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Villa Samadhi, Ampang – December 2011

(edit: I’ve integrated a slideshow popup for my pics =p because i felt after all that effort i should make your lives easier to see the pics. BUT for some posts its really huge so may take a while to load =X)

Dated: 18th-19th December 2011

Location: Jalan Madge, Off Jalan U-Thant

(pfft. I think i deserve some kind of an award for this post considering how lazy i am and how abandoned this blog has become!!  RECENT EVENT LEH!! NOT BACKDATED WAN LEH!! AND SUPER A LOT OF PICTURES LEH!!! summoh got edit and compile into collages all to make your life easier instead of scrolling through a billion and one photos =X .. soo anyway… back to the post. wtf)

So,

As a post exam celebration to myself and an early Christmas getaway with the boyfriend, I booked this place in KL after reading and hearing about all the great reviews and stuff. However…… mieh.. just read on if you don’t get bored of my yappiness first =X

Intitially wanted the RM720 room but decided to see if I actually liked the place first and opted for the cheaper RM580 room. Which if you think about it really is still pretty ass pricey but heck! I NEED MAH MINI GETAWAY and it’s been a while since I last blew money like that anyway so humour me because no way in my current time can i afford to go to the Banjaran. pfft. GROUPON DEAL U BLUFF ME AH! Official website also 1.8k for a room on your website also liddat! WUWUWUUWUWUW. WHY WHY WHY!!!

Special prices till next year apparently. Check it out HERE and their official website can be found HERE

Entered the premise and was greeted by all these adorable trees with their bark falling off and a reaaallly BIG stone Buddha.

and a mini pond nearer to the main gate that was covered in Bamboo which was really pretty actually. The gate not the pond “=_=

Their fish pond was REALLLY clear! Like crystal clear for real!!! I was pretty shocked and tempted to ask them what filtration system they were using. If you just sit or stand there and watch, the calmness of the water and the playing fishes is so surreal that it looks like they aren’t even in water.

Sadly, the fishes were all pretty jittery and scared unlike the ones at YTL Cameron which i will elaborate further on when i actually decide to do that post =p

Front door. Well outside, big stone fire feature. Pretty cool =)

And of course the obligatory couple in front of hotel picture =X Nah. Don’t say i never post boyfriend pictures. I swear I have but a lot of people insist there is no signs of him in my blog or facebook “=_= wtf nonsense i swear! 2 yrs + impossible no signs of him okay.

The lobby’s main door. And some mini candle tea lights scattered across the water feature at the side. Pretty =)

And the room! Luxe Crib. This is apparently the most used room but every room is different and one has an aquarium but it’s not ready yet =( Loved the bed! It was really big but the bf was complaining about it being short.

They used reallly good linens which is a major plus point for me because I’m a sucker for soft comfy linens. Unfortunately, there was a tear in my comforter which i forgot to take pictures off but…. yeahhhh…. the comfiness made u for it =p

and the bottom left is the toilet with 2 sinks and a jacuzzi with blinds that open on two sides. one to the room and one to the balcony. cute touch was the toothbrushes in leaves and the full tube of toothpaste and shaving cream. no cheap disposable toiletries!

Sadly, in all my excitement i forgot to take pictures of my favourite part of the whole room .___. the awesome rain shower and the gorgeous rustic storage shelves. pfft.

And the door at the bottom right opens up to the next picture!

The balcony! With cute lantern lights and a day bed overlooking the pool =) Cosy. Oh. No smoking around the rooms and balconies =p MUAHHAHA. I LIKE! But you can still scuttle down to the carpark outside the lobby if you really need a smoke.

On top is this huge tray with complimentary Twinnings Tea, water and one of the most amazing mixed spiced christmas cookies i have ever chanced upon. In fact, I think i will go ahead and say it. It was THE BEST christmas cookies I’ve ever had! So good, i popped one in my mouth every 5 minutes or so and was clearly upset when the jar was finally empty. =(

Went down to the reception to ask if I could buy more since i loved it so much. Sadly, was sort of brushed off with this conversation.

Me: Hi! I was wondering if you guys had anymore of the complimentary cookies in the room. I love them so much! 

Her: Oh! Those are complimentary! You Can have them!

Me: Um.. Yeah I know. But I like it so much i was wondering if i could buy more.

