Wednesday, March 26, 2008

off off off off

Off to Cairo...

See you in a week's time dear!


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Sunday, March 23, 2008

boo to all stoopid reality show

With the new season 8 on the roll.... I am loving CSI: Crime Scene Investigation even more.

Muachhh..... hahaha


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008


The phone did not ring....

Midnight passed...

I was worried...

Eventually, at 3pm it rang...

I was called up to Fukuoka *yeah finally my 1st Japan flight after my training

but it cost me my Melbourne...

and I still have to do a Colombo turnaround *huks huks

There were many students on board. 2 different private schools' students had just finished their home-stay programme in New Zealand and Australia. Imagine...up close and personal with the school kids. The only problem was..... they don't really speak English -___-''

To cut the story short, after a few hours of sleep, I decided to go out and figure what Fukuoka has to offer. Nophie said Shofukuji Temple is a MUST... but hey, where is that?

Opposite the hotel is this nice cosy shop offering nail and hair-styling services.
What I like is... cantik means beautiful in Indonesian language :)

The first stop is Kushida Shrine (around 7 mins walk from the hotel)

The entrance of Kushida Shrine

Too bad there was no guide to tell me more about all the things inside the shrine -__-''

Wishes... wishes... wishes....

Just thought that this is so Zen..hehe

Sorry...not so sure what these are for :(

Another 5-7 mins walk brought me to Tochoji Temple
- The oldest Buddhist temple in Japan of the Shingon sect, founded by Kobo Daishi, otherwise known as Kukai. The temple hosts the wooden "God of Mercy with 1000 hands," which is designated a nationally important cultural property, and the largest wooden statue of Buddha in Japan

Always love the branches of trees :)

The small 'statues' across the inner gate

One of the buildings inside Tochoji temple


Next, I continued my walking journey towards Shofukuji Temple. You can find many smaller temples around the area, such as Enkakuji Temple, Sesshinin Temple, Myorakuji Temple and so on.

Shofukuji Temple, the first Zen temple in Japan established by the founder of the Japanese Zen sect, Yosai, in 1195. The premises are designated as a national historic site.

The pond inside

Another corner of Shofukuji

It's all soon going to bloom prettily

The atmosphere is calm and serene

See... this was actually from Hakata high-school...
haha a peek into the Jap students' heh?.... jk

By the time I finished paying the temples a visit...

I was starving!

My 680Y lunch-cum-dinner set *slurpee...

Done with the meal...hoho

And presenting... the unique things you can find in Japan!

Prolly the next big thing: What a creative and unique decorations... expensive!!

Colourful umbrellas... ellas... ellas...

The infant seat inside the toilet cubicle..
so mommy can do her business without worry

Love this shop!
A car inside it... full of accessories... lively :)

Let's go to the candy shop *.^

Yeah... finally I got it. We (Junaidi and I) went to stroll around the red light district at night *hahaha... curiousity kills. I can feel the 'wildness' among the male creatures there... pooff
But it's much more organized and safe than some other places to be frank.
That's it for now.
Next new stop: Cairo


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shake it...groove it...smash it...

Latest addiction on my off-day:

America's Best Dance Crew
Twelve groups of dancers from across the country compete for the title of Best Dance Crew. Viewer votes determine which crews move on from week to week.

Haha...thanks to Jun, a fellow crew, who told me about this programme.

As everyone else is grooving and shaking their booties following Step Up 2 the Street movie... this is definitely a MUST watch!!

My faves dance crew are:

Kaba Modern
Their perfect isolated moves and consistent energy are just wondrous!
Love it more 'coz they're Asians... hee

They're crazy, simple and creative. When they dance, they seem to be just having fun... so cool!
A mix of dancers from diverse background makes it even cooler :)

It's time to catch Step Up 2 the Street and follow this programme closely.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

The beauty of Switzerland

After a long 12.5hr of flight (and that means we worked almost 15hrs), we arrived in Zurich - Switzerland. I have been looking forward to this flight... simply because... it's gonna be another holiday where I get to meet my friends *yeay yeay

And talk about how lucky and such a coincidence it was for me to get this flight...
Gaudi invited me to become of the facilitator for their AIESEC Leadership and Development Seminar in Zurich...
I replied that I'd love to, but afraid I can't coz our stay won't be that long (3-4days of LDS plus pre-conference meeting) and I can't change my flights yet.
Who knows... when I checked my new roster soon after that, I GOT IT!!
Well... sorry that I can't make it for the faci but at least we can meet up :) we reached the hotel at around 8plus. Washed up, unpacked a little, took a nap and there I was on my way to the city at 12noon. We met up at Parade Platz where I saw UBS and Credit Suisse. Basically we can find UBS and Credit Suisse almost everywhere *hahaha remind me of some dear friends in UBS n Credit Suisse heh.

