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10 featured expats in China : Travel and Fashion

Living abroad comes with many fun, funny, thrilling and tough challenges, but with supporting structure from the expat community, it gets easier and comforting. Living in a new country has broadened my perception of life. I have been lucky enough to meet people from all corners of the globe.

I recently got in touch with 10 amazing expats in China whom I interviewed and they gave us a gist about their travel experience and served us some travel fashion outfits. I hope you do enjoy

Bongi from South Africa

  1. ABOUT BONGI , ABOUT BONGI

South African Queen

What is your name and tell us about yourself?

My name is Bongiwe Mkhize, from Durban, South Africa. I am an outgoing, loud and fun babe that is always looking forward to meeting new people and exploring new things hence my passion for traveling is intense.

What are your top 5 favorite destinations that you travelled to which you can recommend and why?

My top favorite destinations must be Zanzibar the beautiful scenic land is what draws you in but the culture and people that make you want to stay. There is so much to explore here from the deep rooted history discovered in prison island to connecting with the earth in their spice farms and not to forget their sandy beaches and beautiful sea this is my top recommend since you can do so many things but keep wanting to do more. Sanya is second on my list, a city on the southern end of China’s Hainan Island, which has several bays with large beach resorts. this is a hidden gem in China with breathtaking beauty from amazing architecture to stunning shores.

Everyone is friendly and you get to experience great services; there are plenty of activities to indulge in so you never feel bored and if you are a water lover then you will be right at home even if you are just planning to lounge around on your holiday the tranquility will make you never want to leave.

Third, will have to be Cape Town, a scenic and mesmerizing place known for it’s beautiful mountains but that is not all it has to offer while there I traveled to many historically inclined places that are deep in knowledge, being a South African citizen myself I got to learn more about my past and that was very special while also getting to savor the breath taking beauty of our land, *Shanghai,China is also a recommend, a city that doesn’t sleep! well here I got to find a diverse community of people from different cultures and backgrounds gathered together to have fun. The night time life is popping and also being the largest city in China you can find plenty of activities to do.

Last but not least is Durban, South Africa as they say home is where the heart is so this definitely makes my top 5 list of favorite destinations because of its warm climate and diversity. Good food, wonderful people and most of all the nature and wildlife are something that is to be seen.

What best describes your personality when it comes to traveling?

I am definitely an adventurous traveler, I love to soak in all the beauty and fun that the place I am traveling to has to offer. I love to sightsee and learn more about where I am. When it comes to activities and adventure you can be sure I will be there. Plus I am a super outgoing and bubbly person so meeting new people, having new experiences and memories that would last me a life time is always my goal when I visit a new place.

What are your travel essentials that you can not survive without and why?

I can not travel without my makeup and my phone, call me crazy but I am a girly girl and I want to make sure where every I go I slay. I love creating looks for different occasions and when I travel I have more room to play around and of course take as many stunning pictures as possible.

What is on your travel wishlist for 2021? How do you intent making the best of it?

My travel wishlist for 2021 is to take my mom to Paris it’s something we’ve always spoke about and making that happen for her would be a dream come true, and of course I would love to see what the city of love would have to offer me, who knows I might find a husband too. That is not all though I am also planning go to Beijing, Thailand and whatever other place that presents its self and I intend to have the best time by exploring and making more beautiful memories.

What are your social social platforms? How do we keep in touch with you?

On INSTAGRAM @bee_mkhizeh

http://www.instagram.com/bee_mkhizeh

https://www.instagram.com/bee_mkhizeh/

Bee Mkhizeh

Full video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDG-NFtrwGH7EUTzMBzopg

THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY A PAGE.” ~ SAINT AUGUSTINE’’

– Jack Kerouac

ABOUT ROCHELLE, ABOUT ROCHELLE

United States of American Queen

What is your name and where do you come from?

Hello everyone, my name is Rochelle and I originally come from United States of America in Chicago.

Rochelle is a model, dj and so more , she is currently living in China, Shanghai.

What are your favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

Oh this was a hard one, if I had too choose. Number would be my 10-step skin care routine which takes up most space in my suitcase depending on how many days I’m traveling.

• My Macbook can’t go anywhere without updating my blog and YouTube channel which I will later update towards the end of this article.

• And last but not least my own thermal cup and mug- I don’t like drinking out of hotel mugs and forth. If I have a long flight or a delay I order my drink and hot water from Starbucks so I use my own mug. I am low key a germaphobic, so I only drink out of straws or my personal starbucks cups.

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021 and what are you you looking forward to the most?

I don’t really have a holiday wish list- I simply remain happy, humble and blessed. As for 2021 I do plan on leaving China to study in Japanese University to finish my Masters in Criminal Psychology/Child Psychology until I reach my PhD level and hopefully open my own practice in Asia and Chicago. Ultimately, I am looking forward to?travel within Japan exclusively in 2021.

Cruising and enjoying life

What style best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

Styles that best describe me…. hmmm I don’t really have one style – it changes or depends on seasons and what current designers are dishing out on the runway as I am a professional model. However, my style changes based on how I feel. My fashion style that would best describe my personality is dependent on which type of vacation that I will be taking which will benefit me as a blogger and fashion model. I love indulging in beautiful sceneries that are great for my photo shoots and I love food -Oh I am a foodie and vegetarian so I’m currently working in my ebook “Vegetarian for Beginners” which should be available for purchase in April 2021.

Where is your next vacation, why yo chose it?

As far as everything goes I don’t have a next vacation but if I could choose, I would go and visit my friend In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

I would love to visit Malaysia- I heard is peaceful there and your soul is at ease in the country. You can open up more as a person there spiritually.

