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I'm not the most artsy type of person but I do love writing, journaling, and crafting. These are all therapeutic to me! The best thing about these is that I feel free and with no restrictions. Being a bit OC, I tend to break free when it comes to writing or crafting. I just feel like there are no rules and with that, I can do whatever I want without being hard on myself. 

Travel Diary: When You're Sick While Traveling...


Travel Diary: When You're Sick While Traveling...

Probably the number one thing that I try so much to avoid from happening when I travel is getting sick. Next to having my period, that is. Right? It's just a bummer to travel knowing deep inside that you are not feeling well. Obviously, you try your best to enjoy but there's that thought in your head that you're sick or that feeling in your gut that something's not right, and your body is too weak. 

Well, I felt that kind-of-sick during my last trip. I mean, it wasn't too bad that I couldn't get up from bed anymore (that would be terrible). I had the usual cold and cough, and from time to time it would hurt my head, or it would give me a hard time sleeping at night. Those little feelings of uneasiness are annoying. 

When I arrived at Singapore, I didn't have much sleep. Yeah, perks of a red eye flight! I already felt sick that time but I had to have the proper mindset to not let the sickness ruin my travel plans. How could I when I only had a few days to explore? Plus, I wasn't really home so it may aggravate the feeling of being sick. 

I really wanted to make the most out of my trip so here's what I did. 

Proper mindset

I've mentioned earlier that I needed to have the proper mindset so I could enjoy my trip. This aspect is very important to me personally. I find that when I set my mind to do something and manage my expectations properly, I become more open-minded and welcoming of the somehow unexpected things that might happen while traveling. 

I wasn't too sick. I knew I was fine despite the uneasiness. I used my willpower and positive mindset to go on with my trip as planned, and I decided not to keep telling myself that I'm sick. The more I thought about it, the more I felt sick. 

Vitamins & Meds

So I'm not really into medicines when it's just for a little discomfort, but since I was traveling and I needed to make sure I combat the virus before it erupted into a full-blown sickness, I opted to take medicines (and vitamins) ahead of time. As usual when I travel, I brought with me a variety of meds for headaches, stomachaches, dizziness, cold, cough, fever, and flu. 

When I'm home, I often forget my vitamins. It's just something that I haven't fully incorporated into my lifestyle yet. But for the weeks leading to my trip until my trip ended, I made sure I took vitamins everyday. Yes I Googled How to stop cold and cough before they happen. And one of the results is to take vitamins. I don't know how effective that was but I took my vitamins anyway. 

Batu Caves
*At Batu Caves

Lots of water! 

I didn't Google this but I knew lots of water would help me hydrate and cleanse my system. It helped so much that there's a drinking water fountain in every corner of Singapore, plus accessible toilets in public places. I had liters and liters of water when I was there, but just brought a small bottle while I was out and about. It was easy to refill anyway.

I tried my best to drink water only, although I drank bottled green tea (not sure how green tea that was), and a large cup of soda while in Universal Studios. That's it. Then just water all throughout. 

In Kuala Lumpur, I had to bring a bigger bottle (like one liter!) to make sure I wouldn't run out of water.

Batu Caves
*Bringing one liter of water

Weapons

Not weapons, weapons. My usual weapons were a cap, and a handkerchief. When you're sick and had to brave the intense heat of the sun, a simple cap to protect you from the heat can help so much. Add a hanky to wipe off your sweat as it builds up, and make sure your sweat doesn't dry out on its own. I find that this avoids the intense coughing. 

I only brought just enough shirts for my travel so I didn't bring extra for everyday adventure. I just made sure I brought a hanky with me. When we were at Batu Caves, we had to buy a cheap shirt (but a nice one) so that we could change after climbing the steep flight of stairs while the sun was in its full glory. 

