Monday, October 16, 2017

The Beach Grill @ The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi


Hi all! I just came back from my trip in Langkawi and as I was taking photos of the places I visited and the activities I did during my short stay, I told myself that I MUST blog about this. Well, I actually wanted to vlog but I find it very hard to organise my video taking (if that makes sense).

During my second day in Langkawi, I went up to the Langkawi Cable Car or Skycab and also the Sky Bridge. There were so many tourists around and the short hike to the Sky Bridge made me SO tired. We managed to make it back to the car at 3PM after all that queuing, I think my next post will be how to survive this. I was exhausted and also had motion sickness..but nothing a plain good ol Hamoi can't solve! Since we didn't know any good places in the area, we decided on an impromptu visit to the one-month-old Ritz-Carlton Langkawi to find some grub. It was feeding time for me lol

Since we rented a car there, we thought we could just drive into the hotel but the guard at the gate stopped us and asked us to park outside and called the buggy for us. I thought it was funny until I realized how HUGE the place was and saw why they wanted us to use the buggy.


The place looked like this and that was the road that we came from. It reminds me of a treehouse..so cute! We went to survey two restaurants including Langkawi Kitchen and also The Beach Grill. In the end, we chose the latter because of its beautiful view overlooking the Langkawi Sea as well as the overall vibes of the restaurant.





A place where you can just sit down, chill and have a drink.


A place where you can lay down as well!


Just a little peak at the view. I am currently editing my Langkawi video so do head over to my Youtube Channel "Marion St. Joan"


My happy red face..I had just recovered from exhaustion and motion sickness.


I ordered their Mozarella dish..the cheese is sourced from local buffalos in Langkawi and it was so delicious! Better than the ones that I get from Jaya Grocer (and they are not cheap as well). The tomatoes could be improved though, it looks like something that I would buy at the pasar for RM2 a pack. The dish itself cost RM88 before taxes. 


Originally a Beef Panini, we changed it to chicken. I forgot how much this was. Should have taken a pic of the menu.

Overall, the experience there was nice except that our food came a bit slow. We even ordered Ais Kacang and asked the waiter to bring it to us when our food arrived but we didn't receive it even when we are finished with the food. I'm not sure why it was so slow because there were only about 3 tables occupied during that time and I'm pretty sure Ais Kacang doesn't take that long to prepare. We were in a rush so we had to cancel that, unfortunately. We voiced up our comments to the Buggy guy so hopefully, they would improve that for future guests :)


Saturday, April 29, 2017

New Zealand: Part 3 (Last)




The majority of this post are pictures of our wine tour as well as random photos during the last day of our trip. Unfortunately, because I was both sea sick and car sick, I couldn't get to completely enjoy the wine tour. Strangely, after this incident, now that I'm back in Malaysia..I get motion sickness quite easily. I think we visited about 3 wineries and a chocolate factory that day. Another thing I remember from that area was the guy who was in charge of our lodging, Roger. There was this incident where we were about to get into the car to get to the grocery store and he was so shocked! After we said bye to him, we found out that the store was just about 7 minutes walk from our place. HAHA



Allan Scott Winery, New Zealand.



Not my cup of tea tho







Cloudy Bay Winery, you were great!


Had the best oysters there!!









Look at that liner!


This was at Christchurch. I was really happy because the sun came out!


We had coffee and breakfast at this nice cafe. Somehow I got even more tanned in New Zealand.


Got kissed by a Golden Retriever!


Got to feed this little buddy too.

Our trip actually ended here because we received the worst news from home. It still hurts to think about it. But we managed work together and reach home in less than 24 hours. The trip actually felt like a dream somehow, almost like it never happened. But documenting it, to me, is important.

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Finally! This is the last part of the New Zealand posts. Links to the first 3 posts:





Friday, April 28, 2017

New Zealand: Part 2




This is part two of my New Zealand trip last December. I've linked all the parts at the end of this post, so click away! Anyway, I love how gorgeous all the gardens were. So different from Sabah..but of course Sabah will always be number one in my heart. I think we spent about an hour at this place but I felt like it was not enough.



Isn't this gorgeous!?



Ahhh wouldn't it be great to see a rose wall all the time!




Being a tourist again haha but I was really happy because I could finally open my jacket and enjoy the sun shining on my face for awhile.



That got me #feelingcute



How pretty is this view? We stopped the car to take photos like the tourist we were. If I remember correctly, I think this particular drive was about 8 hours. My cousin did a really good job at that.



There was one evening where my aunt decided to treat us to a nice dinner at Portlander.



Delicious way to start dinner!



Ordered baby tomatoes and an entrée (because I know I couldn't finish any main course)



Gorgeous view on the Interislander Ferry

Even though the view was gorgeous, with the blue water and lush greens, but I experienced a horrible motion sickness throughout the ferry ride from the North Island to the South Island, which only got worst on our ride to Blenheim  Not only that, but the wind was so strong that I almost freezed my fingers off.





One of my favorite thing to do in NZ was look at houses just because it's different from Malaysia. And look at that front lawn..This particular house though looks like one of those houses in horror movies. You can just imagine something staring at you from one of the windows.



Took this with an iPhone 6! Looks good!
Stay tuned for Part 3 which features our wine tour :)

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Links:

New Zealand: Hobbiton Movie Set

New Zealand: Part 1

New Zealand: Part 3