Metropolitan Grill Seattle : Are the steaks worth it?

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Steaks are the name of the game at Metropolitan Grill in Seattle and Kate heard about it and surprised me with a visit while we were in Seattle… About Metropolitan Grill Seattle Facade of Metropolitan Grill Seattle Inside Metropolitan Grill … Continue reading

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Seattle Underground Tour by Bill Speidel : A tour not to be missed!

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If there is one thing that you MUST do when you visit Seattle, it is the Seattle Underground Tour. The tour was started by Bill Speidel, a journalist who wanted to preserve pioneer square, which was then a run down … Continue reading

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Yang’s Fried Dumpling Shanghai 小杨生煎 : Best Dumplings EVER!

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Yang’s Fried Dumpling (aka 小杨生煎) is located at No.269 Wujiang Road, Shanghai, China (Nanjing West Road). If you’re visiting Shanghai, YOU MUST visit Yang’s Fried Dumplings. The dumplings at 小杨生煎 is an attraction itself and you will (at almost all … Continue reading

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel : Penang’s Grand Old Dame

Eastern & Oriental Hotel (also known affectionately as the E&O Hotel) is Penang’s most iconic hotel. Founded by the Sarkies brothers (who also founded Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Strand in Yangon) in 1885, it was also known as “the Premier Hotel East of the Suez” due to its sea-front lawn spanning in excess of 800 feet and the hot and cold running water (yup, it was a symbol of luxury in those days). Thanks to the great folks of E&O Hotel (a huge shout-out to Eileen!), we were hosted to 2 nights stay at the Victory Annexe Studio Suite right here at the iconic Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang!

Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel)
Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel)

 Entrance of E&O Hotel Penang
Entrance of E&O Hotel Penang

 Reception of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
Reception of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

As we were heading towards E&O from Rasa Sayang, we popped by Lone Pine Hotel (also under the management of E&O) for a complimentary transfer.

We alighted at the heritage wing of the E&O and sure enough, the colonial and classy feel of the hotel dawned upon us as we entered the lobby…

 Lobby of E&O Hotel Heritage Wing
Lobby of E&O Hotel Heritage Wing

 Lobby of E&O Hotel Victory Annexe
Lobby of E&O Hotel Victory Annexe (A short walk away)

 Corridor to our sea view Studio Suite at level 8 of the E&O
Corridor to our sea view Studio Suite at level 8 of the E&O

After a prompt check-in at the Victory Annexe (too prompt in a sense that we were not formally introduced to the facilities of the hotel), we were shown to our lift. Walking along a hugely spacious corridor at level 8, we arrived at our suite…


Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel) Victory Annexe Studio Suite

As we entered the suite, the decoration and layout exuberated the classy vibe as we’ve had experienced at the Raffles Hotel Singapore. Our first gasp came as we laid eyes upon the bath tub…as the centre-piece of the entire suite, it is both functional and yet can be seen as a piece of art. The clawfoot bath tub, accompanied by a huge full length mirror, is certainly a lavish touch to the overall decoration of the suite.

 2bearbear enjoying the clawfoot bath tub of the Eastern and Oriental Penang
2bearbear enjoying the clawfoot bath tub of the Eastern and Oriental Penang

 Red wine chilling out with super rings in bath tub! ;p
Red wine chilling out with super rings in bath tub! ;p

There are also 2 wash basins for the lady and gentleman. How do we know that? The toiletries supplied at each basin was different. One has the shaver while the other has the shower cap. A cute little touch there ;)

 His and Hers vanity sink
His and Hers vanity sink

Toiletries of the E&O Hotel Penang
Toiletries of the E&O Hotel Penang

As with all 5 stars / luxury class hotels, the beds are always inviting. At the Victory Annexe Studio Suite, you’ll get a writer’s desk as well as pool and sea view at your own private balcony…

 Bed and armchair of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel Studio Suite
Bed and armchair of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel Studio Suite

Writer's desk
Writer’s desk

 Pool and sea view from E&O Hotel Victory Annexe Studio Suite
Pool and sea view from E&O Hotel Victory Annexe Studio Suite


Video Tour of Victory Annexe Studio Suite, E&O Hotel


Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel) Facilities

Swimming Pool

 Infinity Pool Eastern and Oriental Hotel Victory Annexe
Infinity Pool Eastern and Oriental Hotel Victory Annexe

 Another view of the infinity pool of the E&O Hotel
Another view of the infinity pool of the E&O Hotel

 Chilling out at the Pool Side Terrace
Chilling out at the Pool Side Terrace

 Swimming Pool Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
Swimming Pool Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

Both the Victory Annexe as well as the Heritage Wing have swimming pools of their own and guests are allowed to visit either of the swimming pools. We loved the Victory Annexe swimming pool (not only because of its proximity – ie walk less) but also because of the splendid views that it offers of the sea and the Malaysia Peninsula.

