Thursday, December 25, 2008

Uniqlo Quick Dry shirt from used clothing stalls

I have began to replace most of my shirts with these Uniqlo Quick dry shirts. I first discovered this shirt in Langkawi when I was working there. I bought a piece for RM10 at a shop (kedai) bundle in Kuah town. I have officially fallen in love with them ever since.

The Uniqlo brand is a popular and affordable clothing manufacturer from Japan. I am not sure if the manufacturer them clothing in Japan (I doubt so) but the colors, designs and material are all very up to date. One can find Uniqlo products including jeans, shirts, jackets and some hankie as well.

Catering to the Japanese market, it is only natural that their sizes are a bit tad smaller compared to the usual baju bundle, especially those from the US. I can fit a L nicely but with any brands from Japan, it has to be anything bigger than XL.

Thank God these quick dry shirts are rather stretchable. I like them cause they don’t absorb sweat all too much and they also do not retain them. The tiny holes that makes up the fabric allows for air to flow in between, especially helpful in Malaysia’s hot and humid climate.

Uniqlo not only produces a lot of clothing but they also come up with all sorts of different ‘presentations’ for their products. These quick dry shirts for example, some in many designs. I have at least 5 different designs but each of them have a different ‘presentation’ in terms of label or tag used. The picture below shows the labels on 3 different types of quick dry shirts from Uniqlo.

All of the above are from uniqlo. Notice that the tags does not indicate that at all. The middle shirt’s tag is a typical tag for shirts from this Uniqlo brand. One can find it not only on quick dries but also on cotton shirts and round neck.
The bottom ‘body tech’ shirt is one of the most current I think. They are made to look very trendy and ‘hi-tech’.
The top shirt has no labels or tags. The shirt’s size etc is printed, most probably through heat transfer onto the shirt. The printings have mostly peeled off though. But this particular shirt has a small loop stitched to it. I have not a clue what it is for but a friend said it would probably be used for hanging the shirt up.

I paid anything around RM5 to RM10 for one of these shirts. They can be found at most bundle shops.

I sekarang dah naik gila dengan baju jenis quick-dry (cepat kering). Material macam sikit dengan jersey bola. Baju jenis ni sedap pakai, tak serap peluh sangat tapi yang paling best, cepat kering. Walaupun berpeluh, dalam keadaan ada angin, sejuk aje rasanya. I dah boleh dapat banyak dari kedai bundle. Dari belah Kedah sampai belah K.L, kalau ada singgah aje mesti usha baju quick dry.

Begitu banyak I dah rembat, sampai orang rumah pulak buat bising. Baju lama yang cotton semua dah bungkus boleh jual (kedai bundle kononnya!). Takdelaaa…saying laa baju lama lain. Semua ori bundle belaka.

Brand yang I carik ialah brand dari Uniqlo. Tapi banyak baju cepat kering Uniqlo tak ada ‘label’ uniqlo. Yang ada cuma label saiz. Nak tau brand, kena selak baju label dalam dekat pinggang. Baju cepat kering Uniqlo sedap pakai, design pun sempoi, jarang pulak ada printing benda pelik-pelik.

Cuma satu saje I songeh. Saiz orang Jepun memang kecik. Maklumlah Uniqlo ni brand Jepun. Aku ni dah laa tough sikit, saiz XL pun kena sumbat gak. Tak kire!

Mana nak cari? Kebanyakan kedai bundle ada. Cuma nak kena rajin selak. Tapi baju jenis ni jarang jatuh bundle baju t-shirt. Jenis ni banyak jatuh dalam bundle jersey. Okaylaa…orang sibuk kutip baju jersey bola, durian runtuh laaa bagi aku…

Monday, December 22, 2008

Old The North Face (TNF) shorts

Ha...ha...ha...I found yet another pair of The North Face short pants. This one I think has got to be one of the oldest I have ever seen. I was in Kulim a few weeks back and saw this kedai bundle. Waaa...cannot tahan. Just had to make a quick detour. My mom, aunt and wife would have to bear with me while I browse through the racks.

