Staycation @ Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa

Hello everyone!! How’s your week?Mine was quite a crazy one due to work and other errands.. When it’s time to rest on weekends, i fell sick.. -__-
 
Therefore while nursing my sorethroat and runny nose, time can be put to better use by indulging in my favorite past-time (which is blogging)..Last month, i celebrated Derrick’s Birthday over at Sentosa.. As mentioned, i have chosen Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa for our staycation.. Since he has never been to USS since its opening, i have decided on the USS package which consists of the following:
 
Universal Studios Singapore Package
Deluxe room accommodation (king or twin) for 2 people
Buffet breakfast for 2 people
2 one-day passes for Universal Studios Singapore which can be used on weekdays as well as weekends
2 one-day passes for the Maritime Experiential Museum™ (including admission to the Typhoon Theatre)
Complimentary Monorail Sentosa Island Pass for two for the duration of your stay
20% discount on food and beverages during your stay, inclusive of in-room dining
 
Pricing details are:

Daily rate @ SGD 388.00
Taxes @ SGD 68.68
Total price incl. taxes @ SGD 456.68  (Picture credit of Sentosa’s website)
 
 
To access to the hotel, you can take the Monorail from Vivocity.. You do not have to pay the entrance-fee if you produce your hotel confirmation slip at the gantry.. Take the Monorail, alight at Imbiah Station and you can see the hotel opposite… The location is superb as it is just 5 mins walk from the monorail station and RWS is just located one stop away (waterfront station)..
 
FYI.. Part of the hotel (The Heritage wing is still undergoing renovation so it will not be a pretty slight while walking to the reception area… If you are intending to stay in the room most of the time, you have to put into consideration the noise factor.. For us, we were not bothered by it as we were out till 9pm.
 
Initially, we went to the hotel at 9.30am with the intention of collecting the USS tickets but to our surprise, the counter staff provided us with early check in since it was Derrick’s birthday and check in was done fast..
 
 
Our Deluxe Room which can accommodate a maximum of two – Room 615.. 
 

Along the Corridor, you could see the on-going renovation of the Heritage wing….. I have to highlight again that you have to be mentally prepared for highly possible noise pollution in the Morning / Afternoon.. 

I find the 30 sqm Deluxe Room small for a five-star hotel room but despite of the size, the room is nicely furnished.. To provide a serene, cosy and tranquil environment, warm neutral colours and modern natural wood furnishing are used.. As the walkway is rather narrow, it might pose space constraint issue if you have many pieces of luggage in the room…

At the corner of the room, there’s a small work station.. Since the hotel caters more for people on holiday / relaxation, the small work station won’t be of a concern.. The room is also fully equipped with WLAN access (chargeable) and a big LCD flat-screen TV with bluetooth connectivity. 

Ironing board, Safe (located in one of the drawer), two sets of bathrobes and slippers will be provided for the guests as well..
 

The deluxe room comes either with Twin size bed or king size bed.. Bed sheets are clean and smooth (probably very good quality ones with high thread counts).. Pillows are big and fluffy while mattress is firm which gave me a good night sleep…

The view overlooking our room: we can see the sea from far and the coach terminal… Because there are no obstruction in front of the hotel, the room is bright with natural sunlight coming in..

The Coffee / tea and Mini Bar area is loveeeeeeeee!!!! There’s a Nespresso Machine in every room completed with 4 different capsules.. I’m delighted to see this machine as we planned to get a coffee machine for our future home and Nespresso is one of the model shortlisted.. 

Anybody knows what model is this? Alfred is using Nespresso Pixie (which has a metal handle which you need to press it down in order to get the capsule in).. For this model, you just have to push the black lid to get the capsule in…

Beside the coffee, 4 different sachets of TWG tea are provided as well… A really nice personal touch for all the coffee and tea drinkers.. 🙂

Next up, the spacious and modern bathroom is entirely made up of granite tiles and flooring so you need not worry about slippery floor.. The bathroom is nicely divided into three different areas: Toilet / Shower area, Bath-tub area and basin area.. I love the design as you get to share the bathroom (one of you can soak in the bathtub while one of you can shower!)..

