Stay…

I think I have mentioned earlier, probably more than once, that on the first three nights of our holiday in the peninsula, we stayed at the airport hotel that I like very much as it is affordable, comfortable enough with everything I would need, prompt efficient service and breakfast is provided starting at 5.30 a.m. and actually, if you go sometime after 5, there would be things to eat already unlike at other hotels where you would need to starve till 6.30 or at some, 7 even.

The buffet spread was pretty much the same as on the previous occasions when I stayed here though – I went on the first morning we were there and I had their nasi lemak

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…along with a few other things. It was a bit early so there was no sign of the hard-boiled eggs and I had to make do with the not-that-nicely-done scrambled ones…and of course, the rice did not come anywhere near what we have at the kampung stall here in Sibu.

For my second helping, I had the waffles, one egg – sunny side up and some papayas…

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My missus got up a bit later and went on her own as Melissa would rather go on sleeping till it was time to get up and get ready to go for the briefing and rehearsal for her convocation at Putrajaya. The second morning, none of us went as we had to be up early to get ready to go for the big event that day…and on the third day, my missus and Melissa went while I decided to give it a miss as I was “busy” online…and besides, if you may recall from my earlier posts, we had a lot of nice things to eat in the room.

There is a nice swimming pool too at this hotel. Of course, I did not go – not in the horrendously scorching hot weather that they were experiencing over there at the time but somebody did and had a whole lot of fun. Too bad they did not have a pool at the hotel where we moved to…

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…on the 4th day there, adjoining the mega mall in the city. Checking in was a breeze…

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…as I had made my reservations and paid for everything online – it only took a few seconds before we were on the way to our room…with the eager-beaver, ever-ready-to-help bellhop tagging along with our luggage.

We stayed here a few times before when Melissa was smaller/younger and the rooms were very small then but it was all right in those days as all three of us could sleep in a queen-size bed without any problem…but this time around, I opted for a deluxe room…

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…and I had an extra bed put in so we would be more comfortable throughout the rest of our stay…

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Not only was the room big but the bathroom was very spacious too…

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…and there was a big flat screen tv and a mini-bar which thankfully was empty so I could keep all my perishable edibles in it till it was time to fly back home, bringing all that stuff with us.

This was the view from the room…

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I had read in some travel website that we should request for a room facing the city so we would get this view instead…

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…(which was what we would get to see from the lift lobby) but I did not bother as I would not be spending my time sitting by the window all day gazing out at the scenery anyway.

Service was excellent. Within minutes upon checking in, somebody came sending the extra bed (and a pillow and an extra towel) that I had requested for. I asked for an extra pillow and the guy told me that there were two in the closet but I said that I would want one more. I had just closed the door after he had gone out when there was a knock…and there he was – with the pillow! Boy, I sure was impressed.

My missus and Melissa loved this hotel as they could go out browsing around the shops and supermarkets and departmental stores all day but usually, I would very much prefer to laze around in the room…and maybe go online. Thus, whenever we went out for breakfast – the room rate was not inclusive of breakfast at this hotel, I would come back first and nothing would please me more than a room that had been nicely cleaned, everything spick and span.

The first morning I was there, I put in a request at the reception counter as it seems to me that at most hotels, they would clean the rooms where the guests have checked out so that they could allocate those to the new guests checking in that day…and they would do all the other rooms later. When I came back to the room that first morning when  we were there, I found that they did not waste time to see to what I had wanted…and I found this note on the writing table…

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If I remember correctly, they did this too at their sister hotel in Penang and I certainly was impressed by her good English. There was just a little slip in the use of the present perfect. I saw her outside later – an old lady…or let’s say, she certainly wasn’t young, kind of matronly and very polite and friendly…and I gave her a few ringgit for a cuppa.

The next morning, when I came back from breakfast, she was cleaning a room a few doors away and when she saw me, she quickly came to apologise as she had not done my room yet. I said it was perfectly all right and I went out again for a while and minutes later, when I returned, the room was already done.

Since that morning, for the rest of our stay, our room would definitely be nice and clean everytime after my breakfast…and everytime I saw her when I was going out or coming back, she would be full of smiles and not fail to greet me and carry on a bit of small talk. The day before we left, I found another note in the room…

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The error with the present perfect was still there and the past tense was used when it wasn’t needed and I guess she would need some help with her punctuation as well…and there should be a gerund after “looking forward to” but that would come as no surprise as many students simply could not master that…and in fact, I’ve heard some deejays on the radio making that error as well sometimes. Still, I would categorise her command of the language as excellent  (and she can spell “tomorrow” correctly, pat on the back!)…compared to the kids we have in our schools and institutions of higher learning these days , I’m afraid to say.

We checked out after 5 nights at this hotel and all I had to do was to inform the girl at the desk at the time and leave – all she needed was just a split second for her to check on her computer and then tell me ever so pleasantly that everything had been settled, thank you very much and goodbye. With that kind of very friendly and efficient service, I certainly would not think twice about staying here again…should I ever get the chance.