You know at the Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P Ramlee junction (where Nuovo and Shagri La is), you'll see a Mercedez Benz + Smart cars dealership, the same people who run the dealership owns Menara Hap Seng, the white building behind it, which houses The Podium.
Hey!!! You folks reacted the same when we announced that we're headed to Jeumpa D'ramo, not too long ago. Now, everyone loves Jeumpa D'ramo, so much so getting a slot for Bijou Bazaar is no longer a phone call away. :o(
... and Strudels Cafe Lucky Garden Bangsar, we heard grumbles when we made the announcement. Now people ask us, when are we going back to Strudels?
KL Pac is KL Pac lah, everyone loves KL Pac. (Thank you, Tongue in Chic! Thank you, KLue!)
Lets share Bijou Bazaar sunshine with other venues as well, shall we? ;o)
The Podium is actually a 3 storey shopping centre serving the commercial suites in Menara Hap Seng, formerly known as MUI Plaza. When I first went over to see the place, I knew right away that the ambience is right for Bijou Bazaar. To make things interesting, the Customer Service & Promotion Manager was formerly with this bling bling mall in KL, and we went on discussing KL Freeze. Apparently, the event turned out good for the mall. :o)
Most commercial centres are too cold and aloof, you'd not sit on the floor. But The Podium was inviting, I sat on the floor, absorbing the place. (Not that I'm asking you to sit on the floor ramai2, I'm explaining how warm and friendly the place was that I sat on the floor. :op)
(I wonder if they'll allow us to dump our ducks in their water feature, just for the weekend + perhaps some of those rainbow wind wheels near their bamboo trees?)
It has a well manicured rooftop garden as well on level 2F, it's like a secret hideaway. The night when Iwan-g and myself first went over to view the place, we got lost chatting in the garden (sitting on the grass, kicking our shoes off, feeling the grass underneath our feet). The next thing we knew it was almost 11 p.m.
It'll be ours during the weekends in September, there won't be other kiasu festive season shoppers, just us, Bijou Bazaar peeps. Of course, you reading can come! ;o)
What say you to that?