So last night I had this very conversation with H through Skype. He told me how he had to coop up with the rain and wet socks everytime he reached the workplace.. I don’t know if I wanted to laugh or felt terrible of his current situation. H looks promising and the conversation lead to the current hot topic, Global Warming.
yeah for those who haven’t watch the documentary “Before the Flood”, I encourage you to do so. Unfortunately, youtube has restricted the free view on their youtube site. It is kinda scary though. To see how the world has evolved caused by human actions. We discussed a lot on that particular topic cause we love talking about it compared to the entertainment news.
Besides Global warming, we discussed how buzzfeed food could misleading the cooking skill. I am with the fact that western cuisine are too easy and he told me there is plenty I don’t know yet. Once, I’ve tried Ravioli which turn up into some kind of disaster.. But I’m good in baking. H is not a sweet tooth person, as he preferred a real food. He also rejected high cholesterol food such as -Masak lemak etc and yea, I can’t wait to see how he reacts to mom’s food though.
sometimes, it is not easy to evaluate life in a very rational state of mind.
Long distance is torturing,
short distance annoys me,
so what’s left?
I woke up early to have a final clear air in Richmond. It was 630am and I was happily watching the girls getting ready for school. My stomach still fancying the lobster and I was too happy last night. Although my heart is jumping around, I still get the opportunity to be getting ready with my own pace as I have no rush at all.
The girls nanny is ready at the living room to walk the eldest to school. I have this opportunity to chat with my cousin and saying thanks for her hospitality and so on. and free food. and free strawberry. and free milk.
My aunt suggested me to take a walk at the terrace garden at the front of our home in Richmond and I found it very much fascinating.. She also suggested me to buy some chocolates (together with the brand) and cookies and bring it back home. The clock is ticking at 8am, therefore I have to leave at 1030 sharp to the airport. I was wondering if I could walk to the Kew Gardens in 20 mins (1km away) but, thinking that I may wasting much time walking in rush, I decided to just stroll around the garden.
English Garden are not complete without the glass house. The terrace park located close to the Thames Rives as the waterfront provided a lot of interesting animals. Ducks, Squirrels and this bloody squirrels keep chasing me thinking I am nuts (or I smell like a nuts).
Along the waterfront, there is a bench facing the river and all of sudden I feel very bad by missing those evening moments here. I knew that there will be a lo of people in the evening, reminisce memories back in the 80’s. The bench was given by the local people craved with their loved one and all the memory at the Park itself. This is urban design. A very good one.
I am quickly heading out to the Tesco metro because it started to rain again. I bought Thorntons for my mother (£5), Dark Chocolate Kit Kat for myself (£4), and some chocolate for my family (£2). Holloween month is where ypu can get all the cheapest chocolate and candy everywhere.. I was running back to my cousin’s as the rain is starting to pour heavily. Sorry I can’t tell you how I rush at the Tesco counter with pay yourself machine so that I could get all cents gone . Pay self-counter is the best anyway.
My aunt gives some advice whether I wanted to use Tube (£5.8), Taxi (£20) or the Bus (£1.20). I quickly choose bus as it was the cheapest however, I mistakenly misplace my Oyster Card. I was at the bus station around 1030am and panicking and quickly go to the Tube station. I have to pay £5.8 to Terminal 4, Heathrow !!! What a waste!!!
Anyway. Reaching Heathrow, I met Shah who is quite late and I settle down checking in my bag. Oh yeah, please declare everything watery including the snowglobe. I was carrying 6 snowglobe without declaring it and I was stop at the immigration and they are like, crumble everything in my bag. I was very worried that they throw it away, plus I wear tudung and discrimination so on.. But the man is very nice. He said he just wanted to check and keep asking me what did I brought in. I didn’t recognized that the snowglobe is something you must declare. Howveer, lesson learnt.
So the last few hour in London, I spent another £4 for lunch and the remaining for souvenir at the airport, which wayyyy priceyyy than the street. But I need to get off all the coins I have.
London. I will definitely come back. The plane take off around 2.30pm Local time via Vietnam Airlines. It’s sleeping time. We’re going backwards everybody.
