Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Percutian ke Krabi, Thailand.

Hari ni merupakan hari kemerdekaan Malaysia yang ke 59. Jadi saya nak beralih ke bahasa melayu lah..asyik berbahasa orang putih je macam mana nak memartabatkan bahasa melayu ye tak? Hehe
Berbalik kepada topic blog saya hari ni, iaitu percutian  ke Krabi. Saya bercuti ni dengan bajet yang terhad. Nak tau macam mana? jom baca blog saya sampai habis.
Tau tak krabi tu kat mana? Alah negara jiran kita lah Jemah oii! Thailand.. sawadee krup!

Sebenarnya trip ni saya pergi tahun lepas Ogos 2015. Baru terfikir nak share lah pengalaman saya.
Apa yang saya nak sampai kan atau kongsikan kat sini adalah cara saya jadi terpulang lah kalau nak ikut cara saya atau tidak yer.
I bawa RM300 je cash dalam pocket. Berani tak ke negara orang bawa duit sebanyak tu je? Berani mati kan I. Bila tukar duit Thai Bath dapat sikit je tak sampai 3000 Thai Bath, maklumlah duit Malaysia dah turun. Tapi cukup jugak lah. Balik masih ade baki lagi. Saya ni bukan lah bijak sangat dalam merancang dari Segi kewangan ni.

Antara semua destinasi percutian di Thailand, Krabi merupakan satu tempat yang popular dikalangan rakyat Malaysia. Tak percaya tengok lah sendiri nanti.
Bukan itu sahaja, malah Tiket penerbangan yang murah oleh AirAsia menjadi salah satu faktor kebanjiran pelancong dari Malaysia.
Soal makanan halal, tak payah risau, memang banyak kat krabi ni. Majoriti penduduk kat sini adalah Islam. Ada masjid besar lagi area Ao Nang.
Dari segi tempat perginapan pulak, ada banyak pilihan dari murah hingga lah yang mahal. Saya rasa tak payah lah risau sebab banyak hotel murah kat sini. Lagi-lagi kalau low season. Saya memilih untuk tinggal di Ao Nang sebab tempat ni memang popular di Krabi. Semua ada kat sini.

Cara pergi ke Ao Nang dari Krabi Airport

Paling murah, ambil je lah bus dari airport ke Ao Nang. Bus putih tu, siap hantar terus ke depan hotel korang. Kalau tak silap dalam 150 Thai Bath je kot. Perjalanan mengambil masa dalam satu jam jugak lah aku rasa.
Kalau banyak duit dan nak yang selesa lagi naik lah taxi. 500 Thai Bath uols.
Hah ..mana satu pilihan yang korang nak ambil?


Mana saya tinggal?

Masa tu saya tinggal di Ascot Krabi Hotel semalam dan 3 Bees Guesthouse 2 malam. 500 Thai Bath semalam je untuk kedua dua hotel tu.


Review hotel

Ascot Krabi Hotel
Hotel ni saya booked melalui Agoda. Ruang bilik ni besar, bilik air pun besar dan ada balcony dengan view bukit. Tapi yang tak best nya, semasa saya tinggal kat situ TV hotel ni tak terang lah..tapi bagi saya bukan lah merupakan satu masalah yang besar asalkan tempat tidur saya bersih dan selesa. Staff hotel ni pun OK. Maaflah takde gambar lah nak share, korang boleh google je.

3 Bees Guesthouse
Hari kedua dan ketiga, saya tinggal kat sini. Berpandukan pada review dari agoda, ramai cakap tempat ni best sebab boss dengan staff dia friendly. Tapi bila sampai sana, saya tak rasa apa yang dikatakan friendly tu? Mungkin kah saya seorang saja? Atau dia org anggap saya orang Thai sebab tu tak dihiraukan.. hahaha..gitew!  Hampa I uols.
Bilik bersih, ada TV tapi bukan flat screen, aircond bagus dan juga balcony dengan view bukit jugak sama seperti Ascot Krabi Hotel. Ye lah kan ..sebaris je dgn Ascot tapi jauh sikit lah.
Tapi hotel ni jauh jugak boleh tahan kalau nak ke beach Ao Nang tu.. lenguh kaki tau. Nak balik tak larat jalan kaki kena scammed pulak dengan orang Tuk-Tuk tu. 100 Thai Bath lagi tu..melampau.



lobby 3 Bees Guesthouse...

kalau jalan-jalan kat Ao Nang ade je tengok ni...

