Category: Travel

Genting First World Hotel Rooms Tour – XYZ, World Club and Superior Deluxe Rooms

July 6
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Gosh, time flies! Not very happy bout this cos it means I’m getting older T_T
Without realizing, it’s been almost 3 years since my last visit to Genting as a blogger.
Resorts World Genting is undergoing a major face-lift at the moment with new accommodations and restaurants were being revamped for a more exciting dining experience.
Genting First World Hotel - Old self check-in system
Old self check-in system
Since the crowd at Genting can be quite overwhelming during weekends and school holidays, check-in is made more efficient with the e-kiosk self check-in system that enables you to make new reservation on the spot and check-in after pre-paid advance booking using your membership card, MyKad or passport.
Genting First World Hotel - New self check-in system
New self check-in system
They have recently purchased new self check-in machines that can accommodate more customization such as request for connecting rooms, smoking/non-smoking room, etc. In the near future, this new machine will replace the old ones.
Booking summary from self check-in e-kiosk
Booking summary from self check-in e-kiosk
The system comes with duo language – English and Chinese. There are currently 29 units of e-kiosk at First World Hotel; 23 units at Tower 1 lobby and 6 units at Tower 2 Annex lobby. Checking out is also made convenient with checkout e-kiosk. There are 15 units of checkout machines at Tower 1 and 4 units at Tower 2 Annex.
On the way to our room at Tower 2 Annex
On the way to our room at Tower 2 Annex
Among the transformations at Resort World Genting are the opening of Tower 2 Annex, an extension to Tower 2. Phase 1 of the extension opened with 412 rooms and the balance of 874 is targeted to open very soon, bringing the total of rooms to 1,286. The overall number of rooms will ultimately be 7,351 – making it one of the largest hotels in the world.
Breathtaking scenery of highlands
Breathtaking scenery of highlands
Along the connecting hallway, guests will be awed by the breathtaking scenery of highlands and the contemporary setting in the lobby, complete with 3D television visuals and a designer feature wall. Newly opened Terminal 2 Cafe features freshly baked pastries, soups, snacks and beverages from 7.30 am to 12 am with complimentary wi-fi service.

Nyonya Memoirs (娘惹娘兒) – Interactive Baba Nyonya Live Theater Performance @ Melaka

June 23
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Few weeks ago, I kidnapped Clumsy Boy to Melaka for a getaway since he’s been so stressed over work these days. Yay to Melaka, the food heaven that is also rich in Baba Nyonya heritage and culture!

Nyonya Memoirs ticketing counter
Nyonya Memoirs ticketing counter

The main highlight of our trip is Nyonya Memoirs, a live theater production that gives its audience a 360° interactive Baba Nyonya experience like no other. We walked over to Dataran Pahlawan after checking-in to our room at Estadia Hotel.

Let's go in and witness Nyonya Memoirs!
Let’s go in and witness Nyonya Memoirs!

To be honest, I didn’t do any research about this at all before I went because I don’t want any spoiler. So I was kinda expecting the usual theater setting where we’re going to sit like in the cinema with a stage in front of us and watch the casts’ live show from afar but I was so wrong.

As soon as we entered, there was a loud woman’s sound. What’s the ruckus all about? Ahhh… turned out it was this bubbly Nyonya who struggled out from the crowd to welcome us all. She then led us through a door that brought us travel back in time to Melaka in the 1920’s.

Noodle stall, rattan (rotan) shop, a display of Nyonya costumes
Noodle stall, rattan (rotan) shop, a display of Nyonya costumes
Grocery store ala 1920. A pair of beautiful bead (manik) shoes is what every Nyonya must have.
Grocery store ala 1920.
A pair of beautiful bead (manik) shoes is what every Nyonya must have.

One of the favorite activities young people do during their free time is playing on a swing. That was before smartphones and tablets exist.

Nyonya Memoirs - Wanna have your fortune read?
Wanna have your fortune read?
Nyonya Memoirs - Come write down your wish and hang it on the wishing tree
Come write down your wish and hang it on the wishing tree
Nyonya Memoirs - How should I propose to the love of my life?
How should I propose to the love of my life?

Centered on the traditions and customs of the Baba Nyonyas, the innovative new concept makes the audience part of the production by moving them with the characters from scene-to-scene and interacting with them, thereby unraveling a culturally informative ‘real-life’ walk down memory lane.