Gym

 E&O Hotel Gym
E&O Hotel Gym

The E&O Hotel is currently in the midst of adding a spa to its premise (yay!). However, it’s business as usual at the gym and yes, it also has sea views as you work out on one of these treadmills.

Planter’s Lounge

 Planter's Lounge Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
Planter’s Lounge Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

 Chilling out at this cosy area of the Planter's Lounge
Chilling out at this cosy area of the Planter’s Lounge

 Cocktail hours snacks
Cocktail hours snacks

 Wine, beers and drinks during cocktail hours
Wine, beers and drinks during cocktail hours

 Radler beer and white wine with sea views during cocktail hours
Radler beer and white wine with sea views during cocktail hours

Guests staying at the Victory Annexe also have complimentary access to the Planter’s Lounge. Coffee and Tea are available throughout the day while cocktail hours are from 6pm to 7pm daily. Do note that the Planter’s Lounge is NOT A CLUB. This means that it is essentially an area for guests to relax or have meetings. Hence, depending on the crowd, you may or may not be served when you visit the lounge. The other strange thing that we noticed was that there’s no signature cocktails served during cocktail hours (we ordered the E&O Sling at the pool). You would have to concoct your own cocktails with the given liquor and drinks ;)

Marvelous Views in and around E&O Hotel Penang

 Sunset view from Heritage Wing Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
Sunset view from Heritage Wing Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

 Views of Peninsula Malaysia from Sarkies
Views of Peninsula Malaysia from Sarkies

 Facade of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (Heritage Wing)
Facade of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (Heritage Wing)

 Facade of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (Victory Annexe)
Facade of Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (Victory Annexe)

 Trishaw ride from Komtar to E&O Hotel for 15RM
Trishaw ride from Komtar to E&O Hotel for 15RM


Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel) Breakfast at Sarkies

 Breakfast at Sarkies E&O Hotel Penang
Breakfast at Sarkies E&O Hotel Penang

 Bakery area for breakfast
Bakery area for breakfast

 Penang Char Kway Teow Station E&O Hotel Breakfast
Penang Char Kway Teow Station E&O Hotel Breakfast

 Noodles Station
Noodles Station

 Hot western selection
Hot western selection

 Sushi and cold cuts at Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang Breakfast
Sushi and cold cuts at Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang Breakfast

 Penang Char Koay Teow
Penang Char Koay Teow

 Pastries Fruits and Juices with sea view from Sarkies
Pastries Fruits and Juices with sea view from Sarkies

 Eggs Benedict Sarkies E&O Hotel Penang
Eggs Benedict enjoyed by Tom!

Breakfast at Sarkies starts from 6:30am to 10:30am while breakfast at Planter’s Lounge ends slightly later at 11am. There’s a good spread and variety of breakfast at Sarkies that ranges from asian (indian, japanese and malaysian) to western (patries, toasts and eggs). But for us, it was the overall experience of dining outdoors at the verandah, overlooking peninsula Malaysia and sipping over a nice cuppa while browsing the day’s news. Heavenly!

How to get to Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel)

Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel) is located at 10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. From Penang International Airport it takes about 20 minutes (15 USD) by taxi and about 10 minutes (15RM) by trishaw from Komtar. If you’re taking a bus from Penang International Airport to Komtar, it takes about 30 minutes (3RM) by taking buses 102 and 401.

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang, is a 4.5!

B – 1. Clawfoot bath tub. Need we say more?
A – 1. Classy, lavish, luxurious and colonial. All the factors of a heritage hotel.
S – 0.5. Like we said, checking-in was a little too “prompt”. More information could have been given at the reception.
I – 1. Splendid views from the infinity pool. Great place to chillax.
C – 1. Comfortable bed and pillows for a good night’s rest :)

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Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel)

Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel)

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Handy travel accessories you may need for your next trip!

