Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hotel Review | I am NOT DARAT! Awana Kijal & Pantai Kemasik

Finally, NO ONE can say I am DARAT! Land quarantined (my more urban naming) hahhahahah....! I have FINALLY set foot in Terengganu (by the way the spelling is not TRengganu, IT'S TEREngganu!). This is my utmost riak moment on Malaysia ground!

I went on a reccee trip for an event and I was impress, fascinated, excited, dumbfounded and whatever word you can name it.... of everything and anything in Terengganu. Let's just start first with the hotel - Awana Kijal Resort in Kemaman.

For a hotel that have been around for more then 10 years (I hope I got the figure right), it's very very super clean (am very particular about this) reason being the last trip I did to Sheraton Langkawi was a big time disappointing taking into consideration that they kept saying they are 5 STAR Starwood chain hotel.... I can blog on few entries of the bad condition of this hotel... SIGH....

Upon arrival, they have everything on standby; ushered me to rooms in a breeze.

The hotel room number was done "cutely".... tickled me.

Mini-compo of the 80s was there, I asked why not an iPod player, they said; this one is harder to steal...HAHHAHHA... True!

The suite have an open Jacuzzi at the lawn... ceh wah...

First time I saw this in my life of a travelholic, BATHTUB in THE ROOM! Kinky ler pulak...

Also checked out the spa, not bad....! 5 therapy rooms, 2 beds in 4 of the rooms. The other room is a sauna & bath spa. Looks clean and good to me, am very fussy too about this.

Please bare in mind, I have few bad experience with hotels claiming 5 STAR but the room quality is not as claimed. For this, I took off my shoe to feel the room carpet (am weird!); to feel whether it was properly cleaned. To my surprise, it was not at all harden in texture due to constant washing and dampness nor there was any stuffiness smell. IMPRESSIVE!
 Next, checking out the team building and beach BBQ area (John's favourite?)

Activities offered here...

They also offer Fireflies trip... good to have a night activities on standby incase my attendees got bored and demanded some "acara riadah berjemaah".

When I walk over to area where I can do my telematch or teambuilding or explore race.... I INSTANTLY fell in love with the sea.... it's turquoise green.... GILOS CRYSTAL CLEAR !!! Rasa nak terjun!

I was thinking, if Redang is anything like this or better.... I am sooooo going regardless whether the trip in "on" or otherwise.... giler suka kaler air laut ok!

Bora Bora feel? Drama ler pulak!

Team building rest area.... santai! Perfect sesangat.

Children's playground.

Swimming fool pool (bikini body & weight! Bila ler nih!!)

Golf course by the sea.... peaceful.

We adjourn to Pantai Kemasik cos I saw it on signboard. No regrets, cantek gilos... am deciding maybe I should do my last night BBQ here at sunset..... syahdu!

You can walk to the rock island.... but I wasn't wearing the right attire nor shoe... ISH!

Dinner here... perfect! Tak tipu! Pandai pandai ler my agent gets the approval...

We saw USS globe HERE!!! Hahhahah....

Then we head towards Club Med resort (will blog on this as well). We decided to try some local delights on our way.

I finally get to taste the Terengganu's SATA... ok ler but memang manis ke?

And their OTAK OTAK (BRAIN BRAIN) tasted different as well, sweeter.

Another one that was new to me, IKAN PAIS or FISH PAIS.

Err..... in Terengganu????? Satar Goreng COCKTAIL...???? Risau giler

They even have Keropok Keping COCKTAIL. APA CITER???

Note : This entry is base on experience, not a paid review.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

#KeretapiSarong in Kuala Lumpur 2012

Let me warn you that this entry will be pic-heavy, not heavy in size but loadsa loadsa and loadsa pics. But worry not; I've resized all the pics... ehhehhe....

I'll minimise the text (iyee ler tuh) so that for those wondering what this event is all about can get a better pic of what was happening through out the whole #KeretapiSarong journey.

How it got started for moi
I was having migraine since Wednesday and was slowly getting better as days passed by, so I figure I will rest (sleep; meaning) whole of Saturday so that I can be my perky self come weekday. Then, while I was browsing my twitter (trying to doze off unsuccessfully that is), I saw this comment from ThatSoFarah on #KeretapiSarong .... hemmm curious ol-me began doing a little CSI (konon nak jadi Janggel & Biqque). At first I thought it was E&O Express Train given a new name ke apa ke... rupa nye an event organised by RandomAlphabets

KFC, KL Sentral - Meeting Point
So, I figure... I should park me car in KLCC and take a train to KL Sentral, and just bring my backpack, camera and Touch&Go. Reason being, smartie me knows that there bound to be some train playing riding time just like the one they did in New York - No Pants Subway, YouTube HERE. So, I took the train and head to KL Sentral (secepat giler cos I was late - well, ALMOST).

Realised, Putra has upgraded their train, there's area for the disable (wheelchair), and the top handle near/at the door plus the centre pole (not for pole dancing yah!) is "splitted" etc etc etc.... changgih dah KL nih!

OK! Once you see the old KL KTM train station, means the next stop is KL Sentral (if you are from KL ler). Cantek kan KL KTM train station nih....

The organizer giving instruction to the #KeretapiSarong participants. Very very the ramai.

Met up n with Farah who owns ThatSoFarah travel blog, she's all in kebaya sarong.

Instructions were colour coordinated... if tak paham, tak tau ler... kinda easy. Next time travelholic should all join? Perhaps....

Teams were in group of 10, hah! cepat hafal instruction tuh.
Tak tipu, all in their SARONG...

Fast! Fast! Write your SARONG STORY!

The Sarong-ers came from all walks-of-life, ALL....

Train journey started
Some need to buy T&G tix (I smart kan!!!! Brought from home)

I bet KL Sentral folks terkejut hippo... Hahhaha..... you need to be here to see the passersby expression.

Posing posing, jangan tak posing...

All on the move... move like Sarong Jagger.

Some was wondering... Are all Malaysians this weird!??! Hheheheh....

Ampang Park was the most happening stop. Siap nyanyi Geylang Si Paku Geylang (we did right?), Wau Bulan...etc etc etc
So was Dato' Keramat station... ramai dak?

Cam retis! John??? Where are you?

Final check-point
We arrived KL shishi. You know what, even the Putra folks were sporting enough to wear a piece of their SARONG.... Way to go!

Terror the merror! Sporting giloss....

Entering KL shi shi... Really about Daya Tarikan SARONG.

Mana JOHN!?!??!?! Retis!!! Ada Astro Awani!

There's SARONG style for everyone; kemban, vogue, Sarong ninja, Sarong hip-hop etc etc etc

FATT!!!! I FOUND YOUR RELATIVES!!! Hahhahhaha...

Like I say, all the SARONG STORY... on #KeretapiSarong!

Till next year....2013, wait for me!

PS : They were on the news (HERE) too...

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