Pinetree Marina Resort – Amazing Facilities And Location For Families Visiting Nusajaya!

Our family had an awesome mini vacation when we checked-in to the Pinetree Marina Resort located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

It was a much needed break for our family and a good opportunity for us to try out something new. We know this review is a little late since we were there before Lunar New Year but this hotel is awesome that you wouldn’t mind reading this a little late. Ha-ha!

So let’s get started on the interior design of the hotel lobby! Since as we’ve mentioned that we went there before the Lunar New Year, it was very festive. The decorations added color to the modern design of the lobby.

We also noticed their modern security features. They made sure that no outsiders will be able to enter the premises, since you need to use your access card to enter the hotel area and to use the elevator (double security).

There was also a camera at the reception area and their check in procedure was very smooth and fast.

We were given apartment 13-07!

On the way to our apartment, we noticed a posting in the elevator to let the guests know that the recreational facilities are at level 3. Upon seeing this, we got giddy to throw our stuff in our apartment and rush to the 3rd floor already!

Upon opening the door of our apartment, we were amazed with the super nice living room! It was in a size that you won’t worry to feel cramped even with a kid who likes running around.

Aside from its amazing décor, we also had a stunning view from the balcony. We could see Singapore and the JB-Singapore Bridge!

The apartment had a beautiful dining area that would fit 4 people just right for a family meal.

The kitchen design was also very simple yet elegant. We loved the black and white!

We were also provided cups for tea and coffee if we need to warm up a bit. And of course, bottled waters!

The coffee and tea set is perfect if you have to work on something while checked-in because the room has a dedicated study area.

The kitchen was also complete if you want a longer stay. They have utensils provided, a full-sized fridge with freezer (a plus for breastfeeding mommies who store milk), and a cook top.

Our apartment had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom en-suite and another one common bathroom. They were very consistent with the simple but elegantly modern motif with the rooms. The colours were very much relaxing that it makes you want to jump on the bed and sleep soundly.

The bathrooms were very neat yet gives you enough space to move around.

They also provided us toiletries and towels for us to be able to enjoy the bathtub (Yes there’s a tub!) and shower well.

Inside the master’s bedroom was a large closet with a vault to keep your valuables in it.

There were also bathrobes for use. The size of the closet would fit our things in perfectly, given that we bring a little more than usual travelers do because we have a toddler with us (you know, those extra clothes and extra stuff).

Did we mentioned that they also have a laundry area with detergents provided? This is just perfect if you need to do some quick washes especially for my son’s clothes if ever we will have spill accidents.

Our breakfast was served at Fraser’s Place, located beside the Pinetree Marina Resort. They are two different establishment but under the same owner.

The concept of the breakfast was half buffet, which means general food were served in a buffet manner but you need to order your main dish as complimentary. Of course we ate enough breakfast to fuel us for our activities!

So we finally got to the exciting 3rd floor. We immediately saw the spectacular view from the swimming pool. Talk about ultimate relaxation by the pool!

Of course there were rules and regulations of the pool for the guests’ safety.

The playground was also just beside the swimming pool.

It was awesome that they provided other relaxation material if you don’t want to be in the water. They have chilling seats beside the pool and in the water itself!

They also had an exercise place near the pool. It made us feel like we were just in the park but with a wonderful relaxing view.

There was a sauna/steam room but it was under maintenance during our stay, so we didn’t get to try it.

Their gym was also perfectly located beside the pool, so you can do your workout routine while watching the family have fun outside.

As for the kids, they have a children’s library and playroom equipped with kid safety materials. This is awesome for a bonding time with your kids!

Also, they have an adult’s library just adjacent to the children’s library.

This resort really has everything you will ever need for an ultimate stay! We must say that staying overnight might not be enough if you want to try all of their facilities but this is surely a resort we’d book again in the future.

