Shopback

Do you love shopping? Or maybe travelling?

Want to get cashback each time you doing online transactions? Especially, nowadays when we use online to shopping or booking anything.

I found this website one year ago and starting using it. And now, I already got some cashback, at least it can be used for buying daily needs.

The website name is shopback. I’m using the one that located in Indonesia.

Website: Shopback

What’s the benefit?

I know you like to shopping in Tokopedia, Shopee, JD.ID, Bukalapak, etc. And booking hotel in Booking.com, Agoda.com, etc.

If you are using Shopback website to online shopping, you can get any cashback from those transactions. And it depends of how much you spend the money.

At first, I didn’t believe it, how come there’s a website like this. But after about 1 year, and I have already withdraw some cashback, then I dare to inform you about this.

So, do you want to try it? Just register here, and start to shopping. Don’t forget, to always make the transactions via shopback. Don’t worry, from Shopback, you will always go to the merchant website, and make transactions in there, and you still be able to use wallet money like OVO, Gopay, Shopeepay to pay.

Happy Shopping!

Royal Natural Placenta BB by The Saem

Another cosmetics that I bought when I’m in South Korea, is the Saem Royal Natural Placenta BB.

The Saem Royal Natural Placenta BB have SPF 30 PA++ (UV Protection + Whitening + Anti-Wrinkle). It’s a functional cosmetic.

The 5-in-1 premium nourishing and moisturizing BB makes skin moisturized and elastic with Vegetable Placenta.

It’s Cover, Tone correction, Nourishment, Elasticity and Moisture your skin.

How to use: Use after your skin care routine. Apply an appropriate amount evenly on the face along skin’s texture.

Price: W 33.000 (approximately IDR 430.000 / USD 30)

The cream only has 1 colour and when you first apply to your face, it might have difference with your skin color. But just apply it gently and spread it, then it will united with your skin color. Because my last bb cream just finished used, then I try to use this bb cream. It’s just a few days, and I still waiting for the result.

Bandung D3 # West Java – Indonesia

Today is our last day in Bandung.

We eat breakfast at Hotel. It’s buffet breakfast, and Harris Hotel has variety breakfast menu. We meet with some relatives in there, and hangout for a while.

After breakfast, we go to Trans Studio Mall. We walk around the mall, and eat lunch in there.

I take my mom and sister-in-law to Trans Studio Bandung to take some picture. We only take picture, and not go in there because we didn’t have much time already. The ticket price is IDR 270.000/pax in weekend.

After lunch, my mom wants to go to Riau FO again, so we go to Secret Factory Outlet. Then we buy some snack at Kartika Sari & Prima Rasa.

At Kartika Sari, I like to buy their soes cookies and cheese stick. It’s crispy and soft. And those who like Bollen with various flavor, this is the best place to buy.

At Prima Rasa, I like to buy Bagelen with various flavor like mocca, pizza, cheese, etc.

After that, we go to Husein Sastranegara Bandung International Airport. No traffic jam on the journey to the airport. But after we passed the gate, there’s a long jam on the way to departure hall.

So, you have to go early to the airport if you have flight from Bandung.

When you want to enter the check-in building, it’s also have a long queue.

The flight from Yogyakarta to Bandung, and from Bandung to Yogyakarta only there are Lion Group (Lion and Wings Air). We fly with Lion Air, from Bandung to Yogya at 16:15-17:10.

The flight is on schedule, and there’s no delay. And it landing smoothly.

See you in the next trip…

Seoul 서울 D2 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Back to Seoul, it’s still evening. So we decided to walk around Insa-dong.

Address:
130-4, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si 
서울 종로구 인사동 130-4 일대

Directions:
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.

Insa-dong (인사동), located in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes. 

The galleries are the heartbeat of Insa-dong. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the center of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Center. 

The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. At first they might be hard to find, but if you take the time to stroll around the twisting alleyways, the window shopping in itself can be very entertaining. The shops in Insa-dong are very popular among all age groups, because each one is unique. 

Every Saturday from 14:00 – 22:00 and Sunday from 10:00 – 22:00, some streets are blocked off from traffic and it becomes a cultural space. Stores set up booths outside and others set up shops (Korean candy merchants and fortune tellers.) There are traditional performances and exhibits as well. Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can eat Korean taffy and traditional pajeon (Korean pancake), and see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street.

