Thursday, 30 October 2014

Harith Iskander: To Know Malaysia is to LAUGH MALAYSIA!

Scored a pair of free tickets from Nuffnang (thanks!) through an Instagram contest. (I submitted a Demetri Martin joke almost before the contest deadline, and wasn't expecting to win the tickets until I saw the Instagram DM). As usual, my problem was finding someone to go with who's available on a Wednesday night with less than 48 hours notice. Luckily a friend that was back for a short holiday had no plans last night. 

It took at least an hour to get to the stadium from PJ, with the usual crawl on the LDP. (I know there are other routes according to Waze and Google Maps, but wasn't confident that they were any less congested). After paying the RM2 entry/parking fee to the stadium, we found decent parking near Stadium Putra.

I was hoping that there were makan options once we got there (haven't had dinner, mah) and wasn't disappointed: Burger Junkyard, espressolab, Wheeloaf had booths and/or their trucks on site. There was also a Subway right outside the stadium, but the line was out the door. The line were also pretty slow moving at the Burger Junkyard booth (they're probably grilling to order), so ended up having pastries for dinner from the Wheeloaf truck, washing it all down with non caffeinated drinks (coffee or chocolate) from espressolab. But not before finding the Nuffnangers on duty to collect tickets - so kesian they all, had to stand cos got no table or chair, haha. Just as well, if sitting was going to kill us all at some point. 

Our seats was the midrange tickets (RM128), so we had a pretty decent view of the stage, never mind that you would be relying on the screens cos you can't make out anyone on stage, but at least they weren't the higher, nosebleed seats. Was seated next to a man with his fidgety young son (?). While waiting, of course they played all the show "trailers" and it only finally started around 9.20 p.m., which was a damn long wait even by Malaysian standards. There were about 8,100 people (out of 9,000) in attendance.



Adibah Noor came on as host, to fluff the audience and to introduce Dr Jason. His set I've heard before, but still laughed. Dr Jason then brought on Papa CJ, who's set I've also heard before, but still laughed. They each did about 15, 20 minutes. Then Harith came on and did about an hour long set, some of the bits I've heard before (bits about his family, the semi-disastrous Commonwealth Games hosting gig, etc). My question as to why there was a live band was answered in Harith's set. Got music and visuals. Was a little too tired to be really into it.

Took about half the time getting home, even after stumbling a little at the road work detour along the Bukit Jalil highway. 

All in all, the show was okay, but there was no way I would've paid to watch this even if proceeds are going to charity. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Week 43, 2014

Rain, rain.
  • Caught up on some reading.
  • Mid-week public holiday that was Diwali. 
  • Checked out Quill City Mall.
  • Maal Hijrah on Saturday.
  • Finally figured out how to post Instagram posts to own FB Page and not personal timeline. 
  • My Shopbop order arrived on Friday, yay!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

First Impressions: Quill City Mall

Because it was a mid week public holiday (Diwali), I finally found some time to go poke around Quill City Mall, located on Jalan Sultan Ismail. It's located down the road from Tune Hotel and there's a monorail station right outside. 

Parking is a little narrow if you're driving a non-compact car. No Fast and Furious crazy stunts allowed here. RM3 for first 2 hours is not that cheap, but it can be waived if you're an AEON cardholder (free parking even if you didn't buy anything at AEON, as I found out). 


For a mall that's just opened, I'm glad that it wasn't dusty and reeking of plaster and paint. As for the occupancy, about 1/3 of the shops are up and running, especially AEON (first downtown one). H&M is also open and the second outlet to sell their HOME line. 

The AEON here is pretty posh compared to the ones you find in the 'burbs - it's like elements from Parkson, Isetan and the rest combined into this space. 

Long story short: Unless you stay or work in the area, there's no reason to visit just yet. At least, not until the rest of the shops are up and running. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pseudo-review: HiShop.my

Been getting the emails from the current iteration of HiShop.my for quite some time now, but have never bitten the bullet or tempted to buy anything for the longest time (even though I had 100 store points just sitting there, because it's only worth RM1 IRL) until the recent MYCyberSale, where you get 10x points on purchases and what not. 

