THE KEY BANGKOK HOTEL AT SUKHUMVIT SOI 19 BANGKOK THAILAND

You may think Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is not as big as it sounds but it’s 1.5 times the size of Penang Island and Mainland combined. However, Bangkok is more densely populated with endless attractions compared to Penang. Thus, it’s great if you know which would be the best location to stay based on your itinerary during your vacation. There may be over thousands of city & riverside hotels, boutique hotels, guesthouses or even hostels to stay in and it can be a little daunting for first-timers in Bangkok. To me, it’s not about the things you planned to do in Bangkok but the knowledge to fully utilize the mass transits to get to your destinations. With over 50 districts in Bangkok, I’ve chosen the district of Watthana with the convenience of having both the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) and the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT Metro) easily available. That’s the reason I’ve checked into The Key Bangkok Hotel.

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The Key, a 3-star hotel, is not much of a lavish hotel with complete facilities, but it’s just the right one for my basic necessities. Most importantly, a hotel has to be clean. Moreover, I realized that the housekeeping team has been a bit too hard working during my 5D4N stay in the hotel by replenishing all the used shampoo bottles, drinking water, beverage sachets and towels on a daily basis (when they stressed that we should try to go green and avoid changing towels daily). Though small in size, the hotel still has a comfortable sitting area with an indoor coffee house and an al fresco area to chill out.

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As for the room, I would say it’s quite spacious for a THB2000++ room with facilities such as a small kitchen (with plates, bowls, cups, glasses and necessary utensils), microwave oven, refrigerator, electric water kettle (complimentary coffee & tea sachets and two bottles of drinking water daily), TV, DVD player, safe deposit box, dressing table, working table, dining table, build-in wardrobe, hairdryer and bath tub with hot showers. Moreover, the washroom came equipped with hair shampoo, body shampoo, spa shampoo, hand wash and hand lotion bottles.

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However, there were two major setbacks in the room. One will be the toilet bowl which is too near to the wall. Thus, it will be quite inconvenient for huge sized house guests to do their “business”. Moreover, the blinds were not overlapping properly, resulting in the feeling of insecurity to prevent peeping toms from the opposite building. On top of that, there was no dish washer in the room. Though the housekeeper will clean up those dirty dishes, it would be great if they can provide that for long term house guests. As for WIFI, it’s not as stable as my personal 3G connection (though my Happy Tourist SIM card was not as smooth as it should be outside the vicinity of the hotel).

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Overall, it’s still a nice place to stay in with minimal sound pollution and the central air-conditioning can be rather cold. Moreover, Terminal 21 is just few minutes of walk away. You can access to a convenience shop right outside the entrance with two more 7-11 shops along the Sukhumvit Soi 19. Restaurants (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Western), street food, cafes, hair salon, gymnasium and massage & spa parlors are scattered everywhere nearby. Without taking the risk of missing my flight (12.00 noon) to get home, the staff was helpful enough to get me a taxi to Don Mueang International Airport for a mere THB400 at 8.30am.

Here are some peeps of what to expect surrounding the vicinity of The Key Bangkok Hotel.

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Name: THE KEY BANGKOK HOTEL
Address: 19-19/1-3 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Klong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Contact: +662 255 5825
GPS: 13.739016, 100.559948

DIRECTIONS:

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From Don Mueang International Airport (DMK): Take A1/A2 bus to Mo Chit Station (BTS Sukhumvit Line). Take the Skytrain to BTS Asoke Station. Use the Skywalk towards Exit 1 and walk downstairs towards Terminal 21. Walk straight towards “The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel”. At the road before the hotel, turn right into Sukhumvit Soi 19 and walk about 70m and you will see the “The Key” after a row of shop houses on your left. The main entrance of the hotel is via a smaller alley.

From Suvarnabhumi International Airport: Take the Airport Rail Link (ARL) to ARL Makkasan Station. Walk to the MRT Phetcheburi Station and use the Subway Train to MRT Sukhumvit Station. Walk towards Exit 3 near the entrance of Terminal 21. Walk straight towards “The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel”. At the road next to the hotel, turn right into Sukhumvit Soi 19 and walk about 70m and you will see the “The Key” after a row of shop houses on your left. The main entrance of the hotel is via a smaller alley.

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Cleanliness: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Noise Pollution: 5/10 (1-4 quiet, 5-7 average, 8-10 noisy)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

 

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GETTING AN EVENT SYSTEMATICALLY PLANNED

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My present public relations and events management company has been getting endless streams of projects to handle recently. Unless you are well equipped with good contacts and great planning, it may sound rather tedious and stressful for many. Can you imagine getting these event planning jobs and each event ended up chaotic? That would be a big blow to the image and reputation of your company.

As each event has its own set of details to attend to, you would need to carefully develop a plan with essential elements and backups as well to make it a success. To make things clearer, let’s take a product launch as an example. Basically, the 4W+1H would play an important part in your planning stage. When? Where? Why? What? How?

