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The Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Experience Post Mortem

Disclaimer: While the costs of the trip was covered by MTV Asia (I think), all comments and opinions are in NO WAY dictated by MTV Asia or Aloft Kuala Lumpur/Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Once again, I would like to thank the awesome and nice people at MTV Asia and Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral (Aloft KL Sentral) for the brilliant weekend stay.

With that sorted, here we go with some highlights of the Aloft KL Sentral hotel for me.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

As I have mentioned in my previous post about the “Live at Aloft Hotels” post, I practically missed like the whole set for The Light Fantastic because of the flight delay out of Singapore and a mess up at the baggage claim in KLIA. Booooo.

It was quite a shame really, the W XYZ bar is really very nice and cozy. Very good for an intimate acoustic session.

Anyway, when I got into the room, I was greeted by this (ignore my bags, lol):

Aloft KL Sentral

Aloft KL Sentral

Aloft KL Sentral

Check out the view of my room:

Aloft KL Sentral

Aloft KL Sentral

The first thing I noticed about the room was how spacious it was. Also, I really like how the entire hotel and rooms are have a modern, clean and sleek finishing. Also, I couldn’t help noticing how well designed the room was and how there were so many power sockets placed in convenient spots for you to charge your mobile devices.

Aloft KL Sentral

There’s also a whole bunch of plugs at the wall where you can borrow the cable from the “Aloha Desk” (ie front desk) to watch stuff from your mobile devices on the TV in the room.

Also, I like the toilet design as well. I don’t have a good photo of the toilet because I can’t get a good angle but really, I really like the space utilization in toilet area a lot. However, I didn’t really like how the clothing rack bar was perpendicular to the width to the wardrobe. It wasn’t very functional at that position. Would have preferred for the bar to be parallel to the width instead.

HINT: you can actually request for a room of different artwork if you have been a guest with Aloft KL Sentral previously!

After I was done settling into my room, I popped down to Nook, the in-house restaurant for a late dinner.

Nook @ Aloft KL Sentral

A “cabin” @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral. Fun fact: the green carpet in the “cabins” are made from horse fur, the most durable carpet material in the world.

In the 4 days and 3 nights stay at Aloft KL Sentral, I tried various items on the food menu and I highly recommend the Wagyu Beef Rendang (RM 48.00 nett) and the Sarawak Laksa (RM26.00 ~ RM28.00 nett or so, I forgot). I’m drooling as I type the names of the dish. I am not kidding. It is really, really that good.

Wagyu Beef Rendang @ Aloft KL Sentral

Wagyu Beef Rendang @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral

 

Sarawak Laksa @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral

Sarawak Laksa @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral. This organic saba noodles version is from the special menu.

HINT: There a special/secret menu at Nook where you can try their award winning dish: Smoked scallop semai sushi duck confit.

Special Menu @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral

Special Menu @ Nook, Aloft KL Sentral

Click on the image of the menu to see the full res version of the menu. I really like the organic saba noodle version of the Sarawak Laksa. Soooo gooooood. And just so you know, if you want to try this special menu, it’s best to order at least a day in advance because the duck confit takes about 4 hours to prepare.

Another highlight of the Aloft Hotel for me was the infinity pool on the rooftop.

Pool @ Aloft KL Sentral

Pool @ Aloft KL Sentral

The place looks AMAZING in the day. Check out it out at night!

Pool @ Aloft KL Sentral

Pool @ Aloft KL Sentral

Breathtaking isn’t it? Also, at night, the rooftop bar, Mai Bar comes alive and you can choose to chill by the pool or in the pool.

Mai Bar @ Aloft KL Sentral

Decor of Mai Bar @ Aloft KL Sentral

In all, I think Aloft KL Sentral is amazing! How the whole hotel is wifi enabled with free wifi definitely is a very large plus point in me coming to this conclusion. LOL.

Besides, it is a really good place to stay if you want to have a chilled-out getaway from Singapore. The environment surrounding KL Sentral isn’t as noisy and messy like the Bukit Bintang/KLCC area. It is also really convenient to get there as it is just a 28 minute KLIA Express (RM 35.00 one way) ride from KLIA.

If you want to go shop for a bit, KLCC is just 4 or 5 stops away by Putra (RM 1.60 one way), Mid-Valley is 1 stop away (RM 1.00 one way) by KTM and Bukit Bintang is a few stops away via the Monorail.

Definitely a place I’d recommend if you want a quick getaway with a few friends or if you are a family unit with kids in the primary school age.

For more information, go check out the Aloft KL Sentral official website: www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com.

