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    Samsung Unveils New Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge!!

    Samsung fans will be delighted to know that the brand has unveiled its latest Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.

    For those of you who are ardent fans and have been waiting for the official availability of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, you won’t have to wait much longer. The smartphones will be launching very soon in Malaysia!

    Samsung recently announced that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are Samsung’s most advanced smartphones to date and they have literally taken the new phones to another level. For Galaxy users, you’ll find that it’s taken a departure away from the previous Galaxy devices and the new features are rather cool.

    The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will feature a slim body made from an aircraft-grade metal. It is powered by the most advanced hardware around and the phone will also have it’s signature curved edges. The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be launched on the 2nd of April 2015.

    What makes these smartphones so special? For one thing, its casing is made from a special light-weight material specifically used in airplanes. It’s definitely another class on its own and the fact that it isn’t plastic, that’s an added bonus! It will also have the iconic Corning Inc’s Gorilla Glass on both the front and back of the smartphones.

    When it comes to the camera and screen upgrade, the brand did not disappoint as Samsung has spruced up its new smartphones. No longer will it house unpopular in-house apps that irritated many users no end because it swallowed up a lot of memory space. Now, that’s in the past. Samsung listened to their users and have churned out a real beauty. The new phones will be powered by Samsung’s own 64-bit, 14-nanometer Exynos processors, a departure from its previous reliance on Qualcomm Inc’s chips.

    Another major noticeable change is the batteries. Users would need to know that the batteries in the new phones cannot be replaced, unlike the other Galaxy devices in the past. To compensate for this factor, the devices are the first from Samsung to support wireless charging without a dedicated accessory, which in itself is very cool! What’s more, smartphones can also get four hours of power with a 10-minute charge by the cord.

    For those who need more tech talk, the specs are as follows:

    Samsung Galaxy S6

    • Dimension: 143.4mm x 70.5mm x 6.8mm
    • Weight 138g
    • Colors: white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, blue topaz
    • Storage options: 32/64/128GB
    • Display: 5.1-inch Quad HD display. 2560×1440 pixel resolution at 577 PPI. Super AMOLED.
    • Operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop
    • Rear camera: 16-megapixel
    • Front camera: five-megapixel
    • Processor: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, octa-core application processor
    • Sensors: accelerometer, light, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer, fingerprint, hall, HRM
    • Connectivity: wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth: v4.1, USB 2.0, NFC
    • Battery: 2,550mAh, with fast wired charging, providing four hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging
    • Wireless Charging:WPC1.1(4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0(4.2W) compatible
    • Additional Features: Samsung Pay, Microsoft Apps (OneDrive 115GB for two years, OneNote), Google Mobile Services.

    So, are you looking for a new phone? With these new features, the new Galaxy S9 and S6 Edge will have people hankering for it in droves because really, who wouldn’t want an awesome phone like this?! We’re definitely looking out for it!

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    Air Asia’s Free Seats Promo Is Back!!

    For those looking to get cheap flight tickets, the timing couldn’t be better because Air Asia has brought its free seat promotion back once again!!

    The free seat promotion from AirAsia is back with three million seats up for grabs! The airline released a statement yesterday stating that the offer will be for over 20 countries across their wide route network, including the route network of AirAsia X.

    Bookings can be done via the Air Asia website from today till the 29th of March 2015. The travel period is valid from the 1st of September 2015 till the 31st of May 2016.

    You can also book your tickets via AirAsia’s mobile phone app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices. If that doesn’t work, you can try booking your tickets on the mobile website here. It can also be booked via AirAsia’s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile website here.

    The price for the free tickets promotions starts from RM0 onwards. Yes, you read that right, it starts from RM0!! It also recently abolished fuel surcharges, bringing us good news because customers only need to pay for airport taxes and fees when booking for this particular promotion.

    If you’re in a need for a quick break, this is the best time to book some vacay time. Happy holidays!

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    How To Be The Happiest Traveller

    When it comes to traveling or going for that next long holiday, planning is everything. 

    To be the happiest traveler, you’ll have to decide where you want to go and then, how long you want to go away for. Followed by planning all the other details pertaining to your trip. It may be fun to be spontaneous but believe us when you’re in a foreign country, it isn’t always a good idea to leave things to chance and it can also be more stressful trying to find a place to stay at the last minute!

