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Friday 2 November 2018

Is Air Asia's ASEAN PASS worth it's value?

Its almost a year and I'm finally posting this up OMG I'm so efficient. At the end of 2017, I made plans with my friends to travel to BOTH Bali and Singapore. That was the first time I have been to multiple destinations and 2 countries in a single vacation! So far, Air Asia has been my only choice of flying so obviously I opted for Air Asia for my trip.

The idea to visit all these places came from my discovery of Air Asia's ASEAN Pass, a unique flying pass which allows you to travel to multiple destinations in several countries for a much more affordable price, as Air Asia claims. With a quick search on Google, I found that this pass was launched way back in 2015! Therefore, I am dedicating this post to share with y'all on how you can use this to your advantage, whether this is something you should opt to get,  the pros and cons and so on. Just a disclaimer, this is NOT a sponsored post but simply a review to share with y'all my experience in using the ASEAN Pass.

How does the ASEAN Pass work?

You first have to decide whether to purchase either 10 or 20 credits ASEAN Pass. From here, you can start booking your flight ticket using these 'credits' instead of cash.

Here is a table illustrating the list of destinations you can head to FROM KUALA LUMPUR with 1 and 3 credits respectively.

Here are some of the suggested itineraries from Air Asia's website to illustrate how the pass works.

What you want to note is that the credits will differ depending on where you are departing from and where are you heading. 

Aside from that, while some destinations are available say if you fly from Kuala Lumpur, will not be available in another country. For example, you can fly to Bandung, Indonesia from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore BUT that is not possible from Bangkok, Thailand. Thorough planning is required if you want to fully optimize the credits!

Where did I travel?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bali, Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur

Initially, I was very ambitious and wanted to include several more destinations, simply to utilize the credits I have. In the end, I only decided on Bali and Singapore which was quite an experience nevertheless! 

With the pass, I also bought an additional flight ticket from Lombok back to Kuala Lumpur. This was my contingency plan in case Mount Agung erupts and I definitely don't want to be left stranded. Thankfully, I didn't have to go forward with this but prior to my flight, I was so concerned. A bit kiasi of melah but I'd rather be prepared. The volcano's activity reduced in October 2017, and even when it erupted a month later and again in January 2018, it did little damage to Bali's tourism and the major tourists' sites.

Just for comparison sake, I checked on Air Asia's normal flight routes for flights in November to December 2018 for the routes I took last year and my findings are as below:-

*Air Asia’s 
Flight Tickets
Air Asia’s 
Kuala Lumpur à Bali
 3 Credits
Bali à Singapore
  3 Credits
Singapore à Kuala Lumpur
   1 Credit
Lombok à Kuala Lumpur
3 Credits
**10 Credits

* This is the cheapest flight tickets on random dates between Nov-Dec'2018 as of 29th Oct'2018
**In-flight meals, luggage check in and other surcharges are NOT included in the amount mentioned above

At first glance, the prices gap in the table above seem rather huge, but is it really the case?

How much does AirAsia ASEAN Pass 
really cost

The pass that I chose the Rm499 for 10 Credits which I must use within 1-month period from my first flight bookings. I made a one-way journey from Kuala Lumpur to Bali for about 10 days before heading straight to Singapore for two days and back to Kuala Lumpur.

I looked back into all the receipts in my purchase history and summarize everything in the table below.

Air Asia's ASEAN Pass
Fare fees & taxes
Airport 15KG Baggage
Total Additional Fares 
Kuala Lumpur à Bali




Bali à Singapore
Singapore à Kuala Lumpur




Lombok à Kuala Lumpur





Conversion rate as of at Oct'2017: 1M Indonesia Rupiah = RM329.81 and 1SGD = RM3.2713

HOW TO READ THE TABLE ABOVE: "ASEAN Pass Ticket" is the price illustrated in the receipt, I DO NOT pay for this amount. For what purpose they are listed in the receipts, I have no idea. However, looking into it, it appears that the ASEAN Pass is more affordable at just a fixed price of RM499. What I paid for is the amount in "Total Additional Fares" = "Fare fees & taxes" + "Airport 15KG Baggage".  Adding these with my initial payment of RM499, I have spent a total of RM1,223.23 to two different countries (with return flight). Assuming I have paid for the normal fare prices of RM840.73 AND for the same additional fares of RM724.23, I would have paid RM1,564.96 instead.

