Where I stayed in Namba, Osaka, Japan | Hotel Relief

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Where I stayed in Namba, Osaka, Japan | Hotel Relief
Every day now for this past month, everyone has been sharing their pictures of their Japan trip and whats even better is because it's sakura season now. It's been 2 years since I last been to Japan, the last was during Autumn 2016. I took so many pictures but because of work, I never got a chance to post them. So here you have it, just thought of sharing where I stayed in Namba with you guys.

From Namba station, it was about 10-15 minutes walk to Hotel Relief. It's not too far and the building is super visible, you can't miss it. It's above of Family Mart and there would be a huge 'HOTEL RELIEF' sign at the building. My family booked for a Twin Room, Non Smoking with Breakfast for about 3 days 2 nights. For 4 people at Twin Room, Non Smoking with Breakfast is around RM550/per night since I last checked online.

So when you reach the building, you would need to take the life to the lobby and you will get a welcome drink while they check you in. When we open our room, first there is a shoe shelf, clothing cabinet,  Mini kitchenette, washroom (Toilet bowl and Bathtub/shower was separate) and a bunch of toiletries in a mirror box.

There is a door separating the bedding and the rest. In the bedroom, we have 2 twin bed, flat screen tv, dressing table and a heater. The bedroom was tiny! The bed took up most of the space and to walk from on end to another, we had to walk on our beds. We got our room with the view of facing another building. The other building was so close that I felt if I jump, I could reach to the other building. 

Do remember to bring a universal adapter. 
Since I'm from Malaysia, my family brought it along with an extension plug. Kiasu right? Haha. To be fair, we needed to charge our phone, camera, internet router and powerbank.

Outside of our room was a semi outdoor lounge. It was autumn when I went, so it was nice to just sit outside and enjoy fresh air. It's also a place for those that needs to smoke, they have standing ashtray at the area too. 

The best part of this hotel was definitely the breakfast. I realise that Japanese people really love western food, corn soup and pancakes. Gosh their pancakes are so fluffy and soft! Eating it everyday was a treat. Seriously so good. Apparently this hotel is famous for their FRENCH PANCAKES, just google the hotel and you will see a lot of pancake pictures.

Really love the spread of the food. Was surprise that they had yogurt and fresh fruits like peach and banana. Plus their interior is very homey and fresh. Remember I took these pictures in 2016. So if they had change, remember my disclaimer.
Another feature that the hotel is famous for is Public Bath found at the top floor of the hotel. Do know that certain hours is for certain genders to use. Here is the schedule I got off the hotel's website:
Male: 6 AM - 8 AM | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | 10:30 PM - 1 AM
Female: 8:30 AM - 10 AM | 3 PM - 5 PM | 8 PM - 10 PM
I didn't get a chance to go for it as we were always out of the hotel during the day and tired during the night from all of the walking. Plus, I'm shy to try this. Reminds me of my last public bath in Korea. I am still getting nightmares from that. haha.

Hope this helps who ever who is looking for a comfortable stay for friends and family.

Hotel Relief
3-17-15, Nambanaka, Naniwa Osaka Osaka-fu 556-0011
Twin Room, Non Smoking with Breakfast for 4 people| RM 550

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored and pictures were taken in October 2016. I stayed here for my trip to Kyoto and Nara.
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Happy Traveling!

Traits of a Good Housing Developer

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Traits of a Good Housing Developer
There are so many houses for sale and also houses for rent, such as house for rent in Shah Alam. Are you planning to buy a house soon? Whether it is for investment purpose or for own stay, it is important to buy property that is well developed by reliable and trustworthy developers. Property developers are responsible in building a developments that are safe for the buyers. This article will tell you the traits of a good housing developer. 

1. Vision for the future 
A good developer is not afraid to take risks. They are people who are adventurous enough to look for best spots and visualize what they want. They are constantly innovating and aim to make the developments unique, even if it means doing something different from the norms. They are creative and this is one of the traits that you should look out for when searching for a good housing developer. They might even come out with some interesting ideas such as investing in different structures although the current conventional structures are much more affordable as compared to their new ideas. Only with their creativity and vision for a better future, then only we manage to see such amazing skyscrapers and shopping malls that we enjoy nowadays. 

