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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I think one of the problems that I encountered was the lacked of road signs that direct me to this place. I made a wrong exit and thus I had to make a big turn to get to the correct one. The directions provided on their website didn't help much either. You know how girls are really bad with directions?!!
But this website gives a better direction. I've copied the direction to take if you're coming from KL. If you want other directions, you can click on that website.
From Kuala Lumpur via Plus North-South Highway:
Exit the interchange to Nusajaya/Pontian/Tanjung Pelepas/Tuas (Exit253) in the direction to Singapore 2nd link.
Take the next exit to Senai Airport/Ulu Tiram (Route E 304). Please be careful not to take the Tanjung Pelepas/Tuas direction. In case you do, then proceed until you reach the Lima Kedai Toll. Do not enter the toll but instead make a U-turn to your right and go until you see the Senai Airport exit. Proceed from there and you will see the Johor Premium Outlets after 600 meters.
Alternatively, you can exit 252 Kulaijaya/Kota Tinggi (this exit comes before the exit 253 described before). Proceed to Kulaijaya from there, and go until you see the IOI Mall/Indahpura interchange. Proceed to Indahpura Jaya on your right and then go straight until you meet the second roundabout. Take the 9 O'clock turn and proceed straight until you see the Johor Premium Outlet. However, this route into Kulaijaya town is often congested and you are advised to take Exit 253 (as described before), which is faster and without traffic congestion.
There wasn't much food choices available. However, there's a food court if you want affordable food because the rest are pretty much expensive. There's a Coffee Bean, Absolute Thai, Taang Shifu, George & Dragon and Kampachi.
As for store listings, you can check out the whole list here. There are a few brands that has all the crowds such as Coach, Burberry and Padini Outlet Store. I've visited the Coach boutique and the discounts are up to 30% of the normal retail price but most of the designs are of the past season and those on the 50% discount racks are bags that I won't buy due to the funky designs. Salvatore Ferragamo didn't give a good discount and so does the other big brands.
The Zegna and Armani outlets do sell some haut couture dresses and also very nice jackets but the price tags are heart-stopping at RM10k and above. Even if they offer a 50% to 70% discount, the clothes are still at a four figure price tag. Those prices are definitely beyond my means.
There are some interesting brands that we don't see often like the Oroton and also Michael Kors. I also visited the Samsonite and Tumi outlets. They do have some really good bargain luggages but I felt that the bags on offer are too few in designs and sometimes you get a better price at the outlets downtown. My sis bought a bag from Pedro at normal price due to new arrival stocks and I checked the price of the same bag at the outlet in 1Utama and to my surprise, even the outlet downtown gives a 15% discount for the same item.
If you're looking for Ralph Lauren Polo T-Shirts, they are priced at RM230-300+ which I think it's not a good deal. I can easily get that at lower prices elsewhere when I travel.
However, if you like good bargains, the Padini Outlet Stores do have very good discounts on clothes, shoes and accessories as well as Cotton On which is located on the 1st floor. I found some good bargains on clothes at Guess too. I was disappointed with Shanghai Tang as their outlet was so small and the offerings were even smaller. It took me 5 minutes to browse through everything in the shop!
I think the most you'll spend about 2-3 hours here including a meal. It didn't give me a full shopping experience as I felt that somehow, something is lacking. There isn't enough shops and the bargains weren't that attractive too. I might have to think twice coming back here again unless they have expanded with more labels and varieties.
Jalan Premium Outlets
Indahpura 81000 Kulaijaya, Johor Darul Takzim
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Friday, October 07, 2011
It's good to see 1Utama has been revamped where the old wing has been renovated and more new shops are emerging. The old wing now should be called the NEW wing! Haha.. now I'm confused. Anyways, I was here at Lavender bakery a month ago and was tempted with their beautiful display of bread and cakes. I bought a few to try and managed to spot the restaurant inside the bakery and I vow to return.
