Review: Rest.Pause Rainforest Retreat @ Janda Baik, Pahang

Happy CNY, everyone! The Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, so I’m not too late with my wishes! 😛

This year’s celebration was a little different. Instead of the usual balik kampung to Ipoh, the fam rented a bungalow in Janda Baik, Pahang for a 3D2N stay. Tucked among hills and greenery about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, the area is a popular tourist spot for those who like relaxation and nature.

Our accommodation was called Rest.Pause Rainforest Retreat – and it did not disappoint.

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Built on a hill slope, the house was spacious and beautifully designed, with all the comforts of a modern home, surrounded by lush greenery. There was a nicely kept garden at the back with its own fish pond, as well as a natural stream. There was also a caretaker on hand to take care of all our needs during our stay. He lived in a small but immaculately kept house just next to the main building, and kept the fattest chickens I had ever seen.

(Above) Spacious living room, complete with comfy couches, a large-screen TV and a selection of DVDS to watch. Tall wooden sliding doors opened up to the verandah, allowing for plenty of sunlight to filter in. The place was airy and bright.

 

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The dining area where we had most of our meals was outside on the verandah, affording us scenic views of the garden and surrounding jungle. It was lovely especially in the morning when a mist shrouded the trees and there was a cacophony of chirruping crickets and birds.

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Our welcome drinks of sweet and fragrant pandan water.

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They also prepared a gift basket of snacks; peanuts, instant noodles and Mamee.

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There were four rooms in the bungalow – two on the ground floor, and two upstairs. Ideally, the house should fit a maximum of 15 people – we had 25 ._. They were still really accommodating and even prepared extra mattresses and pillows. Some of us slept in hallways and living rooms.

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View of garden from staircase window.

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One of the rooms upstairs. The setup was basic but comfy. The springy mattress wasn’t good but I slept on a thin one on the floor. Super comfy and cooling!

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Room shared with Moo, Pops and the Bro. I like small spaces and tight corners so you can guess which bed I ‘booked’ immediately upon entering the room. 😀

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The thing I liked most ? THEY HAD A MINI LIBRARY!!!! The bookworm in me shrieked with pleasure when I saw the cupboard of volumes just waiting to be flipped and caressed and devoured (figuratively speaking, of course). There were also some board games on the shelves underneath: UNO blocks, congkak, poker cards, Monopoly, chess.

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Picked up a gem of a book called Shantaram; but it was a long novel so I couldn’t finish it within 3 days. 😦

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Venturing out to explore the garden. Caretaker’s house (right).

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View of the bungalow from the garden.

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Bougainvilleas in bloom.

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Dinner on the first night was hotpot. The place had all the facilities we needed, included cutlery and pots – all we had to do was bring the food. It felt really warm and comforting to enjoy hotpot in the cooling weather!

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Breakfast the next morning was prepared by the caretaker and his wife – simple but tasty fare of fried eggs, sausages, toast and beans.

Janda Baik is close to many tourist spots, including Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Bentong and a couple of waterfalls. I wanted to stay in and read but the fam was bored so we drove up to Genting Highlands. It was my first time playing slot machines at the casin; it might have been beginner’s luck but I won some money – enough to treat the fam to a good lunch.

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Dinner on our second night was BBQ – the caretaker set up the charcoal and stoves for us on the front porch. The aunties also made a killer lap mei farn (rice with waxed meats).

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Breakfast on our final day was fluffy pancakes with honey and butter – washed down with steaming mugs of coffee and refreshing glasses of orange juice.

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I’d highly recommend Rest.Pause to those who love nature, and those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without driving too far. The Wifi is pretty wonky, which prompts you to tear your eyes away from the screen for awhile, and reconnect with nature, family and friends (in my case, I still had my nose in a book so, shrug). Everything was provided for – kitchen facilities, entertainment such as books / TV, even mosquito repellents and insect cream – so all you have to bring is yourself and the food. Travel is best by car as there is no public transport in the area. Cycling seems popular but I don’t recommend it as the roads are windy and narrow.

A stay at Rest.Pause costs approximately RM1,000 per night.