An old TNF short pants

This pair of TNF shorts but have been hanging at the end of the rack like forever. The color has faded, there are small brown spots growing all over. I thought for a second, did some haggling and walked away with the TNF short pants for RM3. Bargain eh? The only problem is that I can't wear it!

Anyway...I am happy coz this item is sooo opposite to the TNF Rocksolid I posted earlier. This pair of TNF shorts doesn't come with many of the 'blings' of current models. Even the inside tag looks...'ancient'.

Old tag for an old pants. No fancy labels inside. Made in Bangladesh

Though it has a built-in 'belt', its a thread through. And note that there are no special TNF label on this threaded 'belt'.

Simple, basic design, unlike the more 'trendy' Rocksolid design...see below

Despite it's old looking design without all the blings, this old TNF shorts already displays the 'spacious' crotch. A signature design for most outdoor pants specifically for ease of movement.

The 'extra' spacious crotch allows ease of movement

Aaaaahhh...for RM3, I get to have a real close look at this TNF short pants. I am satisfied. Now, if only I can find a use for it...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

X-Large brand shorts, from kedai bundle

One of the brands that have always intrigued me is the X-Large brand. When I first heard about this brand, I thought they were referring to clothing sizes but it became apparent that this brand is in a league of its own.

This is a pair of X-Large shorts that I got from a used clothing store (kedai bundle) in Perak. For RM15, my gut feeling is that the seller doesn’t really know his brands. He even sold me a Prana used shirt for RM10 only.

Then again, this pair of X-large shorts could be selling at this price due to the fact that it is originally a long pants being cut into shorts. The stitching are not all that great and the thread doesn’t match the rest of the garment. Anyway, I have never owned a X-Large item, so RM15 is okay I suppose.

Over the years, I found that many of these skate brands and perhaps also ‘alternative’ brands like to use pictures of apes or big apes as their logo or trademark. A quick glance through Xlarge website and you will know what I mean. Other brands that uses apes or monkeys that I know of includes Ben Sherman, A bathing Ape and Milo.

Unfortunatelly, there are no monkey or ape faces on this pair of shorts. The is an Xlarge label stitched on the right pocket.

Xlarge is popular in US but even more in Japan. At one point, used XLarge tees and other clothing products can easily fetch over a hundred ringgit, even in pasar malam. They are so rare and baju bundle sellers considers finding one like hitting a gold mine.

But the value and also the prices of XLarge items in the baju bundle community has dropped rather sharply I think. In big cities like KL, the prices may be higher but in smaller towns, one can really get a bargain for them.

What more with so many fake items in the market these days. Brands like XLarge and A Bathing Ape especially has been targets as fake items due to their high demand and price. I sometimes feel that the best possible way for a person to get an original item is to actually head down to a baju bundle shop.

Ini sehelai seluar pendek jenama XLarge yang I dapat dari sebuah kedai bundle kat Perak. Boleh tahanlaa…walaupun design simple, tak banyak songeh. Seluar ini I rasa asalnya seluar panjang tapi dah dipotong jadi seluar pendek. Tak kisahlaaa…janji ori.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bison Belts soft peak cap for the outdoors; barang outdoor bundle

I recently bought an interesting cap to add to my collection of barang outdoor bundle. He..he…I was actually looking for a kavu cap but stumbled upon this one instead. I was looking for a cap designed for adventure use, especially one that does not have that pesky button on the top. The button is really irritating, especially when having to put on a helmet.

This cap is really suitable for adventure stuff I think. The color I would say is nice, plus the trimming of colorful band really adds a sense of ‘coolness’ to it. There’s ventilation meshes on both sides…without the button definitely.

