the short trip to Johor Bahru

#throwback

If it was entirely up to me – I’d probably sleep my way from Saturday (postcall) to Monday. But Mr Husband has other plans and when he throws Ee into the picture like “kesian Ee cuti sekolah tak pergi mana2” _ I caved in. OK lah oklah… where are we going?

Merenung Jauh

JOHOR BAHRU

 

and I imagined having bowls and bowls of laksa johor. which I ended up did not having. *pilu*

For our short stay – we booked a room at Tropical Inn. Which is just opposite Double Tree HIlton guys. A contrasting picture indeed. Wished I took a photo. One old school, haunted look hotel and the other, very modern and posh.

Despite its ancient decor – our room was clean with complimentary breakfast. There was no bath tub to Ee’s dismay but there’s a mini fridge which was good enough. The location of the hotel is very near to the shopping mall and Pasar Karat. You can literally walk there in 10 mins unless you’re heavily pregnant like Yours Truly.

Air conditioning was inconsistent. Perhaps they switched it off temporarily at night during certain hours as sometimes you do wake up feeling either too cold or too warm.  To save electricity, maybe? Otherwise, the service and amenities were fulfilling the star ratings. If only the breakfast options were a bit more meriah.  ha ha

The highlight of the trip was a visit to Zoo Johor. Its a small zoo in the city and the entrance fee was super cheap. RM1 for kids and RM2 for adults. Most of the time I’d be sitting down on the benches while Ee and Mr Husband climb the many flights of stairs to see the lions or something. I just couldn’t manage it anymore. Generally, it was still a nice zoo where the whole family could enjoy a day out together with minimal budget.

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As of food, Wak Radols satay is a must. Mr Husband seems to like it very much.

somehow we drove to a different branch of wak radol..

 

This time, we took the opportunity to try Sup Tulang Zz’s famous mee rebus. Each bowl was quite pricey. Taste-wise .. nasib baik sedap. tkdelah very marvelous but the dish kept the business going.

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And like any tourist, a picture around bandar JB is a must. We wanted to go to the night petting zoo but posing near the crown at the fountain was good enough. I thought the city was very pretty at night with all the LED lights. Very clean as well. If only we could stay longer but our jobs await. hmph.

 

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THE CROWNED PRINCE OF MELAKA

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Langkawi 2017 : Hotel Bahagia

The hotel provides service as good as its name. You do feel bahagia. Located in the heart of Pekan Kuah, it is appealing to tourists who have ‘shopping at Haji Ismail Group HIG MALL’ as part of their itinerary. It is a 25mins drive from the airport. The room rate at Hotel Bahagia starts at RM99 per night for a standard room. However, the more financially apt guests may prefer the Suites and Studios.

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Hotel Bahagia also has a ‘cousin’ – Villa Bahagia which is a different form of accommodation suitable for families and groups of friends situated a few miles away.

We were in Langkawi for 4D3N and we booked our package through the Malindo Air website. The total cost for our trip –  2 adults and 1 kindie kid was just above RM700.00 (return flight ticket + hotel room)

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Pros;

  1. Location is strategic to Pekan Kuah where all the shopping goes on – especially to locals who go there to find tax-free Luminarc, Corell and what not.
  2. Room has basic amenities like a kettle, hot shower, towels and hairdryer. Only, the lower room rates would lack a window. So you should just stare at your husbands eyes and see through the window of his soul or something.
  3. Breakfast is included in our hotel room rate and the menu is I felt, befitting to what we pay for. They also have a cafe next door, a convenience store with bakery and did I mention there’s a Thai Restaurant just down the block? Yup, all in one row.
  4. There’s an agency that provides island hopping packages and other island activites at the lobby. So it was very convenient for us. Price was negotiable and just like, in Krabi, they pick you up at the hotel with a transport to the jetty.
  5. FREE WIFI in every room

Cons;

  1. You need parking coupons to park at the hotel. They do not have a specific car park. You’d need to park in front of the shop lots. Thankfully, there are plenty of shops selling the coupons. Too bad the reception does not sell them.
  2. Housekeeping can be a bit sloppy. On one day they left their scrubbing towel in the toilet. The next day they forget to empty the trash – I mean they did remove the plastic bag from the bin but they forgot to bring it with them. When we arrived, they did not stock up the toiletries with shower foams. This however, could be an isolated incident so it’s OK.
  3. The coffee could taste better. It was agonizing.
  4. While its nice to have FREE WIFI – you need to get a new username & password everyday from the reception.

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At the end of the day, the good points won us over and it was overall a wonderful stay. We would probably pay for maybe a deluxe or Junior suite room for our next visit if we still choose to stay there. Heard there’s a massage chair in the latter room.

Excellent location.

Worth the money.

Clean facilities.

