ANU Gaithri Subramaniam, a 27-year-old corporate communications manager with an international Islamic bank, admits to having two vices — shoes and Coffee Bean drinks.
“I have about 40 pairs of shoes in every colour and my collection is still growing! I shop at my favourite stores - Elo and Guess - at least once a month and recently discovered Charles & Keith,” she said.
“I am always on the lookout for shoes whenever I go out shopping. Because the Guess footwear tends to be pricier, I occasionally treat myself to a pair as a reward when I accomplish a personal mission or project.”
So addicted is Anu to her regular cuppa at Coffee Bean that she used to have at least two cups of coffee a day, but she has since cut down to one a week for health reasons.
“I was having difficulty sleeping because of the caffeine so I have reduced my coffee intake,” she admitted.
The Petaling Jaya resident has a Management degree (majoring in Leadership Studies) from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak and is presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance course at Universiti Malaya.
“It is difficult to juggle my time between the long hours at work and pursing my MBA but it is something I have committed myself to doing because I enjoy studying,” said Anu.
“I realise that studying for an MBA requires maturity, discipline and tenacity, and is completely different from studying for a degree. But I get a lot of support from my family and fellow coursemates.”
What do you like about KL?
The wide variety of food that is available practically anywhere and anytime. I can have a hearty English breakfast, sumptuous banana leaf array for lunch, exotic Arabian cuisine for dinner and tasty Chinese meal for supper — all in one city. KL’s vibrant atmosphere and diverse range of people makes it even more interesting.
What do you dislike about KL?
Floods and flash floods. I hate that this affects the city’s reputation. I wish that something permanent is done to end this problem. It ruins KL’s image every time a flood occurs because the news would be immediately splashed all over the media. I was once stuck in the evening peak hour traffic in Wangsa Maju for three hours because of a flood.
What’s your favourite food?
Nasi lemak and iced Milo. I just have to have this at any time of the day to curb my hunger pangs. And even after a complete meal, the smell of nasi lemak would make me hungry again.
What do you do to relax?
Early morning meditation always helps. I get up at 6am and meditate for 15 minutes before heading to work. My friends recommended that I try it and I have personally sworn by it ever since. It keeps me energised throughout the day. It also helps me focus and keeps me calm, even when dealing with traffic jams.
What’s your favourite place to hang out in KL?
The Coffee Bean outlet at my office in Wisma Selangor Dredging. I patronise it so often that the Coffee Bean staff there know what I want — a small cup of ice-blended mocha. I also love the boutiques around Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, especially Elo, where I shop for shoes.