12th Harvey Norman Malaysian International Branded Bedding Fair 2016

Are you insomniac? Not sure if you are, but I’m definitely am insomniac. Dubbed a vampire and a zombie by close friends, I rarely sleep at night and can often be caught working or lurking around on social media at ungodly hours. Sleep deludes me, most of the time mainly because I could not get comfortable enough to fall asleep and I’m seriously considering getting some new bedding sets so that I can start having some good night rest, but beds and pillows are not always of high quality.

But lucky me, Harvey Norman has just launched the 12th Malaysian International Branded Bedding Fair 2016.

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The fair was launched by YB Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade.

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One of the key highlights of the12th Malaysian International Branded Bedding Fair 2016 is the reduction of recommended retail price for bedding products where customers can enjoy from the reduction of recommended retail price, everything at the fair going half price, plus an additional 10% off for purchases of two items or more. Harvey Norman is also giving away FREE RM200 petrol vouchers with every purchase of RM5000, FREE 3 years warranty on mattress fabrics, and FREE disposals of old mattresses and beds during the fair. Here in Harvey Norman, you can shop with confidence as they have consumer-centric policies encompass exchange and refund, price guarantee, product reservation, same day delivery and product cares. Customers assurance is always their priority.

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Be sure to give a test sleep on mattresses from Sealy, Napure, Hilker, Therapedic and Englander. They’re the experts in giving luxury sleep.

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In line with their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Harvey Norman is also donating 200 pieces of new mattresses to selected needy homes. In the pic; representatives from Rumah Victory Children&Youth Home, Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Beautiful Gates Foundation, Pusat Jagaan Insan Istimewa and Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation in PJ.

12th Malaysian International Branded Bedding Fair 2016 will be ongoing at IPC Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara from 26th April to 8th May 2016.

For more information and ongoing promotions, visit:

Website: http://www.harveynorman.com.my/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HarveyNormanMY

The Unveiling of Power Rangers Live in Genting 2016

Are you a big fan of Power Rangers? I know I am. I practically grew up with Power Rangers as a child and often fantasize about being one of the rangers. Being a girl, my favourite Power Rangers is of course the female characters; Pink and Yellow Rangers. I almost never miss the show and would follow the series religiously despite of my parents’ displeasure. Growing up, I guess I never did grew out of being a Power Rangers fangirl, and so, when I discovered that Power Rangers is coming to Resorts World Genting, I was really ecstatic.

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The million ringgit production, Power Rangers Live in Genting 2016 is the first Power Rangers live show to be held in Southeast Asia and the first ever Dino Charge live show in the world.

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Me. Kevin Tann, Resorts World Genting’s Vice President of  Promotion and Entertainment on stage with the costumed heroes during the official launch of Power Rangers Live in Genting 2016.

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All five Power Rangers making a special appearance during the launching. Power Rangers Live in Genting 2016 is based on the two Power Rangers television series, the popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Dino Charge. The stage performance will focused on the battles between the Power Rangers and Sledge’s army for the former’s magical Energems that holds invincible powers.

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Apart from the energetic performance, fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet their heroes after each show and have a picture taken with them.

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One photography session will cost tentatively RM38 each. Exclusive merchandises like t-shirts, figurines and memorabilia are also available for sale.

As a prelude, Power Rangers Live in Genting 2016 will be available to meet visitors at Resorts World Genting from 29 April to 1 May 2016 at scheduled hours; 12pm, 3pm, 5pm and 8pm. The show will commence from 28 May to 26 June 2016, pricing at RM108(VIP), RM88 (PS1) and RM68(PS2). Early birds promotion allowing Genting Rewards Cards members 20% will be valid til 26 May 2016. Otherwise, Genting Rewards Card members can expect a 10% off the normal ticket price.

For more information, please visit www.rwgenting.com or call 03-27181118.

Taste New Zealand Food Fair Brings Premium Options to Malaysians

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Catering to the discerning taste of Malaysians, AEON has parnered for the fourth consecutive year with New Zealand Trade Enterprise. Themed ‘Innovate with New Zealand from Land to Sea” dairy, meat, fruit and seafood will be amongst the premium items on sale in AEON.

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The fair introduces all time favourites such as Whittaker’s Artisan range, a world class chocolate; Organic muesli and Hake fillet which will add more diversity to the already available New Zealand products in AEON outlets.
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Anchor dairy produce

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Kapiti ice creams

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Weet-bix bites

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Easiyo Yogurt

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New Zealand Natural ice creams

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Whittaker’s Premium Chocolates

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Chef Faizah Zainal Abidin, a lifestyle consultant shared her cooking expertise in making simple and easy cooking recipe to whip up delicious and healthy meal.

