Me taking a Selfie with the Malaysian United Buddy Bear in Penang
(Keep reading, I have a surprise at the bottom!)
Recently, I took the opportunity of a long weekend to travel to Penang. It was a spontaneous trip and I booked the tickets less than two weeks before I went. I wanted to visit Penang mostly to see my friends living there, but also for leisure just because I have never been. (Well, my parents said that I visited Penang when I was around 5, but how can one remember what the place is like then? Besides, Penang has probably changed a lot since then.)
Admiring a beautiful front porch in Penang
Because of how I have left everything to the last minute, I had very limited time to prepare for my trip i.e. a suitcase or what camera I was going to bring to the trip. I wanted to do something different to what I had been doing before, just like how I spontaneously booked this trip. For my travels, I usually take my DSLR with me for picture taking but this time I wanted to give vlogging a try. I looked into easy and light recording devices and found GoPro to be my best choice. However, it was too expensive for me to purchase one of my own straight away. I also needed a small luggage to hold all my belongings because mine was worn out. I didn’t have the budget for a luggage and a new recording device within such a short time before my travels or the time to shop for them.
Before I lost all hopes, I came across a travel equipment rental company called Rent-a-Suitcase in Hong Kong, where I am currently living. This company rents out not only suitcases and GoPro cameras but Mobile WiFi hotspots, camping & outdoor gears and cameras and lenses such as the 360fly panoramic camera, Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and many more.
This travel equipment rental service is perfect and exactly what I was looking for! I was able to rent out a suitcase and camera for less than 7% of what it would cost me to purchase. The rental service is great because I could try out different camera and luggage models if I were to rent it more than once to see whether they are equipment I want to invest buying in the future.
With My RIMOWA Salsa At The Boarding Gate In Hong Kong International Airport,
Ready To Take Off!
All Set For Departure In Penang Airport, Not So Ready To Leave…
Gopro Hero 3+, I Rented This Model For My Penang Trip.
The GoPro Hero 3+ was such a fun toy for recording and picture taking. I definitely enjoyed traveling with it. I have never used a GoPro before this trip, so I was a bit nervous about whether I would be able to learn how to use the device quickly. The staff at Rent-a-Suitcase was so helpful and taught me how to use the GoPro in less than 15 minutes! This rental service also comes with a water resistant GoPro case and a long clutch (like a selfie stick) for video taking.
The GoPro and the GoPro stick makes it very easy for me to shoot video footage and selfies
A Picture Of Me Admiring The View At Penang’s National Park. Taken With GoPro Hero 3+
(More on Penang's National Park coming soon!)
A Selfie In Penang With My Crew
Thanks to Rent-a-Suitcase, I was able to enjoy such luxurious items without blowing off cash on purchasing traveling equipment. The company was quick to reply my queries. The staffs were very friendly and were ready to give advice on their services. The location of the pickup and drop off point of their rental services is located at the heart of the city, which makes them easily accessible and very convenient to locate. Overall, I definitely recommend giving Rent-a-Suitcase a try and a big thumb up to them. I will be using their services again for sure!
Thanks for staying with me till the end! Now for the surprise it is this… drum roll...
My very first VLOG! All footage recorded with a by GoPro Hero 3 +! Please let me know if you like it or not, and whether I should keep doing VLOGS. As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈︎
This is a sponsored article, but all opinions are my own!
Cat Enjoying The Attention And Love
Around two years ago, I visited Istanbul during my Christmas break. I spent 7 days traveling around Istanbul with my friends and we wanted to get out of the city and find somewhere less commercialised. From our research, we found a fishing village called Anadolu Kavagi that can only be reached by ferry. We were excited to visit because via the travel route, we can see many beautiful views of the Sea of Marmara as well as the Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia. Upon arrival at the Anadolu Kavagi Fishing Village, I was struck by how many cats there were around the island. I later found out that locals welcome cats in the area because they help catch mice and rats from stealing the locals’ marine produce. In return, the cats can also enjoy the fresh seafood harvested by the locals. I hope you guys enjoy looking at these photographs of cats and apologise to those who are not cats lover. (sorry, not sorry. Meow.)
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈︎
Staring Out Into The Distant Sun
The Local Cats Are Friendly And Are Not Shy For Strangers To Pet Them
A local feeding a group of cats. It seems like this was a daily routine because there were a group of cats gathering around this place before the man came out with food.
Cats Enjoying Their Meal
Soaking Up Warmth From The Sun
Purr, I Love Receiving Love, Purr.
Address: Anadolu Kavağı, 34825 Beykoz/İstanbul, Turkey
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On the first day of my trip in Penang, my friend Jaslene’s mum took the crew a tour around the island. Along our mini road trip, we stumbled across a neatly decorated farm called the Audi Dream Farm. In this little cozy farm, there were many small animals such as parrots, rabbits and goats available for petting and feeding. My friends and I chose to feed the parrots and goats, because they were animals we don't get to see everyday. Our encounter with the animals was a lovely one. It was definitely a space to relax in and a sweet escape from the business of the city life. My crew and I visit the farm on a weekday afternoon, so there weren’t many people around. However, according to the lady working there, she told us that during weekends it could get crowded because it is a place popular with local families.
Yellow and Green Parrots
Vivid Aqua Coloured Parrot
Parrots getting violent with each other over food. Didn’t realise when I took this photography until later when I looked back on it.
Little Blue Parrot Taking Its Time Feeding On My Friend’s Hand
Fighting For Food
For more information, check out their Facebook Page
Audi dreamfarm 145, MK B, Sg.Rusa, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈︎
Hi Jetsetters, welcome to my blogisphere. I am Esther, your guide for today! I hope you will enjoy this tour of my visual travel diary.
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