Percutian saya ke Krabi ni sememang nya saja nak jejak kaki jer dan nak tau selok belok tempat ni. Yang pasti saya akan ke sini lagi untuk menikmati sepenuhnya Krabi ni.Tunggu yer akan ade part 2pulak.

Berbalik pada budget saya tadi, sebenarnya tiket flight dan hotel saya sudah tempah awal 2 bulan sebelum nya. Ni cara saya. Misalnya saya ke Krabi 3 bulan yang akan datang, bulan ni saya sudah siap beli ticket flight, bulan seterusnya saya akan book hotel dan bulan ketiga saya cuma bawa duit untuk perbelanjaan di sana, jadi tak lah rasa sangat beban kewangan tu kan?


ikan todak ke tu?









Aonang Beach, Krabi










ni, saya nak cakap sikit, kalau kat Krabi ni, BUKAN kat Krabi je, seluruh Thailand yer,  elakkan pergi makan kat fast food restoran seperti Mc donalds, burger king ke...sebab Mcdonalds korang mesti dah tahu tak halal kan. satu lagi, makanan kat fast foods chain ni jauh lebih mahal berbanding kat Malaysia. 1 set je dah 300 lebih Thai Bath. cuba hang convert duit malaysia, dlm RM30 lebih satu set woi, kalau kat Malaysia satu set dlm RM10 HINGGIT LEBIH JE JEMAH OIII.


ok lah, sehingga kita berjumpa lagi di blog entry yang seterusnya.. byeeeeee


xoxo

loves


fabulous ricolicious

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Koh samui

Hello guys,
I went to Koh Samui Thailand last week, 15th August 2016.
It was a short trip.
My friend and I had planned this trip 4 months ago.

How to go there:

It is so expensive to take direct flight to Koh Samui, maybe because of Koh Samui Airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways. It can cost you more than RM1000!
So, We decided to take AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani, Thailand. My flight ticket was less than RM300.
Our flight departed from Kuala Lumpur at 1 p.m and touched down at Surat Thani Airport at 1:30 p.m local time (Thailand). Time difference between Malaysia and Thailand is 1 hour.
It was a long queue at the immigration as only 2 counters were opened. We need to catch a bus to the ferry terminal!
After immigration and custom clearance, We straight away go to Phantip Travel Agent counter and bought tickets for our bus, ferry, and mini van to the hotel.
It was 1100 Thai Bath includes return tickets. I think this price is reasonable. I would recommend this travel agent and no need to worry about transportation anymore. The price includes bus to Seatran ferry terminal, ferry to Nathor Pier, Koh Samui, and mini van to your choice of hotel in Koh Samui.
Take note!  it was a long journey and tiring. Bus from airport to Seatran ferry terminal, journey time approximately 1.5 hour, ferry also 1.5 hour and lastly mini van to our hotel in Cheweng area, was almost an hour.






If you don't have any plan on what to do in Koh Samui, don't worry! Staff from Phantip will be available on the bus to promote tour package.
So guys, I would highly recommend anyone to buy tour package from them. It is much more cheaper then you buy somewhere in Koh Samui.
For example, if you want to take day tour package to Koh Nan yuan and Koh Tao island snorkeling trip, better buy from them. That time they offer us cheap price compare to normal price of 1800-2000 Thai Bath. It was 1300 Thai Bath only, so take it! Don't expect you can get cheaper than this outside. My friend tried to ask travel agent in Koh Samui, the price for the tour are mostly around 2000 Thai Bath .






These are Phantip tour package.


OK...back to my story. We reached at the hotel quite late though. It was really a long journey.

Where I stay in Koh Samui?