2. Build relationship and maintain relationship 
Good developers value the relationship made with people, be it business relationship or friendship. They make an effort to build a relationship and maintain it. A successful project will definitely need an amazing team with different professions. Therefore, a developer will need to build relationships with different individuals such as bankers, appraisers, brokers, lawyers, architects, contractors, tenants and so on. Hence, the importance of communication skills are greatly emphasized. Without great communication skills, getting a great team is definitely impossible. 

3. Pay attention to existing neighbourhoods and the environment 
A good developer is caring and will do a proper exploration before building their development as a responsible act. They will make sure that the neighbourhood will not be disturbed by their new development and they definitely will try their best to maintain the natural surroundings. Good developers will ensure that the environment is preserved and not disturbed throughout the development in order to sustain the neighbourhood. 

4. Problem solvers 
Other than the above, a good developer is also good in solving problems. There will surely be hiccups here and there along the development. Instead of complaining and blaming the entire team, good developer comes out with solutions. Good developer will face the problems and come out with solutions to deal with them as soon as possible. Good developers are also great in doing proper site planning and dealing with landowners in order to finish the project as soon as possible within the proposed budget. 

5. Great leader 
Time, attention and team effort are required when it comes to building projects. This will usually start with the leader networking around, screening for potential partners, interviewing potential partners, looking for architects, suppliers, contractors and labour force, and so on in order to build a team. Once the team is built, the leader will then need to ensure that everyone in the team provides the best throughout the development project to give the best outcome out of the development. It will also mean that the leader will need to know how to deal with those who did not perform as the leader is responsible in making sure the end outcome turns out the best and errors are minimized to the lowest. Good developers are also responsible in creating solutions through a proper site planning and deal with landowners with a professional attitude. 

6. Adaptable house 
Most people who buy a property for own stay purpose are most likely to stay in the property for a long period, say maybe 15 years to 20 years, or even longer. Therefore, it is important that the house is able to accommodate the changing needs of the owner over the long period. An adaptable house is a house that can respond well to the needs of changing without needing expensive renovation or extensive alterations. A good housing developer will build their development that can increase the quality of life for the buyers by accommodating the requirements of the people who stay in the house - newlyweds, elderly and children. It will have some facilities that can cater to all categories with sports areas, playgrounds, parks and so on. In conclusion, these are a few traits that you could use to identify a responsible and trustworthy developer. If your desired property is developed by developers with these traits, rest assured that you will be in good hands for they will definitely deliver the best they could to satisfy you. Make sure you keep an eye on the developers that you are interested in and be aware of what they are doing.

All the best and have a great week ahead!

How I Lost 6.4KG in 3 Months?!

How I Lost 6.4KG in 3 Months?!
I bet I got your attention with this picture. It’s been a challenging journey for me. To those that had been following my social media updates, I bet most of you have seen my random home-cooked food or body size updates. From 17th April – 17th July 2017, I have been on ageLOC TR90 weight-lost program. Finally, here is my write up of my TR90 journey. PSA : It’s gonna be a long post, so grab some snacks and get comfy. 

I’m gonna get personal here (If there is any nasty comments, I will delete them). I was bullied a lot in school from the teachers that called me fat to the guy who told me that I was bigger than any pregnant woman he had seen. Thinking back, just makes me laugh because how could I have been bigger than a 9 month pregnant woman? Anyways, even though that bully didn’t make sense, at 13 years old, hearing that was painful. Now that I’m in my mid 20s, it’s more for my health that I am looking to change. I won’t hide the fact that I love food and I wasn’t active in sports. I love staying in the indoors, watching my shows. As I grew older I did try on various diets, from other supplement pills, detox tea (which was the worst experience in my life) and the typical no carb diet (which did lead me to lose 10kg in a year!). So there you have it, my background story. 

First off, I need to let you guys know that I was approached by Nu Skin to try out their ageLOC TR90 program. Like it’s name, TR90, it is a 90-Days program where I will be following their program guide. 

What is ageLOC TR90
It is a weight management program that is customised to each individual by Nu Skin. Different people have different needs, I do know that there are those who want to gain weight and follow ageLOC TR90. As for my case, I am losing weight with ageLOC TR90 program. 

