Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birthday Getaway at Lone Pine Hotel Penang

It was a great birthday getaway at Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringi Penang. Highly recommended this boutique hotel if you want something that is out of the busy city with a sense of relaxation stay~~~

So it was 4-5 hours drive from KL to Penang - once we reach the hotel we are served with welcome drinks not sure what drink is that taste something like tomato juice hahaha but is quite refreshing. So went for a walk around the hotel as we been told that the room was not ready yet.

Their main swimming pool area and the white building where we will have our breakfast our there.

Okay Here is the important part!

The bell boy bring us to our room and some staff follow us at the back (tat time I did not notice anything about themmmmmm) Gosh once our room  door open by the bell boy I saw a birthday cake prepared on the table and the staff sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me! (shock MAX) SMILE LIKE MAD GIRL~~ LOL and then the bed prepared like we going for honeymoon- towel love birds with heart shape made from petals of flower. The staff so friendly all sing happily so sorry could not remember your names should take a group photo sigh!  THANK YOU LONE PINE STAFF~~ Great experience for me hahaha.

Selfish me only took mine picture after they all left. 

Our room 
Very spacious and it feel so comfy I like the interior so much!

Relax Corner
Ice cream portrait nice resembles me lol

So the very next day we wake up in the early morning at 9 am to have our breakfast. We been informed that breakfast is served at the time 6.30 am to 11 am and that's a very long breakfast time! 

I was impressed with all the wide selection  for breakfast that they offered. We have chao kuey teow, english breakfast and nasi lemak as well...That's a lot for breakfast!

Oh and waffle for dessert (dessert in the morning hahaha) they also offer pancakes & crepe too full to chunk all in. They taste so good!

The weather was rather cloudy on the next morning
Another pool view (opposite is the beach)

The green area


I made a pretty picture collage on my stay in Lone Pine Hotel ^_^ 

Thank you to the bf for this birthday getaway & the lone pine staff as well.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sydney Itinerary Feb 2013 (Day 1-3)

First time flying to Australia (Sydney) and it takes freaking 8 hours from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to touch down. Pheww...quite a long haul! I went there for my Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday. 

Do take note that this is a family trip (6 people) whereby is very free and easy and literally it is very leisure, less adventure and some place we go does keep repeating and we are only covering Sydney city the most. We have the mighty ah ma (grandmother) with us and she is so energetic in some point I would said! 

So we went there for 7 days and 6 nights on 12- 18  February 2013. We stayed at Meriton Service Apartment which is situated at Bondi Junction Station. This is only part 1 of the itinerary which is from Day 1- Day 3. 

First tips: Do buy their MyMulti card  is like a weekly pass they offer and it depends on each zone & duration that you would choose. I save a lot on my transportation by purchasing the MyMulti 1 card based on my destination Zone 1 it cost AUD 44. This card is amazing it include train, bus, ferry & Light rail if I do not purchase it, my total expense on transportation will be crazy! 

Second tips: Buy your Mymulti card and airport link card transfer together on the same day if not; one way to transfer yourself to Sydney city from the airport cost you AUD16.70 and that's a lot! I could not recall how much when I bought the ticket but definitely not paying AUD 16.70 on single way because we bought return airport link as well. Approx AUD 20++.

Day 1

  • Landed at the airport (11am) 
    • From International Airport Station to Bondi Junction Station took 30 minutes to reach Bondi Junction (Eastern Suburbans & Illawarra Line)
  • Check In to our hotel and have our lunch at Westfield Bondi Junction. 

Double Decker Train 

Later on we went out  to explore the city it was during evening after resting. We headed to;

  •  Queen Victoria Building  (Drop of at Town Hall Station) It's a very authentic building the floors was so nice.
  • Bought fresh fruits and dinner from Woolworths back to our service apartment. 
  • Sending the elderly back to rest we explore ourselves to Circular Quay and we found ourselves some dessert for the night at Pancakes On The Rocks and we catch the Harbour Bridge night view as well.

Here's a picture of the main QVB building door 

Sydney Westfield 

Day 2
Wanted to go to Blue Mountain but based on weather report it was raining badly during the morning and yeah it did! So we change it to the third day.

  • Circular Quay to catch ferry to Darling Harbour ( you can get nice view of the Harbour Bridge along the way.) 
  • Walk to The Star Casino and have a sneak peak on the casino
  • Next take the Light Train to Sydney Fish Market for lunch.
  • After Lunch headed to Chinatown by using the Light Train to (Market City
    • Chinatown/ Paddy's market/ Market City are all nearby
    • My friends told me Paddy's market is the best place for souvenir and based on some Google searching all said the same thing. Is a mixture of Malaysian night market with a little spice of Thai's market too. But the place is kinda huge and they sell all sorts of souvenir, clothes and even iPhone cases.
    • They even have market right beside it. The fruits are fresh too!
  •  Westfield Bondi Junction- Coles to buy some ingredients for home cooked dinner.

One of the Marine time Museum display pirate boat I guess?

 Boats parked along the Star Casino

Someone drew love in the Air

    Drop off from light train

      Whole Pinky Shop

      Day 3 
      Was all about Blue Mountain and you need to reserved fully one day for it because it is far from the city with almost 2 hours train ride from Sydney Central Station to Katoomba Station and you need to take a bus to reach the destination. I bought Trolley Tours ticket on my arrival and it is a lot cheaper the shop is located opposite the Katoomba station. 

      Discovery Trolley Tour + 3 Rides at Scenic World- cost AUD 49 per person. Is a hop-on hop-off bus that have a lots of stops for you to explore the place itself.

      Here is the whole Blue Mountain adventure! Please feel free to read it ^_^

      Here is what we eat in Sydney it summarize the things that I would like to share out and the things that I have tried.

      Will continue Day 4- Day 6 itinerary soon ^_^