Tuesday, November 29, 2011

L.O.N.D.O.N ✈High Tea at The Ritz

My first ever authentic English tea experience! ♥

Dressed appropriately for the high tea because dress code applies. The very gentleman maitre d’ offered to snap photo for us once we took out our camera. Very attentive, indeed.

What I can say…. I have always loved English high tea because….. they’re simply too pretty! I know there’s a price to pay for all the “prettiness”. The 3-tiered tray, the tea set, the gold-plated tea spoons and not to forget, the excellent service and the classy setting – it all comes with a price tag. But these are the little lovely things that make the entire high tea experience worthwhile.

Again, it was Chris’s idea to go there. I never did much research about dining places. Actually Chris intended to keep the high tea and dinner cruise as a surprise but as always, Chris spilled the beans! =D

Oh my love! Starts from the bottom: Sandwiches with 3 types of filling, scones, macarons, mini pastries and cakes. Tips: Please please go with an empty stomach! Everything is refillable! Non-stop!

We had set a bad example for everyone. We went with a half-full stomach - just 3 hours after binging on carbs at China Express (Chinese fast food)! Well, to our defense, we didn’t know that the fast food portion can be so big! If I could turn back time, I would skip breakfast and lunch and starve myself enough to eat everything on the 3-tiered tray + 3 times refill! *greedy mode turned on*

We were so full that we hadn’t taste anything on the top tier until the very last minute when the maître d’ approached us:

Maître d’: Hi lady, is there any problem with the desserts?

Me: Oh no no, we are just too full (insert smile).

Maître d’: Make sure you try a bit of everything lady.

So we did. But dreadfully. One lesson learnt.

Friday, November 25, 2011

L.O.N.D.O.N ✈Stonehenge

We went to see batu again.

We joined a one day tour to Stonehenge which is about 2 hours from central London. Yes, we travelled so far to see stones, again. But they are not just some ordinary stones. If you learn more about it, there are a lot of interesting facts and mysterious yet amazing stories behind.

An audio guide was provided to us but I just listened for the first 5 minutes and then I was too busy camwhoring.

The weather was lovely that day. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. Just perfect for taking photos. The vast green field and kambing biri-biri(s) made me feel like I’m in Australia. Oh gosh, I miss Australia.

After finishing one round, I asked Chris “Hey, do you think we should walk one more round?” Luckily we didn’t! Because we were the last one to go up to the tour bus and were 10 minutes late! Told you, tour group is not for us because we love to do things at our own pace (and we are a loser in punctuality).

Monday is a replacement holiday for Awal Muharram! So I will have a long weekend again… Did you notice that many public holidays fall on Sunday this year? Anyway, just don’t fall on Saturday! It would be a waste for me as I work a 5-day week and there’d be no replacement for any holidays that fall on a Saturday. So cheers!

Happy fly-day! Oppss, I’m an Air Asia fans :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

L.O.N.D.O.N ✈ Do As The Tourists Do

Being the first time in London, we must do as the tourists do! We tried not to overwhelm our 3 days itinerary by picking just a few of must-go famous spots such as London Eye, Big Ben (Clock Tower) and Tower Bridge. And of course, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a lot of a little bit of shopping at Oxford Street. The rest of the empty gaps in the itinerary, as usual, we’d leave it for any last-minute decision. Our itinerary is always flexible. That’s the biggest pros of travelling without a tour group. We could jump on any impulsive decision and do things at our own pace. But then again, we still need to plan ahead as there are places with time restriction.

1st stop in London – Oxford Street! A looooooong stretch of shopping street. All you need is money, money, money! $$$$$! Walk till your leg break!
I have tried my best, but both photos couldn’t merge perfectly together.

Today’s menu: London Eye, London Eye River Cruise & 4D London Eye Cinema. Again, we bought the ticket online and there are many combinations of ticket available.

On the cruise.

The gloomy London Eye. Photo taken on the upper deck of the cruise - 5 minutes before it started to rain and we all had to run down to the covered lower deck. So ‘potong steam’!

I’m in the “eye”!

Up we go! Taking photos as if there’s no one else inside the cabin. They can’t chase me out, can they?

London Eye at its highest point.

Buckingham Palace.

Hey I’m The Princess of Goodyear Court. Open the gate for me! !

Big Ben, the clock tower. One of the most iconic landmarks of London.

I think this is a decent shot. Tell me it is! Otherwise I should just shoot pork burger for the rest of my life!

No, this is NOT the London Bridge but Tower Bridge. The real London Bridge is, well, just a very normal looking bridge. Like many people, I had always thought that Tower Bridge is London Bridge. When the cruise passed by London Bridge, I was like “So this is the London Bridge??”. What I can say is… our childhood song ‘London Bridge is falling down’ is misleading!

I'm going for a nice body scrub tonite. Just RM10 for members! Thanks to the monthly promotion at my regular beauty saloon. Yay, let's kick away the Monday blues!

