The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan – 桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店

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The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan

桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店

No. 166 Rixin Road, Daxi District, Taoyuan Taipei 桃園市大溪區日新路166號

(886)(3) 272 5777

Website

The long overdue Westin Tashee Resort environment is here, be sure to check out on the suite that we stayed.  I’m sure that you will be interested in knowing what it looks like since I have more photos than the SPG site (here).

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The hotel was still working on it’s hardware when I stayed.  I still managed to take some of the photos of the indoor facilities which includes the gym, the business center and the playroom. However, for the outdoor ones, most of them are still under constructions so I wasn’t able to snap them when I was there.  For what I know there is a gigantic chess board like the one in W Walkerhill, a poolside bar, swimming pool and a outdoor play area.

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I strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is up for some relaxation away from the buzzing cities in Taiwan, passionate with golf or families with children.  Just bear in mind that this resort is quite out of the place, definitely not your airport hotel, I have been there done that.  Westin Tashee is an hour away from Taoyaun International Airport (TPE) and another hour away from Taipei city center, in addition, you don’t get any public transport to the city center nor the airport.  Westin was saying that they will have their hotel shuttle soon, but I couldn’t find anything on their site.

The staff from checkin was fairly experienced, he kinda avoided our questions in a nice way and handled most of the problem flawlessly, including delivering our late night snack from the bar when there weren’t any in room dining services.  Whereas, the check-out agent he needed an intensive SPG training, when he told me that there are no dining discount for SPG members because I’m getting 500 starpoints for my status and it’s way better that the 250 points for the next level down. And welcome drinks are only for GOLD members since they only gets 250 points.  I never know that 500 points are everything in the SPG world.

Talk about the environment, it can surely let you forget that you were in the buzzing city of Taiwan and feel like a getaway at a beach resort.  Yes! A beach is what it’s lacking, but it has a golf course next door to make up for it.

The business center has a wide range of book selection, and I can spend a day here.  Originally, they don’t let you bring the books to your room, our check-in agent was nice enough to let us took them up.

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What makes this resort child friendly is the playroom.  It also offer a wide range of classes for the little ones, while parents spend their time at the gym or have a dip. They would need more staff to run the classes when business picks up.

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I recommend this hotel if you want a weekend getaway in Taiwan, but if you are coming to Taiwan for holiday there are better hotels out there.

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The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan – 桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店~~Room

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The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan

桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店

No. 166 Rixin Road, Daxi District, Taoyuan Taipei 桃園市大溪區日新路166號

(886)(3) 272 5777

Website

I stayed at the first Starwood Resort in Taiwan, back in the first week of Jan, 2016.  The Westin Tashee Resort has opened it’s doors since Christmas 2015.  We booked the opening special which includes breakfast for two and double starpoints if you are a SPG member.

I have a detailed blog on the hotel environment here (click here)

As the Platinum member of SPG, we were upgraded to the Family suite.  Our check-in agent told us that only 40% of the rooms were ready, and they were doing some final touches .

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Our suite had a separate living area and a guest washroom, there was also a balcony looking out to the swimming pool and the gold course next door. The living area is well contained with a work station which has adequate stationaries.

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The minibar we had in our suite was overheated, we had it changed once, but when we got our soymilk from it the next morning  our drinks were warm.  The engineer said it was probably the design of the cabinet which cause the problem.  They use the Illy coffee capsules machine here, the staff was willing to give us one extra capsule the next day after we finished the ones provided.

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Moving onto the bedroom area, as usual we have the heavenly bed from Westin which was as good as always. There was another balcony in the bedroom with the same view.  In-room dining wasn’t available at the time we stayed, due to the fact that they were waiting on their cutleries.  
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The bathroom was spacious, with a bathtub on the left and shower and toilet on the left.  Unlike other Starwood hotels which provides a set of luxury brand amenities for suites, Westin Tashee they have the Westin White Tea bath and body, the ones you get in any of the Westin hotels. They provides a bath loafer but not bath salt for bubble bath.
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Upon check out, we found that the carpet wasn’t looking like it was the day before, vacuuming was needed.

