This was the 3rd time I stayed at this hotel – the first was in 2005 on our way home from Auckland, New Zealand and I stayed there last year when I went over to meet my daughter when she was coming home for the summer holidays (2010/2011) and here I was…back again!
Via their page on Facebook, I requested for a room in a terminal (that’s what they call each block of chalet-like rooms) close to the main building where the hotel lobby is and they did! My room…
…was the 2nd one in the block on the left and straight ahead would be the hotel lobby – very near, very nice and convenient…
The first time I stayed there, we were given a room in the terminal furthest away and with a whole lot of luggage, it was quite a walk…or at least, for me, it was.
I also asked for a room with very cold air-conditioning. Because the terminals are all one-storey blocks, it can get pretty hot on scorching afternoons…and I guess they saw to that as well and thus, I was able to enjoy a nice and comfortable two-night stay there.
Actually, I was supposed to stay for one night only – meeting my daughter the following morning and flying home that same day but I had some problems with the dates and was forced to change our flight bookings back to Sibu – if you remember what I had shared in this post. I decided not to change my date of going and since I had no plans to do anything in KL, I decided to just stay here since it is so convenient…and besides, the taxi fare to KL return would be MORE than enough to pay for one night at this hotel – government rate, of course. Other than that, I thought I needed a break – just laze around and do nothing…and rest and relax a bit before going back to my daily routine at home.
You get complimentary breakfast for two at this hotel and one good thing is that they start at 5.30. Most hotels would start an hour later and some even at 7 – those guests catching the early flights would have to skip breakfast and leave because of that…but not at this hotel.
I went for breakfast when I woke up the first morning I was there and I was quite surprised that there were actually a lot of people staying at the hotel…
…despite its somewhat isolated or remote location.
Breakfast was the usual fare than one would expect at any hotel and to start off. I had this…
I simply must have that sliced beef bacon – something I would not be able to eat often as we do not get that here or even if we do, it will be very expensive. I did not like the chicken sausages though – they might as well use those frozen ones from Ayamas which I personally feel are much nicer.
Then I had a second helping and this was what I decided to try…
Everything was fine except that when they say “vegetable pao/bun”, they actually mean bean paste or tao sar pao and their scrambled egg is like what I get at most other places/hotels – a miserably messed-up omelette. Perhaps I should put up a post on how to get them to be very nice, soft and creamy – the way that I would like my eggs. Slurpssss!!!!! LOL!!! Don’t let your imagination run wild now! Tsk! Tsk!
For one thing, service here is excellent. I just went to get my second helping and when I got back to my table, they had cleared everything…including my cup of coffee which I had not even drunk yet.
The following morning, I had this for breakfast…
Yes, yes… I just had to have some more sliced beef bacon before I left. The fried kway teow and nasi lemak were good but nothing to shout about; as for the quiche lorraine, it was so very nice that I wished I had not taken the other things and had helped myself to half a dozen of those instead. I certainly loved it…a lot!
I also had the porridge…
– they had a lot of condiments to go with it but not the usual stuff that I would like to go with porridge, things like century eggs, fried dace with salted black beans, fried salted vegetables and so on.
Well, my daughter arrived at around 7.10 on the morning of the 26th and after meeting her upon arrival, we came back to the hotel for her to have a rest after her long flight from Auckland. We checked out before noon…
…and took the free shuttle from the hotel to KLIA for our flight back to Sibu via Kuching.
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Whoa… you really liked the bacon, huh? It must be really nice that you took it so many times.
Yes, love it! Sometimes you get measly bits of it in pasta sauce – bacon has a stronger fragrance than ham. Love that! Yummmm!!!!
I used to make sautéed asparagus wrapped with bacon and have it with a side of buttery mashed potatoes… but decided that bacon has become a luxury item and it has to be cut off the grocery list. It’s much more expensive than any other part of meat. 😦 *sigh* I wish things are cheaper…but that’s one wish I’ll never be getting. 😦
Precisely! That’s why I ate…and ate…and ate! Not going to buy any myself…so expensive and anyway, we have pork bacon (which is EVEN nicer…slurpsssss) here, not beef and pork isn’t any cheaper either… 😦
Neway, Melissa looks so happy and cheerful…she looks much more radiant than before she went to NZ! 😀
Of course lah! She’s home! Back to her comfort zone…and no more earthquakes, no more wild weather and horrendously strong winds…. I’m somewhat relieved.
