Shopping Paradise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers not only good food and city attractions but also retail therapy. If you haven’t been in this shopping paradise, learn the ropes by reading this article.

The Best Time to Shop
Well, Hong Kong is a great place to shop all year round. However, if you are keen on saving some dough, it’s best to go during the sale seasons: Summer Sales, which runs from July through September, and Winter Sales, which runs from December through February (or from Christmas to Chinese New Year or Spring Festival).

Shopping Finds
Whether you are looking for international labels or local goods, Hong Kong has a wide array of merchandise no matter the season. Its top sales are from electronics, beauty products and perfume, and apparel. However, you can also find designer bags, gems and authentic jewellery, leather goods, luggage, and even local delicacies.

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Where to Go
Hong Kong has a number of shopping areas. From street markets to shopping malls, it’s obviously not difficult to find what you need (or want) in Hong Kong. So with all that shopping spots, where should you start? It depends.

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Street Markets
If you are looking for local goods with affordability as your priority, the street markets are your hunting ground:

Li Yuen Street – Offers fancy jewellery, affordable clothes and shoes and souvenirs.

Stanley Market – Has one-of-a-kind goods like artworks, silk and collectable items.

Ladies’ Market – If you like to follow the latest fashion trend but have a limited budget, visit this place. Shoes, clothing and even stationery can be found here.

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Malls
Whether you’re looking for luxury goods or affordable ones, we give you three of the many malls in Hong Kong that offer you the best shopping experience:

Harbour City – Located right on the pier at Kowloon, the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong offers not only shopping but also dining and entertainment. It has around 700 shops, cinemas, and several dining spots.

Pacific Place or Admiralty – This mall has a broad range of stores, from the affordable Zara and H&M to high-end brands like Chanel, Cartier and Chloe.

Landmark – This mall’s location gave it its other famous moniker: “Central”. It is Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous shopping mall. Among others, you can shop in Dior, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols in Landmark. It also offers an exceptional dining experience in top-end restaurants.

Citygate Outlet – If you are a bargain hunter, you will know Hong Kong is a tax-free paradise, and it is even better when it is paired with factory outlet shopping! Citygate Outlet Mall is perfect for those who are on a stopover in Hong Kong as it is only 10 minutes drive away from the airport.

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Specialty Stores
Looking for something not found in any of the previously mentioned shopping places? Try these:

Tai Yuen Street – This is a paradise of purchase for the young and young at heart. It offers fantastic yet affordable toys.

Goldfish Market – It’s called the Goldfish Market because of what is sold there: yes, goldfish (and other aquatic animals, actually). Visit the place and get a lucky goldfish for you or a loved one.

Flower Market – Flowers, plants or anything that is garden-related can be found here. If you enjoy growing your greens, this place is perfect for you.

Jade Market – Tourists flock here for everything jade. There are also occasional rare gems, but jade is its main feature.

We can help you to plan your shopping route, sniff out the best bargains even source for delicious food, best-valued accommodation and cheapest air tickets to squeeze every penny and every single minute for your next shopping trip in Hong Kong. Just askus@ladyredot.com!


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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

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Guest Post: TRAVEL|TIPS FOR TRAVELLING AS A VEGAN

Hi loves! 
As some of you may know, I’ve spent the past year living and working in Hong Kong. During that time I’ve done a lot of travelling, (with South East Asia on your doorstep how could you not?!) I’ve also discovered through trial and error, a few tips and hacks for travelling as a vegan!

Pack enough food to get by for at least a few days.
Sometimes when you get to a new country, especially one that doesn’t have lots of vegan options, its useful to have food packed that you can survive on for a couple of days. You can always buy fruit from the local shops, but things like snack bars, crackers, dried fruit etc are great to get by on. Obviously this isn’t ideal, or very nutritious. But it does the job, and dry, packaged food is normally allowed in your hand luggage, so perfect for backpackers! (Obviously check your airlines rules and regs before you pack 3 days worth of food in your bag!!) I normally pack Larabars/Cliff Bars/Nakd Bars, Tortilla chips, Trail mix, granola, and crackers! I’ve also found that instant oats are great for a quick and easy breakfast on the go, just check the packaging to make sure they haven’t added milk powder or honey!!

