Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fever Pitch - Formula One & Grand Malaysia Sale

As Kuala Lumpur revs up with preparations for the Formula One races from April 3 to 5, department stores in Malaysia are singing a similar hot tune.

The Grand Malaysia Sale is back and promises to be as attractive as the Mega Sale (in July) if not more. Until April 5, major department stores are offering up to 70% discounts.

Here is a rundown of department stores as borrowed from The Star:

Coming from the south of the border, Tangs is really big in Singapore and has received a similar welcome on our shores. Their “Sale or Nothing” is bound to set hearts aflutter and wallets a-flapping with great discounts at its store in the Pavilion.

Somerset Bay, Living Quarters and East India Company are some of the house brands that Metrojaya offers. It’s latest outlet is at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara.

Coming onto our shores the second time around, Debenhams is now housed at The Curve and is set to bring in the best of England’s fashion and products. It retails Red Herring and Maine New England, which are Debenhams’ popular housebrands and this is a good season to get items on your wish list at great discounts.

This department store operates only in the capital city and offers many quality items for less during the sale. Its stores are at Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang; Lot 10, Bukit Bintang; and at The Gardens, Mid Valley City, off Jalan Syed Putra.

During this grand sale, there will be pockets of promotions targetting several departments within the store, namely the Home Fair on March 12-22; and The Leather Mania sale, which ends on March 15. Their stores are located at all major cities and towns nationwide.

Having just celebrated their 15th Anniversary, Sogo is the favourite department store for middle class families with their good sales and strategic location on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, right in the heart of the capital city.

The Store
The Store is appealing to many, especially those in rural areas as their outlets are more readily found outside big cities and towns. Always giving their customers the best deals, The Store never fails to deliver during sales such as these with their drop-dead pricing.

This is another hot Malaysian favourite that is celebrating its silver anniversary this year with lots of sales and good buys, which began on Jan 27 and has continued to usher the GP nationwide sale. For homemakers, this is one of the best department stores to buy your kitchen utensils at great discounts now!

Marks & Spencers
For many in the Generation Y and before, Marks & Spencers is a name they know and value and have been on our shores, at One Utama, Sunway Pyramid. Suria KLCC and The Gardens, for sometime. Check out their good deals and stock up on the good, old English biscuits that are available at their specialty stores.

Bringing a new concept in fashion is what Robinsons has offered Malaysians since its debut at The Gardens, Mid Valley City, off Jalan Syed Putra in Kuala Lumpur. Among their star brands are Casualist, Blend and Martinique for men; Coast, Trucco, Fenn Wright Mason, In Wear, and Episode for women.

By the way, this is how the race track in Malaysia (Sepang) look like.

Some statistics for race in Kuala Lumpur:

Race Date: 05 Apr 2009
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.543 km
Race Distance: 310.408 km
Lap Record: 1:34.223 - JP Montoya (2004)

Interested to see the races? You can purchase tickets, hotel or book a package online.


  1. Are tickets all sold out?.. it would be nice to be at Sepang.

  2. Can I use my Jusco coupons during its sales?

  3. Anonymous5:09 PM

    Have you been to the F1 race? I would like to watch one but the ticket's exhorbitant. I don't want seats where I cannot view the action. Would be nice to photograph this event.

  4. The Sepang tickets are not cheap...maybe I should go to the Store and Jusco instead XD

  5. I haven't been to F1 at Sepang before. The ticket price too expensive and you can only see one part of the race, better watch it on TV though RTM's coverage sucks!

  6. Joe, I really have no idea but you can check out the website to find out. I know it will be exhilarating for those interested. Visiting colleagues of mine would purposely make a trip to Sepang just to watch Formula One because where they are from there is no F1 venue closeby enough for them to witness a race.

    KS, I suppose you will have to check with Jusco or the Formula One people.

  7. MT, I have not found myself interested enough to attend a Formula One race. According to the ticket schedule, there are cheaper tickets for general admission - no seat but close enough to the track (according to the map) for you to take pictures. Cheaper means Eur30.00 while the grandstand seats would go for Eur585.00, lowest being Eur150.00 according to the website.

    JL, it's relative really.

    Foong, I thought so too. Watching it on tv, you will get to see more. Astro does a good coverage though.