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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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Canada.

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! =)