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In my previous post, I blogged about my stay in Hong Kong. If you haven't read it, you may click HERE to read it.

Anyway...what if I tell you that you can actually go CASHLESS in Hong Kong?
HOW?

The answer is to pre-book everything (yes, from travel essentials like your airport transfer, MTR card, SIM card, to your mealsssss) on KLOOK before you visit Hong Kong. 

I'm sure you guys know how frequent I use KLOOK!
I basically go on KLOOK to book all my travel essentials every time prior to my trip. 
If you guys are still unsure of what KLOOK is, it's basically a one-stop destination that allows you to discover and book in-destination attractions and services at the best prices. 

So in this blog post, I'm going to share with you the best deals to book from KLOOK prior to your trip to Hong Kong so that you can save extra $$$ or even go cashless on your trip! Also, the best thing is, every booking can be redeemed through a QR code shown on the KLOOK app, so there's no need to print any physical vouchers out!!

1) Private Airport Transfer
Travel between Hong Kong airport and the city safely and stress-free in a comfortable, air conditioned Tesla that accommodates up to 3 people plus plenty of luggage space. All fees and charges are also inclusive, from your driver's tip to tunnel and bridge tolls. So sit back and relax as you’re whisked off to your destination in stress-free style and luxury.
Book this service HERE.


2) Hong Kong Octopus Card + 4G SIM Card
Octopus card and 4G SIM card are two important essentials to me! And thankfully, KLOOK has got me covered as they are selling both of these in a PACKAGE. Get a HKD100 pre-loaded Octopus card + a 8GB 4G SIM CARD (8 days) for only RM88/set! All you have to do is book it from KLOOK and redeem it in HK airport in the arrival hall!
Book this deal HERE.

3) Meal vouchers

i) Restaurant Tsui Wah
We purchased a HKD50 cash voucher for only RM24 on KLOOK to savour on their famous HK milk tea and also butter bread! 
Book this voucher HERE.



ii) Dinner buffet at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Since we're staying in Marco Polo Hong Kong this trip, we thought why not try out their dinner buffet? So we booked the deal via KLOOK for RM268/pax (lunch and dinner rates are different). If you enjoy seafood, you will probably love this dinner buffet as this buffet serves mainly seafood. Since it's a dinner buffet, feel free to devour as much lobsters, snow crabs, mussels, and even roasted beef and lamb as you want!
Book this deal HERE.


iii) Dimsum at Lin Hueng Kui (Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded)
A visit to Hong Kong would not be complete without having dimsum! I found this deal on KLOOK, whereby we can book a dimsum set for 4-6 people, for only RM202 at a Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant called Lin Hueng Kui! There's 4 of us and the portion is soooo big for us! Just head over to KLOOK's website, select your preferred redemption date and time, and KLOOK will instantly help to make the reservation.
Book this deal HERE.


iv) Yung Kee Restaurant
Established in 1942, Yung Kee is a well-known Chinese restaurant with a history of 75 years! They're also famous for their roasted goose so it's a must-have here! We purchased a HKD500 dine-in cash voucher for RM237 from KLOOK, and paid the remaining of the bill with debit card (actually we should have purchased 2x HKD500 cash vouchers instead)
The food was really scrumptious! We couldn't get over how good the roasted goose and roasted chicken were!!!

Book this deal HERE.


Of course, there are moreeeee awesome deals and promo available on KLOOK! To add on the awesomeness, they are also having a deal of the month currently whereby you can enjoy extra RM25 OFF any HK & MACAU activities by end of July!


Happy Klook-ing! 😆

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Hey guys! I just came back from Hong Kong 2 days ago and I already can't wait to share with you my trip. It's actually been 4 years since I last visited Hong Kong (gosh, time flies). This trip came really spontaneously as I actually did not plan to visit Hong Kong at all this year until my bf had to fly there to meet his dad to get some stuffs done. So I thought, okay, why not I fly together with him to have a short trip? So yup, the trip happened, and I also brought my mom along too!

Anyway, in this post, I want to share with you my stay in Hong Kong!
We stayed in the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel.

What I love the most about this hotel is, no doubt, the location.
Located on Canton Road in the heart of commercial, shopping, and entertainment district of Tsim Sha Tsui, this hotel is a part of Harbour City, one of the largest shopping centres in HK. Only 3 mins away from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, this hotel provides extremely easy access to basically anywhere in Hong Kong. Major attractions such as the Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, Clock Tower, China Ferry Terminal, etc are all only a few mins walk away from this hotel!!

