Experience a piece of Thai serenity at The Gateway@KLIA2

 

Ask business travelers whether they enjoy traveling and you will most likely get a shrug of tiredness as a response.  Ask vacationers if they like long layovers in airports and you will most likely see them shaking their heads disapprovingly.  No doubt about it, getting on and off planes, catching another flight, checking-in or waiting for luggages, waiting in transit lounges … if only they could be easier, it could have added more fun to traveling.

Indeed, heeding the call to cushion the effect of long wait and restlessness, or healing stretched muscles walking from one terminal to another, relieve therapy is just around the corner.  Step into Thai Odyssey at The Gateway@KLIA2, and instantly let loose those tensed muscles and soothe them back to their flexibility.

Situated on the first floor, you will not miss the award-winning brand, the most recognisable logo of Thai Odyssey.  As you are about to take the escalator to the check-in counters, you will pass the charm of our facade where its distinctive Thai decor exudes a sense of calmness and serenity.  Even when you exit the Express Rail Link gate, just look up, you will notice the shopfront that prominently displays all things Thai.  The two familiar figurines with the welcoming Wai gesture, with their palms pressed in front of their chests, as if you could already hear them say “Sawaddee ka!”.

Spreading out at 5,000 square feet of floor space, all you need to do is to open up your senses to be pampered in the serene environment.  There are 17 body-contoured reclined weaker chairs for foot massage therapy.  Three of the chairs are in a room exclusively for female customers who require total privacy.  For couples wanting a short break from traveling, there are couple rooms with two massage beds to let you enjoy the therapies without leaving each other’s sight.

For travelers who would like to freshen up with a shower, there are two shower rooms in each of the male and female toilet areas and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis particularly for customers who select the Thai Aromatherapy Massage.  Giving you more time to enjoy the relaxing moment either alone or with a partner, there are aromatherapy rooms which are already equipped with shower facilities.

Taking care of your every need is one of our highest priority.  Even with your luggage, we have prepared a left-luggage service for travelers.  In total peace of mind, you will let go and let us indulge you with scents, sound and satiate your senses till you drift into deep relaxation.  Waking up, you are refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to go that extra mile…

The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 5)

Continued from Part 4 – What are Thai Odyssey’s winning formulas?

Today, massage is very much a part of lifestyle. While 50% of Chuah’s customers come to reap benefits from a stressed mind and body where; “Many customers find that the massage relieves migraines,” says Chuah, “especially with too much time spending in front of the computer and work, massage becomes a passive exercise for many people on-the-go.” The other 50% come in once a week, as part of their lifestyle, a place where people just come to enjoy, relax and rejuvenate.

It’s not just the people between thirties and sixties who enjoy a massage. Thai Odyssey’s outlet in JB sees consistent teenagers come in for a massage. In fact, business there is one of the best, especially over the weekends when Singaporeans come over. “We receive encouraging response in all our outlets; but in JB, during the weekends, customers are willing to queue up patiently for their turn. This itself is quite a surprise to me.”


“If someone were to ask me the key to my success, I would say it is my team.  A team who appreciates our company’s core values, not only the therapists but right down to our wonderful staff who serves tea and clean the outlet or office.  I am lucky that I have a very good team which also comprises of experts and professionals who know the spa industry, with their support and partnership, we have created a successful business. In fact, many workers who started with me 10 years ago are still with me today.  I love my staff and everyone I have the pleasure to work with,” says Chuah simply. “I visit every outlet to ensure I touch base with every one of my staff. We are like a big family and I organise events for everybody to get together. That builds on togetherness and helps make us strong.

With the encouragement I get from my staff, partners and family, it motivates me to want to serve more.  I would also like to express my gratitude to Tan Sri Danny Tan (Founder of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort) for his overwhelming assistance and generous support, who has helped and inspired me to think big and achieve greatness.

When we do CSR events, I do it differently. Besides donating money, I bring my staff to an old folks home, where we sing, dance and give shoulder massages to the elderly. We try to bring joy and companionship and in the same time, create camaraderie among ourselves.”

This article appeared in The Star on 3rd June 2014.

Related article:
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 1)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 2)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 3)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 4) 

An Uplifting Experience in 30 Minutes Thai Odyssey @ Gateway KLIA2

What would you like to do while you wait for your flight?

Get a 30-minute foot massage or have a refreshing shower?

Now, at KLIA2, you can do both!
Flying could be a strain for many frequent airports commuter. Even leisure travelers may find it a pressure when there are so many things to do before and after a flight.