The food fair will be held in selected AEON outlets from 21st April 2016 to 4 May 2016. Shoppers can redeen RM10 AEON voucher when they spend RM159 worth of New Zealand products in a single receipt, stand a chance to win New Zealand food bags worth RM200 and a chance to win a pair of AirAsia X return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland.

Innovate with New Zealand From Land to The Sea

Did you know? New Zealand is one of only two countries to export more than half of it’d total food production and Malaysia is its 9th largest export market, with trade volumes growing at pace from year to year, and this year, I’ve given the opportunity to witness the showcasing of the best food produce from New Zealand in New Zealand Food Connection Malaysia in InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

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Sharing on New Zealand’s trade and all things food is HE Dr. John Subritzky, New Zealand Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malaysia.

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Shortly after the sharing session with HE Dr. John Subritzky, New Zealand Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malaysia, Chef Sam Kung, Executive Chef of international luxury hotel InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur was on to show how innovate cookings with various products from New Zealand during the New Zealand Food Connection showcasing at the hotel.

The showcase at Food Connection Malaysia is a demonstration of New Zealand understanding of the complex international food market and the rapidly nerd to produce safe and quality food in a sustainable way.

Spotted new players at the showcasing of Food Connection Malaysia is; Spring Sheep Milk Co, Pic’s Peanut Butter, Southern Fresh, Sealord, Mud House Wine and Emerald Foods.

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Pic’s Peanut Butter

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Arahi sparkling drinks

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A selection of gluten free and organic food.

Also featured were the best in meat, seafood, beverage and grocery items from the likes of Dunningham, Eco Healthy Foods, Emerald Foods Ltd, Fronterra Brands, Griesen Wines, Kapiti Ice Cream, Mudhouse, New Zealand Unlimited, Pure South, Shott Beverages and many more.

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Pure South meat selection

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Tatua creams

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Talley’s greenshell mussels

Couldn’t make it for New Zealand Food Connection Malaysia? Fret not, you’ll be able to relish the best of New Zealand’s produce without having to travel to New Zealand. Just hop over to your nearest supermarket and get your hands on New Zealand’s fresh produce. For more information on all things New Zealand, visit www.newzealand.com.

Celebrate a Musical Mother’s Day at The Armada Petaling Jaya

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In honour of mothers everywhere, the Armada Petaling Jaya is giving mom a culinary and musical treat on Sunday, 8th May 2016 that sees a decadent hi-tea spread and a powerful vocalist to set the tone for this special day.

Mothers will be spoilt for choices with their special Mothers Day Hi-Tea promotion. The whole family can feast on all-time local favorites such as Gado-Gado, Roti Durian, Tossed Wantan Noodle With Bbq Chicken, Loh Bah, Beancurd Chicken Roll, Teo Chew Braised Duck, Fish Head Curry, Sotong Kangkung, and an assortment of Malaysian Traditional Kuih. For those with a more international taste bud, do try the Seafood Pie, Pan-seared Pollo with Garlic Sauce, the incredibly creamy and delicious Cream of Spanish Chicken Soup and many more.

Adding to the excitement and back by popular demand, entertaining mothers for the day is Alfred Ho, dubbed the Stevie Wonder of Malaysia who could do almost perfect imitations of a range of singers, including Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Engelbert Humperdink, and Pat Boone. Moms are bound to appreciate and reminisce as they are transported back in time on a nostalgic journey throughout the years.

Book your seats early and have a food and music filled family gathering through our splendid Mothers Day promotion and rejoice to the fullest.

MOTHERS DAY HIGH-TEA BUFFET
Sunday, 8th May 2016, 12noon  4.00pm
Live Performance by Alfred Ho
RM 75+ per adult | RM 55+ senior citizen | RM 38+ per child

For reservations and inquiries, please call (03) 7954 6888 ext. 4557.

The End of Chinese Miracles

What do you know about China? In the distant past, China was pretty much a mysterious world. There’s kingdoms within kingdoms where dynasties and emperors rules, great warriors skilled with martial arts, palace with forbidden harems and such. Ancient China was fascinating and intriguing. But that’s all in the past. If you ask me today what I knew and understand about China, I would define China as a communist country in East Asia and it is the most populated country in the world and is basically the ‘World’s Factory’ that produces quality goods.

Being a Malaysian, I’m no stranger to Chinese goods and products. Malaysia have a pretty good diplomatic and business relationship with China and our country imported almost everything from China, from textile to food to electronic appliances and automobiles, you name it. Visit a mall in Malaysia and you will see almost everything has a ‘Made in China’ label attached on it. Things that’s made in China is everywhere in Malaysia and I daresay that every household in Malaysia would at least have a couple of items that’s made in China in their home.

Frankly speaking, China is like a ‘God of Everything’ for us Malaysians. It is indeed a miraculous country that can produce anything that we could ask for.

