Sunday, 26 March 2017

Week 12, 2017

School holidays this week.
  • If you have an IHOP craving, there's one opening in Bangkok next month. That said, I've never stepped foot in an IHOP. 
  • Trust white people to find/use nangka as a pulled pork substitute...? 
  • Not even one full week after getting the car back from the body shop (for whole car painting), it got rear ended when Mum was driving it. My mother seriously needs a flower bath to buang sial. AND I need to get the reverse sensor fixed as well. Oy vey. 
  • Less than a week to go to the Coldplay concert, yay!
  • Anyone got started on their Cheng Beng yet? 
  • Saw Tales from the Jamban at KLPAC on Friday night. 
  • Got a free tote bag from Starbucks on Saturday night. 
  • Redeemed the complimentary car tyre balancing on Saturday morning, but still had to pay for the alignment cos you really can't do one without the other... or can you?
  • Wah lau, Radiohead's OK Computer is 20 years old already... 😕

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Tales from the Jamban

From the people that brought you Tales from the Bedroom, this time it's Tales from the Jamban. As usual, it's a show comprising of 10 short plays, ranging from 10 - 15 minutes (tops?) each.
Following three consecutive years of our annual sold-out series, Tales from the Bedroom, Big Nose Productions returns with a new series – Tales from the Jamban!
The first instalment of the series, Tales from the Jamban features 10 short plays - Load of Faith, Dude I Can’t Pee, Tandas Haram, Best Friends Do Shit Together, Eau De Toilette, Oh Lord Why Me, J.A.M.B.A.N, Jenaka Apakah Ini, Wallflower & Brother Long.
Written by 10 playwrights, the stories cover disgusting toilet antics, rip-roaring scenarios, poignant moments and unconventional advice all wrapped up in one wacky package.
Got an early bird ticket for opening night as I wasn't sure how my weekend was gonna shape up.

This was in the lobby...

Getting in this time was also pretty civilised, in that people started lining up, which was unheard of (for me, anyway). Even though it was free seating, I still managed to get myself a front row seat because I didn't want an obstructed view. 

The erm, set.
What I didn't realise was that this year, someone I went to school with was in the cast; I only put two and two together later, when I got home. In my defense, we were never classmates or even friends to begin with (not even on FB, even with all the mutual friends). I suppose it was just as well that I went on Friday night; I'm not sure if I want to bump into those "mutual friends" on Saturday or Sunday...😕 Also, the tell was the mention of the old secondary school in one of the plays. 

If nothing else, the plays were mostly comedic in nature (Toilet humour is for all ages one; there's even a few minors in the audience who laughed). I can't imagine a really sad or dramatic short play set in a bathroom (that said, one of the plays could've ended in the other direction). 

Some were okay/funny, others fell flat for me. I'm glad the rest of the audience found them funny, but at the expense of others not being able to hear what they were saying after because they didn't pause for applause/laughter...? There were a couple of the plays I didn't get, which could be just me, or from the day's mental fatigue: like the one where it became a version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire but in a bathroom, and also the one where the tourist has to choose between 5 different "toilets"/deities (I get it's about religion, but still). 

I don't know if there's gonna be further instalments of Tales from the Jamban, but I wouldn't put it past them. I also wouldn't be surprised if Tales from the Kitchen was next, but it would be a bit the obvious, lor. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dealing with Scholl Malaysia

I bought a pair of Scholl sandals at one of their warehouse sales last year (for about RM150?) and less than a couple of weeks into wearing them, this happens..

No, I don't have a baby toe talon. And because I bought it at a warehouse sale, I wasn't expecting a refund or exchange, I just wanted to let them know that their QC kinda sucks. 

So I messaged them on Facebook about it last month and so the long conversation started. As per SOP, I was asked if I still had the receipt (I didn't, cos I didn't think I would need it), etc etc. I left out the part where I had kept them under the bed for months before finally wearing them. So they told me to return them and let them look into it. 

It involved me having to drop the shoes off at the Sunway Pyramid outlet, which was a little far for me, but fine. 

