Last Thursday, a huge event happened in Ipoh.
AEON (formerly known as Jusco) Station 18 has finally opened its doors to Ipoh citizen!
Everyone was excited. Including me.
You see, if you’re not Ipoh born citizen then you wouldn’t get the hype. You would think eh… it’s just a mall.. what’s so fricken great about it? What’s with all the excitement? Oh it’s more than just a mall. It’s a breathe of fresh air. A release from the cave that has captured and locked us out from civilization. No, I’m not over-exaggerating. For Ipoh people, we only had two major shopping malls – Jusco Kinta City & Ipoh Parade. Kinta City is more targeted towards ‘normal’ shoppers while Ipoh Parade is more towards lala’s, ah beng’s, mat rempits and emos (a.k.a stupid annoying teens that needs to be burned alive). Because of that, I rarely ever go to Ipoh Parade if it wasn’t for the cheap novelty store where I find all the cute stuff, starbucks, and huge Popular bookstore. The parking space is bullshit for Ipoh Parade.
So basically I have only 1 small shopping mall to go to. Jusco Kinta City was opened in 1997. Imagine that, over a decade of ONE SHOPPING PLACE ONLY. Then there’s Tesco hypermarket but you don’t call that shopping mall.. Giant hypermarket is way far at Tambun and again, not a shopping mall. New Giant has opened last March 8th at Bercham.. and they said the Tambun branch will be relocated there soon.. technically we still have one Giant and not two… Then you get the small ‘mini malls’ which I don’t ever go to.
So to get a new huge shopping malls is a big deal for us Ipoh citizen.. Ipoh has FINALLY opened the doors to other new investors. We have 2 Mydin (a huge one in Meru and small one in Manjoi) coming up. Ipoh has been growing rapidly over the past 2-3 years. We’ve started seeing more businesses coming in and lots of shoplots being built. No longer so boring. No longer so ‘sien’ as my friend would describe it. My first wish was to have Domino’s in Ipoh. My wish was granted in 2010. My second wish was to have a new McDonald’s drivethru that’s closer to my place. My wish was granted in November 2011.
Now a new mall. My 3rd wish has been granted.
The mall is large, the largest in Ipoh with 160 shops inside and 2000+ parking bays.
My friends and I have been wishing for certain restaurants to open here. Restaurants that we love that’s only available in KL. Domino’s was one. And OH EM GEE. All of my wishes came and would be coming true! I’ve been wishing for:
- Wendy’s Burger
- Papa John’s Pizza
- New Starbucks (we only have one at Ipoh Parade)
- Tako Tao
- Sakae Sushi
- Daiso (totally didn’t see this one coming at all!)
- New Shihlin Snacks outlet
It’s amazing and mind-boggling at the same time because I just did not expect what I’ve been wishing for since I got back in Ipoh in 2010 has all came true. It never crossed my mind that they would actually open here for real considering that Ipoh had been a very dead down with no progress at all. Didn’t know there was any demand either. Now if only there’s Cupcake Chic, Subway, Sephora and Cold Storage here, I’ll die happy here.
I wanted to go on opening day but I’ve been doing my work all night long so I was too sleepy to go. Maybe next week. Besides, was too crowded anyway. So to kill my curiosity I’ve been watching updates on facebook and twitter to see images that people posted and status updates to see what has opened there. It was more crowded at evening time I heard and because people didn’t want to leave somehow, they opened until 11.30 pm I heard.
NANDO’S! Boy was I so excited that I’d pee myself. My friend and I share the same passion in food so we’ve been wishing for Nando’s. Now it has finally opened here, I have a friend whom I can go with to Nando’s I didn’t have anyone to go with in KL because Nando’s is nothing but just one of the many restaurants in KL. There’s many other choices.
One of my most wished for restaurant My friend ( who is now in London) and I used to go to Sakae Sushi at The Curve a lot. And then the news came when they said it’s not ‘halal’.. halal in sense that they put alcohol in their sushi or sauce or something. THAT FREAKING SUCKS OK. Actually many non muslim misunderstood what ‘HALAL’ means. It doesn’t mean if there’s no pork then it’s halal… we have to consider alcohol too, the meat and things like that.
DAISO!! I totally did not expect this to open here at all! I mean.. DAISO! My all time favorite place to spend plenty of RM5 on… When I go to The Curve in KL I would definitely stop by here.. We have 100 yen shop here, but it’s small, and it’s not as popular as Daiso. There’s everything in Daiso, even stuff you don’t even think people would make is there.
I have not actually tried anything from Mister Donut yet. You know what? They should open Shimino Japanese Crepes… Oh my God it’ll be so good. I love Japanese crepes… they’re the best.
Tako Tao T_____T You’re finally in Ipoh. I’m so happy I could cry. I absolutely and ridiculously LOVE Tako Tao.. it’s the best takoyaki ever and it’s now in my city. I’m so overwhelmed.
I no longer need to go crazy when I go to KL to find all these foods just to satisfy my craving. I know I sound like a kid who just found candyland at the Wonka’s factory but being a food fanatic and lover, it’s definitely something great. I can’t wait for Papa John’s Pizza and Wendy’s to open this /June/July. Starbucks will open this May. And finally a new TGV will open too.. ahh now everybody won’t just flock to Kinta City’s TGV.
Overall, it’s a good start to changing what was once a very dead town. However, giving way for economic and population growth has its own bad side effects. Ipoh is now no longer the peaceful quiet town. The massive traffic jam everyday during peak hours is as bad as petaling jaya and considering majority of Ipoh roads are two small lanes, NOT a good sign. Ipoh is crowded now too with lots of new housing developments. But I guess it’s give and take. I don’t mind sacrificing peaceful life for development in Ipoh. It’s my hometown, and I’d love to see it grow like Penang.
