MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

4

Confirmed Destinations for 2018

6

Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

4

Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs
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Using Public Transport vs Personal Transportation - My Take


I was asked by friends to write about my experience comparing driving and using public transport (including GRAB/UBER). Why? Because since the start of 2017, I've been using the public transport (MRT) a lot as there's a feeder bus in front of my residential area and the MRT was fully operational between Sungai Buloh and Semantan (Bukit Damansara).

With the convenience of the public transport + uber/grab, I don't have to think about traffic congestion (especially during peak hours) and parking cost/spaces at the destination. Do I still drive? Yes, when I need to go pick up my children from school/tuition or when I need to go groceries shopping at the market (as a single dad, I have to be the maid as well). Aside from that, going to meetings in KL is mostly via Public Transport.

Doesn't it take longer time to get to the destination? Of course, but having used the MRT+Feeder Buses for 4 years while I lived and worked in Singapore, I'm used to planning ahead of time if I need to get to my appointments at a certain time. So far, the only time I gotten late to an appointment before was when I drove as I got stuck in a post-rain jam despite leaving my home early.

For now, the MRT only reaches Semantan (Wisma UN) area at the time of this post so I will update this part once they have open up the rest of the route (remind me if I didn't update this post when you stumble upon this)

For this post, The destination of choice was Publika in Solaris Damansara which is 16 km away (from my home according to waze) which usually takes me about 30 - 40 minutes (during non-peak hour) and 1 hour to 1 1/2 by car. Also, this post does not include BIKES as it's cheaper to move around if you are riding a small cub bikes as a full tank of below RM10 can get you far and most malls and offices charges a flat rate for bike parking space.



Public Transport

Duration: 55 min (Per Direction)
Transportation Cost:
Feeder Bus : RM1
MRT : Kota Damansara - Semantan : RM3.20
Feeder Bus : RM1
Total Per Direction: RM5.20
Total For Entire Trip: RM10.40
(I usually don't have to wait long for the Feeder bus as it goes by my area every 15 minutes and I can roughly gauge the timing so I can head out just in time for the bus)


Using UBERX: RM17.42 (Both Direction: RM34.84)
If you to use UBER and have not signed up before, use my invite code: uberzique.

Using GRAB: RM22 (Both Direction: RM44).
If you to use GRAB and have not signed up before, use http://invite.grab.co/A69F66.

The prices for UBER/GRAB are what I got when I request for ride at the time of the screenshot. It also varies depending on surges/peak periods.

I also use a combination of the MRT/LRT with GRAB/UBER as the timing RapidKL bus that goes by my place to the Kelana Jaya LRT Station is not consistent. At some time, I've seen people waiting for an hour before we see the bus in the area and on some occasion, the bus totally bypass the route as they assumed that there's no passenger in that route. I hope the Feeder Bus will remain consistent for my area as the 15 minutes between each bus is just nice. According to the bus driver, they'll still go into the area even if there's zero passenger at the time of their shift.

This is just an estimate based on the taxi calculator website

TAXI: RM16.76 (This is just an estimated fare, we'll round it up to RM17 for easy calculation)
Toll: RM1.80 (You'll have to stand-by small change if you know you are using the toll)
Total Per Direction: RM18.80
Total For Entire Trip: RM37.60

Do request for the Taxi to always use the Meter before you get into the taxi. If you don't want to risk it, use the GrabTaxi app as the payment is paid based on the rate shown on the app and you can immediately lodge a report via the app if there's any issues.


Own Car

Duration: 35 min + 15 min searching for a parking space
Petrol Cost: RM2.65 (estimated)
Toll: RM1.80 (Kota Damansara - Jalan Duta)
Parking: RM4 (I was there for 4 hours) (RM2 for First 2 hours + RM1 every subsequent hours)
Total Per Direction: RM4.45 
Total For Entire Trip: RM12.90 (including RM4 parking charges)

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Now does it mean that it's better to just drive than to use the Public Transport? Personally, it's a preference. There's no right or wrong. If I know it's easier to go by Public Transport without the hassle of traffic jam then I'll do that. There's times I know I'll be out until late, only then will I drive.

