Saturday, August 24, 2013

hello world

I hardly write in here anymore huh? Yeah i know. I have at least 4 other private blogs. So excessive i know.

But this blog holds a portion of my life too. An old shadow.

Er.. shadow got old or new one meh?

I guess my awkwardness is back again. The me that is not willing to expose myself to the public. The me that is lack of confidence, unsure of myself, always saying the wrong things, unfocused attention.... Yeah, that's me right now.

Ok bye see you later.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Goldkist resort (chalet) review @ east coast park - June 2013

I had fond memories of the chalets at East Coast Park Singapore, when the place was still locally managed by NTUC many years ago when i was a kid to teenhood. Fond memories of clean rooms, white sheets and vibrant f&b and entertainment. It was fun with plenty of people.

I have no idea at which point the resort got sold Goldkist Pte Ltd, which i believe is owned by one IT guy from India.  http://www.goldkist.net/hdgupta.htm
Just read his page of bull crap.

There are no more business tenants like shops or restaurants in the lobby.

Be prepared to perspire in the dark stuffy lobby (aircon off) while waiting for the confused and slow-moving receptionists.

The booking and administrative standards are so inefficient. By the way, the receptionist told me that my booking on their website is not confirm. Therefore, you may book online, go there with your vacation bag and still there's a chance that your room is given to somebody else and they have to check if there is another available one for you.

Lousy linens, old dusty furniture, old electronics, missing toiletries, broken stuff, bad interior wiring, unsafe sharp metal edges on door locks that caused bleeding on unsuspecting hands etc. Brown rough bedsheets! How do we know if there are stains on the sheets?

The resort has deteriorated so badly, it's a dump hole. And they got the cheek to be more expensive than Singapore's other resorts/hotels which are better in every aspect.

Your room is already so bad, what is the $50 deposit for? The stuff are already old and broken, how much more can we break them?

 Based on the room condition, I kindly value their room rates to be $30- $50 per night, not $168 to $200+!
They refused to refund my money and instead gave me another and another chalet room. Photos taken below are taken from the third room we changed to; the previous rooms were in worst condition.


THANKS FOR THE ONE AND ONLY CUTE SOAP FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE. Towels look like they were lightly washed and hung dried.

DIRTY!

Rough gross old blankets. They don't bother with the standard white linen for the blankets anymore.



I DON'T WANT TO KNOW

The room was so dirty even the roach died. >_<

I THINK THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO CLEAN THE TOILET, NOT LEAVE DIRTY FOOT PRINTS.


INSECT SHIT ON THE WALL AT EYE LEVEL. HOW PLEASANT.

WELCOME TO PEEK IN AT NIGHT! INSECTS COME ON IN TO REST! TOILET WINDOW ALWAYS OPEN NO MATTER WHAT!

WELCOME TO PEEK IN! ...UNLESS I STUFFED THE HOLE WITH THE CURTAIN, THEN YOU MAY NOT.

Guess they couldn't afford a wall drill for inserting wires and stuff?


Sigh..

SOME POWER SOCKETS. IF LUCKY SOME ACTUALLY WORK.

2ND KETTLE THE STAFF GRABBED FROM ANOTHER ROOM, FIRST ONE DOESN'T WORK. But the tv in this room worked wow.

I FORGOT TO TAKE A PHOTO OF THE BLEEDING FINGER CAUSED BY THE BATHROOM DOOR LOCK WHICH IS CUT FROM STEEL SHEETS AND NOT BOTHERED TO BE FILED. It takes only seconds to file thin steel sheet. You people are so lazy!

We were HOURS late for our lunch thanks to the horrible experience of waiting for key card, and TRYING to get a room that is somewhat cleaner with stuffs that finally work. At least the key slot to switch on the electricity should work please, don't they check?

The below was copied from their website today.

Star Point A Unique No frills Beachfront
Star Point Resort Spread across 8 Acres of land in east coast of Singapore
Star Point 10-20 mins from prominent locations like Changi Airport, Suntec,
Orchard Road, Little India, Shenton Way & Singapore Expo. East coast park is a great location but please don't exaggerate the travel time.
Star Point Swimming pool along beach (2.4M) & Baby Pool
Star Point Spacious Rooms of 320 Sq feet facing beach or garden
Star Point Multi Cuisine Restarurant facing beach (Chinese/Malay/Western/Indian/Vegetarian Dishes) - They don't own any restaurant at the resort. Their only caterer is outsourced.
Star Point Favorite location for local families for their outings and celebrations; serving over 200,000 local persons every year. Favorite? You done a survey?
Star Point Preferred place for Conference Halls by Corporates for handling various social and corporate events Hur hur.
Star Point BBQ facilities Portable bbq grills that you have to collect/return at lobby and carry there yourselves, not the built in ones you find at other chalets in Singapore.
Star Point Multi-Lingual Staff (English / Chinese / Malay / Indian) Fully Indian nationals staff, I'm sure they don't speak Chinese/Malay.
Star Point Jogging and Cycling Track The rest of the nice clean park belongs to the Singapore government, not Goldkist!

