Thursday, July 28, 2016

Honeymoon Trip - Boracay (2)

At last we arrived Hey Jude Hotel after more than 15 mins walk. Love at the first sight! The receptionist gave us the welcome drink, and it was orange juice. My husband's mood changed suddenly. Haha...

We booked the room with seaview. The room is not so big, but clean enough. We rest for a moment and started to hungry. So we decided to go out for dinner.

We walked down to the beach and going through some cafes and hotels' buffet. We saw some crowded in place named Sunset View Resto Bar and they got full menu buffet dinner. We decided to have dinner here, around Php 1000/pax. The taste were great and they serve a lot of menus. It's full of Chinese tourists. Wonder why they always talk with loud voices. 

After dinner, we walked again to the back of Sunset View Resto Bar, it was Paradise Garden Resort Hotel's garden which had beautiful view and warm hanging lamps around the garden. Then we went back to beach, we saw many kids were making castle-sand which stating Boracay. They asked us whether want to take photo but have to pay Php 20. We agreed and they took this photo beautifully. 

We continued to walk to nearest store to buy some drinks, watching some people's showing their skills in playing fireballs and going back to our hotel to get some rests. 

We planned that tomorrow would be our day to walk around the island, and held the water sport activities til the day after tomorrow. 

To be continued...

Honeymoon Trip - Boracay (1)

Super late post! Been busy as wife now. Haha! So I will just share things that I remembered.

Years ago, I and boyfriend (husband now) decided Boracay, Philippines as our honeymoon destination. We have seen some reviews and pictures about Boracay and it's beautiful! We saw Air Asia flight promos last year and bought the tickets for February 2016, it's around IDR 4mio for both of us. All the way from Medan - Kuala Lumpur - Kalibo. Hotels booked from Agoda. Total 9 at Boracay and 3 days at KL.

The day has come and we stay at KL for one day and take early flight to Kalibo. At KL, we stayed at Tune Hotel Air Asia, with small-cozy room, but a bit noisy at night. Some people were rushing to catch midnight flight, slam the door and quite disturbing. 

Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo took around 4 hours. Arriving there around 3 PM. It's really small international airport and disappointed with the toilet. We directly went to SIM Card centre outside the airport. We bought Smart SIM card, activated for 7 days internet mobile data. Forgot about the price, it's around Php 350/each I think. 

Then we saw so many agents promote about their car and boat transport to Boracay. We decided to take All In package (car from airport to Caticlan port, government fee, boat to Boracay, transport from Boracay port to hotel) around Php 2500 for both of us. 

We took some photos while on the way. From airport to port needed more than 2 hours, the driver were so slow and I felt tired. Arriving at the port, it's sooo crowded. Most of them was Korean tourists. We waited for our boat around half an hour. I and husband were a bit shocked to see the boat. It's really small boat and they put our luggage at the top of the boat roof. I was so afraid our luggage would fall to sea. But amazingly, it didn't happen. Haha... 

We read the guide of Boracay before, in here Boracay is divided into 3 stations/area. Briefly, Station 1 for elite and high class hotels, Station 2 is crowded because it's the central of market, mall and midclass hotel, Station 3 is quiet and lower cost hotel.

Arrived Boracay island only around 15 mins and we need to wait for tricycle (they called it Tuk tuk) to our hotel. We told the driver our hotel name, it's Hey Jude hotel. But he didn't really know because they are 2 Hey Jude's hotel, one in Station 2 and another one in Station 3. And he even didn't know when we gave the address. Sigh! 

Luckily one of the agent's guide knew the hotel and walked with us to hotel. It was in Station 3, while the driver put us down in Station 2. Long long walked with luggage and tiring. My husband was already in bad mood because he was so tired. 

To be continued... 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Prewedding Photos

After long long waiting for my prewedding photos result (around 3 months), the result came out surprisingly good.
With my awkward smiles, I think they are good enough. Haha...

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Prewed Photoshoot

Tiring day!
It's the first time I need to say. But it was really fun.
I took 1 day leave from office on 24th July 2015 to take my prewed photoshoot.

