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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Are You An Internet Addict? #JomInternet

Is there really anything more important than reliable internet connection? Of course, not considering every human being's basic needs, what could be more important than having the world's information at the tip of your fingers, and the option to scroll mindlessly through the crazy amount of social media we're on every day? I sound like I'm being sarcastic, but deep inside, it's (sadly) actually true:

1. Facebook
The internet and social media have become a way of life. How many people do you know that don't have Facebook and Instagram permanently logged in on their phone? Personally I'm constantly on it: scrolling, reading articles, and watching videos. I actually learn a lot just from fb, and it helps me so much with my job  - I have to be up to date with all the latest news, and let's be honest, news on facebook spreads so much faster than the traditional ways!

If I had to use my mobile data for fb, I'm pretty sure it would run out super fast. Luckily you can add-on the RM28 internet plan on Digi Prepaid to enjoy 5GB High Speed Internet +FREE Facebook every month!

2. Communicate Easily
With half my family half way across the world in the UK, and friends scattered all over the place like Korea, New Zealand, China, Australia etc, there is no way we could keep in touch with each other without easy data access. Even when we're not using chat apps, at least we can know what's going on in each others lives just by seeing their updates on our news feed. Which country do you have the most friends/family?

3. Accessibility
There's no knowledge that is inaccessible with the internet, you just gotta dig for it! Anything random that pops into your head is just a search away - hear a song you like? SoundHound it. Wanna sing along? Google those lyrics. Wanna learn the chords to Ed Sheeran's new song? Trust me, there's an article, video and probably app for that.

4. Entertainment
Ok this is totally embarrassing but.. I legit have withdrawal symptoms if I can't keep every minute of my day entertained with my phone. (Everyone backstage at my last Ultraman Live in Genting show can vouch for this: I had about 3 hours when my phone died and it was not pretty.)

Think about it: without data access, we wouldn't even be able to access YouTube, stream songs on Spotify, play games (Fun Run 2), or even listen to the hitz fm app (hur hur). I know I can always go back to picking up a book (I really should), but.. PHONE BAH haha.

I'm a true mobile data addict, and use a lot of data quota every month. Luckily with #DigiPrepaid, you can get more data for less! If you wanna know more about the perks, just check out www.digi.commy/clnlive  , but I wanna know: what do you spend more hours on? Drop me a comment to let me know! #JomInternet

See you online,
Calista xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Met Gala 2017 - Fave Looks & WTF?

The Met Gala is one of the most anticipated, and also most exclusive charity event in Hollywood, with ticket prices starting from $30,000 per person, not to mention it's strictly by invite only, which means if Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour doesn't think you're worthy enough, you still couldn't get a seat even if you were to pay $100,000! 

It's also one of the best red carpet opportunities: this year the theme is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In Between, and every single attendee will be dressed accordingly, with the biggest fashion houses dressing their fave celebs to showcase their best - in theory.

Unfortunately, some can pull off the theme and look amazing, while others just look like they rolled around in their wardrobe for a little while, and some just play safe (and boring). I guess given the theme though it's probably not such a surprise:

Dressed in Garçons
Rihanna is a walking piece of art.
PC: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock
Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea - Love the hair & makeup!
PC: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock
Caroline Kennedy - US Ambassador to Japan & also friend of Rei Kawakubo
PC: Justin Lane/EPA
Fave Looks
Nicki Minaj's DIY H&M Outfit - with designer Rei's image on the belt!
PC: David Fisher/Shutterstock
Always love Emily Ratajkowski's style - Van Gogh anyone?
PC: Getty Images
Sasha Lane - Not a name I really know, but love the dress!
PC: Getty Images

Not A Fan
Katy Perry. What.
PC: Getty Images
Madonna, this dress should've stayed as camoflouge.
PC: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times
At least if Solange Knowles feels tired she can curl straight up in that sleeping bag.
PC: Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly

Tbh, I wasn't really wowed by this year's Met, 2013 was much more spectacular. What do you think? Which was your favourite look? Lemme know in the comments!

