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Monday, October 30, 2017

Caravan Trip in New Zealand

Fresh air, beautiful greenery after our breakfast in the caravan.

I am a caravan lover and after the caravan trip in New Zealand North Island, I even love the van more. It is worth the price of renting a Caravan to tour around in New Zealand. In the small space of a caravan, you have all the necessity facilities for your daily activities such as cooking, accommodation and toilet. The little home of caravan make you feel closer to your family members where your family members are around you at all time. We shared the happiness, we eat together, we cook together, we watch movie together and we adventure together. If there is a problem, we face together, if there is a happy moment, we laugh together. This Caravan trip in New Zealand is the most remarkable trip I ever had. For sure I will be going back there one day for another Caravan trip at South Island.

Making breakfast for my family

Before sharing the tips about the Caravan, let us introduce to you the rules and regulation for Caravan in New Zealand. Not all the caravan are children friendly, you have to choose the correct caravan to suit your family need. Some of the caravans do not have a child seat facility therefore booster seat is not able to fit on the caravan. There are self-contained and none self-contained caravan. Self-contained means the caravan with toilet and none self-contained caravan is the caravan without a toilet. There are very limited free campsite for none self-contained caravan and with the rules and regulation, none self-contained caravan is prohibited from overnight at the free campground. You will not be happy to hear the authority knocking your door in the midnight giving you a NZD 200 ticket and chase you off. As soon as you arrived at the caravan free campsite, please make sure that you are parking at the correct caravan parking lots with the symbol shown. They specified the parking lots for limited caravan only. Be at your free campsite as early as you can before the dinner time, parking lots only for first come first serve basis. Where can I find the free campsite?

Certified self-contained caravan by NZ government

Self-contained caravan sign at free campsite

Make sure you do your homework before you go for your caravan trip. Download the apps “CamperMate”. This is a very useful app that you must have when you are driving a caravan in New Zealand. CamperMate has plenty of information to guide you throughout your caravan journey. Thus spend some time to study the CamperMate to understand all the symbols and features from the CamperMate. Briefly, the CamperMate helps to lead you to the paid and free campgrounds via google map. From the campgrounds search, the CamperMate shows the location as well as the detail information of the campgrounds. All the information represented by the symbols such as: shower, dumpsite, kitchen, toilet, etc. There is also webpage link as well as the owner contact number to check the campsite availability. Other than camping ground, there is many more information shown such as: LPG gas supply, public dumpsite, public shower & toilet, fresh water supply, grocery, petrol station, place of attraction, accommodation and so on. All these information is helpful to keep your trip budget to minimum. We are about to find out the benefit of having these information.

There are 3 types of campsites throughout New Zealand, the free camping ground, the paid campsite and the luxury campsite. The free camping ground is either the public camping ground or the private camping ground that open for public to park their caravan and overnight with the condition that your caravan must be a self-contained caravan. The camping ground does not provide water supply, dumpsite, power supply, etc. It is just a parking space for you to park your caravan and overnight. Occasionally, some campsites do provide public toilet for your convenient. While the paid campsite has some necessity facility for your convenient but most of the paid campsite does not provide dumpsite therefore you need to check with the campsite owner when you arrive or you can read through the information from the CamperMate apps. Last but not least is the luxury campsite, charges around NZD 56. It provides a good campsite with electricity facility, dumpsite, accommodation (addition charges), shower, fresh water supply, kitchen, playground and many more facility. We have stayed at the campsite with thermal hot pool and also bouncing pillow.

CamperMate apps

Click the left top icon from this apps and you will be able to see all the facilities that you require when you are on the go.

Scroll down your window and you can see much more features.

Example: when you click the "all campgrounds", the campsite icons will shown in the map. Green Icon: free campsite, Blue Icon: paid campsite, Purple Icon: Luxury campsite.

A click on the icon, The name and a photo of the campsite will be appeared on the scene. It allows you to have a view on the location. Click it if you like.

