Category Archives: Travel

2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards

A world champion has been announced at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards: AirAsia took the gold as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 9th-year running! Air Asia’s head honcho, Tony Fernandez certainly looked elated in this picture while carrying a lady (probably a staff or his wife!) flanked by his several air stewardesses in their signature red uniforms.

Thank you for your continuous support as it is your loyalty that propelled AirAsia to the top, according to the email that I received.

As always, you can redeem the best AirAsia flight deals on the best travel dates with the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app. Check out today for a rewarding flying experience.

Because of his business acumen, Tony turned an airline on the verge of bankruptcy to a prosperous low-cost airline that is emulated all over the world. The picture above reminds me of Virgin Airlines Boss, Sir Richard Branson scooping up an air stewardess and a photo of him carrying her was snapped for the press publicity.

Article Writer

I am also an article writer for 2 sites in Singapore that pays via my Paypal. The curated articles require lots of time with a minimum of 1,000 words plus free pictures from Instagram. Yesterday morning, took an Air Asia flight in KLIA2 to JB and went to 3 places before returning on the same day by Firefly to Subang Airport. I booked a Grab car and a driver was found rather quickly when I touched down. He was already waiting for us outside McDonald’s where I noticed a few police officers around in case the normal cab drivers want to bash up the Grab driver for taking a slice of the pie.

Now technology rules and without using smartphones to find customers on the go and get directions to their destinations, it would be getting more difficult for conventional taxi driver to find a living. Eventually their jobs will be replaced by Uber and Grab drivers who are very efficient and don’t charge too exorbitantly.

This morning, I receive a feeback from my editor requiring further editions to my article on Top 10 Best Places to Eat in Penang. It is a curated article, meaning research needs to be done online.

Also noticed that there are so many Mainland China labourers in JB taking flights home to KL while working in construction sites as they spoke extra loudly and were crude. China had already stopped capital outflow from its country and I don’t know how this will affect the development in southern Johor.

Stayed at Mid Valley Cititel Hotel

I just came back from KL 2 days ago and we stayed at Mid Valley Cititel Hotel for 1 night. We were on our way back to Penang when there was a call for an interview on Monday at the last minute. Hence, we had to stay back for a total of 4 days and 3 nights in KL. I also redeemed my Manis H&M voucher for $30 at 20% discount with a minimum spend of $150. After coming back in the evening, the following day, went to Alor Setar to meet up with someone which we may not accept due to the stringent rules of completion.

I also signed up for UOB credit card and got a sign up gift of Hello Kitty selfie stick, power bank, USB light, key ring and wire. The box of 5 pieces cost $70 online or rather $69 that I got for free just for signing up at Mid Valley. Always sign up with young people, they will give you the sign up gift; never with old people who might even keep the gifts for themselves and tell you there is no sign up gift! Utter balloney.

I am now in the midst of updating the work and profile and it requires some time to complete. My boss had gone out on site project and won’t be back until later. Also just received a parcel of Pastor Joseph Prince’ message CDs of 4 in a set that is long overdue by the postman.

Hope to Attend Star Fit for Life Tomorrow

I am in KL now and we managed to secure a project. After dinner at Da:men, my partner banked in a cheque and then we headed home to rest. For me, it is to update this blog. I hope to attend tomorrow’s event, Star Fit for Life of health and fitness, sports, leisure, beauty and wellness. Touted to be Malaysia’s biggest Health & Wellness Fair, it is sponsored by Star Media Group, Great Eastern, Nestle Omega 3, etc. It is held from 21 – 23 April 2017 (Friday – Sunday) from 10:00am to 8:00pm at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

There will be free gifts for first 1,000 visitors each day and tomorrow being the last day, I hope to get something too and not be too late for it. In the car enroute to KL, I managed to redeem Manis App for free voucher of RM 10 online for a Papadelivery cheesecake. You have to purchase the 1kg cheese cake online and enter the Manis code of CHEESECAKE10 that is available only in Klang area and we shall collect it ourselves from PapaDelivery.my around 5:00pm before they close at 6:00pm on Sundays.

There are 4 types of cheesecakes and I chose Oreo cheesecake, all priced at RM99 for 1 kg. With the voucher, you pay RM 89. It is not cheap but to justify the many snappings of receipts, this will make me satisfied and an incentive to keep snapping for more free vouchers such as this. It is my third redemption with the first being RM 20 bodyshop products purchased online using a code and the second one being a physical RM 10 MPH voucher that was posted to me.

