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Friday, April 22, 2022


Rest, repast and a romantic 2 days/1 night staycation in a Junior Suite. Since our last vacay was over three years ago, we caved and succumbed to Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort’s Inspire Romance Package, heading to the hotel for a brief fling.

Upon our arrival at the 260-room Glenmarie Hotel with its award-winning golf fairway, we were delighted check-in was smooth and efficiently handled. The towering columns and water features within the lobby area are evocative of a resort.


Entering the Junior Suite assigned to us, the lovely decorations adorning our King-size bed: a pair of beautiful ‘swans’ folded using towels and rose petals artistically arranged to form the words ‘I love you’ left us completely smitten. Now such Instagrammable moments had to be recorded for posterity and we left the decorations untouched until bedtime.

There was also a welcome gift platter of delicious chocolates which we savoured while lounging in the comfort of our suite. Complimentary water, coffee/tea-making facilities were provided so we felt quite at home enjoying these creature comforts.

Our suite looked out to the golfing greens – the tranquil landscape edged by prolific greenery proved a nice change when we snuggled into the comfy chaise lounge for reading or just to relax. The in-room WiFi is easily accessible and fast.

Later we went for a quick dip in the pool. Being a weekday, we had the whole place to ourselves.

The highlight of our 'Inspired Romance' staycation was the four-course dinner, served in the privacy of our suite. Right on the dot, the room service team member arrived with our chosen selection at the appointed time.

Such an indulgence we rarely had the privilege to enjoy so it was a memorable experience. The food was surprisingly up to expectations too.


After sipping our complimentary mocktails, we sampled our starters of Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, and Cream of Mushroom with Truffle Oil. Both portions were generous enough for hubby and myself to share and swap. The salad was agreeable whilst the soup proved a tad too rich for our liking.

Both the Grilled Australian Ribeye Steak with Seasonal Buttered Vegetables and Fries, and Pan-fried Salmon Fillet with Creamy Dill Sauce and Seasonal Buttered Vegetables were on-point. Again, portions were hearty and we had to pace ourselves before we could proceed to sample dessert.

Dining in-room proved advantageous as there was no time limit, unlike restaurant dining. You could dawdle over the starter or the main course as long as you like. We spent some time snapping photos of the dishes so the luxury of enjoying dinner at an unhurried pace was a nice change.

Wrapping up our evening on a high note was the classic treat of Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce complemented by Fresh Fruit Platter. Admittedly, both of us shall cherish this romantic dining experience as one to remember.

After a good night’s sleep, we trooped downstairs to Kites Restaurant for our complimentary buffet breakfast for two. We ate our fill from the ample spread of pastries, noodles, rice, fruits, dim sum, eggs, bread, etc served.

The 'Inspire Romance' Package (from RM496 nett) is available for stay-in dates until 30 June 2022, so hurry and reserve your dates now! It's a lovely escapade for couples who need to escape their daily routine just for a day, to rekindle their spark of romantic passion.

For more information and reservations, call Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort, tel: 03-7802 5200 or

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Roman Abramovich, David and Victoria Beckham, international business tycoons, Middle Eastern royal families and Hollywood superstars are some of the celeb guests Executive Chinese Chef Eddie Chua has cooked for during his previous stints abroad. With three decades of industry experience under his hat, the affable and humble Eddie has worked in some of the world’s most exclusive resorts and hotels in Maldives, Lebanon, Russia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.


Now the Malaysian chef has returned to his roots, content to display his culinary prowess at China Treasures, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC). This Chinese New Year, the five festive menus: Happiness, Abundance, Fortune, Prosperity and Wealth composed by Chef Eddie should leave you counting your blessings and looking eagerly to fruitful prospects brought in by the Monkey Year.

At the sneak media preview, we savoured a selection of hand-picked dishes from China Treasure's CNY menus. We tossed and stirred with much gusto with the curtain-raiser of Fresh Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang comprising colourful crisps, freshly shredded vegetables, pickles and condiments topped with slices of imported salmon. The customary speciality passed muster with no unexpected surprises.

Stealthy jolts of tongue-numbing zinginess hit us when we bit into the Crispy Roast Chicken with Szechuan Pepper Hot Sauce. The chef revealed he had rubbed the punchy marinade inside the chicken prior to roasting. Once the chook is cooked, the collected jus was served as the base dip, giving a titillating dimension to the popular Chinese restaurant staple.

Simplicity ruled the dish of Steamed Live Australia Jade Perch. We thought the fish lived up to expectations despite the formulaic fallback on spring onion, coriander, ginger and light soya sauce. The doneness was spot on too with the inherent sweetness tangible and palate-pleasing.

A milieu of bright, bold flavours emerged from the slick saucy coating of the succulently springy Stir-fried Crystal Prawns with Honey Pepper Sauce. To retain their natural sweetness, the prawn shell remained intact but with a back slit to make shelling easier.

My aunt used to cover whole dried oysters with fish paste and fatt choi (fine hair-like sea moss) before braising them so those good memories came instantly to mind when I ate the rustic Braised Sea Moss Oyster Rolls with White Jade Shell Meat & Garden Greens; the dish's deep-sea nuances further augmented by the shell meat, rendering the salubrious dish incomparable.

One can’t go wrong with a failsafe classic like Yong Zhou Fried Rice. Again no disconcerting element here to rock the boat for rice-crazy diners. The chopped long beans added texture and wholesome touch to the carb-rich offering.

Subtly sweet Chilled Lo Han Guo Jelly with Aloe Vera accompanied by a duo of Chinese New Year Special Dessert – deep-fried sesame balls with lotus paste and mochi red bean balls helped to plug any tummy space left unfilled.

Depending on your choice of set menu, China Treasures’ CNY menus start from RM922.88 for table of six up to Rm3288.88 per table of 10 persons (with complimentary bottle of wine).

For reservations, call China Treasures, tel: 03-2011 9191. Address: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


School hols are here again. Are you feeling the pinch from unfavourable foreign currency exchange? Still wanna to take the family for a short vacay? Then set sail for Labuan with Malaysia Airlines (MAB) – enjoy great savings with the current Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Dekat Je promo deals.
Located 6km away from the Borneo coast of East Malaysia, Labuan is one of Malaysia’s three federal territories and our nation’s only offshore financial centre. But finance and petroleum aren’t the only things to make Labuan tick.
The name Labuan which comes from the Malay word ‘labohan’ for port, is an undiscovered gem as a low-key holiday destination. A recent visit organised by Dorsett Grand Labuan proved to be a revelation of sorts, surprising us with endless possibilities of things to do, see, eat and buy on the sun-kissed, laidback island. Labuan has something to offer to everyone - check out this informative overview of what to expect.

If you're lucky, you'd reel in this exquisite tasting flesy fish known 
as 'hoi dhai gai' (ocean chicken)

No visit to Labuan is complete without a meal or two or three of its freshest seafood. A short 30-min drive away from Dorsett Grand Labuan will take you to Kampung Nagalang Seafood Restaurant (Jalan Kerupang 1, Kampung Nagalang, Simpang Ikan Todak 24,W.P. Labuan,tel: +6017 898 3837/012 834 1997). 

Set out on stilts out in the open sea, the rustic wood-built resto has numerous tanks of live deep-sea fishes, shellfish and crustaceans for your selection. You’d go ga-ga over the wide variety but our dinner touted mostly the resto's house specialities.
Dishes which floated our boat included crispy white bait, stir-fried slipper lobsters with salted egg and stir-fried ‘kam heong’ crabs which come slicked in a caramelised, saucy coating of thick soya sauce, crushed black pepper, garlic and curry leaves.
That seafood-laden dinner whetted our appetite for fresh catches of seafood from Labuan to cart home. Here’s a hint: wake up at the crack of dawn and head out to Labuan Fisheries (Jalan OKK Awang Besar, 87000 WP Labuan) where an open-air fish and seafood market is sited. Avid cooks and seafood lovers will be hooked by amazing seafood choices at pocket-friendly prices. For instance, a 1kg+ seven-star grouper costs about RM150 only.
Looking for local snacks like ampalang or dried food like anchovies and dried fish? Then Labuan Central Market (Jalan Bunga Tanjung, WP Labuan) with its orderly sections of meat, fish/seafood and vegetable cum grocery beckons. Walk through the covered complex for a cornucopia of local sights, sounds and smell.
Don’t forget Labuan is a duty-free island so booze and chocs are great buys too. Just pop into the One Stop Duty Free Shop at Victoria Point (Lot A, G Floor, Victoria, Jalan OKK Awang Besar, 87000 WP Labuan, tel: +6016 2020 200/+608 7421 178 ) for ample supplies
of imported chocolates and alcoholic beverages. All at jaw-dropping low prices compared to Peninsular Malaysia.

