Joy

This weeks fototriss (three images onone theme) is joy.

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Bild från Januari i år. På väg till eller ifrån jobbet. KALLT!

 

Att kunna åka till en av världens bästa stränder när jag vill, vare sig det är oktober eller juli. Har hittat en helt fantastisk strand och är nästan lite förälskad! Langkawi 1411 067Min dotter och bästa vän som jag saknar massor härnere. bbqpol025

 

 

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How to get money for the trip of your dreams

So you want to take the trip of a lifetime but you are short of money?

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-Start by looking at where you want to go and when. If you are flexible there is a higher chance to get a cheaper ticket and also if you are out in good time the tickets are cheaper. Flights on mondays and tuesdays are generally cheaper than other days.

If you are out in good time you get a chance to plan and think about the trip in advance and this is one of the good things about traveling, the anticipation!

-Check the sites that compares flight prices so you know about how much money you will need. You cannot book more than a year ahead but this will give you a hint. Skyscanner
is a good site to do this.

-Dedicate one of your bank accounts to the trip, or create a new one.

-Arrange one or several garage sale, most people have alot of stuff laying arund that they don´t use and this can generate alot of money. You also have the possibility to sell your stuff on Ebay, Craigslist or a sale group on Facebook.

-If it is for a shorter period, considder taking on a extra job.

-Bring your homemade lunch to work instead of going out to eat.

-Save all your small coins and empty it in a ”piggy bank”. If you do this every day it can actually grown into a big pile of money.

-Create a monthly save order. On the day of your salary a small amount of money is automatically transfered into your trip account.

-What is left on your bank account at the end of each month; transfer it into your trip account. This is the reward for everything you didn´t buy this month.

-Everytime you are about to buy something, think; do I really need this. If your answer is no then there will be more money left in your bank account to transfer, each month. If you convert the price of what you desire into working hours (i.e. how many hours do I have to work to pay for this) then maybe it is not so needed after all.

-Involve everybody who will go on the trip to also save money either by spending less or making money or both. If you are a family and you want to buy some luxury for the weekend then spend half the usual aount and explain to the children that you do this for the trip. Let them be a part of checking your trip account every month so they feel  included. You might be amazed on how children will learn about saving money and you can work together for your goal.

-Plan your menu for two weeks at the time, make a good grocery list for the planned meals and stick to it when grocery shopping. Never go grocery shopping when hungry!

-If you buy a cup of coffe on your way to work every day, then maybe instead buy a nice mug and make your own coffee at home and bring it.

-Keep your electricity bill at a minimum. Turn lights off when leaving a room, unplug you chargers when not used, turn computer and TV off instead of stand by (this is also good to prevent a fire). Again include the children in this and they will bring good habits into their future lives.

-In many countries you can sell metal and especially tin cans. Collect and sell it and put the money straight into your trip account. If your neighbours throw it in the trash they will probably don´t mind if you ask them to save it for you instead. Collect on your walks or way home from school and work. Crush the cans and they will take up much less space.

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-Instead of going to a movie or dinner, sit down with your travel comanions and plan the trip, research where you are going and dream about what you will do once you are there.

Once you start and are able to se how fast it can grow you will get more and more into it.

Ok, so it is a year left and you want to buy your ticket. By now you probably done the search many times allready (or so did I anyway) and know ehere to buy it.

Booking flights and hotel on your own is easy and so much cheaper than a package trip.

Never, ever buy a trip on your credit card or for a loan, the costs are too high and can burden your budget for a long time afterwards.

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Pantai Kok

This is a beach that is very popular among the local people. Easy access to the beach with the car and plenty of shades to sit in.

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This beach is not a favourite of mine and I m not sure why, it is a good beach and has all the qualities beaches should have.

 

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There is also a very good restaurant on the western tip of the beach.

I would give this beach 3 squirrels, because it is almost always crowded, lots of cars (including the polution from them) and trash.

 

This is a public beach so free entrance.

Directions: drive towards Pantai Kok

Near: Oriental village, cable cars, Riding, Skytrex & Seven wells fall 

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Monkey business!

There is plenty of wild monkeys in Langkawi and many places you might stumble over them. Tho I only know of one place where it is certain to meet them.
At the Temurun waterfall there is normally plenty of monkeys.

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Riding from Pantai Cenang to Pantai Kok on the road in the mountains it is likely to meet the monkeys too.

