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Hotel Review : Hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Redeemed my winning stay at Hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur through Bangsar Babe Giveaway. I was looking forward to the hotel stay. I like staying in Hotel…I meant who doesn’t like rite?

Located in the middle of KL city, Hotel Grand Millennium earned 5 star rating.

While waiting for my room to be ready…by 3pm..so, I decided to walk across the road and visited Fahrenheit 88 shopping mall. Coincidentally these cute gals were posing in conjunction to the opening of Parkamaya (Asian Fashion Retail Concept Store).

I couldn’t help but to join in the fun. *kawaii des* ^_^

Check into the Deluxe Room and our room was onlooking Fahrenheit 88.

The Deluxe Room (430ft2) is quite spacious for us to move about.

32-inch LCD flat screen TV but not many interesting TV channels pun…

Unfortunately there’s no free wifi in the room *too bad* 😦

Alex checking out the price list of the displayed snacks. Small packet of cashew nut also need RM5! @_@

2 pairs of Bedroom slipper and bathrobe are provided. The bathrobe cannot take home ya… 😀

Safety box is provided in the room. Just in case if you need to lock your important stuffs.

I often get excited to check out hotels bathroom.

Separate shower and long bath.

Complimentary basic bathroom amenities.

The bed is comfy with fluffy pillows! ^_^

We woke up early the following day to enjoy their breakfast at The Mill.

Wide range of food served here. The breakfast was quite good. We were there during school holiday period…the hall became crowded at about 9am.

Wanna have a morning dip? The huge swimming pool is located at the upper floor. Besides that, there’s also a gym room.

Lets chillax…..

This hotel has a good location. Ideal for shopaholics! 😉 Can go for early morning shopping. An early bird gets the worm rite? Fahrenheit 88 is directly opposite the hotel.

While Pavilion KL is just beside the hotel.

Lets go for early morning shop! *provided the shops are already open lar… 🙂

What I like most about this hotel is the great location. Walking distance to Pavilion KL, Starhill, Lot10, Fahrenheit 88, Sungai Wang, Low Yat Plaza(for IT gadgets) & Jalan Alor (for food). However I feel that the rooms looks abit old. May be its time to do some refurbishment. The buffet breakfast spread was good. Log into their website to check out the best rates.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

160 Jalan Bukit Bintang

Kuala Lumpur

55100

Malaysia

T.+60 3 2117 4888

F.+60 3 2142 1441

WEBSITE

Hotel Review – Bangkok City Hotel

Ashley and I were having a hard time deciding on the hotel in Bangkok. We planned to choose a budget hotel since we would not be spending much time in the hotel other than sleep and shower. We asked for recommendations from friends. Each person giving different recommendation. The more options we have…the more confused we got. Though its just a budget hotel, there are plenty of choices in Bangkok. My main problem is I couldn’t recognize those road names and I find it difficult to remember.

Few weeks before our departing date, Vivian visited Bangkok. She commented about this new hotel (less than 2 years old) is not bad. In terms of room condition, room rates, and location. Moreover its inclusive of breakfast. Some ding dong of here and there, finally we decided to go for Bangkok City Hotel.

Then Ashley proceed with the online reservation. Standard Room for 2 (inclusive of breakfast) for just 1190 baht.

Front view of the Hotel.

How to get here from Suvarnabhumi Airport?

The Airport Link from Suvarnabhumi Airport (6:00am-12:00pm) : take the City Line (Blue), cost 15 Baht, from the airport, take off at the last station, Phayatai. Then hire a cab to the Bangkok City Hotel, Petchaburi between Soi 10-12, approximately 1.5 kms = 35-70 Baht

Nearby attractions :

3 km from the Grand Palace, 3 km from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and 2 km from the Golden Mount, 1.0 km from the largest IT shopping mall, the Pantip Plaza, and the Siam Center.

Alternatively CLICK HERE

Corridor along the rooms. Please get a room at a higher floor. Else you might find it alil noisy as the hotel is located along a busy road. Our room was at 9th floor…So, it was alright.

The first thing I usually do when I enter a hotel room, is to check out the bathroom. Haha…I like nice nice bathroom ma… ^^

Bathtub

The sleeping place.

Room Facilities:

Air conditioning, Television, Satellite television, In-house movie (got English and Chinese Channel too) , Free Wifi, Bathtub with Hot & Cold water, Voltage 220v using Japanese or US outlet, Safety Box in room, Hair Dryer and toiletries, Kettle without coffee or tea nor cups.

Just before the door, its a cupboard for you to hang your clothes.

