Saturday, November 12, 2016

Work&Travel Guide I | Transportation

Hey guys! remember my trip back in winter to the States? 
today i'd be sharing a little on transportation when i was there and how to get there.

stay tune for my other little
WORK & TRAVEL GUIDES 


let's face it, the flights are crazily expensive when it comes to long haul flights, it took me about 2days to reach New York. So today, i divided transportation tips which i hope will help alot of future participants. i think summer programme just ended! so here's some tips for the upcoming winter trip!

the flights was super hunting mode craze moment, to get the lowest price possible. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO GET ALL VISAS DONE AS SOON AS YOU CAN SO YOUR TRAVEL PERIOD WOULDN'T BE SO CLOSE. as the saying goes early birds gets the worm. is a really cost saver if you buy ahead a month or so.

SOOOOO ANYWAYS, flights.

  1. request from agents for cheap rates - you'd need to compare. but i honestly suggest agents eventhough they might be a little pricey. but safer in a sense of assurance. trust me. you'd save a lot of stressful events and its better that way. most program agents already have a helpful travel agent to help you with the booking. 
  2. i booked with expedia. i nearly flipped table and cried. super paranoid now with these sites. its actually affordable and easy. but bare in mind you have to expect the worst. 

here's other sites you can try.
but do keep a look out on reviews and double check on the bookings made with the particular airline. a few friends tried orbitz.com so it depends if you'd like to take these risks. browse through flight details via these sites!




BUT WHAT I RECOMMEND NOW.
LOOK AND SURVEY THE PRICES ON SITES LIKE SKYSCANNER, ORBITZ & KAYAK
they usually includes what airlines and time as they find the cheapest routes for you.

BOOK DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRLINES
because chances are, the ticket prices ARE THE SAME!
it is also easier for references in case anything happens to your flights.
I went through a whole passing the blame here and there. so this is the best tip i've learnt for you!
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so once you are there in the US, and you're planning on hoping states by states, you can check SouthWest Airlines! super affordable flights! they have free check-in baggage of max 2pcs each not more than 50lbs @ approx 22kg, so it is highly recommended if you are going a little further along the coast.



Others like Delta & JetBlue are low-cost domestic airlines that you should check out too!

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I took the bus most of the time because traveling along east coast, it wasn't much of a distance and I can save much more that way. like alot of dollars worth, but its a little more time consuming though. 
 
Megabus was the cheapest and has wifi in the bus. although it take more time duration to reach your destination because it stops often for pickups. cheapskates like me will take the offer! HAHA 
NYC to Boston - LuckyStar Bus in Chinatown, Grand St subway. is another option with good value.
However, as the buses may be limited to its time and location available, you'd have to opt for Greyhound, Peterpan & Bolt as they cover to more areas.
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credits shutupandgo.travel
subway - metro $2.75* one-way swipe
 i'd recommend to get a pay-per-ride metro card to swipe, cause not all subways sells the one-way tickets. here's a super helpful guide from Shut Up and Go on NYC subway.


the subway is pretty convenient. but you have to go around knowing which street and avenue and you can actually work your way around. but I suggest get to a common station, and walk from the streets in Manhattan. because its definitely more confusing in the subway than the streets, I'd rather walk and admire buildings.

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walking is highly recommended if you're around areas like Chinatown - Grand St., Times Square, Union Square, Rockefeller Centre - you can walk around these places and roam around to find hidden jewels in NYC.

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so that's all for tips in getting there and around the USA. basically, these are mainly based on my East Coast trip experiences, it might differ on West Coast. 
if you have any extra tips i missed out feel free to share or if you have any questions do drop a comment below and i will get back to you as soon as possible to answer them! (: 



until next magical day,
wan




Sunday, October 16, 2016

everyone smiles in the same language

heyyy! 
today i'll be sharing a little on language. Well, not exactly talking about language and stuffs. 


Anyways, stumble this on facebook so many times. But ehem. I had to disagree. 
Or well sorta contradict in some way. 

i have to say, english as most people know, it's the world language, but you'll be quite surprise when half the world doesn't really speak it that well. And i say, having a mother tongue doesn't gives you the right to not learn and practice. I am personally have been surrounded with people who can't speak english well, and while you do speak fluent english, you'll be labled as whites. literally gives you the facepalm some times. But not ranting here, because if you look at it in vice versa - it works the same. 

