Thursday, September 01, 2016

Earn cashback with Shopback Malaysia



I blogged about my saving plan last week, you can refer back all my tips HERE. So now its time to share something which help you save even more, marathon saving loll. For those who know me in person, I am sure most of you know that I love to travel.  Travelling and exploring new places always make me so excited, that's the reason why I always look for the best deals online. So I have found ShopBack Malaysia, like most online shoppers, I shop with SBM.

Did you know that you get paid to shop online? My first reaction was like "uh are you damn serious?" ( Yes of course) . Ya you see, you can find great deals on ShopBack and shoppers get to EARN CASHHHH! It might sound too good to be true loll. What's even better? 


About ShopBack Malaysia
Shopback is the cashback site for online shopping and you get to enjoy up to 30% cashback. Meaning that you'll be able to access to a whole range of exclusive codes and offers from a whole variety of merchants — fashion, food, travel and many more!

ShopBack Malaysia partnered with over 500 local , regional and international merchants including Zalora, Lazada, and Asos. You can directly go for "travel" section if you're looking for a cheaper flight/hotels. Just look at the promotions and cashback, so many choices at discounted price.


Vacation, vacation, vacation. I think about vacation everyday, OMG I cant tell how much I love travel :( Be a smart consumer instead of being rich to travel the world. Talk about saving, I receive cashback in every single purchase I made through ShopBack. The hotels and flight ticket I book from Shopback is so much cheaper than the market price. 


Of course, if you're looking for top brands like TopShop, Aldo, Zalora ,Bonia etc, they have all these too. 


How it works?
It's easy and straightforward process. Once you have picked a deal, well simply click on “Shop now" to be redirected to the store's official website. From there you just perform your usual shopping. Once the payment is made on the merchant's side, your cashback will automatically be added to your ShopBack account within a few days. Once redeemable, you can cash out via your local bank account.


ShopBack gave me my own referral link, you can get RM5 to kick start your app shopping. Yes they literally pay you to shop and I love FREE thing. Who doesn't? Do sign up with #ShopbackMY now, it's really easy to sign up as shown below. 
This is my referral link:


Sunday, August 21, 2016

6 Genius Way To Save Money For Vacation


How to save enough money to travel 3 months? I was inspired by a blogger, Kate. I've planned this over a year, my aim was to save 20k which including my living expenses, transportation and foods. I mainly budgeted my airfare around 3k-4k, travel insurance RM500, passport renewal RM200, and anything left over in my account those are my living expenses. 

I was told that 20k is never enough to survive in UK. Well, I have to say "Yes it is more than enough". As to be honest I am going to share my little tips without any bias, and I hope this inspired you! I started with very little saving since January 2015, 10% of my full-time income was transferred to my PBB saving account every month. I was a fresh graduated, I have bills to pay just like everyone else, a lot of bills.....:(( 

Monthly expenses:
  • Car loan
  • Medical Insurance
  • Phone Bill
  • Studies loan
  • Foods
  • Shopping
  • Petrol
Let me reveal my saving tips now!

Tip 1. Make money as a blogger
I am often asked how to make a living from blogging? There are many ways such as ad space, affiliate income, products or services. That's how I got paid for every blog-post I've written in the past few years. So I managed to save RM250-RM1000 per post as long as I keep on writing. 

Hotel Review

Food Review

Game Review

Tip 2. Freelance Chinese editor
Freelance, means I was working independently instead of for a long term employer. I do it at home. I was employed by one company, and I earned extra income every month. I basically to create, edit and publish new content online Total: 1K++ /month 



Tip 3.  Start saving plans during Chinese New Year
What could be better than using the red packet money to kick start your saving plan? LOL. A lot of FREE cash, from here you can probably collects minimum 1k, more or less. 

