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Had you watch the match last Sunday between the Red Devils and Chelsea in the English Premier League? The Red Devils scored a goal within the first minute. OK! Now I sounds like I gonna blog about sport report. I am not gonna blog about what happens during the match and what is the final score but I am gonna blog about the Red Devils

Again, this is my backdate post and suddenly I realised before this, I ever said want to post about this (click here) but then again, blame my worst sickness, “Short-Term-Memory (STM)”. Not until last Sunday, accompanied TTM watched this match at my home together with my dad, while waiting for the second half match, I showed my picture to TTM. From there, I only realised that I never blog about this. And now, I’m taking this chance to bring you all to the Red Devils’s stadium.

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The Red Devils is the nickname of Manchester United and the name of the stadium is Old Trafford. During my study in UK, the uni organised a day trip of the virtual tour to Old Trafford Stadium, the home of Manchester United Football Club. So without thinking too much, immediately I signed up and registered for this day trip. My uni organised lots of day trip on every weekend for summer students like us.

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Here we come to kick the ball (Neh, I am kaki bangku=P)

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The journey from my uni to Manchester took almost one and half hour.
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Finally, I got the chance to see the glory and great stadium right in front of my eyes

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The place where the roar of 76,000 fans came from.

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Reserved for the players and also here where Fergie keep shouting “GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!”
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I’m not a big fan of MU but to show to my dad, who is absolutely big fan of MU.
He never ever miss each and every MU match.
During the virtual tour, we were also got the chance to visit player’s dressing room. This room contains a spa pool, six showers, two small baths and video facilities which can accomodate up to 22 players.

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Smell Ronaldo and Rooney’s soaking sweat =P

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The spa pool.
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Did you spot what I spot? Our own Malaysia’s budget airline on the sponsored board
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Spotted the former MU superstar player.

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Players’ autograph book.
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Guess who is Brooklyn?
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Although can’t take pic with the real player, but this already makes me feel satisfy for it.
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Before we ended the tour, we were giving a special certificate to serve a souvenir of remembrance for the visit.

During this virtual tour you’ll get a taste of the history of Manchester United, and move a little closer to understanding just why the club has touched the hearts of so many. Enjoy your visit.” – by Sir Bobby Charlton.

[Credit to: Manchester United Official Website, Wikipedia]

>20th July 2008

This was the second day of our London Trip. Wake up early morning to have our breakfast provided, which was English Breakfast; bread, egg, sausage, ham, frieds and orange juice. Although it just like every ordinary breakfast provided by our own local Malaysia hotel and nothing extraordinary, but it’s better than nothing, right?

We start our tour with visiting Pollock’s Toy Museum. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there. Maybe it was too early for us to reach there. So we move to next destination.

We visit few museums once again. London really gots lots of museum which you can’t missed out.

The first museum we visited on the second day was British Museum. It was located nearby Holborn Station. I really love this museum compared to the other museum which I had visited. It’s a recommend must-visit museum.

British Museum is a museum of human history and culture. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.

Entrance of the British Museum

Standing at Great Court

Its divide into few departments such as Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greek and Roman, Middle East, Asia and etc. Due to lack of time, my friends and I are able to visit few departments only. If I had the chance to visit London again, British Museum will be in my top list.

Next, we heading to Museum of London. Once again, we unable to sight around this museum and we only manage to quick and fast view around.


With Gladiator

Now, we go into the most interesting and the world well-know places. Just stopby half of your day at Westminister station or Waterloo Station and you will be able to see most of the famous landmarks of the world.


First, start with London Eye.

London Eye, which also known as Millenium Eye is the biggest ferris wheel in Europe. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction. If you want to take a ride, I would recommend you to early booking thru online as if you plan to buy on the spot, you need queue up for 3-4 hours. No kidding!

Second, Big Ben. Big Ben actually is the nickname for the great bell of the clock and is often extended to refer the the clock tower. It’s just nearby London Eye which you can see it on your left hand side.

Big Ben behind me from London Eye location

Big Ben and Palace of Westminister

After that, we were heading to the landmark where we used to sing this landmark where we were small. But before I introduce that place to u, here are some pics of the building and places that is so interesting and amazing.

Seems like a ship in Pirates of the Carribbean

The place where we had our dinner. Damn expensive. Cost 15 pound per person

Here it comes.

“London Bridge is falling down. Falling down. Falling down.”

Yup. This is the landmark which you can’t be miss. Like they said, if you don’t visit this landmark, then you never come to London.

