Soaking up festive vibes at city’s popular spots

Zhi Kwan taking photos with her classmates in front of Christmas decorations at a mall in Johor Baru. — Photos: THOMAS YONG/The Star

VISITORS to shopping centres are appreciative of the efforts taken by the management teams to put up festive decorations for Christmas.

Clerk Fara Hazreen Mohamed Husny, 28, loved the bright and colourful lights that were put up to mark the occasion.

“I really look forward to viewing these decorations, regardless of the festival whether Christmas, Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Deepavali.

“I hope public places will continue this tradition of putting up colorful decorations to mark special occasions,” she said.

Fara Hazreen was among those spotted taking photos with her family at a mall in Johor Baru.

Also capturing the moments on her smartphone was Siow Yook Chia, 51, who was there with her two grandchildren.

Fara Hazreen looks forward to visiting public places to admire their festive decorations.Fara Hazreen looks forward to visiting public places to admire their festive decorations.

“My grandchildren are excited to be here as they have been stuck at home for so long.

“I am also taking the opportunity to look for special Christmas deals.

“I prefer shopping physically rather than online,” she said.

Siow added that she had not left the house for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am still very worried about going out but I think we have to accept that we will be living with the pandemic.

“As long as we follow the Covid-19 standard operating procedure, we should be able to reduce our risk of getting the disease.”

Secondary school student Gan Zhi Kwan, 15, was taking the opportunity to meet her schoolmates.

Siow trying out a Christmas-themed headband on her grandson.Siow trying out a Christmas-themed headband on her grandson.

“For most of the past two years, we have only been seeing each other through our computer screens during online classes.

“Now that it is school holidays and the situation has improved, we can finally have meals together.”

She said they were also looking for Christmas gifts for their families and friends.

At another mall, children were seen having fun at the “KidZone”, an area filled with balloons.

Homemaker M. Shaline, 32, said it was good to see her two children enjoying themselves.

“Usually, we will go for a holiday somewhere but we have put that on hold because of Covid-19,” she said.

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