Her: Owh…Oh! Sorry. It’s made daily.

Me: In the case, do you think you could get them to make a bit more tomorrow as i would really like to have more.

Her: ermm… errrr……..

Me: Nevermind. It’ll just be great if I could have more. Thanks.

Her: Okay.

– abrupt end of conversation with no actual conclusion-

But what i found funny was that they gave expensive snacks free yet the cheap peanuts in foiled packets were chargeable snacks. I found this really weird. Might as well give it free as well? How much could a pack of peanuts really cost in comparison with your higher ranged items?

The bottom picture is the TV with Astro channels. An Ipod dock. A DVD Player. And wine racks with mini fridge (with affordable drinks and chocolates!) and safe hidden behind the doors =) And that little complimentary bowl of dried fruits.

Note. At the moment, there is NO phone in the room and no room service either which was a minus point because I LOVE room service =( Maybe they are going to add it on next year when the tariff rates go back up to apparently normal.

Gave us this really yummy basket of tapioca doughnuts which I LOVED as well. But believe me when i say tiny. The 3 pieces could easily fit in my palm. Made me incredibly hungry and gave me very high hopes for breakfast tomorrow which i read really good reviews about again. The christmas cookies and these doughnuts really hit the spot for me and i was very very much impressed by this time.

Since there was no room service and the resident restaurant wasn’t open for business in the afternoon, we popped out to KL for food.

Actually asked the in-house manager if there was shuttle because i read somewhere that it would be provided. I mean I know we drove but seeing as we were technically on Holiday it would be nice to have someone drop us off and pick us up instead of us driving through the weekend jam.

Manager didn’t smile much and was pretty intimidating if not scary which was funny because when we first arrived she was very smiley and nice. I almost felt like i offended her with my presence or something. She seemed very irritated at the fact i asked for a shuttle which we eventually did not use anyway because she said they would only drop us off and we would need to catch a cab back. Mieh.

I don’t know what these plants are called but they surrounded the very pretty pool they had =)

Said very pretty pool =( Didn’t get to swim because the weather was too cold and i spent most of my next morning sleeping. Wasn’t allowed a later check out because apparently they had more incoming guests =( le sad. My main point was to go somewhere and swim and i didnt “=_=

-I interrupt this hotel post with spams of our faces because its my blog and i will blog whatever i want-

…TOOOT….

He is damn tak layan right. Finally last few pictures only wanna layan me “=_= pfft

-normal hotel posts will now commence. thank you for your patience-

Went up to their rooftop bar for complimentary cocktails! ^–^ Its really small though but cosy and I like it! Though you should probably watch out for mozzies once it gets dark.

view of the bar once it get’s a little darker and the lights turn up. There was a whole list of cocktails but we were only allowed to choose between two =( and the bartender even got our drinks wrong and gave us the same order. drinks weren’t great but it’s okay. not a big fan of alcohol anyway and the environment and the breeze coming in was lovely!

Bartender was also very nice and smiley though a little hard to communicate with so it was all good =)

after drinks went back to the room to chill and get ready. went out for dinner and a movie.

-abrupt end of day-

Next morning the bf had to leave for work so we woke up super early to have breakfast at their restaurant called Mandi-Mandi. It’s a cute place =) Would probably be really romantic at night too.

Unfortunately i was BEYOND disappointed. The bf ordered soft boiled eggs but if you squint hard enough you will notice that the eggs are actually pretty hard and they just chucked half a fully boiled egg on top “=_= Hello? TELUR SETENGAH MASAK OI! Bukan setengah masak setengah belum masuk. wtf.

My eggs benedict which i was waiting for the wholllee time… was… BAD. I couldn’t even finish it and it was so small. If anyone knows me I could probably down like 4 plates of that and still have room for heavier stuff so only eating half was definitely weird.

I actually ordered smoked Salmon which was on the menu but was told the kitchen was out?? We were the first for breakfast and they were out of salmon. NICE.

Anyway. Back to my eggs. THESE WERE BY FAR THE WORST EGGS BENEDICTS I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE! THE WORST!!!

The teeny breads at the bottom was barely toasted and was soaked in some kind of liquid that it was soggy and just bleargh. And my eggs tasted completely of vinegar and nothing else! The crappy breakfast really spoiled my morning and motivation to go swim so i just went back to bed.