Well, talking about breakfast…it was just average. Everyday also serve the same food. Day 1, food on my plate was like Mt. Everest, Day 2 became Mt. Kinabalu…Day 3 decreasing..till the last day..just like the bukit behind my house. *flat* Anyway…for the price we paid..we can’t complain much about the food.

BTS Ratchathewi Station is just within 10 minutes walk. If you are lazy to walk, you can easily stop a cab in front of the hotel. Else you also can get some help from the bellboy to hire a cab. Their bellboy is quite helpful. Even help us check the taxi whether we left anything behind after we got down from the taxi.

Other than that, there’s a 7-11 2 doors away from the hotel.

Food is not a problem here too…especially at night. There are many restaurant along Petchburi Road serving local Thai food.

The hotel location. Travel time from airport to Bangkok City Hotel is about 30-40 minutes drive on road.

(Note: The hotel do provide taxi service to the airport with the fare of 450 baht.)

I am quite satisfied with this hotel. Will I return in future? YES!

For more info, click on their WEBSITE.

1 Nite Stay At Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Started our journey from Seremban and exit through Simpang Pulai toll then drove approximately another 1 hour only to reach the resort which is located at a 7-acre hill between Tanah Rata and Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. The entire journey was quite long. Moreover due to the heavy rain which slow us down.

Utilizing the coupon I bought earlier, I decided to bring my family there for a short holiday.

Bought 2 coupons at a good price of RM230 each for 2D1N Stay in a Studio Suite + Breakfast at Jim Thompson Terrace. Recently the resort has undergone refurbishment, with the modern concept rooms.  Now it looks so much fresher.

A small waterfall as you entered the resort.

At the Lobby – Minus the late lunch we had…only able to reach the resort at around 5pm to do our check ins. Quite late huh…

Our rooms are located at this block. I like the environment here…the place is rather quite compared to those located along the busy and noisy street. Moreover getting in to Brinchang town is just within 10 minutes drive.

The impression of Studio Suite. Studio Suite measures 8.50 meters x 5.25 meters with  floor areas of  44.6 square meters or 480 square feet with a balcony. I like the spacious and cosy room. Unfortunately when I asked for double bed(1 big bed), the reception told me; “Our Studio Suite are all 2 single beds”….Alrite..fine then…not really convincing. Don’t want to argue more, well I just go with it….

LCD TV with in house movies.

Private balcony with chairs, nice place for Alex and I to have a cuppa while enjoying the cool breeze air.

Complimentary Mineral Water & Coffee and Tea Making Facilities.

The very spacious bathroom. Though the bathroom is huge..but the shower area is rather narrow (behind the wash basin/mirror wall).

complimentary toiletries

Strawberry is widely plant here in Cameron Highlands. And its cheaper too. So, why not have a full cup of strawberries before getting into bed. *Bliss….

Strawberry Park Resort
P.O. Box 81, Lot 195 & 196,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands,
Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia.

Tel: +605 491 1166
Fax: +605 491 1949

Location
Website

Lunch @ Tenjin Japanese Cuisine, Grand Millennium KL

Each day I received daily feeds from Everyday, Groupon and much more, sent to our mailbox offering discounts and great deals. I am so spoiled with choices. Especially on food. Nevertheless, to ensure I’m picking on the right choice, I must think wisely before I click on the ‘BUY’ tab. I wouldn’t say every voucher I purchased, guarantees me a good meal too…

This round, together with my girlfriends, Ashley & Wanyi, we decided to buy this deal offered by Groupon. A 4-course Japanese Bento Set Lunch + Free-flow of Green Tea at Tenjin Japanese Cuisine, Grand Millennium, Kuala Lumpur for RM29. Japanese food in a 5-star hotel? Sounds good rite? Therefore we made plans and redeemed our coupon last Saturday.

Ashley, redeeming her coupon for 2nd time for this round, gave a solid thumb up to the Japanese food.

There were 5 choices of bento for us to choose.

  • Chirashi Sushi Zen (RM56 value)
    Assorted Seafood on Sushi Rice
  • Gindara Teriyaki Zen (RM58 value)
    Grilled Cod Fish with Teriyaki Sauce
  • Sushi & Tempura Zen (RM52 value)
    Assorted Sushi and Tempura Set
  • Sashimi & Tori Teriyaki Zen (RM48 value)
    Sashimi & Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce
  • Makunouchi Bento (RM48 value) 
    Sashimi, Yakimono, Tempura

Tenjin Japanese Cuisine recently opened in Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur on Jun 3, 2011.

A medium size restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

An open kitchen where we able to witness the skillful chefs at work.

