Review: Park Regis City Centre, Sydney

My rating:

I’ve had to attend a workshop in Sydney and needed something within budget and yet within walking distance from Hilton. This was one of the hotels shortlisted by our travel agency and I settled for this primarily for the distance I have to walk at 8am in the morning.

It was a huge mistake. While I had done my homework and saw that the hotel lobby is nothing but just some shop space between Subway and a coffee joint, I didn’t expect the lift lobby to be so narrow that there is only space for 3-4 pax to wait for the lift at any one time.

There is no bell service or even a trolley. You’ll have to carry all your luggages up by yourself.

Room is very small and not suitable for claustrophobic people. The toilet floor was extremely cold and my room window opens up to roofs of nearby buildings so all you can see are the water heaters and ventilation shafts.

Each room toilet has an individual water heater that makes a loud banging sound when you switch on the hot water. There is instruction pasted near the shower stating that due to weak water pressure, guests have to turn on the hot water to the maximum for 45 seconds before easing in the cold water until the desired temperature is reached.

The air-conditioning in the room is nothing but a centralised heater that runs noisily like you have an old air compressor in the room. Even though it was winter, the room felt extremely warm with the air-conditioning on. Switch it off and you’ll have no ventilation. I made a call to reception and the staff politely said that I would have to open the windows if I need ventilation and cool air. And If I need more ventilation, I can proceed down to get a table fan from them. In the end, I went down to get the table fan.

Maybe I’m spoilt but I wouldn’t want to spend my birthday in Sydney in this run-down place. I called the Duty Manager, Anthony, to cancel the last 2 nights out of my 4-night stay. Anthony politely rejected my request but I put forth my reasoning and he agreed to come back to me after consulting higher management. In the end, Park Regis agreed to cancel the 2 nights but will only refund me 1 night’s charges.

To be absolutely fair, the hotel is clean and safe. The frontdesk is manned by very service-oriented people. If you don’t mind a no frills hotel, then stay here.

If you’ve been spoilt by 4/5-star hotels, stay somewhere else. I didn’t even feel like taking a photo of my room during my 2-night stay.

I am currently in Westin, Sydney as I am typing this review.


Nokia Lumia 925 Launch Event

I attended the Nokia Lumia 925 launch event with some bloggers, journalists and enthusiasts today and had an up close and personal experience with “Nokia’s Thinnest Lumia”.

Mr Tay Eng Wah, Nokia’s Singapore Head of Marketing, was very friendly and went around with his team greeting each and every one of us. In fact, this is one of the most intimate event that I ever attended.

We were told that the design for Lumia 925 was conceived as a result of feedback from users of Lumia 920. In particular, some users found the Lumia 920’s colour too bright and the set a little too heavy for use in the business environment. In order to shave some thickness off, Nokia did away with built-in wireless charging and made this feature optional via a special casing that will retail for S$39. Using the casing will also flush the protruding camera lens  level to the casing, thus, shielding it from scratches when you place the phone on a hard surface.

Do stay tuned as @ReignOfComputer and @Jellyfish from StarHub Community will provide more details in their reviews that I will publish there.

The Nokia Lumia 925 will be available in White, Grey and Black  from Saturday, 20 July 2013 at a recommended retail price of $799.

Lumia 925 AvailabilityUnique metal band that doubles as an antenna! Wireless Chargers

For those waiting for the Lumia 1020, it should be available in Q4 2013 🙂

Lumia 1020 Availability

Make money by using your computer’s idling time

Most of us have a computer in a form of a desktop or notebook at home, school or at work. Did you know that there are companies willing to pay you to let them use your computer and internet connection to do performance audits of other websites? The first thing that comes to your mind may be privacy concerns. I have been a user of Gomez Peer Zone for more than 5 years and never had to worry about security and privacy. Gomez Peer runs in a sandbox and in the background. They primarily provide performance testing services for their clients and will pay you for “processing time”.

The catch? Applications are approved manually and by their needs. For example, if they have a project that requires performance testing from participants from Singapore, you will be likely to be accepted within a week or two. Minimum payout is US$5 and your earnings will roll over to the next month if you did not hit US$5 that month.

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