The Ascott at Sathorn Bangkok, Thailand

I have been most fortunate this time, for out of the previous 5-6 trips to Bangkok (too bad I wasn’t a blogger back then so there are no write-ups of my experiences), I have never stayed anywhere like this.
Mostly my accommodation is at budget hotels, or backpackers like the time I was in Singapore. I can only hope Tune Hotels opens one in Bangkok soon! :yes:
Warning: Video not that great. I was exhausted & airsick from the flight, but you get the idea ;-)

Starhill Midsummer Nights Feast 2010 – Shook!, Jakes’, Jogoya, Gonbei, Village Bar, Pak Loh Chiu Chow & Luk Yu Tea House – Special Menus

In continuation from my post showcasing the Celebrity Chefs Special menus for the Midsummer Nights Feast 2010, (Check it out HERE – it’s not that expensive really…), I have compiled below the special menus by the above mentioned outlets for the week of Jul 2nd to Jul 9th.

Thanks to YTL, I had a blast stuffing myself silly with bite sized canapes at each of the participating outlets during the media launch. Datin Yasmin was there to officiate the event with a short, concise speech about the Celebrity Chefs this year as well as a brief introduction about the line-up of events to expect for this year’s Midsummer Nights Feast @StarHill Gallery.

Midsummer Nights Feast 2010

Toy Story 3, 2010 – a lesson in Humanity

The cowboy and the spaceman. The piggy bank and the green dinosaur.

Toystory3 gang

Thanks to Toy Story and Toy Story 2, these became the most familiar movie characters of all time. With Toy Story 3, the whole gang’s back – along with a few newcomers too.

Namely the meanest pink teddy bear you’ve ever seen. Well, actually Lotso is quite cute. (Lesson 1: Do not be deceived by appearance.)

Toystory3 Lotso

Strawberry smelling some more! ;-)

Foursquare World Meetup Day at Tune Hotel, Kota Damansara

A fan of affordable, comfortable and clean accomodation for my travels, such as the time I was in Sg, I fully support Tune Hotels’ tagline of “5-star sleeping experience for 1-star price! Affordable, Clean & Safe” and their concept hotels.

Entrance to Tune Hotel

I’m not one to turn my nose up at luxury accomodation, but let’s just say the rich and well-heeled are the minority and having pocket-friendly options such as Tune Hotels and Air Asia does wonders for the majority.

Tune Hotel, Kota Damansara opened at end of May 2010 and the day I was there, for the FourSquare meet-up, the hotel was fully booked!
Mine you, it was on a Wednesday too!

Tune hotel Kota Damansara

Occupying two floors of Sunsuria Avenue in Kota Damansara, all 121 rooms are equipped with 32” LCD television sets, 5-star beds and hot power showers.

Rooms at Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel has 7 branches in Malaysia : Kuala Lumpur (besides maju Junction), Kota Damansara, KLIA – LCCT, Penang, Danga bay Johor, 1Borneo Sabah, Waterfront Kuching, Sarawak.

Overseas – wise, there is one in London (to be launched in Aug 2010) and Indonesia. Can you imagine? Affordable accomadation in London! Whee! :yahoo:

While Kota Damansara might seem to be a weird location for some, it does makes sense when you consider the following:

1. Strategically located to surrounding areas like Damansara Perdana, Mutiara Damansara, Damansara Utama, Bandar Utama and even up to Sungai Buloh, Kepong and Subang.

2. Serves as a satellite to our prime hotels in Downtown KL and KLIA-LCCT Airport that are consistently enjoying high occupancy.

3. Easy access by bus and taxi, and surrounded by business, shopping (Sunway Giza, Giant, Tesco), entertainment and education establishments (SEGi University College, Sri KDU).

4. Within near vicinity of Subang Skypark (Terminal 3).

map-Tune Hotel Kota Damansara

Enough of the hotel, I have yet to actually stay in one, and hopefully there will be a trip soon to the Johor or Pg one. *cross fingers*

So yes, I managed to check out the hotel cos a bunch of us (bloggers) were gathered there last week in the attempt to get a Swarm Badge. So the cute image below kinda sums it up.

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All bloggers and four-squarers gathered. 50 of us checking into FourSQuare online gets us each a Swarm Badge!

bloggers at tune hotel

Tune Hotel provided us free dinner buffet as well @ Bangkok Wasabe which was right opposite the Hotel ;-) The food was actually not bad for Thai cuisine! I won’t go into details on the food here as I will make another trip there before I post a proper write-up.

Thanks again to Tune Hotel for the goody bag and the voucher for FREE 3 days 2 night stay in Legian, Bali. Time to start planning my Bali trip! ;-)

Tune Hotels.com – Kota Damansara
Suite 3A&5, Main Tower, Sunsuria Avenue, Persiaran Mahogani,
Kota Damansara PJU5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

For more information, 3 links below seems helpful.

http://www.tunehotels.com/
http://www.twitter.com/tunehotels
http://www.facebook.com/tunehotels

ps: This is not a paid advertorial.

Manhunt 2010 – The 13 Finalist.

Some pictures for mid-week entertainment.

Left to right: Hafez, William & Azrin.

Hafez, william, Azrin

Maxis10Reviews – Google Nexus One vs the HTC Desire

These 2 are always being compared. And supposedly the same. Of course there are sight differences here and there, mostly on the outlook, and some technical specs.
As with my previous post, the camera function is vastly different in terms of controls & obviously the images’ outcome too.

Here, I got some pictures to show of the aesthetic differences.

Dimensions.

Left: Nexus One – (L x W x T) 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm ( 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches)

Right: HTC Desire – (L x W x T) 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm ( 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches)

Both – 3.7” AMOLED Touch Screen, 480×800 WVGA resolution, with pinch & zoom capcabilities. 1GHz Processor speed. 576 MB RAM (N1 is 512MB only) and 512 MB ROM.

HTC Desire n Google Nexus ONE