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How did you spend your public holiday last Monday? I spent the day in Langkawi. If you are thinking that I went for leisure…. WRONG…. I went to attend a meeting. Luckily, I do not celebrate Christmas but it still sucks to spend the holiday working.
Accomodation was provided at the Grand Continental hotel. The hotel is situated next to the Langkawi mall, I would say it is a very
strategic location because it will be convenient for those who would like to do a last minute shopping before catching the plane.
I have checked the pricing of the goods in most of the malls are relatively same. Duty free items such as Corell, Vision and Corningware are priced the same everywhere. I did buy a Corell dinner set for myself before I catched the plane. A dinner set for 6 (16 pieces) cost RM398. If I am not mistaken, it is about RM 500 in KL. By the way, to avoid tax, you must stay for at least 2 nights. But I wasn’t taxed although I stayed there for only a night. How???? Because I didnt buy a lot. The custom officer may ask for your arrival date if you buy a lot of the duty free stuff. So becareful.
In Langkawi there were a couple of MarryBrown branches. It has been so long since I have eaten the Marrybrown burgers, I made sure I didn’t miss my chance eating them before heading to KL. Boy!!! It tasted so good. YUMMY!!!!
A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to stay in Grand Lexus Hotel, Port Dickson. This hotel was previously known as Legend Water Chalet and since Legend Hotel was bought over by the Sunway Group, they had changed the name to Grand Lexis. There are two hotel located side by side. When you enter the vicinity of the hotel, the cheaper rate hotel (known as Lexis Hotel) is situated on the left and the more expensive Grand Lexis is located on the right… so, don’t get confused when you book them.. .hehehe…
This hotel is really awesome as it is situated right above the sea. Earlier this year, I visited the Lexis Hotel (known as Legend Water Chalet before) at RM320 per night. That room was facing the sea. But the one located in the Grand Lexis, to get the room that is facing the sea is more expensive… I think almost RM1000 (yup, you read right… it’s 1000) :p So, in Grand Lexis, my room wasn’t facing the sea, although it was above the water but it was facing other chalets… The best part is each room in the Grand Lexis has their own private pool… Wooowww… and the room has 2 king size bed!!!! it can accommodate whole family of 5 or 6 (if they are small in size… hehehe). The service is marvellous… Another lady was upgraded to bigger room just because her room’s pool was leaking… how cool is that?!! My room was really big and they upgraded her to a bigger room??? I just couldn’t imagine how bigger her room was…
Unfortunately, despite the great raves about the rooms… I got to say their food is not something to be raved… I hated it… I had to eat food from outside because the food in the hotel wasn’t that great… So far the best hotel food that I have eaten is in Swiss Garden Hotel (Flavor’s Restaurant) near Pudu Station… The price was reasonable and the food can really make you drool…
So, guys… if you are looking to do some activity with your family, I do recommend this hotel because it is really beautiful and you can do some activities such as archery and cycling with your family members. As for the food, well… every one has different taste… meal that I don’t like maybe liked by the others… but if you do find it not to your liking… you can always find alternatives outside…
Room price starts from RM500++
Check out http://www.grandlexispd.com for more information
I haven’t updating my blog coz I just came back from Beijing, China last Sunday. Although it has been a week since I’m back but my tight schedules and busy day at work prevented me from updating my blog. I went to Beijing to attend a forum there and it was an awesome trip.
I didn’t know Beijing can be so beautiful… I visited a few places only because it was a short trip. Nevertheless, I managed to visit the National Theatre, watched a chinese acrobatic performance @Chaoyang theatre, The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Silk Street and their famous Pearl Market. There are many more places which are worthwhile visiting and I promised myself that I will definitely come to Beijing again for leisure purpose.
Although the trip was good, but to get from one place to the other, is really difficult coz I don’t know Mandarin and they don’t know English. I would survived if they can communicate in Cantonese, unfortunately, they don’t. I had to look for those who can speak in English and they will write in Chinese in a piece of paper and I had to show the taxi driver the paper and only then, they are able to understand. Hehehe… sounds tough isn’t it… but it’s a new experience and the struggle I had to endure to get to my destination made the trip even better…
So, for those who are thinking about having a vacation to Beijing… I highly recommend it… by the way, I forgot to mention that Silk Market in Beijing is heaven for shopaholic like me… I’ll post about the things that I bought there in my next post…
Have you been to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah?? I just came back from a great vacation with hubby and my cousins… thanks to Air Asia RM0 deal last year… this year I was able to spend a great time with cousins… Sabah was awesome… This was my second trip to Sabah but I enjoyed it a lot more spending the vacation with my cousins.
