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B'day Weekend Part 1 : Di Alam Maya

    Let's kick off my bday celebration this year. I think I am quite lucky that my birthday falls on a Saturday, making a great way to spend my weekend away from home. I've been wishing for so long to spend my b'day night at a chic hotel to 'reward' myself once a year (I know I've been rewarding my self too much on the 'material' part, ahaks! But hotel stay, nope). So, I looked at all the possible 'candidates' on where I should spend a night in KL. Why KL? Though I was thinking of going back to my hometown, yet after thinking that I will balik kampung again this weekend for Eid, I changed my mind. In fact some of my family members are in KL, therefore what better way than to celebrate with them too. And my best mates are also there, and this would be a great time to catch up as well.

    So, browse punya browse... I picked one hotel that is very close to the world's most iconic building, KLCC. If last time I've stayed at Traders Hotel by Shangri La, the gorgeous boutique hotel which is located at the corner of KL Convention Center during my time becoming an emcee for a international event there, this time I decided to switch to the other side of Jalan Ampang instead, facing towards the front part of KLCC. It's Hotel Maya which is absolutely stunning.

    I've been hearing about Hotel Maya for quite some time. The images in the magazines really lure me to really want to spend a night there. Very plush and modern. Very chic and quite zen too. And it's so very masculine decor is what I really loved about.

    While checking in I was contempt that I'm gonna get the room facing towards KLCC, as mentioned in my booking through Agoda.com. But the receptionist told me I've been upgraded to a bigger studio room, and the bad news it'll be facing KL Tower instead. Though quite disappointed not getting the KLCC view, yet to be getting much bigger space to spend a night away for a birthday weekend - what better could I ask for. Plus, it's KL Tower, one of the icon in Malaysia too!

    What can I say. If I mentioned the word 'amazing', it'll be just an understatement. But that's the fact: it's amazing! Not just about the zen look of the reception area, but the room itself is fantastic! It's beyond my expectation. It look quite simple, but modern and very chic. Just like my bedroom at home, ahaks! It's a huge studio room - with an area for the workspace on one end, a big chaise lounge in the middle, and a king-size bed towards the other end. The windows open up to the entire view outside, by which my room is at 10th floor, making the look is even fantastic.

    Oh, when I said modern, you've gotta see the seamless transition between the bed and the bathroom... which is as if they're one. Not for anyone cuppa tea coz there's only glass window separating those two, making it transparent for others to be seeing you taking your bath or shower inside. Good for any exhibitionist of you, but for some you might've that eeek! factor lingers inside. Think you might freak out? Don't be coz there's a curtain to cover the space.

    The studio room truly exceed my expectations. They got everything that a travelling executives need : a huge desk for your workspace (by which a part of the table is movable) with free high-speed internet connection (and wifi, though mine doesn't work!). There's a coffee machine in the minibar, plus the iron and ironing board ready in the closet. There's even an umbrella throw inside, which is quite a surprise. But one exception though: what's with the CRT TV? Isn't supposed to be LED these days? Hmmm....

    Anyway, the best part is the bath area: the big, free standing tub facing towards the living area, and the rain shower. Fantastic! What more can you ask for than having your shower while seeing the view of KL? (I've just gave you such a dirty thoughts, huh? Ahaks!). Anyway. Enjoy the pix that I took around the room.

    Oh, btw. KLCC is just 5 mins away from the hotel. But being lazy myself, I drove there instead of walking since it was a scorching hot weekend. You think I wanna sweat in my very ranggi outfit when I go shopping there? Wrong answer. Ha!


    the kingsize bed! (but the mattress is not 'springy', ouch!)

    very wide open space

    look at the view!

    very modern minibar, in glossy piano black enclosure.
    (but a CRT TV, are you kidding me? you call this modern?)

    tea, coffee, coffee machine... what else do you want? oh, slimming tea, ahaks!


    oooh, sexy bath tub... facing the view of KL.

    what better feel than to wake up and seeing the KL Tower. (ko tak nampak, aku jer yg bleh tgk. ahaha!)


    bubbly tub, ready for some action!


    the choice of soaps...

    the shampoo, the bath foam, etc...etc...

    so, you forgot to bring a toothbrush? not a problem, sir...

    the work area, so chic and modern....


    ooh, someone's getting this present.... :)


    there's even ruler, pencil and a sharpener inside the box. and an eraser too?

    for the Muslims, not a problem coz the kiblat direction is shown in the drawer...

    call the hotel's 'One Call Center', and they'll bring me the prayer mat....



    think you might wake up late? there's an alarm clock by your bedside...

    what a view!


    KL view, towards the Legends Hotel....

    the KL Tower, right before my eyes...

    thanks to my telefoto lens... it's power zoom!