More information will be displayed on your phone and it shows the details, contact and comment. The icons shows very important information about the facilities at the campsite. The left most icon shows that the campsite has a dumpsite.

There are more information when you scroll to the left.

There are lots of information and including a link to google map. The google map will lead you to the destination.

In order to keep your travelling budget to minimum, renting the caravan is one of the solutions but you have to fully utilize the available facility in the caravan and the facility surround you. There is a pack of 12V battery pack in your vehicle that supplying the power to all your facility when your engine is off and this battery can be fully charged when your vehicle is travelling 2 to 3 hours. Which means it is not necessary to go to the paid campsite to charge your vehicle everyday if you able to plan your trip well. But bear in mind that the 12V is not able to supply 240V or 110V for your power charger. You may purchase an in-car invertor of 12V to 240V/110V device before you go for your caravan trip. This device allows you to charge your batteries when you are travelling. All facilities in the caravan will activate the battery whenever the engine has been switch off. All the energy consumption devices need to be taken into account before out of power. Some of the luxury caravans has a solar energy and allow us to use the devices in luxuries, but some does not have this facility.
TV, refrigerator and water pump are the highest power consumption devices. Spend more time to enjoy the breath taking scenery in New Zealand rather than watching TV. Enjoy the cooling weather and fresh air in New Zealand. There are 4 switches on the refrigerator: Automatic, power supply, battery and gas. The refrigerator in the caravan can be functioned based on either of the energy resources from power supply, battery or gas. By switching to automatic mode, the refrigerator will auto select the energy resources. Basically the refrigerator will switch between the power supply and battery, whereby it will switch to power supply mode when the vehicle has a 240V power supply incoming, while it will switch to battery mode when the power supply is unplug. The best way I could recommend is to use manual mode to reduce the battery consumption. Therefore you have to switch to battery mode when you are driving. The decreasing of battery pack power can be charged when your vehicle is on the move. Switch it to gas mode whenever you park your vehicle. Remember to turn on the LPG valve and remember to switch it off when you are able to make a move. Last, switch to power supply mode when your vehicle is at the charging station. By doing this, you may reduce 30~40% battery consumption throughout the day.

In car inverter and power bank

Vehicle heater does not consume a lot of battery energy as it is operate by the LPG energy resources but it does not really keep warm when the temperature below 8 degree C. Never light up the stove to keep your vehicle warm, THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS ACT.

There are only 100L of water storage or less in the vehicle; therefore water consumption is another concern for frequent caravan traveler. With a minimum water usage, 100L of water can only allow 2 adults and 2 kids to bath. Therefore bathing in the caravan is a "NO-NO" activity. Do a study on the CamperMate and look for the public shower facility and take a shower there will be a much appropriate idea. Try to use more disposable utensil whenever is applicable such as paper plate or paper cup to reduce water consumption. Prepare the raw material in advance such as meat and vegetable, cut them into ready to cook cutlet and store it into the plastic bag. Dispose the plastic bag after cook. This is another idea to reduce water in washing. Buy drinking water for cooking and drinking. There are a lot of public dumpsites, fresh water supply locations available from the CamperMate apps; you may dump the grey and black water at these places for free. 

3 pin plug socket in New Zealand, it only operates when external 240V power supply is connected.

12.5V indicate the battery pack power. the right top panel shows the fresh water and grey water tank. There is also an in car 12V power supply and USB port at the main switch box. Switches below are the switches to control all electric devices in the vehicle.

Here are some of the interior view of the Caravan.

The best part of this caravan is the panoramic window that I have at the back seat/sofa that allows me to enjoy the scenery at the campsite. It is fascinating to enjoy my coffee or my wine at this area. Love it and miss is so much.
A nice table to do your things while traveling. My dream to sit here and enjoy the view, doing my work while traveling. In house slipper (hotel slipper) is recommended for Asian as we do not wear our shoes at home.

Some refreshing snack to accompany you while traveling will be a great idea to keep you entertain.

