Finally, I have decided to create NAHMJ.COM after a long procrastination. I am in the midst of setting it up. This is an heads up to all. I am targeting to complete the move by 30 Apr so that NAHMJ.COM will be up and running on 1 May.
Meanwhile, all my new posts will be at NAHMJ.COM instead. The old posts will be up soon.
* Update 22 April 2015
My NAHMJ.COM site is now up with new blog posts. I will be moving my archived posts over in the days to come.
Langham Place Hotel is a 5-stars hotel, located at Mongkok. Do not be confused with its sister hotel, Langham Hotel which is at Tsim Sha Tsui.
I have stayed at this hotel for at least 5 times before doing this review.
Langham Place Hotel is located above Mongkok MTR. It is also next to Langham Place Shopping Mall, linked via a bridge at the hotel lobby. It is also a stone throw from a number of attractions such as Ladies Street. All in all, the location is superb.
The lobby is not located on the ground level but about 3 level, known as “L” level. When you arrived at the
Check In / Check Out
Staff at the Check-in and check-out counters were extremely friendly and warm. And they are very chatty too. All of them could strike simple English conversation.
The concierge service in terms of delivering luggage to the room is very efficient. Under 10 minutes, after you stepped into the room, you will receive your luggage.
For me the best was I could store my luggage with the hotel while I took spend a night at Macau. This service is really important for me.
The room is generally comfortable. My complaint is the bed which isn’t extremely comfortable as it sunk-in at the centre. Most of their beds has this problem. I suspect, they are a little too old. Time for change.
Bathroom are filled with amenities. Unfortunately, the housekeeping didn’t seems to clean the bathtub as usually there were a layer of dust or strands of hairs. In addition, I could spot strands of hairs around the bathroom too. Personally, I think the housekeeping could do a better job.
Some of the amenities in the rooms are flat screen TV with lots of international and local channels, minibar, a desk, safe, kettle and they provide complimentary coffee and tea and drinking water too. And WiFi too.
Other Facilities and Restaurants
The hotel has a gym with pretty new and sufficient equipment.
… and a 20m lap heated swimming pool. One end at 1.3m deep and the other at 2.0m deep. It is opened daily from 6.30am to 11pm.
There is also a Chuan Spa at Level 41 for guests to enjoy a nice massage after a tiring day.
You could find 4 different dining at the hotel with a 2 star Michelin Chinese restaurant, Ming Court; Alibi for wine and dine; Tokoro, a Japanese restaurant and lastly, The Backyard for casual alfresco dining.
In a nutshell, service was excellent. All staff will work towards fulfilling guests expectation and requests. (Of course, guests has to be making reasonable requests.)
I do think the price is steep. It costs around 2300 HKD per night. The price really depend on the demand during the period you book too. You need to stay a minimum of three nights to get more saving (up to 15%).
Given the location, services, rooms and facilities, despite the expensive room price, I would still choose to stay with the Langham Place Hotel.
I was invited to experience a 90 minutes massage session priced at $90 with Le Spa located at 16 Chun Tin Road, at Upper Bukit Timah. I was pretty excited as I enjoy massage but I could hardly find one which, in my opinion, is good enough. As most masseuse did not have enough strength to exert a good enough pressure. Thus, I never really enjoy at the end. Nonetheless, I still accepted the invitation and hoping it will be good.
Though the address is 16 Chun Tin Road, the entrance is by Yuk Tong Avenue. Enter via the glass door and turn right, you will be greeted by a flight of stairs, leading to the 2nd floor where Le Spa is perched.
When entered, you will find a soothing lobby with a friendly staff welcoming you to Le Spa.
There were quite a number of individual rooms for massage and the corridor were pretty oriental in design.
I was led to a room with a simple but comfortable massage bed. Nothing fanciful. Cabinets were provided for you to put your belongings.
A masseuse entered and her name is Gigi. When she started, I could feel enough strength exerted onto my body and through out the massage, the right amount of strength was given. From the massage on my body, she could tell me which part of my body I am having aches and pain and she seems to have helped to relieve lots of the aches, especially on my shoulders which I have most problems with.
At the end of the session, I was relieved of the aches and my body felt lighten and a cup of Ginger Tea was served.
Though everything was simple, no fanciful Jacuzzi, neither bath was provided at the end of the massage but I truly enjoyed the session. In a nutshell, this is the best session I have ever experienced so far.
The good news about Le Spa is that it is run 24 hours, you can pamper yourself any time round the clock, at your convenience and at a very reasonable pricing. Beside the outlet at Upper Bukit Timah, the other outlet is located off Club Street (Gemmill Lane).
Le Spa 16A Chun Tin Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6222 6805
To me Laksa most represents Singapore Culture. As it is a Peranankan dish which is well love by all races in Singapore. Personally, I find the Laksa is like a hybrid of the India and Malay Curry. It is simply a fusion pot like Singapore.
…. and look at the colour, it is simply like the sunny Singapore, WARM!
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Hotel Sintra Macau is located at a very central location at Macau Peninsula. It’s within walking distance from major attractions such as Senado Square, close to lots of good and famous food (Cafe e Nata Margaret) and some major hotels such as Grand Lisboa and MGM. These are the reasons why I chose Hotel Sintra.
The design is a telltale sign that it is an old hotel. Nothing extravagant.
When I stepped into the hotel, I felt it looks decent. There is a small casino at the ground floor of the hotel too.
We were allocated Room 1114. My mom felt the room looks pretty comfortable and decent. This has an adjoining room. I never like such a room.
The bed has a good toughness. It was not the soft kind but a little on the hard side which I prefer.
Unfortunately, there is a cigarette smell in the air, though we were on a non-smoking level. Not sure if it was due to the circulation of the air condition or some guest smoking at the adjoining room. Neither situation is good.
