Thursday, 17 May 2018

Kings Green Hotel @ Melaka


Just a couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to take some time off to Melaka. Just for your info, in one week time, I will be enrolling into a full-time diploma program. Yes! I'm going back to school. Yay for me!

So I have resigned from my former full-time job to give myself some time to prepare for school, and relax. So I figured, what could be more relaxing than travelling around. Hence I chose Melaka, approximately two hours drive from my hometown.

I chose this 4-star hotel, namely Kings Green Hotel, located in the heart of Melaka City Center.

And what was my ultimate plan? To stay in and SLEEP! And also get some food to eat. Isn't that just wonderful? Lol.

Whenever I choose a hotel, I always look for these criterias (kind of like a soft spot for me) - huge window to get good view and bath tub (because I was going to sleep in it, obviously).

Thank goodness that this hotel provided those things I wanted. Thus, amazing weekend I had.





The room I had was categorized as Deluxe King. Here is a summary of the rooms' rate.

Superior
RM192.00 nett for weekday
RM220.00 nett for weekend

Deluxe King
RM222.00 nett for weekday
RM254.00 nett for weekend

Deluxe Twin
RM244.00 nett for weekday
RM274.00 nett for weekend

Suite
RM512.00 nett for weekday
RM544.00 nett for weekend

Premier Suite
RM764.00 nett for weekday
RM794.00 nett for weekend

All of the rooms come together with breakfast for 2 (with exception of Premier Suite, which is for 4). Also it has free parking space and WiFi.

If room isn't the thing you're looking for, there are 2 Function Halls, 3 Meeting Rooms and 1 Ball Room available for you to rent.



As a hotel guest, I was entitled to use their facilities, like Gym and Swimming Pool. And owh, not to forget that they also have a bar on the 3rd floor, namely Green Acres Lounge & Bar. It is great if you loved drinking, and karaoke.

Now, on my final list of honorable mention - the food!

There are two restaurants that you may try while visiting this place - JIA Restaurant and Hibiscus Cafe.

I will be sharing more about JIA Restaurant on a different post. I've got some amazing snaps, so it has to be put up separately.

As for Hibiscus Cafe, I was there for its happy hour high tea, and it was lovely. They named it "Sembang-sembang Petang" (Evening Talk), between 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Following pictures are some examples of meals they serve during this high tea. You may choose between these two:

Local Taste
Coffee/Tea with choice of snacks such as Cucur Udang, Keropok Udang, Goreng Pisang tc.
RM8.0 nett onwards

Chicken Chop Promotion
Breaded or Grilled with Kings Green signature sauce (salted egg)
RM18.00 nett

You may also check out my previous post for their Ramadhan Buffet - Ramadhan Buffet @ Hibiscus Cafe (Melaka)



For more information, you may check out contacts below.

Contact  : +6062881091
Fax        : +6062881092
Address : 28, Jalan Tun Perak, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Ramadhan Buffet @ Berjaya Waterfront Hotel (Johor Bahru)


Like I said in my previous post, Ramadhan in this country will not be much fun if there isn't any Iftar buffet. It's one of the channels where restaurants and hotels could be able to showcase talents of their chefs.

So today, I am going to do that one thing where I make your mouth so watery that you just can't wait for the Ramadhan to come.

Allow me to introduce - Berjaya Waterfront Hotel Johor Bahru.

I was pretty lucky to be invited for its buffet preview, and these following pictures that I'm about to show you, they are simply insane.

A quick intro, Berjaya Waterfront Hotel is delighted to announce their Ramadhan Buffet by bringing back original fares that are set to delight food lovers. Simply named, "Warisan Sajian Bonda" (Mother's Heritage), the master chefs of Berjaya Waterfront Hotel led by Executive Chef Jamaluddin Sadikum will feature traditional recipes that were lovingly taught to them by their own mothers.