I also borrowed some cash from my boss to pay for expenses incurred by credit card since my cash was put into Fixed Deposit. Next month May, he will deduct my income for the cash borrowed like he did for all his other workers who may need to borrow money now and then.

Complimentary Ticket To Meet Marry Buffett LIVE!

Come 1st April 2017, for the first time ever, you’ll get to meet 3 investing legends, Ms Mary Buffett, Mr Ken Chee and Mr Sean Seah, up close in person at the inaugural Investopia 2017 at Wisma MCA. By the way, Mary Buffet is the daughter-in-law of Warren Buffet, the richest investor and is highly sought after for his ideas.

Even rarer, is the chance to meet THREE of such titans in the world of investing, at the same time, at the same place, under one roof, right here in Malaysia. And it’s indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity where you can do this … for FREE at Wisma MCA on 1st April from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

A bit about the speakers:

Ken Chee is a highly successful entrepreneur who started his company with ZERO capital and turned it into a 9-figure business based upon the principals of value investing.

Sean Seah is a highly sought after financial writer who has appeared in front of international audiences around the world.

And of course, there’s Mary Buffett, best-selling author, international speaker who is flying all the way down from California, USA, to meet with each and every one of you LIVE in person.

Here’s a sneak peak at what will be covered in this FULL-DAY information packed event:

How can you invest even with a little capital?
Should you invest in companies in Malaysia?
What kind of companies can you invest in Asia?
What about the US market? Is the economy going up or down?
How can you protect investments and still profit no matter what?
And much more!

When you learn directly from these masters, you can’t help but leave the conference a wiser, more confident investor.

Here are the details of the event –

DATE: 1st April 2017
TIME: 9am – 6pm
VENUE: Wisma MCA
INVESTMENT: RM97 FREE

If you miss this event, you will never get to learn directly from the 3 investment experts under one roof ever again.

So go ahead and register for your free seat today! Enquiries please call us at 03-2201 8089 or email to customersupport@8investment.com

I have already registered and shall be attending this whole day event at Wisma MCA. At the same time, I have also booked to stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in KLCC from 1st April to 2nd April using corporate rate for RM 780+ total including 10% service charge and 6% GST. Mandarin Oriental Hotel is just 5 minutes walk away to Wisma MCA.

Start A Travel Blog That Will Pay For Your Travels and WordPress Plugins to Have

Travel the World

Now you can earn free travels by starting a travel blog through FlyMe360 at http://www.flyme360.com/start-a-travel-blog-make-money/ The details are in the link above where you can click to find out more on how to get started with step by step methods. It would be lovely if you are single and unattached, to travel the world and experience local cultures, food, buildings and the people.

There are a few travel bloggers who get their travels overseas all sponsored provided they blog about it and share their many travel photos. This takes lots of writing, photo taking, and much more work. As they say, travel while you are young and able; for when you are old and can no longer walk, you may be bedridden and no longer have the strength compared to your younger days.

On a side note, some WordPress Plugins that you need to have are listed below:

1) WordPress SEO by Yoast – This plugin is one of the best SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugins available out there. It does this by adjusting permalinks, sitemaps, indexation, robots meta, rss, internal links, and more. In simple terms, this plugin will help your website to be found easier on the web, bringing in traffic and money!

2) Akismet – This will reduce the Spam comments in your blog.

3) W3 Total Cache – this plugin will help your website to load faster.

4) Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress– Akismet is good at fighting spam comments and bots, but sometimes it will need help too. This plugin will produce captcha clues to help differentiate bots and humans.

5) WP touch – makes your blog more mobile friendly

6) Contact Form 7 – Allows you to install a simple contact form so people can email you through your site.

7) Digg Digg — Displays social media icons on a floating sidebar, making it easy for people to share your posts.

8) Zemanta – places related posts at the bottom of the current post being read.

With that being said, I will explore some of the above-mentioned plugins in my free time and select those that I find may be useful for this blog on business and the working life of the blogger. Being single has its benefits as you are not tied down to family commitments and have more freedom to do the things that you love.

Of course, I am also concerned about my old age and who will take care of me. But I shall leave that to God to find th right person to come along my life and take care of me in my twilight years or better still, golden years.

