Monday, November 03, 2008

1Borneo - Largest Lifestyle Hypermall, what's wrong with it!

On my recent trip to KK, I took the chance to visit the largest local mall, 1Borneo which was now half a year old. I was terribly dissapointed!

How does one get to 1Borneo? Here are just 2 options which I found online ...
Driving: The quickest way when you find yourself in the city centre is to head along Jalan Pantai, direction Likas.
The moment you hit the fringes of the city and the start of Likas Bay, you’ll see the first 1Borneo signboard telling you that 1Borneo is only 7kms away.
Following this road will take you past landmarks such as the Sabah Trade Building, the Floating Mosque, the Tun Mustapha Building (large cylindrical building that houses Atmosphere Restaurant & Bar), University Malaysia Sabah.
Depending on traffic, you will reach the largest lifestyle hyper mall in East Malaysia, 1 Borneo, about 20 - 30 minutes later

Or for the very well heeled... By helicopter!
A helipad, located on the near end of the 1 Borneo property as you approach from Kota Kinabalu, accommodates the 1 Borneo helicopter for the decerning shopper or busy hotel guest wanting to avoid traffic alltogether.
Although helipads in Kota Kinabalu are few in numbers, you will be able to transfer conveniently from either the Kota Kinabalu International Airport or Sutera Harbour Resort, straight to 1 Borneo is one easy flight from helipads located there.

On to my visit ... My first impressions were not good, a car park that did not seem "finished", with poor line markings and confusing signage, as well as many labourers still working on parts of the parking-floors.

I have to say that AEON Bukit Tinggi mall in Klang, which houses Jusco, seems to be a lot better thought out and finished, compared to 1Borneo. The "atmosphere" at 1Borneo was relatively cheap and dingy, with rather poor lighting, and chipped tiles on the floor. There was also a lot of duck-tape/masking tape on the floor, covering up repaired and unfinished areas. Shoddy!

Worst of all, were the toilets, which cost RM$0.30 per entrance! What does 30 sen buy you?
1) Broken door locks andtoilet cubicle hinges
2) No toilet paper in the holders
3) Sink design encourages leaks at the side

Ps - I previously read a scathing review on 1earthadventures dot com and I have to say that having now been to 1Borneo, I rather much agree!

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