Johor

Doraemon Pop-Up Cafe at Johor Bahru City Square

This pop-up cafe opened as part of the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo and I went to check out the cool character-themed drinks and desserts that they were offering!


Even the table tops had pictures of Doraemon’s gadgets, bordered by the words “DORAEMON CAFE“.

There were several items on the menu and I had initially wanted to order both Sets A and B and share them with my sister. Unfortunately, I was told that Set B wasn’t available, so we ordered two of Set A instead. 😦


The sets come with a choice of drink and it was stated on the menu that you can choose between white coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate but the girl at the counter told us that white coffee wasn’t available!

The next photo shows Set A (Volcano Chocolate Cake and Hot Chocolate) + an additional cup of hot chocolate. Kawaii!! ^_^

At least the kitchen crew had enough initiative to whip up the drinks with different character motifs! (THANKS!! ^_^) We were initially wondering if the latte art designs were fixed to the type of hot beverages as shown on the menu.

This lava cake wasn’t the best that I’ve eaten but at least the chocolate did ooze out when you cut into the cake. I was disappointed that the pancake did not have Doraemon’s face on it! **SIGH** A classic example of what-you-see on the menu (i.e. the photo) not corresponding to what-you-actually-get. 😦

Whilst seated at the table, I noticed that there were slices of Memory Bread, Dorayaki (Doraemon’s favourite food) and some souvenir notebooks available for purchase.

The Dorayaki had Doraemon’s face on it but I didn’t buy this as I wanted to try the version with ice cream (see below) and I probably would have exceeded my dessert quota for the day if I had ordered everything! ;p

The Dorayaki with ice cream comes in several flavours like red bean, strawberry and even durian! Apparently durian is the most popular flavour so I decided to order one to try.

To my disappointment, this dorayaki didn’t have any picture of Doraemon on it and there was only a Doraemon sticker pasted on its wrapper. 😦
The ice cream was of Magnolia/Meadow Gold quality, so overall this dessert was just まあまあ to me.

I couldn’t help buying the Memory Bread as it was something unusual (on second thought, it is probably relatively easy for you to make this at home). When you tear open the packaging, you’ll get a whiff of the fragrance of the biscuit-like bread and it tastes like garlic croutons but with a very light garlicky flavour.

Conclusion:
I’m a sucker for character-themed food! LOL…

Sometimes these character-themed food may taste as good as they look but at times they don’t. Probably if you try the ones made in Japan, you can be ensured of a higher quality of the ingredients and their flavours (but of course they would then be more expensive too!).

Dates of Cafe Operation:
30th August 2014 to 4th January 2015

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“Dinosaurs Alive” Water Theme Park at KSL Resort

**SECURITY ALERT**  Dinosaurs have been spotted prowling the grounds of KSL Resort!

The “Dinosaurs Alive” water theme park officially opened on 5th June 2013 and features 5 realistic animatronic dinosaurs fitted with sensors which make these creatures move when people come into proximity.

You’ll need to walk into the mouth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex to enter the water park.

As you can see, the head is quite huge and I think it could possibly look a little scary to very young children.

This 85-foot long Brachiosaurus spits water at intermittent intervals! Although I was standing outside along the perimeter of the water park, I got wet when the wind blew the spray of water across. See if you can spot any differences in the two pictures below.

 


Admission Charges are RM50 for Adults and RM30 for Children aged 5 to 12 but there is a 50% discount if you have booked a room at the hotel or if you are senior citizens (aged 60 and above). Kids below 5 years of age enter free.


Dress Code – some of the items listed on the “X” list are quite interesting as I’ve never seen them being mentioned at other water theme parks!  LOL…


Another look at the entrance from an elevated viewpoint.


Is it worth visiting?  Look at the next few pictures and you can decide.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of the water theme park. There seem to be very few water slides and most of them are kiddy slides. Thrill seekers would probably be bored here but children below 12 seem to enjoy the place!

Zooming in for a closer look…


LOCATION
7th floor KSL RESORT,
33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad,
Johor Bahru 80250, Malaysia.

Operating Hours of the water theme park:
Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 7pm
Weekends, Public Holidays & School Holidays: 9am to 7pm

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KSL Hotel & Resort

The KSL Hotel & Resort Johor Bahru is the largest integrated resort in Johor, Malaysia. It is conveniently located in the city centre, within a 5-min drive from the Causeway which links Malaysia to Singapore (Woodlands). The resort houses a hotel, numerous well-known food and beverage outlets, fashion boutiques, game arcade, cineplex, Hypermarket (Tesco) and water theme park (more details on this at the end of this post), all under one roof.

Here’s a quick photo tour of the hotel…

Entrance to hotel taken from the driveway.

Note the sign at the entrance. This is the first time I’m seeing a ban against mangosteens!


At the lobby of the hotel.

Guest rooms are located at both Towers 1 and 2 of the hotel. This is the lift lobby for Tower 1.

There is convenient access to the adjacent shopping mall via the entrance located at the hotel lobby.


Here’s a peek at the Superior room…

Complimentary bottles of water are provided during your stay.

In most rooms you can find both a Queen-size bed and a Super Single.

 

I love that they have a rain shower in the bathroom!

 


The view from the hotel window is of the Johor Bahru skyline which is pretty much uninteresting to me as I prefer nature instead of cityscapes.


View of both hotel towers and the swimming pool.


Verdict:
It is a nice hotel and my stay was a pleasant one. The rooms are clean, the bed is comfortable and the staff are friendly. However, just note that if the hotel is running at 98% capacity and there is a conference taking place in the hotel, the wait for the lifts can be a painful experience especially during meal times as the lifts are slow to arrive and cannot take too many people else they will fail. Each tower has only 4 lifts serving the guest rooms. I stayed on the 14th floor and I remember having waited 25 minutes for the lift on one night and they were always full by the time the lift doors opened on my floor, thus I gave up and headed for the fire exit.

Unless you are on a shopping trip, there is nothing much to do in this area but I must say that it is convenient to have a shopping mall and cineplex connected to the hotel.


KSL RESORT
33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad,
Johor Bahru 80250, Malaysia.

Tel:  +607-2882999 / +607-2882666
Fax: +607-2882988

Email: info@kslresorts.com.my

For more info:
Shopping Mall – http://www.kslcity.com.my/
Water Theme Park – “Dinosaurs Alive

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