So tell me, do you prefer to use the Public Transport or drive yourself?

Snowboard and ski in Japan for FREE



Yeah, I know the title is a bit misleading but hear me out, especially to you snowboarders and skiers that is heading to Japan for holiday. In the winter months, some of Japan’s coldest regions turn into white wonderlands filled with thick layers of soft, dry powder snow. The spectacular conditions lure hordes of skiers and snowboarders from around the world, who travel from Tokyo to popular destinations like Hokkaido and Nagano on trains, buses, and domestic flights, but now there’s a much faster way to get in amongst the powder, with a trip to Fukushima’s Aizu ski region.

Billing itself as the closest powder snow paradise from Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture is now promoting its world-class runs in Aizu and South Aizu with an amazing new offer that lets foreign visitors between the ages of 19 and 24 ski for free. If you’re outside of the required age range for the free one-day lift pass, there’s another promotional campaign available to foreign tourists of any age: a day pass that costs just 2,000 yen (US$17).

In order to check out the powder conditions first-hand, Fukushima Prefecture and the Tokyo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau invited us to take a look at Grandeco, one of the most popular ski resorts in the region. Located approximately 260 kilometers (162 miles) north of Tokyo, the resort is part of the Bandai-Asahi National Park, which includes Mt Bandai, one of the country’s most famous volcanoes. The area here boasts an impressively long ski season, which starts in late November and goes all the way to early May.

There are a variety of runs here for skiers of all levels to enjoy, including a 3,500-metre (2.2-mile) trail for beginners and kids, as well as mogul and slalom runs for snowboarders and more advanced skiers. Grandeco is the only ski resort in Japan that solely uses hooded highspeed quads, which keep visitors sheltered from the cold environment as they ride up the mountain in freezing conditions. In addition to the comfortable quads, which take visitors up to the course peak of 1,590 metres, there’s also one gondola lift, which takes people from the base height of 1,010 metres to 1,390 metres up the mountain.

The short journey up the mountain gives visitors a spectacular view of the resort and its surrounding areas. The scenery is equally beautiful in summer and spring, when the mountains come alive with fresh green leaves, and in autumn, guests can enjoy the unusual sight of fall foliage combined with snow, thanks to the region’s early annual snowfall.

Despite the excellent facilities and high-quality conditions, the Aizu ski region has remained a well-kept secret enjoyed mostly by local Japanese visitors, which means you don’t have to contend with crowds on the slopes. A day in the snow here makes you feel like you’re in your very own private paradise!

In addition to the eight runs down from the summit, the resort offers a range of activities like snowshoe tours and cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing is a fun and easy way to get a feel for the depth and quality of the snow, and here the conditions are just as good as any you would find in more far-flung destinations from Tokyo.

The snow here is so light and dry it makes it almost impossible to create snowballs to pelt at your friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though, as one of the best things you can do is dive into the powder and enjoy the relaxing sensation as the deep snow hugs your body.

For guests wanting to stay overnight, the Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel right next to the resort offers a large number of twin and family rooms, an indoor and outdoor onsen hot spring, a swimming pool, Japanese and Western-style restaurants, and a beautiful view of the snow from the lobby lounge. After a day of outdoor activities, it’s nice to kick back in one of the resort’s beautifully spacious rooms, which include pull-out sofa beds for extra guests and balconies with expansive views of the snow.

For more information on the special deal for foreign tourists, which runs until 31 March, check out the I Play Fukushima website. Now if all goes well, I might be able to go there in April, dance and check out the slopes. It's been ages since I last ski so not sure if it's as easy to get back into like ice skating or there'll be a lot of falling when I get there.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends a Happy Chinese New Year 2017. If you want to know what this year will bring for your zodiac sign, here's the complete list for all the 12 animal signs.