L.Table is the food & beverage section of Lavender where the name simply means "Lavender Table" and not meant to be pronounced in French. What I liked about this place is that the deco is very chic, modern and spacious. It spots an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work and its menu is western/continental with a few dishes on the local delights.
While waiting for my food to be served, I asked the staff if I got get some bread from the bakery section and then have it at the table and they allowed it. It's nice of them to allow us to do so. I wanted to try the charcoal doughnut which I shared it with mom. It's something special because we don't get to eat "black" breads that often! haha...
Feeling generous, I ordered a whole bottle of Prosecco for both of us instead of just a glass. One glass is at RM25 but the whole bottle is just RM125. Of course I could finish a bottle! I think the waiter was quite shocked when I told him I want to get the whole bottle. He asked "What's the occasion?" I said, "shopping is an ocassion!"
For starters, there's a choice of soups and salads. I ordered their recommended seafood tomato soup with puff pastry (RM18). I love the puff pastry as it was very fluffy. The puff pastry absorbs the tomato soup well and both of these compliment each other. Though there's not much seafood in my soup, it's still acceptable to me. There's nothing extradionary about the taste of the soup but what I liked best is the pairing with the puff pastry.
We really wanted to try the Portobello Mushroom Burger but sadly it's not available that day. I was really disappointed. Mom had the Ham & Cheese Ciabatta (RM18) where it comes with some salad and a bowl of french fries. I felt that the fries were a little to thin. I would have been more satisfied if they used the thick cut fries rather than these McD-sized ones.
I have fond memories of the Lavender outlet in Johor Bahru which serves food when my aunt brought me there for the very first time donkey years ago. At that time, she strongly recommend me to try its chicken rice which was supposed to be one of the best around. This time, I came back and try the Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM18) again to see if it's any good.
To be honest, I was not disappointed. The rice was well cooked and fragrant. You could see the quality of rice here differs from the RM5 chicken rice out there. The chicken is also tender but it's not as good as the ones I had at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore or the ones at Chatterbox in Meritus Mandarin. The sauces is very important and they do serve a good chilli sauce with ginger and also the black soya sauce.
Overall, I'm quite satisfied and the price tag is quite reasonable for once-in-a-while chicken rice cravings. It went pretty well with glass of prosecco. Who would have guessed that prosecco could be paired with chicken rice? Hmm...
I think the prices here are pretty reasonable. They have some really interesting pasta dishes such as the Black truffle tagliatelle (RM35), Pappardelle with duck stroganoff (RM22) and also a Miso black cod (RM40++). They also serve Moet & Chandon if you want something more luxurious and also a few wine labels by glasses and bottles. Price starts from RM22 a glass. The set up is very spacious and you won't feel like you're eaves dropping on others' conversations. A pretty good place to hang out with reasonable prices.
After a hearty meal, it's time to go home.
Monday, October 04, 2010
As you walked in, a big bowl of M&M's, lollipops and candies is ever ready to greet you. I told them that they did a good job in getting those M&M's!!! Pauline said it was meant for the kids while they wait for their mommy to try the shoes... hmmm... how thoughtful.
This shoe boutique is started by Pauline whom one day returned from London to find our market lacking in chick and high quality shoes. Together with her sister Celine (I love Celine bags!), they both decided to bring in multi-brand of Brazilian made shoes. The brands that Shoeville carries are Satryani, Via Uno, Raphaella Booz and Biondini. Satriyani and Biondini are handmade shoes while Via Uno and Raphaella Booz are more like the average everyday shoes.
According to them, these shoes are brought in limited quantities and that's what makes them special. The chances of you running into another person wearing the same pair would be unlikely!
They had a closed door event last week for the bloggers. We were introduced to the boutique and also the Brazilian shoe collection. After that, we were served some sweet wine and sandwiches from Subway. KY & Haze were the only ones I know apart from Nuffnangers like Jestina & Pinky.
One of the activities include picking up your favourite shoe and tell the crowd what you liked most about the shoes you've picked. I had no problem with that because I was eyeing this particular pair from the start!
