Reviews

Review: Royal View Hotel

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Booked two (2) Mountain View rooms for four (4nights, 4days).

  • The first night was via CTrip.com
  • The last 3 nights which I actually booked first, were via Agoda.com

The rooms were spacious and neat. The bed was so comfy. It has a flat screen TV but the channels are mostly local. Cable channels does not include any movie.

Has a complimentary items for two – bottled water, coffee, tea, room slippers, toiletries – cotton buds, toothbrush set, and shower cap.

There is also a handy mobile phone in each room. This is really useful since we don’t have internet on our mobile phone, so we used this to access the internet when outside the hotel and also for local and selected international calls for FREE.

The staffs are accommodating, and they speak English. Before going to HK, I even had a number of email exchanges with their Reservations Department (Pinky Leung / reservation@royalview.com.hk) because of my inquiries, and I’m glad they respond promptly. The housekeeping also quickly went to our room when we requested to have our bed sheets changed.

Location: 353 Castle Peak Rd (Ting Kau), Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

  • Last (15th) station from Central MTR station (red line)
  • Takes about 30mins from Central to Tsuen Wan station

If you’re looking for a hotel where you can easily go back to after going out from shopping, this is probably not your place. BUT, if you are not in a very tight schedule, or have a relaxed itinerary, then I could recommend this place.

There is a shuttle from the hotel to the nearest MTR station (Tsuen Wan) for 10HKD per person/per ride. There is a complimentary shuttle stub on our first morning. Shuttle from Tsuen Wan station to the hotel is free.

Taxi fare from hotel to Tsuen Wan station is about 45HKD.

There isn’t a nearby convenience store or restaurant aside from the ones inside the hotel. You need to take a cab to go to the nearest mall.

Here are some photos taken from my phone:

Movie: Like Crazy

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After watching this movie, I’ve been like… crazy… in a good way. Romantic but heartbreaking at the same time.

It made me think that this is not far from real. I think this kind of story happens to some people. More than the long distance relationship, the idea of uncertainty on what will happen next makes is sad.

Truly, what will happen to us in the future depends on our decisions we make today.

Movie: This Means War

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Cast:

I had a good laugh watching this. I could say me and my friend made a right choice when we decided to go for this movie. I won’t talk about the cast since I’m not really a fan of any of them, but just to mention, Chris Pine really looks great while Tom’s accent is hot. 🙂

This Means War is about two CIA agents (best friends) who find themselves going after the same girl. Tuck (Tom) met Lauren (Reese) first through an online dating site. They decided to meet in person. FDR (Chris) concerned about his friend, Tuck to go on a date with a girl he just met on the internet, insisted that he’ll go with him. Tuck agreed but only if FDR will stay at a certain distance, and that he’ll just give him a signal (a phone ring) if he’ll need help or it goes well. Everything went fine with Tuck and Lauren. After their date, Lauren went to a video store where coincidentally FDR has been staying. They met, and FDR instantly got attracted to her.

Fast forward, the best friends found out that they were after the same girl, and made a gentleman’s agreement to have a fair fight. If the girl comes between their friendship, they will stop wooing her. But it’s just hard to keep up with this agreement when love is at stake. They have secretly been battling with each other using the system or whatever CIA strategy they can to know what the other is up to.

Lauren still unaware that the two guys know each other, is having a hard time to decide between them.

In the end, no matter how equal the effort given by these guys may seen, there will always be someone who have a better spot in Lauren’s heart, and that’s ——-. 🙂

I can watch this movie about two times more. 🙂

Movie: The Vow

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Big disappointments come from high expectations… lesson I realized tonight after watching this movie.

I’m a huge fan of Channing Tatum (Dear John) and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook and Time Traveler’s Wife). When I heard they’ll be on the same movie, I got so thrilled and excited for it to be shown. It’s showing since last week, and I so wanted to watch it since then but work and other stuff got into my way. Finally, today I got out of the office (with my co-workers) as early as I could to catch it in the cinema.

The movie is good – it has a story, of course. But it was bland so-to-speak. Not the type that I’ll watch over and over again. Having watched their individual movies: Dear John, The Notebook, and Time Traveler’s Wife, I got really disappointed with The Vow. I was looking for more twists, for more i’d-do-anything-for-love/romantic type of scenes, but there weren’t. I thought I’m gonna shed at least a single drop of tear, but I didn’t. (Lol) I got bored halfway through the film. Not the type of movie I would watch over again.

In the scene, when Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams) coincidentally met at their favorite cafe on a snowy night after getting divorced and not seeing each other for a while, I was telling to my friend “gaad, please, don’t tell me this is the end.” Guess what? It actually is the end.

Movie Nights

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I just noticed that I haven’t watched as many movies as I used to few months ago. Before, me and my friends would go out at least once a week just to watch the latest movies. And that wouldn’t be enough because I’d stay up late just to finish whatever I have in my hard disk. Now, I couldn’t even finish a movie if I’m only watching it in my laptop. Is it because I’m getting older? Or probably just tired from work.

Movie: The Switch

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Another romantic-comedy film starring Jennifer Aniston with Jason Bateman.

I’ll never get enough of rom-com movies. Even if most of the time this type of movie is predictable I can watch it again and again. But this one, hmmm okay I can watch it for the second time, maybe when I catch it being played on cable channel. But that’s just it.

In this movie, Jennifer is a woman who’d like to have a child. Problem is.. she doesn’t have a partner. The solution – get a “seed” donor and have an artificial insemination. Unfortunately her best friend, Jason “hi-jacked” her pregnancy when he got drunk the night that she’s going to get the “seed.” He replaced the “seed” of the donor with his own. Then, the expected happened, Jen got pregnant then moved out of the town to raise her kid. After about 6 or 7 years, she went back to her place now with her son. Now that she’s back, Jason finally realizes and recalls what he did that night he got drunk, and he had to tell Jen about this. Of course, there were some drama because of the lying, but in the end they made a family. Jennifer’s son finally got his dad.

This is not the best of Jennifer’s film. And Jason and the kid were actually the ones who are in the front roles because the movie revolved around them. The kid brought out the humor in here, as he is like the smart-boy who talks and acts like an old-guy.

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Grey’s Anatomy 07.06

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I got surprised on this episode. It’s different. The setting – someone’s taking a video most likely a documentary or a special coverage on who are the surgeons and what do they do in Seattle Grace – Mercy West Hospital few months after the tragic shooting happened.

I didn’t catch some “quotable quotes” this time.

Alex just proved here that he was really suited for peds. The four surgeons – Mark, Owen, Derek, and Callie made a wonderful job giving their patient a new set of arms. It was sad though for Bailey that after what seems to be a successful operation, her patient didn’t wake up. Leaving her patient’s husband to make a hard decision to cut off his wife’s life support.

This episode left me with a few questions:

-Arizona and Callie moving out to Africa – are they leaving Grey’s Anatomy?

-What happened to Avery back when he was trying to revive a patient when they got locked out?

These make me look forward to the succeeding episodes of this season!

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