Saturday, 2 November 2013
Hi again. I've been out of blogosphere for more than a year already. I was doubtful about blogging again; I mean who's really interested anyway?
I chose to "hibernate" because I don't really have the time to do it and I was looking for a job back then. I was removing all traces of myself from world wide web; just in case my potential employer decides to check me out! You can try to google my name (with double 'n') and find nothing about me.
So I've got a job now as a PR Associate and it's been over six months. Doing okay I guess, except during my appraisal, my bosses rated my English as 6 to 7 out of 10. Writing is very essential in PR industry so that's when I thought I should read and write more to improve what I'm lacking; hence I decided to revive my blog.
Life hasn't been really interesting to me since I'm in the 'workforce' phase. My typical daily routine: Get up -Work - Eat - Sleep. Once in a while, something interesting does pop up so I guess that's when this blog would comes in handy :)
Should I say stay tune? LOL
Friday, 20 July 2012
Warning: Very brief post!
So if you haven't already know, I only get a day off per week from work. And for the past weeks, my two precious day-off had been dedicated to my bunch of friends who were finally graduating from uni! Hurray!
First one up was Ming Foong =]
She's a crazy friend of mine who would sometimes asked me out to party but at the party, she'd totally neglect my existence (what a friend, right? -.- ). At times, she'd come to where I work to chill; sitting there like a boss! She even helped herself to getting water okay! She would stay for ages, eating and hands never off from her phone whilst talking to me. I've to say nice things about her since she made delicious soup for me the other day (thanks!)- so yes, she's still my nice little friend because I'm just that kind *whistle*
-No one could rock heels like she does!-
Meet the TINGs =]
Sherene / I / Ken
They have been my friendly neighbours for the past two years. We cooked, watched movies, hang out, travelled...well, mostly with Sherene (my cucu!). I only spent time with Ken at parties or during our few poker nights.
Bump into Sean =]
Last but not least, there's my roommate's:-
Congratulations Angela Cheah Pei Fern!
Ps. See how my eyes are getting smaller -___-
Angela has been like my sister since two years ago. As my roommie, she has turned to be the best listener to all kind of grudges I hold against everyone (I think its vice versa too, right?). She forced me to listen to her singing sometimes, she laughed out really loud, she grins 24/7.... she's forever hyper and enthusiastic. This is all going to end next week as she'll be going back to Malaysia. For good this time. Never coming back. Leaving me alone now =/ How now? =[
At her session, I bumped into another friend, Melvin with his girlfriend, Cyndy (whom I knew better):-
To finish the post off, here's a group picture:-
Cyndy / I / Suzie / Peggy / Angela / Sherene / Jedwind / Jason
I need my bed now! *Yawn*
Sunday, 1 July 2012
|My favourite: the disco ball! =]|
In the end, we managed to arrive safely at our hostel (and that's what matter!). We were told to quickly check-in and be ready for the free shots- which happens every night between 11pm-11.30pm for all hostel guests. Very tempting? Lol. So we did as we were told and once we're over with it, we had our first meal in Portugal, at McDonald's (no idea why and how but I'd always end up with McD wherever I go!)
Yes! Porto's staffs were welcoming and funny. They were always making jokes and made us believed what they said were true. We felt for it several times and can't help but felt a little idiotic to be honest -.- Breakfast was simple and it's just what we'll need for the morning kick- cereals, milks, toasts, yoghurt, and the likes.
|With Pedro- our informative & lovely tour guide|
From our hostel, we headed to Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) at Avenida dos Aliados which was the meeting point with others joining the tour.
Porto's town hall is located along the square but I didn't manage to capture a good picture of these two together because a book fair was being set up at the square, blocking the perfect view =[
After a long wait for others to arrive, a group picture was taken before the tour started:-
|Try to spot me!|
|Famous for its azulejo(s)- blue tiles|
From the train station, we were introduced to the oh-so-important Henry the Navigator, a prominent figure in the history of Portugal. He's been mentioned various times by Pedro and we even visited his monument (huge one) in Lisbon. And psst: without him, Alfonso de Albuquerque wouldn't be in our Sejarah textbook kthx.
|Dom Luís Bridge & Funicular dos Guindais|
|Excited over our first steep path while not knowing what the next few hours had for us lol|
Hilly path ahead...
and further ahead....
further FURTHER ahead...
and practically the whole of Porto!