“Live at Aloft Hotels” Amplified by MTV at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Post Mortem

First up, I must thank the awesome and nice people at MTV Asia (Viacom International Media Networks, Viacom Inc) and Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) for the invitation to head up to the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral (Aloft KL Sentral) to experience the kick-start of the “Live at Aloft Hotels” collaboration between MTV and Aloft Hotels.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

However, due to a flight delay, I missed most of the set by The Light Fantastic, a malaysian female duo. Booo. I actually only arrived at the hotel in time to see them do their last 2 songs.

Live at Aloft Hotels: The Light Fantastic

Live at Aloft Hotels: The Light Fantastic

Oh well. You guys can go check out The Light Fantastic at the W XYZ bar (Ground Floor) every Friday from 7.00 – 9.00 pm.

W XYZ bar @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

W XYZ bar @ Aloft KL Sentral

That said, the W XYZ bar is pretty cool. If you want to just chill/hang out with your friends, they have games lying around the place which you can play. It’s really cozy.

W XYZ bar @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

W XYZ bar @ Aloft KL Sentral

W XYZ bar @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

W XYZ bar @ Aloft KL Sentral

The highlight amongst all the games that they have placed in various places of the ground floor is the Kinect console at the lift lobby.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft KL Sentral

In line with the Aloft Hotels collaboration with MTV, they loaded “Just Dance 4″ into the XBox console. And needless to say, it is very hard to resist not trying to play a song or two before you take the lift up to your room to retire for the night when you come back from wherever in the day.

I don’t know really know how to explain this but there’s a very interesting thing that goes on around the Xbox Kinect at most times of the day.

Most people would feel very shy about playing “Just Dance 4″ in a public space but when they see no one/not many people around, they give it a go and the next thing you know, people will start gathering behind the player(s). Haha.

On the Friday night that I arrived, I saw some guys in office wear who came to the hotel for some drinks at the rooftop bar and then they started playing “Just Dance 4″. It was quite an entertaining sight I must say. Hahaha. I was so temped to make an Instavid of them but I dropped the idea in the end so as not to invade into their privacy.

So yes, you can pop into the Aloft Hotel lobby to lounge/chill at the W XYZ bar or give the Kinect a go if you have a few hours to spare; especially if you are en route to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport via KL Sentral.

Aloft KL Sentral is right beside the KL Sentral building. Just look for the KLIA Ekpress Departure Hall, EXIT the building and turn LEFT. Aloft KL Sentral is across the street. Check out the map as well.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft KL Sentral

Or if you prefer to check on Google Maps, here’s their address: 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470, Kuala Lumpur.

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 Post Mortem

worldstage-malaysia-2013

The MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 can be summarised like this: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! BRING IT ON WORLD STAGE 2014!!!!!

Despite the varying degrees of rain throughout the taping of the whole concert, the energy of the crowd never waned and I had a totally rocking time singing, fan chanting and dancing along to Joe Flizzow, EXO, Far East Movement and Robin Thicke.

I’ve been to countless number of concerts and music festivals and awards/concert recordings so I know what kinds of delays are normal and overall, I have absolutely no complains about the MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 at all.

And for the record, I’m not saying all these good stuff because the cool people at MTV Asia gave me the media pass + VIP tickets for the event. In fact, I went out of the VIP area to squeeze with you guys near the front of the stage. So it is what it is.

My only gripe about the MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 was the rain and the number of people smoking in the audience (which MTV Asia cannot control sadly). Other than that, it was pretty flawless as an event. Quite close to the standards (and delays) I’ve experienced at the concert recording of the Eminem’s Shady Convention in Roseland Ballroom, NYC back in 2004 for Sirius Radio.

Joe Flizzow (photo: MTV Asia & Kristian Dowling)

Joe Flizzow (photo: MTV Asia & Kristian Dowling)

Malaysian homeboy Joe Flizzow opened the show at 7.30 pm with his set of about 20 minutes or so. I must admit that I have zero knowledge of Joe Flizzow but I was impressed by his stage presence and showmanship. Even though I had absolutely no idea what he was rapping about in Malay, I was bopping and grooving along to the beats. Pretty infectious man. Well done!

Joe Flizzow’s set list:

  • Iller Iller
  • Untukmu
  • All Around My World
  • Havoc
  • Who Do It Better

At around 8.10 pm, South Korean – Chinese Kpop Idol group EXO took to the stage much to the happiness of all the kpop fan girls and boys in the audience.

EXO (photo: MTV Asia + Kristian Dowling)

EXO (photo: MTV Asia + Kristian Dowling)

I won’t deny that I kinda like EXO (but I still love my Super Junior boys way more). This is my second time watching EXO live and once again, I thank the cool people at MTV Asia for giving me this opportunity to watch EXO at such proximity. I was too far behind at SM Town Singapore to get a good look at EXO’s performance.

