April 3, 2011

Reliance Optical Centre, Kuala Lumpur…I love the selection and the price of the eyewear. I’m a customer for life!

Buying a pair of glasses is all is all about the helpful service with reasonable price. Reliance Optical  is a warm, friendly family business and the people here are friendly, reliable, efficient and fast. Larry the owner has always been really helpful in picking out a few styles that suited my face shape and style. He actually knew how the size of the bridge and all that jazz affects the fit, which is refreshing when I compare it to my experience at other optical shops, where all you hear is, “Oh, that looks great on you!”, when I KNOW it doesn’t because I look like some bug-eyed fly walking down the street on a sunny afternoon.

They have great stocks. Unique selections…not cap ayam or no-name brands. If you’re serious about investing in a great pair of shades that will a) not cost you an arm and a leg and b) be a pair you’ll love and cherish for MANY years to come, this is your place. Everything here is on the reasonable side, with brands like Oakley, Tag Heuer, Armani, Ray Bans, Prada, Gucci, CK, etc., but here, you do tend to find a much bigger and unique selection than at most other places, so I think it’s worth a visit

One downside: it’s a hell of a job getting a car park in Bangsar. So it’s quite common to see cars double-parked along the entire stretch of the road.

This is a fantastic optical shop.  He’s got a great selection of frames at a very competitive price point. I’ve been going there several years now and I’ve only received excellent service there and they haven’t let me down. I’m a customer for life! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

June 7, 2010

Yeoju Premium Outlets, Seoul…a disappointing trip

I have mixed feelings about this place. The place is sprawling and carries the major designer brands such as Burberry, Coach, Lacoste, Gucci, Armani,Zegna, Dunhill, Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo. Yeoju also carries Korean brands such as Kuho, Kim Young Joo and Hazzys

A little more information would be helpful for us to find our way to the outlet. Other than the shuttle which leaves at 11am and arrives at around 12.15pm, there is not much of information for other early morning shoppers who want to maximise the opening hours of 10.00am. We eventually found our way there the hard way: we took a subway from Anguk to Express Bus Terminal station, hopped onto an express bus on the gyeonggu line headed for Yeoju. The buses depart every 30 minutes. There at the bus stop in Yeoju, we took a taxi to the outlet. 

The return shuttle from the outlet to Seoul was scheduled only for 6.00pm. Neither the information counter staff nor the bus driver was proficient enough in English to tell us how to book the tickets in advance. So, not wanting to risk waiting till 6.00pm (and not getting a seat) when all our shopping’s done by 3.00pm, we took a public bus to Yeoju town and hopped onto an express bus headed to Gangnam, Seoul. From there, we taxied to our hotel.

Two of us came away with only one (yup, you read it right…1) item. I’d noticed many customers go home empty-handed as well. That’s because most shops have stock that is limited in size. Discount-wise, it’s only so-so. Nothing to rave about. At the end of the day, it was a disappointing trip. Hopes were high, wallets were heavy, but there just wasn’t anything to buy. This is still the true truth and I am still saying it as it is…

June 6, 2010

Parndorf Designer Outlet, Vienna…unreliable shuttle service

Parndorf isn’t a particularly well-known destination within Austria, but it does receive a few travelers, most of whom make a brief stop to see the Outlet Center.

Parndorf Designer Outlet  has a shuttle service every Friday and Saturday. Costs €7 return trip. Pick-up point at  Ringstrasse across the road from the Opera, Operngasse 4, Wien.

But be warned…the unreliability of the service means you could be standing in the cold (in my case, as it was in March) for 90 minutes. The shuttle was scheduled for hourly runs. By the time Bert and I arrived at the stop at 1.20pm, it was still a good 40 minutes to go before 2.00pm. There were no seats, nor shelter, so we gamely waited by the side of the road. But 2.00pm came and went and still there was no sign of the shuttle. By 2.30pm, half the crowd had dispersed…some having given up, others, seeked shelter from the cold. The shuttle duly arrived at 3.00pm. No apologies made, no explanations given.

I like malls/shopping centers but honestly don’t care for the ones here. The shops in general just aren’t as nice as some I’ve been to in other countries. Sure, they’ve got known high-end names such as Lacoste, Armani, etc., and medium range ones like Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. The goods are cheaper since they were mainly the previous season’s ‘hot’ fashion, now considered as passe’. Nothing particularly special.

It does take some patience to look around since the area is huge! One positive point about Parndorf is that you can freely speak English in all the shops there. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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