Nice kitchen, equip with 2 stoves, 1 oven and cooker hook.

Bed on the top

The fridge and TV

View from the back. Toilet is on the right

Monday, September 18, 2017

Do You Think Caravan Is Suitable To Drive in Malaysia?

I must credit this photo to my beloved son, Tan Chong Hee at the age of 6, this photo was amazingly capture by him with hand phone.

Finally one of my dreams come truth, the caravan tour. This is my first time driving caravan in New Zealand. I have brought my family of four along to travel with caravan for more than 800km in 7 days. It gave me a chance to fully experience the caravan and have the campervan life. Keep my introduction short, this post will give you an idea how’s the caravan life and concern you need to take attention if you wish to buy a caravan, especially in Malaysia. It is hard to imagine how it will be until you really experience it.

Caravan interior facility: https://vimeo.com/234312175

Before going into the detail, let me briefly introduce the caravan that I have rented during our holiday. This is a 4 berth caravan for 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. (There is a different in New Zealand of vehicle for 4 adults or 2 adults & 2 children and 4 adults only vehicle. 4 adults meaning that the vehicle cannot equip with baby booster or child car seat and children below 8 are not allow to sit in the vehicle). This Mercedes caravan equip with self-contained toilet, fridge, stove, kitchen basin, microwave, oven, TV, sofa, heater, water heater, 240v power supply and large storage space. It is very convenient to have self-contained vehicle on board, especially driving in New Zealand where you can use it whenever you need it. The traveling journey in the highway does not have a public toilet as convenient as in Germany or in Malaysia. Another best part of this vehicle is the fridge. The fridge also has a freezer that allows you to store your ice-cream and raw material. My favourite of this vehicle is the sofa at the back. Some of the caravan does not have the sofa at the back. The sofa at the back has 3 sides of window allows me to enjoy my wine with the panoramic view of New Zealand scenery. I have not enjoyed enough as most of the time I was on the driver seat.

Self contained certified vehicle sticker

It looks good that you have a mobile home, mobile toilet with you whenever you go but there are several things to concern before you make your decision to purchase the caravan, especially in Malaysia.

Safety is the main concern if you wish to camp your caravan by the road side of Malaysia. You have to make sure that it is secure enough to park your caravan. Part of the caravan storage area from outside of the vehicle is just clip and no key lock. Things can be gone missing if there is no key lock for the compartment that can be access from outside.

The caravan that we rented has no air conditioning but only heater. At 4 seasons countries the summer atmosphere is between 20 to30 degree Celsius where else Malaysia is hot and humid, which is 30 to 35 degree Celsius. Air conditioning definitely is must at all time, instead of heater. Therefore buying a caravan in Malaysia, air conditioning is a necessity! If the vehicle is equip with air conditioning; then there comes another concern which is the power consumption. Everyone knows that energy consumption is high if we switch on the air conditioning and the caravan will depends on the battery pack after the engine has been switched off; unless for luxury caravan that has a built-in power generator.

Power supply:
For countries that are popular with caravan, it is much easier to lookout for Caravan Park to camp your vehicle. There are several of choices such as: free campsite, paid campsite or luxury paid campsite. Those paid campsite provides the charger to charge your caravan that allows you to use some of the facility inside your caravan, we will discuss that more detail later. Where can we get the power supply from the public in Malaysia? The alternator will charge your battery while you are travelling. But the battery will only be fully charge after 2~3 hours of engine run. Other than air conditioning, TV and refrigerator are power consuming item needs to be considered. 

