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OLA! Thank you for waiting. Here’s my part 2 of my Vietnam trip.
Basically it is all about my half day tour in Mui Nee

We booked a day tour upon arrival in Ho Chih Minh from one of the local travel agency. We didn’t really plan for it, just randomly walked in and enquires about the places that we can go for a day tour.  So we decided to go for Mui Nee, which is 3 hours away from Ho Chih Minh. The tour is including transportation for 6 pax, a english speaking tour guide, a meal and 3 attractions and it costs us approximately MYR150 per pax. 

The highlight of Mui Nee is mainly for the WHITE SAND DUNES and the RED SAND DUNES, and our main purpose is actually the White Sand Dunes. But we made a mistakes during the communication with the tour. They actually promises us 4 attractions which is White Sand Dunes, Red Sand Dunes, Fishing Village and Fairy Spring. But ended up, they didn’t bring us to the White Sand Dunes, they said need to top up another MYR200 for that destination -.- That’s why, we felt like we got cheated and missed out White Sand Dunes. 

So, when you book you tour, make sure you ask them to list down all the destination they included before you pay. ( lesson learned lol )

Alright, Let’s go back to our topic. What’s with Mui Nee

The tour actually suppose to depart at 4AM in the morning, but we insist to go at 6AM because i don’t think we will enjoy waking up at 4AM in the morning. LOL. But trust me, even we depart at 6AM we still have plenty of time to visit all of the places and went back to Ho Chih Minh city at 4PM,  and reached our hotel at 7 something. But it is totally up to you, adjust your own time cause it’s your tour. 

First stop - WHITE SAND DUNES

It is the smaller version of White Sand Dunes, so you can walk around by yourself. It is super sunny when we go, and it is so hard to walk on the sand during hot weather. LOL. Make sure you bring slipper. Once you set foot on the desert, you’ll encounter some ladies trying to lend you their sliding broad around 3000 Dong. It’s totally fine if you are interested to have some fun sliding down the sands. We didn’t, because i don’t want to get the sand into my eyes. LOL 




This is my second time visiting Ho Chi Minh city, the first time was 10 years ago. I don’t really feel like going back after my first visit. But I’m glad i did this time. There are so much changes compare to my first visit. It is fast-developing and i’m pretty impress with the changes. I still remember last time, there is only ONE shopping mall and it is super “palia” and now...it is a CITY! hahaha. Not bad at all! Well, Vietnam is well known for its history, culture and traditions, which are still an important part of the locals everyday life. 

My trip is quite free and easy because when i travel, i want to take my own pace to enjoy. I don’t really like pack schedule or else i’ll just follow tour. For this, I didn't do much travel planning before i do. I just Googled and starred some places to visit upon arrival and on Google Maps for the direction. Besides that, we also booked a day tour from one of the random travel agency in Saigon. ( Will share about my day tour in PART 2 )


BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD

First of all, remember to buy a local sim card with 4G, you can find it in the airport. It is a must for me because i can’t live without wifi. Well, I got mine from Vinaphone, 9GB data is around 130k which less than RM30. Super cheap. 

By the way, everything in Ho Chi Minh City is quite affordable. Don’t worry about the transportation.  I traveled everywhere by Grabcar.  It is quite easy to get a grabcar everywhere in the city. From the airport to our homeaway is around 155k dong which is around RM26. I traveled by Grab Car everywhere.

The only things is that Vietnamese Dong is quite confusing. Basically 100,000 Dong equal to RM17. Therefore, 500,000 Dong equal to ____? hahaha 5 times 17 = RM85 

Do your math carefully especially when you pay. 

You wouldn't go a day without drinking water, right? Well, you shouldn't go a day without hydrating your skin too. It is really important to keep our skin hydrated all time, especially when we are aging. Our skin will definitely look younger if we maintain the moisture level. 

For today's post, I will do a review on the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion and Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel. One of the best selling products in Japan. I’m sure you all heard about this skin care brands before. If you are not, Hada Labo is a skincare line research & developed by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Japan and The Mentholatum Co. with a philosophy 'Perfect X Simple'. Hada Labo uses only the purest ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, with no unnecessary additives & manufactured under strict pharmaceutical standards. Therefore, it is suitable for sensitive skin. 