 

Krabi 2016 Ibis Styles Ao Nang

PART 2

Hotel yang nampak ekslusif, murah dan bersih. air paip bila mandi tak rasa mcm air kapur, breakfast pun kira OKlah utk yang selamat dimakan dan sgt dekat dgn tpt makan HALAL siapa rasa mcm nk solat berjemaah pun blh singgah kt masjid depan hotel. 

jauh skit dengan pantai AoNang dan penkek makcik Yaminlah – tapi jgn risau.. kat sini ada makcik Pat, makcik Neet dsb.. penkek pun rasa standard je sodapnya..

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Ibis Styles Hotel in Ao Nang is a 3 star  hotel which boasts its fine reputations for being able to cater the needs of international tourists. In my opinion – yep, so true. Even though it is not certified as a Halal Resort – we enjoyed the facility and hospitality very much. Adding to that, this hotel also allows customers to bring their pets. So do not scream when you see a poodle on a leash at the lobby. They don’t bite.

The room was exceptionally clean. There wasn’t much space for Ee, my son , to run around but you get what you pay for. You want a bigger room? Rent a suite. Or a family room. Ours was a standard room with 2 single beds. So we were satisfied.

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Unforgettable plus points;

  • delicious welcome drink – flower tea. padahal teh bunga je
  • wonderful majestic view of the mountains with its shadows towering over the swimming  pool
  • although halal in house breakfast options are limited – there are plenty of halal eateries near the hotel. There’s even a masjid right opposite the site
  • extra beach towels in our room so we can bring them for our island hopping activities
  • comfortable pillows and bedding
  • free WIFI in every room – there’s no need to leech for connections in the lobby
  • functioning and replenished basic amenities – in room mini fridge, shower gel & shampoo, hairdryer and kettle.

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Mr Husband loved this hotel so much he wants to stay here again for our 3rd Krabi trip in the future. And why wouldn’t he? If I had wanted to, I could easily slip out of the room at night and eat loads of pancakes from the makciks selling them just outside the hotel. It is that safe!

Only thing is I prefer to be that sleepy, tired , fat whale at the end our trips and have a good night sleep.

IBIS STYLES KRABI AO NANG TOURIST INFO

Ao Nang features a beautiful beach, shopping, dining and nightlife. Highlights such as Railay Beach which can be reached in just 15 minutes by boat, James Bond Island, Phi Phi islands, Phang Nga Bay, and much more. Krabi Town is also nearby.

  • Main point of interest
  • AO NANG BEACH (2.00 km)
  • Distance from the hotel to the city center
  • KRABI (2.00 km)
  • Distance from the hotel to the airport
  • KRABI AIRPORT (25.00 km)

HISTORY AND NATIONAL HERITAGE

    • Special tourist area
    • HUAI TO WATERFALL (36.00 km / 22.37 mi)
    • THAN BOK KHORANI (64.00 km / 39.77 mi)

CULTURE AND THEATRE

    • Entertainment/theatre district
    • KRABI WALKING ST (41.00 km / 25.48 mi)

PARKS AND LEISURE

    • Beach area
    • AO NANG BEACH (2.00 km / 1.24 mi)
    • AO THALANE (30.00 km / 18.64 mi)
    • FOSSILS SHELL BEACH (9.00 km / 5.59 mi)
    • NOPPARAT THARA B (4.00 km / 2.49 mi)
    • PHA NANG CAVE BEACH (6.00 km / 3.73 mi)
    • RAILAY BEACH (6.00 km / 3.73 mi)

TOURIST INFO

    • Special tourist area
    • HUAI TO WATERFALL (36.00 km / 22.37 mi)
    • THAN BOK KHORANI (64.00 km / 39.77 mi)

ENTERTAINMENT

    • Tourist attraction
    • EMERALD POOL (96.00 km / 59.65 mi)
    • HONG ISLAND (16.00 km / 9.94 mi)
    • KHAO KANAB NAM (20.00 km / 12.43 mi)
    • LANTA ISLAND (128.00 km / 79.54 mi)
    • MU KHO PODA (24.00 km / 14.91 mi)
    • PHI PHI ISLAND (46.00 km / 28.58 mi)
    • THALAE WAEK (40.00 km / 24.85 mi)
    • TIGER CAVE TEMPLE (35.00 km / 21.75 mi)

Our room rate was already included in the Air Asia Go package but surfing through its site, I guess you are looking at an average of at least RM140 per night and more depending on the choice of room.

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Kuching : Lime Tree Hotel

lime shower, banana fritters and laksa!!

I chose to highlight The LimeTree Hotel strengths through its breakfast selection and their special in-house lime shower gel. For this trip to Kuching, Sarawak I made 2 separate bookings using 2 websites. One is Agoda.Com and the other with AirAsiaGo.Com.

The LimeTree Hotel

Lot 317 Abell Road,
Kuching, Malaysia

 

I used Agoda.Com for my own booking as my flight tickets were already available. I only needed to sort out my accommodation. Through the Insider’s Deal feature on top of an Early Bird (non refundable) discount I managed to book the Deluxe King with City View room at a total cost of RM807.55 (including tax and fees). Its roughly RM143 per night as opposed to its usual RM190 . I planned to stay for 6D5N , so every penny counts. I paid with my credit card and within minutes I was booked. I only had to print the voucher to be presented to the reception later during check in.