Now, one of the most important aspect of the Chinese Culture is when would be the best dates to go back to work during the Chinese New Year celebration. For 2017, these are the dates/days you can look at to start work.

Most Auspicious Back To Work Date/Days

Western:  2nd February (Thursday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 6 day

Western: 4th February (Saturday); some Cantonese don't like 4th that's all
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 8 day
or  if can afford to close longer, then: 6th February (Monday) which is the 10th Lundar day

If cannot close for too long; and need to open as early as possible. Briefly do it in the morning of
Western: 29th January (Sunday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 2 day

Cantonese don't like opening on the 4th. But no issue with Hokkiens & Teochews
Western: 31st January (Tuesday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 4 day

1 Day 3 Meals in Kuantan, Pahang

Just want to do something different from the usual food review, instead of writing an elaborated review of a single restaurant/cafe, here's a summarized version of the 3 meals I had when I was in Kuantan. Hence the title, 1 Day 3 Meals. This is just going to be especially for meals where I didn't order a lot of variety of dishes but just what I ate.


Now, there's no advance planning for what I'm going to eat for the day, the plan is just to reach, drive around a bit to look at the various locations around town and see which one to go for. Of course, as the day tick away, I had to also put a shout out in Social Media for some hint of places to go, as it's a Monday, I know it'll be tough for me to hunt for pork dishes.


Kicking off the day, for breakfast, I head to Restoran T&L, seems it's quite a popular place in the evening but during the day, there's only 1 stall that's open and their poached chicken and noodles seem to be a crowd favorite as the flow of people going in throughout the morning was endless. The poached chicken was quite tender and the soy sauce they used compliments the taste and texture of the chicken.


Price wise, pretty cheap. It would have easily cost me RM20 in Kuala Lumpur but here, with 1/4 chicken and a large bowl of Kuey Teow noodle with shredded chicken. It cost me about RM10 which is cheap in comparison. Right?

Restoran T&L
Lorong Seri Kuantan 46,
East Coast Garden, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 




Lunch time, one of the hardest meal to figure out on a Monday as a lot of shops I went to seem to be closed for the day, eventually, found a place with what I'm looking for at Lot 66 Food Court, I was told that there's quite a number of stalls here that's pretty nice but most of them are closed, so I decide to go for the Chicken Rice with Roast Pork and Barbecue Pork as the side dishes. The Roast Pork's skin are quite crispy and the barbeque despite without much fat is pretty tender. The Roast Chicken are quite nice and the meat is pretty juicy. Again, like the noodle shop in T&L, they are pretty generous with the soy sauce.


Price wise, I ordered portion enough for 2 person and the price is equivalent to the amount we pay for a single person's meal. Pretty cheap if we want to compare to Kuala Lumpur's price which is good.
 
Lot66 肥佬生煲肉骨茶.
Lot 66, Jalan Haji Abdul Aziz, Pahang, Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mxmgq5

Food :
Price : 






For dinner, a friend recommended me to go check out Oui Chef that's just around the corner (5 minutes drive) from the hotel I'm staying in and that's where I went for dinner. Been having noodles and rice for both breakfast and lunch, might as well go western for dinner. Right?


I ordered the Beef Strip Loin steak and a Chocolate Shake. According to the waiter, these are one of their more popular dishes. I'll write a separate post on the various dishes I ordered at the place but for now, it's about the main dish.

I asked for Medium Rare and that's what was served, Temperature was just right with a nice sear, the meat is juicy and is pretty much on par with most of the western restaurant of the same price bracket in KL.  In terms of price, it's similar to what we would order in KL, after eating all those cheaper than KL food during the day, to pay the price similar to what I'd pay in Kuala Lumpur felt a bit weird.

Oui Chef Restaurant
Lorong Seri Kuantan 79,
East Coast Garden, 25250 Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 





At the end of the day, I was pretty filled, with all the sitting down during meetings and the 3 meals, I'm expanding sideways again after taking considerable amount of time slimming down last year. Oh well, guess I'll have to start again .... After Chinese New Year.