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Feelin’ 22 at Grassroots Pantry, Shueng Wan, Hong Kong

Don’t forget to book a special in flight meal!
Sounds obvious right? But if you’re anything like me you’ll be so wrapped up with planning the trip that you forget about the flight! Granted, plane food isn’t the most nutritious or appealing, I normally find it too salty and over processed, but its better to have a full stomach when you get to your destination, so you don’t have to stress out about finding food straight away! Also, if you really don’t want to eat plane food, either grab something at the airport or pack snacks to tide you over. (Snack ideas above!!)

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The Yoga Barn, Bali, Indonesia

HappyCow.net is your best friend.
HappyCow.net has been a lifesaver for me whilst travelling Asia! You simply type in your location, and they pull up all the vegan/veggie spots in your area, with reviews and star ratings according to other site users! They show you all the local restaurants, cafes and shops! I normally screenshot the address and show it to the taxi driver, or if I’m walking/using public transport, I’ll use google maps to find it! I’ve found some awesome places with this app that I never would have known about otherwise!

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Jinnan Ramen, Tokyo, Japan

Allergy Cards.
Now I haven’t personally used an allergy card, as I mainly travel solo, and therefore only really eat at places that cater for vegans, but these are SO useful if you’re travelling with a non vegan and want to eat at the same places. They’re little cards that have a list of foods you don’t eat, translated into the language of the place you’re going. You can show the staff in shops or restaurants and ask them to help you find food you can eat! There are various websites that make these cards, just type “Allergy Card” into google!

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Chips with chopsticks? Why the heck not?! Bien Tinh Thuong, Da Nang, Vietnam

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been so pleasantly surprised about how many awesome vegan places I’ve found on my travels! 
What are your tips for travelling as a veggie/vegan?
Molly x


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My name is Molly, I’m 22 and I’m vegan!

I’m originally from sunny old Cornwall in the UK, but I currently live in Hong Kong where I work for the one and only Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland.

I set this blog up (https://planetmollywood.wordpress.com/) so I can share with you my adventures, stories, recipes, fitness diaries, Disney talk, and general lifestyle rambling!
I would also love to help if anyone has any questions about living a cruelty free lifestyle, just drop me a comment, I’ll be happy to answer as best I can!!

How to Survive a 12-hour Flight

The aeroplane is one of the most common modes of transportation. Whether you’re going somewhere 2 hours away or 12 hours away, most of the time, the best way to go is by a flight. However, flights can be dreadful, much less a long one. So how do you make sure you stay relaxed at the end of a long flight? We have listed some tips for you.

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Reserve your seats in advance
It may cost you an amount of money, but you will thank yourself for spending on specific seats. You will be on a plane for 12 hours, so you have to make sure that your seat is the most comfortable seat for you. You do not want to get leg cramps for sitting too long with a bad posture because of a lack of space, right?

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Pack your weapons
I am not talking about guns and ammo. I am talking about weapons to fight boredom. If you know that you will be on a long flight, do not forget to put something that will entertain you in your carry-on bag. It could be a good book, or a tasteful magazine, handheld gaming console, your phone, your laptop (all on airplane mode), a sketch pad, a notepad, etc. So go ahead, remind yourself to pick your weapon and make sure it’s worthwhile.

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Wear clothes appropriate for the temperature in the plane
If you’re going somewhere humid, but will be on a 12-hour flight to get there, hold off that temptation to wear clothes made of lightweight fabrics just yet. Cabin temperature is always cold, so you’d want to wear comfortable clothing that will protect you from the cold. Try layering so you can just take off pieces once you feel a little bit too warm.

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Prepare some snacks you can munch on
Make sure these are dried goods so you can put them in your carry-on. Anything that’s liquid or in gel form may have to be checked-in.