Stress in flying is common given the physical and psychological strain especially rushing to the airport through traffic, moving luggage around the departure and arrival halls. Even after checking in, or boarded the flight, due to lack of space, minimal movement, lack of sleep, oxygen and water, unsurprisingly, there are many people who sigh and wish for some reliefs.

In Thai Odyssey, we hear you. With ten years experience in the business of providing you with relaxation and rejuvenation since 2004, we want to continue to serve you with a serene environment and a tranquil atmosphere for everyone to calmly rest and breathe. In May, 2014, we took flight again with our 38th outlet in KLIA2, decorating it to accommodate everyone’s request and to fulfill a desire – a yearning for a quiet respite …

Thai Odyssey at Gateway KLIA2 is one of our largest spa and massage outlets, occupying over 5,000 sq ft of retail space. Retaining our usual Thai-inspired decor and soothing ambience, again, we bring you into a world of serenity, where heaven and earth interspersed among the chatters of the outside world. Step in and revisit an ancient calling for the harmonious consciousness of peace and stillness.

Enjoy an extension of our much talked-about exemplary services by our expert therapists with the supplementary in-house facilities that are only available at Thai Odyssey @ Gateway KLIA2;

1. There are 19 foot massage chairs and a team around 20 expert therapists. At any one time, 19 customers can have their 30-minute Thai Foot Massage for a body-mind-spirit relaxation;

2. If you have a longer time to relax, book a 60-minute Thai Aromatherapy Massage and use one of our 3 Aromatherapy Rooms;

3. Bathrooms are available for a refreshing shower; 3 for women and 3 for men, a total of 6 shower rooms;


4. Complimentary left luggage facility for our customers;

5. Sit back in an aromatic scented customers waiting area with soothing piped-in music and enjoy our specially blended herbal tea while you loosen up and wind down.

Thai Odyssey @ Gateway KLIA2 is the second largest outlet and it is designed with the space and facilities to cater to the needs of travelers. May it be your first time taking a flight or as frequent traveler, lounge in with us and let your senses take flight … to an uplifting experience!

3 Extra-Special Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day


After celebrating Mother’s Day in May, are we looking forward to give our dads a treat too? Undoubtedly, this will be a special time we want to spend with the man of the house. Prepping ourselves for a fun weekend with our energetic dads, we will give him a surprise with some specially selected gifts. Maybe the best gift is to tell him a story, as he has told us for so many years. The story is about Father’s Day.

There are many versions about the origins of Father’s Day. One story dates back 4,000 years ago in Babylon where a young boy named Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card that was made of clay. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and longevity. There was no evidence to show what happened to Elmesu and his father, but the tradition to celebrate Father’s Day remained in several countries.

Another version which is closer to our time started in 1909. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd who lived in Spokane, Washington in America heard a Mother’s Day sermon by Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, when she was 27. Sonora thought to herself: if there is a day for Mothers, then there should be a day to celebrated Fathers’ contribution as well.

Sonora’s mother died during childbirth and her father raised the newborn with five other children with love and care. Inspired by Anna Jarvis’s struggle to promote Mother’s Day, Sonora worked her way up to get the endorsement for Father’s Day. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local YMCA supported her cause. President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea in 1916. It was not until five decades later, in 1966, that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.


As June approaches, we scratch our heads to ask: What will dad like? Thinking of all the activities dad has done over the past years, there may be the hiking, fishing or simply just lazing at home playing games, there must be something dad likes to have.

These are three simple extraordinary gifts for the coolest man:

A Cookbook
For dad who cooks your dinner and wipe the dipping sauce from your cutest (he said so!) chin, get him a full illustrated, colorful cookbook. This will give him better ideas to prepare more meals to enjoy at home.

A Gift Card
Man likes to be in control, so is dad. Make things simple, just get him a gift card. It can be for books, to download apps, music and games. It’s even a greater idea to get him a Thai Odyssey’s Gift Card for him to get a relaxing massage of his choice.

An Electronic Gadget
Get your e-savvy dad a new tablet, a new smart phone or a new health gadget. For your dad who reads a lot, get him a new e-book reader so that he can carry his whole library of books in his pocket when he travels.

 

 

 

Mother's Day

Come May, it will be the annual celebration for the one person we love the most – our mothers. It’s Mother’s Day.

In the UK, it is traditionally called Mothering Sunday. As it was started as a religious event, the celebration happened on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Its religious origins are believed to date back to Roman times when a festival was held in mid-March to honor Cybele, the mother goddess. Later, to continue the mother-themed celebration in Europe and Britain, the festival was held to honor the Virgin Mary and the ‘mother church’.

