Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cheap Hotel Booking with OYO in Malaysia

Booking your room with OYO anyone?
Travel bugs, if you're a travel junkie who loves to travel on a low budget, well, you better keep yourself updated with this latest app that I found out of. OYO is India's largest branded network of hotels, promising comfortable, affordable, and delightful stays with features such as an air conditioned room, complimentary Wi-Fi, and 24x7 customer service support. And Now, OYO is now available for room bookings in Malaysia.

Meet Ritesh Agarwal, the founder of OYO
OYO was founded by Ritesh Agarwal who has been featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the global, Indian and Asian edition under the Consumer Tech category and it amazes me that he's still under 30! The idea behind OYO is that the lack of quality in their accommodation targetted to smaller players in the hospitality industry. If you're a seasoned traveler, you would understand how you won't mind paying less as long as you have a bed and a place to shower. After Ritesh stayed in more than 150 bed and breakfast, guest houses and hotels, he found that there was no minimum standard of quality and service at budget accommodations, and that's when he decided to take action.


The Before and After Transformation

So with OYO, travelers could be at ease knowing that OYO will be doing all the screen checks for you to ensure that low budget stays are comfortable. OYO has made this possible by offering standardized, affordable hotel-rooms through a hassle-free search and book process. And I believe as a traveler, it's a relief that OYO room comes with an assurance of cleanliness and hygiene, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and 24x7 customer support.

STANDARD ROOM AT OYO HOTELS

The OYO transformation of one of the rooms at StarPoint Hotel
Hey look, there's a TV
And of course who wouldn't love tea and coffee being available  in your room?
Since I was invited as a blogger to their official launch, I was given the opportunity to checkout one of their premium OYO hotel rooms at StarPoints Hotel located in Kuala Lumpur. And from the pictures above, I think we can both agree that its as good as a 4-star hotel standard but priced at lower than how you would pay for a 4-star hotel. Since this is one of their premium hotels, you will definitely get the 4-star treatment at a fraction of the price you pay at other hotels.

SUPERIOR ROOM AT OYO HOTELS

Standardization of the bed setting. 
Found a fridge in their premium hotel rooms
The living room in one of their superior hotel rooms
And this happens to be the superior room at StarPoints Hotel. If you still haven't notice, the red tiny bags on the beds are actually specially made for OYO customers! So lets keep it simple, if you did not book the hotel through OYO, you won't get the red toiletry bag waiting on your bed. I love how the interior is well done, and the fact that the spaces were nicely furnished thanks to OYO. I cant imagine how this would look if OYO didn't take action into spicing the room up for guest.

The toilet looks really clean, warm water available ;)
Specially made for OYO customers
I personally think when it comes to low budget hotels, what concerns me the most would be the hygiene of the bathroom. Its a relief to know that OYO has taken budget hotels in control to be a certain standard it making sure its clean and comfy for guest to enjoy their travels at a low cost. THANK YOU OYO! I gave a sniff on their shampoo's and shower gel, and OMG, its definitely not your ordinary hotel shampoo.

WHY CHOOSE OYO?


PC: google.com
And from what I've said, the reason why you should pick OYO is because it standardized budget hotels for you, making it convenient for you to not hesitate on the cleanliness and comfort of your stays. It started in hotels in India, and now they have brought the same focus and expertise to Malaysia! They offer clean and spacious rooms with hygienic washrooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and 24x7 customer support.

HOW TO BOOK?
With 3 easy clicks, you're good to go!
Surprisingly, the booking process on their moile app is really easy. You can search and book a room in 3 clicks which would take you less than 10 seconds. The biggest advantage of all is being able to offer a standard set of service and amenities throughout their network of properties in Malaysia and India. I mean come on, who would even complain about standardizing services and amenities when you're already paying for a budget price? I SAY YES!

