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Small Note: I always would like to create segment like #Sharing Saturday or even #Snapshot Sunday to share some of my hidden photo and trips which I never share before this in my blog.

Had you ever heard of this place before? If you never heard of it, don’t worry because I’m gonna share it here.

This post is specially dedicated to all those Harry Potter fans out there (doesn’t matter whether you fans of the books or movies but for me, it’s the movie I am chasing about), finally it comes to the end after after eight movies that spanned more than a decade.

Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct located on the West Highlands of Scotland. It came to prominence in the Harry Potter films, the first being “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (the second series of Harry Potter), when the Jacobite Steam Train became transformed into the Hogwarts Express and was filmed crossing this viaduct.

Glenfinnan 1
Exactly at 3.15 pm, the Jacobite Steam Train will passby this viaduct.

Glenfinnan 2
Now waiting for it to transform into Hogwarts Express (Neh, I’m just kidding)

Glenfinnan 3
It also appears in two subsequent Harry Potter films, “The Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Goblet of Fire“.

Glenfinnan 4
Loves the vivid colour of the sky and scenery.

Glenfinnan 5
One of the Harry Potter Film Location.

There are tons of Harry Potter’s movie screenshots but I just found two. Probably someday when I visit United Kingdom again, hopefully can spots all those Harry Potter film location.

So, have you watch the final epic of Harry Potter? I had watched it last Thursday midnight and I am gonna said this is most probably one of the final series filled with thriller and most importantly, it ends with good ending or else I’m gonna !@#$%^&* after all had been chasing for almost a decade.

[Credit to: Wikipedia, Moviesblog.mtv.com]

>20th August 2008
Isle of Sky – Glascow

Back again to Scotland trip. Ok! Ok! This is the last post about Scotland trip. After that, my post will about Europe trip, Advanced Diploma convocation and lots more.
This is the 5th day of the Scotland Trip and we really start to dislike the programme being organised by the student coordinator especially the accomodation provided. Early morning, inside the coach, the student coordinator informed us that tonight we will separate into 2 hostel again. “What the ….”, Not Again!!!! Why can’t this people organised their things properly? I really just don’t get it. Selection of hostel for that moment was in Glasgow and one more is back to the first hostel that stayed which was Loch Lomond Youth Hostel. Glasgow hostel was not enough for all of us and the student coordinator need to choose 15 people to stay in Loch Lomond Youth Hostel. Hey, who want to stay back at the same hostel whereas Glasgow is much better where we can have night view. So, some of us start to argue for our own right and at last, the solution was we need to share 1 bed with 2 people. This solution is much better than stay back to Loch Lomond.
I was really moody that day. Hard to explain but what to do, put a fake smile and pretend to be happy.
First place that we visited was Eileen Donan Castle. It is now one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland and a popular venue for weddings and film locations. It has appeared in lots of films such as one of the James Bond’s movie; The World is Not Enough, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Made of Honor and even Bollywood movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. On a clear day it is possible to see the Isle of Skye from this castle. Weather on that day was very clear but we can’t see Isle of Sky coz we need to pay for the entrance fee. As usual, if we heard the world “Pay” sure we don’t want to have a look inside unless it is worthwhile. So, we just busybody outside the castle and wait for the time to fly.

Second place was Ben Nevis Distilerry but some of us not really interested with it. So we just walk around Fort William city.

At nitgh, walk around the Glasgow city and enjoy the night life. Glasgow was the second largest cities in Scotland with fantastic night life.

21st August 2008
Glasgow – Moffat – Sheffield

Last day of Scotland trip. Whole day shopping around Glasgow. Before back to Sheffield, we stopby Moffat to buy Scotland infamous short bread biscuits. The famous brand were Walkers and Campbell. It was much more cheaper than the other places.

>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.



    • 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