Monday, 14 August 2017

Faber Castell Malaysia Warehouse Sale

Checked out the Faber Castell Malaysia warehouse sale over the weekend with the sibling. I wasn't looking to get anything really, but just thought I would tag along to see the clusterfuck that was the sale on Sunday. (Couldn't go on Saturday; not a sale I would go myself)

Their version of "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here"

For the turnout, 9 cashier counters was NOT ENOUGH. Apparently some people were there for several hours on Saturday, most of which was spent lining up to pay. If it was me, I would rather leave empty handed. 

Some people brought their elderly parents and/or grandparents because after Saturday's mess, they added seperate lanes for seniors, pregnant ladies and the disabled and also an express lane (10 items or less, but no receipt will be issued, which is fine for personal use) for people not buying in bulk. Apparently a lot of people got their haul for free (and probably saved A LOT of money) late Saturday because they were closing and would probably take all night if they checked everyone out. At least, that's what I got from some of the Facebook comments about the event. 

In honesty, it probably took about an hour in line (well, for the sibling anyway; I was just standing under one of the giant fans trying not to get a heat headache). And yes, I saw one kid affected by the heat - passing out, feeling nauseous, etc. I don't know why these parents thought that bringing their kids to a warehouse sale was a good idea... 😒 I got him a can of 100-Plus before he passes out from the heat too. 

Prices were cheap, but not cheap enough to endure the heat and the clusterfuck of it all like that. A lot of people were getting the more than one of the UHU DIY kit (which didn't have the actual UHU product) for reasons beyond me. Yes they were RM3, but why lah buy so many...?

Luckily there was a Lipton booth on the grounds and got a cold cup of teh tarik on the way out. (It was samples for everyone, but if you liked a Facebook post, you get a proper cup of cold teh tarik)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Week 32, 2017

  • First there's the battle of the nasi lemak burger, now someone came up with the chicken rice burger. Oy vey.
  • Didn't know Dustin Hoffman is now an octogenerian.
  • They now have self checkout counters in my local IKEA.
  • Battled with heat exhaustion at the Faber Castell Malaysia warehouse sale. 
  • Got three of these.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pho King, SS2

Checked out Pho King in SS2 (thanks, Eat Drink KL!) for dinner one night cos there's only so much pasta I'm willing to cook and eat in the same week. It's a couple shops down from the corner coffee shop, the current name I can't recall but it's in the Kayu Nasi Kandar general area. Don't think you can miss it. 

As they've only opened (they were previously a stall) for less than a few months, there's probably still some kinks in the service department: we waited quite a bit for our food, which we didn't mind because we kinda spoiled our dinner. So hanger wasn't really an issue. 

Prices of the items are in the tens range. Because we were there for dinner, we went with the non-caffeinated drink options (lime soda and refillable jasmine tea). 

I went with basic beef pho, the sibling had the beef and chicken pho. For how long we waited, luckily the food was pretty good and edible, so no complaints. I probably don't mind going back to try other items on the menu. 

They also have a lunch promo, but only if you like non refillable jasmine tea. And banh mi sandwiches are currently a weekend thing. 

153, Jalan SS 2/6

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Week 31, 2017

Took a self-declared 5 day weekend because I felt like it.
  • Major house repainting and minor repairs for the last couple of weeks. Most of the facade painting was done by the family (I mean my mother's side of the family that's in PJ) contractor/handyperson, which took a while because he was doing it all by himself and he a bit the perfectionist one.
  • Saw Baby Driver over the self-declared long weekend. Not sure if I'll get around to watching Dunkirk or not.
  • Checked out History Con at MAEPS on Saturday.
  • @midnight finished it's run on it's 600th episode this week 😢
  • Ta Ta Towel is a nice idea... the price tag however, is a different matter.
  • Who asked for a Miami Vice reboot lah?
  • They started filming the third Johnny English movie.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

History Con Malaysia

I won tickets to History Con Malaysia happening at MAEPS Serdang, thanks to OBike Malaysia.

The only time I watch the History Channel was because the old bean wants to either watch Pawn Stars, Storage Wars or American Pickers. If I wanted to waste more time, I might watch Forged in Fire, but you know... 

After the usual two tolls from PJ, we got there to find out that there are two parking options: RM15 for "Premium Parking" but it's a shorter walk (not in the afternoon sun it is) 😒 or RM5 and it's further but you get to ride the MAEPS open air trams right up to the front and don't have to walk. 

Had to find the OBike kids outside to collect the tickets and was asked to show them the actual comment I left. After I gave the "do you know how long it's going to take me to find that...?" spiel, they just gave it to me anyway. 

There's a bunch of food trucks outside, so you won't starve or die of thirst. Saw a truck selling mushroom based items, even mushroom lekor, but wasn't hungry enough to try so I have no idea if it was any good or not. 

Anyway, made our way inside, and... there's a lot of booths and it's not just booths of certain History Channel shows (or even thematically related like the booths selling vintage items in reference to all the pawn shows) but also other event sponsors like erm, Benefit Cosmetics (they were having a sale on their old packaging items), Watsons, Pos Malaysia (go figure), etc. There's even a booth offering quick massages (there's also a massive Ogawa booth with all their massage chairs) there, but never got to try it since I'm not sure if non Muslimah can go for it or not...?  When we were there we did see Horny Mike and gang and Harith Iskander. 

Was too lazy to take pictures of everything, so here's pretty much all I took when I was there... 

Frankly, I don't know why Masterchef Australia is even involved in this erm, convention - that show is on Lifetime Asia...?
After wandering around, we got done in time to catch MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston's cooking demo. Apparently after every main stage event, there's a meet and greet but there was a quota that I didn't know about until I was asked about tokens. Took the hint and went home afters. 

While it was not a bad way to kill a couple of hours, but I don't know about paying at least RM20 for tickets. I mean there's definitely something for everyone: cars and other stereotypically male interests, as well as things ladies might ooh and ahh at, but still. Cheapest ticket was RM20 for one day and I'm not crazy enough to go all three days. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Baby Driver

Finally got to watch Baby Driver on a day off.

  • Must be nice to be able to get away to listening to music 24/7. 
  • Kevin Spacey as a mastermind criminal is really not much of a stretch for him. 
  • All the people in this movie - very hard to stay dead.

I like it fine, I guess. Great escape from the afternoon heat.

But would I watch it again? Probably not.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 30, 2017

  • Bruno Mars and James Blunt are performing in Malaysia next year. Guess who I'm more excited by. 
  • Had fun bitching about the past season of Masterchef Australia on Twitter, and congrats to the winner.
  • Been binge-listening to a new podcast, Part Time Genius, hosted by the co-founders of mental_floss magazine (which got bought by a publishing company some years ago, have since gone web only)...
  • You have to be really close to your bros if you think a "brosectomy" seems like a good bonding experience 😆
  • RIP, iPod nano and shuffle. I've gone through a few nanos over the years and had that one shuffle that looked like a pack of gum. 
  • Saw Atomic Blonde on Saturday. Not sure if I want to watch Dunkirk and/or Baby Driver...
  • After a whole load of noise, TPTB finally declared that Malaysians are exempted from paying the "tourism tax" and that foreign tourists will be charged RM10. Aiyah, RM10 is sap sap sui if you earn first world money lah...
  • I'm not sure how Iron Chef Showdown is gonna pan out, but I know I'll be watching. Allez cuisine!!!