Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday, June 09, 2018

How Did My Family Transport Ourselves To Paris?

Traveling with my family is one of my happiness. Whenever I realize that my parents are getting older, I would love to share my blessings and to take them to beautiful places. I want to create memories that will be reminisced later on. Others said, family vacations can improve family communication and bonding. How cool is that, right?

Two years ago, I brought my sister to our dream country, which is South Korea. Up to now, I can’t believe that I was able to pay and treat her on our one-week vacation. Then now, I was able to save for our family trip (4 people)!!! Sorry I’m not bragging about it but I’m amazed of how God helped me to fulfill our dreams. 

Without further ado, how did my family transport ourselves to Paris? Paris is one of my dream countries to travel on. It is every one's bucket list, right? I would love to bring my family there but for now, I discovered that there's a good alternative and we can transport to Paris in just two hours?! Really? Haha. Thanks to Parisian Macao, Paris feels is just around the corner.

» The Parisian Macao «

The Parisian Macao, opened in September 2016 and owned by Las Vegas Sands, is a luxurious hotel located in Cotai, Macao. It offers 3000 luxurious rooms, Eiffel Tower miniature, luxurious shopping mall, an outdoor pool and also water park.



» Booking Procedure «

You can book through its website. You can also book through Agoda, Booking.com, and other hotel booking websites. 

For us, I booked through its website because I want to get in touch and to fulfill our needs. It was my first time and I can say that it's not hassle that I think off. After the booking, I automatically received an email with reservation confirmation details.


More than a week before our hotel stay, I received a welcome email from the guest's relations team. They asked for our personal information as well as some information regarding our stay. Normally, if I booked a hotel from other third-party hotel booking sites, I never receive this kind of email. I love how The Parisian Macao take care of its guests' needs.



» Rooms «

The hotel has 3000 rooms to choose from. I booked the famous room, Lyon Suite for our family of 4. My family were very satisfied on our hotel experience.

Here are the list of the room types:
  • Deluxe Room - 33 m²/ 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds (Standard View)
  • Eiffel Tower Room - 33 m²/ 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds (Eiffel Tower View)
  • Famille Room - 47 m²/ 1 Queen-sized Bed and 1 Children's Bunk Bed (Standard View)
  • Lyon Suite - 72 m²/ 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds (Garden View or Eiffel Tower View)

All rooms are located in 7th floor to 29th floor. Smoking and non-smoking room are also available upon request.

Additionally, all rooms include:
  • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • High-speed WIFI internet service
  • Complimentary shuttle bus
  • The Parisian Macao signature bath products
  • 55" HDTV
  • Wardrobe
  • In-room save
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board

Here's the preview of our room, Lyon Suite with Eiffel Tower View:




» Amenities / Services «

VIP Lounge. We were instructed to head over the VIP Lounge, which I felt that we're treated as VIP guests. My mom kept asking me why and what's happening because she never imagined that we will be staying in a grand and luxurious hotel. Hehe.



Early check-in, late check-out. For as low as HKD 150++, you can check in as early as 10 am and check-out as late as 4pm. You can contact the hotel reservations for more details.

Access to Hotel Pool. We failed to avail this one because of the cold weather when we got there.

Access to Health Club.

Eiffel Tower. We availed it for free because it's inclusive for hotel guests. It is valid until December 19, 2018.



» Info «

Hotel Classification:      5-star hotel
Website:                        https://www.parisianmacao.com/
Address:                        Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau
Check-in from:              3:00 PM
Check-out until:            11:00 AM

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.


» Overall «

After our one-night stay in Parisian Macao, my heart says that I want to go back soon. If I will be given a chance, why not? Hehe.





How about you? Have you been to Parisian Macao? Share your experience.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hotel Review: Via Hotel Ximen (丰居旅店)

Ximending is popularly known as the "Harajuku " of Taipei, a shopping district with massive variety of food and clothing. 

We chose to stay here in Ximending because it reminds me of Myeong-dong in South Korea. As usual, I meticulously search for an affordable, comfortable and stylish hotel in Ximending and I found this one, Via Hotel Ximen.



By the way, the hotel has 8.6 rating from Agoda so it's not bad, huh. 

» Via Hotel Ximen «

Via Hotel Ximen is a chic boutique hotel located in Ximending district. It was built in 2012 so it's pretty new and clean. It's just a 3 - 5 minutes walk from Ximen MRT station, Exit 6.


