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Booking hotel pakai nawar? Coba Travelio!

Bagi penggemar travel, pasti sudah terbiasa untuk mencari penerbangan atau akomodasi dengan harga murah. Dengan semakin banyaknya promosi dari agen travel, maskapai penerbangan dan hotel, semakin memudahkan kita untuk mendapatkan penerbangan dan akomodasi dengan harga yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan kita. Tapi pernahkah kadang-kadang kita merasa promosi yang ditawarkan sepertinya tidak efektif atau sudah harga promo tapi tetap mahal, sehingga tidak sesuai dengan bujet yang sudah kita tetapkan sebelumnya? Jadinya kita berandai-andai, coba harganya bisa ditawar ya, pastinya lebih ok.
Nah … di Travelio kita bisa mendapatkan akomodasi dengan cara menawar, sehingga kita bisa mendapatkan harga sesuai dengan bujet kita. Travelio tidak saja menyediakan hotel, namun juga apartemen,  vila, rumah dan hostel. Properti Travelio tersedia di seluruh wilayah Asia Pacifik dan Oceania.

Selain itu, booking akomodasi melalui Travelio juga ada diskon tambahan, antara lain:

Diskon hingga Rp 500.000 khusus untuk pemegang kartu kredit dari Bank OCBC NISP.
Syarat dan Ketentuan:
  • Promo berlaku untuk pemesanan sampai dengan tanggal 28 Februari 2018 dengan minimum pembayaran Rp500.000,00 (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo berupa diskon 10% dengan nilai maksimum diskon sebesar Rp500.000,00.
  • Hanya berlaku untuk pemilik kartu kredit yang diterbitkan oleh Bank OCBC NISP yang berlogo Visa dan Mastercard.
  • 1 (satu) pemegang kartu hanya berhak mendapatkan diskon sebanyak 1x selama periode promosi.
  • Promo hanya berlaku bagi member Travelio.com yang telah melakukan registrasi dan login saat pemesanan.
  • Promo ini tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya ataupun dengan penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Setiap pemesanan yang menggunakan promo tidak berhak atas Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio.com berhak untuk menolak ataupun membatalkan pemesanan jika terjadi penyalahgunaan dalam bentuk apapun.

Diskon 8% khusus untuk pemilik Kartu UOB Indonesia / Singapura / Malaysia.

Syarat dan Ketentuan:

  • Periode promo: 15 Mei – 31 Desember 2017.
  • Promo berupa diskon 8% dan hanya berlaku untuk pemesanan tipe properti Apartment/House/Villa dengan minimum pemesanan sebesar 500.000 IDR/50 SGD/150 MYR (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pemilik kartu kredit UOB Indonesia / Singapura / Malaysia.
  • Setiap pelanggan hanya bisa menikmati diskon maksimal 1 (satu) kali per kartu kredit, selama periode promosi.
  • Maksimal diskon sebesar 500.000 IDR (Indonesia) / 50 SGD (Singapura) / 150 MYR (Malaysia).
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pelanggan yang telah registrasi dan login saat melakukan pemesanan.
  • Promo tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya atau penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Pemesanan yang menggunakan promo ini tidak berhak mendapatkan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio berhak membatalkan pemesanan apabila terjadi penyimpangan atau pelanggaran pada Syarat dan Ketentuan promo ini maupun Syarat dan Ketentuan layanan Travelio.com.
Diskon hingga Rp 300.000,- khusus pemegang Kartu Kredit dari Bank BNI.
Syarat dan Ketentuan:
  • Promo ini berupa diskon 10% dengan nilai maksimum diskon sebesar Rp300.000,-
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pemesanan tipe properti Apartment/House/Villa dengan minimum transaksi sebesar Rp500.000 (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo berlaku sampai dengan tanggal 31 Desember 2017.
  • Promo berlaku untuk semua jenis Kartu Kredit BNI (Visa dan Mastercard) kecuali Corporate Card dan iB Hasanah Card.
  • Setiap pelanggan hanya bisa menikmati diskon maksimal 1 (satu) kali per hari selama periode promosi.
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pelanggan yang telah registrasi dan login saat melakukan pemesanan.
  • Promo tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya atau penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Pemesanan yang menggunakan promo ini tidak berhak mendapatkan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio berhak membatalkan pemesanan apabila terjadi penyimpangan atau pelanggaran pada Syarat dan Ketentuan promo ini maupun Syarat dan Ketentuan layanan Travelio.com.
Cara mendapatkan promo:
  • Masuk ke http://www.travelio.com
  • Pilih lokasi & akomodasi yang diinginkan.
  • Masukkan detail kartu kredit OCBC NISP atau UOB atau BNI pada halaman pembayaran.
  • Lakukan pembayaran dengan harga baru setelah potongan diskon.