FREE OYO DISCOUNT CODES

Key in : MYBUD214
Like, come on, who doesnt love discount rebate codes? Well, you're lucky cause I decided to share these OYO codes out. After all, good things are meant to be shared right? Since rooms are priced at as low as RM49, why not use the 20% off rebate code? I promise that you wont regret using this promo code where you get an instant 20% off! And just to make it convenient for you, don't forget to download the OYO mobile app at the link below :



Thanks for having me OYO!
So there you have it! OYO has made travelling way more convenient, and way more comfortable when we're on budget trips. Its no wonder that OYO grew really fast building trust from travelers all around the world within less than 6 years. Currently, OYO is collaborating with a number of 6,500 hotels, which provides over 70,000 number of rooms, and its now available here in Malaysia! For more information on OYO, you can head on over to www.oyorooms.com or to their facebook page at www.facebook.com/oyo.malaysia. Do leave me a comment below of what you think

Sara xx

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016 X Huawei Matebook // #KLFWRTW2016

At the Huawei Night at KLFW 2016
If you're a fashionista at heart, you'll definitely know about the craze going on with Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week or KLFW which was happening on the 15th of August to the 22nd of August in Pavillion Kuala Lumpur. And since I was invited to the Huawei Night on the 18th of August at 9pm, featuring Betty Tran, and Alia Bastamam's collection, I would like to thank Huawei for having me as one of their media bloggers for the night.

Passes, checked
With fashion always moving really fast, we kinda get the quote where fast forward fashion came from. Its pretty crucial when it comes to taking photos of your outfit of the day a.ka #ootd OR when attending fashion shows especially. So this is why Huawei Matebook had an exclusive feature at the 'Huawei Night' during the fourth installation of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 'Ready To Wear 2016'.

The Huawei Matebook
The Huawei Matebook is designed with portability in mind, where its a 2 in 1 device, presented in an ultra-thin design, making it perfect and stylish for fashion enthusiast and to those who are always keeping the trend in mind. So, i can confidently say that Huawei is a brand that successfully channels its comprehensive experience and excellence in building premium mobile products by effortlessly fulfilling the needs of the modern and stylish business environment in its most stylish manner.

"With the Huawei Matebook, we are demonstrating our industry-leading design and manufacturing expertise by bringing an efficiently crafted flagship product that presents a new style of business- that connects computing across all devices in almost every scenario" 

Matthew Ng, Deputy Country Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group (Malaysia)

Huawei P9
Huawei P9 Plus
Specifications of the Huawei P9
For the second consecutive year as the official smartphone partner with KLFW RTW 2016, Huawei also showcased its latest coveted flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus. The P9 was recently named the 'European Consumer Smartphone of 2016-17' by the European Image and Sound Association (EISA). At the event, we were also given the opportunity to get all hands on with the latest smartphones, and I have to say that I was impressed with the clarity of the camera. It would be a dream to have something so compact taking such breathtaking shots. This happens to be the first smartphone from the collaboration between Huawei and the global iconic camera brand Leica. I even spotted some influencers present using the Matebook and P9.

Heidi a.k.a the Ambitionista taking a selfie with her Huawei P9
Betty Tran's Collection on the walkway
Alia B.'s collection
Its great to see Huawei putting themselves involved in the world of fashion and photography. Its no wonder that influencers present were holding onto their Huawei Smartphones making me wish I had one for myself too. Gracing that night through the runway were collections by A-list designers Alia Bastamam and Betty Tran.

Specifications of the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus
Fact Sheet for the Huawei Matebook
The Huawei Matebook comes in three different versions - m3, m5 and m7 and are priced at RM3,999, RM5,399 and RM6,699 respectively. Its not available in all Huawei Experience stores and Vmall.my. For more information on Huawei devices, please head over to http://consumer.huawei.com. Its never too late to step up with this style-worthy device to match your daily ootd's. *Wink

 Sara xx

[LIFESTYLE] Prevent Health Problems | Managing Cholesterol


Staying healthy plays a big role in my daily lifestyle, especially when I need to keep up with my busy schedule. I think you might have noticed that I've been posting about marathons lately, and as a matter of fact, I've already signed up for 4 marathons for the next 4 months. How crazy is that?! Haha. If you ever talk to my friends, they would tell you that I eat like a cow sometimes, because FOOD is like, hard to resist. But health wise, it's only because my metabolic rate is high, and I tend to eat more than I should since I've been into sports in high school.

