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Water is the most important things in the world. Enough said. Yes it is. That is the reason why, we all must constantly adding water to our body in order to keep it hydrated at all time. Water is essential for proper circulation in the body. The levels of oxygen in the bloodstream are greater when our body is well hydrated. On top of that, Water can be a miracle cure for many problems such as headaches, fatigue, and much more. Do you know? We can go for weeks without food, but only 3 days without water! Now you know how important to keep yourself hydrate all time.



Melbourne is without any doubt one of the most interesting cities in Australia. I’m so happy Melbourne is finally checked from my list. I really love Australia because it is a really nice place to chill and to travel. Nice weather, nice architecture, nice coffee, nice food, nice everything. I’ve blogged about my Melbourne trip (PART 1) H-E-R-E. If you are not into skiing and the chilling wind, let’s hop back to the city. 

Trust me, There really is something for everyone here, no matter what your budget or preference are.  The streets are very easy to navigate, and the city’s laneways offer a shopping and dining experience like no other. In the alleys lanes, it is covered in world-class street art, hide beautiful cafés and bars.

EVERYWHERE IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. Almost every corner in Melbourne is effortlessly Instagram-worthy. You can easily snap a few thousand photos in Melbourne.
Photo by SweetEscape


WHERE TO STAY

I stayed in Citadines hotel for my last 4 days in Melbourne. The Service and location were awesomely good. Citadines’s located in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District. 
  It’s neat, tidy, modern, no fuss, and has everything you need. 

 It is located at Bourke Street, which is just next to Collins Street, where you can find all the designer brands. The best things about this hotel is the location, making the most of all these wonderful city features is the more easy to access. You can easily catch the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle nearby. And that’s where accommodation choice couldn’t be more important.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
131-135 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia



GETTING AROUND THE CITY 
Public transportation in the city center is FREE as there is a so-called free tram zone. It is pretty easy to get around to most of the main attraction in the city area. However, I would recommend to explore Melbourne by foot, by bike and jump on a tram from time to time. 

Also, you can also join a bike tour to explore the city like what i did.  
The tour is around 4 hours, you can get to see the main attractions and have a better understanding of the alleys and the culture of Melbourne. It is also including a lunch in between the tour. Overall, we have cycled almost 20km. But still, it is fun because the weather is really chill and nice to cycle around.

If you are interested to book at bike tour, please visit 


There’s so much to see and do in this city. I can’t manage to visit all of them but here is some highlights that i would love to share with you about Melbourne


#1 Melbourne St Paul Cathedral Church 

First of all, visit Flinders Street Station first. It is among Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks & the busiest suburban railway Station and you will find St Paul’s cathedral. It is located at the corner of Swanston and Flinders street junction (opposite federal square), St Paul’s cathedral is a majestic building which will catch your attention due to its rich neo-Gothic styled architecture. It is the landmark of Melbourne City. 



After visiting the St Paul’s Cathedral, you can go to Hosier Streets which is just walking distance.

#2 Hosier Streets

The art culture in this city is so strong. I’m in love! I learned so much about the art scene in the city and developed a much deeper appreciation for why Melbourne attracts so many artists from around the world. No sort of trip to Melbourne would be complete without spending a few hours wandering through Melbourne’s plentiful laneways.

You can find Melbourne’s graffiti scene simply by walking around on our own.
Hosier Lane is easy to find and easy to get to. It’s a 2 minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and runs between Flinders St and Collins St.


#3 VISIT THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA 

The State Library of Victoria is a historic institution that sees 8 million visitors a year. Originally built in 1856, the library has grown into an event space that’s a source of pride for city residents. Come here before it opens and you’ll see a queue of people ready to pounce on the open desks. The famous central rotunda with its octagonal shape, original dark wood furniture, and book-lined walls is definitely something not to miss. 


There are a number of free tours of the library to teach you more about its history and striking architecture.

The State Library of Victoria 
328 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 
Mon to Thu: 10am – 9pm 
Fri to Sun: 10am – 6pm


#4 VISIT THE MELBOURNE MARKET 

I’m sure Queen Victoria Market is not a stranger to the travelers, It is like the MUST VISIT place in Melbourne. However this round I visited South Melbourne Market instead. 

I personally prefer the South Melbourne Market compared to Victoria Market as it is like a mini version of the Queen Victoria Market. Lesser tourists. This market a fabulous range of the freshest and highest quality foods and Deli items and a small range of clothes, gifts, home wares etc.  


You will find a bit of everything in the market. While food and coffee is my favourite part! 
Fresh oysters and seafood is a MUST 

Meet my travel buddy, Jean 
I would recommend heading there on an empty stomach, so that you can try all the goodies 


SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKET
 Corner of Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne  
Phone: 03 9209 6295

Opening Hours: Wed: 8am-4pm Fri: 8am-5pm Sat: 8am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm.