What are your social platforms?

I only have 2 social media platforms , follow me on Twitter, Instagram and make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Twitter/Instagram: @Queenaa_Official

Subscribe right https://youtu.be/1aX3mU9eT6I

ABOUT DEREK, ABOUT DEREK

Nigerian King, Derek

What is name and where do you come from?

My name is Derek Buchi and I hail all the way from Nigeria , I am currently an expat in China.

What are your favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

• My Camera (I don’t go anywhere without my camera!😃Cause I have to take photos of course else then my trip wasn’t successful and that will leave me unhappy!

• Sunglasses (you might think it is for the sun but no lol- whenever I travel especially to a place I’ve never been before I like feeling invisible at least for a while until I get comfortable and ready to associate.

Sunnies are a must

• Water bottle : I don’t joke with my water, I drink at least 1 litter per day, if 2 minutes passes without at least a glass of water I will die.. LITERALLY 😀

Drink your water guys, it’s crucial – stay hydrated!!!

• Travel pillow to avoid any unnecessary pains, laptop because I have to work as I travel around on my videos and photos as Youtuber and socialite.

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021 and what are you looking forward to the most?

Wishlist

I want to book a lot of photoshoots, fashions shows and create a lot of catchy content for my YouTube channel and travel to some interesting cities within China, take some breath-taking pictures, have fun and just be HAPPY 😃

Fashion blogger and stylist in China

What style best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

Cooperate and Glamour!

Honestly I don’t have any specifics as long as I’m able to take beautiful pictures and great contents then I am good!… however, recently I have been craving Beach chills and Boat Cruise

Cruise vibes are loading for 2021

Where is your next vacation?

Uh my last vacation was October holiday and I went to Shanghai which is my favorite city in China 😍 bustling city with many nationalities

Sipping Coffee

How to stay in touch with you ?

On Instagram

@rekie_stars

http://www.instagram.com/rekie_stars

Twitter

Derekbuchi4

Youtube

Derek Buchi

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBWa-gFcKTgwtYYS8rgzJQ

ABOUT MIAS, ABOUT MIAS

South African King

What is your name and where do you come from?

My name is Mias van Leeuwen, originally from Pretoria in South Africa currently stay in China.

What are you favorite travel essentials in your vacations and why?

My cameras because I love photography and want to capture every moment, my hats and definitely my sunglasses because I just never go anywhere without a hat and especially on holiday.

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021? What are you looking forward to the most?

On my wishlist, I want to go to Wales and explore the United Kingdom but mostly I am really looking forward to it as I’ve never been. I wish to travel back to SA and do a roadtrip across the country.

What best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

Warm tropical vibes is my style of holiday as I just love the ocean so you can say I’m a beach bum, lol. So a typical holiday will include scuba diving and beers on the beach.

Beach bae

Where is your next vacation and how do people keep in touch with you?

My next vacation will probably be the United Kingdom, Netherlands or I will probably go back to South Africa for a relaxing holiday with my family and friends but I might end up in the Philippines or somewhere warm in South East Asia too as I love it and there is so much to see.

Keep in touch

Let’s stay connected on my instagram travel account.

Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/miasvanleeuwen

ABOUT KOFI, ABOUT KOFI

Ghanaian King

What is your name and where do you come from? A bit about Kofi.

I’m kofi Boateng born and raised in Kumasi a city in Ghana. From a family of 6,I’m second born of my four siblings I’m 34 years of age.Been living in overseas for the past 6 years lived in Germany then later moved to China. I like reading all kinds of books, gym is part of my lifestyle. I’m a reserved person. I can say I’m introvert depending on the environment but to some people I’m an extrovert. I’m an energy feeder. I’m a consistent and practical person.

What are your favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

Phone, my camera, sunscreen and neck pillow

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021? And what are you looking forward to the most?

My holiday wishlist for 2021 is to add more destinations to my list of countries : Bali, Maldives , Thailand again , and Taiwan. I am looking forward to explore more historical places and learn different lifestyles and culture.

What best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

I am consistent, practical, lay back kind of person. Simple but eloquent more into street fashion I believe fashion represents you or speak for you. my definition of is wearing 10 dollar outfit making look like 100 dollars. My type of vacation is a trip to beach and visiting historical places.

Laid back and eloquent

Where is your next vacation, why you chose it and what are your social platforms

My next vacation; I will say Thailand 🇹🇭 Phuket, I had a great experience there both tourist places and nightlife. I fell in love with Japan, Osaka because I had a chance to actually visit universal studios.

“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST”

~ J.R.R. TOLKIEN

ABOUT HAMZA , ABOUT HAMZA

Morocco lad

What is your name and tell us about yourself and what you do in China?

I am Hamza from Morocco. As I managed to learn Japanese and I am now learning Chinese, thanks to my curiosity about Asian culture , travel, and anti-stagnation. I came here to China as an English teaching and web design freelancer.

I enjoy playing musical instruments, planning for projects, socializing, painting, traveling, and the list goes on in my free time.

What are your top 5 favorite destinations that you travelled to which you can recommend and why?

Traveling in morocco was always a pleasure for me. I worked with a Japanese agency both in the office and outside, which was great. So, I got to know a lot about the travel industry in general, and in Morocco in particular. Other than that, I had travelled to China for my vacation prior, deciding to come back to settle here.

My favorite destinations in morocco are: Chefchaouen, Merzouga, Essaouira, Tangier and Asilah. However, for China, I like Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Hunan, and so on…

What best describes your personality when it comes to traveling? Are you adventurous? Solo traveler or luxury traveler?