I never gave much thoughts on how the goods from China was produced and what it took to accomplish that until I stumbled upon this video by Financial Times.

The End of the Chinese Miracle by Financial Times.

The video is an in depth documentary that takes a look at China’s economy and labour force and investigates how one of the world’s most powerful and populous country’s has reached a critical new chapter in its history that might put an end to all to all the miracles that they have been doing so far.

Why did I say that? Well, take a look at the video. According to the video, since the 1980s, millions of Chinese moved to the cities to find better paid jobs in the factories. From what I understand, this was the biggest migration recorded in the history of the world. These migrant workers would work in the cities for several years, sending money to their families, and saving as much as they can before going back when they get older. These people lived in stuffed communal dormitories, ate in the crowded factory’s canteen and worked 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. But as time goes by and China developed, the people becomes more educated and well informed than their forefathers, lesser people are opting moving to the cities just to work with minimal wages. The first generations of the migrant workers are already in their golden age and not quite fit for factories employment anymore and the younger generations are saying absolute no to cheap labour. This can only translate to one thing, and one thing only; productivity will slows down and the Chinese economy will go into reverse.

Many factories in China resorted to either closing down their factories and relocating to other places in South East Asia like Vietnam, where they are still in the initial stage of development and minimum wages job opportunities are more welcomed. A sensible option in terms of business, I must say, but there are others who opt to import workers from poorer countries to cater to their needs, which can be very dangerous as it is done illegally. The video offers insights on the lives of the migrant workers and their hardship and is really an eye opener.

Being a business owner myself, I am pretty much worried how this trend will affect Malaysian and global economy in general as China has always been a reliable source of goods, but at the same time I couldn’t help but ponder on the humanitarian side of things.

Financial Times definitely hits the nail this time by documenting this. Is this really the end of the Chinese miracle? Watch the video and let me know what you think and if you are interested for a more in depth reading on the issue, you might want to head over HERE
and read up.

KFC Boneless Crispy Tenders

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KFC Malaysia has introduced its all new Crispy Tenders range that comes in a variety of combos offering fans its succulent KFC chicken without the bones.

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Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the chicken tenders is made from 100% whole boneless chicken fillet fried to perfection. The sets is available for a limited time only and comes with premium sour cream and onion sauce dip especially created to complement the Crispy Tenders.

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6 Pieces Crispy Tenders with Crispy Fries Combo: RM13.90

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Crispy Tenders Combo Sensasi: RM11.90

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KFC Bucket Sensasi includes KFC’s new Crispy Tenders with sour cream and onion sauce dip, KFC’s signature fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potato and Pepsi at a value deal of only RM39.90.

The KFC Crispy Tenders and Bucket Sensation are available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from 12 April 2016 onwards while stock last. For more information, visit www.kfc.com.my.

Vietjet Air Announces First Inaugural Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur

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Vietjet, the first new-age airline in Vietnam with low-cost and diversified services to meet customers’ requirements, has just launch its latest international route connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur on 1 June 2016.

The airline currently boasts a fleet of 35 aircraft including A320s and A321s and operates 250 flights daily. It has already opened 47 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Myanmar.

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Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, Vice President of Vietjet Air, briefing the media on the airline’s expansion plans, including the inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur, as well as future flights to Asia destinations.

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Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, Vice President of Vietjet Air, giving away Vietjet Air aeroplane models and 2 pairs of return ticket to Ho Chi Min City to lucky draw winners during the press conference.

To welcome the new route, Vietjet will give away 50,000 promotional tickets from just MYR0.00 in its “It’s time to Vietjet Campaign from 12-18th April 2016 daily on 1pm-3pm daily during promotional period. Travel period is from 1st June-30th October 2016(excluding public holidays)

Tickets can be booked at www.vietjetair.com. For latest promotional updates, visit www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam

Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016 Soft Launching at Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is being increasingly recognized for being a leader in the ASEAN region with its high fashion footwear and exporter of international fashion wares and aiming to continuously recognized as such, Malaysia has once again kicked off its 7th edition of Malaysia International Shoe Festival. The Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016 is supported by Ministry of Tourism and Culture  and organized by The Malaysian Footwear Manufacturers Association.

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Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) addressing the media and the members of the public during Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016 at the entrance of Sungei Wang Plaza, one of the reputable tourists friendly shopping destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

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Fashion show during the launch, showcasing the latest shoe collection from this year’s participating exhibitors.
MISF2016 Soft Launch Showcasing

Showcasing video

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The flagging off of the giant stiletto car which will be roaming Kuala Lumpur with exciting quizzes and giveaways to promote the festival.

In keeping with MISF 2016 theme “Sole of the Nation: A Colourful World of Shoes”, this year’s festival will see local and international brand including Fiorucci, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Larrie, Lanbaharin, Christy Ng, Fipper, Asadi and many more. Other highlights of the festival are; Shoe Vintage Gallery,  Showcase of  trendy shoes designed by college students and ‘A Walking Success’ forum by the famous Prof Datuk Dr. Jimmy Choo, Bon Zainal and Christy Ng.

