Sheraton Imperial KL

I booked the stay over the phone. Awesome service through the phone. Professional yet friendly service by the reservation team (sorry I can’t recall the names). The nightmare started when I requested for a special arrangement for my stay, I’m celebrating my partner’s birthday. The housekeeping and concierge called me but I gave up talking to them. I dealt with the reservation team who handled my request. The reservation team communicated to the teams accordingly and ‘apparently’ it can be done. Phewww… My initial request with the mentioned teams was not ‘accepted’. How funny is that for a 5 star hotel! A let down if you ask me.

Anyway moving on to actual stay. Check-in was smooth as it was done at the executive floor. We had coffee and finger food while waiting at the executive lounge.

I was very surprised when we got to the room, which is an Executive Club suite. It was fantastic! It’s huge and looks really good. The bed was comfortable and so relaxing. A clear view of KL tower and you can also spot KLCC.  If you wondering what is included in the room; free breakfast, access to executive lounge, evening cocktails, 2 pcs of laundry per day.

They had the bed decorated with rose petals and decorations which were awesome and a nice surprise to my partner.

The executive lounge is a nice place to be. Relaxing set up and perfect to lounge. The staffs are attentive but some of them are just average. Could be better in the delivery of service as some of them don’t look very keen to ‘serve’. The evening cocktail session was nice, from 5-8pm. A variety of finger foods, fruits, yogurt, bread and drinks, basically bottomless. I enjoyed it.

I also had ordered food while staying here via the room service. It was handled well and food was good.

Check out was fast and smooth. Not much personal touch by the staff.

Overall I loved my stay at the hotel and love love the Executive Club Suite. I have stayed in other hotels’ executive room but this one is most outstanding in term on space, room feature and exclusivity which surpassed by expectation. I had stayed here previously (many years ago) and at that time, all facilities looked dated. Only comment is the service rendered by the staff. While it is sufficient it was not that memorable. No personal touch or I would rather say ‘service with an attitude’, good attitude obviously.

Visited in April 2017.

Bubba Gump Citta Mall

So, here I am at Bubba Gump Citta Mall for lunch with colleagues. Surprisingly, there were not many customers on that day, which was on a weekday. The staff looked energetic and lively, and we were attended to, almost immediately.

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After browsing through the menu, we placed our orders for Scampi pasta (RM32.90), fried chicken (RM27.90), boat trash (RM44.90) which is to be shared among the four of us. We ordered their signature drinks – Mango Sparkler, Speckled Strawberry and Speckled Blueberry (RM12.90).

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Our food was served quite fast, and the dishes were hot. Scampi pasta is actually an olio pasta dish with prawns, and comes with a big piece of toasted bread. The pasta tasted good, well-seasoned and cooked well (al dente). The Prawns were cooked just perfect. The boat trash is a combination of pieces of fish fillet, prawns, lobster tail and fries, all of which are deep fried, Bubba Gump style. I have had this dish since the day they started their business here in Malaysia. Somehow, I ‘feel’ that the portion has gone slightly ‘smaller’, perhaps in line with the higher food cost. The other dish we had was the fried chicken served with coleslaw, corn, and a scoop of mash potatoes. Overall, the food tasted good, and is more than sufficient to be shared among the 4 of us.

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The signature drinks are bottomless (that means you can ask for unlimited refills for free). My favorite drink here is still Mango Sparkler, which is refreshing and a real thirst quencher. We had Mud Pie for desserts (RM22.90). It’s a big-sized dessert and can be shared with at least a few people. In my case, it was shared among the 4 of us, and yet we struggled to finish it. Yummy!

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To sum it up, Bubba Gump is a good place to have meals with family and friends. Some of the dishes come in big portions, so do check with the staff before you place your orders. A number of the drinks are bottomless, which is good. The restaurant carries their signature look, which is standard across all other outlets here in Malaysia or internationally too.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 4/5, Service 3.5/5, F&B 4/5.

Bubba Gump Citta Mall, Lot No. G-11 Ground Floor, Jalan PJU 1A/48, PJU 1A, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Review of Restoran Fei Wong, Cheras

Restoran Fei Wong is located at Bandar Mahkota Cheras, and I’ve been here for quite a number of times. It’s a Chinese kopitiam and serves a variety of food. Expect to wait for a little while as it can be a bit crowded during weekends.

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So what do they have here? Well, they actually offer quite a good variety of food. I was here on a Sunday morning, so this is what’s available; Penang char kueh teow, pork noodle, fish ball noodle, fish paste noodle, western food, pan mee, Kampar mee, curry mee, pork ball noodle, chicken rice, wantan mee and so on. Of course, drinks and roti bakar are also available here..