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Going the ”scenic” road from Pantai Cenang towards Kuah town I often se monkeys as well and finally on the road between Tanjung Rhu and Kuah.

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Please remember that this is wild animals and they considder all plastic bags to contain food. They will not hesitate to steal your bags to look for food. Be careful and don´t feed them.

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På marken

Veckans tema på fototriss är på marken

Då beger vi oss till Tanjung Rhu som är en otroligt vacker strand här på Langkawi.

Här kan man hitta snäckor, grenar och en flicka som gärna plockar med sig snäckorna hem.

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Taking a taxi (Teksi) in Kuala Lumpur

There is plenty of taxis in Kuala Lumpur and the fare is low (unless with rogue drivers).

asiatour Kuala Lumpur metered taxi

Just stop the taxi in the street and ask to use the meter, some will refuse, and tell them where you want to go. The taxis are required by law to use a meter but many of them don´t. They will say it is broken and asks where you want to go and then they will give you a ridiculous high fare for the ride. This is illegal and you can report it in a app that is easilly downloaded. A facebook page is a good start if you want to report.

The drivers in Malaysia are famous for being rude and lazy and dishonest (they are called the worst cab drivers in the world!) so be careful when you enter a taxi. If you  haggle make sure you know that the fair is in ringgit, some drivers normally use the word ”dollar” but that does not mean US$.

YAsiatour Kuala Lumpur Taxiou can also use apps to get your own taxi and this is good if you are in the outskirts of the city but downtown this is not necessairy at all. Your hotel can also help you organise at taxi if you wish.

Some taxis will also add a sum of RM 10 to your fare saying this is the night rate, this is not true, however there is an extra charge from midnight to 6am, surcharge of 50% on the metered fare, and extra passengers (more than two) are charged 20 sen each. Luggage placed in the boot costs an extra RM1.

Take the license and their id number and please report them.

If you get discouraged by this information about taxis there is plenty of other good and very cheap transportation in Kuala Lumpur. GO: KL. LRT, Bus, monorail.  It is not hassle free to get around KL by this way of transportation but the trains are traffick jam free… (And believe me there is plenty of traffick jam in KL)

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Langkawi: Temurun waterfall

What an amazing place!

This aterfall is not only the highest in Langkawi but also the oldest. It is perfectly natural and at the first fall (third from the road) there is a hughe natural pool where you can cool yourself.

The australians called it freezing, I said it was refreshing! That means it´s not as warm as the sea.

I´ll let the pictures speak for themselfes.

Opening hours: all the time

Entrance Fee: Free

When to visit: Year around but there is more water during the rainy season (October-december and summer) so it´s more beautiful then

Directions: drive towards Datai Bay and you will find parking on yoru right and the falls to your left.

Near: Beach of skulls, Crocodile farm

Please don´t litter and be aware of the monkeys.

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Pantai Pasir Tengkorak (Beach of skulls)

This beach is my new favourite in Langkawi. I have been in love with Tanjung Rhu for 16 years but this place was even better! ,It offers shadow, trees to sit on, not alot of people, crystal clear perly white sand. Magical.2014-11-11 11.09.40

It was on top of it also very clean!  I like that. People have a tendensy to throw their garbage everywhere and it makes me crazy (but that s a whole different post..)

On the beach there is also a cafe that normally sells the catch of the day and cold drinks.

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So, I present to you: Beach of skulls. (No skulls tho)

If you want a serenity tip: go here on thursdays when there is no school holidays, that´s when you can be alone on the beach.

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Several legends on why it´s called skull beach:

1. The island you can se only 5 kms away is Koh Tarutao wich is an old prison island in Thailand, only way away from this prison was to swim. Not good conditions for that tho so many people ended up dying, trying and their bodies washed up on the beach.

2. A local legend says there was a hughe whirlpool that swallowed all ships passing by and washed up the bodies at skull beach.

3. A mythical war between Garuda and Jentayu took place not far from here and all the skulls were washed up on the beach.

I would give this beach a really high grade because it actually has it all. Including Thailand in sight.

This is a public beach, open all day and with no entrance fee.

Directions Drive towards Datai Bay.

Near: Temurun waterfall & Crocodile farm.

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Hong Kong Images

Just rest your mind and let the images take you there :)

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Beautiful Langkawi

Sit back, make yourself comfortable and scroll through these images. This is Langkawi, my best pictures.

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