Bookings: rest-pause.com

REST.PAUSE RAINFOREST RETREAT 

Lot A293, Sum Sum, Jalan Tanarimba Pine, Tanarimba, 27540 Kampung Janda Baik, Pahang

 

Hotel Review: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

With its grand, sweeping staircases and elegant interiors, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur has long been considered the grand dame of five star luxury hotels in the city. Having been around for a number of years, the decor was getting dated – so the hotel underwent a multimillion-dollar facelift, with refreshed dining concepts and more rooms.

Weekend getaway, here I come!

The first thing that greets guests upon entering is the grand lobby, complete with sparkling multi-tiered chandeliers, tall cavernous ceilings and elegant decor. The hotel is best known for its wide, sweeping staircases that lead from the ground floor up to the ballrooms, making it a popular venue for weddings and photoshoots.

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N and I checked in to our Club King room, which was not only spacious but offered a beautiful view of the city. Boasting 42 square metres of space and a comfy king-sized bed, the room’s modern interior was well furnished, with hues of beige, gold and grey. There was a small work table and sofa bed by the floor-to-ceiling window, as well as the usual amenities: large-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, Wifi, etc.

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A thoughtful little welcome gift that was much appreciated 🙂

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Luxurious bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, lighted makeup mirror, all the works.

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Lunch was at the cheerful all-day dining Essence, which features a good selection of local and international fare. Aside from a cold cuts counter, sushi island and dessert island, the space also hosts a noodle bar where you can customise your own noodles to your liking. Not to be missed is their signature curry laksa, which has a rich, savoury broth with just the right amount of kick to get you sweating, and the chicken satay.

After lunch, you can opt to explore the city, or make use of the myriad of facilities available at the hotel, such as the 24-hour fitness centre, the spa (book in advance to avoid any disappointment, as they tend to be quite full), or the swimming pool with its daybeds, cabanas and gorgeous view of the Kuala Lumpur Tower nearby.

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Tuck into a scrumptious, full-course dinner at Sheraton KL’s Chinese restaurant, the aptly named Celestial Court. The restaurant is currently having a promotion called The Fabulous Big Feast, which offers all-you-can-eat ala carte dining for RM148nett per pax, with a minimum of two persons.

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If you still have space, adjourn to the lounge near the lobby for some drinks and music.

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Night view of the city from our window.

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Morning saw us back at Essence for breakfast, with a slightly different line up which included breakfast fare such as pancakes, sausages and ham, porridge, noodles, pastries and cakes, and roti canai.

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After another dip in the pool and some lazing around in the room, it was time for lunch again (seemed like we were just eating the entire time of our stay, lol) at Villa Danieli, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, which was in a standalone building on its own. I wrote a separate review of the place, so check it out here !

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Ending with a nice warm cup of tea at the Club Lounge before our late check out, we were treated to a beautiful day view of the KL Tower atop Bukit Nanas.

It was certainly a relaxing weekend, filled with lots of delicious food! The service was impeccable and we were left wanting for nothing throughout our stay. Best of all, it’s located in a more quiet part of town, but still offers easy access to the bustling Golden Triangle area via the monorail which is just steps away from the lobby.

SHERATON IMPERIAL KUALA LUMPUR

Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Reservations: +603 2717 9900

Website

Review: Kea Farm Homestay @ Brinchang, Cameron Highlands

N was in town recently, and the fam and I thought it’d be perfect to show him some of our local sights – so we booked a short weekend getaway to Cameron Highlands. It has been five years since my last trip, and boy oh boy has the place changed. Even back then, it was losing its charm because of the huge influx of tourists – but now it’s just super commercialised, the hills have been stripped bare to make way for development (they’ve even got a shopping mall now. Good news for locals, I guess?) and it’s BLOODY HOT IN THE DAYTIME. We talk about going up to CH for some ‘fresh air and greenery’ but it’s no different from being in KL these days. Sigh.

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It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to CH at all – you just have to plan your trip carefully. I suggest going on a weekday to avoid the insane crowds, and you’ll have a lot more time to explore the attractions comfortably. As for accommodation, there are plenty at Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang, CH’s three main towns. Staples would be Copthorne, Avilion, and if you’ve got money to splurge, one of those fancy English-style cottages – but this time around, we went for an Air BnB; and a pretty unique one at that. It doesn’t even have a proper name other than ‘A Rustic Wooden House on Hillside’ – which is exactly what it is.