LPG gas and Power supply plug

Water supply:
Question, how many litres of water do you use to bath? Take a guess? There are only 100 litres of fresh water in the tank and 100 litres of waste water tank. We experienced that a family of 4 baths with minimum water usage, and it just empty up the 100L water tank. Our holiday period atmospheric temperature is between 8 and 17 degree Celsius, the environment condition allows us to bath once every 2 days but can you do it in Malaysia? The next possible solution to keep you fresh is “outsourcing”, which means bath at public toilet. Before your caravan journey starts you have to do a lot of survey to search for the caravan campsite or the public toilet with shower. We did try to use the public toilet for bathing during our trip in New Zealand, but it takes us to travel for an hour to the destination. 1 more concern to be consider, where can I fill up my 100 litres of fresh water tank? 2 days 1 night trip might allow you to use up the 100L tank of fresh water and go back home, but what if you are traveling more than 2 days? One of the ideas is to top up at petrol station or highway R&R. I have not tried to fill up 100L water tank at petrol station before; anyone has the experience may share with me.

Fresh water supply

Waste management:
This should not be a huge problem to own a caravan in Malaysia. You can discharge your waste water (grey water) at any drain or public toilet. Grey water is the waste from bath and kitchen sink. But for black water (toilet waste) it is advisable to dispose at any public toilet in Malaysia and clean it up with pipe water. Make sure you have the toilet chemical to keep hygiene. It is advisable to dispose the toilet waste every 2-3 days for hygiene purpose. In foreign country you are not allow to dispose your waste in the toilet, they have a proper dump site for you to dispose it. Without a proper waste management, you will be “awarded” with tickets.

L.P.G supply:
LPG means liquefied petroleum gas which is also the household gas that use for cooking. This energy is widely used in caravan. This is a very important energy source that supporting 50% of the caravan facility while the caravan engine is off. Refrigerator, heater, water heater, oven and stove are connecting to the LPG cylinder. There are 2 LPG cylinders in the caravan, which 1 in use and 1 spare tank. The LPG cylinder size is smaller compare to household LPG tank which make it uncommon in Malaysia. Alternatively, you can source for the LPG vendor to insert the liquid petroleum gas into the cylinder. This small size LPG cylinder is common in any petrol station or some of the grocery shops in New Zealand.

Internal 240V incoming power supply:
There is no converter for my rented caravan. Some of the luxury caravan has a 12V converter that converting 12V power supply to 240V/110V AC power supply, where you can use the power supply to charge your camera batteries and laptops. Therefore we only can use the 240V plug whenever the caravan is charging. Without the 240V power supply, microwave oven and the 3 pin plug will not be functioning.

Incoming 240V inside the Caravan

Battery pack:
The battery capacity is very important information if you are purchasing a caravan for your own. I have insufficient information about the battery pack for the caravan. The larger the battery capacity of your vehicle, the more benefit you have. While you are charging your vehicle via 240V incoming power supply, you will see the meter is showing 13.8V to 14V. After unplug you will see the meter is showing 12.8V~13.2V. The battery will be in critical stage when the meter is showing 12.2V. With 12.2V all the heating devices will not be working. And if it is below 12V, the battery is flat, you can’t even spark to start your stove for cooking, and not even you can flash your toilet bowl.

Battery meter after charged and power supply was unplug

I am a caravan lover, and I can't describe how much I love to own a caravan. But after a caravan adventure trip experience in New Zealand, it gives me the chance to further understanding and consideration in order to purchase a caravan in Malaysia. Good luck to those who are wishing to purchase a caravan.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cameron Highland Pre-wedding (Eashuan and Ivy)

Ivy Jong is a very friendly person who is cheerful and lovely. Eashuan is really a lucky man that can go into her heart and build an empire inside her. Golden hour to catch their pre-wedding in Cameron Highlands. End they were using the Cameron Highland as their theme for their wedding day. Congratulation to Ivy and Eashuan.

This is my another destination pre-wedding. I was excited to go for destination pre-wedding. It is not an easy job but it was fun and it was crazy. We are not only do photo shoot but also having fun in Cameron Highlands and created a lot of memories. A good team work pair up with Fendy Chew make up academy.

Fendy Chew Make Up Academy: https://www.facebook.com/Fendychew-bridal-image-academy-643777129006842/?fref=ts

Other than shooting pre-wedding, we also include detail.

Our talented Make up artist

That was fun