Monday, September 18, 2017

How much will it cost? Cheap and Unique Accommodation in Tokyo (Japan Budget Tips)

        A major part of our spending in Japan is under accommodation. but what if I tell you that nice accommodation options in Tokyo aren’t necessarily expensive? To cut down the cost of the trip, you can:
Japan hotel

Friday, September 15, 2017

13 Budget Tips to Save Money While Traveling in Japan

       Japan is indeed more expensive if compared to other Asian countries. When I first set foot in the country (2009), everything seemed to be made of gold (pricey) and I remembered counting every Yen I had every day before bed just to make sure that I have money to last the whole trip…. well you couldn’t blame me for not knowing any tips and tricks to save, travel blogs then wasn’t as many as now.
Japanese Yen
       Fast forward to today, in this E-era, you can get any information online. Traveling to Japan doesn't sound so intimidating to your wallet anymore. Here is how you can fully enjoy Japan on a Budget:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hiking to the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen Hike), Norway

       The Pulpit Rock was high on our must-do list and in my humble opinion, it should be on every hiker's list. Not only that it is Rogaland country's most visited attraction, it is a viewing point even CNN and Lonely Planet speak highly about. Apart from that, this 25m x 25m platform is a famed photo op among dare devils.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Waking up in: OSAKA Groovy Music Bar - The Best Hostel Experience Ever

       I guess this is probably my dream. To travel whole day, come back and take a good shower, lay lazily in my bed, go downstairs to the BAR, listen to the music, meet nice, new, awesome friends while having a drink. 
Groovy Music Bar
 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Best of Kansai, Japan – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe

       It has been 2 years since I last visited Kansai. Recently, by chance and impulse, I was able to travel to Kansai one more time, which makes me really feel like writing an article about this whole area, because Kansai is way too awesome and I need you guys to know it. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

7 Reasons You Should Rent A Car in Norway

       If you know me, this is not how I usually blog. Most of the time, I’ll go on with a statement that sounds like this: taking the public transport is the best way to experience a country…. I love bus rides and scenic train rides, and after my trips around America with Amtrak and Megabus, Italy with buses, all around Europe with Interrail, Russia with trains... Do you think this time I will recommend train or bus in Norway as well? Lo and behold, not his time, not in Norway.  
Norway National Tourist Routes

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Car rental in Norway – 42 things to know before hitting the road

       Putting all excitement aside, driving in a foreign country can be a stressful experience… especially when you need to change sides when you drive. Other than that, language, road condition and weather play some really important roles. In Norway, all of the listed reasons should not stop you from getting behind the wheels, but before you hit the open road, take a quick look at these 42 important points to note about driving and renting a car in Norway.
Roads in Norway

Monday, September 4, 2017

How Much Does It Cost? Bergen, Norway (5 Days Itinerary + Budget)

       Norway is a beautiful country. Picturing the midnight sun shining on the fjord in Summer, and the Aurora dancing across the night sky in Winter, I didn’t think twice when it comes to booking my flight ticket. However, here is the real question: Norway is a huge country. How do I start planning???? 
Bergen, Norway

Monday, August 28, 2017

19 Photos to Show You That Winter in Hokkaido is MAGICAL

Postponing your trip to Hokkaido just because it's "Lavender Season" no more? Hold it right there! 
Do you know that Winter in Hokkaido is even more beautiful?  
500px.com

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hiking to Kjeragbolten (Kjerag Hike), Norway.

       We’ve been warned that the hike to Kjeragbolten is not for the faint-hearted. But the thought of having this world wonder right in front of our eyes tops them all. Let it be difficult, fear won’t put us down this time…. fast forward to July 2017, we were driving back from Kjerag with 3 cameras fully loaded with photos and videos.
Hiking to Kjeragbolten

Sunday, August 20, 2017

3 Days in Stockholm with a Stockholm Pass

      If you are a museum person, you are in luck, because the city offers a wide range of more than a hundred world class museums and attractions. So, as you can see, to cramp in all top attractions of Stockholm in 3 days is a mission impossible. The most budget-friendly way to do this, is to make a checklist of the places you are interested in, calculate the cost (if applicable, buy a Stockholm Pass) and time your visit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WAKING UP IN: Scandic Parken Hotel, Alesund, Norway