Last few weeks, it was such an honoured to got invited to A hand-on beauty workshop with the famous beauty guru Liu Yan from Taiwan featuring Hada Labo skin care range. 
Removed our make up and learn how to apply the skin care range step by step. 
We gained so much knowledge about the right step and also the way to apply skin care.  

Hydration is the one of the key goals when it comes to skincare, and this two really helps with this. 

After cleansing, toner is an easy way to add hydration into my skincare routine before applying moisturiser. It also helps to soften the skin and clear up the excess dirt on our skin before applying anything on. 

Well, and Hada Labo hydrating lotion is a nice short list of ingredients and contains no fragrances, oils or SD alcohol, which makes it great for those with sensitive skins. I like to use it before other hydrating products as I feel it boosts their efficacy. One of my favourite skincare routine tips is to use this product before i add my hydration kick! 

How to Apply?

First of all, prepare a cotton pad, pour a generous amount of lotion on the cotton pad. After that, Wipe it all over your face, from bottom to the top ( upwards ), After that,  pat it lightly on your skin and leave the remaining cotton pad on your skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. 


A moisturizer is a must after the hydrating lotion. Thus, I use this Hada Labo Hydrating Gel to continue my hydration steps! It is very light weight and non-sticky! I really love the texture of this moisturising gel. My skin becomes smoother and softer after applying it. It really offers me a good nourishing hydration. 
As you see, It is quite watery and can be absorbed into the skin instantly with no greasy feel

During the workshop, i also managed to learn a new technique to reduce puffiness using the Hada Labo water gel. It really simple and perfect for people who need SOS for their dry skin. Just apply a generous amount all around your face ( approximately 3mm) and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. After that, gently massage it around your skin and wipe it off with cotton pad. 
Try it out and you will feel your skin more hydrated and firm instantly. 

I’m totally in love with this Hydrating Gel now. 

It’s important to lock it in by using an occulisve on top of this at the end of your routine, to ensure you’re only drawing water into the skin and not away. Hydration is one of the most important things we should do for our skin. Trust me, Skin is softer to the touch and looks plumper when properly hydrated. Now, focus on hydrating your skin with Hada Labo Hydration range. 

Experience it yourself now. Thank you for reading! 




Due to the busy schedule. Today’s woman needs more for her health than just a healthy meal on their own, especially when it comes to  have a good digestive health.     

Do you all know that many of today’s foods are filled with preservatives. How many people can truly say they know where their food comes from and what it is made of? The meat we are consuming, how it is raised, and what it is fed before being sacrificed to feed humans? Sadly, we have no idea what we are really putting into our stomach. As much as science tries to mimic the benefits of the foods we eat, it has yet to find a way to duplicate enzymes.     

Are enzymes really that important to our bodies? The answer is yes! Women especially need them because they help eliminate carbs and unnecessarily things from our bodies.  

Well, recently I’ve came across a diet supplement that has sold over 6.4 million packs in more than 37 countries. It comes all the way from Japan. It is highly recommended by a friend of mine. She used to have constipation problem (bowel movement used to happen only once in 3 days or once a week before consuming this and now her problem is solved! Her stomach feels refreshed and so much lighter. So, I decided to give it a try as I have the same problem especially during travel. 

 Let me share with you about my research of enzymes! 

As you get older, your skin is going to need your help to stay healthy. You will have to work with it to keep it hydrated and glowing

If you know me in person, you would know how much i love to do mask. I don’t go to facial very often because i don’t have the time, so doing mask on my own is the only way for me to maintain my skin. It is like one of my skin care routine everyday. It helped my skin stay clear, glowing, and moisturized + it feels like a mini spa day at home. Just 15 minutes everyday, especially before i apply make up. It is much more easier to apply make up after masking. That’s why i love masking


I’m back! Recently, I’ve received tons of messages asking me regarding my eyelids. Yes, i know there's a lot of you out there who are curious about the details & procedure about this. 
Therefore, i'm going to share about it here.  


