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.  

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Week 40, 2014 - Selamat Hari Raya... again

Another religious holiday, another 3 day weekend. Salam Aidiladha to whoever's celebrating and have a great weekend to everyone else. 
  • After a second week of post nasal drip and a week of coughing like a crazy person, I finally gave up and saw the doctor again in so many months. Good news was that I'm not getting bronchitis, but got prescribed a bronchodilator because I was having a little trouble breathing with stuff in the lungs, etc.
  • Monday was International Coffee Day. Didn't really partake, but I did get a free box of Wonda coffee and some sweet butter cookies thanks to MyTeksi :)
  • Backed my first Kickstarter project after being signed up for some time - the new Ostrich pillow product. Got myself the early bird pillows at $20 - whee!
  • Speaking of Ostrich Pillows, there's finally a local (Malaysian) distributor for the Original Ostrich Pillow and the Ostrich Pillow Light. Check them out here
  • Besides that, have been in the Kickstarter rabbit hole, checking out the popular projects and trying my luck in early bird backing :P
  • UberX option no longer available in the app :(

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week 39, 2014

There's some rain, which is good. However, am going into a second week of postnasal drip, which I'm not sure the cause of (weather or allergens). 
  • Caught Joanne Kam's recent show, Super Kam 2: The Second Kam-ming on Friday. I never said it was a family friendly show. 
  • Malaysian gahmen is attempting to cash in on the Cyber Monday thing by having the inaugural MYCyberSale on Monday, which supposedly features most of the local online stores and then some. I'd be surprised if the whole site doesn't crash or something. Delivery is also being handled by Poslaju, which is not without its pros and cons. 
  • Another long weekend with Hari Raya Haji next Sunday.