Love always,
Calista xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

Make Canada Your Next Relaxation Destination

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Known for its rugged mountain areas, beautiful wilderness, and largest coastline on the planet. If you’re the kind of traveller who prefers luxury and relaxation to camping and adventure activities, you could be forgiven for thinking that the country is not for you. However, there is much more to Canada than meets the eye, and you might be surprised to learn that Canada is home to some of the best spas in the world.
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So, if you’re looking for your next relaxation destination, contact Canada eta and check out the following list of the best spas in Canada, to plan the perfect pampering trip right now:

The Willow Stream Spa, Alberta

Alberta is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, so you know that you’ve found a really great spa when you’d rather be relaxing inside than exploring what’s outdoors. The Willow Stream Spa is one such place. Situated in the Fairmont Banff Springs, this huge spa facility is home to three waterfall whirlpool, a European-style mineral pool, and a resting lounge complete with roaring fire, amongst other things.

Ste. Anne’s Spa, Ontario

If you’ve been to a lot of spas and you think that they can’t surprise you anymore, take a trip to the Ste. Anne’s Spa in Ontario and prepare to have your mind blown. Located in the little town of Grafton, this spa is impressive from the outset. Located in a rustic Canadian cottage, the ethos of Ste. Anne’s is to have fun. Unlike most of the spas you’ve been to where it's almost deadly quiet and the staff are Stoney faced, you’ll be greeted by smiling, laughing employees and guests, before you’re whisked away for reiki, hot stone massages, and fantastic facials.
Northern Lights Resort and Spa, Yukon

Located in the north of Canada, this spa might be a bit out of the way, but it is definitely worth making the journey because, once you’ve had your massage, you can relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi as you watch the aurora borealis light show above your head. That’s the kind of experience you will never forget.

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Ontario

If you like to enjoy the scenery while you relax and undergo a much-deserved pampering session, the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is the place to be. Located in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy Scandinavian baths while looking out at the wonderful mountain scenery.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa, British Columbia

There isn’t much point travelling all the way to Canada for a relaxing break if you aren’t going to take advantage of the stunning views, which is why, if you want to really immerse yourself in Canadian calm, you should take a trip to The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, where you can spend time on the beautiful coast of Victoria, taking hot mineral baths by the sea and using the native seaweed to cleanse your skin. Sounds like heaven, right?

Relaxing is exactly what you want out of a vacation, and wherever you go in Canada, you’re never too far from a perfect oasis of calm. Which spa will you visit on your next trip?

Dreaming of maple syrup and snow,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed by a guest.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Make Your Next Trip A Little More Memorable

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Taking a vacation is a lot of work!  We put a lot of time and thought into choosing the right place and settling on the details, making sure that we will come away from our holidays with incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

Sometimes though, it’s nice to come home with a physical reminder of your getaway, and regardless of where you have been, there are always great ideas for bringing home a little piece of your destination with you.

If you are heading to Africa, you could consider purchasing precious stones. There is a booming diamond industry and this could be your chance to buy something that seems impossible back at home. Buying the jewel on it’s own means you could design your own bespoke earrings or necklace and wear a little piece of your trip everyday.  It’s worth getting in touch with an expert like Whiteflash Review to get some buying tips, and to check your stone when you come home, so you can get it authenticated if you haven’t already.

Italy is a beautiful country and lurking within the ocean are delicate pieces of red coral which are native to the amalfi coast.  There are lots of little markets which sell necklaces and bracelets made from this striking coral and whilst it is now protected so you cannot dive for it yourself, you can still take home a small treasure to remind you of the rolling Italian coastline.

Heading to Japan, Malaysia,  Australia or the Philippines means you are in the top countries for finding black sea pearls or black freshwater pearls.  There is something really mysterious about a black pearl as we are accustomed to the white or pink versions.  You can dive for these yourself or buy them ready-strung in shops or at the market.  Diving for your own will add even more adventure to the story behind your beautiful keepsake and will bring you back memories when you are feeling nostalgic.  