I brought £300 to UK & I still have another £100. BRAVO!!!
where Today To Do List
- Windsor (1/2 day)
- Chelsea Football Stadium
- Convent Garden
- Regent Park
- London Central Mosque
I should be heading to Windsor this morning but it expected to rain all day long. With the low will of my power, I cancel the plan. I am so sad. Going to the castle in the rain is not nice as there is no pedestrian path with rooftoop at Windsor. I am very sad as I always wanted to go to Windsor. I definitely know that this is a sign of returning. But come back to reevaluating the plan, as usual, I decided to be back at Oxford streets again just to know that I can not avoid shopping anymore. From Richmond Station, It took 40mins tube ride to Tottenham Court station. And this time, Shah is very late.
There is two Primark at this area. but if you stop at Tottenham Court station, there is Primark just across the street which you may never miss it. It is at the almost at end of Oxford Streets. I went there and spend another £26 for Harry potter sweat shirt (£10), socks (£2) and jewelry (£4). I can’t track another £10 but I am sure it went somewhere. Socks is too cheap in here around £2 and I could get 6 pairs.
Even I am quite shocked to spent that MUCH money but whatever. The harry potter sweat shirt is a must buy item. Shah just lost in the sea of people.
Today itinerary changed to the British museum. Again, FOC. I am glad to be here. We spent nearly 2 hours inside this amazing museum. Shah planned to follow another friend somewhere north and while waiting for Haq to arrive again, I took the opportunity to take a look at all mummies, and souvenir shop.
#SyiqahTravelTips: just buy anything you want. I got myself this for £3.
Haq arrived around 3.30pm. Told him I wanted to go to convent garden and suggest to take a walk pass through LSE (H former university), and then to convent garden. My feet is nagging but I must not let myself down.
Convent garden is great. I’ve seen some cool shops and try out Ben’s cookies. I also take it away with £7.25 in a tin of four cookies Awesome possum. Hiks. Although it started to raining, we quickly heading to Chelsea fc stadium cause the store will be close at 5pm. Lobster can wait!!!! The journey from Convent Garden to Chelsea is around 30 mins. The stadium looks like a school from outside . I grabbed this opportunity to take a picture and proudly sent it to my brother. The mega store is on sale. I also grabbed some shirts for £10 (sorry cannot help myself). And Haq gets his mafia. It started to rain again.
Before he was forced to belanja me, he tookk me to Harrods to see Lady D and Dodi statue and saying, I need to tell other people that I came here. Ok I WENT TO HARRODS and still find it funny why people fancy this mall.
So at Burger and Lobster, for £20,it was worth it. with some discount, if you pay online in the restaurant. Again we talk endlessly. knowing I may not return anytime soon, I was so sad that this is my last day in London. I made a promise to myself that I will definitely come back.
After a full stomach and hugging each other. We say goodbye. I Need to bear an hour train ride to Richmond.
To sum my total expenditure today:
pad £0.45 pence
£51 ALONE IN A DAY. I AM CRAZY!
I had a very long conversation with my Aunt upon my arrival last night and it drives myself crazy as I woke up around 6.30am (CONSIDER THIS AS VERY LATE!) and noticing that the girls still not wake up for school. I told my Aunt that I would love to walk them to school and see the school by myself. My aunt is happy, I can tell by looking at her face. I change to the normal look, which is EXACTLY not what I’ve planned for #syiqahOOTD but I’ll go whatever with this.
The school located on the upper hill and walking the girls to school is fun as I can see how lovely the mat salleh are. With morning greetings, with smiles and walk the kids right to the front door is just awesome. The teacher is waiting for the students to arrive and greet the parents with a smile. I could see the kids will park their mini ‘motorcycle’ nearby their class and all done is a very systematic way. I love how they trained the kids. I can’t take a picture here, as they considered it as very rude to simply take photos at the kids school.
After walking Dareen to school with my aunt, I straight going to the train station. Time close to 9.40pm. Shah is waiting and would scream if I’m late, again. and OH NO it started to rain. grrrrr.. Hold on rain! I reached the station 30 mins later.
Thing about the underground tube is, as a first timer, obviously I’ve got so confuse on where should I stand.. Richmond Station both serving the tube and the Train. I was almost got into the train ride, however I was saved by this customer service girl asking me to run to the tube line. Of course considering my Panic attack, plus Shah is waiting (He is scarier when he got mad!). We planned to meet up at South Kensington.
For today itinerary is.