There will also be activities for children of all ages and an early bird offer mega deal by Asadi where you’ll get to buy a pair of Asadi shoes worth RM15.90 pee pair for just RM3 by liking and sharing the updates on MISF official Facebook Page.

Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016 promises an excitingly unique fashion experience for visitors young and old, so be sure to bring the whole family to have a fun day out together and shop til you drop.

Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016 will take place at Hall 4, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur on 29th April 2016 for traders and public and is open to public on 30th April 2016 to 1st May 2016 from 10.30am to 8.30pm.

For more information on Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2016, click HERE.

Transit Destination Guide in Kuala Lumpur: Experience Culture, Nature and History in 8 Hours

Traveling and is transiting in KLIA/KLIA2 in Malaysia? Feeling restless and not sure what to do during your long wait for the next flight? Why not explore Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia during your transit? Kuala Lumpur, the sleepless and bustling city is a wondrous place and have plenty of tourists attraction that could awe you without burning a huge hole in your pocket.

My family and I played tourist for a day in our own country a couple of weeks back and discovered that there’s plenty of fun places you can visit in Kuala Lumpur in just 8 hours.

Here’s what you can actually do in an 8 hours daytime transit in KLIA/KLIA2 as per adviced from Tourism Information Centre in KLIA if you are traveling in small group or traveling with family and small children; National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, KL Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Mode of transport that’s recommended for these destination is by taxi and by foot/shuttles.

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Taking taxi can be quite a hassle in some situations, but chartered taxis are easily available in KLIA/KLIA2. All you need to do is just head over to the taxi counter and buy your preferred destination coupon. In this case, from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur. Regular taxi fares from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur costs about RM75 for one way while premium taxi fares costs about RM120 for one way. A regular taxi could accommodate about 4pax, so if you are traveling in groups, taxis could save you much more in comparison of taking the ERL of KLIA express. The journey from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur by taxi takes about 45minutes to 1 hour, depending on the traffic.

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So here’s our route: KLIA-National Mosque-Islamic Arts Museum-KL Bird Park-KL City Gallery. We departed from KLIA via taxi to Kuala Lumpur at 9.15am, explore Kuala Lumpur in stipulated time and went back to KLIA by 6pm.

Yes. It is possible to visit these 4 attractions in Kuala Lumpur in just 8 hours and still be in time to catch your flight. All you need to do is plan your time well and here’s a brief guide on how you can accomplish it:

First destination; the National Mosque. Recommended visit time allocation for transit passengers: 45mins to 1hour.

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National Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. But apart from being a place of worship, it is also a commmunity centre where plenty of religion related activities and events is held.

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Apart from the 5 times daily prayers, common events that’s held daily over here are Quranic classes and solemnization of marriage. National mosque is open to public’s visit at certain hours during non prayer time. More about National Mosque in detail HERE.

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Once done visiting National Mosque, head over to Islamic Arts Museum. It is located opposite of National Mosque and is just 5-10 minutes walk away. Recommended time to be allocated during the visit to Islamic Arts Museum for transit passengers is 1 hour.

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The museum is the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia with more than seven thousands artefacts from the Islamic world. Read more about Islamic Arts Museum in detail HERE.

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Feeling overwhelmed with all the artefacts? Free your mind and get close to nature in KL Bird Park. KL Bird Park is just 15 minutes walk away from the Islamic Arts Museum. Recommended time allocation over here for transit passenger is 2 hours.

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It is the home to more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 species of local and foreign birds. Read more about KL Bird Park in detail HERE.

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Final destination of the day was the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Located in Dataran Merdeka, it is about 20minutes walk away from KL Bird Park. Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is an interesting tourist information centre with a collection of paintings and photos of KL’s history, plus miniature mock ups of famous city landmarks. Recommended time allocation for transit passenger in Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is 40 minutes.

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Set in a 114-year old, colonial-style building just beside Dataran Merdeka, this free museum is great if you want to find out a little bit more about the history of Kuala Lumpur. You may read about Kuala Lumpur City Gallery in detail HERE.

Once done visiting the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, hail a metered taxi from Dataran Merdeka and head back to KLIA. Fare estimation from Dataran Merdeka back to KLIA is RM75 for regular taxi and RM125 for premium taxi.

Transiting in Malaysia, especially if you are transiting at KLIA/KLIA2 does not have to be boring. There’s plenty of interesting places in the vicinity of the airports and Klang Valley to visit. Moving around in public transport is pretty easy. So, if you’re ever transiting in KLIA/KLIA2, be sure to step out of the airport and have fun exploring.