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9:32PM

New Look Pertama Complex

The main entrance to Pertama Complex had been under constant renovations for the last couple of years. That made access to the shopping mall rather inconvenient, putting off people planning to go in.

Yesterday, on my way to Kandaqstan launch, it seemed that the renovations were completed. I felt compelled to enter the building and have a look.

The central foyer by the main entrance appeared brighter and more openThe back lane remains the sameThe main change I saw was to main lobby. The facade was ageing before, not been given a new coat of paint. I also though that the lighting had been changed, the whole area looked more cheerful. Deep down, it remained the same old Pertama Complex. The old leather shops were still there on the upper floors.

I also made my way to once-mighty Foto Selangor. It had definitely seen its best day. Half of the shop now stored electronic goods rather than camera. Sad really. I supposed that was what the digital photography revolution did to the old brick and mortar photo shops. And they were only mainly selling consumer-grade cameras there now ... Had to look elsewhere if you want those fancy lenses.

There were more activities at the back rather than the frontThe once-mighty Foto Selangor looked to have downsized big time ...I remembered that there were I plenty of food stalls back in the days. They seemed to be missing now. Maybe the renovations had phased them out. I guess, in years to come, old malls such as this and Campbell would start to diminish a la Ampang Park, Sungai Wang Plaza and Yow Chuan. Unless these places managed to reinvent themselves to sell niche items to cater for a specific demographic of consumers. Leather goods maybe?

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8:40AM

Kandaqstan

I'll give that 3 bendi! Or words to that effect!

Yesterday, I attended a book launch by a certain Jahabar Sadiq, somebody who's writing I had admired from afar for quite some time. It was great to meet the man himself albeit briefly.

He wrote a book on his appreciation of nasi kandar, traveling from Penang to KL to sample them all and give his review. Rather than stars, each venue were given scores in terms of bendi. You'll catch the flow when you read the books.

The launch was at Coliseum Café at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. A fitting venue if not for the errand Facebook directions. I was sent to a different part of Chow Kit upon parking my car at Maju Junction. Should've followed my instinct than the online directions.

Ini kari lah!The launch was scheduled for 4 pm with lunch from 3 at a nearby Ibramsha Nasi Kandar - appropriate plan. Unfortunately it was 4.30 when I finally made it to the door of the café and missed all the talks and speeches. Luckily I managed to grab the very last copy of the book and managed to get the man himself to autograft it. The extra 2 km walk was well worth it ...

Looking forward to read the book and try a few of the venues. I am familiar with some of them - Kudu bin Abdul which was my late Father's favourite came to mind. So, let the nasi kandar hunt begin ...

I am sure Kandaqstan would be available at many good book stores - and some not so good ones - around town. Do try to check it out ...

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8:13AM

Xmas is Near

For the last few years, the Xmas decorations at Pavilion had been the benchmark for all the other shopping malls in KL. So, when I was there a couple of weekends ago, it wasn't a surprise that the main foyer had been cleared away for the Xmas treats to be reacted.


The area was still restricted when I was there. Maybe by this week, we could go in. Let's see what is in store this year ...

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1:25PM

The Clan Meetup

It was not often that I have family gatherings, not like others who I saw in Facebook. I tended to see these faces during weddings and funerals. It was kind of sad. Why not have a meet up some other times?

Then came my late Father’s cousin, Mamu Mohzani - who was doing this almost yearly - who decided to make it a occasion. It happened to be his birthday recently - and that was as good an excuse as any. His late Father - my Grand-Uncle - was the de facto leader of the pack when he was alive. And it was only right that he carried on the tradition.

The meet up was held last weekend at Double Tree in town. At least 60 of my family members turned up. I brought along Anita, my Mum and Sister, Julia.

A great occasion. Great food. Great company. And then Mamu Mohzani brought out his Father’s old diary and writings. Wow! Those were really something. One of the entry was on the day my Grandfather died. He described in detail how sombre the occasion was, complete with the names of those who were present. He mentioned that I was with my late Father at the foot of the tomb. I was only 10 then. I was sure that if the Internet was around then, he would have had a blog ....

We had a nice lunch and people were still having a laugh when I took my Mum home. It would be great if this were to be a yearly occasion. And I could see myself being one of the host in the future ....

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6:55PM

Deepavali at the Malls

Last weekend, I had the chance to hit the town for a quick walk. It was the weekend after Deepavali and the decorations were still up. It had been a while since I had the chance to go out with my camera and explore.

I was lucky enough to be able to stop at both Suria KLCC and later Pavilion and I just could not resist the chance. It was just too good ....

The one at Suria featured a couple of giant peacocks in the middle of the main foyer. With their long tails and shimmering lights of the main atria, the colours were just great.

The decorations at Pavilion was slightly different. It was more traditional with large kolam filling up the main floor. The other day, they had a dance troupe doing their merry dance there. Quite a spectacle ...

I wished that I had time to explore Nu Sentral which is located right in the heart of Brickfields ....

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