The room was far too cold. No matter how I adjust the themostat, the room temperature is still extremely cold.
My booking came with a free Internet but it did not work well. First, my userid and password provided was not working. After which, I kept getting disconnected from the Internet. And I gave up on it.
I found only 2 + 1 available power sockets for use; 2 sockets for the 3-rectangular pins (UK) and 1 sockets for the 3-round pins (India). Unfortunately, one was not working.
The bathroom was pretty tiny. For a large build, might have some challenges to maneuver within the space. The consolation was the bathtub, it is a jacuzzi bathtub. I was thrilled.
Hotel Sintra provides free shuttle between the hotel and the Macau Ferry Terminal at a 30 minutes interval with the first shuttle at 9 am and last leaving the ferry terminal at 8.45 pm.
The shuttle bus stops at the shuttle bay of the Ferry Terminal, which is across the ferry terminal via an underground. A bell boy was stationed there to assist guests.
There are 1 other hotel’s and 1 casino’s free shuttle that stop outside the hotel. One to City of Dreams (at Cotai) …
… and the other to Oceanus
When we reached the hotel, the bell boys did not help us with the luggage. When I need help with my login to the internet, the staff asked me to go down to them, instead of sending someone to my room. I went down and I was demanding and finally they got a bell boy to assist me in the room to ensure that I login successfully. When we were leaving the hotel, finally the bell boy helped us with the luggage to and from the shuttle bus. I would rate the service average.
Other Amenities and Restaurants
There is only a casino found at the ground floor of the lobby and a restaurant at the first floor. There isn’t any gym or swimming pool since it is only a three stars hotel.
I booked at $204 per night (exclusive of 5% Tax and 10% service). This is for 11 April 2014.
To sum up, if you need a decent room for a night or two, at a great location. This is certainly awesome at such a price. Personally, I won’t book it again as I can’t tolerate cigarette smoke at all. This is definitely a No, No for me.
Daikiya Japanese Restauarant serves Ala Carte Buffet. It was on the trip with my Mom to Hong Kong that I dine at this restaurant with an ex-colleague which we have not met for ages.
Daikiya Buffet has an array of food served. There are two thick booklets with leaflets of the different sections. Pulled the required section out and indicated the number of portion you want and you must also remember to indicate your table number as well. Each table is allowed 2 hours to dine at the restaurant which I really think it is more than sufficient.
Daikiya was suggested by my ex-colleague as I asked so. When he mentioned that it was a Buffet, I went err…. I never like Buffet as one tend to over eat. Most importantly, food usually isn’t that awesome. Nevertheless, I thought we should go ahead since I asked for a suggestion.
Let me give you a flavour to what are offered in Daikiya.
Some of our choices were Sweet Prawns, Prawns, Yellow Tails, Abalone, Salmon, Scallops and some shellfish.
I left out a few photos as I was too excited to try them. We tried the Prawns, Grilled Oysters, Pineapple, Chicken Wings and Eel.
Fried and Tempura
Unfortunately, all our tempura was not served. We ordered the Sweet Potato, Pumpkins, Prawns and Lady Fingers. The Fried Chicken that was served was delish.
Sushi, Rolls, Handrolls
There was different rolls. I forgot a number of photos too. Some of our selections were the rolls, California Roll, Roll with Mango, Salmon Sushi, Salmon Sushi with Mayonnaise, Sweet Prawn Sushi and Prawn Sushi.
We only ordered the Daikiya Salad which is mainly fruits and lettuce with a refreshing sourish dressing. There are others such as Jelly Fish Salad, Ceasar Salad and many more.
Mains & Others
We ordered only the Beef Udon as some of our order wasn’t served. You will find Sweet Corns with Butter as well and of course many more.
Desserts & Fruits
Lastly, desserts. There were Ice Cream, Roselle Jelly and Fruits.
My final thought was, it wasn’t too bad. In fact, pretty awesome. Better than I have expected at least. It was certainly a good choice.
Mrs Pound is a restaurant well hidden behind the stamp showcase. When you are at Pound Lane and you spotted a glass of stamp, you will easily mistaken it as a stamp shop, just like Mom did.
Once you entered, you find the design pretty retro looking with bright pink and leafy green as the main colour and a Mrs Pound lighting right at the back of the restaurant.
On the day when we visited the restaurant for lunch, Mrs Pound was serving Mr Ming Lunch Menu. It came as a set of two dishes (of 15 selection), a staple (3 selection) and a drink (selection Tea, Coffee, Soft Drink, Lychee Spritzer and Basil Soda).
The variety is kind of contemporary Internation with more Asian selection and a few Western selection.
I went for Basil Soda while my Mom chose Hot Lemon Tea. The Basil Soda was strong in Basil fragrance with green lemon tinge.
The Hainan Chicken was served cold, certainly tender was delish. There were 3 sauces, sweet sour chilli sauce, ginger and dark sauce.
The Rainbow Kale Salad came with a Peanut dressing. We like the dressing. It went very well with the greens.
I didn’t think well of the Malaysian Curry as it reminded me of the taste of the Curry Puff as it was a strong in potato taste and was sweet. I prefer the usual curry that I have it back home with less sweetness in it. But my Mom thinks otherwise, she enjoyed it.
We find the Lemongrass Pork Chop the least flavourable. There wasn’t much Lemongrass fragrance. What I didn’t like about the Pork Chop was the alkaline taste that linger in the mouth.
Rotu Canai pretty crispy.
And we like the Ginger Rice. The rice has distinct grains and each grain was extremely fragrance.
Now, where is Mrs Pound Menu? Could that be for dinner? Maybe …