No, I am not kidding.
For all you non-Taiping people, this tiny town has resisted change for the most part of my growing up.
Like when McDonalds opened, it was soft serve salvation from heaven. Finally somewhere decent to date.
Fast forward 10 years and you can just imagine the frenzy Tesco caused when it opened its doors. Located at Jalan Kamunting, apparently it caused a traffic jam (!) on the first day.
So when Giant opened on Deepavali day, we stayed far far away. Yet the allure of fresh plastic bags and long aisles of fast moving consumer goods was too strong. Resistance was futile. Especially if you have a mom like mine.
Ok we kids were homesick for KL. The shameless consumerism soothed the soul.
In any case, it was a good break. In between the hypermart hopping, we did complete our pilgrimage to the usual places of gastronomic worship i.e. the goreng pisang stall, Kuala Sepetang seafood, Green House, Prima et cetera, et cetera.
And it was all good!