My Amazing Bangkok Stay, Thanks To Agoda & Grand Hyatt Erawan

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Now that we are done checking out the rooms, let me take you for a tour around Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.

I kinda secretly took this photo cos no one is allowed to take photos here. Woops!

They call these the spa cottage. It was located on of the the floors under the sky.

Did you know that guests can find luxurious, overnight accommodations in one of these six spa cottages – a tranquil escape for those seeking a longer respite from the high paced energy of modern living. Whether you choose to stay for a few hours or a few days, you will be greeted with an amazing menu of treatments designed specifically for a relaxing, refreshing and luxurious sense of renewal.

My mum loves this place. It is the bakery located below the main lobby. Erawan Bakery features a wide selections of home-made breads, pastries, cakes, chocolates and ice creams to complement freshly brewed coffee or tea. For gifts, imported gourmet items and fine wines are available.

When I was near the bakery, I could smell noodles, rice and all things nice. They came from here.
Set in the boulevard-style, You & Mee is open all day and guests can drop by to sample noodles from the extensive selection of regional favourites. Another fun alternative for supper is the Buffet Khao Tom (Congee/Rice Soup) accompanied by a wide range of condiments.


For companies who want to run seminars, trainings or workshops, their event rooms are amazing! There are 2 themes; Residence & The Campus.

More about Grand Hyatt Erawan.
· Rated a fantastic 8.6/10 on Agoda.com, Grand Hyatt Erawan is a highly sought after 5-star hotel in the heart of Bangkok.
· Reviewers on Agoda.com love this hotel for its fantastic location, hotel comfort and standard, as well as the staff performance.
· It is within a 5-minute walk to BTS Chidlom, and is located near the famed Erawan Shrine which is only 2-minutes away on foot.
· Agoda.com recommends the area for nightlife, shopping and restaurants, with Gaysorn Shopping Centre, Central World and Siam Paragon all within walking distance of the hotel.

I always book my stays from Agoda.com.


· Agoda.com is one of the most widely used accommodation booking sites in the region, listing over 500,000 hotels and accommodations around the world. Travellers can obtain discounted rates on accommodation, and conveniently book via desktop or mobile in their native language.

· Another interesting thing about Agoda is its reviews. Travellers are only allowed to submit reviews after they have paid and stayed at a given hotel. This helps ensure the authenticity of the reviews on Agoda. With over 7 million certified traveller reviews, travellers can easily gauge an accommodation to ensure that they will get their money’s worth.

· The Agoda App, available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, is also a great tool especially with last minute bookings. Take for example, if a flight is cancelled and a hotel room is needed at the last minute, travellers can find a hotel easily on the Agoda app with its GPS functionality, filter hotels according to price or star rating, and book on the spot. There are also many app-exclusive discounts for travellers to take advantage of.

Now may I politely ask, “WHO TOOK THIS PHOTO>?! HOW COME BLUR?!”

My awesome room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

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Last month I was in Bangkok for a few days and I was lucky enough to be staying at one of the most centralized hotel in town, Grand Hyatt Erawan. It is located right across the road from Central World shopping mall and beside the Erawan Shrine, one of the most popular landmarks in Bangkok.

Did you know that the hotel was opened in 1991? That’s like more than 20 years! But I was delighted to find out that Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok have recently renremodelled all the guest rooms, which began in March 2012, and now all new-look guestrooms and suites recently opened their doors to welcome guests from around the world.

Before showing you the rooms, check out the lobby! Love the architecture and the whole ambience it provides.

It is always nice to be welcomed in the most detailed way. After receiving a warm ‘Hello’ from the hotel employees, I was greeted by this card in my room which was waiting for me on the desk.

This was my room. Master planned and designed by the renowned American interior designer Tony Chi, the rooms now complement the hotel’s position as a warm and welcoming Thai residence, with a residential ambience blended with Thai touches ensuring that guests feel at home.

The guestroom design approach is modern, but incorporates classical touches with a distinct Thai flavour.

Besides the design, they also provide enough of coffee, tea and tidbits along with daily desserts which made my days super pleasant. Very nice little touch by the hotel management.

The view from the hotel. See Central World? It’s hard not to miss Grand Hyatt Erawan cos it is located right smack in the middle of the city.
If I may explain, it is located in the business and diplomatic district, and is conveniently linked via sky bridge to two sky train stations.

OH BTW! They also have a very awesome Grand Executive Suite.

