Friday, 26 July 2013

An Acceptable In-room Dining at Equatorial Cameron Highland

I previously wrote about my poor dining at The Coffee House of Equatorial Hotel. But then, since we still have another complimentary dinner RM88 for the second night, we finally decided to try their western foods for our second night dinner. This time, the dinner will be in our room instead of in the restaurant. Obviously, our room's ambiance is much better than the restaurant itself.

Before that, we went to the Cricket Bar to claim our complimentary fruit punch for two before ordering our food around 7.00pm from The Coffee Shop and requested for delivery to our room at 8.30pm.

Sharp at 8.30pm, the room service rang our room bell and here we go, the Coffee Shop staff and a lady, introduced as the restaurant manager came to deliver our dinner. Other than our dinner, we received a complimentary carrot cake as their apologize for my bad dinner at night before. Well, apology accepted, but I will still write this sharing. 

We ordered a serving of mushroom soup, and garlic bread of appetizer and actually it was okay. Nothing outstanding, and I have no issue about it.





Next, two big servings of Tenderloin Steak with sauce on the side. As for me, I choose my steak with black pepper sauce, potato wedges and fresh salad. As for Chris, he ordered herbs butter sauce, butter vegetables and sauteed mushroom for his side dish. 




 

Overall, the foods were just okay. But anyway, we just enjoy the experience of having dinner in a very relax environment, far away from car sound and very chilly weather of Cameron Highland. 

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Exploring the Decor of Dalat Palace Hotel, Vietnam

I previously wrote about the Dalat Palace Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in Dalat City, Central of Vietnam. Maybe my previous entry was very lengthy with facts, but this version is more relax for easy reading.



It was raining when me and my mate dropped by to this hotel around 4.00pm, looking for coffee or any hot drink to warm us from the chilly weather here. The Le Rebalais cafe was empty with out any customer, just a soft slow music break the quietness of the cafe. 



Next, let me bring you to explore the Edwardian style of decor and what I like the most is, the doors and big windows which is in French style and the big curtains. 



"This is my favorite space in this hotel. I really can't recall this room's name, but it sometimes a room to relax, having cigar or many to enjoy some glasses of wine before waiting for friends or dinner at another room later".




This is the Rose Room or so called a Library. There collection of books, old photos and some antics in this room are mostly to remind us about the early history of the Dalat Palace.



This photo is Dalat Palace during it's early age. No development of houses around the area, unlike now.


Hurm... I just love the big window and curtain. This dining room called as Le Monet. A private dining room and very suitable for a classy occasion. There are lot of paintings in this room too. 



Another shot from the lobby of Dalat Palace. the lobby is very small, maybe around 40sqm but very classy and choosy. 



This hotel is only consisted of 2 floors and this is the main staircase to the 1st floor which comprised of rooms and the management office.

Last but not least, these are  the toilet photos. Very...very... unique.






If you wanna know more about this place, simply click here for my previous article about Dalat Palace and the sister, Du Parc Hotel.

Poor Dining Out at Equatorial Hotel Cameron Highland

This entry still will talk about my trip in Cameron Highland. During the 3 days 2 nights, there are so many to cover and I am very excited about it. We were lucky, coz our online booking at Equatorial Hotel Cameron Highland came with complimentary dining at RM88/day which we need to utilize it. Even better when actually for those 2 nights, it was heavily raining in Cameron Highland which driving at night in the rain can be very dangerous. 


So,  on the first night we walk-in to Golden Phoenix Restaurant for our dinner. The restaurant is not crowded, maybe only have 4 or 5 tables with customers and 4 waiters on duty. Menu in hand, and fresh bun with butter deliver to us. We ordered 1 appetizer and 2 sharing main and here is the story begin.


After waiting for about 30 minutes, I called the man waiter asking if they can deliver our salad first in case other foods is not yet ready. He checked in the kitchen and come back to me saying that the salad will ready in few minutes. 10 minutes waiting, our main course delivered to our table, Spaghetti Marinara. Oppsss..where is my Salad? The spaghetti was just okay, nothing outstanding about it. The seafood is not fresh and the sauce is just okay. We cleared it all coz of too starving!



Then about 10 minutes later, our Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken on Top was delivered. First time ever to have Caeser Salad with grilled chicken. Its not really acceptable if we see the price, but since its all under our complimentary package, we take it.





