Happy Anniversary!

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This site was started 1 year ago to share about what I know and love.

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What gear am I using?
What membership cards are useful?
What mobile applications are making my life easier?

Here’s a video to wish this site Happy Anniversary with many more years to come.

[Travel] U-Tiny Boutique Home Suvarnabhumi Bangkok

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Usually I will try a top 10 ranked local hotel (Not under any international chain and manage by locals.) based on TripAdvisor ranking when I visit a country for the 1st time. (Hotel Icon for Hong Kong-Rank 2, Dandy Hotel TianMu for Taiwan-Rank 3 and Hotel Ryumeikan for Tokyo-Rank 2.)  So for my recent Bangkok trip, I choose U-Tiny Boutique Home Suvarnabhumi Bangkok which is currently rank 8 on TripAdvisor. So how was it?


A quick tour round the room.

A quick tour round hotel.

That was 2 Facebook Live broadcast that I did from U-Tiny. Hope it gives you a good look around. So here are some photos taken at U-Tiny.

Lobby and Breakfast

Lobby and Breakfast

Cosy Corner

Cosy Corner

Pool

Pool

Pool at night

Pool at night

Rooms

Rooms

View

Greenery View

Breakfast

Breakfast: Western

Spring Roll

Dinner: Spring Roll

Green Curry

Dinner: Green Curry

Green Curry

Dinner: Green Curry

Inside Room

Inside Room

More photos here. (Room photos etc.)

What I like about the hotel:

  • Convenient. (Near airport and complimentary airport transfer. Additional pickup from Lat Krabang station at night chargeable at 100THB or about SG$3.87.)
  • New place and facilities.
  • Homely feel.
  • Nice public area. (Lobby, Living Room, Lawn and Pool etc.)
  • Friendly staffs.
  • Well prepared family style meals.
  • In house massage service available. (Highly recommended!)
  • Super spacious and comfortable rooms.
  • Free WIFI!

Things to improve:

  • TV reception not good. In room antenna needed a lot of adjustment. Gave up and relied on my trusty tablet instead.

[Travel] Packing

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Surely many of you like travelling but there will be something that many of you hate to the core: Packing!

So how to pack well so that you can make full use of baggage allowance to bring everything you want back from your trip?

Let’s see this video of how 凯文老师 (Celebrity Stylist Kevin) pack his luggage.

For those who do not understand mandarin, here’s a summary.

  • Rimowa aluminium luggage is not recommended as it is heavy on it’s own.
    • You want to carry goodies back from your trip or heavy luggage with little things inside?
    • Carrying a branded luggage like Rimowa, Tumi or Samsonite is also a way to tell people to target you to steal your stuffs.
  • Pack orderly to store more.
    • Roll all clothes up.
    • Pack clothes in new bags that you just buy so that bags will retain their shape.
    • Compact things together to minimize movement of items while you are moving.
    • Trick for ladies: Stockings! For guys, Laces!

Ever since I saw this video, I have been doing this in my packing. So here’s how I pack.

Folded

Clothes Rolled Up. Drawstring bottoms tied up.

Socks

Socks

Packed

Packed

Empty Luggage

Empty Luggage Weight

Packed Weight

Packed Weight

Temperature

Temperature

As you can see from above, this packing method can save you space and weight. I will always bring along luggage scale for my trips as that helps me in my packing so as to avoid excess baggage charges. This luggage scale can also tell me temperature of surrounding. So very useful tool.

Will continue to pack and update more on my packing in another post.