And so, I was one of the 3 to walk away with a RM400 voucher. No prize for guessing which pair I bought with the voucher.
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285 Jalan Maarof,
Bukit Bandar Raya,
Tel: +603 2093 8003
Saturday, August 21, 2010
But my perception towards a quality pair of slippers changed tremendously after my trip to Australia last year. I had to walk a lot in Sydney and there was this time which I couldn't go on anymore with the shoe I was wearing and conveniently enough, there was this Gisele Bundchen Ipanema slippers at the store and I decided to get one. I've never thought I would spend AUD$30 on a pair of slippers! But to my surprise, it was just so comfortable and it's different from the RM10 slippers. From that moment, I realised that the price correlates to the quality!
I tried a number of pairs and designs. I particularly like their wedges range and at least it doesn't look very "Crocs". There was this pair of Hanalei (Blue and Beige sandal) that I wanted but they do not have my size *disappointed* and so I settled for a black pair which I could wear it for work. Then, I fell in love with the Havana in white too and decided to grab it as well.
There are still a number of others that is very nice and comfy such as Melbourne and Lydia which I think I'll get it the next time as the finances is not looking very healthy.
My cousins are all Crocs users and now finally I got converted. What I liked about these shoes is that no one could tell that these are Crocs because it doesn't look that "rubbery or plasticky". I'll be putting the shoes to a test and see if they are more comfortable than my other more expensive branded wedges and to see if anyone realise that these are from Crocs! There will be lots of walking in Langkawi next week and I'll see if they can stand up to the test! hehe....
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Since we were trying to maximise the hours that we had, we stopped by at Food Opera for lunch when we were shopping in Ion Orchard. It's located at Basement 4 where it's under the same management as Food Republic. This place here offers 22 stalls and 4 mini restaurants with tasteful interior design and captivating art pieces. It's a feast for the eyes!
There's only a few hawker dishes I would eat in Singapore which makes my meal choices easier and Chicken Rice is definitely one of them! So, no prize for guessing what I ordered in Food Opera. I gotta at least try their chicken rice once right?
I felt that for SGD$5, the portion is a tad too small and there's hardly more than 6pcs of chicken and it's actually a very small portion. The chicken no doubt is smooth, but not as smooth as the one I had at Tian Tian Chicken Rice in Maxwell Foodcourt. I think I will use Tian Tian as the benchmark and see if there's any other chicken rice better than that. I think in any stall in Singapore you go to, you'll get 3 types of sauces - chilli, ginger and thick black soya sauce. The rice also not as fragrant as the one in Chatterbox in Mandarin Orchard. All in all, this is not impressive.
However, chicken rice in Singapore is so commercialised that you can't really find bad chicken rice. I mean, what are the chances?
Right after our lunch, we waste no time and continue our shopping expedition. Next up was Muji where you can get a lot of nifty stuffs that you probably do not need but you thought that you do. Well, I didn't spend much over there because the things I wanted to buy are just simply too bulky to bring home.
Wei Mei likes this escalator that spans over 3 floors in height.
Parading in front of LV and we didn't go in!
It's a very enjoyable trip! We shopped like crazy but not to the highest level yet as the next round, we should shop all the way until the shop closes!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
It was very fun shopping with Wei Mei in Singapore. I thought I was the shopping queen but it looks like she's far more a Rebecca Bloomwood than me! We took a flight at 8.45am on Jetstar and reached Singapore Changi at 10am. Johnny came to pick us up at the airport and check us into our hotel before dropping us at Suntec City where his office is located.
From there, we were supposed to walk to Esplanade station to take the MRT to Orchard Road for shopping. But do you know that with just a distance similar to walking from Midvalley to The Gardens, we had both our hands full of bags and it takes us 2 hours to walk that distance?!! Haha... that's how bad it is.
Multi-use necklace at SGD$20
Let me show you my 7 pairs of shoes...
The only NEW arrival pair without discount