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! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KOTA-When Francis Meets Rempah @ Fort Cornwallis

Me and the mental statue of Francis Light

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the latest cafe in Penang: KOTA- When Ferancis Meets Rempah @ Fort Cornwallis. Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia and also the oldest structures in Penang. That's how it became one of the well known tourism spot. So I think it's really cool to have a restaurant inside. 


The large dining room windows frame a view of the beautiful garden. It's a very relaxed environment, by matching interior brightness to outside light is another way for the restaurant to keep it's atmosphere relaxed and natural.

And the place is rather impressive and spacious

Believe it or not, Kota is the first restaurant that combined the local taste buds into a fusion style of foods. If you love fine foods as much as I do, you should really try it yourselves. 

Homemade juices are available in two flavors, you can go for your preference

Nutmeg? Ambarella or me? lolll. I would definitely go for the nutmeg for sure, as it is utterly refreshing during hot days. While Ambarella juice (commonly known as Ampula) is served with sour plum, so it taste a bit sour. Priced at RM14.00 per bottle. 

Dancing Goat Coffee

Dancing goat is a kind of hand drip coffee bean from Etophia Conga, one of their best selling coffee. Coffee is something that can be very addictive, so if you love coffee, this is for you. But I am not a coffee person, so I cant tell much about it. sooo sorry :(

The barista was doing live demonstration


The first dish was Briyani, it was really satisfying for an appetizer. The basmati rice really goes super well with the lamb and masala, and wrapper with banana leaf, that we usually call it as pulut panggang. Besides, it come with papadum which is a wafer thin spicy Indian cracker, it can be also eaten as snack! My favourite when I was a kid. 

Hokkien (Rm25.00)

The signature dish itself named as Hokkien, generously topped with blue prawn, shallot, chili,and caviar bisque. The broth was sweet and flavorful to my liking, and it wasn't spicy at all.  

Laksa (RM25.00)

Well the laksa is so different from what you've seen. It is wrapped with rice paper and laksa leaf to give a strong, mint and peppery flavor.Besides that, there's some other ingredients such as kesom, cucumber, pineapple, mackerel, and galangai. You have to dip it into the curry soup base, what a flavorful authentic recipe. yummy!!

Nyonya (RM25.00)

A dish that stood out to me was Nyonya, it is traditionally made with Otak-otak and butterfly pea flower coconut rice,often combined with achar and rendang chicken. Soo mouthwatering, highly recommended!!!


And the last dish was called as Satay! Chicken satay with peanut sauces accompanied by spices, brown sugar, lemongrass and ginger. It was wrapped in ice cubes and I mistakenly thought it was sushi LOLLL. Priced at RM25.00. 

Anyway, if you sometimes have cravings for those Nyonya dishes ( like me!) and want to try something different, I would personally recommend you to Kota! So here's the additional information for you, xoxo!
Kota @ When Francis Meet Rempah, Penang
Address: Fort Cornwallis, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 Georgetown Penang
Business hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Contact: 04-2519420

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

HER BEST GIFT: Coni Beauty Black Jelly Mask


Christmas is just around the corner and its the season of giving. Eliza is my best friend, partner in crime, my family (or more than that). Our friendship has lasted for more than 10 years. It's not easy to maintain a friendship but we managed to look out for each other. She deserves my love. She deserves my appreciation. So what better way to appreciate her than to give her a Christmas gift during gift exchange?

I was thinking about getting her the perfect gift for her. I thought how I was going to get her something online and deliver it to her doorstep without having to get caught in the Christmas shopping rush at the mall.

Then guess what? Just yesterday I received an email from Hermo.my, and this year, Hermo is having an awesome Christmas sale for the whole month of December. Wohoo! And in conjunction with Christmas, Hermo is organizing a BFF campaign: "HER BEST GIFT" to help every girl find the perfect gift for their best friends.



So what is "Her Best Gift"?

It's a site that features the various types of BFF out there and for each type of BFF personality, they have specially curated a list of gifts to suit their personality.


Hermo has listed 6 types of BFF, each unique and memorable in their own way. A list of speciality curated items have been carefully chosen to suit each BFF's personality- ranging from skincare to cosmetic to hair and body care.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2z_Fq-KL9w
  • The Nerd 
  • The Gossip Girl
  • The Foodie
  • The Motherly Figure 
  • The Wild One 
  • The Princess 


Well, Eliza is mixture of both Motherly and Wild. I guess you can say she's a wild motherly figure *LOL*. At times, she can be so caring and nurturing. She's there when I need her the most and sometimes I feel she understands me better than myself. And of course there are times when she goes crazy. She brings out the wild side in me. We party and do crazy silly stuff. She's a bff that never fails to put a smile on my face and at the same time brings warmth to my heart.
So guess what I got for my BFF? Coni Beauty Black Jelly Mask!


This cool Coni Beauty Black Jelly Mask has added black diamond charcoal, rich in whitening and moisturizing nutrients to regulate excessive oil. The essence isn't too bad too because it exudes Black Rose essence that provides sufficient energy to skin cells, enhancing brightening and anti-oxidant ability with comprehensive whitening effect. Simply perfect! This goes well with Eliza fair complexion.

And it has extra benefits which is particularly well suited to blemished complexions which require deep cleansing. It also helps remove melanin from the inside out and exfoliate. On top of that, it restores skin’s vitality and elasticity, rejuvenates & brightens dull skin.
Looks like my BFF is gonna be enjoying Christmas as well as welcoming the New Year with a fresh looking radiant skin. I hope she loves the gift.

Can't wait to see her reaction.



About Hermo Malaysia:
Hermo.my is the leading beauty e-commerce website in Malaysia that has partnered with more than 200 brands locally and internationally. Hermo was founded with a simple mission to save your time and money spent shopping for beauty products and hard to get overseas products. So the money well spent if you'd asked me. 

Besides that, Hermo Christmas sale which will be ongoing untill 29 December 2015. So if you need more information, here you go! Enjoy shopping xoxo!

Hermo: www.hermo.my

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