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Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

Experience Kuala Lumpur’s energy and rich culture at Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection. 

Also known as STRIPES, it is located in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s business district. Stay right in Kuala Lumpur’s business and social hub, near some of the city’s top restaurants, art galleries, shops and legendary landmarks. It is also near to the Stesen Monorel Medan Tuanku, Dang Wangi LRT Station on the Kelana Jaya line, and Bukit Nanas Monorail Station.

KL Tower is 2.3 km from Hotel Stripes. It is also 2.9 km to Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC, while Aquaria KLCC is 2.6 km from the hotel. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 68.3 km away.


Stylish urban accommodations in Kuala Lumpur for individual, family, or group stays:

  • Stripes Suite : 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Executive Studio : Larger Studio, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Studio : Studio, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Executive Deluxe Room : Guest room, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Deluxe Twin : Guest room, 2 Twin/Single Bed(s)
  • Deluxe King : Guest room, 1 King

Dining @ Brasserie 25

Enjoy food and drinks offered at Hotel Stripes.

Brasserie 25 exudes a rustic charm. With its red brick arcades, mid-century copper sputnik chandeliers and dark wood floors, this restaurant and bar located on level 1 provides a dramatic yet relaxed vibe.

Throwback to 2018, when we had afternoon tea with cakes, macaroons, and tarts at Brasserie 25.

Then, back again in 2020, when we had a Bao-Tea-Ful (meal) at Brasserie 25.

“All it takes to fall in love is a single bite of our bao, made fresh and stuffed with only the best ingredients.”

The baos had different fillings, from lamb rendang to roast duck to salted egg butter prawn to braised beef brisket to with ice cream.

You can choose the bao to go with cendol, bubur cha cha, or red bean soup.

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Seaside Staycation at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Honeymoon? Anniversary? Family staycation not too far from Kuala Lumpur City Center? Located along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and Sepang’s 22 kilometer shore is a secluded tropical hideaway – Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort.

Located 90 minutes from the cosmopolitan buzz of Kuala Lumpur city, and only 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is easily accessible and hassle-free.

Settle into the perfect beachside staycation with gorgeous sunset and celebrate in style with your special someone and enjoy VIP treatment with perks to set the mood.

Photos shared are throwback to my 2016 holiday in Avani (short for Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort).


Avani has a mainland beachfront setting with lush gardens and a palm structure built on stilts which extends over warm shallow waters. The overwater palm features 315 contemporary Polynesian-inspired guest rooms and villas, all with a sea view.

We were welcomed by the Avani-hut building. From the balcony of the main building, you’ve an overview of the resort and the branch straight down.

The resort’s over water palm features 315 rooms and one, two and three bedroom villas for couples, families and friends. Well designed space with essential comforts ease you into a totally relaxing stay. Fresh and contemporary, warm natural tones are splashed with colorful artwork, cushions, throws and flowers. Sleep well in a comfy bed. Drink in views of open water and stunning sunsets from your private balcony or terrace. 

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Two-Bedroom Villa

Travelling as a family, we stayed in the two-bedroom villa. The villa was located on a palm. The villa can accommodate 5 adults or 3 adults with 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children.

The master bedroom had a king size bed, walk-in wardrobe, and LCD television. The master bathroom had marble flooring with sunken bathtub and a separate shower.

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The second bedroom had twin beds.

There was an extra “room” which had a sofa bed and could be used as a work or study room.

The lounge area was spacious with an LCD television in the lounge. In addition to the television, the villa also had high-speed internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini fridge, and a personal safe.

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The villa had a large private terrace with panoramic sea view. 

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For dinner, we tasted authentic dishes and chilled at Sepoi-Sepoi.


Next day’s breakfast was a breakfast buffet at Bila-Bila. It is located at the Club House, directly ahead upon the Avani entrance.

Meaning ‘anytime’ in Malay, Bila-Bila is open from early to late with a range to suit every appetite. Dining room or open deck, local or international, buffet or à la carte. Anything goes at Bila-bila. If only all Sepang restaurants were this relaxed.

Bila-Bila overlooked the infinity pool and the sea.

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang Review

Along the beaches of Batu Ferringhi is the first Hard Rock Hotel in Penang, Malaysia which opened it’s doors on 19th September 2009.

Upon entering the car park, you’ll be greeted by a huge Hard Rock Penang guitar at the entrance. If you can’t play the guitar, at least you can strike a rock-star pose with the giant guitar monument.