    So, we advise that if you’re going on a holiday, especially a long one,  plan as much as possible for the basics of your trip (flight tickets, visas, accommodation, money, etc) and be fluid when you get there with your plans so you can still enjoy it at your own pace.

    These days, there are countless sites designed to help you find the cheapest and most efficient trip. Not to mention sites where you can find information on practically anything you want to see or do to whichever country you’re visiting. You can save, compare, and purchase!

    When you’ve decided where you want to go and the duration of your trip, you’ll want to brush up on your destination’s history, laws (including some strange laws!)and customs, and what are the best things to see and do (all within your set budget). It’s crucial you know the culture and the general do’s and don’ts of the country you’re visiting in so you don’t do anything frowned upon.

    Before you buy your plane ticket, it’s best you check your immigration status as well if you’re unsure if you’re allowed to travel. A good site for you to check your own immigration status is on the official website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. The site will tell you if there are any restrictions on you for traveling. You can find out if you have a travel restriction set on you if, for example, you’re wanted for tax evasion or if there is a court order on you, etc.

    If you’re free to travel and have your destination in mind and the duration of your trip set, you’ll need to book accommodation arrangements. Again, there are plenty of sites for you to check for places to stay within your budget range, from Expedia, Airbnb,  Agoda, TripAdvisor, Home Exchange, BedandBreakfast.com and more.

    Once you have your tickets and accommodation set, you are mentally ready. However, you still need to pack your bags according to what you have booked. Packing well for trips is an art. You’ll need to know the season you’ll be going to so you take the right types of clothing, shoes, and outerwear. Don’t forget to bring along medications, or other necessary items you might need depending on where you will be staying.

    After all of that, there is still an important thing to do before you take off. Many people overlook this factor thinking it isn’t important, but it is. Travel insurance is what we’re talking about. Travel insurance isn’t expensive and there are various kinds of travel insurance you can buy. Get some before you take off because you never know if you’ll need it.

    You have to make sure that you are safe at all times and that you have enough money to carry you through your trip. How much you need is up to you but the most important thing you need to bring on your trip is a good attitude, a sense of adventure, willingness to try and see new things and best of all, to always be safe.

    Credit: dailyinfographic.com

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    Win A Night’s Stay At Sepang International Circuit With Airbnb!!

    Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2015 will be coming up very soon!

    For fans of the motorsport, there is a special and unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night at Sepang International Circuit (SIC)!! That is seriously quite cool! Airbnb is the one who will be giving fans this golden opportunity.

    From March 27-29, the famed track will be listed on Airbnb, offering two lucky winners (and up to three friends each) the chance to spend a night right at the heart of the action. Surrounded by the buzz, adrenaline, and excitement of one of the most prestigious races in the world, winners will get to enjoy spectacular views overlooking the track’s sharpest bend.

    Sanjeev Palar, former pit reporter and TV personality, will be hosting the one of a kind overnight experience. Once races have ended and the stadium lights switched off, Sanjeev will lead guests on an intimate midnight tour of the track where he will share stories and snippets of the track he knows so well. The group will then settle into the listing for the night and enjoy all the comforts of home before they awake to the revving of engines.

    Upon waking the next morning, Sanjeev will serve a traditional Malaysian breakfast, after which Sepang officials will then lead the lucky guests on an exclusive “Pit Walk” where fans can experience behind-the-scenes action at the teams’ pit.

    Besides all that, there is more! The winners will also get to enjoy all the fun activities and entertainment surrounding the race: the Carnival, drifting and karting at the Xtrack and the after-race concert. And if that wasn’t enough, there are also Main Grandstand tickets to be won and these tickets allow you to watch all three sessions – practice, qualifying and race day itself.

    So, how do you win this special prize? All you have to do is this:

    • Visit the Sepang listing on Airbnb before midnight on 22 March 2015 (Malaysia time)
    • Contact the host and through Airbnb’s messaging feature. Upon contacting them, tell them why you’d like to spend the night in Sepang International Circuit during the race weekend.

    For more information, please see here for more details.

    Airbnb has more than one million listings in 190 countries around the world. The Sepang trackside is the latest addition to Airbnb’s ‘A Night At’ campaign, designed to unlock places around the world where it’s never before been possible to spend the night. Some of those experiences have included a KLM plane in Amsterdam, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, an IKEA store in Australia and a ski lift in Courchevel in the French Alps.

