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March 17, 2017

JB: Gianni's Trattoria

The place

We were looking around for a place that was opened at 9:30pm around that area, and found this small, quaint restaurant tucked along a pretty quiet street. There's Seven Oaks a stores down, which opens later, but we wanted decent Italian food, so here goes.


Mushroom Soup (RM21)

Salmon Caviar Pizza (RM42)

Seafood Linguine (RM51)

The food, by JB standards, is slightly more expensive than normal. I mean, approximately SGD7 is somewhat similar to a price you'd pay in Singapore. But the portion is definitely larger.

The pizza is a must-order. They have a wood-fired placed at the bar area of the restaurant, so you can see the chef putting the pizzas into the blazing fire.

The prawns are big and fresh. Though pasta was slightly bland, it was saved by the delicious pizza.

Service is reasonable, the ambiance is good. But if you're looking for Italian food, this might be the place.


Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Ambiance: 3/5
Overall: 3
[1- Never visit again, 2-Won't visit unless there's no other option, 3-Perhaps, 4 & 5- Yes!]

Good for? Couples


About it:
Gianni's Trattoria
Address: 110, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

BTO Reno Journey: Customizing and Making Korean Combination Roller Blinds on EzBuy Prime service

Yes, after surveying the local market for prices and the types of blinds, we're decided to take a gamble...and buy on Taobao, via EzBuy Prime service of course! Since shipping is free (practically!) via Prime, the reviews on the listings are good, seller was quite responsive to my enquiries, and most importantly, the price, design and quality are great, we went ahead and made an order.

You can ask for free samples from the seller and use EzBuy's Ship-for-me service to receive the parcel.

How are the samples look like:

We measured the dimensions ourselves, told the seller the color we want, how many panels. They then told us the price, and I told him my friend (aka Prime) will be making the order and payment for me. So I typed into the comments section with my ID and conversation with the seller, and Prime did the necessary arrangements for me. Voila, and it was ready in a week! Only Prime EzBuy shipping will take awhile, as the parcels are considered bulky.

Price of Korean Combination Roller Blinds for:
3 bedrooms (same size): SGD 4xx
Living room: SGD 2xx
Prime fee: SGD 2.99
Home Delivery: SGD 8.00
Total: SGD 6xx

Some photos of the arrived goods:

Matching the sample with the real stuff...

Installed and looking good!

Feel free to ask us any questions you might have! :)

March 3, 2017

Bali: Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta

The Lobby

The receptionists were very friendly, and we were served some ice popsicles as our welcome refreshments. Very interesting. 

Deluxe Lagoon Access Room

Shower. No rain shower, very basic.

The room is spacious, with a strong Balinese theme to it. We were very excited with the pool access, but was disappointed to find out you can only access the pool from the morning till evening. Oh well, the water was too cold anyway. :)

The pool deck, right beside the room

With all the floating beanbags, we finally got the chance to jump into the pool and chill the morning away. Perfect photo moments.

Shuttle bus schedule for hotel guests

There could be more timings though, as it isn't easy to hail for cabs due to the hotel's location. You can try hailing Grab or Uber, but do so discreetly. 

Restaurant- the al fresco section


Making our own eggs on brioche...

Just some pics of their fancy restroom

There was a good spread during the morning buffet, and the servers are pretty friendly. 

What we think:
Other than the location being slightly difficult to access, as it's situated on a narrow road. It took quite a while for the cabs to horn incoming traffic and slowly chug in. Other than that, the place is great for travellers who want to stay at a well-known hotel group, at a lower cost.

Is it worthwhile to book the Pool Access room? Well, if you intend to explore the rest of Bali, it might not be worth the money, as your room curtains has to be constantly drawn, as other guests can swim over to your room. Which means you can't really have a pool view when you are in the room. But the cost was quite comparable to the regular rooms, so we thought we'd have a try staying at such rooms :)