#5 VISIT BRIGHTON BEACH BATHING BOXES

The colourful bathhouses in Brighton beach is one of the main attractions in Melbourne. They are extremely colourful huts built in a row on the beach. The most photogenic beach in Melbourne. It’s also a must go place for tourists in Melbourne!
  These Brighton Bathing Boxes are purely used for storage purposes. Most people keep their surf boards, kayaks and other beach equipment in there.


To get to Brighton from Melbourne, simply catch the Sandringham line to Brighton Beach, and you'll be there in a little over 20min. Highly recommend to use to google map, it is more easy to get around. 



Okay, I’m missing Melbourne already. Will i travel to Melbourne again? Definitely YES! 
There is so much more to see and explore in this city, can’t wait for my next adventure.

For those who are interested to fly to Melbourne anytime soon.
Feel free to check out the AirAsiaX flight time here. There are flight available everyday
Why AirAsia X?

 AirAsia X guests can opt for the premium service on the airline to enjoy: 
  • Complimentary 40kg baggage allowance, inflight meal, pillow and duvet, dedicated counter for check-in as well as access to the AirAsia Premium Red Lounge when departing from Kuala Lumpur (klia2).
               - Premium red lounge - Business class free for 3 hours, economy RM69 (pre book) and RM79 (walk in) for 3 hours. 
  • Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab which offers hours of entertainment with a wide range of content on high-resolution touch screen device and an advanced audio technology are also available on selected AirAsia X flights at RM49 for pre-book or RM60 for onboard rental.
  • AirAsia’s award-winning Santan menu offers the most extensive variety of inflight meals for guests to choose from both onboard and via online pre-booking. These include tantalising hot meals, kids meals, savoury snacks, healthier selections such as wraps and sandwiches and local desserts personalised to suit the preferences of guests travelling across AirAsia’s extensive route network.To enjoy our gastronomy inflight meals by pre-booking SANTAN Combo Meal 24 hours before flight departure for AirAsia X flights that comes with a complimentary beverage priced at RM18 for AirAsia X flights. 
    Guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to enjoy greater savings with the Santan Combo Meal and to choose from a wider variety of meals. Guests who pre-book will be assured of meal availability and will enjoy priority meal service onboard. 
  • Pick-A-Seat option which is available in AirAsia’s ‘Manage My Booking’ function on the website before conducting web check-in and also can opt for more peace and quiet at the Quiet Zone or our award winning premium flatbed. 


3) FLY-THRU

 - is the process of conveniently transferring from one flight to another without the hassle of going through immigration processing, and of having to collect your baggage when you are taking 2 different flights to get to your final destination and stopping over at a transit station (e.g. KUL is the transit point for a flight from HND-KUL then KUL-PER).

How can guest purchase this service?
Log in to www.airasia.com or visit AirAsia Service centre to make booking for FLY-THRU destinations.

Where can guest get information on which flights come with this service?
You can refer to the FLY-THRU schedule available on our website.

Benefits of FLY-THRU

No transit visa
  •   No immigration clearance in Malaysia and exemption of airport tax at transit hub.
 Note: Applicable only for international transfers with a maximum stop-over of 18-hours in Malaysia.

Quick transit
  • Upon arrival from first flight sector, guests will go through the transfer hall, Check-in at the transfer hall to your connecting flight (Applicable only for international transfers).
  • Free flight move if first flight is delayed.
  • Guests can choose to spend transit time at the Premium Red Lounge in the departure hall for a walk-in fee. Premium Flex, Premium Flatbed and MyCorporate Full Flex guests will have complimentary access
 Baggage check thru
  • Bags are tagged through to your final destination.
  • Guests do not need to collect baggage at transit hub and check-in again.

ALSO, do check out www.bigdutyfree.com while you are flying with AirAsiaX



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Thank you for reading! love xoxo





Having heard about the amazing night markets and the abundance of delicious food, I knew Taipei would be a city that any food lover should visit at some point. And so I was excited to visit Taipei for the third time in my life. Taipei is a very friendly city. There is no worry at all even if you travel alone. It’s easy and hassle free to get around, there’s an amazing selection of restaurants and street food, and the night markets, with their never ending supply of interesting foods, are a highlight. 

So, i land at TaoYuan Airport upon arrival. It takes about an hour or more to get from the airport to the center of the city if you take a cab ( depends on the traffic) Well, for me, i took the TaoYuan International Airport MRT to the city. It is more convenient, faster and cheaper. It took me around 45 minutes to get to my home stay.
Here we go again .....

Itching to go for a short getaway?  We know, we all leave it too late to book trips for the public holiday or long weekends, but don’t give up the idea of having a short break. We all need a break sometimes. If you are lazy to go too far, go to Singapore! I’ve lost count of how many times i’ve visited Singapore. I realised, even after so many times, there are still much to see and much to do in Singapore. Here’s something “NEW” that I’ve discovered lately. 
Spain is incredible, if you find the beauty of it.