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    Fake Milo Found & Video Of Fake Milo Being Packed Goes Viral!

    Just a few days ago, government officials discovered fake packets of Milo after a raid in Negeri Sembilan.

    Upon discovering this information, Nestlé Malaysia immediately began a campaign to warn its customers of the imitation Milo product.

    Milo Malaysia posted a warning on its Facebook page, which was subsequently shared by Nestlé on its Facebook page. They posted a photo which explained to customers how to tell a counterfeit product from an original one. The tell-tale signs are to be found in the perforations of the plastic packs which contains the Milo product.

    Nestlé Malaysia explained that all Milo packets are machine packed and cut. Thus, the edges on the top of the original packets will not have perfect perforation (as shown in the photo sample above, on the right).

    According to the Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, it had been reported that the domestic trade ministry had seized RM250,000.00 worth of imitation Milo packets in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan last Friday.

    Nestlé Malaysia has said that they are taking this matter very seriously. They are working closely with the relevant authorities about this matter. Nestlé Malaysia has also urged customers to please report any cases if they have bought imitation Milo packets to its customer service department.

    Other items seized were 1,000 empty boxes, 50,000 empty plastic packs, a printer, a weighing machine, and a numbering printer. Six immigrant workers from Myanmar and Indonesia were arrested in the raid.

    Recently, a video showing the production of fake Milo has gone viral on the Internet. It shows two employees filling the chocolate powder into several green Milo packages in a room.

    The video was posted on YouTube by Nithyananthem Karuppiah and it was published yesterday.

    In Malaysia, the name Milo is infamous in almost every household and it is the go-to chocolate drink for most of us. Nestlé Malaysia reported that Malaysia is the world’s largest consumer of Milo.

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    MATTA Fair Returns This March!!

    For those looking for affordable holidays and flight tickets, you’re in luck because the MATTA Fair is back from the 13th till the 15th of March 2015.

    The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent (MATTA) Fair will once again be held at the Putra World Trade Centre and it is said that this time around, there are additional choices to be had in travel packages.

    The fair has been known for having one of the best travel packages and flight deals in town. They aim to continue to bring travelers great deals. This year, there are 120 different exhibitors participating at the fair.

    This year, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be the official airline for the fair. MAS is offering travelers special deals who will be traveling from the 14th of March till the 31st of December 2015. Travelers will have the opportunity to purchase holidays to popular domestic and international destinations at the fair.

    There will be an exclusive promotion with fares from as low as RM135 (return flight) for domestic routes and RM250 (return flight) for international routes. Fares are all-inclusive. There are also Golden Holiday Packages with various packages to both domestic and international destinations, plus the opportunity to earn higher Enrich miles points when they buy their tickets.

    MAS is also offering a special discount of 30% off the normal MH gourmet meal (RM70 per meal) if the passenger wants something else instead of the usual fare offered. This offer is only available for international flights leaving from Kuala Lumpur.

    Another bit of good news for MAS being the official airline for MATTA Fair 2015 is that travelers are also exempted from paying the Goods and Services Tax if tickets are purchased before the 1st of April 2015.

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    Top 5 Snowy Ice Hotels From Around The World

    For those keen to have a winter get-a-way holiday or for those parents who want give their child the holiday of their dreams to experience what it can be like living in the kingdom of Arendelle, this could be it.

    If your child has been bugging you to take them on a holiday to see snow because of their slightly minor obsession with Frozen, these snowy holiday suggestions will be a dream come true for them and they can channel their inner Elsa till their heart’s content.

    We live in a country where it’s all about rain or sunshine here and thus, we don’t get the four seasons of weather than others to get to experience. If you’ve had enough of the heat and are longing to escape to a colder climate, the next few suggestions could be the answer to your need for cool weather.

    Here are the Top 5 Snowy Ice Hotels From Around The World:

    1. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway

    Every year, this frosty palace is remade entirely from snow, complete with an ice chapel for memorable wedding receptions. So, it’s perfect for that winter wonderland wedding! There are outdoor hot tubs for you to warm up in and it’s the ideal setting for snuggling up.