Some weeks later (yesterday), someone finally called me. Long story short, because I bought them at warehouse sale and not full retail price, refund or exchange is not possible, which I understood. I was offered a RM50 voucher (the catch is the RM200 minimum spend on regular priced items) and gave them a mailing address upon request which was a better alternative than me going back to Pyramid to just collect the voucher.  

So I bought another pair of the same design at the last warehouse sale in Taman Tun not too long ago and they're now RM80. A couple weeks later the glue came undone as I was wearing them and they were alligator flapping. So I had to find a cobbler toot suite to do this Frankenstein job to them... 

It's not like anyone actually looks at other people's feet, so whatever.
In conclusion: Not so confident about buying Scholls any more especially as whatever adhesive was used was clearly not meant for the way I wear and walk in them. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 11, 2017

  • Is the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast on or not? Wasn't planning on watching, so I can't say I'm invested one way or the other, but not surprised that the issue was blown out of proportion the way it has. It shouldn't be an issue if they changed the rating to PG because how many kids under 12 are gonna watch this without parental supervision in 2017? Just saying..  
  • Pi Day was on Tuesday. 
  • Jindow jeans are a thing now...?
  • Finally received the Nada Bottle I pledged on Kickstarter for almost a couple of years ago now... 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

First Impressions: MyTOWN Shopping Centre

Just as IPC is winding things down for its renovation exercise (the remaining shops have been having pre-renovation clearance sales for the last few weeks because it's just easier to get people to move product by buying than it is to pack and move everything out yourself), the mall that is next to the IKEA in Cheras opened this week: MyTOWN Shopping Centre. Not the catchiest name ever.

Because there was free parking for the next month since Thursday, opening promotions and what not, it's a good time as any to check the place out. 

For getting there on a Saturday afternoon, getting parking was pretty quick, with the RELA guys directing traffic. Though I think I would've gotten us there sooner (and cheaper) via Jln Tun Razak than the Waze directions. We had to drive all the way up to the roof for parking and the drive up is less stressful than it would be at Lot 10 because it was a two lane situation both ways. The road rage is real, even driving up the ramp to the parking lot, particularly if you're stuck behind a slow moving car. 

The mall is not fully occupied, maybe about half full? If you walk around, you might find little IKEA "pop ups" where they're selling snacks like chicken pie, curry puffs and drinks in the unoccupied spaces. 

As this mall is by the same management as IPC, some of the tenants might be familiar. And it's really a jump, hop, skip away from IKEA, so I got to go to the Cheras IKEA for the first time since it opened. Free parking with access to two different shopping experiences. And also reached my step goal of the day.

While you can't make calls or send texts, the mall wide Wi-Fi works a treat, so maybe VOIP call?

With Sunway Velocity just down the road, it's great for the people of Cheras. Me? Maybe not so much...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Puchong Mess

Happened to be in Puchong to check out another warehouse sale nearby and it was almost lunch time. Since this place got the Malay Mail bump a few weeks ago, things have been busier (if it wasn't before). It's also a weekday lunch only kind of place since the company doing this have weekend catering gigs and don't exactly do this full time. 

I don't know if they raised prices because of the Malay Mail bump or if it was just a coincidence.
As the place was the upstairs of a catering company and seating is limited, the line starts from downstairs. It's not a place you can linger too long; you literally just dine and dash. 

As everyone else in line either came in pairs or groups and yours truly was alone, I got a seat before some of the people in line in front of me. 

Admittedly, the place is a little chaotic. And you get to choose between white or "Indian" (parboiled) rice. There was also salted fish curry as an option the day I was there. If there was any fried bittergourd around, I didn't have any. 

It was fine, I guess, but not enough for me to drive and pay the toll to Puchong just because. Even if I was already in Puchong in passing or something...

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Week 10, 2017

  • Chatime will be back?
  • Speaking of bubble tea, when is Koi opening?
  • Wednesday was International Women's Day. I totally didn't know about the wearing red part until later in the day. Whoopsie?
  • I don't think it's a coincidence that after some more charges, Maybank announced that employees can get up to a year of maternity leave and career sabbaticals.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer first debuted on TV 20 years ago this week. 
  • Some kiasus beat me to the early bird tickets for the upcoming Mew gig in KL Live in May; I ended up paying presale price by the time I went to buy a ticket at The Curve... 😒