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>30th June 2008

Rhossilli, Swansea

Rhossilli is a small village near Swansea of Wales. It is an area designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the southern end of the bay is the outcrop of rock called the “Worm’s Head”.

Rhossilli Down and the beach

Worm’s Head with causeway exposed at low tide

Being owned and protected by National Trust

Three Cliff Bay, Swansea

The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay. The beach is an important asset for locals and visitors and routinely qualifies for Blue Flag status. As a consequence, dogs are banned from the beach between May and September. Three Cliff Bay also appeared in a music video entry for The Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Saw the three cliff?

Nicole Hui Xiang and I at the beach

Also being owned and protected by National Trust


One thing I like about Wales is…everywhere you go, sure you will see dogs..Dogs are everywhere; here and there

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Previous post of Wales Trip [Part 1] is about Cardiff Bay. This time around Part 2 is about Cardiff city centre, which is the capital of Wales and a small tiny little island known as Barry Island.

Having our lunch at Queen Street before depart to Barry Island
Cardiff Railway Station, from here we took train to Barry Island
Inside the train..Almost alike our KTM but much better as not crowded…

Some info of Barry Island. Barry Island is a seaside resort, forming part of the town in South Wales. Barry’s stretch of coast has the world’s second highest tidal range, of 15 metres (49 ft).

After that, we went back to Cardiff City centre. Before heading back to our backpack loudge, there a few buildings you shouldn’t miss when visiting Wales.

1. Cardiff CastleCardiff may only have been a city for 100 years, but there has been a castle here for nearly 2000 years. Tours of the castle interior take place throughout the day, or visitors can just enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Castle gardens. The newly opened 6m pound Interpretation Centre will also present for the first time the story of the Castle and its 2000 years of history, offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the different phases of the Castle’s development from the Romans through to the modern day.

2. Millennium StadiumWhen the stadium isn’t hosting major sports matches or concerts you can take a tour of the 74,000 seater stadium. Walk down the player’s tunnel, try out the Queen’s seat in the Royal box and discover how they removed the curse from the away-team changing rooms.

>29th June 2008

Before this, I had talked about Wales before but this time around, we will know more about Wales. Wales is my first overnight trip during my study at United Kingdom.

Wales is one of the four “home nations” that make up the United Kingdom. The other 3 home nations are England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For your information, Northern Ireland and Ireland are totally different. Northern Ireland is not part of Ireland, which located at the north of Ireland. Wales is rich in history and natural beauty and has a culture distinct from the rest of the UK. Travelers are attracted to Wales because of its beautiful landscape, the wide open spaces of its stunning national parks and the wealth of history and culture.

Our first destination is Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Bay, is a home to a large freshwater lake for sailing and water sports. It has been redeveloped in the last decade by the old Cardiff docklands.

Cardiff Bay’s notable buildings

1. Wales Millenium Centre presents international opera, ballet, modern dance and musical. “Art Sherpas” sun tours of the front and backstage areas and free live music performances take place in the foyer everyday lunchtime. The Wales Millenium Centre is home to the Welsh National Opera.

2. Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre The Bay Visitor Centre, also known as The Tube is a home to exhibitions and displays on the history and development of Cardiff Bay, including a scale model of the entire city.

3. Norwegian Church was first established in Cardiff Bay to serve the large community of Norwegian sailors working in the docks. Its main claim to fame is as the church where author Roald Dahl was christened – today, however, it has been converted into a cafe and art gallery.

4. Pierhead Building contains an interactive exhibition on the role of the National Assembly. The clock of the building is unofficially known as “Baby Big Ben”.

5. The Seneed is the home of the Welsh Assembly Government’s debating chamber, where visitors can join a tour of the eco-friendly building, or watch Assembly debates from the public viewing gallery.

Cardiff Bay

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Yup, that is the name of the University that all of us will enter next week. Really can’t wait for that moment. Can’t wait to see our first mat salleh lecturer and tutor. Don’t talk about the study first. Better enjoy while still can.

Not much people know about Sheffield. Me either. Before I came here, most of my friends and relatives will ask which part of UK that I will going and I told them that I will going to Sheffield. They will like “Sheffield???”.. All I can said is nearby Manchester. And they will like “Ooooohhh! Near Manchester!!”. It was quite funny when I saw their reaction. Where is Sheffield located by the way? Well, it is almost nearby Manchester but the journey took one and half hour. Can it consider nearby? Hahahaha….

Sheffield can be consider a quiet and peace city. It is such a lovely city where you can see most of the oldfolks holding their hands together? Ooooh..What an adorable couple? Will us be in that situation when we are old? I wonder…

Ok, let me go into the important part. A day after we reach Sheffield, our senior resident bought us for city tour and introduce some of the places in Sheffield. He also told us the way to our university. Holy gosh! The walking from our hostel to university took us almost half hour. No bus provided. All we need to do is walking. I think I will used to it as I walked from TAR college to Wangsa Maju before.

The road we use to the university

Moor Street. Here, you can find many shops that sell each items for 1 pound

Architecture of Sheffield City

The bank

The peace garden. No wonder Sheffield so peace.

Not forgeting to take a snap of the university. Sheffield has 2 universities; Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield. Most people confuse about these 2 universities including my parents.

Sheffield Hallam University behind me

The garden in front of our university, where you can lay down and enjoy your reading

Sheffield Railway Station. The railway to Meadowhall, one and only shopping centre in Sheffield, London, Leeds, Yorks and lots more..

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My wish come true..At last, i had reach Sheffield, United Kingdom. I had landed to another part of the world. My flight was on 12nd June 2008 at 9.30 pm and flight by Etihad Airways. Anyone heard of this airline before? Not me too. It’s the first time I heard this airline. Anyway, not bad the service provided. Got entertainment summore such as movie, drama, games and not forget music. Got my favourite music. Yes!!! Even they provide blanket, pillow, socks for us and it is free. We can take it out of the cabin.

Etihad airline and its free blanket

However, the in-flight food are cold. Maybe due to long hour flight. How long our flight? Let me recall back. From KLIA to Abu Dhabi International Airport, we reach at 4 am. Which means almost 7 hours flight. OMG! Wait..That’s not our final destination. Our final destionation is Manchester Airport. Another 7 hour plus flight. Quite tired and when I inside the plan, all I can do is sleep sleep and sleep. Reach Manchester Airport at 4 pm(M’sia time).

One of the dishes provided inside cabin

When we went out of the airport, it was really cold. Raining somemore. We were not use to the weather over there coz as we all know, Malaysia is very hot. My friends told me that weather at UK at that moment was 8 degrees. But we were very excited as we can’t wait to see our hostel.

On the way to our hostel

Reach our hostel at last after 1 and half hour journey from Manchester Airport. Our hostel name is Charlotte Court. There is KFC nearby. Sure can’t wait to have our lunch or dinner at there. We’re being told that not all of us will get 6 rooms in one flat. Maybe some of us need to separate as there are few students still study at that moment. But me and my gang were consider to be lucky coz we can get 6 rooms.

Yeah!! Our flat number was 43. Before going to find our flat, I was thinking, will my flat at upper floor? If yes, then I will be in dead meat since I had lots of luggage. Fuuuuuuuuuuh!!! Lucky again..My flat was ground floor. I was amazed with our room. Each of our room attached with toilet. My room number was 6. So from now on, my address is Flat 43, Room 6. Blek 😛

The bed.

The table with my laptop on it.



    • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli