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Na Na is one of the leading digital influencers in Malaysia, with her lifestyle travel blog boasting a loyal audience. Bwincessnana.com was launched her blog in 2009, which she balanced with her studies and later full time job in various e-commerce companies like Zalora and GEMFIVE. Just 26 years old at the time, Na Na decided to quit her job and focus on building her digital career. Fast forward to 2017 and Na Na is wearing multiple hats: digital strategist and influencer, creative director, social media and brand consultant, and most recently entrepreneur. She em bodies the modern chic classy-edgy style, by working with high street fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, from Adidas , Coach, and Gucci to SK -II, Clinique, Hennessy, Sephora, and NSW Tourism. By focusing on her lifestyle pos tings , Na Na gained unique reputation in blogging industry and was featured on major magazines like E L L E , Female, NuYou and ViVi. In hopes of inspiring others , NaNa is working hard to run an online fashion business meanwhile sharing her passion for fashion, beauty, travels and lifestyle each day with her loyal readers.

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Happiness is when you have a good hair day.
Women can go through years of their life finding the best hair dryer and be just fine - albeit a little frizzy. But who wants to live like that? We all deserve a blowout without frizz, flyaways, or any other kind of foolishness a hairdryer that's not up to snuff will add to your precious crown. Women deserve to get that flawless look even in the comfort of our own home. Given all there is to consider, I would recommend this new Panasonic EH-NA98 hair dryer.

Many of you must have think why invest in a much pricier hair dryer, since hair dryer is just a hair dryer after all. Here are some of the reasons to justify: 
1. NANOE technology 
NANOE hair dryer minimizes frizz and reduces hair and scalp damage.

What's NANOE technology? 
NANOE technology is nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles. Normal hair dryers typically dry up your hair because moisturize evaporate while drying. To counter this, modern hair dryers like use negative ions to adhere to the hair surface, making hair smoother. Panasonic's unique ultra-fine NANOE ions contain 1000 times MORE the moisture held by regular negative ions, which helps moisture penetrate deeper into our hair results smoother and shinier hair. 

Apart from hair itself, NANOE moisturizes scalp to keep it healthy, preventing from dryness that typically cause damage to your hair.
NANOE also helps to suppress static electricity in hair, neutralizing the positive charge that usually generates on the surface of hair. This prevents hair from sticking up or standing at the end.

2. Voltage
The higher voltage means the less drying time needed. The shortened drying time means less exposure to heat and less damage.

3. Cool wind feature
This cool air helps to set the style. It tighten hair cuticles and resists friction damage as well as UV rays.

4. Light weight
It's one of the crucial feature making a blowout an easy job. 

Panasonic EH-NA98 hair dryer not only check list the above features, it also offers skin care mode that is beneficial to busy working women as a beauty care device. So after blow-drying your hair, you can switch it to Skin Care Mode to blow warm air onto face for about 1 min. This NANOE technology helps to retain facial skin moisturise.

I have been a Panasonic hair dryer user since forever (read here), and I personally think for its price point it is value for money with its new all-in-one features. With this upgrade, I do notice an improvement even I colour and style my hair on a regular basis.
With Panasonic EH-NA98 hair dryer, you don't just dry your hair, you beautify too.
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Up until a couple of months ago, I had no intention of using 'cleansing gadgets' as an extra step to clean my face. The idea of adding one more step to my skincare regime is just not encouraging. But do you think your face needs a more thorough cleansing than it gets with just facial cleanser? If yes, you are not alone. 

The need to clean the skin more thoroughly has spurred the invention of different facial cleaning tools. With so much to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin, but I recommend this powerful tool to help make your face-washing experience more effective than ever before. 
FOREO LUNA mini 2
This facial brush works double duty, using both sonic pulsations for cleansing and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. The LUNA mini 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush with eight adjustable intensities for a fully customizable cleansing experience.