EXO has definitely got all the slick moves and all which they delivered no less from what I expected from them during their 20 minutes or so set. However, I find that they still lack the stage confidence and experience when it comes to interacting with the audience. It was especially obvious (to me) during their ment and when they were performing 365 (which doesn’t have any choreography). Regardless, it is perfectly normal since they are still rookies who have only been around for 1+ year. No big deal. I definitely expect to see improvements from them the next time I see them live.

EXO’s set list:

  • Wolf
  • History
  • 365
  • Growl
Far East Movement (photo: MTV Asia + Kristian Dowling)

Far East Movement (photo: MTV Asia + Kristian Dowling)

Far East Movement then took to the stage at around 8.45 pm and practically did a 12 song medley as follows:

  • Ain’t Coming Down X Wild Things,
  • Like a G6,
  • Illest
  • So What
  • If I was You
  • Jello
  • Change Your Life
  • Rocket
  • Get Up (Rattle)
  • Rocketeer
  • Live My Life

The moment Far East Movement hit the stage, it was just one big party and everyone was just dancing and jumping throughout the entire set. Even though it was raining, all the rainwater did not cool everyone much in the massive crowd with all that body heat.

I thought it was pretty cool when J-Splif did something with the iPads. I couldn’t see very well what was going on from where I was but I just saw the iPads. Haha. I guess I should watch the broadcast of the MTV World Stage again on MTV Asia when it airs (like tomorrow, 11 September 2013 at 10.00 pm (SG/HK/PH), 11.00 pm (MAL) and 9.00 pm (TH/WIB)). I also saw a huge rubber ducky being tossed around in the audience as well. So random. LOL.

The Far East Movement dudes also did a tribute to the Beastie Boys in their set before closing their 45-minute set with “Turn Up The Love”.

So damn awesome fun!!

And then, HEY HEY HEY!! The hottest man of the the Summer of 2013, Mr Robin Thicke came on to burn up the stage at 10.05 pm.

Robin Thick (photo: MTV Asia + Lucas Lau)

Robin Thick (photo: MTV Asia + Lucas Lau)

Robin Thicke kicked off his set with “Give It 2 U” but barely 4 bars into the song, he suddenly stopped his performance because of some technical issue. I’m not sure what the issue is because everything looked and sounded perfect to me.

And while waiting for whatever issue it is to be fixed, Robin Thicke worked the crowd and sang “Blurred Lines” a capella. Whoooo!! I’m not sure if that bit will be shown at broadcast but here’s an Instavid I took of the a capella performance: Robin Thicke singing Blurred Lines a capella. (They didn’t allow even compact cameras so my iPhone was all I had. Sorry!) How AWESOME does he sound?!?!

Fortunately, the issue was quickly declared resolved shortly after and Robin Thicke’s set restarted without any further hitches for the rest of his flawless 50 minutes set.

I think that Robin Thicke is truly deserving of his success with “Blurred Lines”. He has clearly worked hard and is enjoying the fruits of his hard work and perseverance now. It was pretty touching when he said, “I’m prove that dreams do come true… It just takes a little bit longer for some people… Don’t ever give up on your dreams people.”

To side track a little, while I was exploring Sunway Lagoon the night before the concert, I found a corner where I can see the stage and I saw something going on and being the stalkerazzi that I am, I whipped out my camera and zoomed in for a closer look. It turns out that it was Robin Thicke doing sound check.

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

What I saw was amazing; I saw Robin Thicke in a black(?) t-shirt and jeans talking to everyone on the stage and directing people around on what he wanted and I even saw him picking up the fans on the stage and rearranging them around personally!

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

Robin Thicke MTV World Stage 2013 Sound Check

It was from that few minutes of the sound check that I watched which made me realise how hands-on Robin Thicke is and how much of the work and music that we seen of “Robin Thicke” is from the man himself. KUDOS!

Robin Thicke’s set list:

  • Give It 2 U
  • Take It Easy on Me
  • Feel Good
  • Dream World
  • Oh Shooter (with a mash up ending of Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright)
  • Lost Without U
  • Shaking It For Daddy
  • Blurred Lines
  • Clique (a bit of it before he left the stage)

This is the low down of the MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 and I truly had a great time. I’m already looking forward to the 2014 edition. :)

You can catch the “Live Cut” of MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 at MTV Asia on 11 September 2013, at 9.00 pm (TH/WIB), 10.00 pm (SG/HK/PH) and 11.00 pm (MAL). This is a ONE TIME broadcast so don’t miss it!!

The full show (ie edited version) will premiere on 21 September 2013 at 10.30 am (TH/WIB), 11.30 am (SG/HK/PH) and 12.30 pm (MAL).

I’ll upload the large resolutions of the concert photos to the Facebook page in a while. Will update this post with the link when it’s up.