Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
No. I did not specifically SELECT The Trump International Hotel and Towers.
Let me tell you how I 'landed' onto this hotel...
H had been telling me about the 'Name Your Own Price' option on Priceline.com.
So...being the curious 'ole me, I went to try it out. Basically, all you need to do is select the date, city, location, star rating and the price that you would pay.
The name of the hotel is witheld until you've won 'a bid'.
The location that I selected was 'ON the Strip' for 5-star hotels...
And when the result came...it was The Trump International Hotel and Towers. I tell you, immediately, I was sooooo disappointed! I was hoping for maybe the Bellagio...
Then went on to look at the hotel websites, read reviews etc.... Hotel website says it's at the corner of Fashion Drive and Strip...and reviews said otherwise...Reviews were also NOT so positive about this 5-star hotel. So, was a little apprehensive about this hotel...but was still open-minded...
The lobby, rooms, bathroom were all nice. Check out their site for photos...Even have an LCD TV in the bathroom....whatever for? Really got such terror TV-addicts? For financial tycoons that need to watch the news while soaking in the tub???
But then, the location is definitely NOT on the STRIP. I was telling H that I got cheated by Priceline. It takes about 5 -10 minutes walk to the STRIP (depending on how fast you walk lah...). I mean most times, we cut through Fashion Show Mall...but after mall hours, we have to walk on the road. Certainly NOT on the STRIP!!!!
I did request for a room on the high floor...as there were many reviews on TripAdvisor that the noise from the freight trains behind the hotel was unbearable...So, with a room on the high floor, we weren't disturbed by the blaring horns as some guests have complained.
The low-down was.... On the next morning, my toilet got blocked!!! (errr...lucky it didn't overflowed!)
AIYO! How can a 5-star hotel be like that?
And this is a spanking new hotel in Las Vegas. Not some crappy hotel in the middle of some Sumatran Jungle!
Anyways, called housekeeping to sort it out. Informed them that they could get right to it as we were leaving the room. That was about 10.15 am....
We only got back into our room at about 11.30 PM....as were entering our room, we saw that the day's newspaper sitting at the entryway. H then said "Eh...don't tell me they didn't make-up our room".
ADUH! Really. Our room was NOT made up!
If I was staying at some shit-hole, I wouldn't be complaining....but we paid good money here!!
Okay, nevermind. H called Housekeeping to complain but told them it was pointless to send someone to clean our room at 11.45 pm ! But could they please send some clean towels!!!
We waited like FOREVER for our towels....... and then H made another call to complain...
I went in to shower. AIYOOOOOOO... NO HOT WATER!!!
What to do?
Just wash my hands and legs and my ahem-ahem....
Just as I was finishing, the water then only turned lukewarm...enough for me to wash the rest of my bits without freezing my @ss off. And I am that kind who lurrrrves HOT showers.
Knowing me...I was complaining the whole time...whinging that my third-world country shower is more powerful and hotter than Donald Trump's.
I think H called Housekeeping to complain again....and later, the manager called to apologise. It was quite funny as H remarked to me"As Donald says 'You Are FIRED'". I was like "huh? you really told him that?" Hahahha.. Of course not lah.
The next day, the water was warmer but still not my usual HOT. :-(
No fun with no people, right? So gave it a miss.
Will I stay here again???
We had a light continental breakfast (included in the rate) at the hotel. Perhaps for H not so light...as he had two eggs, and waffles... I only had half a muffin. Mind you, it was a HUGE muffin. After breakfast, we were on the road again.
Our first destination were the FACTORY OUTLETS at Barstow, which took us about 2 hours drive from Bakersfield.
Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, Coach, Nine West, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Ultra Diamonds, Kenneth Cole, were some of the brands at the Tanger Outlet. As H was a mission to get rid of my 1980's wardrobe...I was on the roll! Let's see, what did I buy here? Basically, only hung out in two shops, i.e. Kenneth Cole and Ann Taylor (sale here!). Think I bought two pairs of slippers and two blouses from Kenneth Cole. And from Ann Taylor; two shirts, a cardigan, some long and 3/4 pants. After about 2 1/2 hours here, we decided to head towards Las Vegas.....as we wanted to check out the Las Vegas Premium Outlet....BUT not before stuffing ourselves with good 'ole KFC first!!
Driving to Las Vegas from Barstow took another 2 1/2 hours.....Drive was on the Interstate Highway...so NOT too bad. Not like the remote road from Monterey to Bakersfield the night before...
The route from Barstow to Las Vegas was through the Mojave Desert.....
On arrival in Las Vegas, we went straight to the outlet.
Errr...here I bought two pairs of shoes from Cole Haan, two pairs from Stuart Weizman, some other stuff....can't remember. Will post ALL my purchases in a separate post. But I tell you...really cheap compared to back home. Not only the stuff were at outlet prices, a lot of the stuff were going at 50% off too! Yes...my shoes were 50% off factory-outlet prices. This outlet...is a MUST-COME.
By the time we were done here, it was almost 7 pm. And we head off to check-in at our hotel.
