Monday, August 29, 2005
At home, it's the usual. Watch tv, read books, surf the painfully slow net (dial-up), sleep, eat......and repeat the cycle again the next day. Oh ya, job hunting too. But it's hard when the freaking internet decides to disconnect itself very so often and the speed is just way toooo slow. I can read a few pages of a book while waiting for it to load 1 page. I can hear you broadband people laughing at me. Don't think i should get broadband cause there's no one else using the internet at home and i don't know where i'll be working.
It's bored here when there's nothing to do, no where to go, no friends around. So far i've eaten char kuey tiow 3 times since i got back and i still want more! Miss it too much.
I'm off to KL tomorrow. Meeting up some friends, doing some shopping (wheee!) and basically just hanging out. Fun!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Last night had dinner with friends. Sort of like farewell dinner. We went to a restaurant called Sr. Titus Salt something something. Can't remember. Went there before, for my friend's farewell dinner too. Food was nice. Yumm. After that went to a friend's room to watch the Initial D movie! I'm a big fan of the anime, but watching real cars drifting is much better! Wasn't paying much attention to the actors or their acting just the drifting. Honest!! But i wish there were more races, though. In fact, i rather watch a real drifting competition!
It's my last few hours here in Bradford. Gonna miss this place.....not! Well, will miss my friends though. All the dinners we cooked together, outings, jokes we laughed together...etc. *Sigh* Hope to see them again. *Hey, Bob! Get married already! And invite us all!!*
Well, all my backs are packed.....almost. I'm ready to go......very ready!! :D
Okie dokie, this is my last blog in UK. Next time i will be in Malaysia. ( dial up.... -_-''''') Will miss the broadband here. Bon voyage.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
This is just like when i flew over here. The same bags to carry, the same weight. I thought by tumpang-ing some of my stuff with my parents when they went back would lighten my load. Hmmm... and i'm suppose to buy 2 bottles of wine. Eeek. Hope won't kena saman (pay for the extra weight i mean).
Hmm..what shall i do when i reach back? Pig out on food that i miss? Vcd/Dvd marathon? Play with a certain baby? Heck, i can do all that at the same time.
Ok everybody, 1...2...3.....awwwwwwwwww.
Just found out that my phone (Orange line, pay as you go) cannot be used in Malaysia, unless i'm using the pay monthly scheme. No roaming there. But it'll work in Singpore! Geez, i still got credit in my phone, so i got to go to Singapore to use it? Or shall i pass it to my brother so he can use it? Nahhhhh....i'll use it all up now. :D
There's still some stuff left to pack. Some stuff could be thrown away, but don't feel like throwing. I wanna bring everything back! Even stuff like lotions, shampoo, toothpaste..down to stuff like paper clips. Hmmm...how leh?
Nevermind, will not worry now. Will worry last minute.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I flew to Venice from London Gatwick airport. So i had to travel up to Leeds, take a bus to London Victoria Station and then another bus to the airport. I arrived at the airport around midnight as my flight was early in the morning. Upon reaching we searched for seats to sleep on, yes we were going to sleep in the terminal. I only managed to doze of for about half an hour or so, after that i trotted to McD's for some coffee. So much for sleeping. Bah!
At 7.00 a.m. we were off to Venice! At one point of the flight, the view from the top was beautiful!Breathtaking!!Superb!Marvelous!! See for yourself:
Spectacular, no? Soon after this, we reached Venice. I was quick to notice that there was lots of er...water. Streets are narrow, loads of tourists, water water water. Oh, and the gondola rides are very expensive!!
Oh, there were loads of pizza, pasta and ice-cream shops. Managed to find a shop that sells very cheap pizzas (they were huge!) and ice-creams of all flavours.
This costs Є3 which has 6 scoops of different ices! Damn shiok man. It was hot in Italy so ice-creams are a staple diet. We ate ice-cream like, alomost everyday!
In Venice, we visited a popular part called San Marco. The main attractions are there. There were loads of people around the area. We visited the Basilica San Marco and went up the Campanile (tower).
When there's tourist, there's a lot of souvenir shops. In Venice, they were selling loads of masks (those u can wear, keychain form, and those u can pin on) and jester hats!
