Sunday, November 26, 2017

Japan Day X - Black Hair Salon x Yourwifi Travel WIFI rental

Following my previous post on KKday, i had 2 other sponsors for my trip to Japan. Due to my line of work (which does not permit coloured hair), it’s been quite awhile since i done something fanciful to my hair. The last time was like 4 or 5 years ago for my Korea trip? I really wanted to change my hair colour (even if it’s just for 2 weeks!) because i know i’m gonna take a lots of chio photos in Japan so i collaborated with Black Hair Salon, and turned my hair to the colour that i’ve always dreamt of - Ash Grey

I was told the whole process will take about 5 hours to mentally prep myself, LOL Cannot imagine how long it would take for girls with long hair. Charged my power bank prior, loaded a couple of Netflix shows in my phone and headed to their outlet at Bencoolen Street (relocating to Capitol Piazza really soon!) and i was so ready for the transformation. Had the honour of having Black Hair Salon’s Co-founder/ Director - Anthony, to do my hair. With that said, i was assured that my hair is in good hands as i had to catch my flight just a few hours after leaving the salon.  
Instead of bleaching the whole head, i wanted to leave the sides and back black so i translated to Anthony what i wanted and we started with the hair cut, followed by 5 rounds of bleaching. The whole process was very smooth, and i felt no pain from the bleaching at all (despite all the horror stories i heard) My hair went from black, to orange, to yellow, to ash blonde (which i secretly quite like) and finally dyed it to grey. One last hair wash and my hair was wrapped in the towel before going back to my seat. I was SO EXCITED to see the final result (wore contact lens that day so i could see the whole process, LOL) On the surface i was like calm and composed but on the inside, i was almost exploding. The moment they took off the towel, i can’t help but grin from ear to ear. It was exactly how i imagined it to be. Sound like I’m exaggerating as if i did some life changing surgery but you get the idea la. HAHAHA  
Bleached coloured hair is not easiest to maintain as everyone know - special purple shampoo should be used to maintain the colour, conditioner as the hair will be dry blah blah blah and as you can see from my instagrm photos, my ash grey hair was fading to blonde as the days goes by in Japan BUT i’m not complaining. Just look at how the hair colour made such a difference to my photos below!  
If any of you guys are looking for a hair transformation, do checkout Black Hair Salon as they specialise in creative colouring, chemical treatment and more. Just take a look at their instagram - @Blackhairsalon to see the awesome creative colours they did for their clients and influencers! For more info, checkout their website at http://blackhairsalon.com.sg 

Once again, thank you Black Hair Salon for the collaboration! :) 

When it comes to traveling to a foreign country, it’s really important to have 4G connectivity and/or Wifi so you can use apps like WhatsApp to contact people, Google Map to navigate around etc. One way is to get a local sim card and the other way which is getting popular amongst the millennials, is to rent a portable WIFI router. Each way have their set of pros and cons but let me share more on the portable WIFI router since i used one for my Japan trip.  
Yourwifi kindly extended sponsorship for my 2 weeks Japan trip and i collected the device from their office located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street prior to the trip. I was offered the Japan Unlimited 4G data router with download speed up to 75Mbps. The device came in a pouch with a charger and cable. 

There are several advantages when it comes to using a portable WIFI router for travel:  
I need not worry about not having enough data throughout my 2 weeks in Japan, and there were basically coverage everywhere i went. From Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and eventually Osaka. Also not to worry about battery life as well, the device i was assigned to could last 20 hours. Up to 5 devices can be connected at the same time which also meant that you can save money but just renting 1 device compared to getting 5 sim cards.  
All i had to do upon landing in Japan was to turn the device on, log on to the WIFI hot spot with the password (just once) and my phone was auto connected every time i turned on the device. Easy peasy! My phone was basically connected throughout the entire day and i could access the net anytime i want. 

If you are thinking what about making calls, i’m quite sure there is a workaround by using line call or WhatsApp call using data *wink*  
Renting a portable wifi from Yourwifi is really easy. All you have to do is place an order online via their website - https://yourwifi.com.sg and input your departure date, arrival date and destination (they will calculate the total price for you) Upon confirmation and payment, you can collect the device 1 day in advance (or arrange courier with additional charges) and leave for your destination! Upon arrival back, you have 1 business day to return the device. (Read their FAQ page HERE if you have any other questions)  
Yourwifi provides coverage for more than 70 countries and there will be no recurring bill (for unlimited data devices), just pay a flat rate upfront and you are good to go! I would highly recommend getting a portable WIFI for your travels so you don’t have to worry about not having reception or connectivity. The device is also pocket friendly, or you can just turn it on and leave it inside your bag for the whole day :) 

For more info on Yourwifi and rates, visit their website at https://yourwifi.com.sg and “like” their FB page for promotions! 


With that said, i have shared on global travel holiday expert - KKday, Creative Hair design - Black Hair Salon and portable travel WIFI - Yourwifi. It’s time to go through all my thousands over photos taken in Japan and start preparing for my intensive travelogue which I’m quite sure most of you will be quite interested in! Oh man, this blog is becoming more and more like a travel blog, LOL 


Till the next post,

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Traveling to Japan with KKday, your global holiday expert!

Planning a holiday is never easy. From sourcing affordable air tickets, to deciding which hotel/ airBnB to stay, down to narrowing the places to visit etc and all these planning can take months. The easiest way out of having to plan would be to book a tour package where you just pay a fixed price and get everything settled for you, down to the details. All you have to do is just be at the airport at the stated day and time with your luggage and off you go to another holiday. 

