All the pix are from Clem’s and my holiday at X2 Resort Koh Samui - which has a beautiful deep pool, wooden walkways, many tall lush trees, immaculate gardens, complimentary champagne breakfasts daily and faultless service.
We stayed in the Deluxe Pool Villa, tho there are other type of rooms like the Deluxe Garden Villa, Luxury Pool Villa Suite, and the Royal Villa. X2 itself is a successful Thai brand with resorts in Kui Buri, Koh Kood, and Phuket.
We went for a 90-minute couples massage that we wished lasted longer.
What was placed on the ground below my face area on the massage bed.
Every single day, the staff will lay out an array of alcohol in the restaurant at lunch time. It’s like they’re reminding you It’s Time To Party!!!
I enjoyed eating there so much! Had tom yam soup and a garden salad for lunch one day.
Clem and i had such a great holiday at X2 earlier this month (it seems like ages ago now :p). Our trip was arranged via The Luxe Nomad (an online portal where you can book luxury hotel and resort stays all over the world at member-only rates up to 70& off).
This was my second trip to Koh Samui (the first being a company trip when i was still with BAT) and flying over it this time was a much more magical experience somehow.
I didn’t take any pictures cos i was too slow and busy staring out in wonder, so i’ll try my best to describe it here: We were flying through some wispy clouds, and i just caught sight of the tip of an island when the plane slowly started to lean towards the left so my side was facing downwards at a huge span of calm ocean surface just GLEAMING in the sunlight. Even Clem commented how mesmerising it was. It was just so… beautiful. Maybe it’s a good thing i didn’t capture it in my camera, so that incredible image will be enhanced in my memory forever.
After we passed that wonderful gleaming ocean, we flew through little bursts of baby clouds and saw below us tiny coves with yellow beaches, turquoise waters, and bright green hills in the middle of the island. So picture postcard perfect! (i didn’t manage to capture that too. All i got was this pic above which is not that great :p)
I went to Hong Kong for a whirlwind trip sponsored by Cathay Pacific and Accor Hotels/Novotel (while also supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board). Thank you! I had a GRAND TIME, and saw so much of Hong Kong i never knew about before, thanks to the Es-capers Scavenger Hunt they painstakingly organized.
Two media per country from Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia were flown to HK to experience as much as possible within three days, and from the length of this post you can see how much we managed to cram in!
Click on the title of the post to view all the pictures/full blogpost!
First up, i gotta thank Cathay Pacific for flying me on Business Class. After traveling so well this year, i went home to Clem and proclaimed, “I don’t know how i’m gonna fly economy anymore!!!”
Poor man fell silent.
I visited The Wing @ Hong Kong International Airport for the first time. This is the First Class Lounge which was designed by Foster + Partners (a world-renowned architect and design firm based in London) and recently completed its renovations just early this year.
The Wing originally has open ceilings and unobstructed views since 1998, which have remained its trademark. The new facelift it just underwent includes contemporary and refreshing elements set to re-establish The Wing as one of the best airport lounges in the world.
Well, they definitely can’t go wrong with The Champange Bar.
Specially crafted by Marzorati Ronchetti of Italy, the bar offers a selection of free flow champagne.
My luck seems to be that every time i’m in a first class lounge with the best wines and champagnes at my disposal, i’m too hungover to have any -_-
The luminous wall that is the First Class Reception Wall is made of Venetian glass fins handcrafted by Fabbian of Italy to create an abstract and contemporary interpretation of bamboo silhouettes. I totally see it!
Reflective black glass walls and “Nero Marquina” black marble floors are accentuated by crisp white marble and natural Eucaluptus wood walls for a premium and comfortable environment.
The Cabana and Shower Suites are one of the classic features of The Wing.
Made of natural Travertine stone complemented by wooden floors, each cabana has a spacious shower, full-sized bath and comfortable day bed – making it the perfect private sanctuary for passengers before a flight. Besides the five cabanas, there are also 12 luxury shower suites for those who just want to freshen up.
The Haven is an iconic feature of The Wing’s First Class Lounge that has expanded into twice its original capacity.
Hand-carved white Carrara marble walls set the stage for a delectable buffet counter that consists of appetizers, Asian and Western dishes, and delicious desserts. Above it (not seen in pic) is a contrasting decorative burgundy silk wall that’s specially woven in Belgium out of high quality silk (of course).
Man. I don’t even know where to start with Awesomeness Fest.
It was like, the BEST thing i ever went to… and there is SO much to tell about it, not to mention the HUNDREDS of pictures i took over the four days it happened.
I made so many amazing new friends-for-life from all over the world, from Africa to New Zealand.
I learnt, partied, laughed, cried, and EVOLVED.
