Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Harris Resort Kuta Beach

I was in Bali for two nights and on the first night, I stayed at a hotel in Seminyak and as I was "surveying" this hotel, it will not be mentioned here. On the second night, I moved to Kuta Beach and my friend, Hans, who flew in from Jakarta to join me has booked Harris Resort Kuta Beach for the night. Harris Hotel is a local brand with 13 hotels scattered throughout Indonesia and in Bali alone, there are five Harris Hotels. The furnishings are very simple and plain with the colour "orange" as the main theme as almost everything in Harris Hotel is orange in colour. All the basic amenities like coffee/tea, toothbrush, slippers and a safe are provided in the room. Although it is touted as a four star hotel, I would have given it a lower rating if not for the swimming pool and its good location. It is very near to Kuta Beach and the Beachwalk Mall is conveniently situated just next to the hotel!  

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Marissa's Birthday at Atrium Cafe

Last night we threw a surprise dinner party at Atrium Cafe to celebrate the birthday of our Front Office Supervisor, Marissa. The actual date is today but as we do not want to arouse any suspicions from her, we did it last night. Only twelve of us attended (including the birthday celebrant) and one housekeeping colleague whom we have invited did not attend. The price for the buffet is B$40 plus 10% service charge per person. Luckily, we have a 50% discount voucher (which is due to expire on 15 September 2013) so in actual fact we only paid for six persons! Value for money!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Hotel Mulia Senayan

With up to almost 1,000 rooms and suites, eight signature F&B outlets, Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta is probably the busiest hotel I've ever stayed in. Every minute, throng of vehicles drove past the main entrance non-stop, picking up or dropping off their guests with more than a dozen security officers directing the traffic. The room I stayed in is spacious, clean and well maintained. One policy of this hotel which I couldn't comprehend is that no photography is allowed unless you are the subject in that photo! I was stopped a couple of times from taking pictures in the lobby but they never asked me to delete the photos but even offered to take a photo of me with the lobby in the background! 

Monday, 2 September 2013

56th National Day of Malaysia

 President of PWM, Mr. James Lee & SL
L-R: Raja, SL, Johnny & John 
Spotted Dato' Jack Ting
A group photo with Pehin Goh KC
Last night, the Malaysian High Commission hosted a dinner to mark the 56th National Day of Malaysia and all excos of PWM (yours truly included) were invited. The venue was at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and Country Club and the guest of honour was the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office, YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (RTD) Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Muhammad Yasmin Hj Umar and his spouse. After the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and the Acting High Commissioner's welcoming speech, we all tucked into the lavish buffet and almost every guests were busy taking snapshots of one another to remember and cherish this annual event.   

PWM's 15th Annual General Meeting

PWM Exco
 Group photo with members of PWM
Persatuan Warganegara Malaysia (PWM) held its 15th Annual General Meeting at the Taman Desa Hall of D'Anggerek Service Apartment yesterday at 10.00am. The Acting High Commissioner to Malaysia, Che Haznah Md Hashim also graced our AGM with her presence. Our new website (www.pwm.com.bn) was also launched. Other exciting benefits will be implemented for all PWM members very soon. Members can also keep abreast of PWM's activities on Facebook. 
Media report in the Borneo Bulletin on 2 September 2013