Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HOTEL REVIEW | DAY 1 of Our 3D2N STAYCATION at FULLERTON HOTEL - Straits Club Quay King Bed | (How to Get a Free Upgrade, VIP Treatment and more!)


This is one of my very long overdue posts but one that I simply cannot “NOT blog about” because I would be doing our 5th Wedding Anniversary an injustice if I do.

Yep! We recently celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniv and we stayed at Fullerton Hotel as a treat for ourselves. We normally would book a flight somewhere outside of Singapore for occasions like this but this year, we agreed to have a STAYCATION instead and experience Singapore in a whole new level.

So, where to begin? Ah! How about I take you back to our booking venture to see how we got a free upgrade, received VIP treatment and experienced all the other perks and discounts? Sounds good?

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post.

We got it all through VISA Luxury Hotel Collection. If you haven’t heard of this, now’s the time to check it out! It’s easy but first you have to know if you’re eligible. To know your eligibility, please see the information here: http://www.visaluxuryhotelcollection.com/eligibility


If you’re an eligible VISA premium card holder, you can proceed to create your account on their website: http://www.visaluxuryhotelcollection.com/benefits. Once you have your account created and verified, you can start choosing from over 900 luxury hotels around the world where you want to go and experience 7 premium benefits! It’s that simple!

Simply log in to the website, select a hotel and book it through the VISA Luxury Hotel Collection website and you are sure to get the following:

       Best available rate guarantee
       Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, when available
       Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, when available
       Complimentary continental breakfast
       $25 USD food or beverage credit
       VIP Guest status
       3PM check-out upon request, when available

So, did we get all of the abovementioned benefits? DEFINITELY! To know more about our experience in Fullerton Hotel, keep reading!

DAY 1 at Fullerton Hotel



Every staff we encountered from outside to inside of the building was courteous and very accommodating. The staff that handled our check-in details and escorted us to our room was extra nice, too.


As mentioned earlier, because we booked our room through the VISA Luxury Hotel Collection site, we got an automatic room upgrade. We originally booked the Heritage Room (1 King Bed) but we were upgraded to the next room up (Straits Club Quay King Bed) upon arrival. And because it was our anniversary, we found a token of their recognition for our special occasion when we entered the room.



And seriously, what do you do when you enter a hotel room? You take photos, right? Right! This is regardless if you’re a blogger or not.





TBH though, I didn’t really find the room extra ordinary compared to other hotels we’ve been to. However, it has this special-homey-vibe that made it so cozy and commanded our hearts to instantly fall in love with it.





Whenever we’re in hotels, I’d immediately check out the bathroom to see if it’s the same as what they published on their website. Good thing, Fullerton Hotel didn’t disappoint.








Here is a list of things available inside the room:
  • Handphone – This can be used to make free overseas calls. My hubby called his sister in Japan twice using it. You can also use it to make local calls and access the internet. And on top of that, you can bring it outside while roaming the city streets. Talk about free google map and/or street directory without having to shell extra penny for local phone and data charges.
  • Tea/Coffee area
  • Yoga mat
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Lots of hangers
  • Robes
  • Slippers
  • Flat iron and ironing board
  • Extra Pillows
  • Shoe grooming accessories
  • Extension chord – This was very helpful for my straightener which I used inside the bathroom as there was no outlet there.
  • Bibles – There is a Bible and a Quran available inside the drawers of the bedside tables.
  • Blower – This is, of course, found in the bathroom.

A few moments later, we received a bottle of red wine and some strawberries. Well, ain’t that sweet?



After taking photos and scrutinizing the room, we decided to rest for a bit and then went out to go to LUSH to buy some bath bombs/balls as I wanted to take a luxurious bath in our tub.

When we returned to our room, hubby came up with the idea of inviting some of our friends to dine with us in celebration of our anniversary. And that’s another good thing about this hotel: its location.

It’s situated near the Merlion Park where there’s a strip of restos and other food places. It’s also walking distance from the Esplanade Theatre and if you walk past it, you’ll reach other food venue options.

We initially planned to eat at Makansutra but ended up at No Signboard instead. The food was delish and we all had a wonderful time.




After our sumptuous dinner, we all headed back to our room but of course we weren't able to resist taking photos on our way back.




We chatted for a bit more before they all left and then there’s just the two of us to relish the night. Despite the time (it was already past midnight), I still prepared the tub for a bath. I just couldn’t wait to relax and enjoy a bubble bath. And that ended our Day 1 in Fullerton Hotel.




 





Friday, August 19, 2016

A Date with WickerMoss Means a Facial and Hand Massage at Chanel, a Lavish Lunch at Noodle Rice Reataurant and an Endless Chat Over Aromatic Lattes and Mouthwatering Toast at Dazzling Café

After more than two years of NO face-to-face moments, I was finally re-united with this lovely heaven sent human being last Wednesday (17th Aug). 


So what did we do? Where did we go? For starters, she treated me to an hour and a half of facial and hand massage at the Chanel stall in Paragon building. What a posh way to meet and catch up, right?!


Unfortunately, I was not allowed to snap some pics where I had the flash facial done. I guess it's because of their new product which she used on mah face. It's a pre-serum which doesn't necessarily have to be used everyday. Only on days where the face badly needs some instant lift and radiance. 


As with other facials, the first thing she did was removed my makeup. To rinse the makeup removing product (I'm not sure if that was oil or cream as I had my eyes shut. All I knew was that it was cold!), she used a hot towel. Not only did it thoroughly rinsed mah face, it also sort of opened up my pores. Next thing she did was applied toner followed by an eye cream and a eye massage. That's the first time my eye area was massaged like that and though it felt weird in the beginning, it grew on me and I ended up liking it. Next was a lip cream application followed by a massage focussed on the mouth area. She then applied a pre-serum and massaged mah whole face and man was that good! That's the kind of facial I enjoy. It relaxed me. After the massage, she slathered another pre-serum and this one was their new product. Another round of that wonderful massage but this time with their sort of rolling thingymajigs and then the actual serum was applied followed by moisturizer and sunblock. That flash facial was heavenly!
 
It didn't end there! Outside the facial curtain, a hand massage was waiting for me. She used three products on me but I can't remember them because my fairygodmother was busy distracting me, LOL. All I can remember now was how soft, supple and fragrant my hands and arms felt and smelled yesterday. 


And because my makeup was removed during the facial, the fairygodmother requested the lovely staff of Chanel to paint some colors  back on mah face. That made me feel sooo special! Thanks to Chanel for their stellar customer service.

Our day had just started (insert devil-ish laugh here). We roamed around searching for the right place to have our lunch. She brought me to Noodle Rice Restaurant, a food venue I probably would have never dared to go to on my own as I am not the adventurous type when it comes to where to eat. I ordered based on her recommendations as I was scared to try something I might not enjoy. We had rice and  pork ribs partnered with iced lemon tea for me and bottomless hot tea for her.


We chatted for I dunno how long. That's the problem when you don't always see your friends. Our stories to tell were, well, worth 2plus years hahaha. 

And it's as if we didn't eat, because we still looked for a different place to have our dessert. She brought me to this magical place where everything is... well, dazzling! 




We stayed there and talked for hours. It was 7:30ish when we decided to leave the cafe. 







I even convinced her to ride the MRT with me for just one station haha. We're almost inseparable. Good thing there's always a next time! I'm already looking forward to our next date.