With 2019 just around the corner, everyone is scrambling to make plans on how to welcome the New Year. If you are clueless on what to do on the Eve, here are a few ideas to help you usher in 2019…
For The Revellers – Visit A Local Fireworks Event
Nothing beats ushering in the New Year with loud, bright and colourful fireworks! Check out your local fireworks events and arrive early with family and friends for a ‘display of colours in the sky’. For KL folks, you can always visit the Suria KLCC while for Petaling Jaya friends, Sunway Pyramid and The Curve will be hosting their own shows. Those in Shah Alam can join in the fun at Setia Eco Park’s own countdown party.
For Homebodies – Host A Potluck Party At Home With Family Or Friends
If huge crowds and loud music isn’t your cup of tea, then host a potluck party in the comfort of your own home! This way, you can ‘control’ the level of noise you want your party to be at and invite family or close friends with whom you are comfortable with. Plus, a potluck party means lots of yummy chow to last you through the New Year.
For Couples – Have A Relaxing, Low-Key Date Night
Arrange a date night for just the two of you. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Something as simple as a romantic dinner at a quaint restaurant followed by a movie will ensure a night that you will cherish for the rest of the year. Here’s a tip: Make an advanced reservation at Thai Odyssey and surprise your significant other with a soothing massage treat to end the year on a relaxing note. We are open during the holidays, but do book early to avoid disappointments!
For Nature Lovers – Go Back To Nature
Forget the fireworks, the people and the city! Plan an excursion into the wilds and usher in the New Year among nature. Be it a cabin retreat in the suburbs, a camping hike into the wilds or a drive to the beach to take in the sound of waves, you are in for a different kind of New Year countdown. After all, the sky is always filled with its own light shows in the form of twinkling stars.
Thai Odyssey hereby wishes all our friends a Happy New Year 2019! May you have a wonderful and bountiful year ahead!
Hefei is Anhui Province’s capital and also its largest city. This metropolitan is also the province’s main economic and cultural centre. As such, there are quite a number of attractions that will make you fall in love with the place at first sight. Here are some places you should visit whenever you are in Hefei, China.
Located right in the middle of the city, this lake is like a sanctuary for people to escape the noises and busyness of city life. The lake is surrounded by lush greeneries and trees, providing shades on a hot day. There is also a walkway and bike paths surrounding the lake making it perfect for a refreshing stroll. Lining the landscape are a collection of impressive and artsy high-rise buildings. Given the right weather conditions, these buildings will be reflected on the pristine waters of Swan Lake, providing a picturesque scene worthy for your cameras. And if you are lucky, you might also spot a swan or two!
The Memorial Temple of Lord Bao
Lord Bao was an extremely renowned officer during the Northern Song Dynasty, famed for handing out fair and sound judgments as a judge with an outstanding personality to boot. This temple is built to commemorate him and is among the most famous in China. The temple features statues, pavilions and stone inscriptions all related to the life and stories of Lord Bao. There is also a Waxwork Museum, a Cultural Gallery and the Main Palace Hall for you to explore and delve into the interesting legend of this great Judge.
Sanhe Ancient Town
The Sanhe Ancient Town is a water town with a storied history 2,500 years in the making. The name Sanhe, which means three rivers, is derived from its location, having the Fengle, HangFu and Xiaonan rivers flowing right through the town. Most of the buildings here still retain its original architecture dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasty. Among the attractions inside the town is the Wangyue Pagoda, an ancient 7-storey pagoda housing treasures and artefacts of ancient dynasties, and the Crane Cottage, the former residence of the famous Qing Dynasty General, Liu Bangzhang, which has been wonderfully preserved until today.
HuaiHe Lu BuXingJie
Loud, lively and colourful, HuaiHe Lu BuXingJie is a must-visit if you love shopping for knick-knacks and tasting Hefei street food at its best. This pedestrian-only street is packed full with department stores, food kiosks and souvenir booths on both sides. When the sun sets, out comes the night market with its own unique offerings. There are a lot of hidden gems and tasty treats along this street. Take enough time exploring it and you will have the most memorable street shopping experience.
