Sunday, November 27, 2016

How to stay in Bali's luxury hotel for less

I will come right out and say it, I love to stay in a luxury hotel. But what I dont have is enough funds, so I always looking for ways to save. Generally, there are 3 ways to ethically do this.
1. Research
2. Aviation of the best offers
3. By leveraging hotel loyalty programme

As someone who love to travel around, as well as being a travel blogger, I make a good research hahaha!This was my first time traveled to Indonesia, Bali. I wanted to stay somewhere private, relax and cheap, ideally a private villa. This is how I came to love, a platform that allow travelers to book discounted hotel rooms.

So like I've mentioned, It's a 4 persons trip and I spent only a total of RM438 staying in three different luxury private villa, Bali @  5 days 4 nights. How do I find cheap hotels in Bali? Here's my tips!

The first 2 nights : Astana Batu Belig, Kerobokan

The first villa I booked on Agoda in Seminyak, conveniently located for a beach trip and priced at just RM815 for 2 nights. When I found Astana, I not only got my wish staying in a private villa, but also the best services I ever seen. It's within walking distance to the BatuBelig beach, the rooms are equipped with facilities and amenities such as private swimming pool, huge bath tub, safety box, free Wifi and etc.

At first glance, it was a beautiful and luxurious suite. 

Check out the the bathroom! Omg the bath tub!

However there's some incident happened here. Four of us were dragging our suitcases to the hotel at 10pm. But the moment I checked in, I was told that there's only one king size bed for 2 persons.  As soon as I found out I was very frustrating, knowing that we would need 2 beds for 4 persons, so I booked Astana because of the website written: 1 king size bed and 2 queen size bed. I requested to talk to the manager. What happened next surprised me, he listened to my story and he apologized again. He admitted his mistake and that he will contact the Agoda to ensure it doesn't happen to the next guest.Already, I was cooling off a bit. By the end the services were good and professional. It was a great experience indeed.

Swimsuit sponsored by: @ShelotMalaysia

Float sponsored by: Where To Float

I can spend forever in here if I wake up with breakfast everyday

Paradise found and all I can do is to soak in a bubble bath

Astana BatuBelig
Location: Jalan Batubelig No 28, Seminyak Bali, Indonesia
Price: RM815 for 2 nights (early booking saver 35% discount)
Contact: +62 361 4738336

3rd night: Twin Island Villa, Nusa Lembongan 

We caught a ferry to the island, Nusa Lembongan. It was a little "uncivilized" but also the most peaceful and relaxing place you could wish for. It was an ideal place for snorkeling or diving activities, one of the reason we came here was to dive. So we spent 1 night here at stayed at Twin Island Villa, RM156 per night. 

Situated on the south end of the island with panoramic views overlooking the ocean view, a place that enable you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is what an island living about. 

Hello, meet my room!

I never stayed in a room like this. It's a wooden structure villa with a nice balcony view, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Initially I was expecting a cluster of shops and bars, just like KohLipe Island, but unfortunately there's only a few restaurants along the shore. To reach Twin Island, you'll have to take the shuttle car and go through a "jungle" which takes around 10 mins to arrive. And one thing, the road rough to get to the villa. Yes I know most roads there aren't great, but this was next level lolllll... 

Snacks and beer, anyone?The mini fridge was stocked with everything from carbonated drinks and beers.

The bathroom comes with toiletries such as shampoo, towers , toothbrush shower-cap and etc. I love the ambient so peaceful. 

Breakfast are included! 

It's a perfect escape from everything

Swimsuit sponsored by: @Shelot Malaysia

Our days were mainly spent diving, sitting at the pool side, or exploring the island. Nothing much to do. There's a few hidden gems which you can go and visit such as Dream Beach, and The Blue Lagoon. I recommend you to ask a local how to get to these amazing places, in case you are lost! 

If you are looking for great food, you can dine in Sunrise Hut's Lembongan, its just 5 mins walking distance.

Twin Island Villa
Location: Ancak Village, Nusa Lembongan
Price: Rm156 per night
Contact: +62 813-3864-9035

The 4th night: Hideaway Villa Bali

The last and the best villa!! I will save the best for the next post, because it's too much to share with you guys! A very luxurious,minimalistic and modern hotel which is smartly designer in terraces. So.....

Please stay tuned for the next post! :)

Tips: 4 persons are just nice for a Bali trip! You can share the accommodation fees and meanwhile you all get to stay in a very luxury rooms! Happy travel guys :)

Saturday, November 26, 2016



People always say the grass is greener on the other side, just like people always think they would be happier in a different set of circumstances. Is that true?  I don’t know yet because I’ve never been to Japan, not even once. In so many ways I wish I could just be an ordinary girl who travel to this place and escape from the reality. I used to dream of moving to Japan or about seeing the world with just a backpack. 

I want to travel to Japan, to live it, to taste the experience to the utmost, and to explore everything new. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, I don’t want to learn about the country from Google, I don’t want to see the pictures of Japan from Internet. Sometimes, it’s just not enough. 