How I use the LUNA mini 2
Foreo is innovative. Unlike actual bristle brushes that spin or pulsate and may cause microscopic abrasions in the skin, its super soft silicone touch points pulsate to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. These soft silicone bristles helps get into all the nooks and crannies, like around the nose and chin which often have blackhead/whitehead. The 3 touch points as shown below tell it all.

How I use FOREO LUNA MINI 2
This cleansing brush is safe to use day and night, for about a min. IT'S NOT AN EXFOLIATING TOOL. I prefer to use mine just once a day, in the evening as my second cleanser, to have a deeply cleansing experience. I find all my nighttime skincare routine really absorbs better into my skin than before. As my skin is dry, I don't feel the need to get to grime busting in the morning and usually just cleanser as usual. The LUNA mini 2 times itself for how long to spend on one place on the face, and gives a double pulse when it's time to move on to another area. Even easier, this gentle silicone facial brush is totally waterproof, and the silicone exterior rinses clean with just water - which means no grimy brushes or costly brush heads!

Apart from effective cleansing, this tiny but mighty face cleansing brush comes in beautiful colours that make your skincare routine more fun. 
Since I'm a big traveller, the LUNA mini 2 is the perfect size to travel with and to have at home. My skin goes through so much in a day and even more when I travel. The dry air on the plane and the change in environment tends to irritate my skin. Ever since I started using this, it helps to keep my skin in check and more acne-free than just washing my face with hands. So if you're the type who's looking for a fuss free way of taking better care of your skin in the comfort of your home and on the go, the LUNA mini 2 is the best investment you can make for yourself!

The FOREA LUNA mini 2,  priced at RM636, is now available at Sephora online and at all Sephora physical stores in Malaysia.
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Hawaii is one of those places that I can dream of. Thanks to Airasia and Hawaii Tourism, it's another ticked off my bucket list. From tropical beaches and world class surf to fiery volcanoes and lush rainforests, it can be tough planning what to do. So if you are visiting Hawaii, Oahu for the first time, then make sure to read this article. And when you are ready to book for flight, Airasia.com can help with that too!


When to go
Peak season starts from Dec to April and I heard is very famous destination for Christmas holidays. So you don't like to travel with bunch of tourists, you can visit in October or any other month throughout the year as things are slowing down a little. 

Where to go
Oahu is the classic Hawaiian island, other than Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. Basically is like Phuket island and the rest are Koh Lipe (better understanding for Asian travellers). It's well developed with wide range hotels, restaurants and historical places to visit. 

1. Kakaako Mural
Kakaako is an up and coming cool neighborhood located in between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. It feels like a scavenger hunt while each turning on the streets you get to see a new colour pop creation. This one fine lady here is my favourite. 

2. USS Missouri, Pearl Harbour & Aviation Museum
The USS Missouri, also known as the Mighty Mo was the last Ameri
can battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. The surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the Missouri brought the Second War War to an end. You can choose to take a self-guided tour or lead by an expert historian whom the tour will take you to deep inside the inner workings of the ship including the engine rooms and gun turrets. 
Aviation Museum is one of the principal Pearl Harbour Historic Site, located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attached by Imperial Japanese Navy on Dec 7, 1941 (beginning of WWII). You can learn about the attack of Pearl Harbour, the Battle of Midway, and America's mobilization for war, manufacturing aircraft and training pilots through the showcase of airplane models. 

3. Oahu Helicopter Tour
You can experience Hawaii from the high skies above Oahu, and see the island's stunning hidden valleys, rainforest, waterfalls and many more. This one hour ride started off by gliding over the vivid turquoise coral reefs of Waikiki, followed by beautiful coral formations in Kaneohe Bay, cliffs of Nuuanu Valley rainforest, breathtaking coastline to legendary Sacred Falls and the panoramic Dole Pineapple Plantation, and finishing off with Pearl Harbour, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri. 
 

