Sunday, March 11, 2007

Book Valley Grand Opening

It was only Friday night that I was sure that I would be going to Book Valley's grand opening. On Saturday morning, I met up with Precious Pea for breakfast - nice meeting up with you! After a relatively quick meal, I went off towards Klang with Lyn and Yuen. Of course, visiting Jackson's (Living In Food Heaven) store on such an auspicious day was a good reason to drop by there for the first time. Having asked for directions to Taman Eng Ann earlier from my associates, I found my way there easily.
Arriving there just before the VIPs did, there was already a lion dance going on at the ground floor entrance.

Once the VVIPs arrived and made their way to Book Valley on the 1st Floor (Wisma 1 Alliance, No. 1, Lorong Kasawari 4B, Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang) another performance started. The Festive Drum presentation by these young talented boys and girls was really entertaining. There was a very good turnout and seats were fully occupied.
YB Datuk Ong Tee Kiat giving his speech before officiating the grand opening.

When YB Datuk finally declared the store opened (I couldn't see how as the front was crowded at that time with the press and relevant parties), we gave a thunderous applause! With the ceremony over, the crowd then turned customers as we all browse through the books, magazines, stationeries, cards and other miscellaneous items as there was a special discount on the store opening day.
The books are mostly Chinese with a small section allocated for English novels. Book Valley enjoyed great sales that day as some customers bought basketful of books; with kids succeeding in persuading their parents to get them other goodies like cute stampers, games and other nice stuff like these below. I had to restrain myself as I love collecting items like these.
Cute fork and spoon set!Colourful handicraft foil wrappers
Cute paper storage boxes

The cafe area was closed to the public and was used to serve lunch the VVIPs, relatives and friends. The public was also treated to snacks to drinks at a different area. Jackson graciously asked my friends and I to help ourselves to the food in the VVIP section but I had to turn him down. We had already planned to feast on I-Po's roast duck, so we needed to leave some stomach room for the job! Ha ha ha...Jackson did talk to us a bit though he was rather busy, no need to apologise. We are understanding people, you know ;o). Oh, I managed to see Hitomi in the flesh! She is soooooo cute!
The delicious food laid out for YB Datuk and other VVIPs. I took this photo through the glass on the outside of the cafe . The cafe was not accessible then as YB Dato Ong was being interviewed in this area before lunch. Luckily I manage to take this shot before YB Dato sat down for his lunch. I don't think he would like the suprise of seeing this mad woman pressing a camera against the glass! Hee hee...
Relatives and friends helping themselves to the buffet after the interview was over.
It's great to see another book store opening to inculcate people to read more; like these kids.

I like the colours and the layout of Book Valley (Jackson's work!). I will be sure to visit Book Valley again when I next go Klang! Afterall, I signed up for Book Valley's membership! After about two hours there, we then headed off to Taman Bayu Perdana (with an additional two members, Eng and Wendy) for roast duck! More on that later...
Of course, I had to take a photo of Jackson. He was so smart looking in his formal wear! Girls...he's available! (Have not asked whether he has a girlfriend, if he does - Jackson's girlfriend, please don't be angry with me for advertising him).

Heartiest Congratulations to Jackson on the Grand Opening of Book Valley! Wishing you and your uncle every success and "Sang Yue Hing Loong"!

27 comments:

Precious Pea said...

Very good coverage ...hahaha..even VVIP's food also manage to take. Salute! Next visit to Book Valley i follow ok?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Very nice pictures. I'm sure Jackson will appreciate your pics. Wahh..Jackson so cute one ah? :-)
Regret not going with u, girl..can't wait to see ur write-up on the duck. Sob.

Jackson said...

Thx WMW!!! U hv done such a great job! A simple gift wrapping paper also can become something so grand n nice! Thx for coming and review bout Book Valley...next time i belanja Klang Bah Kut Teh

fatboybakes said...

cough cough cough choke choke....

Xiu Long Bao said...

huh? i tot jackson's gf is nicole?

Tummythoz said...

