Monday, 22 May 2017

Spotlight store opening, MyTOWN Cheras

Dragged the sibling back to MyTOWN because the Spotlight store there is having their grand opening. By the time we got there, the free pillows were gone, but we did get these souvenir koala bears when we walked in. 

One of the door buster promos is the RM10 bed pillows that people seem to be buying in bulk; I get that they're cheap, but unless you run some BnB or plan on reselling, where can you keep them...? 

I also wanted to use the coupon I got in the mail and I wasn't sure if I could make it to Ampang before it expired. Used it to get another stain remover and because the place was having a grand clearance, a rubber stamp cleaner that's 30% off. Can't complain lah

Solved the parking fee problem by just buying a RM1.50 shopping bag at IKEA. Now I know you can get the parking rebate there too.

Also didn't stay too long because mum was making nasi lemak for lunch, so... 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 20, 2017

Weather is back to being hot as balls, so if you work in an icebox of an office... be grateful? However, sinuses still acting up and the post nasal drip is still happening.

  • Dunno whether to laugh or not that Malindo is changing its name to Batik Air later in the year.
  • A whole bunch of shows got cancelled... to also make room for new shows in the fall. Fortunately most of the ones I watch got renewed, so I can't complain. 
  • Pre-election road resurfacing works happening in the neighbourhood. I wouldn't mind if they did it when there were fewer cars during the day, but coming back to unfinished and unpaved roads is mildly annoying, to say the least. 
  • Do we really need sequels to Johnny English and Mamma Mia?! 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Week 19, 2017 - Mother's Day

Whether you celebrate or not, it's Mother's Day in some countries. Mine spent her morning supervising the installation of the new A/C unit (the compressor on the old one's busted, but it was probably cheaper to buy and install a new one than to fix), before going to get groceries in the afternoon. Luckily there's new AC in place or else it's gonna be sticky AF now. Also, the guy who installed it also took away the old one (presumably to fix and resell), so no worries about disposing the old one. 
  • Saw Mew on Wednesday night. 
  • Wednesday was Wesak.
  • Apparently the state has a neutering/spaying subsidy for pets and stray cats and dogs. 
  • Kinda glad that Scandal is ending after a 7th season. 
  • In "old shows getting revived" news: apparently Dynasty is next. Eh seriously, they should also consider reviving Airwolf lah... 
  • If anyone has a wall of Krispy Kremes at their wedding, I would happily pay for the angpau :P

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mew - Visuals Tour, KL Live

Mew is back in town to promote their latest album, Visuals.

Couldn't get an early bird ticket (who knew the tickets so laku one?), so ended up with a presale priced ticket. My only complaint was that this time they had TWO opening acts. One opening act is already quite the time suck because they need time to set up and break down the equipment, let alone TWO. With this in mind, I decided to just go a little later. Even when I got there around 8 something, the second opening act was still playing, so I waited a while before finally going in because there was a no re-entry rule in place. 

The security was also pretty stringent, depending on who you pick to frisk you/search your bag: one lady didn't even let eyedrops and gum through. Went with a pakcik who wasn't about to raba me, but he did look through my bag. Luckily my S'well bottle past muster (probably because it wasn't a plastic disposable bottle and we both figured I wasn't gonna throw it willy nilly) so I saved some money on drinks inside (which was price gougingly expensive: regular Tiger was RM20 a CAN, Radler RM15 and even Coke was RM8).

I also scoped out the merch table and it was slim pickings.

I don't know who's bright idea it was to allow smoking INSIDE; it was so smoky it was literally like the song "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". I only survived without a major headache and dry eye because I wasn't in there the entire time. 

They only came on stage around 10 p.m. and finished before midnight.

Mew Setlist KL Live, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017
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Random observations:
  • One of the roadies looked a lot like Matthew Gray Gubler of Criminal Minds, hahahaha....
  • I saw one guy who had the cojones to wear a Shania Twain tour t shirt. 👏👏👏
  • The setlist and guitar pick collectors were on standby after the show, begging MGG and other roadies to toss either one of those items their way. (One of the picks was already tossed during the second encore). Thankfully I managed to take a pic of the setlist from one guy who got it from the control booth (so it had lighting instructions), who was afraid I was gonna ask for one and looked relieved when I said I only wanted a picture of it. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Week 18, 2017

Shorter work week, but still. Kinda glad Wednesday's a holiday but until recently did not realise it's the same day as the Mew gig in KL Live. 

  • Saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Wednesday.
  • Checked out the KL International Book Fair and (finally) Sunway Putra Mall on Monday.
  • Radiohead announced the 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer (which I don't hate) called OKNOTOK, which will be remastered and featuring a few songs that were supposed to be on there first time round but wasn't. 
  • So the Melaka government wants to keep Melaka instead of Malacca. Erm, duly noted? 
  • Finally the L'Oreal warehouse sale (the one that matters - the lux division) is near enough to me that I could go twice in one day... 
  • Urbanscapes has started again.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Sucked it up and paid RM8.50 to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Tropicana City Mall. The ticketing counters there are now closed and all ticket sales have moved to the concession counters. But you have to admit, it's pretty shrewd on their part cos they can also push the snacks when you buy your movie ticket. 

I was more upset that the movie tickets are now printed on motherfucking thermal paper. WTF betul.
  • De-aged Kurt Russell in the flashback is about as creepy looking as de-aged Michael Douglas in the Ant-Man movie. 
  • I know Baby Groot is just a merchandising cash grab opportunity, but still funny. I wonder how much was Vin Diesel paid to say "I am Groot" with "different inflections". 
  • That said, Bradley Cooper totally earned his paycheque as Rocket 😜
  • Sean Gunn has a bigger role and you see more of him than he was in the last movie. I don't know how he's the Rocket stand-in. 
  • You can clearly see Michelle Yeoh, even though she was only in the movie for maybe 2 minutes top and only in the last 15 minutes. 
  • Almost died laughing when I saw that Quill now has a Zune with THREE HUNDRED SONGS. I hope he gets a first-gen iPod or something in the next movie. But that would require having iTunes...? Or at least Winamp 😂
  • Same question remains: How the heck is he powering those Earth devices out in space if Earth batteries aren't a thing?

Thought it was fine and funny when it was funny, but still a tad long, I felt. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

KL International Book Fair

Because it was Labour Day, I decided to check out the KL International Book Fair, which is back in PWTC this year. By the time (after lunch) I got there it was pouring outside, and I found out the hard way that the bus station (Hentian Putra) is being torn down and all other neighbouring parking options aren't there. So me and many other cars ended up parking in Sunway Putra Mall (fka The Mall). 

You know the parking situation is shit when these are plastered everywhere... 

Luckily I got a legit parking spot in the end, so I didn't have to disengage the hand brake and gear. 

I think I was at the bookfair for about an hour tops? 80 (if not 90%) of the booths there were all local publishers that put out either Malay or religious titles or both, so I got bored pretty quickly. I found the one hall that was quiet because they were foreign university textbook publishers in there. 

I hadn't been back since The Mall became Sunway Putra Mall, so it's been years. Luckily for me, there are less cekik darah malls closer to home so not going back to Sunway Putra Mall any time too soon, hopefully.