The PC show is here again. It started on 7/6 and will end on 10/6 (Thu to Sun) at Suntec city. The event which is usually a crowd puller occupies the 3rd, 4th and 6th floors.
I was there yesterday after work. I reported off at 3.33pm. Together with SM Chia, we headed for the event from TNM via trains. We transferred to another train to the Circle Line at Paya Lebar station. It was fast and convenient. Within 30 mins, we arrived at the Esplanade station and headed to the 6th floor of Suntec city.
I usually go on weekdays to avoid the massive crowd on weekends. I bought myself a Dell laptop at a bargain price the last PC show.
This time round SM Chia and myself planned our shopping lists. I intended to get ibattz for iPhone, backup battery to charge my iPad and a-Jays Number 4 earpiece for use when watching movies on my iPad. SM Chia just wanted to buy a 64GB SD card and 64GB Thumb Drive to store his tons of online movies.
Maybe it’s due to a weekday and the Euro cup season is in progress, the crowd seemed not that much compared to previous year. There were lots of barricades leading to the venue with lots of extra security staff to control an expected large turn out.
There are three levels for the event – 6th, 4th and 3th levels. Surprisingly, the podium was empty with no activity. Previously that area was occupied with PC, laptop and printer vendors.
The two big Telcos; Singtel and M1 occupy a major part of the central area of the 6th level. The small booths hawking accessories are all scatter about. Here, it’s mainly smaller vendors selling PC and electronic accessories including those cheap PRC tabs. One sexy PRC lady trying to convince me to buy from her Ainol Tornado 7″ Tab 16GB Androids OS ver 4.0 platform complete set at $199. I told her I bought the same last week at 4th level Sim Lim Sq in front of escalator at only $180! She didn’t leave me alone and kept saying she could give me discounts etc. No thanks.
Talking about sexy babes in the PC show, this year only a handful are around. It used to display a bevy of hot young sexy babes in short hot pants with much exposure parading around in high heel boots with vendor’s products.
I managed get my battery backup charger Milli Rover 8,000 mAh from the Milli booth on the 6th level. There are many types of backup battery charger for all kinds of devices -mobile phone, mp3, iPad, Tab and even notebook. I paid $89 for it. It usually retails at $99 or $109. SM Chia managed to get his SD and Thumb Drive.
We decided just to look around at the 4th level. Wow, it's all almost occupied by PC and notebook vendors. They were all screaming and shouting out prices and offers like fishmongers in a wet market! The HP Pavilion was selling at only $699 when it was $999 last year. For as little as $599, you could get an entry level i3 notebook. Prices certainly drop but I didn't see many takers.
I was trying to look for my ibattz when we bummed into two other colleagues from OCC and Jurong Crew station. They were so glad to meet us here that they kept shouting "langgar, langgar!" when they saw me. We started to catch up when suddenly a retard just shove in. "Sorry to interrupt Sir, I'm from this langgar tiang credit card bla bla …!"
We declined politely but this young punk kept interrupting our conversation until SM Chia remarked that we ought to give him a tight slap on that fucker's irritating face!
There are like vultures looking for prey to entrap. Lots of them roaming around on the 4th level all promoting banking and credit card products. They never gave up. They would pester you with freebies and offers. At one point when I told them I was not keen on the freebies, one of them demanded as to why I didn't like freebies? I just told him nothing is free in this world! This year seems to have many more vultures than last year. Really langgar!
Next, we ran to the 3rd floor cuz it's getting late. It's around 7pm already. I bought my a-Jays Four earpiece and could not resist the little powerful X-mini speaker for my iPhone or iPad use cuz the built-in speaker is soft. According to SM Chia his son used an a-Jays earpiece for about 7 years! It's lasting he says. SM Chia also bought himself a portable speaker.
Before I left for home, SM Chia told me he is meeting his wife at Burlington Sq next to Sim Lim Sq for dinner. I was invited to join them. His wife owns a posh hair saloon at Burlington Sq. It closes at 8pm. She was expecting us there.
I met SM Chia’s wife few times. I heard from him that when hair guru Vidal Sassoon died at age 84 recently,she was taken to depression. Many years ago, she was trained directly by him in London. The hair guru not only imparted invaluable skills but most importantly his passion of the hair trade to her.
When I met SM Chia’s wife later at dinner, I was amazed that after a long hard day at half past 8pm, she still maintained that sangfroid of poise and immense elegance. Though coming to 50 yrs of age with three grown up kids, she could put women half her age to embarrassment!
We had a simple three course dinner of groupa fish, sambal chilli stir fried sweet potato leaves and clay pot of pig livers half cooked with ginger, shallots and wine. It’s a Chinese restaurant called “Fatty” adjacent to her hair saloon at Burlington Sq directly opposite the basement foodcourt of Sim Lim Sq. The dish of pig livers was the best I ever tried.
One of the owners came over to our table to rant about their priceless traditions of using quality cooking oil, fresh supplies and ingredients to prepare their cooked food etc. She is the current 3rd generation of this restaurant always keeping their time honoured family tradition of reasonable priced affordable dishes with the ultimate motto of customer satisfaction yadda yadda etc…
She even refuses to sell the waste oil pumped out of the kitchen gutter once a month. It’s against moral ethics she says even though we heard of such scandals in China where gutter oil is recycled for use as normal household cooking oil. Really langgar!
SM Chia later told me whilst walking to Bugis station to catch a train back that the restaurant’s owners live together in an old pre-war five storey house at Sophia Rd. Property developers offer them millions for their property but they refuse to sell. They inherited it from their grandparents.
I note they are not really into maximizing profits but it’s just passion and a family traditional business they enjoy doing. I got a shock when the restaurant proprietor mentioned that the electricity, water and gas monthly bills amounted to more than $18,000! What about rental of the premises? Staff salary and other overheads? How to make a decent profit? It’s not easy doing business. Wonder no more why end products are so expensive here. Really langgar!
Do drop by at the ‘Fatty Restaurant’ if you are around the vicinity. The restaurant owners just love to chat with customers and are willing to listen to feedback.