Hokkaido // Budgeting // Shopback

Dear Dayre,

I put up a poll on IG stories for fun, asking if Chewy was a cutie.


The 67 that voted for no must be monsters 😱

This cutie is how cute can πŸ˜‚

Silly thing wakes me up every morning at 8am by yelping softly outside my door so that she can come in to cuddle with me for the morning.

Whenever I let her in, she's practically shaking her butt in excitement and then she jumps on me in bed and kisses me by licking me on my lips and face. ❀️

The polls are fun though. Dayre should work on a poll option too!! Hehehehehe.

@blog πŸ€—

In other news, I've started working on Hokkaido summer travelogues and my itinerary is now on the blog!

With details on each day's programme, accommodation in different areas and other stuff like car rental and wifi!

I'll be going into detail on each area I visited in Hokkaido next!!

It was my first time planning a road trip and staring at driving routes and piecing the itinerary together killed me so I hope my itinerary can be a useful reference to others doing it for the first time as well.

Read on www.yinagoh.com!


Gonna try to work on short but comprehensive blog posts for Hokkaido!

To me, Hokkaido is not about rushing through and doing ten different things a day, but really enjoying the long drives, beautiful scenery and countryside experiences.

My itinerary was quite relaxed too haha so if you're looking an action-packed schedule, you probably want to get more things done than me! I'll also have a little add-on for additional places of interest for every area in my blog posts though πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I also recommend NOT travelling on a shoe string budget if you can spare the money!

I mean, it's definitely very possible to spend very little when travelling. But that defeats some of the purpose for me because there are a lot of experiences that are so much more enjoyable and fun although you have to pay for them!

Take for instance, staying in a ryokan with a private onsen.

It's freaking expensive and I paid close to 800SGD for just ONE night.

But experience-wise, having a private onsen in our room was super shiok and I could onsen throughout the night as and when I felt like it, or wake up and jump straight into the tub πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I found it worthwhile to pay for ONE night because I personally enjoy onsens a lot, and to balance it out, I booked cheaper accommodation else where when ever possible, like my Sapporo accomm that cost less than $100 a night.

So yes, I'm all about spending reasonably and paying what I think is worth! I still budget for my trip and I won't spend or buy unnecessarily.

The best way to save on travelling is to find good prices on flights and accommodation by booking early and planning ahead.

Don't forget your miles card!! (I hear Citibank does one of the best miles card)

I recently started using ShopBack which is awesome too!!!

Basically, ShopBack is an app/portal that allows you to get a small percentage of cash back while you shop online – They have so many different partners from ASOS to Expedia!

I mostly use ShopBack for my travel-related bookings cos you can get a pretty good cash rebate on your bookings when it's referred through ShopBack!

The only catch is that you have to make sure you're booking via clicking through ShopBack's website or app, which can get confusing at times when there's too many tabs open.

See the cashback that I'm getting for all my individual bookings?

It all adds up, really!

I'm already spending, so I might as well save a bit while I'm doing all these bookings, amirite?

And I might as well share my referral link for ShopBack while I'm at it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Sign up via my link and get a $5 welcome bonus today!


Booking.com is the best for cashback man. Hahaha @trishaliang and I love Booking.com. See the cashback in our Shopback account also shiok. Agoda gave me a pretty good cashback top on my last booking for Europe trip too!

Btw, sometimes you need to go into different websites to compare prices vs cash rebates hahah that one is a bit more hardcore. You know how the same hotel or property can be priced slightly differently on different websites?

Let's say Website A = $500 with 3% cashback ($485)
but Website B = $520 with 10% cashback ($468)

You actually save more by booking on ShopBack via Website B!

Just a hypothetical example above πŸ‘†πŸ» Usually the cashback rates don't differ so much, but sometimes there are special cashback promotions going on for different partners!

ShopBack freaking has a lot of partner sites including Taobao, Zuji, Courts, eBay and even Cathay Cineplexes so don't say I never intro.


Any other ShopBack users here too? πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»


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