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Do not just sit all throughout the flight
Get up every two to three hours. You have to make sure you maintain good blood circulation by walking or stretching every once in a while. Remember, sitting too long is harmful wherever you may be.

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Relax and do not be afraid to catch some z’s
When you’re on a long flight, you’ll realise that your travel pillow and blanket are your best friends. A 12-hour flight means being on a plane for an entire day or night, so make sure to use the opportunity to your advantage. Get enough rest and sleep so you’ll be fully charged when you arrive at your destination – ready to explore!

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Lastly, do not forget to enjoy the scenery
Clouds and stars are not the only things you’ll see from up above. The magnificent ocean, occasional spots of lands that are actually islands, cargo ships that look like ants, city lights, etc. are always amazing to look at. Look out the window, there’s a lot to see!

Join me on my next flight out exploring unknown adventures by following us!


 

mish

 

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Guest Post: 11 Sleep Hacks for Air Travelers

Getting decent sleep on a flight is not an easy feat. As if spending hours on an upright seat isn’t bad enough, you also have annoying onboard neighbor, flight turbulence or a wailing child to worry about. Sleep deprivation can be a serious problem for frequent flyers, especially businessmen who have to attend meetings in one city on another. Here are some expert tips to frequent flyers to avoid sleep deprivation.

  1. Pack Your Sleep Gear

Be sure to pack, all the sleeping gear you need to sleep comfortably on a flight. Items such as eye-mask, ear plugs, noise blocking headphones and your favorite neck pillow should be in your carry on. It’s also a good idea to bring along stuff that helps you settle down for sleep, maybe a light book or essential oil. Interior Designer Michael Smith keeps orange essential oil with him while travelling and sprays on his T-shirt to help him relax and prepare for sleep.

  1. Prepare Ahead

According to Dr. Charles Czeisler, professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, the common mistake that most air travelers make is running around before their trip, getting them tired even before they set foot on the plane. As a result, they are easily sleep deprived during the flight. So it’s really important to plan and prepare beforehand on flight day. Pack your luggage, go through any files or presentations that you might have and try to finish all your chores earlier to avoid any last minute stress and work.

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  1. Try to get Enough Sleep before Your Flight

Try to get enough sleep in the hours leading to the flight or better yet, take a nap the day before. Prioritize your sleep by cutting down any unnecessary social activities, so you can bank a few extra hours of quality sleep. That way if you are unable to catch some sleep on the plane you will still have plenty of sleep in reserve.

  1. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Whenever travelling, wear comfortable clothing in layers. The temperature is usually cooler on flights so keep a jacket or sweater with you. Try to wear shoes that you can easily take off during the flight to improve circulation but be sure to keep a pair of socks because if your feet feel cold you won’t be able to sleep comfortably.

  1. Secure Window Seats

Whenever possible, secure the window seats on air flights. However, if you happen to be in the middle or aisle, it’s better to tell people in your row that you want to sleep so they are careful in case they have to walk past you.

  1. Bring Your Own Sleep Friendly Snacks

You can pack sleep inducing foods for the flight. Good options are unsalted almonds and walnuts, cheese, cherries, bananas or some cold turkey, which can make you sleep like a baby on the flight. Keep the fruits and meat in a container with an ice pack for freshness. This way you will also be able to avoid any spicy or fatty airline food and of course tempting desserts that might rob you off precious sleep. Bringing along herbal tea in a flask is also a good idea, as they help you relax. If that’s too much of a hassle, bring a few herbal tea bags along and simply ask the attendant for a cup of hot water to make a cup when you feel like it. Arianna Huffington, sleep advocate and former head of Huffington Post, always has lavender and licorice herbal teas with her on the flight.

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  1. Keep yourself Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated on the flight and it’ll help you sleep easy. Though, obviously, using alcohol and coffee for this purpose isn’t a good idea because they steal sleep. Avoid any such drinks not only on the flight, but also a few hours before it.

  1. Avoid Screens

Avoid watching movies on the plane and shut off any electronic devices that means turn off your phones, tablets and even the airline screens if you want to get some sleep. The light from these screens send the wrong messages to your brain, keeping it alert and leaving you sleepless.