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Curry Mee

We had curry mee, spicy dry pan mee and western breakfast. The curry mee is really good. The curry is rich and also, spicy enough. It had chunks of chicken meat, and is quite a decent size for a breakfast portion. I couldn’t stop finishing the curry gravy. It’s RM5 per bowl, which is well worth it.

 

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Pan Mee

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Fish ball soup

The spicy pan mee was served with a bowl of fish ball soup. This is good as well, but is a bit pricier than the other dishes. Like the name suggests, it is spicy! The anchovies are really crunchy, which blends well with the tangy noodles. It also came with crunchy mushroom, which is a perfect match. Although I opted not to have the pork bits, they did not substitute it with another ingredient such as eggs, which is pretty normal at other restaurants. Anyway, it was a good dish, priced at RM5.70

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Western Breakfast set

The western breakfast consists of a piece of white bread (toasted), a fried egg, coleslaw, fries, a sausage and ham. Although most of the items here are fried, it’s not oily or greasy at all. The fries are tiny but quite crispy. This will cost you RM4.80.

Overall, it’s a good place to have a quick meal here. It offers a wide variety, and most of the items are freshly prepared. The price is affordable too.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3/5, F&B 3/5.

Where at: Fei Wong Restaurant, No. 1-17 Jalan Temenggung 11/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.

Review of Restoran Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri, Cheras

Restoran Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri faces the entrance of Aeon Bandar Mahkota Cheras. Hence, it is prominent and easy to find.  It is a popular place judging from the number of people frequenting this place during lunch hour.

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There is an interesting spread of dishes. They have a few types of vegetables, a few types of chicken dishes including fried chicken, fish, fried fish, mutton, seafood and a variety of curries. A number of dishes such as nasi goreng, mee goreng are on their ala carte menu. Since I was craving for nasi kandar, I took a plate of rice, ayam masak merah, stir fried long beans and egg omelette. The trade secret in having a good nasi kandar is in the curry. Over here, they probably added about five to six types of curry and gravy on the rice. It tasted very good. There was a hint of spiciness from the chicken and fish curry. You could also taste the kicap and masak merah gravy which gave a nice fusion of flavours. The gravy covered nearly all portion of the rice hence you have a whole plate to look forward too. The ayam masak merah that I had was tender and it was not spicy at all.

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My friend had rice with mutton kicap, fried chicken and cabbage. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, indicating a sign of well fried chicken. Over here they prepacked papadams in packets to ensure its crunchiness. We had one packet.  I think they charged RM1.00 a packet containing three to four pieces of papadam.

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Nothing beats cold drinks when you are having nasi kandar. We had teh O limau ais and Coke.

I ordered takeaway for a family member and apparently she liked the food too. She mentioned that she liked the mix of curry and gravy and how it enhanced the taste of the rice and the side dishes. Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri serves good nasi kandar. They definitely have a wide variety of dishes and good curry. I will definitely come back to try other dishes.

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Address: Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri, No. 15G Jalan Temenggung 21/9, Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras Selangor.

 

Pretty awesome stay @ Holiday Inn Resort Batu Ferringhi, Penang

It’s been a while since I have stayed at Holiday Inn hotels. My last experience was at Holiday Inn Express Bangkok which was totally awesome. For now, I am sharing with you my experience with Holiday Inn Resort which is located in Batu Feringghi, Penang.

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Holiday Inn Resort Penang

Prior to my arrival the hotel made a courtesy call to confirm the reservation which was good.

I choose to stay at the tower wing with sea view room instead of staying at the main wing. Apparently the tower wing is newer and more spacious so I had to try it out. I am a regular visitor to Penang Island so I was expecting a hotel for a good rest and perhaps with a good view especially being in Batu Feringgi.

Aside of arriving late, around 10pm, the check-in process was smooth. The room was pretty impressive and it was in my favorite color scheme; blue. The room was spacious, looks new and well ventilated. The balcony is huge with a nice view of sea and part of Batu Ferringhi.

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Tower wing sea view room

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Coffee & Tea

One of my favorite thing about the room was the was super comfortable king bed, more of a super king! I wish I had more time to hang out int he room. There is a set of soft and firm pillows provided. The sheets was clean and smelled fresh.

The bathroom was spacious. Some part of the bathroom (the mirror frame and the area near drain hole) are not very well maintained. The normal toiletries are provided. For others, you may request from the hotel. There is coffee & tea facilities as well. There is a large lcd TV provided in the room with cable channels.

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All marble bathroom.. very luxurious.

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The toiletries.

We didn’t try out the breakfast so couldn’t comment on that. Being in Penang, there are so many choices for places to have breakfast. I did check out the pool and hang out for a while. This hotel (main wing) has been around for many years now. Perhaps a refurbishment on main wing would do the trick.