Port Dickson isn’t just about the sea and its beaches. This seaside town also hosts a collection of great eats that will delight your taste buds to no end. If you happen to be in town, do visit these 4 places for a taste of what Port Dickson has to offer.
Lucky King Bun at Taman Aman
An enormous fluffy bun filled with thick and savoury curry sauce with selections of pork or chicken and potatoes. What’s not to love! Each of Lucky King Bun’s signature ‘curry buns’ easily feeds 4 people and is extremely popular with the locals and tourists alike. If you are in the mood for something spicy and unique, this is the place to visit.
King’s Char Kuey Teow (Halal) at Jalan Pantai
Craving for some char kuey teow? Then give King’s Char Kuey Teow a try! They serve some unique variations of the popular dish. It is not just cockles we are talking about here. Their char kuey teow comes with choices of lamb, grilled chicken, squids and even crabs! Come here if you want some adventures with your plate of fried flat noodles.
Gim Men Teppanyaki at Kg Arab
What is a seaside town without its share of fresh seafood? This place has it aplenty and tastes great at the same time. Dig in with some stuffed crabs topped with sambal and mayonnaise, or bite into juicy huge prawns along with sides of freshwater oysters. If you fancy your food grilled, they do serve fishes and squids grilled to smoky perfection.
Pisang Addict Port Dickson (Halal) at Jalan Pantai
This place serves everyone’s favourite ‘pisang goreng’ in the most creative way possible. Want to have your ‘pisang goreng’ with some gooey cheese? They have it! Or how about with some cheese and Milo powder? They have it too. And did we mention chocolate sauce, salted caramel, blueberry jam and green tea powder? Visit them to enjoy ‘pisang goreng’ in ways you don’t even know exist.
And while you are at Port Dickson, why not come visit us at our newly opened Thai Odyssey outlet inside Tasik Villa International Resort. We provide a range of rejuvenating massage services to help unwind and relax your body after all your culinary and seaside adventures. Contact us at +606 – 644 8866 for reservation inquiries.
Suzhou, a city situated in southern Jiangsu Province in the middle of Yangtze Delta in China, is popular for its landscaped gardens and immaculately arranged waterways. In fact, with around 42% of its area covered by water, it has been dubbed as the ‘Venice of the Orient’. Should you decide to visit wonderful Suzhou, here are 6 places you should consider slotting into your itinerary to fully appreciate the gems this city has to offer.
Commune with Nature at the Humble Administrator’s Garden
What Suzhou is famous for is its vast collection of beautiful landscaped gardens. Among the largest, and most well-known, is the Humble Administrator’s Garden. This 52, 000 square meters garden is dotted with elegant pavilions seated on top of flowing rivers, bridges that overlook creeks full of colourful fishes and beds upon beds of vibrant flowers that will dazzle you with delight. Besides manmade structures, the garden also houses natural landscapes like small hills, pockets of forests and mesmerizing natural rock formations. It is the perfect place to attune oneself with nature and appreciate the beauty we often forget about in our concrete cities.
Peek Into the Past at Tongli Ancient Town
Being so near to the Yangtze Delta, Suzhou is inevitably full of water towns; settlements that have waterways as ‘roads’ and boats as transports. Tongli Ancient Town is one of these and as the name implies, is one of the oldest. The beauty of Tongli is that it is mostly untouched by modern commercialization. All the bridges, buildings and temples here are well preserved, so they look as they are since ancient times. The oldest structures go all the way back to the Song Dynasty. This is why the town has been known as a ‘Museum of Ancient Architecture’. For a peek into the lives of ancient people in water towns, this will be the best place to visit.
Be In Awe at Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill is a 14,000 square meters hillock, rich with historical sites and scenic views that will make you open-mouthed with amazement. With just a short hike, you will be able to feast your eyes on precious relics, tombs of bygone kings, pagodas and temples set against a beautiful landscape. Among the spots not to be missed here are the Tiger Hill Pagoda (the oldest pagoda in Suzhou), the Tomb of King He Lu and Wanjing Villa, which houses a vast collection of miniature gardens and bonsai-styled shrubberies.
