Category: Travel

Review: Estadia by Hatten Hotel @ Melaka

July 30
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Estadia by Hatten Hotel @ Melaka is a new 3 star luxury boutique hotel that has just opened its doors in May 2015. The interior design in Estadia by Hatten was inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Malacca’s Peranakan lifestyle.

Estadia by Hatten - Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

As Melaka can be very crowded during the weekends, the location of Estadia at Melaka Raya is just perfect as it is just footsteps away from Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

Estadia by Hatten - Hotel Lift Corridor

Hotel Lift Corridor

Estadia by Hatten is an innovative home-style Peranakan luxury hotel offering 196 rooms, well suited for the intrepid traveller, families on holiday or for business stopovers.

Estadia by Hatten - Hotel Corridor Leading Towards Rooms

Hotel Corridor Leading Towards Rooms

We stayed in the 22 sq meters Estadia Deluxe room. The space wasn’t as big as expected, but it was very inviting and cozy; it almost feels like home!

Estadia by Hatten - Comfortable king size bed

Comfortable king size bed

Our room has a super comfy King size bed, fully equipped with 4 fluffy feather pillows and a quilt that provides sufficient warmth for a good night’s sleep.

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 by Hatten 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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