That's all about Venice: water, gondolas, masks, water, jester hats, water, Basilica, water, tourists, water and more water.
In Pisa, there's only 1 thing to look forward to. Yes, the leaning tower. The sole purpose we went there is to go up the tower. It costs є15 to go up the tower and you can only go up in groups at every half hour.
Presenting the Leaning Tower of Pisa @ Torre Pendente. It leans to one side, which means the steps up the tower are slanted as well. The steps were kinda slippery (made of marble?) + slanted to one side + me wearing slippery slippers = scary climb up + even more scarier climb down. On the way back down, i could feel my legs turning into jelly. Note to others: wear shoes with good soles. The leaning tower was located at Piazza Del Duomo, which also has famous landmarks like the Cathedral and Baptistry. But i didn't go into those two, due to time constraint.
If you go to Italy, and you noticed a lot of people using branded watches and bags such as LV and Gucci, don't be fooled! There were many Africans? selling fake goods at the roadside. Saw a lot of them in Pisa.
All roads lead to Rome! A must go if you're in Italy. If you don't, then go Italy for what?!
We went to Rome on a train. Now, it's my first time coming across this kinda trains that have seperate carriages, you know, like those in Harry Potter. There are 6 seats in each compartment. Reminds me of the movie 'Eurotrip' where the Italian man goes 'scusi, 'scusi. Ok, enough about the train.
The first stop? Vatican Museum. The queue was veryyyyyyyyy long. All around the perimeter of the museum. So what did we do? Jump queue! Haha. *ahem* Which is very very bad. You should not do that. I feel so guilty.........not. If you guys read, Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' it's very informative. Now i know what landmarks, paintings, etc are important and their historical background. So, we went into the museum, saw loads of paintings, sculptures, etc. The museum also leads to the Sistine Chapel. Which is a small....er...chapel. Not suppose to take pictures inside. But we managed to sneakily take some.
Ta-da! The most famous painting there. After going through the Sistine Chapel, it's back into the museum. Just walking idly around and then went on straight to St. Peter's Square.
Here's a night shot of St. Peter's Basilica. It didn't take long for us to get into Vatican City, only passed through metal detectors, then passed guards who check your outfit. Yes people, there is a dress code to enter the city. As a sign of respect, you're suppose to wear shirts/blouses with sleeves and pants/skirts which are below the knee. Else the Swiss guards will use their swords and poke it up ur a**. Ok, so i made that up. I only saw 2 guards in their full glory (blue and gold striped tunic). Others were in dark blue tunics.
We went into the Basilica, which was huge! And also climbed up the dome (320 steps!!) and saw the Popes' tombs.
Next stop was the Colosseum and Palatine Hill (the Roman Forum is there). Here's a night shot:
Nice leh? We also went to the Spanish Steps (not decorated, disappointing), the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.
This is Trevi fountain. Beautiful! People are suppose to throw a coin over their shoulders/heads with their backs facing the fountain. If it goes in, means you'll visit the fountain again. It was easy to get the coin in, though. Hmmm...
Ok, that's it for Italy. My last trip for now. Will be going back to Malaysia in a few days. Can't wait!
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Anyways, will be going to Leeds in the evening to catch my 6 p.m. bus to London. And then from London, it's another bus to London Gatwick Airport. After that, i'll have to sleep (hopefully) at the terminal till it's time to check-in and all. -_-''
Nevermind, i'll get to see Italian hunks!! Venice! Pisa!! Rome!!! Woohoo!! Jealous? Grab a number and get in line. And it's too late to order souvenirs now, I'll be basking under the Italian sun, pigging out on Italian pizza and watching cute Italian hunks walk by.
On a different note, i just had a nice dinner. Mixed meat donner, bought from a local fish and chip shop. Here's a pic:
Absolutely yummy. It's got shredded beef (like how they do for kebabs) and pieces of chicken pilled on top of fries and a bit of salad. All for £2.50. A very big serving. I ate half and started blogging. Should i leave it for breakfast? Hmmm...
Alrighty, that's it for now. Will blog again once i get back. Ciao.