This should be my last entry right here in Leeds, England! My sister still has her one leg malfunctioned; either it is cramped or sprained; and has been bedridden for the past 3-4 days; so Abang Zam took Rifqi, Raess & I to take a look at Leeds’ City Centre as he was on the way to the Leeds Kirkgate Market for groceries. So, we walked down the hills, terrains and steps and waited for a bus in front of Rifqi’s school – Rosebank Primary & Nursery School (REFER to the website http://www.rosebank.leeds.sch.uk/) and boarded the bus!
Leeds, from the hilly point of view.
Down the hill and terrain we did. It was a bit of woods-trailing in the Wildflower Meadow. Wow, the name is so Enid Blyton’s, isn’t it? I smell magic! No wonder she wrote a lot about brownies and pixies and elves (I learned the creatures from her books!)
First, we arrived at Hendrow & Briggate at the city centre. According to the description by Wikipedia, Briggate happened to be pedestrianized shopping street and I couldn’t agree more on that! I love the feeling walking on the aisle sandwiched by classic buildings at both sides. It really felt like in Diagon Alley of Harry Potter films; only that some of these outlets are of posh brands well; the prices were quite affordable given the Winter Sale Promotion!
Rifqi in front of his school.
I am always a believer of that brand-freaks are rather species who are insecure and will always never be able to quench the thirst of having to impress others. Unless if you feel like you are comfortable with the brand and use it on the sole ticket for your own convenience or to once a while pamper yourself; you really have my salute! But if you are someone who live JUST to impress others, I seriously pity you. Perhaps people will say nice words in front of you just to sugar-coat or kiss-your-ass but they surely throw nasty daggers of words at your backs. We wouldn’t want to be surrounded by two-faced scums, aite? So… use the intelligence, people (Ooopsie daisie! Haha!).
Briggate at Leeds! It is so Diagon Alley of Harry Potter!!!! Only it is congested. Weeee!
I could also see a lot of street artists performing their talents for money. It is great that these artistes did something with their talents to earn money rather than just beg. I saluted them! In the middle of this chilly winter; some were singing and strumming guitars (nice voices!) and some performed acrobatics ala Cirque de Soleil and many more!
Street artistes. Performing Hip-Hop!
And then, we went straight to Leeds Kirkgate Market which was somehow a reminisce of Sydney’s Paddy Market (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/filial-piety-aurora-australis-part-iv-sydneys-the-rocks-imam-ali-bin-abi-taleb-king-feisal-mosques-lakemba-township-paddys-market-haymarket-sydney-central-business-district/). Unfortunately, it was around 3.30 p.m. when we arrived and most of shops already closed. According to Abang Zam, it is usually packed with people during the other days (except on Sunday when it is close!). Prior coming to United Kingdom, I did once a while opened Wikipedia for a background reading about Leeds and read about this Leeds Kirkgate Market! It was amazing to see the images just like what I saw via Wikipedia such as 1904 Hall and many more. It was cool. And then, there were Open Market outside there (more less like MINES Downtown or Cheras Downtown in KL – of which I am a frequent visitor! Haha!) but unfortunately many stalls were already closed. Damn! Haha!
We headed to an Asian grocery shop (Asian delicacies are no problem in Caucasian worlds. They are surely shops that sell Asian ingredients! It helps if you are a great cook. I, however; really need to work on it!). We were roaming around looking & I was perusing the products and all when suddenly, an elderly-looking black lady approached me and said :
“Excuse me; do you work here?”
Hhahahahaa! I was spontaneously taken aback and defensively said :
“Oh…well; definitely NO!”
The Leeds Kirkgate Market! The facade reminded me of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.
Perhaps, I seemed so oriental but when I was in Hong Kong people thought I was a Pinoy. Is it really a disgrace to be acknowledged like that? A snobbish person might laugh it out saying it is all down the facade but when I think about it; I was a bit ashamed for being so defensive. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, right??? After all, it certainly mean that I have an approachable magnet that is undeniable to resist, aite? *Wink*. I didn’t really mean to be that defensive but perhaps it is already a built-up in my nature (my friends will vouch this. I am a fighter. I don’t recoil and being submissive when hit). I was feeling a bit sorry for the high-pitched of my voice but then well; Westerners don’t really mind that; they prefer to talk in loud-and-clear voice in comparison to our meek-and-demure especially when we talk to older people. But then, she abruptly sought apology and I abruptly gave that “Oh-it’s OK-no-biggie” smile…..so, no sweat! Haha!
The 1904 Hall.
All kind of shops here!
Of course, Primark is a must-go (forget about the class shits!) and it offers a lot of affordable items. More less like our Mydin. It is exciting about Primark as I am now seeing it from the window of Integrated Marketing Communication (I can’t help it!). Apparently, Primark already positioned its brand as a company that offers the fashionable clothing in the lowest price of the market. Wow, I guess I am doing a revision for my upcoming exam by writing this blog but I can’t help writing a bit of opinion on this. I believe (based on what I have learned in UPM and read and my own cognitive analysis) that Primark has adopted these techniques in positioning the brand :-
- Strategy : Simplicity – which is very appealing to the mass market ;
- Themes : Benefits Positioning & Users Positioning – which definitely emphasized on the benefits reaped by the mass market and also to locate the brand with the same level of the users’ financial strength are brilliant as well
Promotion! 50% off! It is Winter Sale!
I even grabbed myself a nice trench-coat with super affordable price (but don’t convert it into Ringgit!). Well, I guess it will surely give me extra-warmth and definitely works extra good in the equatorial cool season! Hahaha!
The night scene at Leeds’ Mark & Spencer.
We headed to a Quite Room which dedicated as prayer room/musolla by the Moslems in Leeds when they go shopping at Trinity Leeds, the biggest shopping mall in Leeds. It is good to see that even shopping malls in the western world respect the existence of various religions (albeit there are one or two black eggs that are so racist-inspired; well, even Malaysia has that, aite?!); now what about shopping malls in Malaysia that REFUSE to construct such areas?? A thing to ponder of the so-called ‘liberated minds when Asians are to follow the Caucasians’ asses’.
Christmas decoration leading up to Trinity Shopping centre!
Finally, we headed to Morrisons to buy Kakak’s favorite doughnut. Took the bus No. 6 and arrived at University of Leeds’ School of Business (which by the way is Kakak’s faculty). It was a layback roaming around Leeds City Center but it was alright for me. At least, I’ve got to see the hustle-bustle of Leeds, the heart of West Yorkshire, England.
The Briggate at night! Diagon Alley of Leeds, England!