Saturday, October 26, 2013

131023 – 26 Malaysia JB


We went shopping some more and eventually managed to find the liquor at Raffles place cold storage. Had Menya for lunch too.

Also managed to go Orchard to book the trip for Melaka. After that we returned home to pack a bit, before we headed off to Woodlands and the Malaysia custom. The thing is, 00 was having exams these few days, and he needed to get a spot with good connection so he could do his test. So we ended up at starbucks…

I had my dinner there, which asn’t too bad anyway.

Our hotel was 5 star Grand Paragon, which is pretty near the customs.

It’s big!! And comfortable!!

And there’s a nice scenic view from the top.

The funny thing about booking at these JB hotels is that they require at least $50-$100 deposit in SGD. The price of the room was about $100/night so you might as well pay the full amount. =_=

The reason why we spent so many days here is actually mainly because the hotels here are big. And cheap. 

The buffet breakfast is also marvelous.

Our hotel was near KSL mall, so we walked over and shopped for the day. There was actually not much to do except eating and shopping. We had a  good meal at this place called Tang Shifu. 

Then dessert at Seasons (previously known as Swenson). 00 fell in love with the hot pan ice cream apple pie. It was having a 50% promotion for some anniversary too so it was well worth the price.

Breakfast was great as usual! We stayed 2 days at the same hotel. But don’t ever eat the paos when you see them. The meat sucks… 

We then checked out and took a taxi to Grand Bluewave, for free.

The thing is the driver quoted a ridiculous price and wouldn’t turn on the meter, so I had to argue with him to turn it on as I didn’t believe in the price he quoted. When we reached the hotel, it was actually about 60% of the price he quoted. Because he thought we were stingy foreigners, he decided to save his face and tell us not to pay, as he will get angry if we do. Tsk. Hate it when taxi drivers try to cheat me. Pui.

Anyway our room this time was kind of like a studio suite, so there was a kitchenette inside. It wasn’t spotless clean but it was good enough. I read reviews that there were baby roaches, but thank goodness I didn’t encounter them.

The bed is big and there’s a tub in the bathroom~ yaaay

Headed off to City Square, as it was just within walking distance. We ate Ayam Panggang for lunch… but it was not as good as expected, and pretty pricey. Bleahs.

We also watched an animated movie called Cloudy with Meatballs or something (difficult name to remember). There was a nice waffle place near it.

Since there wasn’t much to do, we went exploring the hotel. There’s a nice pool at the top but too bad we didn’t have our swimming costumes… and then we retired for the night.

and we ran around the hotel corridors. yes, we're that bored. but mainly it was because 00 kept complaining about the poor wifi speed and how his roaming couldn’t work properly. And it was all  because of the stupid game Devil Maker he was on that he needed the mobile plan. God it gets on my nerves, terribly. He purposely scouted around the hotel to find the best spot where roaming works. Talk about getting obsessed…


And breakfast!

We’re supposed to meet up with my parents and have dinner together, but they reached so super late, and it was super rainy. We went over to City Square in the day, then waited for them to come pick us up. It seemed to be a difficult place to find and neither me nor the hotel staff could explain properly, but thank goodness they found it anyway.

We had bah kut the at the place with red wine chicken, and the famed curry chee Cheong fun the next morning, after a night at my JB house. Since there was a car this time, dad could send us to the Wu Fu Cheng shopping centre too. I think by then poor 00 was already sick of shopping bt there’s really not much we can do in Malaysia!!

After another night, we decided to get back to Singapore and also to prepare for our Melaka trip the following day, so dad sent us to the customs to go back. 

Back in Singapore, we checked in at a hotel in Bugis called Hotel Marrison - which looked promising in pictures, but was really not a good deal for the price. It was about $110 or so, but the room was awfully small with no windows!

They also didn’t provide toothbrushes, and I had to complain to them to get one. What’s with hotels that don’t provide the essentials!? Wifi was also not available, you had to pay like $10/hr to use it. Really ridiculous. The bathroom was also super small, just fitting 2 person with no room to move, barely. The shower head is just above the toilet bowl from the picture here.

We missed the breakfast but I read reviews that it sucked anyway, so not too sad about it.

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