Today was a busy day. I woke up early…..but was so tired that I went back to sleep . I also wanted to go out today and avoid the crowds for the next three days due to the rush of Easter. So today seemed like a good day to do a bit of shopping. Only thing is that is was a fucking hot day and just 5 minutes walking in the sun left me in a puddle of perspiration. But I had some stuff to do.
First things first – my SIM was showing signs of dying out so I needed to get a replacement. I had my bought my current Vodafone connection back in March of 2007 and had the SIM changed back in early 2010. I went over to the Vodafone store near the Ernakulam High Court and had my SIM replaced. And surprise, it is now free of charge! Awesome!
After that I headed out, in the hot sun again, to nearby Penta Menaka shopping mall where there are more mobile showrooms than you can need. How do all of them continue to do enough business to stay afloat and make a profit? Anyway, what I wanted was a swivel holster BlackBerry pouch with a magnetic thingy inside it that puts the phone in sleep mode when it is inside the holster. Along with the phone I got a sleeve but that thing is useless so I wanted the holster pouch. I had to go to 4 different stores and search their entire collection before I found the one I wanted. Neat. I love it. Only thing is – I’m never gonna hook it to my belt!
All that heat and I’m feeling hungry and thirsty. I need food. So off I went to CCD on Shenoy’s junction, placed my order and took a seat at a corner table. I immediately checked and saw that the old SIM was now deactivated so I popped it out and inserted the new one in. Tada, that only took 60 minutes to activate. I remember earlier that gap used to be a few hours. While there I had a nice thicker than usual Mocha Frappe and a corn & spinach sandwich (my fav). Yummy sandwich served hot and I enjoyed every bite of it. Frappe was good too.
While I was there two guys were discussing loudly almost all the major brand tablet pc currently available in the market here at the moment. Big loud discussion. They had two or 3 tabs with them at their table too and they were also discussing the speeds of the various carriers as well. The results of a shoot-out I guess. And you could tell that they were very rich. And what’s with all the earrings guys?
Seems like a trend over here now (after years of it being passe elsewhere); all of a sudden I see men with gold hoop earrings. Not too big ones but medium sized one. I counted atleast 10 today and 5 were in the cafe! Did I miss a memo? Maybe I should get one too. Nah, I’m getting old & fat and I’m balding. There was this one dude who came in with a 15in Macbook, a big beard, khol lined eyes, gold hoop earring and who knows what else!
Anyway after that it was off to Men’s Studio on the 2nd floor of Seemati and oh man was it crowded. Lots of families with kids. Kids crying, kids running, kid laughing, kids fighting and babies too. Babies crying all around me. I went in and bought 3 shirts as I really needed them. It’s been a while since I bought new clothes. I need new pants too but that will be another day. I paid my stuff and waited in line to pay for them and then left.
I needed beer and a little lunch. I went to Couchyn and had a nice cold Tuborg and a 330ml KF with some Trivandrum styled fried chicken. Great way to end a nice day out. I stayed for 2 hours, enjoyed the music (Bryan Adams and then a mix of other 80s soft rock) and watched some football on the telly at the bar. Nice day if it wasn’t s hot!