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For those of you who travel a lot, today i am going to talk about this invention that will make your life much, much easier.
The first time i went overseas was in 2004. Almost exactly 10 years ago, i started this blog, but there was no mobile blogging, no social media, no desperately trying to leech on free wifi. But we still lived a perfect life. And now some people cannot live a day without refreshing their Instagram account (me).
And since it is my job to stay connected to the internet all the time while traveling, i have come to a conclusion that a pocket wifi (or MiFi) device is the best ever choice so far as technology allows, for several reasons:
1. It is much, much cheaper than data roaming, unless your telco company is run by Santa Claus, or lying.
2. You have internet with you all the time, provided you don’t leave your hotel without the device and your device doesn’t die on you.
3. It can connect up to 5 devices for the same price! Meaning you may have the internet on your iPhone, your BF’s iPhone, your iPad, your BF’s iPad and your cat’s laptop.
4. Since your phone is now on wifi and not 3G, your phone’s battery life also lasts much much longer than when you are on data roaming.
So! Pocket wifi sounds like God, and everybody who can’t live without the internet should rent one when they are traveling! Unless of course, your pocket wifi god turns out to be Satan.
And it will give you hell.
That was what happened to me last year during my Weddingmoon with this pocket wifi company called Tep Wireless. If you haven’t read the story, here are the 3 trilogy: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. To cut the story short, it was one of the most horrible companies i’ve ever encountered in my life and made me really skeptical about any pocket wifi devices outside Japan (pocket wifi devices in Japan are PERFECT.)
So! The good thing that came out of the whole disaster was that it taught them a lesson (i hope), and i found a decent replacement that kept me happy during my stay in Australia.
Vivente Connect contacted me after they saw the blog post, and they offered to send me a unit for my next travel for a review. And so happened the danna and i just booked our trip to Australia and i was at my wits end thinking about internet options in Australia (we tried data on new sim card, bad choice.), so i happily (and partly doubtfully) accepted the offer.
One thing i was very worried about was whether the device would reach me on time (or even reach me at all), as we were gonna be on a campervan road trip, there was no hotel for the device to be sent to at that moment. The last time i tried, Tep Wireless completely fucked up the delivery. It came late, and it never arrived in Santorini which was the address given, and in the end i had to pick it up at Athens airport (a flight away!!!) and lost a few days worth of data i have already paid for. So naturally i was worried!
But the bestest thing about Vivente Connect is that although it is UK based, it actually has an office in Malaysia, and they solved my dilemma by suggesting to send it to my house in Malaysia BEFORE the trip, so i can bring it with me and get connected the moment i touch down the airport.
That was exactly what i did. Tweeted and Facebooked the moment we landed at Brisbane airport. With this.
I like that it is also personalized XD
Yes if you were within the area, you were welcome to steal my data lol.
So for the next two weeks in Australia, i was on it every single day. Some accommodations provided wifi but i couldn’t even be bothered to switch over.
The theme of our travel in Queensland was:
While the danna was doing this:
I was doing another kind of surfing: the internet.
And mostly chilling. While surfing. lol.
Connectivity: Very stable. It never gets accidentally cut off (like the one with Tep Wireless, i had to switch it on and off multiple times), and fairly speedy. I did get super frustrated during a few days staying inside a floating underwater cave (not really, but guys, it’s Australia. Any floating underwater cave can happen.) when the best it could give me was 2G, but that isn’t Vivente’s fault at all. It’s the cave. Or Australia.
Battery Life: Your pocket wifi is practically useless if it has shit battery life. This one lasts me averagely about half a day, depending on the usage. Still nothing in the world beats Japanese pocket wifi (one whole freaking day still two bars left). However, there are tips you can use to ensure a happy internetful day. 1, bring external charger. 2. order an extra battery. 3. switch off when you are not using, although troublesome. For us, since we are driving most of the time, i always charged it in the car and i never ran out of battery so far.
