Thursday, July 17, 2014

Invito Hotel Suites, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hello everyone! Hope this post finds you well. I have been exhausted really with the tonnes of activities that has been going on for the past few weeks but I am really grateful for the strength to last till dusk. I am in need of long and deep sleep. I am really happy to be fasting as it helps to detox since my meals are freshly cooked – abstinence from fast food and other toxic loaded delicacies like Doritos is hard but manageable!

I have not been on a holiday for a very long time so when I got to go for a break as near as the capital city of Malaysia, I am very grateful already! But before we dive into the good other places, let’s talk about this new pompous all-white hotel Invito Suites and Residence that will be launching next week, 23 July 2014!


I am really glad and honored to be there for a preview tour. Located in the epicenter of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, Invito Hotel Suites is the most prestigious address at the heart of Changkat Bukit Bintang that offers exceptional hotel-style living right in the city’s premier lifestyle enclave.


Kuala Lumpur is open. Booming. The last time I was there was a few years ago and I vividly remember what was there and what was not. Now, I was really surprised to get stuck in such heavy traffic, to get a little bit lost albeit on a Saturday, it isn't school holiday. To my amazement there were so many futuristic skyscrapers and a lot of construction going on! That explains the jam really! Be it a revamp, or new building and the latest trending project - the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project. It is definitely a progress towards their dream of being a city of tomorrow.

Invito Hotel Suites has an infinity pool and a fitness center overlooking the city. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include concierge services and dry cleaning/laundry services. The property has designated areas for smoking.


Rooms open to balconies - you can always have the city view and fresh air. Guestrooms at Invito Hotel Suites offer safes and coffee/tea makers. 50-inch flat-screen TVs are equipped with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer showers,bathrobes, and hair dryers. The highlight for all units is that all of them have kitchenettes with induction stove tops, full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and cookware, dishes and utensils - which is amazing because the appliances are by Electrolux. Additional amenities include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards - some hotels charge, which is retarded. Housekeeping is offered daily.


Warm hospitality seems to be the trademark at the 27 storey Invito Hotel Suites, with guests treated like family, a service which encourages travelers to keep coming back time and time again. When it comes to bedding down, the hotel is home to 354 guestrooms done up in masculine style with a monochromatic color palette of black, white and grey.


Business travellers can take advantage of the hotel and its business centre, function rooms and reading lounge. With easy accessibility and convenient connectivity, all your daytime and nocturnal needs from high-end retail shopping, scrumptious hawker fare to popular bars and chic clubs, are literally just steps away. What's more, entertainment wise, the possibilities are endless. With three monorail stations - Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang and Imbi serving the area, it allows you an easy access to the city best sightseeing and shopping. A short walk from here at 750m away is Jalan Alor, a street where you can find the city's best hawker food, and Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur's most happening nightlife hotspot.


Compliments to UOA Group for such wonderful tour!

UOA Group is one of the leading property groups in Malaysia. Founded and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) as United Overseas Australia Ltd in 1987, UOA has focused on property development, construction, property investment, and property management. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5

Hey everyone! I hope you guys are alive and kicking as we have passed more than half a year! There's always a lot of things to be excited about in the second half of the year. You can start counting down to Christmas, New Year, and many more!

I am glad to announce that I got a new mobile phone! For those who have been following me you'd have known by now. It is one of Samsung's latest - Galaxy S5. There are many things that I love about Galaxy S5! Today's post is for Samsung newbies like myself. Welcome to the club if you had just gotten your Samsung! As a first time user, there are so many cool things I found out about my new phone.



I thought I would get a Note 3 but judging by my lifestyle, it did not sit well in my hands. Galaxy S5 for a Samsung newbie is quite a handful already!

I am in love the Samsung's packaging because it is so green! The boxes are made of recycled material paper. Koreans are environmentally friendly I suppose? But who cares about the packaging, we want the handset and everything in it. Not the boxes!

The usual are in the package, just like any other. The handset (please report if there isn't!), charger (wires tend to get shorter by the day!) and a pair of earpiece.

Galaxy S5 is amazing. It's comparatively big as compared to my BlackBerry 9900 and a little smaller than Samsung Note 3. Which puts Galaxy S5 somewhere in between. After being so used to iPad, typing using physical keypad seems to need a lot of effort now! #lazyfingers

The touchscreen couldn't be more sensitive. On the first day I used the phone, I had people calling me back asking why I called. Then I realize in the call log was a list of people that I have called unknowingly! Embarrassing much! On a bright side, it's good to know that the S5 is very responsive.

Here are the  few major things that I love about Galaxy S5, that may or may not have in its predecessors. Can't have any opinion on the rest!



I can leave my digital camera at home.
Well, not really! I love S5's 16 megapixel camera. It makes everything look very, very detailed. Especially for photoholics like me who loves to snap almost anything, or anyone who thinks having a camera is too bulky, S5 is a perfect solution. The downside is, it does not take as good night images as a proper camera would. That sucks.

Many of those who has S5 can agree that the best camera feature is the beauty shot tool where it enhances the look of your face or at least reduces noise. I always use this function if I find my pictures a little bit noisy. It eliminates it a little bit.

Raining? No worries.
With an IP67 certification, Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquid, sand and dust. Resistant is not the same as proof just so you know. Even so, it is still a great architectural feat for Samsung's baby because it helps people like me who has sweaty palms to use the phone without worrying of damaging it in the long run. Often times I worry that the sweat from my hands would seep through the openings of my phone. Now, I don't have to worry that much. I don't even have to dust the insides of my phone anymore!

I can also make a call or a selfie in the rain!




Less worry about power banks and chargers.
That does not go to say you should leave your power banks at home if you are such a heavy user. Samsung Galaxy S5 is equipped with Power Saving and Ultra Power Saving Mode. Use the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life so you no longer have to worry about missing important calls when your phone is running low on battery. This innovative feature changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimize battery consumption. At least it can last you to be contactable throughout the day!

Power download.
The Download Booster technology lets you use the LTE and Wi-Fi concurrently to give you an unrivalled network experience. When you need to download files in a hurry, turn on the LTE and Wi-Fi together and experience up to 3X5 faster download speed compared to when using either 4G or Wi-Fi only.

It's not just a smartphone, it's a sporty phone.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is the first phone to have heart rate sensor, and integrated S Health application. At a touch of a button, you can put your finger on the built-in Heart Rate Sensor which enables you to measure your heart rate. Although up till today I am not so sure on what is considered a healthy heart rate (is there?) but it is always good to know that I have a heart rate to measure!

The enhanced S Health leads you through your fitness routines daily and consistently. Set your goals and achieve them with the help of Galaxy S5's pedometer and S Health’s constant tracking of your condition, walking distance, calories, speed, duration, and so on.

On top of that, Play Store has a lot of fitness related applications which I downloaded some of them. I find them really helpful especially in busy months like this, where I don't have much time to be out and about. It is always good to know that technology can assist you by measuring how many sit ups, pull ups, or push ups you have done. Amazing!

I did not read much about the S5 initially but judging by the widgets, it's not just a smarty phone, it's a sporty phone. Especially now when my rest days are limited to sleeping hours only, it is so hard to find time to gym. Yes, people from the gym have been asking about my absence. I appreciate that a lot! Now I can always use the apps to help me. Not to say it should replace a proper trainer but these apps are very handy should you travel!

Before I wrap up, here are the few apps that I have and you should too!

  1. VSCOCam - I love their filters! Enhances the color and apparently my images look sharper with their filters. 
  2. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - How else are you going to stalk me? Or your friends for that matter. Hehe!
  3. BBC Widget - Get the latest news from BBC from the convenience of your home screen.
  4. Comfort Delgro - Easy and fast way to get City Cab! Especially for travellers who want to get to places fast!
  5. MyTransport by LTA - Very convenient for those who are taking the public transport as you are able to find out the bus arrival time. I personally love the live traffic camera! I can always find out which road to avoid while on the road. Road safety is paramount, only do it when you are safe!
  6. Runtastic workout applications - Very helpful for travelers who wishes to workout at places where gym is very remote and hard to find. Really love them!
  7. Hydro - Simple but very helpful. It helps to remind you hourly that you should drink up! Especially in humid metropolitan countries like Singapore. Always remember to stay hydrated!
  8. Google Hangout - The group video call function is seamless!
Hope those who are contemplating to get a Galaxy S5 has a better idea on what they are in for. Join my club!

To Samsung users, feel free to share your experience, tips and tricks that even I may not know of!