An Unforgettable Staycation At Hilton Kuala Lumpur

View from our room during our staycation

This is the first time I went on a staycation, a first time I went on a staycation with just me and my girl so it was double the fun and awesomeness. My girl had just completed her SPM and we were very much deprived of mummy and daughter bonding session because of all the long hours she had to put in to prepare for her exams.

This is the story of our staycation. We started at The Gardens to take photos of the beautiful Christmas decoration there. It was a white Christmas at The Gardens this year. There were horse drawn carriages, swans, reindeers and rabbits all in beautiful, calming and relaxing white. It was very beautiful and a lovely start to our little adventure.

Next we headed to the Abdullah Hukum LRT station. I had written about how to get to the Abdullah Hukum station from The Gardens mall in my previous post. The walkway is now open to public.

Abdullah Hukum Station

Hilton Kuala Lumpur is strategically located just oppostite KL Sentral which is only 2 stations from Abdullah Hukum. How awesome is that! So convenient. After alighting, we easily found our way from the station to the hotel through an underground link.

We checked in and requested for a room with a view and we had this fantastic view! It was fantastic at night and fantastic by day!

Our room was very nice. It was spacious, had a huge and comfortable king sized bed. The design was very modern and functional. There were a lot of movable doors with mirrors acting as separators from one part of the room to another. It felt like a mini studio apartment!

My girl wanted to go and have a swim immediately and that was exactly what we did! The pool had “caves”, slides and a warm water Jacuzzi, in other words, something for everyone.

After the swim we had a relaxing shower and bath with overhead rain shower and a bath with essential oil burner filling the room with wonderful and relaxing scents. Just perfect!

Refreshed, we headed over to NU Sentral which was just opposite and less than 5 minute walk away for dinner and to shop till we dropped. Being only two ladies on our own, I didn’t want to stay out too late. So we went back to the hotel to watch movies at around 10pm armed with some biscuits to enjoy a hot drink in the room. There were a lot of movie channels available. I find that many hotels these days tend to have only a few channels but we had a full range to choose from.

The next morning we had buffet breakfast at Vasco’s. There were a lot of selection and all the food was in abundance with many prepared right before your eyes. Even the drinks were real fresh juices. There were plenty of choices to pick from whether you prefer to have Malaysian or Western, a hearty breakfast or a dieter’s healthy one. The choice is yours.

Then it was back to the pool for another round of swimming and playing on the slides. Another round of showers before packing and checking out regretfully.

However, since Hilton Kuala Lumpur is so strategically located, our Staycation did not end there. We hopped onto the LRT and headed over to KLCC to view the tallest Christmas tree and walk about soaking in the holiday atmosphere.

Thank you Hilton Kuala Lumpur for an unforgettable holiday. It is now stamped into our collection of favourite beautiful memories.

Dear readers, if you wish to experience a staycation, you can too. The Hilton group of hotels is organizing a #TogetherWithHilton Christmas giveaway. You can go to any Hilton Facebook pages in Malaysia to join this giveaway. Winners will be announced on 20th December 2019. I have joined it too, hoping to win a staycation for a mother son bonding staycation this time.

How to go to Abdullah Hukum Station from The Gardens or Mid Valley Megamall

Since Mid Valley Megamall is my hangout place and the bridge connecting The Gardens (which is adjacent to Mid Valley) to Abdullah Hukum MRT and KTM stations just opened, I just had to go and check it out. I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s my photo story. If you prefer to skip my grandmother story, just scroll right to the bottom of this post for my video story.

Abdullah Hukum station with Telekom building and RTM building in the background

Abdullah Hukum Station is connected to The Gardens. So if you are at Mid Valley Megamall, you have to head on over to The Gardens. Once you are at the Gardens, walk over to the Isetan side of the Mall. Isetan is on several floors. Go to the First Floor. Here’s The Gardens Mall Floor Guide

The path leading to the walkway is on the first floor of The Gardens Mall near Isetan and beside the Japanese Restaurant (Credit for image: The Gardens Mall Floor Guide)
Isetan, The Gardens Mall (First floor links to the walkway)

Then look for the Japanese restaurant. I forgot to take a clearer picture of the restaurant. If I am not mistaken it is the Ichiriki Japanese restaurant (F-237B). The walkway leading to the bridge connecting The Gardens to the Abdullah Hukum station is just right beside the restaurant, on the left side of the restaurant. There are no signage as yet.