  1. Disconnect From Your Surroundings

Set the scene for sleep by relaxing and disconnecting yourself from the surroundings. Wear your eye-mask and noise blocking ear plugs. You can put on soft music or read a book on poetry, whatever helps you to surrender to sleep.

  1. Schedule a Nap Time after Landing

No matter how well prepared you are to sleep on the flight; there will almost always be things that can ruin your sleep and are not under your control like flight delays or turbulence. So always allow room for a nap in your schedule to freshen up before you hit the tourist spots or go for your business meetings.

  1. Secure a Sleep Friendly Hotel Room

The best start to recovering from jet lag is by securing a sleep friendly hotel room. James Maas, a leading sleep expert suggests that you should request for an east-facing hotel room so that you can get maximum sunlight in the morning. This can help your body adapt to the new surroundings. It would also be a good idea to request for a room away from the elevators to reduce disturbance.

 


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Eugene Gabriel is a passionate blogger. He has always been fascinated by sleep and how it relates to health and wellness. Read his post on How Nature Influences Sleep. You can follow him on twitter @eugenegabrielj.

Guest Post: KOREA IV – CATCHING A BUS TO NORTH KOREA

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(Joint Security Area at North and South Korean border)

My trip to Korea has officially come full circle, a year ago I spontaneously bought tickets to South Korea to visit my friend who was teaching English to young children at a hagwon (private English academy). My adventure to South Korea is one I will never forget, it was an experience that made me grow as a person and I cherish every memory. Had I not gone I would not be able to share with you the story of how I sprinted across Seoul to catch my bus to North Korea. Yes, I sprinted through the morning rush hour from one side of Seoul to the other to catch a bus to North Korea.

After I bought my flight to S. Korea I began looking into visiting one more country while I was in the region. But in the end I decided to spend my whole trip in Seoul with my friend and have the chance to explore as much of the city as I could. While doing research about what to do in Korea I stumbled upon a tour to the DMZ. The DMZ is the demilitarized zone along the border of North and South Korea along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) which divides the Korean peninsula 155 miles (241km) from East to West. In July 1953 both sides signed the Armistice Agreement to cease fire and pull back 1.24 miles (2km) from the MDL to insure peace. Today the DMZ is a buffer zone ending all military and hostile actions. I was quiet surprised to learn that the DMZ ecosystem has been prospering and is very fertile land for growing rice, soy beans and wine. There are is one village within the DMZ zone, Daesongdong “freedom village”. The people of Daesongdong tend to the rice fields and farming in the area and are exempt from federal taxes and mandatory military draft from either Korea. Many people compare the border of North and South Korea to the border of former East and West Germany. I was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain but I grew up hearing many stories about that time from my family in Czech. In some ways I felt like I had an understanding of the sensitive situation in Korea.

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(Demilitarized Zone)

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(Ribbons along the fence in Imjunak Park)

When I came across the tour I hesitated about going. My friend was working most of the days I was visiting her so I wanted to fill the time with touristy things around Seoul. Would a trip to the North Korean border be ok with my parents? My stepdad was more than excited to hear about my trip to Korea and when I mentioned the tour he said he had taken it while he was in South Korea in the late 1980s. My mom happy for me that I was traveling to Korea and visiting my childhood friend but when I shared the news of my adventure to the North Korea border she was less than thrilled. Now, let’s fast forward about ten days after I told my mom I was going to go to the border of one of the most hostile countries in the world – alone.

I was out the door of my friend’s apartment at 8:01 am to catch my tour bus, little did I know that that one minute would cause me such stress. To get to where the bus was picking me up would take 45 minutes. As I walked to catch the bus to the metro, I see it pulling away from the stop but thankfully another one came within 2 minutes. Once at the metro stop I hurry down the steps and just as I land on the last step of the stairs the train doors close. Great, next train is in 3 minutes and I am already running late. Keep in mind that there are only three tours a week and you must be cleared by the United Nations seven days prior to your tour to even be allowed. This wasn’t an easy tour I could reschedule. My train came and I have to make one more metro line change, at this point I begin wondering if this is a sign that I shouldn’t be going. Should I listen to the signs? No, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there is no refund if I miss the tour.

