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Why We Stayed In Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour

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The main reason is because it was free…….

Daddy sometimes stays in Shangrila Hotels on his business trips, and he already earned enough points to be A Golden Circle Member. So, we received a letter confirming his membership and also an offered of discounted room price and a free night stay using the existing points. The promotion was ended on 10th February 2014. Well, the free stay using the points can still be used even until the promotion is over, but the discounted price for the room would be expired on 10th February.

We received the offering letter since last year, but I didn’t read it carefully and just put it in my drawer. Then in the last week of January, while I was sorting all the papers in my drawers, I found the letter and read it once again before I decided to throw it away or not. Then, I realized what a good offer it was and checked the offer on the Shangrila website immediately.

Well, the points weren’t enough for us to stay in one of Shangrila Hotel in Singapore, but luckily it was good enough for a standard room in Traders Hotel, and the nearest Traders Hotel is in Nusajaya or near Legoland. Yayyy……it’s only 20-30 minutes from Tuas Checkpoint.

We tried to book the room on Chinese New Year just one week before CNY, and of course we failed. Lucky us we still got a room the next week after CNY. So we decided to take the offer and went there on Saturday and Sunday (8-9 Feb 2014). I booked the room only few days before the actual date that we should have gone, and by accident found out again that I actually could upgrade the room into Club Room because the points were still enough.

You see, there was quite a big discount for Golden Circle Member (25% for standard room and 30% or 40% for Club Room if I’m not mistaken) and we only needed to spend ย 1000 points for the Club Room. In the usual days, 1000 points is only enough for the Standard Room.

So there was the story of how we finally booked a room in Traders Hotel for our 2 days staycation. It was a good thing that we finally went there just a week after CNY, because we never ever found the immigration counters were so empty like those two days. We only needed to queue behind one car in the immigration clearance in Singapore or Johor Bahru.

And how was our stay? It was fantastic and we had a very very very good time. Traders Hotels are managed by Shangrila, and truth to be told…..the experience that we had was beyond our expectation. Clean room, nicely decorated hotel that just made us feel like home, good food, friendly staff, good service, small but wonderful swimming pool, and a top notch club lounge that really made us wanted to stay longer. We hope we can come back again someday……..

The boy……as usual, was very reluctant when we told him that it was time to go home. He had a great time and of course unlimited TV time in the bedroom which only happens when we’re staying at the hotel.

Welcome to Traders Hotel. We arrived in a super hot day

Welcome to Traders Hotel. We arrived in a super hot day

The facilities that we got because we booked a Club Room

The facilities that we got because we booked a Club Room. And we got free WiFi password that could be used anywhere on our 3 gadgets. We loved the internet connection in here because it was super fast……

Fast check-in process at the hotel lobby. We asked before to have an early check in at 11 am, and we got it! We also asked for late check out at 1 pm and yes, they gave us the late check out too....

Fast check-in process at the spacious hotel lobby in the first floor. We asked before to have an early check in at 11 am, and we got it! We also asked for late check out at 1 pm and yes, they gave us the late check out too….

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Comfortable seating area at the ground floor. The boy and my mother waited here while daddy took out our luggage from the car

We found this on the way to our room

We found this on the way to our room. The boy loved to climb here and jumped from the wood bench to to the floor again and again

Crossing the bridge to our room. Taking picture with Little Big Club or Hello Kitty Town building in the background

Crossing the bridge to our room. Taking picture with Little Big Club or Hello Kitty Town building in the background

The bridge which connected one tower of the hotel to another tower

The bridge which connected one tower of the hotel to another tower

Finally, our room......big and comfortable bed and pillow. We had a good night sleep

Finally, our room……big and comfortable bed and pillows. We had a good night sleep and we really loved the bed

Sofa bed with extra pillow and blanket

Sofa bed with extra pillow and blanket

I like the very bright room

I liked the very bright room with the natural lighting from the sun. Everything is in the room, from the bathrobes, comfortable slippers, fridge, iron and ironing board, tea making facility with lost of different type of glasses to choose (choosing which glass to use is the boy’s favorite thing to do)

Either Disney Channel all the time or playing Ipad with biscuits in his mouth. He spent most of the time watching TV  in the room, a privilege that he will almost never gets at home......

Either Disney Channel all the time or playing Ipad with biscuits in his mouth. He spent most of the time watching TV in the room, a privilege that he will almost never gets at home, so he used this opportunity well, ahahahhaha…….

The rain shower is the boy's favorite in the bathroom. Expect for a very long waiting time when he's in the bathroom and under the rain shower.

The rain shower is the boy’s favorite in the bathroom. Expect for a very long waiting time when he’s in the bathroom and under the rain shower. I love the rain shower too, and it always feels so good to bathe under the rain shower for a very long time without worrying the water bill at the end of the month……

Hair dryer, digital scales, small clock, and standard bathroom amenities are in the bathroom. They even already provided 3 towels when we arrived. Changing towels and bathmat were very easy at all times.

Hair dryer, digital scales, small clock, mirror, and standard bathroom amenities are in the bathroom. They even already provided 3 towels when we arrived. Changing towels and bathmat were very easy at all times.

After lunch, we decided to take a look and visited the free club lounge (free if you book a Club Room) ย which located in the fourth floor. It was very easy to be accessed from our room because we could use either elevator or stairs. The boy always chose to use stairs then the elevator. The club room lounge was big and bright with comfortable sofas and beautiful decoration.