Besides RONDA, Seville is also one of my favourite! But compare to Ronda, Seville is bigger and more city compare to Ronda. Ronda is more like a little town. Seville is bright and colorful and it’s everything I love about Spain. Just a few days in Seville I’ve come to really appreciate the city. It is truly amazing, wish i could spend more time to appreciate all the details. Well, Seville is around 534km from Madrid, you can take a high speed train there ( around 2 hours 30 minutes ) You can check the ticket price - HERE. But if you choose to rent a car, you can drive from town to town and appreciate the view along the journey. 


If you follow me on my social media #karenkhotravel, you will know how much i love cold weather. I really enjoy the cold because i get to dress up with layers which we can’t do it in Malaysia. That’s the reason why, i love to travel during winter season. Well, just because the temperature has dropped, it doesn’t mean that the fun levels have to as well. There are a lot of awesome happenings activities during the winter season in the world’s most liveable city - Melbourne

I’m back to one of my favourite country- Australia! I’ve been to Perth twice but never to the city of Australia. I always wanted to visit Melbourne and finally i made it this July. With temperatures ranging between 7°C to 17°C during their winter season, it is ideal for those who hate freezing wind because it is not TOO COLD. Yet if you like the snowy side of winter, you can travel up to Mount Buller the mountains outside of Melbourne to have a white winter vacation. 

  Mt Buller is the most popular destination and is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia. It is around 246km from Melbourne city, it took us around 3 hours drive to get there from the airport. 
A place to experience all the thrill and excitement of Victoria’s snowfield in wintertime.

Of course, the best part is the snow activities! 
Summer is the best season of the year. Ready for an beach vacation anytime soon? 

I know, in Malaysia, it is really hard to find a nice quality bikini with nice design. It is really not much option to choose from. I know, There is a lot from the online website but sometime when i received the products from online shop, the quality is quite disappointing. Especially after a few washes. So i found that it is really a waste of money. I rather spend more on getting a good one, so that i can wear it longer. So recently, i’ve came across this brands from Paris and it is recently launched in Lazada. So i gave myself  try to get one of these 

As i mentioned earlier, my trip begin in Madrid and off to south, Ronda. Ronda is a city in the Spanish province of Málaga, about 100kms from the city of Malaga. We took a high speed train to Málaga and drove around 2 hours to get there. You can also spend a few days in Málaga before heading off to Ronda. It is easier to just rent a car to get around, so you can take your own sweet time to drive there, enjoy the view along the journey etc. 

Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain.

I visit Ronda for the first time and i’m in love with this little town, have been dying to return with my loves one in the future! It’s one of those cities that captures your imagination. From beautiful alleyways and cobbled streets, to ancient city walls, the famous new bridge and incredible sweeping landscapes, it’s easily one of the most photogenic cities in Spain. It is a MUST VISIT place in south of Spain! One of my favourite place during this trip! 
There’s no words to describe how beautiful this town are!

Ronda is located on top of a mountain, divided in half by a deep gorge, with panoramic views around the surrounding countryside. There are old city walls, winding cobblestone streets, and Spain’s oldest bull ring. It’s like walking through a postcard! I felt in love instantly. 

The views is breathtaking..



It’s the perfect town to explore, for sipping wine and watching the world go by.
This town is so unbelievably pretty that everywhere you turn is a spectacular photo-worthy view. 



Visit The Puente Nuevo Ronda’s 

It is like the landmark of this town. This 18th Century bridge is what draws the crowds. Joining the two sections of the city, the bridge reaches a height of 100m, with its base deep in the base of the gorge and the Guadalevín river. We took a little walk to the opposite to get a better view of the bridge. 

VISIT THE BULLRING Plaza de Toros - The Bullring

I’m pretty sure all of you know about bull fighting in Spain. It is one of their culture. 
Guess what,  Ronda is actually the birthplace of the modern bullfighting nowadays


There’s a museum and guided audio tours around the bullfighting ring. 
  
The price of entry is 6.50€ per person and 8.00€ with an audio-guide. 


WHERE TO STAY?

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria This hotel is located in the centre of the town, very close to Ronda's landmarks and the famous Tajo de Ronda. Everything is just walking distance in Ronda, spend 1-2 days in Ronda and explore everything by foot. I really love the environment of the hotel! Especially the backyards, the breakfast and of course the panorama views from my balcony. 

My Room for 2 nights 
The breakfast place, the views outside the window is so surreal, like a piece of painting. 


Address: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria Calle Jerez, 25, 29400 Ronda, Malaga


Trust me, Ronda is one of the place you can’t afford to miss! This place is unforgettable for me, i really love this town. Well, Now you know where to go if you are visiting Spain anytime soon :)



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