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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 AT 5:33 PM | 0 Comments

What can I say??  Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for all the SWEETNESS in 2015!! 

I am so grateful for all the good things that happened in 2015. I know today is the 12th day of 2016 and this post came up quite late for welcoming the new year but 2016 has been really busy so far which is nice because it's the "getting things done" kind of busy rather than "putting out fires" kind of busy.  I was busy with the moving to a temporary house, house renovation and moving back to my house that need 200% of my attention and energy. I'm super exhausted!!! 

Everything is back to normal now.  Renovation is done with new kitchen, new stairs, new feature wall, new toilets, new bedrooms and everything new!!! The house that I will call home for the next 3 years before I move out to my own place.  Both of my homes will be ready in 2018. Yeaaayy I can't wait!!

Ok back to this New Year post,  I don't have any particular resolutions this year.  They never works anyway (at least for me) so why bother to set one hahahahhahah.  All I wish for are another smooth, sweet and lovely 2016.  I will just go with the flow...



Life is short to wake up
in the morning with regrets
 So love the people who
treat you right
forget about the ones who don't
Everything happens for a reason
If you get a chance, take it
If it changes your life, let it.
What we can do is to make the best
out of the years we have in this world
and live life to the fullest...








Monday, October 5, 2015 AT 8:29 PM | 0 Comments

I usually get very excited and tend to pack at least 1 week before any of my trip (exclude my recent Jakarta trip!)  What I pack primarily depends on where I'm staying, duration of the stay, nature of the stay, the climate as each factor demand different things especially for my skin and hair.  As a make up junkie I wish I could bring my entire collection but alas, I just can't!  I brought very minimum this time.  I focused more on the skin care because it will be the end of winter and beginning of spring in New Zealand.  Going from summer, tropical, humid and blatantly hot in Malaysia to the cold and dry weather, I want my skin to stay moist.

I'm giving my skin care skill packing for this trip two thumbs up!! No sensitivity, no zit, no flakes. I did pretty well in overdoing the AM and PM layers on my face hehehehehehe..

Biore Make Up Remover Wipes
I were first introduced to this makeup wipes was during my visit to Japan.  I fell in love ever since. It removes my waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily and very handy for travelling.  

Clarins Foaming Cleanser 
This is not my routine cleanser and was the very first time trying it.  Got this as a birthday gift from a friend and thought the size is perfect for travelling as I'm running out of my travel-size routine cleanser.  It did extremely well and didn't dry out my skin. 

Lancome Exfoliating Clarifying Gel
Been using this facial scrubs for years and it slough off my dull skin layers.   

Lancome Hydrating Lotion / Toner
My to go toner

Clarins Brightening Hydration Emulsion
I should have use something more intensive which I don't have so I decided to double layered my moisturiser to survive the cold weather.

Beaubelle Vital H2O
This was a last minute decision but I'm glad I grabbed it. I applied the Clarins Hydration Emulsion followed by this everyday during my holiday.

Lancome Blanc Expert Derm Crystal Serum
This is my normal PM routine. I will apply this alternately with the Activating Concentrate before my moisturiser

Lancome Youth Activating Concentrate
My normal PM routine

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
I swear by this! One of my favourite multi-tasking product. This oil helped my skin a lot during the cold dry weather. I also apply this to my hair and cuticles.

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
This is my to go eye cream and been using this before bed every day.

Lancome UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50+++ PA
My normal AM routine.  Never leave out the sunscreen. Even it is cold, the rays never change.  I need to protect my skin from the UV rays especially in high elevations. 

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
I apply this once every 3 days during my trip because I was scared that the Maracuja Oil will make me breakout.

Vaseline
Among all, my lips are the easiest to get dry and flaky so I apply this in the PM before going to bed. Been practising this even in Malaysia.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
This is my to go and must have lip balm.  I always apply this alone or under my lipstick.

Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil
This was the only things that working on my dry hands and legs.  I'm glad I brought this along. 










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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 AT 12:39 PM | 1 Comments


My Guilin and Yangshuo trip were back in 2011 and booked months earlier during the AirAsia Zero Fair Promotion. It was at the end winter during our stay there and I don't think we even notice the season upon booking.  All I can remember was a kiasu woman trying to get the cheapest fare!!

Sorry, this post came very late. Whenever I started to write about this trip (Yangshuo especially) I am having a problem in selecting the photos.  Yangshuo is a very beautiful place with a spectacular view that I wish I could share every photo here (which I couldn't, obviously).

On 14th February 2011, We arrived Liangjiang International Airport in Guilin at 10.40am from Kuala Lumpur. Immediately after immigration checkpoint and baggage claims, we took the Aiport Shuttle Bus to downtown Guilin. The fees were 20RMB per person.

In my itinerary, I planned to take the 90mins train to Yangshuo from Guilin Railway Station but Little Dina almost can't stand the cold weather.  If we proceed with the plan, more walking activity will involve thus, we choose to engage a tour agent to take us to Yangshuo.