Tip #1: If you are travelling more than 5 days, pre-book your Air Asia's additional 15kg baggage weight together with your flight. Best if you can share the luggage fee with your family or friends.

Tip #2: Remember to check out Air Asia's ASEAN Pass' Terms & Conditions prior to deciding on purchasing this pass.


The Good

#1 This is an affordable option when you are travelling to more than one destinations. Like just YOLO, you know.

#2 This is a cheaper option especially if you're booking tickets last minute. I know because I compared the prices then.

#3 In addition to my observation in #2, I noticed there are extra seats seemingly allocated for ASEAN Pass when normal tickets run out (This is my assumption from observation, I'm not 100% sure). Though to be on the safer end, I would usually checked in my flights online as soon as I can. I have never experienced being told that I cannot get on any Air Asia's flights because the plane's fully booked but have read about such horror stories and am aware that some airlines over book themselves in case some of their passengers didn't turn up. But then, I have not flown very frequently.

#4 Pass is valid to use within 1-year period after purchase, so plenty of time to plan!

#5 Affordable if you do not add on the other services offered by Air Asia or you will be travelling light.

#6 When travelling to and from neighboring countries over a short period and flight costs more than purchasing your tickets separately, this is an option to consider


The Bad

#1 I needed luggage space but did not pre-booked them, so I ended up paying about the same to the usual flight fares as the regular flight fares.

#2 Limited destinations. Why no Japan?!

#3 You cannot use the pass for the same routes twice so proper planning is a must! For example, flying from KL to Singapore twice is not possible.

#4 For reason in #3 and because the credits require to travel to the same destination vary depending on your where you choose to depart from, planning can be a headache!

#5 Validity one or two months which means unless you have a lot of leaves to clear or longer holidays, this is not the best choice especially when if your company doesn't allow month-long leaves typically in Asian company culture.

#6 Travelling a lot can get tiring and boring so this travel style is not for everyone! From my recent experience, I realize I do get bored and tired when going on long vacay. Or if my holidays involved spending a lot of time heading to multiple destinations or countries. Perhaps it would have been different if I am travelling around Japan hahaha.

 #7 If I remembered correctly, there was no option for seats booking, as in you can't decide on aisle or window seat. While I was flying towards Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, I ended up with the aisle seat and that was no fun!


To conclude everything, was the ASEAN Pass really worth it? With proper itinerary plannings and pre-booking luggage, this pass may be worth it for travelers seeking an adventure. Myself, I wouldn't opt for Air Asia's ASEAN Pass in the nearest future mainly for the reason I discovered I prefer to travel at a pace I'm comfortable at and I am the kind of traveler who is contented with spending time at a place/state/country to soak in the local cultures and lifestyles. Perhaps I may have a change of heart if I'm feeling adventurous! As of now, I am not too keen on airport-hopping. If you cannot or have not decide what type of traveler you are, might as well give this Air Asia's ASEAN Pass a try for the experience!

Sunday 24 June 2018

The Beginner Solo Travelers' Guide to taking your own Travel photos

In this post, I decided to share with you how I usually take travel photos. A lot of time, I have to take my own photos because I travel solo for many reasons ranging from it is hard to fit everyone's schedule or they didn't want to go to the places I want or vice versa. Other times, I think my friends can't take nice photos of me so I do it myself. A lot of them when asked to snap photos, it is as though they snap photos with both eyes shut the photos end up blurry or I end up looking like a midget HAHAHA! But yeah, seriously.

If you faced with similar circumstances, this super basic guide is for you! By the way, I typically snap with a camera. I know many people who are satisfied with using your smartphones for photos, they're crazy convenient for sure and very advanced these days, but I think camera are still my favorite way to shoot. It's just a matter of preference.

In my 2017 trip, I had to rely on my own skills for photos because the people who travel with me weren't helpful and for the second half of the trip, I went SOLO. I don't know why I did that but I found out the people in the Nusa Islands are the friendliest and the place safe for SOLO female travelers. The islands are now one of my favorite place on earth hahahaha

Looking at all these photos, can you tell which ones my friends took for me and which I took by myself? Answer is I took them all myself!