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W Taipei’s Little sister – Aloft Taipei ZhongShan 台北中山雅樂軒

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Aloft Taipei Zhongshan 台北中山雅樂軒酒店

No 1 Shuangcheng Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei 台北市中山區雙城街1號

886 2 7743 9999

http://www.alofttaipeizhongshan.com/

Starwood has been working very hard to claim their territory in Taiwan, flagging two new places before we said good bye to 2015.

The hipster W claiming the CBD and now brought in the younger sister Aloft which situated on the other side of Taipei city.  Aloft located in one of the shopping and cafe hopping area, which is an ideal location for some younger travelers, and an alternative to the Four Points by Sheraton which is located far from city center.

Aloft doesn’t have a glamorous lobby likes others, a tiny weeny lobby with just a check-in area and nothing else, and using LEDs displays as decorations.  Upon arriving at the hotel I was greeted by name,  an agent from Four Points who still recognize me from 2 years ago. The checkin process took longer than usual, but very informative and immediate recognizing my SPG status.  Platinum member gets a free drink from W XYZ while their opening special offers free buffet breakfast from Re:fuel.  How chic kiddo roll, we “grab and go” from Re:fuel and partying with the latest music and DJ at W XYZ.
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The modern styled room ain’t huge but it had everything needed.  When we mentioned that the paint smell was a bit strong in the room, they bought in an air purifier as soon as possible.  As a vision of W, Aloft offers Bliss amenities but a different line of product – Tired+Blue.  We did find that the bathtub was a little bit too shallow to our comfort and the air circulation of the the bathroom wasn’t that good.

The light switches panel was a memory game and trial and error.  No labeling or what so ever, it will take you a good 5 minutes to turn on your headlight or switch off the lights at night.

 

Our room had a balcony but we weren’t able to open the door, but we forgotten to ask about it upon check out.
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Aloft is very convenient with MRT station and bus stops just 5 mins away, not to mention the famous Qingguang Market  down the block.  I personally recommend this market to all my friends over the infamous Shilin Night Market, in QingGuang you can find alot of traditional local eats like the tofu dessert, taiwanese style sandwiches, sesame chicken soup, LuWei, doughnut, wheelcake.  I am sure you will have a lots of fun exploring the area.

 

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Hi, Sheraton Taipei, it has been a while ! – 台北喜來登

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^photo from Sheraton official site

Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登

12 ZhongXiao East Road Sec. 1, Taipei  忠孝東路一段12號

02 2321 5511

I used to stay at Sheraton Taipei all the time back in the days when it was the best Starwood hotel in Taipei.  After so many years, I set my foot into this hotel again.  This hotel is pretty popular among locals for it’s buffet restaurant, and I was greeted with a large crowd at the lobby upon check-in on the day.   I love the location of the hotel, it’s just outside the Shandao Temple station and next to the best breakfast place in taipei (阜杭豆漿). Sheraton is just one station away from Taipei Main station, so it’s pretty convenient.

Since I had a work function in their ballroom early in the morning, I was expecting a message from their Event team and there was nothing.  The check in agent was pretty helpful and helped me retrieved the information needed.   I was upgraded to the Executive floor, and as a SPG member I received a hand written message from their Director of Rooms.   I have a thing for all these personalized welcome cards, even though it is  a computerized message, still love seeing them upon check-in. However, Sheraton thinks that Patricia is a Mr.?? and I was referred as Mr.xxx on the card, on the phone, basically throughout my stay.  I found that it’s a common mistake in Taiwan, even it was clearly stated on my SPG profile.

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My room was around 35 sqm which is the same size as the normal deluxe room, but being up on the executive floors you get Sweet sleeper beds, Nesspersso and Heyland& Whittle amenities.  I would say the hotel is still in good shape, with some water stains here and there overall nothing too major.  I talked to Helen Huang, director of My Humble House Florist, she said that the hotel will undergo its renovation in 2017.  Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登

Like the other My humble house properties, Sheraton Taipei provides those comfy cushioned slippers and I think it runs in the company which they tend to provide them in 2 different sizes in your room.  Whereas, in other hotels you get them in one size and of course you can always ask for the kiddo slippers.