A positive attitude

I've always believed in: "The only difference between a good and a bad day is your attitude." Anything can happen while traveling, and getting sick is just one of them. It could have been worse, but it wasn't, so I was still thankful that despite the sickness and a little difficulty sleeping at night, I would wake up energized everyday (even though I'd feel a little weak). I was always ready to take on new adventures, which was what I wanted in the first place. ♥


Still, prevention is better than cure. So prepare yourself physically and mentally, and manage your expectations properly to avoid unfortunate incidents from ruining your trip. :) 



How to Find an Authentic Experience in Jakarta


How to Find an Authentic Experience in Jakarta

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

So many cities are influenced by tourists and, while lots of tourist destinations are full of family fun, they could really be anywhere. Theme parks and water sports can be found in any warm climate, so what can you look for to get a more authentic experience of a city? What does authentic even mean in a multicultural world?

Jakarta is a brilliant place to explore this idea. Indonesia is home to a wide range of nationalities and the culture is a mixture of different ideas. When the Dutch India Trading Company arrived here, they didn’t just bring commerce, they also helped to introduce the cultures of India and China, as well as their own European culture. Indonesia has embraced these cultures and they, along with its colonial past, can still be found everywhere.

The Big Durian, as some call it, referring to the famous durian fruit from the region which smells terrible but tastes sweet is vast in comparison to the rest of the archipelago. Nearly 9 million people live here and a further 2 million commute into the city for work every day. It’s even bigger than Singapore! In such a metropolis it is easy to be drawn to the tourist destinations and parks, but there is still an authentic Jakarta to be found here - if you know where to look, that is. 

So what does authentic mean?

In this case, authentic is about living, however briefly, like a local. Rather than going to hotels and exclusively trying things that are aimed directly at tourists, go off the beaten track and find out what really makes a city tick. You can start by renting a house or an apartment like the ones you can find on https://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-barat/rumah-murah. These apartments are also great for placing you in the heart of  the city and are ideal for a longer stay.

What to Eat

As a capital city, Jakarta is a melting pot for all sorts of traditional cuisines from around the world. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from as well as bars and pubs. You can find Italian, Japanese and Steakhouses as well as the more common Chinese, Indian and Indonesian restaurants. But with all this on offer, you might actually find that streetfood is a much better choice for getting a real taste of Jakarta. 

Though streetfood may often come with a reputation for being cheap and causing stomach upsets, in many cities it is what also keeps the locals going throughout their busy days. Certainly be cautious and watch out for any places that might not be the cleanest, but otherwise be adventurous and try as many new flavours as you can. There are so many things to tempt you that to ignore them would be a real loss. 

The street food stalls in Jakarta are often piled high with beautiful bounty with everything from seraba, flying saucer-like pancakes to martabak telor, a deep fried omelette made with ground beef and shredded vegetables. Be wary when trying something you are unfamiliar with, though, with Indian and Chinese influences combined with Indonesia’s own love for chilli, the food can be quite rich and take you by surprise - especially if you generally eat milder foods! 

What to See

Some of the best places you find on holiday are the ones you stumble across by accident when you are lost. In fact, the best way to discover any city is to wander aimlessly, or at least, relatively aimlessly through the streets around your hotel or apartment to get used to where things are in relation to each other. 

Pasar Baru is an ideal place for such wandering. It is a market home to Little India and has been here since 1820. Though its name means New Market, it is actually the oldest market in Jakarta. As with much of the city, your senses will be overwhelmed here with fabrics from around the world as well as religious study groups and healers who use traditional Indian methods to cure pain as well as modern medicine. You cannot visit Little India without tasting at least some of the food here. It is simply breathtaking! 

What to Do

If you have ever been to India you will be familiar with the tuk-tuks they use there to wind in and out of the crowds. These tuk-tuks arrived in Indonesia and in 2005, there were around 20,000 of these bright orange vehicles were on the streets with a new name, Bajaj. They might not be the comfiest ride, and with only natural air conditioning available, they are also hot. And yet, however uncomfortable you are as you bump along, you won’t be able to stop smiling. 

