February 21, 2013

Kitchen Love

"Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: eat out!"

We finally found the perfect place and we can hardly wait to move in! I'm counting the days. My favorite spot so far is the airy kitchen, which I find ironic because I'm a borderline-pathetic cook and I'm not particularly a big fan of food in general (because food is evil). Our cats will definitely love the counters and cupboards!


February 18, 2013

Orchid Suite, Marina Bay Sands


If you're looking for a hotel offering an impressive view, several world-class restaurants, fancy bars, casino, a shopping mall with both luxury and up and coming brands, I'd highly recommend the iconic architecture that is Marina Bay Sands. This complex houses more than 2,500 rooms, a convention center, a museum, two musical theaters, and the world's largest atrium casino (so it can be extremely busy  specially in the lobby). 



We stayed at the Orchid Suite for a few days. Apologies if the photos are mediocre because I was just mindlessly snapping away (excuses, I know).  The suite itself is very spacious, spanning 97 square meters. It is beautifully designed and inviting. The living room has a comfortable sofa set, a sturdy desk and a big flat screen TV. The dining area has a 4-seater table and an excellent coffee machine. The internet connection is good too. 


The bedroom is cozy and has another flat screen TV. The closet space is rather generous, to my utmost delight. The best part for me is the bathroom. It's H-U-G-E. You can do cartwheels in there without hurting yourself...much. There are two sink vanities, a separate toilet cubicle, a walk-in shower that can  accommodate about half a dozen people, and the lovely tub! Oh yes, the tub. The tub will indulge the exhibitionist in you. Heh. 

There is a complimentary breakfast at the celebrity chef restaurant, Sky on 57 amongst other privileges. You can check their website for more information. 

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. I will come back here again, without a doubt. 


Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue, 
Singapore 018956

Email: inquiries@marinabaysands.com  


Telephone: +65 6688 8868





February 17, 2013

South Coast, Marina Bay Sands

South Coast is one of my most-loved hangout places in Singapore. It's located in Marina Bay Sands, by the waterfront. It's a perfect place for getting intoxicated on weekends while watching people max out their credit cards at Marina Bay Shoppes. It's a tastefully decorated open air bistro with a laid-back atmosphere. The seats outside are overlooking the bay and the magnificent skyline. However, since it's hot and humid in Singapore, prepare to sweat. Either that or keep the drinks coming. 


They have a nice food selection (NOTE: I wouldn't really trust me because I'm no foodie) and the drinks line up is excellent; my personal favorites are Magners Cider on tap and sparkling rosé. Their pepperoni pizza is the by far the best I've ever had (I've been gorging on pizzas for the past 3 decades so I should know what I'm talking about). Their oven-baked hummus will make you believe in God and unicorns. It's that delectable! 

It's reasonably priced considering its premium location (kindly keep in mind that everything is pricey in Singapore). 



SouthCoast

L1-85 Bay Level
The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands
Singapore
+65 6688 7600

February 14, 2013

Happy Hallmark Day!

I actually hate Hopeless Romantic Horny Bunnies Day Valentine's Day. I'm just pretending I'm no scrooge. 
I blame Zoloft for this. I look like I'm about to rip Cupid's head and eat his brains. 
No, I'm not pregnant. 

dress: from Korea
earrings: from Singapore
headband: Bugis Village
shoes: Forever 21

February 12, 2013

Grand Midwest, Dubai Media City

We stayed at Grand Midwest Dubai Media City for approximately 6 weeks. I was more than glad to leave. It's not really a horrendous place but it's far from good either (I'm trying my best to be nice right now). It looks perfectly fine at first glance, yet if one would scratch the surface, he/she would realize that it is --- by the narrowest of margins --- mediocre. 

The front desk staff can be VERY impolite. Whenever I approached them, they scrunched up their faces as if they were sucking on a nasty slice of lime. I asked them for assistance once or twice and they got incensed (they made sure I was aware of it ), acting like I was a bug that deserved to be squished for wasting their precious time. How (or why) these people are in the hospitality industry if they cannot rein in their douchebaggery is something I could never comprehend. 



The internet connection is very slow and almost everything in their apartment is cheaply made and shoddy: the cupboards are flimsy, pots and pans are disgusting (we had to buy decent ones so we could cook), the cutlery set bends at the slightest pressure (we also had to buy our own because the sight of  their spoons and forks made me want to gargle with hydrochloric acid) , the blanket is a disaster, the pillows are lumpy, the washing machine is one spark short of an inferno, and so on... 