LUCKILY! The staff of the morning was lovely and when I asked for my cookies again (different girl) she immediately offered to pack them for me. She was very smiley and chatty and I wished she served me earlier because sometimes in a hotel, service really is everything. Wish i could tell you her name but it was Thai I think and way too hard to remember =(

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Anyway.

All in all. I would probably only give this place 6.5-7/10 stars unlike most of the reviews i read on tripadvisor and agoda for various reasons.

Despite supposedly being a 5 star hotel, service just wasn’t up to par and my horrid breakfast really left me reeling in shock. The place is pretty and all but in my honest opinion if they increased price next year, this would definitely not be worth the price anymore.

YTL establishments still win with their amazing service and for the same price as well.. but you go and try. We probably just had a bad day. =/

Below is a list of things i saw online that really made me think this place was worth it but i received none of those services and it made us feel like we weren’t given the full service and that think that maybe things were a little bias?. my response in italics.

We diudn’t see no muesli, cheese and fruits? Was ust given a menu and told to choose 1 item. HATED THAT! In YTL cameron, its the same concept but they let me keep ordering till i was satisfied and full. And portions here are soooo small. Not that it really mattered since i couldnt even stomach half of my vinegar eggs.

we didn’t get any turn down service when we went for dinner? and no chocolates either. HMMMM…??? But maybe because we went out later than expected. But still?

Why do they get to be shuttled back and we don’t?

Our drinks were just… meh….generous was probably not the right word.

We came in 2 cars since the bf had to go to work. But no car washes for us =(

Anyway, they probably need to buck up a lot more if they ever want to really achieve a 5 star name. I felt very second rated at the place and really did not feel welcomed at all. When we first went in, we were pretty amazed and excited but we left feeling as the boyfriend said “UNFULFILLED.” Thing’s just weren’t great or satisfactory. Better luck next time maybe? Can’t really decide if I would want to actually come back again or not =/

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Winter Solstice 2011 Achievement!

I made for first Tong Yuen today!! All by myself! Bwahahhaa.

And it looks ugly in the picture because colour all is so retarded but it’s actually very nais okay!!

Lesson learnt today.

As with all days i decide to make something I’m unsure of.

NEVER!

I repeat.

NEVER!

Ever follow online recipes exactly because they always screw up for me “=___=

I couldnt get the consistency of the dough right by following recipes i found online and got so frustrated that i dumped everything and restarted a new batch based solely on feel.

IT WAS PERFECT!

Perfect for me la. Haha.. since the consistency an the chewiness was just the way I like it ^__^

Happy Dongzhi festival everyone!

La la la la laaa

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2 May 11 @ Restorant Sinki Dengkil

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Okay, so it’s not a surprise that my family makes us drive all the way to places like Dengkil just to eat but it was still pretty surprising because they haven’t done that in a long time. LOL Anyway! The prettiest sunset! But too bad my cam couldn’t really capture the real thing =(

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Anyhoowww, we came all the way for these massive prawns!! HAHAHHAH! Doesn’t look so special here huh? It cost about RM30 per piece too. LOL

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Yeah well, now how does it look next to my fist?

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Me and the bf and my family actually thought the food here was pretty good aye, not just the prawns but everything else i liked and trust me when i say im incredibly picky with my food. So it’s really weird because i googled this place for the address and most of the reviews were not very good. So I don’t know if it’s pure luck that it’s good that day or… i dunno la.. but my dad is as anal about the taste of his food as I am and apparently he went there a lot when he had a job site nearby soooo… I HIGHLY recommend this dingy coffeeshop that’s located opposite the mosque in Dengkil but don’t blame me if the food isn’t that good because I’ve only been there once and I don’t know how consistent their food is =X

Restaurant Sin Ki
Jalan Besar,
43800 Dengkil,
Selangor
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So since we’re in the topic of abnormally weird stuff (yah. giant prawns that size in a dingy coffee shop is weird).

Remember THIS POST somewhere last month about the weird symbol?? =X

I finaaaalllyyy know what it’s all about!! LOL. If you don’t already =p

It’s actually this amazingly viral gimmick thought of by Xpax for their SMS-based social network that connects you to your friends and the whole symbol was their logo! Damn smart okay they all!! I remember seeing their logo EVERYWHERE! Like seriously EVERYWHERE!

