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kayes



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August 20, 2008 8:19am

Prefer the Isetan in "The Gardens" Mid Valley. Throughout the years, Isetan still maintain the same design for their Paper Shopping Bags. AMAZING!!
kayes

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August 20, 2008 8:51pm

Before Isetan opened in KL, they had their first departmental store in Singapore at River Valley Road, next to the Apollo Hotel. I think they opened in the early 70s there. Many Malaysians went there to shop and it was not unusual for me to meet Penangites there due to the frequency of the Penang/Singapore direct flights. They used to have a section selling Moreschi shoes and I have been wearing this brand of shoes from the 70s till now. They are very good. I wonder which shopping mall in KL has them.
August 21, 2008 7:27am

Less Malaysians going across for shopping now due to the currency rate. Robinson is in The Gardens Mid Valley. TANGS is in Pavillion. KLCC is shopping paradise.


Moreschi shoes... will try to check it out for you. Smile
kayes

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August 21, 2008 7:50am

And TANGS (then known as CK TANG) was the first high class departmental store in Singapore. Located in Orchard Road, it was very popular in the 60s with expats and tourists. When I was studying at the University of Singapore in the 60s, I used to shop at CK TANG and after shopping, have lunch at their very popular cafeteria. At that time, CK TANG, Lido Cinema and Cold Storage were all less than 10 minutes' drive from the campus in Bukit Timah. And Robinsons, Singapore in the 60s was over somewhere in the Shenton Way area. Thanks for offer to check out the Moreschi shoes. I have two pairs bought in Hong Kong which are due for replacement. Are you a shopaholic?
August 22, 2008 2:19am

Hi Kayes, since your shoes can only be bought in Hong Kong; I don't think I can help. Sad


Talking about shoes; our immediate boss (he is now the very very very top country leader) likes his shoes (that particular pair) so much, he asked our office boy to send to the cobbler to get them fix - not once; not twice but....


Another incident - my neighout willingly walked out from his car "kaki ayam" to open his garden gate (auto gate not working) during rain. So, I asked him: "Your shoes or your kaki are important?". He answered: "Awak tak tahu, kasut baru tak sedap!"


Now, the one million question is: New or used shoes are better? Smile
kayes

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August 22, 2008 3:17am

Good shoes need very little running in to become comfortable. Usually it is made of soft (calf) leather. Being well cut, they will fit your feet well. Moreschi make mainly classic designs ..... low heels and they don't look like a boat or Aladdin's shoes. They will blend well with the trousers cuffs of your business suit or tux. And they last a long time ... you can re-sole them even twice .... like what your boss did. A friend told me she thought she saw Moreschi shoes being displayed in a shopping mall in KL but cannot remember which one! Great help there.
August 22, 2008 2:37pm

Now I know how to choose men shoes! Thanks, Kayes. Thumbs Up!
September 17, 2008 7:04am

Kayes, today I stumbled upon a shop selling Moreschi shoes in KLCC while waiting for my friend for lunch (she works in one of the Twin Towers and today she has no holiday.. ha ha). The shop is located at G39B Kasut. If we enter KLCC from the Jalan Ampang entrance, it is the 7th shop on the right. Three or four shops away from Jimmy Choo.


Vincci and Iseten are having fantastic sales. Discounts up to 70%. The shops are crowded especially Vincci.


While I was in our DPM's favourite book shop KINOKUNIYA, the varieties are so hugh that I was spolit for choice. Book lovers will be overwhelmed!! Smile
kayes

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September 17, 2008 7:18am

Hi Susan, thanks very much for the GOOD NEWS! I always believed that Moreschi has a branch in KL. It was just that none of my friends or relatives know where it is. And they don't seem to have advertised in the newspapers or the magazines I read. I will be in KL end October. Will pick up a pair of new shoes Smile Thanks again Susan! You are a gem!
Ken Chan

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September 17, 2008 9:57pm

(CK) Tang's in Orchard Road is indeed a great store and whenever I am in Singapore, I always make it a point to drop in to browse around even though I have nothing specific to buy. The merchandising and displays are very tastefully done, and the overall ambience of the store is comparable to Bloomingdales and Macys in New York and Chicago.
kayes

