Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Australia 2014: Photo-Travelogue Part 2/2

This is part 2 of my Aussie Photo-travelogue. By the way if you haven't read, or should i say browse through the first post (since it's all photos) you can go to this LINK. The Part 1 post is more of random photos of things i came across throughout the 3 weeks in Australia. As for Part 2, it is more on the activities that i did during my free time or off days. Normally what we do the night before we just google what are some of the places of interest to go to then we wake up early in the morning, have our breakfast and drive all the way to visit the place. Like literally drive 40km to the place...

Covered a couple of interesting places and saw the famous Australia Koala bear in real life, super lazy and not moving at all. Planned to drive up one of the more famous mountain (Mt. Archer) for a simple BBQ session and view the sunset but before that, we went to the supermarket to get all the BBQ essentials like charcoal, fire starter, food etc only to realized that the BBQ pits on the mountain are all electrical and are free to use. Waste money buying those charcoal and fire starters! Ended up taking turns to throw the charcoal to scare off those birds crowding around our BBQ pit, LOL

Driving around was not exactly boring because of the amazing scenery, once a while we will see a farm full of cows or horses, and there were only a couple of traffic lights along the way. During one of the last few days in Aussie, we drove to a famous beach and had fish and chips with a lot of seagulls staring at you. It was really peaceful and definitely not as hectic as in Singapore. It felt like everything slowed down and we had more time to do what we want. Then again in Australia, the malls and shop closes at like 5pm, which is like our 3pm?! Nothing much to do at night except for going Baskin' Robins for ice cream (fat die us! lol) or visit the slot machines at our hotel. Let's begin Part 2 of this travelogue!
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✈ Koorana Crocodile Farm, Queensland
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✈ Mount Archer, Queensland
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✈ Yeppoon Beach, Queensland
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Fast forward 3 weeks later, it's time to head to the airport to take a transit flight to Brisbane for our main flight back to Singapore via SQ. I was really looking forward to go home, somehow i miss my family and friends, i miss the food in Singapore, i miss my bed, but when i returned to work... i wished i was back in Australia instead. LOL Nevertheless it was a good experience and this marks the end of my 2 part Australia photo travelogue. I hope the next time i come to Australia would be for a holiday to Gold coast or Sydney where i can do a proper travelogue!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

#JuliesHersheys: Smiles in every bite!

Yesterday i was invited to the media launch of Julies x Hershey's and i was pretty excited to see what Julie's has to offer this time. This event felt like a mini Christmas gathering for those of us bloggers who went on a road trip over to Malacca in August, getting to meet each other again and also the people from Julie's like Mr Martin Ang, the Director of Perfect Food manufacturing, and their staffs like Miriam again! The room was setup with a Christmas-ty theme and they used biscuit boxes to form "Christmas trees" which everyone couldn't help it but take a few photos or selfies with them.

If you know  me well enough, I'm a HUGE fan of chocolates and i would indulge in them from time to time, especially when feeling moody or stressed. On the other hand, i love to eat biscuits as well, especially chocolate chip cookies. When they were introducing their range of #JuliesHersheys cookies, i couldn't help it but quietly open up one of the sample packs and give it a try on the spot, LOL Not trying to exaggerate but i think i definitely felt the Hershey's element in the cookie! It's like this premium chocolaty taste that i get from Hershey's kisses or their chocolate bars
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Can you spot the "Christmas tree" that i mentioned earlier?
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The #JuliesHersheys range has 6 varieties in total however there is only 5 in Singapore currently. This collaboration was launched in Malaysia in October 14 and Singapore in November 14, which means some of you might have already seen it selling in major supermarkets or have even tasted it! The 5 of them available in Singapore are as shown in the above photo: Chocolate Waffles, Chocolate Chip cookies, Chocolate Fudge Cookies, Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies and Chocolate chip hazelnut cookies! So far i have only tried a couple of it and i'm lovin' it, shall slowly open one box at a time. LOLOL
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Oh ya, during the event they held an instagram contest and all we have to do is upload a photo with their cookies and hashtag #JuliesHersheys and 5 lucky winners get to win a mystery prize. I joined for the fun of it and uploaded the photo above (since i intended to upload a photo of the event anyway) and guess what? My photo was chosen as one of the 5 photos! LOLOLOL I won another 2 boxes of cookies and 1 box of it is the one that is not available in Singapore (Chocolate Fudge vanilla flavored cookies) The rest can cross the border and go JB buy if they want to try, MUAHAHA
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Photo with Miriam during the lunch! A staff of Julie's and a friend i made during the Malacca trip! :)
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Ending off the event with a group photos with all the bloggers and Mr Martin Ang! If you ever spot the #JuliesHersheys biscuit in stores, do give it a try and you might just fall in love with it! Oh ya, before i end this post, Thanks Julies for the invitation and also for the Christmas gift! It's like my first gift i received for this Christmas, LOL

Ho ho ho,                                        

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SingTel WiFi | Get more data and save!

This is probably the 3rd month since i renewed my Singtel line (and got myself the iPhone 6+!) and I'm happy to see the difference before and after the renewal! Ever since i switched to the Combo 3 plans, i have been making use of the unlimited data usage via Singtel WiFi hotspots whenever I'm outside, especially in town. I used to bust my data limit by about 2GB per month (my old Flexi plan has 3GB + 1 GB additional top up, total 4GB/month) and i had to pay additional $10.70 for each GB that i exceed. It's like no matter how i scrimp, save and try not to bust the limit, i will still end up exceeding and paying for at least 1 additional GB a month, damn! But now let me present to you my latest Singtel bill:
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My grand total for Data usage in my latest bill was only 2.1GB . Like what sorcery is this.

Just in case you were wondering if i stopped playing games on my phone, or decided to use my phone lesser, the answer is no. Nothing has changed, except that i turned on my phone's WIFI more frequently now that there might be a possibility a SingTel Wifi hotspot might just be around the corner, LOL It's like you don't even have to look it. Whenever your phone's WIFI detects a SingTel WiFi hotspot, it will automatically connect to it without you having to login or whatsoever. Next thing you know, you see your 3G/4G logo at the top of your phone being replaced by the WIFI sign :D
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Having to switched to the latest Combo plan adds on an additional 100 mins talk time. Other than data, the no. 2 concern would definitely be outgoing talktime minutes. No issues with incoming calls because they are free but what if you are the one calling out? 100 minutes does makes a big difference i feel. I used to be one of those who spend my night chatting with my friends over the phone and end up busting my talk time limit. Then again, times have changed, now everyone is chatting over whatsapp or LINE instead of over the phone. But still, it's good to have more talk time

Here's an overview of SingTel's latest Combo plan:
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If you are already a SingTel Combo plan subscriber, do turn on your WiFi and try out the FREE Singtel WiFi service if you come across any of their hotspots! For the whole list of hotspots available, you can refer to this link - Can't wait for more hotspots to be up, especially at MRT stations where it would probably be most useful since people are always gathering or waiting for one another there. Happy my monthly bill is pretty constant now! Wish i could have shown you guys my old bills. LOL