As Mother’s Day is now celebrated worldwide but on different dates, the person recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in US is Anna Jarvis. She is never married and had no kids, but her effort in working so hard to bestow honor on all mothers was indeed a great feat.

Anna Jarvis was inspired by her own mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis when she was a child. Anna grew up watching her mother worked tirelessly as activist and as a social worker. Mrs Jarvis constantly expressed her desire to honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to their contributions.


Anna, as a loving daughter, remembered her mother’s desire when her mother died in 1905. With the growing negligent of American adults towards their mothers, Anna showed her love of her mother by sending carnations in a church service in Grafton, West Virginia. With people observing her love for her mother, supporters began writing letters to people and lobbied for the official declaration of Mother’s Day. Anna’s hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

As Mother’s Day draws near, let us suggest 3 ways how to you can give your mother a day of relaxation and fun:

Give your mother a Spa-tacular massage and pampering day
Buy your mother a Thai Odyssey’s Gift Certificate and let her be taken care of and pampered by our expert therapists. Let her feel rejuvenated and reenergized with our signature Ultimate Thai Odyssey package.


Have a girl’s day out with mother

Take the whole day off and enjoy with your mother. Go crazy! Have loads of fun, color your toes and nails, get a pedicure and manicure, then gulp down some tea time snacks and lets go watch a movie.


Go on a family day cruise

Maybe your mother has dreamt of being on a Love Boat. Make her dream come true. Book her onto a day cruise and get her sailing into the blue yonder for a day while she enjoys all the facilities on board.

Go ahead, make her a Queen. Let her know she is the most loved person in the whole wide world.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014!


Bonus: Enhance Mother’s Day celebration with our 10th Anniversary Promotion!

Water Water Everywhere – It’s Songkran!

The Thailand water festival, or Songkran, is a New Year celebration in the country.  Customarily, Songkran is celebrated with the belief that, with water, it cleanses, purifies and signifies a fresh start to everything.  As with Asian traditions all over the world, before the beginning of a new lunar calendar, people celebrating the Lunar New Year festival are often advised to wash away their past or ‘bad’ chi by spring cleaning their houses.

Religiously, to start the day of Songkran, there will be bathing ritual for the Buddha images with scented water.  The ‘blessed water’ that was used to bathe the images is now used to pour onto someone’s palms, especially the elders’.  This is a way of paying respect and it is believed to bring good fortune.

Over the years, however, the pouring of water has become the throwing or splashing of water in the streets.  People from all over the world gather in Thailand for the carnival-gala good-natured fun.  Thais even walk with pails and water guns, some will stand beside the roads with a hose and shoot water at people passing by.  In fact, because Songkran is celebrated in April, the water splashing does not hurt at all as it is the hottest part of the year in Thailand, getting wet is refreshing after all.

The word Songkran, in Sanskrit, means the passage of the sun moving from one Zodiac sign to the next.  There are supposedly twelve Songkrans each year, but the most significant has to be the sun entering the first sign of the Zodiac, which is the sign of Aries, the Ram.  The date was originally set by astrological calculations, but it is now fixed on 13 April, and Songkran is celebrated officially as Thai New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April every year.

Songkran celebrations are organized throughout Thailand while some cities take it a notch higher with activities and events that run for a week or more.  If you want to be in the centre of all the happenings, do book your accommodation and arrive a few days earlier at places like Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok.  These cities will be clogged up to full capacity in April.

3 ways to celebrate Thailand Water Festival with Fun!


1. Know that you will get wet – and drenched!  Have FUN and LAUGH anyway.

 


2. Waterproof your valuable electronic devices such as phones and cameras to keep them dry while you are being splashed.

 


3. Get a bucket, buy or get an empty bucket free.  If you like more fun, get a water gun – and start shooting back!

It’s all about getting wet and be merry.  When you are drenched, put on your biggest smile and make peace, just give a shout out: “Sah-wah-dee pee mai” (Happy New Year!) or “Suke Sahn Wahn Song Kran” (Happy Songkran Day!).

From all of us in Thai Odyssey, Suke Sahn Wahn Song Kran!


 

What's Happening in Thai Odyssey…..

“What can we do to practice R.E.A.L.?”
“How can we add values to the lives of people we know?”
“What can we do to increase happiness?”

It was coming to the end of a fantastic year of 2013, and those were the questions we asked when we were figuring out what to do to close the year with a bang.  There were suggestions about going for a short trip, getting gifts for everyone and having a staff team building event.  As we were running out of ideas, someone stood up and said,

“Let’s sing for the kids.”

