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>19th August 2008
Inverness – Isle of Skye

We depart from the horrible youth hostel that we stayed last nite. It’s such a crippy feel to stay at there. And back to coach again to Isle of Skye. Today programme quite boring by the way compare to previous days maybe due to some of us too tired, not enough sleep especially me. Not much things to see as most all the places we visit were rock, mountain, waterfalls, etc.

Warning: Don’t put much expectation on a place u visit.

Before we went Isle of Skye, we visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. This place is famous for the legendary monster which called as Nessie (quite cute name). For those who had watched The Water House movie, it was adapted from this story.


After that, boring time! Welcome to Mountain, Rocks and Waterfalls…We start with Old Man of Storr.

Did u saw the stone on the right hand side? That’s is Old Man of Storr

This is one and only waterfall that knock my heart. Gosh, I’m feel like in heaven once again

Before we end our trip for today, we stopby another castle which was Duntulm Castle. Not much remains of Duntulm except a few scattered rubble foundations. I can’t even knew that it was a castle before. This time we really mad and frustrated with the accomodation provided. Divided us into 2 different hostel…Ok but the problem was both hostel very far from each other which took 2 hours by coach. Really frustrated!! This is reminder to all the juniors who wish to join Scotland trip when study at SHU, don’t join Scotland trip organised by student coordinator. I don’t want to state his name here but I really wish next year will have different student coordinator for coming students. However, the hostel that we select was not bad at all. I don’t know with the other hostel where my other friends stayed…

>Been away to KL for almost 2 weeks for my Advanced Diploma convocation. Should update my post bout the convo since everyone had post it but I seems so lazy to transfer all my photos to my laptop. Addition, my laptop hardisk is out of memory. Plan to buy new external hardisk but waiting for PC Fair that will be held soon in KK. Cant wait for that moment but my friend warned me that KK is totally different from KL PC Fair. I really want to see how much differences since I never went to PC Fair that held in my hometown.

Now back to my Scotland trip. I really far behind since all my friends who had been to UK had already post finish about their trip and I still posting about Scotland. Well, I don’t want to lost the memory that I had in Scotland with my friends. And posting in my blog is like writing diary.

18th August 2008

John O’ Groats

Past 2 days all the places we went was travelling by coach. This time, we had the opportunity to enjoy spectacular cruice. Yes, Cruise!!! Which means we were going out to the sea.

John O’ Groats Ferry. Well, it’s just a normal ferry. The wind is so strong. You can see from my hair 😛

John o’ Groats is a village in the Highland Council area of Scotland. It is popular with tourists because it is usually regarded as the most northerly settlement of mainland Great Britain. The actual location of the most northerly point, however, is at nearby Dunnet Head. The town takes its name from Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who obtained a grant for the ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney. [OK, well I copy this from Wikipedia. I like this website coz is like reference

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17th August 2008

Fort William – Inverness

Depart from Loch Lomond at 8.30 am to visit Nevis Range which offer unique mountain experience. We took gondolas which is the cable cars to altittude if 2150ft up Absorb Mor besides Ben Nevis.

Gondolas which took us to Nevis Range. Almost similar cable car to Genting Highland

View from Nevis Range. Feels like in heaven

After that, we depart to Glenfinnan. This is one of the destionation that I had been waiting for. This is because some scenes from Harry Potter films were shot here. I thought we gonna miss to see the trains pass by as we reach there around 3 pm and the train gonna passby at 3.15 pm. Luckily we manages to reach on time. I’d been searching all the places or building that Harry Potter were shot on but I only able to find 2. This is one of it.

On the way to Inverness, we stopby Urguhart Castle. There’s nothing much left of this castle. Though extensively ruined, it was in its day one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland, and remains an impressive structure. We unable to enter since it’s closed, so just took group photo of it.

We reach Inverness at evening. The night view at Inverness was totally awesome and spectacular.

>16th August 2008
Sheffield – Newcastle – Edinburgh – Loch Lomond

We depart from Charlotte Court at 12.30 am. While waiting for our couch, I just realized I forget to take the most important thing with me. So I had to run back again back to my flat to take it. On my way back to my flat, I was stopped by the hostel guard. He keep telling me go back to where we were stand juz now for our couch. I was like what happened. Then I just knew that our couch has arrived at last, Oh gosh! I had to run as fast as I can. Run like an ox. What had I forgotten by the way? Samsung MP3..Hehehe..Well, should understand that most of our time was spend inside the couch. I really need MP3 by my side.

Our first stop is Newcastle. We stopped by Newcastle Millenium Bridge at 3 am like that. My long time friend, YH Thong was studied there. Sad that till now we never met each other.

Newcastle Millenium Bridge behind me

At last, we reach Scotland around 7 am plus plus. It’s hard for me to explain all the places I been to coz I not really know what were they behind. I think pictures speaks more than thousand words, rite??
Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station

Palace of Hollyroodhouse . The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Queen Elizabeth II
, who spends time at the Palace at the beginning of the summer.

This is one of the photo that I had been waiting for. A complete of AAC picture at Calton Hill

Edinburgh City

Our first hostel in Scotland, Loch Lomond Youth Hostel. This house retains many original features including a sweeping starcaise with vast stained glass window and ballroom.

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If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I’d roll out of bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted and go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it
Because they’d stick up for me

If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man
I’d listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed
If I were a boy

I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone its broken
So they thinkthat I was sleeping alone
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home (to come home)

If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man
I’d listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

It’s a little too late for you to come back
Say its just a mistake
Think I forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong

But you’re just a boy
You don’t understand (and you don’t understand)
How it feels to love a girl
Someday you’ll wish you were a better man
You don’t listen to her
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you lose the one you wanted
Cause you’ve taken her for granted
And everything you had got destroyed
But you’re just a boy
I heard this song inside the car while waiting for my friends. This song touch my heart and I fell in love for it for the first time I heard. When I look into the lyrics, it is really meaningful especially to all the guys out there…Try to understand gals especially bout their feelings..


    • 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