We all know its great to have a common language or you can speak the language of your counterpart. But sometimes i can't help to think that people would rather just ignore and shun you off just because they cant speak the language. people choose to walk away rather than to practice and learn to improve themselves. just because you don't speak their language, somehow there's this feeling that you don't belong or not worthy. whyyyyyyyyyy? just whyyy?


I dont want to brag, but i love language. Any language, i like to take up the challenge and break that barrier that has cause all these misunderstandings/miscommunication. and even up to today, i can't say my english is great. to be honest i don't know english in details- ask me any grammar stuffs and i'd zone out on you. 

its not easy living in a multiracial country nor is it to anywhere around the world! because we have these differences that makes us different, in terms of culture and well. language. but its actually not all about language, 
its honestly the attitude of the person itself.


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short rant, and thought food, if only people actually set aside differences and just accept each other sincerely, the world would've been much more happier. 
self-reflect is a great way to know if we're treating people fairly. 


so what do you think? 


until next magical day,
wan




Saturday, October 8, 2016

Anchor Say Cheese! : Connecting with Loved Ones

heyyy!

its been awhile since i last posted, please forgive me as i am settling in with my new found job! 
i have a feeling i will be blogging more often, cause i get to run away from work and just calms down via sharings like these. 

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had the really nice opportunity to attend a tasting and get-together, thanks to Euro Bakery and Fonterra for arranging such a session to launch their Say Cheese! campaign where they partnered with Euro Bakery to work out yumms using Anchor brand products. the mini foodie gathering was a great time to catch up with kk bloggers!


The launch introduces a new dessert range at selected bakeries in Malaysia. for Sabah itself, it would be Euro Bakery which has a few branches around Kota Kinabalu. Do drop by to try out these exclusive yumms! 


The dessert for Say Cheese campaign includes Almond Rosa, a nutty almond butter sponge cake layered with rich cream cheese - simple yet delicately nice, i would say. it doesn't give a big impact on the taste. but if you're like me, who enjoys something light. you'd enjoy this with some coffee or tea. Cheeznie, a mixed upper name from cheese and brownie is the among stars of the day with cream cheese spread in between moist chocolate brownies topped with chopped walnuts. if you love the munch and crunch texture, you'd probably enjoy this more than Almond Rosa. 


oh! and they have limited edition heart spoons if you buy 2 cakes! 
Almond Rosa & Cheeznie priced at RM 6 each. 

Among the desserts prepared, they also cater sweet breads with cream cheese filling! I personally prefer the sweet breads over the cakes because i'm a sucker for fillings. like really. especially custards. hahahaha. so cream cheese- double yassss! 


Lady Marmalade, has an orange cream cheese filling topped with candied orange peel which is my favourite from the lot! it has a refreshing taste of the orange tangg, that is just nice to tone down the creamy cheese taste. yay! First love, on the other hand is the sweet bread that has brown sugar cream cheese topped with chocolatey coat on the bread, something you'd be reminded on for locals similar to rotiboy's coffee buns or kopitiam's polo bun. but yes, it did leave a first mmmm! 


try them out yourselves!



until next magical day,
wan



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

American Dream | Work&Travel Winter in USA

hey everyone!


i'm sure if you've been seeing previous post of my USA hopping, you'd know i have been out on work and travel program for the past 5 months.


honestly, i never knew i had the guts to try work&travel programs on my own. well, because people are quite skeptical- like its an indirect human traffic plot and schemes. and we all don't know who you might end up with during your working period overseas. truth to be told, i was one of them. i was scared and uncertain if i could handle the foreign and total independent environment. HAH says the girl who went for so many exchange programs to Japan.  no. really. USA was another dream adventure for me ever since little, heck i grew up with American series/cartoons. now i get to touch American roads for real. ahaha but its a whole new world compare to Japan. and it doesnt seem as safe with all the news and guns are around, now does it?


but today, im here to encourage you to see the world!




i had so many amazing experiences during my trip! my first acorn encounter, first ski, first fluffy snow, first huge food portions. met so many amazing people! gracias amigos!


sara was my bestfriend cause we stuck together like glue!


i have the coolest guests of all time! literally laughed my heart out, when they brought this paper guy to serve wine and beer! hahaha and being reunited with family! look how much these little ones grown! 


after great encouragement from friends and family who've took the risk and came home, they shared so much! and i'm so excited its my turn to share my experiences. literally best advice, YOLO. haha There isn't much Work&Travel program agents around Malaysia, but i've been with Infinity Abroad for mine, and they have been great help.

