Sunday, February 26, 2017

FHtripping: Beautiful Cities

Hey guys! I've been missing quite some times, hehe I finally got time to sit in front of this lappy and start writing this post(like finally?!) So last month, I was having a great time in London & Paris!!!!! (excuse the exclamation marks) This is going to be a very loooooooong entry! Give me 10 minutes! hehe. Well, if it is possible to stay there forever, I would say yes? 100x! haha no kidding. I've met few good people, diff lifestyles, which it took me a second to be grateful to have ours?! Im a proud Malaysian. Let's sing Negaraku. lol  

For this trip, after almost 14 hours of flight, we finally touched down at the Mamak Stall eh no, Heathrow Airport!! From Heathrow we took Uber Taxi, which cost 80 pounds(8 of us) for the 45 mins-trip to Leinster Gardens(a street in Bayswater). If you are a solo traveler & having no heavy/huge bag to deal with, the better option is by taking the underground tube(a.k.a lrt in kl) I think this way is cheaper and of course time consuming!! but it wont be as long as the process of curing your broken heart. ops. In London, you can use your Oyster card on most public transport, the oyster can be used on all buses showing red roundel(obviously). It has almost the same function as our Touch n Go card & Octopus card if you are in Hong Kong. I guess we should've changed the name of the card, probably hmm kerang card? hehe no offence guys. If you are a good map reader then there shouldn't be any problem bcs all u need to have, to survive is marauder's map (jk) rowling haha no guys, London map la aiyo & of course for the card, u must then top up to stay alive! 
1.Eye on London(Captured this when I was on the boat cruise tour btw) 2. Big ben
3.Tower Bridge of London 4. Flower stall in London 5.Buckingham Palace 6. Bayswater

Not to forget, I'd like to share with you about London Hop On Hop Off bus services. We were on for the Golden Tours bus which it was exactly like our KL's famous hop on hop off! Absolutely all open top buses with free Wi-Fi (twas the best part of course). We bought the 24 hours(one day) ticket/pass which was about 24 pounds each if I'm not mistaken. From this tour, we had a chance to see London's famous landmarks & attractions including Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & St Paul's Cathedral!(all the sights) Actually they have over 50+ stops on 3 different routes, the price of each person it depends on the routes/packages. Yep it was soo convenient one day bus ticket & gr8 for us who were planning a flying visit to the big London city! Tapi kan, if u prefer to sit at the roof-less part of the bus, be ready when it is winter(negative or single digit degree Celsius) Rasa macam duduk dalam freezer bhai :') 

Next, I went to Oxford by GWR(great western railway) train from London Paddington Station straight away to Oxford. It took about 1 hour 15 minutes & cost about 12+ pounds per person(it was a return ticket btw). Why Oxford? It is obvious right, the Oxford's historic landmark are absolutely known around the world! Since we didn't have much time to travel the whole England(damn England is huge) so we decided to go to few tourist-attraction-places so called? hahah & yep oxford was in the list! The university of oxford !!! I couldnt describe meh, so so so beautiful with the bapak lawa nak mampos old buildings, scenery, green field?(um not really field) Patut la pun yang study dekat sana pandai nak mampos kot like u know the oxford town, so peaceful and buildings pun nampak old school tapi donut worry, because there are still Marks & Spencer, Primark, Boots! hahah kat kampung pun ada these shops bhai but my kampung nak dapat line Maxis pun susah hahahah and and I even went to the Great Hall! (Potterhead alert!) It was the setting for the Hogwarts dining hall & the Library as well,for the Hogwarts infirmary & many scenes from the Harry Potter film were shot at Oxford Uni! (I was super insane doo ye la when u finally got to see it by your naked eyes & step inside, like u no longer see it in the TV?? I also met Tom Felton Malfoy!!! (ok chill just kidding guys) I couldn't ask for more!? u_u Oxford is a lovely place to stay *immigrating now*  </3

Oxford Uni!

1. Street shop in Oxford 2. A walk to christ-church building. 3.Harry potter merchandises!
 4.Part of Oxford Uni 5 and 6. In the Great Hall!

For Paris, we took the Easyjet flight, which took only 1 hour from London Gatwick airport to Charles De Gaulle. Yep, what else to say, I love Paris. The buildings & arts were dayymn, bootyful. Our starting point was La Valle Village and we proceeded to....... Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) !!! I stg it was the nicest masterpiece I've seen in my entire life, unbelievable I was absolutely standing in front of it thoooooo. Exactly. Jakun enuff. There, we spent most of the time for shopping(again) & food! Irresistible macaroon is a must, hehe makan for life! Do uguys know Dodi Fayed? The one who died with Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris (on a road bridge called Pont de l'Alma). The taxi guy told us, almost everyday ada orang commit suicide nak terjun dari sini & I even saw one of this incident in front of my eyes that day!