Last but not least, our fish & chips. Sad to say, the fish was not fresh, and the awkwardly presented. The coating was too thick, and very... very... very... oily. 



Actually, I wrote a complain about my bad experience during the dinner, and the next day, the restaurant manager came to our room for apologize and giving some complimentary things (again). I'd been informed that on that night, there were 5 candle light dinner to be attended and most of the chef (cook) were really busy. For me, that is not an excuse. 

RM95 for the dinner, I think I can get something better in some moderate restaurants in KL with good foods, good taste and better ambiance. Maybe that is the answer why not so many people eating out here too...maybe!

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Galeria Time Tunnel, Cameron Highland Part 1


During our stay in Cameron Highland, we were frequently passing by a place place called Galeria Time Tunnel. This museum is located on the right side of the street between Brinchang town to Kea Farm. The idea to visit this place came when my mate was asking me if there is any museum in Cameron Highland. 



We were visiting the Museum after having the noodle for lunch at Tanah Rata. The entrance ticket for this museum is RM5.00 per entry and you will get 20% discount for any drinks at the museum's cafe after u finish your tour. 

Well, RM5 for the ticket sound so expensive as we were not sure about what will we see in the museum. Typically, maybe this is just another useless tourism product on this highland. However, the excitement of this Time Tunnel Museum started at the museum's entrance itself when we saw some old toys and steel board from early 70s and 80s displayed here as a welcoming door decoration. 



I can't describe this trip in words. So, I will let you see the photos to flash back your childhood memories. 

"Tabung Ayam", this is how our parents use to educate us 
about how to save money. This kind of "tabung", we need 
to break it once it full, or else u need to use 
"dawai" to pick the coins out.
Bata shoes. If you are born on 1980s, our parents 
believed this is the best brand for school or badminton 
shoes before Pallas brand been introduced in Malaysia
Old time toys, Galeria Time Tunnel
We don't have Playstation, and not even PSP. 
But we have this game. Ah! I forgot the name.
This is old Malaysian's Blue IC before MyKad introduced
Our paper 'origami' game in school. 
Famous among girls I guess. 
Balloon! Balloon! Balloon! 30cent maybe!
Some of my classmates used to bring this pencil 
sharpener just to show off to us that they have a 
better technology to sharpen their pencils than us
I still fail with this "box"
"Oren Bodoh", "Air Botol", whatever name it is, just 
70cent during my school time. 
More "Air Botol"
Cadburry used to be a very expensive chocolate before 
we know Hersey and other brands at Cold Storage
My childhood time: EveryDay, Lactogen, Ovaltine...
This is a "Black & White" camere


Anyone use to be in this Rattan baby chair/cot?

I'm not so sure what are these

I think the cigarette was back on 1960s or 1970s

Old time Barber & Women's Hair Saloon

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Our Expensive & Cheap Food in Cameron Highland

Prior to our trip to Cameron Highland, we did some Googling here and there to find about foods in Cameron Highland. Unfortunately, our finding was hopeless as we didn't get so much clues about where to head for good foods on the highland.

From Tapah, we stopped at Brinchang for lunch at 12pm while waiting for our hotel's check in time at 3.00pm. After making big round at the centre of Brinchang town, we found out that most of the restaurants here served Steam Boat for their customers. Perhaps, the cool weather on the highland make people prefer to have hot dishes instead of fried foods.

Back to the story about our lunch, we went to a Chinese restaurant here and instead of ordering hot pot which we think its pricey at RM40 for 2 person, we chose to have rice with side dishes instead. We ordered a serving of vegetable, chicken and rice for 2 person. Guest what! Its RM35 including 1 serving of Chinese Tea. This is what I called as "highland price is always high".

Other than steam boat, there are a lot of Indian and Mamak restaurant for you to choose in town. I think, the high population of Malaysian Indian and South Indian migration who work at estates on highland lead for the existing of those restaurants. Optionally, there are still numbers of Malay and western foods restaurants in Tanah Rata and Brinchang town too. 



Oh ya! On the second day, I found something really cheap and delicious at the main street of Tanah Rata. Its a Chinese Restaurant which serving noodles and other ala carte food. This noodle is very simple which consisted of clear water soup, choice of noodles, choices of fish cakes and chili with garlic on the side. Very simple, acceptable portion, delicious and only cost us RM4.00 for each bowl of noodle. This is the winning food during my trip in Cameron Highland after the expensive lunch upon our arrival, terrible hotel foods which I will share later.

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