WW: Renaissance Uluwatu Bali - Perfect Gateway in Bali

Hi everyone!

Hope all is well and if you allow me, I would like to take you back to  Bali. I hope you don't mind as I love traveling back to Bali. 

With strict health protocol, having my frequent rapid antigen test and PCR, we have been traveling domestically for meetings. At some points, it is very exciting to travel around again but on the other hand, we are still cautious with the spread of the virus. Although I have got the complete set of vaccines, I am still extra careful whenever traveling for work. Hope we can always maintain our health and sanity during this hard time.

So anyway, my works took me back to Bali again. 

This time I stayed at Renaissance Uluwatu Bali Resort and Spa, truly a perfect gateway in Bali. I have visited Uluwatu several times but never really stayed in the area. So this is my first time staying in Uluwatu and I love it!

Let's check out some photos before I share more details about this lovely resort and spa. For sure you will love it!

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Wonderful stay at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung

Welcome back to Bandung

Visiting Bandung, the capital city of West Java Province, is always lovely. Whenever we had the opportunity to come and visit this wonderful place,  we try to get lovely place to stay as well. From our last trip, Pullman Grand Central Bandung is one of the lovely places we would love to try. So, let's walk through with me to review this premise.

Welcome to Pullman Grand Central Bandung!

Firstly, I love the fact that this hotel is perfectly located near Gedung Sate, Gasibu Field and the center of Bandung. It is indeed a prime location to those who want to stay in Bandung for a short period of time or even longer. It is easy to reach this place as well, particularly if you drive from Jakarta or anywhere else using the highway because the hotel is not far from the famous Pasopati bridge and highway.

The premise is certified CHSE safe and health protocol is carefully placed. When we arrived, we had our body temperature checked with the machine (so touchless and way safer I believe) and wash our hands or use the hand sanitizers immediately before entering the building.

Such a welcoming lobby 

Once you stepped into the building, you will definitely love the lobby area. Well, I love it indeed. It is very elegant and for sure beautiful. The sofas are comfortable, the chandelier is beautiful, the distancing space is maintained, and the area is thoroughly cleaned.

The room is nice and spacious. 

It is also carefully and thoroughly sanitized. 

Inside the room, you will have hygiene kit which has hand sanitizer and wipes. It is handy.

here's the Hygiene Set

I love the bed and the pillows which is super comfortable. The amenities are complete and it has extra things such as emery board, shower cap, shaving kit, and other. Free Nescafe coffee, Dilmah teas, sugar, and cream are available as you have coffee machine and water boiler as well. They even provide dumbells and yoga mat for your exercise! They have robes, scale and hair dryer as well. Complete indeed. So, you do have the comfort of home. Let's take a look at the photos we took in the room.

Food is great as well here. We really enjoyed the menu selection they have here. 

I love the breakfast, lunch and dinner here. It has various menus like Indonesian traditional food, even Bandungnese delicacies and famous munchies, Western food, as well as desserts like ice creams and cakes. They have noodles corner, live BBQ corner serving satay, and more. We managed to try them all here. They also serve shaum during Ramadhan since we did our first shaum or breakfast before the sunrise here as well.

Here are some of the photos I took in the dining area. 

Food at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung

Food at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung

Food at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung

Food at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung
Ice cream time...

The decoration in the dining room
the decoration on the dining room 

The hotel has T-Box cafe as well and I really love seeing the decor here. So beautiful, elegant yet homy!

As for the pool and public areas such as kids' zone and teen activity center, you can use the pool and fitness center after booking it. They strictly manage the numbers of the people in the public area during the pandemic. The kids and teens' fun zones are closed, as well as the spa. The pool is not that big but it is enough to have a healthy round of swimming, so we can still enjoy it. I didn't get a chance to try the fitness center but I saw it has many equipments in the room.

Pool at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung
I love the pool 

only 1.2 m

Pool at Pullman Hotel Grand Central Bandung
happy me after cold swimming

The hotel is also disability friendly. There are ramps and assistance to those having reduced mobility.

Its strategic location is really a plus point so we can easily explore the area. It's not far from Jl. Riau for stretches of Factory Outlets and many cool cafes and eateries in Bandung. If only I had more time to explore them all!

Too bad I didn't get a chance to go to the rooftop cafe in this hotel and I will be more than happy to go back here again.

So, that's our little review on this lovely place. We highly recommend this place and happy to go back. 