Apart from the location, I also extremely love the harbour view from our room. There are 665 spacious and well-appointed rooms in this hotel, but if you come and stay here, I highly recommend you the Harbour View room because the view is just spectacular (I can stare at the view all-day-long, trust me)

Speaking of the room, our room is well-equipped with a tv that provides an extensive selection of channels, hairdryer, iron and iron board, tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi, USB charging port, etc. The king-sized bed is covered with soft and clean bed sheet, complemented with 4 fluffy pillows that gave us a good night's sleep after a long, tiring day 😴

Harbour view from our room









Apart from the room, I was also obsessed with the breakfast buffet that Marco Polo Hong Kong serves at the Continental Club. Guests who book the Continental Club Room can enjoy ultimate personalised service and round-the-clock butler service in this special lounge area. I love that we can just pop by the lounge anytime in the day for some quick bites and drinks to refresh ourselves.


 


Clock Tower (just 5 mins walk from Marco Polo Hong Kong) 
Victoria Harbour (just next to the Clock Tower)
I definitely enjoyed my stay in Marco Polo Hong Kong throughout the trip. If you are planning to visit Hong Kong anytime soon, I totally recommend you to check out this hotel and book your stay with them ♥

MARCO POLO HONGKONG HOTEL
No. 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR, China





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Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido...these are the names that sprung up on our minds when we think of travelling in Japan. But there are actually a lot more beautiful prefectures to visit in Japan!

Just last week, I was invited to visit Kanagawa prefecture for a 4D3N trip. I was honestly so looking forward to the trip as I have never been to Kanagawa before and it always excites me to travel to somewhere new!



In this post, I will try my best to introduce Kanagawa to you: places to go, where to eat, etc. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to visit KANAGAWA in your next Japan trip!

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ABOUT KANAGAWA

Located 40 mins to 1 hour away from Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in Kantō region of Japan. Known for its beach views, shrines, parks and other cultural sites, Kanagawa is absolutely a great option for those who would like to travel out of Tokyo (but not too far away) for a one-day trip or 2D1N trip!

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 
- Arriving in Yokohama from Haneda airport at night

DAY 2 - YOKOHAMA
- Yokohama Chinatown
- Yamashita Park
- Cup Noodle Museum
- Lunch at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
- Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
- Depart to Kamakura 
- Kamakura Komachi Street

DAY 3
- Kamakura: Great Buddha 
- Fujisawa: Enoshima Island, Iwaya Caves, Samuel Cocking Garden
- Chigasaki: Lunch at Amagoya (seafood BBQ)

DAY 4
- Miura: Misaki Fish Market, Sea Tour Ship, lunch at Misaki-kan
- Kawasaki: Japan Open-air Folk House Museum, LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza
- Depart to Haneda airport

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YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN
We were unlucky because it had been raining since morning while we were in Yokohama. 😭Otherwise, I really want to spend more time strolling the streets in the Chinatown as there are plenty of shops and Chinese restaurants serving an array of Chinese cuisines here. Also, Yokohama Chinatown is actually the largest Chinatown in Japan!!


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YAMASHITA PARK

5 mins by foot from Chinatown, we've arrived in Yamashita Park. It's also the first seaside park in Japan located right in front of Yokohama Port. 
The blooming season of hydrangeas 😍
The park is nicely-decorated and blooming with different kinds of flowers. A very good spot for strolling and dating I would say!

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CUP NOODLES MUSEUM

 Ever wonder the history of instant noodles and how they evolved? Come to this wacky Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama! The museum showcases a mind-boggling number of instant noodles variations that have been invented over the years and the way they arranged the cup noodles on the wall so neatly is just so aesthetically-pleasing!

*Entrance fee: 500yen for adult



Also, we get to customise our own cup noodle too - you get to paint your own cup and pick your flavour and topping!

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Lunch at 
Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
We were brought to the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum for lunch. As the name suggests, it's all about RAMEN here! There are plenty of ramen shops here for you to choose from. We chose this shop that sells really good ramen with tonkotsu broth and pork belly slices. Mmmmm it tastes really fragrant and delicious!


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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a historical building has now turned into a shopping complex! Now, it has more than 40 shops - from cafes to restaurants, food courts, jewelry shops, souvenir shops and more!