Hatten Group has invested RM 8million to conceptualize, build and market this project on a massive scale. The inspiration for this project is in line with the State Government’s goals to highlight local culture with the main objective of promoting a deeper appreciation for Melaka’s Peranakan heritage.

Nyonya Memoirs - Bao Zhu, will you let me take care of you for the rest of your life?
Bao Zhu, will you let me take care of you for the rest of your life?
Nyonya Memoirs - It's a YES!
It’s a YES!

A fateful tale of a young couple unfolds as a wealthy Nyonya, Bao Zhu, accepts the proposal from the love of her life, Zhang Min – a poor, common Baba.

Nyonya Memoirs - Let me take your hand and fight through this together
Let me take your hand and fight through this together

Their engagement soon turns bitter when Bao Zhu’s powerful and prominent family forbids the union. Divided by their social differences and driven to the deepest depths of heartache, can the true love between Bao Zhu and Zhang Min rise above to conquer all?

Although it was just a mere 2 hours, the emotions brought up during the show were really overwhelming. Get ready to experience happiness, bliss, heartbreak, sorrow, hatred and don’t be surprised if you find tears welling up in your eyes.

Nyonya Memoirs is performed in Mandarin with a mixture of Peranakan dialect. Don’t fret if you can’t understand any of these languages because there are screens everywhere with subtitle on display.

Nyonya Memoirs comprises a famous local cast and experienced backstage team from Atlantic Theatre and Production, Malaysia’s leading Theatre Production Company. Nyonya Memoirs is helmed by renowned director, James Lee, winner of the Best ASEAN Film Award with the musical score directed by Tan Yen Hue, who has worked with international artistes such as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Toni Braxton while the cast is coached by Pearlly Chua, nominee for Best Supporting Actress at the 43rd Golden Horse Film Festival. The costumes for Nyonya Memoirs are designed by none other than Beatrice Looi, Malaysia’s top international fashion designer.

Nyonya Memoirs - An emotional hug full of love
An emotional hug full of love

Although the whole flow of the movie was predictable, the most important thing is the casts’ spectacular acting skills that made us immersed in the scenes. I don’t think any audience would mind a happy ending either.

While waiting for the Peranakan bride and groom to get ready…

Nyonya Memoirs - I don't know what you're selling but please give me one bowl ya
I don’t know what you’re selling but please give me one bowl ya
Nyonya Memoirs - My fortune must be damn good right? No need see la
My fortune must be damn good right? No need see la
Nyonya Memoirs - Aiyoyo why so many ppl hutang me money wan? When wanna pay back huh??
Aiyoyo why so many ppl hutang me money wan? When wanna pay back huh??
Nyonya Memoirs - Audiences are waiting patiently for the couple to arrive on Lover's Bridge
Audiences are waiting patiently for the couple to arrive on Lover’s Bridge

Here they are!

It was so awesome to be able to witness traditional Peranakan wedding ceremony and attires through Nyonya Memoirs. This shall be an unique experience that I’ll never forget.

Nyonya Memoirs - Both the bride and groom wrapped up the show with a grand finale song.
Both the bride and groom wrapped up the show with a grand finale song

After the show, audiences are entitled to a photo opportunity with the casts. Worth every penny spent!

Photo opportunity with Nyonya Memoirs casts
Photo opportunity with Nyonya Memoirs casts

Event: Nyonya Memoirs (娘惹娘兒)

Venue: Level 3, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall

Showtime: Every Friday to Sunday, 4pm & 8pm

Ticket Price:
Adult – RM 52 (MyKad holder) / RM 66 (Non-MyKad holder)
Child (7-15 years old)/Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – RM 26 (MyKad holder) / RM 33 (Non-MyKad holder)

Where to buy tickets:

  • Nyonya Memoirs website
  • Nyonya Memoirs ticketing counter @ Level 3, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
  • Hatten Hotel Concierge
  • Estadia by Hatten Concierge

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Travel: Pratunam Night Market @ Bangkok

August 12
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Pratunam Market is one of the major markets in Bangkok that’s popular for offering the best deals on clothing and accessories. I was really glad that Pratunam Night Market was the first destination of our trip because the clothes here are super cheap! And I realized that the price at Pratunam Night Market is the lowest compared to other shopping places like MBK Mall and Platinum Mall.

