Friday, February 25, 2011

Walking Down The Streets of London

I took quite a good few seconds before I finally managed to write something down as the beginning of this post.
Frankly, I'm trying to recall every single bit (albeit impossible) of my trip there but I'll probably let the pics do the talking most of the time.

Anyway, London greeted us with a beautiful and bright morning on my official 1st day there!
I was really really excited because I barely saw anything the night before when I reached so I predicted the day would be an awesome one and I was indeed right! :D

Getting ready to head out!

First stop was the High St. Kensington which was located just minutes away from where Babe lives.

As you can see, High St. Kensington is one of the many shopping locations in London.
Everything sold there is rather pricey but if you don't convert the currency, I'm sure you'll find a lot of things that suit your taste!

I didn't take a lot of pics on this street but you'll expect brands like H&M, Uniqlo, Topshop etc (ok I can't remember but they're mostly famous branded :P) along the street.

London double decker buses for REAL!!

The funny thing is that walking in London seemed endless because we rarely took the tubes/buses/trains and the weather was really cold yet I didn't even complain a single bit!
With no sweat dripping or smudged make up, I definitely can walk like miles with a pathetic smile stuck on my face all the time!

He claimed that Madonna lives here..but the guard laughed us off! -.-

After the mission of searching for a pair of suitable gloves for me failed, Babe took me to walk along the Kensington Gardens which was adjacent to the HSK.
He said that Madonna lives in one of the houses there but all we saw were national flags for a variety of country but we couldn't care less so we started taking pics!

Then an armed guard approached us and told us that we were not allowed to take any pics and no, Madonna doesn't live there! Such a disappointment. Haha.

After walking passed the stretch of houses, we made our way to the public park and were entertained by the gaggles of geese and birds straying around trying to get some food from the visitors!

In front of the Kensington Palace, the official residence of the beautiful Princess of Wales!

I fell in love with London almost immediately.
I recall how nice it was to walk in the cold weather, to breathe in the fresh air and to just be mesmerized by the buildings and the lovely sky.
Everything felt so right then.

I kinda like the color of the buildings! Somehow it compliments well with everything else I feel.

As we walked towards the end of Kensington Gardens, we came across the Albert Memorial and I must say it's actually a very interesting memorial! (not gonna start with the history and all, just click on the wiki link)
The thing I like most about the memorial is the sculptures on each side of the statue!
They each represent different things so please read up from the link again. Haha. It's pretty much what I wanna say here so I'll just save it la. :P

Albert Memorial

Royal Albert Hall just opposite the Albert Memorial!

Below are pictures which I have somewhat missed out earlier yet I still feel like sharing!
Gotta love London that much!! ♥

The memorial fountain for the lovely Princess Diana which looks pretty lame unlike the one in the link..

Exactly my expression throughout my time in London!

Look at the branches! Still look so beautiful even without 'em leaves.

Then we took the bus to Oxford Street to do some shopping!
I heard that Primark has lots of cheap and affordable stuffs and I can't wait but to bug Babe to bring me there on the 1st day itself! Heheheh.
But it was also because I needed to get some necessities for meself! *excuses

Can you say cheap?

But actually, after all the good reviews about Primark, I still think that although their stuffs are pretty inexpensive, I don't really like it because it's way too crowded and their stuffs don't really suit my taste! Oh wells.

Some shots I took from the bus, hence the blurry pics. :(

Policemen on horses! I sound like a sua pa but you don't see them here in Msia!

Oh sorry, I just saw these bunch of pics after uploading them since weeks ago!
Yes, that was how long I took before posting this up for viewing!
Been procrastinating due to my fyp and all. Sigh.

Babe on the phone with a friend. He had to tell his friend that we won't be in London for few days and I wasn't supposed to hear that cos it was meant to be a surprise for me! So I decided to distant myself just to not ruin my own surprise!

A notice outside the Royal School of Mines (RSM), Imperial College.

A super spacious toilet! This pic doesn't do justice to it but I think it was for the handicapped? But still it's really HUGE!

The Queen's Tower in Imperial College.

Inside the RSM school. So grand looking like a hotel! Please compare to my school in USM. Blergh. Fine, fine, shouldn't compare directly la.

See the outside! *faces palm thinking of my own school

Our lunch at Imperial's cafeteria! I think this costs around £4.49?

Christmas deco along the streets of ...I can't remember. :/

London phone booths are quite....obscene.

London tube! I love the underground! Not only it arrives on time, it's clean and very convenient too!

Finally ending this post with a picture of us!

Us having a cuppa hot chocolate at Covent Garden.

ps: The next post on London shouldn't take very long from now because I've edited the pics! :) *crosses fingers


Sunday, February 13, 2011

My O-Rated Valentine

Oh wow, I realised I've only blogged about Valentine's Day last year through out my years of blogging!
How interesting.

Anyway, I said this last year, and I'm gonna say it again this year:

Valentine's Day is overrated.

Maybe you can say it's because Babe is not here to celebrate with me but last year when he was around, I mentioned the same thing too here.