I can be curious about anything and traveling always makes me feed my curiosity. I travel most of the time alone, cause my plans often change. I can’t just stick with the plans and visit other places, however, it depend on people’s recommendations. I am super adventurous as I always prefer going hiking than sitting downtown drinking coffee—nothing against coffee or sitting. If you invited me for rock climbing or coffee, I would still choose rock climbing over the coffee no matter how beaten up I am.

What are your travel essentials that you can not survive without and why?

My travel essentials are definitely my camera, backpacker and laptop.

What is on your travel wishlist for 2021? How do you intent on making the best of it?

I don’t have a list for 2021 because I am not too eager to travel outside of China at the moment, however, if the situation gets better, I would love to visit Japan, Macao, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

What are your social platforms? Let’s keep in touch.

I currently use WeChat alone and Hello talk for sharing some moments about my travels, but here is my website

Welcome to leave your email so you could get notified when I open the website

ABOUT TÁRFINY, ABOUT TÁRFINY

Brazilian Goddess

What is your name and where do you come from?

My name is Tárfiny. I’m from Brazil

Portuguese (meu nome é Tárfiny. Sou do Brasil)

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021 and what are you looking forward to the most?

I would like to get to know Bali and the Philippines, I hope that 2021 will pass all this virus crisis, that everything will be normalized so that people can travel again smoothly

Portuguese: Gostaria de conhever Bali e Filipinas, espero que 2021 passe toda essa crise de vírus, que tudo se normalize para que as pessoas possam voltar a viajar tranquilamente.

Exotic beach taken in Thailand
Beach bae on sand

What are your favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

Sunglasses, my phone and sunscreen


I love to visit paradisiacal and historical places
(amo conhecer lugares paradisíacos e históricos)

Soaking in sun, swimwear day
Shorts and sneakers type of day in China

What style best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

I am a Gemini so I love to wear sneakers and shorts, but it all depends on my mood on the day, how I wake up and how I am feeling on the day.

Portuguese : eu sou muito geminiana, amo usar tênis e short, mas tudo depende do meu humor no dia, de como eu acordo e como estou me sentindo no dia.

Where is your next vacation, why you chose it?

I would like to visit Thailand, I think it is one of the most beautiful natural and exotic places in the world. I chose this destination because of my friends.

What are your social platforms?

Portuguese : Eu gostaria de visitar a Tailândia, acho que é um dos lugares naturais e exóticos mais bonitos do mundo. Escolhi este destino por causa dos meus amigos.

The social network I use mostly for advertising and networking is Instagram. it is a good platform.

Portuguese : A rede social que uso principalmente para publicidade e networking é o Instagram. é uma boa plataforma.

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tarfiny.gomes/

TÁRFINY from Brazil dancing in Shanghai, China studios .

ABOUT TISA, ABOUT TISA

South African queen

What is your name and where do you come from?

Theodorah Tisa Ntlawini from South Africa, Limpopo

What are your favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

Body lotion, sunscreen, hair oil and hair butter because some countries have different skincare and hair products and I don’t like wasting money on buying toiletries while on the trip, just remember to not pack over 100ml because it will get confiscated at the airport.

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021 and what are you looking forward to the most?

In 2021 I crave to be in Europe, maybe Italy, or travel to see friends in Norway, Brazil or Uganda. I miss home too so maybe a road trip across South Africa with a friend.

What style best describes your personality and travel adventure?

I like to be comfortable when traveling, then there are those outfits for dinner and going out but most importantly comfortable and somewhat fashionable, so flowy tops, dresses, shorts, sneakers and sandals. I like bright colours that bring out my skin and ‘Africanness’.

Where is your next vacation, why you chose it?

I have not yet decided what my next destination will be, it would have been a road trip in South Africa, because I miss seeing nature and being home, but due to COVID19 things might change. I’ll hold off traveling from now and just keep my trips to the country I’m in now which is China.

What are your social platforms?

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tisa_ntl/

YouTube

https://youtube.com/channel/UCd0-N5FaGZ1J0fuihyb1YTA

Website for my worldhttps://videopress.com/v/dzIcq0qP?preloadContent=metadatahttps://videopress.com/v/dzIcq0qP?preloadContent=metadata

ABOUT RYAN, ABOUT RYAN

China/Hong Kong Prince

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Hi! My name is Ryan and I was born in Hong Kong, but I grew up in between Shanghai, China and Hong Kong then later on the United States of America

What are you favorite travel essentials on your vacations and why?

For me I need to bring my camera for sure. I do photography and videography work professionally but of course it comes from a passion. I enjoy doing it for fun as well as for myself. Whenever I travel there are always moments and sights I want to capture to remember.

What is your holiday wishlist for 2021 and what are you looking forward to the most?

Hopefully if the pandemic gets resolved, I will be able to visit the United States. I miss my friends and there are a lot of sights that I never got the chance to see, for example I haven’t been to the west coast and south in a long time.

Outside of the US, of course I hope to visit my hometown of Hong Kong. It would be nice to visit family, find new opportunities, and I can always do exciting street photography over there. I also hope to visit certain cities/countries in South East Asia. For more tropical weather and adventure type of vibes. I like to do physical activities like hiking or sports so I think theres a lot of opportunities for that over there.

What style best describes your personality and what type of vacations you are into?

I would say overall I am reserved and I am dedicated to my craft, but I also enjoy having a life outside of my craft, like to have fun and goof off at times. I like to be open minded and approachable. The vacations I am most into are the ones with people I enjoy the company of. It is definitely about the place and the time I spend with my friends/family where I feel like my memories are really made.

