Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Halal Guys, Hongdae

I have been craving The Halal Guys for almost a year-ish. My initial plan was to go to the The Halal Guys store in Toronto, Canada when I'm flying to the east, however, man proposes, Allah disposes. My travel plan fell through due to few reasons so I didn't get to explore few places in Canada like I originally planned to. However, Allah was and is so ever kind for allowing me to taste the goodness that is The Halal Guys once again. This time around, it was in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea.

The Halal Guys, Hongdae

The Halal Guys, Hongdae is located on the third floor of the EXIT Mall (?). I'm not sure which exit is the nearest to the EXIT Mall but I know Exit 2 of Hongdae Station is one of the nearest exits to the EXIT Mall. It's so hard to miss the building so you should be good.

EXIT Building near Exit 2 Hongdae Station - The Halal Guys, Hongdae
The entrance to the EXIT Mall where The Halal Guys, Hongdae is located.

As The Halal Guys is a halal fast casual restaurant franchise, the menu offered is similar to the other The Halal Guys stores that I've been to. For your information, I've been to two The Halal Guys store/cart in New York City and The Halal Guys store in Toronto, Canada. The only stark difference that I can remember is The Halal Guys, Hongdae has 3 different sizes of platter compared to 1 or 2 in New York City and Toronto.

The Halal Guys, Hongdae

I ordered the Small Combo Platter because I wasn't so hungry. Additionally, I was dead tired that all I wanted to do was just to eat a lit bit of something and go to bed right after that. Thankfully, the taste was quite similar to what I had been craving for. In fact, I truly loved the chicken and beef in my platter. They were so juicy and luscious. Excellent! The only thing that let me down was the hot sauce was not hot as I thought it would be. So, maybe you can put a little bit more of hot sauce to get the kick?

Combo Platter Small Size at The Halal Guys, Hongdae
Small Combo Platter of The Halal Guys
KRW 9,000

Price wise, it was quite expensive if I compared it to the platter size. I also think it was expensive because I used to get a Regular Combo Platter for a cheaper price at the New York City and Toronto. Other than that, I was a happy customer of The Halal Guys, Hongdae :)

Friday, May 17, 2019

My Experience Transferring Money (CAD - MYR) with TransferWise

In this post, I mentioned that I was busy figuring out the best way to transfer my money from my Canadian bank account to Malaysian bank account. Few options that I have been considering are sending the money through the bank service; bringing them back to Malaysia all in cash, or using the TransferWise.

I was all set to bring them back all in cash until few of my favourite Instagram shops decided to have a Ramadan sale! Allahu. I wanted to buy all those things that were on sale but I did not have money. I only had MYR 20 in my Malaysian bank account and obviously I can't buy those thing with MYR 20. That's when I decided to give TransferWise a try!

TransferWise Address Verification Document

Initially, I wanted to transfer CAD 1000 but TransferWise requires senders from Canada to provide their bank statement and a document that verifies the home address if you're sending CAD 1000 and above. I have my bank statement but I don't have a document that verifies my address here because all my bills and documents are still addressed to my old address. The only document that may have my current address is my NOA but CRA website was down on that weekend for maintenance purpose, so I couldn't download my NOA.

So, I settled with CAD 999. The process itself was seamless. You just have to enter your banking details and the recipient's banking details. Then, you just have to wait for the money to be deducted from your account and for the money to be deposited to the recipient's account. The whole process should take two business days.

In case you're not the most patient person in this world like me, please make the transaction during the banking hours on weekdays. I initiated the process on Friday and got my money on Monday which is technically what they promised - two business days, but in reality I had to wait for four days (including the weekend). So, there's that.

TransferWise Payment Options

As for the payment method, you'll get few options. I chose direct debit because it was the cheapest options offered. I believe there are other five options including direct debit but the options will be narrowed down to two if you're sending a much higher amount. All options have different prices and will change according to the amount that you're sending.

Additionally, the total fee also will change according to the amount that you're sending. The bigger the amount that you're sending, the higher the fee. I found the fee to transfer CAD 999 to MYR to be affordable and quite cheap? I paid CAD 14.76 to transfer CAD 999.

Google CAD - MYR Exchange Rate vs Transferwise CAD - MYR Exchange Rate

Likewise, I found the exchange rate they used competitive. The rate that they quoted for my transaction was almost similar to the rate that I found on Google. So, I was happy. And, honestly this was the main reason why I decided to try transferring my money using TransferWise; the competitive exchange rate. Though, to be honest, I was quite bummed after that because a day after I initiated the transaction, the exchange rate reached my desired threshold but that was not TransferWise's fault.

Conclusively, I was happy with my experience with TransferWise. The whole process was hassle free and I got my money in timely manner. In fact, I have finished spending and saving the money that I sent through TransferWise. Currently, I only have MYR 13.34 in my bank account. That's is less than what I previously had. lol. Probably will be using TransferWise at least one more time before I close my Canadian bank account. We'll see.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Charging Bull & Wall Street

I didn't plan to go to Wall Street or seeing the Charging Bull back when I went to the New York City. However, I was only 500 m away from the Charging Bull after getting off from a ferry. So I thought, "Okaylah, jom pergi tengok dah alang-alang dekat."