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To get to the place, drive through the Kea Farm market and make your way through hilly roads until you reach a cluster of homes at the top of the hill. The rundown-looking wooden house (complete with slanting roof, lol) is situated right at the end of the road, close to the edge of the slope. Don’t be fooled by appearances – despite its deceptively small-looking exterior, the inside is extremely spacious, able to accommodate up to 10 guests at a time.

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We’ve seen pictures of the property from the website, but were still blown away by the interior (the owner, Tony, is an interior designer). Like most traditional village houses, the walls, beams and flooring are all wood, paired with modern touches such as block colour furniture and tasteful paintings. I think a lot of effort has been put into giving the place a ‘vintage’ element, from the display of old household items to the old flip-style light switches.

The living area is also extremely cosy, and the best part for me was the large selection of comics and books stuffed into shelves underneath the seats. Now all I need is a hammock and I won’t even need to go out exploring.

Oh wait, they have one of those too lol.

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The dining area at the front is equally cosy, with a long wooden table and benches to comfortably seat a large party. The glass roof provides plenty of natural light in the day, while at night, a warm glow emanates from the light bulbs, hung from the ceiling in glass jars.

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For those who wish to prep food, the place has a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave, as well as cooking and dining utensils.

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As for rooms, there are three – two on the ground floor and a ‘loft’ accessible via a ladder. The beds are equipped with mosquito netting. You’ll want to use these – I foolishly thought mozzies won’t be active in cold weather, and woke up in the middle of the night itching all over lmao.

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The back room.

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N and I immediately called dibs on the loft, coz it’s something I’ve only seen in Western films and I really wanted to experience sleeping in one. The two queen-sized mattresses up here are soft and comfortable, as are the pillows and comforters which kept us warm and snug throughout the night. There are more books up here if you want to do some bedtime reading.

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Millennials, fret not – the place has WiFi!

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As the sun sets, so does the temperature, plummeting to below 20 degrees. And what better way to warm up than with a hotpot?

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Time to unpack the ingredients we brought up from KL  – simple fare like fried fuchok, noodles, cheese balls and meat balls and pork belly. The veggies and corn we got fresh from the nearby market. Feel free to utilise the portable stove available here to make your hotpot! 🙂

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Evening view from the house.

One thing to note is that sounds carry easily here. Someone talking next door sounds like they’re talking right next to your ear, so you might want to keep it down after dark.

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Before checking out the next morning, we went for a morning walk around the vicinity – only to be greeted by a friendly, enthusiastic doggo. He sprinted up and placed his front paws on my chest, wagging his tail furiously. When I didn’t pet him (didn’t want to wash my hands again) he gave a most heart-wrenching whimper 😦 But then he perked up and decided to give us a ‘tour’ of the village, following us as we made our way around the houses.

The view is beautiful in the morning, especially on one side where you can see a quaint wooden house in the distance which was used as setting in a local film.

Pros

  • Clean, amazing interiors
  • Cosy and spacious
  • Beautiful views
  • Books everywhere
  • WIFI
  • Kitchen facilities

Cons

  • -Far from most attractions, difficult to get to unless you have your own car
  • -Lots of mozzies, make use of mosquito netting
  • -Very poor sound proofing

You can rent Tony’s Kea Farm Homestay for RM300 per night.

Hotel Review: Modern Luxury at Marriott Yogyakarta, Indonesia

During my recent stay in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the Moomikins and I were privileged to stay at Marriott Yogyakarta, the latest five-star hotel to join the city’s burgeoning tourism scene.

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Modern and contemporary, the 347-room hotel is Marriott’s first foray into Indonesia, and impresses with its top notch facilities and delectable dining options. Its close location to the Adi Sutjipto Airport and various attractions also make it the perfect base for both business and leisure travelers.

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Marriott hotels are one of my favourite places to stay at because they have this cosy, warm and welcoming ambience, as opposed to some five-star places which may feel luxurious but ‘detached’, somehow.  The spacious lobby boasts unique local touches, such as decorative kawung batik motifs and Javanese elements.

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Official photo vs my photo in 3…2…1….