Where is your next vacation, why you chose it?

No idea. I am really focused on my work right now but I know that I will be traveling to Hong Kong as soon as borders open up. Not entirely for a vacation but I will enjoy it for sure. Visiting family, enjoying food, reconnecting with friends, and I enjoy my work so hopefully some work opportunities too.

But I’ve also been occasionally stressed from work so maybe somewhere where I can just unplug for a week that would be good too.

What are you social platforms?

Social media as

“Ryan Putranto”

Youtube

https://youtube.com/c/RyanPutranto

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/ryan.visuals/

Website

http://www.ryanputranto.com

Ryan Putranto magical editing and videography

ABOUT PATRICIA, ABOUT PATRICIA

Zimbabwean Lad

What is your name and where do you come from?

My name is Patricia Gamuchirai Huni from Zimbabwe, I am currently based in China.

What are you favorite travel essentials and what is the craziest thing that you ever done on your vacation?

Travel essentials; I‘d definitely pick socks, vaseline, water bottle, charger, small blanket and toiletries.

First trip to Lake Kariba without family was the craziest thing; I scared people off as a ghost during the night camp. LOL

What are your favorite top 5 destinations that you ever travelled to or you would love to visit?

Top 5 destinations that I travelled to and would love to try out is Imere Game Park, Lake Kariba, Ganzhou Wooden Foot Bridge, Tianzi Mountain, Sydney Opera House and Giant Pandas in Chengdu… these aren’t necessarily in different countries but basically around China.

What is your wildest fantasy vacation and who would you bring?

Wildest fantasy vacation is to go to any Carribbean Beaches and Bob Marley Museum. I’m a big fan of Reggae and Rastafarian lifestyle so I would probably bring along all my Lb-girlfriends.

When is your next vacation and why you chose it?

Next vacation is to the Great Wall of China.Inspired by the movie could fantasize every move on the movie over the building structure.

In short describe your personality and your favorite adventures

I’m a simple social person,outgoing and eager to learn new things. Favourite adventure should include game park with animals and a beautiful
scenery.I love nature, sports, I actually play basketball although I do enjoy watching soccer more. I do have that crazy side I am party person, dancing is part of my exercise routine “party animal” to be precise. Every time I wake up I look forward to a better future. At times I prefer to be alone – I could be listening to music or better yet dancing to great music. When I am surrounded by nature I feel tranquility and comfort. I am drawn towards helping people as selfless human being.

Natucate| Nature and adventure wild travel

What are your social platforms

Simply search for Patricia Gamuchirai Huni

Thank you for reading this blog

LET’S STAY CONNECTED

Our website

http://www.glamgroupvacations.com

Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/petuniakofficial

Twitter

http://www.twitter.com/petuniakpesh

YouTube

Glam Group Vacations

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15 Travel Essentials That You Must Pack in 2021

15 Travel Essentials That You Must Pack in 2021

I know how frustrating yet exhilarating it can be to pick the best travel essentials for your perfect vacation, be it a solo trip, girlfriends’ trip, family, or couple’s vacation but you cannot leave these travel products. We all love that thrilling feeling of rescuing our luggage from the closet, and start sauntering in Taigood Womens Casual Ruffle Off Shoulder Maxi Dress, some nice Taigood Woman’s Cocktail Chiffon Dress, rock that sleeveless Halter Floral Printed Flounced Hem Sexy Dress at the resort. Indeed, it’s a great feeling to travel the world, mingle with different cultures from other countries. Traveling helps us to open our minds and change our perception. You realize that meeting people from other places will show you that your world impression is not the same as everyone else’s. However, what personally gets me ecstatic about traveling is shopping online and getting the perfect “travel wardrobe and my favorite travel essentials”to fit my personality and style.

Fabulous Maxi Dress

Recommendation for men, let’s not exclude them

Men Outwear,Wholesale the Vogue

Is there anything better than achieving a well sophisticated and put-together look in just a few clicks —while still wearing your pyjamas or getting cosy on the couch. It’s very important for men to feel their absolute best on their vacations too, which is why Calvin Klein Resort Shots, the donhobo black Men’s Swim Trunks Board Shorts are here to make you feel and look super sexy on those adventurous or luxurious holidays.

donhobo Men’s Swim Trunks Board Shorts Beach Pants Swimming Waterproof Quick Dry Surfing Boardshorts

I know, you probably have been skipping out on skin care because you are a “man”, well, it high time— we addressed it. Look, you don’t need to do much to repair, protect, and even pamper your face. I am recommending the most basic adjustments for long-lasting results. Learn how to combat breakouts, shaving irritations, and those fine lines. I have single handled by picked the best SKINCARE FOR MEN. Guys, here’s the reality, women love men who take care of their skin. Yeah, is conceivable that you get compliments on your bulging biceps, toned trapezius or trimmed abs. Make no mistake—the ladies go completely bananas over men with amazing-looking and fresh skin. Skincare routine for men is vital so my guy, take a look at these items for your beard and skin. L’Oreal Paris Men Expert, Beard Shampoo, Barber Club 3-in-1 Beard, Hair & Face Wash

and L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Charcoal Oily Skin Anti-Spots Kit – there’s nothing we find attractive than fine men taking care of their skin and beards

Who doesn’t find blemish-free skin attractive? We all love smooth and soft skin and not only does blemish-free skin give men confidence but it’s also another sign of good health and self care. Do not forget your All-Natural Sunscreen Mineral Sun Cream which is 100% natural, and nice sunglasses before heading out for the sun, sea breeze, and relaxed soft living. Let’s just straight to 15 Travel Essentials That You Must Pack in 2021

Organic Shade — All Natural Sunscreen

15 Eco-Friendly Travel Essentials in 2021

Some of my travel essentials.