Flower Advisor

Have you ever experienced having the busiest days that made you forgot about special day of your loved ones, or your wedding anniversary celebration, or your children’s birthdate, etc, and you totally forgot to buy/prepare any present? Clock ticking and you have no idea what to buy for the present/gift. Well….there is a way out here. Flower Advisor is Indonesian online florist that offers “same day & next day flower delivery to Indonesia and any countries across the globe”. Flower Advisor does not only offer flowers delivery, but also gift delivery (gift for baby, special gift for woman/man), cake, teddy bear and exotic chocolate for any special occasions, such as birthday, anniversary, Woman Day, Eidil Fitr, Christmas, Get Well Soon, Secretary Week, New Borns, Fathers Day, etc. And again, they deliver to any countries across the world.

International Delivery
When your loved ones are away for a business, study, or tourism, you are still able to make them feel special with a beautiful bouquet and gift. Flower Advisor has loyal customers from all around the world, which the main covered areas are United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico, France, and Australia.

If you need to book any flower/gift delivery, please click on this banner.

 

Inglourious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds

In general I am not fond of any movie about war, but I am intrigued by this movie. When I see this movie for the first time on HBO (I have neither read its review nor seen the trailer yet), the first thing that interests me is the title, the misspelled of “basterds”.  Then, when the movie starts, I really enjoy the music and I continue to watch it as I see one of the casts is Daniel Bruhl, I like him :).

But, my joy is distracted by the appearance of Brad Pitt. He might be a famous and great actor, but the way he talks and his accent in this movie is incredibly unattractive. Every time he talks, he sounds as like a man got toothache. Maybe, just maybe Michael Fassbender should play as Aldo Raine. He probably could present Aldo Raine’s character better. It is shame that he only gets very short role in this movie.

The best part about this movie is Col. Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. I have never seen any of his movies before, but he is obviously the star on this movie. Christoph Waltz has succeed picturing a malicious, unspeakable and monstrous character of Col. Hans Landa. Even since the first chapter, in the early conversations I can sense his evil character behind his sweet and courteous manner when he speaks to Perrier LaPadite. Bravo Waltz!

Fragrance Crystal Hotel, Singapore (3*)

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Fragrance Crystal Hotel is a budget hotel located in the middle of the red light district in Geylang area. It is around 30 minutes by taxi from the airport.  They have three types of rooms:

  • Superior: 12 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower
  • Deluxe: 13 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower, mini  fridge
  • Superior family: 15 sqm, 1 Queen-size and 1 Single-size bed
The room and shower is standard for budget hotel, basic but clean. Interior is minimalist yet practical. Mini fridge is only available at deluxe room, no wardrobe/closet/drawer and window at all rooms can not be opened (locked permanently).

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All rooms has got facilities:
  • Free Wifi
  • Cable TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Telephone (Free Local Call)
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
Another items:
  • Safe is available at the front desk
  • Iron and Ironing Board is available upon request

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Fragrance Crystal is only a 15 minute walk from the nearest MRT station called Aljunied, a 5 minute walk from bus station and also easy to find a taxi from the hotel. Many local restaurants and shops which are also a walking distance. The hotel has no restaurant or breakfast room but there are many choices outside.

I stayed in this hotel last December for 3 nights. To be honest, this was my first time to stay at the hotel in this area, so I did make a lot of searches about the hotel and reviews before decided to book the room via Agoda. I was traveling with another 3 friends stayed in this hotel, and thought this is Singapore, there should be no problem to stay in red light district area. My thought on this hotel:

PROs

  • Inexpensive room rate, unless you make the booking last minutes and at high season period (as my experience).
  • Easy access for public transportations.
  • Easy to find restaurants, but mostly Chinese food.

CONs

  • Location is in red light district area, so many massage parlors and adult shops in this particular area. Not recommended for any woman traveling solo or with children. It is safe, but not comfortable.
  • Could not get rest in this hotel as it is very noisy. You could hear other guests talking in the hallway, or from other room, even in the middle of the night or very early morning. Based on review, people suggested to request a room at higher floor which is relatively more quiet. I got a room on the 4th floor and it is still noisy.
  • No fridge, no wardrobe/closet.

SUMMARIZE

Fragrance Crystal is value for money accommodation and has highly access public transportation. But, better to find another accommodation outside this area first. There are many affordable accommodation in Singapore. To me, I think this would be my first and last time to stay here.

