• December 5, 2012

    the final countdown – read #13

    Well, maybe not FINAL, but season 2 definitely coming to an end. So little time left, I hope everything I ordered from amazon uk will arrive before I leave, in the mean time:

    • eat as much food as possible in my flat so I don’t waste so much
    • get rid of as much items in my room before I donate them all – who wants my table / stool / lamp / shampoo / hangers / spare bath towel / 2 cans of pasta sauce
    • eat the damn short rib sandwich at hawksmoor pub
    • ice skate at somerset house
    • go to portobello market

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  • October 29, 2012

    41893 – read #12

    41893 km, or 26031 miles, was how far I flew around the world, in 8 legs #achievementunlocked

    • LHR – YVR
    • YVR – ICN – SIN
    • SIN – PER
    • PER – SIN – TPE
    • TPE – HKG – LHR

    50 days, is number of days left in London >.<

    10 pounds, is probably how much weight I should lose (at least) before I go home hahah, cause I definitely gained some while in Asia (more…)

  • September 7, 2012

    Uklife Season Finale

    Well that went by a lot faster than I expected. So much for the original plan of “let’s go to uk from November to August, 10 months should give me enough travelling time” cause it totally wasn’t enough.

    In this last 7-8 months of #uklife, heaps things happened. For example, me trying to use the word heaps, and saying “I can’t, it’s too hard” or “awesome” in the Australian accent (which was, too hard). Since I won’t be getting a British one at all, might as well go for the Australian one. (more…)

  • August 28, 2012

    Cotswold – Spontaneous Wins

    It was one of those thing where it goes, “Hey what you doing this weekend?” “Nothing, you?” “And you? Nothing? Should we go somewhere?” “Ya let’s go!” Then we booked a car, and talked about all the places we could go, and then the weekend was 1 day away, and still had no idea where we going lol. Of course me being me, just thought oh well whatever, we have a car we can go anywhere, just gotta pack extra underwear and shirt… And thats exactly what we did. Spontaneous trip! No planning required! (more…)

  • June 24, 2012

    Cornwall Road Trip!

    Road Trip, by Ernie (in point form). Flickr pics here!

    Saturday – cloudy

    Went to Anthony’s friends house, giant backyard.
    We traveled to zone 4 on central line, it’s been a while since I went that far out, almost felt like I miss going to Chingford – ok that was just a big lie.

    Rental manual car. We definitely needed a bit of practice. Drove for a million hours through bad traffic.
    It was a brand new car! with super clean carpet and next to nothing mileage.

    Lunch in little town – waitrose and market in middle of street. Marlborough, Wiltshire. (more…)

  • June 15, 2012

    The Month of May

    omg I haven’t blog for sooo long, i blame diablo 3, i blame everything on diablo 3, let’s do a quick overview of the last month of #uklife, we can track it with my pics on flickr!

    Cambridge

    Nice little town, fancy colleges, I wanted to rent a boat and push with a stick, but it rained, that’s all I remembered.

    London Olympic Stadium Opening

    Me and my flatmate Linda went to the opening of the Olympic Stadium, which was pretty sweet (and cheap too! £20 for ticket), they did some pre lim competition, and then some celebrities came out (like Sporty Spice!), and… there’s not much else to say about it. They came up with this card stock fan thing for people to make noise and cheer, and it was damn effective, so cheap too, geniuses. So now I don’t have to try to find an event to go during Olympics just to see the place, though I still want to see the Aquatic Center, too bad diving costs a million pounds. (more…)

  • April 27, 2012

    Freeeedom! I mean Edinburrrrgh

    I was desperately trying to find somewhere to go on Easter weekend, and I found out my friend Tai and his buddies were heading up to Edinburgh, so me and my flat mate Linda hopped onto a last minute trip out to the north. Edinburgh was one of those cities in UK I really wanted to visit, but last minute travel on a long weekend was not cheap, flights were about £100-200, and train was £80-150, even if you travel on crappy time (ie. Arrive at 11pm) you didnt save much. In the end, we went with the cheapest and worst option of travel – ~8 hour overnight bus there and back, but it was only £60!

    Trip breakdown

    First day: Arrived about 7ish in the morning, ass feeling uber sore (worst.seats.ever.), put our luggages away at hippy style hostel, randomly booked last minute day tour and were off to learn about the history of Scotland. Saw some bridges, visited to church of Robert the Bruce, hit up Stirling castle, saw statue of William Wallace and field of Bannockburn, screamed “Freedom!” (well, more like whispered) and relived the story of Braveheart. Ended with the mysterious Rosalyn Chapel and solved Da Vinci Code.

    Second day:  Woke up extra early for the Loch Ness and highland tour. Met the super awesome tour guide who knew like everything about history of Scotland, listened to celtic/folk music, and slept through most of his stories. Stopped at photo spots, took some jumping pictures, saw scotsman playing bag pipe with dramatic highland scenery. Took an adequate boat ride on Loch Ness with this whole other asian tour bus, stopped at random towns for coffee bathroom break, and got back in town 12.5 hours later. Had some awesome Mexican food, drank some more, slept like a baby.