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We Hotel – Strategic Location At Affordable Price

When it comes to traveling, my family likes to find the best deals that we can while maintaining a nice and comfortable place to stay. For our recent trip to Penang in Malaysia we stayed at a comfortable and conveniently located hotel at an affordable rate, which is WE Hotel. It is an affordable hotel in our price range and was also strategically placed in a convenient location within short distance to great restaurants, activities, and attractions.

Upon entering the hotel, in the lobby, we noticed that there was a great little place that had essential items and snacks and drinks for purchase in case you had forgotten anything or wanted to purchase something for a quick snack.

In the lobby, there was also a nice sitting area with books that you can sit down and read and enjoy yourself while you relax.

We were greeted by the front desk staff in which they were very friendly and accommodating and checking in and out was a breeze.

The room itself was very nice and great for a comfortable stay for our family. We stayed in the family room that sleeps a family of four and it was very nice, clean, and well maintained – fully equipped with two queen size beds and a family bathroom with a toilet and shower.

Room rates were very affordable ranging from around RM100 – RM200 per night dependent on the type of room that you choose and the amount of people staying in your room.

Another great feature to the hotel was the food. They offered a mini buffet that was available during breakfast featuring items like nasi lemak and spaghetti, toast with various spreads.

We grabbed some of the nasi lemak and some malaysian kuih, it was absolutely delicious.

For lunch we visited the We Cafe and they had a few really great options to choose from.

We had the spaghetti bolognese and it again was really delicious.

As we mentioned, the hotel is very conveniently located to a lot of various food and attractions. Some of the most famous restaurants that you can find nearby would be Nasi Kandar Subaidah, Cabai Kering Steamboat & Grill Restaurant and where we had dinner was De Pauh Garden Restaurant, which is a famous restaurant for serving western food in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and would highly recommend it.

Other convenient attractions include the Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang Harbour, Penang Times Square, the Wonderfood Museum, and my toddler’s personal favorite, the KL Bird Park! Penang is a great place for families to spend a nice trip together and enjoy each other’s company while relaxing.

If you are planning to visit Penang, but looking for a budget hotel to stay the night, I would highly recommend checking out the WE Hotel and booking your stay there.

The Carnivall Waterpark @ Cinta Sayang Resort – Defining Fun At A Whole New Level

While we were staying at the Cinta Sayang Resort, we had the ultimate plan to make the most of it and have fun of course. That is why we went to the Carnivall Waterpark and decided to see what it has in store for our fun search. And boy… it did not disappoint!

If you are looking for all kinds of water fun, then this is the spot for you! They have 2 water coaster slides that will really get that adrenaline kicking but safe enough that you don’t need to worry. It is really worth a try!

And of course, get your dose of water splashing facilities.

As for the other parts of the waterpark, they have a dining area if you get hungry from all the water adventures.

But before going to the dining place, you better head to the changing rooms which are very spacious to accommodate the bulk of people in the waterpark.

Their restrooms are nice as well.

They also have a Surau which is very considerate for the Muslims to perform prayers.

Their entrance and exit is very enticing and inviting upon first sight. They have souvenirs readily available for both locals and tourists to be able to bring home with the memory of this awesome place.

Of course safety is our first concern in places like this so it is nice to see lifeguards available at each area. You are reassured of the safety and preventive measures they observe in the vicinity so you don’t have to worry anymore and just have fun!

Did we also mentioned that a trip to this place can be as spontaneous as you want to be? Yes! They have swimming suits, casuals, and t-shirts available for sale at the entrance and exit too for as low as RM5. So you don’t have to worry about carrying bulks of clothes or being able to drop by the area but has no clothes for swimming. The Waterpark really made sure that nothing can stop you from playing and jumping in water!

Dinner Sets @ CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort – Wide Choices At Amazing Price

While staying at Cinta Sayang Resort, we tried their dinner set and we are really excited to share this experience!

They have 3 sets from the menu and we went to have their Set C. All of the set meals offer a very good range of food that will really satisfy those craving tummies especially after a late afternoon stroll with a toddler!