This young chef has his 100% concentration on the radish. Hmm…he must be preparing our food.

Started off with Tuna Salad

Gindara Teriyaki Zen
Grilled Cod Fish with Teriyaki Sauce

Check out this beautiful piece of grilled cod fish. This piece of cod fish is generally thick and its perfectly grilled. Tasty with some light and sweet teriyaki sauce.

Sashimi & Tori Teriyaki Zen
Sashimi & Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce

A closer look of the thick slices Sashimi and Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Sauce. I must say that the sashimi is very fresh, I couldn’t complain more. While for the grilled chicken I felt its abit bland to me.

Makunouchi Bento
Sashimi, Yakimono, Tempura

The nicely grilled fish has crisp skin while meat is tender and juicy. While for tempura, what else can you critic when its nicely battered and crispy.

Green Tea Ice Cream as dessert was refreshing. Hmm…this could be the best green tea ice cream I ever had. Its creamy while the taste of green tea wasn’t too strong. I like it this way.

Well, I guessed we’ve made a right choice! Though it was a discounted deal, I would say the service was good. Refilling your cup of green tea without a constant reminder and a phone call reminder to the guest 2 days before the reservation date.


Tenjin Japanese Cuisine
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur 55100
Tel : 03-2143 9399
Business Hours: Lunch 1130am – 300pm / Dinner 600pm – 1030pm
**PORK FREE**

Buffet @ The Mill, Grand Millennium KL

With an irresistible deal offered by Everyday (a website that constantly offers great deals) for only RM39.90 we were able to enjoy an international buffet in a 5 Star Hotel. What a steal!! All thanks to Christine whom enlightened us about this deal!! Initially we wanted to use this as a reason to have a small gathering among the MB members. However within 2 days… with an overwhelming response…its SOLD OUT! They managed to sell about a thousand over coupons. Such a good deal, who doesn’t want wor…Me myself managed to grab few for my family.

It end up just myself, Ashley and Christine went for the buffet. A reservation was made few days before we were there. (advisable to do so to avoid disappointment). The Mill, Grand Millennium KL is strategically located next to Pavilion Shopping Centre and directly opposite Fahrenheit 88. The Mill served International Fusion cuisines with a comfy ambiance. I was quite impressed with the varieties of food they served.

Smoked Delicacies

Parmesan Cheese Wheel – To create an extra flavor to your salad.

Assorted Cheese

Christine claimed that the buns are very nice.

Mini buns with chicken floss & slices of cucumber

The Japanese Cuisine

The Japanese Cuisine : The freshly made sushi

The Japanese Cuisine :  The absolutely fresh sashimi. Salmon is my favorite!!

The Chinese Cuisine : Siew Mai & Mini Pao (The siew mai are very meaty & yummy)

Fried Rice & Fried Koay Teow (don’t look nice…but was surprised with the taste. Because taste yummy)

The Chinese Cuisine : Assorted condiments for porridge

Tauhu Sumbat

The yummylicous satay which I returned for more. By the way, the chicken satay taste better than the beef satay.

Pizzas with thin crust.

The Indian Cuisine: Nasi Briyani and Curry Massala

The Indian Cuisine:  Naan & Curry

Specially made Cheese Naan with Lamb Curry which were truly awesome.

Fresh Seafood : Mussels, Prawns, Scallops

Fresh Prawns, Oysters, Crabs. We noticed that they replenished the seafood continuously which is good.

Assorted Mini Cakes & Nyonya Kuihs

Chocolate Cakes

Pies & Cakes

Puddings & Jellies

Chocolate Fondue & Marshmallows are perfect match!

There were some other food which I may have missed out here. All 3 of us  happily filled our tummies with these yummy and quality food. Definitely we would revisit. Apparently this place was the best buffet I had so far.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur 
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
MalaysiaT: +60 3 2117 4888
F: +60 3 2142 1441

Website


a short getaway……..2D/1N@Avillion Admiral Cove

In conjunction to our anniversary and with a minimal budget; we decided to choose Avillion Admiral Cove as our destination of a short getaway! Avillion Admiral Cove is located at Port Dickson, which is just approximate 30 minutes drive from my home (I can save travel expenses too…).

*If you would like to head to PD town, you will need to drive for about 15 minutes.

My planned iternary of the day. Looks kiddie..but cute right?? ^^

The crowded lobby. Duno why so many people chose to go on the same day =_=

View from lobby

The grand stairway

The room check-in was done quick. May be because I’ve already made my payment when I booked the room through PYO Travel website.

