Thursday, March 9, 2017

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

To visit Bangkok isn't a holiday, it's more like an annual tradition for me. Everyone loves the city for it's shopping, food and warm hospitality. Needless to say, your accommodation for the trip is very essential, especially if you are there for a short trip and want to explore as much as possible in this most convenient way.

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square is located just a stone throw away from Siam BTS Skytrain Station. It's one of the most, if not the most centrally located station in Bangkok, with lots of malls filled with shopping and entertainment.

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square boasts a revamp recently, with a quirky fun lobby to welcome you upon check-in. Guests that stay at Executive rooms also get a fuss-free check-in that's expedited for you. At the newly revamped lobby, take time to enjoy a cup of coffee, or choose from a selection of European and Thai dishes from burgers to classic Thai dishes such as the Phad Thai. We had lunch there right after check-in and thoroughly enjoyed every dish, accompanied by some fancy cocktails with a hint of Thai element such as fresh coconut juice.

With more than 400 rooms, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square offers a selection of different rooms, making sure that there's always one to suit you. We stayed in the Executive Premier Room, which had a view overlooking the city's skyline that came with a comfy king-sized bed and a well prepared room with a stocked mini-bar and superb wifi connectivity throughout our stay. We even asked for more pillows and they sent 4 more up during turn down service just so that we were comfortable during our stay.

Staying at the Executive Premier Room also entitles you breakfast daily at the Premier Lounge, as well as cocktails in the evening. Instead of being with the crowd, you can enjoy breakfast served to you fresh upon ordering, and unwind over a hectic day with cocktails in the evening with friends. Refreshments are also available all day at the Premier Lounge.

The hotel also has facilities such as a fully equipped gym if you need a workout or two after indulging in lots of good food, and also a swimming pool. For those who prefer a more relaxed trip, Tammachart Spa is a good way to unwind after a long day of shopping. They have a full range of massage choices for you to choose from at very affordable prices, unlike hotels that charge a premium. We went for a full body massage after a long day and it exceeded our expectations.

You wouldn't need to worry about getting hungry at Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square with 3 restaurants in the hotel! Apart from GourmetBar at the lobby, they also have an award winning Chinese restaurant that serves up authentic Chinese food. We went for lunch and was served an assortment of handcrafted dim sum dishes that impressed. Despite being in Bangkok, we were happy to be able to find comfort food of such excellent standard. They also have a promotion for their dim sum lunch buffet which is really value for money!

Of course, if you like your buffets international, head straight for The Square, which serves up an array of international buffet spread for lunch, as well as dinner. The selection will definitely spoil you for choice, so be prepared to head there with an empty stomach!

I have to admit i love Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. The location is very accessible, and the service is on point. If you are looking for a fuss-free holiday at a hotel that is near to all the attractions and shopping in the heart of Bangkok city, you'll definitely be finding yourself in Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square!

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
392/44, Siam Square Soi 6
Pathumwan, 10330
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (0) 2209 8888 

This was an invited media session.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Daring to be different with Olympus

Change is constant. And with technology, that is always the case. I've been in so in love with my OM-D E-M10 for the past year and it has travelled to many countries and went through countless number of food tastings with me, always promising to deliver shots that i never will never doubt.

After a year, I've finally decided to upgrade it an E-M5 Mark II. The truth is (and I have always repeated this on Instagram), I absolutely love Olympus - their cameras are always has such user-friendly interfaces and their lenses are affordable, giving you endless options and possibilities with every shot!

I wasn't exactly sure model of camera was going to be my next, but was instantly sold when I found out that I could customise my very own E-M5 Mark II to my preference on the Olympus website! The customisation process allows you to choose your preferred colour of the camera body, lens of your choice with your preferred matching colour, as well as a leather neck strap!

I went for a silver with black body paired with a 12mm lens, as I felt it was a good change from my all-black E-M10. Having been invited to countless food tastings over the years, here's some camera tips when it comes to choosing the right lenses for your camera. The prime lens allows me to shoot with a wider angle and it not at all heavy, unlike zoom lens. It also captures a good depth of field and is perfect for taking flat lays, or even when the best friend needs an OOTD photographer - pretty versatile I'll say!

Here's a shot I took at a recent food tasting session. 

One of my favourite part of the customisation process is choosing the accessory of my choice. Going for the safer option, I picked the Classic Brown Neck Strap. There was also an option to pick a brown wrist strap but I'm used to hanging my camera around my neck, just because it makes me feel more - secured.

Having toyed around with the E-M5 Mark II for a week now, I cannot emphasise more that the upgrade was the right choice. Apart from the enhanced technical features such as the 5 Axis IS, it also has a LCD screen that can tilt 360 degrees - perfect when taking flat lay shots! The camera features a more substantial grip when you are taking a photo, and has a bigger body, although not adding much to the weight. Can't wait to start my journey with the E-M5 Mark II, and because it's also weather-sealed, it just means it will be with me anywhere, everywhere!

For more information on the Olympus E-M5 Mark II,  do visit!