Friday, November 18, 2011

L.O.N.D.O.N ✈ The Red Telephone Booth

Whenever I think on London, the first icon that pops up in my mind is the RED TELEPHONE BOOTH! It’s almost like a must to take a photo with the telephone booth. Very touristy but hey, I’m a tourist! So here it is, our own version of “I’ve been to London” photo =D

Did I mention that it’s hard to find a clean telephone booth? Public phone nowadays is being extremely underutilised because, well, who doesn’t have a mobile phone? Or rather, who can live without a mobile phone? However, the existence of public phone as a part of public amenities is still essential. Hopefully the government of London will preserve the appearance of their renowned red telephone booth because they are an irreplaceable icon of London (for tourist to camwhore).

Sekian, terima kasih.

Why it sounds like I’m writing a conclusion for an essay with the title of “The Importance of Public Phone”? Perhaps the SPM exam season now has inspired my long lost menulis karangan skill! Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get a very low grade for that piece of crap!

You can call all you want,
But there’s no one home,
And you’re not gonna reach my telephone!

Happy Fly-day!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

pAris ♥ Dinner Cruise on Seine River

Eiffel Tower.

Paris is a romantic and beautiful place. Yes, that’s undeniable. But behind all those flowery pictures, there is an ugly side......

Dog poops are everywhere on the street – Parisian loves dog. They love to bring them to walk and their doggie will poo poo freely on the street. No, don’t ever hope that they will clean it up. Just watch your steps! Oppss… !

Pickpockets at tourist spots and in the Metro – It’s not something new there. It’s almost like a routine. We did our research on the website like Trip Advisor before we went. In fact, it happened to one of our friends too who went there just one month before us. So we changed our plan and took cab instead. To say it all, be extra extra careful of your belongings especially when you are at tourist spots. Always look around and be alert to your surroundings. Anyway, we saw a lot of police with firearms around Eiffel Tower, which is one of the high risk places. That at least made us worried a little lesser.

Dirty and complicated Metro – Though we have tried hard to stay away from Metro, we did take it once during our photo shooting day (that’s another story altogether) with the guidance of our photographer. What I saw was dirty and old subway, complicated metro lines and suspicious looking people. Brrr, I’m sorry but I just felt unsafe in there.

After all, we have to be thankful that we were safe and sound during the entire trip (although we did bump into what they called it “The Golden Ring Scam” people, where we ran away immediately when he tried to approach us. You can read about it at Trip Advisor.)

Alright let’s flip to another page with happier stuffs.



One of the best moments of my life :)

Dinner cruise on Seine River! Wow wow, that was like the best of the trip! Because there’s no crowd, no rush and no hassle… just sit back, relax and enjoy the food and view.

Chris browsing through the menu of the night.

Looking at the birds flying across the sky while listening to the soothing music…. mmm, bliss ~

Arrgh, what should I do? Look at the view or eat my food or take photos?? Couldn’t concentrate on one!

Chris took the early dinner cruise which starts from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Just enough time to see the night view for a while but I'm already too happy! Highly recommended to everyone, very worth it!

Cheers to nice food, great view, romantic music and lovely boat restaurant! And most of all, cheers to Chris for the dinner arrangement! I ♥ u……

By the way, that was our last night in Paris. The dinner ended our Paris & London trip so perfectly that I had an emotional moment. But it lasted just for a short moment… because, everyone has to go home. However far you go, however beautiful it is….. there’s no place like home :)

Us in pAris ♪

Au revoir!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

pAris ♥ Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe & The Lourve

Merci for visiting my blog! ♪

Merci is the most frequently used word during our stay in Paris beside bonjour (as we only know this two words, lol!). It means 'Thank You' and the pronunciation is very easy especially if you know how to speak Cantonese. Aheem hemm, come follow after teacher Joey:
Meh Si.... Meh Si....
It’s like what’s up in Cantonese. Yes, just that simple! :D

Notre Dame Cathedral.

Chris keeps on complaining about my lousy shots. I hate to admit it but yeah, I’m pretty sucks in human portrait shot. Give me a pork burger and I can do better than that, haha!

Lights of blessing...

Have to act cool in front of the cathedral :P

Poser Chris. Very much influenced by me. Lol!

From another side of the cathedral. Isn't it beautiful? I personally think that, getting married in a cathedral is very romantic.

Arc de Triomphe. My heart skipped a beat whenever the cab we were in, turning around the enormous Arc de Triomphe roundabout. Imagine an enormous roundabout without any dividing line, cars coming in from all directions fighting to go their own way… The traffic seems ok in this photo as it was taken in the late morning but it can be pretty scary during rush hours.

When the sun was out, it was so warm that I can take off my coat. But in the morning and night, it was freezing cold!!

Doing the city walk.

The autumn sun - warming up the cold air.

A long and beautiful park along the way to Pont Alexandre III Bridge.

Pont Alexandre III Bridge – the most expensive-looking bridge.

I love lourve :D We were there 1 ½ hour before its closing time. Obviously not enough time to cover all galleries but we managed to see what we must see inside like The Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo. Tips: Buy whatever entrance ticket online beforehand. You do not want to waste your precious time queuing up in the long queue.

Inside Lourve.

Eiffel Tower from afar.

I just realized that the pyramid itself has no lighting at night. The light came through from the surrounding buildings. Anyway, it was a freezing cold night!

Merci beaucoup for reading my craps!

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