The best thing about this cap is the peak. I donno what else to call it since that is what they refer it as when I did my short (and painful) stint with the Navy long time ago. Unlike most caps, the peak is hard. Normally produced with a hard piece of plastic inside to hold its shape. This Bison Belts cap however is soft, flexible and still does its work. It doesn’t droop down when in use. But I can literraly crumple it up and stuff it into my pocket without having to worry about the peak breaking into pieces. To prove to you, I bundle up this Bison Belts cap into a smallest bundle I can and held it with a rubber-band to hold it in place.

Now, I have not seen many caps that can do that. This is more common with wide brim hats like the ones made by the brand Columbia. But for a cap, this is the first time ever I see a design like this. This adds well into my stash of ‘barang outdoor bundle’.

There are no internal tag.

The only tag available is attached to the cap size adjustment strap at the back of the cap. Perhaps they have done their homework and realize that a tag on the inside of a cap can sometimes cause irritation to the wearer. So, I think the label on this cap is placed well.

The tag on this Bison Belts soft peak cap is located on its adjustable strap

Overall, I would say that this is a great cap for use in the outdoors. If one wear to wear a hat underneath a climbing helmet, one does not have to worry about two things. One is the pesky little button on the top. The other is a hard peak cap that will obstruct a climber from getting real ‘close’ with the wall. Something that I believe many climbers would appreciate, especially in sunny and hot Malaysia

Ini topi Bison Belts (US) yang I beli dari satu kedai bundle baru-baru ini. Yang best pasal topi ini ialah 'peak' topi ini jenis lembut. Bukan macam topi biasa yang ada 'peak' keras berplastik di dalam. Ini mungkin sesuai untuk aktiviti lasak/ outdoor seperti wall climbing dan main kayak jeram dimana pemakai mungkin perlu rapat pada permukaan yang keras. Kalau pakai topi dengan 'peak' keras, mesti susah nak bergerak, malah boleh menyakitkan kalau terhantuk.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bag outdoor Gregory Crux from kedai bundle; outdoor gear

This is the used Gregory Crux daypack that I recently purchased from a kedai bundle in Gombak town, not very far from K.L. I think this pack looks great and it’s very rare and old (based on what I know that is). I thought the days of branded packs from bundle shops are over man. With so many more people into packs, pouches etc, I consider this as a superb find. I’d never expect to find such a bag at any bundle shops these days. The overall condition isn’t great. The internal layer of waterproofing is mostly gone. Color has faded much. The stitching are still good but some edges of the material (probably cordura) type are starting to fur up.

My guess is that this Gregory Crux daypack is somewhat 20 litres or so. Perhaps 1 tenth of the Osprey Ariel I sold a couple of month back. It really is a simple design. A typical stiff sheath keeps the pack in shape with no fancy padding. The shoulder straps are just the straight type, not even a chest buckle. Can’t say much with the waist strap as well. Just a piece of webbing. From the pack’s design, I would say that this Gregory Crus is made to hit the commuters rather than the technical outdoorsman. I tried google this pack and the model but didn’t find much except for a Japanese website with several Gregory packs for auction. There are several hits on the keyword Crux backpack but it came from brands like Mountainsmith and even Boreal!

The Gregory engraving on the front buckle

Below are some pictures of parts of the pack. This pack even comes with a special slot for mineral water bottles (at least that is what I think they are for). The cool think about this pack that I like is perhaps the kangaroo like pouch that’s between the small front pouch and the main compartment. It allows objects of different objects to be stashed away. Even a bike helmet. I think that’s useful.

The water bottle 'slot' on the Gregory Crux daypack

The 'kangaroo' slot is useful and practical

Now …as for the origins of this pack. I strongly believe that this particular rare and obsolete Gregory pack is designed and produced specifically for the Japan market. The Japanese are mad about Gregory products and being a smart brand, Gregory of course would cash in on it. Below is the only internal label that I can find.

This pack is old. Probably not made for the ‘real’ outdoors. But I think I will put it into good use, starting with replacing my old Eagle Creek sling pack with this Crux for work! My Eagle Creek (by the way, also bought from a used clothing store) can really use a break after so many years of service.

