She ta-pau the big Pau!

Oho! So this is what the RM4.50 Big Big Pau
looks like. And its big. Bigger than the usual
Tai Pau. It was heated and re-heated twice
as I was too busy to eat it. But when I did...
Wow. But I wished it had more so that I can
just take it out and mix it with rice while the
empty dough can be filled fried rice.....ha ha

The Closing of The Outpost

Maybe it was too far away from the centre of The Galaxy. Maybe it was the work of the Economic Forces. Maybe, maybe. Nah.

After three years and five months, The Outpost will be no more come 31st March, 2010. Its like losing an old friend. But still, its sad, really. The Outpost was THE place to be in and THE place to be seen to be in by the PEOPLE. I was there almost every week when it opened but once I realised that one of the partner, Pol has sold off his shares, I was less than enthusiastic. And after I found out the blueberry freeze was pulled off the menu, it was the last straw. Nevermind if the SFTPMS had their activities there every Sunday. Nevermind if there were cosplay activities there. But not having a blueberry freeze is the main reason I stopped going there.

The last time I was there was months ago and with a new partner, they have opened a new store to cater for toys inside the Cinema. So the Cafe was more or less, well, just a cafe and nothing more. Speaking about the toy shop, there were many a time I wanted to help by buying from them but the stuff I wanted such as the Nerf Element EX-6 (which was a Toys r Us exclusive) was never there. Moreover, the fatty manning the shop was not that attentive. However, this time when I was there, they had the Nerf Longstrike which I wanted but let's see how next month's salary says. Then, its a decision either to help a friend (who don't even know who you are let alone knows you call him a friend) or getting more Toys r Us points......

On another note, I wanted to buy the already made 1/350 battle damaged NX-01 Enterprise but at RM439, its still too high. Never mind if its out of production and all but once its cut from sprues and painted, its not worth so much. Me? I wanted to to break it into pieces, stuff in the electronics and glue it back. Heh heh.

This will be the last scene of The Outpost.

Richard is labelling all the items for sale. Unfortunately,
the helmets, especially the Iron Man, is not for sale at
RM20.00 but the shelf. Oh, the SFTPMS were having
their AGM behind the curtains and a sneak peek in
there, the atmosphere is very grim. Its as if they're
looking for a fight or something. Ha ha ha ha.

Going to Ikea

This was a last minute thing, the Ikea trip, I mean. Although my Parents have planned it for more than a week (I think) they only told me about it last night. And so, being a dutiful son (*ahem*), I had to shelve my Sunday plans and arranged the departure time. Since Kristine had not finished her homework, she could not come. Moreover, since we're going in one car to get the shelves, it was not possible to carry so many people.

I hate going to Ikea/Ikano/The Curve after 12 in the afternoon. This is because by then, everyone would have woken up and thought about going there for lunch or doing some shopping. In other words, this translates to traffic jam. Although we were late by more than an hour, we arrived at about half-past twelve. And by then, Ikea's parking was already jammed. Luckily, the guards showed us some empty space which we took immediately. Yeah, we had lunch there and this would be my first time having meatballs in the new Ikea stall. The first time was in the late 90's when Ikea was still at 1-Utama.........

Finally, after some urging, I managed to
shoo a group of Malay girls who sat and
joked after finishing their meal. There
were a lot of other people needing tables
and although they're stared daggers, they
dug right in until I came along. After that,
it was time to get some food and Kaelynn
is wondering why it took so long.

One thing new (to me) was that everyone was using
some sort of trolley for their trays. Because of so
much people walking around, this trolley actually
reduces the incidents of spilled/dropped trays and
also, hand fatigue.

And so, the meatballs arrived. Dad ordered the
10 meatballs per plate and minutes into the
meal, Dad suspects that there is 'something'
missing about the meatball plate. I looked at it
and did not notice much but its weird they put
red hot sambal along with the gravy.

And so, with much relish, Kaelynn ate
her meatballs,

And drank her orange juice,

Halfway, I noticed that the red hot sambal
was actually red sweet strawberry jam!

Then Kaelynn continued with her french fries.
By this time, her mouth was so full, that she had
to vomit some out but, she kept eating.......,

And drinking,

And and eating, etc.

And even more eating.......

Finally, after five or so meatballs, it was
time to stop and she finished with a gulp
from her personal water bottle.

Finally, it was time to continue with our
journey and we found what we came for;
the Detolf shelves selling for RM179.00.

I was tempted to buy the lights once I realised
that they were not part of the package but for
RM69.00 per pair, I was not too enthusiastic.

Then, when I opened it up, it uses those hot
bulbs or something which is not a good idea.

Not sure if the hole is already in the wood but
if its not, I am not going to drill it out anyway

And so, its just the shelves and hey, now we know
what Dad was talking about! Its the missing patty!

Meanwhile, someone was busy with a set of
Ikea pencil and paper.........

And not only that, someone tried to
readjust back the clock after some
young slobbering kid messed it up.

You know, years later, I'll bet she's going to
grow up being somebody important. And it
has nothing to do with testing tables.......

Nearing the exit, I was a bit humbled at the
huge amount of stock. Its as if I had come
into the beginning of a big warehouse. OK,
so its been a looong time since I came to
Ikea and forgot about this exit. Where got
time to go to these places, hah?

Finally, we got these to the trolley and boy,
they weigh 42 kilos each. Which is a bit
difficult to carry since they're very long
and made of glass.