Having been working basically continuously for the better part of the last 40 years in multiple industries all over the planet, so from time to time, I come across products or services that I really like, and recently was asked to submit some Google reviews.

That is all well and good, but it got me thinking that I may be able to help some of the products of service providers I like by writing a full, detailed review.

And no, this has nothing to do with getting anything free; as for the products and services reviewed here, I have paid the same as everyone else, and have not been asked to review anything.

Auberge Hotel

Yes, another trip back to Hong Kong, and this time staying at a new hotel, er, well, new to me anyway. And the best part is that it's cheaper, and from what I understand, it's just as good.

There are a few unanswered questions, the big one being the costs, sure the Auberge is cheaper, but what about the travel costs to get into the city, do the numbers add up? and even if they do, is it worth the time?

This time, the trip is longer, at three weeks, and on the recommendation of various local friends, I decided to stay at the Auberge out at Discovery Bay on Lantau Island rather than my usual Park Lane or Marco Polo hotels. [read]


People said it would never happen, that I would never join any sort of gym, but were they all wrong, as after my back went out yet again, and on the recommendation of a work colleague, I went to see Kieser for physiotherapy and ended up joining their strength training program.

And that was around 18 months ago; yes, I am still training, and I am still improving. As for my back, I have had zero issues after the first few months of training [read]

Carlton tower

Singapore is one of my favourite places to visit, being tied at first place with Hong Kong, so now with the whole COVID mess seeming to be finally coming to an end, both the timing and finance allowed for the first trip in way too many years.

Normally, I would stay at the Marina Mandarin, but during the planning phase of the trip, a friend suggested I give the Carlton a try, as it's going to save some money and, according to my friend, is just as good if not better than the Marina Mandarin.

So, trusting this old friend, I decided to give it a go, so after reading multiple reviews did the deed and made the booking for July 2022.

This review is how my visit went, with general comments on the room, location and service.

Just be aware that I am not known for sugarcoating anything, and no, I did not get any discounts or any other benefit from the hotel for writing this review. [read]

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