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EgyptAir

 

Did you know that EgyptAir is an airline from Egypt which is based at Cairo International Airport? The airline is one of the world’s oldest airlines in the world and it offers its services worldwide. The airline is also a member of Star Alliance and has been joining the team since 11th July 2008. Every airline has its own logo that represents its identity; so does EgyptAir. The airline’s logo is the infamous Horus, who was the sky deity in the Ancient Egypt belief. Horus is depicted as a man with a head of a falcon and the symbol was selected as the airline’s logo due to its ancient symbolism as a “winged God of the sun”. This definitely carries a significant meaning for the Egyptians.

Since 2011, EgyptAir offers its services to 76 destinations:

  1. 12 in Egypt
  2. 20 in the Middle-East
  3. 7 in Asia
  4. 20 in Europe
  5. 1 in the Americas

To book your air tickets with EgyptAir, visit http://goo.gl/0AhIO

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Travel tips in Vietnam

Some useful tips when travelling to Vietnam:

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Travel tips in Vietnam:

  1. Dress appropriately. You don’t have to show too much skin; after all, most Vietnamese dress up conservatively. Dressing up provocatively will only lead to unwanted stares by the locals.
  2. Greetings are important. Always address someone politely, especially the ones much older than you. Politeness is a value one must always take with, whether locally or internationally.
  3. When visiting holy places such as the Pagodas, dress up properly. If you are unsure of what to wear, follow the locals and feel free to ask around too.
  4. Drink enough water. You don’t to bring a big bottle with you; there are many vendors out there selling drinks and mineral water. If you carry a backpack with you, perhaps take a small bottle with you.
  5. Always take out your shoe before entering the homes of the Vietnamese. Wearing a shoe inside the house is considered rude. Bear in mind that the Asian lifestyle is different from the Westerners.

Mah Boon Krong Sho

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Visit Mah Boon Krong (MBK), one of Thailand’s most popular shopping centres visited by both tourists and locals. There are over 2000 shops here and 130 eating establishments over eight floors that sell almost everything, from clothes to electronics. When shopping here, don’t forget to also bargain for the best deals!

Fake handbags and clothes are also available here, but be sure to seek for help from the shop owner as they are not always on display. Make sure that the prices of the fake bags that you intend to buy are reasonable and don’t forget to walk with your Tourist Discount Card from one of the information desks on the first and second floors. Discounts may vary from 5% to 30%.
When you are tired of shopping, you can always stop by at the food court called the Fifth Avenue on the 5th floor of the building.

 

Travel tips when travelling overseas

Travel tips:

1. When travelling overseas, make sure you snap as many photos as possible! Store these pictures in your external hard disk to ensure that you have enough space to store new pictures.

2. Instead of making calls from your hotel room, why not use phone cards or better, a LocalSIMKad™ of your destination!

3. Make sure you have enough cash and do keep your cash and credit cards in a secured place.

4. Before leaving your hotel room, double check the things under your bed; you’ll never what is left behind.

5. If you wish to wash your undergarments, it’s better to wash them manually using your hands and the bathroom basin available as it is much cheaper than sending it to the hotel’s laundry service.

Work in Dubai

Want to work abroad? Yes, you can! There are many places that you can go to and it also depends to your interest as well; work in a place that you think you can be comfortable in. Well, if you have no experience staying abroad, perhaps experience it yourself! Dubai is one of the great places to work in although there are of course, the black and white sides about it. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of working in Dubai, shall we?

Some of the things that you should put into consideration:

1.      Financial

In Dubai, you will get to enjoy an income tax free salary! This way, you can always save up more money in your bank account. Having more money in the bank is essential as you may need those extra cash for the rainy days. Why pay so much when you can save more?

2.      Culture

Dubai is a place of culture, both local and international. You will get to see a lot of foreigners around the country; people from all over the world come here to work as Dubai is a country that requires professionals from other countries. Due to the multi-cultural population, you will get to learn about other cultures, language, and religion. However, there are people who prefer to work with people from their own kind; they’re not racist, but some people just have their own preference in certain things.

3.      Travel experience

Working in Dubai enables you to learn and know people from different cultures and backgrounds. Well, if you think getting to know people around Dubai is not enough, you are most welcomed to visit its neighbouring countries! Try visiting Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and many more. You will get to learn more because although each country may practise different lifestyle and holds different political and religious views, they are very kind and welcoming people. This is also the best time to learn Arabic or perhaps, belly dancing!

4.      Free trip home

Being far from your friends and family back home can be stressful sometimes as many people actually suffered from home-sickness when they stay abroad for a very long time. But, don’t worry, if you’re lucky, you might get your company to pay for your trip back to your home country. Most companies in Dubai would do that, so cross your fingers!