Ini bag Gregory Crux I dapat dari satu kedai dekat Gombak. Itu pun tak sengaja. Tengah dalam perjalanan ke Batu Caves, Nampak tepi jalan satu kedai bundle. Singgah kejap…tak sangka boleh jumpa bag outdoor bundle. Gregory, jenama Amerika Syarikat yang memang mahal gile. Orang US gila habis jenama ni. Kat Malaysia, tak banyak rasanya orang yang pakai barang outdoor Gregory. Mahal.

Bag bundle ini tak besar saiznya. Lebih kurang 20 liter. Kemuningkinan besar bag ini dibuat lebih pada gaya, bukan untuk mendaki atau outdoor yang ekstreem sangat. Tapi design I rasa cantik. Cukup cantik untuk I ambik bawa gi kerja. Dah sampai masa untuk bagi bag silang Eagle Creek yang dahg bertahun lama untuk berehat seketika.

Bag outdoor bundle ni taklah elok sangat. Tapi sekarang memang susah nak cari bag bundle. Jarang nak jumpa. Ada pun ekor-ekor. Entah apalaa nasib saya hari itu, boleh juga jumpa bag Gregory. Mana nak cari?!!

Minat bag outdoor bundle? Jenguk-jenguklah koleksi bag outdoor bundle yang saya ada.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Baju bundle The North Face, ROCKSOLID; Used outdoor gear

I was digging through a pile of old baju bundle and found this The North Face (TNF) half pants. This TNF of course I got from one of them kedai baju bundle. Can’t remember where exactly but could be in a pasar malam back in Penang. This was years ago. That time, TNF is barely heard off and many people pass it as just any other crappy brand. Anyway, having subscribed to the Outdoor magazine back then, I had a bit of heads up on what brands to look out for.

I have been a big fan of outdoor gear for many years. A fetish some say but heck with it. Outdoor gear are normally made with purpose, with materials and designs that sometimes would blow your mind away.

Coming back to this TNF seluar pendek (seluar-pants, pendek-short), I assume that it is made more for fashion rather with technical use in mind. It’s always so for designs and models for the Japanese market. The internal tag gave it away. It’s a piece that is designated to target the Japanese and this comes as no surprise as many used bundle clothing comes from Japan as well.

I cannot fit into this pair anymore. Yup, has put on quite a bit since then and Size M doesn’t really cut it. But I like the ‘branding’ so to say on this item. Check out the picture below. The keychain loop is an added plus as well. Then again perhaps a real adventurer wouldn’t want ‘chains’ hanging around as well. Unless the loop is used to attached something they need and can’t afford to lose, like the Leatherman tool.

The loop for keys or the essential tools?

The 'extra' patch at the crotch area

This Rocksolid North Face shorts is probably designed for climbers as well. Besides the model name (Rocksolid) and rather tough cotton construction, the ‘extended’ crotch area also allows for flexibility. Something that has been the hallmark of most adventurer pants, to allow comfort and ease of movement. Oh…trust me…this ‘extension’ makes a whole lot of difference. Especially when squatting and kneeling. No need to worry that something will go ‘crack’. For climbers I believe this would really allow them to ‘hook’ (or whatever term they call it) their feet up high without having to pull up the pants for more slack.

Well, I will be starting a new category now, called the Outdoor Gear. Since most of my outdoor gear are either bought second hand or hand downs, I thought it is good to put them up on my blog too 

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A rare military-like pant (82857382) from used bundle clothing

This is one military-like pant I recently purchased from a used bundle clothing seller. I honestly don’t fancy military stuff, especially those in camouflage design and color but again at times, can’t help but get very fascinated with the design and material used to make them.

I am not sure if this is really a pair of military pant. Or it could be just a replica. Anyway, I actually walked pass it once, had a quick look but decided not to buy because it looks very military. But, the second time around I was there, this little voice in me was telling me to have a second look. The next thing I knew, it’s already in my pack on the way home.

