Monday, July 30, 2018

Personalised & Customised Gifts with Printcious

Besides fridge magnets, I do love to buy and collect luggage tags too whenever travel. I found they are pretty cute and adorable. However lately I bumped into someone who has the exactly similar design and colour as mine. So from there, I always want to customise and personalise my own luggage tag which is unique and one of a kind to further differentiate myself from others. 

This is where I found Printcious - a Malaysia online personalised gift store where you can create, customise a unique personalised gift not just for yourself, but for your loved one and friends too by just using an online tool from their website. 

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Besides luggage tags, you can even customise variety of items such as T-shirts, mugs, cushions, tote bags, puzzles, phone cases, tiles, canvas, ceramic tiles, coasters, mousepads and even button badges. 

Feeling like want to create and customise your own personalised gift with Printcious now?
Here are few simple steps to do so:

1) Firstly, create an account with Printcious for free. Two options were given; you can either login via Facebook account, or create an account using your valid email address. The process is pretty fast, simple and straightforward. Within few minutes, I have done creating my own account.

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2) Now you can start creating your gifts in 4 simple steps. Click on the Create and select the item you decided to customise.

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3) After you have decided which item you want, it's time to design and customise using the online tool provided. You can do so by simply upload the image and add text which can be found on the top left.

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4) You can upload any image you want, pick any font you like, resize the font and when you done and satisfy it, click green button DONE. Told you it's pretty simple, fast and straightforward. 

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5) Next, check the number of quantity you would like to purchase and click Checkout.

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6) Then, complete all your necessary details such as shipping address and payment method. Wait! I bet you all did online shopping before, right? Not that hard at all. 

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For your information, free shipping for those order above RM50 and this is valid for West Malaysia. As for those in East Malaysia, you have to pay shipping fee of RM15 only.

And now I can't wait for my one-of-a-kind luggage to arrive and share with you all. Wanna get yours too? What are you waiting for! Hurry up and customise your own too with Printcious.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

2017 Australia - Desserts & Cafes in Melbourne


You know what? A trip with a group of ladies is incomplete without having desserts and cafes hopping. When my girlfriends and I were in Melbourne for four days, we managed to visit at least two lifestyle cafes and even ended our day with desserts right after having satisfying dinner. There's always a room for desserts, like they said! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2017 Australia - Road Trip to Great Ocean Road & Mornington Peninsula

On the first day touched down in Melbourne Tullmarine Airport, we wandered around the city and visited places like Queen Victoria Market, State Library of Victoria, Flinders Street Railway Station and ended our night by admiring the graffiti art in Hosier Lane.

As for the second day, we took ride on Puffing Billy - the oldest stream train in Australia and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. It was my second time on this train ride and because I blogged about this before, there's no point for me to do it again. You can check out my old post on Puffing Billy, Australia's Favourite Stream Train (here).

Third day, we went breakfast at a cafe which I will blog soon and went back to Arrow on Swanston for check-out. We left our huge luggages and just carried our light and small backpacks. Why? Cause we're heading for road trip - that's the main highlight of my Australia trip. I always wanna do self-drive road trip around Australia cause it's one of my bucket list. Previously when I went Melbourne alone, I signed up local tour operator for Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula trip but I don't feel the excitement and fun during the trip. 

Cut the story short and now let me share which car hire service we booked from. I ended up with Apex Car Rentals Australia mainly for one reason - cheap. In Melbourne, they have two branches; airport and city center along Spencer Street. We went the latter one to pick up our car by taking Uber from our apartment. Only those persons named as authorised drivers are allowed to drive - hence, it's best to remind your friends or family members to bring along passport and valid driving license if you need more than one driver. The minimum age for drivers is 21 years old. Unlike Japan, you don't have to apply International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive around Australia. 

Right after checking the car, start the engine and prepare ourselves for another road adventures!