What do you think? Should I do more of this kind of post at the various locations I go to? Do let me know by commenting below.

Going to Myanmar for Holiday? Remember to apply for Visa before travel


Since September 2016, when Myanmar increased their Visa fees, they have also restrict the Visa-On-Arrival only for those traveling to the country for Business purposes (you will also have to provide the supporting documents included an invitation letter from the company in Myanmar registered with the Myanmar Foreign Investment Commission and a recommendation letter from the company the business traveller was employed with). By raising the prices, the immigration ministry aims to bring visa fees in line with other countries, which generally charge more than Myanmar. The rise in fees affects 12 types of visas, not including diplomatic visas, which will remain free of charge.

This is listed in the e-visa website's FAQ.

But the silver lining in this is that the e-visa system is quite reliable (but remember to turn off your pop-up blocker before visiting the site). If you don't want to use the e-visa system, you can also walk in to the Myanmar embassy.

Only exception to this rule regarding the visa status is if you're a Singaporean. Since Dec 1 (2016), Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for short trips will no longer need to apply for a visa. Myanmar nationals visiting Singapore will also not have to apply for a Singapore visa under a 30-day visa exemption announced on June 7, 2016.

Under the agreement, both countries will grant an exemption of visa to each other's citizens for a stay of not longer than 30 days, and subject to prevailing entry requirements. The arrangement applies to those holding ordinary passports, and will be implemented by both sides on Dec 1 (2016). The announcement of the visa exemption is part of a growing relationship between both countries.

So before you think you can just pop over to Myanmar whenever you want, apply ahead of time before you buy your air tickets or you'd be in for a rude surprise when you reach the airport and get stopped before you even step out of the airport.

Will update this if there's any changes to the status, especially for Malaysians wanting to visit Myanmar.

2017 Dance Events & Festivals in Malaysia


For friends visiting Malaysia and planning to participate in dance festivals or events happening in the country, this list is for you. This might not be a complete list as I can only update it based on the events that my friends in the dance community is promoting and might missed out on those outside of the circile of friends I'm involved with.

If you would like to have your event list in here, do email me at zique76 [at] hotmail.com with the relevant information and I'll update this list. This list DOES NOT INCLUDE Workshops as there's just too many being organized and a lot of them are announced within weeks of the workshop itself.


March

10th Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival 2017
Date: March 9th - March 12th
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Details: http://tangomalaysiafestival.com/pages/registration.html



April

ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017
Date: April 28th - May 1st
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1169169643148931/
Details: http://alfa-asia.net/




July

Zouk SEA 2017
Date: July 20th - 24th
Venue: Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, KL
Contact: jaxen@rhythm-id.com
Details: www.zouksea.weebly.com


ALIA : Afro-Latin Invasion Asia 2017
Date: July 27th - 31sh
Venue: Beringgis Beach Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Contact: info@aliafestival.com
Details: aliafestival.com


August


Outcast Dance Show 2017
Date: August 12th
Venue: KL Performing Arts Center (KLPAC)
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/


Sibu International Dance Festival 2017
Date: August 28th - September 2nd
Venue: Sibu, Sarawak
Contact: info@sidfestival.com
Details: http://sidfestival.com/



September


Salsa-Lah 2017
Date: September 15th - 17th
Venue: The Royale Bintang @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/


November

World Bachata Festival 2017
Date: November 10th - 12th
Venue: Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: Liitha Krishnan - 0162203237
Details: https://www.facebook.com/BachataMalaysia/


2017 World Open Championship - Professional Latin
Date: November 25th
Venue: Spic Convention Center, Penang
Contact: http://www.mda.com.my
Details: http://www.mda.com.my



Festivals around Asia.