- National History Museum
- Victoria Albert Museum
- Science Museum
- Imperial College
- Portobello Road
- Regent Park
- London Central Mosque
- Regent Zoo
- Oxford Street
- Convent Garden
Ok now #LondonTubeTips .
- Get yourself a tube map or just download the apps.
- The price consists according to the Zone. There is Zone 1-6. London city is in the Zone 1. Richmond is Zone 4.
- You need to know where you go. And where are the nearest Tube. Then Check the map on which Zones.
- Top up your card!
National History Museum, Victoria Albert Museum, Science Museum & Imperial College (4 hours in total)
Since it was a very cold and chilly Monday, I decided to VISIT all free museums. Hehehe.
Although the plan is to meet up at South Kensington, we ended up meeting at Nothing Hill. Which I can’t remember why. The reason why we should meet at South Kensington is because it was the nearest station between all the museums. Our first stop is National History museum, followed by Victoria Albert Museum and sneak peak at Imperial college, and Science Museum. I spent nearly 2 hours in this area. I love the fact that all of then are located near to each other. By our third museum visit, It was raining and we running here and there and the rain has no mercy. My socks are wet, and umbrella isn’t working. But time is very limited (It was already 3pm!) to think all the constraint now. The concept is redah. and the feeling of running in the rain with this fella is something I will never forget.
At the same time, Imperial college is having an open day. Some guys were approaching us to take the picture. They ask us what course are we in, and I bet by looking at how I dress, it was very impossible to say I will be enrolled at the imperial college. It was very nice of them though to say that. Told them that they must be very smart to get a place here. They were giggling and smilling. We depart by saying good luck and all the best and make your country proud.
Tinseltown + Bayswater
We heading to the Bayswater area and pass through the Hyde park, and Royal Albert hall for pictures. I should be running here with Ted this morning but it was raining and we need to cancel our plan. The 6Km park amazed me even we’re just crossing it cutting to the oxford street.
It was raining and I was hungry. I stopped by Tinseltown for some milk shake as recommended by Mike and we heading to the Bayswater for the souvenir. I spent £6 for the milk shake and £15 for souvenirs.
#SyiqahTravelTips: souvenirs at Bayswater are a lot cheaper than any other part of London. Make sure to come here for souvenirs. Be nice and you might get a lot of free stuff from the shop owner🙂 I’ve got myself free pen!
But since I am on the budget so I just take a stroll around. We tried the fish and chips at this Halal Restaurant located near the Bayswater underground station and well, quite disappointing.
But we were hungry and that is a lot cheaper than any other. £7 per plate. I was meeting my best friend, Haq later and ask him for some extra sock and mind is just too wet.
Diary of a shopaholic
Haq finally arrived from Guildford. I am so happy. He was late but never mind. he take us to Primark for shopping and I am avoiding myself here. Lots of cool stuff and cheap stuff here but ok fine. We went for a coffee nearby called Pret A manger for some coffee. I had my usual Croissant and Latte and then we shared stories.
After an hour, I decided to check them up at Primark and decided to look forward sports direct for another shopping and I couldn’t get away from shopping anymore. I bought one pair of shoes for £3 and shirts for my parents (A pair for £11). It was cheap cheap.
We are also heading to the Nike town and I see all the cool Nike stuff here. But I am Skechers girl. Don’t bother much on this. But knowing Fakhitah loves Nike, I took a picture showing her and hoping she would be extra jealous.
Based on my plan, I failed to attempt 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 of the itinerary. It rains non-stop though. Now I get it why people are wearing black and grey in here. because it was raining all day. I wanted to go home because it is quite late. Haq walked me home although it took him another hour to Guildford (Plus, Pierre Herme Macaron). Takes mate. I am very very happy!
To sum my total expenditure:
Milkshake £ 5
Moms & Dad outfit £ 11
Topup oyster £ 5
Museum donation £1
£40 ALONE IN A DAY. I MUST BE CRAZY!
So, we went back to Newcastle at 630PM train. This is indescribable feelings. Leaving Scotland is like leaving a dream, I will be very difficult to move on, I know.. However my train ride is still awesome. We talk like it has no end and laughing, giggling telling stories while watching the sun goes down through the window seat and somehow the feeling are just fantastic.
Upon reaching Newcastle by 830PM, my stomach started to nag me around. Issac decided to take this opportunity to force us trying out his favourite Arab restaurant that served rice. He seems to know that I cannot take it any longer ( I honestly can but I think my face doesn’t). We got there by bus, (which cost 1.55£ for 20 mins ride and finally), we got rice for dinner. yippie.