And oh, about half of their units are facing Sheikh Zayed road. We were lulled to sleep by the sound of cars speeding by. We had ginormous eyebags after a couple of weeks (you might want to ask for an apartment with sea view instead if you plan to stay there. It's more quiet ). Moreover, we heard everything the people next door did. Eeeeverything... including arguments, "nocturnal activities", bawling kids, bad case of diarrhea and then some.

The only good thing about it is the convenient location but it cannot compensate for all its flaws.

In a nutshell, I wouldn't come back to this place. Not ever!


February 11, 2013

Chocolate Martini at Loewy

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you love chocolates? Do you want to destroy some of your brain cells and render your liver dysfunctional while indulging in rich, flavourful drink? Head to Loewy and try their chocolate martini. It's a wicked concoction of vodka/gin, cacao liqueur, chocolate ice cream and shaved dark chocolate. I had partial memory loss after the third glass; I woke up the next morning with flower in my hair, grimy feet and panda doodles on my face. Needless to say, this drink is one of my recent favorites. I just noticed that I seem to have a lot of favorites these days. Heh.



Loewy

Oakwood Premier Cozmo
Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan E4.2 No. 1
Kuningan, Jakarta
Phone: +62-21 2554 2378
Email: info@loewyjakarta.com

February 10, 2013

Grand Hotel Bellevue

A night's stay at Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland was part of the wedding present from our parents. One night in this lovely hotel is not enough for me to give a comprehensive review, only first impressions.  

 The place is a gem. It's luxurious and elegant. The concierge was very accommodating and our room was fairly large, modern and stylish; the bathroom is impeccable  (a shame I didn't take pictures)! Breakfast was superb and they had a great selection of my weakness: cheeses. It's Switzerland after all. They also have a Michelin-starred restaurant that's certainly worth a try and a charming hobbit-sized, rustic chalet  outside that serves raclette and fondue.

I never had the chance to try their spa but I've read a lot of good reviews about it. So if you are going to stay there, you might want to put the spa on your must-do list.


It's located in a picturesque village which is said to be one of the favored destinations of the elites (I admit I felt a little awkward walking around in my unflattering winter clothes and uncombed hair... looking uncannily like an ewok burrito). There's a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants around. Driving to the area is such a pleasure because it boasts breathtaking scenery. I wouldn't mind visiting this place again, but in spring or summer so I can camwhore to my heart's content (I never looked good in cold weather outfits, anyway). 


February 07, 2013

Oakwood Jakarta: Serviced Apartments > Hotels

 I've always  preferred serviced apartments over hotels, especially when I have to spend more than 2 weeks in one city, because of the following reasons:

 1. It's bigger than an average hotel room (which I find too intimate and rather suffocating). Even the smallest serviced apartments have separate living rooms and kitchens.

 2. More storage space! I often travel with a lot of clothes, shoes, and even dolls (Creepy, I know). Closets in most hotel rooms can be modest  --- more often than not, half of my stuff end up in bedside table drawers and on top of the TV stand. It's exasperating.

3. You won't get fat. You have your own kitchen and you can cook healthy meals if you choose to.

4. It's the more practical choice. The longer your stay is, the lower the rates are in serviced apartments. Also, having your own kitchen and washing machine + dryer can dramatically cut costs.

5. Two girls,  one cup Two birds, one stone. Think of it as staying in a luxury hotel only better (more spacious + more budget-friendly + more comfortable). And you won't get fat. 


Having been away from home for a decade, I have seen my fair share of hotel rooms and apartments. However, I must say that Oakwood Jakarta is one of the best serviced apartments I've ever stayed in. Their attention to details is excellent. The staff are very friendly, helpful and well-trained. The facilities are first-class, the location prime.  I love the furnishings too --- warm and welcoming. One will easily feel at home here. They even serve the best Tom Yum Goong in town! I only have good words for this place so far.

You know what the best part is? Seeing cute pooches everyday (free cuddles too, if you're a nice person like yours truly)! Scroll down for ginormous puppy pictures.


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As promised, the cutie pies! :)  My cats officially hate me now. 


Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta

Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, 
Block E4.2 No 1, 
Jakarta Selatan 12950, 
Indonesia
Tel (62-21) 2554 2300
Fax(62-21) 2554 2400