And she’ll be well fed too, no doubt. Wakakaka…but I do hope that she wun loose this appearance once she gets back to SP. *sigh* My mum and dad says that food in SP is not really that nice…and they hardly ever eat out cuz it’s simply not worth it. (But den again, my mum is really a great cook, and my parents hardly eat out unless they crave for fast food)
I guess like everywhere else, you need to know where to go for the best in town. SP spreads out all over – a little bit here and a little bit there…and to eat one nice thing, you may have to go from one end to the other. Not like Sibu, all clustered together…so much more convenient….
Nice! The hotel looks pretty good. I thought it was the one attached to the main building.
You look great in your photo with your daughter too. You both look happy. 🙂
Oh no!!! That’s the 5-star PanPac. Poor pensioner like me would not be able to afford that. LOL!!! 😀 Yes, so happy…and relieved that she’s home.
Yes, your girl looks very cheerful!! Really a good experience for her and now back to the comfort of her own home with lovable daddy by her side.. 🙂
As for the hotel buffet, I guess everywhere is almost the same.. I like to “attack” the porridge first normally.. easier to swallow in the morning…
Ya…those years when I used to go for meetings, seminars, I was so sick of the hotel buffet breakfast – after two days at the most, already craving for kopitiam hawker food…but now that I do not get it anymore, I quite enjoyed it… Ya, she certainly is happy to be home. 😉
well, hello melissa! looking really healthy and happy beside the dad 🙂
Ohhh, so this is the buffet breakfast you talked about in your previous post. Not many round of helpings la! The bacon strip does look good.
Old already mah… Where got can eat so much like before? LOL!!! Ya, this is Melissa, my daughter. 🙂
Finally! Paul Simon’s ‘Mother..’ would change it to “Father and Child Reunion”. Apparently just found out that Paul named this song after a dish of chicken and eggs when dining at a Chinese restaurant known as ‘mother can child reunion’. Hope you get some inspiration for a poem or song with the fried kway teow and nasi lemak haha. Oh you already had the inspiration in blogging about your eggs, I mean the chicken’s. Welcome home Melissa!
Thanks…and eyewwwww!!!!! The picture of the chicken and the egg = mother and child reunion! So sad lah. LOL!!! 😀
Oops typo should read ‘mother and child reunion’ and not ‘can’, early morning either too hungry or mind not awake lolz.
Or old age? Hehehehehehe!!!! 😀
looks like a nice place..btw, how much is the room?
RM150 inclusive of buffet breakfast for two but that is the government rate. Dunno how much for other people… Sometimes they have room promotions – quite good also. You can LIKE their page on Facebook and they will keep you updated on these things.
Only for still working government servant or does it applies to retired government servants as well? Otherwise, the price is between RM190 to RM240 depending who you book it with.
Yup, it does…and they have corporate rates as well…and special rates for airline staff.
So how does a retired civil servant go about booking a room there?
You just call 03-87833118, ask for reservations…and enquire about the government rates on their rooms. They will ask you which ministry you are from and then tell you the rate. Then you tell them you want to make a booking and give whatever details they ask – usually just the name, dates of arrival of checking in and out and telephone contact. Can’t remember whether they will ask for IC number or not. Then they will tell you your booking confirmation number. Just tell them the number when you check in and your retiree card for verification.
Government servants and retirees enjoy this privilege at most bigger hotels but do check their internet rates first before calling – sometimes, the internet rates are cheaper. Some hotels, like Bintang Warisan, do not give government rates but are cheaper if booked through a travel agent (SITT in Sibu) – cheaper than their internet rates and walk in-rates.
That’s strange. I called and they say not for retired civil servant. Maybe they like you. LOL.
I showed my retiree card – they did not have any problem with that and just checked me in…even last year.
Aw, so nice to have your daughter back huh? I’m sure you’ll be pampering her like crazy! 🙂
Yes, so good to have her back. At least, I’ll have peace of mind…no need to worry about her – so far away.
