Life Update: July 2018

Hey everyone, so you may or may not be wondering where I have been. These past few weeks have been super hectic and you will find out why in just a moment. Now the busiest weeks have passed it also means that I will be able to blog and film videos a lot more which I am super excited about because I have missed having the time to sitting down and writing a blog post or filming a video. 

I am going to be planning lots of things to write up about as well as things to film so expect to see new content on both my blog and channel soon. I never usually plug my other social media profiles but if you want a more real-time update then follow me on either Twitter at asiajade4 or on Instagram at asiajade04 where I update more regularly on new content I am producing.  

New Job
I finally got a job! After all of the hard work, I have put in with applying for jobs, attending interviews and having phone interviews it finally paid off. I will definitely be writing a separate blog post on my job search strategy as I think it could really help people. I definitely think that everything happens for a reason as I am really enjoying this job so far. I have high hopes for this job as everyone is really nice and I feel like I have settled in well already even after a week. 

Saving instead of spending
Now that I have a full-time job again I really want to focus on saving this time around instead of spending. Of course, I'm still going to enjoy the things I love to do but also put more into my savings account as well. I'm very good in the sense that I always work out my outgoings before I get paid and then as soon as I get paid I pay all of the bills I have and then work out what goes into savings and what I can have to spend. 

I would really like to read more books now that I have a bit more of a structured week. I tend to read the newspaper in the morning to catch up on the news. However, I would really like to get reading the books that I have yet to read. I have a pile of books that are on my list of books to read but I just don't seem to get around to it. I could possibly read a book on the way home as it makes the journey go quicker as well. 

Work-related content
I'm thinking about posting more work-related things such as outfits to wear to work, what to have on your desk and what work life is generally like. My main demographic of followers are aged between 18-34 meaning that some of you will have an office job like me, some are still at university or some are working in other jobs such as retail. I really want to produce content that is useful and can help others who have never had a fulltime office job before. 


Hong Kong 2018 Round Up - Prices, Tips and My Overall Thoughts

Hey guys, I thought that today I would round up my Hong Kong series and talk about how much everything cost, my tips for visiting Hong Kong and also my overall thoughts about the trip. Please bare in mind that I am doing this based upon just one person going to Hong Kong. 

I should probably start off by saying that for every 1,000 HK Dollars it is equivalent to £100. I actually paid for my hotel and flights with a Virgin holidays package which cost me £890 in total. I started off by paying a £175 deposit and then I paid the rest in installments as that was the best payment method for me. I stayed at the City Garden Hotel and flew with Virgin Atlantic. 

My transfers to and from my hotel were 150 HKD each way so around £15 which is a really good price. If you are staying in a hotel in HK then expect to pay a 1,000 HKD deposit when you arrive so make sure you have enough money to last. I then got an Octopus card which is similar to an oyster card. You have to pay a 50 HKD deposit before you can put any money onto the card. Depending on where you travel you can expect to pay around 11.50 HKD for a one way trip on their train system. 

Food and drink were really cheap with meals costing around 58 HKD on average which is around £5.80. However, you can expect to pay more depending on where you eat. For example, one day we went for afternoon tea which was around 220 HKD for the whole thing. Souvineers can cost around 30 HKD upwards depending on what you wanted to buy. I mainly bought mine from the markets which meant that they were reasonably priced and there was always room for negotiation. 

An average day's spending for one person in HK:
Food and Drink 300 HKD (£30.00)
Travel 50 HKD (£5.00)
Souvineers 200 HKD - 400 HKD (£20-£40)
Hotel roughly 140HKD per night (£14 per night) For my hotel roughly 

= 690 HKD per day (£69.00) I had planned my spending to have around 1,000 HKD per day as I had already paid for the hotel in advance. 

(This is not 100% accurate just an estimate based upon what I spent)

Tips that I learned on holiday
- Depending on where you live take travel into consideration. For example, I went for a week but I only really had 5 days in Hong Kong as two of them were taken up by travel because the plane journey was 12 hours long. 
- Hong Kong isn't actually that big so you can do all of the main things in one week.
- Definitely get an octopus card to travel around with 
- Don't forget they will take a 1,000 deposit off of you when you get there 
- Hong Kong is a safe city but still be aware of your surroundings 
- Always have a bottle of water with you especially during the Summer as it is really hot and you need to keep hydrated

My Overall Thoughts 
I really really enjoyed my time in Hong Kong and I know I will be going back. I would love to visit the beach as well as having a more relaxed time next time I go instead of rushing around trying to see all of the main bits. I would probably go to the next hotel up so that I could spend a bit more time there around the pool when I wasn't exploring. 

Traveling alone can seem daunting, however, I think that this was the perfect experience for me. The city is really safe, to begin with, so my mind was already at ease because of that. In addition to this, the transport was amazing and really easy to use so I never felt lost or stressed. It really helped that my friend lived there as well as she was able to show me around. However, I believe that if she wasn't there next time I visited I would feel just as comfortable because it is a really lovely city. 