Highlights of the signature dishes for this preview are Soup Gear Box and Kambing Golek. From the hawkers stall, the buffet offers 200 varieties of mouth-watering authentic local dishes such as kerabu ulam kampung, otak-otak, satay, daging bakar, ikan sumbat, gulai ayam kampung, lemang, ketupat and many more. Lively melodies of malay traditional music will be performed like Ghazal, Zapin and Kuda Kepang throughout the Ramadhan month.

Berjaya Waterfront Hotel "Warisan Sajian Ibunda: buffet will be available daily from 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm from 17th May to 13th June 2018.

Prices

RM50.00 nett for adult (17th May to 23rd May)
RM66.00 nett for adult (24th May to 13th June)

**For children is RM44.00 nett

Now let me walk you through the photos. 


APPETIZER





MAIN COURSE











DESSERT





Although I have said earlier at the top what are the highlights, but still, I have my own suggestion. Haha! This is a buffet, and like any other buffet, you should know how to strategise your selection of meals. Or else, you will end up not trying out everything.

My best advice would be to balance up your picks between the main course and dessert. Why? Because the varieties of their desserts are just nuts. The number of choices is almost comparable to its main course. And how about the taste? They were fabulous.

I am a true sucker for dessert, therefore, I would suggest you to save up some space in you stomach for later use. You will need that, trust me.

For reservation, you may call up this contacts below.

Contact : 07-2219999
Address : 88, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Stulang Laut, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Ramadhan Buffet @ Hibiscus Cafe (Melaka)


As we all know, we are about to globally celebrate the month of Ramadan. Just a couple of weeks away. In case if you have little clue of what this month is, simply put, it is a time when Muslims all around the world perform fasting from dusk (sunrise) till dawn (sunset). In some countries, like Malaysia for instant, we treat the month as a time of joy (on top of its holiness). Also we take it as if it is a pre-Eid celebration.

And one the best thing about celebration - the food. Just like you can't have a happy birthday without a cake; you just can't have a memorable Ramadan without a good buffet. (I know that's kind of misguiding the true concept of Ramadan. But hey! People love food, don't they?)

So if you're ever planning on visiting the state of Melaka during the month, you might want to try on this amazing buffet package by Hibiscus Cafe (a restaurant by Kings Green Hotel). I was there a while ago, and boy I'm going to tell you this, the Nyonya dishes were astounding.


With the theme of Citarasa Muhibbah (Taste of Neighbourliness), this buffet is set to serve you with all kind of locally made dishes. Keep in mind, though, that every week the chef will be changing the buffet's menu. But here are some of the highlights:

Appetizer

Kerabu Taugeh
(Bean sprout with coconut)

Sambal Timun
(Cucumber served with chili paste)

Bubur Lambok
(Mixed Porridge)

Rojak Petis
(Mixed fruit & veges served with black shrimp paste)


Main Course

Nasi Beringin
(Turmeric Rice)

Seafood Tomyam
(Tom Yam Seafood)

Gulai Daging Kawah
(Curry Beef)

Sotong Sambal
(Chili Paste Squid)

Ayam Goreng Belacan
(Chicken cooked with shrimp paste)

Stir-fried Brocolli Mushroom

Udang Lemak Nanas
(Prawn cooked with coconut milk, chili & pineapple)

Satay

Ikan Jenahak Asam Pedas
(Jenahak Fish cooked with spicy & sour sace)

Dessert

Kuih Muih Tradisional & Pastri
(Assorted traditional cakes & pastries)




In my own opinion, never miss the Udang Lemak Nanas & Sambal Timun. These two will definitely take you back to the time when you were a kid and having your grandmother in the village cooking for you (well, unless you grew up in the city, or not even in this country, then I have nothing to add lol).

The normal price for this buffet will be - RM68.00 per adult & RM58.00 per kid/elderly. With a purchase of 10 pax (adult), you will be given with a one(1) free coupon.

P/S: try to book it before 10th May as you will receive early bird discount - RM58.00 per adult & RM48.00 per kid/elderly.





I guess that's it for this time. You may check out the links and contacts below for reservation.

