KUALA LUMPUR: Families are holding firm to the tradition of reunion dinners but more seem to be opting to have them at shopping malls.
Restaurants at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur were filled with such families besides regular shoppers and tourists.
Raymond Lee, 43, said his family decided to hold their reunion meal at a restaurant instead of at home so his elderly mother would not have to cook.
“The mall is a nice place for family outings and for eating out so we chose to hold it here,” said Lee, who works as a draughtsman here.
He said all family members were at the reunion meal, including his brother and his family who live in Singapore.
Doctors Darren Lee, 35, and Jessy Cheng, 36, also opted to spend their day off from work together with their daughter, Agnes, two, at the mall.
“This is one of the times we are off from work and can spend time with our family,” said Dr Lee.
He said that being from Kuala Lumpur, they would drive to his parents’ house later for reunion dinner.
Meanwhile, despite it being the eve of Chinese New Year, Low Yat Plaza was still buzzing with activity as traders chose to keep their shops open.
Other malls around the Golden Triangle were also open and decorated in red, gold and pink, lending a festive air to the area.
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