Witness Silkworms at Work at Suzhou Silk Museum
Suzhou has been known as the Silk Capital in China since Tang Dynasty for its role in producing high quality silks for ancient nobles and royal families. The Suzhou Silk Museum is a centre dedicated to this ancient art form and showcases everything one needs to know about silk production. Through its 8 sections, visitors will be taken through a journey of silk production, from its history, the weaving process and silk exhibits, right down to the little silkworms in their silk cocoons. You can even purchase exquisite silk products here as keepsake. Do not miss this place. The sight of the silkworms alone is already worth the visit.
Feast on Authentic Suzhou Cuisine At Guanqian Street
Guanqian Street has been around for more than 150 years and is known as one of the ‘four famous shopping streets’ in China. This street houses a colourful blend of old and new attractions, each selling knick-knacks and most importantly, authentic Suzhou cuisine. Whether you are looking for a complete dinner experience or a street food outing, you are in for a treat here. This is a great place to bring your taste buds on an amazing adventure of senses.
Shop and Relax at Suzhou Star Hub Mall
After an entire excursion into the history of Suzhou, it is only fitting that you bring yourself back to modern settings. Star Hub mall presents the best of modern Suzhou lifestyle in swanky style. Featuring modern architectural designs, this shopping mall is full with shops carrying international brands showcasing the latest fads in fashion and lifestyle. And after all the sightseeing and shopping trips, you can drop by our Thai Odyssey outlet inside the mall to treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience. Our luxurious spa sanctuary offers a range of authentic Thai massage services, from our signature Traditional Thai Massage to the ever invigorating Traditional Foot Massage. Let our highly skilled therapists bring your body into a deep state of relaxation and recharge it for another round of adventure in Suzhou. For reservation inquiries, you can always contact our friendly front desk staff at +0512 67633626 / 67633628 from 10am to 12am.
There are so much more to see and do in Suzhou than this list can do justice to. Use these 6 places as a start to your exploration and discover the abundant gems that this wonderful city has to offer.
“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.
Sometimes it is difficult to get up in the morning and go. Sometimes the day becomes a drag. Sometimes there is a feeling of gloom. However the day may be, if you are feeling down, it’s time to get up.
“Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.”~ Zig Ziglar.
If you allow your ‘not-getting-up’ emotion affects you, this can lead to ineffective work and valueless relationship. It is time to get up to avoid the emotional slump.
These are 3 simple suggestions to get you up and moving forward when you feel the drag:
1. Be around positive people
Practically set up a group chat with positively inspired people. Seek their advise, talk about your goals and aspirations, be with them to organize or participate in their fun activities. The people you interact help you to think and feel the way you are. With happy go-getters, there are plenty of positive energies to keep making things happen and keep creating happy outlook on life. With these ongoing optimism, you will be influenced to keep up and get up to move forward.
2. Create a new routine
If you often use the same transport or walk the same street to work, getting the same cup of coffee or breakfast, reading the same newspaper, these routine can be boring, monotonous and depressing. If you have been sitting at your desk with the same placement of your stationery, maybe it’s time to make a change. Starting tomorrow, walk a different street to work and marvel at new shops. Along the way, enjoy the new sights and sounds. If you have been getting coffee from the pantry, why not try a new drink from a fruit juice stall next door? Re-arrange your writing instruments and your workstation. Decorate your table with some colors and add a colorful plant. Temporary changing a routine will get you out of the rut and let you notice new exciting things. Try out new things you don’t normally do or have time to do. Then, feel the new difference that will keep you up on your feet and getting you moving forward.
3. Rhythmic lifestyle
Get your body to move to a rhythm. Hitting the gym, a dance class, practice yoga and move yourself rhythmically to make you feel better. A 2011 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that intentional movement and exercise can improve test scores. The study adds to growing evidence that exercise is good not only for the body but also for the mind. There you go, just move and let your body be as flexible as possible. Only a flexible body can create flexibility in life. As a result, you will be able to relax and allow the body to rejuvenate, leading you to be happier and in a jolly good mood all the time.
Simply, taking action is always the best solution when you are feeling low. What matters most is to enjoy and feel blessed with everything you have now. Let’s get up and go!
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.