I find this pair of pant interesting. I can’t tell for sure where it is made or for which army (if it is an army pant to begin with). The reason for the number title above (82857382) is because it’s the only indication/ markings I can find on the pants. Nothing else. The general army type of used clothing you’d find in bundle normally has a green tag indicating things like ‘NATO number XXX’, size range etc. This one is different.

Some peculiar observations…this pant have the usual two (slit) pockets but it also has this small pocket patch pocket on the right side at the front. It cannot be a watch pocket because of its size (big) and it’s weird also to be on a pair of army trousers. Wouldn’t the wearer loose items easily with a pocket like this? Especially when there is no flap covering it.

The same goes with the back pocket. It’s a really unsecured kind of pocket to be on a military pant if you ask me.

More interesting stuff…like all cargo and most military pants, side pockets are a must. This pair has side pockets with buttoned flap on both sides.
However, while most military designs that I have seen, they are rather wide and the designs normally allows the pocket to extend (folds at the side expand) when stuffed with things. This pant has like a patch pocket with a flap but it is deep and narrow. It seems to be built to contain certain items that are long but rather thin. My Garmin GPS76CSx would slide in perfectly but stuffing wide brim hat in would be a challenge really. It will still fit but will be uncomfortable I reckon.

Let’s hypothetically say that it’s a replica or a designer pant. How about the padded knee pads? Not only are knee pads double layered but they actually have a certain added material inside for that extra protection/ cushion. You can see the wave pattern of the inside material of the knee pad clearly in the picture below.

The pant’s knee pad

Picture of the knee part with the pant turn inside out

Note also that the knee pad is sewn up and there is no way I can remove out whatever is in the knee pad without undoing the stitching.

This pair of pant comes with button fly. The same buttons are also used as suspender’s attachments point.

Button flies

The suspenders buttons

If this pair is a replica and it comes with suspenders, probably this pair is from Japan I think. Suspenders are popular in Japan fashion. Especially among the skin and the mods.

There are a number of oddities to this pair of paint. On top of all the above, noticeably are also the double layered bum. Bviously for additional toughness. The material of this pant in itself I would say is already heavy. Doubling it at the bum area is rather overkill but perhaps the makers expect the users to do a lot of bum rubbing. I wonder…

Already the material is really tough, they also made double layered bum

It is also worth mentioning perhaps is the ends of each leg of the pant. It has this female button slot. When I fold the ends of the pants, I find a button that can be used to keep the folding in place (so that it does not unfold itself all the way). See pics below.

There are plenty of repairs done to this pant. Patches and zigzag sewing was used to patch probably holes and tears. But the workmanship is quite good. The thread used is almost of similar color to the pant itself. Whoever did all these repairs obviously invested time and resources getting it done.

This 82857382 military-like pant is unique. I like it and I would probably keep it as part of my collection. I may or may not wear it but until I find out really where it came from, I think it will just sit among the pile of ‘rare’ collection that I have. I just hope the repairs done on it are not due to bullet holes (someone died in it?) but more of its sentimental value and uniqueness. If it turns out to be a replica, then I would gladly shift it into my ‘bust ‘em’ pile of clothes.

So…anyone out there can help me identify where or which army this pair of pants belongs to?

Fuh…menarik habis seluar ni. Tapi I betul-betul tak tau samaada seluar askar atau tidak. Kalau-pun seluar askar, entah dari mana. Banyak cirri-ciri pelik seluar ni. Kalau seluar askar, taka nada poket depan dan belakang yang tak boleh ditutup? Jatuh la barang. Tapi kalau cakap seluar fesyen pun pelik gak. Buntuk dua lapis, tebal gile. Lutut pula dua lapis, ada pulak disumbat dengan entah apa dalam tu. Seluar pakai cerut, tapi ada pulak butang untuk pakai ‘suspender’. Macam pulak gaya skin. Ai…pelik. Cuma ada label nombor je.
Okay…kalu kawan-kawan tau apa seluar ni, bagi tau. I teringin nak tau.