The path leading to the walkway is beside the Ichiriki Japanese restaurant

However, once you turn round the corner, you will see a sign that says the walkway access will be closed from 1.00am to 6.00am.

Access to the walkway is closed from 1.00 am to 6.00 am

Now let’s take a walk along the walkway. You will see nice views on both sides of the walkway. Below is the view from the walkway when you look to the left and the right of you.

View on the right as you are heading to the Abdullah Hukum station
View on the left as you are heading to the Abdullah Hukum station

Below is the street view from outside St Giles, The Gardens Residences

View from St. Giles, The Gardens Residences
Street view from St. Giles, The Gardens Residences

Finally, the walkway, the stairways and escalators

Both the KTM and LRT lines run through Abdullah Hukum Station
Stairways at Abdullah Hukum Station

Abdullah Hukum Station has access to both MRT and KTM lines

Komuter train schedule at the Abdullah Hukum Station
Ticketing office for KTM rides
Abdullah Hukum MRT or LRT station
Self Service ticketing booths at Abdullah Hukum station

I noticed a self service pick up and drop off point for Ninja Van. This is convenient if you need to send or collect packages.

A Ninja delivery pick up and drop off self service booth

After a short look around, I’m heading back to The Gardens. Using escalator instead of stairs now.

Escalator at Abdullah Hukum Sation

If you have just arrived at Abdullah Hukum Station, you can head over to KL Eco City Mall, Mid Valley City or The Gardens where there’s plenty of shopping and eateries and you can shop till you drop all day long.

This is the view that greeted me upon arriving at The Gardens Mall.

Since the walkway connects to KLEC Mall or KL Eco City Mall, I decided to take a detour to check out KLEC Mall (KL Eco City Mall)

This is the sight that greeted me at KLEC Mall.

I didn’t have time to venture a lot but this looks promising – Bangsar Foodie Centre (b.f.c.)

Bangsar Market by Jaya Grocer is opening soon as well. It says New Concept. My curiosity is piqued.

No time to linger so its back to The Gardens. From the KLEC Mall, turn left to go the Mid Valley City or turn right to go to Abdullah Hukum KTM or LRT stations

It’s Christmas time so I’m greeted by a white Christmas at The Gardens mall.

… and a Red Christmas at Mid Valley City Mall.

Summary of my walk can be found in the following video. Happy Watching and thank you for reading!

I Won a Halloween Hamper from Nuttelex

This blog is where I document the giveaways that I so love to join and sometimes win. I don’t always record down every win but I like to record down the memorable ones here because its fun as a keepsakes or memory. After all a blog is a personal diary. Well, I have several blogs but this one is probably the closest one to my personal blog.

In October 2019 , I joined a Facebook contest posted on the Nuttlex Malaysia Facebook page. The contest mechanics was CAPTION & WIN!
Suggest a caption and Halloween recipe idea for the cooking image below to be in the draw to win one of three fantastic Halloween Hampers.

My caption was: “What’s this? I told you boys to put more Nuttelex Butter. More! We’ve got to have our Halloween cake taste real creamy and nice!”

Make a Halloween Candy Cake by baking a creamy butter cake using Nuttelex Butter. Decorate with Halloween Candy as topping.

#PlantBasedButters #HalloweenHamper

I have to admit that sometimes when I join contests, I fail to read the important terms and conditions. So, I didn’t see this important term

” There are 3  HALLOWEEN HAMPER Prizes to be won, one for Australian residents, one for NZ residents and one for Malaysian residents. “

I thought that I would win some Nuttelex products in a Halloween hamper. I was in for a very big surprise!

To my delight, I discovered that I had won a Halloween hamper. After winning, I finally went around to read the terms and found out what I would be receiving!

The hamper was sent out immediately after the winner’s announcement but alas due to the long weekend holidays, I didn’t receive it till 1st November, 2019.

The Halloween Party Hamper

The hamper is amazing! It’s got everything you need for a Halloween party including a Halloween recipe book, Halloween baking pan, edible Halloween themed icing for decoration, Halloween cupcakes, Halloween party banner and bunting, Halloween witches hats, Halloween pinata, Halloween paper cups, paper plates, balloons, Halloween pinata, Halloween make-up kit, Halloween photo props, skeleton lawn decoration, eyeball candles, Halloween pop-up chandelier and more. So awesome! I’ve never had everything available to organize a themed party like this! The picture above is everything I received. Below, I zoomed in on some of my favourites.