Head out to India to discover a world full of silk at incredible prices.  The colours will be vibrant and the material so smooth and indulgent.  Take advantage of the incredible skills of the Indian people and have a dress made personally for you.  Perhaps going for something western with some nods to Indian culture.  There are loads of places in Delhi that will happily recreate a dress you have seen on the internet whilst putting their own unique twist on it.

When you book your next trip, research the area and find out what luxury item it is famous for.  Then get creative, go small or bold and bring home more than just a memory from your favourite countries.

Love always,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed. The ideas may not correspond to the blog owner's beliefs.Always do your own research to make sure your souvenirs/travel plans match up to your own level of ethics, so you can have fun AND stay guilt-free! =)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this year?

Being Malaysian (and half British), I don't usually celebrate Thanksgiving, but seeing all the Instagram posts from Americans that I follow, got me thinking, and seeing as it's still Thanksgiving where it's celebrated (we are at least 12 hours ahead!), here's what I'm thankful for this 2016:

Not gonna lie, 2016 has been a tough year, not just for me but seemingly for most people (if the media is to be believed). Even so, it hasn't all been bad, and today is the day to reflect on the good!

I'm especially grateful for my career this year. Getting to do the things you love for a living isn't something everyone can say, and I have to admit I have the best of a lot of worlds right now. I am thankful that I get to be a radio announcer with the best team at hitz fm Sabah.

I am thankful I get to perform on stage yet again for Ultraman Live with an amazing team called One Universal Production. Two jobs that I love, are also two things I'd never have dreamed of doing, yet by a fluke the opportunity came and I found my calling.

I am thankful for my wonderful family, near and far. That we have each others' backs and we are so tight-knit, even though miles may separate us at times. That we don't have to say a word to know how much we love each other.

I am thankful for the people I love, and all of the people who love and take care of me. Whether you have been in my life for years, or we've not long met, or we don't even keep in touch that often any more. You have all left marks on my heart for better or worse, and I am thankful that in a sea of people, we got to touch each other's lives. Also, having a soulmate is not always about love. You can find your soulmate in friendship too, and I'm thankful I get to say I've found mine.

I am thankful for health, my own and of people I love. A few scares this year and some bad news hit home how nothing is really forever. A quote I recently read:

It's true, and it sucks, but the only thing we can do is make that time the best it could be.

And last but not least, I am thankful for my readers/followers. Without the support of sometimes complete strangers, my life would be so different, and not in a good way! Thank you so much for still reading my (inconsistent) blog posts, for watching my (even less consistent) videos, and keeping up with my life on all forms on social media. I may not be as active as other bloggers/social media influencers, but you guys keep me loving it all the same. Every year I vow to work on my time management skills, and every year I seem to lapse, but here's to 2017 eh? =P I don't say it enough, but I love and appreciate every single one of you who is still here with me on this journey.
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So there it is! Everything I'm thankful for (and what came to mind with less than 30 minutes to write this). Happy thanksgiving; what are you thankful for? Drop me a comment below; I would love to know at least one!

Thankful for your love,
Calista xx

Monday, 17 October 2016

#hitzEscape: Bastille, Queen + Adam Lambert in Singapore!!

I'm a HUGE fan of Adam Lambert, so when my brother Oliver & I heard he was gonna be performing with Queen for F1 Singapore, we bought tickets right away!
Adam Lambert rocked the Singapore Grand Prix with Queen!
That's one thing about Merlion City though: they have so many music and art festivals going on all year round, and they bring some pretty awesome international artists over for concerts. Do some research, and you can probably catch some cool events not too far from home!
Bastille was awesome!
I spent almost a week there, mostly hanging with friends, but I did get to spend a day at Universal Studios Singapore - my very first time! It's near Sentosa, so if you wanna go you can take the mrt to Harbourfront station, head into Vivo City, then take the Sentosa Express to Waterfront station. Go early if you want to make the most out of your ticket (we paid $60 each, from Klook), they open at 10am - 6pm. Best time to go would be a weekday not long after the school holidays as it's quieter and the queues weren't too long.