1. Sunscreen + How To Pick the Best Sunscreen

We all know know how significant sunscreen is for all skin types. Some people believe melanated people don’t need sunscreen because melanin naturally protects their skin, well, I got news for you, you can still be affected by the sun and probably end up with hyperpigmentation if you don’t protect your skin.

WHAT ARE UV RAYS?

According to science, sunlight that can reach us is made up of two types of harmful rays called long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA can rays deeply penetrate the dermis which is the skin’s thickest layer. By not protecting your skin you are openly inviting pre-mature aging, unprotected sex is like unprotected skin (they both result in horrific consequences if unplanned) now, in this case, unprotected skin exposure which can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkles and we all hate aging and having premature ugly wrinkles, imagine having wrinkles in your 30s. If you are in your 20s and you are reading this right now, please make sunscreen your best friend, my darling, this is something I wish someone had told me in my early 20s. Now let’s talk about UVB rays which usually burn the superficial skin layers. It plays a pivotal role in causing skin cancer. It’s highly recommended to apply your sunscreen between 10 am to 2 pm as those are peak hours depending on your location of course. The intensity of UVB rays differs by seasons, time, and location. Let’s take care of our skin and avoid permanent damage over time.

How to pick the Best Sunscreen

Broad-spectrum protection (UVA + UVB)

Enjoying long summer holidays in full swing under the sun should amount to the time you are using your Broad-spectrum sunscreen every day of the year, it’s critical during the summertime. As you purchase your sunscreen make sure it has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The higher SPF numbers the more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. For example; “SPF 15 sunscreen filters out about 93% of UVB rays”, meanwhile “SPF 30 sunscreen filters out about 97%” – yeah, I know, it sounds weird right? Lastly, “SPF 50 sunscreen filter out about 98%”

I would recommend this sunscreen it was developed by ALTRUIST. Dr Andrew Birnie | The Sunscreen has SPF 50 – Superior 5-star UVA protection suitable for even sensitive skin too. It has UVA protection only. Last recommendation would Riemann P20 Sunscreen Spray
Riemann P20 Sunscreen is little pricey but totally worth it and is Non-greasy, long lasting UVA & UVB Protection for up to 10 hours | Highly Water Resistant

2. Sunglasses

What’s a vacation without some fly sunnies? I feel incomplete going on a vacation without my sunglasses. Sunglasses are not only there to make us feel beautiful and confident but they protect our eyes from sun damage.

You can also try iboo Sunglasses lightweight frame Vintage Unisex UV400

“Always have sunglasses with you. They’re great for when you can’t be bothered to put make-up on.”

– Alison Golffrapp

3. Eye mask

Eye mask is most underrated essential when traveling, all frequent travelers would agree with me on this one; not only this essential is perfect for vacations but it is a perfect accessory for beauty sleep and some quietness perfectly paired with Silicone Noise Cancellation Foam Cotton Earplugs used to cut out annoying noises in the plane and snoring passengers next to you.

Eye Mask Gritin Ultra Soft Skin-Friendly Pure Natural Silk Fabric and Natural Cotton Filled Sleeping Eye Mask with Adjustable Strap and Ear Plug for Men,Women and Kids

The great about these items, they are both inexpensive, easy to carry with you, and useful in a wide range of different circumstances, an eye or sleep mask can help shut the world out while you catch some sleep globally.

Try these affordable Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear Plugs Uncorded you can carry them everywhere you go for that peace of mind luxury.

4. Emergency Breakout Fix

As we all Summer and taking vacations, that also mean taking long hours in planes, trains, or automobiles. Unfortunately, spending a long time in the pressurized environment of an airplane cabin will dehydrate you and suck all the moisture out of your skin. Changing environment that may be a little different climate can have a negative impact on your skin. Traveling on its own may cause anxiety which then increases stress hormones and ultimately affect your skin. High stress levels can cause inflammation and acne breakouts. Which is why I recommend Niacinamide Serum with Zinc which help with the following

  • It works as an antioxidant
  • It helps heal and rejuvenate skin
  • It may ward off acne flares ups
  • It heals rashes or scarring
  • It may protect the skin from UV damage
Gya Labs Niacinamide Serum For Face – which is good to reduce acne, fine lines, wrinkles – it has Vitamin B3 to moisturize you and help you especially for Oily Skin to Reduce Dark Spots and Minimize Pores – 30ml (is perfect for traveling )

You can purchase these products and try them yourself and thank me later.

SKINICIAN Purifying Toner – For Oily & Combination Skin – Reduces Blemishes – Spray Mist Facial Toner – Combat Breakouts with Salon Professional Skincare – Amino Acids & Vitamin C – 100% Vegan

Have you heard of Ecode Natural Essence Youth Booster Face Serum this is the magic that most people are using and they will never tell you why they never age, they are using this magic serum. Pack it in your next vacation to revive your youthful skin after getting burnt in the sun.

