Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

From my previous post regarding my negative experience with a host on the island, I tried asking around on the island to seek for a new host. However, most of them do not need any volunteer during the low season. Luckily for me, Joel was doing a volunteer on building work with B & Meg from The Chai Tent. They accepted me, I believed it was a nice gesture and an opportunity for me and Joel to work and stay together instead.

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Teaching English in Uttaradit, Thailand

 

First day of school after school break!

Not fond of kids and no experience to work with kids nor teaching but somehow, I ended up teaching English to kids in a private school based in Uttaradit for 2 weeks 1 month! Initially, I was intending to volunteer for just 2 weeks duration. School resumed on the 2nd week of my stay and I love the friendly rural small town, hence I extended my visa for another month of stay. Uttaradit is located at North Thailand and there’s no public transportation to get around the town. There are no tourists. It’s a pure authentic Thai experience. Continue reading “Teaching English in Uttaradit, Thailand”

14 days in Bangkok (Part 1)

My first 14 days of my journey was spent in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Some of you might be expecting an itinerary post but sorry to disappoint you, it is not. I did not go to those must-sees places nor party hard and get drunk every night. Everyone has their own way of travel and here is mine. I had few mistakes during this trip, I learned from it and sharing it here with you. You could laugh at my stupidity for making these mistakes too. I will not cover everything since I am posting on Instagram daily, do follow me for daily post 🙂

On 17th April, I arrived at Don Muang Airport, collected my bags and exited the arrival hall. Once I stepped out, I made the first mistake that cost me a lot of money. I paid 850 baht for a “Camry” taxi because I did not know about metered taxi or bus. Okay, I was dumb lol. Not only that, I bought a SIM card with 7 days package (299 baht) from the airport too, please don’t buy it from the airport because it is way cheaper to just get the SIM card and top up from 7-elevan if you are intending to stay for long.

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Getting Your China Visa in Malaysia

I have no experience in getting any visa by myself. First time for everything, I did few mistakes and here, I will tell you exactly on what you should prepare and go to get your China visa.

First off, download the form from here and fill in everything. You must fill in your personal information, including your family details. If you are unsure of your exact itinerary, just fill in the location(s) that you will go.

Other documents required: flight ticket/accommodation booking confirmation (printout), 1 copy of IC and 1 copy of passport (1st page of your passport with your details and signature) and 2 pieces of passport sized photos with white background. Don’t forget to bring your original passport! 

Question: What if you don’t have any flight ticket(s) or accommodation booking? 
If you know anyone in China, you could ask them to provide a letter of invitation which requires them to get a stamp from China’s police station for verification. For my case, I just booked an accommodation under hostelworld, you could do the same but make sure it is free cancellation.

After you prepared all these documents, go to this following location as early as you could. Queuing numbers will only be given out until 3PM only. You can take LRT to Ampang Park and walk over, it’s around 10 mins or less.

Address: Level 5, Hampshire Place Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Business hours: Monday-Friday. Closed on Saturdays,Sundays and Public Holidays.
Submission of applications: 9:00 to 15:00.

You have to queue for the number, the staff will review your documents before giving you the number. They will not give it out to you IF you do not complete all the documents. You may print anything leftout at the center but it costs RM2 per page. As for passport size photo, you may get it done at Ampang Park Mall once you exited from the LRT station, it will cost around RM20 for 4 pieces of photos.

After you submitted all the documents, you will be given a receipt for visa and passport collection on the 4th working day. You can opt for express visa application, check fees here

For collection, go back to the same building but to Level 6 now. Take your number and wait for your turn. Payment has to be done upon collection.

 

IMPORTANT: 
You can only apply for China Visa if you are traveling within 3 months time from application date.For Malaysians, please apply your visa in Malaysia if you could because it is difficult to get it done if you are abroad as you need to provide a lot of documents, such as employment letter, payslips, etc. For foreigners (non-China citizen), application is done at the same location and method.

 

For more information, you may check the website.
https://www.visaforchina.org/KUL_EN/index.shtml

Storytime #1: Kindness in Kyoto

It was my second day in Japan – July 18th 2016, I traveled to Kyoto from Ibaraki prefecture to catch Gion Matsuri festival. I did not book any accommodation earlier and everywhere were fully booked. I did not worry too much about it, thinking I could just probably stay the night in McDonald’s or manga cafe – just 1 night.  Continue reading “Storytime #1: Kindness in Kyoto”

Hitchhiking in Cameron Highlands (2D1N RM154)

Tell any Malaysians that you are hitch hiking in Malaysia, they would tell you that you are crazy.
I was traveling with a female couchsurfer and both of us don’t drive. We took a bus to Cameron Highlands and once we reached there, we realized that there’s no buses. We asked the locals and they told us to use the taxi (really really rare) or just use the tour packages. Well, we are both on a budget, so we decided to try hitch hiking and it worked great!

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