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Kamakura Komachi Street
From Yokohama, we departed to Kamakura, which is another city in the Kanagawa prefecture. I love this street so much because it's where all the souvenir shops, dessert and snacks shops gather!! It also feels super nostalgic scrolling down this historical street and stopping by traditional shops for a quick shopping spree. LOVE LOVE LOVE!





These are chopstick holders guys!!! SO CUTE!

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KAMAKURA GREAT BUDDHA

The next morning, we visited the Kamakura Great Buddha a.k.a Daibutsu. The bronze statue of the Amitābha Buddha stands 43.8ft tall and weighs approximately 93 tonnes, which makes it the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.

*Entrance fee: 200Yen 

 



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FUJISAWA
After that, we departed to another city - Fujisawa. In Fujisawa, we explored the beautiful island called Enoshima (江の島). If you love exploring the nature: sea, cave, shrines and park, you will want to consider coming to Enoshima!

First stop in Enoshima: Benzaiten Nakamise Dori (弁財天仲見世通り)
This street is also another shopping street that sells plenty of souvenirs and snacks! 


At the end of this street, you will see the entrance to the Enoshima Shrine (江島神社), which was built in year 552! Enoshima shrine is home to Benzaiten, who is the Japanese Goddess of Love. But hey, it's not entirely about love and relationship, Benzaiten is also the Japanese goddess of everything that flows including water, music, words and eloquence. I was told that many musicians came all the way here to pray to Benzaiten for fortune in their career!
Purifying yourself is a must before going into a shrine! 

Here's where people pray for love and relationship 
Moving on, we arrived in the Samuel Cocking Garden, a small botanical garden and it's also where the Enoshima Sea Candle tower is located.

*Entrance fee: 200Yen


This is the Enoshima Sea Candle, an observatory + lighthouse. Here, you can get a panoramic view of the island itself! If you're lucky, you will get to see Mount Fuji as well!

Then, within a walking distance, we arrived in the Iwaya Cave. (*Entrance fee: 500Yen)
Locating right beside the sea, this cave was formed by coastal erosion since eons ago. The inside of the cave is actually pretty cooling and it feel a bit mystical due to the reverberations of the sounds of the waves. The cave is actually divided into 2 sections, but one of them is under maintenance during our visit, so we only managed to visit the other one. 
This is how the cave looks like! It's just a very short walk though, and inside the cave, there's this automated dragon statue dedicated to the dragon deity that has long been believed to be the guardian deity for fishermen.

And we're done with Enoshima! 

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MIURA
The next day, we started our day visiting a new city - Miura.
Miura is a small and quiet city (in a good way) in Kanagawa, not much tourists here, but it's just so relaxing walking on the streets and discovering what the city has to offer. Also, TUNA is considered a popular local food here, so it's a good news for those who enjoy tuna!

In the morning, we got to visit the Tuna market, where tuna bidding auction takes place. However, visitors are only allowed to observe the bidding from the 2nd floor.


Then, we boarded the Sea Tour Ship (Nijiiro Sakana Go), the ship has 2 decks and the lower deck is half submerged so you can enjoy an underwater view of the beautiful sea of Misaki!
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The tour takes about 40 mins only (two way), so sit back and relax!


Chilling time at Misaki Donuts - a very cute and cozy neighbourhood donut shop.

And ladies and gentlemen, lo and behold, the ultimate TUNA meal!! We had tuna tail tempura, tuna heart, tuna cheeks and of course the big fresh tuna belly! It was such a fantastic meal before we leave Miura, the town of tuna! *tears of joy*

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KAWASAKI
Our second last stop was the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum in Kawasaki. This museum preserves and showcases Japanese traditional folk houses over two centuries old. Come here and discover a collection of authentic and traditional architecture and structures while enjoy the beautiful landscape scenery around the area!
*Entrance fee: 500Yen





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In my previous blog post, I wrote about Park Hyatt Hotel - the hotel that I stayed while I was in Ho Chi Minh City. So in this post, it's time for me to share with you my 3-day itinerary (we stayed in Ho Chi Minh for 4D3N, however as we didn't really visit any places on the 4th day, I decided to name this itinerary a 3-day itinerary).

Here are some basic information that you should know before travelling to Ho Chi Minh city:

Is it easy and how to get around in HCM?
Basically, GRAB is widely accessible in HCM. So I would say, it's pretty convenient and easy to get around in HCM. You can also book your private airport transfer from KLOOK from as low as RM29 only. Besides, if you are planning to visit places that are further from the city area, I would strongly recommend you to book a private car charter from KLOOK as well!!