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(Entrance to Imjingak Park)

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(Liberty Bell in Imjingak in honor bidding the 20th century goodbye and welcoming the 21st century as a time of reunification and peace in the world)

I make the change and as I run down the stairs to catch my last train I see the doors close. I look at my watch, I still have about ten minutes until I get to the stop I need. The Korean metro map looks like one of the most complex transit systems in the world. (See the map here) Thankfully Koreans are tech savvy and created an app that helps passengers navigate through the web of colored metro lines, thankfully I had that app. A day before the tour I did a practice run of where the place was so I would know where to go, I was so grateful to my past self for preparing the day before because the moment my future self climbed out of the metro I orientated in the right direction and started to make a run for it. On my ticket it said to meet at the grand piano of a hotel, I sprinted through lobby doors to find that there wasn’t a group waiting around the piano. I grabbed a concierge and explained to him that I was late for the Panmunjom Tour. As soon as I said this a gentleman came up to me and said he was part of the tour and that our bus was waiting on me outside. When our tour guide saw us she quickly hurried us onto the bus because we were on a tight schedule. I couldn’t believe I had made it.

(View looking over  Imjin River)

(View looking over Imjin River)

(Steam locomotive symbolizing tragic history after it was left in the DMZ after being derailed by bombs during the Korean War; train is in Imjingak Park)

(Steam locomotive symbolizing tragic history after it was left in the DMZ after being derailed by bombs during the Korean War; train is in Imjingak Park)

The border is a 45 minute drive north of Seoul, surprisingly close in distance yet a world away. As we head north I notice what looks like a small village across the river. Our tour guide explains that the North Koreans have set up propaganda villages along the border to make it appear as though people are able to live freely and close to the border. Through modern technology such as heat sensors, it was proven that no one actually lives in the village and that they are just for show. Our first stop is in Imjingak Park where the Bridge of Freedom crosses the Imjin River and is a memorial park for those unable to return to their hometowns or to see family and friends. The bridge was a former railroad bridge used to exchange prisoners after the Korean War, today a train stands on the railroad tracks in memory of those it brought back. There is one place to eat while visiting the memorial, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken. Yes, if you are hungry and you can grab a snack at the American fast food chain Popeye’s from New Orleans, Louisiana just a few yards from the border of North Korea. Back on the bus we head to the town of Paju located just south of the 38th parallel, the line of latitude that created the border between North and South Korea. Once we cross the border control into Paju we make a stop at the Dora Observatory where we get to see into North Korea and Kaesung City, the second largest city in North Korea. From the observatory you can also see Kijongdong, another propaganda village.

Our second to last stop of the morning tour is the 3rd tunnel. Made by the North Koreans and discovered in 1978 by the South Koreans, the 5364.17ft (1,635m) long by 6.4ft (1.95m) – in some parts even lower- high by 6.9ft (2.1m) wide tunnel which passes into the Military Demarcation Line by 1427.17ft (435 m). Our group was taken to the entrance of the tunnel where we began the long walk down through bedrock and about 239.5ft (73m) underground and equipped with hard helmets. At the end of the tunnel you can see what you hope is a thick concrete wall that separates you from the North Korean end of the tunnel. The morning tour ended at the Dorasan Station, the railway station that is the northernmost stop on South Korea’s railway line and is a symbol of future trading between the two nations. If North Korea allows for the railway to continue through its country you will be able to take a train from Seoul, South Korea to Paris, France.

