Sewing World Gallery, One City USJ

I can’t sew to save my life. I mean, a loose button won’t be a problem, but anything beyond that will have me stumped. If this was 50, 60 years ago, I’d probably be ‘unmarriageable’, but thankfully (or not?) times have changed. Still, I think sewing is a great skill to have.

While catching a movie with S at One City USJ recently, we came across this newly opened place called Sewing World Gallery – a sewing/tailoring school cum shop/gallery which has loads of interesting items on display. Didn’t manage to see much of it the first time around coz we were rushed for time, so I came here on the weekend with my mum to check it out.

The place is massive – you can spend more than an hour exploring the place as an ‘art gallery’ on its own. At the entrance, we were greeted by colourful pouffes, knitted items and creative crafts, such as a bag made through the ‘anyaman‘ (weaving) method using Nescafe coffee sachets.

There also carry bespoke bags and designs that you won’t find elsewhere. The gallery offers classes every weekend, so you can make your own items. There’s a workspace upstairs equipped with all the essentials such as sewing kits and machines, as well as trainers who will guide you through the process.

The museum corner at the back of the gallery sports a collection of old items such as this charcoal-powered iron (my aunt has one – you put the charcoal pieces into the bottom slot) and sewing machines where you have to press the pedal to power it.

Some of the beautiful pieces on display.

There’s so much you can create from sewing/stitching/knitting. Tea cosies, small ‘cushions’ for your smartphones, pouches, coin holders, pillow cases.

These wonderful tapestries would make a welcome addition to any home.

Kids will love these giant stuffed toys. The colourful little dogs and chickens on the floor are door stoppers.

Chairs with coffee sacks as covers. Upcycling at its finest.

The gallery is also home to the largest bag in Malaysia, as certified by the Malaysia Book of Records. The quirky looking patchwork structure even has ‘handles’, although I can’t imagine any occasion where someone can take this out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Smaller bags on the inside of the giant bag.

Quilting samples.

Room decorated with quilt covers, carpets and bright funky-looking pillows.

Small souvenirs for sale.

These ‘aprons’ on the cooking oil bottles were cute and amusing.

costume made out of Nescafe sachets.

Arabic calligraphy.

All in all, there was lots to see at the Sewing World Gallery, even if you’re not a sewing enthusiast. Drop by for a visit – it might pique your interest in sewing.

SEWING WORLD GALLERYย 

C-01-01 to 08, Block C, Level 1, Sky Park @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1; 47650 Subang

Largest Pre-Loved Item Store in Malaysia @ Jalan Jalan Japan, One City USJ

The saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and at One City USJ, old stuff that’s still in good condition gets a second lease of life at Jalan Jalan Japan !ย S and I were at the mall for a movie when we stumbled across this massive warehouse-like store, which carries everything from men’s/women’s clothing to shoes, bags, toys, books, sports equipment, strollers, and more. It’s heaven for bargain hunters!

 

They even have this ‘Tapau’ (takeaway) event where they give you a basket and you stuff as much as you can in it for just RM10 (USD2.30) !ย 

On the ground floor is where there are racks upon racks of women’s clothing, which are sorted according to category such as T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, formal wear, skirts, etc. Most of the clothes are from no-name brands from Japan (hence the store’s name of Jalan Jalan Japan!). While most ARE still in good condition, some of the items do look rather old and faded. There are a few quirky-looking gems though (no chance of bumping into someone else wearing these on the street, I bet!) so spend time looking through them and I’m sure the hunt will be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ If all else fails, the t-shirts are good and cheap for home wear. ๐Ÿ˜› They have gowns, evening dresses and even kimonos that look brand new, since these items are rarely worn twice.

Three items for only RM5! (USD1.15)

LOADS of clothes.

Collectibles and toys are housed in glass cases, so if you’d like to look at them you have to ask a staff member to get it out for you. These weren’t as cheap, with some costing a few hundred ringgit! There was also another section with pre-loved branded items such as Gucci handbags, Hermes handkerchiefs, etc. But looking at the overall warehouse-like setting and the presentation, I wouldn’t bet on their authenticity (although they were really pricey).

Stuffed toy aisle.

Some cute and quirky-looking characters.

A section selling books/manga collections; most were in Chinese or Japanese.

On the mezzanine floor, loads of strollers. These were all still in good condition. Which makes sense, since people only use them for a few years anyway. If you’re looking to buy cheap strollers, this is a good place!

