You know I need to buy a new pair of replacement shoes, right? Just as well I could not find a pair of size 10 shoes from so many shops in Queensbay Mall, I decided to finally visit this (kind of) new AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam.
I wanted to make the visit a few months earlier, when it was still new. But rumors was that this place has been freaking crowded in the weekends. And it wasn’t the most convenient place for me to visit as far as logistics are concerned. After all, I am based on the island and this mall is in Alma, Bukit Mertajam, on the mainland, 40 kilometers from where I was staying according to Waze. And then there’s the minor issue of having to cross the bridge and back hence having to pay toll.
If I do make the effort to come, I would not want to arrive and be greeted with crowds. I don’t do crowds, like, at all. So I did the only sensible thing that a man can do. I left at 9.30 AM, and arrived at 10.00 AM when the supermarket was just opening it’s doors. Order of the day: buy grocery, buy shoes, have brunch, then get the f**k out of here just as the crowds arrive.
I remember a great many glowing comments that mainland based colleagues have for this brand new AEON Mall. I remember being told that “Eh, you should visit that new AEON Mall in Alma, it is very nice, totally different compared to other AEON Malls in Malaysia. You can bring your camera, snap some photos and blog about it!”
It isn’t. It is a fairly neat and spacious mall, but that is the characteristics of a typical AEON Mall. It wasn’t any different compared to other AEON Malls. The layout was the same. And apart from Uniqlo, all the other shops are similar with what you can find in say, AEON Taiping or AEON Ipoh. I did not bring out the camera, there was nothing worth shooting for me. Okay, I admit, Uniqlo is a major plus point…
And the pair of size 10 shoes that I could not find in Queensbay Mall, I could not find them here too. I don’t know, it appears that Penangites have a thing against larger sized clothes and shoes. My years staying here, it was bloody difficult to get XL clothes and size 10 shoes. Which baffles me to no end because from what I have seen, Penangites are no smaller sized compared to anywhere else in Malaysia. There ARE big sized people in Penang.
I also remember being told that “You can do your grocery shopping in AEON Alma, the supermarket here is bigger and has a wider selection of fresh ingredients compared to AEON Queensbay. Great for you since you like cooking so much.”
It isn’t. The supermarket here is of the exact same size as the one in AEON Queensbay Mall. And the selection is pretty much the same. The vegetables, the fruits, the fish, I think they are sourced from the same suppliers, so they are pretty much the same. In fact, the chicken here looks more pathetic compared to the ones that I am used to. And their pork selection in the non-halal section is next to nonexistent. Apart from bacon strips and sausages, there was nothing else.
Anyway, let’s not bore you with so many words. I know you guys love pictures more than words. Here’s pictures of my brunch…
If you have read my blog long enough, you would know how much I enjoyed my panini when I was at Vivo in Times Square, KL. Good that they have an outlet in this mall. I think this is their one and only outlet in Penang state. Okay, that’s another plus point, I guess. I was disappointed that they charge both the 10% service charge and 6% GST on the final price. Not that I can complain, because they are not doing anything illegal. But, plus point no more.
So, grocery shopping – done, buying new shoes – failed, having brunch – done. And the crowds have been building up in the mall, so it is time to get out of the place.
As I was making my way out of the mall, I passed by the AEON owned bakery. Surprisingly, they have a shelf full of King’s Confectionery products. I saw someone grabbed one of each of my favorite pastries.
I swear, it was someone else. It wasn’t me! I did not pay RM 11.60 for these!