    2. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in Saariselka, Finland

    The Northern Lights is indeed a sight to behold and probably should be on your bucket list of places to visit. If you do make it there, spend a night in Kakslauttanen’s glass igloo pods and view the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. It’s a luxurious way and perhaps, one of the best ways to see the Northern Lights. Guests brave enough to venture into the elements may try ice swimming, ice fishing or a reindeer safari (how Frozen-themed is that?!).

    3. Balea Ice Hotel in Cîrţişoara, Romania

    Set at 2,000 meters above sea level, Balea Ice Hotel is located by Bâlea Lake, in the Făgăraş Mountains. The hotel is accessible by cable car only, between 09:00 and 18:00. The cable car goes from Balea Waterfall and stops near the hotel. You’ll be able to indulge in traditional winter activities like sledding, ice skating and a snowman-building contest where you can attempt a recreation of Olaf!

    4. The Snowvillage Snow Hotel in Kittila, Finland

    The snow village snow hotel is an impressive sight with all kinds of artwork and ice sculptures. It’s an unusual experience and if you can make your way there, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the place. Every year, around 15 million kilos of snow and 300 000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice are used to build the spectacular Snow Village which changes in shape, size, and design to wow visitors year after year.

    5. The Hotel De Glace in Quebec, Canada

    This hotel is the only true ice hotel in North America. The Hôtel de Glace was opened in 2001. It had moved its locations for a few years. First setting up its home in Montmorency Falls Park, on the outskirts of Quebec City, then moving to Duchesnay from 2002 to 2010. In 2011, the Hôtel de Glace moved to Charlesbourg and has remained there ever since.

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    Famous Chinese Sculptures Visit Malaysia!

    Famous contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have combined their artistic genius to produce a Chinese art collective that is simply exceptional.

    Paul Smith Kuala Lumpur is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X&Q Art. The Chinese art collective X&Q Art has constructed colorful and vivid stories with their unique and arresting sculptures.

    Each sculpture is a recreation of the artists’ original work and with its fine touch of craft and packaging, it is the ideal collectible for your art collection, delivering the concept of artistic gift. The core value of X+Q is to deliver the sincere wish of happiness, love and care through a gift.

    The sculptures are beautifully crafted. With its bright vivid colors, it’s a unique piece of art that will light up anyone’s home. The exhibition is showing in galleries all over the world, from London, Italy, Paris, Melbourne, Shanghai and now, it’s finally made its way here.

    As the artistic director and founder of X+Q Art, Qu Guangci has attracted worldwide attention with his ability to present his work in dual nature, providing infinite space for the viewer’s interpretation. Known for his ability to combine tradition and modernity, culture and design, art and commerce – all mingled with just the right balance.

    His ‘The Angelest Qian’ collection sees a fusion of both Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels while instilling brightness and positivity through art.

    Xiang Jing, one of China’s most successful modern artists has created complementary pieces capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.

    In her ‘I Have Seen Happiness’ sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green. The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits.

    Don’t miss out on a chance to see these unique sculptures. Better still, get one for yourself because these babies are bound to jazz up anyone’s abode.

    Sculptures are available in stores 2nd March till 2nd May 2015 at Paul Smith, Level 3 Pavilion KL. 

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    [Infographic] Strange Laws Around The World

    When you are traveling the world, it’s useful to be aware of local customs and especially, the local laws to the said country you’re going to.

    Whether you travel for business or leisure, traveling to foreign countries means that you’re going to a place where there is a change in culture. With that in mind, one should prepare as much as you can for the trip and it always helps to be prepared.

    Hand signals could mean different things. Sometimes, clothing must or must not be worn in certain ways. Whilst traveling expands our horizons, it’s important to realize and know that with the change in culture comes a change in the actual laws of that foreign land.

    Cheapflights.com.au travel expert Ben Rosier says it’s useful to be aware of the quirky laws in different countries because if you’re not careful, you could end up spending money paying off a hefty fine!

    The infographic below provides some very interesting, new facts. In Capri, Italy for example, there is a band on loud footwear.  In Manila, Philippines, you may only drive your car 6 days out of the week and this law is to help keep congestion down in the city. Quite necessary since the city is packed to the brim with cars. In Kentucky, it’s illegal to keep ice-cream in your back pocket. Strange? Read on to see why, along with finding out the rest of the strange laws around the world.