Click on the pic to see where I got this pic from.

Or it could also be due to the fact that I never really had a proper Valentine celebration before in my life (sad much?) even after 7 years of being with him (it also depends on how you define VDay celebration).
I'm not complaining because we're not always together during this time of the year and therefore I seldom ask for Valentine's gift (ok fine except for the fried oyster I publicly ask on my fb status :P).
Of course, I wouldn't mind if Babe/anyone is nice enough to give me one, though! :)

As cliche as it may sound, it is true that everyday can be a Valentine's Day if you want to.

Just to be able to spend time together (no, Skype doesn't count), doesn't matter which day of the year it is, is considered a bliss to me.
Why wanna spend so much money for a VDay dinner at a posh restaurant just to impress your partner?
If both your love is true, even home-cooked instant noodles will do the trick.

However, sometimes people do change.
So just don't take me too seriously when I say the day is overrated for I might not say the same thing in the following years!

Anyway, I'm off to continue my (hopefully possible) mission for tomorrow so wish me luck y'all!

And to my one and only,


Saturday, February 5, 2011

My First Vlog!

Hey all! This is my first time doing a video blog!
Although it's very short but it's my first attempt so please judge less if you want to alright! :)


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

London, Here I Come!

Finally my first blog entry to kick-off the London trip post!
So it was my first time boarding the plane alone all the way to the other side of the globe but before that, I took Firefly from Penang to Subang and guess how much it cost me??

RM45!! I consider that cheap because if I were to take a Plusliner, it's gonna cost me RM35 and 4.5hours.
But with an additional of RM10, I could save almost 3 hours of my time! :O

Queuing up to check-in. Took me dem long because one family was having some problem at the counter..sigh.

The plane I boarded! I think I was the last one to board because I didn't realize the flight being called...phew~

Sounds pretty unbelievable but that's what I got!
And everybody else in the same plane, of course.

Typical beverages given by Firefly.

This is so cute! Took this in the plane because I was bored!

After staying a night in Sunway, I was ready to face the 13-hour flight..all by myself!

Blue backpack checked, blue luggage checked...hmmm.

Getting excited!

Babe's bro dropped me off at Kelana Jaya LRT and I took the commuter straight to KL Sentral to take the bus to LCCT.

Alone again! But thank god I'm not that dumb after all..

So people, I hope you guys are aware of the bus service provided for the public's convenience to travel from from KL Sentral-LCCT and vice versa!
Just that you have to book online to get a cheaper rate or if not, buy on the spot!

While waiting for the gate to be opened.
Right before I boarded, an old lady who was on her way to visit her grandchildren in London told me that there was once her daughter was sent back to Malaysia because she (the daughter) couldn't get passed the immigration in the UK.

That kinda freaked me out a little because who would wanna be sent all the way back after a freaking 13-hour of flight just because you're not convincing enough for the immigration officer??!!
And not to mention it was my first time going so far alone..

Boarding another plane in less than 24 hours..but this one is one huge plane! (or the biggest I've ever been on)

Initially when I found my seat, I was really elated because it was beside the window but my worst nightmare appeared shortly before my seat was even warmed.

A 3-seater row.

Right before the plane began to fly, 2 kids from Zimbabwe (I managed to glance at their passport) came and sat beside me.
At first, I was alright with it because I don't see myself having problems with kids.
Lo and behold, I forgot the fact that kids are darn playful.
They played and talked for hours and giggled very loudly and the kid beside me kept hitting me with his elbow T__T accidentally of course but how do I tell them?!?
So I pretty much suffered my way there...but it was so much better when they finally got exhausted and fell asleep.
Wasn't for long though!!!

Fluffy clouds!! Great weather at some country..not too sure which country I was flying pass at that time.

I was given two pre-ordered meals and I actually expected worse than what I've received after hearing what my friends told me about in-flight food.

First meal: Chicken lasagna.

Chicken lasagna was quite good actually.
The cheese wasn't too much for me and it was still warm when served.
I managed to finish this but hours later after that, they served the 2nd meal:

2nd meal: BBQ Chicken

I couldn't finish the bbq chicken T.T because I was feeling a little dizzy already..the hours of flight has started to take its toll on me. :(

But everything after that was quite good because I think the kids were tired already and they stopped making so much noise.
I slept most of the time during the flight not because I don't wanna get jet-lagged but because if I stayed awake, I'll probably puke in the plane.
Yes, my tolerance is that low. Sigh.

But thank god I didn't! *pats self*

Upon reaching Stansted Airport, I messaged Babe who was already on his way to pick me up!
Can't be more excited!!

And then came the immigration.
I saw the old lady who told me about her daughter's experience queueing up at the UK border and I suddenly remembered what she told me.
Man, I was super worried!

At the UK Border..

Luckily everything went smoothly and look who I saw right after I came out from the arrival gate!!

Had to blur this pic because I looked super horrible after the long hours of flight!

My first food in London: Bacon sandwich with lotsa love from him. Haha.

The £2 van service we took all the way back from the airport to Babe's place!



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