"Not the last station from the South, but the first station toward the North" - Dorasan station

“Not the last station from the South, but the first station toward the North”
– Dorasan station

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(Korean lunch for one, a little bit of everything)

The bus drops me off in Paju where I am served a Korean style lunch and wait for my next bus to come and take me to Camp Bonifas. As I settle into my seat on my afternoon tour bus our tour guide begins to explain the safety and rules we must follow while in touring and that we may be evacuated from the camp if there is even a small threat to our safety and will received no refund if this happens. The camp is property of the United Nations, hence why the U.N has to clear you before you sign up for the tour. Also there is a dress code: shoulders must not be visible, any offensive clothing cannot be worn, absolutely no oversized clothing, sheer clothing, flip flops/sandals or military clothing are allowed. While we were in Camp Bonifas we were prohibited to take photos unless our guide allowed us. The most exciting part of the tour was our last stop, the Joint Security Area. Little blue huts welcomed us as we emerged from a large gray building and the border line between North and South Korea was just a few steps away from us. These little blue huts are the conference rooms which are used by both sides when meetings and negotiations need to be made. Inside the conference rooms the room is split by an imaginary line that divides the room between the north and south, with no visibily present line the space feels equal and neutral. Inside the rooms there are no flags and the only color is blue, the color of the United Nations. The area is heavily guarded with both North and South Korean soldiers standing watch over us. It was an unimaginable and thrilling experience being in JSA and being able to put one foot on North Korea land and the other on South Korean land.

(Dora observatory)

(Dora observatory)

(View to North Korea from Dora observatory; Kaesung City in the distance)

(View to North Korea from Dora observatory; Kaesung City in the distance)

(Joint Security Area with blue huts used as conference rooms)

(Joint Security Area with blue huts used as conference rooms)

Having been taught so little about the Korean War in school it was truly eye opening to discover Paju, JSA and the DMZ. After having to make my way across Seoul by bus, train and foot to visit the DMZ every second of my morning adventure to get to the bus was worth it.  I will never take what I have for granted and am so grateful that I live in a country where I have the freedom and opportunities. My heart goes out to everyone effected by the war and those who are still separated from their friends and family.

Here is a link to the tour I took Panmunjom Tour

Overcoming my Fear of Traveling Solo

I love travelling and like a lot of folks out there, I don’t really like to travel alone. It’s like going to a fancy restaurant and eating dinner alone or going to movies alone or *gasp* going to karaoke by yourself. However, when you relocate and you’re by yourself all the time especially the initial stage where you have not made any close local friends, what can you do?

Food is my number one comfort buddy and I can’t live without great food so eating alone is inevitable especially when I spare no expenses eating like a queen. Yes, I have eaten USD$500 dinners before. Movies come close to second destress method for me so I couldn’t render myself to do injustice to great movies online (although it is free…. In China, the locals never heard of copyrights.) so off to the cinemas I went, even it is by myself. I don’t talk during shows anyways. As for karaoke, I admit I only did it once alone due to the pitiful stares I kept getting from the wait staff. Belting out in the showers at home isn’t the same as wiggling your butt to the beat while screaming at the microphone on a makeshift stage under the tiny disco ball.

Back to travelling… To me, travelling is something I want to share with someone and if I encounter a beautiful sight, I wanted to share it with someone. Not just capture it and share on Instagram. Plus the nagging of my parents that kept pointing out to me travelling solo for a female is dangerous. Sleeping in a strange place alone must be torturous and scary.

How wrong was I.. I was assigned to do a great deal of business travel alone within China. Alone! Although I will be met by business associates at their office, my heart couldn’t stop thumping wildly at the prospect of travelling location to location within China all by myself, staying in a hotel alone, having all my meals alone for the whole 3 weeks! I have travel for business before but I always tag along my male colleagues and we huddled together everywhere we go and do in a foreign country. They always made sure I’m taken care of. *sweet smile*

I was determined to overcome this and not turn it into an adversary. I’m a strong career girl, I can do this! And I did it with effort and time poured into intricate and meticulous planning on my part. I’ll share some of the tips I have learned when I’m travelling solo.

