Kuching experiences it’s first-ever SPRING!
Kuching is a tropical city, no more! For never before in history, the city of cats was overwhelmed in the season of spring goodness! xD
Today’s the much anticipated Grand Opening of The Spring, and we gatecrashed it — to bits. xD
Warning: Loads of pictures, highly NOT recommended for dial-up users!
We reached the Spring at around 3.15pm today and decided we could probably have a better chance to gatecrash The Spring Grand Opening Ceremony slated for 3.30pm.
There was very heavy police presence, not surprising since the Cheif Minister’s coming to officiate the ceremony. We tried to walk in casually but to no avail, the guards denied entry to anyone without a pass.
We decided that there must be a way in and went around the rather huge mall and made our way to the front entrance, where the crowd of reporters and people with formal wear gathered outside.
Starbucks and Secret Recipe outlets dominate the entrance.
Moments later we heard sirens signalling the unmistakable arrival of the VIP.
And he steps out as scores of reporters rush towards him.
He did a little talking and glancing around and finally decided to walk in.
Me and Kaihua looked at each other and sneaked in through the rather heavy security at the main entrance behind a crowd of formal wear’s. And we were greeted with the chilly air conditioning and some really, really impressive interiors I’ve ever seen. Really.
Let the picture’s talk!
We followed the crowd and the beatings of lion dance drums.
And arrived at a beautifully decorated stage at a corner. Way better than Boulevard’s petty one.
After lots of speeches and whatnot, the juicy part began. We went up to the 1st floor to get a better view of things.
There was really exciting music and although we couldn’t really see what was going on on the stage, we got see the sudden burst of confetti.
By that time, Lord White Hair was already up on stage doing what he’s supposed to do. =D
That was then the MC proudly announced that The Spring is now officially open. =D
Moments later, the CM walked over and launched the apparently largest Parkson store in Sarawak (or was that Borneo?). The best part of it was that the ribbons were place RIGHT under where I was standing! Hehe.
Just look at the crowd of reporters and all that serious gear! LOL
And of course, that ended the grand opening ceremony.
We took the liberty to stroll around the rather massive mall decorated with cherry blossoms. Check out the rest of the photos here.
Now don’t forget that we were actually NOT invited to the ceremony. And without a pass, amongst the crowd of adults in formal wear and a few workers with obvious passes hanging around their necks, we moved around, dodging security and policemen. We felt rather awkward at first but sorta got used to the place, especially when more people without passes started showing up, probably managed breaching the security at the entrance.
Just when we thought everything’s fine and started moving around like we owned the mall. A lady spotted us and sorta bloody shouted at us. She told us that the area we’re in is limited to VIPs and sort of hinted that we leave. LOL.
Luckily by that time we’ve already explored almost all four corners of the mall and thought, what the hell, and left.
Oh, and by the way, Kenny Sia was also spotted at the event, in formal wear, alone and snapping photos around. He didn’t look like he had a pass (gatecrashing too, perhaps? =P) but it’s Kenny Sia for crying out loud! That same lady who chased us out might have given him a pass THERE and THEN and probably even give him a tour around. Heh.
EDIT (10÷1÷08): My humble old blog couldn’t stand the traffic and I was so bloody stupid to actually upload 60 800×600 res photos weighing about 150Kb each. Anyway, I spent a good amount of time sharing the load between imageshack and my blog’s server and also resizing a majority of them back to the vintage 450×338 size.
If you still want the 800×600 (=larger) pics, I’ve uploaded all 60 of them to my flicker set. HERE! =D