Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kinabalu Pine Resort

the wonderful scenery at Kinabalu Pines Resort .....the lovely flowers ...the nicely done landscape ...the pine trees ...the chalet ...all in all a very captivating place ....especailly if you just want to unwind, escape from the stress ...

Booking is easy...i went to their website and just made an inquiry ...they responded very quickly ..i paid in advance so by the time we arrived, it was just a matter of checking in  ....very hassle free ...i asked for rooms that are next to each other as they dont have any connecting rooms ...and all of the chalet here comprises of two individual rooms, sharing a large balcony ....they have different chalet with different price ...the most expensive is, of course, those rooms (superior deluxe) with unobstructed view of Mount Kinabalu ...which is Block S and N ...the features and size are the same with the the other deluxe rooms but these two blocks are located at the crest of that resort ...there are other rooms which are cheaper: standard room and superior standard ...

i made a package reservation, which include breakfast and dinner for two persons per room. Since there were 6 adults and 2 toddlers in our group (a nice way to describe my family), the other two persons just paid for the meal separately. If i am not mistaken it was RM13 per person for breakfast - the selection was standard - some local malaysian dishes like fried noodles, porridge etc ...and western breakfast of toast etc .... As for the dinner there were two options - the set meal (where the menu have already been fixed) or pay an extra M10 per person to upgrade it into a steamboat dinner ...we tried both was good :-)

We chose the set dinner for or first night there ....there were for courses (3 main course + soup) ...we wanted to order more in case it was not enough but the staffs assured us that it would be enough for 6 person, the other two just need to add rice ...we did just that ...yes, the meal was ok ...but the portion was sufficient for all of us only suggestion is that you can always choose to add other order if you don't like the set me :-)

as for the steamboat ..there were plenty of stuff! We were thinking of adding ala carte dishes in case there were not much option ...but upon seeing the spread, we changed our mind fact it was too much! the vegetables were plenty ...and fresh!  I love the vege here ...

a nice way to warm up on a chilly night! but their al-carte is also not bad ...we tried a few dishes on the first day of arrival as some of us missed lunch on that day!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Photo entry: Food ...fabulous food ....

all taken during my last trip to Penang was awesome looking for another opportunity to go to Penang, and its fabulous food ...LOL ....

pasembor - my must-have when in Penang

laksa Penang ...this is from a buffet table at the hotel ...the street version is more paced with spices and herbs

roasted chestnut near Chowrasta it while it is hot :-)

char kue teow ...this one was from Tanjung Bungah Food Court

ABC at Penang Hill .....yummy!

fruit preserve (a.k.a jeruk) at Chowrasta Market ...hard to choose coz too much to choose from!

*sigh ....all these are tempting making a mental note not to open this link when I am hungry or craving for food ...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Horse and Chicken Story - something to reflect on ...

Got this in my inbox earlier today ...something for us to remember ...but, hey, it happens all the time ...

Horse & Chicken Story

There was a farmer who collected horses; he only needed one more breed to complete his collection. One day, he found out that his neighbor had the particular horse breed he needed. So, he constantly bothered his neighbor until he sold it to him. A month later, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said: Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back on the 3rd day and if he's not better, we're going to have to put him down.
Nearby, the chicken listened closely to their conversation.
The next day, they gave him the medicine and left.
The chicken approached the horse and said: Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!
On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left.
The chicken came back and said: Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three...
On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said: Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.
After they left, the chicken approached the horse and said: Listen pal, it's now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That's it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three... Good, good. Now faster, come on.... Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you're a champion!!!
All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting: It's a miracle! My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let's kill the chicken!

Point for reflection: This often happens in the workplace. Nobody truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen.


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