As for AEON Station 18, I wish I could see more new business ventures. It’s AWESOME to see names like Nando’s, Papa John’s, Wendy’s, Daiso etc now but I’m hoping for more. But a lot of people complained that it’s nothing special – HELLO. Be thankful that it’s there. When Ipoh is a dead town you complain, when there’s new development you still complain. Give it a chance you unappreciative fucks.
Next up – Mydin located in Meru Raya & Manjoi will open in May 2012. More options to shop. The only problem is now is to make lots of money to spend
My order from MakeUpMania has arrived today!
They followed my instruction to put ‘FRAGILE‘ on it, which is good The box arrived in perfect condition. I was scared to order at first since this is my first time ordering from them but since they have the cheapest option for shipping, I decided to gamble and order anyway.
It was surprisingly fast! The shipping cost USD$9.99 using USPS First Class International Mail and shipped from Denver, Colorado. Now from all the orders I had with amazon.om, normal standard international shipping usually would take 2 weeks. So I didn’t expect this order would come in less than a week. I have been searching for a place to buy Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder for a long time. I’m running out of the powder so I’ve been desperate.
This powder, to me, is THE BEST setting powder ever. If you don’t know Ben Nye, it’s a brand that focus on special effects and theatrical makeup so of course when you perform under harsh lights, you would get all sweaty. The best thing about this setting powder is that it has antiperspirant. It protects your makeup from melting when you sweat! I have had makeups on for a whole day and before I found out about this powder, my makeup would melt and become cakey and shit. Since I have oily face, it gets worse. This powder helps my makeup to stay on without melting from the sweat. It’s the best thing ever.
And this little bottle of 1.75oz or 49gm lasted me 1 1/2 years! It only cost USD$4.
I was surprised when I opened the box. They wrapped my stuff in this zebra pattern paper. It’s SO CUTE. I love it.
Amazon.com should learn how to protect items from MakeUpMania! It had 2 bubble pockets so double protection, PLUS they wrapped my powder bottle with bubble wrap so A+ on protection.
Yay finally have my face powder. I’ve been worried that I couldn’t buy one in time before mine runs out. I also ordered 24 pieces sponge wedges. It’s hard to find this wedge here. All local supermarkets and even beauty stores would carry the normal square sponge. This one has soft texture too. Love it. Both arrived in perfect condition. Overall I’m very happy with MakeUpMania and my order. Will definitely order again from them provided that they’re still in business.
There’s a new online fashion shop in town!
This is a side project of my company, Creative Neko Studio.
Street Neko (http://www.street-neko.com) will focus on clothing, and might add any interesting and kawaii things in the future. It’s selling trendy clothes that you see mainly from Japan and Korea. I’m starting out small but I will expand soon. It took me a week+ to build this online store because I kept changing the cart system. I didn’t find the ones that I like, and ones that I like is in chinese language. This plan for this shop has been thought of for half a year already but just never had the chance to really execute it. I wanted to start with a simple blogshop only but yeah, decided to go more organized.
Please spread the word around & support Street Neko!
I don’t know how long this website can last, or this business, but I know I’m trying my very best right now. So if you love trendy Korean and Japanese fashion trend & kawaii things, do visit the website!
Now that’s done, I need to focus on other things now. I’ve been too busy for my own good. Bleh.
Yes I am.
I’m on the edge of bankruptcy. I’m not kidding. There’s nothing I can do in this city. If I was in KL, I’d have bigger and better opportunities to get a job that’s related to what I studied. I have loans to pay, bills to pay, personal expense to cover and I’m pulling my hair out right now. Why am I stuck in this city? Because I can’t afford KL lifestyle at the moment. Also, there’s NO WAY in hell that I’m going back living in that hell hole a.k.a my apartment.
I’m being pressured from every corner. My work, my mom, my ‘boss’, my colleague, my family, my own self… I just wish that I could disappear for a while. Sometimes I think that I’ve strayed too far from my life plan and made some bad choices .. especially leaving KL and leaving my passion. I don’t know. This is killing me. I just wish everybody would stop pressuring me, leave me be and let me do my own thing peacefully.
What’s even suckier is that I went into Amazon.com couple of days ago and saw majority of my DVDs that are in my wishlist are on SALE. Some are dirt cheap. And I can’t friggin afford them anymore! But I couldn’t let go two – CHARMED COMPLETE SERIES DVD which I’ve been wanting for SO LONG but it has always been so expensive.. It was on sale for USD$71.50 so technically each season cost about $9 only.. so that’s cheap. The second one is THE VAMPIRE DIARIES SEASON 2 BLURAY which cost $23.00.. FUCKING FINALLY. I have been keeping an eye for this set to go cheap and finally it’s cheap enough for me to buy! Right after I ordered them Charmed increased to almost $100 and Vampire Diaries increased to almost $51.00 at the time I’m writing this.
There were a lot more DVD that were cheap but I didn’t order them fast enough and the next few hours they increased in price This is so depressing but I did spend thousands on amazon for the past few months.. O_O;; Oh yeah here’s another deal. If you want some good deal, you can get dropdowndeals coupons and save more! I think now is a good time because it’s -
‘Tis the season to be jolly, falalala la la la laaaaaa….
Jolly my arse.. Gosh I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2011 already.. and I don’t think I’ve done anything productive this year…