November 14, 2018

November 5, 2018

Safety Tips for Travelers

Freelancer workers are on the rise. In the U.S., they comprised 34% of the workforce in 2014, and one study estimated the freelance community will make up 40% of the workforce by 2020. The freedom to work from any location means that more freelancers are choosing to live abroad than ever. Traveling to a new country, adjusting to the customs, and figuring out basic life etiquettes are difficult enough, but navigating health and safety in a foreign company can be even more difficult.


Following a few tips can help you avoid disease or injury or be better prepared for it.
1. Have emergency info on hand.
You should include information of your emergency contact, allergies, country of residence, language spoken, and insurance member information. If you carry the information on a notecard in your wallet, it will be easier to access in case of an emergency.
2. Make copies of all documents—including your insurance information.
Carrying your actual passport, visa, and other identifying documents with you can be dangerous. If you lose them, the process to get them back is a headache. Not having your insurance card when an emergency pops up can be devastating. Keep copies with you and your actual cards in a safe place.
3. Research medical concerns—diseases, common injuries, etc—for your location and ways to avoid them.
Every country is unique in this field. Make sure you’re caught up on recommended vaccines, and do your research! Is it flu season when you’re moving there? Is chikungunya a concern? Do most injuries come from skiers falling down slopes? Know what you’re up against and how to avoid it.
4. Know what to do if you become sick or injured.
Do you know how to say hospital in the native tongue? Does the country primarily rely on walk-in clinics for minor illnesses? Will you have to wait in long lines each morning for medicines? Here’s another area to put your research skills to test. Before you move or travel, have a fairly detailed, written plan on how to handle your health concerns.
5. Pay attention to your health.
Early detection on health issues can result in easy, quick assistance from a clinic or physician whereas ignoring health issues can lead to emergencies. Pay attention to your health so that you can take proactive measures to avoid illness and diseases.
6. Use a traveler’s insurance program like SafetyWing.
SafetyWing is the world's first International Travel Medical Insurance developed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and remote workers traveling or living abroad worldwide. You will be covered for unexpected illness or injury, including eligible expenses for hospital, doctor or prescription drugs while you are in a country other than your home country.
Travelers around the world benefit from 24/7 support through a policy administered by Tokio Marine, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. It is available in 180 countries around the world, has a low US$250 deductible, and a high maximum limit of US$250,000.
In addition, SafetyWing provides emergency travel-related benefits for emergency medical evacuation, bedside visits, travel delays and lost checked luggage.

The benefits of guarding your health and safety while living or traveling abroad are vast. Being able to enjoy the culture and environment you’re travelling to is paramount, so making sure you’re covered in case of emergency should be a priority.


P.S.: This post is in collaboration with SafetyWing. Get yours here: http://www.safetywing.com/

October 29, 2018

Pillar Rocks


Pillar rocks in Kodaikanal are a natural rock formation that look like pillars and is one of the major attractions in the hill station. September 2018.

October 25, 2018

Thalaiyar Falls



Thalaiyar falls in Theni district of Tamil Nadu is also sometimes referred as Rat Tail falls as the cascading falls looks like the tail of a rat from a distance. It is the highest waterfalls in Tamil Nadu and one can get a view of the same from the ghat road that connects Dindigul with Kodaikanal. While access to the base of the falls in denied, there is a tough trek that leads to the top of the falls.

October 22, 2018

Neelakurinji frames from Kodaikanal


It was almost the end of Neelakurinji season in September end when I headed to Kodaikanal to catch a glimpse of Strobilanthes Kunthianus (Kurinji or Neelakurinji) . While the Neelakurinji that had bloomed below the Coaker's walk area had died, the locals were helpful enough to guide me to Vilpatti, a few kilometers from the town. The flowers were in their full bloom in Vilpatti. 

Neelakurinji season has come to an end almost everywhere except Munnar where it would still be visible for a few more days. Rush now or else wait until 2030 when it is expected to bloom again. Here are a few frames from Vilpatti, Kodaikanal. 








October 20, 2018

Putra Mosque


Consecrated in the year 1997, Putra mosque with its pink dome and minaret is located adjacent to Putra lake and Perdana Putra, the Malaysian Prime Minster's office. Modelled on Persian Islamic design, the mosque has exquisite intricate carvings and floral works on the pink granite walls and ceiling of its prayer hall. The colourful painted glass windows are another eye catcher here.








October 17, 2018

Putrajaya


Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia is lined with beautiful lakes and lush greenery.

