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Friday, February 5, 2016

Dining at the KIP Hotel

As you know, the KIP Hotel is a very lovely business class hotel which is vibrant and very inviting along Jalan Kuching... If you do not know, read HERE ... What about the food? 


When it comes to dining (or feasting)... there are currently two main places... though they have drinks available at Aqua by The Pool on the 5th Floor, and even at the  AtSixlounge area on the 6th Floor of the hotel and also I really can't wait to see The Atop, once the place is opened... 


The Atop, as the name suggests, affords guest a panoramic view of the city from the skybar as you can take the time to enjoy lively music and great drinks...


Then there is the ACAJ  Art Cafe  (All Coffee All Juices), which a very charming rustic art cafe...


The place is clean, neat with wooden furnishing and green...



...and you can find amazing desserts, pastries, croissants and more then 20 choices of different types of coffee, tea or juices here.....


Feeling peckish any time of the day, just head over to Aroma their All Day Dining Restaurant which serves really great food...and affordable and yummy buffet as well...


My family, consisting of my husband, our daughter and me were there for lunch and we ordered from the Ala Carte menu...The dishes are all specially prepared by their Executive Chef Simon Lee and his team of amazing chefs !!!


There are ample seats all around the Aroma...


My mini me, decidedly having a very Malaysian palate decided to go for the Pasti Sedap Nasi Lemak (RM23.00) . The rice was well flavoured with coconut milk and fluffy, and the dish came accompanied with fried egg, peanuts, anchovies (ikan bilis), sambal and yummy chicken curry kapitan... and well, my mini me swore the Nasi Lemak lived up to the name and was definitely one of the best she has eaten....


My husband ordered one of those Japanese Bento Boxes...the Salmon Teriyaki Bento (RM31.00) - that came with nicely grilled salmon fish fillet with teriyaki sauce, chukka wakame, takuan, Japanese rice, salad, miso soup and sliced watermelon...

He loved the sauce so much he complained there wasn't enough when it was all gone.... LOL. The salmon was nicely grilled and tender. It was really good and both my daughter and I kept trying to steal bites off the bento box too, despite having our own dishes...


For me, I had a hard choice decided what I want to eat as the menu seemed to be full of my favourite food.... but finally I decided to go with the Salmon Fish Head Noodles (RM16.00) which consisted of  rice noodles and nicely fried salmon fish head pieces cooked in fish broth with evaporated milk served with some pickled mustard, tofu, and tomato....

I loved the soup which was soooo flavourful, and of course, the generous pieces of cut salmon fish head meat pieces....very yummy...


To quench our thirst, we had a glass of fresh orange juice (RM12.00) and a mango smoothie (RM10.00) which you can get from ACAJ too.....and they came with a little ice and no sugar...very healthy and refreshing, especially on a hot day...


Since it was a Friday night, the hotel was serving a lovely buffet spread as well.. and very affordable RM39 nett only!! Very affordable.... So there is no reason not to bring your girlfriend/boyfriend, spouse or family over for a nice meal in a nice ambience....


The buffet spread may be simple  but it is very fulfilling and I think it is great value for money as the food is delicious and you get a nice ambience here as well...


There is the Japanese Egg Beancurd, cooked in eggy gravy... one of my favourites ....


..Stirfried vegetables, consisting of cauliflower, broccoli, fuchuk and beancurd as well as juicy big shiitake mushrooms in delicious accompanying gravy...


.. fish lovers like me will enjoy the fish fillet in black bean sauce, with capsicum.... it is very delicious eaten with white rice or just on its own......


Then there is 'ayam masak merah', chicken cooked with tomato sauce and chilli etc....you can eat this with the nasi tomato served as well....


I am a koay teow lover, so how can I resist this Fried Koay Teow..... the koay teow was evenly fried and flavorful... 


Don't forget to add the egg foo yong into your plate... you will enjoy this Chinese style omelette lots....


