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Posted by: Phat Mama, 1-May-2010

May is a month of change to this blog. Instead of just highlighting fashion and trends related events PhatMama will now cover a wider range of topics. Any feedback and opinion that can help improve or expand ideas would be most welcomed.

Iíd like this blog to also serve as a platform for people to share ideas and experiences. One personís experience could be knowledge to those who have never gone through the same things in their life. So drop a comment or two. If you donít have much to say, a friendly hello serves the same.  

May 1 is a public holiday but I guess because a bigger part of our life centers round our career, many forget we need not be in the office today. A family member who happened to have this Saturday ďoffĒ woke up early to send her car for repairs. Taking for granted that the workshop operates seven days a week she did not bother to call first for an appointment. So of course her trip ended up at the mall instead.

I too made a few compulsive and last minute decisions this Saturday. At noon I decided to have brunch with two of my family members at Celebrity Cafť at The Strand in Kota Damansara. We only spent an hour there, after which we decided to drop by at my sisterís condo to check out her clothes collection.

Being a ďMak DatinĒ her collection of traditional wear is of course extensive compared to mine.
The reason I was there was to pinch a piece or two of her collection to attend Ace Tang (Pigeon Fly Communications)ís invite for the exclusive Batik & Sarong Rendezvous brought by Mutiara Good Year Development Berhad.

I was planning on a great evening simply because I love dancing and the event will highlight the Joget, my favorite Malaysian traditional dance. The theme was Batik and I was enthusiastic to witness an evening rich in colors and tradition. But, my plan was dashed!

(L-R) The corridor to the rooms, an abstract painting and a floral arrangement add colors to the hotel decor.

My scheduled meeting with a friend had to be delayed by more than an hour and the heavy downpour later in the day confirmed my non-attendance at the function. However, things remained on the brighter side as my meeting gave me the chance to view the brand new Empire Hotel Subang, scheduled to open in June this year.

The concept is similar to Garden Hotel at The Gardens Mall, Midvalley
whereby the hotel is located within the shopping mall itself. Today is viewing day and shoppers are invited to walk in and have a tour of the hotelís interior, or rather whichever areas of it that have been completed.

My friend Paulin Lim who is the hotelís Marcom Manager took me on a tour and I was impressed. Only parts of the hotel are ready. We walked through the Shout Lounge, the Chinese Restaurant, the ballroom as well as the two standard rooms. One common trait that these areas share is the artistic elements they each carry.

Empire Hotel Subang's crisp, clean yet cosy ambience.

According to Empire Hotelís General Manager Ng Yee Ming, the hotelís concept is very much akin to a boutique hotel and so the concentration on aesthetics. Colors play a big role throughout the interior and the clever combination of browns; orange and green add warmth to the hotelís ambience.

A particular section that I find extremely attractive is the walkway near the business center and the meeting rooms. The entire length of the corridor is arranged with square glass tables with artistic sculptures in various forms placed on top of them.

I call this Empire Hotel's Walkway Gallery where art dictates.

And, you have to check out the rooms once the hotel is fully operational. The standard room is fairly spacious, almost like a one-room studio complete with all the classy trimmings. And surely, no one can miss those beautiful, huge abstract paintings that adorn the walls.

The hotel has a month or so more to go before it is completely transformed into a dream location within the Subang area especially. So letís not reveal too much and leave some of the surprises tuck away until the launch.

Till then.

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