5.      Freedom

Working in Dubai is an experience no one should miss! This emirate city has the largest population and second largest land territory among all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi. It is also one of the most well-known Arab countries for having more freedom compared to the other Middle-east countries. Night clubs are available, so you and your friends can always come over for a beer. Yes, there are more freedom here but remember to always behave too.

6.      Climate

Dubai has a very hot arid climate and if you can’t stand the heat, be prepared for this if you are going to stay there for a very long time. Summer in Dubai is even hotter; it is also windy and humid (108 °F in average). Most people find it to be uncomfortable, but to those who are used to hot weather, they tend to adapt faster.

7.      Habits

Likewise, there are so many people of different nationalities in Dubai. Can you imagine how many types of people that you’ll be dealing with? There are good and bad people; you have to learn to tolerate with others, especially when driving on the road. The road is definitely a place that challenges one’s patience.

8.      Learn to respect

You probably have your own views on certain things and the values practised are also different than the others, especially those from different cultures and backgrounds. If you are not careful with your words, this may lead you to some unwanted actions. Learn to be a good listener and bear in mind that some things are just for you to know; you don’t want to touch on sensitive issues that may put yourself into troubles. Always respect the locals and learn to be patient. If you have to learn to be or behave like the locals, try to do so; but, NEVER compare and downgrade their culture. You don’t want them to tell you to get out from the country, don’t you? So, learn to respect and love each other.

Get your number in advance with LocalSIMKad.com

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your LocalSIMKad™ number in advance? This enables travellers to inform their number prior to their travel dates. For example, if you are planning to visit the Philippines on the 5th of July, you can inform your LocalSIMKad™ mobile number in advance to your friends and family; that way, they can call you once you land at the destination airport. LocalSIMKad.com offers a “Get your number in advance” service for all travellers.

For those of you who may not be familiar with  this product, LocalSIMKad™ of your destination is a travel SIM for global travellers, which allows them to make and receive calls when travelling abroad, without incurring any roaming charges. It helps travellers get connected immediately and avoid the hassle of looking around for a local SIM card. Travellers can collect their destination’s local SIM card once they have arrived at the destination. The product was introduced by LocalSIMKad.com in 2010. LocalSIMKad.com is an international booking channel that provides a local SIM card of the country that it offers. LocalSIMKad.com partners with one of the local TELCOs in the country offered.

Travelling with credit cards

Credit cards will come in handy, especially when you travel abroad as you would need more money than you expected. Just because you are on holiday that does not mean your credit card is on holiday too! Make sure that you continue to make any necessary payments even while you are away for holiday. Paying your bills on time is always the best thing to do when you have huge credit commitments.

When travelling abroad, it is best not to use public computers to perform any bank transaction for safety purposes. However, make sure you:

  • Check for computers with anti-virus software installed & firewall protection. This is to prevent Trojan viruses or spyware from stealing your passwords or account numbers
  • Always log out before leaving the computer

Like they always said “Credit cards are dangerous”. Yes, they are dangerous if you do not know how to spend wisely. Spend on necessary things only and the most important, SPEND ON WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD ONLY. Did you know that the right credit cards are actually the best way to spend abroad? Ask around first in order for you to find the best type of credit card that suits your interest and personal needs. Different credit card companies offer different benefits so be sure to fully understand how your credit card works and how it can benefit you as a user.

Let say you are travelling to Europe and you wish to pay using your credit cards. If the shop assistants ask you if you wish to pay in Pounds or Euro, just say NO.  This is called dynamic currency exchange, where the shop will do the conversion for you. The conversion rates are normally higher than your own card! So, please avoid this whenever you can. If you think debit cards are actually much better than credit cards, you are not entirely right. Certain banks actually charge you for every withdrawal; they can go up as high as £1.50 for everything you spend!

Most travellers prefer not to buy souvenirs and gifts from the airport as most of the items sold there are extremely expensive compared to the stores in town. Well, it applies to money exchange as well. You can get the worst rates here if you are not careful with the current rates. It is best to survey for better rates first before you travel. The airport is not the best place to get your money exchanged after all.

Travel with cash in hand

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When travelling abroad, it’s best to get your money changed first! The easiest is the American dollar as they are widely accepted around the world. Do check out for the local money changers too, as well as the operation hours, just in case if you need to change more cash. Credits are of course the most useful, as they like to say “Buy first, pay later”; so you don’t have to bring too much money with you when travelling abroad. Bear in mind that coins would also come in handy, especially when you choose to travel on public transportations such as public buses.

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