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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]
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In case you miss out my Monaco Part 1 post, then click here for more info and understanding.

Cont: We visited Monte Carlo, which is one of Europe’s leading tourist resort. It is one of the four areas of Monaco, is the principal residential and resort area. At here, we catch a glimpse on a few, ok, not a few but lots of luxury cars. Frankly to tell you, really a lots lots lots of luxury and expensive cars during our tour to Monte Carlo.

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If you are fans or love to watch the fastest circuit-racing car, you will know that Monaco is also one the street circuits where Formula One Monaco Grand Pix will be host annually.

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This is the Ferrari car I saw at Monaco. Brrooommm, broooomm……. Smart and elegant car by the way.

Now is time for me to test you:
If Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, then which country is the SMALLEST country in the world?

That’s is my second and final part of Monaco. Do follow me for my next destination. razz

>From Tokyo to Monaco, and now I am taking you all the way to Taipei.

Today is the grand closing day of the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition. It opened on 6th November 2010 and run until today, which is their final day. This is Taiwan horticultural industry’s first time performing as the lead on the world stage.

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2010 X’mas Trip to Taiwan

Although I don’t fancy flowers except for lily, but this exhibition really impressed me. It was fairly interesting and worth seeing with lot of flowers on display over the vast area of Taipei that the Flora Expo covers. Unfortunate for me was visit this exhibition for less than 2 hours is totally not-so-awesome as there are many things to see and worst case ever was crowded all over the area. cry

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The famous pineapple soft cakes. Bought 5 boxes because it is taste delicious.

That is my short post of today. I will post more after done with the Japan and Monaco entry.

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Short Note: This is my 2008 Europe trip, which happens almost 3 years ago. Please bear with me and hope you like it. Thank you for reading it.

Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco is the second smallest country in the world. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea along the French Riviera, which is the southern coast of France. Monaco is 18 kilometers east of the French city of Nice and near the border with Italy. (OK! A little brief of geography to understand where is the location of Monaco)

The name “Monaco” means “of the old town” which was derived from the ancient Greek Monoikos and it is usually associated with Hercules, the mythical hero.

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Port of Hercules, La Condamine – Well known for its distinctive wide harbour and moored expensive yachts.

French is Monaco’s official language but not too worry, as English are also widely spoken and understood. Along our way to the casino, we came across a cathedral by the name of “Saint Nicholas Cathedral“. This church is well-known where the wedding of the late Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly who was American actress married to Prince of Monaco was held there.

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Saint Nicholas Cathedral

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Monaco famous for its casino, one of Monaco’s main sources of income. This is also the place of wealthy people lived where there is no tax being levied on them. According to my tour guide, to become Monaco residents, all you have to do is you need to pay 1 million Euro as deposits and this is non-refundable. Gosh!!! 1 million Euro is equal to RM5 million. They are really rich and wealthy people over here. The funny fact of Monaco is Monaco’s own citizen are not allowed to gamble in the casino. Luckily our Malaysia government doesn’t implement any rules that Malaysian citizen are not allowed to gambling in Genting Highland.

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Monte Carlo Casino, one of most notable buildings in Monaco.

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Out of most of the Casino, this is the only Casino we afford to enter as it doesn’t require any entrance fee.

So, now you know that although Monaco is the second smallest country but never thought it is occupied with lots of rich and wealthy people. In my upcoming post, I will post what we saw the most during our visit in Monte Carlo, Monaco. So, please stay tune.

[Credits to Vincent, Nicole and Felicia for the photos. I brought a lousy camera to UK that time. Too bad :(]

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Harajuku, Harajuku“, we just love the sweet annoucer from the train commuter once we reached Harajuku Station. This is our second spot on our second day in Tokyo after visiting Tsukiji Fish Market (click here).

Harajuku is Japan famous shopping district, renowned for its unique street fashion. If you are fans of Gwen Stefani, the lead vocalist for the rock band, No Doubt or you ever watch her music video, there is no doubt that she is Harajuku lovers where she performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers which known as the Harajuku Girls dancers.