I love the Sweet Sleepers in Sheraton hotels, but I wasn’t too sure about the ones in  Sheraton Taipei.  I toss and turn while I sleep and from time to time my back hurt because I slept right on the frame.  The next morning I decide to dig into this and found that my bed was actually two singles pushed together, that’s why I was sleeping on the metal frame through out the night.  My friend and I agreed that next time we gotta request a full king size bed.

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It was funny how Sheraton Taipei issues a lending note for every single items you borrow from them, I guess the hotel must had a bad experience of guests not returning the items.

Overall, I had a pleasant stay and I found their HOTEL staff are pretty helpful.  The not-so-pleasant matter appear after I checked out, we were doing a rehearsal at their ballroom and after that we found out that the event team has been gossiping about us and making it a big deal with the PR company.  My supervisor wasn’t too happy about this and Helen Huang reassured us that it won’t happen again. Can’t wait till my next stay in two weeks time and hopefully the event team will be as helpful as the hotel staff.

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Jade Lounge 青隅 – Mandarin Oriental Taipei 臺北文華東方酒店

Jade Lounge 青隅 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel 臺北東方文華酒店

  158 DunHau North Road  台北市敦化北路158號

 02 2715 6886

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/taipei/fine-dining/the-jade-lounge/

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After 8 years of wait and Mandarin Oriental Taipei finally opened it’s door in May.  MO Taipei made it’s grand entrance and claiming the title of the first SIX stars hotel in Taiwan.  It adopts the ostentatious and classy style just like others around the world. From Mario Cittadini to Frank Haasnoot and Tony Chi you can tell how much effort and thoughts  the hotel has put in to it’s luxurious name.  Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅 Jade Lounge 青隅

Enjoy the full body massage followed by my favorite rose petal jam scone and Strawberry green tea is always my kind of afternoon.  I made reservation for afternoon tea at the Jade Lounge well before the opening day.  However, I had my hopes too high for Jade Lounge, after a few visits to MO, I would say I like  Coco and YaGe the best.

Jade Lounge unlike Cafe Causette in Hong Kong, they have a minimum charge of one tea set ($1250) per person.

They offer three different types of  Tea sets : The three tiers Jade afternoon tea (TWD $1250), Afternoon tea pairing with Ruinart ‘R’ Champagne  (TWD $1900) and The caviar afternoon tea – served with 15g caviar and champagne (TWD $3750)

Menu (click here)

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The three tiers came with : sweets, savories, cookies n scones as well as Le Jambon Cru on baguette and petits fours on the side.

I would say the top tier was the best and they tasted as good as their look.

For the Middle tier,  they tasted blend but you can tell that they use fresh ingredients.  I loved the Crab Remoulade with Lemon Caviar and the Egg Mimosa was way too dry;  wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Now, onto the worst but yet the ones I had been reminiscing after my last HK trip.  The scones came in random flavor, which left me with nothing but go with the raisins ones.  The scone itself was too dry and floury, it didn’t have the buttery scent like the ones at Smith and Hsu.  Rose petal jam wasn’t on the menu, so they came with Lemon curd and blueberry jam, I asked for whipped cream and had to wait for 25 mins.  The chocolate were a strong finish note , the dark chocolate were to my liking and with a strong cocoa flavor.  Frank Haasnoot made my day.  Overall, I guess an afternoon tea of me, myself n I at the MO won’t be happening in Taipei since scones are never the same and you can’t just order plain scones and Strawberry green tea, but the tea set.

