Watch out Kuchingites! We have our own uptown market called Satok Uptown Market which opened on 27 February and was launched on 28 February 2015. Even though the name states that it is in Satok, the location of the uptown market is at Kuching Civic Centre (Dewan Suarah Kuching). The uptown is opened on Friday and Saturday only.
For those who does not know what uptown is, let me tell you, it has nothing to do with Westlife’s song Uptown Girl, though I was humming the song while writing this article. The usage of “uptown” in Malaysia is slang for “late-night market” because I’m pretty sure when you look up “uptown” in the dictionary, it does not translate as “market”. We usually called it as Uptown Kota Damansara, or Uptown Danau Kota. Uptowns usually opened between 9:00 pm to 3:00 am.
For the night owls, here is the perfect place for you to shop. In West Malaysia, they already have tons of uptowns and downtowns but here in Kuching, we are still new in experiencing this type of late-night market.
Thus, on last Friday night, I dragged my sister to accompany me to go to this uptown. We went there at 10:00pm, so after 20 minutes of driving, I was shocked to see cars already parked at the road side, starting from the entrance of the old Lim Kok Wing University all the way to the traffic light near Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre. I had to make U-turn twice and had to parked by the road in front of The Sarawak Club because the guests cannot park at the parking lot at the Civic Centre.
After 5 minutes walking, we finally reached the stalls. After walking for a few minutes more, we noticed that they had food stalls section, and the other section is for stalls selling other stuff such as clothes, foot wear, crafts and others.
They have variety of food sold there, and you rarely see the same food at other stalls (except for the drinks). I bought a cheese cake, with sprinkled Nestum on top which cost me RM7. Even thought it was a bit pricey for street food, it was definitely spoon-licking good.
The T-shirts and other clothes there are quite cheap. I had my eyes locked on one T-shirt stall in particular, because I noticed the T-shirts sold there were the exact same T-shirt that I wished to buy from the online mall recently. Thinking that it might be cheaper here, I looked up at the price tag and saw it was RM45! Gosh, it would only cost me about RM15 if I buy it from the online mall.
After walking for 30 minutes around the uptown and met some familiar faces, we decided to head back home. Before that, we stopped by the first stall that we saw when we walked into the area and bought 2 glasses of Air Mata Kucing. There were some kids running around at the back of the stall, and they even put the blue canvas mat for them to sit and rest. But what really caught my eyes was the area just 5 metres from where they had laid the mat. There is a graveyard at the back there which I never noticed as we rarely went to Kuching Civic Centre before.
So, the question now is, why would they build uptown, which opens late at night, near a graveyard? Plus, the parking space is so limited that we need to park by the road side and all of them illegally thus causing trouble to other people using that road.
We just hope they will relocate the uptown but overall, thumbs up to the sellers who can keep their eyes open even at 3 in the morning.