Wah, a hearthy breakfast…..long time didn’t eat beef bacon liao!
Aiya, early morning made me thinking of ‘runny eggs’! ha ha ha
Me too… That’s why I feasted on the beef bacon. Runny eggs? I had two – sunny side up with runny yolks. Slurpsssss!!!! LOL!!!
STP! You and your eggs slurpsssss again, I mean chicken’s hehe. Learned a new thing about ‘runny yolk’ today…~;).
Of course lah! Chicken eggs! What eggs did you think I thought you meant? 😉 Muahahahaha!!!!
59 year old century eggs?
Still got runny yolks? Amazing…. Muahahahaha!!! 😀
Lovely picture, father and child reunion. And yes, I would go for seconds too with those beef bacons, very yummilicious.
Hah!!! You can get that there anytime, I’m sure…and cheap too, no? 😉
G!! i just love that breakfast buffet, so many things to eat.. look at those crispy streak bacon, yummy yummy!! i think i can eat as much as you did, but why there wasn’t dessert or fruits kind of thing to wrap up a luxury breakfast??
Yes, they had the usual fruits – watermelon, pineapple, honeydew, papayas… I had a plateful of papayas…but of course, no need to take the photo lah! I’m sure everyone has seen sliced papayas before… LOL!!!
I like the last pic! Ths is one cozy place to stay… wow, you are getting very good at the food plating, must have learned from Philip! ;D
Philip? Philip who? The guitar man, his comment above? Food plating, you mean arranging food on the plate. Hey, I do that all the time – no campur-campur one. 😉
I like the father and daughter photo…can see how happy they both are 🙂 and the closeness. I agree Concorde Inn is not bad. I might be staying there again when my son goes UK next Jun which is 7 months from now. Govt rate is so much cheaper so I shall use the benefits of getting cheaper rate. The food looks good and I shall keep an eye on that quiche and beef bacon…awwww salivating already. Thanks for this write out on their food…the nasi lemak looks good too 🙂
Yes, for that kind of money, you cannot even get a room at a decent hotel like Bintang Warisan – no need to say all the better ones…and the buffet breakfast is anytime better than the Malaysian breakfast at BW (= nasi lemak). You can call them to book, requesting for govt rate…and when you check in, you need to show your ID – your office name card will do. I used my school’s one last time but I have my retiree card now… 😉
You are such a sweet daddy, flying all the way here to greet your daughter and flying back together. I feel all warm reading this post of yours *esp with that yummylicious, slurping egg part* haha 😛
I’m sure you would do the same for Ethan…but he’s a boy – maybe with boys, not the same. He may not like the mum doing that. LOL!!! 😀 Ya…you like the slurpssss bit, eh? Wink! Wink! 😉
Ermmm!…nice buffet breakfast, and you really love the beef bacon. Nice pix of you and Melissa. See the sweet smile and expression of Melissa, so cheerful, of course lah, back to home sweet home.
Of course, there’s no place like home… Come, come and visit! 😉 Muahahahaha!!!!
Twas a good break huh?! Nothing like lazing around, eat and sleep and eat sumore 😉
Time to pamper the baby once more. Don’t forget to blog about all the food that she misses please. 🙂
Oh ya…eating frenzy is on right now…but mostly with the mum in the morning. 😦 I still have to go over to my parents’ house for my babysitting shifts every day 😦
Finally, all the moment you have been waiting for….your dearest girl is back! Nice photo of dad and daugther.
Yes, happiness!!! Finally she’s home and not going so far away to that dreadful place of earthquakes and horrendous storms and wild winds anymore…
Why did your wife doesn’t come along? It’ll be a perfect family photo. Can’t agree with you more that the bacon is nice. I think I’ll skip all the carb and straight digging into the yummy strips. The way your photos are showing, you hardly have more than 8 slices of bacon. I’m a bit skeptical of the sausages since it is said to contain every organs on the face.