I was staying in the hotel from 30 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017. I booked via Agoda.com. I got the rate was USD 93 net/night, yes, it’s a little bit overpriced for room in that area, but it was peak season (end year) and I booked very last minute. I think in the normal season, the rate should be around USD 45 – 55 net per night. If you like to check the current rate, please click here. Or you may compare the rate with my other favorite hotel booking platform; Hotels.com.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information

Fragrance Crystal Hotel

50 Lorong 18 Geylang, Singapore 398824

Phone: +65 6844 7888

http://www.fragrancehotel.com/hotel/fragrance-hotel-crystal

Klapa New Kuta Beach, Bali

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Outdoor lounge

Klapa New Kuta Beach is located at Pecatu area, a beach resort at the southern part of Bali Island. New Kuta Beach previously known by Dreamland Beach, was wild coast that discovered by Australian surfers who looked for great waves and simple/basic accommodation. They called it Dreamland beach because this beach had white sand, great surfing waves and stunning sunset. It was just perfect place for people who just needed quiet beach and great waves.

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Outdoor lounge

Since 2007, this area has been bought and managed by a property developer “Bali Pecatu Graha” (Kuta Golf Links Resort), owned by Tommy Suharto, son of the former Indonesian president who occupied the largest area in Pecatu up to 400 hectares, re-instated the projects begun before the Asian financial crisis. Previously Tommy had 600 hectares of land in the early 1990s and then sold 200 hectares to third parties and the proceeds are now used to finance the project with the new partner, a Balinese businessman, Made G. Putrawan (source: wikipedia). Since then, this area was full with commercial development; hotel resorts, apartments, restaurants/cafe with function room, golf course (New Kuta Golf) and club (Klapa New Kuta Beach/Klapa Club).

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Although, now that surfers are not too interested in this beach, this place still gets the charm; the white sand, the beautiful sunset, the great waves, etc. Klapa Club is worth to be considered as a good venue for corporate/private meeting, corporate inbound/outbound, wedding, lounging/sunbathing, swimming or just come, have a drink and take some good pictures. When you hold an even in this club, or plan to play golf in this complex (at New Kuta Golf), you can stay at nearer hotels in this area, such as: The Rich Prada Bali, Lexington Klapa Resort, New Kuta Hotel and Lorin New Kuta

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2006 New Year’s eve at Klapa

Last time I went to Klapa Club was for 2006 New Years Eve. All pictures here were taken by that time.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and always happy. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

Klapa New Kuta Beach

Address: Jalan New Kuta Beach, Pecatu Indah Resort – Bali

Telp: +62 (361) 8484 581 | F. +62 (361) 8484 558

www_icon    http://klapa-newkutabeach.com

 

H Sovereign Hotel, Bali (4*)

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Club Premier Room

H Sovereign hotel is located near Bali international airport. Therefor, it is perfect for anyone who arrives in Bali so late, or has to catch up very early morning flight. The hotel has 198 total rooms with five categories:

  • Deluxe room: 25 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Club premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Junior suite room: 39 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Executive suite room: 56 sqm, king bed, separate living/sitting area, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge

For all types of rooms have got this facilities:

  • 42” IP LED TV
  • Satellite TV Channel
  • Air conditioning
  • Body heat power sensor
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Mini Bar
  • Wardrobe
  • IP PABX Telephone
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Room

H Sovereign hotel also provides a fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, yoga room and swimming pool at the rooftop. From this rooftop pool,  guests can view both sunrise and sunset, and sometimes a birds eye view of the planes taking off and landing.

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Bathroom

For dining, H Sovereign has a Kitchen Meliwis restaurant (serves for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Owl Stone cafe and bakery (for coffee & baked goods), and 7 Clover Sky bar at the rooftop for light snacks & refreshments (started at 04.00PM till around 01.00AM).

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Corridor

The hotel is only a 10-minute drive from Bali International Airport, a 15-minute drive from Discovery Shopping Mall and a 25-minute drive from Kuta Beach.

I stayed in this hotel last January 2017 and booked for Club Premier Room. Based on my experience, these are “pros” and “cons” when stay in this hotel:

PROs

  • Very good quality of bedding (premium goose down pillows, luxury bed mattress and sheets). I am impressed with this quality of bedding as it’s very rare to meet this kind of luxury at 4 stars hotel.
  • Large and quiet room
  • The rooftop pool with stunning view
  • Location: in the main road of Tuban Street, near airport, close to Kuta area
  • Value for money: I booked for premier room with the rate about USD 54/night and got free upgraded to Club Premier Room and one free airport transfer. The booking made via Agoda.com. You may take a look the current rate here.