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This is why people hire professional photographers. :’D 

We stayed in the spacious Deluxe Pool room, which had twin beds and a view of the pool. There was an additional sofa bed in the corner, as well as a work table. Instead of a conventional walled-off bathroom, the design featured sliding walls – so you can open them up for more space.

As mentioned, I like the cosy, warm ambience you get from the dark wood, clean lines and calming colour scheme. Cleanliness was top notch, there were a lot of channels on the widescreen TV to choose from, and the beds were soft but supportive.

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Welcome towels in cute shapes! 🙂

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Refreshing herbal drinks upon checking in to the room.

DINING

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There are plenty of dining options within the hotel. During our stay, we got to dine at the all-day dining Yogyakarta Kitchen. Bright and welcoming, the restaurant serves international-style buffet, which includes several firm Indonesian favourites.

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Dinner is best spent at the Taman Sari Bar & Grill by the poolside. Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, the charming outdoor patio dishes out a selection of steaks, seafood and grilled items as you dine under the stars.

*PS: Will be posting an in-depth review of both resto in separate posts. 🙂

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No five star hotel would be complete without a spot of pampering and relaxation. Marriott Yogyakarta is home to Quan, the brand’s signature spa. The spa menu includes various treatments, from traditional massages to body wraps and foot baths. At the recommendation of the friendly therapist, I went for the Swedish massage, which focuses on soothing muscles and releasing tension.

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Besides tourism, Yogyakarta is also a hub for business and MICE, so its not surprising that Marriott has the facilities to match, including meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art AV equipment, as well as the 1,870-square-meter pillarless ballroom – the largest in Yogyakarta – making it the grandest venue in town for special occasions.

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The hotel even has its own atelier for weddings, where the bride and groom-to-be can select outfits from local designers, and discuss with the hotel team on table setting, decorations, etc.

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Marriott Yogyakarta is located directly next to Hartono Mall, a modern shopping centre with retail outlets, departmental store, cinema, entertainment centre and restaurants. It was extremely convenient for me and Moo, because she could just pop over for food or shopping when I was busy with work.

We didn’t have time to check out some of the other facilities such as the pool and the gym, but all in all, I enjoyed my time thoroughly at Marriott Yogyakarta, and would definitely consider it as a place for accommodation if I’m ever in the city again. Beautiful rooms and convenient facilities aside, it is also strategically located, with excellent food and even better hospitality.

Rooms start from USD80 (about RM320+) onwards.

MARRIOTT YOGYAKARTA

Jl. Ringroad Utara, Kaliwaru, Condongcatur, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55283, Indonesia

Reservations: +62 274 6000888

*I was invited for a review in the capacity of work, which has been published in a magazine. The views here are entirely my own. 

 

Country Style Boutique Accommodation at Lindenwarrah, Milawa

Visitors on the food and wine trail across Victoria High Country in Australia will likely want to make a pitstop at Milawa, a small produce and craft centre surrounded by vineyards and low lying hills and pastures. It’s  also where our boutique accommodation for the night, Lindenwarrah, is located at. Just steps away from the popular Brown Brothers produce store/winery/cafe, the two-storey country house exudes an elegant yet rustic charm.

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One of the entrances, flanked by shady trees on a sandy lawn. Sorry, didn’t manage to take pictures of the property on my camera because we were so tired at the end of the day all we wanted was to get up to our rooms. 😀

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They’re still pretty old school so doors still use keys instead of electronic slots. I got to my Sunset View room on the second floor and was greeted by a spacious room with a wonderfully calming blue colour scheme, a large (and extremely fluffy!) bed, sheer white curtains framing double glass/wooden screen doors and a beautiful view of the vineyards surrounding the property. 

Bench to chill on in the room. There was also a large TV with a limited number of channels (we’re out in the country after all), a cupboard full of liquor and snacks, as well as tea making facilities.

View from room. Mountains, cattle grazing on pasture, vineyards and a beautiful sunset.

Walked out onto the verandah, which was basically one long balcony with lazy chairs; connected to all the other rooms. Not very good for privacy, since anyone can just walk past my room and peek inside if I don’t have the curtains drawn. There was a nice water feature on the ground floor and a well kept lawn though.

More scenic views. Apparently this is also where they have balloon flights but because of bad weather the next morning we had to give it a miss.