Soda, pineapple juice, apple juice, ginger ale, coffee, tea, milk, and other choices of drink. It also provided light snacks which tasted very good

Soda, cola, sprite, pineapple juice, apple juice, ginger ale, coffee, tea, milk, and other choices of drink. It also provided light snacks which tasted very good

Help yourself with milk and biscuits

Help yourself with milk and biscuits

Club Lounge

Enjoy the day…….

What to do next after our stomachs were full? Well, let’s exercise and visit the health club to burn all the calories from all the food that we already ate……

This

We found a nice spot to take pictures. On the way from the club lounge to the health club, we saw an open area facing directly to the harbor. We could see many ships at the harbor from the fourth floor. Actually, this is also the view that we saw from the club lounge

The view

The view from the other side of the open area is another open space in the ground floor and the little kids’ favorite playground: “Little Big Club/Hello Kitty Town”

Welcome to the health club (the building on the right)

Welcome to the health club (the building on the right)

It was a very heavy ball in the gym....

It was a very heavy ball in the gym….mineral water and clean towels are provided free here

Cross another bridge and climb up the stairs to go to the swimming pool and skybar

Cross another bridge and climb up the stairs to go to the swimming pool and skybar

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Yay……we’re in the pool now. The boy in front of the kids pool. He finds it humiliating whenever I asked him if he wants to go to the kids pool, hahaha……

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The Jacuzzi, where we spent most of our time

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Another spot to wait the children finish their swimming time

Jacuzzi

In the Jacuzzi with daddy

Jump Style

Jump and jump in the infinity pool. The depth of the infinity pool is at least 1.3 M

Swimming Pool

Swimming while looking at the ships in the harbor. The view was breathtaking……

We felt hungry after swimming, and so after a long time in the bathroom and under the rain shower, we went to the club lounge for free afternoon snack from 5pm to 7 pm. We loved the spread of food……my mom and I skipped dinner after that because we were so full.

Entree food, salad,

In clockwise direction: Entree food (prawn cocktail, chicken terrine, egg mayo), salad and chips, main course (sausage in bbq sauce, fried wonton, pandan chicken, and spicy tortilla with ham, minced meat, and tomato)

Fruits

Fresh fruits (we loved the oranges and red watermelon the most), sweet cakes, dried fruit, and choose of cocktails. We loved all the sweet cakes (except the boy who never likes sweet cakes). I tried all the cakes and my favorite were mango, strawberry, and chocolate cakes that I came back again to fill my plates with those three cakes for the second time

What did the boy do while eating or wait for us to finish eating? Well, not just the boy, but my mom and I were also occupied with this:

Mac Desktop Computer

Mac Desktop Computer…..with wide screen, clear sound, and fast internet connection. The boy couldn’t move himself from here. He had two glasses of milk and one plate full of sausages and fried wonton while playing here

It was still 7.30 pm, so we still had times before going to bed, and we ended up in:

AEON Bukit Indah

AEON Bukit Indah

The boy was so lucky

The boy was so lucky since he was the one who got home with a Geronimo Stilton book and a Paul Frank Watch for his upcoming birthday present

Daddy and I decided to go go for night snack while the boy stayed in the room (watching TV again...).

Daddy and I decided to go go for night snack while the boy stayed in the room (watching TV again…). Kita gak mo rugi banget deh memang bolak balik ke lounge…….

At 11 pm, we took a walk outside to see what’s outside the hotel. This hotel has two towers that connected by a bridge in the third floor. Under the bridge is a long street full with shops and restaurants. We wanted to see all these but had no time at all the whole day, so we decided to go at night. Almost everything was closed at 11 pm except Starbucks.

Go to the ground floor, exit this door, and you'll be in another world.......

Go to the ground floor, exit this door, and you’ll be in another world…….

A quiet street at night

A quiet street at night

Twinkling pink trees and dancing water fountain

Twinkling pink trees and dancing water fountain which could change color into pink, yellow, red, blue, green, and purple

But not every place was quiet, the cafes near the harbors were still full with people, especially young people

But not every place was quiet, the cafes near the harbors were still full with people, especially young people

We decided to go back to our room because we were very tired, and found out that the boy who woke up very early in the morning and missed his afternoon nap, was still awake and fresh in front of the TV and said: “I’m hungry……again.” What I love from vacation is the big appetite of the boy, he always feels hungry……

We had a good night sleep and woke up at 8 am and headed to the restaurant for breakfast. The food was surprisingly tasted good. The service was also very good, friendly staff and chefs, and good ambiance for eating too. The restaurant even served fresh juice of vegetables and fruits. The boy said he had one of the best hash brown (served hot and crispy).

Choice of porridge, eggs, sausages, hash brown, fried rice, fried kway teow, and other food

Choice of porridge, eggs, sausages, hash brown, fried rice, fried kway teow, and other food

Bread, dimsum, and I especially loved the waffles with maple syrup and strawberry sauce

Bread, dimsum, and I especially loved the crispy waffles with maple syrup and strawberry sauce

I'm still hungry.......get me more food......

I’m still hungry…….get me more food……

Good

All you can eat……

After breakfast, the boy went for another round of swimming, went back to the room to watch TV again before preparing to go back home. While daddy was doing the check out process, we waited (again) in the club lounge for the last time.

Swimming Pool Moments

Best times at the pool

His fourth glass of milk from the club lounge

His fourth glass of milk from the club lounge

Playing computer the last time before going home. I really loved this Mac PC.........

Playing computer the last time before going home. I really loved this Mac PC………

When we reached the ground floor, the boy asked to take pictures in front of Sushi King Restaurant

Sushi King

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The boy slept in the car all the way until we got home. He was very tired and again…..ate more than usual at home. I really hope we can get free holiday more often, hahaha…….

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

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