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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life Online As A Radio Announcer

I honestly think I would die without internet.

Love of my life - my phone
Exaggeration? Maybe, but only slightly. Anyone who knows me can testify to the fact that I'm always scrolling on my phone, going through every single app when I know there isn't really anything new, or most recently, watching way too many instastories - even when I know they eat up so much data!

Only 4 days into my data cycle 😨
Now that I'm working in radio, I have an excuse to be 24/7 on the internet is more important than ever! I always have to keep up-to-date with the latest gossip and trends, so I can keep my show updated with all the coolest news and music, so I'm one of those lucky people who can go on a YouTube binge and call it work. Sounds amazing, until you run out of data. Luckily though, that doesn’t happen often with Digi, and when it does, you can bet it's topped up within seconds, as you can #JomInternet Your Way with Digi Prepaid Live. I get to enjoy 2GB high-speed internet at only RM3! Honestly what can you get for RM3 these days…

A typical day in the life of a radio announcer (or at least, my life):

Basically every morning
9am         Run out of snooze buttons and drag myself out of bed (after scrolling through all the notifications that happened while I was sleeping).

10am       Reach the office, go through emails, then start doing my show prep (this includes googling latest celeb goss, watching new movie/tv trailers, scrolling through Facebook to see what's viral, sneaking in instagram time BECAUSE WHY I AM ADDICTED etc.

11.30am  Lunch and whatsapp away.

In the studio
12.45pm Time to start the show! Between talking, I'll also be googling extra info on the topic I'm talking about, and replying listeners' whatsapp messages.

4pm        Show done! Time to reply my own messages and update my instastories and social media.
This is also when we'll be taking photos and videos for the station's social mediawriting scripts, having meetings etc. On the lucky days I have none of these to do, I plonk myself in front of YouTube and usually discover a million and one new songs, vlogs and interviews all at once.

7pm Time to go home! Usually I’ll head out for dinner or a catch up with friends, all the while my phone never leaves my sight. Not exactly healthy, but reality.
Instastorying the beautiful sunset
Of course the scrolling never really stops until I actually fall asleep. I survive on the internet and if my data accidentally runs out, I literally don't know what to do and I feel fidgety (maybe I should go to some kind of rehab for this addiction lol)


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💛💛,
Calista xx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Flying Tips to Keep You Sane This Summer

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Summer is traditionally the time when many of us fly off for what we hope will be a relaxing vacation at a beautiful location. Sadly, too many of us reach our holiday spot stressed out, annoyed and sometimes even angry due to the quality of our flights.

If you’re flying this summer, here are some summer flying tips to help keep you sane, so that you start your vacation the right way:

Dress Comfortably

If you want to have a comfortable flight, then you need to dress comfy. That doesn’t mean that you have to dress down in your sweats and hoodies – there are lots of comfy maxi dresses to be found at Dress Boutiques, as well as comfy cotton t-shirts and linen trousers to be found, so you can look good and stay comfy. Just make sure that you take along a cardigan, sweater or jacket, so that you can layer up if it gets too cool onboard.

Get the First Flight of the Day

If the thing that really annoys you is having to wait around forever to get on the plane due to delays and other disasters, book the first flight of the day and you’ll rarely have to worry because the plane will already be there and ready to go. Of course, you’ll have to get up quite early, but trust me it will be worth it.

Book an Exit Row Seat

If you can’t afford to upgrade to first class, and there are few of us who can try booking an exit row seat because more often than not, you will have more leg room if you do. Unfortunately, these seats tend to be cooler, so remember to bring plenty of layers along.

Be Nice to the Flight Attendants

If you bring a few little treats along for the flight attendants, perhaps some chocolates, they’ll be so pleased by your appreciation that you shouldn’t be surprised to have your journey made more comfortable with free drink or two, or perhaps even a free headset so that you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment in peace.

Pack Some Snacks

Airlines are getting better at providing food for people who have special dietary needs, such as vegans and celiac, but they still aren’t as good as they could be and errors are still made, so if you eat a bit differently from the norm, it’s probably a good idea to pack a few things you can eat in your carry-on. This will stop you from getting overly hungry, which will only make you madder at the poor service and sour your vacation before it even begins.

Bring an Air Travel Pillow and Earplugs

If you’re flying long-haul and you want to get some shut-eye, bringing along an Airplane Travel Pillow and a pair of earplugs is a must. They’ll make you much more comfortable, keep the noise of those crying babies and your snoring neighbor at bay and ensure you reach your destination, cool, calm and well rested.


What are your top tips for staying sane on a summer flight?

Love,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed

Fashion With Feeling: Look Good While Doing Good

In recent years, the world has become a very different place. Now, more people than ever have started caring about the world around them. As the Internet connects people, it’s becoming easier to see that humans are all the same. For some, this promotes the need to help others in every aspect of the life. If you fall into this category, this post may just be for you. It will be going through some (not all) of the best ways to make sure that the clothing you wear is good for the world and the people in it, and, will also be giving you some inspiration to try new options.

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A helping hand
To start with this effort, it’s a good idea to look at the impact products have on the people that make them. Thanks to lighter laws, cheaper taxes, and much more affordable employment, a lot of companies choose to make goods in other countries. This is great for business, as it keeps all of the prices down. But, for the people making the products, it can cause a lot of issues. In the areas that these workers live, you will often find a lot of military activity. Of course, this activity isn’t from a government. But, instead, it’s organisations who want to profit from the people around them. This will often lead to child and slave labour. Most companies are happy to advertise the fact that their goods are conflict free. So, when you’re shopping for clothing, you should be sure to avoid options which don’t state this. Only through boycotting clothing will conflict caused by its production end.