Be there! Be there and try out their Japanese cuisine made with world class Japanese ingredients, toast with sparkling sake, visit the impressive Kabukiza, do a kimono fitting, to check out the unparalleled mass transit system and many more that I can count. They have things we don’t usually have in Malaysia, such as the coolest vending machine. How about the toilet in Japan? Can a toilet really be bucket list worthy? In this case, yes!  I have totally no idea how ‘s the toilet work as a spa for your private parts. And this is the reason why I should be there to experience it, instead of imagination. Japan is big and urban, I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before.

5 signs you've never been to Japan

  • You don't know these toilet are surprisingly advanced, music can be play to relax the user's sphincter
  • You haven't tried the best salmon in Japan 
  • You haven't enjoy the fresh Maki and sushi in a traditional wood sushi house decor
  • You never wore a kimono before
  • You never seen a sakura

Noooooooo. I got all the signs........I NEVER BEEN TO A JAPAN

For me. What Japan really is?
A place where Totoro, Pikachu were born! A place with sushi. That's all

And the reality is, Japan is a lot more than that!
If you have one last chance, you must at least go once in a lifetime.

What if I was given a  chance by Traveloka to travel to Japan, here are the things I'd like to do:

  • Travel with my best friend and sharing our inspiration, check out the most beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom: Sakura! #Friendshipgoals
  • Sky diving in Japan
  • Try out their spa and public bathing as Japan is a volcanically active country with an abundance of natural hot springs
  • I will be doing a short film and video recording all the places I've been in Japan/ new things I get to explore. 
#bucket list 1

We made it once in London, so hopefully we are going to make it in Japan

#bucket list 2

Out of all the trips I’ve taken over the past few years, I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. Now I get to, because Traveloka is organizing a contest. Not to mention how excited I am when I first saw the contest slogan:” You need a holiday lah”.  The first thought came into my mind: “Yeah I do and I must get my bucket list done before the end of the year if I want to get off to the right start in 2017! 

Unlike everyone else, I am a writer. I write with my passion, lots about my adventures and thoughts, those place I've been and I will be. I was hopping Japan are my next destination and I write what inspires the truth in others :) So if you want to know more about Japan, if you want to check out whether the grass are same shade of green or greener, let's hope I got selected as the winner for #MyTravelokaEscapade :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Go Visit London: Top 3 Hidden Gems

I have so much to share about my adventures in London and it would be impossible to write everything in an article. So yeah, welcome to Part 2!

Let's start off with London. As everyone knows, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge or Buckingham Palace are the main highlights of the city. And many tend to forget there's many other hidden gems in London that you should actually go and explore! To make your trip truly unforgettable, check out these places that people don't even know they were existing. The best thing? Most of them are free to visit, meanwhile you can discover a different side of London off the beaten path. Although I've been to London several times in the past, but exploring London is never enough for me. I'd still wish I could pay more visits in the future. 

1. Sky Garden
Just as it's name suggests, Sky Garden is located on floors 34-37 of the building offering you the best panoramic view in London. A very spacious rooftop garden offers 360 degree uninterrupted view across the city of London and beyond.  There was also a cafe bar serving tea, coffee, cocktails with some pastries and muffins available too. Well, the entrance is totally free but booking is required to guarantee a decent slot. Just head over to their website for your reservations. 

I wandered around the semi-tropical greenhouse garden,  it was very refreshing indeed. After months of cold weather, summer is finally here and London is back with glorious sunshine. Somehow, being an indoor garden, of course the flowers and trees can be kept in bloom all year round in whatever season. 

TIPS:  Whether it be a for a little cocktails, a cup of tea or just sit to watch the world go by, I would recommend you getting a seat near to the Shard window. It was brilliant to see London from this view point, as you'll see all of the famous London landmark and everything look so small from Sky Garden. Wonderful experience! :) 

2. Portobello Road
-Beautiful colored row house- 

OMG OMG! I definitely love hanging out in this place. Portobello Road is famous with its market and charming little stores, selling everything from vintage clothes to artwork and accessories. You can see all the colourful houses lining the way down to the street, I can't get my eyes off from these pretty pastel buildings. On almost every corner you'll find a street performer singing on the street and playing with guitars, it is a live street music experience. I think I wouldn't mind living here forever, I love them all, I want them all. 

How to get there?
The main tube station is Notting Hill Gate, which is easily accessibly via the Central circle and District lines. It's pretty easy, just take the underground from anywhere and hop off at Notting Hill. 

Portebello Market
Address: Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road, London W11 1AN
Public Transport: Ladbroke Grove Station

3. Little Venice
I couldn't believe that this unique place actually existed. With all those colourful canals and typical houseboats, you can spend hours- a lifetime exploring it, as it is vast and fascinating. Whilst there, you can talk a walk or either take a boat trip along the canal. Despite being a beautiful area with stunning view, not many people visit. The area was quiet and uncrowded. 

How to get there?
It is a short walk from the tube Station (Warwick Avenue) to Little Venice approximately 5 mins.

I used to dream of living in a houseboat lol.... and I still do.. Wish I own one of them. Who knows? Maybe next time I'll get a small boat, or not..

Little Venice
Address: Maida Ave, London W2 1ST, United Kingdom
Station: Warwick Avenue Station, then walk 5mins to Little Venice
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