  • We all know how significant antioxidants are to our health but the question is “Are you ready to see what they can do for your skin? “ With this product you can achieve your ultimate beauty with Essence Youth Booster Serum.
  • Macadamia Oil is the oil extracted from the nuts of the macadamia tree (Macadamia ternifolia). Macadamia oil contains a high percentage of palmitoleic acid and a high content of oleic acid which are similar to the human skin sebum
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil extracted from the seeds of Lim­nanthes alba contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, which helps protect the skin against damage from the sun and pollution.
  • This product was made in Switzerland for her royal highness, your skin read more here

5. Soft Comfortable Hooded Neck Travel Pillow

Soft Comfortable Hooded Neck Travel Pillow U Shape Airplane Neck Support Cushion with Hoodie

This is something unique and convenient when you want to hide your face, ears and be comfortable for those long hours of flight. This type of travel pillows helps you to BLOCK OUT THE WORLD – we all know the constant on and off light turning in the plane can be annoying but with this type of pillow hooded pillow; you don’t have to worry with this type of hooded neck pillow to block the light and possible germs around you. You can also try out TREKOLOGY Ultralight Inflating Travel Pillow is perfect for camping too as you can

This backpacking pillow can easily be carried in your backpack or pocket for convenient access. Weighing a mere 3.9oz (110g), lighter than a can of soda! Now that’s awesome. Is very affordable in Zar is R280,76| RMB is ¥122, 23 and $18,78 so spoil yourself and your loved ones to enjoy the ultimate experience of traveling.

6. Immune Support Gummies

It’s crucial to avoid being sick when you are about to travel, it’s a daunting experience to find yourself sulking, moody and completely worn out, that’s why you have to prepare for such essentials when travelling. It’s even better if you get your vitamin C immunity booster drips a week before you leave to boost your system so that you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Chewy Vites Adults Immune Support 60’s Gummie

Supporting Your Immune System While Traveling

Also means getting enough sleep, this helps your body to have well-functioning immune system and managing inflammation. So before, during, and after your travel do the best that you can to prioritize your sleep. Exercise during your vacation to improve the circulation of the body’s lymphatic system. It doesn’t have to be an extreme or intense workout, try these Gritin Resistance Bands at the hotel before a jog by the beach in the morning before your activities.

Chewy Immune Support+ is perfect if you love traveling with your kids, check it out and lead a healthy lifestyle with your family.

7. Comfortable Sneakers

Nike Air Max 270 Sneaker

Who wouldn’t want these sneakers on their feet? I personally love black Color Nike’s Men Air Max 270 Sneaker you can check ladies’ stylish sneakers with different colors here , however, I chose silver matte sneakers with the same design. You can also check these sneakers here which are perfect for running and the color is so unique.

8. Perfect Wardrobe for Vacation

I bought these items in South Africa

We all get stressed out about what to pack as ladies almost all our vacations but that’s why I am here to help you stress less about shopping for a perfect vacation. You can also book me for a virtual appointment to help you to plan for your ultimate vacation, from lingerie, seductive perfume to the best hair tips and where to purchase the best affordable clothes.

Get this trendy white dress at an affordable price here

Black dress for that perfect Friday night with your girls or your bar.

Check this classic dress with perfect length for that date with your girls or event while you are on vacation, check more seductive |You might like this dress too Floral Print V Half Sleeves Crossed Front Maxi Dresses for Beach day with nice sandal

9. Best Luggage for 7-14 Days Vacation

This is COOLIFE Cabin Luggage Hard Shell Travel Bag Lightweight with 2 Year Warranty Durable 4 Spinner Wheels.

Can we talk about this Coolife Cabin Luggage this totally perfect for all your 7-14 days vacations with just enough space inside for all your travel essentials including your classy and portable LED Display 10000mAh Powerbank Charger.

I have never seen such cute charger. Be extra in your next vacation and get yourself this LED Portable Charger.

Features
• LED Display 10000mAh Portable Charger • 4.8A 2 USB Ports High-Speed Battery Pack with Flashlight • Compatible with iPhone 11 Pro iPad Airpods Samsung Galaxy S10 Huawei Tablet

If you are a makeup lover you can also spoil yourself with Makeup Brush Holder, Travel Makeup Brush Organizer Case I hope you are not amongst the people who like packing unnecessary things in their luggage and end up not using 50% of the things that they packed. Leave that weird behavior in 2021, Sis.

Little disorganised but doable, right? Well, get this awesome Travel Luggage Organizer Set Durable Travel Essentials Bags for Clothes Shoes Cosmetics Cable.

Yes, you know we those special people who like filling their biggest suitcase to the brim with outfits galore and 10 pairs of shoes and all the toiletries or accessories for any trip, regardless of the duration of their vacation, Oh honetly, at least, you don’t have to do that anymore. Remember, if you get stuck, I am one virtual appointment away, don’t play yourself.

In the meantime, get yourself this convenient 8 PCS Travel Luggage Organizer Set to organize your luggage way better and neat.
Luggage

10. Bamboo Toothbrush

BAMBOOGALOO Organic Bamboo Toothbrushes – 5 Pack with Bamboo Cotton Buds & Dental Floss Gift. Premium UK Design, Natural Wooden Toothbrush – Medium Firm Bristles. Eco-Friendly, Plastic-Free Packaging

Bamboo toothbrush decreases the environmental pollution and plastic waste in our oceans. The main reason was its called a Bamboo toothbrush is because it is made up of bamboo material which allows cultivation without using any toxins due to the present antibacterial properties of bamboo.

11. Camera

The latest Sony camera is the best for vlogging, photography, and more.

You can get yourself one and enjoy the great perks that come with it—like already installed a directional 3-capsule mic and widescreen picks allowing your voice to be well absorbed clearly with less wind noise which is definitely an awesome feature especially when you want to shoot content at the beach, this camera also a selfie-friendly vari-angle LCD screen and body grip.