      Scandic Hotel is the largest Nordic hotel operator. With such a high reputation in mind, I’ve set a high standard of my highly anticipated stay. From the moment I push the door of my superior room, the Scandic Parken hotel was destined to be one of my favorite properties in Norway.  
Scandic Parken

Monday, August 14, 2017

Food Affair: HALAL Japanese Buffet Dinner @ G Hotel Kelawai

      I don’t mean to boast, but if you are interested in Japanese cuisine, you’ve come to the right person. Those who personally know me would know that I am a total sucker for Japanese food. Name me any main city and I can most probably name you a sushi restaurant or two. Now that I am back to my hometown, I’m overjoyed to know that my first trip across the Penang Bridge will be to try out a Japanese Buffet.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WAKING UP IN: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station, Oslo

      There are a lot of "Comfort Hotel"s in Oslo: Grand Central, Karl JohanBørsparkenXpress Youngstorget... it seems to be a very popular chain among visitors to the capital city of Norway. Browsing through the comments online, I've finally made up my mind.

      Modern, chic and with an advantage of express check in, Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station is a place to stay where "Budget" and "Comfort" play hand in hand. Turn out, you don’t have to break your bank to have a cozy, private room with en-suite facilities in Central Oslo.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

16 Reasons to Visit Vik i Sogn, Norway

       Situating in the heart of Sogn, Vik is usually a quick overnight stop for tourists visiting Flåm from Bergen (or the other way around). During our 3 nights stay in Blix hotel, we’ve seen buses after buses of tourists arriving at dinner time only to leave this charming district the next day right after breakfast. Such a waste, (shaking my head in disagreement) such a waste. Little did they know, if only they give this place a chance, Vik will charm them with its fantastic cultural heritage, landscapes and so much more!
Vik i Sogn

Friday, August 11, 2017

3 Days In Saint Petersburg: Itinerary Sharing

       I had my Saint Petersburg CityPass in hand since I first day in Russia (collected it in GUM together with my Moscow CityPass), allowing me to pre-plan my journey with the help of the Saint Petersburg Guidebook.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2 Days in Moscow: Itinerary Share

      Technically we only had 36 hours in Moscow, which is far from sufficient. I used to think that one can cover Moscow in one day, but after several trips to the capital, I discovered how wrong I was. Now I encourage anyone interested to visit Moscow to stay at least a week! However, if you are running short on time, then this is the article for you… THE BEST of Moscow, in 36 hours.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hokkaido 5 Days Itinerary (Budget Trip) : Part 1

I know a lot of people don’t dare to visit Hokkaido because it sounds Expensive. Here I want to provide a guideline to travel in Hokkaido, with a budget which makes it not so scary.
I rented a car (15,000 yen) with a friend, booked Airbnb and we were there for 5 days. 50,000 jpy including accommodation car rental (expenses = ~8000+ jpy/day).
Appx RM2400 in total.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Introducing "GypSEA Squad", powered by Miss Happy Feet

     First and foremost, thank you for being part of our big family! In GypSEA Squad- Traveling girls of South East Asia facebook group, there are some rules that every GypSEAs must abide by, in order to keep this group spam-free.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Boracay Island, the Philippines: 4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary Sharing

So dear readers, you've guessed it right! Last week I went on a sweet vacation to Boracay, the Philippines. Honestly speaking, it was truly an amazing experience. A lot of readers recommended me to check out Cebu and Palawan as well, but since I had limited time, I'll keep these awesome suggestions for next time! Keep your recommendations rolling in! <3 nbsp="" p="">
Boracay

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top 20 Russian Souvenirs to Bring Back Home

       I bet you've heard of the Matryoshka dolls, but seeing everyone bringing back the dolls from Russia, it makes you wonder, what else can you buy as souvenirs? You want to be creative, but you also want something traditional... Here are 19 more ideas! Hopefully, this article would help you to find the perfect gift from Russia. 
Ribttes.com

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tatar Traditional Food: What To Eat in Kazan

Here to talk about my favorite topic: Food Hunting during trips! What to eat in Kazan and where to get them
Kazan food

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Moscow At Night: Photos and Safety Tips

One thing that you really have to see during your visit to Moscow, is the city's awe-inspiring night view. If you think Moscow is pretty during the day, wait until night falls... when millions of lightbulbs illuminate the city to life.  
Moscow night

