December 31, 2010

Paddington House of Pancakes, Kuala Lumpur…nice place for anytime pancakes

The ambience is casual. The pancakes are simply awesome! The menu is real big  – they sell pancakes from all around the world. The pancakes are cooked to perfection & each plate is served visually divine.

I like the pancakes, but Paddington Pancake must seriously train their staff better. Service is sub-par.

Overall, this is a nice place for any time pancakes. This is still the true truth as I still say it as it is…

December 30, 2010

Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur…if exceptional service is what you are after, then this is the hotel for you!

Excellent hotel. If exceptional service is what you are after, then this is the hotel for you.

My first impression was not great, given their small and cramped lobby but although the lobby is doesn’t exude grandeur, the hotel’s location is great – near lots of shopping malls, the monorail and restaurants. We were upgraded to an executive room, which was very spacious and comes with separate shower & tub, marble baths and an ipod docking station. In-room internet connectivity is complimentary.

Security is tight going into the carpark but the keycard gets demagnetized easily. Three times during my stay, to be exact.

The staff here are extremely competent and service is brilliant! The welcome was so warm, I felt like a celebrity. The housekeeping staff who brought the amenities asked me if I needed anything else and I told him I would like a copy of the English newspaper. A short bit later, the concierge came up with the paper.  I asked the Front office staff who escorted us to our room upon check in for times of the Christmas services in a nearby Catholic Church and I thought she’d forgotten about it. Not too long later, someone called me with the information. The carpark lift was out of order for the entire length of my stay and upon bringing it up to the duty manager, Diana, she duly waived the carpark charges off my bill. A very personal touch was when a front office staff brought a handwritten welcome note from the Hotel General manager, Stephen A. Cokkinias to me saying that he’d left the it for me two days ago before he’d left for the USA. That was a very impactful touch. In other hotel, they’ll just stick the card in the fruit basket and leave it in the room, but no…at The Ritz in KL, they bring it personally to you. Throughout my stay, I was greeted by everyone..from the desk officers to the bellboy…everybody at the lobby or in the corridors would greet anybody.

This much I know: Mr Cokkinias’s extraordinary leadership has created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

December 27, 2010

La Roca Village, Barcelona…worth a visit

La Roca Village is a factory designer outlet shopping mall located 45 minutes from Barcelona. There is a direct bus connection from Plaza Catalunya.

It is designed as if it were a village, which of course is where the name comes from, so it is an open space with wide boulevards and several restaurants. There are over 100 luxury designer names like Versace, Zegna, La Perla, Loewe, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Across the village, don’t miss out the Nike and MNG stand-alone outlets.

This is worth a visit as there are so many shops in such a close proximity. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

December 19, 2010

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona…a must!

The place is so gorgeous and coloured and lively I could see it again and again and enjoy it every time as the first time. Do keep in mind that this is not only a market to come and buy, but also to enjoy the pleasure of wandering around. Everything is just so colorful and delicious looking.

I always buy freshly squeezed and concocted fruit juices which are amazing and so cheap! Breakfast every morning here (the bread feels like it’s out of the oven straight into our mouths) is a must.  La Boqueria’s best feature may be its huge fresh Seafood Section. However, other food items are also available. For example: many kiosks sell typical Catalan and Spanish foods, including famous Iberian hams.

This is one of my favourite places in Barcelona. If you go to Barcelona and want to feel and taste the local culture, you have to go here. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

December 14, 2010

Universal Studios Singapore…it’s a Mickey Mouse (very small) park

It is a small amusement park, big enough to see in one day, especially if it is not crowded. At 20 hectares, it’s got to be the smallest Universal Studios in the world.
But this Singapore version may not be so bad for theme park lovers if they are fed up with the notoriously long lines in the extremely crowded Disney parks in Tokyo. If you arrive when the park opens, start at the back of the park, people tend to go to the first ride they come to and work their way back.
The twin Battlestar Galactica roller coasters is still closed and is  reported to re-open next year, as is the  ship-themed show Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. The splashdown at the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure is a mini one. On the thrill scale where 0 is wimpy and 10 is yikes!, I’d rate this at 4. The Revenge of the Mummy ride is dark, loud…and haunted! Very young children may find it disconcerting. The best attraction to me is the Lights, Camera, Action…show presented by Steven Spielberg
The park is a good place for families, but there really isn’t a lot there for more than a few hours worth of entertainment.
This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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