Let us give you some insights regarding the place. We are big fans of wonderful ambiance along with good food so this is a must to review! Good thing that they have a very relaxing overall ambiance. It was a bit dim compared to the lighting when we had our lunch but it also creates a somewhat warm feeling for family dinner.

We also noticed that they offer a seating separated from the common dining area that will provide a fair amount of privacy if you want an intimate dinner gathering with family or group of friends.

There were also swing seats that makes the café’s interior very unique and of course it was a perfect spot for our wefie (as our son loves wefies!).

Now let’s talk about their food! We had the Kerabu Mangga and we personally love its sour – sweet taste. It is also a little bit hot but that was quite manageable.

Their mixed Tom Yam soup had the “just right” amount of sweet and sour for our taste buds. We loved the taste of the spices in the soup and also the level of hotness. And have we mentioned that it includes squids? It was really delicious!

Also we had their Broccoli Garlic which tasted just right that it makes us want to eat more vegetables!

Everything looked and smelled good that our toddler had a very hard time thinking which food to dive in first! 😂

We were lucky enough to meet Mr. Johari, the F&B Outlet Manager and have a picture with him. He was very nice and he recommended us the best food available.

Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience and our son even found a friend from the next table. Watch the video to see how he played with the other kid!

Cinta Sayang Resort – The Perfect Family Getaway

Kedah. It was the first time we bring Aydeen here. In fact, it was the first time we went here together! The trip wasn’t complete before taking pictures in front of the paddy fields, of course!

Let the story of kedah be in another post. For today, we are going to focus on review of Cinta Sayang Resort!

Located in Sungai Petani, Cinta Sayang Resort is a perfect place for family getaway. Not convinced? Read on!

1. A great place to start learning to play golf

This was the first time ever we tried playing golf. We were coached by Pro Zamri, who made it all sounded easy! (ignore the sound of kids shoes – that’s our toddler running around 😂).

2. Saturday night – BBQ dinner by the pool!

One of the best BBQ dinner we’ve had so far! Located just beside the pool, the place is suitable for both romantic dinners and events.

As you can see from the above picture, half of the place was reserved by a company for their event. We were informed that if the number of pax is big enough, the resort can reserve the whole place for you!

The food were perfectly prepared then and there. We literally drool seeing this picture, reminded us of how tasty they were!

These were among other food available during the BBQ night. We arrived quite late that night (toddler alert!), but at least you have the idea of how good they tasted – they were almost finished!

P/S: Shafa’s favourite was marshmallows with chocolate fountains 😀

3. Beautiful & instagrammable lobby

Don’t get this point wrong. The whole of the resort was picturesque. And the lobby, specifically, was just perfect for some instagram update once you arrived (yes, our toddler love wefies 😂 )

What’s best, the lobby was spacious and wheelchair & stroller friendly, from lobby to the pool! Great for parents with small kids, as well as elderlies!

Only thing, we did not check whether there was lift to the hall above. Probably to check on it next time.

4. Breakfast like a king

Located just infront of the golf course, the breakfast view from the cafe was spectacular! If it’s too hot, you may have a seat inside, which features unique seats (we particularly love the swings).

These were among those available for breakfast buffet at Cinta Sayang Resort. There were also Dim Sum and Pau!

You may also choose to add cake during any meals. They were lovely! You need to pay extra for these, of course!

5. Serene golf course

The golf course was so big and have loads of scenic places. Look at how excited our toddler was, exploring the place!

For this big & beautiful place, videos are better to give you a whole view! Have a look at below video, which shows the scenery around the golf course, with buggy driven by Yusof! 🙂

Cool, isn’t it? And below is another video on some briefing on the golf course, package, etc.

6. Exciting lunch & dinner set, and the Carnivall Waterpark!

This place is truly complete getaway! The lunch & dinner sets, as well as the Carnivall Waterpark, will be written on separate posts. So keep yourselves posted!