The Taman Mini Indonesia Park may be a tourist destination but the site is ideal for getting a taste of Indonesia and a better understanding of how the archipelago of 17,000 small islands work together. This is also the home of Museum Indonesia which has a range of permanent exhibits. There are lots of museums around Jakarta to keep you busy with the culture and history of Indonesia as well as a brand new contemporary art gallery.

The culture here is a fantastic mix of influences from around Southeast Asia, India and around the rest of the world. You can find this unique combination only here. It is written in the architecture around the city and in the food on every street stall. You really do have to come here and experience it for yourself to understand its true complexity. 

Jakarta is an amazing city with so much to see and do, you don’t even need to fall into the tourist traps to have a good time. Discovering a new culture is always a pleasure and Indonesia is a real delight. With so many different cultures combining here in a riot of colour, smell and flavour, Jakarta is the best place to find something new and unique. 


Making the Most of Your Time in Los Angeles


Making the Most of Your Time in Los Angeles

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

If you’re thinking of heading to Los Angeles anytime soon, you need to be properly prepared and be aware of everything that this incredible place has to offer you. It’s the kind of place that’s easy to fall in love with, and you might find yourself not wanting to leave once you’ve tasted it for yourself. It is important to make the most of your time there though and that’s mostly to do with the fact that there’s so much on offer and you can’t possibly do and see all of it.

The Entertainment Industry

Hollywood is the major draw for many people visiting Los Angeles. It’s the city where dreams are turned into motion pictures and pumped out to audiences all over the world. The history of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles is fascinating and you can explore it today by visiting the museums and touring the movie studios.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is not only one of the best beaches in America but one of the best in the entire world and anyone who’s visited it will know what I mean. It’s a slice of bohemian life that’s totally at odds with other more corporate parts of the city so it’s definitely worth checking out while you’re in Los Angeles.

Learn Something

There are lots of opportunities for you to learn new things while you’re visiting LA, especially if you’re interested in science and space. The Griffith Observatory is one of the city’s most lasting and iconic landmarks. And after you’ve stopped off there, you could head to The Broad, LA’s big new museum that will surely impress you.

Driving in Style

One of the best things you can do in LA is simply driving around it, even better if you have an open top car and some great tunes blasting out of the speakers. There are lots of great driving routes, but the one part of the city that you definitely should drive around is Mulholland Drive. Cruising along that road in the hills above the city is simply incredible.

Where to Stay

There’s something for everyone in Los Angeles when it comes to hotels and accommodation. If you’re looking for high-end, no expense spared accommodation, SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills should be near the top of your list. If you get a taste for Beverly Hills, you might want to stay for even longer, in which case you should visit this website. For a more affordable stay, the Hollywood Plaza Inn is definitely worth considering.

Eating and Drinking

It will come as a little surprise that there are lots of great places to eat and drink in Los Angeles. Both The Edison and Bar Marmont are fantastic drinking spots. The latter is elegant and sophisticated in that LA way, while the former is more upbeat and fanciful. Republique and Water Grill are two of the finest restaurants in the city too.

Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth, and you owe it to yourself to make the most of your time there.



Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards


Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards
*Photo by Zach Meaney on Unsplash

I just knew I had to get prepaid or tourist sim cards as soon as I'd arrive at Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. When I first traveled out of the country with my friends, we never considered getting even just one prepaid sim. Perhaps because we had each other? Haha. But the truth is... I think it would have helped us a lot with directions and stuff when we had data instead of relying on WiFi (which we didn't have all the time). 

There was one time in Ho Chi Minh when we had to enter a coffee shop just so we could use their WiFi and check something on Google Maps. We were trying to find our way but because of language barrier, we couldn't get someone to lead us to the right direction.

So anyway, when I traveled to Singapore, I was sure I needed a sim for maps and communication. I booked a 4G sim ahead of time via Klook. That time I still wasn't an affiliate but I do recommend it now that I've already tried it! 

