Friday, October 26, 2007
Madrid ~
Finally! A post on my travelogue before i forgets everything.

Honestly, i couldn't remember much stuff on madrid because i wasn't the person incharge of the place and there's nothing really much to see. For madrid, just a day or two would be enough to cover the cultural and historical stuff, but for partying...hahaha... never enough.

The first place we stayed, Cats Hostel is very recommended to those who likes to mix around with young, crazy people. Plus, it's one of the advanced hostel i've ever seen. You get a bracelet when u check in and it's also the key to enter the hostel, your room and locker! Plus, the place itself looks amazing as it used to be a palace and it's world heritage or something.

Most of the places in Madrid are very near, and within 10mins walk, we reached Plaza Mayor. The main square and also the location of Tourist Information Centre (very important, but barce one sux!)

Paella...Spanish delicacies, which i don't really like. It's damp rice with some weird seafood on it. Oh, and Sangria too..

Puerto de Sol, like the city centre, shopping centre and stuff. The bear and strawberry tree is the official symbol of madrid but there's absolutely no story behind it. At least our melaka got the kijang story la.

Temple de Debod..greek temple in spain. Have to climb abit and there's a nice park and the ruins.

Shoe polishing is the thing in Madrid. See, no sexist.

The first night, we spend the first half at our hostel bar because they have a band performing there. The second half, we went to the club with about 20 over something americans, aussies, brits and i dono what else. The americans are really crazy, singing and shouting along the way. No surprise there when they got denied entry to THE CLUB of madrid. Palacio Gavaria, one of the best club i've been. they have 4 main dance floor, peppered with a dozen more mini ones and the dance floor is just like the ancient ballroom but they have dancers clad in leather bikini and chains dancing. Hahaha. Too bad i did not bring my camera along. Most memorable night of my life FOR SURE!

Second day, we moved to another place called Los Amigos, also very strategic place and nice warm place where we met some interesting people. Bull Fight tickets! We got 'em cheap! the cheapest ticket we can get, haha as it can go up to 150euro. Anyway, it was so stupid to place a person that speaks no english at all at the ticket counter. We had to ask someone on the street to write down in spanish what we want to say and show to the lansi girl.

As expected, it's gruesome, bloody and cruel. But there's so many people watching, even little terrier.

Personally, i think its very cruel but then it gets so exiciting at times because we saw one matador got knocked over as well.

The night ahead was fun because we went out again, but just next to our hostel, there's a Absolute Vodka launching and we unknowingly got it!! Woohoo!! Best party ever, free tattoo, free flow of vodka cocktails, surrounded by beautiful people, great company, what more can you ask for?

This is my first drink,

Second, *see! i'm clutching on to the freebies we get! Weee*

Third

and the rest is history :)

I transformed into catwoman. *Meooowww*

anyway, just joking...i don't get drunk that easily. The chinese guy is from Germany our roommate in hostel!

Last day in Madrid, we went to the Royal Palace of Madrid which we spot some ballerina...i could spend hours watching them.

Sabatini Garden, with alot of funny art deco?

Last stop! Retiro Park with brocolli like trees. hehe...Very nice place to have a walk and relaxs. Go on Sunday because about 7pm they have this huge drum gathering. About 100 drummers gathers there every week and it's very fun!!

Hobby that i thought long extinct! Stamp collecting and exchanging stamps seems to be a big thing here.

Before i end the post...i'll leave you with a Yummy mcD yogurt! hAha...

Till next time!

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
City Girl Moves to Quiet Little Village
Yes, never would you imagine i would be willing to move into this village (not even a town!) The only shop here would be the postoffice doubled as convenience store. The high street i used to go in Sheffield is full of shops like River Island and Thorntons. I AM now staying on the high street and it's practically just that 1 street of the whole place.

I was strolling to get some newspapers the other day and i saw an apple tree. I just stood there and gawk at it for a few seconds before realizing how stupid i look. Seriously, skyscrapers i've seen alot, but an apple tree?? hehe...that's a first...

So this is the view i wake up to everyday and look over whenever i want to steal the internet. Oo, this is also the high street i mentioned -__-

And this is where i go to when i'm free. It's a dream home.. :)


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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Freezinnn!
It's FREEZINGZOMGCOLD!!

and it's only late october o_O

I don't really have a choice but to shop for thicker, woolly clothes. Even getting a newspaper down the lane requires a thick jacket. During afternoon, u get 10c i think. ZOMG!

I canot imagine how horrible winter gonna be. I now sleeps with socks and gloves with duvet and a blanket. AND STILL FEEL FREAKING COLD!!!! ARghhhhhhhhhh

A friend of mine...also in some village, sleeps under a thick duvet, wrapped inside a sleeping bag wearing a jacket with socks and glove..hAhaha...sounds damn funny, but i can honestly tell u, the feeling of NOT being able to feel anything else is not ....

Most of the times, i worry bout my fingers might just drop off due to severe numbness.

Anyway, i'm now leeching the connection off some poor soul and it's extremely unstable. I'm blessed to be able to even open a page, more so BLOG!

I miss everyone so much! I feel so disconnected from the world when i am not online on msn!!

*cough*internetaddict*cough*

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Season of the Gold and a hiatus for me maybe?
Summer come and go..Without realizing, autumn is here.

Leaves of gold and red decorate pathway and streets.


Life is just purely breathing without living if there's no such thing as friends.

Silver Linings....
Edinburgh Castle, sitting majestically at the hilltop.