It was Three storeys building and the owner seems to know him very well (Nampak sangat kaki nasi). Without really going through the menu, I know, I wanted Lamb. Surprisingly, the price is cheap and one plate of £7.95 of Mandy lamb which actually can be shared with 3 person. But since we all quite tamak then, we ordered one each.. the lebih we tapau/take home (Malaysian sangat).
What a FANTASTIC FOOD! The food is nice.
The food is nice. BUT at this moment, I just can’t wait to take a bath. It’s kinda sweaty all day long. But the Autumn night is too cold to handle. I don’t know how to survive tonight. But we went back home with laughter all the way knowing we had a very good day today. Another £1.75 gone for bus ticket.
Somehow the feeling of leaving at 2.30pm bus tomorrow is suffocating and let just take a break at night.
I woke up in the morning and was served cereal for breakfast. I can help from asking the price of the retail stuff here. One pain of milk is only 75pens and the cereal box is just 3£… again, please do not convert this. I can’t help to find my self screaming to Isaac- I want to live here!!!!!!
While waiting for 2.30pm, Isaac (again) brought me to take a walk at Newcastle university. That morning walk spoiled by my self having my first day period. I hate this. The walk deviate to tesco metro to buy this £1 pad.
Since last night there was a Rugby have a match at the stadium, part of the city seems a little bit dirty that Sunday morning. It was not very comfortable but, I think the Authority will settle it down later.
Newcastle University located near the roadside and it almost visible. I love that they didn’t fence the university unlike my country. The comprehensive campus can be seen near the road with an inviting experience.I love the uni that can be accessed by anyone including the public. Meaning that education is for everyone. Kids, Adults and Old folk can totally use the campus as a shortcut. Students were seeing studying at the courtyard, hugging and giggling watching the autumn leaves falls down to the shoulder. I was very grateful to experience this feelings.
Not to surprise, The conducive environment was just at the front of Architecture Faculty. In fact, I was wondering, how they keep it safe from intruders. I was pounded and I always been proud that my faculty is everywhere.
The walks continued to the city and the waterfront. There is a day market by the waterfront and I grabbed some ice cream and some postcard for myself. Wish that I could have a lil bit more money to spend as everything looks good and nice especially the painting. The Sunday market was everything I could ask for.
I was wondering why there were so many people gathering near the waterfront that day. Isaac explained that they were waiting for the bridge goes up at noon. This to allow the ship to cross by or entering the oceans. Although I can’t seem to have the feeling, we were quickly moved to the house and to pack our stuff before going to the bus station. I thought we will be going to a bus station, little did I know, that the bus station is not exactly the bus terminal but just a bus stop. again, we booked early. so the price is only £16.5 for two. Because there is still a time, I grabbed some coffee at the nearest place and take one last sipped to enjoy the afternoon chill in Newcastle. 130pm doesn’t feel like 130pm at all.
Then I decided that I love this place. and I wanted to live here too.
The nonstop bus departed sharply at 2.30PM and expected to reach London by 8.15PM. It was a very long ride but since there is sunshine left, I never waste any opportunity to see the outside. I saw signage of Robin Hood village and again decided all will definitely come back to explore.
The bus stop nearby Victoria Coach Station, London. It was at night and I was confused. My cousin lives in Richmond upon Thymes, London. According to the apps that were installed way before the trip, I know I have to go via Tube and thank god I top up my oyster card earlier on Saturday. I heading to the Victoria underground tube for 15 mins walk and quickly tab into the station. Of course, at first, I got confuse on how to change the line. There is a lot of lines, red, blue, yellow, green, purple all to a different destination. With 3 bags with me. I was thinking that perhaps, Tube is not a very good choice. It took me an hour to reach Richmond including all the changing station’s colour line. Gladly Victoria Station and Richmond was on the Green Line.
I arrived at my cousins around 930pm and all went well. It was very tiring as you have to walk on and out at the station. Englishman doesn’t really care if you have a lot of carriage with you, unless you ask for help. Anyway, even at night, Richmond is totally an upper east side! Clearly, they have big house, with a very classy lawn, and my cousin house located quite up the hill area. Imagine walk up there to her house?
I just hope there will no rain on the next day like the forecast says so.