Monday, April 10, 2017

Moscow, Russia: 100 Travel Tips

      Russia is a beautiful country, don't be misled by misconceptions and stereotypes. Moscow is one of the most visited cities in Moscow and here are some travel tips I picked up along the way that hopefully will make your first trip to Moscow more enjoyable. 
Moscow beautiful places

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia: 100 Travel Tips

Here I’ve listed down 100 tips to help you make your first trip to Kazan, Russia as enjoyable as possible! 
Kul Sharif Kazan

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Kazan, Russia: a 2 days Itinerary

     If you haven't heard of Kazan, go retrieve your travel bucket list now and write it down on the very top. Why do I speak so highly about this city? You'll see. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kislovodsk, Russia: 2 Days Itinerary

Location: KislovodskStavropol KraiRussia
Kislovodsk is a Spa-town located in North Caucasus region, between the Black and Caspian SeasContinuing the journey from Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk is just a 40-45 minutes taxi ride away. Taxi fare: 800 Rubles. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pyatigorsk, Russia: a 1 day Itinerary

Location:  Pyatigorsk, Stavropol Krai
The name of the city is derived from 2 Russian words "пять" and "гор" (five and mountains), symbolizing 5 peaks of the Caucasian mountain range. 
Pyatigorsk, Russia

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dombay, Russia: a 3 days Itinerary

Location:  Dombay, Karachay-Cherkessia Republic. 
Dombay is one of the most popular ski-destination in Russia (although most foreign tourists are unaware of it). It is located near to Elbrus, so if time allows, I recommend combining both trips.
Dombay, Russia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

JAPAN: Town of Onsen (Hot Spring), Kusatsu, Gunma

❄️Japan winter trip?❄️
🗼Let’s explore more than the main cities!🗼 
🗾A must-go place during winter in Japan.🗾

Monday, March 20, 2017

Day Trip from Moscow by Taxi: Sergiev Posad, Golden Ring Tour.

       My 6th time in Moscow, nothing can surprise me (I was wrong, again), and so I thought a day trip out of the city might be a good idea.
Sergiev Posad

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Day Trip From Moscow-- Suzdal, Golden Ring, Russia

       From Moscow, we embarked on a day trip to the Golden Ring, located a few hours outside the city. I had always wanted to visit the towns dotted along the Golden Ring Road. After much deliberations, I decided that Taxi is the best way to go (in the thick of winter).
Suzdal

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Russia

       Russia is not high up on everyone’s bucket list because of 2 main reasons. Firstly, awful misconceptions, and secondly, the lack of information online. I dare to give this statement: even Google doesn’t get it right most of the time (Google map? not the most accurate.).
       After 6 long years living in Russia as a foreigner, here is some pretty useful information to make planning a trip in Russia somewhat easier. If you are still hesitating, just take a leap of faith and book that flight ticket. Actually, it is better that you come with low expectations… because the lower your expectations are, the harder you’ll get blown away. Yup!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Top 10 Misconceptions About Russia

       Thinking of embarking on a trip to Russia? I won’t be surprised if your answer is a solid “No”. I get it. A lot of us have certain misconceptions about the country. I’ve lost count of raised eyebrows I met when telling people that I live in Russia. People are still associating Russia with communism, war, Mafias, and everything intimidating. Due to some political conflicts, some countries even listed Russia down as an unstable destination. Moreover, thanks to certain media and some Hollywood movies, the image of Russians being badass villains adds to the blunder.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

28 Signs You Attended University in Russia

Well, I just enjoy writing such articles! Thinking of studying in Russia? This is what you'll eventually become after 6 long years.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Guide to Train Travel in Russia: How and What It's Like

        Russia is a huge HUGE country, and naturally, the Russian rail system is one of the most extensive in the world. For train travel enthusiasts, you’ll be glad to find out that trains in Russia are ridiculously punctual (If they say 10.04 departure, it starts moving at 10.04!), hence it is a better mode of transportation over domestic flights, if you have no time for delays. In this post, I’ll be listing out some basic information from every aspect of the Russian train system. Hope this will help you plan your journey more efficiently! 
Russia Train

Friday, March 10, 2017

WAKING UP IN: The Time Capsule Retreat, Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia.