Price: For me i got a free trial so it doesn’t matter lolol. But still, here’s for your reference:
It still looks pretty costly especially for us Malaysians who earn shitty currencies, but that’s the price to pay if you wanna check how many likes you receive on Instagram every 5 minutes in an exotic land. The only cheap internet is free wifi. But in exchange you probably have to buy 50 Frappuccino in Starbucks so all bets are off here.
It is, however a zillion times cheaper than data roaming, less troublesome than buying new sim card and topping up every few days. Plus!! If you travel with a few friends you can split the cost. Ah hah!
I paid £286 for less than 3 week’s rental from Tep Wireless just to feel like i wanna pull my hair out and stab people in the eye in the end, so i would say this is totally more than worth it.
Just a reminder to be cautious with data limit if you wanna use it for GPS
or download porn, or other heavy usage.
Lastly, and most importantly:
Service: To be honest i don’t expect the product to be perfect. Some errors or defects are bound to happen no matter what product/service you use. But the important part is how quick and efficient the problems are solved and the attitude which crisis is handled. While i didn’t have any trouble with the device thankfully, i did appreciate how prompt the email responses were and how they took things seriously.
Overall a very pleasant experience. I wasn’t obliged to write this post, but i felt that i should share in a fair manner since it might be useful for some of you!
Also Vivente’s motto is “Customer is King”. So if at any point of the service shall you not feel like a King, feel free to take it up to them XD
They cover most part of the world, but unfortunately Japan is not in the list. I know T___T. Finally if you have any question, you can contact Vivente Connect directly
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So the danna and i are spending two weeks in Australia as we come here annually in February mainly for surfing (him) and relaxing (me).
The first night we arrived in Brisbane, we checked in to a motel near the airport where we spent 30 minutes murdering mosquitoes on the ceiling. (After that we had to wear our shoes in the room as it was quite hard to walk around without accidentally stepping on insect corpses.)
The second day, we drove to Gold Coast and checked into one of the best accommodations during our trip so far: QT Gold Coast Hotel at Surfer’s Paradise. We only planned on staying a night in Surfer’s Paradise but the room was so awesome we decided to extend another night!
View from our hotel room.
The room was sleek, clean and spacious, with lots of cute nuances that brought smiles to my face.
First of all we were greeted by a very sweet gift, literally. Everything on the board was edible, including the eraser that stuck the pen to the board.
The ruler says “Bet You Can’t Eat Just One Inch”. I tried. They were right. XD
The entire hotel has this modern mix retro theme, a mixture of nostalgic surfer chic (antique car with old surfboards on the roofs) meets Miami swim catwalk (the cute pin-up girl in even cuter retro swimwear).
The entire setting gives a very playful mood indeed as everything screams fun.
You can also ask for fresh lemonade ingredients to be sent straight up to your room.
The iconic pin-up girl images are everywhere! She even appeared in the elevator.
Every day’s weather, surf and event information at the lobby.
Did i mention about lemonade yet?
GT Gold Coast has the BEST lemonade, for free!!! All hotel guests get to enjoy fizzy lemon soda or ice lemon tea at the lobby. The danna loooooved it. We had at least 5 glasses each during our stay there XD
From just a few minute’s walk away, there’s the beach, of course. And by car you can easily access other parts of Gold Coast too. We drove to Burleigh Beach, which was overlooking Surfer’s Paradise’s cityscape.
Danna’s first surf.
And at night we retired back to super comfy bed for a good night rest.
When i posted pictures of the hotel on Instagram, there are a few readers from Australia who recommended the restaurant in QT Gold Coast, Bazaar, for dinner. We didn’t have a chance to dine there but if so many people recommended it, it must be good!
Also, during our stay, i was very surprised to see that most guest who come to the hotel dressed up all glam and pretty (for the club, for events or they are just simply fashionable).
If you are around Gold Coast end of May this year, you also won’t want to miss the QT Fashion Week and Awards 2014!
More information can be found here!
