Travel: One World Hotel (KL)

As mention in our previous post, we took the kids to Kuala Lumpur over the June holidays. To be exact, we were just at the outskirt of KL and we stayed at One World Hotel.

One World Hotel, was a recommended hotel at Kidzania KL website. Oh, I forgot to mention, our aim for this trip was to bring the kids to Kidzania and have a little staycation. Hence, that explain the short trip and why we are staying at One World Hotel.

Executive Deluxe Room (Two Queen Bed)

One thing for me when I’m looking for hotels, I always look for those that provide family suites or rooms big enough for our entire family this will reduce logistics issues. Hence, I was very surprise and happy to find out that One World Hotel offers Executive Deluxe Room that comes with two Queen-size bed.

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The executive deluxe room with 2 queen size bed.

Actually, I think the each bed is actually smaller than a queen size, probably a double bed, nonetheless, its big enough for one adult and one kid. No prize for guessing which kid went over to another room and sleep with the helper.

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Close-up of the bed to let you estimate the width. I think can put two pillows nicely side by side with no extra space. So definitely smaller than a queen.

The executive suite also comes with a decently size toilet, which has a bath tub and a standing shower. The kids had a good time doing their soak in the tub.

Free Shuttle Service

Another good thing about One World Hotel is the Free Shuttle Service. The shuttle service brings you to places like Kidzania, Sunway Lagoon, Petronas Twin Tower and KL Sentral Station. For those who didn’t drive up to KL or doesn’t like to brave the traffic yourself, can consider taking the free shuttle. However, there is only 1 time slot per day for most location. So do check out the timing and don’t miss the shuttle like us. We had to take a cab down to Kidszania. But it’s not expensive to take a cab, less than RM10.

Link to 1 Utama Shopping Centre

There is a direct link from the hotel to 1 Utama Shopping Center, which happens to be the world’s 4th largest mall according to CNN. So we just walk over to the mall for our meals and do our shopping. Though I must say they carry a lot of brands which are available in Singapore and after conversion is not much cheaper. But well, at least there isn’t a need to brave the heat, rain and traffic of KL.

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We spotted this very awesome indoor playground at 1 Utama on the last day. Fortunately (or unfortunately for the kids), the kids are happily chilling in the room and not with us.

Although the shopping wasn’t great, the entertainment were. Like the indoor playground we spotted (see above) and the cinema. Oh watching a show in Malaysia is so much cheaper than SG. It cost about RM13 for adults and only RM9 for kids! We are paying 3 times more in Singapore. There is supposedly an ice-skating rink too. But the mall is simply too huge, we didn’t cover enough ground to spot the rink.

Swimming Pool

Since it’s a “staycation”, we had to go to the pool right? I didn’t read up much about the pool when I was doing the booking. So I was pleasantly surprise that there is actually a slide at the pool!

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The staircase and slide at the pool. 

Though the pool is not big, but since there wasn’t many people, the kids have a good time going up and down the slide. The boy even mimic the pups in Paw Patrol sliding down to their cars. A smaller area also means its easier for us to manage the kids.

Verdict

Will I come back and stay at the hotel again? You bet. The location is good (next to shopping mall, coach stops at the basement and near to Kidszania) and the service staff are friendly. Even the littlest can recall his “holiday” at the hotel. So if you intend to bring your kids to Kidszania KL, do consider staying at One World Hotel.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We paid everything out of our own pocket to enjoy ourselves to the fullest. We are just sharing it for the benefit of anyone planning for a trip to KL. Information was accurate at time of post.

Travel: Firstcoach

Over the June holidays, we brought the kids to Kuala Lumpur to have a short getaway. We had initially wanted to go back to Sunway Lagoon, but decided to forgo it as we did not have enough time.

This time round, we did not drive up as my SIL is not willing to drive for 5 hours so we took a coach instead. It was the kids first experience on the coach.

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At the recommendation of a relative who travels frequently between Singapore and KL, we decided to try out Firstcoach. And we are glad we made the right choice! Here are the reasons why:

