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Three Cool Things You Should Know About Batik Boutique Hotel

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

In the previous post, I was invited to a food tasting at Nagoya Restaurant, which was located at Batik Boutique Hotel. The owner, Jackie was generous enough to let the bloggers (including yours truly) to stay for a night at the hotel.

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The lobby area of Batik Boutique. No reception area needed; make yourself at home!

There are four types of room settings at Batik: City Facing Suites, Deluxe Suites, Courtyard Facing Suites – Twin and Courtyard Facing Suites – King. Now, to encourage you to visit their website (batikboutiquehotel.com), guess which room I ended up with?

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Kinky-minded individuals would like this room much. 

I had a good night of course, with my Queen sized bed being comfortable and NINE pillows all for myself. But it was three cool things from this small, chic hotel (only 15 rooms) that I go “No wonder this hotel is #6 in the Tripadvisor rankings B&Bs/Inns in Kuching

1) The local welcome meal, served by the very welcoming staff

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Tuak

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the staff, and I was given a shot of tuak and several slices of Batik cake by Mok (apologies for the wrong spelling!), who took care of reception and housekeeping. She’s fun to talk to, and that’s great; most frontline staff I know in the hospitality industry is professional but sometimes reserved in their conversation with the guests. So she gave me a good impression on the hotel. Oh, and I like that shot of Tuak. In fact, I should like all forms of alcohol served to me. But if you can’t drink alcohol for either religious or medical or by choice, don’t worry the do have the mocktails for you.

 

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Batik Cake

ut really, this welcoming moment is just scratching the surface of their hospitality service. Go read their reviews on TripAdvisor and count how many of them love their friendliness. Well done, Batik Boutique!

2) The satellite channels in the room

This was originally not cool, in the sense of the channel setup when I first turned it on; I thought I only had THREE channels to watch! Not only that, one channel could not receive the signal, and the other two was some interview show in China. No subtitles. Urgh!

But this satellite channel isn’t Astro. It’s the one where you could get channels at least twice or thrice the amount of Astro’s full package. I set to work on “unlocking” the channels, and I discovered I could actually watch 40 channels in my room. Normal hotels only offer like what, 12?

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What’s all these channels about?

I ended up watching NHK English, about a Japanese chef visiting the country of Bhutan to learn more about their culinary. I is the happy 🙂

 

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Japanese TV show. Cause I had Japanese dinner. And I feel all Japanese after that.

You can ask the staff to get the channels working for you of course. But I enjoyed the little reward of “Netflix and Chill” (almost!) from fixing up the channels.

3) The Tanamera all-natural amenities

I CANNOT STOP BRAGGING ABOUT THIS ONE! In all the years I stayed in hotels of various stars, no amenities of theirs have matched the level of awesomeness from this made-in-Malaysia product! The beautiful, natural scent fit for a spa treatment. I never thought my shower could be so…relaxing. You can purchase this at the hotel itself, so this makes a great gift for the ladies (and the metrosexual men!).

 

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Love it!

CONCLUSION

If you plan to visit Kuching and you’ll like a really nice room to compliment your adventure in Sarawak, Batik Boutique Hotel’s for you. It sounds like a cliché sales pitch, I know, but really, with an average rate of RM250 a room (check online for actual rates, and it depends on season), it’s really worth it. Better than some 5-star hotels here in fact!

 

Batik Boutique Hotel

38, Jalan Padungan,

93100, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tel: +6082-422-845

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebatik

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Kuching, in the eyes of…

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Hey guys, come check out this video made by my friend Veyron! I helped her out in making scene #2 and #3 so check it out! 🙂

So what do you think? Drop a comment ya!

Looks like I’ll be eating here for Chinese New Year eve.

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Kuching flood

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Today is a sad day. 

I am fortunate to not get caught in the flood…but with pretty much half the town being affected, and that two people went missing* from the disaster, it’s hard to feel happy today.

Let’s hope things don’t get worst from now.

*It is with sad news that the two people are found dead at Sg. Maong, according to strong, persistent rumours as of 11PM. I hope I am wrong… 😦

Postcards of Kuching, Sarawak

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

I was at the Main Bazaar earlier today to buy a souvenir for a colleague who’s about to leave Kuching for good.

Instead of the usual stuff, I decided to buy a set of postcards and get my other colleagues to sign on the postcards and make a high-school scrapbook of memories, or something like that lah.

I realized something while I brought those postcards:

The photos are certainly quite old. You know it’s old when the Hilton hotel logo was the old red one.

 

I wonder if there is like a new, updated set of postcards around town and if so where can I get it? The lady at the store said these set of old photos are in demand…but I’m not sure whether to believe her or not.