While planning for our next trip, Kate and I were thinking about what are some handy travel accessories that we would need for our travels. These accessories should help us make the entire trip well, hassle free. With that in mind, we have teamed up with Lazada.sg to bring you some handy travel accessories that you may need for your next trip!

Backpacks

Backpack

What we don’t really like about luggages when we’re on the road is that you’ll need to check-in your luggage and pick them up on the conveyor belts after you land. Sometimes waiting for ages. The solution? Good old backpacks! These days, backpacks come in all shapes and sizes. Find a suitable size (and design) and you’ll be able to quicken your flight experience just like that!

Simple Dimple Papa Bag Silver

Simple Dimple Papa Bag Silver

The Simple Dimple Papa Bag is a stylish yet compact backpack that will fit the job. We like both the silver and white colour for its simplicity and elegance. Travel in style and scoot in and out of airports with ease!

Cameras

Camera

Cameras capture memories while you’re on the road. For us, we chose Samsung’s EX2F because of its night shot functions. Many times, we realise that night shots can be so memorable but our camera seems to always lose that shine when it comes to night shots. The EX2F does just that and more!

Samsung NX300 20.3MP

Samsung NX300 20.3MP

At 20.3MP, no detail escapes from the Samsung NX300. Depending on your needs, EX2F and NX300 will be able to capture those amazing moments while you’re out and about during your next trip!

Tablets

Tablet Samsung

Gone are the days where laptops are favoured by travel bloggers for the road. With simplicity and a convenient interface, the tablets (and of course smart phones) are now the blogging instrument of choice when we’re on the road. Just slip it out, blog and slip it back into your backpack and you’re good to go!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

For a more powerful yet stylish machine on the go, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be an excellent choice. With a 3GB RAM and a 32GB (internal) memory, the possibility of laggy machines is greatly reduced. WiFi and Bluetooth features will make social media sharing a breeze – important for bloggers you know?

Watches

Watch

These days, watches don’t just tell the time. The V700 for instance syncs with your phone and you’ll be able to receive calls, messages and even take a picture on the go – making sure that you don’t miss any unforgettable moments!

Casio G-Shock GW-A1000FC-5 Black

Casio G-Shock GW-A1000FC-5 Black

Thinking of getting a Casio G-Shock in Singapore? The GW is a sporty version of the G-Shock series that can be used on and off the beaten roads. A great addition to the sophisticated traveller.

G-Shock GA-100A-7 White

G-Shock GA-100A-7 White

But of course, the classic G-Shock white, a watch loved by many has to hit this list. Sure it “attracts” dirt somewhat but who says that you shouldn’t have some fun, while being fashionable on your travels?

We hope that you have enjoyed this quick list that we have compiled and will be using for our next trip. Do check out Lazada for more travel accessories and travel ideas!

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Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang : I’ve got a feeling of LOVE!

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Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is Penang’s most luxurious and exclusive hotel. With its sea front views and traditional Minangkabau roof architecture, its no wonder why guests so easily fall in love with Rasa Sayang. Thanks to the great folks … Continue reading

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3 Top Things to do and Attractions in Pattaya Thailand!

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Pattaya Thailand is well-known resort destination in Thailand and this post will tell you all the things to do and attractions here! Let’s check out the top 3 things to do and attractions in Pattaya, Thailand right now! Things to … Continue reading

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Monkey Goes West Musical : “Go Jurong West Bo Jio?!”

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Monkey Goes West is the holiday musical by Wild Rice Pantomimes for the holiday season of 2014! This is also director, Sebastian Tan’s (of Broadway Beng fame) debut musical which will run from 21st November to 13 December 2014. Monkey … Continue reading

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang : Have a rocking good time!

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang was our hotel of choice when we visited the Batu Ferringhi area of Penang. Thanks to the great folks at Hard Rock Penang, we were hosted to a one night stay at the Seaview Studio Suite … Continue reading

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Seattle Space Needle , Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Monorail to Westlake Center

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Space Needle Seattle and Chihuly Garden and Glass are probably one of the biggest attractions in Seattle. However, we did only a “been there done that” as we were late for Chihuly Gardens that day and there was a queue … Continue reading

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