We choose to stay at Cheeky Monkey Samui hostel. I stayed there for 2 nights, double room with balcony and the price was quite reasonable at total of 1800 Thai Bath.
I love this hostel. Even though the space is quite small but I felt so comfortable. Don't forget to enjoy your happy hour drink at their rooftop bar and enjoy their food. If you feel hot in a sunny day, jump to the pool!.. haha


my comfy bed.....






















Cheweng is the busiest place in Koh Samui. If you don't like busy street, maybe you can choose to stay in other area in Lamai. It is not as busy as Cheweng.
Cheweng street has so many things to offer. There are plenty of western restaurants, street foods vendor, shopping places, mini marts, travel agents, money changers and many more. You can find almost everything in Cheweng area.

Your vacation in Koh samui is not complete without going to the beach. Cheweng beach is just a 5-minute walk from my hostel.














OK... Now, once again I would like to remind those who take route go to Koh Samui via Surat Thani.
Make sure to check out early. As early as 6 a.m, even though in your mini van ticket stated that you need to wait at the hotel lobby at 6:30.

For your own safety, wait before 6:30 a.m. I was at the lobby at 6:10 a.m and the van was already there waiting for me. The van driver will go to other hotel to pick up other passengers, so be punctual.
Remember. If you missed the mini van, that's mean you will miss your flight for sure, and there is only one flight for a day fly from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur. If you missed the flight today, you have to wait another flight the day after tomorrow.

I was a bit shocked and worried on my way back. The mini van stopped at bus terminal and not directly go to ferry terminal. 
You have to wait for a bus that go to the ferry terminal. You have to keep asking and confirm with bus driver which bus.

After 1.5 hour journey with ferry, you have to walk immediately go to the bus station and find a bus that go to the airport. Same here too, you need to ask if you don't know because not all bus go to the airport. Some bus here are going to Phuket, Krabi and kao Kak.
And yes, another 1.5 hour journey to reach Surat Thani.

You will reach at the airport approximately 11:30 a.m, still have time for your coffee and smoking. Flight  time is at 1p.m.
Hehehe

Well, as I still have 'unfinished business' in Koh Samui due to very short trip, I will be back to Koh Samui and explore more places there.

Adios

Xoxo

Loves

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My first experience traveling solo

Hello guys,
I am going to share my very first experience traveling solo. Yes, alone! I have to write it as my own record of my life in case I forget everything about it. I went to Bali, Indonesia. Well, I am quite shy to share this story and let people know about it because it reveal how stupid I was! So, don't be like me OK? You guys can do better than me since you are the new generation with all the social media and give you tons of information online.
It was a very long time ago, I guess in early year of 2008? So, that's mean it was 8 years ago! Wow..
I know it was stupid and hilarious adventure I ever had. I had ZERO knowledge on traveling solo. No preparation and no clue about everything.
Usually,I travel with my friends and I don't care or worry about hotel and flight booking. All the booking and itenary were planned by them.
I booked my flight ticket with travel agent somewhere in Singapore.
You know, during that time, it was a pre-smartphone era. It's not like today, you can find unlimited information on flight, hotel and package just using smartphone everywhere and anytime you want.
I used laptop but it was quite inconvenient   to use.
See, how lucky today's generation growing up with  smartphone. I can't help it, but I envy them. They have easy access to the internet 24/7.
I booked my hotel room very last minute at the airport. Thanks to Changi Airport Singapore provides free use of PC and Internet. Crazy right? I cannot imagine myself for taking that risk. What happened if the airport has no computer and access to the Internet? Gosh..
I remembered that I booked my hotel room via AsiaRoom website.
Direct flight from Singapore to Denpasar(Bali) with Jetsar airline took roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes I guess? Correct me if I'm wrong! Arrived quite late in the afternoon.
Jetstar Singapore (Budget airline)



There was something bad and unexpected incident happened to me at the immigration, which I do not want to share here.

After immigration and custom clearance done, I took taxi to my hotel which I booked earlier at the taxi counter.

I stayed at All Season Hotel Legian. I vividly remember that the hotel was so beautiful and colorful. Suitable for fabulous people and the color of the hotel same as rainbow flag. Hahaha
Legian Beach located just a five-minute walk from the hotel.



