If you are looking for some luxurious fun and love fashion, QT Gold Coast is the best hotel choice when you visit Gold Coast.
YADAH Oh My Sun Block SPF35 PA++
How can you live without the summer holiday essentials?
When it comes to sun cream, it is all about the texture. What’s different about YADAH Oh My Sun Block from other brands is that it is 100% colorless and transparent (zero color pigments) which means no makeup remover is needed, highly moisturizing, fast-absorbing, non-tinted, non-sticky and non-greasy.
YADAH is also formulated with natural ingredients, perfect for those of you who prefer a natural sunscreen without harmful chemicals. I
love it cuz it doesn’t have the strong sunscreen odor/fragrance, and it is not sticky. It also does not clog pores because it is colourless. Sunscreens that contain coverage (yellow/ pink undertone) has at least 20% color pigments.
It is retailing at only RM49!
YADAH Bubble Deep Cleanser
After some fun in the sun in your make up, you want to fully cleanse your face and give it a good rest.
YADAH Bubble Deep Cleanser is made of 99.9% natural ingredients and free from chemical substances. It has a refreshing natural scent extracted from botanical ingredients, and can cleanse deep into pore to remove impurities and makeup without stripping off the skin’s moisture.
I didn’t bring any make-up remover along this trip because i was using this as a make-up remover (for light make up) and cleanser, it is surprisingly very effective at removing make up as well! The bubble-texture feels really gentle and my face feels clean, soft and moisturized after cleansing.
The retailing price is RM49, very very affordable!
You can get YADAH products at selected SASA outlets in Malaysia, and for more information, check out YADAH Malaysia FB page .
Haven’t updated on EMODA coordinates in awhile!
When i knew that i got pregnant and was getting bigger everyday, i thought i was gonna give up my favorite clothes forever and start shopping at maternity shops and wear typical empire waist line big floral dresses T___T.
Every few other days there would be a few favorite bottoms i was shocked to discover i could no longer fit in anymore, and i did panic and think, how am i gonna survive the next 6 months or so?!?!
But then i remembered Ena was pregnant too and throughout her entire pregnancy she looked fabulous as usual. I was very puzzled and amazed at the same time how anyone can look SO good pregnant so i stalked her Instagram and downloaded all her pregnant coordinates and studied them one by one lol.
To be honest EMODA’s sizes are quite small and i still didn’t get how she managed to fit into tight skirts at 9-month pregnant.
So i asked her (since she is almost the exact same size as me). And my fashion idol gave me this super useful tip i am forever grateful for (if i ever get pregnant again):
She cuts the rubber band of an S size bottom with a pair of scissors.
Since M/L size have bigger width and longer length, if it fits your growing tummy, it’s not gonna look flattering on your other body parts, so she didn’t like that and stick to an S size cutting and make it fit by just expanding the waistline.
How genius!!!! Sasuga EMODA producer. I never thought of that! And thought i had to give up all my fav bottoms forever!!
Also very very luckily, the season’s (Autumn Winter 2013) theme was Buddy Closet, which most of the items are oversized/boyish cut, and anyone could easily fit in them!
So here are 10 of my EMODA coordinates for the past month while my belly is growing!
Top, skirt, low-heeled bootie, chain bag and iPhone case all from EMODA.
Cut Bulky Bandana: EMODA
Bulky Sneaker in Blue: EMODA
I LOVE this pair of sneaker because there’s expandable rubber at the side for easy-slip-in, so you will never have to adjust your shoes lace. Perfect for lazy people like me XD
Quilted A-Line Skirt: EMODA
There’s also a flowery version here.
Dolman Corset One Piece: EMODA
White backpack & sneakers: EMODA
This dress is also my super fav because the material is just so so comfy and the cutting is very flattering!
Dress, clutch and watch: EMODA
Monotone floral dress & tote bag: EMODA
Rib Straight Dress in red: EMODA
This one was for CNY hehe.