Do know that there is nothing extreme like starving or exercising for 3 hours a day on this program. Nu Skin ageLOC TR90 program is very statistical with providing the information of your body with body fats percentage, visceral fats, BMI, skeletal muscle % and etc. What I love about this program is that instead of losing fats, they encourage you to gain muscles, in order to live a healthy balance lifestyle and not bounce back to your original state. 

In a nut shell, ageLOC TR90 aims to build lean muscles, burn fat, increase metabolism and control cravings. 

First Visit To Nu Skin 

On 14th April 2017 was my first visit to Nu Skin Malaysia Distributor Centre which is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. I got to meet with my consultant Leon and he informed me of the program details. I also got to do a photoshoot, to all those who start on their ageLOC TR90 would also get a chance to experience this. 


Weighting and Measurements 
After the photoshoot, Leon and a female consultant did my measurements and weight me with their OMRON Karada Scale. The scale calculates the body fat, weight, visceral fats, muscle mass and more according to your height, age and weight. I stand on the scale, held the bar up right and freeze while the machine did its calculations. 

So here are my statistics, age 25, height 162cm, Weight 86.9kg, BMI 33.1, Body Fat Percentage 38%, Visceral Fat Level 13 and Skeletal Muscle Percentage 23.7%. I did all my measurements on my right side, upper arm 32cm, waist 88.4cm, abdomen 95.5cm, hip 106.5cm, thigh 52.2cm and calf 41.8cm. 

Throughout this program, your consultant will be in touch with you at least once in 2 weeks to follow up with your measurements and weight progress. 

What you will receive from ageLOC TR90: 

1. Jumpstart Drink 
This drink is for you to intake for the first 15 Days. It’s like to prep your tummy for this program. I love the fact that this came in pomegranate taste. 

2. Supplements 
There are two supplements that will help to increase the body’s metabolism and energy level. It is to be taken 15 minutes before meal time (2 pills from each bottle). 

After you had your meal, you are to take a pack of the lifepak supplement (4 pills). 

3. Trimshake (One meal replacement) 
There are two flavours to choose from, Vanilla or Chocolate. I chose the chocolate flavour. You would have to choose between lunch or dinner to replace your meal with this Trimshake. I chose my dinner as dinner is usually when I tend to over think what to eat and end up eating more than I should. 

3-3-3-3 Eating Plan 
I love how the eating plan is a balance of everything. You would have to follow your palm to know the portion of your food category. Carbohydrate (Carbs) is the bare minimum as you can see from storing foods. There are two types of protein, meat and non-meat which you can only have a fist size of it. As for fruits and vegetables, you can have a generous serving of it. 

Weight Lost Journal 

Here is my 3 months of compilation of the food I had, routines I took and also some pictures of me. I won’t be posting them all as there are too many. But I do hope that you can see my progress over time. 

April - I started this journey on the 17th April 2017, which is also the first day of my work. So you can only imagine how I had coped with both a new environment and lifestyle. I won’t lie, it was hard and there were times that I wanted to give up because it was just easier to not care about what you put in your body and what was available around you. As I mentioned above, exercising daily was hard too as I was getting used to my new work environment. Let’s just say that April was a tough month. 
Ps. I placed my fist there for you to know the size of my food portion. 

To be honest, I did think that I did a good job at that time for my first 17 days in April but now that I am writing this, I can’t believe that I ate so much. Leon had told me that my lunch portion is too much and that my breakfast portion is too little. He pushed me to make a change for May and advice me to do more exercises. In April I used the treadmill machine for at least an hour 3 times a week. 

May – I had just started my training period in my workplace and it was tiring to absorb all the new knowledge. At the mid of May, I started to prep my meals for work as it would be easier. Also it was harder than expected because my family don’t eat in much and we always eat out for our meals. I did what I knew and it was not bad. 