And in case if Melaka isn't the place you will be during the month, no worry as I will be sharing more buffets on other locations. Stay tune!

Contact : 06-2881091 ext 629/3
Email : fnb@kingsgreenhotel.com.my


Saturday, 31 March 2018

DASHING SPORT Range – Eau De Toilette and Deodorant for the Adrenaline Seekers


DASHING is releasing another sensational and exciting range of eau de toilette that captures all the elements of a body in motion. The Dashing Sports Range provides a fresh, stimulating grooming option with their newly released sport deodorant and eau de toilette collection.

The Dashing man has a presence that delivers masculinity and confidence. Th new scent perfectly encapslats the eau de toilette's crips yet profoundly  modern notes. The sport eau de toilette has a composition of exhilarating sensations with a sporty and edgy fragrance that appeals to the risk takers and adrenaline seekers.

Sweating is a common occurrence. Whether you're walking to your car, heading to a meeting, hitting the gym or any other activity, no men can avoid breaking a sweat, especially in Malaysia's humid weather. Body odor is a problem to many particularly, those active with their dynamic work and social lifestyle. Men are increasingly more self-aware in this digital and fighting body odor is a priority.

In battling the odor, deodorant and eau de toilette have been vital men's everyday grooming. Deodorant help in controlling body odor and boosting self confidence, while eau de toilette leaves a lasting scent and masks stench produced by the body. Finding the right deodorant and eau de toilette is important as there deodorants and eau de toilettes that do not last and leaves stains on clothes.

Dashing has heard the many woes of men out there and is releasing a new range which is Dashing Sport to join the MCFC family. The Dashing Sport range consists of deodorant body spray and eau de toilette.


The Sport Deodorant Body Spray comes in a 125 ml ca is not only formulated with 24 hours protection but it also has 6-in-1 benefits that helps in the battle against body odor. The Sport Deodorant Body Spray benefits urban men as it is anti-odor, anti-bacterial, quick drying, leaves no stains, has a lasting fragrance and provide freshness.

As for the Sport Eau de Toilette, it comes in a nenw sporty 50 ml sleek glass casing, This ea de toilette provides long-lasting sensational masculine fragrance with new formula and color.

Both of the deodorant body spray and eau toilette are limitd editions. The Sport Deodorant Body Spray and the Eau de Toilette are available in 2 new variants; Hitman and Golden Boot.

Hitman is for the sporty men who is always on the go. It has an aromatic tonic fragrance that has a lively and refreshing smell of sparking citrus and iced cucumber. The Sichuan pepper and lavender gives a hint of spiciness and combined with signature patchouli and gaiac wood, it gives that magnetic and daring scent can easily boost the confidence of any man.

The Golden Boot variant has a more husky and alluring fragrance. The rhubarb leaves and pimento gives that masculine spiciness to the wearer while the blend of cashmere wood and leather creates an unforgettable and appealing signature smell.

The limited edition Sport Deodorant Body Spray and the Sport Eau de Toilette are both amazingly reasonably priced at RM12.90 and RM24.90, respectively.


Time For Some Vitamin Sea - Pangkor Island


Alert : The following post contains lots of, lots of BLUE !

I for one believe that the color of blue, represent peace and zen. Just like green represents mother nature, blue helps in finding my inner peace. If any of you have read my previous articles, you probably had noticed that I love exploring countries and places with 4 seasons, especially the autumn.

But due to some personal reason lately, I found myself in a situation where I needed a place for peace, very badly. That is when I developed my new interest and love for the Islands.

In the country I live in, Malaysia, lies an under-rated island. For some reason, people seem to not have much interest in visiting it.

Pangkor Island (or Pulau Pangkor in its native language), is located in Manjung District, state of Perak. It used to be a home for British colonies and refuge for some local fishermen. But today, it has transformed into a nature paradise. 



The island can be categorized into two different sections, east coast being the commercial areas, where merchants and traders are widely operating their business, and jetties for ferries. While west coast being the tourism destinations.