CNY Menu At Ming Palace Restaurant, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur

JenjalanKami was honored to be invited by Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur to have some food tasting of their new CNY menu at Ming Palace Restaurant, located in the hotel!

Being in the CNY mood, Shafa decided to wear a casual CNY themed outfit, which she had bought years ago. Glad it still fits!

The hotel itself was lovely decorated with CNY decorations. Festive mood is in the air!

The restaurant was oriental-themed, perfect for those who are eating out to celebrate CNY.

Meet the Executive Chinese Chef behind the CNY menu – Mr. Ng Chee Wah! Beside him was the Senior Marketing Manager of Corus Hotel KL – Ms. Azlinda Mohd.

OMG we swear this was the tastiest and the most heavy full course we’ve had in our entire life! 😂

Let’s dive on into each of the dishes!

1. Lou Sang Set Of Pear And Salmon Fish Yee Sang

We started of with, first and foremost, the Pear And Salmon Fish Yee Sang! This was second or third Yee Sang for Shafa, but the tastiest one she had so far!

She’s a big fan of salmon and salads, so this dish easily became her favourite (hence, the happy face). There were pears, guava and pomelo mixed with the salmon and pine nuts. Mmmm… So yummy and crunchy!

2. Double Boiled Chicken With Abalone, Sea Cucumber And ‘Ming Mok Yee’

Have a look at Shafa’s face, and you can imagine how fragrant the broth was. This double boiled chicken soup tasted quite intense, as it is more of a tonic than a broth.

With abalone and ming mok yee added, it is said that this soup can help ward off physical and mental fatigue, improve one’s mood, regulate blood sugar levels, improve blood circulation and keep the body healthy as a whole – perfect as a dish for Chinese New Year!

3. Steamed Tiger Grouper In Supreme Soy Sauce

The dish looked so good, Shafa opened her mouth wide to eat all of them straight away (she’s a big fan of steamed fish). 😂

This Steamed Tiger Grouper drizzled with the chef’s secret Supreme Soy Sauce was so delicious! The flesh is tender, silky and super delicate – you may want to consider to ask for second serving!

4. Lemon Salad Chicken

This Lemon Salad Chicken was so good. The sauce was sweet and tangy – totally makes you feel like you’re in heaven! The chicken was crispy outside and juicy inside. We really fell in love with this dish!

5. Baked Tiger Prawn With Salted Egg Yolk

This savoury goodness was our favourite! The golden yellow dish has a sandy texture that tasted so good in each and every bite – especially since it was mixed with Nestum cereal. There’s no word to describe how good it was!

6. Fried Rice With Almond And Raisins

We totally fell in love with this dish! The combination of almond and raisins were so savoury and sweet – it pairs beautifully with other dishes in the set. This is definitely a perfect side dish for the Chinese New Year!

7. Chilled Sea Coconut With Longan

The Chilled Sea Coconut With Longan is very nourishing and cooling – perfect to beat the heat of Malaysia’s hot weather.

This dessert has many benefits for the body, such as moisturises the lungs and tonifies the kidneys – yet the sweet taste of the longan make it as scrumptious as any dessert. We wouldn’t mind eating bowls and bowls of this!

8. Sweet Dainties Duet

This dish has 2 desserts in it (hence the name duet) – which are steamed bun with red bean filling and fried ninko bun yam based with lotus paste filling.

The hot and fluffy steamed buns were irresistible! The soft and fluffy buns were stuffed with sweet red bean paste filling. As for the ninko buns, they were wrapped around lotus paste and dipped in a yam batter which were fried to perfection. They tasted so good, it made us want to have a second serving!

The set menu starts from RM 1,188 nett onwards (per table of minimum 10 persons) inclusive of one bottle of red wine or chilled orange juice with a 38% off on a second table of 10 pax.

As for the Five Prosperity ‘Lou Sang’ Menu it is priced at RM68 nett (half portion) and RM 108 nett ( for a full portion).

All promotions are available from now till 19th February 2019.