Free Website Builder

Paradise Hotel sea view

You can check out on www.wix.com which is a free website builder with hundreds of templates for mobile friendly smart phones and desktops. There are various prices from the most affordable to the premium ones with e-commerce supported. Note that the prices are in US dollars. So, for anyone staying in Malaysia, that means multiplying by 4.5 into Ringgit. I just came back from a free 1 night stay at Paradise Hotel with stunning view outside the balcony. Using the voucher for pay for 3 adults, free for 2, the 5 of us had a buffet dinner last night at Paradise Hotel where my partner was forced to be a member since he did the tennis court for them.

The buffet dinner was worth the money. It has flower crabs, satay (marinated barbequed chicken on skewers), ‘char koay teow’, salad, soups, drinks, lamb shank, vegetables, noodles, and much more. Should there be any leftover, we will keep them in a plastic bag to bring home for free meals instead of going out to buy.

Paradise hotel hill view

Above is another shot of the hill view while the first photo was sea view. I guess our room was both sea view and hill view facing in Tanjung Bungah. Paradise hotel was formerly owned by Berjaya which was unsuccessful and the elevator took 15 minutes to arrive in the good old days! With the new management, they have upgraded the elevator and it was faster now, even though we had to wait some time due to peak period as many guests were checking out before 1pm. Otherwise it will be chargeable after 1:00pm.

Overall, the stay was worth is since it is located by the beach with splendid views of the hills and seas. It is a getaway for 1 night from all the stress of work and busyness in the daily grind. I was rejuvenated and felt relaxed and it was therapeutic for the soul. Going for holidays now and then such as this is certainly worth the time and effort in driving up the winding roads to Tanjung Tokong in Penang.

I am not saying work is a burden. It is good as I need to put food on the table for my family especially dad with my monthly contribution of RM 1,050 for the household expenses. With this, they are able to eat out every day and mum does not have to cook for a regimen anymore unlike in the past.

Going to KL Tomorrow Morning

I shall be travelling to KL tomorrow morning for business and site visit where my partner does the driving and meeting with clients. Sometimes, I just wait in the car and check emails, Whatsapp, Facebook, etc. He is qualified as a Civil Engineer, so site visit is not so suitable for ladies. The construction work is ongoing and they may be nails, pieces of steel jutting out from the ground, etc. And all the workers are men and it would be very rare to see a lady engineer or supervisor giving instructions to the male workers. By right, men should handle men only and not involve women.

Generally, women earn less than men in most of the countries as they are seen to be the weaker sex. To be honest, I could not earn so much now if I am on my own doing website designing and such. But thank goodness I met my boss from the website and he was the one who propelled the company to greater heights from his past experiences as a director in various sectors. He is very determined, working hard every day, giving instructions to workers, pay them their wages every few days via internet banking, handles logistics and replacement of the materials. He also attends interviews to secure the job at hand. I am a silent partner doing all the computer work which works very well for me since I have a long term sore throat since a few years back. There is very little contact with fellow human beings unlike in the MNCs or factories in Bayan Lepas in Penang – supposedly the Silicon Valley of the East.

By the way, today is International Women’s day and The Star red banner on the papers are coloured purple just for today to celebrate this special day for women. I shall be departing for KL tomorrow around 8:00am and be back before Sunday for my youngest sister’s birthday celebration at Fong Wei Chinese Restaurant in Penang.

Going to KL Tomorrow

I shall be going to KL tomorrow by car early in the morning and then my partner will meet up with his old client. On Wednesday, we will stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel beside KLCC using our 50% discount voucher which will come up to about RM 640 per night with taxes. My partner wants to meet up with his Belfast University room mate, whose name is Megat. He was trained as a Chartered Accountant together with his wife there. They stay in a bungalow in Tun Dr Ismail enclave; but he will come alone since the wife has Parkinson’s disease a few years back. I will also stay in my room and read a book or two. Let the 2 old buddies enjoy and reminiscence their university days. I should be back on Thursday evening after checking out at noon.

Going to KL on Friday

I shall be flying to KL on Friday, and returning on Sunday evening for business. On Saturday, will stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 50% discount using the Elite voucher which will cost around RM 550 after the discount and factoring in the service charge, 6% GST, etc. The Firefly tickets have been bought online using my credit card to collect points and also add to my Bonuslink points. I am in the process of doing something on the side on top of my full time job at home. It is e-commerce, dropshipping and Shopify. Just hope that I have enough to last me a lifetime in terms of savings to stretch until I am called home.

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