Then, I needed to book my mother’s flight + hotel. she also had the same length for stay. so I turned to our very own local NO 1 Best Low cost airline Air Asia. Searching for one person was a tad costly compared to if you were to book for two people. Naturally the less popular flight hours were cheapest, and finally I got to make a booking for her (flight + hotel) at a cost of RM967.26 (including tax and fees). I then tweaked her flight itinerary a bit and ordered inflight meals at a reasonable cost (range Rm9 – Rm15 per meal). We were good to go.

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CHECKING IN

Standard procedure was to have an ID card of the main client at hand. What wasn’t standard was to also register the 2nd adult guest staying in the same room on the system. This was for extra security measures. I had to remind my mother that she can only bring in one of her sisters to accompany her in her room and not bring all the sisters for a slumber party. She cheekily obliged.

Guests were given only one room key and could only access the floors they are staying on. This also meant that my mother (at level 3) cannot freely stop on our floor (level 2) for a chat in the morning on her way down to the G floor for the breakfast buffet.

My mother had her reservation paid in full online – she had to leave an RM50 deposit during check in.

ROOMS

Impeccably clean with that lovely citrus scent. No complaints. The wardrobe was very tiny though but we made do. If only they had an extra drawer at the dressing table. I guess they were going for a minimalist concept. Ha ha. The showers had strong pressure and it was refreshing to use their in-house lime shower/shampoo gels. My son looked forward to his baths every time.

Each room has access to FREE WIFI. They also have their GREEN WAYS in running the hotel which I totally heart!

Daily complimentary beverages and bottled water was very nice. And they also have an inbuilt universal socket adapter which was very very thoughtful.

BREAKFAST

They have a varied selection to choose from  – asian, western etc.. but they may not necessarily differ on a daily basis. Meaning you will see laksa everyday. Chicken slices everyday. Banana fritters everyday. So guests must refrain themselves from having everything on that one day. Instead, reserve your appetite for a western breakfast every other day or so. Even so, I chose to enjoy the Laksa Sarawak and Banana Fritters every freaking day!! Whoever you have cooking in the kitchen is a keeper!!

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LOCATION

This cute hotel is situated in the city with nearby attractions – what more can I say.

Mr Husband and my mother enjoyed the stay very much.The staff were very helpful. The fact that they want to stay in this hotel again says a lot about its services and facilities. My mother, a very direct 59 year old lady who still loves wearing her leggings even went up to one of the hotel staff (ntah2 owner) and praised the hotel for its very nyaman goreng pisang!

Well Done LimeTree Hotel. keep it up!

Hotel Tanjong Vista, Terengganu .. a 3 star hotel. Really?

Work and leisure can come hand in hand. Especially when the husband is the one doing the work stuff like going to a conference whilst the wifey gets to explore her surroundings. teeeheee.. we did just that last month as we make an 8 hour drive to Terengganu.

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Mr Husband chose Tanjong Vista Hotel because it promised a lot of good things. Their selling points included a pool for the kids, a breakfast buffet to ease the early morning hunger pangs, free parking for in house guest and a strategic location to most of the places you need to go.

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I have to admit. They delivered these wonderful things without fail.

I too loved that they have an ironing board in each room. And a fresh smelling sejadah (praying mat) because most public prayer mat macam kusam and kepam rite? Most importantly they have a mini fridge which is like awesome for a 3 star hotel. And can we please give them a round of applause for complimentary drinks in the lobby and daily newspaper!!

The location is just great as it is nearby tourist attractions like Pasar Payang and the beach with loads of stalls and eateries. Finding local delicacies is not a problem. there was not a single stall in Terengganu where the food taste awful .Like wow.. kitak urang tok keturunan chef istana dolok marek ka apa? he he.. 

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Even the hotel breakfast buffet was commendable. Such delish nasi dagang for breakfast. And a whole lot more variety befit of a 3 star hotel.

Of course there were minor glitches. For instance;

  1. free but limited parking space. So if you happen to be staying there during a conference or something – be prepared to leave your vehicle outside the hotel premises. You can still see your car from the hotel room window but if something happens – you can only manage an ‘oh nooo’ from your room
  2. customer service information may vary from one personnel to another – to make it simple, be nice and just talk to the most senior person in charge. They have no malicious intent on charging you extra. They just don’t get that you need separate receipts for each room.
  3. Housekeeping may arrive at your room a bit late. Even if you’ve been out for almost the whole day. They were nice to apologize for not being able to make your room on time especially when you have soiled diapers that need to be disposed off. We make do by just allowing the team to get rid of the rubbish and replenish the supplies which include shower gels and bottled water.

Despite the above, it was still a good stay. it was a 3 star hotel on the high side. LOlz..