Welcome to My Blog

This contains snippets of my journeys from the most mundane to the most exciting. This will contain some reviews as well, mostly of hotels and places visited. At times, this could be filled with gripes and frustrations but in all, it will most likely show how truly fascinating life is from my vantage point. My personal mantra, however troubled or distorted things may seem to most, is rooted from the movie "3 Idiots" - - All is Well. Thus, I am a fervent believer of limitless possibilities. Live well. Cheers!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Genting Grand Hotel, Malaysia

We went to Genting Grand Hotel (formerly Maxim's Hotel) in Malaysia from April 17 to 19, 2014. From Singapore, we took a flight to KL and then from KL, a bus ride of more than two hours to Genting. It was our dad's idea as he wanted to be in a cool atmosphere since Genting is similar to Baguio, only a tad bit cooler. We've been here several years back and my recollection of the place involved howling winds, shady people, and a pretty dirty environment. The howling wind part did not happen in this trip as our room seemed pretty decent although it could have been better maintained (with the dirty air ducts, dusty bathroom and closet, cigarette stains/pock marked furniture and what have you taken care of). 
Perhaps the best feature of the hotel room is the good shower head, water supply, and water heating system. I also liked the his and hers sinks. The bed was also soft and fluffy.

We got to visit the amusement center of first world hotel...a couple of elevators down from our hotel. 

Inset: My sister and brother-in-law ; My mom and brother pretending to be in a super fast ride when in fact, it is absolutely super slow.
Inset: Stow-away monkey?

Its definitely in need of a face lift and lots of cleaning. There was a monkey rummaging through trash in the indoor amusement park/mall while we were having lunch. Perhaps among the few highlights in this venue is their "Snow World" activity area which is -6 degrees and the bowling alley where my son had a round of bowling. 

Well, perhaps things will change once the "21st Century Fox" theme park is in place (in two years, they say). I just hope things will improve here other than just the usual casinos, being one of resort world's gambling hotspots. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Life I Have

I feel privileged to have very generous parents, to travel the world with them, and to stay in really wonderful places and hotels. But on my own, I feel that I can't truly get very far at this point in my life. Although I live in comfort where my spouse and I are able to buy groceries, pay our bills, and send our kids to school, I can't help but still feel awfully embarrassed that I cant even treat my parents and tell them outright, "this is my treat, sky's the limit." I think once my dad asked me when I'd be the one bringing them to a holiday destination and where. I jokingly said "spratley island" but truly, I'd like to take them some place wonderful where they could enjoy themselves. 

I guess I am wired this way. I would love to give if I have the means to do so. Sometimes, I still give even there is nothing left for myself which is crazy that I scold myself silly. I even commit myself to treating people when they do a good job. When my wallet is literally empty and I begin rummaging my bag for coins, and nobody even suspects that this kind of thing happens to me, I silently laugh at myself in a bittersweet sort of way.

Let's see...traveling abroad with no money even for terminal fees, check. Receiving money, and then buying sale food items on the first  night of our hotel stay for dinner to save on cash, check. Eating a hefty buffet breakfast which is free to curb my appetite for the rest of the day, check. Resisting the temptation to buy stuff, check. Buying my presents for friends at Ikea, check. Cursing under my breath why prices are so exorbitant, check.

Still, I know in my heart that this is a temporary state and that the day would come where all the hard work we put in will eventually pay off. But first off, after this holiday, I need to really concentrate on dissertation writing and nail it. 

Flowers will soon be abloom. I am blessed and live in abundance. God continues to shine upon us all, teaching and guiding us towards fulfilling his holy will. I have been praying about this a lot too, for the Lord to lead us in all our words and actions and that we do not stray from the path he has paved for us. 

These photos were taken in Singapore where we stayed from April 14 to April 17. We are at the Genting Highlands in Malaysia as i write this blog.