These past few weeks had been extremely intense for me, what with work, taking over from Ai, the Sabah situation and of course facing up to the CTs trying to intimidate me with their bullying ways. Heh .. you can only try CTs.
The situation in Sabah seems to have eased off a bit, although I'm sure that our guys out there are still in grave danger, and they are still in my prayers. Work has been easing off too, with the bulk of my more time-consuming workload delegated to the rest of the team, so I have more time to do the less urgent but more important things that I have been putting off.
However, I'm taking it easy this weekend. Being intense can be exhausting, so I am just going to chill this weekend and do things that I had been putting off for weeks now.
I am thinking of going to JPO tomorrow, though, for a bit of retail therapy. The last time I was there, I only managed to get myself a pair of Skechers running shoes and a pair of Clarks oxfords for work. I am not sure what I will find tomorrow, but I am in search of a good bag that looks feminine but will fit my laptop, tablets, hard disks, cables, chargers, my med-kit and other work essentials, to replace my tatty Targus.
I like having all the mid-range brands in one place so I don't have to walk miles just to get a few things. Most of the stuff at JPO are things that I can afford, quality stuff that I don't have to save months for, but are great for daily use and last for a long time. The crowd that I saw the last time I was there was a good mix of locals and out-of-towners. It provides a different shopping experience for middle-income Johoreans and will be a plus point in attracting more professionals to reside and work in Johor.
Personally, I think JPO is a good addition to southern Johor. Besides being another tourism attraction for shoppers, I think JPO is a reflection of the changing landscape of commercial activities down here, a much needed boost to Johor services sector. Things are getting livelier in JB too, and I am seriously thinking of setting roots here, maybe buying a property somewhere nearby, a studio apartment maybe. Maybe I should start looking after the General Election.