Baju bundle…citarasa ramai rakyat Malaysia.

Hmmm…dah sampai masanya saya blog baju bundle pulak dalam B.M. Asyik mat salleh pun takleh gak. Okay…baru-baru ni, I jumpa member sorang kat Chow Kit. Tengah selak baju bundle gak. Entah camana, kami start sembang. Terpegun gak si Mamat ni bila tahu yang I orang Cina. ‘Eh…orang Cina pun gila bundle ke’. Eleeeeh…Cina tak Cina, baju bundle I dah pakai sejak I pergi skolah lagi beb.

Lagipun, member semua Melayu, mesti terpengaruh kan? Sempoi pa. Baju bundle bukan saja murah, kualiti pun secara amnya lagi bagus dari beli yang baru. Tengok baju murah-murah skarang yang dibuat di China. Dah la kualiti teruk, design pulak hodoh. Murah tu murah laa…tapi dalam RM10, RM5, baik beli bundle. Design sempoi, brand pun sempoi.

Kenapa minat bundle? Macam-macam sebab. Murah satu hal, brand takyah cite la…tapi mungkin ‘keghairahan’ mencari sesuatu yang cun dalam longgokan baju bundle atau dalam barisan pakaian tergantung membuatkan aku tak tahan. Macam pergi tresure hunt setiap kali. Ada saja yang best nak beli. Beli aje laaa…brapa ringgit baru. Beli baru dahlah mahal, dapat sehelai. Tak berbaloi.

Hmm…mungkin juga I gila bundle sebab bau baju yang baru diggantung. Bau memang tak lari. Pejam mata pun boleh cam. Bau memang lain dari lain. Pernah cium tak bundle baru pecah? Oh…best habis. I dulu pernah berniaga bundle, tiap kali nak pecah bundle macam nak kena nombor ekor. Bila dah bukak, cium dulu…terguling-guling bijik mata membaunya. Bau baju bundle…fuiyooo!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

US GI Army Medical Kit/ Pouch; Vintage but nice looking

Recently I got a call from a friend about a US Army pouch he saw in some kedai bundle in Sungai Buloh. I was a bit busy (more like lazy) to go all the way there for a pouch but I remembered having something like that.

So…in I went into the pile of stuff I have tucked away in the big carton box under the windows. Oh…that box is a treasure chest!

Anyway, one thing that caught my eyes was this military medical pouch. I got it from one of them baju bundle shops in Penang many years ago. I had a feeling I already have something of this kind. I just can’t remember where I left it.

Back to the pouch. To be honest, I am not sure if it’s a pouch, a bag or to call it a kit. It looks significant enough to be called a kit. Here’s a picture of the pouch with a small drinking water bottle beside it. I tried looking it up the internet for something similar. There are a few similar designs but perhaps this one is old enough to fall into the ‘vintage’ category.

The pouch is obviously used. It’s rather old actually with metal buckles and the heavy canvas material. There are two badges on the lid of the pouch. Both of the badges are black in color with one depicting the ‘medical’ logo. See pictures below:

These badges can be removed but I have not touched them ever since I bought them. Okay, have a look inside. There are a total of 3 main zippered compartments. The zippers are all made of steel. Initially I thought they were going to be ‘ideal’ zippers, a brand that is rather common among vintage jeans. This pouch however uses zippers from ‘Éclair’ Kind of funny name for zippers. Reminds me of a brand of chocolate candy available here in Malaysia. Have a look at the zippers below:

Coming back to the main sections of the pouch. There is one main compartment. The other two zippered compartments are roughly of the same size but the upper one folds down to create something sort of a ‘chair’ shape.