We walked a little, put my big bag at his place *I'd be going to Bern anyway* and then off for lunch. Gaudi showed me around the city, crossed the bridge to the Old Town and we headed up to the rows of pubs and restaurants.

There's always time for a picture despite the hungry stomach

Italian food for lunch :)

I ordered a clam soup *can't remember the name* which was YUMMY... and spaghetti with black truffle *Oh first truffle.. haha
The portion was alright, but the cream was really thick and therefore I couldn't finish my meal.

Later on... we went to this church where we climbed up to the tower :)

One of the restaurants, a Swiss resto (they're proud of their cows) on our way to the church...

The picturesque view from the tower

The other side

Another one...

The unique phone booth
It will play a welcoming music when you close the door

A walk on the embankment
I love the trees

A clown surrounded by the trees

Gaudi and I on the bridge
A stranger took our pic too *ahh..royalty!
Coffee is a MUST in Switzerland. So, we went to the always crowded Spruneli to sip some
We ordered 2 cups of coffee with Swiss liquor and sweet cakes...

Acting intelligent
when I only knew Danke, Gutten Morgen and Welkommen in German *hehe

Next stop: Bern
So we walked to the Central train station and bought a ticket (46CHF for one-way = around S$65).

The Central main station. Only black and black jackets and coats heh!
The train is nice, fast, clean and comfortable. It takes merely 1hour to reach Bern *haha* and the view throughout the journey is wonderfully amazing.

There I was at 6pm at Bern. Dan and Kate were there to fetch me. We walked out from the train station and they showed me the Parliement House. Too bad we can't enter it then. FYI, Bern is actually recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Center :) I am lucky to be able to pay them a visit.

The Parliement House

The 15th century Gothic Cathedral
The 'statues' above the entrance are divided into 2 parts: Left-Heaven, Right-Hell

Just behind the cathedral there're open space facing the city and the bridge

Here it is.... is the funny story. We were supposed to reach home by 7.30pm for dinner with Dan's parents. So, to save money, we wanted to use the 1/2 fare ticket *which by right I was not supposed to as I am not a student there*. I might be fined if there's check. Anyway, after some arguments, I decided to give it shot. We couldn't be sooo unlucky heh!
hahaha... seriously, one stop after we entered, there was a check by an old lady. Oh my... Kate was worried, I was pretty worried too, but tried to stay calm. So, I told Kate...let's hop down when the bus stop *hahaha we did and we missed the check*. In the end, we walked home for over 25mins :)
Dinner was great. I experienced the traditional Swiss dinner: melted cheese and baked-potato. Although I was already full, I just couldn't say NO. They offered me different kind of cheese and we had a wine toast too. Followed by fruit salad and another cuppa coffee.

A long night chat followed straight away. And I went to sleep at 12midnight with a tired soul.
Woke up at 9am and we exchanged our presents :)
I received lotsa chocolates *Easter is around the corner, so you can find Bunnies everywhere* and a pair of Swiss glasses *cuteee....

Introducing the pretty Kate :)
We were out for sightseeing after breakfast. We headed south to the Gruyere village. I almost ventured out of Switzerland... while driving, Dan pointed to the mountains and said: That's France *woo hoo... haha

I like this house in Gruyere village :)

Here is Gruyere... it's kinda high above the sea-level so it was COLD.
And I can see snow traces on the ground :)

The path to the castle on top of Gruyere
After the village, we went to visit the Cheese Museum. Look at those cellars!

COOL heh!
Do you know that:
  1. The cow eats 100kg of grass and drinks 85ltr of water per day, producing an average of 25ltr of milk daily
  2. 400ltr of milk = one 35kg round of Gruyere cheese
  3. 12ltr of milk = 1kg of Gruyere cheese
I've toldja... they are proud of their cows

Next destination is Lake Geneva. It spans across many villages, so here is one of them:

The 'living puppets'

UEFA EURO is everywhere... ain't those paper lamps cute?

This was at Montroe, another village further away from Bern
There is always a childish side in every one of us

Here is the splendid lake... *thumbs up, toes up, fingers up

Love ya, miss ya...




Frankly speaking, I did not want to return to Singapore. I love the country, it is so calm and serene. A nice place to retire from the hustle bustle of life. Love it even more because of the great friends I have there... Thanks much for the wonderful time and companion.
already missing you,

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