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#Day238 #365JosHappyDays – Browsing some backpacker bikes

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Trying to track down a cheap second hand bike  that fits within my backpacker budget, especially important since I haven’t found a found a proper job to earn it back yet! 

If you yourself are looking for one in Perth or even closer in Victoria Park, then head to movement systems.  They have a few bikes outside ranging from $100-300 maybe even less but then I don’t think I can manage on a rusty kids bike.  I would also say it’s a good idea to check Gumtree too for any local bikes being sold. However this place it’s quite used to backpackers so they guarantee they will pay 50% of what you paid back when you return it.  Which eases the mind a little, it’s like paying half price to rent it for however long your here. 

Anyway nice guys with a bit of wiggle room on price so I may be back there soon with hopefully an even happier day with my new… /old bike 🙂

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How to haggle the cheapest price in Asia

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Most stalls love to haggle and if you’ve never done it before don’t worry it’s pretty easy, they do most of the work for you. Here’s my steps and tricks to haggling in Asia, more specifically Petarling Street, Malaysia but it’s pretty much universal for all of Asia. So have fun! I love it 😀

1. First ask them the price.
2. Then ask them what’s their best price*.
3. Then name your price around 50-80%** less than the original and see how the negotiations go.
3.1. Throw in some: “umm’s” ,  “hmm’s” , “come on’s” and if your feeling extra malay try a “too expensive la!”
4. If you are not happy try walking away and they might crack and then start shouting lower numbers at you as you leave. ‘bingo!’
5. If not all the stalls nearby have pretty much exactly the same stuff so repeat from step 1 haha easy right?!

Bonus tips to get it even cheaper!
1.The Rain
If it starts raining they’re aware they might not get many customers coming by and you’re all they’ve got so they will try their best to hang on to you, so push it if you wish.

2. The Nearly Empty Wallet
Now this tip is something that’s worked for me in the past and it’s been for the genuine reason that I’ve run out of money and don’t have enough for the deal. Usually they alway ask how much you’ve got left, if it’s right with them they might settle for lower than you ever could of haggled. I’ve got some things dirt cheap by accident and by luck but I’m sure if you wanted to develop this into a technique you can pre- store different values of money in places around your bag or wallet and try your luck.

3. Don’t walk away from a really good deal
So this isn’t quite tip to get your price cheaper but it’s to make sure you hang on to it. What happened to me was I haggled a nice hat down from 90rm to 30rm and which was hire easy but when I wanted to leave he turned a bit hostile and said “ok but 30 now, 95 when you come back!”
In my case I wasn’t really that fussed, I’m just browsing with plenty of time so I left and I’m sure il be able to get a good deal since I’m back in and out of Malaysia often with no rush.  But it’s worth noting if they recognise you coming back to their stall in desperation there is a chance they might try and milk you once they know you want it.

*Sometimes they may actually give you their best price straight up. You will soon know judging by what prices the other stalls around it have been saying. If you want to make this guy go any cheaper it will only be by buying more of his items or maybe some for your friends?

**Keep in mind the kind of item you are dealing with and how much it might have cost to make and drop the price accordingly 

Have you got any tips,  I would love to hear them?  Cheers

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#Day90 #365JosHappyDays – Found myself a nice travel playlist to accompany my storm watching or exploring.

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I like being introduced to new music and one of the easiest places for that is on 8 tracks but what makes it even better is you can find almost any playlist for for the mood you’re inor activity you plan to do.

I’m a fan of spending the time to sit back and watching what nature has around us or to even get in and be part of it. As you see by the name of this playlist ‘to wander through the elements’  that’s what it’s all about; it’s description says to be listened ‘through stormy countrysides, hazy deserts, misty cornfields, rainy streets and across the moon’ haha seems worth a listen and should make a nice addition for when glazing out of train windows.

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#Day80 #365JosHappyDays – Haggled myself a new phone at Lowyat mall – Thee place to buy in KL

After pretty much a whole afternoons worth of haggling at lowyat mall I came out with a new Sony Xperia Z3 plus a bunch of extras.

Lowyat is one thee places to for electronics you just gotta know your stuff and ideally have a local to speak the language (they all speak English but a locals get the good deals). Also gotta keep watch what your buying isnt either fake, or smuggled which should be a case of asking if it has original warranty.

This could well be my perfect phone for travel blogging…  I will have to get back to you on that one after some proper use.