How to get connected in HCM?
You can pre-book the 4G SIM card with data from KLOOK, or you can also purchase the sim card in the airport.

Is there any time-zone difference?
Yes, HCM's timezone is 1-hour behind from KL's timezone.

OVERVIEW OF MY ITINERARY

DAY 1
- Check-in hotel
- City Hall (People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City)
- Saigon Central Post Office
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Cafe Apartment
- Dinner @ Di Mai 

DAY 2
- Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts 
- Brunch @ Haan Saigon
- Cafe Lekima
- Ben Tanh Market
- Cafe Terrace, Takashimaya
- Dinner @ Sorae 

DAY 3 
- Buu Long Pagoda
- Binh Quoi Tourist Village
- Tan Dinh Church (Pink church)
- Okkio Cafe
- Check-in Chloe Gallery

DAY 4
- Breakfast and pool time in Chloe Gallery
- Depart to airport 

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City Hall (People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City)
Only a 5-min walk from Park Hyatt Saigon, the City Hall is the first landmark that we visited in HCM. It's a really beautiful French-colonial architecture and we thought this will be a great place to take some photos though this building is not open to the public.
Saigon Central Post Office
This post office is probably the most beautiful one that I've seen! Constructed between 1886 and 1891, this is still a functioning post office that opens from 7am-5pm daily.

Not only can you send letters or postcards here, there are also some souvenir stalls for you to shop and bring some souvenirs home.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Just right across the post office is the Notre Dame Cathedral. Unfortunately, it was still under construction and drizzling during our visit, we did not manage to get any nice shots here.

After that, we visited the famous Cafe Apartment. It's literally an apartment block with about 30 different cafes / stores. Honestly, I didn't think it was worth the hype..mainly because I think the cafes all look rather boring and average. Oh, and you do need to pay a lil for the "elevator fees" to get to the floor you want.

This was taken in one of a random cafes in Cafe Apartment.

On day 2, we visited the Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts in the morning. The entrance fees is 30,000 VND (which is about RM5.30 only). This museum is a restored home with 16 showrooms displaying paintings and sculptures.

The building is painted in pastel yellow and white, and the architecture is fascinating. The only problem is that it's quite stuffy in there as there's no air-conditioner nor fan. 

Later on, we met up with my Vietnamese friend, Chloe for brunch at this newly-opened cafe called Haan Saigon. A pretty good cafe to sit down, chill and talk.
Also, we dropped by Lekima for a short tea-break. I tried their iced-tea and it was hella refreshing! (Go watch my vlog for more hehe)
Ben Tanh Market
After that, we went back to our hotel for a quick change before heading to the Ben Tanh Market! Being one of the oldest landmarks in Saigon, this market is really lively and offers a great atmosphere that is authentically Vietnamese.
In this market, you can find a huge variety of merchandises ranging from local handcrafts to local snacks, decorative items, jewellery, and even food stalls! 



Tip: Be sure to haggle for a better price or do your survey in a few diff stores first because most often the sellers mark up their prices really high to tourists! Also, the stalls facing the main street always have higher price haha! 

Cafe Terrace 
Because the sky was already dark after visiting the market, we decided to visit Cafe Terrace, which is a cafe in Takashimaya mall. Pretty nice interior but it's quite dark.
Sorae (Japanese restaurant)
Chloe brought us to Sorae, which is her dad's Japanese restaurant for dinner! The food was amazing, and the restaurant also offers a beautiful night view of the city.

Buu Long Pagoda
On the third day, we planned to visit some places that are slightly further from the city area, so we booked a private driver from KLOOK and it was honestly the best decision! The driver picked us up from our hotel in the morning, and drove us to our first destination - Buu Long Pagoda, which is a Buddhist temple situated 40 mins away from the city.


I was mesmerised by the beauty and how majestic this temple looks! It's still not very known among the public yet (Chloe, my Vietnamese friend, doesn't even know its existence hahaha), so there's actually not much crowd.

Binh Quoi Tourist Village
Then, we dropped by the Binh Quoi Tourist Village for a quick photo opportunity. It's laidback rural-looking village which you can enjoy paddling, fishing, etc. Because it was drizzling that time, we didn't get to explore the village much, so we just took a picture on the pond.