I’m sure a lot of you notice that i’ve redo my double eyelid once again. Yes, the main reason why i decided to redo is because i want a higher crease. I still remember the last time i did my double eyelid stitching was 4 years ago if i’m not wrong. So i guess it about time to redo cause i want a higher crease (parallel eyelids), which can make my eyes much bigger compare to the last time i did. Basically, i just want it to be more obvious especially after applying my daily make up. So yes, i did it again. 
Due to my busy schedule, i feel fatigue most of the time. No matter how many hours i slept, it is not helping, especially during travel and after i come back from my work trip etc. It is so hard for me to  stay focus at work, get myself back on track sometimes. I feel like there is not enough fuel for the cells to work well on my body and i’ve no idea why. Traveling can be fun, but at the same time it makes me feel tired and make my skin dry and dull due to the different environment and weather. 

So, it is really important for me to find something that can solve my problem at once to avoid the hassle. 

In facts, our bodies are constantly under attack by free radicals, that can come from naturally physiological reactions or external stresses that came from our daily life. Here is the symptoms of premature ageing

 • Poor immunity
 • Joint inflammation & varicose veins
 • High blood glucose
 • Heart problems/clogged arteries
 • Poor eye health
 • Respiratory problems

If you feel the any of these from above, you should probably try this out.....

I’m glad i found this to cure my problems at once. SUPER OPCs with its premium formula. Ingredients are plainly stated, and they are mainly: French Maritime Pine Bark Extract, French Grape Seed Extract, French Red Wine Extract, Bilberry extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract, Vitamin C, and Potassium.

Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and remove them from the body.  Long-term damage by free radical attack is the cause of many effects of premature ageing and problems relating to poor circulation. Our body needs powerful antioxidants such as OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) to protect it against these negative health effects!

LABO Nutrition is dedicated to the research and development of superior, scientifically-supported dietary supplements, aimed at improving the quality of daily life. 


There are 12 amazing benefits of SUPER OPCs:  
  • Healthy circulatory system 
  • Venous circulation in the legs – varicose veins 
  • Heart health 
  • Healthy blood lipid levels 
  • Healthy blood pressure 
  • Good eye health 
  • Good skin health 
  • Joint health 
  • Immune health 
  • Respiratory health
  •  Energy and Vitality


HOW TO CONSUME?

Mix 1 scoop (150mg serving) to 60ml water (¼ cup) once daily on an empty stomach

It is made of isotonic powder form. OPCs is the best form of antioxidant , more powerful than vitamin C and E. When it is correctly mixed with water, it can be absorbed by the small intestines within 5 minutes! Better absorption, As compared to common antioxidant tablets that may take longer time for complete absorption. Drink it with empty stomach every morning! 

Pour a small cup of water, mix it with one scoop of super OPCs and stir it evenly. It comes with a plastic scoop that is the size for one serving. 


I really enjoy drinking Super OPCs every morning because it helps to maintain my healthy and the collagen of my skin. The taste is like a hint of grape but not as sweet. Quite nice to drink. After consuming for few weeks, I feel less tired throughout the day and my skin is more glowing after drinking for a month. Love the results so much! 

For those who are interested to purchase, feel free to visit their website at https://lifestreamgroup.com/super-opcs

Remember to quote <KAREN20> to enjoy RM20 off when you check out, 
valid for 2 weeks till  18 Feb 2018.”

Enjoy shopping! 

It’s been years since I shared my daily makeup routine. My first concern is my skin because i have uneven skin tone, scars and dull skin. Finding a foundation that suitable for my skin wasn’t quick and easy for me. I tried a lot and this is by FAR the best option I have found. Goodbye foundation and bb cream! In my everyday make up, i use cushion instead of foundation because it is much more easier to apply and more even application. I don’t use concealer all the time, unless there is a photo shoot and event day. If you ask me, my priority for my daily makeup would be cushion and lipsticks. This two item is a MUST! Recently, i’ve came across this newly launched product from THE FACE SHOP which is Anti-Darkening Cushion & Flat Lipsticks and i’m in love with it.  


Cambodia is always one bucket list and finally i’ve tick it off my list last month! This trip is truly amazing and memorable. It is a family trip with my parent and some of their friends. We took MAS Airlines this round because it is a very last min booking, the ticket costs us around 600-700+ per pax. After flying for 2-ish hours, we arrived.