Whoa, seriously! The walking paths in Porto could burn hell lot of calories off me! It's very exhausting okay!
From time to time, Pedro would stopped us at locations that weren't in my itinerary (and it's places which I didn't find while researching about Porto). Some were amazing/ noteworthy and some were just worth knowing once and that's all. I don't have to be blogging about every single one now, do I? Lol
The part I like the most about this walking tour is the various viewing points that Pedro brought us to. Many scenery photos scattered around this post overlooking the Douro River were taken at few of Porto's hidden gems such as Miradouro da Vitória (that's the only name I managed to get kekekekekeke).
|Igreja de Santa Clara|
When we're done with lots of photo-taking, we headed to the river side; to a UNESCO's World Heritage site:- Praça da Ribeira (Ribeira Square)
From the square, once can have a nice picture of the Dom Luis Bridge (above) =]
A little later, Pedro talked about the famous Pasteis de Belem (Portugese tart) and since the oh-so-famous and the best one is in Lisbon (and ahem it's in our itinerary), Pedro brought us to a local cafe which he said to serve delicious tarts too.
And it was a little disappointing to eat and think that that's how Pasteis de Belem would taste like =/
|View from Miradouro da Vitória|
Sadly, photograh isn't allowed in the bookshop. The interior reminds me of Titanic, with a huge classy staircase in the middle... very Victorian-like I'd say.
At the end of the tour, we tipped Pedro for his well-deserved guide around Porto. By then it's lunch time and we hunt down the best place for Francesinha (Portugese Sandwich)!
Our tour guide and hostel's staffs had all recommended Santiago (located at Rua Passos Manuel 226) for francesinhas. There's two "Santiago" on the same block. One just "Santiago" and the other is "Cafe Santiago". When we asked the waiter about it, he was replying in Portugese but his body language- putting two index fingers together (side by side) kinda indicate that they are indeed the same?
|The "traditional" way to eat it is with lots of french fries!|
Believe me when I said the portion is really big and filling! It is no ordinary sandwich. We counted that the sandwich is made out of ten different layers! TEN!
- Pork (chop)
|That's me with my francesinha and I.FINISHED.IT|
|Stopping to send off postcards to myself (Been doing this for a while wherever I go)|
|Passing by the shopping street of Porto- Rua de Santa Catarina|
We stopped at Mercado do Bolhao Market. The information I found online pretty much described the market as lively and interesting but when we arrived, it's.very.dead. Many stalls were closed and apart from people who're looking after their stalls, there wasn't any shoppers other than us =/ Perhaps the place is only busy in the morning?
|Mercado do Bolhao Market|
Even though we had just finished our lunch, our next destination was to find where our dinner would be. Yes, we booked our dinner way ahead (back in Manchester) and we're afraid that we're going to be lost than late =/ It's a relieved when we found it (and you'll see it at the end of this post) =]
Halfway through my "meditation", our tram came and pick us up lololololol
|Riding on the old-school tram and being a little vain over here ;]|
|LOL! Like primary school students!|
|Views from our tram ride|
Next stop: Porto Cathedral (Entrance fee: €2 with student card)
We arrived close to closing time so we hurriedly wondered around the cathedral:-
|View from the cathedral's compound- with Clerigos Tower (highest building) in the background|
Sorry but I'm running out of things to say (and I'm very sleepy too!) so pictures will do self-explanatory =]
|Passing by Santa de Ildefonso (nearby Rua de Santa Catarina) while heading to our dinner.|
Again, covered with azulejos!
And we arrived at our final destination of the day (still with at least a three-quarter-full tummy):-
We even had a must-have Vinho Verde (green wine) at the cafe. Overall, the food were okay (and I wouldn't say it's very good either) and we're probably just paying for the amazing interior and services =]
That's all for first day. We came back to Porto on our last day to catch our flight back home to Manchester and before that, to visit a port wine. I'll come back to that next time. Time to sleep now. Night =]