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2D1N self-drive to Malacca and Jonker Street

Last month, over the 4 day Vesak Day long weekend, we decided to make a quick trip to Malacca. It was a very sudden decision, so sudden that we only talked about it at 10pm on the day before the trip! Even better, we only booked the hotel the next morning on the day that we were going to set off! Can you believe that? I must say that the spontaneity of the trip was quite refreshing, instant gratification at it’s best. It was like, hey honey, I feel like going on a holiday. Ok let’s go tomorrow.

Just in case you are wondering why is it that we couldn’t book the hotel any earlier, it’s because if you want to book one of Malacca’s numerous boutique hotels, most of them usually don’t have booking websites. You have to email them, and they will respond within a few hours. But of course, it being the Vesak Day holiday weekend, we couldn’t wait for their email and decided to call them, and were told that the hotel was fully booked but that there may have been cancellations which only the morning clerk would be able to tell us. And since the boutique hotel was highly recommended by my colleague, we chose to wait, although it was in vain eventually.

Hotel Equatorial Melaka (1)

It was just as well that we did not stay at the boutique hotel because we eventually booked the Hotel Equatorial. We had a lovely room that was so spacious and with a nifty daybed built into the balcony. Views from our room were totally unblocked since we had a high floor, could even see all the way to the Malacca coastline.

Hotel Equatorial Hotel Room Balcony

It was well worth the upgrade to a room slightly better than the deluxe, just to get the high floor and the balcony! And guess what, costs only about SGD $130! All of us agreed that it was worth the 3 hour journey to Malacca (assuming no jam and no pit stops!), rather than to stay in Singapore and spend $300 plus for a staycation in Singapore. Must be careful not to strip naked at the balcony area because you can actually peep into the balcony area of the neighbouring rooms. Don’t ask me why but I found it very exciting to be able to wave to my parents in the next room.

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My 3Day2Night Genting Adventure!

As promised, this is the blog post detailing my wild weekend in Resorts World Genting, courtesy of the Resorts World people! Yes, fully paid trip for me and the Partner to spend 3 days in Genting! The Resorts World people were so generous, they even gave us 700 ringgit each, to spend on food! Seriously, the Partner and I had such a great time indulging, we actually found the trip too short! I returned from the trip two weeks ago, and I’m still reeling from the experience. Feel like going on holiday again! Anyone who’s smsed me about the trip would have received a barrage of replies from me detailing every aspect, but I guess I have to write about it here to share it with all of you and also for me to relive the wonderful memories!

To read more about our experiences at various restaurants in Genting, as well as see pictures of the Theme Park itself, click on the respective links.

The Olive Restaurant

The Bakery

The New Orleans BBQ Restaurant

Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

Genting Outdoor Theme Park

Proposed 3D2N Itinerary at Genting (which won me this trip!)

If not, continue reading about the journey to Genting, the First World Hotel experience and a summary of what we did in Genting!

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Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

We originally wanted to try out Genting Palace for dinner on our first night at Genting Resorts World, ie Saturday. However, we were told that our meal card would not be valid because the restaurant was already pretty full! Imagine my disappointment because I was all ready to go try out some abalone and other Chinese favourites! Imagine the effort I had to make when the Partner suggested going to a Western restaurant instead. The Partner doesn’t fancy abalone you see, he thinks it’s tasteless!

Anyway, I managed to check out Genting Palace for dim sum brunch the next day. Just so that we would not be faced with another Full House, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 8am, which for me is considered a substantial feat. I’m not one to jam-pack a gazillion activities during my holidays. I like to take it slow and savour every single moment.

As with most of the eateries in Genting, Genting Palace was priced slightly on the high side, as compared to a similar restaurant in Singapore. Well I guess it’s to be expected for touristy locations.

The dim sum here is quite okay. There are several nice dishes, but also several very unremarkable dishes. An interesting point to note is that most of the dim sum that came in the metallic containers were not piping hot, which would have contributed to the average experience. Those dim sum dishes that were served piping hot were very enjoyable.

Genting Palace - (2)

Genting Palace looks very traditional, like the Chinese restaurants of yore in Singapore.

Genting Palace - Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

This was one of the best dim sum dishes amongst all the stuff that we ordered. It was packed full of prawns and there was a nice oozy bit of cheese right in the middle. This came piping hot too. It seems that those dim sum served on the white dishes are made to order?

Genting Palace - Sliced Duck Roll

Sliced Duck Roll

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The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel

One of the places I liked hanging out at during my stay at Genting Resorts World was at The Bakery. I love peppering my holiday trips with visits to cafes and bakeries and the trip to Genting was no different of course. Of all the cafes that I visited or walked past, The Bakery at Maxims Genting looked the most cosy and inviting. It also had a huge array of mouth watering looking cakes and pastries, so I actually visited The Bakery a total of THREE times in my 3D2N stay. Beat that!

Of course, the FREE WIFI was another huge reason. There was no WIFI in my First World Hotel so I made sure to stop by The Bakery for my daily dose of Internet, Whatsapp.Twitter and Facebook.

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel - Latte

My glass of latte. It’s necessary especially after a late night at the casino…

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel (2)

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel - Danish Pastries

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Genting Outdoor Theme Park

This is going to be a series of posts from the Resorts World Genting trip I partook in last week, courtesy of the Resorts World people.

First up, pictures of the Genting Outdoor Theme Park. For the record, I have not been to Singapore’s Universal Studios. However, I have been to the Universal Studios in both California as well as Orlando. If there’s one thing about theme parks, it’s that you usually have to do a lot of lining up. If the queues are long, they might even snake out into the open, beyond the shelter of the ride’s waiting area.

Genting’s Outdoor Theme Park obviously isn’t as awesome as that of Universal Studios and Disneyland. But most people aren’t expecting that anyway. It’s just a nice little Theme Park, good for tourists looking for a short getaway. It does have the thriller roller coasters to satiate the dare devils, as well as placid family rides for the kiddos. For me, I just loved being outdoors in the cool, crisp mountain air. It’s been a while since I’ve stepped into a theme park, the last being in 2007, Gold Coast Australia’s Movie World and Dream World.

Genting Outdoor Theme Park (6)

Always study the Theme Park map first so that you know how to maximise your time. Don’t want to spend half the day on something average, only to find out that you’ve missed the star attraction.

Genting Outdoor Theme Park (2)

Water rides seem to make up more than 1/3 of the rides at Genting.

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