Shoe section, sorted according to shoe size. A lot of the shoes had their soles peeling and whatnot, but again, if you hunt long enough, you’d probably find a pair that suits you. That or you could take it to a cobblers and have them spruce it up as good as new. Shoes were all less than Rm20, averaging around RM5-15.

I rather liked this pair of high heels and thought to get them for work, but after tottering around in them I realised why the original owner wanted to get rid of it ๐Ÿ˜› It wasn’t the best balance and fit – felt like I was pitching forward. That or I just suck at wearing heels.

Now these looked good. They were only RM15! But the downside of shopping at thrift stores like these? There’s only one size T-Tย 

I think I’d have a better chance getting something at the bag section. I mean, look at this gaudy gold bag – now that’s a fashion statement. And only RM3! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Diving gear and surfboards. They also sell sports gear (badminton/tennis racquets), golf bags/golf clubs, guitars (although some are missing strings), keyboards and various other paraphernalia.

I think it’s brilliant to have a pre-loved item store, saves money and gives perfectly usable old items a second lease of life. ๐Ÿ™‚

JALAN JALAN JAPAN

Level 1A, Block A, Sky Park @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1A, 47650, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

facebook.com/JalanJalanJapan.Malaysia

 

Heaven Is The Big Bad Wolf Sale 2016 at One City USJ

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…to a bibliophile like me, at least! What better place to spend eternity than to be surrounded by books? ๐Ÿ˜›ย 

Even so, I’ve avoided coming to the annual Big Bad Wolf sale for the last two years, simply because I have so many unread books in my library. The temptation proved too much to resist this time around. I found myself at One City USJ in Subang,ย where the Wolf will be having a 12pm-12am sale everyday from now til June 26.ย 

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Who says Malaysians don’t like reading? I say we’re pretty avid readers (or at least book buyers!), judging from the regular Big Bad Wolf sales held several times in a year, which always draws huge crowds.

What’s so special about the BBW Book Sales?ย 

  • Books go for as low as RM8 (2$). Not just old books but new titles as well!
  • The books are in good condition. No dog-eared, second-hand stuff.
  • Great selection with thousands of titles in a variety of genres.
  • More savings: Regular titles at bookstores will cost RM35 and above.
  • Rebates: If you sign up as a member, you immediately get 5% off, and you can use that for future BBW events too.

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Past BBWs were held at the Mines Convention Center and were usually done at the end of the year. Since this is like a mini, mid-year sale, there weren’t as many books – but still more than one can handle !

Books were sorted according to genres and authors in alphabetical order: a vast improvement from previous years. Back then they only labeled it by genre, making it hard to find titles. There were also trolleys for people to put their books in.

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The first floor was dedicated to general fiction, fantasy/sci-fi and horror (still a small selection…Malaysians prefer reading romance novels? lol), romance, literature and graphic novels.

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The second floor had children’s books, cookbooks, self-help, health and nutrition, non-fiction, architecture, photography and more categories.

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Just before exiting, there was also a section dedicated to stationery with some pretty nice notebooks!

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10 books for just over RM100! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Big Bad Wolf Sales is happening from now until June 26 at One City, USJ Subang from 12pm to 12am daily. Great place to fill up your library and get quality books at low, low prices.

**My only complaint? They allowed too many credit card companies in. Was constantly assailed by people asking me if I wanted to sign up, when all I wanted to do was browse for books to buy in peace. It got very annoying after I was approached by 5 different companies, some by the same people who had asked me that like 15 minutes before lol.

 

 

 

bbq, One City USJ

Update: This branch is permanently closed.

N and I randomly decided to go for a movie after work. The best place to meet that was near for the both of us was One City USJ. It’s kind of a dead mall, but has some nice eateries and a cinema that’s always empty so you don’t have to worry about not getting tix.

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Beautiful sunset. Please do not drive and take pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dropped by bbqchicken. Dark, cosy interior, friendly waiters, rather empty restaurant.They specialise in chicken fried in olive oil, and a mix of Korean/Western dishes such as pasta, fried rice, pizza and Korean pancakes.

I ordered the Hot Hot Drum (RM15.90 – 2 pc, above) and a bowl of rice (RM3.50). Two fried chicken drumsticks were drizzled over with a sweet and spicy sauce. I liked the crunchiness of the skin and the meat was juicy, but didn’t really enjoy that weird olive oil aftertaste mixed with the sauce which was too sweet imo. It was better with rice.

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N’s Chicken Jerk (RM19.90) had fries, rice and a side of salad.

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Lot A-G-03, Ground Floor, One City@USJ 25, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

We went to watch the new Jungle Book after dinner, but that’s for another post. ๐Ÿ™‚