Tip 4. Sell product online
Last year I managed to sell out a lot of limited edition Batman touch and go card, just in few days. Social media is likely one of the first place that comes to mind when I consider selling product over the Internet, and the responses were surprisingly great. Total: RM300-RM400


Tip 5. You have to contribute to the saving plan on a regular basis 
No matter what, no matter how. If you planned to save RM1000 every month, be determined.The amount of saving cant be any lesser than the previous month. So I forced myself to save RM1000 per month.

Tip 6. Don't spend on unnecessary items
Saving money ain't easy, the temptation to spend is everywhere and to save money takes determination. I was committed, I stop spending on branded stuff and I tried to cut down a lot of entertainment. Instead of shopping, I often choose to be at home and work to keep spending to a minimum. Of course, I am not encouraging you to cut down everything in your life, its fine if you do it once in a while. 


"Put it back....." 

-EXTRA TIPS-

Tip 7: Refer to my previous post!
Make good use of those online website to search for the best deals, cheaper flight and hotels. CLICK HERE http://www.fionev.com/2016/07/tips-tricks-uk-travel-visa-and-flight_18.html More website that help you save more will be updating on the next post, so keep an eye! :)

Tip 8: Investment
Investment is the fastest way to earn but you need to make sure you found the safest one. Not to say " safest", but at least those which minizime your risk. I have one investment now, you can privately PM me if you are interested :) You invest a little, and you have earned an opprtunity to accumalte your wealth. But PLAY SAFE.



You don't have to be rich to travel the world, be smart and spend wisely. It was my first solo travel to UK on my own, but sooner or later I met up my friends who lived there. I was lucky because I don't really spend on my accommodation. I stayed in my friend's house, in Hatfield, Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester. I kept on moving around. 

To all my friends in UK, I would like to thank you for your gracious hospitality on my visit!











Well I am not saying that my tips are the best of the best! It's just purely from my experience so don't judge! And if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment below! Last but not least, stay tuned for my upcoming blog, I will still keep sharing tips for travel ! XOXO

Monday, July 18, 2016

【Tips & Tricks】: UK travel visa and flight


I recently returned from a 3 months trip to the United Kingdom and Europe. So I would like to share my travel tips, and I thought you might find them useful. 

I have traveled to 8 countries before this, but I haven't satisfy my thirst for travel. So I get my first job just like everybody else does after my graduation. I worked very hard until I managed to pay my own bills, and finally able to finance myself.  I took a year to plan, includes my saving, research, accommodation, transportation, from A-Z. 

My mom initially objected but I still went after my dream no matter how unattainable others think it was. So let's sum it up, I finally flew 3000 miles to England on my own. It was a great experience because life has taught me that nothing is impossible, only you yourself can make your dreams happen. #IMADEIT woohooo




Fly me to the moon

INFORMATION: 

-FLIGHT-

I again traveled to UK by using Emirates like 2 years ago, costing me around RM4300. A totally pleasant experience. The services from Emirates remains a constant 5 star. The crew services, the food, the choice of wine, the comfort of the seats, extra leg room, the ambiance and the in-flight entertainment were first rate. Besides, Emirates also provide you a hot towel, pillow, blanket, headset, and 2 meals. 

Talk about being spoiled. Every passenger have a personal seatback monitor, so I was able to watch the latest movie during my flight, and plenty of games to kill my boredom. I flew with Emirates by a huge aircraft. So if you want a comfortable journey, Emirates will certainly will have to be considered. 

Summary:

Chosen Airline® Emirates
Fares® RM4300 
Transit: PNG-KL-DUB-LHT
Service: 5 stars





Before you fly
1. If you prefer a quiet seat, pick the front row.
2. Pick aisle seat if you tend to use the bathroom very often, so you don't disturb the deep sleepers beside you

Up in the air:
1. If you are having jetlag or you couldn't sleep, there will be tons of complimentary alcohol you can order :)

During transit:
1. I transited at Dubai airport. OMG the lounge in Dubai is truly world class lounge, huge and nice. 
2. Unfortunately the WiFi only available for one hour :((

Bonus TIPS: 
Airline change fares constantly, so timing is everything. Start checking as long as you know you'll be flying, if you found a good deal, go for it! I traveled during March, in between February and March is low season. So best advise, book in advance otherwise discount seats are likely to sell out quickly. 