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September 18, 2008 4:59am

hello Susan, from a couple of your posts, I gather you are a book lover and read a fair bit. I have read my share of books and nowadays, I read only from my iPod Touch or my Dopod U1000 or my MacBook Air. It is a new reading experience altogether but very satisfying. You can carry hundreds of books with you wherever you go as text takes up very little space in a PDA , laptop or an iPod. And the reading software by eReader is excellent. It can be adjusted in so many ways to make sure you are reading comfortably.
September 18, 2008 5:36am

I love books - I love to hold books; the feel of books; the smell of the print (esp. when they are new) and the turning of pages. I can read books while in bed or lazing around in couch. I love to collect books and arrange them neatly in my book shelves.Smile
kayes

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September 18, 2008 5:44am

Whew! You are a really a true book lover. I won't give up just yet. I hope to convert you to eBooks one day Smile Travelling with my current library of books all nicely stored in my iPod is something I relish. And the built-in dictionary is another thing.
September 18, 2008 5:55am

Let's see!! Smile
kayes

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September 18, 2008 6:01pm

Susan, I am really happy to know your love books and that you read a lot. My very first job in 1964/65 was with Oxford University Press at Loke Yew building in KL. For most of the time I was at their Editorial Department under WM Martin who was the Chief Editor. Raymond Brammah was the big gun who managed OUP in Malaysia and Singapore but he was based in KL. There were rows and rows of books at the OUP showroom in Loke Yew building and even more books at the warehouse in Segambut. Like you I like the feel of books, especially the new ones .... but beware of paper cuts :-) I must have read 90% of the books displayed in the showroom. Most of the books stocked by OUP KL were of course their own publications but they were agents for Faber and a couple of other publishing houses which specialised in children's books.


While there I also had the opportunity to meet famous authors like Han Suyin and Wang Gangwu who came over periodically to discuss the drafts of their ongoing manuscripts. I interviewed Han Suyin for OUP's in-house magazine and one of the things she told me was that the characters in her books were all based on people she knew or met in real life. And she added that if she found me interesting enough, I would probably appear in her next book, "A Mortal Flower" ...... or was it "The Crippled Tree". I read both books and I suppose i did not make it to her "interesting persons list" :-(


I learned a lot at OUP and enjoyed my stint there very much. Also had the opportunity to meet Michael Yong who pitied a kid fresh out of school and took me under his wings. He taught me many things and also introduced me to the way of life in KL.
September 19, 2008 3:09am

Hi Kayes, you were with OUP! What a coincidence!!


Didn't know OUP was in Loke Yew Building. All this while I thought your firm was there because Loke Yew Building houses many legal firms due to its locality.


Thank you for sharing your OUP experience. I have a friend who worked there after grad. and while doing her Masters part-time. She thought she could avoid jams, saves time and petrol by staying with me since it is a short drive from Subang Jaya to Glenmarie. In the end, she spent more - we went galavanting practicaly everyday after work. He he he. (She worked there for a short stint too.


Thanks for reminding about the "paper cuts". Besides new books, I love the smell of the freshly cut grass and the fresh air after it rained. Smile
kayes

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September 19, 2008 3:56am

And what a small world it is! In the old Ipoh Talk forum Preets said her uncle worked there for some years. And personally I knew another Ipoh chap who worked there for many years ..... the late Jeremy Thor, who resigned as a teacher to join OUP. I don't know what year your friend was with OUP but was Raymond Brammah still the MD? Raymond Brammah has passed away and the last time I met him was in Penang in the mid 80s. I saw him walking along Beach Street and I invited him for a beer. We had a good talk.


Raymond Brammah (REB to all OUP staff) was someone I admired a lot. He was English and was always dressed in "sharkskin pants" and brown suede shoes. He wore a solid gold Omega Constellation watch and always had his lunch at Le Cog d'Or or the Copper Grille at the Weld. Some former OUP staff might remember the "watch treatment" from REB. If you were late for work, he would take off his gold watch and put it on your desk. When you finally got into office, you were supposed to take the watch back to him in his room. I got this watch treatment once and I took a good look at it and even put in on my wrist to see whether it suited me .... before I gave it back to him and in return got my lecture for being late.