A bittt more about Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok:

The 380-room Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is a deluxe business hotel with a choice of meeting and conference facilities across the hotel’s 14 versatile function rooms covering 3,300 sq m (35,520 sq ft), each with resort-style facilities. A wide range of restaurants and bars is available, including Bangkok’s first traditional European restaurant with tableside cooking. On the hotel’s fifth floor sits i.sawan Residential Spa & Club, a unique facility dedicated to pampering, fitness, relaxation, accommodation and cuisine. The hotel is conveniently linked via Sky Bridge to two Sky Train stations.

I will show you more of the hotel next. Stay tuned to all the crazy things I did in my next post.

For reservations and more information, please contact Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok on +66 2254 1234 or e-mail bangkok.grand@hyatt.com.

HP Pavilion X2 Giveaway + Entries Highlight!

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If you are still not aware, I’m currently giving out the awesome HP Pavilion X2 tablet convertible worth RM1,199 and giveaway ends 14th December!

Wanna know more about it? Check out my review here.

To win it, just follow these steps:

- Post an Instagram with the theme “Work & Play”. (Be creative!)
- Include hashtag #HPPavilionX2 and #smashpopX2 & tag @smashpop
- Caption in less than 10 words, “HP Pavilion X2 is awesome because ___ ”.
- Post as many as you can!
Closing date: 14 December 2014, 11.59PM (Malaysian time).

> Most creative entry will be selected as the winner.
> Judges’ decision is final.
> You must be a Malaysian and above 18 years old on 1 December 2014.
> Winner must self-collect the prize from smashpOp in KL.

Check out some of the entries! Quick, join before 14th December!


Kelvin Teoh


Simon So


Zi Yuan


Josh Wong

So what you waiting for? 3 more days left!

Artistry, Common Man & StanChart Marathon

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So during the weekend I was in Singapore cos I joined the StanChart Half Marathon which took place on Sunday morning.

We arrived on Saturday and checked out this cafe near Bugis.

We ordered the Salted Caramel with Bacon waffles, big breakfast and Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast.
Guess what? THEY WERE AWESOME! The french toast was the best. It was so good we ordered a second one.

Definitely a MUST-TRY when in Singapore: 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149.

The marathon started at 6.30am in the morning at Sentosa Gateway.

We ran through Universal Studios so we didn’t wanna waste the chance to take photos with some of the characters there HAHA!

Another cafe to check out is Common Man Coffee Roasters. They serve great churros! Coffee was acidic tho. Not what I like.
22 Martin Road #01-00, Singapore 239058

Your car secrets may be a battle between the iPad & Surface Pro 3

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Title may sound weird. That’s cos the content in this post are hard to relate. Anyway, here are 2 awesome videos you should watch this week.

Latest from TricycleTV

Latest from Techduology.

HP Pavilion X2 Review & Giveaway by smashpOp!

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I’ve recently got a new toy and it is none other than the recently launched HP Pavilion X2! It’s not just a tablet or a laptop. It’s an ultra-portable convertible tablet! That’s amazing cos you get the best of both worlds and still enjoy the lightweight and flexible form.

Come come let me show you some photos I took of the X2 in my beautiful room with white tables and walls. Haha!

For those who wants to know about the specs, the X2 is powered by the latest generation Intel Atom “Bay Trail-T” processor (Atom Z3745D with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage) and runs on Windows 8,1.

If you are not familiar with these terms, it basically means CANGGIH.

Now when we are carrying a tablet, we definitely don’t want to be lugging a gigantic screen right? This is why I think the X2 is the perfect size for being portable. Love the 10-inch HD WLED-backlit display.

As you can see, I like my background to be full black so it matches the body of the tablet. One thing to note though, the screen is actually quite reflective so you will most probably see yourself in the screen when you are using it outdoors.

Recently I’ve grown interest in phones with dual front speakers and this X2 has it as well!
If you look closely in the photo above, you will notice the front-facing speakers with DTS sound which is placed on both sides of the screen. They are indeed loud when used indoors but may not be sufficient if you are trying to watch a movie while waiting for the bus at the bus stop. If you know what I mean lah.

Oh look! My tech blog discovr.smashpop.net looks so awesome on the 10-inch screen of the HP Pavilion X2.

Oh if you are wondering if the battery lasts, let me tell you this. It lasted me a full day from morning til after dinner at night with regular usage of browsing, Youtube and some office work. After all, the X2 is powered with a long-lasting 2-cell 35Whr battery that is said to last up to 11.45 hours.

