How Millenials Travel These Days
By: Lina Matthews
Published On: 23/5/2017
Lina is modern hippie currently working from her laptop
Catch her updates as she finds unique venues to explore.
First things first for today – Thought that I’d update you, my lovely readers on my current travels. I am currently in Kuala Lumpur for a work meeting. I’ve been trying to pick up more and more web and graphic design clients now that 2017 is approaching. My goal is to be able to have 10 clients on hand that I can manage on retainer that I will work with on a month to month basis.
So in Kuala Lumpur, I met up with the owner of a clothing boutique that sells baju kurung. Baju kurung moden is a type of traditional Malaysian costume that I believe is also a national dress for women here. They would like to create a website with guides on muslimah wear, specifically focusing on baju kurung and baju kebaya. There are many types available such as baju kurung moden, lace, peplum, etc. I haven’t fully gotten the grasp of it yet but I’m sure by the end of this project, I’ll sure be an expert on the subject, haha.
So what they’d like to do is for me to create them a website. Additionally, they’d like me to also do some graphic design work for them as well. We have also talked about social media management. What that means is that I will set up their social media profiles and once every week I’ll upload content and pictures onto those profiles such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
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Haven’t really done social media management before but I think it will be a new skill that I can add to my CV. Plus, more money for me to travel 🙂 So, if you guys are interested in knowing more about baju kurung, make sure to check out their website! I will post a link to it once we’ve got the ball rolling.
It was a fun and productive meeting. After the meeting, we head out to lunch at Suria KLCC (the shopping mall that’s connected to the Petronas Twin Towers.) It was very futuristic and modern sitting surrounded by sky scrapers.
For new year, our plan is to hit up some nice beachside resort and just unwind. Take two weeks or so off to recharge our mind and body. Not sure yet where we’ll go, but hopefully we can decide soon as the price will surely increase the more we wait.
Well that’s it for now. Will update more in a little bit.
Being Frugal – A good or shameful trait?
By: Ramelda Izquieta
Published On: 20/5/2017
Ramelda is freelance writer currently funding her studies through digital journalism.
Based in San Mateo, Ramelda hopes to reach the world through her words.
As you all know, I’m a web journalist. I do freelance work and most of time, the clients that I do work for have never had a website for their business before. A lot of them ask what’s the cheapest website available and I’d normally not know what to say. So I went on a mission to try few different hosting companies out and narrow down my options so I can give recommendations based on my first hand experience.
Lately, I’ve been researching and testing a few different e-commerce companies to see which ones offers the best rates and service. Another thing that is important for me is reliability! Will my hosting service have decent up time? Will it be fast enough and most importantly what are the specifications such as server speed, internet speed, and what’s the monthly bandwidth quota?
“I tried a few different ones such as Hostgator since they have on going discounts if you can manage to find a promo code. They’re reliable I guess but for larger clients, I’d prefer a Virtual Private Server (VPS). The only complaint that I have is that their customer support is a bit slow. Takes more than 24 hours usually to get my support ticket solved.”
Marjo H – Webmaster
Another hosting provider that I’ve been using is Bluehost. They’re quite cheap and are quite reliable. Fast speed and generous bandwidth quota, even for the smallest package. For any clients who would like me to create them a WordPress based sites, I normally go with Bluehost.
Another company that I’ve been using lately is Siteground using these grass city voucher codes. I think they’re quite a small company since their customer service is terrific and you can buy securely. I always get a reply for any of my questions or concerns within 24 hours, sometimes even within 12 hours. I have only positive things to say about them and they are super professional. They have several different packages that you can choose from whether you’re creating a personal website for yourself or even larger packages such as dedicated Virtual Private Server if you need web hosting for your business. A Small Orange also offers generous discounts with their grasscity coupon code. Every now and then you can even set up to 50% discounts on the services that they offer. I’ve tried it before and their promo codes do work!
You just have to make sure to read the instructions carefully. Another company that I used to buy pbn links from was Zyma for their private blog network backlinks. They were quite decent but since they’re based in the UK, the time difference can be quite annoying. If you have an emergency and needs something to be solved quickly, you have to wait for their working hours, which can be quite a long wait depending on where you’re located and your time zone.
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I will continue to try a few more hosting companies and make a conclusion on which one is the best. For now, I would recommend A Small Orange since I’ve always been met with professionalism when it comes to their customer service and their services that they offer are good enough for my current needs.
Travelling Vietnam on a Motorbike
This post: New freelance client, travelling around Vietnam and my plan for the next few weeks.
Hi guys, been a while since I last update my site. I haven’t been active blogging lately because I just haven’t had the find nor interest for it. I will try to blog more often, I promise. So today I will write a little update on what I’m working on and where in the world I am right now.
So, as you guys know, I’m travelling the world, seeing exciting places and getting to explore new cultures. A lot of people have also asked, “How do you support your self while travelling?” Well, well, well… Here’s my answer. I do freelance design work, both graphic and web design. It gives me the freedom of time and freedom of location in the sense that I can work from anywhere I want. The process is simple. I network with like minded people and they refer me to their previous clients.
So, these past two weeks, I have been working on a project for an online poker site. They already have their site all set up but wanted to make their site prettier. On top of that, they wanted me to look at how to increase their conversion rate. Basically what that means is, how to get more engagement from their visitors. I do this by using contrasting colors where they want to redirect the reader’s attention to. One problem that I faced was, since I do not have any experience within online casino or anything similar, I just had to go with my gut instincts and apply basic fundamentals of User Experience design.
