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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vietnam : Hanoi - The Old Quarter (36 Street) 越南: 河内 36 古街

Vietnam - Hanoi

It was interesting to be able to visit Vietnam, especially Hanoi. Vietnam not a fancy and advance as Malaysia, but it might able to be compared with Thailand and Indonesia.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Lies in the North of the country and is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots. Somehow, I miss the feel and food of Vietnam and would love to re-visit there and same goes to Laos, which is a small city with pure heart.

Hanoi offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history (the city celebrated its millennium in 2010.) The most well known and important districts in Hanoi are Ba Dinh District (aka the French Quarter) where the government offices are located and Hoan Kiem District (aka the Old Quarter) which is considered the city’s business hub and main tourist destination.

- Hoan Kiem District (aka the Old Quarter) -

We experienced the sight seeing of the local lifestyle, with sipping coffee and tea with small bench, the motorcyclist that like school of fish. In Chinese language, they said that if we come to Hanoi, we will be looking at motorcyclist and listen to lots of honk!

- Tricycle -

A tricycle ride it would be, and the fastest way to experienced and sight seeing The Old Quarter of Hanoi.

- Temple -

Just like the Chinese, Vietnamese believes in Buddhism.

- Banh Mi -

The local eateries. It was french bread that easily found in Vietnam.

- The tricycle -

I like the smile of the cyclist. :) Although we can't understand the opposite language, we tried hard to communicate with each other :)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Vietnam : Presidential Palace & President Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

Vietnam : Hanoi Part 3

During our visit to Hanoi, one of the highlighted place to visit is the Presidential Palace of Vietnam. It is located in the city of Hanoi and was built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina.

President Ho Chih Minh was a huge influence to Vietnam's independence and economy, and as at today, President Ho Chih Minh still remain in every Vietnamese heart.

- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum -

Before the visiting time, we were outside the main entrance and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located nearby and facing the field. Yearly event will be held here as a remembrance of the past president.

- Presidential Palace of Vietnam - 
We were not allowed to go near to the Presidential Palace. The palace is still in use and hosts government meetings. It is not open to the public, although one may walk around the grounds for a fee. 

When Vietnam achieved independence in 1954, Ho Chi Minh was claimed to have refused to live in the grand structure for symbolic reasons, although he still received state guests there, he eventually built a traditional Vietnamese stilt house and carp pond on the grounds. His house and the grounds were made into the Presidential Palace Historical Site in 1975. (Wiki)

- The Vintage Vehicle -

It was one of many vehicles of the President Ho Chi Minh that I were able to took a photo, it was not allowed in fact. And so we walk about and see how is the building and the area of the huge presidential palace.

- The pond -

- The Walkway -

That President Ho Chi Minh love to go for an early exercise around the compound.


- The Museum -

- President Ho Chi Minh -

The museum is huge, collection all over the world that being presented to President Ho Chi Minh were kept here.

Address :  
2 Hùng Vương, Ngọc Hà, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Operating Time : 
Daily (0700 - 1600). Close on Saturday and Sunday.
Phone : 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Staycation with Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu (+ VLOG 2 Days 1 Night in KK)

Staycation in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

It was a planned stay at Promenade Hotel KK while have a good rest like a tourist on vacation. The hotel located at one of the most convenient spot in KK City and it was just in front of the view of waterfront area which we can walk by foot to reach the best entertainment area in KK.

It was a Sunday and Monday was a public holiday during end of April 2017! :) Here I am with one of the itinerary on Sunday for touristy activities in KK that we might take into consideration :-

Morning - Sunday Market at Gaya Street. For breakfast and tea break. A short city heritage tour can be add on as well.

Afternoon - Back to hotel to have a rest before next activity.

Evening - A nice sunset cocktail session at Promenade Club Lounge; OR sunset cruise along KK City waterfront and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands.

Night - Dinner at local dining place. After, enjoy KK night life.

- Promenade Hotel -

Good to know that currently there are two Promenade Hotel in Sabah which is Tawau and Kota Kinabalu itself, while one in Bintulu, Sarawak and another one Fujian, China.

- 2 Days 1 Night in KK -

Here with a video I made and the room we stayed in was Promenade Superior Suite with amazing view and wonderful suite setting!