Sony Vlog camera ZV-1

Key specifications: 

  • 20 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS sensor
  • 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Fully articulating, 921K dot, 3” touchscreen display
  • 4K/30p, 1080p/120p and high-speed modes up to 960fps
  • 8-bit. Log and ‘HLG’ shooting modes
  • Directional 3-capsule microphone with wind-screen
  • Excellent autofocus in stills and video
  • Can be charged via USB while in use
  • 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for image and video transfer
  • Rated at 260 shots per charge

12. Travel Slippers

Dunlop Women Bootie Slippers

Wearing slippers aid to protect your feet from communicable foot diseases, such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus infections. Even if you’re a clean freak, slippers help keep your feet much more protected against contracting bacterial or fungal infections from germs. This could be coupled with compression stockings because they promote blood circulation, help prevent swelling of the legs, and help guard against deep vein thrombosis work by putting pressure on leg muscles and increasing blood flow.

Compression Socks for Women & Men, 7 Pairs Socks 15-20 mmHg is Perfect Flight, Travel,

13. Protective Face Mask

With my surgical mask at the mall.

Due to the current pandemic that we are confronted with globally, it’s mandatory to always wear your mask and social distance to avoid any contact with covid-19 fluids and protect yourself from contracting it. You can check current stats of coronavirus the whole wide world.

Face mask

14. Noise Cancelling Headphone

Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones could be your second solution for a peaceful journey if you want pure entertainment without distractions during your long flight. VANKYO C751 Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphone has CVC 8.0 Mic, Deep Bass, Hi-Fi Sound with comfortable Protein Earpads, and 30H Playtime for Travelling

15. Copy of Your Passport and an Extra Photo

Don’t mind my passport- lol, get a nice cover for your passport, don’t imitate me. I took this picture some time ago.

We all know a passport is the most vital item when it comes to traveling internationally. One piece of advice that I have for you is to always carry copies of your passport or the color photocopy of all important pages in case you misplace or lose it abroad. You can read more details on the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.

Courtesy to DIRCO department in South Africa

What if I lose my passport while I am abroad?

Read more here from China career website and do not panic,you can also get help in South African embassy in China , DIRCO explains everything in detail in case you lose your passport as South Africa abroad.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/glamgroupvacations

Thailand It’s A Must

Bamboo Island

Thailand got stunning beaches, gigantic lush mountains, delicious food, friendly people, rich and diverse culture and party hot-spots, Thailand should definitely be on every traveler’s bucket list! I definitely want to return for longer period this time. So if you ever wondered what is it like to travel the world to country surrounded by stunning islands and rich culture then this article is for you.

Banana Island, Phi Phi Island

Fun Fact about Thailand

Thailand is the only South-East Asian country that has never been colonised.

As we arrived at our hotel very tired, we immediately dropped off our luggage and wandered around down to the ocean to enjoy the sunset, food and check out the Kamala beach. We used Thai car to take us to the beach. Kamala Beach is known for families, a tranquil beach on the west coast of Phuket. Kamala is a beautiful long beach with clear waters even during high season, surrounded by a nice amount of beach restaurants and shopping choices, various tremendous hotels including some with direct waterfront access.

The long stretch of soft white sand that appeared before us was everything we had hoped for. Standing there barefoot in the sand watching the sky turn pink as the sun slowly set on the ocean, we knew that the long hours of traveling to get here had been worth

Thailand is blessed with tropical and warm climate and tremendous islands with stunning beaches.

Kamala Beach

Kamala has two villages, the first one is the original Muslim town in the very back with not much happening around it, and the second one is the touristic part of Kamala built all along the lines of the beach.

Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Pexels.com

What to Do in Kamala?

Well, apart from Fantasea Park, modest temple, a local market, and the beach itself, there are no real attractions to visit to. There’s Rayee Beach (หาดรายี) and Hua Beach (หัวบีช) to the south on a tiny long road with no direction or whatsoever. Here’s jackpot for you; there’s area called “The Millionaire Row” a home away from home with plush properties and highly secured and exclusivity. This area is surrounded by of the top notch private villas, exclusive boutiques and more. Try it out and thank me later – lol , yes, I am your plug.

Avadina Hills home by Anantara

Villa Horizon stands out splendidly in a quiet forest landscape overlooking the island’s western coast on Phuket’s named as Millionaires’ Mile. Listen, the way this villa is positioned it gives you an impeccable and spectacular views of the sea, from that view, you will see beautiful beaches of Kamala, Surin, Laemsingh, and Bangtao in Phuket

Kamala Beach

At the end of the day, you can enjoy a drink at the bar, have nice meal freshly prepared by Thai people and meet yummy tourists. Lol

Thai chicken with salad, baked potato, salad, and cocktails.

Important Information about Thailand

Thailand at a Glance: As mentioned you will find greenery mountains, pastures and lush jungle in the north of the country and beautiful islands in the south with crystal clear waters. Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north and is a cultural hub, while Bangkok which is the capital city, is where most international flights will land. A night before flying to South Africa for my winter break – I had a great pleasure of experiencing the night life and incredible cuisine. I love Thailand and I need to return AGAIN 🙂

Kamala Beach, credit Petunia Fiore

Currency in Thailand: Thai Baht | 2020 Conversion Rate: 100 THB = R54,98

China conversion: Thai Baht = ¥22,79

Tipping in Thailand: Unless you’re somewhere fancy, tipping is not expected, well- I was not shocked because even in China is not really expected. However, it is common to leave loose change at a restaurant, and the gesture will highly be appreciated.

Common Language & Helpful Phrases: in Thai world

  • Hello = sa-wat-dee ka (female) | sa-wat-dee kap (male)
  • Thank you = kop-koon ka (female) | kop-koon kap (male)
  • Not spicy = mai pet | little bit spicy = pet noi | very spicy = pet mak
  • Beer = bia
  • Delicious = a-roy
  • Bathroom = hong-num
  • How much? = nee gee baht?
  • Too expensive = feng-mak-pie
  • Don’t want = mai ow
Phi Phi & Bamboo Island (many awesome Islands)

Where to stay in Phuket?

