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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Good value service apartment in Bangkok | KC Place

I'm going to share about the place I stayed recently in Bangkok. It is a service apartment that is near to Ratchaprarop Station, convenient for us who travel from Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is just 3 mins walk from the train station and less than 10 mins from Platinum Mall.

I booked the Deluxe room for two nights, cost only RM 133 per night including tax & fees. There are 4 types of rooms- Standard room, Standard with balcony, Deluxe room and Deluxe Family room. Rates start from RM 120 -RM 450++ depends on seasons. I booked the room from Expedia as it was the lowest among during that time. 

The room is not as big as I expected, around 30 m² in long dimension. Basically if you have two big luggage, it block the whole walk path. The down side about the place is if you stay the highest floor, you need to take the stairs to walk up as the lift will stop at the second highest floor. The staircase is very narrow too, it is hard if you have big luggage to carry. 

The toilet and bathroom are separated. The hotel only provide shampoo and body wash. Recommend to prepare you own toiletries or you can get from the mini market beside the hotel.

The room I booked do not come with breakfast, however you can have breakfast at their restaurant at ground floor. There is also a Thai massage shop at the lower level of the hotel, very convenient. You will need to make an appointment if it is after 6pm.
Even though, the room is small and staircase is narrow, we are quite satisfied with the service and location. It is a convenient place to stay and value for money. If you are planning for shopping and outing whole day in Bangkok, this can be a good place to have a sleepover. But if you are spending most of the time in room, I would skipped this place.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Festival Light and Motion Putrajaya 2016 (LAMPU)

I just came back from the Festival Light and Motion which is held in Dataran Putrajaya Precinct 3. The event will be held from 30 January 2016 until 1 January 2017, starting from 7.30pm until midnight. It is a three day event that features the grand Projection Mapping on the facade of the grand Palace of Justice, garden lighting, wayang kulit, car light show and many more.

Tomorrow, there will be fireworks for the New Year's countdown. Be sure to bring umbrella as you may not know the weather these days. We got wet half way taking photos. Get your camera ready for selfie & photos!

The Grand Projection Mapping
The Grand Projection Mapping

Wayang Kulit

Garden Lighting

Lampu Skywave

Here is the map on the programme of the event. You may park your car at the car park near to Wisma Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar or car park near JPN. You will need to walk around 5 minutes to the festival at the Dataran Putrajaya.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

A pleasant stay at Hotel Jen | Johor

I'm going to review about the room that I stayed recently at Hotel Jen, Johor. It is located near Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town. It is rated as a 4 Star Hotel in Johor but I think it is better than what I have expected.
Photo taken from Agoda
I booked the Premier Room that is 53sqm in size, very spacious with a separate bedroom and living room. Two LED TVs are provided, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. A good room for family with one or two kids. The room also come with fast-free wifi! 

We really enjoy the living room, really feel like home even though we came for a short vacation.

The extra-wide super King size bed, one of the best beds we tried for a 4 Star Hotel quality. A "strange magnetic force" keeps us from getting up from the bed every morning :). Every detail of the decorations were well planned and designed.

A small open wardrobe at the walkway to the bathroom. They do provide a safe box in the cupboard as well.

Spacious bathroom with a separate toilet, shower cubicle and a bathtub. I am spoilt with choices on whether to use shower cubicle or bathtub!

We really enjoyed our stay in Hotel Jen, no regrets in paying the price for such a nice and spacious room for our trip in Johor.

Besides, we were impressed with their breakfast buffet. A wide range of food varieties to choose, from Malay-Nasi Lemak to Indian-roti canai, Chinese-curry noodle & dim sum, as well as Western food too. They do have several jars of detox fruit juices, something very interesting and definitely a must try item!

I would recommend getting the buffet breakfast together with your room as the shops downstairs probably do not open that early, and unless if you have your own transportation, there's pretty much nothing else to eat nearby in the morning. Other than that, the hotel is located close to Legoland, although not within walking distance but definitely a worthy choice if you plan to spend a few days at Legoland.

You can check from on their promotion rates during this school holiday!


Monday, November 14, 2016

A trip to Redang: Laguna Redang Island Resort

It has been 8 years since my last trip to Redang Island. This time, we decided to come for a short trip to rejuvenate ourselves. It was the last week before they close for the monsoon season. Laguna Redang Island Resort has always been in my wishlist ever since my last visit to Redang Island.

We travelled by AirAsia from KLIA2 with the earliest flight around 7am to Kuala Terengganu airport. The airport transfer is scheduled at 8am by Laguna and boat transfer is around 9.30am. What I like about booking with Laguna is they give you with peace of mind. You do not have to worry on transportation to Jetty or even to the resort. They have arranged everything from the time you reach airport until to Laguna resort, that's because they have their own boat and Jetty.

Let me bring you around to see how Laguna Redang Island Resort looks like.

It is the last week of the operation, the resort is fairly quiet. You can enjoy the whole place by yourself.

This is the buggy that took us from the Laguna jetty to its lobby, it only operates to carry passengers from the jetty on your arrival and to jetty when you depart. During other times, you can't use it.

The itinerary was given to us when we arrive at the Laguna Jetty. We just have to follow the scheduled activities and enjoy our holiday.

Basically, Laguna Redang has 6 types of rooms - standard room, deluxe garden, deluxe pool, deluxe sea, premier sea and laguna suite.We booked the deluxe garden, located on the second floor, instead  of facing the garden, we faced directly to the Recreation Centre.

The room is quite big, able to fit 4 persons comfortably, suitable for families with 2 kids as it come with additional two single beds. 

Toilet and bathroom were separated and basin is located outside the toilet and bathroom. It is very convenient especially when two persons can use the toilet and bathroom at the same time.