I booked a Superior Room for RM220 (inclusive of breakfast for 2). It could be that I did not inform them much earlier that I wanted a big bed. Therefore I was given the room with 2 single beds. In resultant of that; Alex pushed both beds together.

The Bathroom – Standing Shower Area.

I wasn’t too sure how come the toilet area stinks alil. There could be a hidden area which was uncleaned *yuckiieeee*

This area looks like an office to me ^^

A small sofa for you to watch TV

Well….I switched it to ‘timer’ with ‘continuous shot’ for the photos above…

(wahh…now I realized that our shirt color matches the sofa lerr….)

Left side view from our room’s balcony.

The marina view

Kids Pool

Adult Pool

Seeing the pool, plus with the hot weather, I felt like jumping into the pool immediately!

Only reveals the back…..

Hand in hand we walk together…Till when? I hope is forever!

From the hotel main entrance, walk about 5 minutes to the private beach.

hehehe….stole a snapshot of the sand castle did by a little gal

We had fun with our shadows! =p

Over here, you may rent a bicycle. RM15 per hour (if I’m not mistaken)

Mel at Art Space

They do serves good breakfast….

Review :  The Superior Rooms are located at ‘View Wing’ (which is the one room that I shared photos here). The furniture seems to be alil old. If to be given a chance to stay again; I think I will choose Deluxe Room located at ‘Vista Wing’ which is much newer. Facility wise; if the pool table would to have more than 1; that would be better. heheh….

*stay tune on my next post about Buffet Dinner at Trader’s Food Shop*

Avillion Admiral Cove

5 1/2 Mile, Jalan Pantai 71050 Port Dickson Negeri Sembilan.

Tel: 06-6470888 Fax: 06-6482444

Website

Hi Tea @ SELERA Coffee House, Klana Resort Seremban

In Seremban, there isn’t much choice or places to enjoy a decent hi-tea buffet. Normally we would either go to Klana Resort Seremban or Royale Bintang Seremban. Marcus’s birthday falls on 6th June, therefore we decided to celebrate his birthday a day earlier. In order to avoid any disappointment, we made our reservation with SELERA Coffee House.  We arrived there at about 12.30pm.

 

SELERA Coffee House with a capacity of 270 seats

sandwiches

Salad counter

Rojak Mamak

Sushi

Spring Rolls

Waffles with jams

Mini Pao

Porridge Counter

Mee Hoon Soup counter

The mee hoon & porridge was quite good

Colorful Jellies

Assorted mini cakes

Too bad there weren’t any cheese cakes served that day. Otherwise their cheesecakes are quite nice!

Assorted Malay kuihs

Black Glutinous tong sui…..very creamy & tasty

Not forgetting the ice cream and self made ais kacang which I did not include here.

baskets of cut fruits

they served nice teh tarik too….

Vernice enjoyed her meal…she had rice, pao, mee hoon and cakes

A formal pose versus a crazy pose…(as requested by me!)

Chocolate Truffle Cake (Cake of the Month). We purchased from “The Bakers” of Klana Resort with a special price of RM40++/kg. Value for money!

Happy Birthday to Marcus! ^^

Price : RM30++

Food : 6/10 (I wouldn’t say its too good. But can be consider as above average)

Ambiance : 7/10

Address:
PT 4388, Jalan Penghulu Cantik,
Taman Tasik Seremban,
70100 Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan,
Malaysia.

Tel:
+606 – 766 7888

Location Map

Buffet Dinner @ Awana Porto Malai Langkawi

After spending some time at Pantai Cenang in the evening, we then headed to Awana Porto Malai Langkawi for sight seeing. This hotel certainly not strict to strangers getting into their premises. Unlike “The Datai Langkawi”, where we got questioned by the security guard before we could enter the resort. I wouldn’t blame them for the tight security. I suppose, its a luxury resort.

As I know, Awana Porto Malai Langkawi has many Yachts parked around its sea. That would make it a nice sea scenery to me.  Ooppss….I wouldn’t say sea, it should be Lagoon. Anyway, a couple of nice shots would be prefect for me. A quiet and cosy resort too. Apart from enjoying the nice view, we decided to have our dinner there at Boardwalk Cafe.

Too bad..ain’t any sunset shots here.. Perhaps, I need should a night here and wake up much earlier to view the sun rise.

The night view. The tall white tower is the light house.

photo stolen from Hung

The Starters. Of salads and dressing.

An array of food trays.

Fried Yellow Mee

Long Beans

Fried Chili Fish Fillet – best dish!