MUST TRY: Transformers (virtual reality rollercoaster), Mummy Returns (also VR), and Battlestar Galactica (Human VS Cyborg rollercoasters)

To make your trip easier, you might wanna get a tourist sim when you reach the airport, especially if you're taking public transport. I was dying of boredom on the train (I stayed at my friend's place in Admiralty, so it was a good 90 mins before I reached her via mrt), and I have internet withdrawals anyway lol. The one I got was from Singtel, $15 for 5 days and 4gb of data.

Speaking of the mrt, getting a reloadable touch-n-go type card is cheaper and more convenient than constantly buying single trips, and don't worry about getting lost: Julie recommended THIS awesome website to help me get around - it gives you exact directions including which bus to take and how many stops til you need to alight!

Places to visit of course include Orchard Road (no shopping if you're like us though; it's way above our paygrade lol), Bugis (pretty cool mall and a higher end street market where you can get a variety of things, like more affordable clothes, trinkets, and food), and Chinatown.

If you head to Chinatown, don't miss the Chinatown Food Complex, where you can get the best chicken rice in the world - no exaggeration! Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice was awarded one Michelin star recently, and it is the first hawker stall in the world to receive one! We queued for about half an hour at around 2.30pm, but before we even reached halfway, they told us they had sold out. Queues are usually up to 3 hours long though, and even before they were in every food blog and newspaper, queues could still reach 30 - 40 mins during lunch time. I plan to go try my luck another time =P

What do you like to do in Singapore? Drop me a comment! 
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Love always,
Calista xx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

#hitzEscape: Everything You Need in Malaysia

Hey guys!

So the hitz Escape has been missing for a while, but only because I've been compiling a huge post for Malaysia month, and then been collecting cool stuff to share from a week in Singapore- but that's in my next post!

September is basically Malaysia month, with all Malaysians celebrating the formation of Malaysia from 31st August up til 16th September. #hitzEscape got friends from every different state to share the best of the best:
Blending into the street art in Georgetown
Penang: We all know that Penang is Malaysian food central! Angus recommends char kuey teow, assam laksa & cendol to cool off. Take a walk around Georgetown to check out the cool street art, and walk off that full stomach to get ready for your next meal! Check out my last trip HERE.

Pahang: Wendy comes from a small town in Kuantan called Sungai Lembing. The most interesting thing about that town? There is actually a museum where you can see all kinds of crystals which are collected from the hill nearby! Some of the crystals are also for sale. Hey, not every day you can buy a crystal so close to source right?

Negeri Sembilan: Best thing about Seremban? Elsa says you gotta try the food! Most people know about the famous Seremban BBQ crabs and Seremban siew pau, but there are also some traditional food which non-locals might not know of, like octopus noodles (which you can find at the morning market), Chan Pau aka buns with filling, like siew pau, and Xiao Huang Mian Bao, which is basically bread filled with cream. Wanna go to the beach? Port Dickson is right down the road!

Kedah: Alor Setar is Ka Mei's hometown, and she recommends visitors to go to the old towns like Pekan Rabu & Pekan Cina. There's lots of good food at the morning market, and if you are feeling peckish at midnight, the curry mee is awesome! The Alor Setar tower is also worth a visit if you're around the area!
Chicken Rice Balls!
Malacca: History buffs will be spoilt for choice! Check out the old fort A' Famosa and the old church just next to it, as well as spending a night at Jonker Street on the weekends for Malaysia's most famous night market. Famous dishes in Malacca include chicken rice balls, satay celup and the most amazing coconut shake. Need a tour guide? Hit Dave up!

Perlis: The smallest state of Malaysia is known as a rock climbing haven and has two very special things: The "Cave of Darkness", aka Gua Kelam, and a special type of mango which is grown only in Perlis! Called Harum Manis, it lives up to it's name by being super sweet, and having a super strong smell.