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Takeshita Dori

The focus point of Harajuku is Takeshita Dori (Takashita Street), which it’s just opposite of the Harajuku station. Takeshita Dori is a narrow pedestrian, roughly 400 meter long street lined by many fashion boutiques, trendy shops, crepe stands and fast food outlets targeting the Tokyo’s young and fashionable teenagers.

According to the research, Takeshita Dori is the symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of today many Japan’s fashion trend and culture. Definitely, this is one of the well worth visiting spot for a tourist like us. Indeed, Nicole and I went for second times on the next day. razz

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Hey wait! I spot my own shop in Japan! Never thought I owned fashion boutique in Japan. Not bad ooo..

Besides the trendy shops and fashion boutique, you can find lots of crepe stands along the narrow street.

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Crepe with chocolate ice-cream and banana. Cost 350 yen

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Nicole and the shop staff. They are so nice and friendly.

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Spot the differences of the first pic and this one?

Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 up to 20:00.

How to get there:
JR Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

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What do you feel when you saw this?
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Are your saliva drooling now when seeing a bowl stuffed with fresh and huge sashimi, sea urchin, shrimp and more?

If you are looking for fresh raw seafoods such as sashimi and salmon in Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market is the place to be on your top list. Tsukiji Fish Market is best known as one of the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Its also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind including fruits, vegetables, meat and even flowers.
What caused Tsukiji well known as major attractions is the tuna auction. Due to the number of visitors have increased significantly over recent years and caused a problem to the course of business, the numbers of visitors to the tuna auction is restricted to 140 per day. The auction start at 5:00 am and ends at 6:15am.

However, Nicole and I unable to witness the most exciting and unique auction because we were lost during our way to there from train staion. Imagine that both of us woke up as early as 3:30 am Malaysia time (Japan time is 4:30 am) but at the end, we were still late for that.

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Besides the tuna auction, this is also the place for you to enjoy the amazing and incredibly freshest seafood for breakfast or lunch in Tokyo.

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The place is so crowded and jam packed even the time is damn so early.

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Varieties of menu to choose from

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Nicole and I decided to choose this for our breakfast.

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OMG! Can you believe that the restaurant we picked the space is so limited and tiny and some more can only accomodate like 10 customers.

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But nothing much more to complain when the foods were served right in front of us.

Honestly to say it kind of waste for me for don’t know how to enjoy the foods because I’m not really into raw foods. cry
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A few general rules for visiting Tsukiji Market

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Study the map first before going to the market so you won’t get lost

Once ever said, “UK trip won’t complete without visiting Manchester Studio” and “Tokyo vacation would be incomplete without memorable and unique visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market“.

How to get there:
Tsukiji Fish Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line. Alternatively, it can be reached in five minute walk from Tsukigi Station of the Hibiya Subway Line. The closest JR station is Shimbashi, from where you calk to the market in about 15 minutes. (Don’t ever ask which station we took because it still a miserable to me sad)

UPDATE: Unfortunate following the 11 March 2011 earthquake, the tuna auction has been closed to tourists. No date for re-opening has been announced.

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Akihabara Electronics District is a major shopping area selling every tehcnological gadget including computers, cell phones, camera and even any shot of old and new video games.

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Tiny and small shops along narrow alleys line selling hundreds of electronics components.

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In Malaysia, Bravia is a Sony brand used to market its high-definition LCD televisions, projection TVs and front projectors. But in Japanese market, Bravia is their mobile phones.

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I noticed that most of the Japanese used this type of mobile phone instead of iPhone. Seriously…

Besides its a center for electronic devices, this area is is also known as the “Gamer’s Mecca”. Akihabara has a great number of specialty hobbyist stores, ranging from anime, manga and collectible otaku goods.

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Akihabara is also perhaps the last stronghold in the world for classic arcade gaming.

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According to research, Akihabara even famed for maid cafe – a typical cosplay themed restaurant where waitresses dressed as French maids serve the guests which they called as master with tea and cakes.

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Kawaii gal dressed up in maid costume to promote their cafe.

So many things to see and sights in Akihabara. But too bad, Nicole and I didn’t spend much time here. confused

How to get there:
Akihabara Station is a busy station served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Lline, JR Sobu Line, the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line.


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