Friday, May 6, 2011

My Vacation: Malaysia to United Kingdom (Part 1)

As Salam readers,

Alhamdulillah, I'm back safely in a piece with family. Fetch by the taxi driver and so on. But in this entry, I won't just tell ya how we manage to back home and bla bla bla. But I will share the experienced that I got during my vacation to a few nice places in UK from day 1 until the last day we were there. Oopss, we as I mentioned here was my beloved parents, my lovely sister and me. Shall we start now?

Day 1:
We departed from KLIA was on 21th May 2011, and our flight ticket was on 11.50pm by KLM. We have packed our stuff a week before we depart. But me, I just got only 2 days to pack my bag. Since I'm quite busy in office, that's why I only have chances to pack my stuff a day before I fly. Things that I brought for a fortnight vacation was:

1) 6 pcs of t-shirt
2) 3 pcs of trousers/jeans
3) 5 tudung+ anak tudung
4) Sweater
5) Socks
6) Handphone & camera charger
7) Toiletries including makeup, perfume, contact lense and bla bla bla..

We departed sharp on 11.50pm and the flight took about 12 hours. Luckily we got a new plane since there are screen tv in front of each seats complete with the latest brand new movies. Sleep in the plane was not easy. Just dapat tidur2 ayam je. So, I watched the movie and learnt Korean language to kill the time. We arrived at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam about 6.20am. And from here we need to transit for 2 hours to get to Norwich. The plane to Norwich just a small size, only capable for 70 passengers. Again, at 9.20am we continue our journey by plane that took about 45minutes. Oh ya, to reach the plane to Norwich, the airport management do serve a shutter bus. It’s actually like we have to go to the other side of the terminal. Naik bus tu tak lama, just dlm 5 minit mcm tu. Ok, walaupun dari Amsterdam ke Norwich ambil masa 45 minit, but still we touched down at Norwich at 9.00am. Weird kan? hehe.. sbb ia ibarat mengejar masa. At this point, my mind setting pun dah bengong and a bit confused. After I got a short explanation from my mom, then I understood.

After we arrived at Norwich Airport, the immigration officer there asked us a few questions. So we just said that we are having a vacation for a few days and just want to visit my brother who works there. Then, we collected our luggage, and then we waited for my brother to fetch us. About 10 minutes later, my brother came with a car that he rent from Enterprise-rent-a-car, a blue Vauxhall Astra Estate Diesel which is a wagon car. From Norwich Airport to my brother's home was about 15km. After we have a short rest, my bro, sis and I went to Tesco Express (10minutes walking distance) to buy some groceries before us heading to Manchester. Unfortunately, before we want to start our journey, our car has a minor problem then we request to change it to another car. Then the Enterprise's Management agreed to change it to a grey Vauxhall Astra. It has 5 seats, using diesel and for your information in term of renting a car, the term and condition is very strict. They will ask you on number of passengers and luggage do you have. That's why they recommended rent the wagon type instead of sedan car. After we settled all things, then we went to Manchester. For your information, in UK we will use Ring Road Highway. So, we have to be familiar with the signage that appeared on the map. For this situation, GPS is really needed, I guess! ;) Because we need to determine whether we have to use the clockwise or anti-clockwise road so that we manage to exit either at junction North, East, West or South. We are not straight heading to Manchester actually, but my brother brings us to his office, Lotus Group for snapped a few pictures. Since on that day there were Easter holidays, so the guard not very fussy to allow us to snap the photos around there.

Oh ya, kedudukan Norwich ni boleh dikatakan dekat dgn laut juga, kalau tgk kat map England tu. So, suhu kat sana boleh dikatakan sejuk2 sedap berjalan la juga which mmg kebetulan kat sana pun musim bunga masa kami ke sana. Right, sambung balik. From Norwich, to Manchester we went through King’s Lynn, Lake District, Stamford, Leicester, Sheffield and checked in at hotel in Manchester. Sepanjang perjalanan, dapat dilihat tanaman Canola ditanam terbentang luas. Ia mcm kita tgk sawah kat negara kita la.. Cantik je menguning. Perjalanan ambil masa quite panjang juga. Kami lalu di tepi2 Lake District pun dah pukul 8pm. Scary juga kat area situ since takde lampu, harapkan kereta kat dpn sebagai pemandu arah and lampu kereta kita je nak suluh jalan. Sebab kita lalui di antara bukit2. Bila sampai kat lembah tu, sejuk sgt! Since dah gelap, so tangkap gambar pun tak berapa nak clear.

We stayed at Travelodge Hotel, Westbound Manchester for 3 days. Luckily, during we were there, the whether was okay because Manchester is popular with the rainy day. That’s why C. Ronaldo not be able being longer with MU team because he cannot tanned and show off his body on the beach, I guess! Hehe.. ;P

Owh ya, I did not mention that we also brought Brahim products right? Ok, since we are no ideas on where and what to eat yet, so we brought stock Brahim instant gravy, instant noodles, serunding, chili tuna spread, Tupperware and other things that may use for preparing dishes. As a dinner on that day, my mom prepared kuah rendang Brahim to be eaten with the rice and serunding. Even though it just a simply simple dishes, but we do enjoy it! Asalkan dapat nasi.. perut melayu la katakan..hehe.. :P After we have done our dinner, then my bro, sis and me went to our room to have rest and sleep to ensure we have a great energy to continue our journey on the next morning!

Alright, I stop for now. Which places I visited on the next day? I will continue on next entry. Wait ya~

Owh, please enjoy the snapped piccas! ;)

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