Then there was the time when OUP was launching the Oxford in Asia series and all the Sales Reps were supposed to go out and visit schools and bookshops throughout Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. I don't know what exactly happened but the Sales Dept found they were one man short to cover Perak. So they dragged me out of Editorial and asked me to go and of course I was most happy to be sent to Ipoh for a couple of weeks. But it was then discovered I didn't have a "sales car" which was a Ford Anglia Station Wagon that could carry suitcases of books. An emergency meeting was called and REB said I could use my own car but I explained to him my car was a MGB ..... a convertible and two seater with a tiny boot. Immediately,he said I could use his office car and wow .... his office car was a two month old Triumph 2000 which was at that time more glamorous than any Mercedes. The other Sales staff were so envious!!!


More OUP stories to follow at appropriate times Smile
September 19, 2008 5:18am

My friend would love to hear these tales about OUP. I doubt she knows those personalities you described. She workd there for less than 3 months and it was about 3-4 years ago.
kayes

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September 19, 2008 5:39am

For the past 15 years or so, OUP has been completely Malaysianised and most of the glamour is lost. Interesting personalities like REB, WM Martin and the pioneering staff of the 60s are all history. And there was this Japanese fellow who would turn up often at the OUP showroom in Loke Yew building to buy books to improve his English. He bought all kinds of books, from children's fairy tales to the heavy reading stuff by Professor Wang Gungwu. He was one of OUP's best customers but no one actually knew the standard of his English. We all tried to strike up a conversation with him but his only response was "Ah So, Ah So" which we took it to mean "I think so". He never said anything else. So each time we saw him coming into the showroom, the sales staff would say "Ah So" is here which could sometimes be interpreted to mean something rude Smile
September 19, 2008 6:31am

Actually my friend worked for Fajar Bakti (OUP j/v). Now, Fajar Bakti has changed its name to Oxford Fajar (not never sure). Fajar Bakti (now Oxford Fajar) is in the OUP building in Glenmarie Hicom.
kayes

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September 20, 2008 2:51am

Susan, OUP (Oxford University Press) was set up in KL in the late 50s by Raymond Brammah. In 1986 (or 87?) it changed its name to Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn Berhad after KOPENAS bought a 30% share. Then two years ago, it changed its name to Oxford Fajar Sdn Berhad to reflect its heritage and links with Oxford University.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
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September 21, 2008 10:45am

BTW folks, has anyone read the book by Preeta Samarasan called 'Evening is the Whole Day'. It is getting some attending in the print media / press. The story is about an Indian family set in Ipoh! I hope to get my hands on this.
hokin

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September 21, 2008 10:48am

Attending = attention.....my typing is a little too fast for my brain waves.
kayes

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September 22, 2008 4:48am

Hi Hokin, the author of the book used to post at the old Ipoh Talk forum under the screen name "preets" and there was a fair bit of talk about the imminent publication of the book. I bought a copy of the book but before I could start to read it, my daughter "borrowed" it and the book is now in London with her. She will be back for Christmas and so I reckon I will read it next year. I remember the book cost RM59 at MPH.
hokin

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September 22, 2008 5:06am

I remember 'preets'. The old Ipoh Talk has more participation....we must get more of them back to join us here. Perhaps you can email them telling them about this site.


Keep up the good work.
kayes

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September 23, 2008 2:05am

Good thing I took a couple of pics of Preets' book before my daughter borrowed it. You will note that she gave credits to Ipoh Talk Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/preets10.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/preets11.jpg
hokin

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September 23, 2008 4:24am

I see that you are also part of the book....including Ipoh Talk forum.......wonder if one of the characters is based on you.


You definitely should send an email blast to all those who have participated in the Ipoh Talk forum previous but have stopped recently to encourage them to participate again. We should really make Ipoh Talk a happening place to hang out in cyberspace!
kayes

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September 24, 2008 8:39pm

hi Hokin, Ipoh Talk is not the only site that was mentioned in books. TaipingTalk.com was also accredited in the book Taiping Life & Soul by Jamil Ahmad.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/lifesoul10.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/lifesoul11.jpg
preets

Registered: August 2008
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September 25, 2008 4:38am

Hello friends, and thank you for posting about my book, hokin and Kayes! I've been meaning to pop in here and say hello but been busy.... Yes, I was active off and on on the old forum, it's true. Kayes sent me a gentle reminder to visit here :-) . No lah no forum members are characters in the book; I thanked the Ipoh Talk forum because I always ask questions about Ipoh history when I need to confirm something. People here have been very helpful and forthcoming with their memories.