Marhaban yaa Ramadhan - Welcoming Ramadhan 1422H

Marhaban yaa Ramadhan 

Welcoming Ramadhan 1422H, the holy month for us all, moslem sisters and brothers. May Allah SWT, the Almighty God, give us all the strength, perseverance, and reinforced faith to follow His path.

Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa di bulan suci Ramadhan 1422H kepada seluruh keluarga, teman, dn rekan - rekan yang menjalankannya. 

Tidak terasa Ramadhan kali ini menjadi bulan suci yang kedua di mana kita semua masih berjuang melawan penyebaran virus Corona atau Covid-19. Masih banyak penyesuaian yang harus kita lakukan meskipun banyak di antara kita yang telah mendapatkan vaksin. Karenanya kita semua harus tetap taat dengan 5 M dan menjaga kesehatan selama bulan puasa ini. 

Hanya pada-Mu ya Rabb...

Mungkin ini yang kerap menjadi halangan or tantangan yang lumayan berat  karena kita sangat terbiasa untuk berkumpul, menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga dan orang - orang tercinta di saat istimewa ini. Mulai dari buka puasa bersama - sama, ngabuburit, tarawih di masjid yang selalu ramai di saat Ramadhan, dan mudik, pulang ke rumah. Pulang ke tempat orang tua, yang tanpa terasa selalu kita rindukan. Pulang untuk sekedar memeluk mereka yang selama ini membuat hati kita hangat. Pulang untuk meminta maaf atas segala khilaf, yang kerap tidak terucap namun khidmat terasa saat mencium tangan orang tua tercinta. 

May Allah SWT give us mercy..

Aaaah, Ramadhan memang selalu membuatku sendu. Inilah indahnya bulan suci ini, karena hati dan jiwa menjadi tenang dan sejuk. Diri menjadi lebih teduh dalam menjalani hari. Karena cinta-Nya terasa teresonansi di dalam jiwa. 

Kita kerap alpa untuk bersyukur dan hanya mampu mengucap kerinduan dan dahaga kita akan cinta-Nya. Tanpa benar - benar melakukan apa yang harus kita lakukan untuk meraih ridho-Nya. Semoga kali ini kita bisa benar - benar jujur pada diri sendiri dan benar - benar berusaha mendapat berkah-Nya yang tak berbatas di bulan penuh rahmat. 

Semoga Allah SWT selalu melimpahkan yang terbaik untuk kita semua. Aaamiiin Ya Rabbal Alamiin.

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Marhaban yaa Ramadhaaan

Hi, everyone.

Wishing you all safe, happy and healthy days ahead. Alhamadulillah,  the holy month of Ramadhan is here. For all my Moslem sisters and brothers, my family wherever you are, wishing you all a wonderful and solemn Ramadhan. May Allah SWT, the Almighty, bestow us with His endless blessings and guidance over the challenging days ahead. 

As you know, Ramadhan is the ninth month in Islamic calendar and Moslems all over the world celebrate the arrival of this super special month. Ramadhan is also the month when Moslems fast from sunrise to sunset, implement self restraint and avoid from eating, drinking, conducting sexual intercourse, and doing bad/sinful things as well as avoiding negative thoughts. 

This is the month where those who faithfully follow the Holy Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) receive multiple rewards for all the good deeds conducted and forgiveness of all the sins. This is also the month when the special gate in paradise, named Ar-Rayyan, dedicated to those who fast.  The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also once mentioned, as quoted,  “For those who fast, there is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Rayyan, through which no one but they will enter. When the last of them has entered it, it will be closed. Whoever enters through it will drink, and whoever drinks will never thirst again”. This haddist is narrated by Sahi Bin Sad, Sunan an-Nasa’i. Not to mention Laitul Qadar, a very powerful and special night which comes mysteriously in one of the nights in the last ten nights, the last one third, of Ramadhan. This one night is better than a thousand nights, as said in the Holy Quran Surah Al-Qadr 97 : 3.  Those are some of the benefits we can have during Ramadhan and I will be more than happy to share more along the way.

the holy Quran

Nevertheless, during this pandemic, things haven't been back to normal and we all still need to do so many adjustments. That includes our fasting month and the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr. This will be the second year where we are strongly requested to restrain ourselves from doing "mudik" or our tradition of going back home to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, the victory day. Well, although many of us have received the vaccines but that doesn't guarantee that we are immune from the virus. 

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