Tuesday, 27 April 2010
It was quite an amazing feeling to climb out of bed and find yourself in London! And as expected, breakfast was a simple affair of hot coffee, cereal, and toast that was thickly coated with butter or jam!
After breakfast, we took to the streets! The weather was amazing... We kissed our heavy winter jackets sayonara and were happy to don its lighter spring equivalent!
Using the oyster cards we purchased, we hopped on board one of the buses that took us to the nearest metro, Hatton Cross.
Voilà le musée! We spent the rest of our day wandering through the halls of two amazing museums in utter amazement! Most of the major museums in London allow visitors to enter free of charge! In fact, we soon learned that museums were a fantastic source of the "loo" because public toilets are so difficult to find in London.
Okay... my amazement with the Science Museum and
Museum of Natural History probably lasted for the first two hours... and thereafter, I was bored stiff. However, my companions seemed to be genuinely impressed by the exhibitions! I on the other hand couldn't wait to escape! I guess this just goes to show how people can have different interests. Is it nurture or nature? I'll let you be the judge.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
- LiWen (sotong #2)
- Judia (sotong #1)
- Angela & Shirely
- Jason Cheng
- Shannon Chew
- Aaron New (...lol... he was really surprised when I wanted to send him a postcard!)
Thursday, 22 April 2010
After the hour long flight towards London, we took a coach that brought us to
Baker's Street station
In the London tube where it's really tiny! Smaller than the MRT in Singapore!
Dinner from the nearest Tesco we could find!
Londo, England's capital! I'm now blogging from our hotel room in Channins Hounslow Hotel where they have free wifi = yays!!!
And it's quite a traumatizing experience so far... Sob... (LOL)
First, the flight to London was fine initially though there were some delays. I had fun writing postcards on board together with JY and JC. Then, a migrane hit me right when we were landing. It was so f*cking painful that I could not open my eyes! And to make things worst, the Czech girls sitting behind me kept kicking my f*cking chair!
So I was in such a terrible mood when we landed in Luton airport. I was grumpy and gloomy but my mood eased on the ride (via coach) from the airport to Baker's Street! Baker's street, that's where Sherlock Holmes lives isn't it? :)) Ultimate coolness!
Then, we took a really long train ride using the oyster passes that we purchased. We alighted at the metro stop, Hatton Cross. From there, we walked 2 kilometers in the dark (okay, so it was not really dark, there were some street lamps) towards our Hotel. Thank god for JC who singlehandedly navigated us towards our destination! On our way, we stopped by Tesco (a supermarket franchise) and grabbed dinner. Dinner was a simple affair of cold pasta, chips, muffins and juice. It costs only 2 pounds a person! Cool huh? Seems like we'll be patronizing more of Tesco if we don't want to go home penniless. Lol...
The houses that we saw along the way to the hotel bore amazing resemblance to those that we saw in the Harry Potter movies! I almost expected to see Potter tumble out onto the lawn with his baggage in tow...
Anyway, I had another terrible experience in the hotel! And it involved the bathroom, claustrophobia, panic and nudity... shall not elaborate or I might have to hang myself from the embarrassment ><
However, the second morning has been alright so far. Breakfast was typically English. We had toast, coffee, and some cornflakes. No nudity today thus far... So I'm writing in hopes of having a eventful London journey for the next three days.
Hopefully there will be no more unexpected nudity...
Yes, I will upload the photos in to my entries once JY posts them on fb. So for now, I hope that you'll bear with me and continue tuning in to my life-story.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Oh yes! We had guests over for dinner this week again! We had invited Ricky and his friend from London who came over to borrow a mattress from us. They were really gracious guests who brought us pudding, cakes and pivo (beer) for dinner! I love having people over, it's just so much fun! :)
I'm still recovering from a cold that I caught a few days ago. Damn... waking up to a runny nose is so not cool... But I'll deal...
Made another friend through Ricky recently: Xiang Yan! So I'm happy! :))
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Then lunch was followed by a visit to the flea market near our place. If you looked closely, you would notice that most of the stall-keepers were people of Vietnamese descent. According to one of Kellie's guide book, they are Czech Republic's third largest minority. Many came here in the 1970s as part of a communist solidarity programme that sent Vietnamese workers to czech textile factories. They learned the language, adapted to the environment, and set off on a road to entrepreneurial success.
We wanted to feed the ducks at the Vlatava. However, we forgot to bring ammunition (bread)... Silly >< So we could only chat and enjoy the view that Vlatava had to offer. After that we went back to the apartment for dinner. And we brought Dad to his hostel (Extol Inn) while Kellie crashed in our apartment.
On the second day, we took a tram and headed for one of Prague's main attractions: Prague Castle! Haha... we were feeling a little naughty, Dad and sis took the tram without validating their tickets! It's much safer than taking the metro because we have yet to see any inspectors on board yet. Lol... so we got away again! Luckily, the three of us (students) already have our DPP transport passes, so we didn't have to worry about getting caught.
Prague Castle (Czech: Pražský hrad) is a castle in Prague where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept here. Prague Castle is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide.
Pass through the gates where the fighting Titans tower to enter the Prague Castle. It was so crowded with tourists! You practically had to jostle!
Look our VID (very important Dad) had his very own bodyguard-cum-tour-guide :D
Lunch was not that great despite our happy smiles. The "traditional Czech cuisine" was poorly prepared... so we promised ourselves a better dinner!
A sweet old lady demonstrating the art of painting easter eggs!
And then we went down the Golden lane where all the interesting shops were!
Zlatá ulička (Golden Lane)
Karen's secret ambition: to be knighted!
Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁants ˈkafka]; 3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) is one of the most influential fiction writers of the early 20th century; a novelist and writer of short stories whose works, only after his death, came to be regarded as one of the major achievements of 20th century literature.He was born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, today contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.Kellie and Dad dying of boredom from the stuffy art gallery! I was busy taking photos of as many nudes as I could! The human form is beautiful!
Dad admiring art!
The change of guards was so difficult to capture on film! I had to run after them to get this shot! Dad's marching along side them :) while JC was just being JC...
Our amazing dinner!