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Sheraton Macao – earth tower deluxe suite

^photo from Sheraton macao’s official site

Sheraton Macao

Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai
+853 2880 2000
This is my third blog post on the property, first one was on the deluxe suite on sky tower (click here) and I also have one on executive lounge’s buffet breakfast (click here).
I was here for business and they were kind enough to upgrade me to another room type this time.  Even though, it was still Executive suite but it had a different layout and this was the first time for me to stay on the earth tower.
The room itself is 125 square meters and it has a dinning area, media room and a lounge. Sheraton Macao 澳門喜來登 Sheraton Macao 澳門喜來登
once you stepped inside the suite you were greeted by the work desk, it had pretty much what you needed for your business trip.  Their housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful if you needed some extra stationeries.
The guest bathroom was further down on the right, whereas dining area and media room on the left.
This was something different from the earth tower, earth tower’s suite were rectangular and the dinning and media room weren’t separated from the lounge and bedroom.
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We had a chill night in the media room while working on our business plan, and sipping away our bottle of white.
However, we experienced a hard time trying to connect to the in room wifi, other than this it was a productive night.
Back out to to dinning area then onto the lounge, it was spacious and we place all our luggages out here.  The mini bar located here as well, we got 3 not so fresh apples and Nespersso machine, most of the posh hotels come with them nowadays.  Sheraton refilled the capsules when they did the turn down service and of cause you can request which flavor you want (red, black or brown in most hotels).
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This time we had two Sheraton Sweet sleeper beds, along with minimalistic design was extremely spacious.  The full length windows on looking to the harbor, city center and construction sites.
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The service was impeccable and staff were attentive, I love staying here and admiring how they manage 6000 odd rooms.
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La Farfalla – Humble House 寒舍艾麗

Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店

 

Humble House – 寒舍艾麗酒店

18 SongGao Rd, XinYi Dist. Taipei  台北市信義區松高路18號

+886 2 6631 8000

http://humblehousehotels.com/en_index

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2014 was started off with a bright sunny morning, after a long night partying I still managed to wake up early for my breakkie. Blog post for hotel room (click here)   La Farfalla was brightly lit with contemporary design along with Humble House’s art collection.  Humble House only has one restaurant and one lounge bar, if you find it’s too limited you can always go to their sister hotel Le Meridien which is across the street.  Alternatively, Humble House is in the heart of XinYi district where you are surrounded with international restaurants and shopping malls.

When you walked into La Farfalla, you were greeted by Paola Pivi’s chair lamp. Prompt services and attentive staffs, no sign of hangover/ late parties from New Year’s Eve.  I was surprise to see a lot of guests in the restaurants as I was expecting everyone was still in bed.

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Just like other buffet breakfast, it had the chinese hot dishes, egg station, cereals and bread.  There was something you don’t normally see for buffet breakfast, they had the Häagen-Dazs ice cream cabinet.  Food was fairly fresh, the only dislike was the egg station.  They had the ingredients at the back which was quite inconvenient for the guest to pick what they want.

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Humble House Taipei – 寒舍艾麗酒店

Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店

Humble House – 寒舍艾麗酒店

18 SongGao Rd, XinYi Dist. Taipei  台北市信義區松高路18號

+886 2 6631 8000

http://humblehousehotels.com/en_index

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Back in the years when Grand Hyatt was the one and only choice in XinYi Dist., then came Le Meridien and W Taipei.  After Starwood dominates the battlefield a more affordable option joined the gang – Home Hotel.  Now, we welcome Le Meridien and Sheraton Taipei’s sister hotel Humble House, who had it’s grand opening on 27th December just a few days before I checked in.  Assuming both Le Meridien and Sheraton belong to the Starwood chain which Humble House will happily join the big family, oops I was wrong.  I still remembered the face of Benny Tsai (Chairman of  My Humble House Group) when I asked him “does Humble House belong to Starwood?” he was like had you ever heard of any properties call Humble House outside of Taiwan?