By the way, the bridge behind is not London Bridge. Most of the people had mistakenly referred this bridge as London Bridge but it was not. There is a really London Bridge exist but it seems like a normal bridge and it’s just next to this bridge. The name of this bridge is Tower Bridge.

Night view from the Tower Bridge. A night to remember

Last chapter of London Walker is next.

>19th July 2008

This trip had been past for almost 1 year and now only I had the available time to upload it.

This is our first ever backpack trip during our study in Sheffield. Transportations, accommodations and everything are under our arrangement. Journey from Sheffield to London took almost 4 hours. UK bus driver is very punctual. If the time for bus departure is 8 am, 8 am they will drive off straightly at time. So don’t be late. No excuses will be accepted if you are late.

Once we reach, we’re heading to our hostel. It’s a budget hostel. So, can’t expert much from it. Anyway, for me, if there is bed and toilet provided for me, I will appreciate it so much. The name of our hostel is Stonebridge Hostel. Good thing about this hostel was breakfast provided. So we won’t worry much about what and where breakfast we should look for. But the bad new was, it’s too far away from London city. It tooks us almost 40 minutes from hostel to reach London city.


5 of us inside the hostel

My first experience sleeping on double decker bed. Saw the bathroom attached behind?

Outside view of the hostel we stayed

Address: 16 Hillside, London, NW10 8 BN

Most of the places we visited on the day we reach London city was museum. Most of the museum in London is FOC. No entrance fees being charged.

1. Science Museum

This museum is located on South Kensington, London and is a major London tourist attraction. The Science Museum is made up of a number of galleries, for example:

Corliss Stream Engine, telling the stories of British Industrial Revolution

Apollo 10 Command Module

Lockheed 10A

2. National Museum

It’s just beside Science Museum. One thing I love about London is all the attraction places are nearby. However, we only able to sighted around for less than half hours coz they were about to close that time. In this museum, I able to feel the Japan’s earthquake. Scary leh?

3. Victoria & Albert Museum


4. Royal Albert Hall

I think most of you must heard of this building before as our own local sensation No.1 Singer in Malaysia, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza held her successful solo concert here. She is the first Asian pop singer to have a solo performance there. The Beatles and The Rolling Stone also ever performed at this building which recognised as one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, recognisable the world over.

5. Hyde Park

This is one of the place that I’m really love to visit once I saw the signboard. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

The person I’m really love to meet if her royal highness is still alive.

Another reason I love about UK is we can sleep and lay down in the park. Compare to Malaysia, I’m totally speechless

>Unseen meals from McDonalds..

Not the everyone’s loving frieds and coke but the burger. It is sweet chilli chicken burger.

Do you want to have a try on it?

But’s too bad.. This was in Sheffield. I really miss the taste of this delicious and fulfilled your stomach burger. It’s damn big that you might need someone to share with you.

The cost of McD meals could be consider cheap, if you don’t convert back to our Ringgit Malaysia. It only cost 3.25 pound per meal, comes with frieds and coke. And one more tips for my juniors and friends who will going there soon; please show your student card to the cashier to get a free ice-cream. Yup, I’m not kidding. Free ice-cream for students. How I wish Malaysia got this kind of services? It’s applicable in Sheffield and Wales. I’m forget whether this is applicable in London and Scotland.

McD burger comes with variety of burger each day per week. Monday, “Chicken & Bakon”. Tuesday, “Chicken Salad”. Wednesday “Spicy Veggie”. Thursday “Sweet Chilli Chicken”. You still can choose other burgers which you prefer but the choice of the day will be much cheaper. My favourite is “Sweet Chilli Chicken”. But if I recompare again, I will think Malaysia McD much better coz chilli sauce provided. In UK, no chilli sauce. They only provide tomato and BBQ sauce. Even some of McD franchise didn’t provide thouse sauce and if you request from the cashier, “20 pence please”. Holy gosh!

This friday, my friends and junior are flying to Sheffield soon. How times flies so fast without realise it? I really miss the time I had at Sheffield especially the weather. Gosh, somebody please stop me from saying the same thing over again and again.

By the way, I’m back with blog.

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…baby! 😛

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More stories will be post soon…

Our first ever backpack trip to London

Upclose with the A-list Hollywood stars

Red devil place where worldwide watcthing them

Oxford

One and only road trip in UK

Not forgeting the continous of Europe trip to Germany, Republic Czech, Amsterdam and lots more to come

So stay tune with me!

>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…



    • 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