Sunday, October 1, 2017

First time to Kota Kinabalu

A couple of months back, we went to KK to attend a friend's wedding.

We stayed at Magellan Sutera Harbour during the first few and last few days of our trip.
We opted to stay at this hotel as we wanted to stay at a "beach resort" near the city.

For the price that we paid, I expected better.

The rooms were so, so old and cleanliness is questionable as Olivia picked up a chicken bone from the carpet. YUCK.

The bathroom is so dated as well.
The rooms are in dire need of refurbishment.

We stayed at the garden view room and sea view room.

We paid a higher premium for the "sea view" but what good is a good view when the room condition was worse than the garden view room.

The air conditioning was not working properly. 
The bathtub faucet was leaking.
And the one of the lifts was not functioning - we had a wait AGES to get to our room because there'd always be a queue.

It was a disappointing stay.

However, I do have to give the hotel credit for their swimming pool facility.

The pool is huge!
They have kids life vests available to be used.
Plus, they have an air pump to inflate your floats.

We brought Olivia's floats along but Mike said that her floats looked too boring and got her this car float from a shop in the hotel.

She absolutely loved it!

They even have a bouncy slide!

This is how the room looks like.

The room smells too. It has a damp smell lingering around.

I believe that the cause of the mould in the air is because of the bad bathroom design as the water from the bathtub, if sprayed at the wrong direction can seep through the window and wet the room carpet. Talking from experience. LOL.

The view from our sea view room.

And oh, the beach is a total let down.

The beach is limited to this very, very small area and if you noticed the red flag in the picture, it means that it is not advisable to wade in the sea because it's jellyfish season.

We paid so much for the hotel for nothing, except for the location and pool.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Food Galore @ Pangkor Laut

The Resident's Package covers all three meals and the food portions are pretty sizeable. 
In fact, I felt that we overate for every meal!

I definitely did put on weight during my stay at Pangkor Laut.

I love the buffet spread at Feast Village. 
The spread is so comprehensive - it's full of local delights. 

Olivia was the easiest to please - all she wanted was EGGS!

The food at Uncle Lim's was also good. 

But I'd skip the desserts there though - I ordered some avocado and orange dessert and it was a major let down. 

Orange and avocado do not compliment one another in my opinion.

Uncle Lim's

The view from where we were seated.

It's best to go for an early dinner to be able to appreciate the surrounding view.
When it gets dark, you can't really see anything.

We went to Uncle Lim's for dinner twice. It would have been 3 times had it not been fully booked during the first night we were there. 

I actually booked dinner at Uncle Lim's during the 2 days that we were there. 

I would have never thought that restaurant bookings were required at hotels because most of the time, there'd be ample space.

Lunch @ Chapman's Bar

The view from where we were seated.

Olivia's meal - I love how they have a kids' menu available - and it's also included in the package! ;)

We did not have to fork out extra for her meals.

I actually brought way too much stuff during this trip.

After experiencing her picky eating during our Japan trip, I made sure to bring my electric box along for this trip. I even brought pasta, vegetables (corn & beans), a can of tuna, chicken stock, etc. to cook meals for her. I didn't even end up using any of it.

I did bring enough Cerelac though and would feed her Cerelac cereal for meals that she refused to eat.

Mee mamak - huge prawn but according to Mike it didn't taste very fresh.

The satay here is nice!

We also dined at Royal Bay Beach club for lunch.

Burger. Cheese. Yum.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sun, Sea, Swim

I have very fond memories of beach holidays with the family when I was younger.
But now that I am OLDer, I am actually not much of a beach person.

I am actually a little scared of the sea. I hate sand flies. I do not like getting tan. I like swimming, but with my spare tyre, all my swim suits are just too tight and uncomfortable. HAHAHA. Maybe, it's time for a new swim suit.

But really, after coming back from a beach holiday, rest assured that I'd get some sort of rash on my legs after a dip in the sea.

I liked the pool because it's actually quite deep.

Trying out her Swim Trainer float that I just bought before the trip.

I felt that she kept slipping backwards in the float though. 
We had to keep lifting her up to push her forward.
Not sure if we properly put it on. Hmmm.

They have a kids' pool beside the adult pool.

The weather was good throughout the trip except for our last day here.

It was Olivia's first time at the beach.

Teaching her how to play with the sand.

She was a little apprehensive of the waves at first and was pretty scared.
But once she got used to it, she could not stop running towards the sea.

Can't wait for our next beach trip.
Hopefully she'll have as much fun.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pangkor Laut

I wanted to bring Olivia to a beach and was deciding between going to Langkawi or Pangkor Laut.

We decided on settling for the latter because we thought that it would be more convenient to drive there instead of catching a flight.

Also, we have heard so much about Pangkor Laut but have never been there before so it was about time we checked this place out, for once. Haha.

Even though we took the Resident's Package which is supposed to be cheaper as all meals are included, it was still pretty pricey but I could see why it was expensive.

The resort and island are very well maintained. Service is also excellent. The beach is clean. Food is above average. Rooms are nice. You do get what you pay for at Pangkor Laut.

We stayed at the beach villa. I thought that the beach would be accessible from this villa but it turns out that we had to take a shuttle van to get to Emerald Bay beach.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the view from our room and we liked the convenience of heading to the pool, a minute away from our room.

The moment we entered, she ran straight for the pen and paper.

Loved the open air bath tub.

Busy inspecting the room with her "comments" for improvement written down. LOL.

Just exploring around - here's Olivia seeing a hornbill for the first time.

Meditating in the middle of the garden.

More pictures to come.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Omotesando Ukai Tei

If I were to go to Tokyo again, I would most likely dine here again because the food is just fabulous! :)

Ambience. CHECK.
Food. CHECK.
Service. CHECK. 
Everything was just so good.

The service here was impeccable. It started to rain while we were having dessert and when we left, they gave us two brand spanking new umbrellas wrapped in plastic!

It was such a thoughtful gesture. Unfortunately, we forgot about the umbrellas and left it in a cab. *SOBS* We never got to use it too! 

We opted for the steak lunch course because the price was "in between" the most expensive and the cheapest set. Haha.

Appetizer - super fresh prawn!

Corn soup - served cold

Olivia enjoyed it!

We were seated in a private room. 

Olivia sat beside me on a chair with extra cushions to prop her up.

We had to let her watch her Youtube videos so that we could eat.

Perfectly cooked salmon


A perfect serving size for me would have been two portions of this piece of wagyu. HAHAHA.

Garlic fried rice - this one was just OK! Would have been better with some fried egg. Demanding much? Hahaha.

Beautiful view while we were ushered into another room for dessert

Good end to our meal

You can even pick as many selections as you want from the dessert tray when the waitress comes around! I only picked a few as I didn't want to appear to be too greedy but honestly, on the inside, I was dying to try everything there! Hahaha.