CONs

  • The hotel needs to pay attention on the maintenance. If you see picture number two, there is small area of paint peeling off on the wall near the bathtub.
  • The corridor is a little bit dark that gives impression of gloomy and not attractive.
  • Food at the restaurant is average, but this is not big issue for me.

SUMMARIZE

Recommended hotel to stay if you arrive in Bali very late or have early morning flight. Please make sure to compare with other recommended airport hotels: Hilton Garden Inn Airport Bali and Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to get the best value for money accommodation. You may use Agoda.com and Hotels.com or other hotel platform to make the comparison. And if you decide to make booking via Agoda.com, please firstly read about my thought on “PointsMAX”; it’s interesting way to get an extra benefit from your accommodation booking.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

H Sovereign Hotel

Jl. Raya Tuban No. 2, Lingkungan Tuban Griya, Tuban, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Phone : +62 361 301 5555 Fax : +62 361 301 5588

Website:    http://hsovereignhotels.com/    Email:    reservations@hsovereignhotels.com

PointsMAX Agoda, another way to earn “Miles”.

Traveling currently is very easy, simple and affordable. There are plenty options for type of transportations and accommodations. There are plenty options for making the booking/reservations, too. If we talk about accommodations, we can make the booking directly to the hotel, via offline travel agent or online agent. Even online agent or online hotel platform are too many to choose. That is actually very good for travelers, as they will be able to compare and choose the best one that fits their need. But, you have to make sure that the online booking platform you choose is reliable and secure. Secondly, it is easy to use, have a good service after sales (in case you have any problem with your booking), have large number of hotel listed, and good price of course.

One of my recommendation is Agoda.com. Agoda was established in 2005 as start-up company and in 2007 was acquired by the Priceline Group. Today, Agoda offers hundreds of thousands of accommodation options around the globe with service and support in over 40 languages. Operations have been set up in Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Budapest, and an additional presence can be found in major cities across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Agoda.com does not only meet those above points, but it also offers an extra value when we make the booking. This benefit’s called “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite frequent flyer loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your frequent flyer loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next hotel booking!

How to do it? Here is the steps:

  • Go to www.agoda.com, click: sign up and complete the form.
  • In the “Profile”, register your loyalty program to your Agoda’s account and linked.
  • Confirmed “confirmation email” that sent by Agoda afterwards.
  • Now you’re ready to make a booking at Agoda.com and start earning miles.

Once you have linked your frequent flyer loyalty program, you can see in your “PointsMAX” profile as seen below (an example is mine):

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You can add/link many more frequent flyer loyalty programs as you wish, however you can only use one loyalty program at one booking.

Currently, there are 44 frequent flyer loyalty programs available at Agoda for you to choose to be linked. Some of them are:

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This is an example when we do a booking, I will compare a room (at H Sovereign Hotel Bali) without and with “PointsMAX” options:

A. Room without “PointsMAX” option:

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Base price without “PointsMAX”: USD 45

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Total Price without “PointsMAX”: USD 54.13

B. Room with “PointsMAX” option:

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Base price with “PointsMAX”: USD 45

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Total price with “PointsMAX”: USD 54.13 + 17 KrisFlyer Miles

If you see that comparison, a Club Premier Room rate with and without “PointsMAX” option is same: USD 54.13 per night, but at option “B” you will get an extra benefit of “17 KrisFlyer Miles”.

Now, the question is whether Agoda still gives point reward when we do a booking with “PointsMAX” option. Last year, I have made a booking at H Sovereign Hotel Bali for one night and I chose using “PointsMax” option with KrisFlyer as linked Frequent Flyer Loyalty Program. Frankly, I did not expect to get Agoda reward point as my aim was just to stock up my KrisFlyer miles. However, when I checked my Agoda and KrisFlyer account out, seemed that I have earned both KrisFlyer miles and Agoda reward point. I put the screenshot of both earnings below:

Miles earning at KrisFlyer:

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Point reward earning at Agoda:

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So, this Agoda “PointsMAX” is really interesting, right? Of course, the preference to use this option will depend on each traveler. If you have a goal to focus in collecting miles, this is very good option to add an extra miles, without you take any flight.  But, if you prefer to gain benefit on hotel loyalty reward or free stay, you can leave out this option. Or you can try another similar site: Hotels.com with their generous one free night after ten night policy.

Finally, if you are interested to register with Agoda, please sign up here.