2017 Australia Melbourne Day 3 Road Trip to Great Ocean Road 01
#1: We rented Hyundai Elantra - compact and comfortable for the four of us. Bear in mind, we don't have huge luggages with us as we placed in the apartment we stayed earlier. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

2017 Australia - Revisit Melbourne For The Second Time

Last year, I got the chance to visit three of my favourite countries and one of them is Australia. At first, I plan to include Tasmania as part of my itinerary but at the end, I have to scrap this out due to time constraint. How I wish I could have a longer holiday? That's why, I stick with Melbourne and Sydney cause three of my friends who join along for this trip have never been to any of these two cities before. 

2017 Australia Melbourne Day 1 Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
#1: Hello Melbourne for the second time

We touched down Melbourne Tullamarine Airport early in the morning. I'm not sure why but somehow I felt like Melbourne doesn't welcome me. Not just once but this is the second time I couldn't get through the immigration clearance smoothly. I was being asked sort of questions by the immigration officer but luckily I always well-prepared with itinerary as I planned everything for this whole trip.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

2017 Rainforest World Music Festival

To be honest, I never ever like to attend any events or festivals lately cause I dislike surrounded by large crowds. Not until one of my BFF suggested to have our first ever girl trip by attending the Rainforest World Musical Festival which held in Kuching, Sarawak - it's hard for me to say "No" when it comes to trip with my beloved friends. 

Rainforest World Music Festival 01
#1: #RWMF2017

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a three-day internationally renowned world music festival held annually by the Sarawak Tourism Board. This event is takes place at the Sarawak Cultural Village, situated at the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong. This festival has been running for exactly 20 years and I can't believe this is my first time attending one of Sarawak's biggest event when I, myself have been to Kuching like for almost hundred times (I'm both Sabahan and Sarawakian by the way).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summary of My 6D5N Da Nang, Hoi An & Hue (2018) Travelogues & Travel Expenses

Flying In
From Malaysia, AirAsia is the only carrier flying directly from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang with 7 flights weekly. From Kuala Lumpur, the flight to Da Nang takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes. Time difference wise, Vietnam is 1 hour behind Malaysia.

Malaysia passport holders are not required to apply visa for entering Vietnam is stay less than 30 days.

Currency Exchange
Besides the local currency which is Vietnamese dong (VND), you can also do transaction in US dollar as well. But bear in mind that not all of them accept US dollar such as taxi, small eateries, sundry shop and etc.

Best Time To Visit & How Many Days To Visit
This one tend to be very subjective cause as we know, weather is always unpredictable one. When I went Da Nang early of this year, the weather was kinda chill and breeze especially in Hoi An and I really quite enjoying this kind of weather. As you know, we already have 365 days of summer in Malaysia and therefore, I don't want experience another summer in other country.

As for the number of days you should allocate if you are planning to visit these three cities, I would advise to spend at least a week; 2 nights in Da Nang, 2 nights in Hoi An and 2 nights in Hue. Quite number of my friends told me that spending 6D5N tend to be slightly long but I beg to differ. There are few places and attractions in Hue I didn't manage to cover and I quite regret for not staying longer there.

Here is my summary of my Central Vietnam trip covering three different cities - Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue for your quick and easy reference, in case you are lazy to read the long winding travelogues.

Day 1: 14th January 2018
From Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An (post here)

2018 Vietnam Da Nang 01We booked from VM Travel Hoi An for the price of US$20 (approx. to RM80), and we specially requested for SUV type of vehicle which it's relatively larger, more comfortable and most importantly, fits all our luggage bags perfectly. This airport transfer included services pick us up directly from the airport and drop-off us straight to our hotel in Hoi An.

Day 2: 15th January 2018

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We decided to spend a good two days and two nights in Hoi An alone. Within these two days, we just strolling around this UNESCO World Heritage Site without the desire to go out of the town. 

Things to Eat in Hoi An
I even did a post of what I ate in Hoi An - you can check the post here

Day 3: 16th January 2018
2018 Central Vietnam - My Son Sanctuary, Marble Mountains & Hai Van Pass
Bade goodbye to Hoi An and we decided to stop and visit three attractions - My Son Sanctuary, Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass (post here) before reaching Hue. And once again, we engaged a private transfer with VM Travel Hoi An which charged us US$99 for SUV type of vehicle. 