Tan Dinh Church (Pink Church)
Of course, a trip to Ho Chi Minh will never be complete without a visit to the famous Tan Dinh Church! But it was quite challenging to take a picture here, especially when the street is super busy haha! Oh, and it was not open during our visit so we didn't get to take pictures inside.
After 129180 shots, we finally got some nice ones haha!
Okkio Cafe is our next stop - it's a vintage-looking cafe that serves really good coffee. Oh ya, this cafe is actually nearby Ben Tanh Market!
I was dying to try the Vietnamese EGG COFFEE and it was surprisingly good!! (Go watch my vlog for my review haha!)

Chloe Gallery
After visiting Okkio Cafe, we headed to check-in at Chloe's boutique hotel and spent the rest of the evening chilling there. This boutique hotel is not in the city centre, but it's indeed a very nice place to unwind and relax!


Had breakfast and took some pictures around Chloe's Gallery before we headed to the airport and officially bid Ho Chi Minh goodbye!

So that's all about my trip in Saigon, hope you guys find this blog post helpful!!!

Don't forget to check out my Ho Chi Minh vlog:

HO CHI MINH VLOG + TAKING IG WORTHY PICTURES IN HCM! - YouTube










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Finally ticked off another beautiful destination from my bucket list - CHIANG RAI.

 Chiang Rai may be less known as compared to Chiang Mai, but I must say, Chiang Rai is really a beautiful city. Thanks to AirAsia, we all can now fly to Chiang Rai directly and the flight takes approximately 2 hours 50 mins from Kuala Lumpur. Also, AirAsia currently operates 4 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Rai.

I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to visit Chiang Rai with AirAsia last week for a short but sweet 4D3N trip. In this blog post, I'm going to share with you my itinerary and some travelling tips in Chiang Rai. Hope you guys will find this guide useful!

ACCOMODATION



Our stay in Chiang Rai this trip was THE RIVERIE BY KATATHANI. I highly recommend this hotel because it's SUPER CLEAN and cozy! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and the Kok river, that stretches more than 250km. Imagine yourself waking up to a beautiful view and having breakfast by the river - what an amazing way to start the day.


TRANSPORTATION
Grab Car is widely-accessible in Chiang Rai, and the fares are pretty affordable too! Alternatively, you can also hire a private driver from KLOOK to drive you around. I would recommend you to hire a private driver if you are planning to visit attractions further than the town area.

ITINERARY

Here's an overview of my itinerary this trip:

16/03/19 (Saturday)
We did nothing much on this day because it was already nighttime by the time we arrived in our hotel. 

17/03/19 (Sunday)
- Breakfast at hotel
- Visit Chui Fong Tea Plantation 
- Lunch at The Wanderer Cafe
- Visit Singha Park
- Visit Wat Huay Pla Kang
- Dinner at Melt in Your Mouth Cafe

18/03/19 (Monday)
- Wake up at 3am and en route to Phu Chi Fa for sunrise
- Lunch at a local restaurant
- Visit the Tribe village
- Cupple Cups cafe
- Visit the Golden Clock Tower
- Dinner at Manoram cafe
- Visit the night market / go for massage 

19/03/19 (Tuesday)
- Breakfast at hotel & check-out
- Visit White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
- Visit Blue Temple (Wat Rong Seur Ten)
- Lunch at Chivit Thammada Coffee House


Choui Fong Tea Plantation 
Choui Fong plantation offers panoramic views of lush green that stretch as far as the eye can see. Besides, there are also cafes in the plantation area that serve tastEA smoothie drinks or juices to rejuvenate yourself. 



The Wanderer Cafe
Chiang Rai is full of exotic cafes, and The Wanderer Cafe is definitely a hidden gem! Surrounded by lush greenery, this cafe exudes a cozy yet mystery atmosphere. Not only for its looks, this cafe also serves pretty decent fusion Thai-Western food!





Singha Park
Singha park is a family-friendly attraction with landscaped flower gardens, cycle routes, walking trails and mini zoos! The park also hosts an annual balloon festival in February so it's an unfortunate that we didn't get manage to catch the festival. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can also go for zip-lining and wall climbing.

Petting a pony!!




Wat Huay Pla Kang
Standing 79m tall, the Big Buddha statue in Wat Huay Pla Kang is really a magnificent sight. 





Melt in Your Mouth Cafe
I absolutely love cafes that are surrounded by nature! It feels as if you are entering a secret garden in a fairytale. This cafe also serves a mixture of asian and western cuisines! 




Phu Chi Fa
Overlooking the Lao border and 2.5hours drive from Chiang Rai, the 1,442m-high Phu Chi Fa mountain is a popular attraction among hikers for its sea of clouds and amazing views. 