Then just at the entrance of the hotel lobby, look down on the ground and then up. On the ground, you’ll see a reflection of the Hard Rock Hotel logo. Above is like a rain shower of lights projecting the logo and the lights change colours every few seconds.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a 6-storey hotel with 250 guest rooms and 11 types of rooms. The hotel has the largest free-form pool in Penang. The swimming pool consists of sand islands, three water slides and private poolside cabanas.

Here is a sneak peak of a room directly facing the swimming pool.

Here’s some sneak peek of a room while we were in Penang back then.

Overlooking the bed is a picture of John Lennon, illuminated by the purple light from beneath.

The room was fitted and decorated with an LED TV, a handy smartphone to make international calls, and a bedside lamp with it’s own fingerboard and real guitar strings.

In the bathroom is a picture of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll.

All pictures taken are throwback to my visit at Hard Rock Hotel Penang in 2014 and 2018.

You can book a room in Hard Rock Hotel Penang through the link below. Do note that for any booking made, I’ll receive a referral from the completed booking.

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Toya Kanko Hotel Review

Toya Kanko Hotel is in Toyako Onsen in Hokkaido, Japan. At the foot of Mount Usu is where you will find most of the area’s hotels and shops, a visitor center, the sightseeing boat pier and the bus terminal.

Toya Kanko Hotel offers elegant rooms. The hotel comprises 131 rooms. WiFi throughout the accommodation is available. Some rooms offer a heating system, a safe box and a wardrobe with views of the mountain. A tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries are featured.

At レストラン「湖畔」 restaurant all guests are invited to enjoy Japanese cuisine. The outdoor bar is a nice spot for relaxation. Boyotei and Sobakura are situated about 200 meters from the venue. A private pool is featured onsite. Toya Kanko Hotel offers sport activities, such as tennis and table tennis.

You’re welcome to use the link below to search and book a room in Toya Kanko Hotel. Do note that I’ll earn a referral from any completed booking made.

How to get to Toya Kanko Hotel

From Tokyo, you can reach Lake Toya by flying to Chitose City’s New Chitose Airport, and then jumping on a local train from there. You can also ride the shinkansen all the way from Tokyo, a journey completely covered by the JR Rail Pass.

If you’re coming by car, it is:

  • about 2 hours from Sapporo
  • about 1 hour and a half from New Chitose Airport
  • about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Hakodate

Coming from Sapporo, we took the train from JR Sapporo station down to Toya station. It was a 1 hour and 52 minutes, or 163km train ride.

Toya Station

From Toya station to Lake Toya, it was another 15 minutes bus ride. The bus stopped at Toyako Onsen bus terminal, where we continued on foot (4 minutes or 300 meters) to the hotel.

Japanese Style Room
Japanese Style Room
Yukata (Japanese Pajamas)
Direct view of Lake Toya from hotel room

To search for an available room in Toya Kanko Hotel, you can use the link below.

Private Dinner at Toya Kanko Hotel

At our stay here, we had a private dinner of pork, cooked seafood, fresh raw seafood, desserts, and passion fruit at the hotel.

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Lunch @ a Delicatessen

What is delicatessen? Delicatessen is a retail establishment that sells a selection of unusual or foreign prepared foods. I’m going to author a book about food and this blog post is a step in the right direction.


Last Monday, my friends and I had the opportunity to attend a 3-days book writing and publishing course in Swiss-Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. On the 3rd day of the course, we had lunch at Green Treats Delicatessen in Swiss-Garden Hotel.

The lunch set menu offered a few choices which consisted of a main meal + drink + dessert. The main meal was mainly asian and Malaysian food. Some of my friends ordered chicken chop rice. While others ordered claypot chicken rice. For me, I ordered assam pedas fish rice.


Assam means sour. Pedas means spicy. Usually, when we order assam pedas fish rice, the dish is more sour than spicy. However, it was not as expected. This particular dish was more spicy than sour. It was a spicy experience.

Nevertheless, when ordering food, I would go for value over experience. Value is equated with the number of dishes included in the meal. In this case, the chicken chop rice had more value than the assam pedas rice. The chicken chop rice also had popiah rolls and a fried egg.


Nonetheless, check-out Green Treats Delicatessen for more treats! It is located at the lobby level of the hotel. It offers a cosy yet trendy atmosphere. Complimentary WIFI access is also available for the tech savvy traveller. It is open daily from 10:00AM to 11:00PM.

Treat yourself to some Greens at a Delicatessen

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