DAY 1 - Monday, 26 December 2016
I had an incredibly near-miss with my flight this morning. But I made it onto the flight to Kuala Lumpur and later in a 35 minute taxi to the hotel in Subang- The Saujana Hotel. The Saujana brings a 5 star resort style resort in the city. The resort is situated on a huge plot surrounded by lush greenery with a lakeside view. We arrived at the hotel around 11:15 am. The staff were all really friendly and were wonderful hosts.
We decide to have a quick refresh and catch the shuttle bus out at noon to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall for lunch and a cheeky shopping trip. Sunway Pyramid brings back great childhood memories. In the school holidays, my family used to always take a drive down to Kuala Lumpur to stay at the hotel at Sunway and have a 3 day pass to Sunway Lagoon. This must have been over a decade ago. Yet, arriving at Sunway Pyramid, memories all came flooding back. The shopping centre seem to have expanded dramatically in size. There are new wings to the mall and it was massive! We didn't have very long at Sunway as we had plans for the late afternoon. The mall was packed! Boxing day shoppers were all out to get a bargain.
We ended up getting lunch at Simply Penang- a Penang style restaurant that promises authentic flavours of Penang. We ordered a serve of their Famous Penang Prawn Noodles, Famous Penang Char Kway Teow and Nasi Lemak. Got to say, it was so delicious. The flavours were authentic, the serving size was good, the price- the best part. If you ever find yourself around Sunway Pyramid looking for delicious, authentic Malaysian food- Simply Penang is the place to visit. We also tried the chendol for dessert. I personally would not recommend as I've had better. But go ahead and try if you're into coconut-ty flavours!
DAY 2 - Tuesday, 27 December 2016
To be honest, day 2 was not exciting at all. Skies were grey so my plans of sun bathing by the pool the whole day was not possible. I started off the morning getting breakfast at the hotel restaurant- Charcoal. It was an international buffet selection. The restaurant was beautiful with high ceilings and nicely decorated interior. For an international breakfast buffet at a five star hotel in South East Asia, I was disappointed. The food was good but in terms of range and choice of selections, it was limited.
Since my plans of sunbathing were undermined by the weather, we ended up heading to Paradigm Mall. After walking Sunway Pyramid, there was really nothing new to see. I got a few bits and bobs from M&S as they were having a really good sale on footwear. Apart from that, I had a fairly boring day 2 in Kuala Lumpur.
DAY 3- Wednesday, 28 December 2016
After 2 days in Subang, I moved hotels to be in the city area. The hotel we moved to is called Grand Millenium. It is directly across from Farenheit and just next to Pavillion. Location is excellent although traffic around the area is shocking (as expected). It is definitely still Christmas in the Grand Millenium lobby. There are christmas trees all around the hotel, real ice snowmen, and a gingerbread house structure with Santa on the roof.
After checking in, we headed over to Farenheit for a quick bite for lunch before exploring the area and doing some shopping. I didn't actually find anything in the shops as I have been doing shopping for the past 2 days. All the shops were all the same so I didn't see anything new to get. I did however do some research on the Sephora website so I will probably be getting some makeup to try out.
For dinner we went to Jalan Alor. Just walking distance from our hotel, Jalan Alor is a street lined with restaurants and outdoor seating on the roads. It is similar to Singapore's Lau Pa Sat. The street was packed with people, locals and tourists alike. All the restaurants were all full and loads of people walking along the street. After dinner, we decided to try some durian. It was horrible- the taste was bad, the fruit was not ripe and about half the durian was inedible. They were nice enough to open up another one for us but it was of the same standard. I guess in the end with 2 durians, half of each being edible, we had a whole. Would not reccommend!
DAY 4- 29 December 2016
The morning started with a trip down for the breakfast buffet at The Mill. The space was huge, lots of people and lots of seating. There was a good, wide spread selection of western and asian food choices. However I have to say that the standard and quality of the food was poor. The congee and the soups were cold. Not lukewarm- cold. The congee was served in a hot pot but it was switched off so it was not kept warm. The noodles and rice ran out and was not refilled. Honestly, the best dish out was probably the hash browns. That does say alot for an international buffet breakfast at a 5 star hotel. Considering the price for breakfast for additional persons or the public is 78 RM per pax, they have got to be dreaming.
After breakfast whilst waiting for housekeeping to finish up with our room, we went down to check out the pool on level 3. It has a resort style feel to it. Right next to the pool is a very well equipped, spacious gym with plenty of cardio and weight machines and a good selection of free weights. This is often rare in hotel gyms as they are usually quite minimal. I have to say this is probably the best hotel gym I've seen.
Following a poolside tan session, we headed off to lunch at the famous Lot 10 Hutong food court. The background behind this food court is that a guy, Francis Yeo gathered all the famous hawker stalls around the country to one food court. So you are guaranteed to have delicious, authentic Malaysian cooking. Definitely worth paying a visit to this food court for a meal. I didn't actually order too much as I was not hungry at all but I have eaten here several times before on previous trips. We ordered a serve of Singapore's famous hokkien mee, Handmade fishball soup and Congee. All the dishes were great and worth the rave.