Unfortunately, it was too hazy on the day we visited, so we didn't really get to a clear view. So I strongly advise you to check the weather before heading here to avoid any disappointment.

Photo credits to @zippyzipeng.


TRIBE VILLAGE
The union of hill tribe village is home to 5 hill tribe villages, namely, Lahu, Kayaw, Long Neck Karen, Yao and Akha. Originally from Burma, these villages have lived in this area for generations after escaping from the longtime conflict in Burma.

It was quite a rare and eye-opening experience for me as visiting them allowed me to learn more about their culture, tradition, living habits - up close and personal. All of them were really friendly and they also welcomed us with warm hospitality. 

It seems like each household has its own little thatched hut where they sell handicrafts like scarves, accessories and souvenirs to earn a living and support their family.  
 

This kind lass from the Long Neck Karen tribe even helped me to put on the brass ring around my neck. Even though I've barely worn it for 2 mins, I could already feel a soreness around my shoulders! It's honestly so inspiring that they still preserve this exotic tradition from generation to generation until today.
The villagers performing their traditional music and dance to welcome the visitors.
How adorable are they?!

 
Couple Cups Cafe
We dropped by Couple Cups cafe for a quick coffee break before dinner!





Chiang Rai Golden Clock Tower
Designed by the same artist that constructed White Temple, the Golden Clock Tower is located in the central district and also used as a roundabout. There's also a short nightly light show which occurs at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm!


Manoram Cafe
Another picturesque restaurant that offers a beautiful garden view. After a long day, this restaurant is just the perfect spot to relax.




White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
Designed and constructed by Thailand artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, The White Temple is one of the most recognisable temples and tourist attractions in Chiang Rai. Unlike the traditional colourful decoration of Buddhist temples, Wat Rong Khun is just an absolute whiteness complex with intricate and ornate details. The colour white symbolises the purity of the Buddha. 

Entrance fee is only 50baht. 
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 Do you always feel like your skin is dry and tight? 
Does your skin always get redness and sensitive? 
Do you feel like your makeup is always uneven and flaky?

If you answer is a "YES" to all the questions above, your skin is probably stressing-out and asking for help! 

A few weeks ago, I feel like my skin type has somehow changed - it has become drier than usual, and even more sensitive than usual (I used to have a combination skin). Well, if you notice that your skin type is changing, don't worry! It is indeed possible for your skin type to change; it might be caused by the weather or even your hormones.

So as I said, I've been experiencing a dry/sensitive skin issue and my makeup tends to flake off easily no matter how many layers of moisturisers I've packed on beforehand..

HOWEVER, my condition has recently improved after using THE FACE SHOP DR.BELMEUR ADVANCED CICA AMPOULE (phew, the name is such a mouthful one!).

If you haven't already heard of the DR.BELMEUR ADVANCED, it's actually the first ever premium cosmeceutical (cosmetics + pharmaceuticals) skincare line produced by THE FACE SHOP which helps in combating dry, sensitive, eczema, oily and acne-prone skin.

So back to the key product, THE FACE SHOP DR.BELMEUR ADVANCED CICA AMPOULE is a powerful cica concentrate ampoule that helps to revitalize tired skin and achieve smoother skin and a healthier skin barrier. It's a NEW product added into the Dr.Belmeur skin care line!!
It comes with a droplet applicator, which is really convenient and hygienic.
This ampoule has a very light and fast-absorbing texture, so that it won't feel thick or greasy on the skin.
This product is formulated with a unique technology, as known as the Skin-sync Rx™ combining with the Peptide Complex ingredients.

Skin-sync Rx™ consists of:-
Ceramide – protects skin from moisture loss while replenishing moisture at the same time. 
Panthenol – also known as Pro-vitamin B5, this is an effective, low-irritant moisturizer. 
Centella Asiatica Extract – nicknamed ‘Tiger Grass’, this plant has exceptional anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits.

Peptide Complex ingredients contain:-
1. Argireline
A peptide that has similar effect with the mechanism of Botox. Helps to boost collagen synthesis, effectively improving the appearance of fine lines and premature ageing.

2. LG-AQ
Developed by LG H&H, this proprietary ingredient has a powerful anti-inflammation effect, helping to manage the skin’s protective barrier and soothe irritation.

3. Urea
Penetrates deep into rough, dry skin, helping to correct uneven skin texture. A softer, smoother surface allows improved adherence of skincare products.