The package inclusive of:-
1 transfer to Yangshuo city
Li River tour (Yangdi - Xingping Scenic Area,)
Shangri-La Park
Old Folks Village + Liu Sanjie Bridge tour
1 transfer back to our hotel

I'm not a fan of any tour package and rarely taking any tours unless we were left with zero choice. I hate the tense and rush in a tour package. In this situation, we were so worried about Dina.  She needs some time to adapt to the weather. 


On random street in Guilin while waiting for the van to arrive

Dina refused to come out from the shop because she couldn't stand the coldness.
It was around 4C and her first-time experiencing cold weather.  Can't blame her.

Li River Tour (Yangdi - Xingping Scenic Area)


The view on my way to Li River
Yay, we finally here at the beautiful Li River, the main reason for this trip.



I will never resist this view



Pit Stop for photography session





Shangri- La Park

After the Li River tour, we continue to Shangri-La Park, the ethnic theme park. This park was not in my original itinerary but since the tour included this in the package, we don't mind at all. In fact, I'm glad we were here. 


"Shangri-La Guilin is located 15 km north of Yangshuo and 50 km south of Guilin city. It is a nature park build inside a lake. The park is not particular big, nor is the lake. The buildings in the park are primarily Miao and Dong, two minorities who mostly live more north of Guilin then in this area.

You can take a boat to cross the lake and visit a cave and a forest of peach trees. According to the legend, there was a poet who called this place Shangri-La Guilin. Inside Shangri-La, there are folks performances of Miao, Yao, Dong, Zhuang minorities). On the way out there are souvenir shops and you can get snacks and drinks (not cheap!)."

Getting there and opening hours
Bus from Guilin or Yangshuo 7RMB per way.
If you depart from Guilin, take a bus heading to Yangshuo at the square front of the Guilin Railway Station and get off at the Shangri-La scenic spot located near to Baisha Town. 1-hour journey.
If you depart from Yangshuo, take a bus at the exit of Yangshuo Bus Station and get off at the spot. 20 mins journey.

Entry Fee: 60RMB
Operation Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm daily

The entrance



The tour boat
The love bridge






How the ethnic minority keep their food and their activity during winter 

Weaving their own clothes
One of my favourite photo 


Old Folks Village 




Their daily activity

Met this grandmother 
 



Liu Sanjie Bridge

This is the bridge that featured in Liu Sanjie film



Wondering if we can ride these bamboo raft

That was the end of our tour that day. The driver drove to Yangshuo and dropped us at our hotel for check-in.  The journey was smooth and I really enjoyed the scenery.

I'll make a separate entry about our hotel in Yangshuo.

Have a great day everyone!!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 AT 4:10 PM | 2 Comments


After checking in and freshen up a bit, we decided to explore Vientiane right away.  We walked down the street in front of our hotel for 2 minutes and we already reached the main road.





Too bad this museum was closed that day



Since it was too early for lunch, we walked to Haw Pha Kaew / Hophakaew Museum, King Setthathirat's former royal temple. The weather was scorching hot and I almost refuse to walk.  Luckily I brought along an umbrella. I'm praising myself for being a genius!! hahahhahahaha.  The entrance fee was 5,000 kip per person. 




I love the majestic structure





The garden



Next stop is the Sisaket Museum (formally known as Wat Si Saket), the oldest temple in Vientiane which is just opposite the road. We had to stop for ice-cream at the roadside stall because of the hot weather.  Entrance fee was 5,000 kip per person.


  









This is a normal scenario in Vientiane. You can see monks from other country visiting and praying at the temple here

Decided not to go in as this is an active temple. There were people and monk praying inside.  We just lingered outside, taking few photos, reluctant to go but since there were nothing else to see and to do, we proceed to Talat Sao Mall.

  
Halal food in the food court


Halal Vegetarian Stall




Vegetarian Pho


Lao coffee is a must try. Not to my liking though.  Vietnam coffee is still my choice


I made new friend


Tuktuk back to Mandala

After a short nap, we headed to Pha That Luang, the national and religious monument of Laos. Entrance fee is 5,000 kip for tourist.  Again we did not go in.  We went only to captured this beautiful building at night. 








Patuxai, the Victory Gate

The interior decoration

With our tuk-tuk driver


Mango Salad

Vegetarian soup

Laotian eat glutinous rice every day

I really love this dish. Local salad with fried fish and groundnuts on top


Last Full Day in Vientiane

Breakfast

I had 2 of this homemade yogurt every day.  Came in strawberry and peach too. Super delicious!


Homemade croissant 


Scramble egg 






Lunch

Prawn Pad Thai

Rice with stir fried mushroom



Dinner

Prawn tom yam

I don't even know the name of this fish, but it was sooooo yummy!  The fish was covered with salt and grilled

Stir Fried vegetable


Salmon Carbonara

Pumpkin Soup


On our last day here. We had to leave to the airport at around 11am



One of  a halal restaurant in Vientiane

So, that was all about my short trip to Vientiane.  As I wrote in my previous entry, I did not do a proper research and lost an opportunity to visit Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage City which is just 338.9km away from Vientiane. So if you are planning to visit Laos, please include Luang Prabang in your itinerary.

I had a great great time here. Enjoying my day doing nothing except reading, eating and sleeping. The real holiday for me!

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