There are two beaches that I would suggest you to visit - Teluk Nipah and Pasir Bogak.

Both beaches are great with plenty of activities for you to try on, but possess surroundings that are completely different.

Teluk Nipah, also named 'Mini Krabi' by the locals, is a small street that filled with all types of chalets and hotels. Expensive or cheap, fancy or budgeted, just name it. Next to the beach is a street for you to shop. Things like souvenirs, clothes, mini markets, restaurants, food stalls, beach activities etc. It is so convenient that you could simply stay there for the whole weekend without needing to travel around the island. It tends to get very crowded during the school holiday. So you might want to check the local calendar before planning your trip.

Pasir Bogak, on the other hand, is long beach with literally no crowd. There are some beach activities like kayak and jet-ski. But due to lack of chalets and places to stay, the tourists were forced to find some other locations. But hey, you know what's left around there? Tranquility! 

So prepare your sunscreen and beach mat, because it's a perfect spot for sun-bathing!


Now let's talk about costs and prices, shall we?

If you were to travel from the mainland, I would suggest you to take the ferry from Lumut Ferry Terminal. The ride takes about 45 minutes and costs you only RM14 for a round trip (RM8 for a single trip). You will see a small ticket counter before the entrance.

As for the transportation, you might want to try on the motorcycle. It's a perfect way to commute around the island. Less traffic and less petrol consumption. You could also enjoy the fresh air. It costs around RM25 per day. But it still depends on which agency you are renting from. The price could be vary from one to another. You can find plenty of sales representatives waiting at the arrival jetty. Or you may try to google for one beforehand and have them wait for your arrival.

Hotel, just prepare yourself with the rate between RM80 to RM120 per night for budgeted chalet, or RM150 to RM250 for better surroundings (both prices are for queen size bed).

Lastly, the food. My best suggest would be to find the huts like photos below. They're super cheap, around RM60 for three people (4 main dishes and drinks). Plus, the view is amazing! Just be sure to get there around 6.30 pm for the sunset.



I guess that's it for this time. Be sure to stay tune because I'll be sharing more island/beach posts.

Thank you and until we meet again. Ciao!



Saturday, 20 January 2018

Ever Thought Of Watching Live Football Match In Manchester ? Read This Out


Football, has and always will be a part of the Malaysian culture. Young or old, for a die-hard football fan, nothing is greater than to watch a live football match more if it is MCFC (Manchester City Football Club) vs MU (Manchester United). The electrifying atmosphere, club chants, excitement, energy, pain or joy is felt is indescribable.

English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues with the highest number of followers, even in Malaysia. It is truly a dream come true for footie fans to be able to watch a live match in one of the famous stadiums.

DASHING, the leading men's grooming brand understands the adrenaline rush and passion men have for the world of football. With this in mind, DASHING is running for the 3rd year the Let's Go Manchester Contest! Free accommodation, 4 days 3 night return-trip to Manchester, United Kingdom for 6 lucky winners which includes a VIP tickets to watch a live match between MCFC vs MU as the grand prize in their Let's Go Manchester Contest! That is 4 great days experience of eating, sleeping and breathing football in Manchester, UK!

Not only will the winners be watching 2 of the greatest football clubs in the world battling against each other from their VIP seats at Etihad Stadium but it also include visit and tours to the National Football Museum and Stadium such as Old Trafford, Etihad and Anfield. Furthermore, there will be a chance to interact and request autograph from some of the MCFC Legends. Beside, there is a Magical Mystery Tour in store for the winners where they will be brought to locations related to the famous music band, The Beatles. What more can a die-hard football fan ask for.


All you need to do is (1) purchase any DASHING or ELITE products in a single receipt and (2) Whatsapp a clear photo of the full single receipt, name as per NRIC or Passport, NRIC number or Passport number and outlet of purchase (3) to +016-9972373. It is as simple as that!

So, what are you waiting for? Join now and be the in the VIP stand watching the live match before your eyes with 50,000 fans and DASHING, the leading male grooming branding Malaysia! This contest ends on 31st January 2018.