A little bit of info on the client. The client is a company located in Malta with several satellite offices around the world and they run multiple sites targeting the online casino and the iGaming crowd. They produce contents that’s relevant to that industry and how the make money is by sending traffic to their advertisers. You can check my write up about the project in the link I mentioned below (via Cargo Collective), and if you like, you can also visit the finished site here for a list of paypal poker sites. This specific site focus on PayPal poker sites (click to view my write-up of the project). Basically different payment methods that you can use to deposit funds into your account. I hope that they’re satisfied with my work and that we can continue to work on more projects in the future.
Now back to my travelling adventures, these past few weeks have been fun. Been riding my rented scooter a lot. Last week we were at Halong Bay, and this week we’re in Ho Chi Minh City. From next week on, we will be in Laos for two weeks. Thinking of buying a good book to read during the long train and bus rides. Any suggestions? The next few weeks will be quite interesting and I’m really looking forward to that.
Alright now, all the best, speak soon.
– Wanderlust Poet
Langkawi – The Jewel Of Kedah
By: Erin Weiss
Published On: 16/3/2016
Erin is an adventure enthusiast from Christchurch, New Zealand.
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WOW- simply WOW! That’s how I am going to begin this post!
For the past 5 days I’ve been visiting the island of Langkawi located in Kedah, Malaysia. It’s been an amazing trip so far. I’ve visited waterfalls, snorkelled around the coral reefs, gone deep sea fishing, etc.
This place is truly magical. The other day, I went to a beach where I have NEVER in my life seen whiter sands. The beach called Tanjung Rhu Beach is simply stunning. The sand is SO white. From the beach you can see Thailand in the distance. We went swimming, snorkelling, ate some bbq and even saw the sunset. The sunset itself is worth a blog post on itself.
We stayed at a private villa called at Amanda. From our balcony, we got an unbelievable view of the paddy fields and the mountains. There’s a stunning infinity pool that we chilled to cool ourself off. Amanda is a small boutique resort located in the heart of Langkawi consisting of approximately 6 villas surrounded by a nice and well taken care of garden. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. We booked Langkawi Villas the property through AirBnB. All in all, it has been a good holiday.
Well it’s getting late now, better log off.
Top 10 Things To Do in Marbella
This is a post on Marbella. I will personally list things down based on my experience living on Costa Del Sol.
First of all, the weather is brilliant. Marbella is located in the Mediterranean southern Spain. Annual sunshine days are over 300 days a year. Where else in Europe can you sit in a t-shirt in a “chiringuito” enjoying a nice cold sangria with some gambas pil pil?
It is a very social place. Marbella’s social life is at it’s best during the summer months. The population expands by three folds during these months. Holiday makers seeking a nice vacation comes through to enjoy what this part of the world has to offer. From the beautiful beaches to the night life, tourists comes for various reasons.
Some nearby destinations of Marbella includes; Estepona, San Roque, Sotogrande all the way to Tarifa on the west meanwhile Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Mijas all the way to Malaga on it’s east.
Some popular clubs to visit during the summer months;
Nikki Beach Marbella
Ocean Club Marbella
Sala Beach Marbella
Seven Puerto Banus
Havana Puerto Banus
Some beaches of Marbella
There are many successful businesses here in Marbella. Here are some of the industries that are dominant in Marbella:
Search Engine Optimization
Whatever your interests in Marbella may be, I am sure you will love this place. A word of advice, don’t forget to visit other charming looking villages nearby such as the typical Spanish white villages of Ojen and Monda up the mountains, Estepona Old Town and Benahavis.
If you like looking at boats, yachts, flashy cars and the blings, then head over to the world renown marina Puerto Banus. Here you’ll see the Saudi Royal Family’s yacht(s) moored with over the top furnishing an design. On land, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Bugattis showing off who’s got the shiniest toys.
Whatever it is, come! I insist.
You can stay at my house.
Andalusia – Spotlight on Costa Del Sol
Andalucia is located in southern Spain. It is home to 8.45 million people. It is the second largest autonomous community in terms of area size as well as the most populated in Spain. The Andalucian territory is divided amongst eight provinces, namely; Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Seville serves as the capital city of Andalucia.
In this blog post, we will look further into Marbella and it’s famous marina Puerto Banus, located in the area of Nueva Andalucia.
Marbella is a city and municipality situated between Malaga and the Straits of Gibraltar in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Málaga. Marbella is a wonderful mediterranean city and a part of the idyllic Costa Del Sol where one can experience over 300 sunshine filled days best enjoyed with a jar of sangria, tapas and paella. On a clear day, you can enjoy the magnificient views of Morocco and Gibraltar.
Back in 2002, Marbella property boom saw luxury villas with amazing layout, apartments, and houses being snapped up by foreign buyers making it one of the real estate go-to places in Europe. Puerto Banus apartments became highly sought after due to it’s famous marina. According to Marbella Direct’s blog, the luxury marina of Puerto Banús is home to an array of restaurants, bars and extravagant nightlife, making it the perfect place for celeb-spotting or to simply relax and admire the many yachts at anchor.
Now that you’ve read a bit about Andalucia, Marbella and Puerto Banus, why don’t you come down for a visit? A word of advice, make sure to bring your sunscreen, positive attitude and an open mind to enjoy this magnificent place home to the movie stars and the rich and famous.