    Last day: Woke up early for a nice Scottish breakfast, tried some haggis, ate some bacon. Took a free city tour in Edinburgh, enjoyed beautiful cityscape, visited Edinburgh castle, drank a Irn Bru (scottish cream soda), bought some kilts, spent all our Scottish pounds. Ate Scottish steak, drank some wine, back to the bus stop, spent another 8 hour on bus to go back home to London.

    • Amount of time spent on bus – ~30 hours
    • Most random tasty dinner – Chinese
    • Number of Scottish words learned – 5
      • Loch = lake
      • Glen = valley
      • Wee = small
      • Och aye = of course yes!
      • Bonnie = pretty
    • Number of whiskey (and coke) drank – 3?
    • Number of Nessie sighting – 1!

    Would I go back? Yes, this city is so pretty, loved the feel of it when I was walking around, and it’s upposed to be a big festival party central in summer. And makes you want to watch Braveheart. Haggis not so great, but better than blood pudding.

  • April 9, 2012

    Traaavelling – March part 2

    Like I mentioned before, March was a busy month, but then again, so is April with the last minute Edinburgh trip, not that I’m complaining, my credit card is probably extra happy, but my wallet and bank account are.

    Les Arcs, France

    Last week of March I went out snowboarding in France with bunch of friends for 4 days. I haven’t done a full on weekend boarding trip for a while, not to mention I keep seeing everyone back home were going Cypress every weekend still, made me so jealous, so theres no way I’d pass on this trip.

    But I didnt bring any of my snowboarding gears here so it’s either buy everything or get them sent to me. Not sure why I didnt plan ahead to get my parents to send it, I just sort of left it til last minute to deal with it, and asked if my boss could bring it. That didnt happen so literally the day before I went and bought brand new pants (yellow!) and went on the plane with only pants and my HH rain jacket. Talk about under prepped.

    We flew to Chambery on awesome BA, the plane was like only 25% full and so spacious compare to Easyjet. We were staying at this chalet in town and they even picked us up from airport. I totally thought we were staying on the resort but turned out it was a town at the bottom of the mountain, and then you take this “funiculaire” up. It’s like Grouse Mountain except its a train, which turned out to be quite decent and convenient considering the money you save from staying at bottom vs on mountain). After we settled in I continued my shopping since I can’t go boarding without goggles or gloves. I tried to cheap out on everything and I found a decent pair of Anon goggles for €30, and the cheapest possible gloves for €15, which surprisingly never soaked through. Now the mountain itself, this ski resort is uber massive. Bought a 4 day pass for about €180, chairlifts and runs are everywhere, its just wide open, I was only able to hit up maybe 30-40% of the mountain in 3.5 days. The weather was amazing, I only wore a long sleeve dri fit and tshirt under my wind breaker, and most of the restaurants have lounge chairs set up and you can just totally chill out under the sun, so genius.

    The chalet was quite interesting, its basically a big house that sleeps about 12 people, and they actually prepared breakfast and dinner for everyone. Its not like just microwave food or mac n cheese, its like full on proper cooked meal, we had full on cooked meals like baked stuffed chicken breast + pasta, and turkey pie with mash. Quite delicious and with wine on the house, I dont mind going back there at all.

    • Highest point reached – 32xx meters
    • Number of times gotten lost – 3
    • Number of front size 180 executed – 1

    Would I go back? Yes, definitely bringing my gears here from home next time I fly from Vancouver, I still got more than half of mountain to hit up

    Geneva, Switzerland – Bonus day

    We were all supposed to head back to London on Monday night from Geneva since its a bigger airport, there were more flight options available. but when I checked flight on Easyjet, flight on Monday was like £100+ and Tuesday was £30 something, so I thought eff that, looked up a hostel, booked for 1 night for about 30 Swiss Franc, and done, I saved about 50% cost and staying in a new city for a night.

    Since I still have to work (yes, I do have work), I only took the morning to quickly check out the town. Went along the water, checked out the flower clock, went into old town and the cathedral, then walked towards the Reformation wall, then headed back taking the “moules” boat and saw the Jet d’Eau on the water. Yep I did a Geneva city tour in about 2.5 hours, the only other main thing I missed was the Nation Palace because you had to take a bus out to visit.

    • Number of strangers met – 4
    • Number of boat ridden – 1
    • Number of chocolate bought – 13 – 15 bars?
    • Most expensive item paid – $5.5 cdn for bottled water

    Would I go back? Probably not, one thing about Switzerland was that its one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe. I paid about $12 cdn for a reg Mcd meal, $20 cdn for my Starbucks mug, but I did bring back a ton of chocolate bars, all send back to Mr. Perez to delegate ;p