As you can see I started to follow a pattern where I would normally cook soup with tuna or chicken. I will have carrots, mushroom, onions and tomatoes in my soup. If you do get tuna, do get the water based ones as that is the healthiest. I also do grab grilled chicken or tuna salad at times. Of course I am human and I did cheat this month because, there was a time where I just wanted to hangout with my friends and have a good time. You know how sometimes when you had a bad day and need an immediate pick me up? 
I started to swim this month besides using the treadmill 

As I mentioned, I was still coping with work and this new lifestyle. I didn’t take much pictures of myself but I could feel a change that my face was clearing up from pimples. My weight at the end of May was 83.5kg (-3.4kg since April)! 

June – I went to Thailand for almost two weeks at the end of June. I had finished my work training and was working. I joined a gym and started to use weights to tone my muscles instead of just running. I also learned that corn is a good substitute for rice or any other carbs. I also bought myself a fitness band to help track my steps, sleeping routine and heartbeat. 

My weight didn’t change much but I do notice that my body got smaller. I could fit into my old pants and skirts from my university time. My face also got sharper. 

July – It’s the last month of the diet and my birthday month! I had came back from Thailand and some of my friends did surprise me for my birthday which was a bit tough for me. But neverless, I did my best during this period. 

The moment of truth came and after 90 days of ageLOC TR90 program, I had lost 6.4kg in total! 

Am truly thankful for this opportunity. If I can do, I bet you all can do too. Feel free to comment or email me for any questions about this program. If you would like to know more or speak to a consultant about ageLOC TR90 do call (603-2170 7888) or visit their website (HERE). 

For more information: Nu Skin Malaysia | ageLOC TR90 Program | ageLOC TR90 Set Chocolate | TrimShake Chocolate | Jumpstart | CTP | CPLEX | LifePak |

Stay beautiful inside out everyone! 

Where I Stayed In Krabi | Sugar Marina Resort - Cliff Hanger Aonang

Where I Stayed In Krabi | Sugar Marina Resort - Cliff Hanger Aonang
Sugar Marina Resort - Cliff Hanger Aonang caught my attention when I was scrolling through the online hotel booking site to book for a place to stay for my Krabi trip. It was a bit pricey than I have budgeted for accommodation but I had no regrets after staying there.

I needed break from work and wanted to stay in at least 1 nice hotel while I was traveling in Thailand. Right after we touched down in Krabi Airport, we took a van to the hotel (Aonang) directly which cost 150 Baht.

It was a newly opened hotel with modern industrial design. The walls were grey, there were leather seats at the lobby with cliffhanger design. We were welcome with welcome drinks. We checked in fast and the staff were friendly. Do note that they would need your passport and credit card details upon check in.

After check in, we went straight to the room. According to my booking, I had booked for Deluxe Room (Cliff View) which has 1 king and 1 single bed. Tbh it felt more like a queen bed, maybe my body is too big to remember the difference of a queen and a king bed. The room was smaller than I had expected but the amenities were more than I expected. 

The room was equip with free wifi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, water heater, bathrobes, rubber slipper, towel, swimming/beach towel, beach mat, hair dryer, safe, 5 plug points (Same as Malaysia), typical toiletries, iron and ironing board.

Mirror door without lock to the washroom
There was even a balcony with mountain view!

The hotel main feature is it's pool where there are rooms that are next to the pool. Guests that booked their room with pool access can literally jump in the pool from their room. 

There is also a gym here too! My friends and I actually did a work out during our 4 night stay here.

The hotel also have a restaurant/cafe. 

Seriously love the minimal design of the place.

Reservation Details
Guests: 3 people
Room Type: Deluxe Room (Cliff View)
Price: USD $249.33 which was RM 1056.04
Stay Date: Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 20, 2017 (4 nights)

Opposite of the hotel is a bus stop

Nearby locations from the hotel
1 minute walk to 7-11 Convenient Store 
2 minute walk to Family Mart
6 minute walk to McDonalds
15 minutes walk to Aonang Beach
25 minutes drive to Krabi Town Night Market
30 minute drive to Krabi Airport

Sugar Marina Resort - Cliff Hanger Aonang
873 Moo 2, Ao Nang Beach, Krabi 81180

Any of you stayed here before? If I missed out on anything or you would like to know more about Krabi, do leave me a comment. If you would like to read more about Krabi, click here.

Have a blessed day ahead!
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