 
The entire bathroom is covered by a translucent door so it might pose some privacy issue if you are standing at the basin / bath-tub area.. The shower and toilet area each has a door respectively which will enhance on the privacy aspects. 

Movenpick is also very generous with its toiletries.. There are two sets of Miller Harries hair and body care products provided in each room..


 
In addition, other necessity items like shaver, toothbrush sets, cotton buds and mouthwash are provided in a cute dim sum steamer.


The hotel was also kind enough to provide a yummy complementary chocolate cake for Derrick big enough to share among 4 paxs.

Breakfast was served in one of their ball-room and to be frank we were really disappointed with the breakfast.. I guessed the hotel occupancy rate was on the high side so we had to wait for a table.. The sitting area was also small to begin with and perhaps the hotel should look into increasing the number of tables / chairs..
 
The food selection was limited as well with the main focus on Asian food… Nothing much to rave about so no photos were taken during breakfast..  On a side note, the swimming pool is really pretty and it looks like a giant fish tank! As there are only eight sun-beds available, do hit the pool early.. 🙂

If you ask me if i’ll return to this hotel again, i guess i’ll say no as there’s better hotels available on the island itself… Beside the renovation woes and the disappointing breakfast, the sound insulation of the room is bad as well… Early in the morning, i could hear people opening their doors and walking outside.. As i’m a light sleeper, my sleep was disturbed which left me frustrated… Sigh!
 
Although the hotel provided us with late checkout at 1 pm, we encountered one minor hiccup as the clock in the hotel room was faulty.. We did not know it was already 1pm as the clock indicated 12pm.. The reception gave us 2 calls asking us what time we would be checking out (They should have just tell us directly that it was already 1pm).. We only came to realise the time during the 1pm news broadcast and we were about 10 mins late in checking out.. Upon reaching the counter, one of the receptionist (a guy) seems unhappy while we told him about the faulty clock that caused us to check out late.. 
 
Nevertheless, we had a relaxing time in Sentosa and we are in the midst of planning for another Staycation in Sentosa.. 

 

Thanks for reading and have a great Sat everyone!

(Week 25 Updates) My Unforgettable Stay in Amari Vogue Krabi

Hello everyone, It has been one month since i’m back from Krabi and life has been really busy!
Despite being so busy, there’s a need for me to pen down this entry on my unforgettable stay in Amari Vogue Krabi.

Came across this hotel as it is highly recommended in Tripadvisor and reviews have stated that this hotel has a laid-back and luxurious environment.. In addition, the resort is located near / next to a private beach (Tub Kaek Beach) with rooms that have breathtaking ocean views.. Although it is secluded, it is still accessible to the islands available around Krabi.

Took their Amazing Summer package at THB 19,400 which includes:
(works out to $792 for 3 nights stay)

– 3 nights stay in Deluxe room including daily breakfast for 2 persons
– Roundtrip Transfers Krabi Airport
– THB 2,000 Baht Spa or Dinning Credit
– Guaranteed Late Check-out until 14:00 hrs.
– Welcome Drink
– Fruits & Flowers
– Free WiFi Internet Access
– Free use hotel kayak upon availability

Upon reaching the arrival hall in Krabi’s Airport, the driver greeted us warmly while bringing us to the Van (Our Plane was delayed for an hour so the poor chap had to wait for us)

The journey from the Airport to the hotel took about 40 mins and there wasn’t any jam (Unlike the road conditions in Bangkok).. After reaching the hotel, we were greeted by few of the hotel staff and they helped us immediately with our bags..

Even thought we were 2 hours ahead of check in time, no questions were asked and check in was done fast.. While processing our check-in, Warm towels and cold drinks were served…To my surprise, the GM of the hotel (Michael) came down to welcome us personally as well!!  Such warm hospitality! You will never receive this kind of service in Singapore…

Michael told us that he had arranged a room on the top floor for us so that we could enjoy the sea view… As per my understanding, there are only 57 rooms in the hotel so you will not face any overcrowding issues… 

We were bought up to our room which were well-prepared and i cannot stop wow-ing while the team leader showed us around the room… Were a little disappointed with the fruit platter as the fruits were a little too ripe for our liking…

I’ll always check out the toilet in the hotel first, weird i know.. haha! The toilet in the room is big, clean and completed with ocean-feel furnishing.. Something which i like will be the separate shower area as i always hate wet toilet seat! 