Immediately, we could feel that everyone in the conference room became more energetic.  Everyone was smiling and started sharing ideas.  At last, we decided to form a choir group and since it was the end of the year, we will all practice and dance to Christmas tunes.  All set and we were excited to perform.

This movement to increase joy and happiness at work was started when Thai Odyssey re-evaluated the company’s core values.   As we provide the best relaxing escapade for our customers, we realize that internally, we want to elevate the feelings of love and care amongst the staff too.  In line with this belief, we coined our core values with this acronym,
R.E.A.L – Responsibility, Efficiency, Appreciation and Love.

Our first few projects to ignite camaraderie were to perform songs and dance to the beautiful people at Rumah Victory Elderly Home and the kids at Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman.

More than 70 staff from lower to upper management, including some therapists, took part in these charity events.  The most memorable was the singing together as we held hands and sang in unison to the spirit of Yuletide.

We chatted with grandpas and grandmas, and we clowned around with the kids.  We ended the evening with a dinner gathering at Silver Spoon in Publika where we celebrated everyone’s hard work and dedication to the charity projects.

As we settled into the night, feeling contented for bringing heaps of happiness and joy to the people around us, we felt a strong sense of achievement.  This is going to continue to inspire us to put love first in all the things we do.  And we look forward to more merry moments together as colleagues, as partners and as friends.

4 Ways To Create Happy Homes

When you are feeling down, don’t you feel that you want to go home?  When you are tired traveling, don’t you always feel that home is still the best place in the world?  You can get a house anywhere you wish, but when you make it your home, you would always want to come back.

Home is the sanctuary.  It is a sacred and protected place, originating from the latin word “sanctum”, which means an inviolably private place where you take refuge and retreat from all that you are obliged to do for the day.  As such, a home or room, even if it is a small corner, can be created to give you peace and solace.

These are four easy ways you can create a peaceful and happy place you can call home:

 

1. Clear The Clutter

Stuff that no longer serves, you have to either dispose of them or give them away to people who will need them more than you.  When you are able to de-clutter your home, you will feel less burdened and experience bliss.

 

 

2. Make Your Bed

Simple as it may sound, it really is a happiness determinant marker.  In a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, 71% of bed makers consider themselves happy; while 62% of non-bed-makers reported being unhappy.  Bed-makers are also more likely to like their jobs, exercise regularly and feel well rested.  They are even more successful and happy as compared to their rumple-sheeted peers.

 

3. Create A Serene Corner

It’s not the size of the house or the room that makes someone happy.  If you have too many things going around in your house with kids and grown-ups, you may want to look for a place where you call it your “Serene Corner”.  You can have it tagged and tell everyone to respect your serenity when you go to this corner to read a book or just to sit quietly for a while.

 

4. Use Soft Color Tones

If you have your walls painted in white, then you can choose soft pastel color shades for your windows.  Add soft patterns to your furniture with lace or an easy throw for coziness.  Be creative and choose fabric or paint with colors that make you feel relaxed and peaceful. By the end of the day when you are home, think of what you would like to feel then, and decide on the colors that match that feeling you want.

 

Take time to think about how you want to feel when you are at home.  Would you want more relaxing time or the time to play?  Even if you play with your kids at home, how would you like the relationships to be, would everyone be in a competitive mood or be happily creative?  Starting now, you can choose how you want it, visualize it and create the condition you want.  And let it become the place you will want to go home to.

 

Be Better, Be Happier, Be Important – The 3 New To-Do List for 2014

As we step into 2014, it may be a good time now to give yourself some time to find out why time has flown. To some of us who are feeling the over-stress and overwork syndrome, or to some of us who are seeking the meaning of life, asking “Why am I here?” or “What is life?”, it’s good that we get ready a cup of tea, sit back and let’s give ourselves the precious time to reflect.

Making new year resolution is one of the ways to let you start thinking and exerting effort to move towards your dream. It keeps you on the right track, creates order and direction for your life. With work pressures and family-relationship demands, you tend to forget about putting yourself first. You give to everyone their time and satisfy everyone’s dreams and fancies but yours. You work out their schedules but yours. You attend to their needs but yours. This year, make it a year to satisfy your needs first. As you are happier, achieving what you want, then you can give 100% to others of what they want.

Let’s get started!  Instead of harping on the same issues of weight-loss plan and exercising, let’s categorise the to-do list which includes the following:

“What can I do better?” List;

“How can I be happier?” List; and

“What’s important to me?” List.

