It's been a busy day for me checking out all those careers available for an exhibition project that I'm looking into and the weather is not helping my mood one single bit. So I'm just going to do a couple of short takes for today.
I was out this afternoon with wifey looking for a birthday gift for my best buddy's little girl who will be 5 years (five right, buddy?) old this weekend and also for my other best buddy's little boy who turned 2 last Sunday.
Now let me tell you that it is not easy trying to look for gifts for little children. Wifey and me went to two malls walking around from shop to shop trying to figure out what to get for the little fellows. While we eventually managed to get something at Toys 'R' Us for the little 2 year old, my buddy's daughter on the other hand was a tougher case.
Apparently the little girl is now in her 'I love anything that has to do with Tom & Jerry' phase and let me me tell you that there isn't a single Tom & Jerry item in the whole of Kuala Lumpur! Why, oh why couldn't she still be in her 'Ben 10' Phase, that would have been so much easier cos there's tons of Ben 10 items around.
Anyways, we ended up buying her a book, which I thought would be a better alternative to hunting for non existent Tom & Jerry items. Now, the book we bought her was not our first choice. I wanted to get her something else but that particular book was out of stock and they had only one book left on the shelf which I wouldn't have minded purchasing except for the fact that it was so badly damaged!
What is it with people who go to bookstores and look through books and don't handle them properly, damage it and just leave it on the shelf like as if they owned the store. This is actually not the first time I've seen damaged books in bookstores. I understand the fact that sometimes you want to browse through the book before actually purchasing it, even I do it, but at least be a little careful about it. Just because you're not going to buy the book, you can just be rough with it to the point of damaging it?
I was pissed that the only copy of the book I wanted to buy as a gift was so badly damaged and it was just my luck that it happened to be the last copy ... siggghhh ... To me a book is sacred and meant to be taken care of. Even when I read my books at home, I'll be extra careful not to crease the spine too much so much so that I'll be holding the book in awkward positions.
I wonder how much of money these bookstores loose a month due to damaged books ...
After buying off the gifts, wifey and me strolled around the digital mall section cos I was on the hunt for a new cell phone. Wifey said that if I closed a big project, I could treat myself to a phone of my choice and earlier today I managed to close an Annual Report project for a corporate client of mine. So that gave me reason to splurge on myself. I've got my mind set on a HTC model which I've been eyeing for ages.
So there we were browsing through all the mobile phone booths and everytime we passed one, without fail, some salesperson would always look at us and say,
Everyone of them would say the same thing, whether you looked at them or not, they would always say 'yes'. But I didn't even ask them anything. I mean come on, can't a guy just browse in peace without someone harassing you?
I know you're only trying to get a sale but seriously people, if I wanted help or info about something, I would most definitely ask you. But until then, please leave me alone!
It can get really annoying when you stop at every cell phone booth and they all go 'yes'. It turns me away from even wanting to inquire about their products.
Sometimes I just want to look around without any assistance. Haven't they heard the term window shopping? One of these days, when one of these sales people says 'yes' to me, I'm going to answer with a 'no' ... LOL!
There is no take three. I actually do have a take three but I'm so tired from all the walking I did today and I have a long day tomorrow supervising an installation for a signboard project I'm doing. That would probably take all day and I do need my beauty sleep (not that it'll make any difference, mind you) or I'll be cranky all day tomorrow.