But the thing is, joining a tour group probably means you have to wake up at ridiculous timings, endure different kinds of people in the group (don’t get me started. I’ve heard so many horror stories, lol), get little “me” time to explore the places you really want to spend more time at but couldn’t because everyone have to follow a fixed schedule and worse, visit places you have no interest in. Simply waste of time. 

Well, planning a trip is now much easier thanks to the internet and travel apps but nevertheless there is still requires some effort and time needed. I’ve been to so many places overseas and i have got to say that planning for Japan was the toughest. (I’m definitely gonna do one long post to share on how i planned my Japan trip. I’m quite sure there are people struggling out there and avoided Japan because of the tedious planning involved. Trust me, i used to be one of them

With that said, I had a few sponsors for my trip to Japan and they really made my planning and life much easier when i was there. For this post, i will share on KKday! (Note that not all activities in this post are sponsored. I paid for most of them myself!

KKday is a global holiday expert and they provide the best tours, experience and tickets. They provides all kinds of unique experiences from Scuba diving, rock climbing, cooking classes, secret sights, full day tour, tickets, charter service and the list goes on and on. Not for 1 or 2 countries, but more than 53 countries and 170 cities! If you think of an attraction in a particular country, they probably have it listed on their site. 

What i really enjoyed about using KKday (which i shared in my taiwan travelogue before) is the CONVENIENCE. Not needing to queue up at the attraction to purchase tickets (keyword: waste time) and being able to touch down and collect what i need at the airport without scrambling here and there is a major plus point when it comes to traveling. All you have to do is purchase your experience/ tickets from KKday’s website beforehand, follow the voucher instructions upon landing at my destination and you are all good! 

Before flying off to Japan, i got 6 experiences and tickets from KKday. Some of them are even cheaper than purchasing over the attraction counter! Save time, save money. Approve. 


#1: Odaiba Tokyo Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari - Hot Spring  


Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is a hot spring “theme park” where you get to spend time there chilling, eating, resting and of course, soak yourself in different hot springs. You first choose your traditional yukata design, change and walk around the halls with your dedicated bracelet where all purchases will be recorded so you don’t have to bring cash around. Play games, have a meal or some snacks and at any point of time you want, you can just head to the onsen, change out and dipped yourself in different temperature hot springs. Really nice and relaxing place to spend your afternoon or even at night after a hectic day. I will definitely share more on Ooedo-Onsen on my Japan travelogue! 


#2: Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea 2-Day Pass 


This 2 places needs no introduction, also known as the most magical place on earth - Disneyland and DisneySea! Bought the 2 day pass since i’ll be visiting both anyway. DisneySea is like exclusively Japan and it was so amazing!!! I was really impressed on the whole brilliant time pass system. It’s not like USJ where the more money you spent, the lesser you have to queue. In Disneyland/Sea, you either queue patiently or diligently get your time pass every 2 hours. Bought my tickets on KKday, skipped the queue and went straight to the gate, scanned the QR code and i’m in! Hassle free. 


#3: Universal Studios, Japan + Express Pass  


I have read SO MUCH about USJ before flying to Japan. Like how you need to plan a strategy to conquer the entire park and make full use of your time there. Like be there 1.5 hours before opening (i read that they open at random timings, even before the stated hours) then run for your lives to get a timed ticket to enter the Harry Potter world if not you might never get to go in and things like that AND this is why i decided to get an express pass. The lowest tier for just 4 attractions cost about the same as your entry *insert roll eyes emoji* I reached early, and made full use of my time and express pass. Standby for one whole blog post on USJ, lol. 


#4: KEISEI Skyliner  


Like what i mentioned earlier, KKday is about tours, experience and tickets so you can also purchase sim card, wifi router rentals, metro tickets beforehand and collect them at the stated collection point. If you fly to Tokyo, you either land at Narita airport or Haneda airport, and from these airport, you have to find a way to downtown Tokyo. Either by airport limousines (bus), car or Shinkansen. I opt for the KEISEI skyline which brings me from Narita airport to Tokyo in just 36 mins, definitely one of the faster and more comfortable.


#5: Tokyo Tower Observatory  

There are 2 main towers in Tokyo you can visit - mainly Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower. I opt for the Tokyo tower because it’s cheaper and more iconic. Purchased the tickets from Kkday, printed out the voucher and exchanged it for entry to the tower. No collection of vouchers needed. Would you prefer the day view or night view? Do note that the tower is undergoing renovation/ restoration works so one side of the tower might not be available. Check their website for more information. 


#6: Tokyo Robot Restaurant Cabaret Show  


Honestly speaking, Robot Restaurant Cabaret show has never crossed my mind when it comes to planning my Japan itinerary. I guess this is what KKday deem as “experience”. Saw this amongst the list of recommended attractions in Tokyo and also read online that it’s a MUST WATCH for first timers to Tokyo so i thought why not give it try. Tickets are a little pricey, but after i came out from the restaurant, i was like, IT’S SO WORTH IT. The action is literally in your face, there is music, dance, pyrotechnics, and decorated floats and huge robots throughout the 1.5 hours show. The atmosphere was so high and everyone was enjoying themselves. It’s difficult to put it into words, you have to be there to know how good it is. 

That’s 6 different attractions, experiences and tickets that i got from KKday. That’s just 6 of the many experiences in Japan. There are so many destinations such as Korea, Bangkok, Taiwan, Paris, London and the list goes on and on. Even if you are not traveling, you can also checkout the Singapore attractions and you will be surprised at the discounted prices and advanced ticket purchase to our Zoo, Adventure Cove, USS and even entry to MBS Sky park! Hope this post will “enlighten” and aid you in your upcoming travel planning! 

*This post is a collaboration post with KKday