For more information, you can visit www.facebook.com/Dashing.MY or www.dashing.com.my or call the helpline number 03-80238311.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Interview With Emina - A Lovely Travel Partner


During October 2016, I organized a short trip to China. In each of my trip, I would prefer to invite a small group of travelers to join the party. And as always, I got quite a number of rejection when introduced this to people around. Most of them were skeptical with safety issue in that country. But lucky for me, I'd managed to get in touch with these four amazing souls who were up for the unknown.

Among these four people, one of them drew my attention with the smile she made every time we reached a destination.

Her name is Emina, an IT Support who used to serve in the same company as I did. She got to know about my plan by following my social media, and also from the words passed by everyone around.


Me : Could you tell me what places have you been to for that one week? What were the things you remember most?

"We went to visit Beijing and Xi'an. But due to shortage of time, our group only managed to visit a hand full o historical places in each city. If I had to list down, Terracotta and the Great Wall were the most memorable places to be mentioned. Not simply because they are a must for visitors in these cities. These two places are listed as few of world's wonder, and having to witness them right in front of you is an experience that could never fade."

"But honestly, these weren't the only things I adored. This whole trip has been an eye-opening experience for. In my previous trips abroad, I hadn't had a chance to go for a self-planned trip. All of them were organized by tour agencies. We paid a good amount of money to them and in return, everything was neatly managed, including the itinerary."

"Although there were few times we heard someone spitting loudly in the public space, but it was the local street culture and it was pretty fascinating to learn it up-close."


Me : I was told that you've been to Vietnam and Indonesia, were the trips different from the one we had?

"Definitely, they weren't the same. Back in Vietnam, the trip was organized and altered based on majority's vote. Sadly, most of them in the group preferred to spend their vacation by having shopping-spree. Came with only a luggage on the first day, and went back to Malaysia with boxes of purchase. We ended up visiting only few historical sites."

"I didn't get to experience anything like we had while in China. Rushing from a place to another, trying basically every food we saw on the street, taking our time to slowly sink in every good time we were having."

"One of the most memorable occasion during the trip, was when we took the 14-hour long train from Beijing to Xi'An. We could have cut the time half by taking bullet train. But we didn't, and I truly enjoyed it. We were having great time, it was relaxing time, and I miss the time when we were playing poker on the train to kill time. And it was hilarious to think that we were supposed to meet up for dinner, but I guess everyone was damn tired, so all of us slept through the rest of train ride."


Me : How about the food? Did you manage to take them in? And were they costly?

"I remember most of the food we had consisted of mutton. Skewer, dumpling, dim-sum pao etc. Even the noodles we had were filled with mutton. Frankly, I had a different perception on the kind of food we were about to have in China, as the Chinese Malaysians are likely to enjoy flavorless and less oily food. But in China, the locals would add in as much taste as possible."

"To my surprise, they were quite cheap. When divided for five people, it only cost each of us about RMB 20 to 30 for a meal. They all cost the same regardless of how big the restaurant we dined in."



Me : How do you feel when talking to the local Chinese? Are the outsiders describing them in a right way?

"People asked me to be careful when visiting the country. And when you go to social media, they tend to share all the bad things. The locals are rude, there were thieves everywhere, you would likely to get scammed most of the time, these were some comments I got before visiting."

"But speaking through experience, the locals aren't that crazy. These weren't entirely true. Even in Malaysia, fraudster and scammers are everywhere."

"The drivers that escorted us were super friendly. The pedestrians were very helpful when we asked for direction, they even smiled and greeted us. And that time when you lost you camera in Xi'An, the hawker were kind enough to return it to you. These things I experienced were entirely different from what I heard before the trip."


Me : Any final advice for those out there who are still worried to step foot this country?

"It would be a real shame if got scared only by negative comments from others. If you really want to go, just go. Experience the thing yourself."

"Traveling isn't just a fun thing to do, it's a process of learning. People get matured by traveling."