October 15, 2018

October 9, 2018

Flying with Malindo Air- My Experience



When I first heard the name Malindo, it made me curious and a check revealed that the name was derived from Malaysia and Indonesia, signifying the friendliness and pacts both the countries share. Owned by the Indonesian Lion Air group, Malindo Air, which is a low cost airline has its hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. It commenced its operations in 2013 and they now connect to 55 destinations across the globe, but majorly across Asia.


I recently had the opportunity to travel with Malindo Air from Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur and back. Online check-in is the preferred option these days and Malindo Air too offers that option to avoid standing in long queues at the airport. The flight also allows a check-in baggage of up to 25 Kgs weight for economy class and up to 40 Kgs for business class flyers. They allow one cabin baggage and one laptop bag.

While I didn’t get a chance to experience business class, economy class was a nice experience. The seat was comfortable with a good leg room and sufficient space for cabin baggage.


Though Malindo doesn’t serve alcohol, they served an Indian dinner (probably because the flight was from India) and it was satiating. The in-flight entertainment options are aplenty with English, Hindi and Indian regional movies apart from games. Plugged on the ear heads and enjoyed myself wrapped in comfortable blankets.


The services provided are quite good for a low cost airline and both my flights were well on time. I would definitely suggest Malindo Air to anyone who intends to travel on a low cost airline from India to Kuala Lumpur or any of the destinations to which they operate.



P.S.: I flew to Kuala Lumpur and back, courtesy Malindo Air and Tourism Malaysia.

October 8, 2018

Amazing Experiences I Loved in Resorts World Genting



True to its name, Genting Highlands located up in the high land takes you through mist and over rain forests to a world where fun, entertainment and amazing experiences awaits you. Genting Highlands which was recently renamed as Resorts World Genting (RWG) has been one of the major tourist attractions near Kuala Lumpur for a long period. The first hotel opened in 1971, and over the years the place has turned into a small city with 10,000 hotel rooms presently. This mountain top destination is known for its theme parks, shopping avenues, casinos, hotels and restaurants. With more than 60,000 visitors per day, Resorts World Genting also keeps bringing in new additions and changes, and the latest to the list are the new Awana Sky Gondola system, Sky Avenue shopping mall and a host of global brands. While there is no end to entertainment and activities in Resorts World Genting, personally for me some of the experiences were absolutely amazing.




Awana SkyWay Gondola ride:

This cable car ride takes you from the base to the top of the hill covering three and a half kilometers in just 10 minutes. Awana SkyWay cable car ride is one of the latest additions in RWG and the ride through the mist with amazing aerial views of the lush green forests, the meandering roads and the surrounding hills is a lovely experience. The gorgeous view of the mist clad Chin Swee temple is another attraction on the way up. There is also a station at this temple if visitors would like to alight and visit.




Jurassic Research Centre:

This is an interesting experience for kids as well as adults. There are numerous giant sized dinosaurs which are machine controlled and make movements, noises and look real. The centre also has a fossil laboratory which is a great insight regarding the extinct species.



Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium:

This entertaining museum has weird displays and quirky information from world over. The information and photographs shared could well be eye openers for many visitors. Most of it is quite unbelievable and the name- Odditorium definitely sounds apt.



4D Trick Art museum:

If you love art, this museum will definitely win you over. This has innumerable four dimensional arts all over the place. It is a walk through a magnificent display of illusions and incredible art work.



Sky Symphony:

As you walk around Sky Avenue, don’t be surprised when the central atrium suddenly turns into a theatre of visual story telling. The extraordinary show of lights and sounds showcases a visual and motion graphics programming with a spectacular orchestra of audio. The visuals are beautiful and the suspended balls which are 1000 in numbers further add to the charm of this spellbinding experience. There are three stories and there is a show every one hour.


Dining at Sky Avenue:

While the brand outlets may take a major share of your time at Sky Avenue, the long list of dining options are sure to leave both your tummy and mind satiated. The numerous restaurants and food courts serve a wide range of cuisines from Oriental to Malay to continental and much more. There are also cafes, ice cream shops and pizzerias. The popular outlets are Burger & Lobster London, Cafe’s Richard brasserie, Motorino pizzeria, Tampopo, Morganfield’s, Paradise Dynasty, Jom Makan street food etc.  I had a delicious Nasi Ayam Claypot from Jom Makan food court.

 



P.S.: I had visited Resorts World Genting on an invitation from Malaysia Tourism board, but the opinions are completely mine.

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