Upon reaching London Gatwick Airport, it is cold. The drop from almost 30 degrees Celsius is awfully drastic, well for me at least. Supposed to get on the Easybus and meet Kit Weng at Euston station, but shit happens we almost didn't make it because tube lines close at 12.30am. It was around 12am by the time I reached Euston station. Close call.
Though the low temperature is not the most ideal temperature, but I love it. The temperature range from 4 - 11 degree Celsius. I am utterly intrigued by the fact I'm so far away from home, in Europe, United Kingdom, London. Just by meeting English people and seeing English architecture excites me. Kit Weng welcomed me to his place, with Marcus and Edwyn greeting me there :).
First night sleep there was a torment, due to jet lag and the low temperature. Thankfully I was able to rest well the next few days.
|Kings Cross St Pancras Station|
|Platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts :)|
|Marcus and I outside the Malaysia Embassy|
|The English phone booth.|
Visited Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland
|Runners a common sight, even during winter. Imagine during spring or autumn. Runners all over ze place! The English are fitness conscious people, aren't they?|
|Edwyn posing with a swan|
|Standing amongst the crowd-friendly birds|
|A squirrel chasing a pigeon|
In a whole, London is an amazing tourist destination. However, coming from a gastronomical paradise such as Malaysia, I have to say food at London is below par, in exception of their awesome bacon!
|Pro-claimed best roasted duck around London, always packed. Gold Mine, Bayswater.|
|Hugo, Edwyn and Marcus at Queensway station|
|4pm shopping at Oxford street|
|Hot chocolate at Caffe Nero|
|NikeTown - 3 storey Nike store|
|Countdown to London Olympics 2012|
|It was raining quite regularly during the period I visited|
|Edwyn with his new shoe - really cheap, was on sale!|
|I got myself a new pair of Nike Lunar Racer. Still prefer Nike Free though.|
Besides staying in London, I travelled up north to Manchester, together with Kit Weng. It was approximately 400km but the train took only 2.5hours. It was Seng Tuck who provided hospitality for us at Manchester. Things (such as food) is so much cheaper at Manchester as compared to those in London!
|On my way..|
|Entrance to the Museum Tour|
|The English midfield maestro|
|The replica 'big-ear' trophy - UEFA Champions League|
|The REAL Barclay Premier League Trophy and Community shield|
|The Big Dane! - Peter Schmeichel|
|Kit Weng and Seng Tuck play foosball before we enter the stands|
|Mimicking the United Trinity - Best, Law and Charlton|
|Carved from a penny|
Next day, we returned to Old Trafford to catch the Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers. So glad to have Seng Tuck and Kit Weng tagging along, considering they're Liverpool and Arsenal fans respectively :p.
|Kick off. Chicharito doing his pre-match prayers|
|Last shot before leaving the Theater of Dreams|
|Outside the stadium checking out players leaving and signing autographs - look it's Park Ji-sung!|
After the match, we got on the train to return back to London, to countdown and catch the fireworks at London's Eye. The fireworks were spectacular.
Since I was at London, I visited Arsenal's Emirates stadium, boy, it is a gorgeous stadium.
|Kit with his idol's statue :)|
|Henry and I :)|
& amuse ourselves with jump shots there.
Meet up with Chiaw Yee, told her I love spicy food so we had Sichuan.
|The lovebirds - Chiaw Yee and Chun Shiun :)|
|SPICY CHICKEN NYAM NYAM NYAM :D|
|RM50 worth of white rice :p|
|Cengal buddies :) - too bad Wei Kit wasn't around, he was back at Malaysia|
|Met up with Ernest and his girlfriend :)|
|Strawberry beer and Strongbow|
|Trip to England would never be complete without an English breakfast! BACON DA YUMS.|
British Museum visit - no admission fee
Tourists visiting London should never miss visiting the museum, it's free anyway! Rich in artifacts, you can consume up to a day if you really pay attention to every detail.
|Wei Guan and I at the entrance of British Museum|
Meet up with Ying Xian too :).
|Ying Xian and I overlooking Tower Bridge|
|Ying Xian and I AT Tower Bridge|
|Wei Guan with the Belgian waffle Ying Xian recommended, yums!|
Later that day, celebrated Hwee Ching's 22nd birthday with Grace and Kit Weng as well .
|Dessert @ Tutti Frutti|
|Another shopping avenue - Picadally Circus|
|Another sweet dessert recommended by Ying Xian, Gelato ice-cream arranged as rose petals. Pretty isn't it?|