TRANSPORTATION 

So, it is like a total 6 of us in a group. For the transportation, we booked a driver guide for our tour, it is around 180USD for 4-5 days ( full transportation and airport pick up ). I would highly recommend to book a driver during the tour because it is much easier. Tuk tuts might be the easiest way and most common transport in Siem Reap of getting around. But it is not as cheap, every ride is around $2 USD/ $12-20USD for a whole day that included a drive out to the attractions. I wouldn’t recommend that because tsk tuks is open vehicles, and the dirt roads are dusty..So it is better to just book a car to drive you around like we does.

If you are looking for driver, you may contact WeChat/Line @Zhiben63 for the tour. 
He is really good. 


INTERNET 

You can get a SIM Card as soon as you exit the airport. The stand is outside, on your right as you exit and the one i get is $3USD for unlimited data up to 7 days, super cheap. 


                          BEFORE WE STARTS, here’s some TIPS for traveling in Cambodia .....



1. Bring US dollars.
2. Forget the high heels. Many of the streets are dirt roads with pot holes. Wear comfortable shoes
3. Bring sunscreen and hat, wear light clothes but not too revealing ( avoid sleeveless, off shoulders, or shorts below knee length )

So you've got 3 days in Siem Reap and you want to hit the highlights. What should you do? Where should you eat? Where should you stay?

Like most tourists visiting Siem Reap, my guess is that the primary reason you want to go here is the Angkor Wat so let’s focus on it first. We even woke up early for the sunrise, but it was a bit disappointing cause it is so crowded and i couldn’t get a good view and picture of the sunrise. So you can skip that, i prefer SUNSET so much more! 

The whole area is HUGE, you probably won’t be able to visit ALL the temples in a day. For me, i spent around two days visiting this attractions. Based on my experience, if you really want to take your own pace, buy the 2 days ticket so you can have more time taking pictures. OR, you can also buy the one day tickets, but just visit the famous temples only. Well, Angkor Wat is one of the most famous temple in Angkor. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century, making it younger than Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Colosseum, but older than Machu Picchu (Peru). Awww so many bucket list that i want to visit. But ONE by ONE.  

As i said, the area is HUGE and there are thousands of temples. So which one to visit?


  • Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Thom
  • Bayom Temple ( with the buddha face)
  • Ta Prohm ( with the trees)


Here is a map for your reference. So you can plan where to visit first in advance. 

Pre Rup
Ta Phrom 
“The One with the Trees” as it’s often better known. Ta Phrom is one of the most extraordinary temples I’ve come across. It is also one of the place where Angelina Jolie’s movie take place. 


Love the beauty and the age of the Ancient temples.

Tips : Always carry your ticket, make sure you don’t lose it or else you might need to buy another one. It will be checked upon each park entry and at major temples. There is a significant fine for not possessing a valid ticket inside the park.

Entrance Pass/Fee(s)

 Angkor Pass (The ticket can be get in the ) 

Fee(s):USD62 / 3-days visit (photo required)              
USD37 / 1 day visit (photo required)


Banteay Srei

This place is including in the ticket you bought for Angkor Wat but it is not in the area. This is another lesser-known gem of a temple, Banteay Srei sits approximately 25 kilometers from the Angkor center and about 32 kilometers from Siem Reap, but it is well worth the drive. Built in the 10th Century, Banteay Srei pre-dates Angkor Wat. Considered as the jewel in the crown of Angkorian artisanship, it is an amazing art gallery of Angkor. 



Besides these, i also went to Ton Le Sap Lake which is basically a huge lake with floating village around. I wouldn’t recommend that place because it is like Kuala Selangor to me, nothing much to see. But if you really want to experience it, can go for the sunset view. ( you can see a sneak peak of this place at my travel vlog, scroll down and watch )


PUB STREET 

at Pub Street, the most happening place in town. Here, you can find dozens of restaurants, cafés and pubs specialising in varied kinds of cuisines. Not to mention, their draft beer is super cheap! It is only 0.50 USD per glass. Many of these open as early as 7am, so all your dining and drinking needs would be well satiated.


Cambodia Hotpot is a must! You can find it everywhere in Cambodia, especially Pub street. 

Last but not least, here is a summary of my Cambodia trip. Check out my travel vlog and don’t forget to subscribes my Youtube Channel cause i will be doing more video in the future. love!



Thank you for watching <3

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