So here, i'd like to dedicate this post as a thank you to Infinity Abroads for all they have done for me.
they have been great encouragement with advises and help. Wei Soong and Favian are super cool big bros and great help during my trip! i am super grateful for them.

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thanks to Ned & Royal at Moutaineer Inn. it was an amazing experience and i'd never regret taking up the skiing experience. here's a ridiculously fat face of mine during our little trip to Williams College! but its probably the only photo i can get royal in it. and before i end this post! here's another photo showing my love for american food. HAHAHHAHA


yeap, got my decent infusion of American football from the family too. Patriots. hmm

look out for my guides for the trip!
you can also check out my work&travel posts
via the work&travel labels


until next magical day,
wan

Thursday, August 11, 2016

White House & Lincoln | Washington DC, USA III


hey guys! the last travel post for my USA trip! 
if you've missed out on the first two parts, here's the link to Boston and NYC!
sadly, there isn't much picture for my DC trip because my phone went crazy and died on me during the trip. so these are mainly put together from lee wei's tablet's camera. yes. 


the great district capitol! washington dc! its the most touristy place in the states because people seem to travel far from different states who was there for their first time too! 

it was actually a gloomy day with tip taps of rain but that didn't stop us from our DC adventures!
they city is famous for its free entry museums and great historical landmarks, hence our day one adventures was pretty much based on that!
really enjoyed the museums, cause it was pretty interesting as i learn american culture. the national science museum is a must go! 

there was no sign of mr.obama, i was hoping to get a glimpse at the white house. hahaa

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here's some tips for the trip! 

TIP ONE | there's NO NEED FOR TOURS / BUSES! 
tip: all landmarks from White house - Capitol - Lincoln - Museums are all pretty much walk-able distance to save on transportation, the capitol might be a little further passing along the museums.

1. start with the white house, and work your way to Lincoln Memorial.
2. Washington Monument, and the rest of the nearby attractions.
3. Walk your way to the Museums, and it should lead you to the Capitol, then work you way back on the other side of the Museums.

click here for the National Mall and Memorial Park map for more details. 
here's a little trail map that we came up with to sorta save ourselves from getting lost and it might help you plan your trip! it looks far, but trust me. it's actually quite a nice walk. 

TIP TWO | bring your OWN-ON-THE-GO lunchpack
another tip, i suggest you to pack yourself a lunchbox or a sandwich for the trip, if you're on a budget, because food there might be a little higher priced due its touristy environment. but don't worry, there's quite a number of food trucks along the road somewhere off the Washington Monument, price might range from $7-$14 if i remember correctly, for kebabs and other finger foods.

TIP THREE | plan your trip FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN APRIL
though i'm still rather sad i missed the cherry blossoms blooming due to the weather condition that actually affected on the expected bloom period. it was said that was a warm winter that year, and full bloom came a little earlier than it's suppose to and as you can see they are starting to see greens. 

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so for my DC trip, we spent our nights in Highroad hostel, sorry, i didnt have proper picture of the hostel but its a cozy friendly and rather new hostel right along Adams Morgan. super convenient! and nightlife is just walking distance away with great food, good drinks and amazing people! a good place if you enjoy meeting new friends and socializing.

click on the link below to check them out!
HIGHROAD HOSTEL, ADAMS MORGAN 
 

we met new friends at the Korean restaurant Bul, the food was soo good, we went back the next day for supper! i know, we should have explore new places more, but comfort food was real comfort at that time. nothing else matters. ahahhaaa!


so that's it for my work&travel USA posts!
keep a look out for the survival tips i've been prepping.


until next magical day,
wan

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