I see you all have been talking about OUP -- yes, my uncle was with OUP for decades (retired in 1990), and the late Jeremy Thor Gim Lok was our neighbour in Sin Lok Park.
preets

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September 25, 2008 4:42am

P.S. I also forgot to say: I will be back in Malaysia in October/November promoting the book (and seeing my family also, of course!). If anyone here is in the KL/PJ area, please consider attending some of my events (I will post dates, times, and locations here soon) so we can say hello in person! Most of the events are free and open to the public, and it's always a pleasure to meet Ipoh folks.
hokin

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September 25, 2008 9:12am

Preets...great for you to visit us again....your book has been getting quite a bit of publicity in this region. The current issue of Going Places, MAS inflight mag has your book featured in their Bookshelf column.
preets

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September 27, 2008 5:24am

I come back every year lah, can't survive more than a year without rojak and ais kacang :-) . Also my family is almost all still in Malaysia (mostly in the KL/PJ area these days, no more in Ipoh, alas). Is it the September issue of Going Places, hokin, or the October issue? Hope I'll be able to get hold of it somewhere....
kayes

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September 28, 2008 2:20am

Preets in the news again Smile From the Sunday Star today.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/preets6.jpg
preets

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September 28, 2008 4:06am

Haha! I look so fierce in that picture! I'm not so fierce in real life, I promise :-) . I think the sun was in my eyes and I was frowning to try and keep it out a bit.
Retired Falcon

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September 28, 2008 8:06am

I hope to be in KL around October 25 so I'll head over to MPH. See you there.
hokin

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October 2, 2008 11:44am

Preets, it is in the Sept 08 issue.
preets

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October 3, 2008 1:15pm

Thank you, hokin, and Retired Falcon, I look forward to meeting you at MPH! Do come up and introduce yourself :-) .
susan s

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October 14, 2008 3:49am

Harrods is opening soon at KLCC!!
kayes

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March 28, 2011 4:34pm

hi all, especially to those who live in KL Smile I have been wearing Rockport shoes for the last 20 years and I could always get them in two shops in Penang. But since last year, Rockports are no longer sold by those two shops in Gurney Plaza. I checked the Rockport website and sent an email to the US. I got an email in reply asking me to contact so and so who is supposed to be located in Malaysia. I sent an email but never got a reply. Rockport makes many kinds of shoes and I am interested in their series which they call "boat shoes" which are traditionally called "deck shoes". These are casuals and slip ons. If you go shopping and bump into a Rockport outlet, please let me know.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
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March 28, 2011 8:24pm

Hi Kayes


Have you tried looking for your Rockports on line? You may have better luck there. My children seem to buy lots of stuff online. Good luck!
Orange

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March 28, 2011 10:21pm

When I go shopping at KLCC, I will try to check it out for you, Kayes! Smile
Retired Falcon

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March 29, 2011 2:26am

Hi Kayes,
Been away from IT for quite a while as I was rather busy. I just read your post regarding Rockport shoes. If you happen to be in KL, drop by at The Curve. They have a Rockport store there so maybe you can find the shoes you've been looking for. I have a pair of Rockport shoes which I bought some time back and am still wearing them. I find these shoes are the most comfortable pair of shoes I've worn.
kayes

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March 29, 2011 5:45am

hi Joe, thanks for the big tip. I will have to go there next trip to KL. However, if you happen to be there again, please check out for me whether they stock their "boat shoe" models. I only wear those Rockports. I heard from someone that for a time, their boat shoes were not imported because some were made from pig skin. I am now forced to wear Timberland casuals and I actually hate them. They are heavy and uncomfortable and I think they are made specially for lumberjacks. In the 70s and 80s I wore Lacoste casuals and I bought them from the Lacoste boutique at the Weld. Now I can't find that particular Lacoste model anymore.


Blue Grass, I don't mind buying things online but for shoes and clothes, I would like to try them on before I buy. Looking at colours and cuts of clothes (and shoes) on the internet can sometimes be deceiving. Further, I live on Penang Island and taxable stuff land up at the Customs Office in Butterworth which is in a hard to access place and there is absolutely no place to park and the wait to clear your parcel may take the whole morning.


Orange, if you bump into any Rockport shop in KLCC, please let me know. Next trip to KL I will probably stay in a hotel within walking distance of KLCC.