“What can I do better?”

This year, improve your abilities and learn a new skill.  If you are a Secretary, would you like to learn to use a new software?  As a mother, would you bake or start a home-based business?  As a professional, would you like to improve your skills by going to a world-class convention?  To speak better, would you join a communication workshop or join a Club?

“How can I be happier?”

This year, make a decision to be happy.  Learn to use positive affirmation every morning to start the day.  Say, “I’m happy and everyone is happy.”  Choose to smile often.  Make a reservation now to go on your dream holiday, don’t wait.  Sign up for the dance class you’ve always been thinking about.  Remove from the dust infested drawer with your drawing or musical instruments and play.  Get out your calendar and mark all the dates where you will go ahead and fulfil all your wishes.  Just do it, right now!

“What’s important to me?”

Under this list, you may want to write the names of your loved ones.  Beside each name, you can create another to-do list with the person who is important to you.  If there are things which are important to you, list them down, and beside each item, tell yourself how important this item is to you.  How would you like to improve the use of the item?  For example, memories are best kept in pictures, you can learn how to create photo books for your loved ones, accompany with a well-written story and a record for posterity.

In 2014, make it a year you begin tolove Yourself all over again.  Look into what make you YOU, and share with the world the new YOU who is happier, better and having greater self-esteem.

To you, the happy one, Happy New Year 2014!

Vacation in Koh Samui, suitable for all groups of people

How to get to Koh Samui, your haven of relaxation and calmness?

Did I hear that you want to play golf on an island amidst swaying coconut trees?  Did I also hear that your husband is asking for that promise you’ve made about the half day pampering spa treatment?  And didn’t you tell your teenage children that they are allowed to party the night’s out once they get good grades?

There is one place that is not too far away from Kuala Lumpur where everyone’s dreams or promises can be fulfilled.  A place where mum and dad can also tuck into their own romantic getaway. This place is the idyllic sun drenched island of Koh Samui, which means ‘safe haven’ and Koh is ‘island’ in Thai.

Maybe the gods have extra fondness with Koh Samui where they bestowed it with such beauty and magnificence that once you are there, you naturally submerge in its calmness and charms.

What are there on the island that will soothe the soul, calm the mind and nourish every cell in the body?  Let’s take three activities that will satisfy the Young, the Adventurer and the Vacationer:

 For the Young (and all the forever-young)

Take a closer look at Samui’s steaming street-side food stalls and choose everything from fruit shake to pancake roti, try to list your favourite top ten padthai or challenge your friend to a street muay thai, not the fight but the cocktail drink.  Check out the much talked about full moon party on the island or at Koh Phangan, another small island off the coast of Koh Samui.  You will never get to sleep once you are having fun.

 For the Adventurer (and the intrepid traveller)

Choose your kind of adventure, it could be a quiet meditation at one of the many Buddhist temples situated on the island or you could backpack to one of the shanties right down at the quieter stretch of sand in Bo Phut or Lamai, instead of the tourist packed resorts and shopping streets over in Chaweng area.  For more rustic adventure, head on to Ang Thong National Marine Park on a canoe.  When you are there, explore the caves and the underwater sights snorkelling while keeping your eyes open for dolphins and sea turtles.

 For the Vacationer (and Parents)

Samui is known as the health centre of the region for many justifiable reasons.  You will find a myriad of award winning all-star spa resorts to pamper your senses.  These are world class excellent spas located at secluded and private locales that are only accessible for people who truly want to enjoy peace and harmony.  Just relax while you are there, to enjoy your time to breathe in as you stretch in various yoga positions or just allow your muscles to be kneaded and caressed as you sink deeper into relaxation.  The breeze will bring you to slumber as you rejuvenate in total luxury and comfort.

To get to Koh Samui from Kuala Lumpur, there are inexpensive transportation by air.  Check out Air Asia or Firefly (operated by Malaysia Airlines) for the best fares.  Highly recommended will be Firefly because they fly you directly onto the island.  On Air Asia, you will arrive at the nearest town, Surat Thani, take a cab or a bus to get you to the pier in about two hours, then a ferry ride to the island in one and a half hour.  By the time you arrive at Chaweng area where most of the tourists book their resorts stay, it would have been a four-hour journey from Surat Thani.  With Firefly, when you alight, you are just 5-minutes cab-ride to Chaweng area.

It really doesn’t matter, whichever way you choose to arrive at Koh Samui, once you are there, you will immediately feel relaxed.  All you want to do is lay back and listen to the lull of the ocean.