Where did we stay?
Trump International Hotel and Tower......before you go "waaaaaa...Trump wor", I will have a SEPARATE post to blaaaah about the hotel.
Anyway, we checked-in, showered and then headed out to return our rental car. Took a cab to the first hotel on the south end of The Strip, i.e. Mandalay Bay. Had a buffet dinner there. Basically, we just ate crabs and more crabs. Just simple steamed Alaskan Snow Crabs dipped in butter. Yes. There were loads of other stuff...prime rib, lamb, turkey, pasta, pizza, Chinese food etc etc...but we just homed-in on the CRABS!!!!!
Did I mentioned that we tried our luck at the roulette table at the Mandalay Bay?
SHUCKS! Lady Luck NOT smiling on us... :-(What to do?
But to head back to our hotel for zzzzz. Perhaps better luck the next day???
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Started off this morning with a hot breakfast of eggs benedict and coffee at Lori's Diner, at the corner of Sutter and Powell Streets. This time, we were smarter. H and I shared ONE order. It was just nice. One egg and half a muffin each, with enough hash browns too.
After breakfast, we head off by foot to collect our rental car from National at the corner of Mason/Geary Streets. We rented a Compact-type car. The guy over at the counter was urging us to upgrade to a convertible for a small sum. Old-folks like us stuck to our Compact. For Malaysian standards, it certainly was a decent-sized car....something to the size of an Altis. What we did get extra was a GARMIN GPS. I have to say that this was a handy gadget! A really must-have!....especially when you don't know the roads around.
We were set to go!!
With the GPS, we could afford to detour from our NAPA VALLEY destination......and where did we detour too????
Why? To visit someone at the University?
To a Scrapbooking Shop!!!
Yes. I am serious. I had seen a little advert in the local San Fransisco Guide and mentioned to HT about it the day before. At first, she advised against going there, as it might be way off from the highway. And she was concerned with what H was going to do while I look at scrapbooking stuff. But later, she did a check on her maps and called me the night before to inform that it was not to far from the highway towards Napa Valley. So, with our nifty little GPS, I typed in the address of the shop and away we go.
Arrived at the shop at 10 am. Just as its doors were opened. Talk about ON TIME!
I was like a kid in a candy store!
Going crazy with the stickers, acrylic stamps, albums and such.
H was really good and patient. Actually tolerated the WHOLE TWO HOURS waiting for me. Yes. I was in the shop for TWO HOURS!
GILA. I know.
I was kinda hesitant with my hoard and wanted to put some of the items back. But H said "Aiya...just get them lah. Come all the way already". So, I bought two albums, 5 packs of refills, loads of sticker embellishments, chipboards, letter stickers and acrylic stamps and blocks. It costs $$$$ which is kinda alot for scrapbooking stuff (more than my three pairs of Cole Haan's and two pairs of Stuart Weizman's) . Yes. GILA GILA scrapbooker!
With me a happy girl, we continued our journey north to Napa Valley. Initially, we wanted to visit two to three wineries....but then decided to just visit one. Besides, H can't really drink that much as he has to drive. We went to Domaine Chandon (from Möet & Chandon) at Yountville.
We headed back to San Fransisco through Sonoma Valley (instead of taking the same route as we came) and via the Golden Gate Bridge.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I've had my bowl of porridge, and am sitting next to the PC with a nice cup of latte in Singapore...
Was kinda early to arrive at the airport. We've had our bags checked all the way to San Fransisco already. Thus, we didn't have to do any check-in at Changi Airport. Still, we were two hours early. The traffic to airport was pretty good. Walked about the terminal abit.
Didn't buy anything, of course!
So with time to kill, and NO kids to scream, shout, whack nor fuss-over.....and there's PC with internet access, of course I log-in and check my email, blog, go on facebook lah!
Actually, it's soooooo different travelling without kids. For one, I don't have to be the one lugging the hand-luggage. That's H's job. IF the kids are around, we'll have to have TWO or THREE hand-luggage. I just have to breeze pass with just my handbag.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Am actually at the airport waiting for our flight to Singapore. One more hour to wait....and since there are PCs and free internet access in the lounge.
Why NOT blog?
Actually ah....I tell you ah.. this S2 of mine. Just after check-in this morning, I received a call from an unknown number...Picked it up and it was S2 on the other line. And the first thing he said was "Mommmmmmmy. I lau-sai".
What can I do leh??
He dirtied his underwear and apparently it had seeped through his pants.
And driver just dropped us at the airport. It would take him about an hour and a half to get home (peak hour traffic) to pick my mom up and another 40 minutes to get to school.
Can you imagine S2 with a butt full of sh#t for more than 2 hours?
Told him to just throw away his underwear and clean himself up as best as he can while waiting for Grandma to pick him up.
And then there is the problem of Grandma being blurr blurr at school... she doesn't know where is his class nor the Primary school office nor the Medical Room. Thus, she'll have to ask around.
*sigh* Before I leave the country already got interesting event already.
Will need to just send an email to school now...