Finding Cheap flight:


Perfect when you are looking for a cheaper flight. Select your destination and dates, here you search for the best deals.



2. MOMONDO

3. KAYAK
A good "advisor" whether you should buy your flight ticket or wait, and the Explore Feature lets you filter destination by weather, price, flight duration and etc.

A budget travel resources which you can find cheapest and low cost flight.



The best website to travel for free by using frequent flyer miles and credit card points.

-TRAVEL VISA-

It was my first time taking flight alone. I had phobia after the missing flight MH370 lolll.…I get a lot of message over the months asking me. 

So I am here to answer your question! Before this, I did my research online. I've called 4 travel agencies, I googled, I asked my friends around, and I probably be the most annoying person on earth. However, DONT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTION! Ask for what you want, ask for help, ask for advice. 





Question #1. VISA- How long you can stay?

You won't need a visa to come to UK, you're legally to stay in UK for up to 6 months.

Question#2. Documents you must provide

1. Return flight ticket : To prove you'll leave UK at the end of your visit
2. A current and valid passport
3. Bank Statement/ Payslip from the last 6 months :  To prove them you have financial support ( Cash, credit card, cheques)
4. Employee letter : If you are employed ( Start date, salary, role, company name)
5. Insurance card : Buy a protection for yourself
6. Driving license: You need an identification in case you are going to casino/night clubs

Once you have the coveted "Visa" stamp in your passport, don't get too excited! You still have one more test to get over before you enter the United Kingdom! And that exactly what I worried the most- The UK Border Immigration Officer. You might be questioned, and if they are in any doubt, the officer can refuse entry and send you home on the next plane. WHATTTTT? 



Question #3. What kind of questions are you likely to face at the border control?
1. The dates you're planning to leave UK
2. How long you intend to stay in UK?
3. What is the purpose of your visit? ( Travel? Study? Working?)
4. Are you working or studying?
5. Details of where you'll be staying during your visit. ( Address, Contact No, and relationship to the person who'll be looking after you)
6. How much your trip cost? 
7. How much you earn in a year?
8. Are you travelling to any other country besides UK?

*Bonus tips: Never carry a job application or only purchase one way ticket. They might suspect you for illegal stay. Most importantly, be confident and make your answer sounds convincing

*Sample Answer: 
"I come here for travel.  I have a full time job back in Malaysia and I am taking a sabbatical leaves to travel. I am staying with my family at [address], meanwhile I will be also travelling to Europe."

To do list before you travel:


1. Check PTPTN Blacklist.
For those who applied PTPTN, you are advised to check your immigration clearance status at: http://sspi2.imi.gov.my/ . Internet system is getting widely used now, it's easy to do the checking. When your name is on the list, you will not be able to travel out of the country. So make sure you pay back your loan punctually.

2. Activate your bank card to International Withdrawal
In case you run out of money, you can still withdraw from your Malaysia's bank account.

3. Temporary deactivate your phone line
If you are going for a long travel, and you still want to remain your Malaysia's number. Call to the centre, you can terminate for 3 months without have to pay for your bills.


4. Check the currency

Obligatory tourist photo!


 More red buses please, over Regent Street on a quiet day!

I reached London at night, and I took a cab to my destination. I was dragging my luggage and walking on quiet streets in the midnight. It was exciting because my plan went well. I cant describe the feeling I get the day after I reached London. I cant wait to go to his doorstep and surprise him. Yeah that's the plan.. The moment of reunited is the moment for which I have waited for so long. 

-Westminster Abbey-





London is absolutely beautiful, so may reasons to love London. Definitely worth visiting for a break, also you'll discover so beautiful scenic places you probably dint know existed along the way. This trip has been amazing so far, so please stay tuned for my next upcoming post! 

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