Monthly Archives: August 2016

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

Am currently staying at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba and quite enjoying it!

Of the various Tokyo properties, the Conrad and Hilton Tokyo (at Shinjuku) are generally very well-regarded, and I was initially rather hesitant to give this new property (to Hilton portfolio) a go. At ¥12,000 per night though, it was an offer I simply couldn’t refuse.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba lobby

Upon arrival we were told that unfortunately, having done online check-in, our room selection had been locked and could not be upgraded. That’s different from most other Hilton properties I’ve been to, and if I’d known I’d have held off doing OLCI, but since we were planning to spend most of our time outside the hotel, it wasn’t really all that big a deal.

The room itself was pretty good as it is, anyway… (excuse the mess)

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba King Guest Room

…with an additional little something for being a HHonors guest (not sure if Diamond-specific). The plums were somewhat unripe and sour, which is rather disappointing given the overall excellence of Japanese fruit. Still, a freebie’s a freebie!

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba HHonors amenity

We were given breakfast coupons that could be redeemed at two of the hotel’s restaurants – Ocean Dining and Taronga. I’ve heard that the breakfast offering’s identical, so we opted to stick with Ocean Dining, with its excellent view of the Rainbow Bridge.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba Ocean Dining restaurant breakfast

I rather enjoyed the spread on offer, with a good mix of Japanese and Western options.

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The executive lounge offered another nice quiet environment from which to gaze upon the bridge, offering an enjoyable light spread during cocktail hours (5.30-7.30pm). It’s possible to skip dinner with these offerings, though being in Tokyo that might not actually be a desirable option.

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All in all, I think it’s a great place to stay – the location being its weakest feature, though. Paying an additional ¥300ish one-way every day to get out of Odaiba (taking up about half an hour each way) isn’t really ideal, but still very doable.

On the upside, Odaiba is apparently a Pokemon Go hotspot, with swarms of Japanese walking around catching Pokemon in the evenings. This picture doesn’t begin to do it justice – there’re more during the weekends.

Odaiba bay Pokemon catchers

Like I said, I’ve been enjoying the stay. ;)


The subjective merits of keeping cool

I’ve been told a few times now by colleagues that I exude an aura of calmness; and that they do rather appreciate this – especially colleagues from my previous supervisory role. It’s not that I don’t care about stuff; I just think it’s fruitless to worry about things outside of my control and I’m usually able to focus on other things instead.

(Of course, I’ve encountered problems that captured my attention, but those tend to be the exception more than the norm.)

At the same time, a previous supervisor had once commented that I’m too laid back – and that I was possibly affecting the officers under me as well. It might be due to the differences in my job scope as well, but given that my current supervisor seems to also appreciate my level-headedness, I suspect a lot of this is about personal values, as well?

It’s no wonder some people consider their immediate boss to be among the biggest considerations for taking up (or leaving) a job…

Going Pokemon

So Pokemon Go recently launched in Singapore (more specifically, the Southeast Asia region) and I’ve started getting into it.


Which doesn’t really surprise me too much, given that I quite enjoyed Niantic’s previous game, Ingress. It, too, required walking around and interacting with pre-identified landmarks in the real-world – though the main gaming mechanic involved quite a bit of PvP action (in the form of attacking portals controlled by the opposing team). Pokemon Go allows for less competitive play in that you can just do more PvE gaming by going around collecting Pokemon, which suits me just fine!

Aside from the thrill of collecting virtual monsters, there’s also added incentive to walk around outside…

I find it really interesting to observe the groups of people playing Pokemon Go – whether individuals, couples, family or friend groups. And while some people express disbelief and disdain at all these phone-wielding Pokemon trainers walking around, I think they forget that many of these urban couch potatoes (myself included) would probably be holed up at home pursuing less active forms of leisure, without the game.

On a personal note, I’ve almost doubled my daily walking distance since the game launched (though I expect it to eventually go down again) – the increased activity can’t be a bad thing, can it? ;)