On a fine morning I prefer using my motorbike rather than using the car to go for a little marketing around the shophouses at my Taman's housing area. I find it is more convenient to move around and park when biking.
This morning there wasn't much shopping to do, just a little this and that. I wanted to cook 'Asam Pedas Ikan Tenggiri' but hubby did not bring home some big red chillies yesterday evening. I mix red big chillies together with 'cili padi' for that dish. Red big chillies will make the soup looks red and the 'cili padi' makes the soup taste very hot. So I need to get some big red chillies :)
I also need to buy a loaf of white bread. My son said he wanted to eat bread with my cheese spread for breakfast. And I need to buy a few tins of 'Dutch Lady' Evaporated milk and some cucumbers for my 'Cendol' and 'Rojak Buah' selling for the day.
After switching on my laundry washing machine, 'armed' with my digital camera, hp, some cash and my red helmet I set off LOl...
My Honda Bike :p
This is the road to the shophouses area. I've just came out of my house lane junction, turning left. Turning right would be the road going towards town :) Err..hope you get what I meant, not out of that junction where that white car is ok, Taman T has a lot of junctions and lanes and if you are new you'll surely get lost :p
My first stop was this two lot shops called 'Capital Market'. I was looking for red big chillies and fresh cucumbers. They sell red big chillies hand packed in a small plastic which cost only RM1 each. Now where can you find 5 pieces of red big chillies which cost RM1 only? Here :) Even the Taman's Tamu sells RM2 for one 'tompok'. Of course it's more but I do not need so much red big chillies he he...
And their fresh cucumbers are really fresh not the ones which contain a lot of water. Do you know there are 2 types of cucumbers? I hope you do :)
I think most of the people in Taman T's area like buying things or food at this shop. Almost all the time in a day, this shop is full of people. People will first look here what they want to buy and only will go to another shop if they can't find what they want here.
I know because I do that myself. The shopkeepers are brothers, running a family business, friendly and 'tak hitung runding' with their customers. One time I need to pay RM12.86 for some food stuffs. I gave RM13 and received a change of RM0.20 back. Others may not notice this but I do. And most of the average income people of my Taman's area noticed this too.
This shop is considered as one of the oldest shop that first opened here, so there are lots of varieties and ways that you can get some of the things in small quantity 'cheap'. One example, you can get a 3 in 1 MILO sold in small packets @ RM1 per packet. I know it is more cheaper to buy 1 big bag (20 packets) for RM11.90. And at the Servay Supermarket where I stay it sells only in 1 big bag.
So imagine if it is in the middle of the month and you just need a few small packets surely you'll go to Capital Market he he.... Get what I mean? :)
Capital Market Taman T
See? Semua barang2 macam rojak! Sana sini! but as I go into this entrance and turn towards the right (it's next lot) their things get more better and well arranged.
The brothers (shopkeepers) seemed forever busy at work.
After getting my chillies, I turned to ride to the next row of shophouses to buy bread from this 'Dahlia Bakery' shop. A middle aged Iban couple cater Dahlia White bread here. I bought one loaf.
Dahlia Bakery shop at Taman T
As I went out early (around 7am) some of the shops weren't opened yet. And that's one thing unique about Capital Market, you can go there as early as 6am. It opened as early as that.
This is in the middle part of the shophouses area, more shophouses are coming up, as you can see at the back there...which is still under construction.
Heading towards home, I turned right to go to the main road but not before I took these pictures.
Views of the shophouses from the main road.
With that I rode towards home turning to my house lane, thinking what to take for breakfast before I started cooking my 'Asam Pedas Ikan Tenggiri' :)
Below is a picture of the 'Servay Jaya' supermarket Taman T which I took a bit later around 11am when I went there to buy my 2 tins of 'Dutch Lady' evaporated milk.
This supermarket is also very near to my own home, even nearer than to go to the shophouses earlier on.
The only thing is like any other supermarkets, it only opens at 9am each morning.
And the milk there costs Rm0.10 cheaper than the other shops.
So please.... do not think Mak isah is such a miser! :p
Believe me, indirectly, I enjoyed biking now and then breathing the fresh air in the morning.