Hanoi International Latin Festival ( Hanoi Vietnam)
31st March - 2nd April 2017

Thailand International Latin Festival (Bangkok Thailand)
7 - 9 April 2017

Singapore Bachata Weekend (Singapore)
19 - 21 May 2017

Colors of Latin Dance : Latin Dance Congress Bangkok 2017 (Bangkok)
21 - 25 June 2017

Salsa Jeju Island (South Korea)
14 - 16 July 2017

Singapore Latin Extravaganza (Singapore)
24 - 27 August 2017

Latin Dance Madras (Chennai India)
22 - 24 Sept 2017

Osaka Latin Dance Festival (Osaka Japan)
22 - 25 Sept 2017

Salsa Bangkok (Bangkok Thailand)
3 - 5 Nov 2017



I hope this list do come in useful for you and if organizer(s) would like to engage me to cover your event(s), do drop me an email at info@mikeyip.com and we can work out some arrangement.

The 2018 Listing is open so organizers in Malaysia, if you wish to have your event included in the list, please drop me an email. For dance photography, 2018 calendar is ready for booking as well.

2017 Public Holidays in Malaysia

For those of you looking to plan for 2017, on when to take your holidays and which festive holiday falls on which days, here's the list for your reference.


Will update the list whenever there's changes but as for now, this is the confirmed list.

West Coast Swing and Lindy Social Venues in Korea - updated December 2016


A friend of mine asked me to help compile this list as a reference for Westies traveling to Korea. As West Coast Swing is growing and gaining a foothold in Asian countries, more and more venues are beginning to open up for social dance and Korea is no different. In fact, if you know of any venues that is also having Lindy socials as well, do let me know and I'll update this list.

If there's any changes that I do not know about, do let me know by dropping a comment below as I'm not a Korean based in Korea, I can only rely on fellow travelers help in making sure this list is up to date.


Monday

WesTurn Swing
162-5 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/BmFJZhuhiYC2


Tuesday

Hong BarB1 Unbok B/D 52, World Cup Buk-Ro 1-gil, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 9pm onwards

*I heard that there is a social here on Tuesdays but need verification. Its all in Korean!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hongbar/




Wednesday

WesTurn Swing
162-5 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/BmFJZhuhiYC2


Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 9pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42




Thursday

Sky Weko WCS
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42

*Need help to confirm as it's all in korean
http://cafe.naver.com/leddance/602 



Friday

All Star WCS
49, World Cup buk-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/sQ6uaE1SMPt



Saturday

Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 7:30pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42



Sunday

Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 7:30pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42



Again, if I missed out on any of the venues or if there's more venues to check out in Korea, do let me know and I'll update the list accordingly, especially for venues outside of Seoul.

Some people you can get confirmation with before your trip to Korea (Seoul) are:

1. All Star West Coast Swing Korea (Richard & Nam-lim)
2. Westie Korea (Sungjae Byun & Heejung Jung)
3. WesTurn Swing (JungEun Youn)
4. Swing Land
5. Sky Weko WCS

Have fun, have a safe trip and keep dancing.

1 Night at The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel, Penang

Lately, I've been taking short trips up to Penang for work, usually, I try to head up early in the morning and back home by night even though it's a 4 hours drive each way from Kuala Lumpur up to the island. On a recent trip, decide that rather than tax my body this way all the time, I'd just relax a bit and spend at least a night there.

I discovered The Wembley - A St. Giles Hotel (quite a mouthful) by chance when I was going through the various apps for a place to stay. Always out to hunt for the nicest accommodation at the cheapest price. I don't really rely one a single app to do my search though so I can't give you the price of a night's stay as I see 4 different rates in 4 different apps and the prices are different now from the day I booked the room.


Located on Jalan Magazine near the Komtar Tower, it look pretty new to me as there's still hoardings around it but flow of human was already heading in to the hotel at a steady pace. I got there as a tour bus filled with tourists from China was just getting off and ready to go into their respective rooms. Sort of dampened my check-in experience as their noise basically filled the entire lobby area as everyone tries to out-shout each other. Had to raise my voice several times in order for the hotel staff to hear what I was trying to say.