My dream shoes (casuals) would be Tods but the last time I looked in their shop at KLCC, the cheapest pair was just below RM2k.
Retired Falcon

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March 29, 2011 6:16am

Hi Kayes,
I just checked their website and apparently they will be opening a store in Queensbay Mall, Penang very soon. In the meantime, I'll check if the boat shoe is available here. If they stopped importing those shoes because of the pig skin, maybe they might have a 'HALAL' alternative Smile
Orange

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March 29, 2011 7:05am

Hi Kayes & Joe,


They do import shoes and handbags that are made from pig skin. Hush Puppies is one of them. Normally they display a board saying that those shoes or handbags are made from pig skin. Just like when we attend open houses where beef is served, there is always a note placed near the dish stating that that dish is beef.
kayes

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March 29, 2011 7:11am

Joe, I wonder whether Rockport is opening their own shop in Queensbay Mall in Penang but I do know that the Royal Sporting House in Queensbay used to sell their shoes just like the Royal Sporting House branch in Gurney Plaza, Penang. The Manager of the Royal Sporting House in Gurney Plaza told me all their branches in Malaysia do not stock Rockports anymore, regardless of model.


By the way, the kind of Rockport I wear is shown in pic below. They come in several combination of colours. I lifted the image from their website and I am pretty sure in cases like this, they will not mind if I use one of their photos without their permission since I am promoting their shoes and I am a regular customer Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/rockport.jpg
Orange

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March 29, 2011 7:30am

Staying near KLCC is a wise choice, Kayes! At night, brightly lit Petronas Twin Towers look spectacular.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
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March 29, 2011 11:10am

Hi Kayes,


I live about 2 miles from a Rockport outlet store. Do you want me to look for a pair of Rockport for you?


Sam
kayes

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March 29, 2011 3:32pm

hi Sam, thanks very much for offer. Would like to take it up because I really miss my Rockports. I walk a lot almost everyday during my photography sessions and those shoes sure help. I normally keep three pairs at one time ..... in different colours Smile And they are washable .... just throw them into a washing machine!


If you send me the shoes from US, they will end up at the Customs Office in Butterworth where I need to pay tax and claim them. That place is a nightmare to me. I believe shoes are still taxable items here even though there was some talk to abolish tax on them so as to promote Malaysia as a "shopping paradise". I personally think Malaysia can never beat Singapore and Hong Kong for shopping no matter how hard we try ..... we are just too "protective" and there are too many interests to protect.


I found the email which Rockport US sent to me. It told me to email someone in Malaysia with the email addy "xxx@rsh.com.my" I assume "rsh" stands for Royal Sporting House and I know for sure this company is no longer the agents for Rockport shoes in this country. Anyway, I did send an email to 'balwant" but never got a reply.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/rockportemail.jpg
JV

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March 31, 2011 7:15pm

Hi i happened to bump into your forum and im surprised you guys are discussing about rockport shoes. i work in the company that distributes Rockport, at the moment we have 3 stores, Queensbay Mall Penang, Bangsar Village and The Curve. We will be opening in Fahrenheit hopefully by May and many more locations are in the plan. at the moment the boat shoes are not in yet, these shoes usually launch in the summer but there are a few casual shoes which are flying off the shelves. if you need any help, pls email your queries to rockport@socma.com.my
kayes

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March 31, 2011 7:37pm

hello JV, you are a godsend. Can you give me particulars of your store in Queensbay Mall, Penang? Like which floor it is on and the telephone number? I live in the Tanjong Bungah area of Penang and I am sad to say I hardly go over to Queensbay Mall at all Sad Why not open a store in Gurney Plaza or Straits Quay?
kayes

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March 31, 2011 7:47pm

By the way JV, why do you say the Rockport boat shoes are usually launched in the summer? The boat shoe models are what made Rockport famous and it is indeed I think the first Rockports ever made. I would think Rockport is manufacturing them throughout the year. The US Rockport website stocks plenty of the boat shoes. Why not email the head office and fedex some over. My size is 11M.
JV

Registered: March 2011
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April 5, 2011 8:59pm

the queensbay store is on the first floor near royal sproting house and on top of timberland. you can call the store at 04-6433 841. we are looking to expand in penang and all around malaysia so dont worry, rockport will be very acessible to you very soon. we just took over the distributorship so we are always looking at ways to improve the current line. the ordering process is 6 months in advanced so its a pain.
JV

Registered: March 2011
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April 5, 2011 9:01pm

oh and rockport does not have pig skin anymore. since 2 years back they have removed all pig skin lining from their shoes..
kayes

