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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:

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Georgia Renaissance Festival

April 17th, 2011

Renaissance festival is an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public and typically commercial in nature, which emulates a historic period for the amusement of its guests.

Renaissance fairs generally include an abundance of costumed entertainers, musical and theatrical acts, art and handicrafts for sale, and festival food. – Wikipedia

The Georgia Renaissance Festival 2011 is the 26th Anniversary of the Festival and will be running from April 16 through June 5.

Festival runs during the weekends of Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day from 10:30am to 6:00pm.

You might probably need to set the address to your GPS device though, as it is located in Fairburn. Fairburn is a small town on the outskirts of Atlanta in Fulton County.
The address is 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn, GA 30213.

Adult Tickets: $19.95
Senior Tickets (60 ): $17.95
Child Tickets (6-12): $8.95
children 5 and under are free
For discount tickets, check this out.

The admission ticket will entitle you to all entertainment shows including the Jousting Tournaments and the FREE children’s Play Kingdom and Petting Zoo.
While parking is free, you will need to purchase your drinks, food and there are stalls that sell souvenirs, arts and crafts.

All though there is no mandatory dress code, but most of the visitors take the initiative to dress in Renaissance costumes.
Besides costumes are available for rental outside the front gate just next to the ticketing counters.

There are even stalls that sells elf ears, which has been very popular of late.

The Joust – The Original Extreme Sport!

Direct from Hollywood – The World Famous Hanlon-Lee’s Jousting Knights! Costumed steeds, authentic weaponry, and noble knights in shining armor highlight this action-packed jousting extravaganza!

Although the Renaissance Festival is an outdoor event, it seems to be a permanent location and even restrooms are not of those ‘mobile’ type.

The venue is also every accessible for the elderly or handicapped. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs can be seen around the place and they are also available for rental.

Ample parking space available.
For more information, plan your trip accordingly by checking out the official website of the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 15th, 2011

It’s spring and it is time to hit the park.

Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival is now in its 75th year running.

On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invited the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival. Walter Rich, president of ADF and founder of Rich’s department store, seeked to make Atlanta internationally known for the blooming of the dogwood trees during the week-long event. Trees are planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and public spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city.

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is an arts and crafts festival held each spring at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally held for nine days across two weekends and the weekdays between, it is now held only one weekend during early April, when the native dogwoods are in bloom.

The International Stage at Lake Clara Meer dock showcases tremendous talent from members of many nationalities living in Georgia, both amateur and professional.

Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (0.76 km2) urban park in Atlanta, Georgia, located in Midtown, north of the city center.
Part of the park has a nice view of the Midtown Skyline, as seen in the music video of B.o.B – “I’ll Be In The Sky”.

Dogwood Festival 2011 runs during the weekend of April 15,16 and 17.
Map of the festival can be downloaded here.

1:30 – 2:15 PM – The Odd Trio – Jazz
2:35 – 3:20 PM – 7 Day Fool – Blues
3:40 – 4:30 PM – Swamp Funk Quartet – Funk
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Moon Taxi – Rock
6:30 – 7:30 PM – The Urban Sophisticates – Funk/R&B
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Ken Ford – Jazz/Fusion/R&B

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM – School of Rock – Rock/Kids
12:30 – 1:30 PM – The Indie Revenge – Jazz
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Nahjai Soul – R&B/Soul
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Gasoline Bros. – Southern Rock
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Lefty Williams Band – Blues/Funk
6:30- 7:30 PM – Blair Crimmins & The Hookers – 20s/Rock
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Stokeswood – Electroacoustic/Rock

11:00 AM- 12:45 PM – Community Music Centers of
Atlanta – Jazz Program – Jazz
1:00 – 1:45 PM – Emily Lynch – Americana
2:00 – 2:45 PM – Jackson County Line – Soul/Folk
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Vortex Park – Jazz/Rock
4:00 – 4:45 PM – Nathan Angelo – Pop/Soul

It’s held in a public park, and it’s free entrance.

Plus, there’s no one blocking you if you’d like to stand right in front of the stage or even if you like to dance.
It’s a one big music festival in a big park.

Plus some booze.

And lottery convenience.

There’s plenty of food for the family.

And of course, water.

A walk in the park with awesome scenery.

There’s a whole stretch of Artist Market for arts fans.

Not forgetting some street performers to keep you entertained. Remember the tips! 🙂

Yes, you can show your own arts too.

The 75th Atlanta Dogwood Festival has some special features.
There will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy.

Plan your trip, visit Atlanta Dogwood Festival :

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