4G SIM Card (SG Pick Up) for Singapore

  • Pick up a local SIM card upon landing at Changi Airport or in the city and enjoy Singapore in full
  • Call hotels, sightseeing spots and make reservations without worrying about the cost of your call
  • Get 100GB of lightning fast 4G mobile speeds in Singapore - connect anytime you want
  • The SIM card comes with FREE 20 minutes of international calls - stay in touch with family and friends

Inclusive Of:
  • M1 Tourist SIM card (regular/micro/nano size)
  • Free local data: 100GB
  • Local calls: 500 mins
  • Local SMS: 100
  • International calls: 20 mins
  • Card is valid for 5 days

It's the same package I used and I never had problems at all! Yup, 100 GB data was way toooo much for my 2-day stay but it was still worth it because it was so fast, and it helped me use my transport apps and other important stuff without a hitch.

I actually contemplated between a travel WiFi gadget and a prepaid sim, but the travel WiFi was even more expensive plus I had to pay for it per day, including the day when I'm not even using it. I decided to get a prepaid sim instead because it has a fixed amount which is SGD 15 or around 500 PHP. You can also earn Klook credits as rebates! 

To book a 4G sim, you can click this link (affiliate) -> KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Singapore. 

 KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Singapore

There are certain airport pickup locations and city locations. You can choose the M1 Shop that's nearest you or your hotel. The airport redemption hours is only 9AM-9PM. Please check the details on Klook's website in case the schedule changes. :) 

Since I was on a red eye flight, I claimed my sim at Bugis Junction. They will activate the sim for you so you won't have any problems figuring out how to do the magic. 

4G SIM Card (My Airport Pick up) for Malaysia

In Kuala Lumpur, I also decided to get a sim ahead of time because I needed to contact my friends. It's inconvenient to keep looking for WiFi connection so I had to make sure that I had data connection. 

  • Stay connected in Malaysia with nationwide coverage on a traveler SIM card
  • Get guaranteed reliable services from one of Malaysia's most popular providers, Tune Talk
  • Keep in touch with family and friends with the lowest international call rates
  • Pick up the SIM card right upon your arrival at either KLIA or KLIA2
  • Choose 5GB or 10GB to suit your travel plans

    Lite Plan 

    • 4G Speed
    • 5GB data, valid for 7 days
    • RM5 credit for calls/data, valid for 30 days (approximately 25 minutes of local calls)

    I chose the Lite Plan which was more than enough for me. It was USD 5 or around 275 PHP. You can also choose the Power Plan if you're staying longer for USD 10 or around 549 PHP.

    Power Plan

    • 4G speed
    • 10GB data, valid for 14 days
    • RM5 credit for calls/data, valid for 30 days (approximately 25 minutes of local calls)

     To book a sim card, you can click this link (affiliate) -> KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Malaysia

    KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Malaysia

    This one's easier to claim because TuneTalk store in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is open 24 hours daily. You will immediately see it upon exiting the arrival hall. Just look straight. LOL! Because I didn't actually realize right away that it was the TuneTalk store until my friend came to rescue me. Ha! 

    There's a photo on Klook website. Just make sure you read all the details. It's much better to have the voucher printed ahead of time. Same with the SG sim, the assigned staff will activate the sim for you. 

    Klook also offers travel sim cards for other countries, not just for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. All you have to do is search for your destination on their website. While you're at it, you can even score discounted activity packages just like I did. 

    Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards

    So there's your travel essential! I personally considered purchasing sim cards as one of the best decisions I've made that time. There's no doubt you need to have access to cellular data or internet connection not because you want to constantly bombard Facebook or Instagram with photos of your trip, but mainly because you need it to search for directions, and to communicate with your friends or companions, or to reach your family back home from time to time. :) 

    If you are traveling with friends or family, consider splitting the cost for one sim card if you are on a budget. This way at least one of you gets immediate access to the internet when you're out and about. Just make sure you all go together when going out though. 