Sharing with y'all how I take my own photos in just 3 simple steps!


Step #1 Get the proper Gadgets

Tripod, a camera, batteries & plenty of SD cards are a must for me! As a solo female traveler, I'm also quite satisfied with my trusty Exilim ZR-1200's flip screen, wide angle (I can't do without wide angle lens now!) and weightlessness. While you definitely cannot compare this old Exilim model to the current, much updated mirrorless cameras or its predecessors, it has served me well over my years experimenting with photography.

For myself, this had always been sufficient, until recently when I am super eager to try my hands on DSLR which I am loving! That doesn't mean I'll abandon my Exilim ZR-1200, it is still the best selfie camera I own. In fact, there were several occasions where I wanted to get the latest Exilim model for its wider lens _ means you can snap wider scenery by just selfie-ing. Pretty cool, I thought. After some consideration though, just an upgrade for the lens and wifi ability are definitely not the best of investment, which was why I got the DSLR.

Reason why wide angle camera is great for people with short arms.

Anyways, you don't need super expensive gadget to take your own photos. Or carry 3-5 lenses for that purpose, they'll simply bogged you down!

Tip #1: Get a lightweight camera, preferably with flip screen.


#2 Setting up Your Camera 

Okays,to level up you will need a tripod to make your photos look 1) more pro and 2) as though you have a photographer to snap your photos like the ones I shared above. Definitely way-y more effort than just doing selfie or wefie but better looking photos!

For that, the next thing to do is to understand what your camera is capable to do. How long do you need to set the timer so you can have enough time to ready your pose? Typically, all cameras and smartphones have options for 2 seconds and10 seconds timer. These days you can download apps onto your smartphone to remotely control your camera, so handy!

With my toy camera, I can opt for a 10 seconds timer followed by 3 consecutive shots with 1 second interval. During the 1 second break, I have the chance to turn my head or change the position of my arms. This comes in real handy for me and save me time and energy to have to go back and forth to push the button. Unfortunately, my DSLR does not have such option, only giving me the timer but I can use a remote control. With  newer cameras you get to download the control app on your smartphone. So choose your camera wisely!

Tip #2: Always have the camera adjusted eye-level or head level with angle down slightly for near shot and lower for full body or far shot. I don't find it very flattering to take photos from below chest level, makes me look fat!

Tip #3: Only set the camera from mid body facing upwards when you want to include other subjects and you know how to pose in a flattering angle.

Tip #4: Get equally lightweight tripod.


#3 Pose & shoot. Retake.

This is either the funnest part or the most awkward part LOL. It will definitely take a lot of trials to get use to the stares, find your most comfortable poses and angles but keep trying! These days it is so easy to find ways to pose for photos to look candid and great in photos.

Tip #5: Best to post cross legs and be mindful of where your hands are! You can put your hands in the pocket, in front on your thigh or on your waist. Else grab a prop like a handbag or a drink.

Tip #6: If you conscious of your facial/eyes expressions, simply put on sunglasses. I do that because I don't usually put on makeup especially more if I am going to spend the day walking and sweating. Just don't wanna care LOL

Tip #7: Don't forget to take your time when taking photos.

Tip #8: In locations where it is tough to utilize your tripod or get a grip on your camera, get help from strangers! I usually am the one to offer my help to tourists in return for one-two photos of myself. Other times, female tourists approach me themselves because they're comfy for the fact I look harmless HAHAHAHA

Good luck with trying! Tell me if you find my post useful. Cheers!

Thursday 14 June 2018

How to prevent your contents on Blogger to be copied and other Blogger tips

Decided to share something with my fellow bloggers who use Blogger (Previously known as BlogSpot) simply because recently I figured out how to add HTML script to prevent my contents to be copied just as added precaution. I have been trying out so many scripts before finding two that works. Aside from that, to make your lives easier so that you don't need to look around the World Wide Web.You're most welcome.

So here they are _ some tips to level up your Blogger blogs:

Tip #1 Buy Blogger Templates

Whether to turn your Blogger blog into an online shop, a photo album, or just beautifying your blog, you can get a whole lot of templates from Etsy. I found several sites offering free templates but I cannot get them to work so I don't have other suggestions. Etsy is my go-to when looking for templates and you can easily get a simple one from RM20 or more for templates with more interative features.