Facilities

Star Point Free Wifi in the Lobby - Wifi or no wifi, nobody wants to perspire any longer in your lobby just waiting to check in!
Star PointConferance Halls Try spell-check. It's a business website after all.
Star Point Free Parking
Star Point Kids Playground
Star Point Kids Arcade Used to have eons ago
Star Point Beachside Bar Used to have eons ago, but even the other beach bars are way better.
Star Point MiniMart
Star Point Coin Operated Payphone A guest had his money eaten up by the beverage machine in the lobby and the staff didn't help by saying "I don't know", then proceed to avoid eye contact.
Star Point Coin Operated Internet Kiosks in Lobby Huh, where? And your "free wifi" is for...?

I overheard some angry patrons at the reception, but I'll let them do their own reviews.

It is saddening that a well-loved place like East Coast Park has one and only chalet resort and it has become this, a stain.

 The only locals who are still using the chalets are people who need a sheltered space at the beach to set up their party for large groups. They bring their own food and stuff, including towels!!  What can they do, the only chalet available at our beloved homely ECP...

When people come to such a lousy place, they think this is managed by Singapore (NTUC) or the locals. No, it is NOT. If you had enjoyed the park during your stay with Goldkist, don't be confused. The clean well-maintained park belongs to Singapore, not Goldkist! I am angry with NTUC for selling this part of our beach to such unqualified people, spoiling the image of East Coast Park. Why why why? *cries* Now we can't enjoy chalet time there anymore with our friends.

This resort is currently managed by a jack of all trades and master of none.
http://sg.linkedin.com/in/goldkist

Please lah, dunno resort management mai keh-kiang!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

At home

Just having a really good time by myself eating warm pizza and watching Bleach on Animax. My family has already eaten their share and left for work. It's my off day yay!









Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Post mahjong recuperation day

We had a eight-hour mahjong session which ended at 6am this morning. Fell into my smooth warm bed gratefully. Then my body decided to wake up at 10am.

We played small money- 10/20 cents. Lost $15.50. =( I was distracted by the exciting drama on TV, then won some while a commercial went on. Then proceeded to miss opportunities again haha. 

Already had lunch of leftover food from yesterday. There are lots of food every Chinese New Year, when we prepared too much and also have more raw ingredient in the freezer or fridge, that can last us a good week or more.

Since I've had only about four hours of sleep, I'm pretty sure a nap later is in order!

Food network is on TV. I am not really watching, just like the colourful images of cooking flashing about. BBQ in Texas uses so much seasoning I wonder do they still taste the meat? They do look so yummy!

I have millions of photos of stuff and places from last year that perhaps I will post them here later, somehow.

Okay, Keroro is on Animax now. My favourite frog is the bad tempered red one- Giroro.







Friday, February 8, 2013

Cheers! *clink*

I woke up at six again. I don't even have to go to work until the 16th!

I expect to sleep a lot after yesterday which we were hosting a visitor who is in Singapore.

We went for lunch at Swenson, watch a hilarious local chinese movie. Of course, the english sub was enough to make them laugh their ass off! Came back to our apartment for a rest (tv), then proceeded to eat a lot of seafood and drink a lot of beer at the east coast beach "food village". Gan-bei!!!

We decided to head back to home when everybody was chatting with half closed lids. As usual, after a nice shower, we all woke up and started chatting, watching tv and looking at photos on Facebook. Quite relaxing. Unfortunately, our visitor had to leave at 5am to return to his vessel for work on the other side of Singapore.

The vessel sailed from the US and they will be leaving Singapore waters next week.

I think he might be visiting us again with another two friends later this weekend.

It is Chinese New Year eve (reunion dinner) and CNY 1st day. So I dunno, nothing is confirmed yet.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Moodboard: Beautiful home

These are photos I've stolen from all over the internet for my inspiration. ^^ My house look a little some of them, but since my mom is living with me, there is limitation to what I can do. Nevertheless, I hope to one day achieve a really beautiful home complete with nice outdoor living.



Got a 3 feet width of space?





Love the backsplash

Mismatch chairs from everywhere







Go to rootsimple.com for the method of building.







Initial


I like this! Possible with half the platform height.

I wonder if I can do this at a rainy place?

overlapping curtains

Outdoor living


We can install some poles and sticks for turning & roasting a chicken!

Expensive to build but we can make a simpler style for outdoor.