Had my eye on a couple of things, so I got those (to get "free" delivery) and the delivery took awhile (several days longer than possible), probably due to the public holidays and (perhaps?) the order overload they're probably getting from the sale. So my feelings on their delivery speed is just... meh. 

My order came in their signature pink box, and the items within are in good order (still in heat sealed plastic, etc). So no complaints there. 

If I had bought these items at a discount, perhaps I don't have the right to complain about the delivery speed; but these were full priced items.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Week 42, 2014

More haze, more rain. Such is life, but like that's gonna stop anyone.
  • Got the Sephora Black Card in the mail this week. 
  • Am about S$100 richer than I thought. 
  • Got my MOO minicards this week.
  • Got myself a ticket to the upcoming Mogwai show in late November. 
  • Diwali is now on the 22nd (Wednesday) and not on the 23rd (Thursday) as previously thought.
  • I found out this weekend that there's a carpooling app called Tripda, which is finally making its presence in Malaysia. Snag is (for some people) that you need to have a Facebook account to sign up for it. There's also a ladies only option if you're a lady driver looking for lady passengers or ladies looking to ride with other ladies.
  • Attended a friend's THIRD full moon celebration at their new place in the middle of Puchong. 
  • Cough mostly gone, unless I'm under stress or outdoors. 
  • Thinking of changing telcos. Only trouble of changing it is having to redo the TAC stuff with the banks.... 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week 41, 2014

Damn haze. On the plus side, a lot less snot to deal with now. 4 day work week too, so big whoop.

  • Tried the Oressence body treatment on Monday. Once is enough, I think. 
  • Had to drive to Bentong, but sadly on the day the ice cream shop was closed. 
  • Would love to see (and pay RM, frankly because while I don't mind buying online, but the shipping to KL is just way too much) for this Singaporean comic artist's book, Eva, Kopi, and Matcha, but according to her the Malaysian bookstores (even Popular Malaysia, the shame!) are not confident that her books would do well here. Prove. Them. Wrong. Write, call and bug the heck out of your local bookstores (MPH, Popular and/or Kinokuniya) until they do. 
  • Still trying to get the hang of remembering to watch the new episodes of The Amazing Race on Saturday instead of Monday evenings. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Decléor Oressence Treatment, Tangs 1U [Groupon MY]

Redeemed this recent Groupon over the long weekend because I figured better sooner than later in securing appointments. I was pretty much the first appointment of the day. 

I've walked past this counter from outside numerous times, but I didn't know they do the (face and/or body) treatments in the space behind the counter in Tangs, which was pretty spacious.
ORESSENCE is the ultimate body treatment with a made to measure approach, working on the body’s 3 vital energy flows - cell, muscle and peace of mind. Featuring a unique combination of Essentials Oils and plant oils blended to meet the client’s needs, ORESSENCE includes a full aromatherapy body massage using an incredibly effective elixir of plant oils rich in Omega 6 & 9 and Vitamin E and the use of Hickory Wood which promotes deep relaxation, stimulation and circulation. 
The actual treatment is only 60 minutes long, so the extra 20 minutes mentioned in the deal copy is for the "consultation" portion which included filling out a couple of forms, including one that asks about your lifestyle so that they could blend the right oils for your ailments. 

Found out (the hard way) that if you're ill or on your period, they technically are not supposed to let you proceed with the treatment. I tried my best to explain my post nasal drip related cough and how my period came (really) that morning, but proceeded because I was already there and all that.. and it would mean that I would have to reschedule on a weekend, etc. 

Was brought to a (relatively) spacious room by Cadence (I'm going with usual spelling). It is technically a detox massage, which means for people with crappy pain tolerance, there is going to be some discomfort and not terribly relaxing at all. Application of the hickory sticks was used to great effect, some of the sensation akin to guasha and also acupressure.

I probably would not have paid the full RM178 price to try this out, but at least now I know.