Friday, October 17, 2014

My Wonderful Stay @ Doubletree by Hilton, Johor Bahru

How could I enjoy my trip if I'm not staying a night at a comfortable hotel? If you are visiting Johor Bahru, Malaysia soon, let's see what Doubletree By Hilton Johor Bahru offers you.

 
 
Opened on July 1, 2014, DoubleTree by  Hilton is located less than 5 kilometers' drive from the Johor-Singapore Immigration Checkpoint and 25 kilometers from the Senai International Airport. Its accesibility to Singapore and Changi International Airport allows international travelers to travel around regionally with ease. The hotel is also convenient to major shopping outlets, cultural and historical sites, as well as Asia's first Legoland theme park (28km) and other leisure establishments.








 

Makan Kitchen, the all day dining restaurant featuring  an eclectic mix of popular local cuisine prepared in 4 show kitchens.


 






 



 



 

 

  CITRON Honey & Coriander by crabtree & Evelyn bathroom amenities


DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru offers 335 guest rooms, including 52 suites. Each room and suite comes equipped with wireless internet access, the signature Sweet Dream by DoubleTree bedding. in-room work space, 40' LCD TV and walk-in rain shower.


 

Other features offered by the hotel include an outdoor pool and 24 hours fitness center offering steam rooms and whirlpools.

 

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, DoubleTree by Hilton offers guests the opportunity to earn and redeem points for stays through Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. As part of the hotel's opening promotion, Hilton HHonors members will be rewarded with an additional 1000 HHonors bonus points per night, up to a maximum 5000 points per stay from July 1 to December 31, 2014.  

For additional information and reservations, visit johorbahru.doubletree.com.

Friday, October 10, 2014

State-of-Art Themed Restaurant @ Lat's Place, Johor

Before I introduce this place, it is better to give you some ideas of who is Lat...

"Lat, (born 5 March 1951) is a Malaysian cartoonist. Lat's best known work is The Kampung Boy (1979), which is published in several countries across the world. The Kampung Boy, also known as Lat, or simply Kampung Boy, is a graphic novel telling story about a young boy's experience growing up in rural Perak in the 1950s. The Kampung Boy is very popular in Southeast Asia and has gone through 16 reprints."(sources from wikipedia)

 




 

That's a souvenir shop for Lat's fans at the entrance.

 

Lat's character


 

Step into the pages of LAT’s comic book through the engaging, interactive and animated dining experience. 

 

There is a 80 minutes dinner show revolves around the preparation of a feast and community activities of LAT the Kampung Boy and his LAToon friends Meor, Rani, Tong, Mrs Hew, Pak Ali, and Anne, his sister.   





Lat's Place is just next to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. If you drop by here, don't forget to visit this state-of-art themed restaurant which will give you a feast for all the senses! 


Weekdays 11am to 8pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 9am to 8pm
GPS: N1 5.20 E103 39.5

Address:
Persiaran Puteri Selatan,
Puteri Harbour,
Nusajaya,
79000 Johor. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Million-Ringgit Rumah Bugis @ Pontian, Johor


Before we heading to Tanjung Piai National Park, there is something one should not miss. At Kampung Sungai Kuali, one will be fascinated with the traditional Bugis house.

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

The house is not gated. It is named Rumah Seri Salewangeng and belongs to Indok Chichuk Daeng Haddadek, 70 years old.

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

From outside, it does not look different with other village houses. However, the house weighed more than 100 ton. The pillars that supports the house is pegged 50 meters below the ground which is similar to a concrete building with 3 floors height.



Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

It is built on 4 July 2011 and finished on 11 July 2012. On 31 December 2012, the house is officiated by YAB Dato Seri Dr Md Isa Bin Sabu.


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

Built with the precious hard diamond wood imported all the way from Jambi and Kalimantan, Indonesia, it costed the family RM2.3 million. The diamond wood is valuable because it is hard to find anywhere. Some have to get it deep in the jungle, from the river or lake. Moreover, the construction of the house using diamond wood is not easy as the wood has dense compression and thus very heavy. However, the previous diamond wood can lasts for hundreds years and resistant to termites attack.

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


According to Abd Hadi, son of  Indok Chichuk Daeng Haddadek, the house is designed and built 80% alike the original house which established at the same spot more than 75 years ago.

"As son, I was trusted to draw the house map according to the design of original Bugis house," said Abd Hadi, the teacher from Sekolah Menengah Teluk Kerang, Pontian.

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis

Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis
 
Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Rumah Seri Salewangeng @ Rumah Bugis


Even though the Bugis house is not open to public like museum, but the family welcomes any visitor that want to know more about Bugis traditional culture. Abd Hadi said," As Bugis, we are willing to share about our customs and culture such as marriage, food, furniture and Bugis weapon which are kept for over hundred year.




Address:
Hj ambok Ingtang Md Yasin & Hjh Indok Chichuk
No 27 Kampung Sungai Kuali,
82300 Kukup, Pontian Johor.


p/s: special thanks for sahabat media/ Santai Travel Magazine for the invitation
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