So I apply this ampoule after cleansing and toning as a pre-serum pre daily. You can also mix this product with your serum or cream to boost the moisturising effect!

HONEST verdict after using the product:
- It doesn't cause any irritation to my skin (safe for sensitive skin!)
- My redness issue around my cheek area is soothed
- My skin feels more soothing, calm and smooth (it doesn't get irritated easily anymore)
- My skin feels more plump, hydrated and revitalised
- My makeup doesn't flake anymore after adding this product into my skin care routine!!

THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Peptite Ampoule (45ml) is priced at RM165. You can get it ONLINE or in all THE FACE SHOP outlets!

Hope you enjoyed my sharing today. Let me know what you think if you have tried this product out!!
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I know making new year resolutions may sound a lil too cheesy, cliche or typical. But hey, if it makes you realise what you need to CHANGE. Why not?

Most of the people are just way too accustomed to their current way of living that they don't feel motivated and that they don't feel the NEED to change. Interestingly, there's always a sense of excitement at the start of a new year. And making new year resolutions is also a way of clearing your mind, helping you to reflect on yourself.

So, guys, make use of this sense of excitement,
To set yourself new goals.
To make yourself realise what you need to change,
and to give yourself the motivation to change!

I reflected on the past year and realise that I want to improve on so much more. So I made a list of new year resolutions for myself.

1) To workout more often
- I have already set fitness goals as well as a workout schedule for myself!

2) To pick up a new skill.
- I've always wanted to learn dancing!
- Go for pilate / yoga / boxing!

3) To travel to new places.
- I want to visit so many new places..China, Vietnam, Turkey...the list is exhaustive!

4) Start saving MORE money.
- Actually, I just signed up for a saving plan and I'm saving a few hundred bucks monthly. It's not a big amount, but hey, at least it's better than none!

5) Learn to control my emotions.
- I'm quite a hot-tempered person...so I'm learning how to control my emotions and be kind to people.

6) Create fresh and new content / to collaborate more with people
- I guess people have always known me as a beauty, fashion and travel content creator. But this year, I want to try new things and create contents of different genre.
- Perhaps fitness videos? Or more "how-to" videos?

7) To practice gratitude more often.
- To be more thankful for good opportunities, for people that are around me, and for the little things in life.

8) Be positive and be surrounded with positive people.
- Time to cut off toxic friendships and be surrounded with people that motivate you to do better in life
- To be able to think at the bright side for every situation

9) To stick to my new year resolutions.
- Of course, I need to walk the talk and stand behind my own new year resolutions! It's so important to make small and realistic resolutions and keep track of your own progress.
How about you? What are your new year resolutions? Share with me!
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It's crazy how time can pass so quickly. I can't believe that 2019 is just 3 days away! If you have been reading my blog, you would definitely know that writing a 'year-end recap' is kinda like a ritual on my blog every end of the year. So this year, it's not exceptional as well.

2018. 

It has been a really amazing year. Perhaps I can conclude that 2018 is the best year of my life so far.

It has been a year that is filled with amazing opportunities for me and my career. As y'all may know, I graduated from uni last year (well, but I only had my convo this year). I'm not pursuing Masters because I thought it was unnecessary for my course. So I took this entire year to build my career as a content creator. Yes, I work as a full-time content creator and entrepreneur currently.

Honestly, being a full-time content creator wasn't part of my plan at all. Of course, I did not expect myself to be able to make a living out of what I am doing currently when I first started. When I was young, all I was thinking was to study hard, get good grades, graduate as a first class honour degree student so that I could end up working in a big company with a lucrative salary.

Well, I did all three of them, except for the last. 
I didn't end up working in a full-time "9 to 5" job, like most people do.

 But you know what? I am proud of what I'm doing now. I'm happy with my current job.
And I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities that are given to me this year.

Many of you guys may be curious - what exactly my job is about? 
You may be thinking that my job is only about taking photos and uploading on my social media. 

Well, you are partly correct. 
But of course, my job stretches beyond that. 

Yes, my job revolves around taking pictures a lot, but it is more than just "taking pictures". As I'm the only one managing and running all my social media accounts, it also means that I'm basically the only one who does everything, from planning to conceptualising, photo and video editing, liaising with clients and follow-ups, not only doing the front-end stuffs but also all the back-end's, etc. Basically, it's like building a brand of myself and I can say that I definitely enjoy the entire process of it.