When do you think would be the best time to hold the event in order to get the best responses from the public? Do check up if the date selected clashes with any major events. If it does, choose another suitable date instead of hosting a failed event.

Where would be the best venue to hold your product launch? Firstly, you have to identify your target group. Would that be the general public or a selected age group of students? Having determined your target group would allow you to get the best venue to hold your event.

Why do you think that the above two would be ideal? Do you have enough of working days and manpower in order to it well? If not, choose again.

What are the essential elements and items needed for the event? An organizing committee is needed to handle individual category such as logistic, sound and lightings, photography and videography, advertising and promotion, pressmen and press release, gift items, mailing list, RSVP, invited VIP, etc. Each member should be given specific tasks to perform that they are comfortable with. All of them would be required to send their feedback to the chairperson for proper executions of the event.

How to handle confusions and setbacks? There tend to be minor hiccups in most of the events. It could be just anything from a missing speaker to last minute cancellation by your VIP to officiate the event. Well, you need to have a backup in your planning just in case there are some unforeseen situations.

In fact, there are more steps to be taken in order to make any event successful. Just base on the 4W+1H principle and you will get every of your needs accounted for.

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AN ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE DURING A REUNION

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With most of my friends back during the recent festive season, we took the opportunity to hold a reunion cum open house party at one of my friend’s recently bought double-storey semi-detached house. To our amazes, it was one of the most well maintained houses we have ever been to, with not even a speck of dust in sight. The puzzling part was that she would only employ the help of a weekend maid every fortnightly to assist in cleaning up the house.

As a working wife, mother and cook for dinners, how did she manage to cope with the vast space? Magic? Hmm… maybe not as she’s not just like the “Sabrina” I know and I did not see “Salem” the cat around too. Haha! I hope she will reveal to us her secret as my house would really need such a clean environment and I do have some pets running about too.

Ever since junior high school, I have never seen her surrounding to be this super clean unless she had the help of her mother, who was not staying with her that time. After much persuasion from our bunch of good friends, she finally revealed her secret. She relied on the help of her old faithful – the Miele vacuum cleaner to do all the wonders. With barely much effort, she managed to suck up all the unwanted allergens at every loops and corners in the house. What an amazing product! I better get one too as mine did not have the ability to keep my house spotlessly clean.

Anyway, it was indeed a great party as we get to exchange news about our lives since leaving school. Moreover, I had an enlightening experience learning how to be a great household taker in the near future.

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KNOWING THE BEST FOR YOUR CAR AND YOU

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There’s no doubt that buying a car is easy for many people out there but to maintain a car is not as hassle free as one may think. There are many things to take charge of after the purchases such as the changing of engine oil, air filter, car tires replacement and alignment, protecting that shine on your car, renewing of the road tax or even getting the cheapest auto insurance that would suit your needs. Well, your new “babe” would surely need lots of your attention after owning her from now onwards. LOL!

There are a few notes that I would like to stress on while you own a car. Firstly, it the golden rule of “Don’t Drink and Drive”. There’s nothing wrong with having some happy times in life but if you are under the influence of alcohol, it would be better to let someone else sober do the driving instead. If not, just take a cab home and make sure your car is securely locked and appropriately parked.

Secondly, it’s the “Don’t Text & Drive” even if you really need to send an urgent text messaging to just anyone. Pull over your car and park at a safe spot that would not obstruct any traffic and make whatever calls or text messages you would need to do before proceeding to your next destination.

The latest concern by the respective authorities sparked another new distraction while driving. It’s the “Don’t Eat and Drive” policy. Through a recent survey, it was found that many drivers would commit such an act due to their hectic lifestyle. Meals on wheels had become a norm in the lives of many drivers. There have been many reported accident cases caused by the distractions from spilled drinks, ketchups or even falling asleep from a “too heavy meal” while driving. If you intend to eat, do it in a safe spot and not while driving. Make sure you are not drowsy after each meal before driving off.

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RELAXING AT HOME WATCHING ADVENTUROUS MOVIES

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Instead of going out to enjoy the bright and sunny weekend, I decided to stay home for some relaxation after a long week of stressful projects. Slumping on my lazy man’s couch with a bucketful of caramelized popcorns, I decided to watch some adventurous movies on the tube. At least, it would not be as tiring as my usual weekend adventurous trip in search of excitements with my friends. Well, adventurers do need some rest too right? 😛

There was this movie about a family’s plan to explore the continent on a long stretch of holidays. Filling up their rented RV with all the necessary items, they embarked on journey that would always be in their nightmares. They did not realize that renting a cheap recreational vehicle (RV) would not save up some amount of money. Eventually, their vehicle met with lots of complication that their so-called happy holiday ended up disastrous. Thus, they spent more on lodging as their vehicle was at the workshop most of the time.

From this movie, I realized how lucky I am to be able to own my vehicle through some rv financing instead of relying on rented ones. I would say it’s a matter of luck as some older RV indeed would have more breakdowns through the years of wearing and tearing. At least, I don’t have to go through the trauma as experienced by that family. I love my RV!

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