Are you a real PJ person or just a tourist?
Many people consider themselves PJ people just because they've stayed here for a while. But if you're using Waze to navigate around SS2, and can't tell between Asia Jaya LRT and Taman Jaya LRT, or all the different Damansara townships, then you've still got some learning to do.
1. It's home to the best food ever
2. The people here will queue for anything
By experience, you've learnt that the longer the queue, the better the food is.
3. But ask them to wait in a jam, and they'll slither their way through shortcuts only known to true PJ people
While everyone else is stuck in the traffic, they always avoid the jam by using back alleys and housing roads.
4. Despite the jam, PJ is at the centre of everything
Petaling Jaya is right smack in between areas like Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Puchong, Shah Alam, Kepong, and Taman Desa with highway access all around.
5. This makes it the perfect middle point for hangouts and gatherings
6. There are also a bunch of hidden gems only known to PJ people, and you'll be lucky if they bring you there
One of the unassuming places for good food and coffee is Happy Mansion at Section 17, a complex of apartment buildings. Here, you'll find a host of cafés, kopitiams, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
And of course, there are hidden gems in Jaya Shopping Centre too, such as places like Farmer’s Street, Good Food Co., and Leng for Leng Tong.
7. One thing they can't stand is the way non-PJ people drive
People here get very irritated at Klang and Penang drivers, mostly because they're slow and super blur.
8. Not to mention, there is plenty of digging around PJ roads, which seem to be forever under construction
9. Tree cutting is also a staple around the area
Almost every other week, you'll see trucks at the side of roads waiting to collect falling branches. The thing that annoys people the most is that tree cutting usually takes place during peak hours, causing unnecessary jams.
10. That's why they sometimes resort to taking the LRT
Which is in fact super convenient. The entire PJ is so connected that you can practically get to anywhere with the Kelana Jaya LRT Line.
11. Nevertheless, true PJ people hate travelling out of PJ
They consider KL, Cheras, and even Bangsar far away.
12. It's like a big city, but a lot less claustrophobic than KL
Less dense, less crowded, and more charming than Kuala Lumpur.
And despite all its shortcomings, the people here will always love PJ and never move out
After all, it's hard to find any other place that's just quite the same. In fact, you'll hear of people moving in, but rarely anyone who willingly leaves PJ for places like KL or Shah Alam.