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Karen-kho.com is a fitness and lifestyle blog. The blogger, Karen, is a fitness addict who likes sharing fitness tips on social media, and who aspires to motivate her followers to lead a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Karen also casually blogs about her travels, beauty and fashion. More info...
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Seoul is always a pleasure to visit. Love the fashion, the food, the cosmetic and the people there!
Apparently, it’s every girl’s heaven to shop!
Finally have the to update about my Beautiful Journey in Seoul with Charis few months ago! The trip is truly awesome and unforgettable! All thanks to CHARIS for the arrangement and it was an honoured to got invited to be a part of it. I was flown together with 50 of Asia’s top Beauty creators this trip. Basically, Charis is a platform where we can create our own business opportunity without any capital and just earn money through our own networks and make profits out if it. Charis is the platform for everyone to buy and sell things like cosmetic/skincare etc from Korea. It is perfect for people who want to startup a business. I will blog more details about Charis in my next article. 

For this post, i’ll be sharing 5D4N journey in Seoul with the team. 

Yes, I'm back to this busy city again. All the way to Hong Kong for Calvin Klein Performance x Daybreaker Event. Thank you Calvin Klein Performance for having me. 

For this round, i'm staying in Hong Kong Island part as usual. But this time, i'm exploring Central a little bit more. Because I'm staying in The Pottinger Hotel. This hotel is quite new and it is a boutique hotel. So there's no swimming pool in the hotel. 

The Pottinger Hong Kong is centrally located in the heart of Central, a pivotal hub of business and finance, shopping, dining, culture and entertainment. A 5-minute walk from Lan Kwai Fong, a 1-minute walk from Central MTR Station and a 5-minute walk from the Mid-Level Escalator.

Central is a place that combines modernity and vintage. While luxury outlets are all around you, a turn into a street you will be welcomed with old, historical shops that make you feel warm. This hotel is located in Pottinger Street, known as Stone Slabs Street石板街 by locals, is made from uneven stone slabs to facilitate walking, seeing that this is another steep hillside area.

Central District is a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, restaurants and gourmet food.

The location is good, easy to walk around. It is just 5 mins away to my favourite shop- Topshop, Zara etc. So convenient to do my shopping. hehe. Apparently, it is just right opposite TopShop, cross the road and walk up to the stairs and you will find Potting Hotel on your left. Also, The Famous roasted goose Yat Lok is just right opposite the hotel. 
It is a lovely hotel i must say. Love it so much especially once i enter the lobby!

Deluxe Room ( Price around MYR1200++ per night) 

The Pottinger Hotel Hong Kong  ( Central MTR Station Exit D2 )
Address : 74 Queen’s Road Central (Reception at 21 Stanley Street), Sheung Wan Area

T: +852 2308 3188 
F: +852 2308 3198

 E: info@thepottinger.com

Talking about hotels stay, Boutique hotels are more my jam. And this one in Hong Kong is a goodie. If you choose to stay at a boutique hotel, you will get a different experience to the one a chain can offer. This boutique hotels usually have a concept and creative design and their owners collaborate with noted and creative designers and painters, find unusual furniture and dishes and hold art exhibitions.

This is the last part of my 11 days trip in Indonesia featuring Makassar, Lombok, Bangyuwangi and Bandung. If you want to read more about the whole story of my Indonesia trip, click HERE. For this article, i won't be cover the city part of Bandung. The third largest city of Indonesia is Bandung. I really want to share with you guys about something special and MUST-VISIT place in Bandung besides shopping and food. Alright, Are you ready for it? 


Yes, I went one of the must-visit attractions in Bandung- Kawah Putih, West Java’s white crater, and my jaw dropped. Seeing the surreal, whitish green lake reminded me once again why I love to travel so much : it’s to arrive at destinations like this and remind myself how beautiful the world is. 

This place is around 2 hours from Bandung Centre. There is no hiking involved in order to go there.