As you can see, most of the buckles are made of metal. Some has already started to rust. The pouch’s lid is closed by a strap that deploys two methods of open/ close. One way to open the lid is to use the snap link. The other is using the feed through buckle. However, I believe the feed through buckle is for strapping the pouch tight. To access the contents of the pouch by feeding out the strap via the ‘feed through’ buckle would take too long.

Why I think this is a military first aid kit/ pouch? Well, for starters the green color is unmistakably very army and the ‘medical’ badge makes more sense to the pouch. I can not imagine what use the pouch would have except for being a first aid kit to the army people.

The printed numbers on the lid is another giveaway. Why would any civilian want to print such gibberish number on their bags without specific reasons? The one organization that often name their products would be the army.

So, what am I gonna do with this GI Military kit? I have not a clue. I like the idea of using it as my daily pouch to carry my stuff but its just a bit tad too big. The metal buckles, snap-ons etc are just too prone to rust and that’s another downside. Other than that, I think I have a rare collector’s item here. Even if its not, I doubt if I will ever throw it out any time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I wear used clothing to work everyday!

I wasn't feeling very well today so I took a day off from work. Rather than idling aimlessly, so I decided to write a bit about the clothes I wear to work. Unfortunately I am required to wear the monkey suit to work. I have no idea why on earth people in tropical climate would actually wear long sleeves with neck tie, slacks and sometimes coat when necessary. Perhaps because I happen to work with a company that's into the hospitality industry. They pay me at the end of the month, so monkey suit it is.

When I first got the job, my wife actually suggested that I get some new clothes off the shelves. I fiddled with the idea, on the pretext that perhaps I would look a bit more presentable (not that I care) but I threw the idea out the window when I saw the prices in the supermarket. They are ridiculous. Man, they are so expensive I'd rather use the notes, glue them together and turn them into shirts. Some were like RM200 for a shirt. Keep them away from me! For that price and that brand, I'd rather go topless.

F%#* to my favorite kedai bundle. Nothing beats bundle used clothing mate! So...I found this pasar malam baju bundle stall that sells a lot of nice looking shirts. Better still, his bundles are from US mostly. It was God sent.

I think I spent an average of RM10 per piece. RM freakin 10 per piece of good looking shirts. Here are some that's washed and pressed.

For around RM10 per piece, I couldn't care less what brands they were gonna be. They are still monkey suits. But walaaaa...I got me self some Dockers, Van Heusen, Sportif and American Eagles. Spot on!

My favorite so far has to be that Dockers shirt. Its 60% cotton, 40% Polyester, Made in Hong Kong, size 17-17.5. Nice fitting, nice cutting, nice feeling. Can't ask for anything more.

What else? Plenty. I even got my monkey coat from bundle. Not to mention all my 'slacks'. I'll find another day and time to write about those though. In the mean time, I think I will savor this 'off' day of mine from having to be in a monkey suit (YES! I HATE IT!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mr. Bean's suitcase at a used store!

I was cleaning up my 'junk' storeroom the other day and found this suitcase which I bought a few years back in Penang. I think it was the Salvation Army shop that I got it. Anyway, I paid like RM120 for it. I think its a bargain anyway.

Here is what it looks like.

I remember seeing this suitcase tucked away in the corner of a top shelf in the Salvo shop. I didn't think much of it initially. Until I spent like 30 minutes in the store without finding anything interesting. So, I decided to investigate the suitcase closer. The suitcase is really had. Most of the metal buckles have all rusted but they still work. The bag comes with locks but of course the keys are missing. The inside patterns of the bag reminds me of Mr. Bean's picnic towel.

Check out also the 'Made In England' pattern on inside of the suitcase lid.

There are some masking tape stuck on the bag when I git them. I peeled them away only to realize they did not leave any 'sticky' glue bit they actually took away a layer of the suitcase material. Which is a shame really.

What am I doing with it these days? I use it now as part of my study's deco. It gives the study this classic yet classy look. Especially when it is stacked up with a black Hand Made Condotti brief case. And yes, the Condotti too I got from a used store.