The bathtub is also positioned strategically as you can watch your favorite TV program while you soak inside the tub.. If you want to shower or bath in private, you can also lock the window.. 🙂

Furnishings have an elegant Lanna-inspired setting and every items in the room are well maintained (despite the hotel is already 5 years old)… The room is approximately 50 square metres so there’s ample space all around.. The room is also flooded with sources of soft lights so you need not worry about the room being too dim..

The king size bed is neither hard nor soft (just the way i like it) and covered with comfy quilts and covers.. Pillows are soft and fluffy! There’s also a couch at the side of the room for us to indulge in TV program or some readings..

Here’s the coffee and drinks area.. There will be 4 bottle of complimentary water which will be topped up daily…

Just step outside and there’s a private balcony perfect for some relaxing and quiet moments.. Because it was the monsoon season, we did not get to spend much time at the balcony. Due to the strong wind, the couch would be wet after the rain stops… As for the privacy, it is not really that private after all as people could see what you are doing.. I’m not complaining as i’m able to have a nice sea view from the balcony area.. 🙂 

The resort has a nice laid-back and garden setting with 2 restaurants, 1 lounge and a Spa center inside.. Other facilities include swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness room etc..

The Lotus Restaurant (picture below) serves Thai food and Daily Breakfast while you can enjoy Seafood / Italian food at the Bellini…

The Sunset Lounge serves many nice cocktails and alcoholic drinks while enjoying the beautiful sun set every evening…. 

To get to the private beach, It’s just a 5 mins walk from the Lotus Restaurant..

Something important to highlight (if you are travelling with small kids / elderly),there’s quite a fair bit of stairs in the resort so it might pose some inconvenience while moving around.. 

Since there’s only 57 rooms in the resort, you will not expect an overcrowded pool as well! There’s no need to fight for sun-beds nor   fighting for a space to swim… From the end of the poolside, you can see the sea and Hong’s Island.. Really breathtaking views. 

The private beach area!!! It was really quiet and beautiful!! Did not have the chance to visit Hong’s Island but i will be back the next time to visit 🙂

The calm sea during low-tide and after sunset.. 🙂

If you wish to have a romantic dinner by the beach side, Arrangements for dinner can be made at 2500 Baht per person.. Although it is pricey, we don’t get much chances to do such a dinner in Singapore.. Beside, the quality of the set dinner is really good and portion is big as well.. However, please take note that there will be small crabs moving around but rest-assured that they won’t climb up your chairs and tables.. haha!

After a nice dinner, you can end the night with some cocktails while soaking up the peaceful night scenery..
The cocktails are cheaper as compared to Singapore and they are really concentrated!!

As many of you should know by now, my bf proposed to me during the trip and he told me that the hotel staff really helped him in many areas.. Despite me being very alert, i did not sense and suspect anything at all… Kudos to Michael and his team members for going the extra mile in making sure that the ‘back-end work’ ended up well… 🙂

The beautiful and Huge Bouquet of fresh red Rose.. 108 Stalks prepared by the team and i was so touched.. More on the proposal in the future post so let’s move on..

Therefore to sum up, here are the pros and cons:

1) This resort is quiet, well maintained and the room is large, well furnished and clean… The housekeeping team will actually make your bed twice and deliver complimentary tea-time snacks in the late afternoons..2) Level of service is really good and i will rate it 10/10.. Everyone in the hotel are always smiling and sincere in helping you with all your needs.. Most of the staff can actually remember our room number and our preferences for beverages during breakfast.. When we are indecisive about the island hopping packages, they made really good recommendation on which to take while keeping into consideration on our needs.. The day before we depart, reminders and arrangements for airport transfer have been made without us asking them to do… 

3) The food was great and the breakfast is nice with a wide spread of food… They even have an area for making fresh fruit juice and for ordering freshly made waffles too..
 

4) The only small downside is that the Hotel is quite far from the Ao Nang.. In Krabi, Taxis are expensive and pre-arrangements needs to be done.. To make up for this shortcoming, Amari caters shuttle bus service twice a day but seats are limited (only 10 seats) so booking in advance is needed. The shuttle bus will leave the hotel at 1:00 and 4:00 pm and return at 4:30 and 8:00 pm and journey will take about 20 mins..