Tip #2 Get your own Domain  

What's better than personalizing your own site name as well? Getting your domain is actually easy and cheap. I spent a lil' under RM250 to purchase my own domain name for a 5-year period. I heard (from someone, I don't remember!) that you can get them at much more affordable price but have not come across a site with better deals than this. Mine is from DomainPlus, a Malaysia online service provider so in case there are issues, I can connect with them on the phone. So far, I do not have to resort to that yet.

Tip #3 Do not add photos via "link"

Not something to upgrade your blog but rather an advise. When I discovered I could added my photos onto my blog via link, I happily did that! Then recently I noticed they appeared as 'broken' links which means none of the photos were showing. Had to painstakingly re-upload most of my pics from my last posts, some I can't even re-do because I didn't save the pics... Until today, I have no idea what went wrong. In conclusion, just don't do this!!

Tip #4 Backup your blog frequently

Says it all. The horror of losing everything you worked so hard on!

Tip #5 Preventing contents of your blog to be copied

Took myself a long while to figure this out mostly because a lot of scripts I found online don't work! It was so frustrating to look for working codes so you guys better thank the people who wrote the scripts which I am gonna share! 

To make text contents and images to be copied, you need to insert BOTH these HTML scripts into the HTML widgets. I put mine in the "HTML/JavaScript" widget in the header section of Blogger's layout. I didn't include the full scripts since I have disabled the copy section. Sucks, I know. Good news is I did you guys a favor and created shorten links so you won't need to type the super long link.

#I For preventing text contents to be copied

#II For disabling right click for "Save Image as" 

Reminder to drop MyBloggerBuzz a thank you note and go bump up Wasserleiche295 and Jason's answer (Only two bumps?! They deserve more!!). I did BOTH so no excuse for y'all not to!

Those are all! Hope you guys find this post useful (Ov<)~✧

Sunday 15 October 2017

How to take Double Exposure on Instax

I'm obsessed with my instax, no doubt about that. Been sharing some of my shots on Instagram too :) I super love my instax so I went checking out some photo tips and found one I really like, the Double Exposure technique.

Here are some of the double-exposures photos which I took last month _ the two at each sides.

Here's how to do so:

1) Open the lid partially so the cartridge sticks out but not fully so you don't over-exposed your films. That'll make your film turn out blank or black. (Happened a few times :/)

2) Snap the first photo. This one will usually turn out brighter than the second snap. Wait until you the sound stops.

3) Close the cartridge and snap the second photo.

And that's it! SUPER SIMPLE RIGHT?! It may take several trials to get a perfect double exposure shots but don't give up LOL. You would need to sacrifice a few films but don't fret! I found just the place to get the CHEAPEST films. So in most stores, you find them selling for RM33 a cartridge of 10x films, BUT at 11thStreet.Com,  you can find 3 packs of 20 Sheets for RM126! That's about RM2.10 per sheet, which is much more worth it! YOU'RE MOST WELCOME!

Saturday 11 March 2017

Purikura: Lovelizm, again!

Yuppie! Just had another Purikura sessions with a different bunch of friends two days after I just had a separate session. That's what you call obsession LOL. I'm just going to jump straight into the pictures we took because I've reviewed this machine in my last post which you can find in the 'How To' tab at the top of this blog.

Because I has been trying out different purikura machines since last December, I'm sorta the pro in the group among my friends who only played purikura once or never at all. Still, I wasn't prepare for this because they're one rowdy bunch. Chaos was the word my friend used to describe the situation LOL. It was chaotic but crazy fits them better, I tell you! In the photos first two photos, we look fully unprepared and some MIA-ed in some shot hahaha.

Went a bit over with the stamps and was messing around with the guys' face hahahaha

I found a cool feature _ contact lens, yo! Somehow here I turned heterochromia (≧▽≦*)

We accidentally picked the frames with this girl (who is she?!) in the middle so my friend here got hidden...


The next session are just between us girls and another friend joined in. This time we picked the 4x close up shots with 2x full body shots. Like every other machines, you'll get a bonus shot.

Girls just wanna have fun, yo!

OOTD shot! Why did everyone choose to wear black today?!

Here are all the prints from Lovelizm to give you an idea of the different print sizes. You're welcome.

Can't wait to try new machines soon!

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