Encounters in Genting Highlands

I didn’t take many photos on our second day of Genting because we kind of hung out at the casino all day and, as you know, photo-taking is not allowed inside.

But we took our first photo of the day outside our hotel room.

Nanny Wen and Sheylara

First World Hotel is a really crappy hotel. Well, okay, it’s clean and all, and it’s a lot better than it was two or three years ago. But it’s really bare and no-frills.

The lift lobby is quite nice, though. From the 23rd storey, we had an amazing view.

Hotel Lift Lobby

What’s baffling was the army of middle-aged Muslim women sitting along the corridors, outside doors, the first day we arrived.

As you can see from the photos, the corridor isn’t very wide.

Sheylara and Nanny Wen

Imagine about three or four well-nourished women sitting outside each door, leaning against the wall. Multiply that by about 20 or 50.

Nanny Wen’s and my room were located right at the end of our neverending corridor. I think there were about 200 rooms just on our corridor alone (and each floor has several corridors).

Why were these women lined up along the corridor of the 23rd storey? The Goonfather said they were having picnics like people have picnics along the corridors in our hospitals.

But they weren’t eating, duh. They didn’t make a lot of noise, either. Just very quiet chatting.

They were there for only a day.

We had complimentary breakfast at First World Hotel Cafe. It’s a HUGE dining hall. About three times the size of a wedding banquet room in Ritz Carlton Singapore.

Sheylara and Nanny Wen

It was really crowded, too, but we managed to find a little corner that was relatively quiet.

The whole place was basically chaotic. There were about seven or eight buffet segments spread out over the entire hall. Some had ready cooked food. Some had chefs cooking, like eggs and french toast.

Every segment had a long queue, especially the cooking ones. It took us like 15 or 20 minutes to get our food and settle down for our remarkably sloppy meal.


We had to check out after breakfast because we were going to stay at Resort Hotel for our second night. But check-out was 12pm while check-in was 3pm. So, we spent some time at Starbucks while waiting for lunch.

Starbucks was the only other place I could get a network connection. (The other place being the spa we went to the first night.)

I worked on my Star Blog assignment while the rest chattered away.

Sheylara working

Resort Hotel is a lot more luxurious than First World Hotel, although not top of the line.

But after First World Hotel, Resort Hotel felt veritably five-star.

Resort Hotel

While First World had Starbucks, Resort had Coffeebean. My Internet needs were met for the whole trip!

I had a bit of a panic on Sunday night, though. Our Star Blog entries are supposed to be due in by Monday, 9 am, every week.

I usually work on it intermittently over the weekend, then on Sunday night, I would do the final edit and send it off before going to bed.

Coffeebean (with its free wireless) closes at 2 am. We returned to our hotel from the casino at 1:15 am. So I had 45 minutes left to do my final edit and send! (Sometimes, if I make changes, my final edit could take me three hours.)

Fortunately, I managed to finish everything with 10 minutes to spare.

Our room in Resort Hotel:

Resort Hotel

Very nice and comfortable room. Too bad we didn’t get to enjoy it much since we were out most of the time.

Nanny Wen being herself:

Nanny Wen

Final photos on final day:

Nanny Wen and Sheylara

Nanny Wen and Sheylara

After breakfast and a bit of playing at the casino, we checked out and hopped into our car and drove to KL for dinner.

I didn’t take anymore photos for the rest of the day because I was sick of taking photos. Sometimes it happens.

We reached Singapore around 1 am. Tired but happy!

15 thoughts on “Encounters in Genting Highlands

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    tvbaddict: You’re welcome

    Hotel Kortet: Thanks!

    Shu Fen: Haha. It could look delicious to hungry people. :P It was okay only. The french toast was bland and soggy though.

    The shopping looks good! I reckon there were enough shops for me to cover 2 days there. Unfortunately, I never got to shop cos we spent all our time in the casino plus I had to work on my blogs a few hours a day. :P

    soxace: What was wrong with First World was that when I entered my room, I could see through the window into ANOTHER room with other guests inside, and they were like only a few metres away.

    Precish: I didn’t visit the amusement park. Not my thing. :P

    tiger4: Well, there’s shopping and eating, as usual. Haha. The shopping has improved quite a bit. Many more stores. There’s also a gaming outlet with PC and console gaming, but it’s like RM15 an hour.

    Kandarp Thaker: Thank you for your comment! But, uh… I don’t get what you mean about “fantastic attitude”.

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    tiger4: Hehe, thanks for the guess. :P

    Kandarp: I see. Thanks for the explanation and… the compliment. lol! The photos were taken either by me or by self-timer. Except the one I was working on my netbook.

    kitkat: Thanks! :)

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