... and a Malaysian favorite... Satay!!!


I have not eaten roast duck in a while, so this came as a very pleasant surprise and I really enjoyed it.....


My husband being a huge fan of fried food and fritters was visibly delighted with this table where he had his choice of fried spring rolls, fried fuchuk and other fried delicacies...


Hot drink choices.... coffee or tea or me???? OK ...not me... the 'me' was just a joke.. heheh


For dessert, there are slices of marble cake or butter cake to tempt you..


Or how about these delectable fruit cake...


mochi anyone???


or chocolate rice balls???


maybe some adorable and scrumptious fruit tartlets...

These are not all there is... there are also a selection of jelly and pudding and sometimes they serve really nice seafood as well... so you really should bring your friends, love ones and family over there to Aroma to have a meal....


And yes... since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, Gong Xi Fa Chai yaaa.....hehehe .. Have a Happy Prosperous Chinese New Year.....


KIP Hotel Kuala Lumpur
No. 77, Jalan Seri Utara 1, Sri Utara Off Jalan Ipoh, 
68100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6256 0888         
Fax: +603 6258 8919
HP:+6 011-2800 3116
Email: enquiry@kiphotel.com.my  

this picture and the first picture above have been taken off the KIPHotelKL's FB page... and are not mine....


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sunway Lagoon's Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon


Yours truly and her mini me the cutie monkee was most excited to be among the first few hundreds to discover the new Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon at Sunway Lagoon yesterday... (2/2/2016).. It was located in ten acres of lush tropical rainforest (painstakingly planted and nurtured by the Sunway Group.. Yeah.. because, well if you remember, this place was a barren tin ore mine many, many years ago....). Anyway this hidden world is now open to the public beginning today!!! Yup.....it's open now!!!!



We were there early to check out the opening yesterday and upon being transferred by train to the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon from the Surf Beach area, my mini me got a sip of some yummy 'slime' juice.... 


We also managed to take some pictures here.... pretty picturesque won't you say....


The location is on the other side of the Surf Beach and Amphitheater/ wild life park petting zoo area. From the Surf Beach , you can see the area clearly...


There were some interesting activities and so since we were early, we spend some time taking part....


My daughter had her face painted.... 


Taa daa... she looks like one of those Red Indian maidens...now....


There were interesting tribal dances...


A nice friendly Red Indian on stilts saying hi..... it sure is amazing seeing them run, skip and dance around on their stilts...


And... we got our caricatures painted... This photo was taken by a professional media photographer.....heheheh....he was kind to oblige me and take a few pictures for me with my humble little Nikon S33 waterproof camera...


My daughter and I taking turns.. I had a picture drawn on Princess Leia's body and my daughter wanted to be Black Widow from Avengers...


No stone was left unturned in the creation of the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon which boasts 14 immersive attractions, some of which were themed with Nickelodeon's hit properties, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles....


Visitors here will definitely have an exhilarating experience with interactive play areas including a daily signature slime event, a variety of waterslide rides, retail shops, games and a myriad of food establishments and more...


You will start your adventure climbing "ancient temple" steps and pass over pineapple columns and intricate carvings leading the way to the magnificent SpongeBob SquarePants temple/structure...


Your adventure continues with geysers, sprouting water cannons, cascading falls and gooey moments with green slime....


Head deeper into the forest via suspended bridges over rivers to more thrilling, wet and wild activities as well as gravity defying rides that twist around the trees and hills.... 


The launch was definitely grand, and attended by guests of honour, the Selangor Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali; Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah ; Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman M.Hisham, Sunway Group deputy chairman and Mark Whitehead, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Asia...

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman M.Hisham, Sunway Group deputy chairman  giving his speech

Mark Whitehead, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Asia giving his speech....


The Selangor Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali said that the park was a fantastic addition to Sunway Lagoon and that it will greatly boost Selangor as a tourist destination. 