The food was insane and every meal I had was absolutely delicious. I bought so many cute souvenirs for friends and family from markets and shops so finding things that everyone will like is really easy. I do wish that I had explored more of the nightlife however, I was always so tired at the end of the day that I just went back to the hotel early and crashed out. 

I'm so glad that I documented my holiday so that I can look back on it in the future and also people who are traveling to Hong Kong can get a feel for what it is like as well. I'm hoping to go back soon maybe in 2020 with a few more friends as we are all part of the same friendship group. 

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Hong Kong 2018 Day 6 + VLOG

Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I haven't posted a blog post or a video in a while. I have been pretty busy but I will leave that to another blog post. Today's blog post is my last day in Hong Kong. I have to admit that this day, in particular, isn't that jam-packed. I think it's because we did so much over the other days that we were exhausted by the last day. 

The day started off with me finishing off my packing. Luckily I didn't have to rush as checkout was at midday. I then headed down to the lobby where I checked out. This also meant that I received my deposit of 1,000 HKD back which I used on the last day as my cash flow. I really enjoyed the hotel that I stayed at as it was very well located and just what I needed for that holiday. I chose the lowest budget hotel I could find as I knew I wouldn't be spending that much time there. 

I then headed to Causeway Bay where I met my friend for a final breakfast. We decided to go for some souffle pancakes which are pancakes that are light and fluffy. They were so delicious but they didn't fill you up that much as they were very light and I felt like I was almost eating air. 

We decided to get one to share in case we couldn't eat a whole one each which would be a waste of money and food. They were 119 HKD which is around £11.90. We then had a look around the shopping centre that the restaurant was in too see if I wanted to buy anything else before I left Hong Kong. I had bought everything that I had wanted to get so we just walked around instead. 

Both of us were pretty tired that day so we sat down a lot in different cafes. One cafe we went to as Connie wanted to get some cake. We then said our goodbyes as I headed back to the hotel where I waited for my shuttle to the airport. 

I headed back to the hotel at around 4pm which was very early considering the shuttle wasn't even due to pick me up until 6.30pm. The shuttle was 150 HKD (£15) each way which I thought was really reasonable considering you can pay up to £80 here in the UK. Even though I could have gone by the MTR as I was familiar with it by then my suitcase was very heavy. 

The drive to the airport took around an hour as there were other stops along the way at different hotels. When we got to the airport I headed towards check-in however, I didn't realise that my flight was at  11.55pm and not 9.55pm. Therefore, check-in wasn't open until 8.30pm. I had a few hours to kill before check-in opened so I headed to get a McDonalds as I was hungry and it was a familiar thing. 

The McDonalds at the airport had a table service which was cool to experience as they give you a number card when you order which you place on your table. This means that your food is brought to you once it's ready meaning you don't have to wait for it to be prepared. They also had charging ports at the tables which were really useful as my phone was on low battery. 

After McDonald's, I looked around all of the shops on that side of the terminal before I went to the check-in desk and waited for it to be opened.  After checking in I went through security which went smoothly as I often get a bit anxious about airport securities. There were loads of shops to look at on the other side of the terminal including Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc... 

I stopped to get some snacks and a drink for the plane as I always like something to chew on when the plane takes off and lands. I also changed up the money that I had left so that it was exchanged back to English pounds. I then went to sit at my gate and did a bit of editing, reading and surfing the internet while I waited. 

Because I got the timings wrong I had about 4 hours to kill before take off. I also waited at the wrong gate as there were two flights going to London Heathrow. When I realised my plane was boarding so I had to run to the other side of the airport so that I didn't miss it. I have never run so fast in my life. 

Luckily I made it on time and managed to get on the plane at a good time. I then got comfy as I knew it would be a long flight. I decided to go for the Chinese chicken curry on the way home which was different but yummy as well. I can't remember what films I watched as I only watched parts because I slept quite a lot on the plane. The flight itself was great as there wasn't too much turbulence which meant I could sleep better than on the way out. 

I landed at Heathrow at around 4.30am which meant that the airport wasn't that busy meaning passport control wasn't busy at all. Our bags came out in good time so I was through to pick up at around 5am. My taxi wasn't due to pick me up until 5.30am so I had a bit of time to hang around. I picked up some food from M&S as I wanted something healthy for breakfast. I didn't actually vlog any of this as I was so tired from the whole thing. 

I got home about 7am and then got into bed straight away. Luckily I only slept until about 11am I then stayed up until the evening and slept at around 10pm. Because I did this I didn't get very bad jetlag at all. I had such an amazing time in Hong Kong and I will definitely be going back. I am going to do a follow up blog post after this one with all of my costs, thoughts and feelings on the once in a lifetime trip.