Perak: Ipoh is the capital of Perak, and Terry suggests dropping by Ipoh Old Town (Yi Lai Hong) to check out the many drawings on the walls which are full of history, and the most unique thing about about Ipoh is the fact that they have a lot of temples, which are inside caves! I've actually seen some of these and they're really beautiful and serene. Food-wise, famous Ipoh chicken rice with taugeh and "gai si hor fun" - shredded chicken in noodle soup are a must-have.
Mindstorms @ Legoland
Johor: Yukiko has really diverse suggestions: Legoland if you have kids; Johor Premium Outlet if you're a shopaholic; & Danga Bay if you just wanna chill. As for food? You can't go wrong with nasi lemak, but personally, I fell in love with the grilled fish & petai!
Trishaw Rides
Kelantan: I went on two separate trips to Kota Bharu, and you can check out my previous posts here and here, but long story short, you can take a trishaw ride around the tourism zone, watch some wayang kulit, or take part in a dikir barat performance. Try out roti titab for breakfast, do NOT miss out on the nasi kerabu, and if you have a sweet-tooth? The kuih over there is super, super sweet.
Awana Kijal @ Terengganu
Terengganu: Obviously, world famous islands Pulau Redang & Pulau Perhentian are a no-brainer. Favourite eats like keropok lekor, nasi dagang, and otak-otak all originate from Terengganu, while you might wanna try out ketupat sotong and the dessert lompat tikam - dessert coconut milk, rice flour, pandan juice

Selangor: There's so much food to be had in Selangor, especially around Subang! Anna suggests heading to USJ 17 for curry mee, or check out 7 Mile Kitchen at Kelana Jaya for really good Sarawak Laksa & Kolok Mee. Wanna go shopping? 1Utama is the biggest mall in Malaysia, and Sunway Pyramid? My fave mall!
Taman Tasik @ Putrajaya
Putrajaya: Famous for its architecture, Putrajaya has so many photo-worthy buildings, and the bridge there is a national landmark. Want pretty pictures and a relaxing few hours? The Taman Tasik Putrajaya is great for photo shoots!

Labuan: In Sabah? Just take a 2 hour drive up to Menumbok, then hop on a speedboat (20 mins) or ferry (about 2 hours), and hello DUTY FREE!!

Kuala Lumpur: Best place for shopping, great food, wonderful landmarks, and always something different going on!

Sarawak: Personally I've only been to Miri - Mulu Caves are the most famous part of Miri, but don't make the same mistake I did! They're actually a 10-hour drive away, or a 30-min domestic flight from Miri town! You can visit the Grand Old Lady on Canada Hill, which is a great place for star-gazing and sunsets, and make sure you don't miss out on the awesome Sarawak laksa! Food is generally quite cheap in most places in Sarawak.

Sabah: So many places to go! Head down to Sandakan for good food, cheap and fresh seafood, UFO (custard) tarts, and visit Agnes Keith House, the harbour, and even the old water village! It's only a 5 hour drive away from KK.
Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Looking to go on a road trip? Take the scenic route to Kudat, and you'll even pass by the jetty to Pulau Mantanani, which is in Kota Belud. Be sure to visit the meeting point of the Sulu sea and South China sea, aka the Tip of Borneo, or the dog ear of Borneo, and take a quick drive around the old town of Kudat.

Love the jungles? Trek to the Lost World of Borneo - Maliau Basin, where the 7-tier waterfall is still virtually untouched due to it's inaccessibility. I really wanna see it, but I'm so afraid of insects, I'll just look at your photos instead.

Just wanna stay around Kota Kinabalu itself? Be a tourist in your own town - you'll probably discover loads of attractions you've never really experienced before, just cz they're always there! Worse comes to worst? There are so many new cafes around town - go find your fave!

What would you suggest about your state? Drop me a comment! 
Don't forget to follow me on Instagram & Facebook @CalistaLeahLiew & Snapchat @CalistaLeah;
And join me on the hitz Playlist every weekday 10am - 1pm on 
hitz fm Sabah 100.8 in Kota Kinabalu & 99.8 in Sandakan! 
*Daily #hitzEscape tips at 12pm

Love always,
Calista x