The hotel tour session will start at 4.12 minute, do fast forward and have a look at the room and newly furnished Promenade Hotel.  

- The view of Sabah open sea -

- Cozy bed -

- Nespresso Machine -

It was exciting when I saw the coffee machine! I always love to go for a cup of coffee when I stay in a hotel.

- Panorama View -

- The Sunset -

Missed on the sunset that day because we headed to another place later.

- The Breakfast at Promenade Club Lounge (11th Floor) -

- A simple breakfast we had -

- Promenade Cafe -

We also can opt to have breakfast at Promenade Cafe which is at the lobby area. Plenty of selection for buffet by Promenade Hotel KK.

- Swimming Pool area -

The size of the hotel swimming pool was just nice for a city hotel. 

Thanks to Promenade Hotel KK to host us on our stay, it was a good staycation in KK with the local way.

Website : Promenade Hotel

Location :
Kota Kinabalu
No. 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 
Contact No. : (60) (88) 265 555
Whatsapp : No. (60) (13) 881 8338
Email :

Monday, June 5, 2017

KK Eateries : Ramadan Sungkai with Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Tawau & Bintulu

KK Eateries : Ramadan Al Mubarak (27 May - 24 June)
 * Halal *

In conjunction with fasting month before Hari Raya festival, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu has invited 20 residents of Rumah Anak Yatim (RAY), an orphanage in Tambunan, Sabah together with all members of the media to a gastronomic sungkai dinner on 2nd June, 2017.

Currently, there are three hotels in whole Malaysia that bears the name "Promenade Hotel", which respectively located at Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Tawau (Sabah) and Bintulu (Sarawak), while one in Fujian, China. All Malaysia based Promenade Hotel will be offering Buffet Sungkai for the locals within this Ramadan month.

- Promenade Cafe, Kota Kinabalu -

Price of Buffet Sungkai is RM148.00nett per person. 
Early Bird voucher available at RM108.00nett per person. 
After 8.00 pm Special RM88.0. per person.

Promenade Cafe (Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu) were having more than 200 lavish Ramadan dishes on top of the existing International Buffet Dinner that spread featuring 3 signature dishes Ala Promenade namely, "NAsi Panggang", Kari Ayam Durian & Keju" and "Malabar Sos Udang Harimau". 

While for those who intended to have a hearty breakfast before the start of each day's fast, Buffet Sahur is available from 11.30pm - 4.00am at RM50.00 per person. In the other hand, Promenade Hotel KK also having Premium Ramadan Desserts as well, available for takaway or dine-in at only RM3.90 nett from 11.00am to 10.00pm at the Lobby Lounge.

The following are some of the glorious varieties for the Ramadan Buffet Sungkai Dinner.

- A Gift from Promenade Hotel -

It was a pleasant night to have dinner with friends and management team during Buffet Sungkai Dinner. 

While we were invited to be part of the Buffet Sungkai Dinner, we were being informed that there will also be a Buffet High Tea during Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 25th and 26th June, 2017 at RM80.00 per person. Buffet Dinner at RM98.00 per person.

Location :
Api-Api Centre, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Contact :
+6088 265 55

Facebook : Promenade Hotels & Resort

Sunday, June 4, 2017

KK Eateries : Bazaar Ramadhan with Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

KK Eateries : Ramadan Al-Mubarak (27 May - 24 June 2017) 
* Halal Food *

It's the month of Ramadan Al-Mubarak and just like any other places in whole of Malaysia, here in Sabah will be having similar scene and especially the various renowned hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will be having "Buffet Sungkai" before Hari Raya.

Here with the invitation from Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, we were able to enjoy the delightful dinner with friends and the management. Thank you.

- Bazaar Ramadhan -

27th May - 24th June 2017 with a price of RM168.00 per person (walk-in). As for pre purchase voucher, you may contact Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu for further details.

- Sabahan Local Delicacies -

Kuih Penjaram, originated from Kota Belud and other locals delicacies.

- Roasted Lamb -

- Dates "Kurma" -

- Ketupat -

- Photo by Le Meridien KK -

With varieties of international and local menu during "Buffet Sungkai".

- A lamb skeleton -

I like to go for Buffet Sungkai, where varities of local delish could be tasted at the same time.

Location :
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Contact :
+608 8322 238 (Festive Desk) or +6088 322 222

Facebook : Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu