Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bora Asmara @ Sungai Penchala

I've been to Bora Asmara twice and although the ambience is amazing, the food is so-so. I'm not saying the food is bad, but don't expect fantastic food there. It's just a nice place to hang out (oh yeah, they don't serve any alcohol, just cigars).

I would, however, recommend the Chicken Chop, both normal and oriental. They also make good Nasi Goreng and sambal and we also liked the steak sandwich. The second time I went there, the fish for the Fish & Chips was off, so that has turned me completely off the dish. They have a good selection of desserts but the ice shaving machine wasn't working both times we went so we had to make do with just half the dessert menu. The fried bananas with ice-cream is a safe and delicious choice but I'm not too crazy about the coconut jelly.

Overall an OK place, better food and ambience than Rasta TTDI if you're looking for al fresco dining in the TTDI-Damansara-Sungai Penchala area.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Everly Resort Melaka

We had to attend my cousin's wedding over the weekend in Melaka and decided to stay at the Everly. Never again. I have no complaints about the service at the hotel since the staff were very nice and helpful. The rooms, however, were terrible. When you go into the room, it smells musty, the mattresses sank when you slept on them, the shower was leaking, the sink tap was loose, there were ants in the room and the water was lukewarm, there was no proper hot water. The shower in my Aunt's room didn't work so she had to use the bath tap to bathe. The only saving grace was that the room had loads of space with a separate sitting area and kitchenette.

When you pay RM240 for a room you expect to get properly maintained rooms at least. We're not expecting Mandarin Oriental standards here, but please fix the taps, showers and water heaters. Having shabbily maintained rooms really spoils a holiday.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Samsons & Estranged @ Bar Savanh Too

Hubby was very excited at the prospect of watching Samsons live. I'm not much of a fan, but I do like Estranged and I have heard some of Samsons' songs. We got tickets as soon as the started selling it at 8pm. The only bother was that it was a sponsored event and we had to produce our MyKads and answer some survey questions before we could pay for the tickets which were RM50 each. We had to go into Bar Savanh then went back out again to get something to eat since it was still early.

We went back in around 9pm, but was told Samsons were only playing at 10.45pm. Unfortunately for us, we didn't get any seats so we were standing for a good one hour before Estranged came on. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. Estranged were fantastic. I've never really heard their songs, but all of the songs they played that night were excellent and got the crowd warmed up for the main act.

I was almost disappointed when Estranged had to make way for Samsons, but Samsons did live up to their name. I never realised how popular they were until that night. Almost every person there knew the lyrics to every song they sang. That night was definitely a whole load of fun.

I hope they'll organise this kind of small live concerts more often. It beats driving to places like Bukit Jalil then having to contend with parking, jams etc.