    Here are the 18 most strange laws around the world:

    Source: Cheapflights.com.au

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    The AirAsia Asean Pass: Yay Or Nay?

    AirAsia has launched a payment pass system for its passengers traveling within the ASEAN region, called the AirAsia Asean Pass.

    Air Asia said that both the AirAsia Asean Pass and the AirAsia Asean Pass+, offer passengers fixed rates to more than 148 routes across all 10 ASEAN countries.

    The passes work a little differently. They aren’t actual tickets for each trip that you take such as a return flight ticket that you’d normally purchase. The passes act like a single currency and the main aim of the passes is to diminish the hassle of different foreign exchange rates as flights are valued according to credits.

    These passes are now available at www.airasia.com. Prices for the AirAsia Pass retails at RM499 for 10 credits and the AirAsia Asean Pass+ for RM888 with 20 credits.

    How does this credit system work?

    Flights with a duration of below two hours are valued at one credit, while flights of two hours and above are valued at three credits. No processing fee applies for flight redemptions using the AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+. Airport charges, taxes, and other fees are payable separately.

    It is quite an idea to travel the whole of Asia using just one ticket, i.e. one pass. Quite an awesome idea actually. However, it depends on what you actually do with the pass and how you use it to maximize it. As shown above and below, they are examples of how one could use the 10 credits.

    Is this pass too good to be true? Like a lot of things, there are pros and cons. It just depends on how often you’ll travel and how much you’ll get out of the passes.

    These are the pros to the passes:

    1. It allows you to lock down low base fares with your credit in your pass and allows you to redeem the flights.

    2. You can purchase more than one AirAsia Asean Pass. The maximum you can purchase is 5 AirAsia Asean Passes at one time. Handy for those who’d like to travel in a small group or for a family.

    3. You can buy the AirAsia Asean Pass for someone else and give it to them as a gift.

    4. There are no processing fees for any flight redemptions when you use your pass.

    5. You can change your flight but it must be done the latest 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure time but a change of flight fee will be charged to you and if there is a fare difference, you’ll have to bear the difference.

    6. Your AirAsia Asean Pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

    As for the cons to the passes, they are as follows:

    1. Once a flight is redeemed and credit is deducted, the redeemed flight cannot be canceled.

    2. You cannot combine credit from one pass into another pass or passes. You have to fully use the credits in one pass to redeem your flights so it is best that you plan your route ahead of time to avoid losing out on having unusable credits.

    3. You cannot carry forward any existing credit from a current pass to a new pass.

    4. Although the pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase, you only have 30 days to complete using up the credits once you take the first flight using your pass if you have the AirAsia Asean Pass. If you bought the AirAsia Asean Pass+, you have 60 days to complete using your credits from taking your first flight. Thus, you are not able to keep it for one year and use it as and when you’d like for the year. Once you start using it, you’ll have to use it up quickly within the set time frame.

    5. You don’t have first dibs on seats when you redeem your flight using the pass. It is subject the seat availability and your choice of the seat may not be available on every flight on a weekend, public holiday or during school holidays.

    6. You have to redeem your flight at least 14 days prior to the date of departure. So, there go the last minute travel plans for that weekend get-a-way!

    7. There are no refunds for unused credits or expired passes.

    The pass is great for those who want to travel to a few places in a relatively short amount of time, which is within the one or two months allowed on the passes, depending on which pass you get. But a lot of planning is essential in order so that you don’t end up with unusable credits, especially since you cannot carry the unusable credits forward to a new pass.

    If you plan to go on a longer vacation around Asia or just plan to travel a few times within a month or two, these passes are ideal for you. Avoid traveling to and from major hubs as you won’t get much value from your pass. The key to maximizing your pass is to start and end your journey from your starting point, e.g. Kuala Lumpur (as shown in the examples above).

    With the many public holidays we have in our country, you can plan your holidays quite efficiently with these passes. You just need to plan ahead of time. So, for that next holiday, you can literally hop on a plane to go to Bangkok or Bandung for great shopping (or better still, visit both countries!) and also plan a trip to Boracay for that much-needed sun and sea time.

    To check out how many credits you will need for your preferred route, you can view it in their credit layout section. Just be sure that once you use the pass for that first flight, you keep tabs on the time frame so you don’t lose out on not utilizing the pass to its maximum capacity.