I learnt SO MUCH STUFF, things which i’ve been sharing with lots of people since i got home, but i think it’s about time i start sharing it here with you all too Well, i’m gonna try to fit in as much as i can across a few blogposts. It”ll end up being an impossibly long post if i tried putting it in ONE!
OK OK breathe, phew! I feel so overwhelmed on where to start.
So i’ll start from the VERY BEGINNING.
I FIRST heard about Awesomeness Fest when i went to Mindvalley for an event in January.
Loved it so much i blogged about it *HERE*
After watching it i was like, “What the hell is this… i have NO IDEA but i WANNA GO.”
Here’s another vid to explain what Awesomeness Fest is (soddof)
After i decided i wanted to try to go, i found out how much it cost (RM6K) and thought HMM can i really afford this what with all the money i’m planning to pump into my business this year? And then thought OK I’m just gonna try, and if it happens then it happens. If it doesn’t then at least i know i tried to go.
So i took the first step by sending in an application. Yup. You can’t just pay and go for it, you have to fill in this form on what you do and what you think and why you want to go. Serious stuff. Basically they just want to ensure that they only accept the type of people they want to draw – people who are driven, want to or are running their own business/es, want to better themselves, want to contribute to the community/world. Every year thousands of applicants vie for only 250 spots in Awesomeness Fest. So you see… i wasn’t very sure if i could even GO in the first place.
Sent in my application. Got word that i passed through the first round (yay!) and was requested to schedule a Skype meeting for an interview. Once i got through the interview process then i’d be confirmed as an attendee.
Somehowwww it was SO hard to get that interview done. The person who was to speak to me was Lara Berg, who’s based somewhere in the US which simply meant the only window of hours she could interview me was 2-6AM Malaysia time -_- I canceled the first meeting cos i had too much work and not enough sleep. The second time was cos i was sick and needed sleep so badly. And she was SO nice that when i told her the truth, she suggested to do one at 7AM my time so it wasn’t so bad. I groggily woke up one morning, had a Skype chat with her and found out after that i was IN.
YAYNESS! Then was the paying part. I felt that paying for something that was going to help ME in my life, was money well spent. I also didn’t feel like i was being cheated cos Afest is a 100% non-profit event, and all the money they make from it gets channeled to 3 different charities globally.
Fast forward, and i’m at Afest!
I purposely took a Wednesday night flight so that i could catch the extra sessions on Thursday. Afest is Friday-Sunday but i figured it’s not like i have to take leave, and the Chinese side of me wanting the bang for my buck kicked in :p
I. am. so. glad. i went that extra day.
Thursday afternoon session was held by Lisa Nichols of Motivating the Masses, and perhaps THE most powerful speaker i’ve experienced in person! She’s been interviewed by Oprah and Larry King, and personally spoken to up to 10,000 people in one event at a stadium!
[[ crap. i have to go out now. i think this is gonna be one of those blogposts where i continue it when i can. TA! Happy WEEKEND!]]
Navutu Dreams was started by 3 dynamic Italians – a city broker, an art dealer and a historian – who left London and the Western world 6 years ago to pursue their dreams and build their dream resort in the Kingdom of Cambodia. It’s their second project together actually, their first being Navutu Stars Resort, a well-established 5-Star Condè Nast property and award-winning island boutique resort in Fiji.
I had the opportunity to stay at Navutu Dreams for two nights via The Luxe Nomad, a luxury resort and hotel portal where one can book stays at member-only rates up to 70% off all over Asia! The Luxe Nomad was started by Stephanie Chai (whom most of you would recognise as a top model and host) and i’m so proud to share that her company recently secured SGD 888,232 (RM2.3 mil) of new funding – signalling an auspicious start to its second year of inception.
[The fundraising round was led by Innosight Ventures, the venture arm of global innovation and strategy consulting firm, Innosight, with participation from Japanese investors, Zipan Enterprise Network, and a silent partner. Funds will go into strengthening the company’s lead in the Asian travel market and supporting its regional expansion plans.]
You go girl!
And now… happy pictures from Clem’s and my stay there for two nights
Navutu Dreams opened its doors in August 2012 and only caters for a maximum of 36 guests in 18 spacious rooms allocated in 5 separate pavilions. We stayed in the Grand Tour room which comes with an oversized soaking tub, ipod dock, walk-in wardrobe, terrace and private garden.
I love the private garden! It has a natural fence of thick foliage and flowers that nicely block off other guests’ view of our room.
Despite spending a full week in Siem Reap, we decided to spend only two days visiting the temples and historical sites. Figured we’d be “templed out” if we overdid it like in Myanmar. Can’t compare these temples to the ones in Myanmar tho… they’re vastly different in so many ways, tho i must say that the enormity of each temple in Siem Reap is truly marvelous!
A 1-day pass to visit Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples is USD20, and a 3-day pass costs USD40; so we just got the 3-day pass like everyone advised us to.
At Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world!