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April 6, 2011 1:21am

JV, thanks for directions to your Queensbay Mall outlet. I will go there once the boat shoes arrive and I hope it is soon.
Retired Falcon

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April 6, 2011 6:40pm

Hi Kayes,
Glad you have JV on board IT and you can have all the info on the Rockport shoes. I went over to the outlet at the Curve last weekend to have a look. Its on the ground floor facing Metrojaya and Borders so if you happen to be in KL, maybe you would like to drop by at the outlet to have a look too.
kayes

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December 22, 2011 6:46am

hi JV, has stock of the "boat shoes" arrived at the Rockport shops?
Orange

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October 9, 2012 7:35am

Ipoh Hor Hee at RM6.30 and it's from KLCC! Thumbs Up! The taste is as good as those from Ipoh. Hor Fun is smooth and fine. Fish balls and fish paste are fresh too. Authentically Ipoh Hor Hee! Yum yum!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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October 13, 2012 9:52pm

There are 2 food courts at KLCC. This popular Ipoh Hor Hee which is sold at RM6.30 per bowl is located at Signature Food Court. The other food court at KLCC is Rasa Food Court. One of the stalls, formerly known as Racecourse Kopitiam, at Rasa Food Court sells noodles at RM6.30 too. Selangor Turf Club (now at Sg. Besi) was situated at the exact location where KLCC is. During the 90s, everyone avoided this stretch of Jalan Ampang as traffic was chaotic during any race day.


Surprising to see noodles being sold at RM6.30 per bowl at KLCC since all noodles from modern Kopitiam are priced at nothing less than RM8.90! ..... I LOVE competition!! Smile
kayes

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October 15, 2012 8:08am

During the 70s and 80s, if you were staying at the KL Hilton and don't wish to be caught in traffic jams when going for the races, you could always take the Hilton's rear entrance and walk to the turf club. The Holiday Inn On The Park was another nearby hotel to the turf club.
Orange

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October 15, 2012 8:55am

Wonder if anyone remembers "Hilton Corner"? "Hilton Corner" was actually food stalls located at the back of KL Hilton but were given a fanciful name. Smile Nowadays we can't get Mamak Mee Goreng, Mamak Rojak, 'Loy Yah' (Chinese rojak buah)or Yew Yee Oong Choy (Sotong Kangkong) as good as those from "Hilton Corner" ..... Sad


Had my very first Hi-Tea at Holiday Inn On The Park. Holiday Inn On The park used to serve satay in a railway coach. During those days, it was very unique!
kayes

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October 16, 2012 12:43am

haha, I sure remember Hilton Corner Smile After some vigorous (or slow) dancing at the Tin Mine and instead of going to the coffee house for some grub, it was always good to walk your partner in her high heel shoes to the natural comforts of Hilton Corner! Or sometimes after a Masonic Lodge meeting at the Rumah Hantu then in Jalan Tun Razak, we would drive over to Hilton Corner for supper.
kayes

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October 16, 2012 5:30am

By the way Orange, the present Rumah Hantu is in Taman Kanagapuram in PJ.
Orange

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October 16, 2012 9:11am

A Walk To Remember .....


That walk was surely more enjoyable than the food! Smile Who cares if those hairy crabs walk sideways or they have pure white belly shell with cream-flavoured roes or glittering roes. Crab or crap? ,,,,, Joking, joking - no offence please! Smile


I go to Taman Kanagapuram very often because my tennis partner stays there. She never tells me she lives near Rumah Hantu! Smile Din't know there is a Rumah Hantu in Jalan Tun Razak. Do you have any pic. of this Masonic building to share please, Kayes?
kayes

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October 17, 2012 7:44pm

hello Orange, all the pics I have were of meetings and dinners inside the building. Unlike Penang the Masonic Hall (aka Rumah Hantu) in KL moved several times due to the second world war when the building was bombed by the Japanese and later ones were acquired by the govt for road widening. On the other hand, the Masonic Hall in Penang at Jalan Utama (Western Road) has stood since 1895. I found a few pics of the one in Jalan Tun Razak (formerly Jalan Pekililing or Circular Road) which is now demolished. It was at No:213 Jalan Pekililing. These two pics were taken from a Masonic newsletter.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics8/kllodge.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics8/kllodge2.jpg
Orange

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October 17, 2012 11:49pm

Thanks Kayes for the pics. and infor. I think I had seen this building before. But then, houses around this area are more or less look alike. The Shell Station beside American Embassy, together with 7-E are no longer there.