Being the first local hotelier who has two top notch hotels in the same district, to be exact they are adjacent to each other. Humble House continues the modern vibes and classiness of Le Meridien, later on, XinYi Breeze will operate on the same property just like Hankyu and W Taipei.Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店 Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店 Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店

Just like Le Meridien, it’s artsie from the lobby to guest rooms.  You can find yourself surrounded by art pieces wherever you go, and most of them are LED artworks.  I had to admitted that it is the first time I came face to face with these modernized art pieces and I found them very eye opening.  They do offer an art tour on daily basis just like an art museum and they have not less than 60 pieces of art work in the hotel, be sure to check with guest service if you want a tour while you stay with them.  Check in is located on the 6th floor and ground floor is pretty low key, you can’t even tell it’s a hotel lobby with 2 elevators and one guest service counter.

I was told by their reservation staff that I should check in earlier that day since there will be traffic control, when my friend checked in around 3:30 she was told that the room wasn’t ready.  When we went back for our room key later that day, I mentioned I requested late check out while I made the reservation.  The reply was “Normally we can do late check out at 12:00, but since we gave you your room key at 7:30 we can extend it to 1:00.” I was like “Errrr!”

Humble House do have alot of greeting staff, they show you your way and direct you what to do.  I do find them quite attentive and willing to help.

Humble House has an Italian restaurant – La Farfalla , a Bar – The Terrace, a spa, a gym and an outdoor swimming pool (still under construction).  The gym is fairly tiny and I do mean it, which only fits 5 pieces of gym equipment.

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You need to beep your room card in order to get to your floor which I prefer over the ones you have to swipe your card.  My friend did comment on the card sleeve being too tight which made it really hard to get the room card out.  The rooms were not as spacious as W Taipei but similar to Le Meridien, we stayed at the Premier King Room (36 sq meter ) Upon entering into the room on the right hand side was a long corridor of mirrors with wardrobe hidden in there and a dressing table at the end.  On your left hand side, there were mini bar, fridge and your Nespresso machine, not to mention that they use Ritzenoff’s My little Darling coffee set here.

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There were mirror walls everywhere in the room, to give you a more spacious perception.  The full length mirror sliding doors were kinda hard to lock.  The bathroom was relatively big in terms of the room size.  I wished that I had time to soak myself in one of the Lush sweet smelling bubble bath before we went to the count down party.  They used their own branded amenities, we don’t mind them just that the hair conditioner wasn’t doing what it supposes to do.  You can tell that Humble House think in their guest’s shoes they even put an English translation signage for their Japanese Toto smart toilet remote control. Their bath robe is quite cuddly I would want to take it home if it’s in white.

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Our room ain’t facing 101 but the Shin Kong building as well as a sneak peek of Neo 19.  It had a bright red sofa in contrast with the mirror and white interior.  It had what a hotel room should equip from stationaries to DVD player.  I don’t know had you ever encountered that when you needed tissue and the one and only place with it was the bathroom which was occupied,  how you wished that you have a box  in the room.  Humble House thinks the way I think they have one box right next to the Sealy posturepedic mattress Woah !! Love it !!

Watch out for my first meal of 2014 @ La Farfalla and

HAPPY NEW YEAR PEEPZ!!!!

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What can I say ?? I LOVE YOU.. Muahhh – W Hong Kong

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1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong

(+852) 3717 2222

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotel

Stayed at W Hong Kong for my birthday weekend, and I was spoiled !!!

Upon my arrival at the hotel, I was greeted with a warm welcome and birthday wishes.  You guys made my day.

Long story short, clumsy me dropped my beloved iPhone down to the rail of the Airport express train and didn’t realize it until I was on the train.  I contacted MTR staff they said they can only get it when it’s home time for the trains. NOOOOO was my answer, I landed on the soil like 1 hr ago and u tell me I am gonna be phoneless for the rest of the day? I was whining to my friend, who works at W Hong Kong, and their SPG specialist and whatever whenever staff heard me and helped.  They managed to get my phone back within 1 hr.  Hands down Whatever Whenever!!

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^W Space x I.T

Highlight of the whole trip was my Wowvelous  surprise birthday party, from my dearest friends to all the staff @ W Hong Kong seems like everyone knew abut my party, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!! I had a fabulous time and I love you all.Preparing a surprise party wasn’t an easy task all these emails going back and forth, even the general manager wanna meet me I think she was gonna meet upon check-in but I got carry away with my phone.