I’ll definitely return to  Amari Vogue in the near future.. Thank you for leaving behind such great and sweet memories for the both of us.. 😀

(Week 22) Hello Krabi & My little hair adventure..

Hello everyone, i’m going on a short vacation to Krabi so blogging will resume next weekend.. 🙂
My first beach holiday (Bintan is not counted) so i’m really excited!!!

Will be taking Tigerairways and ticket costs about $275 per pax and the only direct flight available. Since it will only be 1 hr 30 mins flight, i can do without comfy seat, inflight entertainment and food.. hehe!

As for the hotel, we have chosen Amari Vogue Krabi as we prefer a laid-back and luxurious environment.. In addition, the resort is located near / next to a private beach (Tub Kaek Beach) with rooms that have breathtaking ocean views.. Although it is secluded, it is still accessible to the islands available around Krabi..

(Photo credits to http://www.amari.com/vogue/photogallery.aspx?photoid=2)

Took their Amazing Summer package at THB 19,400 which includes:
(works out to $792 for 3 nights stay)

– 3 nights stay in Deluxe room including daily breakfast for 2 persons
– Roundtrip Transfers Krabi Airport
– THB 2,000 Baht Spa or Dinning Credit
– Guaranteed Late Check-out until 14:00 hrs.
– Welcome Drink
– Fruits & Flowers
– Free WiFi Internet Access
– Free use hotel kayak upon availability

If you prefer night life or will wish to stay in somewhere more accessible yet affordable (with restaurant and shops nearby), then hotels in Ao Nang will be a better choice..

See the picturesque sun-set from the private beach!!!
Will post more pictures when i’m back!

(Picture credits to https://www.facebook.com/#!/AmariVogue)

If you are following my updates in FB, you would have seen my new hair-do..

Was Yvonne’s hair model for her hair competition and i really love her hair creation! She’s from Sabun Cabane @ Tanglin Mall btw! 🙂

I had to bleach / pre-lighten my hair TWICE (my poor scalp) as my hair color was dark brown previously.. Somehow, first bleaching came out uneven so second bleaching was done to even the color..

Omg, yellow hair made my skin appeared to be extra yellowish.. haha!

After a few hours, the base color and different highlights were done and it was already 1am..
Gosh!! Luckily D came with bubble tea and subway sandwich, if not i’ll faint from hunger!

Before the photoshoot, i had to go to the salon to ‘set’ my hair.. 

1) Sculping lotion was applied and rollers were placed onto my hair…
 

2) Next, netting was wrapped over the rollers to secure it.

3) Next, steaming starts.. Yvonne told me that this method of setting hair is really old school but it is the most effective one..

4) After an hour plus, my hair became ‘curly fries’


5) Next, waves were created using a lot of hair clips, lots of pushing and hair spray (**CHOKES)

6) I have to walk out of the salon and travel to the studio in this state.. hahahaha!

7) After few hours of make-up + waiting + shooting in the cold studio, the end result as follows..

See! Many of you said that i looked naked but i was wearing something!

Cam-whored the moment when i reached home.. I really love the different colors in my hair but not the thick make-up.. :/

Out of the 4 colors, i love PINK the most!! Although bleaching was done twice, my hair isn’t as dry as i thought it will be.

Here are the photos submitted!! I am really praying hard that Yvonne will get into the finals!!

(Both photos credit to Jingna and Yvonne)

That’s all for today!
Shall head home to pack my luggage now!

Till then!

Taiwan 旅行 01 Jan – 08 Jan 2012 :)

Highlights for Week One, 2012 🙂

First Plane Trip with D..

First Time taking National Carrier (Damn Sua-ku i know. Hahaha)

Finally getting the new lids that i’ve always wanted…
(Will blog about the experience soon)

Instructed by the PS to do cold compress every hour.

Sadly, i did not heed his advise as i went out exploring Taiwan…
(Ooopps,i just need to distract myself and don’t want poor D to be bored to tears)

First stop – Miramar Ferris Wheel (美麗摩天輪)

Annoying D was walking around in the carriage and freaking me out.. -_-

Trip will be incomplete without a visit to World’s 2nd tallest building – Taipei 101!