Many KL born friends and relatives insist that the Rumah Hantu near KTM Station was on the same side with Hotel Majestic but according to the recent newspaper report, that Masonic hall was on the same side with KTM Station. A bit of confusion there. I am sure you are the right person to air the air for us. Thanks again.
kayes

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October 18, 2012 7:37am

Orange, before the Masonic Hall moved to Jalan Pekililing in 1981, it was at Jalan Damansara for more than 70 years I think. Pic below shows the lodge building in Jalan Damansara which was acquired by the Govt and demolished for road widening. I am not sure whether the Masonic Hall was ever near the KTM station as it would be well before my time as a Mason but I do know that the very first Masonic Meeting was held in 1893 at a building rented from a Chinese towkay in Clarke Street, KL. Freemasonry in Malaysia consists of three different constitutions, English, Scottish and Irish. I belong to a English Constitution lodge. Nowadays the English Scottish and Irish Masons share the same lodge building but in the very early days, they met at different places. Maybe the lodge building near the KTM station belonged to the Scottish masons.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics8/kllodge8.jpg
Orange

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October 18, 2012 9:02am

Thanks Kayes for the interesting info. There is one building near Lake Titiwangsa, KL that looks similar to the Masonic Hall you posted above. Not sure if there is any Masonic emblem like the one on this pic.


Incidentally, Clarke Street is now Jalan Bukit Mahkamah. It is way too far from KTM Station. Btw, may I know if all Freemason members are life members?
kayes

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October 21, 2012 7:14pm

Looking at the map above, I see the Ampang Park Shopping Complex. I think this shopping complex was started in the early 70s and I remember there was a John Langford shirt shop there on the ground floor. John Langford is a British brand and occasionally the shop had stock of other British brand shirts like Cecil Gee and Liberty of London.
Orange

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October 21, 2012 11:41pm

We still can get John Langford from AEON Mid-Valley. Few months ago, three of us shared and bought a leather John Langford briefcase for our ex-coach. At the time of purchasing, we were hesitating if guys still use briefcases .....


Btw Kayes, your favourite brand Banana Republic is no longer at KLCC. Forever New", an International Women's Fashion Retailer is going to take over that lot.
kayes

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October 23, 2012 9:45pm

Orange, thanks for the info about Banana Republic. Someone told me there is another branch at The Gardens and I suppose I will have to go there. BR's fashion is actually too mod for me and I buy only a particular range of T-shirts which they have been making for years. It is made of very fine (and cool) cotton in nice colours. The sleeves are also very well tailored to give it a distinctive look. Most important, there is no marking or design of any sort on the T-shirt.
Orange

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October 24, 2012 4:45am

Kayes, it is true that there is a Banana Republic's outlet at The Gardens. As for your fav. Rockport shoes, there is also an outlet at Mid Valley.


I seem to know too much ..... Smile
eskay

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February 17, 2013 8:05pm

Kayes, I discover now that we share a liking for practical and good shoes. Besides easy shoes I also need good business shoes for my work. I bought a pair of Moreschi from Tokyo's Mitsubishi in Ginza, for business wear. My left foot still gives me pain after 8 mths from a sprain while on a hike in Darjeeling. To ease it I resort to changing shoes all the time. A good pair of shoes is a pleasure. This morning in my Lake Garden walk, I used my fifteen year old Bally sports shoes which was bought in London then for about RM1 K. It is fantastically made. I used it the first time in Danum Valley, Sabah, on a trip which started with a helicopter landing into pristine jungle. The shoes held up and after frequent use in stony terrain as well as city side walks in many countries they continue to look very new. They look good enough to be in a parlour as well as in mild bush. Often it is the only pair of shoes that I take, worn on my feet, on trips, for their versatility. Then there are many other shoes bought rapaciously around the world because my size is much smaller than yours and hence my choice is limited especially in Europe. Anytime a size fits and it is to my liking, I have to buy it. I have a pair of "city Rambo" handmade by a Chinese shoemaker in New Delhi who has also made a pair for Richard Greer. Now as to business shoes, nothing beats English. P.Lal who has moved from KL's Batu Road has now set themselves up anew in two spanking buildings in PJ Jalan Gasing stocking good English shoes. I have been buying from them for over thirty years. Some of my shoes bought from P.Lal are still good at 22 years old. One or two of them have been re-soled once. I re-soled with rubber a brand new English buckskin with a low shank once because its hard leather sole nearly caused me concussion when I slipped in the Manila Airport. Fortunately my head landed (very hard) on my trolley bag which was being trailed behind. Cheers for trolley bags!
kayes

