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Oktoberfest at Shamrock, KK Waterfront

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I have been just terribly busy with my new apartment. Busy and broke more like. Stretching out my dollars just to make it a great place to live. Actually, I plan to rent it out. But I'm putting so much of work and money into it because I put the idea in my head that this is going to be my storehouse for my coming landed house that I'm going to eventually build for a family!

Social life is down the hill too because I've been locking myself inside the house to avoid spending so much after work, but really, nothing like the idea of drinks and friends like Oktoberfest could repel me :)

Kim was coming with a bunch of friends so naturally we would invite Chris as well. I was told that there would be games, drinks, singing and dancing, the usual -- and I was so glad that I met Danny, and Eddie there whom were the first few people I've known when I first came to KK through work. Great catchup!

I was really notorious to Chris though (as usual), pushing him to join all the com…

Yangon, 19th Street

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I asked OneWayTicketPhil.com (he's probably one of my favorite writer out there online) where is THE best place to stay in Yangon. I told him I had only 4 days to play around with, so I was hoping I could stay in an area with the most action. He replied, '19th Street is your best bet'. I had never known about the 19th Street prior to his suggestion even after all the Googling I had done about Yangon. So I was like, 'um, thank you, but let me Google Map it'. In the midst of it all, while I was looking high and low for accommodation taking his advice to heart about 19th Street (it was a tad difficult because most of the guesthouses and lodges were either not visible or not available online) I found Ocean Pearl where I eventually spend my nights at.

So I settled with Ocean Pearl and went -- HMPH 19th Street must be another place to be! And listed it in my very free itinerary. I checked with the hostel's staff how far was 19th Street to Bo Ta Taong Road and accor…

Oktoberfest Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu

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Hey KK Folks,

Oktoberfest finally reached our KK shores! (I think it has been since forever though).

Oktoberfest initially started as a wedding celebration in 1810 to commemorate the union between Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at Theresienwiese (translated as Therese's meadow / field) – it is for this reason that Oktoberfest is referred to by Germans as ‘die Wiesn’ or ‘the field'. I remember seeing the reenactment of the wedding ceremony somewhere on some paper, it was quite cute! 

You guys can now celebrate the infamous Oktoberfest with a series of themed parties in Kota Kinabalu ALL MONTH long. Expect evenings of great food from around the world, contests, promotions and activities with, GAB’s selection of their beers including Tiger, Guinness, Heineken and the official Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, brewed exclusively for this season.


Last year's celebration :D


A special edition Oktoberfest Mug with a li…

Yangon, Bo Ta Taung and Merchant Road

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Myanmar as we all know it, was called Burma once when the British was in power during the 1800s. British's legacy among their language and their trains, was their labour system of transporting workers from China and India into their commonwealth countries that eventually became one if its earlier and bigger races to date. Now Myanmar, the nation is a beautiful "mish mash" of the natives and the visitors from all of its neighbouring countries, the ever so influential Chinese and the Indians of course, as well as the Thais. This is especially frequent and a seamlessly common feature you would be able to recognize thanks to its geographic location, being right smack in the centre of these two giant nations.

What was supposed to be a promise of a new government formation by the Burmese government after its independence, had not become, and the military took charge eventually. It had ousted the "democratic government" and began what was a rather communism way of go…

KYAT vs USD in Myanmar [Updated]

I know Yangon is a fairly sensitive destination now (maybe since forever) but, I insisted on pursuing with the visit myself, regardless. I left Yangon on the 13th, and found out that a homemade bomb had been planted in one of the rooms at Traders Hotel that very same day I left. I wasn't staying there, but I passed by the hotel quite a few times while I was walking around). So yes, I am devastated. Just when I thought I could help Yangon one way or another, small or big, this happened. One American lady was injured, and her family is unhurt. At this moment, visitors have been issued a warning, so please keep aware at all times. Don't be a douche, don't step on people's tail. I know sometimes, some people are just at the wrong time at a wrong place, so I hope you always ask for mercy and ask for blessings for your journey.

*** Before I left for Myanmar, I had been reading so much about the country, I was pretty certain that I was prepared for all it has to offer.…

Makeweekend, 26 - 27 October Kota Kinabalu, UMS

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Love,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Getting Visa: Myanmar/ Burma

A couple of weeks back I asked some friends online whether they knew about Burma's visa application. No one  answered, naturally I would think either people didn't want to reply or simply didn't know what to reply. I figured the latter was more like it because right after that, I decided to Google it on my own and I landed nowhere (except for the embassy of course), so I'm guessing no one or so few have only traveled to Burma to know that among all the ASEAN countries, only Burma requires a Visa. Both tourist and business visa. Imagine having conferences and seminars at Myamar, going back forth and all to get the visa >.< 

So what does one do when they've bought their cheap fares from AA to Yangon among many? Visa.

They're a few things you must know about getting a visa to anywhere in the world from Malaysia, that most of their offices are only available in Kuala Lumpur. While... I am in Kota Kinabalu.... working... Monday to Saturday.... Imagine that 5…