Credit: Visit Korea Insa-dong

This place is nice, the Korean Culture could be seen here even some store sell nowadays things. You can buy souvenir in here, even the price is not too cheap.

Not many people in here, maybe because of weekdays. The shopping street is nice, and comfortable to walk. After walk around, we back to hotel and rest.

Seoul 서울 D1 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

After we go back to Seoul from Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch, we are drenched by the rain. So we go back first to the hotel to take a bath because we are afraid if we get cold.

After cleaned up ourselves at guesthouse, we decided to walk around Myeongdong. Go to Myeongdong Station (line 4, blue) exit 5, 6, 7 or 8 or Euljiro Il-Ga Station (line 3, orange) exit 5. Once you get out from subway station, you will see a bright street with many store in there. That’s Myeongdong Shopping Street.

Address: 
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul-si 
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (남대문로2가)

Myeong-dong (명동) is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main drags meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. In addition, several major department stores include Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices.

Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in pork cutlet (donkas) and kalguksu (thick noodles). Other businesses include hair salons, banks and theaters. Myeongdong Catholic Church is also a well-known tourist attraction. It is pillar of the Catholic church in Korea and was built in the Gothic style. Behind the church is a quiet space for relaxation.

Link:
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264312
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/whereToShop/whereToShop.jsp?action=about&cid=995821
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myeong-dong

Don’t forget to go to M Plaza 5th floor at Seoul Global Culture and Tourism Centre. You can try Hanbok for free. But you have to queue. So when you have a chance to go here, registered first then you will got a number and time. Then walk around the area while spending the time. Then at the time, go back to the M Plaza 5th floor to take your turn. (Queue time is about 1 hour).

We spend time to buy cosmetics. The korean brand like Face Shop, Etude, Nature Republic, is much cheaper than in my country. So we spend time to buy it. Don’t forge to ask for tax refund form if you bought in there.

At night, there’s so many street foods in there. You can try it while walking around.

Cihampelas Walk Bandung D1 # West Java – Indonesia

After check-in and drop our luggage, we walk to Cihampelas Walk. Only 1 minutes walk from the hotels.
We decided to eat dinner first.

Then we walk around and shopping. So many Factory Outlet in there, and the price was reachable. Not too expensive. Still okay for shopping. Some of them was really cheap.

After walking around 2 hours, we decided to go back to hotel. And guess what, it’s raining. We didn’t expect it to be raining, so we didn’t brought any umbrella or poncho. So we decided to buy the cheapest umbrella.

When we go back to hotel by walking, the car in there was not good. Sometimes, they purposely splash us with the water which flooding at the street. OMG~~ How uncomfortable.

But finally, we arrive at the hotel.

CWalk: http://www.cihampelaswalk.com/

Bangkok City Tour D4 # Thailand

Today, our first visit place is The Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง)

The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวังPhra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Palace

The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones:
– The Outer Court, home to royal offices, public buildings and the Temple of Emerald Buddha;
– the Middle Court, which is where the most important residential and state buildings are;
– the Inner Court, which is exclusively reserved for the king, his queen and his consorts.

Getting there?
One of the easiest, and most pleasurable, ways is taking the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station, located a top Sathorn “Central” Pier. From there, take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier, and then it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance.
Opening hours: daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm except during special royal ceremonies.

Entrance fee is 500 Baht.
It’s inclusive of access to :
> Wat Phra Kaeo,
> The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, which are located within the Grand Palace compound,
> Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road.
Additional 100 Baht for a rental personal audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin.

So this is why I suggest you came here first then the other’s palace. Because the ticket is inclusive. Don’t forget to take a brochure about grand palace based on your language.

