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The Best Korean Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

I love Korean food; in fact I love all kinds of food. 😉

If you are looking for the best Korean Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, head on to Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant located in Desa Sri Hartamas.  Note that Daorae has a chain of restaurants scattered all over Malaysia and the Klang Valley but my favourite is still the headquarters which is located at Desa Sri Hartamas.

Today, I decided to have dinner there and the bottomline, it was a very satisfying dinner. The food was great and the service was excellent — as usual. My cravings for good Korean food is fulfilled by Daorae time and time again.  The food here is comparable to those I tasted in Seoul.

If you are looking for the best Korean restaurant in town, look no further than Daorae Korean BBQ. Geon Bae!! 🙂

p.s. If you have had good Korean food elsewhere, please leave a note of that restaurant in the comment section below, I would love to give it a try. 😉


Confirm Your Hotel Room Early or Else…

Or else, you may end up like me during my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, last week.  I ended up with almost no place to sleep or wash up.

I had an extremely busy schedule last week which included an overnighter business trip to Kota Kinabalu.  My secretary had tried booking all my favourite hotels but it seems like the hotels had a vengeance on me.  Radius International was fully booked; which I can relate to because its a boutique hotel tagging a normal hotel rate. I would recommend you this hotel if you ever make a trip there.  Promenade Hotel on the other hand, did not offer me the normal rate I pay but handed my secretary a RM208++ price tag; I, of course, rejected and got her to look for other hotels.

The resourceful lady called my counterparts in Kota Kinabalu and they suggested a number of hotels but they all carried price tags to which I would consider unreasonable.  In the end, my secretary booked me into Tang Dynasty Hotel located within Plaza Wawasan for a price of RM150++.  The hotel requested for my credit card number to confirm the booking but since I was engaged in meetings right up to the night, my secretary could not catch hold of me.  In the end, she wrote me a note with all relevant information including the credit card payment.

It was late at night and I was about to catch my flight to Kota Kinabalu, so, I thought, what the heck, I’ll just forget about paying and do that when I check into the hotel.  I arrived in Kota Kinabalu just past midnight and proceeded to the hotel in an airport taxi.

After an uneventful 15 minutes, I was at the hotel reception and provided the front desk officer with my booking number.  The booking was there alright but to my horror, she said the booking was canceled at 4pm because there was not payment made.  I said it was alright and just check me into their hotel room just like a walk-in guest.  She said “I’m sorry, Sir.  All rooms are fully occupied.  I only have the Business Suite with King Size bed.”.

I protested, I lamented, I showed her my colours, I was on the verge of screaming my heads off, I didn’t believe if what she said was true or was it a business tactic to sell these exorbitant rooms.  Here I was, at 1am, tired, unclean and look like wounded prey.  An easy meal for them to sell me their expensive room.

No way am I going to be slaughtered in the middle of the night.  I told the front desk to recheck her computer and give me a cheaper room or else I will walk out of the hotel and head over to Promenade Hotel which is a stone’s throw away.  She checked her computer, then acted up a surprised look and said that there was a family deluxe room which is significantly cheaper.  Feeling really tired, I accepted.

If only I had confirmed my room early, this kind of hassle would not happen but what I hated was the questionable upselling of hotel room to me.  So, if you are going on a trip, confirm your hotel early or else….

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Ikano Power Center Free Shuttle Bus Service

Shopping in the Damansara area has been made easier and more accessible with the introduction of free shuttle bus service from Kelana Jaya LRT Station to Ikano Power Center and vice versa. The free shuttle service is available daily on a scheduled basis as follows:

From Kelana Jaya LRT Station to Ikano Power Center:
9.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm, 5,30pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.30pm

From Ikano Power Center to Kelana Jaya LRT Station:
9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm and 10.30pm

Please note that the pickup points are at the bus stop opposite the Kelana Jaya LRT Station and the main entrance, Ground Floor, Ikano Power Center. You may refer to the route map below for directions. Click on the map for a larger view.

Ikano Power Center Small Map

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