  • Safe.  When travelling to KL, hubby got to take the first row of the coach and he monitored the coach driver throughout the ride (as much as he can). He noticed that the driver never exceeds 100km/hr. It may seem slow, but for such a big and heavy vehicle with so many passengers, I will rather be slow than not reaching my destination at all *Choy!*. We also noticed that there were 2 drivers each time on both our rides (to and fro). And they took turn to drive the coach ensuring they are not tire out from the long journey. (P.S. This is the first time we took this coach and this is what we noticed, we are not sure if it is the same for all the drivers and rides.)
  • Clean.  We also noticed that the coach was quite clean and neat, which is very important when you are trapped in that vehicle for so many hours.
  • Entertaining.  Each of the seat comes with their own entertainment system but you have to bring your own ear phones. Compared to airplanes, the selection were definitely lesser. There are about 6 shows in each category. And there is a category for “cartoon” and another for “family”, enough to keep my elder 2 entertained.
  • Thoughtful.  I noticed 3 pin power socket below the window for each row of seats. This means you can plug your charger in and charge up your devices anytime. No worries of running out of “juice”.
  • Friendly Drivers.  You know how you travel with young kids, a moment ago you asked them if they need to pee, they say no. And like an hour later, they told you they are very urgent. Well, it happened to my SIL and she had to asked the driver if he could pull over at the next resting point. Which they gladly did without much complains. But we feel bad for causing delay to other passengers.
  • Convenient.  It happens that this trip we are staying at the Bandar Utama area. The drop off point for the coach happens to be the hotel that we will be staying. So its really convenient for us.

Of course there are disadvantages:

  • Slow.  It took us a whopping 7 hours to reach KL! The bus left Novena at 8am, and we only reach KL like 3pm. There was queue at the Singapore and Malaysia customs but I think we manage to clear both within an hour. However, we probably chose a bad time to take the coach and was caught in heavy traffic along Singapore expressway while trying to get to Tuas Second Link. On our return leg, we left KL at 8am and cleared the Singapore custom by 12pm. That was really fast but unfortunately we waited at the custom for an hour because of an irresponsible passenger who left without informing the driver (another downside of taking coach).
  • No lunch break.  As our coach ride to KL was 8am, we had thought the coach will stop for a lunch break in between. We were wrong. The coach only stop for a short toilet break and there was no decent food for sale at the area. However, when we were coming back from KL, the coach did stop at an area with hawker and fast food. But we were given only 20 mins, which isn’t enough for us to go for toilet break and eat, especially with the kids. So Chubby actually da bao (packed) KFC on board. He wasn’t stopped by the driver but I felt a little pai seh because of the smell.
  • Reclining affects other passengers.  The chairs can be reclined to an angle where it will be diffcult for the passenger behind to get in and out of their seat. Fortunately for me, the kids were infront of us, so we are not affected. And I tried to be considerate and not recline my chair too much. I have taken a coach many years back to Genting, where the seat was really comfortable and the the reclining does not affect other passengers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available in this coach.

At the end of the trip I asked the kids if they prefer to take a car or coach to KL. The answer was obviously coach as they can watch to their heart content. For me, I still prefer the car. Maybe because I’m not the driver. But I feel its easier to manage the kids, especially the littlest as he could be belted to the car seat. And the interaction while in the car is part of the family bonding for road trips. Besides, the time saved would mean we have more time to explore KL.

How about you? Do you prefer to drive up or take a coach? Share with us your views.

 

KL2013: Shangri-La Hotel KL

During our visit to Malaysia KL back in August, we stayed in the Shangri-La hotel (erm.. Yah, I’m so back dated in my post).

Location
I was kind of being misled by Google maps into believing that Shangri-La KL is at the heart of Bukit Bantang. Only to reach there and realize that it’s a few BTS stops away and KLCC is a good 15 minutes walk away. So we were “stranded” in a middle of nowhere.

The road sign near Shangri-La KL stating the directions and distance to the landmarks.
The road sign near Shangri-La KL stating the directions to the landmarks.

Although the location wasn’t so ideal, the hotel itself was still pretty good.

Price
We booked through Agoda and paid SGD488.9 for the executive room with extra bed for 2 nights. There is a king size bed which fits our little family of four comfortably and the extra bed is for the helper. Housing everybody in one room makes it’s easier for us. Do note that the price doesn’t come with breakfast as I was told by my friends that we should go out to have breakfast while in KL.

Room

The interior of  Shangri-La KL executive room.
The interior of Shangri-La KL executive room.

The room is quite spacious as seen in the pic. We chose the executive room partly because it comes with bath tub, which is a must for the kids as they simply love bathing in huge bathtub.

The kids enjoying their bubble bath in the bathtub.
The kids enjoying their bubble bath in the bathtub.

Looking at their smiles while having the bath is all worth to pay the little extra more each day.

We placed the extra bed to the right of the bed so we can keep the arm chair, and there is more space for the kids to run around.

The armchair beside the window became the boy favorite spot for his morning milk.
The armchair beside the window became the boy favorite spot for his morning milk.

The room also come with free Wi-Fi and daily fruits. The boy fell in love with dragon fruit because of this.

As for the view, ours was really bad. It was facing some construction site. My parents were the lucky ones who at least got the pool view.