      Sungai Lembing recently became a hit destination among locals, so we at Miss Happy Feet decided to check it out. Traveling in the country is cheap, and the journey from Kuala Lumpur only takes 3 hours, most importantly, it can be done during a weekend. So, why not? 
time capsule retreat sungai lembing
      For our 3-days-2-night weekend escape in Sungai Lembing, Pahang, we checked into the Time Capsule Retreat, one of Malaysia's most famous hotel that went viral on the internet a few months ago. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Weekend Getaway in Malaysia: All You Have to Know about Sungai Lembing, Pahang

      Traveling afar is on everyone's bucket list, hence Iceland, Korea, Japan, Indonesia became the biggest trend among Malaysian travelers last year... However, even if budget doesn't allow, it doesn't mean that we have to put our traveling plans on hold. Here is our suggestion: instead of traveling far, why not explore our own backyard in Malaysia? Because beautiful places can be found in our home country as well, and it only takes a weekend! The moon is not always fuller on the other side. 
      Now, let's talk about Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia, the place we spent our last weekend immersing in total tranquility. Here we go! 
Sungai Lembing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Why I Stopped CouchSurfing: It is NOT FREE

Having stayed with 15 hosts across the globe and hosted 5 surfers myself, I decided to take a break from Couchsurfing. Why? Because it costs too much I currently couldn't afford it. Yes you hear it right-- Couchsurfing is NOT FREE. As a matter of fact, it cost A LOT! It cost my time, something even money can't buy.

Monday, January 30, 2017

38 Practical Tips to Traveling in Europe

      Last Summer, I packed my bags and went on my longest trip to date -- 70 days in Europe. I've tried traveling solo, duo, trio and in a group during that period of time and I love single one of the experiences. Summer 2016, thanks for the fondest memories.
      Now, I am by no means an expert but here is some practical stuff I would like to share with all you lovely people. Tips to traveling in Europe, here we go: 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Apply a Russian Tourist Visa in Malaysia (A Step by Step Guide)

       Have you ever picture yourself traveling in Russia? Although Russia is not such a “normal” destination in your wanderlust radar, it is slowly gaining popularity. Proof? When I traveled in Northern Russia a year ago, I only spent around $200+ for 5 days, however, few months back I was informed by readers that the tours in the same region are now triple the price! I am not sure if my post about the region that got about 2k shares had anything to do with it, but the fact is: Russian Tourism is catching up. So in order to be able to experience this country when it is still cheap and authentic, you have to come NOW, if not, soon! 
       Although I can’t say that applying for a Russian Tourist Visa Independently is simple, it is certainly not too complicated. I am speaking as a Russian student who needs to visit the consulate every year so I am very familiar with the procedures (well after talking to hundreds of tourist visa applicants throughout the years). Just follow my step by step tutorial here and you’ll get it done by no time. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

25 Europe’s Most Walkable Cities

We all know almost all cities in Europe are walkable. However, some cities are just too huge for elder legs to handle, some cities are too busy it's scary. Here I've listed down my top 25 cities in Europe which I think are the most walkable, taking the size, pedestrian friendly streets, amount of traffic and safety into consideration. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

7 Reasons To Travel With A Sleeping Bag

A Sleeping bag takes up quite some space in the backpack but no matter what, I would still bring it along. Instead of putting it into my backpack, I now tie it up to the bottom of my bag instead. For me, it becomes a travel essential, and here is why. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Food Affair: Golden Chicken @ G-Hotel Gurney this Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, are you still considering where to go for reunion dinner? Well, G-Hotel is here for the rescue! To be honest, I have never try on the Chinese New Year dinner in a hotel before as all these years my family & I always practise to have lunch or dinner at home during this special season. So, if you ask me where is the best restaurant or hotel to go for dinner during CNY eve, you're definitely looking for the wrong person. 😞 And this time, I am so grateful that I was given a chance to join the food review session organized by G-Hotel Gurney. And of course, this is also my very first time of food review. Once again, thank you so muchhh for having me! FYI, they are having CNY dinner not only at G-Hotel Gurney, but G-Hotel Kelawai as well. 
Toss, toss, toss... Toss for a better fortune for this rooster year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Extremely Easy Step By Step Guide on How To Create A Travel Blog

I am not a techno-savvy person, so everything I do, I look up on YouTube (Yea, not even googling them because I am a "visual person" a.k.a lazy. ) for the easiest method to make it happen. Now that I’ve finally produced an extremely easy to follow “step by step guide” on creating your own travel blog, I shall call this article “Travel Blogging For Dummies: Module 1”