Viva Home Shopping Mall Dragon Year Decoration

We were on the way home after one of our Chinese new year visiting when my wife suggested dropping by Viva Home Shopping Mall.

Viva Mall, previously known as Plaza UE3, is situated along Jalan Loke Yew.  Despite Plaza UE3 Mall's location on such a busy highway within the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur, for years this plaza had never really flourished as a shopping mall. Not many people knew about Plaza UE3 then and probably few could even remember such a shopping mall now.


Kha Seng Group took over Plaza UE3 a few years back and gave it a new makeover and re-branded it as Viva Home Shopping Mall. It was reopen on April 2011 after almost one year of renovation.  Our first visit to this "new"  Viva Home Mall was around May last year and had not stepped foot there since.

Today we decided to spend our afternoon at Viva Home Shopping Mall .  As its name says, Viva Home Mall wants to re-brand itself as a one-stop shopping centre for the home owners with products ranging from household, kitchenware and utensils to furnishing, decorations, etc.  So, my wife was hoping to find some special or unique items for the home.

Viva Home dragon CNY decoration
The Golden dragon for 2012 Chinese New year decoration at the centre court of Viva Home Shopping Mall. -- Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. Lens: M.Zuiko digital 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II MSC standard zoom set at 14mm f/3.5 1/100s and ISO200.

Though she didn't find the product offerings there any different or unique from other shopping centres, but instead she found a giant golden dragon in the centre court of Viva Home Shopping Mall. Of course there is no way this golden dragon can match the magnificent dragon of the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in size. Nevertheless, they did create a sizeable dragon in the centre court for the 2012 dragon year celebration.

CNY dragon decoration at Viva Home Sopping Mall
Looking from a low angle near the front of the dragon the Viva Mall dragon is not bad looking. -- Camera : Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2. Lens: M.Zuiko digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ii MSC standard zoom set at 4mm f/5.6 1/80s ISO400.

The Chinese New Year theme for Viva Home Mall was “Imperial New Year”. The mall was lined with lighted artificial cherry blossom trees around the centre court and at the surrounding outside of the mall. The Centre court was also surrounded with many beams and pillars put up for decoration with little dragons that supposedly resemblance the imperial court pillars.

Viva Mall 2012 CNY dragon
The Viva Home Mall Chinese new Year dragon viewed from the top floor of the mall. -- Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2. Lens: M.Zuiko digital 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II Msc standard zoom set at 42mm f/5.6 1/100s ISO1250.

This happened to be an impromptu visit so I did  not bring my camera with me. However my wife was happily shooting away with her Pen Lite  E-PL2 with the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens.  At least this golden dragon made up for not finding the household items she was looking for in coming to Viva Home Mall.

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