We stayed at two hotels, the first one was called Grand Bleu Ocean, Kamala Beach which looked amazing on the Book.com website but crappie in real life

Inside out hotel, there was no headboard, no curtain or even basic headboard.
It looked like in reality and was very disappointed
Source: booking.com (don’t be fooled by the pictures)
Booking.com: Grand Bleu Ocean View Pool (There’s no infinite pools, lies)

The hotel looked nothing like advertised pictures on the net, I remember shortly after I arrived there’s a beautiful Asian lady at the reception desk from Singapore complaining about the hotel, facilities, breakfast, and the lies that they feed people on the internet. At that time I had already paid for ฿3000 which is roughly $ 100 in Rands that’s like R1450

booking.com receipt
I had booked for my travel buddy because she arrived before me.

Trust me, my first impressions were not good at all, I wanted to leave immediately and demand a refund but I was tired and I needed to rest and refresh, meet the girls and freshen up a little.

Finally, we checked out on the 22nd of January 2020, and headed straight to Phi Phi Island, we hopped on the ferry boat for two hours to the island catching fresh breeze

That’s when the real party began.

Our Ferry Boat from Phuket to Phi Phi Island
Checking out of Grand Ble Ocean
Some delicious Thai snacks that I had bought at the garage briefly after my driver had picked me from Phuket International Airport.

Ferry Boat Shots

Islands

At Pudong International Airport my Victoria Secret spray was confiscated 😦

I love Victoria’s Secret fragrances, they are so fresh and lasting. They are perfect for traveling too. Just take under 100ml if you are planning to take it with you on your vacation.
I took this picture at Victoria Secret store in Suzhou City, China |苏州中心商场

Luckily, I had hidden the rest of my perfumes in my other checked-in luggage. So I had placed Victoria Secret Body lotion and Body mist 250ml in the other mini luggage that was with me. Sometimes, there can be a lot of complications and fallacies when it comes to liquids in luggage.

While I was packing my bags in China

It’s crucial to understand precisely what is authorized into baggage and just how much can be the difference between a smooth ride through security and having to depart with your expensive toiletries just like how I departed with my Victoria Secret.

Side Note: Every airport has its own rules when it comes to liquids in luggage. Some airlines are heavily regulated while others have their own particular protocols about what it will and will not allow on flights. You should check these beforehand.

My favourite traveling products

How much liquid is allowed in hand luggage?

Travellers are only allowed to bring small quantities of liquids in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each.

3 – (3 ounces, or in this case, 100 millilitres)

1 – (one plastic bag with a capacity of 1 litre)

1 – (one bag per passenger)

The rest of the pictures

I think this shot

Shortly after I landed at Phuket International Airport, foreigners registered their arrival then I went to get my luggage and did a small shopping fragrance since my Victoria Secret Fragrance set was confiscated at Pudong International Airport

Aerial view of the shops at the airport
I wish to be the face of a luxury perfume brand one day, so I recreated Giorgio Armani poster… I think I look pretty good, don’t you think? Lol
At my hotel room, just before I head out for the daily activities. I love smelling fresh and I am super obsessed with Colognes so I spoiled myself at the airport with this fragrance. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia is a blend of refreshing notes of crushed mint leaves and lemon Limone Primo Fiore Femminello from Calabria. Structure of the composition pushes the limits from fresh citruses to a floral heart which encompasses aquatic jasmine, dewy peony and pink pepper, while a base closes with cedar, yellow sugar and labdanum. Quoted from WOOLWORTH Retail Store

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia Eau De Parfum Spray for Women

Designed by Petunia Fiorë, yes that’s me honey.

Description

An exotic and adventurous scent by Giorgio Armani. On his websites he described Acqua di Gioia as follows

“Acqua di Gioia represents the joy of the Mediterranean Sea. This refreshing aquatic fragrance opens with a beautiful blend of jasmine and zesty lemon, warmed with woody cedar at the base. Inspired by Italy’s Mediterranean coast, this Giorgio Armani perfume for women is a singular blend of serenity and exhilaration. Opening up with the playful notes of citrus, the aquatic fragrance reveals a heart of intoxicating jasmine and lingers with the warmth of cedarwood” from Giorgio Armani beauty

Champagne & Xmas Dinner Buffet

What a wonderful way to celebrate such an important day with great and wonderful souls over delicious chinese and western food cuisine and bubbles. Many came dressed in christmas colours from gold, green to black with a pop of red and dazzling accesories to compliment the holiday fashion. On the 25th of Decemeber 2019 the special event or rather “Get~together” was held at 5* hotel called Courtyard by Marriott in Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province organised by Petunia aka Pesh. It was an intimate Christmas Dinner buffet & champagne amongst foreigners living in Suzhou mostly attended by South Africans, Ghanains, Italians and UK lads… what an absolute pleasure to end 2019 on such high positive frequency.

Many more exciting “get~together”, mini fashion shows and vacations are loading for 2020~ do not miss out. It is going to be bigger, classier and better.

During dinner and networking
Pesh, Dena, Gifty, Sisi, Rene, Vicky and Palesa
Champagne Galore… toasted with Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut
Group Photo
Name: Gifty, Sisi, Rene
Dinner, desserts and Champagne
Dena, Gifty, Sisi, Rene and Vicky
Courtyard by Marriott Hotels
Dena, Palesa and Pesh
Happy people
Dena, Palesa, Gifty and Pesh
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