Photo from the hotel's website

How we travelled here from the airport will be tackled on my next blog post.


» Booking Procedure «


You can book through its website http://www.via-hotel.com.tw/ximen. We booked through Agoda for a better hotel deal.



» Rooms «


The hotel has 70 rooms to choose from. Because we're a family of 10, we booked two quad-rooms (1 room for the girls and 1 room for the boys) and also 1 double room (for the girls as well). 

Here are the list of the room types:
  • Double Room - 23 m²/ bed size : 152 cm x 190 cm
  • Twin Room - 23 m² / 2 single beds (bed size : 108 cm x 190 cm)
  • Triple Room - 30 m² / 1 double bed (bed size : 152 cm x 190 cm) and 1 single bed (bed size : 108 cm x 190 cm)
  • Quadruple Room - 33 m² / 2 double beds (bed size : 152 cm x 190 cm)
  • Single Room - 16 m² / bed size : 152 cm x 190 cm

All rooms include:
  • Complimentary bottles of mineral water, coffee and tea
  • Personal care set
  • ToTo Shower set / Japanese style Bathtub
  • 42-inch LED TV / Refrigerator / Personal Digital Safe Case
  • Complimentary High-speed WiFi / Internet

Here's the preview of our quad room:





» Amenities / Services «

24-hour front desk. All of their receptionist are friendly and easy to communicate with.



Fast check-in / check-out. After they handled this forms, they already gave us the electronic keys of our rooms.



Free self-service laundry. We didn't avail this one because we're busy on our daily errands. The laundry room is located in 6th floor.


24-hour snack bar. This is what I love about this hotel. They have overflowing food and drinks. 





Take note that every 9 am they provide tea eggs. Tea eggs? It's very yummy, I swear! And also every 9 pm they provide noodles.



» My TripAdvisor Review «



» Info «

Hotel Classification:      3-star hotel

Website:                        http://www.vhotel.com.tw/en
Address:                        2F., No.17, Ln. 114, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan
E-mail Address:             booking@via-hotel.com.tw
Nearby MTR Station:      Ximen, Exit 6
Check-in from:              3:00 PM
Check-out until:            12:00 PM

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I booked our accommodation using my own money.

» Overall «

After our 4 days and 3 nights in Via Hotel Ximen, I can proudly say that our family enjoyed our stay. Via Hotel Ximen exceeded our expectations and the hotel is perfect for family trip. :)




How about you? Have you been to Taiwan? Where did you stay? Share your experience.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Taiwan Day 4: Modern Toilet (便所歡樂主題餐廳)

Before we headed to the airport for our early morning flight on the next day, we tried the famous themed restaurant, Modern Toilet. It was just walking distance from our hotel, Via Hotel Ximen.


» Modern Toilet Restaurant «

Modern Toilet Restaurant is a quirky themed restaurant that was originated in Taiwan. 






» Info «

Nearby MTR Station:       Ximen, Exit 6
Address:                         2F, No 7, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening Hours:               Weekdays: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm and Weekends:  11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Website:                         http://www.moderntoilet.com.tw/en/about.asp

How about you? Have you tried the restaurant? Share your experience.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Taiwan Day 4: Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)

After our trip from National Taiwan University, we headed to the one of the famous parks in Taipei area. 


» Huashan 1914 Creative Park «

Huashan 1914 Creative Park, was built in 1914 as a winery but in 2005 turned as a park and is home of art exhibitions, boutique and cafes.








» Info «

Nearby MTR Station:       Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, Exit 1
Address:                         No. 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening Hours:               Mondays closed. Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Admission Fee:               FREE except on some art galleries and exhibits

How about you? Have you been to this park? Share your experience.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Taiwan Day 4: National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學)

After we took our lunch and checked-out from our hotel, my family headed to National Taiwan University. We chose to go here because we want to see the glimpse of one of the best universities in Asia.


» National Taiwan University «

National Taiwan University, which was established in 1928 and reorganized in 1945, is the most prestigious university in Taiwan. It has now 11 colleges with 54 departments and 107 graduate institutes. 

Last year (2017), it was ranked as 144th best university in the world and 14th in Asia.








» Info «

Nearby MTR Station:      Gongguan Station, Exit 3
Address:                        No. 1, Sec 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan 10617
Website:                        http://www.ntu.edu.tw/english/index.html


How about you? Have you been to this university? Share your experience.