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World Famous Premium Outlets opening in Johor

November 11th, 2011

Premium Outlets is no stranger to shoppers of branded goods. Products from brands like Adidas, Armani, Burberry, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap, Guess, Michael Kors, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo and more are available at factory outlet prices from these Premium Outlet Centers.
In short, Premium Outlets are branded goods fan-aunties favourite place! 🙂


Premium Outlets has always been the privilege of Americans, Japanese and some say Koreans.

Ok, so Premium Outlets is the outlet division of Simon Property Group and is based in Roseland, New Jersey. The Premium Outlets® portfolio includes 69 Premium Outlet Centers® including 57 in the United States, one in Puerto Rico, eight in Japan, two in Korea and one in Mexico as well as additional outlet centers for a total of 81 properties.

But NOW, you can probably say Premium Outlets is famous in US, Japan and some say Johor!

Mark your calendar, Johor Premium Outlets Grand Opening is on December 11, 2011. Sneak Preview starts December 2. (Not quite sure what kind of preview it is though).

Johor Premium Outlets is a collection of 80 designer and name brand outlet stores featuring saving of 25% to 65% every day. The center is held by “Genting Simon Sdn Bhd” (GSSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Simon Genting Ltd (“SGL”). SGL in turn is a 50:50 joint venture between Azzon Ltd (“Azzon”), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Plantations Bhd, and Premium Outlets®, the outlet division of Simon Property Group.

I have got to say, Malaysians or particularly Johoreans has Genting Berhad to thank for. With such partnership with a famous brand, Malaysians do not need to fly halfway across the globe to shop for their favourite branded goods at a discount.
You can burn a hole in your pocket right in Johor!
Well, I’m sure Johor will get an influx of visitors from Singapore even more frequently.

Map to Johor Premium Outlets:

Johor Premium Outlets official website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com.my/

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Farewell to Borders Bookstores

July 22nd, 2011

As Borders stores are closing gradually, it seems that the last stores are now at the final closing stage.

The Borders CEO Mike Edwards has written a letter to Borders Members bidding farewell and sharing the most asked and probably well-known answer to the question of ‘What happened?’.

If you like heading to a physical bookstore for a read and to check out books, news like this would be devastating, especially if Borders is your favourite hangout.

Due to the days and advent of the Marvellous Internet, ebooks coupled with the very popular and low priced eReaders just beat the brick-and-mortar type of bookstores out of the competition.

Although it is said that Borders bookstores out of the US is not affected, I would think it is only a matter of time.
The time is when readers buy ebooks more than in the form of hard-copies, when the eReaders costs less than a mobile phone.

At the meantime, the period between July 22 and August 5 2011 is when you might want to head out to the last Borders bookstores for discounts.

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100 Best Companies or Employers To Work For

March 10th, 2011

FORTUNE lists the 100 Best Companies To Work For US Employees.

It’s heartening to learn that there are companies out there taking extra miles for their employees to make working an enjoyable activity.

Here’s the list, and highlights are my personal comments:



1 SAS
2 Boston Consulting Group
3 Wegmans Food Markets
4 Google
5 NetApp

6 Zappos.com – Even by reading Delivering Happiness Book, by Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh it’s not surprising that Zappos is a fun workplace. Being No 6 in the list only prove its truth all the more.
7 Camden Property Trust
8 Nugget Marke
9 Recreational Equipment (REI)
10 DreamWorks Animation SKG

11 Edward Jones
12 Scottrade
13 Alston & Bird
14 Robert W. Baird
15 Mercedes-Benz USA – Can you imagine a car company providing generous telecommuting policy? Just goes to show productivity and efficiency is more important than being in office 9 to 5. Of course on-site car wash is well appreciated when not telecommuting.
16 JM Family Enterprises
17 USAA
18 Stew Leonard’s
19 The Methodist Hospital System

20 Cisco – 85 percent of employees work from home! With high pay and other perks, no wonder nobody’s complaining.
21 Container Store
22 DPR Construction
23 Goldman Sachs
24 Whole Foods Market

25 Umpqua Bank
26 Plante & Moran
27 CHG Healthcare Services
28 Bingham McCutchen
29 Quicken Loans
30 NuStar Energy
31 W. L. Gore & Associates
32 Chesapeake Energy
33 Qualcomm – Free lunch seems to be a trend of late in IT companies. Who says there are no free lunch?

34 QuikTrip
35 Genentech
36 Southern Ohio Medical Center
37 Scripps Health
38 PCL Construction
39 American Fidelity Assurance
40 Balfour Beatty Construction
41 Devon Energy
42 Baptist Health South Florida

Healthcare and medical centers seems to be a good place to work in.

43 Shared Technologies
44 Intuit
45 TDIndustries
46 Johnson Financial Group – Six whole weeks of paternity leave! Almost half a mother. $10k per year in tuition reimbursement, this of course encourages further education among employees.
47 Novo Nordisk
48 Build-A-Bear Workshop
49 American Express
50 Baker Donelson
51 Intel

52 Salesforce.com
53 Four Seasons Hotels – Employees stay free in any of its hotels. No sweat when travelling.
54 Atlantic Health
55 Perkins Coie
56 Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company

57 Aflac
58 General Mills
59 Hasbro – Half-day Fridays, evolution from dress-down Fridays?
60 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
61 Mayo Clinic
62 OhioHealth
63 Deloitte
64 FactSet Research Systems
65 Adobe Systems

66 EOG Resources
67 Publix Super Markets
68 Stryker
69 Mattel – Toy makers like to have Half-day Fridays eh?
70 S.C. Johnson & Son
71 Marriott International
72 Microsoft
73 PricewaterhouseCoopers
74 Nordstrom

75 Arkansas Children’s Hospital
76 Gilbane
77 Ernst & Young
78 SRC/SRCTec
79 National Instruments
80 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
81 CarMax
82 Teach For America
83 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants – Pet hotel anyone?

84 Bright Horizons Family Solutions
85 Booz Allen Hamilton
86 KPMG – Half-day Fridays, only in the summer though.
87 Men’s Wearhouse
88 Meridian Health
89 Brocade Communications Systems
90 CH2M Hill
91 The Everett Clinic
92 Rackspace Hosting

93 J. M. Smucker
94 AĂ©ropostale
95 Morningstar – No limit on paid vacations or sick time? Of course, this is US. 🙂
96 MITRE
97 Darden Restaurants
98 Starbucks
99 Accenture
100 W. W. Grainger

Let your boss or company know, they can learn something from these companies.
Help make your workplace a better and fun place to be at. 🙂

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