I was upgraded to the Fantastic Suite just like last time, a room that was spacious enough for me as I wasn’t expecting myself to spend much time in it LOL I ended up in the room for my entire trip.

After checked-in I quickly freshen up and prepared for day number 1 of my busy schedule. While I was in my room, I had different welcome staff called and asked me random questions for the entire time and I was like humph.. I am very busy.  Later on, I found out that it was my friends wanting to decorate my room so they gotta make sure that I am not in.

When I returned to W after dinner my room was filled with my beloved friends, helium balloons, Hello Kitties, my latest love Moët Rosé Impérial, presents and cake.

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Party rock is in the house tonight
Everybody just have a good time

Party till late and I was up at 9:30 for the all-you-can-eat dimsum at SingYin for breakie, went up to Wet for a walk.  It would be perfect if the sky was blue 🙂

Later on, I had another family party and this time W Hong Kong prepared a slice of cake and some pressie for my little cousin who shares the same b’day with me. Thanks W insider and Welcome team.

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On my actual birthday, whenever and wherever I went everyone wished me “Happy birthday!”.  I had breakfast with my best friend, and followed by a lovely lunch with the W Insider.  She told me all about my surprise party and how frustrated she was when I cancelled my Bliss spa appointment, keep changing the name of my guest, being bitchy towards the party organizer since she was safeguarding my privacy and her little trick on sending me a personal email asking about my stay.  Wahahaha I am sorry Bliss spa and SPG service center if the W Insider was giving you a hard time.

Girl, you always makes me laugh, and LOL I will send you some 無老鍋 next time.  Time flies when you were having a nice long girls talk, and that concluded my stay @ W Hong Kong.

I am so gonna make it to Bliss Spa for my next stay and keep rocking, W Hong Kong

Love y’all xxx

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Moon festival, Mooncakes, BBQ – W Taipei

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^photo’s courtesy: W Taipei Facebook

W Taipei

10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District  信義區忠孝東路5段10號

02 7703 8888

Ordered these Rotation Temptation for my peepz in Hong Kong while they post me my all time favorite from Spring Moon @ Penninsula Hong Kong.  I was one box off when I posted them out, made a call to the hotel and was told that they were sold out.  Luckily, the W insider managed to get me one, phew~~~ Friends make sure that you enjoy them, they are hard to get.

I am impressed with W Taipei’s idea of making use of the best talents in Taiwan.  The one of a kind mooncake box is designed by Miniwiz ( Minimize your carbon footprint).  An energetic team whose goal is to turn trash into products, so as you can see the mooncake box is made out of recycled materials. Thumbs up, W Taipei and the team.  To do our parts, we should recycle the boxes after we consume the mooncakes.

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Fruity Temptation Mooncakes is another invention after last year’s Shake and Share with the innovative cocktail flavors. There were 5 flavors last year and the Espresso Martini & Japanese Chestnut was my favorite.  This year’s Tropical Fruity Temptations has 3 flavors No.18 Taiwan Ruby Black Tea Yu-Jing Mango Cake (台茶18玉井芒果酥), Valrhona P125 Coeur de Guanaja Zhong-Liao Banana Cake (P125法芙娜巧克力中寮香蕉蛋糕) and Honey Scented Black Tea Guan-Miau Pineapple cake(蜜香紅茶關廟鳳梨酥)

This year they mixed and matched some of the local fruits with the tea and chocolate, I admitted even though they only have three flavors this year, but all three of them seems very tempting. The Mango one was quite buttery, it was like an enlarged version of pineapple cake with mango fillings. The mango taste wasn’t that strong but the after taste of the tea did surprise me.  This is a good companion for your afternoon cuppa.  Yet to try the other flavors!

Overall, my friends had given positive feedbacks on it, and now mooncake is no longer lotus seed paste and egg yolks 🙂

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^photo’s courtesy: W Taipei Facebook