1,4 and 5. Boulevard St in Paris. 2. La Valle Village 
3. In front of Galleries Lafayette 6. Nan cheese stall! hehe

1.Food stall in front of Eiffel Tower. 2 and 5. Us! Standing proudly hahah 3. One of the street
 4. Moulin Rouge hahahah go google what is it. 6. Paris theater

Foodie part! always my favorite hehe. I would recommend uguys to try their best fish & chip, burger & lobster, macaroons, local ice cream(winter + ice cream = heaven) & costa coffee!(original based in the UK) hahaha which u can as well get it in Malaysia hehe sorry too poyo, i know. Ok the fish and chip I found it was as cheap as 7 pounds each plate(worth 2 people)! I found this halal shop dekat Bayswater area (can just walk from Leinster Garden). The burger & lobster restaurant is located at the Oxford St, opposite to Doc Martin shop. The huge lobster for 4 hungry monsters like us, was totally worth 95 pounds. It was worth trying! Every food was super good, no kidding! Tapiii if u really feel like eating malay lay food, ada je dekat kantin Malaysia Hall. They served nasi campur & malay food la hahah. Oh one more, dont convert their pounds to our MYR, nanti ada jugak yang tak makan hahah ye la if you convert roughly, eg: A small bottle of mineral water which you can just get in Malaysia below 5 ringgit each, but they sell at 3 pounds, convert roughly = MYR 15 hahahah fikir 3 kali nak beli right. So, better dont convert! (mungkin bila necessary je kot hahah) In Paris, we also found kebab/burger restaurant (bcs halal) & Indien Halal restaurant! Range dalam 5-15 euros each person! Dont worry, portion of each meal is damn big!
1. Super big Tesco chilies. 2. Les Crepes/Kebab stall, Paris 3. All kind of pastries, Portobello Market  4. Churros 5. Macaroon shop, Paris 6. Burger & lobster, Oxford St

The shops were soooo tempting. To be honest, London is all about shopping. Nothing else. Who the hell on earth would resist from entering those shops especially in Oxford St?!(Oxford st, London) We literally spent few days just for shopping, shit got real meh hahah. Selfridges, Primark, Sports Direct, Topshop, Adidas, Marks & Spencer, Superdrug..the list can go on for 5 hours! hahah u can find almost everything there!(of course with better price compared to KL) Oxford Street is a must when u're visiting London! Same goes to Bayswater area & Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill (only on Saturday with its antiques stuff)- these are places where u can find cheap souvenirs! Another one place that we went outside London was beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Village which took approximately 45 mins by train from London. We took Chiltern Railway from London Marylebone straight to Bicester Village. BV is a shopping area of leading fashion brands with almost 60 percent discounts! Boleh bayang tak? 60 percent off??! every-single-day mayyyynnn. That one feeling which u really feel like wanna build a house near there. Legit doh. There was also haaa banyak nya also. another version of Bicester Village, but this one.... Paris, La vallĂ©e village! Exactly the same shopping area but I guess, UK one is way better hm sebab lagi banyak choice kot? & one more, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in the middle of Paris near the Opera Garnier, also another one place for those 'hantu' handbag/makeups! Early shout out to all husbands around the world, dont u dare to walk or drive or do anything near there hahah but for the wives, yep no regret! Not at all hihih 
1st row- Portobello road market
2nd row- Bicester village

Some of  you might not know about this tax-free shopping, which you can actually sometimes get the VAT(value added tax) refunds on goods u bought in the UK. Only if u visit UK but live outside EU(european union) and going back home. Note to self that not all retailers will offer tax-free shopping, so u need to ask for the VAT form from the retailer, they might ask for proof that you're eligible, example: your passport. Do bring your passport wherever you go and you can only get VAT refunds for goods u bought within the last 3 months. Then, your last day at the airport, go tp the counter to reclaim your sales tax! p/s: same goes to some other countries!  It is even possible for you to get back almost 2k MYR. (only if you are a shopaholic hehe)

Next, the most important item, like sumpah penting gila is travel adapter! You will absolutely need it to recharge your phone, camera and even lappy(obviously u have to) If in the UK(click the link to know more! thank me later hehe) the socket is just as same as ours(Malaysia) but for Paris nope. I still have to use the travel adapter & btw ada tempat macam dalam train which I took to Oxford & BV (GWR/Chiltern) atau dekat airport yang provide charging point using usb (but travel adapter is still obligated in this context!) Don't ever forget to bring your travel adapter or else you'll need to buy the new one. 

To be honest, from my previous journey, it was super hard to find such prayer room(tempat solat) except at the airport. Kalau dekat airport, u will be sharing with other religions too. Ye la, minority muslim country biasa la. There was a time, we had no other option than solat in front of the railway station, plus the toilet was soooooo crowded that time (macam ikan dalam tin sardin) and tak boleh nak ambil wudhu' lansung. Time ni dekat Oxford station, we were running out of time to do jama' & qasar, then ended up ambil wudhuk guna air dalam botol and solat atas mafla sebelah station hahah yang paling tak tahan ada 2 guys ni yang solat jugak & kiteorang sambung dekat belakang, kalau tengok dah macam ma'mum, only if I could record it hahah. The saddest part; it was raining; jadi, solat pun kena tempias hujan dan lecah :') By the way, to make it way easier, just bring a small spray bottle with water, in your bag everywhere u go, just incase such thing abt to happen, at least u can just use it to ambil wudhu'! (applies well in umrah context oso if dlm flight ke kalau toilet penuh most of the time ke) Talking about the toilets, I'd rate UK's toilet 9/10. So so so clean doh... but no water except the main sinks. So yea, u can as well use the small spray bottle to *cough* hihih (multipurpose bottle)

Everything was incredibly great! I was enjoyed taking selfies & photos in front of those skyscrapers crazily! I hope u enjoyed reading this & leave comment down below! (Go start packing your stuff now) Till next #FHtripping! Write soon! xx

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  2. Dem weh best nya bawak I lepas ni

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