So ya, being a full-time content creator this year has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Since I've more flexibility in time ever since I graduated, I can spend more time on creating content. And this year I focused more on writing traveling content on my blog, makeup content on my Youtube channel and more lifestyle plus fashion content on my IG.

Speaking of traveling content, I'm really grateful to be able to travel to so many new places this year! Some of the trips are my own personal trip (which I spend my own money to travel) and some of them are sponsored by tourism boards.

Let me take a trip down the memory lane and share with you some of my highlights of the year - 

It started off with a bang early this year when I travelled to KHAO YAI and Bangkok with my friend, Joanne. 

In February, THE JEM LABEL is born! Now not only am I running my own social media pages, I'm also running my online clothing store with my partner - Melissa! It has been a challenging journey, but a fulfilling one. Ever since we started, we have been really occupied - we're constantly preparing new launches after one another. I believe that we had learned so much running this business together.

Moving on to March, I flew to BALI with AirAsia, and I've been wanting to go back to Bali ever since this trip.


In April, I made it to TOKYO for its cherry blossom season with Joanne, and shortly after Tokyo, we flew to SEOUL for a leisure trip as well.

In early of May, I was busy planning for THE JEM LABEL's (my online clothing store) launch party, going for meetings, attending events, etc. 

And at the end of May, I flew to TAIPEI with DR.WU for their new product launch - it was a short yet memorable work trip with the team!

June and July totally went by in a blink of an eye as these 2 months were filled with filming and editing for campaigns as well as my online clothing store!! 


In August, I visited SINGAPORE with Klook, and it has been 3 years since my last visit. I was invited by RWS to promote their attractions and USS is one of them! THIS IS LITERALLY MY DREAM JOB!

Fast forward to September, I FINALLY REUNITED WITH MY BOYFRIEND. I brought him around KL #cuticutikualalumpur and it was interesting to visit places that I never even go before in KL. 

During the end of September, Korea Tourism Malaysia sent us to JEJU for a work trip and it was really an unforgettable one! 

September became more hectic as I had to work on different projects that took up a lot of my time (basically I spent a lot of time at home editing videos and visuals) and attending shoots (so freaking stoked to be able to shoot with Shiseido and Dior!)

In early October, I also got to shoot with Estee Lauder. It was the first time ever that I did an official shoot in FULL MANDARIN. (Not that I don't know how to speak Mandarin, but honestly, it was pretty challenging because I was shooting with a global makeup artist from China so I can't speak really 'Malaysian Chinese' you know?) But I'm so thankful to be chosen for this campaign because I got to step out of my comfort zone and tried something utterly different! I'm honestly down for more opportunities like this! 

During the end of October, I revisited TOKYO with my boyfriend. He has been telling me how much he wants to travel to Tokyo, so I offered to be his tour guide and bring him around in Tokyo. And during this trip, I finally got to see Mount Fuji with my own eyes!! (Yea, it's funny that I had never visited Mt.Fuji before even though I had been to Japan so many times lol). But yes, I made it this trip, and will never forget how beautiful and surreal the moment was!

In early November, I got invited by Sephora to attend the Anastasia Beverlyhills' launch in Singapore. I even got the opportunity to meet the founder of Anastasia Beverlyhills during the launch, how crazy!

Also, I'm so glad that BIOTHERM invited me to host my own beauty workshop to share about my own experiences using their product right after my SG work trip - I got to meet some of my readers and talk to them personally, It feels really good to be able to meet and connect with you guys in real life! 

In mid-November, I got to visit MELBOURNE for the first time in my life, courtesy of AirAsia! Words really can't describe how stoked I was! I have blogged the entire experience, including my itinerary so feel free to click HERE to read it if you're interested!

This year, all the opportunities have led me to step out of my comfort zone and I am so glad that I took up those opportunities.

Back then, I was never comfortable presenting in front of the crowd. Back then, I was never confident enough to go for photoshoots or video shoots. But this year, I started to take up new challenges and try new things that I probably wouldn't dare to do back then. You know what, sometimes you just have to try - before you say you can't. You'll never know what you CAN achieve until you push your limits. Of course, there are times when I feel like I am not enough so I'm very thankful for the people who never stop encouraging and supporting me during my lows.

I am just thankful for everything that has happened this year.

Next year, I'm ready for more challenges. I can't wait to try and experience more in life and share with you my journey. Thank YOU for sticking by and happy new year.
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