The Sang Suria Buffet Restaurant is located at second floor. It is not so convenient for those who can't walk up the staircase. The restaurant served a wide range of buffet spreads from local cuisine to international cuisine. BBQ dinner is available every alternate night. Only 3 meals are prepared for a day (Breakfast: 7.00am - 9.30am | Lunch: 12.00noon - 2.30pm | Dinner: 7.00pm - 9.30pm).

Here is where the swimming pool located. You can borrow towels from swimming pool area when going for snorkelling. They just need to record your room number and you are free to use it as many time as you wish.

The famous house of the Hong Kong Blockbuster Movie “Summer Holiday” starring Richie Ren and Sammi Cheng back in year 2000. It is now turned into a convenience shop where you can buy drinks & snacks and souvenirs.

Snorkelling trip is scheduled twice a day, 9.30am and 3pm. We did not manage to go Marine Park for snorkelling because of the big waves, we have to divert to another open sea. They do offer underwater photography service when we are snorkelling, each photo is selling at RM 7.50, you get to take a cool underwater photo for memories. 

The recreation centre is where you collect snorkelling equipment and you can also book for other activities like jungle trekking, sunset cruise, fishing trip and others. So coincidentally, there is a young Chinese family who asked us to join them for the sunset cruise tour as it costs 10 pax for RM 350. They manage to gather 8 pax to join the tour. Check out the package here.

Sunset cruise tour with other families. However, the weather wasn't so good that day. Clouds are covering the sun, so we really weren't able to see the sunset. 

Photo captured from the boat

Photo captured in the evening

Photo captured at night
We took the boat depart back to Shahbandar Jetty on our last day.

It was nice short getaway to the beach. Although it is end of the season, we were lucky that it only rained at night. During the day, we were still able to go snorkelling. If you are planning a short trip to Redang Island, I recommend to stay at Laguna Redang as it really provide all the services you need. I booked directly from their website here. You may check out their latest rates for next season.


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To drive or to use Taxi/Grab/Uber to KLIA2, which is cheaper?

I always have this dilemma when planning for transportation to airport. I used to travel to KL Sentral and took either KL express train or AirAsia skybus to the airport for convenience sake. But ever since KL express train's fare has increased, I prefer to take taxi directly to the airport. 

During my recent trip to Redang, it was an early flight around 7am, it means I need to reach airport around 5.30am. Getting a taxi in the early morning means there will be a midnight surcharge which can almost double of the fare. After researching, I finally decided to drive to airport with my own car and park for overnight for 2 nights. Why? Let me tell you now!

I called up three different taxi drivers, all gave me a quote around RM 110-120++ depending on meter plus midnight surcharge for one way. This means I will need to pay around RM 190-RM 210 for round trip on transport alone to and back from airport. 

If I were to use Grab, it is now RM 65 nett but I cant pre-book in advance except I put a note to state I am booking in advance, it also depends on whether the driver accept it or not. Even if he/she accepted the job, there is still a possibility that they might not show up. I didn't want to take this risk as I absolutely cannot miss the time in the morning. Same goes to Uber and well, it cost higher than Grab.

So, after checking with the parking rate in KLIA2, I found that it is cheaper for me to park in KLIA2 than taking the taxi considering the total cost and time.

Here is their new rate since 2015. KLIA2 has revised their rate to make it more reasonable.The longer you park, a flat rate of RM 20 will be charged on the 4th day onward.

Total I have paid for 3 days parking is RM 126 (calculated by hours), equivalent to a one-way trip taxi fare from my house to airport.

In conclusion, if you are travelling in two like us for a short trip around 3-4 days, I would recommend to drive to airport and park there overnight. We spent a total of around RM 146 (inclusive toll) for transportation to airport. 

In addition, if you are driving a Hybrid car, there are designated parking areas just beside the entrance which are labelled for Hybrid cars only. It is so convenient and easy!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Kinpachi Japanese Restaurant | Subang Jaya

It is time to find some nice Japanese restaurant for a change and this is the place that I visited recently. It was one of the oldest Japanese restaurant in Subang Jaya, and it definitely proves it all by the looks of it. Kinpachi is located at SS17, Subang Jaya, and it is operated in the 1st floor of the building. During the weekend, it is mostly packed and the seating capacity is quite small as well, around 30-33 pax max. I would recommend to make a reservation or else you might bump into a long queue at the entrance.

I saw all of the chefs are mainly Japanese, I guess this is the reason they can keep a good standard in their food. However, the waiter and waitress are all foreigners.

As for their food, I think it is fairy good and authentic. The price is quite reasonable too for an authentic Japanese restaurant. Looking back at these photos, makes me mouth watering again. 
Salmon Avocado Roll-RM 23

Yaki Gyoza- RM 14

Chuka Iidako Sushi-RM 6

Ebiko Sushi-RM 6

Tonpei Yaki-RM 17
For those who are familiar to Okonomiyaki, this is quite similar to the dish. This is an omelette filled with shredded cabbage and meat, topped with sweet and savory tonkatsu sauce and mayo. It turns out to be quite delicious even though everyone was super full at the time it is served. But we managed to finish up without hesitation.

Tonkatsu Set-RM 34

Unajyu-RM 60
I'm personally quite disappointed with this dish. I am expecting it to be at least similar to Japan's taste, but they truly failed on the rice. Portion is quite small too considering the price that I am paying.

Barasushi-RM 32

Wakayama Ramen- RM 20

Chashu Men-RM 22

We loved most of the food and it definitely a YES YES for us to come back again for the quality and price. It is a must try Japanese restaurant if you are a big fan of Japanese food.

Kinpachi Japanese Restaurant
Lot1.06, Wisma Dicor,
Jalan 17/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-5632 2022/ 03-5632 2017 

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