When picking your shoes to hang around in Hong Kong, forget black and white color, since they are so last year! Wear something colorful and catchy or you will look so plain boring. Yes, locals always have a good taste of being well recognized by public when hanging out. So why won’t you do the same way?
You’d like to experience a different sensation than mainstream one when traveling? Boring with such routine like pick up service from an agency in your hotel? Or fancy car you rent makes the holiday flat and tedious? Try the public transportation! Exactly, it’s more fun when you are gathered with the local, blend with the existing conversation and share the laugh. Jeepney is one challenge you can have to travel like local! Riding on this world war modified jeep will remain an unforgettable memory for you to keep after leaving the Philippines. Its crowded seating will let you sit in the huddling row, while enjoying the heat and the traffic which Manila city offers you. And don’t forget to say “maraming salamat” or “thank you very much” after paying the fare to the driver 🙂 .
Located at around 45 minutes sailing by public boat from Lombok, Indonesia, there are three gilis (local language for island) we could visit, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. And in these three gilis, we can feel the sensation of being locals who ride the bike to do their daily routine. Yup, no car, no motorcycle, no smoke. It’s just bicycle, fresh air and the pouring sweat. Three Gili as one of tourism site in Indonesia commit to be free air pollution area. In this island, Bicycle is the only vehicle which is allowed to pass by. So much activities we can do when cycling. Exploring the island from the dock up to the sunset point, tracing each path while greeting the local, dropping by at some seashore cafes and taking a rest with young and fresh coconut water directly from its shell could be exciting activities.
Bangkok is one of world cheapy shopping center. Clothes, key chains, sandals and other souvenirs are sold in low price–depends on how you can bargain. Yepp, bargain is the only way if you don’t wanna be tricked by the vendor who set the price higher than it should be. And to support this skill, learning some local vocabulary could be beneficial. Who knows that the psychical binding which is held because they appreciate our effort to speak in their language, they will give extra discount 😀 I found this useful video to learn some shopping vocabulary easily. You can write some of them on a piece of paper or memorize them if you want. “Phang Phai!!” or “Too expensive!!” is my magical mantra when bargaining, how about you?
It’s not only the perfect taste you can have when eating at the street side. The sensation when you blend with the local, eat like the way they eat will add more memorable experience rather than dining at a fancy restaurant with an order service. Vietnam offers you a unique street side eateries where you will sit on a very tiny chair and the dish will be served on a short table. Pho (Vietnamese noodle) and hot pots are ones of street signature dish when dining in. But sitting with a cup of ice coffee or bottles of beers are also commonly found, especially in the evening.