But it’s stacks up well for me so far, its meant to have one of the best cameras. Usually I love my dlsr but I’ve abandoned it for travelling as I found while I was at home my phone was just always with me when it mattered so in that sense got the best shots.

However my old phone HTC one m7, camera is super sharp and you should buy it in a heart beat, best phone ever for me but lacking in a few specs that would enhance my blogging/make it faster.

With my new phone I can now use kinemaster video editing software at 1080 instead waiting for files to convert to 720.
Also any editing takes allot phone juice especially when you’ve got harddrive and sd cards plugged in like me but now I have a magnetic charger on the side so I can do it all simultaneously without losing power!

Anyway will talk more about this magic cable and the phone on another post when I’ve established if it is the perfect travel phone.

Oh yeah and its waterproof so it’s crying out for me to take it on an adventure!

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#Day76 #365JosHappyDays – Went for walk through Malaysia, didn’t get mugged!

Ok so this might not be the best of accomplishments but nobody really walks anywhere in this country unless you’re either a tourist or can’t afford a car. Which usually puts people on motorbikes in right the middle; as well equipped for a mugging.

Anyway with that being said I found a nice scenic motorcycle path alongside the river that crossed over and took me straight to mid valley mall without walking on any main roads. I walked it with a cautious one earphone out to listen for my possible oncoming motorbike muggers.

So I had a pretty safe journey and most of my possessions are attached to me so I was more intrigued into how this motorcyclist would fly off his bike or if I would fly with it?!  Either way I don’t like to enduce unessesary fear upon myself without reason, so until the dreadful day comes when It happens I would like to think positively. It may never happen and when it does.. Maybe I will come out on top? Or maybe I will just learn a valuable listen and ideally without getting stabbed. But without being racist generally everyone I see on bikes a skinny Indian men, which look another less intimidating than the big black guys I’m used to in Bristol.

So I hope for the best and to learn from my experiences. I’ll call myself an idiot; not if it happens but if I let it happen again!

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#Day41 #365JosHappyDays – Love a good window seat and reunited with my brother.

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I always enjoy seeing things from a different perspective and the timing of my plane journey was quite magical; I got to leave Japan lit up in all its neon glory at night and arrive in Malaysia just as it turned from darkness to sunrise. It’s fascinating seeing the lights of cities and roads from afar, almost looks like one massive living organism bounded by the oceans on either side.

It’s not something I was quite able to get a picture of as the night capabilities of my camera are dying unfortunately but it is something I really recommend getting a window seat for! It’s not something a static picture can convey; the feeling as you fly and gain altitude while the scenery is ever changing perspective can be an extraordinary feeling. A fun challenge is to try and distinguish exactly it is you are looking at. As what once felt like a big concrete jungle now looks as if you could run to the opposite coast of the island in under 20 minutes.

Once I arrived my brother kindly found me at the train station, took me for a quick bite to eat then dropped me off at his sweet looking pad before heading off to work. I’m damn impressed big bro; got himself an apartment in a swish hotel building with all the perks and less of the cost.

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#Day40 #365JosHappyDays – Made it on the plane by the skin of my teeth!

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Well if you ever get to the airport really early and need to kill a few hours; The adrenaline of sorting out a little dilemma like when the staff tell you, you are not aloud on the flight sure makes the time fly!

The problem was I didn’t have an onward ticket out of Malaysia which I was fairly condifident Malaysia wouldn’t care about (and I was right they didn’t care). Japan however and the Air Asia check in desk were very adimant I wasn’t getting on that flight unless I brought a ticket right there and then or I had £350 in cash (to prove I could buy one on arrival).

This might be alright for the average traveler but I’m a cheap backpacker that made sure I spent every last cent of my Japanese yen in duty free on some magic pens and the rest in the charity box. I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to being stung with airport cashpoints with and currency exchanges so that was not part of the deal for me.
After some running around and talking to some managers and hearing many more times that “you won’t be on this flight sir” we finally got to a solution. When I ultimately I found out they would expect any currency and best of all hadn’t a clue of any exchange rates (so I got to make them up.. In my favour!)
Luckily I had tiny bits of cash prepared for other countries I was heading for (only really enough for some snacks on arrival haha)

So in the end I got by with 50 pounds, 200 Malaysian ringgit, 40 Australian dollars, 700 Thai baht, 250 Indian rupees and a signed document that’s it’s not the airports fault for letting me fly haha.
Comes to a total of about £120 but shhh 🙂

I was definitely relieved once I got on that plane! Note to everyone bring cash or an onward ticket to any country you go to.  Travel safe!

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