MSS 2011 Day 5: Chilling Out @ Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

9 10 2011

After a tiring day, we arrived at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie for some rest & relax time. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well after that and decided to rest, thus skipping the dinner at The Mix.

But kudos to Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie for providing me with a room that is so comfortable to stay in and allowed me to rest and recuperate throughout the night. Breakfast was also good with a wide selection of local and international buffet to choose from. Too bad I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures as told by one of the staff working there.

Nevertheless, I managed to took a few shots of this exquisite hotel here. One good thing I love about Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie is its location which is not too far from either KL or PJ. It is also situated in the traffic free area of Glenmarie thus ensuring that I won’t get caught up in the congestion when I left the hotel the next morning.

This concludes my story about My Selangor Story 2011. It was definitely a fun experience. More importantly, it had really opened up eyes to a new horizon through meeting fellow bloggers both from local and international countries. Despite our different backgrounds, cultures and origins, we actually shared more things in common than we realized. I have met new friends whom are now close to my heart. Although this is a competition, it has never felt like one from the first day. The spirit of cooperation, support and teamwork was evident right from the start and even till now, through our close discussion group in Facebook.

I have also learned that Selangor has so much to offer in terms of its rich tourism resources and we have barely scratch its surface. I am sure the next MSS will offer even greater depth in terms of the places and activities that new bloggers will be doing.

My heartfelt thanks to Horizon Communications for taking up such a tremendous tasks in organizing such an event. And to the sponsors, again your warm hospitality never failed to amaze me. Throughout my five days trip, I have never been happier and comfortable. Despite being really sick on the last few days, I have never felt like going home.

This is my story, my experience and my chronicle of My Selangor Story 2011. Although the journey has ended, I will always remember all the wonderful moments that we shared in this trip.

Note: Picture above was taken using Pentax RS 1000

Organizer: Horizon Communication

Official Tourism Board: Tourism Selangor

Official Airlines: Firefly

Official Hotel: Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Official Resort & Spa: Golden Palm Tree

Official Resort: Resort World Genting

Official Telco: The Cube

Official Restaurant: The Mix

Official Camera: Pentax

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
No. 1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8 Seksyen U1
40250 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 1800 801 881  

Website: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/kuala-lumpur/kulhi/hoteldetail





MSS 2011 Day 2: Discovering the Amazing Low Tide Kingdom @ Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa

9 10 2011

After the enjoyable bicycle tour, we went for another interesting tour but this time around, we had to walk on our feet instead. Aptly called the Low Tide Tour, we set foot towards the sandy beach when the tide is low to learn about the eco life in the low tide kingdom.

While taking a stroll on the beach, I spotted many soldier crab or ‘Geramak’. These crab quickly dug a hole underneath the sand when I came close to them.

The soldier crab also left some pattern sand balls on the beach called sand art while they dug deep into the ground surface. This one caught my eyes as it looks like a palm tree. It is really fascinating looking at these amazing creatures.

While there was a lot of information given by the tour guide such as differentiating between male and female mussels, I was also amazed with the fact that Golden Palm Tree Resort is integrating eco tourism into part of their Escapade Discovery. This includes a mangrove river cruise which is a half day tour enjoying the tropical flora and fauna while cruising on the mangrove river.

We also learned about the formation of corals on the pillars supporting the villas and other interesting facts about mud skippers and etc.

For information on Low Tide Tour at Golden Palm Tree Resort, proceed to the Excursion Counter at the main lobby.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn. Bhd.
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang
Kg. Bagan Lalang
43950 Sungai Pelek
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 3182 3600
Fax: +603 3182 3700

website: www.goldenpalmtree.com

email: info@goldenpalmtree.com





MSS 2011 Day 2: A View of Paradise @ Bila Bila Restaurant

9 10 2011

I woke up early as I wanted to catch the sunrise which is reputedly a very beautiful sight at Golden Palm Tree. When I was walking along the wooden plank at around 6:30 a.m., I spotted a location just in front of the Bila Bila restaurant entrance where I could see the sun rise. It was indeed a beautiful sight to marvel as nature beauty has no boundaries. No regrets being an early bird for sunrise watching!

By 7:00 a.m. we proceeded for breakfast at Bila Bila restaurant. The restaurant was beautiful with a nice soft ambient light falling through the circular window roof illuminating the entire area. Located at the Club House, Bila Bila is a buffet restaurant which serves an extensive variety of food, both local and international cuisines to the hotel guests.

Food was obviously very good. I had the cereal for a change and it was definitely a good way to start off the morning with a lighter meal. Notice that the cereals are different from those that you normally seen elsewhere? These are definitely premium cereals available only at Golden Palm Tree Resort.

They also serve Sunglo yogurt which comes in a choice of mixed berry, blueberry, peach, mango and etc. The yogurt is definitely tasty and full of fruity goodness. The sweetness level was just nice.

Beside that, I also tried their baked beans with beef bacon and baked tomatoes. The bacon were thick and juicy as what I expect from a 5 star resort.

