What To Pack : Beauty Bits

 

This post provides a few tips on how NOT to lug your entire beauty stash whilst travelling.
I've once brought 3 tubes of 150 ml clay masks with me on a week-long trip. 
Been there, done that. Since watching out on what I use and how much I need day-to-day, I've picked up a few tips on how pack more responsibly.  It's was also the moment of truth I realized that size does matter.


 

01 Bring the usual

The number one mistake I made was to try out new skincare when I'm away. Constantly dealing with skin mishap and load of regrets. we all want to look snazzy on our trip away. Keep it safe and stick to what you know works best.

02 Check

Find out if basic hygiene NECESSITIES are provided at the other end. shampoo & conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash etc (or BODY LOTION even) I've stayed at hotel that gave me just a bar of soap. helpful.

03 Mini

Travel miniatures are great! however, they do take up space and most often un-finished by the end of the trip. For shorter trips, get sachet samples of your FAVORITE product because they are designed for one or two uses. Another tip would be to use decanters that stacks up and locks together to avoid fussing around getting confused between face cleanser and shaving cream.

04 Pick the beauty bag wisely

You'd understand how it feels when your favorite face powder shattered, and you sobbed on the bathroom floor in your floral undie. Beauty bag gives your products extra protection and 'the perfect size' tugs everything ever so nicely, reducing risk of anything breaking. Most of all, holds you back from over-packing. 

05 Don't do doubles

Take only one of each with you, primer, foundation, blusher...the list goes on and on but do try to stick with just one in every category. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to this subject, however, I do bring an extra lip product for insurance. Just in case my clumsy-ass decides to  leave it at the dinner table underneath used napkins. 

 

These are 5 simple tips that I've learned along the way. I now use everything in my beauty bag except for my tweezers. Currently feeling sluggish and bloated and sluggish, wait did I just repeat myself, damn pms. I shall go put on a mask and snack on some Maltesers whilst I'm at it. Don't forget ladies, it's about having fun and bringing what we need. x


 

How To Spice Up Your Bali Itinerary On Your First Visit

 
Good news!

 Now is the best time to travel to Bali, Indonesia. You probably would have heard of 101 things that need to be on your to-do list. When planning your trip to Bali, the toughest would be to decide on the beefy part of your trip that you don't want to miss. Travel plans aside, I suggest splashing a couple more dollars to stay in one of those stunning Bali villas. Never imagined myself saying this but I've made mistakes twice the time we were in Bali. Twice. First place was too modern and it felt like we were in Singapore; Second was way too secluded so we ended up travelling a few hours extra everyday. Bali traffic wasn't fun either. Do decide on your travel timeframe and budget before we dive in. [Recent post: Travelling on a budget]

 

Hot Spots

 

> Visiting Kuta & Legian - it is one of the most tourist-heavy areas (which I'm not so much of a fan of) but this is where you get to experience the city's famous nightlife. 

> Seminyak – NEIGHBORING Kuta but with a pinch more GLAMOROUS. find good shopping, world class dining and 'the' beach for one of the most memorable sunset I've seen in South East Asia.

> Ubud – the cultural corner of Bali where you can experience Bali moving at a slower pace. make sure to visit tegalalang Rice Field!

> Uluwatu – Just south of Jimbaran, you can discover more beaches and sacred temples.


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We all need a break from life once in a while. Not that we hate what we're doing, but being in a different side of the world puts us into new perspectives. We have travel plans planned up to end of 2018 already! I won't say that travelling is the only reason I do what I do but I can say that travelling encourages me to do better everyday. We won't be visiting Indonesia this year (just Thailand and Vietnam), however these are a few of the popular destinations that tourist should discover based on our personal experience. Happy vacation :)

 
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Travelling On a Budget

the juicy bits behind how we travel

When it comes to travelling, it will come to no surprise that we are constantly on-the-go, living the life out of a suitcase.
We often get questions on how we can afford to do so without having to dine on canned beans and leftover bread crumbs 300 days annually. 
It all draws down to reasonably-good financial planning, and, these handy travel tips.
It'll be fun to take you through how we would normally book a holiday starting from scratch!

 

01 Pick a place

Start from listing down countries or places you have in mind then take note of the time you are planning to depart or allowed to take a few days off work. cough.  Do some research on 'the best time to visit xxx' because you'd be surprised how this piece of information could make or break your trip. We've travelled to Koh Li Peh, Thailand during the monsoon season and it was tragic. 90% of the shops were closed and snorkelling wasn't fun either (my friend literally puked in the sea). Air tickets were cheap due to off-peak season but what's the point darling. After you've selected a place to go, let's move on.

 
 

02 Pick a flight

For anyone who asks me: where do I spend the most on traveling. Honey, it's those bloody air tickets and accommodation (which we will talk about shortly). Assuming you picked Bali, since April - October is the best time to visit, we'll show you how to find the best deals at the comfort of your couch. Multiple airlines offer flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, in fact some might not even be heard of therefore it take yonks to search for a flight that is the best. 
[Note: Return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Bali cost less than rm500 mid-May]

 
 
 
 

03 Pick an Accommodation

Cheapest flight down, this next. Another tip would be to book somewhere central of the main attractions to save on transportation cost or anywhere that provides free transportation! Do also consider staying somewhere slightly away from town if you appreciate more peace at night like me. Blame premature aging and anxiety. Decide on how much you have budgeted for the trip then plan your accommodation from there on. Accommodation does make up to your entire travel budget, but I wouldn't recommend going for the cheapest option available. Do more research and spend a few minutes going through trusted reviews.

 
 
 
 

04 Plan Your Trip in Advance

I sound like such a loser but planning beforehand does help with your travel budget. Clustering up places-to-visit with things-to-do and food-to-eat is life changing. By experience, pre-planned schedule doesn't always work out 100% but it does give you a clear idea in terms of where to go, what to do and what to eat. Doing unnecessary traveling (i.e. extra trips) is a waste of money and time. By defying the art of not-giving-a-fuck, we end up saving $$ for the next trip.

 
 

Congratulations if you've manage to reach the bottom of this post without falling asleep. I hope this isn't too "Lecture 101" because we certainly want everyone to explore out and beyond. Stretching out your travel budget reasonably is key. Traveling on a budget does come by experience as we now spend lesser for holidays than we used to. Watching out on your travel budget before the trip is way efficient than doing it during the trip (i.e. eat instant noodles 3 meals a day). I hope these tips help with putting your travel funds to good use.
Safe journey and happy holidays everyone.