I’ve retired for good and it is just to go over for a day to get her and come home together – air tickets are definitely not cheap these days – almost RM500 per person + around RM300 going by AA = RM800 X 2 persons plus my daughter’s RM500 = RM2,100 – can go for sit-down banquet dinners at Sheraton or Golden Happiness – at least 5 or 6 tables of 10 persons each! You think I have so much money meh? Not unless some kind and generous ex-student would care to donate…or pass the hat around to make a collection. Hint! Hint!
I love sausages! The German ones especially!!! HUGE and so very nice!!! Yummmmmm!!!! Not too much meat for me – need to control… I’ll end up with constipation especially when travelling. Dehydrated.
Hahaha they cleared your coffee that you haven’t drunk yet! So funny! 😛 Maybe they thought you had left the table for good?? 🙂 Anyway welcome back Melissa! I foresee more food posts coming up! 🙂
Ya…talk about being efficient! Thanks, sure will be feasting as much as we can… 😉
Happy your gal is back…I am sure there will be more foodie pics coming.
I guess so… Will take herto eat the things she love but I guess most of the things would be those I’ve posted before so I will just stick to the new stuff, if any.
I don’t want to talk about the hotel or the food, I just want to “tumpang” happy cos i can really feel the happiness that I saw from your face, your only daughter coming back from Auckland, after a long while there, what more can be more happy than that,right?
Please tell Melissa that I am praying for all the best to her future “everything” all good good, seriously happy for you
Thanks. She was in Wellington lah…and going back to SP again next year for her final year so I guess I would get a chance to stop by Penang sometime…and we can meet – if you have the time to see me, that is. Hehehehehehe!!!!
I like the daddy and daughter photo. You have that “…my daughter is home, my daughter is home” so happy look. Have a great time together before Melissa leaves for SP.
I’ve already met up with Julia and her mum, last Sunday. Julia is also very sweet and soft spoken. I have never been soft spoken…maybe I should ask my mum what happened??!
Sibu people mah! All very shy and soft-spoken one…like me! Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀 Ya…my girl’s home – so nice to have her back in our empty nest…even if it’s only for a while.
HAHA!!! Mr. STP your comment made me laugh!!! Hahaha
Why? Wink! Wink! 😉 LOL!!!
Yippee, daddy girl already back home lo, welcome home Melissa!!
I love hotel breakfast!! Yum yum..I am a bacon lover too and i love porridge too, overall, i just love hotel breakfast. hahahha.
Not if you have to stay in one for a whole week many times in a year, eating the same things every morning…but after so long, already retired…I’ve started loving it again. 😉
hey, what’s the occasion? why is melissa home? vacation? 🙂
She’s on a government-sponsored (scholarship) programme – Foundation and 1st year university here, two years in New Zealand (2nd & 3rd year) and she has finished the two years – that is why she is back. She will do her final year here in 2012…and once graduated, she would start work in 2013.
That’s a lovely photo of you and your daughter 😀 Father and daughter photos are really sweet. I have one nice photo with my dad and I too 🙂
Who was it who said that dads and daughters are closer, mums and sons? 🙂
Welcome home, Melissa!
Thanks on her behalf…
What happen to my comment? Strange! I said I LOVE the photo of you and Melissa. She is so blessed to have a caring and loving Dad. I did not have a good relationship with my Dad and I don’t think I even have a photo of just me and him 😦
I’ve never been so close with my dad either – the traditional dad who earns money to support the family. It was my mum that I spent most of the time with…and got all the caning from. LOL!!! 😀 Dunno what happened to your comment – was actually wondering why you did not drop by.
I guess a lot of people staying in this hotel after reading you blog kot? Can ask them for commission leh kekekeke. And welcome home Mellisa 🙂
How do you kill time for the 2 nights there? There is nothing there to do since it’s in the middle of nowhere. Unless you have driving up to pick you or you get yourself an rental car. If I were you, I will pick the 2nd option.
I’ve friends coming to take me out – no problem at all… The perks of blogging and making lots of really good friends.
Love the picture of you and Mel…she look so happy and daddy too.Did Lucy go with you too?
Nope, I was supposed to go in the evening and meet Melissa the next morning and fly back together the same day – mana mampu pay the airfare… Not that we would be staying on to enjoy a few days…though I wished we could. Mel is certainly so very happy to be home…and of course me and the missus too lah! 🙂