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Get Someone to Look at Your Itinerary

It helps to have a second eye to go through your itinerary and pick out mistakes that you will not know until you are physically encountering it. As I was travelling from one location to another, planning flight and train routes, a friend actually was alert enough to point out that I forgot to calculate in my transit time between flights. That would be a disaster and it would either mean I will be running from gate to gate or totally miss my connecting flights or worse, stuck in a small airport with no duty-free shops for hours.

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Plan Everyday

For some, they like to leave it to fate and allow their adventurous spirit to take wherever their heart desires but not for me, I’m most reassured when I know my plans for next day. Of course, I am adaptable and I can always switch my plans for something impromptu if an opportunity arises but it helps if I know I always have a plan to rely on. I put a lot of effort and time on this, planning not only what to do over the weekend when I don’t have to report to work, I planned my activity each evening after my business is done as well as restaurants earmarked to visit. Earlier on I have said food is indulgent for me, the best time I have during travels is sampling local food.

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Plan for Emergencies

Always know where you can get help if you are lost, robbed or in worse situations. Have the emergency numbers handy on you. Be aware of not only your surroundings but the nearest police station, well-known hotel chains and your embassy. Why hotel chains? Because they always know how to deal with emergencies encountered by foreigners and usually they are trained to converse English well enough to assist you.

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Talk to the Locals

I find that talking to the locals will give you a greater insight to their country than any other tour agencies. Whether it is a well-hidden local hangout or a local scam to be wary of, only by speaking to a local will you get the most valuable information.

These are helpful tips that made my 3 weeks travelling alone a breeze. If you don’t have the time or the resources to prepare a plan like what I have suggested, contact us at askus@ladyredot.com and we will be happy to assist you. For more precious tips, stay tuned to find out what I know!!


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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Take A Break!

It’s middle of the year, you have accumulated at last first half-year of leave. I have come up with 3 very valid reasons (not excuses) for you to take your leave without feeling guilty. Alternatively, you can show this article to your superior when he or she rejects your leave!

heart-772634_6401. The Heart
Do you have the passion in what you do at work? I have encountered people who are good at their job but unable to move up in their skills for the lack of passion. Quoting one of my friends who is a teacher in college “After seven years of teaching youth, I realised that I have shrunk in my ability to think further than my next paycheck. Almost everyday, I dragged myself to work and stared in front of my mirror, asking myself why am I doing this?”

You may have the excitement when starting out a new career but the excitement does not last long, it’s the passion that carries you through the bad and the worse times in your career. With passion, you will never cease to push yourself just a bit further every single day as hard as it might be.

So take a break and relook your options again. Earnestly asking yourself what is it you enjoy doing and see if the same passion can be replicated in your job.

mindset-743165_6402. The Brain
Are you growing too tired everyday to face new challenges and do you drag yourself home every night, only to go straight to bed after a quick instant meal? Over the weekend, do you groan at the never-ending pile of work growing by the minute?

Then you need a break. When I feel that I am mentally tired and drained, couldn’t find the space (not even a tiny bit) in my brain to come up with something new at work, I know it’s time for a mental retreat. I usually will take a 3 days break and escape to the nearest beach and do nothing but laid back in the sun with a refreshing glass of juice. I think of nothing, I plan of nothing. Just allowing myself drift in and out of sleep. It works for me as I always come back to work, rejuvenated and gearing to counter any obstacles.

With your brain working half the speed it supposes to work, even with expertise knowledge in your head, you won’t be able to optimise the situation and conquer the tasks at hand.

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 2.52.24 am3. The Body
The mind is willing, the heart is gearing but the body is saying no? Do you keep falling sick? Doctor after doctor, pills after pills nothing seems to get your health back into tip-top condition again.

You may be physically exhausted. Check on your daily routine if you are overwhelmed at your work and in personal life. Is there a change in your life that is tiring you out or worrying you that you couldn’t get a good night sleep?

 

So constantly evaluate yourself and your well-being, remaining in best conditions will not only let you perform the best in your work but also allow you to enjoy your personal life as well. If you need to take a break, never feel guilty about asking for leave. Managers know we are not robots and even we are, machines need their regular maintenance and oiling too!

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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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