Once the conflict and danger have been taken out of a place, it’s time to start looking for ways to make security more permanent for the residents. A lot of people have the knowledge to farm and grow their own food. But, unfortunately, the equipment required to get started is far too expensive. To get around this issue, companies like DAINO have started finding ways to give something back. When you buy a pair of their wooden sunglasses, five trees will be planted to feed the locals who grew the original product. This gives you the chance to give something back, while also wearing a unique accessory.

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Being responsible
Of course, there’s not much point in planting trees and other materials if it isn’t done responsibly. A lot of companies don’t care about their environmental impact. Instead, they will use all of the resources they need to create their clothing. In a lot of cases, this results in fossil fuels being used to create new items. Along with this, being irresponsible will also affect the locals in an area. For example, growing and harvesting too much cotton will eventually damage the land. Once the plants can’t be grown, the locals will have to find a new space to make their money. A company like Alternative Apparel is a great example of a responsible brand. Their products are made from 70% renewable resources. And, they sell all sorts of goods. So, using their range could be a great way to get started.

The world is a very sensitive ecosystem. Like mentioned above, over farming will often damage land and make it unusable. But, there’s more to it than just the amount we take. Over the last couple of centuries, chemical fertilisers have come a long way. These synthetic materials are used by a lot of companies to produce greater yields than they would naturally. Unfortunately, putting chemicals like this into an environment is bad for the plants and animals surrounding it. Companies like Patagonia have made a good name for themselves by selling organic goods. This means that their cotton and other resources have been grown using natural fertilisers, in a way which doesn’t harm the Earth. Along with being good for the world, their clothing also looks great. Adding some color to any outfit is easy with a splash of Patagonia.

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Trust
Unfortunately, it can be hard to trust the claims of the companies selling you their clothing. In the past, businesses have lied about their environmental and social efforts in a bid to become more popular. The only way to tell exactly how a company operates is if they make the information public. This sort of transparency can be very hard to come by, today. But, companies like Everlane are still trying to pioneer this new way of running a company. A lot of people will love the minimal and tasteful styles this company has become known for. And, you’ll be happy to know that they stock nearly anything you could want.

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Waste
Humans are masters when it comes to creating things. But, of course, people are also very good at creating waste. In fact, each year, over two billion tons of waste is dumped in holes in the ground. Lowering this rate is essential for the survival of the human race. And, so, it’s a good idea to look for companies which are responsible for their waste. Companies like Nike and Adidas have been scrutinised for the waste they produce, in recent years. Whereas, companies like Modernation have been heralded for producing nearly no waste at all. Other companies have also started using old clothing as the basis for their new designs, limiting the impact they have on the environment. When you spend the time to look for companies which don’t like waste, you’ll often find the highest quality clothing. This sort of commitment doesn’t end when their products leave the factory. Instead, they want their clothing to last as a long as possible. And, this means that they have to produce it to a very high standard. Sometimes, the ethical option can also be the cheapest and longest lasting. So, it’s well worth your time to do some research.


Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what needs to be done to start using your heart when you shop. A lot of people don’t consider the impact their clothing can have on other people. But, the world can be a bad place. And, this makes it very important to do your bit to make it better.

Love,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed

Monday, 3 July 2017

What To Buy For Big Birthdays

When big birthdays roll around, it can be hard to know how to celebrate them - or more precisely, what you should buy. If it’s your partner’s thirtieth, or your mother’s sixtieth, or even your best friend’s eighteenth birthday, you want to make it really special with a gift that they’ll remember forever - but what exactly should you get?

An Investment Piece

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A lot of the time, an item that can be kept forever is one of the most popular gift ideas. Jewellery is always a good option, particularly if it’s for your partner - earrings or pendants are always appreciated! If you have absolute faith in your own taste, you can pick them out yourself, but it can be fun to choose them together as well. If that’s what you go for, why not make the whole trip into a day out and go for lunch as well? Jewellery is also a great option for your daughter or your mother - a bracelet is something that they can wear and keep forever. Finally, if you’re wondering what to buy for your husband or father, a watch is always a solid option - and the great thing about a watch is that they’re easy to personalise with engravings too!

Consider Their Hobbies

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It can be tempting to buy something that you love for your loved ones - your own favourite book for instance, in the hopes that they’ll enjoy it as much as you did. But it’s a lot more thoughtful to go for something that they’ll really sincerely enjoy and that you’ve carefully considered. Even if you’d rather jump off a bridge than spend any time contemplating the different types of roses, if your loved one is a gardening fanatic then you could consider buying them a new shiny set of gardening tools. If they’re a foodie or an alcohol aficionado, it might be hard to choose what exactly they might want, so check out reviews online to learn the difference between Irish and Scotch whisky and where exactly Kikori whiskey comes into the equation. Focus on what they love and you’ll be onto a winner!

An Experience

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Finally, the most important gift that you can give to anyone is spending some quality time together. We all generally have all the material possessions that we need, and a lot of the tat that we give each other every birthday and every Christmas tends to end up discarded - we’ve all got one of those piles of things we don’t need at the back of our closets, right? So instead, why don’t you opt for making some memories? There’s nothing better than a meal out, or splashing out on an afternoon tea. You could also look at the listings for your local area and go for theatre, ballet or opera tickets for anyone who’s a culture buff. In addition, you could consider going on a weekend away with your partner or even a close friend - reconnecting and having a few laughs together is something that you’ll both value for the rest of your lives.

Love,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed.

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.
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Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea - Love the hair & makeup!
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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!
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Always love Emily Ratajkowski's style - Van Gogh anyone?
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Sasha Lane - Not a name I really know, but love the dress!
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Not A Fan
Katy Perry. What.
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Madonna, this dress should've stayed as camoflouge.
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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! =)