My sister in law did great a job planning the vacation. She has prepared our itinerary for the 5 day trip and I’ve got to say this… she’ll make an excellent tour planner… hahaa… I hope she doesn’t read this coz her feet won’t be on the ground, reading my compliment… :p The trip was tiring though… riding on the winding road and some roads are not perfect. There were a lot of landslide prone roads and luckily there were no rain during our trip. Phew!!
We stayed in One Borneo Hotel and booked a Hyundai Royale from the Hertz Car Rental for our trip… btw, Hertz Car Rental offered the cheapest rate among all the other car rentals we called in… back to my story… we were not familiar with the road in Sabah but thanks to GPS and google maps, we found our way to all our destinations. We went to Poring Hot Spring, Mesilau to watch sun rise (was not able to see it though), Kudat, Tip of the Borneo… all these places requires hours of driving… but it was fun coz we were singing, dancing and joking the entire trip.. It was awesome…
My cousin who shares same interest with me in photography took some excellent pictures… Each time we see some beautiful scenery on nature, we would stop the car and take pictures… All in all, it was awesome trip and I am really looking forward for our next trip with the ‘COUSINS’.
p/s : Pictures by me and Anandraj, cousin
It has been a week since I updated my blog. Well, I have a good reason for that. I went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a course. At first, I didn’t want to go because of the piled up work in my office but luckily I managed to complete them a day before, so, I decided to go.
The course was organised by NIEW and it was about ‘Women as Creative Entrepreneur’. My boss knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, so she suggested me to attend the course (I’m more than happy to participate, heheee). I am glad I did coz I did learn a lot and made some new friends too. It was an awesome trip.
Before, I knew nothing about Cambodia and honestly, I didn’t even know where was it in the map (blame it on my poor geograpy lessons back in school). I used to get confused that Cambodia and Vietnam are the same. Hehehee… but actually, they don’t fancy each other so much because of the war.
Anyway, the trip had taught me lots of lesson. I appreciate my life in Malaysia and for the first time, i was thankful to god coz I was born in Malaysia. Cambodian people are really poor and they depend on tourists to feed their family. And here I am worrying about what skincare brand I need to get for myself.
If you ever go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I would recommend to visit the Choeung Euk, Genocidal Center. Almost 1.7 million people were killed and buried there during the Pol Pot ruling between 1975 – 1979. The killings was done with no mercy. IF one person was accused of betrayal, the entire root of the family will be killed just to avoid revenge by the other family members later. If you would like to know more about this place, you can just google it.
Other than that, you can visit the Royal Palace but make sure you don’t go to that place at night (after 9am). You might get mobbed. Russian market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and you need to haggle to get best pricing. Central Market is a bit more expensive than the Russian Market, so I bought everything in Russian Market only. By the way, gems are beautiful in Cambodia and the pricing in Cambodia is so much cheaper than in Malaysia. In Malaysia they are being sold for thousands of dollars but in Cambodia, you can get it from RM 100 to few thousands ringgit (depending on the type of stone)
Do you love shopping??? Then, I’m sure, you would love shopping in Namdaemun Market. I love this place because you could find practically anything here. I bought lots of souvenirs here and some gorgeous brooches too…
Namdaemun Market is really huge. I think you can get lost if you are not careful. I did not get lost though coz I’m a person who always like to be aware of my surroundings if I’m in a place that I’m not used too.. The gates and shops look almost similar to each other and it can be quite confusing.
Anyway, to get souvenirs, you can get it either in Itaewon or at the Namdaemun Market. Based on my experience, I’d suggest Itaewon because T-shirts and magnets were quite cheap there. Namdaemun was quite expensive. For example, I bought a cotton T-shirt for 7000 won but in Itaewon, it was 5000 won only. It’s not that I’m not good at bargaining (well, to tell the truth I’m no expert in bargaining… hehehe) but people there don’t reduce like in Petaling Street. So, I thought 7000 won was cheap enough (by the way the t-shirts are good quality)
Korean brooches are really famous in Malaysia… but guess what, in South Korea, women here are not a big fan of brooches. It was like a Brooch Haven for me. They were so beautiful and I started to get greedy and almost finished my money… (I spent ¾ on brooches and jewelleries). They have various sizes of brooches, pearl necklaces, rings and etc. The workmanship is really good and I think the prices are 1/2 of what you can buy in Malaysia.
All in all, I think it is safe to say that brooches and jewelleries are must buys from Namdaemun Market because it is cheaper here than in Malaysia. So, for those of you who are still wondering what to get from Seoul, grab the brooches or jewelleries for yourself, girlfriends, bff or your mom..