You may wonder why and how on earth I keep myself healthy, well first it starts with how active you are with your lifestyle, and of course, making sure you're eating right. I personally don't believe it those eat less diets, it may work for some people, but it doesn't work for me. Living in Malaysia can be tough especially when its also known as food heaven to tourist from all around the world. So the struggle is real. But I choose to enjoy food and equivalently enjoy exercising.

Going a little personal, the reason why I'm practicing a healthy lifestyle is because I'm doing this for my mom. She had a heart attack when I was at the age of 13, where she stopped breathing for about 5 minutes and thankfully she was given a second chance in life. *THANK YOU GOD*. I think it helps when I eat healthily, the people who I stay with tends to practice eating healthy too. Not everyone understands how important it is to take care of your health until something drastic happens, so this is me giving you a heads up. I'm telling you, don't take your health for granted.

I was recently reading an article where the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that 47.7% of Malaysians above 18 years old suffer from high cholesterol levels. It's worst that 38.6% of these adults did not even know that their cholesterol levels were above acceptable levels. This proves that we pretty much take our health for granted, literally. One of the key factors to managing heart health is to understand what cholesterol is and how it works in the body. And this is why I'm emphasizing on ways to stay healthy and prevent risking your health by learning how to manage your cholesterol effectively.

"Cholesterol is a type of fat that cannot dissolve in our blood. It is transported through our bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins (lipids and proteins). Cholesterol has many important functions in the body, including being part of the cell walls, producing bile acids and hormones and making vitamin D in your skin. Cholesterol can be found mostly in shellfish, prawns, red meat and egg yolk." 

-Char Siew Wei, Corporate Wellness Manager, Nestlé Malaysia.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, well let me break it down to you. There are basically two types of lipoproteins, one is low-density lipoprotein (which is bad cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein (which is good cholesterol). So having too much of bad cholesterol generally leads to blocked arteries and risk of heart disease while the good cholesterol protects arteries from building up fatty deposits such as plaque, thus reducing the risk of a heart disease. As simple as it is, it's really important that we are aware of the cholesterol that we are consuming.

What happens when your high cholesterol are not managed? 

Well, this might result in the build-up of cholesterol plaques that can basically harden the walls of arteries and block blood flow, which causes heart attacks usually. *yikes* I would say that if you're above the age of 20 years old, you should have your cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years.

How to prevent health problems?
Other than practicing a healthy balanced diet and exercising, below would be some points to prevent yourself from getting health problems:

1 | Consider being physically active to help lower cholesterol levels or simpler terms, making time to exercise in a week.
2 | Quit bad smoking habits to improve your HDL cholesterol levels and decrease your blood pressure.
3 | Maintain a healthy body weight according to the ideal BMI.
4 | Include plant sterols in your daily diet : 1.2g of plant sterols daily can be easily consumed from 2 servings of Nestlé Omega Plus milk to manage cholesterol levels.


I have to say that its great that I discovered about Nestlé Omega Plus taking an action to spread the awareness on managing your cholesterol effectively. So I'm proud to say that I'll be joining them next month on the 3rd of September at Lake Gardens (Perdana Botanical Gardens) to support the Walk-A-Mile campaign. This happens to be Malaysia's longest running walk for hearth health advocacy, organized by Nestleeé Omega Plus and Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM). I'm happy to see big brands like Nestlé Omega Plus for stepping up their game in spreading the awareness for Malaysians to start thinking about their health before its too late. Its never too late to start, so if you're interested, you can register yourself at mro.myraceonline.com/wohd16/registrations to join the Walk-A-Mile 2016. Hoping to see you guys there!

Sara xx