Friday, January 18, 2008

New Tesco In Town

"put la 1 BBIIIGGGG picture of tesco..."
A request made last night by
my ex-boyfriend/ex-roommate/ex-classmate Zhen Hui
Here you are, a picture of the newly opened Tesco in Taiping.
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Sorry for the poor angle as I took the picture while I was waiting for the red traffic light inside the car.
This entry is specially dedicated to the other ekor of anak sejati Taiping (the first ekor is me, by the way), Chan Zhen Hui after he read my entry of the food I had when I was back in Malaysia last month. You may find yourself lost in between the lines at most of the parts of this entry as only the true anak sejati Taiping will know where are those places mentioned. You can still continue reading it, if you think my writing is worth reading. Afterall, you could improved your geography knowledge of Taiping at the end of this entry.
I never felt embarrassed to admit that I come from a small town of Taiping in the northern region of Malaysia. People may labelled it as some ulu place, undeveloped and still don't have Borders or MPH bookstores in the town. Nevertheless, we have Popular bookstore though; although the 24-hour mamak nasi kandar restaurant outside the bookstore is far more popular than the Popular bookstore itself.
Back to Zhen Hui's request, it made me recalled that there have been quite some changes when I was back home. Shopping wise, there have been a few newly opened shopping malls hypermarkets as in Tesco and Giant. Small supermarkets have since lost its popularity in favour of these bigger hypermarkets. That is why Fajar has decided to merge with The Store under the latter’s name. Anyway, Tesco is located at the old site of the demolished istana for the Raja Dihilir of Perak (I think) along Jalan Istana. So, it is neither at Kamunting nor behind you house, Zhen Hui. On the other hand, the boss of Giant must have something wrong with his mind, as they pick an area deep inside Aulong. That is why when I was there, I realized that the workers outnumbered the customers there. To make matter worse, it is just like any Giant outlets, having narrow lanes at every sections which make it really unconvenient when we shop there.
Tesco is definitely much better than Giant. It looks just like any other Tesco outlets elsewhere; the only difference is the word TAIPING printed on its huge signboard. I got to know that both Tesco and Giant opened its business at almost the same time, which clearly indicates that they were just trying to compete against each other. In return, this would be good news to us, the consumers. I was at The Store one day and there was a big cardboard at the entrance stating the price of some goods, along with the word Pesaing 1 and Pesaing 2 next to the prices. You should be able to guess easily who they were refering to those two Pesaing, right? It gave me a good laugh when I saw it.
I am not going to answer each and every question being thrown to me by anak sejati Taiping, but I think this entry has more or less given him a better view and what he should expect when he is back to Taiping. Anyway, I got the kueh bahulu the other day at some stalls set up within the compound of Tesco. There are other outlets in that area, including Secret Recipe. So, I don't think that this little town is that ulu anymore today. I just feel like quoting him another time before I end this rather boring entry.
"apa kesan ekonomi terhadap kedai kedai runcit yang hanya bermodalkan kepercayaan dan layanan ramah tamah terhadap pelanggan pelanggan setia???"

My answer would be:

"saya akan tetap melanggani kedai-kedai runcit tersebut sebab semasa membeli pisang, saya dapat tawar-tawar harga macam ini: "kasi kurang 20sen la, uncle. Boleh kah?" dekat tesco, ini tawar-tawar benda tarak ada punya..."
P/S: @ Zhen Hui: Saya berharap saya telah menjawab segala persoalan yang menyelubungi awak selama ini melalui pos ini =D

14 comments:

stevelee67 said...

i came from undeveloped perak city too...and till now we dont have tesco or even a nice decent looking mall :(

zhenhui said...

56 Lorong 26,
Taman Lake View,
34000 Taiping,
Perak,Malaysia
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Calvin Ong Kah Yee,
Pengerusi Kelab Anak Taiping di Tanah Bekas Penjajah,
Kousen Bukit Panjang,
Niigata ken,
Jepun.

18 Januari 2008

Tuan,
Kita Anak Taiping Hensem


yes!!!!!!i dont care..
i'm self proclaiming this!!!
kira u dedicating this post to me la...rite rite??

Segala kerjasama daripada pihak tuan kami terima dengan ucapan ribuan terima kasih.

"Taiping Untuk Semua :) "

Yang Moden Dan Muda,


................
(CHAN ZHEN HUI)
Setiausaha Kelab Anak Taiping Di Tanah Bekas Penjajah

calvin said...

@ stevelee67:
you are a perakian too? which part of perak?
anyway, no matter how small the town that you came from, always be proud of your hometown =)

calvin said...

@ zhen hui:

Calvin Ong Kah Yee,
Kousen Bukit Panjang,
Niigata ken,
Jepun.

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Chan Zhen Hui,
Setiausaha Kelab Anak Taiping Di Tanah Bekas Penjajah
Kousen Gunung Kaya,
Toyama ken,
Jepun.

18 Januari 2008.

Tuan,
Kita Anak Taiping Hensem

Yes, I memang dedicating this post to you.
Dan ya!! aku sokong seratus peratus berhubung perkara di atas.

Sekiranya terhadap sebarang kesulitan atau keraguan tentang perkara di atas, sila berhubung dengan saya kembali.

Sekian, terima kasih.

"Taiping Untuk Semua :) "

Yang Lebih Moden Dan Lebih Panjang,


...................
(CALVIN ONG KAH YEE)
Pengerusi Kelab Anak Taiping Di Tanah Bekas Penjajah

CRAPPED!! said...

Hidup melaka....hehe...
sorry, never been to perak before..

calvin said...

@ CRAPPED!!:
hidup all the states. kan senang?
i think you ought to pay a visit to perak one day. i can assure you that you will never regret =)

zhenhui said...

yaya...come taiping la...calvin has a car :)

calvin said...

@ zhen hui:
and zhen hui has a sampan. you can choose between the two =)

zhenhui said...

come taiping...we go panjat bukit :)
don wan go tesco..haha

calvin said...

@ zhen hui:
why are you now talking as if taiping is so ulu and only has bukit? but i also so sien with bukit already. one bukit panjang is already more than enough for me =D

Anonymous said...

not bad ... your bm is still as perfect as a students' sitting for SPM ... plus a dash of humorous powder XD hehe...

calvin said...

@ anonymous:
you wouldn't want to read my karangan these days. i can only conclude it in one word - it sucks. i guess it has been almost four years since i use any proper bahasa and that just says everything about the state of my bahasa at the moment.

anyway, i'm wondering who is this :)

zhenhui said...

"it sucks" is 2 words :)

calvin said...

@ zhen hui:
what i meant was a two-in-one word =P
anyway, that anonymous wasn't you, right?