We Became IT Savvy Through Imbi Plaza

We Became IT Savvy Through Imbi Plaza.

Went to Imbi Plaza today. It brought back so many memories. The once bustling place faded when Low Yat Plaza replaced it as the IT hub. Imbi Plaza had so many shops selling cloned stuff then. It was also the place to go to get a replacement Thundercom 56k dial up modem when it was fried by lightning. Yes, kids. Those days were rough.

When your hypocritical foreign friends, who lectured you about IP rights, come to town, you take them there and they will load up with software worth a few thousand dollars for under RM 100. Imbi Plaza was a must stop for tourists. By now, a whole generation of millennials have probably grown up not ever experiencing it.

People used to buy MP3 music tracks there too. And who can resist those clipart compilations? Clipart is now dead, sadly. Imbi Plaza was also the place to go to get blank CDs if you want to burn copies

I bought a 17″ IBM CRT monitor then, Biggest then and weighed a ton. Almost broke my sagging Artwright 4 feet 2 tier computer table. Everybody had an Artwright 2 tier or aspire to own one then. If you own one, it meant another trip to Imbi to get a flatbed scanner and a buzzing dot matrix printer.

Either you go to Imbi Plaza or you wait for the annual PC Fair.

To its credit, Imbi didn’t handle porn. The most adult material you could get was a copy of Leisure Suit Larry. Adult films and titles were the domain of the red table cloth guys outside a 7-11 or the night market.

The sidewalk cafes next to the old coins and numismatic shops are still there. There was also a stamp (philately) shop. These are some of the non-IT shops I remember. There was a also a Pineapple shop inspired by Apple.

Today, my friend Johnny had a delicious looking beriani rice from one of the sidewalk mamaks. Not surprise to see Pakistani food such as biryani since the computer repair shops are now mostly operated by Pakistanis.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 400, f4 1/250 sec.

#beriani #biryani #imbiplaza #rice #itmall

The Earth Laughs In Flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the old and strange area behind Loke Yew that is Jalan Jubilee (named after King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935, presumably ), I saw a quaint cottage with its roof acting as a flower trough. Looked so lovely.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 320, f16, 1/100 sec.

#flowers #roof #house #streetphotography

Photographing The Chariot With A Phone

The Thaipusam chariot in front of the Campbell Police Station. The Asus phone has manual EV control, allowing me to rein in fhe overly bright chariot that would otherwise appear as a blob of light.

Asus ZenFone 3 image.

#thaipusam #chariot #festival

You Can Feast At Home

Try home delivery. The industry has come a long way when we once only had a single pizza delivery company as an option. Many of the services now provide chef cooked meals or homecooked meals as part of the incredible variety to choose from.

Now we can have home delivery of health or fitness food. vegetarian and other specialised taste requirements.

Some are “middle men” buying on your behalf. It works and widens the options. Being a user myself, I have compiled the suppliers in one place for your convenience, Ironically,, some of the online services are closed for a week too because of CNY.

With KL’s chronic traffic jams and difficulties in hiring good, reliable and loyal dispatchers, it is awesome that there are so many trying to mount a delivery service and still survive.

I hate the obsession to use apps. Nothing beats an accessible human voice behind a service and great when you can easily customise by requesting:”kurang manis” or “kurang pedas” when ordering. Phone numbers are provided where available. Keep this resource handy for those home alone hungry moments.

The list is not exhaustive;so let me know if you have a favourite service that I may have missed out. I have a selfish interest in keeping the services well known and publicised. Many of the brave ventures will ultimately close down without adequate support. Then we are back to ordering pizzas and garlic bread. Bon appetite.

Link to list of home food delivery services:

#fooddelivery #online #order #foodordering