Charging Bull, New York City, New York, United States of America

The Charging Bull is located right in between roads, so you have to be extra vigilant not to cause any disturbance to the traffic. It is hard to miss the Charging Bull though it is not that big (in my opinion) as you'll see a flock of tourists. You need to be really patient if you don't want to be photobombed when taking picture here.

Farah at Charging Bull, New York City, New York, United States of America

As for me, I was not patient enough to wait until the crowd died down. After all, patience is not my virtue. So, a selfie showing the reality of my visit to Charging Bull will do :p

Also, let me tell you something. The tourists that I met here were crazy! They kept shouting at each other. They also kept pushing other people to make their way to the Charging Bull. I felt so overwhelmed! ㅠㅠ

New York City, New York, United States of America

After spending about 5-10 minutes at the Charging Bull, I headed up to the Wall Street. I didn't walk the whole 8 blocks. Errr, I just learned that Wall Street is actually 8 blocks long. I think I only walked along 1 block?

New York State Exchange, Wall Street, New York City, New York, United States of America

Some of the landmark buildings that I saw when I was in the Wall Street were the ever famous New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Federal Hall National Memorial, and the Trump Building. However, I don't have decent pictures of them or any other buildings at the Wall Street because I just can't get the angle right. On a totally irrelevant note, I had so much fun peeking at the Tiffany & Co store right opposite of the Trump Building. 

Wall Street, New York CIty, New York, United States of America

Didn't remember how long I spent at the Wall Street but pretty sure it wasn't that long because I left before dark. Decided to leave early as I was afraid that I will get lost. NYC at night really scared me so I tend to avoid unfamiliar and secluded places at night.

In all honesty, the Wall Street or at least the part of the Wall Street that I've been to had this dreadful feeling. So, I didn't really enjoy my time walking here. Also, this part of the Wall Street that I went to was quite dark though the sun was still out because it was surrounded by bunch of skyscrapers. 

Wall Street was probably the only place in New York City that I wished I didn't go to. Mainly because I didn't like the vibe there. Should have gone to other places ㅠㅠ

Saturday, May 04, 2019

That One Time Stanley Wanted Me to Pet Him

This post was first published on May 26, 2015 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.


Hotel tempat saya kerja ni ada Canine Ambassador. Nama dia Stanley. He's a black Labrador. Sangat-sangat cute. Geram sangat kalau jumpa dia. Saya rasa Stanley ni sangat suka dimanjakan. Setiap kali jumpa orang, mesti dia nak meleseh. Takpun, dia akan buat muka comel suruh orang pet dia.

Tapi, pasal Stanley ni anjing, saya sedaya-upaya mengelak daripada bersentuhan dengan dia. Sebabnya saya malas nak sertu. Memang tak sentuh even masa dia kering. Tapi, Stanley ni memang suka menguji kesabaran saya. Sikit-sikit nak goda saya. Haha! Setiap kali saya datang office ayah dia, mesti dia datang dekat-dekat saya. Lepas tu, goyang-goyangkan ekor dia. Lepas tu, minta dibelai. Eeeeeee, geram sangat!

Response biasa saya,

"Can you please ask Stanley to stay put or stay away from me?"

Rasa macam agak biadap tapi Stanley ni memang suka jilat-jilat orang yang datang office ayah dia. Jadi, setiap kali saya datang office ayah dia, ayah dia memang akan suruh dia duduk.

Stanley & I
Stanley mengada-ngada datang dekat saya :p
Sorry Stanley, no food for you ㅠㅠ 

Masa saya pergi hiking trip summer lepas, Stanley ikut sekali. Masa tu, dia memang asyik buat muka minta belai je. Tapi pasal masa tu saya memang tahu dia basah, saya memang tak sentuh. Masa jalan pun saya kekalkan jarak selamat. Ada sekali tu saya jalan belakang dia, dia asyik pusing belakang pandang saya.

Benda yang saya asyik ulang dekat Stanley,

"Sorry Stanley. I can't pet you."

"Yes Stanley. I know you're cute. Please don't look at me like that."

"Stanley, can you walk faster?"

"Stanley, do not come near me, okay?"

Nasib baik Stanley faham. Memang dia jalan jauh sikit dari saya. Tapi dia asyik buat muka sedih sebab saya tak nak pet dia. Sabar jelah. Kalau Stanley ni kucing, memang dah lama saya peluk cium dia. Nasiblah dia ni anjing ㅠㅠ 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Snowy Banff in May

Snowy Banff in May
As seen from Marten Street
May 2, 2019
6:55 AM

Such a magical morning! I knew it's going to be a beautiful morning when I saw it was snowing all night long last night. Wish I haven't packed my winter jacket because all I wanted to do was to walk along few streets and take pictures  ㅠㅠ


Yes, we still get snow in May. Honestly it wasn't that surprising because it has always been like this. What's spring in the Rockies anyway? 😝
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