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February 17, 2013 9:28pm

Eskay, during the height of my vanity I used to have many pairs of shoes at any one time. There were dress shoes, half boots, casual suede shoes, loafers, driving shoes, tennis shoes, boat shoes etc etc I even had a collection of shoe trees and shoe horns. I have worn many different brands but my favourite remains Moreschi as their styling suits me to a tee. I like John Lobb too and had a couple of boots crafted by them. But now being in advanced age and no one to impress, I wear only Rockports with a pair of Moreschi on the standby just in case I am forced to dress up. In 1986 I bought a pair of Moreschi from a shop in Knightsbridge, London. It was made of crocodile skin and the texture (and pattern) of the skin was so unique and striking that it drew glances at most airport lounges. I have heard that some people judge a man by the shoes he wears and so I made sure I was properly shod Smile
Orange

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February 19, 2013 2:58am

..... "during the height of my vanity" and "being in advanced age and no one to impress" .....


Ha ha Kayes! I beg to differ!! I believe we dress up appropriately for "where" and "when" and at the same time the way we dress is, in one way, to express our inner feelings. No?? Smile


Btw, when I was in KLCC few weeks ago, Moreschi shoe shop is no longer there. Not sure if it has relocated to another shop lot at KLCC or it has shifted to a different mall. It looks like you have to buy your favourite Moreschi from abroad. Smile
Orange

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February 19, 2013 5:20am

Didn't notice P.Lal Store is no longer along Batu Road. Thanks eskay for the info about their relocation.
Orange

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February 19, 2013 6:06am

Among those iconic shops like P.Lal Store, Chortimal, Globe Silk Store, Kamdar, Mun Loong, P.H. Henry The Jeweller and G.S. Gill; only Kamdar, P.H. Henry The Jewller and G.S. Gill are still remained at Batu Road.


P.Lal Store insists on advertisements. During an interview, its owner said without ads, no one knows about your business. The first time I read about the words "Long John" was from their daily ads in Malay Mail. Found the words quite catchy and I had to look up the meaning of "Long John" from the dictionary. Smile


Bought my very first Rimmel Lipstick from Globe Silk Store. Later on, whenever I have to replenish my lipstick, I had to purchase more than one as there was no other Rimmel counter in KL. Even with so many shopping malls in the Klang Valley now, it's still a hassle to hunt for Rimmel products.
kayes

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July 23, 2013 6:35am

Orange, I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental the last few days and went over to KLCC Suria. To my joy, Banana Republic is still there Smile I am not sure whether they moved from one shoplot to another but they are still in the same area at that shopping mall. Pic shows Ethan beating me to the shop.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics8/bananarep10.jpg
Orange

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July 23, 2013 9:35am

This Liang Chai Chai has good taste - just like his grandpa! Smile Good to know that Banana Republic is still in KLCC. It must have shifted to another lot as the original premise was undergoing renovation with a big sticker "Forever New" pasted on the glass panel when I was there. It's been quite a while since I visited KLCC last. Not only the shopping is expensive, the parking too! Smile
kayes

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January 18, 2015 11:20pm

Just a short note to let everyone know that the Moreschi outlet in KLCC is still there. It is at G33 Ground Floor, Suria KLCC. Three weeks ago I bought a pair of nubuck loafers from them. My son almost bought a pair too but at the last minute he opted for a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo. While at the Ferragamo outlet I had the opportunity to view a "shoe cleaning kit" which comes in a mohagony case and the price was only a mere RM2400!!
kayes

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May 22, 2018 6:45am

Another update on Moreschi shoes in Malaysia. The Moreschi outlet in KLCC has closed and I know of no other place in this country that sells this brand. Therefore I bought on line and everything went on smoothly. The shoes arrived from Italy within 10 days and they fit well :-)


http://ipohtalk.com/pics/moreschi10.jpg
kayes

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May 22, 2018 6:58am

I love my new Moreschi drivers Smile


http://ipohtalk.com/pics/moreschi11.jpg



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