Dress, enamel bag, leather bandana and bulky sandal from EMODA. Obviously also a CNY coordinate!
White top, black high-waisted skirt & sneakers from EMODA.
And what’s more exciting, you guys are gonna LOVE the Spring Summer collection. The theme is “Pin Up Lady”, and here’s some concept visuals:
Iconic lemon-print sweater
Pastel pink checked items.
(Remember the EMODA TouchMe SS14 Collection? Fun fact: Ena’s baby was born on that day, and i discovered that i was having a baby the day after the event. ^^)
When i went to the SS exhibition i wanted everything!!!
Unfortunately (for me only) the season’s collection is mostly body-conscious tight-fitting so i could only drool over them T__T. Although i did order some pastel cardigans and loose one-pieces for myself!
Here’s a Spring Summer collection of mine taken while i was still able to fit in the gorgeous EMODA outfits in my 4th month:
Check out EMODA Global for the new arrivals!!!
Most of the outfits i posted here are also on SALEEEEEEEE! Grab them before they are gone!!
Also lastly, don’t forget to check out EMODA GLOBAL FB Page for EMODA coodinate pictures, latest news and and sales info, all in English!
I’m probably considered quite open-minded when it comes to trying new fashion mix and match and coordinating, but one thing i’m still not quite good at is accessorizing, especially watch wearing.
If you scroll through my coordinate pictures you will probably see that i am mostly bare-wristed (bangles or any arm wear is almost impossible because of my chicken skinny wrist T___T). Also because watches can be an expensive accessory compared to necklaces or earrings so i thought i couldn’t afford a whole drawer of collection for all the different styles i have.
But i changed my mind after getting my first Sheen Watch from Casio!!
It’s from the Cruise Line, comes with genuine leather band, 50-meter water resistance, illumination index and a really really convenient one-touch 3-fold buckle (once you adjust it to your wrist size, every time you just need to press the buckle to snap it open!)
Fits perfectly on me!
I was quite surprised because i could never wear a watch without having to alter half the bands and then have it look ridiculously disproportionate.
Also, to be honest i didn’t think that i would ever get a watch that looks so elegant and smart (for work or formal wear in my impression) but i’m really loving it lots!!
It just has the right amount of blings to give it pretty shines without looking tacky at all, and i just have a favoritism towards white watches (although it comes in many other designs and colors, which you will have a quick look later).
And the magic thing is that it miraculously matches almost all the outfits i am used to wearing.
I could imagine pairing that watch with any of these outfits above!
Trying another image for the watch.
Full body coordinate:
Even suits casual wear lots!!
Here are some other series from Sheen!
I personally also love the last Gold/Black combination one. So retro yet classy!!!
If you are looking for a gift to pamper yourself or for your loved ones because……
Valentine’s Day is coming!
You can also get pair models for the both of you!
So if you want one all you need to do is hint hint your BF to read my blog post la HAHAHAHA.
What’s fun without a little reward! Here you go, Sheen is giving out 3 beautiful watches for your Valentine’s Day!
I’m sure you have many many lovey-dovey pictures of you and your BF/GF, it’s time to actually put them to good use instead of spamming on Instagram making all single people jealous lol.
Contest is until 28th February!
Also even if you don’t win the prizes, everyone of you here are still entitled for this instant RM50 voucher! Don’t miss out this great offer to get yourself (or your darling) a lovely gift.
The voucher can be obtained at the nearest G-factory outlets or at selected Marco Corporation Authorized Dealers, so go to one now, and for the locations you can check the outlet list here!
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Also don’t forget to follow their Instagram account for more updates at @casiotimepiecemalaysia !
Part 1 here!
Is post is just mostly photos as most of the things i wanted to say about Paris was in part 1. XD
She is crazy hyper! And i much prefer poodles this size i think they are waaay cuter
Cold with red nose and hair buns fell down XD
The danna really love the architecture there but i’m not so much an old building person so pretty much every city in Europe was kind of the same to me.