Air Asia is having promotion now to Seoul,Korea at about RM 400++ all in fare… grab it before it is gone…
Hahaha… I chose title 2nd day on wards coz they were filled with classes and some minor trips to the city at night… Well, we had class in the morning till 4.30pm and at night we were free to go to the city… but there was one night where we went to the Ambassador of Malaysia’s place for a get together and relinquish our hunger for Malaysian food…
Yup, we were so kempunan to eat Malaysian food within a few days… the Korean food is quite good and healthy but being Malaysian we are so used to food which is rich with fat and sweet… hehehe… i was already started to dream eating nasi lemak within 2nd day…
Anyway back to my story about the places that I visited at night… the COTI officials brought us to NANTA, a broadway like show… I really enjoyed it. If you ever get a chance to go to Seoul, make sure you have NANTA in your agenda… You don’t need to know Korean language for this show becayse based on their movement and action, you actually understand the show… NANTA was really funny and good… I also enjoyed watching the good looking actors… hahaha…
Seoul was indeed a shopping heaven… if you bring lots of won… I’m pretty sure, you can pretty much buy everything… I enjoyed window shopping at Myeong Dong, that’s where we watched NANTA as well… Myeong Dong looked like a haven for women… there were lots of skincare and makeup products, fashionable attires, famous brands and etc… I bought HANSKIN, their famous BB cream, simply because they were on offer and they were not in grey colour. The BB cream in Malaysia are often grey in colour and when I were them, my face will be in grey… hahaha… Anyway, I’ll definitely put up a review on HANSKIN BB cream in my future post.
I promised to post about my trip to South Korea. Sorry for the late update, I was so busy with my work and life that I didn’t have much time to sit and write about my trip to Korea. I’m going to update my activity in Korea by day. Maybe this can be a good source for the next officers who will be chosen to go for the COTI programme.
Our group left to Korea on 9th May (11.30pm flight) and we reached Korea around 7am (6am Malaysian time). I didn’t have good sleep in the flight coz the seat was quite uncomfortable as it doesn’t recline much. I think I had about 1 or 2 hour sleep only. By the time I woke up, my neck and arms were aching like hell coz I was sleeping in a weird position.. hehehe..
So, once we reach at the Incheon Internationa Airport, we got our bags (i brought 2 bags) and headed to the arrival hall. The COTI officer Mr. Park was already waiting for us at there. Then everyone was taken in a bus to our hotel, The Grand Ambassador Hotel. The journey from the airport to the Grand Ambassador Hotel was about an hour. Mr. Park explained to us a bit about the scenery and Korea during the journey. All of us were so tired due to lack of sleep and I did try my best to open my eyes and listened to Mr. Park’s explanation. hehehe…
AT the hotel, we were given some briefing about the programme and they gave us a handbook and the lectures material as well. AFter that, we were divided into 5 groups (4 members each). Each group were given a task, not a difficult task though. My group was asked to go to the N’Seoul Tower and Dongdaemun Market. Subway transport card was provided to each of us… this card was very convenient coz it was very easy for us to commute from one end to another end…
Anyway, my group comprising Alex, Suhaizak, Isabella and I embarked our journey to the city of Korea with no experience. hehehe… yup, we knew nothing and with the instruction given in the paper we went to take the bus to go N’Seoul Tower. The transportation in Korea is quite easy and I don’t think you’ll ever get lost… You need to pay 800 per person for a bus ride, unfortunately, we didn’t have small change at that time. Luckily, Bella had 2000 won and the bus driver was kind enough to accept 4 of us for 2000 won (he refused to take 10,000 won… Korean people are very honest).
AT the N’Seoul Tower, it was cloudy and we couldn’t actually see the tower completely as it was covered with fog. But we took pictures of the gates filled with locks. The purpose of those things u can buy a lock, make ur wish and leave the lock there and wait for the wish to come true. Then, we left to the Dongdaemun Market. We took a bus to to the Myeong Dong Station and from there we took the subway train to the Dongdaemon Station. Dongdaemun Market is heaven for tailors as they have various types of materials and accessories (eg. buttons, ribbons etc). We were bored so we got out fast from that place. AFter lunch, we head back to the hotel.
My room number was 623 and I didn’t go out in the night since dinner was provided in the hotel by the COTI officials. Besides, I was tired so, I decided to go to bed early after unpacking…
P/S : Actually, there are more pictures, but it’s in my laptop. Later, when i have time, I’ll try to update it with more pics.
Yup, I’m back from Seoul, South Korea. It was an awesome trip and I never knew that I’d have fun… I learnt a lot in this 12 days and I am full with enthusiasm and energy to embark on a new journey after this trip.
Fortnight ago, I don’t know much about South Korea but now, I have respect and admiration to the people of South Korea. After the invasion of Japan during the World War 2, they didn’t have resource to survive but just by creativity they managed to be who they are now.
Anyway, I have loads of pictures and stories (of shopping of course) to share. I am updating the pictures in my facebook and I’m hoping to have more time to update more pictures in the blog too…