***My deepest apology to you..for forgetting all the names for the dishes above***

DESSERT TIME! Unfortunately, there were not much choices. *sigh*

Chocolate Brownie with Walnut.

Chocolate Cake

Food : 2.5/5 (The food selections and taste did not satisfied me. Food are pretty normal too)

Service : 3/5

Ambiance : 3.5/5

Awana Porto Malai Langkawi
Tanjung Malai,
07000 Langkawi
Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
Telephone: (604) 955 5111
Facsimile: (604) 955 5222

CNY Family Dinner @ Han Pi Yuan, Royale Bintang Resort & Spa

As I return home on 2nd day of Chinese New Year, there were friends gathering, house visiting and not forgetting a family dinner which is the most important part.

 

To avoid the festive crowds in restaurants, we decided to dine at The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa. Mom gave the suggestion on Han Pi Yuan, a Chinese Restaurant after she read some good reviews from the newspaper. Apparently, Han Pi Yuan serves Halal Chinese food.

 

To my surprise; there were only 2 tables of guests having their meals there. Where are all the people in Seremban?? Is it because the service is bad? Too expensive? Or food is bad? Let me try it….

 

well lighted and looking pleasant

 

Well; we went for ‘Chinese New Year Menu’ package. Which consists of 9 dishes (including dessert) served for 10 pax. Moreover the price seems to be affordable too. Just RM438++ (imposed of 10% service charge & 6% government tax).

 

Prosperity Jellyfish & Pear Yee Sang

This dish will normally serves at the beginning of the meal. Yee Sang or Lo Hei or better known as Prosperity Toss symbolized abundance, prosperity and vigor.

 

“All diners at the table then stand up and on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various “auspicious wishes” out loud, or simply “撈起, 撈起”. It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner’s growth in fortunes, thus diners are expected to toss enthusiastically.” (extract from wikipedia)

 

Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crabmeat

The usual shark’s fin soup. Good that this isn’t too starchy.

 

Roasted Chicken Shatin with Prawn Cracker

This dish is quite unique. The chick were deep fried. A credit to it because it ain’t too oily. No doubt its small, but its tasty.

 

Wok Fried Prawn with Spicy Sauce

The prawns size are quite big. Moreover the prawns are very fresh.

 

Steamed Sea Bass Fish with Quality Soya Sauce

 

Braised Two Varieties of Mushroom with Dried Oyster & Vegetable

 

Am so sorry. I was too busy eating till I forgotten to take a photo of the “Fragrant Fried Rice in Lotus Leaf”. It must be too nice till I’ve forgotten ^^

 

Deep Fried Nin Kou

 

Double Boiled Longan with White Fungus

 

Food : 4/5 (satisfying meal with big portion of food)

Price : 4/5 (worth eating)

Ambiance : 4/5

Service : 2.5/5 (waiters are kinda inexperience & inefficient)

 

The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa Seremban

Jalan Dato A.S. Dawood,

70100 Seremban,

Negeri Sembilan

Tel : +606 – 7666 666

Map : Locate Us

 

 

On His Birthday cum Christmas

Its Christmas! Its Alex birthday! Yeap. Both falls on the same day!

 

Planned the agenda earlier. Alex got me to help him book a room at Piccolo Hotel 2 weeks ahead. Its located at Bukit Bintang in between Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88. I would say this hotel is good! In sense of location, design and price. Just walk down the street, and you will be able to find ample of food and shopping venue. You can easily return to you hotel room to get some rest. Everything was good. Unfortunately the breakfast was bad. =_=

 

Our Deluxe Room. Clean, Stylish & Bright. I like it!

 

The wash basin is placed outside the bathroom

 

 

The separated shower area and toilet

 

The celebration on that day wasn’t much I would say. Mainly were on food & shopping. Pavilion, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Sg. Wang were the places we shopped! ^^

 

This 2 fella can be spotted at Bukit Bintang. You’ll gotto pay RM2 to take a photo with them.

 

I bought 3 slices of cakes from ‘Bread Talk’. Requested a candle from them. Personally brought a box of matches from home ^^

 

Happy Birthday to beloved hubby!! 😉

*wonder what wish he made*

 

my damage of the day. a pair of shoe again! (yea..AGAIN* as quoted by mom)

 

 

Yea…my Christmas present from Alex. THOMAS SABO Charm.

(which I’ve been longing for one)

Thanks alot Alex!! Merry Christmas ar….Happy Birthday ar…Thank kiu thank kiu ar….

 

p.s: Dear Ashley; You have successfully poisoned me on this. I want to thank you very much. MERRY CHRISTMAS! ^^