When populating a shopping mall, if possible, after you’ve shortlisted all the donut shops, coffeeshops, pseudo-old0school kopitiams, “fashion” shops catering to what is normally referred to as “jinjang” types, even if you ARE in the Bukit Bintang area, please try and put in at least one camera shop that isn’t just a camera shop.
So I needed to take a quick passport photo (of which there can be multiple uses for). I figured I’d drop by the regular shop on the first floor, chat with the friendly staff who used to refill my Touch N Go card every 2 weeks – and take a photo.
I went downstairs, and lo and behold, the shop was gone, its facade replaced with a white painted woodfront which suggests a renovation (cool, but for a camera shop?) or a replacement shop (God not another ETUDE house, whatever that is).
So I did the only thing I could think of.
Ok, so I didn’t exactly “run”. I walked quickly to Sungai Wang, past a restaurant called JAPIN, past another donut shop, 2 coffeeshops, one kopitiam, asked the helpdesk where the hell I could get a passport sized photo pronto-ish, and luckily got pointed to one right away.
As I arrived, slightly out of breath I asked the sullen-emo-goth type manning the counter how much for a passport photo with the soft copy included, and without raising an eyelash (or her face for that manner) she replied:
“LAPAN belas ringgit.”
I knew then I was doomed.