Popping back inside to check out the bathroom, I was super happy to find a wide range of bath products from Appelles, with unique ingredients such as Australian sandalwood and Kakadu Plum. No tub but there’s a spacious shower with temperature control.

Dinner that night with my companions was at the hotel’s in-house Restaurant Merlot, where we enjoyed a four-course meal that included this succulent medium rare thick cut steaks with potato gratin. The food was hearty and delicious.

Other facilities at the accommodation include a swimming pool, guest lounges, a terrace and most importantly, free Wi-Fi so you can still stay connected to the outside world.

For bookings, visit lancemore.com.au. 

Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

During my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I stayed at the Le Meridien, a five-star hotel facing the waterfront along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it is within walking distance to many tourist attractions, such as the Filipino Market, the Handicraft Market, Oceanus Mall and seafood markets.

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The room was spacious but it wasn’t particularly outstanding – a little dated in design. There was a couch with some magazines such as Time on the coffee table, a double bed, TV with a good selection of channels and a work table.

Was informed by staff that there’d be ongoing construction works during the day, and to expect some noise. It was really loud though! Good thing I wasn’t in for most of the afternoon. Also, the plugs at the table weren’t working so I had to unplug one of the bedside lamps in order to charge my phone.

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Full length mirror on the side, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer in the drawer, closet with a foldable ironing board.

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Bathroom was very spacious, with a shower and a bathtub (love bathtubs!). The tub looked a little old though, with stains at the bottom ._. the plug wasn’t working well either so water kept trickling down the drain slowly and I had to keep refilling the tub. I did like that they provided a cushy bathrobe though.

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View from hotel window.

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The next morning, I headed down to their breakfast buffet…which redeemed the meh experience I was having so far quite substantially. 😀 There was a good selection of local and Western favourites. Of course, I couldn’t miss the customary – hash browns, baked beans, sausages, ham and bacon beef slices.

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Cosy, elegant-looking dining space at the coffee house on the ground floor.

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Cereal and drinks station with options of fresh/low-fat milk, and juices.

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The local station, where they served up curries, roti jala, roti canai and the like.

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Freshly fried eggs and omelette station. Told the guy ‘telur mata kerbau’. He nodded. When I came back, he gave me a regular omelette. .__.” I was too lazy to ask him to make another one so I just took it.

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Noodle station where guests can customize their dish to order by adding different condiments.

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Bread, buns, biscuits, croissants,muffins, cakes. Had the croissant; it was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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Salad corner with cold meats and greens.

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Porridge counter. Surprised to find that they had century egg! 🙂

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My breakfast platter, washed down with a glass of cold millk.

Overall, the stay at Le Meridien was pleasant, although I was quite disappointed with some of the room facilities despite it being a five-star hotel. Also it’s not nice to be paying so much but having to listen to loud construction noises throughout the day.

LE MERIDIEN KOTA KINABALU

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, Singapore

In the busy commercial district of Orchard Road in Singapore, hotels are a dime a dozen. But I bet none of them can offer the comfy, home-away-from-home feeling like how Hotel Jen does. Tucked within the Orchard Gateway shopping center, the lobby is accessible via lift to the 8th floor – but fret not, as there are ample signs guiding visitors to the place. It’s also hard to miss the bicycles; a trademark of the brand.

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Delivering five-star quality at a four-star price, visitors can expect all sorts of conveniences, from charging stations in the lobby to trolleys (for all that retail therapy!). True to their #LeaveBoringBehind theme catered to urban travellers, there’s even a large screen in the lounge where you can take a picture of yourself and send a digital postcard to family and friends back home. 🙂

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Although the room wasn’t very large, it was cosy enough with a double bed, work counter, shower and tea/coffee making facilities. I liked that they included a local snack of icing biscuits in the mini fridge – gave it a more personalized touch. 🙂

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The IPTV has everything you need, from a summary of messages, entertainment guide, TV channels, promotions and more. No more boring old TV! 🙂

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The bar/resto area where guests can wine and dine with an epic view of Orchard Road below. But there’s more to come…

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I’m talking about the rooftop view, of course! I think the hotel sports one of the best views of Orchard Road and the Singapore Skyline – unimpeded by other high-rise buildings, one can see all the way to Marina Bay Sands (which lights up with lasers at night!) The infinity pool gives one a sense of swimming and floating up in the clouds..

