth kind of normal.( Well if you don't brush your teeth then I rest my case)
I have never once questioned why the KL traffic is so fucking congested or why we must pay crazy expensive toll rates because I guess I have gotten used to it. This goes to all you other urban kids out there...we have become so assimilated with the city life that we are now at a point where we are immune to all the malarkey that comes with living in the city.
At this point of my life, I couldn't possibly imagine not growing up in the city. To grow up not going to the shopping malls during the weekends but instead visiting a park...I don't know, I just couldn't picture me in that scenario.
But then again, I divide most of my formative teenage years between Penang and KL. And Penang has basically turned into a mini KL. So my kampung is not exactly a kampung in all sense of the word.
I just have this to say though, Kuala Lumpur is a place which I've grown to love and loathe in equal measures. But more importantly, its a place where I feel home is :)