Anyway I enjoyed my stay at the hotel. The room rates are pretty decent for the area which is a very popular place. I would say the location is pretty good as you can discover all the happenings in this are by foot. The night market is just next door. I cant wait to be back! 🙂

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The view from our room! 🙂

Visited in September 2015.

Where at: 72 Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia

Top 10 slangs only Malaysians would say

How to speak like a local and make Malaysian friends!

1. Best/Syok
Which means superlatively good. Add ‘giler’ at the end of the sentence to connote ‘craaaaaazilly good’.
How to use: ‘Fuah, this Milo Dinosaur best giler’. Or, ‘Watching “Interstellar” on IMAX is damn syok.’

2. Bo jio
‘Bo jio’ is coming up as one of our favourite phrases, which translates as ‘never invite’ in Hokkien. You don’t really have to mean it to say ‘bo jio’ – it can be used to annoy your friends who are having a better time than you.
How to use: ‘You’re holidaying at Langkawi with your girlfriend ah? Bo jio!’

3. Boss
‘Boss’ here doesn’t really refer to your manager. You call someone ‘boss’ when you don’t know his/her name. Or when you need to suck up to get into the person’s good books. Or when you need to order at the mamak.
How to use: ‘Boss, teh tarik satu’ [at the mamak]; ‘Okay boss, I’ll do everything you say’ [to suck up].

4. Cincai
It really just means ‘whatever’ but you can also use it to describe an action where one does anything casually or as one pleases.
How to use: ‘Eat what? Cincai lah’ or ‘I cincai order for you, okay?’

5. Gostan
Our local ministers say it. The taxi driver says it. Your grandfather says it. Who cares if ‘gostan’ stems from the term ‘go astern’ as long as you know it means ‘to reverse’?
How to use: ‘Eh, don’t gostan into the longkang!’

6. Mempersiasuikan
If a portmanteau between a Malay and English word can exist in Malaysia, there’s no way we can’t do the same with other dialects, like this Hokkien verb, ‘sia sui’, which means ‘to embarrass’.
How to use: ‘You don’t mempersiasuikan the human race can or not?’

7. Yum cha
Yum cha is a Cantonese phrase, which means ‘go have tea’. But this favourite slang has been adapted by most Malaysians to ask their friends to hang out.
How to use: ‘Jom, we yum cha at Bangsar tonight.’

8. Potong stim
A buzzkill that ruins your high, like how your friends flaked out on you at a Taylor Swift concert. Or that scene when Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike stepped into the shower in ‘Gone Girl’ but the Malaysian cinemas… well, you know what happened next.
How to use: ‘Wah, Ben Affleck is stark naked and he’s gonna… Oi! Why fast forward? Damn potong stim lah!’

9. On the way
To be used when you’re late for an appointment, wedding or yum cha session but you’re actually still in the shower. Malaysian timing mah.
How to use: ‘Ah? You wedding now ah? Okay, on the way… on the way’ [still napping at home].

10. Then/Abuden?
As a nation fond of short cuts, we strive to be as economical as possible with our words. ‘Then/Abuden’ is a sarcastic reply to indicate ‘What else did you expect?’
How to use: ‘Abuden? You think this company is going to give you a raise ah?’

The above content was originally published by TimeOut Kuala Lumpur (www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/top-10-slangs-only-malaysians-would-say). Couldnt resist myself from sharing it with you guys! 🙂 Hope you had a good read!

Hari Merdeka!

Hari Merdeka! That’s the Independence Day for Malaysia which is on 31st August every year. This is to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from the British colonial rule in 1957. The theme for year 2014 is “Malaysia, Where Love Grows”.

The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multi-ethnic communities that exist in this country. The Department of Statistics Malaysia reported Malaysia’s population, as of April 2013, is estimated to be 29,620,200. Out of this number, the Bumiputeras including Malays were 62.3%, the Chinese 22%, the Indians 6.7%, other races (citizens) 0.9% and non-citizens at 8.1%.

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Malaysia flag…

 

Here are some facts about Malaysia…

 

  • The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747-200.
  • The largest flower in the world is Rafflesia, which can be found in SABAH.
  • THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
  • MALAYSIA is home to 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600 species of bids, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.
  • SIPADAN Island off Sabah is one of the world’s top diving spots.
  • AT 421 metres high, the Kuala Lumpur Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
  • The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998-2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
  • Penang St. George Church, built in 1818, is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia.
  • THE Penang Bridge is the third longest in Asia at 13.7 km.
  • There are 878 islands in Malaysia. Sabah has the most at 394.
  • The tropical rain forests of Malaysia are the mother of all rain forests. At 130 million years, they are even older than the tropical forests of the Amazon and Congo Basins.

Hope you had a good read on these fast facts! 🙂