For bookings, please contact Ming Palace Chinese Restaurant at 03-2161 8888 extension 188. Or alternatively you may call the Marketing Department at extension 163.

Thank you Corus Hotel KL for having us!

MOV Hotel 2 Days 1 Night Experience – What You Need To Know

Hello everyone, hope you had a nice holiday! How has it been? For us, it was hectic. Just before the holidays, we were so excited to have been invited for a 1-night stay at MOV Hotel. Here’s what we think!

1. Parking service available

Everybody knows how Kuala Lumpur is such a packed place, especially the Bukit Bintang area. Therefore, MOV hotel doesn’t have it’s own parking space. However, there is a parking service available for those who come by car, which was offered by a third party. Just ask the friendly front desk people!

2. Instagrammable spots everywhere

Ahhh… Holiday is never complete (or started) without an awesome instagram update. The waiting area is beautifully decorated, with unique seats and lightings. Even Aydeen loves them!

The hotel is seriously instagrammable everywhere! This picture was taken inside the lift on our way up to the hotel room. Excuse Shafa’s eye bags, apparently it’s normal for mothers raising active toddlers. 😂

And this was taken inside our room! Shafa would have selfie-d all day, if it wasn’t because she was dragging an 18-months-old toddler who doesn’t know how to sit still. 😌

And these were taken during breakfast! We told you the hotel is instagrammable everywhere. 😊

3. Slide to breakfast

See that white thing beside the beautiful waiting area? That’s the slide that will take you to breakfast, in case you’re bored with lifts or stairs!

And that red thing at the breakfast area? That is where you will be cushioned from the slide for breakfast! Slide your way to the homemade sausages!

4. Super friendly staffs

Now, isn’t this the first thing that anyone would review a hotel? A staff reflects the whole hotel service. So, with a smiley face and warm gestures like this, visitors will definitely come back again (we know our son would)!

5. Mesmerizing KL View

Aydeen loves windows, especially the ones where he can observe what’s happening around him. During the day you will have a great view of the busy city life.

Obviously, we loved the window too! Taking in the scenery a few seconds before Aydeen started to do things to grab our attention. You know, all those toddlers moves. 😣

We especially love the night view! Full of beautiful lightings from famous buildings. A great way to de-stress yourselves if you can’t be away from the city!

6. Beautifully Decorated Rooms

Romantic design, isn’t it? Though that design only lasted for a while before Aydeen decided to mess them up. Life with toddlers is always fun 😂

7. Non-smoking Family Room

When we told the hotel staff that we will be coming with a 1-year-old toddler, they gave us this non-smoking MOV Family Loft room. Very thoughtful!

8. Perfect for family

The MOV Family Loft comes with 1 king-sized bed and 2 single beds on the upper level. Do watch your toddlers, they will definitely love the stairs!

9. Neatly arranged facilities

The sink was situated just beside the king-sized bed. And what’s best, there are two mirrors, baby! Perfect for family with many girls (apparently I was the only one interested in the mirror for our small family of three 😂).

These were some of the facilities provided during our stay. Kiblat for Muslims are clearly signed too. Excuse our toddler, he was just too interested with the lamp above the bed. 😅

10. Scenic rooftop pool

This is our favourite picture of the stay – the swimming pool experience with a view from the rooftop! The swimming pool is quite small, though, you may want to avoid peak hours.

These were some of the views we managed to catch. We missed the night view as the time was too tight, didn’t manage to fit them in. Pretty sure parents with toddlers would understand that. 😅

11. Tourist spots nearby

These were some of the tourist spots that we managed to drive through nearby. Would have loved to visit, if it weren’t Aydeen’s bedtime already, and we only have one night!

12. Deliciously cooked breakfast

While waiting for our breakfast to be cooked (yes, cooked!), doughnuts were served. And as you can see from the picture, homemade sausages were also available.

These were the breakfast that we had. Aydeen apparently loved them, look how he was eager waiting to be fed!

We had an awesome experience with MOV hotel and will definitely come back again!