Oh that’s a good looking guy using the Pavilion X2. He looks exactly like me. Haha!
Anyway, see how the tablet is now looking like a laptop allowing me to sip my coffee while doing work? Scroll down a bit and I shall reveal the magic.

OK scroll down a bit more.

Tada! This is the magical keyboard with hinge that magnetically snaps onto the Pavilion X2 and turns it into a laptop thingy.

The magnetic cover comes in 2 colours; teal and purple. I personally prefer this one cos it is more soothing to the eyes.

This is how it looks like from the side. To be honest, I am quite obsessed with my white table and wall.

I was half expecting the touch screen to be disabled once docked but to my surprise, it still works even in this form! Good job lah HP. Now I can type and swipe at the same time. Who needs a mouse anymore right?

Right? Mmmm.

Oh I just love carrying it around with me nowadays. So convenient and portable.

Here’s another thing to note: The X2 supports WiDi (compatible with Miracast devices), in case you want to project your screen to the wall or something. It also includes a few number of ports; USB 3.0, micro-USB 2.0, HDMI, card reader and 3.5mm mic-headphone jack.

The HP Pavilion x2 retailed at RM1,199.00. Every purchase of the tablet includes a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal Edition.

Want to own the HP Pavilion X2 for yourself?
I am giving one away! HAPPY OR NOT? Haha

Mechanics:
- Post an Instagram with the theme “Work & Play”. (Be creative!)
- Include hashtag #HPPavilionX2 and #smashpopX2 & tag @smashpop
- Caption in less than 10 words, “HP Pavilion X2 is awesome because ___ ”.
- Post as many as you can!
Closing date: 14 December 2014, 11.59PM (Malaysian time).

> Most creative entry will be selected as the winner.
> Judges’ decision is final.
> You must be a Malaysian and above 18 years old on 1 December 2014.
> Winner must self-collect the prize from smashpOp in KL.

#pOpcrap » MilkCow, Cat In The Box & New Balance Run

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Such a long time since my last CRAP.

POPCRAP 1

One of my favourite cafes in town recently is “Cat In The Box” in Empire Damansara. Love the interior, the calmness of the ambience and of course, the coffee.
Give it a try if you happen to be nearby. The boss is very friendly too, just don’t knock her Ukulele around when you are playing with it.

POPCRAP 2

Just last weekend I completed the New Balance run at Setia Alam. Now looking forward to StanChart half Marathon in Singapore!

POPCRAP 3

Latest craze in town is definitely this one. MilkCow serves soft milk icecream topped with stuff like honeycomb, mararons, cotton candy and other random stuff. Quite pricey tho.. around RM11-RM13.
It’s at the Lower Ground floor of The Gardens Mall, in front of the supermarket.

Follow me on Instagram now for more coffee, craze and animals in boxes.

People In Kuala Lumpur Eat Burgers & Drink Coffee

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‘So what do people in KL do when they are free on weekends or at night?’, an overseas friend asks me.

‘Well, we drink coffee and eat burgers’.

Looking at the photos I took after I came back from Barcelona, in March, I did both. So here are some photos taken in March of me drinking coffee and eating burgers.

One night, we were at Garage 51, Bandar Sunway, enjoying the coffee and chatting with the friendliest crew ever from the cafe.

On another night, I was enjoying this burger with peanut butter and bacon at Burgertory, SS15 Subang.

I forgot which weekend was this back in March but it was then my first time visiting Pulp in Bangsar.

Oh KL people likes to pose for Instagram too.

A shot of PULP from outside. So do you drink coffee and eat burgers?

Hipster Coffee & Apple Store in Barcelona

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Alright on the very last day in Barcelona, we walked around town and checked out the Apple Store.

Natural lighting at its best.

Took this top down from the Genious bar area on the first floor.

Then we went to search for this hipster coffee place hidden in some housing area inside a bicycle shop. Finally found it after rounding the area for a bit.

They only had a bench. So we gotta take out else there’s no way to drink it there lol

Last walk in Barcelona. We headed to the airport soon after.

While waiting to board the plane, we chilled and drank some happy juice. lol Bye Barcelona!

The Human Tripods In Barcelona

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A little bit more photos from the photowalk in Barcelona.

Carla being tempted with cute food.

Very nice dinner at night at Placa Reial.

Here’s how the city looks like at night.

At night, we went to the Nokia party!

Big Nokia is big.

More photos next! We visited the Apple store & more!