Visitors are required to dress appropriately. These following clothes are strictly not allowed as outer garments for both ladies and gentlemen:
>>> Shorts
>>> Mini-Skirts
>>> Short Skirts
>>> Tight Fitting Trousers
>>> See-Through Shirts and Blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
>>> Sleeveless Shirts or Vests
>>> Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
>>> Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
>>> Sweatshirts and Sweatpants
>>> Wind-Cheaters
>>> Pajamas
>>> Fisherman Trousers

Credit:
– http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/The-Grand-Palace–52
– http://www.grandpalacebangkok.com/

We parked the car a little far from Grand Palace, and the usual Parking Car already full. So we parked the car at a building car parking. It’s near Khao Shan Road. Then we ride Tuk-Tuk. It cost 50-60 Baht from there to Grand Palace.

When I came here, it’s Queen’s Birthday. So there’s a ceremony party inside the Grand Palace. But the tourists still can enter the site.

And when I came here, there’s so many people. Just imagine, only when you want to entering the entrance, you have to queue almost 45 minutes. Too many people come here. And we can’t took a good picture with many people surround.

After walk around the Grand Palace, time for boat touring the Chao Phraya River. It’s private boat, maybe only for 10-15 people.

The Chao Phraya (แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา) is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chao_Phraya_River

We road the boat at the pier in front of The Grand Palace. I didn’t pay attention of the pier number.

There is Chao Phraya Express Boat, that serve at public tranport. You can see the schedule and fares in here: http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/home/

Here’s some scenery that we can took on boat.

After bout touring, we go to Wat Arun.

Wat Arun ” Temple of Dawn”

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun, “Temple of Dawn” is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.

This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-pointedness of mind sought by adepts. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism.

Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Arun
– http://www.watarun.net/

The ticket fee is 50 Baht.
Our Thai friends said, they will wait us at coffee bar right next to Wat Arun. They said, they didn’t want to go to the top. Why?
We thought, it must be beautiful from the top.

But….

OMG~ The stair’s was steep, and the distance between each step was too high.

Becareful when you climb. But it’s worth, because after you arrive at the top, you will see the beautiful scene with view of Grand Palace and Chao Phraya River.

If you bring elder or children, I suggest to ask them to stay at the bottom or wait for you at the nearby cafe.

Don’t forget to preparing to go down, because it’s more difficult then go up. We have to extra careful. And, once arrive at the bottom, I felt that my leg is stiff. T_T

I think, once is enough to go to the top. Next time, we can enjoy the Wat Arun from the opposite of the river, and enjoy the sunrise. Our Thai friends said, you have to go there at 4 o’clock in the morning to get the sunrise.

And don’t forget to enjoy the sunset and the night scene too.
After that, we buy some drink at nearby coffee shop.

Then we ride the public boat which cost only 3 Baht to go back to the opposite of Wat Arun.

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์)

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai, 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length:[10] the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas ะพุทธไสยาสน์). The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pho

WatPo Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School
Welcome to the original Thai medical and massage school.Here the place where the heritage of Thais’ wisdoms in traditional medicine have been instructed and developed through a long and continually practical implementation.

Conform to the harmony living of human and nature including with a delicate and gentle character of traditional Thainess, Thai traditional massage and medicine is a folk medicine that have been broadly satisfied from time to time. Moreover, WatPoThai massage becomes one of the most world-wide recognized therapeutic and relaxing massage style.

Credit: http://www.watpomassage.com/2014/

The reclining Buddha is so big. We have to put our shoes / sandals inside the bag that they provided before entering the area. The ticket fee is 50 Baht. Open daily from 08:00 to 17:00 with a break on 12:00 to 13:00.

After walk surround, then we drop by Massage Room, to try Thai Massage. We try it for 30 minutes. But many people say, that it’s better if you try for 1 hour.

Before you got the massage, you have to queue. First, you registered, then you will got the queue number. That time, I spend 1 hour and half to queue.

While we traveling at Bangkok, we ride almost all public transportation. Private Car, Rent Car, Tuk-Tuk, and Boat. Now, we ride the bus back to car parking.

If our Thai friends didn’t accompany us, maybe we won’t ride the bus. Because we don’t know what bus number should we ride. Actually, we planned to ride Tuk-Tuk back to Parking Lot, but they said that Tuk-Tuk can’t pass the road back. Only one way road. So we ride the bus.

We ride the bus from Wat Pho to Khao Shan Road. Our parking car near Khao Shan Road.

We rode bus no 11.