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Cosy chairs to sit on while sipping on a martini

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We joined a Sunset Yoga session, which is part of the hotel’s activities to promote a holistic lifestyle and urban wellness among travellers. Our dedicated instructor taught us some basic poses, but those were enough to get me huffing and puffing. I’m more inflexible than I realized 😀

Our hour long session saw the sky slowly turning from light to dark. My favourite part was seeing the city slowly coming to life with brilliant lights, and lying down on our mats with our faces to the sky, closing our eyes and feeling the worries melt away.

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When we opened our eyes, it was already dark, and were welcomed by this beautiful view of the night skyline.

Between Hotel Jen Tanglin and Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, I prefer the former for its quirky charm, but the latter is equally cosy and conveniently located. The MRT station is within the building and it’s just a few minutes walk away from Ngee Ann City, where my favourite place in the world (a huge Kinokuniya bookstore!) is at.

More info at reservations at hoteljen.com/Singapore/OrchardGateway. 

 

Review: Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore

Hey, guys!

So late last October, I got to do a review of Hotel Jen TanglinSingapore –  but since it was for work, I couldn’t put this up on my blog until our December issue was published. It was hard waiting, since I LOVED the stay and couldn’t wait to share the experience. 🙂

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Owned by Shangri-La, the Tanglin branch underwent a multi-million dollar face lift last year.

Everything from the decor and the rooms to the personalized service is targeted at the young and chic urban traveler. What I liked best is that they package everything as an experience, rather than just a stay. The hotel supports the local indie scene through events,and promotes the rich art and culture that Singapore has to offer. It’s like staying over at a friends place, where they recommend all the cool places to hangout at 😀

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The lobby’s design is inspired by the world traveler: the concierge counter, for example, features stacked suitcases, the cushions are shaped like bicycle wheels, while the chairs bear resemblance to airplane seats! At the end of the hallway near the lifts are bicycles mounted on the walls, creating a trick-art effect. 🙂

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Near the lifts is a map of Singapore, where visitors can ‘stick’ their own recommendations on places to visit and restaurants to explore 🙂

 

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My room for the night  was The Club Room. Loved it at first sight – it was so cozy! Although the space wasn’t big, there was an ultra comfy king-sized bed with fluffy pillows and duvet, a bay window sofa with awesome city and pool views, and an adjacent bathroom with high-pressure shower. Warm tones and lots of wood makes one feel immediately at home.

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Comfy couch by the window came with lots of hipster pillows; great for selfies 🙂
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Instead of having a mini-bar stocked with the usual snacks and drinks, the Club Room has freshly cut fruits as a healthy alternative. 🙂
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We adjourned to the Club Lounge, a comfy lounge space where guests can enjoy light snacks and coffee all day long, mid afternoon treats, daily breakfast, cocktail hour and more. Lunch was served for our #LeaveBoringBehind media session, where we got try local delicacies with a twist from five different Jen hotels as part of their Ho Jiak! promotion.
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Pulled lamb sandwich , inspired by the Nyonya pongteh. Nothing beats tender streaks of marinated lamb + fresh salads in warm toasty bread. 20161019_114445-tile
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The Laksa Johor Slider was one that everyone came back for seconds. If anyone has been to the Malaysian state of Johor, you’ll know that the laksa there uses spaghetti as its noodles.  The version here did a fun take by turning the dish into a burger, with spaghetti buns and a fish patty.
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Laksa Lemak Singapura incorporated laksa chilli paste into fried rice for a fragrant, aromatic taste, served in cones of banana leaves with a side of juicy, giant river prawn.
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Singapore’s Chilli Crab needs no introduction, and the version here has been made into a fondue with a bread bowl, served with various veggies and sides for dipping.
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Last but not least, all the way from Hotel Jen Manila, the Ginataang Turon combined glutinous rice ball filling with the classic fried banana fritters for a crunchy, warm dessert – a fitting end to an awesome meal! 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Jen Tanglin; it’s perfect for young, urban travellers who crave comforts away from home with a personalized touch.
More info on hoteljen.com/singapore/tanglin
🙂 Stay tuned!
*Photos not watermarked are courtesy of Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore.