Showing posts with label romantic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label romantic. Show all posts

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

Friday, September 20, 2019


Ever heard of cataplexy? No? Neither have I. It’s a rare disorder I learned from watching Ode To Joy, a romantic comedy now showing at GSC International Screens.

Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Malaysia and shown exclusively at GSC International Screens, Ode To Joy is based on a true story originally featured on This American Life. Giving movie goers a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live, I find Ode To Joy rather entertaining with its wry sense of humour. It's also a good way of learning about such a rare disorder without too much morbidity.
The plot centres around Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman, above) who has cataplexy; a disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles and becomes unconscious whenever he is overcome by strong emotions: anger, fear but particularly joy.

Poor Charlie is literally paralyzed by delight-triggering people, places, and events so he avoids cute babies, adorable puppies and if possible, weddings. So how is he going to find love and happiness in his condition? Even romance is fraught with peril in Charlie’s carefully managed world until he meets the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin).

The subsequent plot twists where his brother Cooper pairs off with Francesca whilst Charlie attempts to date bookish Bethany soon causes unwarranted conflict, bringing Charlie to a risky path of life he's never taken. Is there a happily ever after for Charlie? Watch the movie to find out.

The movie is now showing exclusively at five selected GSCinemas: GSC Mid Valley Megamall KL, GSC 1 Utama PJ, GSC Pavilion KL, GSC Gurney Plaza Penang, GSC Paradigm Mall, JB.

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