    Have fun on your next trip! ♥


    *The Klook links are affiliate links which means I will receive a small amount at no cost to you when you book using my links. But please know that these services were what I've personally tried during my trips so I can vouch for them. Thank you! :)





    Gondola Lift Ride in Genting Highlands



    Genting Highlands was something we planned, but we never expected that we would actually go. When I researched about it, its theme park was under construction and fully-closed so I hesitated on going. But when we were already at Batu Caves, we just decided to head to Genting Highlands because we're able to book a Grab Car that would bring us there. It was quite far but the views were amazing!

    Heading to Southeast Asia? Make Sure You Pack These Items



    *This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photo by Steve Douglas on Unsplash

    If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, then congratulations: you’ve got an exciting time waiting ahead for you! There’s nothing quite like this part of the world, and if you throw yourself into all the region has to offer then you’re going to have a memorable time. Everyone does! 

    What Do You Do When You Have Nowhere To Sleep While Traveling


    sleepy traveler

    Travel is unpredictable. That’s why we love it. If everything went to plan all the time, we wouldn’t have any stories to tell when we got home would we?

    5 Unusual Vacation Ideas for a Getaway with Your Girls


    *Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

    While vacations with family members and significant others are always welcome, sometimes all a girl needs is a vacation with her best friends.

    Batu Caves: Climbing A Steep Flight of 272 Steps!


    Batu Caves

    The statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is standing tall outside the Batu Caves. No wonder people always take photos of this statue! It's so huge. In fact, it's the world's biggest statue of this Hindu deity (42.7 meters high). Source: Wiki

    5 Tips for Selecting a Metal Detector for Your Needs


    5 Tips for Selecting a Metal Detector for Your Needs

    If you are a history fanatic who loves collecting ancient historical relics, you need to have the appropriate tools of the trade. A metal detector will come in handy when searching for metallic gems buried underground. Unlike yester-years, today’s technology is better and more advanced. 

    Metal detectors come with an array of exquisite features that allow you to easily locate valuable artifacts. It also helps you to distinguish between different metals using a tool called discrimination. The higher the discrimination, the costlier the metal detector. Check out these metal detector reviews to get some insight into the best metal detectors.

    Here are 5 tips to selecting a good metal detector:

    1.Establish what you desire to detect

    Different metal detectors have varying sensitivity levels. Those detectors that operate in high frequencies are typically used to locate small metallic objects located within the topsoil. These are best suited for individuals who love collecting buttons, coins and small items located just beneath the surface. Detectors operating at low frequencies are used to locate larger objects situated deeper in the ground. These are suited for buyers who are interested in finding gold and other precious metals.

    2. Frequency of use

    How often do you plan to use your newly acquired metal detector? If you simply desire to convert your love for collecting artifacts into a hobby, start out with a Garrett Ace 250 detector for beginners. But if you want to take your hobby a notch higher (perhaps by commercializing it), be ready to spend big bucks. The Bounty Hunter Land Ranger and the Garrett ATX fall in this category.

    3. Your hunting locations 

    There are a myriad of places you could pick out to detect metal artifacts. These include beaches, public parks, private property and the woods. However, always ensure that you have prior permission before you go out in your hunting expedition. Detecting in public property warrants a green light from the local authorities as well, so don’t just assume that it’s okay to detect in a public park. Most parks outlaw metal detecting, so get permission first.

    4. The metal detector technology used

    There are basically 3 varying technologies implemented by metal detectors. These include Beat Frequency Oscillation (BFO), Pulse Induction (PI) and Very Low Frequency (VLF). BFO is the simplest technology. It is used to make less expensive metal detectors and is suited for beginners. VLF emits a low-frequency field beneath the earth and detects the resultant reflections. However, only certain metals can be identified using this technology. PI is used for pinpoint detection of gold, metals and other treasures buried deep below. However, it is the most expensive metal detecting technology available today.

    5. Buy within your budget

    Ultimately, your choice will be determined by how much money you’ve set aside to invest in a metal detector. Newbies will naturally pay less when they buy metal detectors for beginners. Treasure hunters, on the other hand, will have to cough up a pretty penny if they want to purchase a state of the art metal detector that can help them locate gold and precious bounty.