A pop-up chandelier for Halloween party decorations
Trick or treat bags and Halloween Witches Hats
Jack-O-Lantern cake pan, and Halloween themed paper plates, cups, cupcake molds, cookie cutter, edible icing,
Skull Pinata
Halloween balloons, spooky drink labels, banners, buntings, eyeball candles and Halloween Photo props!
Trick or treat bags
Last but not least Nuttelex Recipe Cards and Tea Cloth and a Halloween recipe book

This is certainly one of the most amazing and memorable giveaway prize I have ever won. That’s why I took some time to document it here in my little online diary. Thank you, Nuttelex.

Nuttelex is a plant based, butter alternative. Nuttelex Original, Nuttelex Olive Oil and Nuttelex Coconut Oil is preservative free; dairy free; egg free; lactose free; corn free; nut free; gluten free; soy free; cholesterol free; GM free and salt reduced. Vegan and Vegetarian.

A Happy Bunch Of Things

Today I received a Happy Bunch of Things literally from a floral and gifts delivery company aptly called Happy Bunch.

I had won this gift box from a Facebook Giveaway Contest organized by Happy Bunch. It was a Hometown Giveaway Contest and participants were required to talk about the one thing they missed most from their hometowns.

I won the Glow Box. This is one of the currently 4 gift boxes being offered at the Happy Bunch website. Described as a box loaded with calming goodness, let’s see what’s in it!

  • There’s a silky eyeshade embroidered with the words goodnight on it.
  • Two satchets of Rhymba Hylls Lemongrass, Roselle and Ceylon Cinnamon tea which includes all of those ingredients plus kaffir lime leaves and tumeric.
  • An Ischia Miracle Marine Collagen Magic Gel Corset Mask formulated with marine collagen and hot spring water
  • A loofah handmade soap from Sabun Society with sea salt and citrus fragrance oil, and
  • A faux jade facial roller (it’s quite heavy)

What a lovely surprise gift! Yes, I am certainly happy with these bunch of things. For more gift boxes including their Pamper Box, Dapper Box (for men) and Reminisce Box (kids and teens may like this) check out the company’s website here

Signature Market Healthy Snacks and Nut Trails

I first heard about this brand on Facebook. It seems that they have a good presence on Facebook for every time I go onto FB, there they are, calling out to me to try their exciting health products. How to try? As a contest lover, well the best way to try is to have fun joining contests and get a sampling of their products if you win.

Many of my contest friends have won products too. My contest loving friends are all in a private group of contest lovers so sometimes we compare prizes.

“Have you received yours yet?” “What did you get?”

Signature Market certainly knows how to organizer exciting giveaways. They have giveaways on their Signature Market Facebook page as well as their Signature Market YouTube channel. They have exciting FB live giveaways to countdown to a marketing campaign or promo. There are so many ways to join, win, try their products and sign up on their website and after that you are hooked and there is no turning back.

I joined one of their YouTube contests recently. I love those because it requires you to watch a cooking demo (I love cooking demos) so that’s not too hard and after that you leave a comment and stand a chance to win…. exciting kitchen gadgets!!! I wanted to win the bread maker or air fryer so much! I didn’t but I didn’t do too bad either. I won RM150 worth of Signature Market products! It was a surprise box! I love mystery boxes, well, unless they are filled with outdated calendars, key chains or coasters.

I got my son to do an unboxing video of my mystery box from Signature Market since he just finished his exams and was doing nothing except playing video games all day. I think its better for him to learn some video editing skills so tadaaa here’s our unboxing video!

After unboxing the video, we “unpackaged” the packages. The video editor was hungry from all that editing. The fish skin was crispy, thin and delicious. The nuts were heavenly. We’re nuts about nuts by the way. However, even nutty people like us will know if the nut is not fresh. This one was.

Having said this, I must add that awhile back we did win some spicy fish skin but we did not find that to be as good as this. We found that one a bit on the thick side and not that fresh but perhaps it is because we are not particularly fond of spicy food to begin with.

Other items we had in our box include Organic Chia Seed Beetroot Ramen, Organic Apple Cider and Wild Honey Vinegar and Organic First Draw Soy Sauce.

I am now on their mailing list and every time I open it I feel tempted and the excitement never ends because they just keep on adding new products, now there’s even essential oils and baby cereals and biscuits. Fans of healthy living who love essential oils can check out the promo below.

Essential Oils for New Customer
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