Day 4: 17th January 2018
Hue Beaulieu Boutique Hotel & Imperial Citadel (post here)
2018 Vietnam Hue Imperial City 06
Before we left Hue, we visited Imperial City - a wall palaced within the Citadel in the morning. We booked private transfer from the travel agency nearby our hotel. Some of the travel agencies charge US$40 whereas we found one that charge us for US$38 for a smaller car. The journey from Hue to Da Nang took almost two hours and 30 minutes.

Da Nang Hotels, Han Market & Dragon Bridge of Han River (post here)
Da Nang Hotels, Han Market & Dragon Bridge

Day 5: 18th January 2018
Ba Na Hills French Village (post here)
2018 Vietnam Ba Na Hills 09

Day 6: 19th January 2018
Goodbye Da Nang. We took Grab from our hotel to the airport. Initially the fare is VND57,000 only but the driver requested for additional VND15,000 for the car park fee he paid upon entering the airport. 
Da Nang International Terminal

To end my post, here I share with you the details of the travel expenses breakdown my friends and I spent throughout our 6 days and 5 nights in Central Vietnam covering Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang. As for the group, there are four of us.

PARTICULARS
AMOUNT
Per Group
Per Pax
RM
Airfare
KUL – Da Nang – KUL
Add: Luggage

Accommodation
Homestay May Trang – 2 nights
Beaulieu Boutiqu Hotel – 1 night
Happy Day Hotel – 1 night
Avora Hotel – 1 night

Transportation Intercity
Da Nang to Hoi An
Hoi An to Hue
Hue to Da Nang

Transportation Within City
Taxi to/fro Imperial Citadel
Grab around Da Nang
Grab to/fro Ba Na Hills

Admission Fees
My Son Sanctuary
Marble Mountains
Imperial Citadel
Ba Na Hills

Food & Beverages
Hoi An
Hue
Da Nang

Others
Sim card with Internet data
Souvenirs – magnets, postcards, stamps, etc

-
-


US$80
US$70
-
-


US$20
US$100
US$38


VND75,000
VND122,000
VND565,000


-
-
-
-


VND1,965,000
VND781,400
VND1,600,000


-
-

-
-


-
-
-
-


-
-
-


-
-
-


VND150,000
VND40,000
VND150,000
VND650,000


-
-
-


150,000
791,250

270.00
77.00


80.00
70.00
57.00
18.30


20.00
100.00
38.00


3.40
5.50
25.20


26.80
7.10
26.80
116.00


87.70
34.90
71.40


26.80
142.40

TOTAL:
1,304.30
Exchange Rate:
US$1 = RM4.00
VND1,000,000 = RM178.50

Central Vietnam Travel Haul 02
I love to buy the silk cushion covers and table runner from Vietnam for my own house decoration. 

Central Vietnam Travel Haul
Instant noodles and coffee bought from Big C supermarket.

I glad that finally I completed another travelogue. Now considering which travelogue should I blog next? 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Central Vietnam (2018): Ba Na Hills French Village

This place has gone viral on the net and it would be a sin for me if I didn't include this place into my itinerary.  

Ba Na Hills is the one of the most popular and top attractions in Da Nang. However, it is not located within the city center. In order to reach this place, one should either sign for a day tour or you could take Grab just like what we did (if there are 3-4 of you). The journey from our hotel (which located facing the Han River) to Ba Na Hills takes approximately 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. As for the fare, it cost roughly around VND 280,000 to VND300,000 per trip.

2018 Vietnam Ba Na Hills 01
#1

The Grab driver dropped us at the foot of the hills, this is where the cable car begin. This is also where the ticket booth is located, in order for you to purchase the entrance ticket which including the cable car ride as well. 

ENTRANCE FEE FOR VISITORS
  • Adult: VND 650,000
  • Children (1m - 1.3m): VND 550,000 
  • Children (under 1m in height): Free of charge