Gelato. What do you call Gelato in French? XD I’m so so biased towards Italian when it comes to food!
Gelato and a map in Paris.
Seine. The color of the river is kinda too unromantic to be romantic.
But i’m sure to most people Paris is still the most romantic place on earth because all i saw are couples smooching at every nook and corner in the city.
Young or mature.
I regrettably wasn’t feeling much of the romance vibes with too many tourists around. T_T
And all i took was self shots XD
Also i forgot how long and blonde my hair used was and start to miss it a little!
Hi. I would love to have your liver.
Love lock bridge.
I just love the steering wheel lock idea XD
When in Paris, buy overpriced macarons!! (But it’s overpriced anyway everywhere else in the world!)
And then totally forget to eat them and have them squashed to mash in your backpack.
Also i used a short afternoon in Paris to meet up with Amandine, who was my roommate during NHK Tokyo Kawaii TV filming!
Went to a sports bar at night to eat pub food while the danna watched football wtf. He really wanted to go to a live game but all our timing was not ngam.
Fresh grapefruit and lemon. I have no idea why they don’t use a smaller glass.
Oh the next day already!
Strolled along Champs-Elysees, which Tokyo’s famous Omotesando is modelled after! It’s much much bigger and wider and longer of course, we walked one end to the other end and back.
Feel free to mentally cut the aunty out lol
And for the no-planners we were sort of running out of things to do XD
Am not a big musuem-goer, wouldn’t mind a city-bus tour but apparently the buses routes were disrupted due to some demo/protest again (which happens to every. freaking. European. city. we visited. We have our flights delayed, bus tours canceled with no refund given, scheduled messed up etc etc etc).
Also when in Paris, of course eat Italian food!!!!!
Sigh for lazy no-planners like us, we just had to give up eating entirely and went for pasta which i thought couldn’t really go that wrong but wrong was i lol.
Better stick back to macarons. And pouty aunty is pouty XD.
Went to the Louvre since we had some time!
Da Chiji Code. (LOLOLOL geddit geddit? Code is erm… co-de as in coordinate/outfit in Japanese.)
Chilling at the fountain with many many other highly chillable people.
Went back to the Arc de Triomphe for some artsy shots (the danna, not me.) (just the arc. not me also.)
Oh and then! Before we left, we actually had time for one last meal, so the danna suggested going to Cafe de Flore, which is really really famous in Japan, which apparently also has a movie made after it.
And it’s famous for famous-people/celebrity watching etc, and the internet has more negative reviews about it being exceptionally snobbish than anything good (then again, what doesn’t, nowadays?). I was quite intimidated because i hate going to these places and be judged or discriminated. But it was okay, nobody was exceptionally rude or anything and we got ourselves a table pretty quick.
It’s famous for its apparently world-best hot chocolate.
At first i was like meh, what can beat the thick Ciocolata Calda i had in Venice (again, see how biased i am towards Italian!) or even from a nice cafe in Tokyo.
But i went ahead and ordered one, which was something like €6.80.
But man, i was wrong.
It was the best hot chocolate in the world. Or at least of all parts of the world i have visited so far.
Also, i think i got the whole “Hot Chocolate” concept wrong my entirely life. Because this, is Hot Chocolate. To me, it is always so diluted it tastes like milo-flavored milk, which what i think is bad Hot Chocolate (like every single one you get in a Malaysian cafe). And i always thought the good ones should taste so kao, literally milk-less like hot fudge (the ones i had in Venice) and so thick you risk choking on it in your throat. But now i know those are not Hot Chocolate. It’s called Hot Cacao.
The real Hot Choc is a perfect blend of choco with the right amount of milk. Like the one in Cafe de Flore.
Other food in the cafe was not really as impressive though.
But i was so happy that it was a perfect ending to our trip in Paris.
Next stop: Barcelona.
It was one of my favorite cities so far and we really want to go back just to eat the food again. It was sooooo goood!!!