Views from our room
Views from our room

Swimming Pool
Swimming pool is very important when you have young kids who love water. We took the kids down for a dip on one of the afternoon. There is a simple children pool which the kids have fun just splashing water and an adult pool where we bring them for a short while to really kick and “swim”. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me to take pictures.

Breakfast
As mention, our room doesn’t come with free breakfast. But on the last morning, Chubby decide to indulge and the two of us went for their buffet breakfast while we leave the helper and kids with my parents. Well, let the photos show you the spread.

Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Pastries
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Pastries
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Local and Western Spread
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Local and Western Spread
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL
And more spread at the Buffet
And more spread at the Buffet
And even more of the spread
And even more of the spread

As seen from the photos the selection of food is really huge. Some of the food was nice, some couldn’t make it. But the mere enjoyment of selecting food and not bothered by kids just make the whole experience enjoyable (opps).

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Shangri-La KL. The service was good. The place was well furnish, if only the location was better. And if they can make it more child friendly like having some kids playroom it will be perfect. Hahaha asking for to much?

Have you stayed in Shangri-La KL before? What’s your thoughts? Or do you have other family friendly hotel to recommend in KL? Drop me a comment. T.I.A.

KL 2013: Sunway Lagoon

We visited Sunway Lagoon last year when we were in KL. The kids had lots of fun and since both my Bro and Sis did not visit the theme park before, we decided to add it into our itinerary for this KL trip.

My family @ Sunway Lagoon
My family @ Sunway Lagoon

Basically, Sunway Lagoon is divided into 5 different parks. The Wildlife Park, Water Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park and Extreme Park.

The Wildlife Park is like a mini zoo. We spotted the Sun Bear, Panther, Monkeys, Birds (different kinds), Ducks, Peacocks, Chickens, Snakes, etc. What we like about it is that their Peacocks and Ducks are free ranging. The boy is intrigued by it and will attempt to follow them as close as he dares.

The birds were in an enclose area, however, they are free to fly inside. And one of them actually flew on top of the boy’s head. The boy was a little scared, but he didn’t wave or make big movement. Instead, he stayed still until we “guided” the bird away. It was quite an experience for him.

Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon

The previous year when we were there, there is an area that allowed visitors to “touch” some animals. I remembered the boy had a go on the tortoises and rabbits. Unfortunately, this time round the animals have been removed. So no more “hands-on” for the kids.

The Water Park is where the crowd is. There are a few slides for adults much like what we used to have at the big splash and the current Adventure Cove. For the kids, they have at least 2 play structures. One for older kids with steeper and longer slides and one for younger kids with shallower water and milder slides.

Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon

Apart from the slides, the kids also enjoyed the “lazy river” and “wave pool”. The girl enjoys lying at the edge of the wave pool and feel the water “washing” her up to the “shores”.

For adults, we tried the “World First 5D Waterplex”. Well, I will just say there wasn’t much 3D effect and the water splashes are just out to make you wet. With the air-con blowing from the theater, it makes you feel real cold. Hence, I think its a total waste of our time queuing for it.

The Amusement Park is where all the rides are. Chubby and my siblings tried on the viking which turns 360 degrees. However, they came down mentioning that it wasn’t fun as the fall was quite controlled. For the kids, they managed to ride on the carousel like 3 times. There were other rides like the ferries wheel, teacup, roller coaster and all. But we didn’t play much as the adults were all tired from waking up early that day.

Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon
Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon

The Scream Park is where the “haunted house” is. This is my second time walking in the “house”. The last time, we had to pay extra to go into the park, but they have since change it to a “free” area. Since its free I think it is well worth to spend the time to go in. There were some effects that I really like, plus the makeup they had were quite scary.

The Extreme Park is where all the other extreme activities like flying fox and bungee jumping are, we skipped that area as it is far and most of the activities requires us to pay more. Besides, we were all tired after the water play.

Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon
Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon

In summary some points to look out.

  • Go on a weekday and non-public holiday
    We make the mistake of going on Hari Raya Haji. The crowd was terrible. The last time we were there, it was a weekday and the crowd was better.
  • Apply sun block and mosquito repellent.
  • Bring along a stroller for young kids.
    Most of the area are stroller friendly. So there will be no issues with stroller and the kids will have a place to nap after they are tired from playing.
  • Bring along your own food if possible.
    The food choices are not kids friendly. They are mainly snacks, sandwiches and Malay dishes that contains chili. There is a Mary Brown “Fast Food” inside (Chubby queued for half hour and there is no progress in his queue so he gave up) and a Subway (we settled for that in the end).

Details of the park:

  • Sunway Lagoon
    3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Entrance Fee: Adults RM120, Kids (Above 90CM) RM 90 for Non-Citizens
    (There is a Maybank CC discount when we were there. Not sure when it will end though.)