Since early 2014, I have booked one of famous bridal in Medan, New York Art Bridal. At the first time I chose this bridal because when I came to their booth during bridal exhibition at Sun Plaza, I saw so many good pictures taken with all floral theme, which I really love it so much. The same with my boyfriend who is also agree with my opinion. So, we just go inside and one-two marketing staffs said their greetings and showed us their photo albums. Seeing their several photos, price list and location they gave for outdoor photoshoot, without any long discussion with my boyfriend, we decided to take this bridal. They gave some discount, free frame upgrade and vouchers during exhibition. We gave down payment around IDR 3.5million to proceed the booking.

Early 2015, when we already got our wedding date, we went to the bridal and saw that they have done full renovation and with great decoration of course. We are trying to find their marketing staff which was dealing with us at exhibition, but she already resigned. So, receptionist told me to wait and they will find the marketing replacement. After few minutes, one marketing staff are coming and serve us politely. Prewed date could not be booked yet as it is still too early. She promised to call me when she has set the date.

Few months later, she called me and gave the date, and I chose Sunday for my prewed photoshoot. She said the date and I am okay with the date. But few weeks later, she called me back, asking me politely whether I could change my prewed date as it's still too early again for photoshoot and told me that there might be new gowns for me to choose. At last, we agreed on 24th July.

On the weekend, I went to that bridal again for gowns' fitting. They have a lot of white gowns, and all is amazing. I am a bit disappointed with cocktail gown or party gown which is not really good as in photo albums. You have to pay some additional cost to get more beautiful gowns which is not cheap, around IDR1-2 million for one time photoshoot. So I decided not to take this additional cost and finding the gowns from the wardrobe they provided. Trying several gowns, I feel a bit tired as I need to choose so many gowns which are in small size. I am not really sure whether I am still very fat or the gowns provided is too small. I have lost 9kgs and still fat meh? LOL. Note from me, you have to give tips for the staff that helping you for fitting in the beginning, if you don't want to see their frown face.

On 23rd July, we went to bridal for final fitting. I saw many new gown and decided to change my gown again. The staff (who I already gave big tips) said okay.

Okay, on the D day, I and my boyfriend arrived bridal before 7 AM. The bridal is already opened but I need to wait for 15 mins for the make up artist. Tomy, the make up artist came and we started the make up and hair session.

We started from the indoor photoshoot. Fredy, the photographer, who is quite funny and friendly. We have great photoshoot in studio, felt a bit disappointed as I can not choose studio I want. They said studios in another floor are still in renovation progress.

They provided lunch for us. So after lunch, we are ready for outdoor photoshoot. The outdoor placed at Wonderland, special photo location for New York Art bridal only.
It took more than 1 hour by car.

It was really hot when we arrived there and after changing, we started our photoshoot immediately. I asked for place that has a lot of flowers. And photographer suggests lavender garden, pool and other sweet garden. I saw so many gardens with different flowers and views. I didn't have time to look around while it was really hot and I have to climb up the hills with wedding gown. I focused not to fall down. We were prohibited take any pictures using our own camera there and no other guests there besides customers and bridal staffs.

When we were almost done, rain was falling heavily. So we stopped and satisfied as we took many photos in so many spots.

I will get back soon with our prewed photo results! Can't wait too!

Note : Always prepared your own accessories, and slipper for outdoor photoshoot if you don't want a wedding-muddy-shoes.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Good Seller or Marketing

Sharing about how to sell something or provide services need 'manner', especially in online services. 

We are fully understand that not all of your customer is going to buy your products or use your service. But as a seller or marketing, it's your risk and obstacle. Money is not easy to get, isn't it?

I saw so many sellers nowadays, selling without any smiles, didn't reply your questions or only replied to questions that you asked or answered arrogantly. 

Are the sellers thinking that the customers who asked something meaning they won't buy anything? Wrong. Sometimes when buyer met sellers who didn't give any welcome, they will just stop and go away. Asking for the product or services details are the part of buyers' right, and answering in details are the sellers' obligation.

I feel very pity for them when I met sellers like this and thinking how they could sell their products for long period if they stay in bad 'manner'? Usually I will say nothing and just walk away or stop buying things from them. Market is bigger now, I can find anything I want somewhere else. So why should I stay buying things with sellers who didn't respect people who are going to buy and give money/profit to them? 

Well, that's my opinion about selling 'manner'.

Do you have any experience meeting those kind of sellers? What will you do?