Entrance fee to Kawah Putih is Rp 15,000 each for locals, Rp 30,000 for foreigners. Vehicles can then be left in the main car park and a shuttle bus used to travel the final five kilometers to the crater. 

Quite nippy temperature in the area, surrounded by dreamy surroundings, glaring whiteness over the landscape. A crater lake showing off its beauty both to local or foreign visitors and most definitely a glorious spot for photography, from the turquoise lake up to the dramatic skeletal trees around.
Every corner of this place is so Instagram worthy. 

KAWAH PUTIH ( White Crater) 
Address: Kawah Putih, Ciwidey, near Bandung
Hours: 7am-5pm 
Admission: Rp 30,000


Trust me, Bandung has always been famous with cool cafes just around every corner.

Leaving the city area and we went to cafe hopping in the middle of nature, located at Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda, a tourist attraction in Central Bandung where's Armor Kopi brew their coffee. Basically, the cafe is surrounded by forest, with tall trees all around. It is really cozy to sitting down, leave everything behind and have a cup of coffee. 

They have plenty type of Arabica and Robusta beans from Indonesia. You can order from choosing the preferable type of the coffee beans. You can also ask the barista for recommendation base on what taste you prefer. I don't really remember what i ordered, but still. The coffee tastes good :)

We also ordered some local snacks to goes with the coffee

I love this place! Can we have something like this in Malaysia too? 

Armor Kopi Bandung 
Address: THR Djuanda Dago Pakar
 IG: @armorkopi.bdg 

Opening hours:  
Weekday 09.00-21.00 
Weekend 08.00-21.00

My bf has been busy showing off his double eyelid lately to his friends. I bet many people notice that there's different with his face but still can't tell what's is exactly different from before. HAHAHA. Yes, it is that double eyelid and tear tough correction that makes the difference! I always encourages him to do his double eyelid because he looks really tired everyday even he slept for more than 10 hours. I'm so happy finally he made it. Welcome to the double eyelid club baby. LOL

If you are wondering how he looks like last time, here's a photo of his BEFORE
 and, AFTER 
Spot the different? Looks so much better right :P
At least his eyes got a bit of electricity for now. hahahaha. 
This is probably one of the highlight of my Indonesia trip - Bangyuwangi

All the way from Lombok to Bangyuwangyi just for this Mount Ijen. (Ijen Crater) Ijen Crater, or known to Indonesians as Kawah Ijen, is one of the top recommended volcano in Indonesia to be visited. It is also the first hiking in my life and i gave it to Ijen Crater. Guess what, it is totally worth it when you reach the top! Inside the crater, you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day. 

We took at 4WD (seats 5 persons, excluding driver) up to Pos Paltuding, (where we start hiking) took approximately 1 hour from our Hotel. We gathered at our hotel around 1am that night, only manage to sleep for 2 hours before the hike. But it didn’t dampen my spirits and our determination to hike up and down Ijen Crater to catch a glimpse of the incredible electric blue sulphur flames and sulphuric acid lake! HERE WE GO! 
For entering the park every visitor need to pay entrance fee. It is IDR 15,000 per person.

Yes, we hiking up to Ijen Crater at night 
There are few options for visiting Ijen crater, you can either start at 2 am or 4 am to arrive at the top of the crater by daylight. Many travelers recommend to do the night hiking up to Ijen Crater to catch the magical blue flames or also known as blue fire. To get this, you have to arrive at the top before sunrise of 6 am. The hike up takes 2-3 hours averagely and can be quite steep The good thing is at this time there are not many other tourists around as well. After being mesmerized by the blue flames enough, you can sit back at the summit and wait for sunrise which offers another spectacular view.

We took almost 3 hours to go up because we take it real slow and enjoy the views along the way
There are many stars in the sky during night time. Countless stars, so so so beautiful. Sorry, I didn't manage to take photo of it because i was too busy capture the moment with my eyes. LOL. 

 It was truly a sight to behold on the top! 

My squads 

 We survived! 