4. Jurassic Jungle Expedition & ATV Adventure
If adventurous traveler, you need to visit Kuoloa Ranch. It is like a vast adult playround and one of the largest expanses of valleys and peaks in Hawaii. Here is also a very popular film location with many of the Top Jurassic Park scenes were filmed. 
 
Here's one of the scenes in Kong: Skull Island.

5. Polynesian Cultural Center
You can spend the whole day at Polynesian Cultural Center, which covers cultural knowledge about 6 island villages including Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Set on 42 acres along Oahu's North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center has a lagoon that hosts daily canoe tours, takes guests on a journey to learn about Hawaii's royalty while enjoying traditional Polynesian food. 

6. Waikele Premium Outlet
Make sure you bring enough money when you come here. The Waikele oulet offers bargains in over 50 legendary brands. I would definitely recommend you to shop some Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi's. 

7. Waikiki Beach 
There is no doubt that Waikiki beach is the top of all tourist attractions. Along this world famous, 2 miles stretch of white sand beach, there are a number of great spots to go for tanning, surfing, and taking in a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. When we finish at the beach, the nightlife of Waikiki is just steps away making it super convenient for travellers.  

8. Sunset Beach
We spent good quiet hours at Sunset Beach. It is also one of Oahu highlights that makes the perfect all-day beach affair. 

That pretty much sum up all the activities and stay tune for my Hawaii's food/drinks post. 
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Jaipur has been popularised with the name of Pink City. The pink colour has its own history. Back in 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the colour of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink to welcome the guests. The tradition has been sincerlt followed by the residents who are now by law, compelled to maintain the pink colour. 

This Pink City is filled with historic attractions, myriad bazaars, temples, palaces, museums and gardens - so there is no shortages of things to see and do here. If you are planning a trip, take a look through our guide for what to prepare, getting there, getting around, and some of the best things to add to your Jaipur itinerary. 

What to prepare before JAI

1. Visa
All tourists need to apply for a visa in advance of travel.  I highly recommend travellers to use e-visa instead as it's not compulsory to get your visa approval at India embassy. Visit the official site,  indianvisaonline.gov.in and fill up the e-visa application. Print out the visa approval email once you receive it and bring it along during the trip. It costs US$82. 
2. Health requirements 
I would suggest you get Typherix vaccination to avoid diarrhea or any food poisoning issue. Tap water is generally unsafe to drink in India. Even if the piped water is deemed safe by government, don't risk parasites and heavy metals. Stick to drinking bottled water wherever you are in India. 
3. Costume 
Karen and I also customize our own lengha and saree in KL before visiting Jaipur. It takes about 3 days to get it done. As most of the traditional clothes require time to be tailor-made, if you buy at the local market, you might not be able to wear them on time. 

Getting to and from JAI 

Karen and I decided to take a connecting flight because it offers the best timing to arrive Jaipur. AirAsia do offer direct flights to Jaipur, but you will be arriving at night. So we actually fly to Chennai first, then take a local airway to Jaipur.

Getting around JAI

The best way for us to get around Jaipur is to hire a private charter car. We made our booking via Klook. There are options which you can hire a driver for about RM150 for 12 hours ride. At some tourist places, you will meet local guides. Hire them if you are interested hearing the history and learning the best spots to take your Instagrammable pictures. They usually charge about RM30-RM50, and don't forget to tip them. Although tipping isn't the norm in Asia, a little gratuity is sometimes expected in India. 
OR
Download Ola app to get your around. 

Attractions in JAI

We spent 4 days in Jaipur to explore the city's most significant landmarks, bazaars, and palaces. 
1. City Palace 
It is smack in the center of the Old City. This huge complex comprised of ornate gates, courtyards, buildings and gardens. It will take about 2 hours to explore and snap pictures as they are plenty of photo ops in and around the palace alone. 
Ticket: INR3000  (if you want to take pic with in this blue printing room, you will have to pay for the highest ticket option) 
 

2. Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds)
Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this intricate and fascinating facade of the Palace of the Winds is probably Jaipur's most recognizable building. True to the name it earned, it has five floors that contain 953 windows and screens to provide ventilation. 