Built with an investment of more than RM100million, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is the result of a joint initiative between Sunway Group and VIMN, lending yet another layer of top - notch family based fun to Sunway Lagoon's five current existing parks.....none other then the Wildlife Park, Wet Park, Scream Park, Adventure Park and Surf Beach....


You can also naturally get to meet your favourite Nickelodeon characters... such as Boots and Dora the Explorer....


Or how about a selfie with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...



The photo opportunity with the VIPs as well as the characters in the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon.....



When YAB Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali has finished signing the plaque as well as setting off the first round of fireworks, they officially count down to the first official Slime time at SpongBob SquarePants monument/temple... 


The make shift gong was set up.. and hit....


And oh no..... Here comes the slime........huhuhuh



Yikes.....has everyone turned green???? Heheheh



Another  photo opportunity with the VIPs and the key personnel of Sunway Group...at the top of the "ancient temple steps" but there were too many people so I only got half and half... not the whole picture....huhuhu.. sorry about that..



And well... everyone was impressed with the coloured fireworks and the iconic volcano suddenly coming to life and....spitting flames.....and I thought all this while it was dormant.... LOL


Remember to check out the shops for souvenirs or necessities for your trip to the jungle...This one is the Amazon...



The suspended bridge over the river.......


If you are in need of some nice cold popsicles or ice cream, be sure to check out the Mat Kool ice cream truck, permanently parked there.... heheh


The Lost Raiders shop has a lot of interesting souvenirs and toys you can get for yourself or your loved ones...


Keychains?  Fridge magnets? T shirts?


How about some Nickelodeon characters.... though I must admit I would prefer to see some more personalised Nickelodeon toys.. special editions for the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon maybe???


Don't forget to memorise the time table for meeting your favorite characters and also the Slime time!!!!



Among the ruins of the long lost civilization, you can now experience geysers, water cannons, waterfalls, slide down and play catch with SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom Gang! 



Get ready for the rise of a Slime powered civilization and join in the celebration for the ultimate honor of a ‘Great Slime Deluge’ at 4pm every day!! Turn green for the day and enjoy the free-spirited mess with full of smiles and laughter, but be safe and responsible!

No slime this time.. slime is only allocated at a specific time...



The PRIMEVAL is set to take you on a journey of our  Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon with exciting twists, turns and drops that climbs over trees, hills and into the gullies to experience nature at its best. There are 3 unique ride experiences which are the.... COBRA CREEK, BOA CONSTRICTOR & CROCODILE GULLY that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Be careful... there is a gigantic King Cobra there spitting venom....



The HIPPO VALLEY is where all rivers flow into a busy waterway where tribes meet to catch a drink and laze until sunset. Watch Hippos swim on the banks and monkeys swinging from trees to trees. 

Catch the ‘Whopping Splash’ coming your way while you enjoy the serenity of the rainforest. You will hear tribal drums and tribal warriors calling for celebration!


Of course, beware of all those open mouthed hippos... there are many all around...



The JUNGLE FURY will take you on a over-the-edge ride with your family and friends, experience surprise drops, twisting turns and ending with a wholesome family fun that ensures a happy family always stays together


Well, I am only sharing a small portion of what you can find there... There are so much more you can discover there at the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon... Most of the rides are couple or family oriented as they will require two or more people on the floats and such...

You can get to the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon now on the train from the Surf Beach, or you can just do some good old fashion exercise and walk through all those scenic places and see the amazing offerings Sunway Lagoon has including ATV rentals, bungee jumping, trampoline jumps etc... 

There is definitely something for everyone.. whether you are the type who loves cute things, the animal lover, the death defying type etc..etc..

Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is now opened to public from every Monday to Sunday ... at 10am to 6pm....

Enjoy all these attractions on offer at the normal price RM150 for adults and just RM120 for all those below 12!!!

For more info, check out www.facebook.com/SunwayLagoonMalaysia....