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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang

This is a very beautiful hotel -- full of old world charm - and the common areas are very well maintained.  Loved the colonial feel and one does feel being transported back in time when one steps in here.

As it is UNLIKELY that we will have the chance to stay in Raffles Hotel (another grand dame!) in Singapore -- i thought why not then the EO hotel in Penang -- it will be cheaper! heehee.  One of the things on my bucket list is to take a journey on the Eastern Oriental Express (fr singapore to bangkok) -- but that is EXPENSIVE and i am not sure if kaira will appreciate such a journey at her age.  Actually it will be better if it's only the 2 of us taking the EO express!! haha! but i think kaira, at this moment, expects to be part of our travel plans ;p

So, let's just experience the EO Hotel in Penang first! (note : don't think they are under the same mgt! Juz that they both exude old world charm to me ;p) 

Unfortunately for the hotel they were let down by its service.  For the price one pays for a night's stay and the expectations that has been set, it was disappointing to say the least.  If the experience is just about the rooms and ambience, it is very very very lovely.  But, the hotel staff are the soul of the hotel and here it is lacking.  Hopefully they will improve over time.  I shall not rattle on here about our not so great experience (i have already provided that on tripadvisor), and will instead just focus on sharing with you the lovely property.  You can decide for yourself whether you want to experience it too.  You may be luckier than us, in that service will be better! :)





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Penang - 4D3N getaway

We went to Penang for a short 4D3N getaway - primarily motivated becos of the tigerair promotion. Air tickets were on promotion and cost us S$350+ for 3 of us all in. Quite cheap I tot so we decided at the last minute to just go!

The last time I was in Penang I was in my teens!!! Yes, that long ago! Haha! So I guess it is about time that I visit it! 

What's good in Penang?? 

Well, food definitely came to mind! And it did not disappoint. The street art by various artists was also very good and made exploring the town more interesting!

The colonial architecture and peranakan culture and history adds colors to the place. 

People go tere for the beach as well.

But other than these 3, I generally find Penang quite boring ;p I don't think I will be visiting any time soon and it doesn't seem like a place that I will want to visit again and again ;p heehee

The highlight of our trip was probably the hotel we stayed in!!! Hahaha. 

Will write more the next time! :)


Friday, October 25, 2013

Renovation almost complete!

After almost 5 months... Finally the  renovation is coming to an end ... There is only 1 outstanding item (and as with all ironies... This is something that I tot was straightforward and should not need a lot of attention... And I was wrong! This is the one thing that I had to ask to redo and it is the last item to be completed! Guess what it is??? The door to our bath!! -- Something as basic as a door I really didn't think should cause us any  grief ... But o well!! Instead of thinking about what went wrong with door, i think I should thank God that all the other major items went rather smoothly... So what if there is this 'little' problem with the door? Yes! Thankful that it was a rather smooth process although it did take a little long ;p 

We have moved one batch  of boxes in - mostly kitchen stuff as these were stored unopened in my parents' place! We will have a second move later part of November so that we will be ready to stay in by year end and start the new year there :))

A glimpse of our renovated apartment:
Looking forward to having a place to call our own again! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Travels

When we returned to Singapore, we kind of agreed that our holidays shall be Asia-focused, more specifically south east Asia .... Realising that we have not seen much of our neighbours ;p 

Plus it would be a cheaper option and less travelling time will be required (although nothing beats getting into a car and driving to our holiday destination!! ) 

So, our progress so far has been on track ,,, KL, Bali, central vietnam, staycation on Sentosa and of course HKG.  

There are quite a few other places that I wanna go and I hope that we will be able to visit a couple of them sometime next year... Sabah, Yogyakarta, chiang mai and chiang rai, siem reap....

Let's see how things go! :)