Its gigantic damper.

They named it Damper Baby… It is so cute that i have to kiss it.. :p

Low visibility due to fog but i better don’t hiam..
Better than nothing right?

We were crazy enough to travel to Ye Liu..
Temperature is only 10 degree with very strong wind.

Looking really stupid here… I was afraid that the rain water will get into my eyes.

Basically, this place of attraction is full of ROCKS.

But the weather did not stop us from visiting Jiufen.

The must try in Jiufen – Yam Balls.

It’s also time for some hot-spring fun!

The crawling train to Xin-Bei Tou..

Our private hot spring in the hotel room…

The big and comfy bed!

Modern and nice furnishing with a touch of Zen.. I like!!!

Visited the thermal valley the next morning..
Thank God that it is not raining…

Had dinner with D’s Taiwanese friend – Fang An..
Sweet and friendly lady..

D went back to SG in the morning as return flight in the evening is full..
To kill time, i had a hair transformation..

Had a hair cut and new hair color…

That’s all folks!

Do stay tune for more products review coming up real soon..

Take care everyone!

吃是幸福的!


到达香港,
你会做什么?
当然是买东西,吃东西!
(What will you do when you are in Hong Kong? Eating and Shopping of course)

It has been one month since i’m back from Hong Kong.
Miss the food the most, esp the Roast Goose and Century egg from Yung Kee. 😦
Come! Let me introduce this MUST TRY RESTAURANT in Hong Kong.
Die Die cannot miss it if you visit Hong Kong.
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Drum Roll !!!
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YUNG KEE
32-40 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 1624
Open daily 11.00am – 11.30pm 



Nearest MTR station will be Central.
Here’s my cousin and his pretty wife posing.

In case you are wondering, i’m not a Big Light Bulb as there’s another partner with me..
hahaha!

Walk towards Exit D2 and you will see this sign.

Exit the MTR and you will walk past this building, turn left and walk straight
Don’t you think the buildings are so close to each other??
Scary much! No Privacy!

Continue walking straight, cross the road and you’ll reach Wellington Street.
On this street, you won’t miss Yung Kee as their signboard is BLING enough.

Here’s the map which i have obtained from the website if you are still unsure.

We arrived at 10.30am and they are still not open.
FYI, people are already queuing outside.

Cam-whore while waiting.. hahaha!
Can’t shop as their shops have yet to open.

Finally at 11am, these greeted me!!!
-Drools-

A little background about Yung Kee
(Credits to Yung Kee’s website).

Yung Kee is famous for its Roast Goose among people (in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau and tourists from many countries).The goose is so superb that it acquires a nickname known as “Flying Roast Goose”. After trying the Roast Goose, many will buy and hand carry this delicacy back. But please don’t attempt to bring this back to Singapore, it is not allowed!

Since 1968, Yung Kee is one of the Top Fifteen Restaurants in the World (Fortune Magazine). Look at the list of award they have obtained till date

Their Roasted Goose is really tender and it JUST MELTS in your mouth.

Non-oily and it just leave me wanting more.

The waitress told us that this is another popular dish
Crispy Roasted Pigeon (My favorite)!!!

Crispy and tender but not everyone can accustomed to its taste.
My cousin said that it has a very STRONG BIRD (Duh) taste…

Ended up,i have to finish half of this dish.
Cruel i know.

Seasonal Vegetable and Mushrooms

Not too salty and the veggie is extremely crunchy.
The oyster sauce just adds on to the tastiness

Fried Rice with nuts

‘Fried’ to perfection with nuts adding the extra crunch. I’m in heaven (someone please bring me back)

Preserved Eggs and Pickled Ginger

Singapore’s century egg is pale in comparison to this.
Try it for yourself and you’ll know why i said so…

FYI, you can get these century eggs as a gift for your friends and relatives.
It comes in a gift box in pack of 4s

As you know, Hong Kong is over populated so everywhere you go there will be many people.
So be prepared to queue if you want to get good food.

Total bill for 4 person comes to $150 (SGD)
Do visit this restaurant the next time you are in Hong Kong

You can vist their website for more information. 🙂

Yung Kee

Yung Kee
Yung Kee
Yung Kee