Got VVIP to officiate d opening ceremony! My sincere apologies, Jackson for I didn't realise your shop is such a grand cafe! After such fantastic promotion by wmw, guess will c your face soon in Cleo's 50 Most Eligible Bachelor soon (if still available by then)!

TQ so very much for d invitation. Sorry I was unable to make it.

wmw said...

Precious Pea : Sure thing!...

lyrical lemongrass : No worries, let me know when you next go up to Klang.

Jackson : Thanks for the compliment. I prefer roast duck! Ha ha ha...

fbb : Why cough? You see Jackson's face you cough ah?

xiu long bao : I keep seeing the name Nicole but I haven't read all the posts properly. I'm not sure and I didn't ask him. Jackson, please confirm your availability or non-availability ASAP. Ha ha ha...

Tummythoz: Ha ha...why you leaving comment for Jackson here ah? Actually, Jackson was so busy that day, he couldn't take photos and post this. Just so happened I turned up with my camera.

Tummythoz said...

I got too excited after reading your post & started commenting. Was too lazy to cut & re-paste at his blog. Hope u don mind too much. *trying very hard to put up a pleading puppy eyes look which may in fact scare off a few of your readers*

jason said...

Such good "report" on the opening! Thanks for sharing ;)

Jackson said...

Annoucement to everyone! Im still single and available! But only for those who hv passion in food!!! FBB, if u cough, go see doctor!! WMW, pls bring me to the roast duck place next time too

boo_licious said...

I also wanted to cough cough! Jackson will now be receiving lots of applications.

Precious Pea said...

Hahaha, Jackson, if you looking for someone with passion in food, i think we can all help you advertise. WMW, i want the roast duck too!

wmw said...

tummythoz: No worries lah...please show me your pleading puppy eyes look when we meet up and I shall let you know if it's scary. Ha ha ha...

Jason : Thanks for reading!

Jackson: Roast duck? Ok, ok...

boo : Will check with Jackson on applications! Hee hee...

precious pea : Well said! True! Roast duck? Ok, ok...(jots down in book)

lyn said...

your pic of jackson doesn't do justice to his good looks lah! much better in person.....yuen did say he's cute! somemore got charming smile...very yau yeng! mmmmm....yeah, maybe see him in future edition of cleo...hehehe!

Precious Pea said...

wmw, nasi lemak on me, when?

lyn said...

afterthought : or rather something that just crossed my mind.....you can be jackson's official photographer to submit his photo to cleo! how about one in your favourite daniel henney pose????!!!!! aiks! don't be mad at me....me just being cheeky!

wmw said...

lyn : Ha ha ha......Only if Jackson is willing to let his photo be submitted! I will charge entry fee for whosoever wants to attend his photo session with me. LOL! Jackson, we split the profit 50:50

Precious Pea : Weekday can? Or must be Sat?

Precious Pea said...

This Saturday not possible, how about next??

MeiyeN said...

O_o goodness..... one good write-up! too bad that i didn't manage to make it on that day... and who's nicole? :p

babe_kl said...

wah with such pics, i didnt feel being left out from the real action.

wmw said...

Precious Pea : Guess we'll meet up when I get back yah?

meiyen : Thanks. You must ask Jackson that question loh....

babe_kl : Ha ha ha...Yes, reporting live from Klang!

carcar said...

hi hi, first time here! im impressed with your stunning photography skill! awesome!

many thanks for the precise info here! i wish im there at the opening...*sobbed*

love your blog!~

wmw said...

carcar:Welcome! Thanks for the compliment. You have got a nice blog there yourself. See you around!

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Hey dear, fantastic commitment to your blog. ;-) And cool that you went to Book Valley Opening. How's Amy? Haven't seen her in yonks?

Nigel

wmw said...

Commitment? ha ha ha...the roast duck lunch was also a pull factor! I see Amy now and then but it's been about 5 months since I last saw her! Give her a call.

chenboon said...

Hello, foreigner here!
Linked from Jackson's blog and here I am~
I love the way u write n the photos were interesting too…
My English not so good, can only say, wonderful!
En, I like F.A.T. as well. Ha ha~~~

wmw said...

chenboon: Welcome...thanks for the compliment. Hope to see you around.