Since everything was done via the app in my phone, only payment I had to put up is a deposit (in case I use the room phone) and Tourism Service Fee (TSF) that was recently implemented by the Penang government, it's similar to the charges that is imposed in Malacca, the charges are based on the number of nights that I'm there, in this case, it's only RM5 for the room I'm getting (I think the type of hotel also plays a part as some of the other hotel's TSF is higher).


Getting to the room requires the use of the access card that the hotel provides to all hotel guests, I like it this way too as non-guests won't be able to get into any of the floors easily. Gives me that extra false sense of security. Yes, I know a lot of hotels are imposing such access cards but most of those I know in KL basically allow you to run free to any floors you want with the card instead of just the floor you are staying at.
Verdict: 




Room wise, I got the Superior King Room (fancy name for a small room that doesn't really look superior). Simple with a King Size bed, a table for me to put my notebook on and a single wifi password. Single because I can only connect 1 device to the wifi instead of the multiple devices that I have with me.

So each time I want to switch from my notebook to my iPad or to my phone, I have to log out of the other devices, it gets annoying after awhile especially when I had a discussion in the room and I have to log off after transferring files and emails via cloud in order for my guest to log in to download.

Easier to just go to a cafe to do it but I'm a lazy bugger and prefer to just get everything sorted in one location instead of moving around. The energy for that will be reserved for food hunts.
Verdict:


Bed wise, it's comfortable, average if compared to some of the bigger hotels I've stayed in before but for a business hotel, it's pretty decent, as long as I get a good night sleep and properly rested, it's all good.
Verdict: 




Bathroom is a simple shower with glass doors, usual sink and seated toilet. No bath tub for the hour long soaks but then can't expect much from a business hotel, right? The usual essential toiletries are nicely packed and arrange in the toilet so for those that doesn't bring their own toiletries, it's all good.
Verdict:

Noise insulation wise, it's pretty decent also. I can hear the neighboring guests when they exit their rooms cause the clicks of the doors when they shut echos over but apart from that, I can barely hear the TV in my own room outside the room door when I cranked up the volume to a fairly loud level (yeah, I'm a dick like that when it comes to watching TV, especially action packed movies or sports, like to watch em loud.). So well to them on that front.
Verdict:




Along with my 1 night stay at the hotel is the breakfast, I know there's loads of tasty food out there but sometimes, I just don't want to get stuck in the morning rush hour traffic just to reach the restaurant and wolf down my meal in a hurry because I need to get to another place on time.

So off to the hotel's restaurant on the 2nd floor, it's not a huge place so best time to hit the payload is early in the morning before the tourists shows up, which is noticeable cause the noise will hit you before you see them walking in. Range of food is OK, skipped most of the local stuff as they tend to load plenty of chilies into those.

Not sure if it's done on purpose by hotels so that only a select few can eat them. I truly believe that there's a conspiracy by all hotels in Malaysia to make sure every local dish they cook contain loads and loads of chilies to kill off those of us who can't take it. Not everyone can eat spicy food and in my case, I can't but then, there's plenty of other choices for me to devour.
Verdict: 


Overall, it's quite an OK place if you just need a room to rest and you're on the island for work/business and not for leisure. Across from the hotel is a mall too so you can do some shopping there, it's a small hotel comparing to those that littered Gurney area but if you'd wanted a hotel with the facilities like those at that area, you'd have booked a hotel in that area, right?

The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel, Penang

183, Jalan Magazine, George Town,
10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-259-8000
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw0zqg4d53

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Comfort :


Cleanliness/Ambiance :


Security :


Value For Money :


Map :
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*Service - Overall service by the hotel staff
*Comfort - Comfort level during duration of stay
*Cleanliness/Ambiance - Overall Cleanliness of the hotel and room
*Security - Sense of security during stay
*Value for Money - Bang for the bucks in comparison with hotels equivalent to it.

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