My first day of traveling solo, I don't want to go shopping and explore what's around me. Unlike typical traveler, they will explore nice places around them and take pictures as many as they can, but me? First day in Bali, I went to the beach less than 10 minutes and walked back to the hotel. Hahaha that was so weird of me. I was so scared of everything, over thinking, and felt uncomfortable when I see so many people around me. My thought be like ' what if I get robbed  and killed in foreign land and my parents don't know about it? At this point I was so regret to go traveling alone despite being warned by my mom not to travel alone in Indonesia because of the safety issue. 

Second day in Bali, I tried to be brave and go to the beach again. I have too! I was so happy though for being able to travel alone. OK...time for the review!
People always say Bali Bali Bali has nice beach? Hmmm
I was at Legian Beach, quite busy Beach and not a pleasant experience for me. Locals trying so hard to sell their stuff such as watches, foods, accessories and many more. Some will offer services like massage and temporary tattoos. I got my temporary tattoo done by one of them who actually refused to go until I agree to get the tattoo. How annoying was that?






















Well guys, I spent most of the time in the hotel room and bar. I didn't even go to the hotel swimming pool because I was too shy to join other hotel's guests... Oh my God. What was wrong with me at that time? I should take every opportunity I had! 

I just want to go home as soon as possible. Usually, when travel with friends, I always wanted to stay back and don't even want to go home. 

So, how about you guys? I hope none of you have same experience as mine. 
Traveling solo need someone to be brave, not a shy person like me, tough and alert.
Get ready with some knowledge or information on a place you want to go before going.

That's all for now..and thank you for reading my stupidity experience though..

Loves

Xoxo




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Feel annoyed when someone asks my age

This is my rant of the day!
Well, I feel annoyed or offended when someone asks my age.
I'm trying not to think too much about it but I just can't help myself. I feel insecure.
Yes..people will always say 'age is just a numbers' just to make you happy but deep inside your heart, only God knows how you feel.
I'm not sure for those over 30's , do they feel the same? Or is it only me?
Most of my friends are married and having kids while I am still single. I do feel lonely most of the time.
I can't imagine myself grow old with saggy skin and wrinkles. Hell NO!
Seriously, I don't want to grow old. I want to look young forever till my last breath.
Is this possible?
Xoxo



Sunday, June 19, 2016

selfie apps addict

Hello fabulous..

I am kinda addicted to few apps from Android phone ~ selfie apps. There are so many selfie apps available for free! I think I have 4 of them..360 camera, perfect 365 and the other 2 apps, camera 720 and CunPic.
If you love selfie and edit your picture, you will love these apps.

I've always wanted to see how do I look like when I put on some make-up. Hahaha

Here are some pictures of me, edited using apps from Android phone..I'm not sure whether they are available for I-phone users!









How? Do I look like Barbie doll?..hahaha..

I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic...

Remember the song Barbie girl by Aqua? Hehehe

That's all for today guys..

Xoxo



Friday, June 17, 2016

5 reasons why front desk officer dislike you that you might not know.

Hello guys, I would like to apologize in advance if any of my readers out there feel offended or unhappy when reading this. I am talking about hostel and budget hotel where I worked before. (Part-time job)
This post merely share my experiences working in the hotel as a Front Desk Officer or should I call it my confession as a Front Desk Officer? You judge!
One of the reason why I write this post is to create awareness to the people out there some knowledge on basic rules at the budget hotel especially in Malaysia.
Well, I am not saying, I hate my job but i rather take this a challenge. We have to deal with different types of people from around the world, from bad people to awesome people. Sounds so exaggerating? HAHA

OK, just straight to the points. Here are 5 reasons why front desk officer dislike you that you might not know.

1) No cash but refuse to use card.