Serious history buffs should hire local historian Willie Teoh (hp no: 019-8820 551) to guide them on a historical walk. His deep-seated passion and keen interest in Labuan’s early days and community affairs should help you delve into Labuan’s historical past at the Labuan Museum (U 0364, Jalan Dewan, 87008 WP Labuan, tel: 087-414 135).
Let him take you through the island’s different transition periods, from the prehistoric era up to the formation of the Labuan Corporation. The museum's splendid showcase also illustrates the cultural and economic contributions of the Brunei Malay, Kadayan, Chinese, Kadazan-Dusun, Indian and Sikh communities in this territory.
A sense of serene poignancy reigns at the Labuan War Memorial Park where orderly rows and rows of white headstones stood  sentinel as tribute to the 3,908 soldiers from Australia, Great Britain, India, New Zealand and Malaysia who died during World War II. Perusing the engraved names, military ranks and ages of the fallen heroes reminded us of their bravery and sacrifice.
Likewise, another historic site to visit is Surrender Point Memorial. At this landmark on September 10, 1945, Lieutenant General Masao Baba of the 37th Japanese Army officially surrendered his sword to Australian Major General George Wootten  to signal the ceremonial end of WWII in Labuan.
As a symbol of hope to pray such war atrocities would never again occur in Labuan, we came face-to-face with a huge rock from Nagoya which is the main centrepiece at Peace Park. The landscaped and well-maintained premise also stands as a memorial to late soldiers and civilians who perished during the war and as a sign of eternal friendship between Japan and Malaysia.
Coal-mining activities which occurred between 1847 and 1911 in Labuan will also garner some attention from first-time visitors. It is said The Chimney in Tanjung Kubong may be related to those early goings-on but nothing has been proven thus far. In fact, the sturdy 32-metre high rectangular raw red brick structure which is over a century old, has no tell-tale function or purpose as far as historians can detect. The Chimney’s mysterious existence remains an unsolved puzzle to this day, with rife speculations about it being a lighthouse or bell tower or a smoke stack.

Families and friends who enjoy being on the go can rent bicycles (contact LDA Holdings - Ms Syafiqah, tel: +60 8 7413 155 or +6013-507 0795) and go on a cycling tour. Start from Dorsett Grand Labuan and follow a scenic trail which takes you past popular tourist attractions such as War Memorial Park, International Sea Sports Complex, An’Nur Jamek Mosque and Botanical Garden.
Our biking entourage was given VIP escort all the way, thanks to Tourism Malaysia Manager Cik Norhidayah Md Noor and the support of the Chief of Police Tuan Adzhar Othman from Labuan PDRM and his men in white.

Alternatively, go back to nature by hiking up the 148-metre Bukit Kubong. Covered with lush shrubbery, the path uphill is easy enough for novice hikers to attempt. Once you reach the peak, be rewarded by a panoramic view of sandy shores and verdant greenery. 
Golfing enthusiasts may tee off at the Labuan International Golf Club (Jalan Sungai Pagar, Kiansam, 87000 WP Labuan, tel: +60 87 468468). The club welcomes kiddies to try their hand at the driving range too. Who knows, you may just discover the lil ones have a knack for it.
Beach side activities abound as well. Join locals to jog, stroll or sit to admire the sunset along Manikar Beach. Us lucky souls were thoroughly pampered by the Dorsett Grand Labuan catering team who whipped up refreshments and cocktails on the spot for our enjoyment.

Life's a beach in Labuan so go island-hopping when you're there. The crystal-clear water and pristine sun-kissed beach of Pulau Kuraman is but a short boat-ride away (call Rodney, hp no: 016-328 1689 for boat hire, email: Take your time to swim, frolic around or catch forty winks on tree-hung hammocks under shady trees. Bring along a picnic lunch to stave off hunger pangs after all that splashing fun.
Thank you to Dorsett Hotels & Resorts and Malaysia Airlines with support from Tourism Malaysia for making this Labuan media fam possible.

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