Saturday, September 4, 2010


Was just sending our friends the itinerary for our '40-days Great Backpacking Adventure' and realised that we never posted it on here so in case you didn't catch where we were when backpacking, here it is... Pretty amazing looking at it again after more than a year. Good memories...

June 1 - 4 Zakopane and Krakow (Poland)
June 5 - 7 Overnight train to Prague (side trip to Karlovy Vary)
June 8 - 10 Bus to Budapest (side trip to Bratislava, Slovakia)
June 11-13 Train to Slovenia (side trip to Bled & white water rafting)
June 14 -15 Train to Vienna (side trip to Salzburg)
June 16 - 22 Flight to Greece (Athens and Santorini)
June 23 On the ferry from Greece - Venice
June 24-25 Venice
June 26-27 Train to Florence and Pisa
June 28-29 Train to Cinque Terre
Jun 30 - Jul 1 Train to Nice (side trip to Monaco and Cannes)
Jul 2 - 3 Train to Barcelona
Jul 4 - 6 Train to Seville
Jul 7 - 9 Bus to Lisbon

p.s. Just in case you're wondering, we spent a total of 1 week traveling in a bus, train, ferry or catching a plane! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


We’ve been back for more than 6 months now and already our time in the UK seems like a distant memory. But before we truly put it away in our treasure box full of memories, let me reminisce on some of the most memorable moments of our time in the UK.

Meal – Pub food at the pub by Liverpool St Station
Purchase – Puffy jacket for Gabe from Asda and a 50p top from Primark in Romford
London sight we visited – Chinatown! :P
Jobs – Gabe at Field & Trek and Wens at Dorothy Perkins
Paycheck – Spent ourselves a meal at Garfunkel’s, Oxford Street
UK trip – Norwich, to spend New Year’s with Mun Wai at a quaint little cottage, eating chicken rice, drinking wine and watching Take That on TV. :)
Europe trip – Rome and Vatican City with Benny and Lareina. Viva la Gelato!
Summer BBQ – With CS & Jay Vian at our backyard with the not-so-hot disposable BBQ set
Sight of snow for Gabriel – April 2008 – freak snow day!
Sight of England’s royalty – Prince William and Prince Harry at the Bond premiere. *drool*
Brush with celebrities – Gabe saw Uma Thurman and Colin Firth at the Kill Bill premiere while I saw George Clooney and Renee Zellweger at the Leatherheads premiere.
‘Cruise’ – 34 hour ferry ride from Patras, Greece to Venice, Italy.
Hike/Camping Trip – Ambleside, Lake District
Outdoor Concert – Hard Rock Calling @ Hyde Park with Police and Eric Clapton as headliners.
Ski trip – Zurich, Switzerland with CS & Jay Vian... One word: Expensive!

Campsite – St Ives, Cornwall (5* toilet facilities man!)
British food – Fish & Chips, Cheapo Fried Chicken, Pub grub
Hiking trip - Conquering Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in UK.
Road trip - Touring the Scottish Highlands with Colin and Devon & Cornwall with Marie. Amazing places!
Tea place – Patisserie Valerie
Seaside town - Hastings
Musical – Lion King for costume/set, Les Mis & Wicked for songs, Zorro for special effects and Never Forget for laughter!
Hiking trip - Conquering Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in UK.

Best of Europe
Outdoor haven – Lake Bled, Slovenia and Tatras Mountain, Poland
Most delicious food – Italy
Most quaint town – Lubeck, Germany
Most happening at night – Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Most amazing architecture – Barcelona, Spain
Most romantic and amazing sunsets – Santorini, Greece
Most historic – Rome, Italy & Vatican City
Hottest city – Sevilla, Spain
Cheapest city – Krakow, Poland
Most expensive country – Switzerland
Fun Amusement Centres – Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen and Skansen, Stockholm
Best desserts – Brugge and Brussels, Belgium
Most scenic city – Prague, Czech Republic
I-can’t-believe-I’m-here feeling – Paris, France
Best for shopping – Definitely Spain!

When all is said and done, it’s been such an amazing experience and probably one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I guess it’s just nice to be able to say, ‘Been there, Done That’.

We are truly blessed.

Thank you Lord for this amazing opportunity.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tays at Home

There are still one or two more posts about our 2 years adventure which I'd like to add to this blog before officially putting it to sleep but in the meantime, while I gather my thoughts, you can check out this brand new blog where we'll try to update snippets of our lives back home in KL. It probably won't be as often, considering that 'real' life will probably not be so exciting, but it'll still be an avenue for us to jot down significant events in our lives. So, see you there!! :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Adventure ends....