Chocolate soup. It's like drinking chocolate fondue. Really yummy though. Je t’aimais

"Kau Yok" at my pre-departure dinner.
Thanks to Teviot Place residents for having me. I shall miss you guys much! Especially the nightly chats and cooking and window shopping. If everything goes as plan, i shall meet up with you guys pretty soon.

I'm on the road again. Hopefully I'll get to online again or else i might wilt and die...

miss me.....

Miss me much :)

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Monday, October 15, 2007
The Road i choose....
Tomorrow Sarah, SeowYee, and Hweee will be going home to nasi lemak and teh ais. While i'm still here eating fish & chips and pies.

So i choosed to be here in lovely Edinburgh. Job hunting. still...

Yesterday i went to my first ever Raya Open House in my life. Hmm, open house in uk but not malaysia yah..haha..anyway, it was really nice as they had roti jala and nasi ayam and the roast chicken tasted like those they sell at Ayamas...

On first day of Raya though, we went for indian food! Weee...Malayan curry freaking nice ok..with briyani thats overloaded with prawns..that's the way it should be..

Here..u see me with ShiYing. Newly found friend with similar interest. Wahaha....She's so nice to bring me around job hunting and distributing my cv like choi san yeh. Thanks to peipei and buaya also lah....

Should i just go back to Malaysia and put my uk life behind me once and for all? That's the question i've been pondering for the past few days. Still thinking and thinking...

Today i went to the Royal Museum alone. Quite boring right, my life now. Go musuem, online, job hunting, watch rugby since it's the World Cup.. You don't see those rugby players complaining of injuries every 5 seconds compare to footballers... That france guy, sebastian chabal..is just like a caveman..Urghh..

Ooo...Watched Jay Chow's Secret and it's a brilliant movie! The piano scene, out of the world!! WATCH if you really like music.

Say hie to GreyFriar Bobby, the terrier that's famous for it's loyalty.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007
La La La Rambla..
Continuation of my barcelona post.

Last day in Barcelona, started off at Plaza Catalunya. The hub of the city and also home to the homeless. They say Trafalgar Square is the best to see alot of pigeons. They lied. There are so many pigeons here, it's traumatizing.

For the best place to indulge in the Spanish ritual of the paseo (stroll), famous La Rambla is the place to be. One of my favourite place in Barce, too bad we were short of time, else i could spend the whole day here.

So full of life and activity, its a voyeuristic heaven. Countless human statues... Pay them a penny or two, they'll turn into life.

Chocolate brownie soldier~

Angel among mortal

or if you are lucky, fairy that's so sweet and gentle

or meet the copper jester that lick people on the face and screams I LOVE YOU BABEEEH!CALL ME!
I wanted to take photo with this one, but after witnessing what he did to the people, i change my mind... =.=

Other than that, there's countless stalls that sells peacock, pigeons -.- and fluffy yellow chicks, artisans that deftly draws portraits like it's a piece of cake and kiosks that sells overprice magnets, postcards and magazines from Financial Times to Penthouse.

Mercat de La Boqueria..yes, it's a freaking market. How can a market be a tourist destination?? Well, it's kinda sell everything under the sun, even Korean Bimbinbab...Cheeseee! I'm spoilt for choices

And they have the whole pig head on display, and i think they really like their ham and fruits.

They have small stalls that sells really really nice and fresh food normally grill. We had our lunch at this place call Kiosk Universal and we had to wait for more than 30mins just to get a seat. BUT! It's just soo soo worth it. I'm not really a fan for prawns, but it's just so out of the world!! SO FRESH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i'm showing you guys the photos of the yummy mushrooms instead. haha

Gelato...each of us had 2 bola...Seriously, scoop = bola in spanish..hehe My fellow travellers, CarmendaFauntain, Kenetfu, Colyn and Aliciaaa :)

We explored Barri Gotic before heading to the beach. It's a web of narrow alleys with beautiful Gothics buildings, medieval squares. Here lies Barcelona Cathedral, Museum de Picasso and lots more...This is Placa Reial, one of Barcelona most happening squares. Very happening at night for bar crawl, which also attracts of pickpockets. Pretty leh, with all the palm trees.

Port Olympic

Hmm..Didn't know that spaniards are so filthy rich. Yachts all over the place...Seriously..where do all the money comes from!!

BEachessssssss...damn nice...we just spend the whole afternoon here...although the sun is very bright, it's still damn cold with the merciless wind. Thank god for my cheap pashminas!! hhaaha

Then we rushed to our last destination, Montjuïc's, a hill on the eastern end of Barcelona. The MAIN reason we were there is to watch the Font Màgica which according to information centre starts at 8pm, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Well, they lied again!! The show doesn't starts till 930pm when we were fedup!! Why does the information centre ppl also lie to me T__T

Anyway, when we got there..there was like throngs of people. Keneft says it's like going to watch a concert...Gueess what? There's really a concert being held at the same time. The Police or something. I don't care..i was sitting there for 1 freezing hour waiting for the stupid fountain to start.
So the fountains was really impressive as it follows the music that's being played along side. It should be impressive as it's one of the world best fountain. When the music goes fast and loud, the fountain will shoot high up and turns red. When it's legato, it will be light blue and as if dancing...but stillllllllllll, it's damn cold~ and hungry as well..

After the show, we went back to the hostel to get our backpack and headed to the bus terminal for our bus to Madrid. Here's our funny hostel owner, Juan.

I really love barcelona and would love to revisit the culturistic city again.





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