Tip: If you found something you like here, just grab it! There won’t be same stall selling same stuff there so there’s no need to compare price.
Bags @ Pratunam Night Market
Bags @ Pratunam Night Market
Pratunam Market actually covers a large area but we only toured the area from starting point at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi Road, in front of The Palladium World Shopping Mall.

If you’re not staying around Pratunam like I did, you can easily reach there via:

  1. Airport Rail Link Ratchaprarop station (550 m walking distance)
  2. BTS (Bangkok Train Service) Chit Lom station (1 km walking distance)
Shoes and clothes@ Pratunam Night Market
Shoes and clothes@ Pratunam Night Market
Although the price is already pretty cheap, you can still ask for a better price if you buy in bulk e.g. 3 pieces or more. Please be considerate and don’t continue to haggle if they already said no discount though. Coming with a group of friends would be of great advantage cos you can share the bulk purchase with them.
Handmade accessories @ Pratunam Market
Handmade accessories @ Pratunam Market
Price aside, what impressed me most was the abundance of customized accessories such as hand made bracelets, rings and bags!
I was particularly attracted to this stall that sells woven bags in front of Palladium World Shopping Mall. At first glance, it looks unattractive but the special thing about it is: you can customize its look! How? You just need to choose your favorite decoupage paper design from the stacks (it’s a tough choice to make!) and hand it to the seller. He’ll take it from there. There are different kinds of bags available – purse, envelope bag, tote bag and even phone cases, all priced differently.

The first step to decoupage the bag is to cut out the paper according to the bag’s size. Then, a layer of glue was spread thinly onto the surface and blown dry.

 

When it dried thoroughly, the decoupage paper is ready to be pasted onto the bag. It takes approximately 30 minutes for the whole process to be done and could take very long if they get a lot of orders. You can place your order and pay first, then stroll around Pratunam Market while waiting for it to be ready.

 

Decoupage Samsung Note 3 Phone Casing
Decoupage Samsung Note 3 Phone Casing

I got a decoupaged Samsung Note 3 phone casing for 150 baht (RM 15). What do you think? Is it nice? =p
They also sell some normal type casing at 100 baht each. If you buy more, you can get it at 150 baht for 2. It only lasted for 3 months though cos when my phone emitted heat, the glue will melt and the decoupage paper started to came off. I guess it would be better to buy a bag instead of phone casing >.<

Street food @ Pratunam Market
Street food @ Pratunam Market
Well, we initially planned to eat dinner here but guess what – we shopped for 3 hours non stop! Clumsy Boy bought us some street food to cure the grumbling stomach first. Don’t miss one of Thailand’s specialties – fresh fruit juice! I seldom eat fruits but pomegranate juice is simply irresistible because they’re selling it cheap and it’s good for the skin (Vitamin C).
Pomegranate juice @ Pratunam Market
Pomegranate juice @ Pratunam Market
Thank you, Clumsy Boy for being my kuli
Thank you, Clumsy Boy for being my kuli
P/S: Very hard to capture a sharp photo with phone while walking
Tons of shopping bags from 3 girls and 1 guy
Tons of shopping bags from 3 girls and 1 guy
Proper meal wasn’t available at Pratunam Night Market so we stopped by a local restaurant along Makkasa Post Office to have our dinner. I didn’t see any restaurant name but the lot number is 133/46, Ratchathewi.
Local restaurant @ Ratchathewi
Local restaurant @ Ratchathewi
Hot and Sour Soup with Mixed Seafood (80 baht)
Hot and Sour Soup with Mixed Seafood (80 baht)
Fried Chicken with Lemongrass (150 baht)
Fried Chicken with Lemongrass (150 baht)
Stir Fried Chinese Kale with Oyster Sauce (60 baht)
Stir Fried Chinese Kale with Oyster Sauce (60 baht)
Singha beer (90 baht)
Singha beer (90 baht)
All the food were delicious and affordable! Love eating at where the locals eat because I’ll be able to taste the food that they normally eat. The portion of Fried Chicken with Lemongrass was too big, it took us some time to finish it. Fuh~~ And that’s all we did in our Day 1 in Bangkok. We only had precisely half day after reaching Bangkok.For more information on Pratunam area, check out Pratunam on Wikipedia.

If you want to stay near Pratunam Market, I’d recommend Hotel de Bangkok which I personally think is more than decent =)

P/S: Sorry for the blurry photos… my phone camera doesn’t perform well under low lighting =(

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