currency

Travelers best friend

Is the smartphone.

For example if you own an iPhone, there are so many apps for your traveling needs. Free and the paid apps are cheap. Like you want to give away the old Nokia.

From the simple free apps like Currency converter that give up to date exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries like this currency for iPhone:

Or,

The advance apps like this FlightTrack that track your flight status worldwide. With maps that you can zoom and it even help you to find alternate flight.

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— asmaliana

tiles at taman rama2

The roof is from Netherlands


Sample roof at Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary..

The Dutch colonialism in Melaka was from 1641 and ended in 1825. After that is the British story. But we always talk about Portuguese here because of the remaining Portuguese settlement .

Other than Stadhuys you see at Banda Hilir, the Dutch also pioneered the roofing system using a ceramics tiles.

600 years ago, traditional roof in this archipelago were made from certain leaves. Even all of the buildings are made from timber. From stairs to the roof, all from the jungle. But when the Europeans came, they introduce solid structure like bricks and stone for buildings.

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— asmaliana

truly a shopper

Are you truly a shopper?

Shopping is a slow therapy for women. That’s why women can really be patient going from one shop to another shop in large shopping mall for few hours.

For shopaholics in Malaysia, maybe you like to watch this reality show, Truly a Shopper. Upss! not on TV but only available online. It said that the program will have 6 episode from April to June.

With the cooperation with Tourism Malaysia the show is in conjunction with the 2011 launch of Duty Free Shopping all around Malaysia.

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— asmaliana

speak italian

Androids apps for travellers that speak

Today smart phone are very travelers friendly. Just bring your smart phone while traveling and you can rid of gps device, digital camera, video camera and even your laptop. Save some space, save the energy and travel with secure feelings.

Now with android around, there are many freebies that can be useful as a tourist.

One of it is the Speak foreign language software. If you suddenly stuck in the middle of a conversation at the street of Milan, just open your HTC or Samsung and hit the Speak Italian button. More faster than bringing a dictionary or searching on the Internet using your laptop.

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— asmaliana

tripadvisor

Hoteliers should involve directly online

We can’t denied the influence of the Internet now. If we pretend not to used it, yes we can live without it. No website, facebook no online forum. But if we dealing with people, like it or not, they will post it in the Internet.

You can put it on your wall like this:

“No digital camera allowed, no smart phone allowed, no phone with built in camera allowed, no laptop, no broadband ..at our premises”

The money is theirs and the products is yours. They had the right and you also have it.

But when the customer are paying they will talk. Believed me site like tripadvisor can make an influence to the travelers.

So for example when hotel management also answer the review made by former guest, others future traveler will read it also. As a customer I like responsive, responsible and well mannered hotel management.

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— asmaliana

global roaming

Cheap call for Malaysia and Singapore

Beginning 1st of May, Malaysia and Singapore will have reduce roaming charges up to 20%. It will not stop at twenty and will be increase to 30% next year.

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to slash roaming charges for voice calls and text messaging over the next two years in a landmark accord, regulators said Wednesday…Read more here.

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— asmaliana

hoshi rokan

Oldest Hotel in the world…


Pic from wikimedia.

If it the oldest, why not it is the first hotel? I think it is hard to find such first hotel ever build in the world if we define Hotel is a place where people paid to stay for a short term basis. Maybe since people invented money and travel to trade?

Okay, this hotel in Japan was build in 718. Wow! It’s 1300 year old Hotel and still in business…By the same family. Now the 46th generation of Hoshi Family. If you look at the picture, it’s like the same building in that Samurai era in today millennium.

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— asmaliana

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