SOOOOOOO… To get started, just send KOLONY <your preferred nickname> to 25333. (You just need to have an Xpax, U.O.X., S.O.X. or Celcom mobile number to join!)

After you get your nickname, check out some of the ways you can socialize on Kolony:

  • DING – Ding your buddies and leave them a message to cheer them up.

Send KDING <fren’s nickname> <message> to 25333

  • BOMM – Have an update to share? BOMM it away to all your FRENs!

Send KBOMM <message> to 25333

  • FREN – FREN for life? Make as many as you can in Kolony!

Send KFREN <fren’s nickname> to 25333

  • POPP – Get to comment on what your buddies say!

Send KPOPP <fren’s nickname> <comment> to 25333

For even more cool activities in Kolony, just send KHELP to 25333 to get a full list of keywords that you can use to explore the rest of the world of Kolony! There’s soooo many things you can do okay!!

And i’m bad at explaning things so head on over to www.kolony.com.my for more information and all the awesome perks you can get 😉 Teehee!

OHHH and before i forget! Check this out!

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Xpax also has new awesome LOW RATES! Calls are ONLY 28 sen for 10 minutes to Celcom network and 5mins to other networks. SMS are ONLY 1sen to Celcom numbers and 5sen to other networks!

Head on over to http://www.xpax.com.my/new_plan.html if im confusing you =p HAHA

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8 August 09 @ Dirty Vegas Concert, Cap Square

Gosh, this is actually pretty insane! I swear i thought the previous past year spams were old but holy crap im back in front of my desktop and old takes a whole new level!! HAHAHHAHA. i am actually officially 2 fucking years backdated!! HAHHHAHAHHAH!! EPIC MUCH?!?!

OH WELL, who cares!! old or not pics are pics and memories are still memories =D i swear me doing this whole backdated picture spam thing is seriously nostalgic. its like HUH? ITS BEEN THAT LONG AGO? seriously?? 0_o

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Jet Law who likes to hide his face. wtf

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My laksa which looks really really good. or maybe im just hungry right now.

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hungers.

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actually not very nais only. i remember it being quite tasteless. yes. i remember food. ZZZ. loser face.

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it’s a funny story really. i came to watch dirty vegas with Jet but he had an emergency and left me here ALONE. but i insisted on staying because i really wanted to watch dirty vegas =X

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AND I HAD HELL LOTS OF FUN!! i remember it being crazy good and the energy level of this really pretty girl whom i think looks like sarah lian or may have been her upfront with me. It’s been a long time since i’ve last sweated it out at an outdoor event that happily. HMMMM..

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itu andy kho la. lihat watermark dia.

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bumped into Tian Chad and his friend whom im sorry i cant remember anymore T_T

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AND THIS OF COURSE IS DIRTY VEGAS!!! i heart heart them okay!!! and man do i look tiny. LOL

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speaking of old pictures, it’s ironic really because i’ve been wanting to post this one particular pic for the longest time but i keep forgetting about it!!

so here it is!

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not too long back, a friend of mine actually sent me this pic she found telling me how cool it was. the only reaction i had was erm.. yeah okay. its a really nice picture of the twin towers?

UNTIL i noticed some of my other friends posting pics they took with a similar symbol of the lights in the pic above!! X_X

how weird is that wei?? i really thought it was just some light flare thingie at first wei.

i mean if it was a lighting effect understood la, but then the symbol actually started appearing here and there so i just had to open up this pic again and look. AND WAHLAH! it really is the same symbol leh!!!

why so suspicious wan!?

anybody know what it is?!

is there something im missing?

hullo hullo??

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Kiwi berries?

So right,

I’m suppose to be doing my work wan but this is just so amusing I had to do a quick blog abt it. Wtf.

Came across these kiwiberries yesterday and finally had a try. And I must concur that I love it!!

They are like little cherry tomatoes only in kiwi form. Wtf. And for the lazy ppl like me it’s damn awesome cuz just pop in mouth. No need cut and scoop with spoon all. Wahahahaha!

Well just wanted to share what it looks like. Wtf.

Kinda pricey though. Got this box at RM13 from MBG fruits in the Curve

=X

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