So happy i made it with this two ladies, Bobo Mama & Nana Jie jie <3 

Travel Tips
Remember to bring a mask to cover your nose as the pungent odour of sulphur may burn. Also bring warm jacket as the trek at night is cold and temperature may drop to 5C. Last but not least, Travel safe! Take more caution for your own physical condition. Do not push your yourself to go on when you doubt with your own condition. Just follow your own pace. 

Thanks for reading! Read more about my Indonesia trip - HERE

Next destination, BANDUNG!

I'm happy to say that i'm finally back on my fitness track once again. These few years, it is like ON&OFF all the time due to my busy schedule. The changing of my lifestyle and my priorities does effect my fitness routine. There is a time i get out of shape, i lost my motivation, i lost my direction..goals etc. My heart know what i wants but i'm just lazy to commit, too many excuses. But two months back, I've finally pulled myself back up. 

I'm really grateful to have some supportive friends and readers who constantly encourages me to go back to the gym. You guys are my motivation to move forward. I know, i really shouldn't give up myself just like that, i should put more hard work on improving myself even though i have tight schedule. Well, it is time to kick away all my excuses and make progress. 

It is time to find my positivity and my strength back, i should find the old Karen Kho back..hahahaha. I'm sorry that i never update my fitness journey in my blog for so long because I overthink too much! hahahah. I scare i might give up halfway and i'm not very confident with my body right now. But still, it is time to keep my blog alive. But, i will take it slow this time. Whenever i'm ready, i will share my tips and progress on my blog and my social media. So, Stay tuned. 

Recently, i have more time to hit the gym because my bf is working in the gym now.
Therefore, i have no excuses to skip the gym. 

I've changed my workout routine this time. NO MORE CARDIO and focus more on weight lifting and Muay Thai. I wanna be stronger than yesterday. What about you? Stop giving yourself excuses,  stop wasting time. If you are still doubting yourself. Read this, here is some of the reasons to convince yourself. 

1) Increase self-confidence

Most women aren’t aware of the physical strength they truly possess. However, once they increase their strength, they become of aware of their true abilities. Yes, it will be challenging and you’ll have to work hard and train consistently, but you will be able to perform chin-ups with your bodyweight.  It can happen, and it will as long as you train hard.

2) Build the body you really want.

Hours of cardio every week is not the best way to build a lean and strong body. Most women want to slim down; they want to cut down their body fat and build some feminine curves. Unfortunately when most women decide to start exercising, they automatically start doing hours of cardio each and every week. If they do “strength train”, it usually consists of machines or dumbbell exercises with very light weight for high reps.

If you want to shed body fat, build some curves and look better in and out of your clothes, then you need to lift weights (barbells, dumbbells, your bodyweight, kettlebells, etc) and get stronger.

Don’t listen to the cardio queens; strength training is how you build a strong, healthy, and lean body.

3) Leads to positive goals

Trust me, Strength training is a great way to set positive, motivating goals that will keep you going to the gym week after week, month after month, and year after year. And not to mention, allow you to achieve the body transforming results you’re after.

Don’t focus on going to the gym just to burn fat and calories. Instead set performance goals for yourself and adjust your strength training program accordingly.

Once you achieve some of those performance goals, your body will have transformed, and you’ll enjoy the journey it took to get there.

4) Stress relief

Stress at work? Get in the gym, follow your training program, and beat last week’s workout. If you know me in person, workout is my entertainment (because i don't watch tv) and it is the best way for me to release my stress. While Strength training is a great way to relieve some stress in a positive and productive manner. After setting some personal records in the gym, you may have completely forgotten about what upset you to begin with. ALL THE TIME. 

5) Leading by example

Training for strength, improving your health, and becoming the best you possible is a great way to teach the generations behind us; leading by example is much more powerful than words. Don’t let the generations behind you think all that matters is getting skinny and losing body fat. Show them the more positive, rewarding journey of strength training.

Today, Let's create a better self together :)

Thanks for reading, i hope i did motivate you a bit. 
I will share more about my workout routine and some workout tips next time.
Follow @karenkh0 and #karenkhofitness for more updates. 


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