Because It’s Queen’s birthday, so for Thai Tradition, at Queen’s birthday, they eat dinner together with their mom. So Our Thai Friends send us to Central Plaza Grand Rama IX.

Picture Credit: http://www.centralplaza.co.th/grandrama9/index.php

We ask them to drop us here because the mall near our hotel. We can use MRT, only 2 station from MRT Huay Kwang. If you want to go here, just stop at MRT Rama 9 exit 2 at level B Central Plaza Grand Rama IX.

We walk around the mall for a while. Then go back to Hotel.

Once arrive at MRT Huay Kwang, then we remember The Mansion 7 just nearby. So we drop by The Mansion 7 first to take some photos.

From the www.bangkok.com, I read that Mansion 7 is a Mall. See this information:

Mansion 7 is a theme mall with a bizarre twist. It’s dark, creepy, and ‘haunted’ by a legend about its late owner’s daughter – so the story goes. The ghost resides in the Dark Mansion, the mall’s main attraction, while the neglected garden awaits you with unique shops and restaurants. From the main entrance on Ratchadapisek Road, Mansion 7 stands like a giant nest with a claw waiting to gobble up passers-by. Upon entering, the Neglected Garden greets you with a fascinating range of shops and eateries. Beyond the garden is the playground zone, a large fairground space lit by a blood-red moon, surrounded by more theme restaurants and bars. The main highlight, the two-storey Dark Mansion or haunted house, awaits at the far end with its curiously creepy façade – and occasional shrieks and screams from those still ‘trapped’ inside.
(http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/mansion7.htm)

But when I came there, our Thai friends said that Mansion 7 is a night club. And open from 18:00 to 02:00.
Address: Ratchadapisek Soi 14

Web: http://www.themansion7.com/

We can hear the loud music from the front side.

Actually, the guard didn’t let us take picture at first. But because the language barrier, so he know that we are foreigner then let us to take picture.

We spend a little time in here then go back to hotel for rest. Good night..

Songpan County 松潘县 — FZCJ Trip Day 10 # China

Today is our last day in Jiuzhaigou. Tonight we will go back to Chengdu. But before go to the airport, we go to some shopping place, attraction spot at Songpan County 松潘县.

Songpan / Songzhou, is a county of northwestern Sichuan province, China, and is one of the 13 counties administered by the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It has an area of 8,486 square kilometres (3,276 sq mi), and a population of approximately 68,000 composed of TibetanQiangHan and Hui populations.

The economy of Songpan is dominated by agriculture and livestock raising. In recent years, tourism has become an increasingly important sector, and is actively promoted by the authorities. Additionally, Songpan is popular among foreign students and other Chinese language learners staying in China as the base for treks through the scenic mountains nearby. Apart from the scenic attraction of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area which is located in the county, Songpan with its strategic location also acts as the gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley at the north.

Credit: Wikipedia

First, we go to stone government shop.

We enter Songpan County. There’s a unique gate for a sign we are coming to Songpan County.

Then we go to tea government shop.

Then eat lunch, and visit Mounigou Scenic Area. It is like Jiuzhaigou, but new and still not many tourists know about this area.

After eat dinner, we go to airport and at 23:30 go back to Chengdu.

Guangzhou 广州 Shopping Trip # Guangdong – China

Our plan in Guangzhou is for shopping and learn to buy things from Guangzhou. At this time, buy things from China is really popular and I want to learn how to import from Guangzhou.

I have a friend that study in Guangzhou. Before, he study Chinese in Beijing for 1 semester then move to Guangzhou because he wants to learn about business import in there. So he will take us to touring. We stay in his dormitory too, because they offer 1 day rate just like hotel and it’s suitable our budget.

We walk around Haizhu Square 海珠广场 and see some interesting place too.

source: Haizhu Square wikipedia

There are many cute stuff in there which you can use as souvenir and when you ask the price to the seller, they will ask you back, “how many do you want to buy?” Yes, because the more you buy, they will give you cheaper price.

We also walk around there and see this cathedral, Sacred Heart Cathedral.

source: Sacred Heart Cathedral wikipedia

Then my friend bring us to a bar cafe. If you like to enjoy jazz music, you will love here. Too bad, I forgot the bar name.