Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Lucky Star

To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin counting my lucky stars. I know this is not just a coincidence, since it’s a business trip for a reason but sometimes, with a little luck on your side, you can make your dreams into reality. In this case, it’s my dream to come back to London again.

I’ve been bugging Babe for years now ever since my first holiday in London to visit him during winter. I kept telling him I would really love to visit London again as a working adult.

There’s this thing about London that makes me want to come back here. You can call it the posh-y? feeling (but I was nowhere near living a posh life during my holiday here, more like a struggling student with limited pocket money) I felt just by being able to come to London, the crowded central London or the endless shopping in Oxford St.

After only 4 weeks here, I began to sit down and have a thought over it and these are the reasons I came up with on why I love London:

      1. The people

That's Lily Cole on the screen reciting story to me. @.@
People in London are not as friendly as those back home. Being the hub of…everything, the people here come from all walks of life, just like KL. They tend to appear really cold especially on the non-expression facial expression (if that makes sense) but when they notice you need a helping hand, they won’t hesitate to lend you theirs. I met several Samaritans while I’m here myself. :)

      2. The weather


This is my first time experiencing summer in London and I really love it! It’s funny how when I went to London in 2010, it snowed on the first day I arrived. A friend told me that it was the first time it snowed so early in the 4 years he was in London. The snow was really bad that it caused flights being delayed and people getting stranded in the airport due to heavy snow. Now that I’m here in summer, the heat wave decided to hit London. News said it’s the worst heat wave London has ever experienced in 7 years and it has caused many deaths. Mind-boggling indeed. Despite the heat wave which lasted for several days, the temperature is only about or slightly above 30oC. Most days it’s less than 25oC so it’s really nice to walk in.
      3. The travelling convenience


Everywhere in London (or out of central London) is pretty well connected. Just get a travel card (Oyster) and you can travel almost anywhere in London. If you get a weekly/monthly pass, you can hop on to the bus/train/tube for as many times as you want as long as it doesn’t expire. The fee can be rather expensive (about GBP4 each way) so it’s always more worth it to get the weekly/monthly pass if you are staying for several days.

      4. The architectures


I’m a sucker for Victorian-styled architectures. There’s just something so old and genuine about these buildings that I can’t get bored looking at them. To be honest, I’m not quite a history-ish person and I don’t really bother much about the history behind the buildings. All I’m attracted to are the designs and how interesting they look. These are very rare as we don’t get to see them back in Malaysia.

      5. The shopping

*hyperventilates* If you haven’t been there and you have some free time, do go to Google map and use the drop to have a real look at Oxford St. *hyperventilates again*

      6. The scenery

With a little help with some allowances, I managed to travel to quite a few places around and out of London during weekends. If you ever decide to visit UK, please go to Stonehenge. Despite it being one of the wonders of the world, I’m actually more attracted to the scenery surrounding Stonehenge than the rocks themselves. It’s all green (a little dry since it’s summer) but I just felt really calm and if I wasn’t following a tour, I would have just lied on the grass and stare endlessly at the clouds!

That’s pretty much what I can think of for now. I have 2 weeks left in London and I really hope I’ll be able to find even more reasons to love it.

Okay, I know a lot of you go on business trips so I sound like I'm making a big deal of it but I feel this way because I've always wanted to come back to London, so like I said, it's really like a dream come true and everything is paid for wtf.

ps: The pics are not all from London. But you get the idea. :P


Thursday, August 1, 2013

1st Weekend in London - Hilton London Green Park & Oxford Street

This week marks my 4th week in London, darn, it's been too fast!
As much as I hate to be alone, I actually find that spending time with myself is actually not bad after all.
The loneliness usually hits during the weekdays when I feel demotivated to go to work but when it's the weekend, it's a whole different story!
So I've been spending my weekend away from London (most weekends) because I'm entitled to it! :D

I reached London on Saturday so I pretty much didn't go out of London on that weekend because travelling so much in a day is rather tiring.
After meeting up with my colleague, we went to Camden Market, too bad didn't take any photo because I didn't wanna look too touristy in front of my boss. :P

Anyway, I'm gonna share my first weekend in London in this post.
So, the first hotel I stayed in London was the Hilton London Green Park.
Located at Half Moon St, it's only less than 5 minute walk to Green Park and a short distance away from Hyde Park.

Entrance of Hilton London Green Park

Basic bathroom amenities.

Bath tub!

Peter Thomas Roth toiletries products. Meh, not that I know what brand is that. Kinda like the beads in the shower gel though. :P

Queen sized bed for one person.

The nearest tube station is well, the Green Park Station. A rather colorful one I must say.

It's pretty convenient to get around London because the tube/underground stations are pretty nearby.
I always feel safer even when I'm walking alone in London as compared to *coughs* KL because people in London basically don't give a damn about what you're wearing or doing.
However, you can see the soft spot of them as many of them will give a hand to people in need.

On Sunday, I decided to walk around Oxford St. (accessible through Oxford Circus Station, Marble Arch Station and Bond St. Station) but alas, most of the shops there open at 11am or 12pm!
And guess what, the shops close at around 5-6pm on Sundays! Damn I like their work-life balance!
Oh, in case you didn't know, Oxford St. is a very famous place to shop in London, carrying labels like Topshop, Mango, Jane Norman, Dorothy Perkins and etc.
Primark is usually the brand that will come to mind whenever one mentions shopping in London.
It's a 4? storey high retail shop and it's very affordable, you can get a decent dress for less than GBP10!

Selfridges entrance.

Selfridges on the other hand carries brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ted Baker, Alexander McQueen, you get the drift.

Oh and breakfast was at Angus Steakhouse, just next to Bond Street Station along Oxford St.
Bleh, typical English breakfast..getting tired of eating fries/potatoes, really.

*lost blogging mojo suddenly because I'm distracted by the tv*

Anyway, first weekend in London was pretty much spent roaming around familiar streets and landmarks.
Many more interesting weekends (and really dull and stressful weekdays) ahead!


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