Yvonne: Hey Betty. Do you want to hang out this Saturday? We haven’t done anything together for ages. You said last weekend you wanted to buy some new clothes. Let’s go shopping.
Betty: Yeah, good idea. We could catch a movie after - if I’ve got any money left! I do need some new jeans and a couple of tops. And some trainers. And a new backpack.
Yvonne: You haven’t been to the new mall near where Kate lives yet, right? It’s fantastic. Ten floors of great shops. It’s got all the usual chain stores like Uniqlo and Muji and so on, but also a lot of independent boutiques and cafes. We’ll ask Kate to come with us. I haven’t seen her since we all had dinner a couple of months ago.
Betty: Kate won’t be around this weekend. She’s going to Tokyo for a long weekend with her parents.
Yvonne: Oh yes, I’d forgotten. It’s her mum’s birthday.
Betty: Mark in my geography class went to that mall a couple of weekends ago with his girlfriend and he wasn’t impressed. In fact they both hated the place and Mark said they won’t go back. He said it's much too big and they just wasted their time wandering around, getting lost. He said the signs aren't clear so they couldn't find what they wanted. And there was only one concierge desk on the bottom floor and the queues were super long, so they couldn't even ask for directions.
Yvonne: Well, I’ve been several times and I know the mall like the back of my hand. It’s amazing.
Betty: Mark said there were interactive screens on each floor telling you where the shops were, but he couldn’t get near them because kids were playing on all of them. I don’t mind going shopping, but I don’t want to spend all afternoon trailing around not knowing where I am.
Yvonne: I mean it when I say I know the place like the back of my hand! I'll be your mall guide. There's some great stuff there: a new cinema, and lots of interesting eateries. We had tea at a brilliant Japanese cafe called Matcha 37 last time. The matcha cake was to die for. You need to try it.
Betty: Okay. Let’s give it a shot.
Yvonne: I have a tutorial until twelve on Saturday, so I’ll meet you about half past twelve. Will that be okay?
Betty: Perfect. I’m going to basketball practice on Saturday morning so I’ll grab a sandwich at the gym cafe and then come and meet you.
Yvonne: Why don’t we have a quick lunch together somewhere?
Betty: Sure. Where do you want to meet? Somewhere near your tutorial centre and then we can go to the mall from there?