Attending PromaxBDA Asia 2014 at The Arts House at the Old Parliament

My company sent us to PromaxBDA this year. This was my 2nd time to attend the PromaxBDA and I got to enjoy a few sessions about TV trailer production. Even better was to share the same space with people in the industry who come from other cable networks like HBO, MTV, Nichelodeon, AXN, and various other TV channels in Asia. #promoGEEK ?

The venue was once again at the fabulous The Arts House at the Old Parliament. My favourite session this year was the one done by Mr. Simon Kemp from WeAreSocial. It’s like I felt everything he said is something most TV companies should have been doing five years ago. TV people, let’s not get left behind please! (Disclaimer: I’ve done my digital pitching with my current company and everyone seems enthusiastic about it. I do have a supportive manager.)

If I weren’t a TV promo producer, I’d be full time digital/social for television. 😛

Anyway, my friend won another gold Promax. Congrats girl! I also ran into former colleagues at MediaCorp and ABS-CBN.

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Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I still can’t tell if Jalan Alor is more touristy now than ever. But since we were staying near Jalan Alor, we decided to have merienda and dinner there. The ambiance still feels raw and vibrant compared to the restored Chinatown Food Street in Singapore. The beef satay I tried at one of the stalls was disappointing but the chicken satay was tasty. I think this was my second or third time at Jalan Alor and I noticed more tents were pitched up front.

Jalan Alor is located in Bukit Bintang almost a stone’s throw away from the new MRT station they are building there.

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Rainforest Bed and Breakfast, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

This boutique hotel located near Changkat Bukit Bintang is wonderfully located in terms of accessing the monorail, KL Pavillion, and KLCC (via a covered walkway). That is if you don’t mind that the neighbourhood is a party place and you can hear the music thumping even in your room.

I’ve stayed at backpacker’s places before and to be honest, Rainforest BnB was a bit of a let-down during our visit because all the rooms we got had poor air conditioning. I rarely complain but with KL’s humidity beating down on you, the a/c in the rooms was almost non-existent. The staff was friendly enough to give us a different room, but my friend and I encountered the same problem.

The “breakfast” portion was also a let-down because I was expecting a bit more above the standard backpacker fare of toast and jam.

Stay here if you want easy access to everything in Bukit Bintang and don’t mind the party music at 2 o’clock in the morning. Consider this place because it is photogenic and if you don’t mind terrible air-conditioning. Or, if you plan to book, ask for rooms where the a/c is functional.

But as I’m reaching my 30s soon, I feel like it’s time to graduate from staying at backpacker places (even if this is more of a “bed and breakfast” boutique hotel)… I’d like to stay at 3-4 star hotels in my next travels.

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Rainforest BnB website: http://www.rainforestbnbhotel.com/

 

Photos: Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The caves were amazing and large! Definitely worth a visit if you are going to KL. I wasn’t expecting the caves to be that large and vast. Incredible to climb up all those stairs. Batu Caves is a Hindu temple, and one of the most famous ones outside India.

To get to Batu Caves, take the KTM Komuter from KL Sentral up to Batu Caves (the northern-most terminus). The train station sits right outside the caves which is even more fantastic.

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