It was also a good thing that we got the opportunity to sit right in front of the infinity pool while having our breakfast. Trust me, the experience was unforgettable. With the splendid view of the sea on a clear blue morning and gentle sea breeze blowing onto our face, what can be a better way to wake up to a morning than this?

Suffice to say, it is an experience dining at Bila Bila Restaurant. I took the opportunity to walk around the area and took pictures of the surroundings and food.

Bila Bila (Opens Daily)

Breakfast 6:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m.
Snack 11:a.m. till 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m.
Snack 3:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m.
Ala Carte 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn. Bhd.
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang
Kg. Bagan Lalang
43950 Sungai Pelek
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 3182 3600
Fax: +603 3182 3700


website: www.goldenpalmtree.com

email: info@goldenpalmtree.com





MSS 2011 Day 1: The Tropical Sweetness of Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa

9 10 2011

Right after the press conference, we were all hyped up as we make our way to Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa. Golden Palm Tree is one of the most expensive luxury resort in Malaysia and we were truly lucky to be able to stay there for for free! We were told that bloggers will be staying at the Canary Palm Villas which costs RM 1,620 per night! To find out more about the prices of the rooms, click here.

When we arrived, we were ushered to Sepoi Sepoi Cafe which is a restaurant located near to the main entrance of the resort. Food were definitely tasty though the price was slightly on the higher side. However, the portion was really huge and is worth every Ringgit paid.

Sepoi Sepoi Cafe is opened from 10:00 a.m. till 10:30 p.m. (Mon – Fri) and 9:00 a.m. till 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

After the dinner, all the bloggers were briefed on the room arrangements and the itinerary for the next day.

Speaking about the room, it was certainly a pleasant surprise. From the unique architectural Maldives inspired design right down to the room decoration, everything exudes the tropical charm of living besides a beautiful beach.

We stayed in the Canary Palm Villa which boasts 82 sqm of floor space raised on stilts.

The room was huge and divided into three sections. The center area is the common area where there is a LCD TV for movies, music on demand and information on Golden Palm Tree Resort mounted onto the side of the wall.

There are two huge rooms besides the common area with built in cabinets, bathrooms and a ceiling fan.

The bed was very comfortable with to sleep on. They even provide extra pillows for people who love to hug them to sleep.

For photographers like me, it was a good thing that they had a long wooden table where I could place my camera gears rather than putting it on the floor. In fact, the table was long enough for me to use my laptop as well since there are two plug points conveniently located underneath the tables.

The Internet connection was really fast but there was a catch. Since there was no WiFi coverage in my room, I had to plug the network cable into my laptop to surf the Internet. Ah… small price to pay for speedy connection!

It is interesting to note that Golden Palm Tree Resort won the Best Interior Design Award for its Ivory Palm Villas and Best Property Award for its Water Villas under the Asia Pacific Property Awards in the year 2008.

Here’s a comprehensive list of amenities available at the villa:-

  • Flat Screen TV
  • Multiple Satellite Channels
  • Mini Bar
  • 24 hour in room dining
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Air Conditioning
  • Day Bed
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Coffee and Tea making facilities
  • IDD Telephone and voice mail
  • High speed broadban Internet (wired in Villas & WiFi in public areas)
  • “Select TV” Video-on-Demand Library
  • Working Desk
  • Private sea view balconies with chairs and table

Check in time: 3:00 p.m.

Check out time: 12:00 p.m.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn. Bhd.
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang
Kg. Bagan Lalang
43950 Sungai Pelek
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 3182 3600
Fax: +603 3182 3700


website: www.goldenpalmtree.com

email: info@goldenpalmtree.com





MSS 2011 Day 1: The Launch of My Selangor Story 2011 @ The Mix

9 10 2011

On the 28th September 2011, I participated in a five days trip called the My Selangor Story 2011 or MSS 2011 for short. MSS 2011 is a tourism blogging project created and organized by Horizon Communications to promote the many places of interest in Selangor state through social media. Hence, a handful of local and international bloggers were selected by the organizer to join the tour and more importantly to blog and promote the event throughout the entire five days trip.

The trip kick started at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie where bloggers, partners and sponsors congregated for a press conference at The Mix.

The press conference started at around 4:30 p.m. when Amelia Tan who represented Horizon Communications gave a short welcoming speech.

This was followed with a rousing round of applause for YB Elizabeth Wong (EXCO for Tourism, Environment & Consumer Affairs) who addresses the fellow bloggers and elaborated on the objectives behind MSS 2011 which is to promote Selangor’s cultural diversity and rich tourism resource to travelers around the world.

Ms. Dian Azura Muhammad Ghiathuddin was also invited to the floor to share her experience on winning the past MSS 2010.

Here are some of the candid pictures taken during and after the press conference.

And here are some of the pictures of all the bloggers who were qualified for the MSS 2011. Congratulations to all of you!

On this note, I would like to personally thank our sponsors and partners for supporting MSS 2011.

Organizer: Horizon Communication

Official Tourism Board: Tourism Selangor

Official Airlines: Firefly

Official Hotel: Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Official Resort & Spa: Golden Palm Tree

Official Resort: Resort World Genting

Official Telco: The Cube

Official Restaurant: The Mix

Official Camera: Pentax








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