3. Jawahar Circle Garden
On our way from the airport, you will see this tall pink structure surrounded by a gamut of trees and lush gardens. The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully. It gives you a sneak peek into vibrant culture of Rajasthan as each pillar is dedicated to some or the other part of the state. We were there just to snap a photo of this, so if you are not up for a walk in the park. You may skip this spot. 

3. Jal Mahal
The Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Signh I at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake to serve as a lodge for his duck hunting parties. Jal in the Indian language means water, hence it is also known as the Water Palace. The palace stands bright with five floors, four of which remain under water. The Jal Mahal is on the way to Amber Fort, hence the best plan to visit is either on the way to Amer or in the evening after Amer. There is no entry fee for this palace as government has declared it as a protected area, which means no access to the palace via boat rides anymore. But you still can take a stroll along the river to take some shots. 

4. Amber Fort
Amer Fort is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. The fort is located about half and hour drive from the city. Due to the hot weather, I would suggest you to take an auto rickshaw for about 700 rupees for a return trip up to the fort. A little history about Amber fort. Amber was once the capital of princely Jaipur state, and the fort the residence of its Rajput rulers. Maharaja Man Singh, who led Mughal Emperor Akbar's army, commenced its construction in 1592 on the remains of an 11th century fort. The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, as part of the group of six hill fort in Rajasthan. Its architecture is a noteworthy fusion of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) styles. 
Tickets: INR200


You may also check out this Shila Devi temple along the way to Amber Fort too. 

5. Stepwell - Panna Meena Ka Kund
Don't miss out this symmetrical stepwells, which located near Anokhi Museum (right before entering Amber Fort). During the ancient time, this place was utilized mainly as a water protect pool.

6. Taj Malal 
Taj Mahal, one among the Seven Wonders of the World is an eye candy of Agra city. It has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as it represents the rich Mughal Culture and Mughal architectural style. It was built in 1653 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, to commemorate his beloved Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The Taj is a soul filled with love, loss and sorrow. This glorious monument is an example how intensely a man loved his wife that to keep her memories evergreen. The ideal time to visit Taj Mahal is before sunrise or sunset, but Karen and I were staying at Jaipur hence we decided to book a day tour private car instead via Klook instead. 
Tickets: INR1100
 

7. Agra Fort
With Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement grows as the scale of what was built here begins to sink in. Agra Fort was constructed in 1565 by Emperor Akhar, and further done by his grandson Shah Jahan. The fort was built mainly as military structure, but Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace, and later became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzed seized power in 1658. 
Tickets: INR650

Where to shop

We only went to Johari Bazaar because my dear friend wouldn't want to explore more. Meanwhile some tips to share before you go to any other bazaars in Jaipur:
1. Avoid wearing over-exposed clothing
2. Always bargain, at least 50% 
3. Bring your own tumbler, handkerchief/tissue
4. They don't accept cards so bring cash


Where to eat and drink

 1. Zarpar 
We basically eating Kashimir dishes every day and night. This is one of the restaurants we went when we were in the city. Avoid going for street foods. 

2. Caffé Palladio 
Food was alright, don't expect super fancy brunch food. But they do have a lot of Instagrammable spots and a cute dog. 

3. Bar Palladio
Located across the street of its cafe, Bar Palladio is located inside Narain Niwas Palace hotel. The interior is a series of smaller rooms, each its own wonderland, where hand-painted murals of blue and white flowers provide a fanciful backdrop that is perfect for the gram. 


Majority of people around me have misconceptions about India, some of them even go the extent of convincing me not to go and telling me terrifying stories from the social media. 
Yet Karen and I still decided to go, and we were so glad we made it happen. 

Jaipur has been nothing but amazing. Although there are improvements in terms of the infrastructure and hygiene part, it was overall a very pleasant experience for me. I can't wait to go back again to experience more of its beauty, history, and food.  
Till next time x 

@NANABWINCESS