Many hotels in Malaysia require deposit upon check-in but some hotel will let you check-in without deposit. Whatever it is, all depends on hotel's policy and we accept Ringgit Malaysia (RM) ONLY.
It's not a problem if you don't have any  cash /local currency, you may use your credit card or debit card.
It's so annoying when you have a guest who doesn't have any cash and refused to use credit card upon check-in at the hotel. I had some guest who doesn't have any cash and refused to pay by credit card but request to check-in without payment until they able to change money at money changer. SERIOUSLY???? Duh!!! Most of the cases, I just let them check-in without paying because they promised to pay as soon as possible,and their reason will be like  'oh i just want to put my stuff in the room first, I will go out and change some cash later, some will say, 'well, money changer are not open', and many more reasons! but after that, they just stay in the room and they will ignore you when you try to call them. This is very risky for us as a front desk officer because we did not follow the hotel's policy!

So next time, when you check-in at the hotel we don't want to hear your bulls**t. Go and change your money first!

2) Early check-in and late check-out

Damn, I hate those guest who wants to check-in early for free of charge but they ignore their check-out time.
Most hotels in Malaysia, check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 12 noon. Please ask if you don't know or not sure about if. Here are some examples :
If you take flight at night and reached at the hotel around 5 a.m or 6 a.m, hotel will charge you half-day or 50% from your room rate if you want to check-in early. If you are lucky enough, during low season or low occupancy, you might get free of charge early check-in. So, make sure you ask politely for that.

Please check-out before 12 noon. Front desk officer will call room to room as a reminder to check-out at 12 noon and ask whether you want to extend your stay or check-out. Take note, front desk officer will keep calling until you answer the call and give confirmation. They hate it when some guest are not answering their phone call and totally ignore it.
Don't let them call security and kick you out of the room or charge you for late check-out. You have to understand that there are another guest might have reserved your room and they need time to clean-up the room before arrival of new guest.

3) Yell at Front Desk Officer.

Some guest are so arrogant. Don't think you pay for your room, you can do whatever you want and act like a king! Personally, I had this experience. The guest yelled at me in front of other guest. They want full refund and cancel the booking because they were not satisfied with the room conditions. I was so embarrassed and felt humiliating by the guest. Dealing with these kind of guest, front desk officer just need to keep calm and tolerate.
 To the guest,whoever you are, there is no point of you yelling at front desk officer when something can be solved easily. If the problem doesn't work for you, try to talk with the manager. Front desk officer has no authorization on decision pertaining to refund or cancellation.

There is no problem that cannot be solved
                ~Francois Viete~

4) Refuse to give I.D

Especially local people, they always refuse to give their I.D during check-in. Guest need to provide their I.D  during check-in for the registration  and record purposes. So why did they refused?
Hmmmm...I'm not going to explain more details on this. Only those who works in hospitality industry knows why and what's happening behind the closed door.
Whatever it is, we don't really care. That's not our business.
We only do our part to follow every procedure by the hotel.

5) Fussy guest
 Make a guess! Do you know guest from which country has the most complaints in the hotel? Well, I'm not going to tell you unless you ask me! No one ask me though.
Anyone working in the hotel should know this very well. Haha
First of all, as a hotel guest, if you stay at budget hotel, please don't expect too much! What do you expect? You get what pay for.
Some request are just nonsense. Sometimes, some of the thing which is not available at the hotel. Here are some example 'can I borrow a phone charger?  Why don't you provide a toothbrush/ toothpaste? There is no shaver in the room? Do you have condom?~~~ just go and buy or bring your own things.
And...for the complaints King/ queen will say:
'your curtain so dirty'
'The WiFi is so slow'
Hey, why there is no fridge in the room?
Your towel is not clean enough!
My room is so small! Your toilet is very small!
Your TV is not a new model.
Aircond is not cold enough.

 Those are common complaints we received and get used to these complaints. We try our best to improve and provide good service even though we work in budget hotel.
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Nevertheless , I love my job and not all guest are bad. Some are super nice, awesone and fun to deal with.

Below are my pictures as a Front Desk Officer at budget hotel.



If you recognize me after reading my blog, I'll give you a discount if you check-in at the hotel where I work! Just say ' fabulous ricolicious' when you check-in at the hotel. I will not reveal the hotel name..but I will give you a hint...located at city center of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Good luck and bye for now!

Xoxo