Pack, pack, pack
Stuff, stuff, stuff
Eat, eat, eat
Walk, walk, walk

Saying hello again and farewell
Shopping for last minute items
Pack, pack, pack
Scratching head seeing the amount of things left to pack
Clean, clean, clean
Scrub, scrub, scrub

Cook, cook, cook

That pretty much summarises our last few weeks in London. We were trying to do everything we have yet to do, eat all our favourite food and shop for things we needed to get. 3 large boxes, 3 suitcases and 2+ handcarry luggages later, we were all packed and ready to say goodbye to London. We leave with heavy hearts but we also bring with us a heart and mind-full of lovely memories and amazing experience from our 2 years adventure in the UK. The things we have seen and experienced, the people we've met, the places we've been to.... it has all been one huge rollercoaster ride but oh-so-worth-it!

It's back to motherland Malaysia for us and though we are sad to leave London, we are happy to be going back to family and friends (and our home!) in KL.

The plane that bringeth us hometh!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Conquering Ben Nevis

Gabe & I at the peak of Ben Nevis! Yes, it was so misty up there, very poor visibility!

We decided to forego our tickets to Norway and went up to visit our friends in Livingston instead. Also, took the opportunity to camp one last time as well as climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

We had a lovely time with our friends and the weather was absolutely gorgeous (especially by Scottish standards!) We managed to climb Ben Nevis and it was truly quite an achievement considering we didn't have any prior training at all. It took us 9 hours altogether but it was truly worth the hike. We couldn't see much of the view from the peak as it was super misty but the clouds parted on our way down to some magnificent views of the Scottish Highlands. We were dead tired when we got down and all of us ached everywhere but still the feeling of accomplishment made it all ok. The climb was pretty gradual but most parts were pretty rocky especially when you reach Ben Nevis proper, so that made it a little tougher to walk, especially during the descent. That combined with wanting to pee made the walk down much, much worse compared to the ascent. :)

It was also a trip of good food as we had yummy homecooked food by Jay Vian as well as steamboat with Dr Timmy at Edinburgh and also fish & chips in Tyndrum on the way back from Fort William. We also managed to see Oban and Stalker Castle which we didn't see the last time we were at that corner of the world. Throw in a bit of shopping at the outlet malls in Livingston and you get two happy people and one amazing trip! :) What a lovely trip to end our travels in the UK.

Yummy food in Scotland...

Our lovely campsite at the foothills of Ben Nevis

On the way up...

Our host and fellow climbers with our certificate of achievement. We had to pay for it but at least they required proof of climbing before selling it to us :)

The lovely view of Scottish Highlands after the dark clouds parted on our way down from Ben Nevis.

Sightseeing round the Scottish Highlands

By Loch Morar, the deepest loch in Scotland.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Living London

This being the last few weeks of our time in the UK (sob!sob! yes, we are headed home!), we decided to visit some sights that were new or haven't had the chance to visit. You could say, we are trying to absorb all the London sights, air and atmosphere to store up in our 'memory chest'. Our time here has been amazing and can't believe it's time to go! :( Here are some pix of what we've been up to in the past few weeks...

Visited the newly launched 7th July Bombing Memorial at Hyde Park

Then we went to see the Diana, Pricess of Wales memorial which was a lovely fountain/water path where they allowed you to dip your legs in and walk around.

Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall (we didn't get a chance to see a show here unfortunately!)

The beautiful Kensington Palace and the gardens in bloom. Gorgeous!

Random curios around town - the giant plugpoint and tinkling about the street piano at Carnaby Street.

And of course, lots of eating things we will miss - HK dim sum and UK Indian food

Crepes and English breakfast (Yum!)

Happy Birthday Gabriel! :)

My dearest husband turned 28 and we just had a simple pre-birthday celebration at home and followed by a day out for dim sum and a visit to the Science Museum on the actual day. The reason we went to the museum was because it was an adults only opening at night and they had some interesting programme that night. So it was a first, celebrating birthday in a museum. :) Never thought we'd do that eh, considering how much we love museums! :) It was pretty fun and we also learned a little about the constellations so it was also very educational.

Hope you enjoyed your birthday dear and I thank our Lord each day for you! :) Love you lots!

Birthday dinner at home :)

Home made birthday cake!

Birthday boy at the Science Museum! :)

Dinner at the Creperie :)