March 21st, 2008

Lovin' it

Where is the one place you can head to in any city that can provide you with a hot meal and a comfortable place to rest at virtually any time of day regardless of your background or socio-economic status?

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Is it the YMCA?

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Is it a Ti-Ratana Buddhist lodge?

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Is it your friendly local police station?

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....well the last one is almost correct, except that your background matters - it has to be criminal....

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McDONALDS! Bada-BA-bada! I'm lovin' it.

It is the one ubiquitous place where for a small fee you can have a hot meal even at 4am in the morning. And yes, you can even crash and catch some shut eye on their seats.

Relevance? Ima tell you a story from my Sg trip 2 weeks ago...

Having not bothered procuring a place to stay seeing I can have a good sleep on my bus ride back to the Land of Boleh, I decided to take very late night tour of the city streets instead.

Unfortunately, severe exhaustion set in, and I stumbled into the nearest known McD's... the ol' Bendemeer McD!

Yes, nostalgic - but also comfortable since they renovated the place.

As it turns out I wasn't the only loitering bum bunking at Mac's - there were several other patrons happily comatose on the numerous seats. A few tables away, a middle-aged man had draped himself across the bench, soundly asleep. At the table next to mine, students who were burning the midnight oil stopped the burning to prevent climate change and were slumped in various positions.

Thank God for capitalism. We don't need YMCA's - just plenty of Mac's strewn across the cityscape.



Across the border though, McD's are not as numerous. In fact, for as long as I can remember, the PJ Old Town Mac's pictured above is one of the only 3 Mac's operating within southern Petaling Jaya. (The other two being one at Amcorp Mall and another in Section 14)

Mmmm. Mac's. Too bad I'm vegetarian or I'd like a Double Cheese Burger right now. Ah and plenty of them hyper addictive fries...