Friday, March 10, 2017

Norway has gotta be the best country I've ever visited

5 months back from traveling and I'm still not over it, quite the period to have a post-holiday fever. But yea, i am the difficult type to move on.

I was going through my photos and it reminded me of how beautiful the journey to Odda was from Oslo. I've arrived in Oslo, Norway from Stockholm, Sweden. 6 days in the city was too long for me, so i booked a bus to go to Odda, Norway, which was 7 hours away, but boy, the journey was beautiful. Never had i regretted a moment there, in fact, i wish i could stayed longer.

I had small ambition to climb Mount Trolltunga (about 12 hours hike but with an amazing view), apparently the weather wasn't kind enough, and i wasn't prepared with a proper hiking attire. I took a walk around the town as i was contemplating on weather to buy proper hiking gear, at the same time , Norway was my second last country before i return home, and the 5th expensive country in Europe i was spending my money on, so, basically i wasn't as rich to be in a position to shop at that particular moment.

So I forgot about my small ambition and saved it for another day. I met with Sophie, my airbnb owner who is sweet, accommodating and thoughtful. Since I wasn't able to climb Mount Trolltunga, she took me for a short hike nearby called Lilletopp Tyssedal. We also brought her daughter and her neighbour along, they were really adorable.

The view back to Oslo from Odda was breathtaking, I will definitely come back, meantime, I'll just droll over all the photos and videos i have. Xx

Excited me when i was having a morning hike in Oslo

One of the waterfalls I fell in love with, watch movie to view better

Typical Nordic houses in Odda

Upon arriving the small town

Credit to Sophie for making me look fat

The first place i visit nearby the current hydroelectric power station

There are stunning views of the glacier and Sørfjorden from here. The breathtaking view of Sørfjorden and Folgefonna is an added bonus.

My favourite photo with a favourite smile

Adorable children drawing the nature

Selfie me, again

The "infamous" waterfall over the road, watch the video for better view

On my way home to Odda

Glacier under the sun

End of Summer, Spring is coming

My favourite shot
Check out the video here:-

Thursday, October 27, 2016

And you'll always mean something to me too.. <3

Friday, October 21, 2016

Switzerland 2016

I love Switzerland for it's efficiency, Switzerland has the best systems in terms of it's public transportation, it offers more than just old cities with churches and river, it has the best lakes, beautiful mountains, amazing waterfall and so many more nature that would definately make you calm & more relax. The Swiss are a little bit introvert though, (although off course i met some who weren't) but I was warned by Malenie on my first day in Switzerland. I won't iron out all my experience in Switzerland, I'll just give some do's and don'ts;

*Do not ever take a taxi in Switzerland, it's the most expensive place to do that. Taxi meter will start with CHF 8 and it runs by minutes not miles. Therefore, even if the taxi stops to give pedestrian way or for a red light, the meter will still be running. It can cost you about CHF 100-CHF 120 for 15 minutes ride. I don't know about you, but i could watch the Euro Cup Semi Finals with that amount of money.

*Do get a Swiss pass. You are able to hop on any train, tram, bus, boat, or any kind of public tansportation. It cost about CHF 363 for 8 days. You will also get half price for most of the mountain visit (and it saves a lot, for example Mount Titlis cost CHF 90, but i paid CHF 45 instead) and you will also get free entry to all museums.

*Do visit ALL places in Switzerland if possible. Switzerland is a small country, if you are spending 8-12 days there, don't spend it in cities like Zurich, Bern or Geneva. Go to Interlaken, Lausanc, Neuchatel, Solothurn and visit all the mountains there, it's breathtaking. Mount Titlis, Matterhorn, Jungfraujoch, Rigi and Pilatus is a must, there's where the largest summer toboggan run in Switzerland, it also has other activities like walking on the rope, free fall etc. (P/s: Lucerne and Lausane are different ok?)

*Do go to the Rhine falls, it's Europe's largest waterfall, you's love it.


Spent the whole day at mount Pilatus

One of the old school cable car to the top of the mountain

the view

The toboggan run

The river & old churches

The Rhine Falls

Mount Titlis

Monday, October 17, 2016

Run away with me..

I wish i could tell you how i feel and we can run away...
Far far away...
and just be together.
Just you and i.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Love-Hate Relationship

In my head I've murdered you a thousand times, but in my heart I care and worried about you all the time. 

See the thing about you is that you get me. You know my breakfast time, you know when i buy mineral water i have to transfer it to my water bottle, you look at the menu and you know exactly what i was about to order, you know my drinks and how many glasses i can take, you know i don't pay for trams and all those things you learn't about me without having me to expressly tell you. 

But the thing is, i get you too. I know you get upset when you pay for overpriced food, i know your favourite beer, i know when you get grumpy and/or depressed, i know you're afraid of heights and you wanna overcome that, i know you like showing off your accent when you're around hot girls, i know you're trying to stay healthy and lose some weight. I know when you need water, i know when you need your sun screen, i know you like swimming anywhere and anytime.

The thing i don't get it is why we are not treating each other right? Why are we on each other's throat? Do you think we are not treating each other right simply because we don't want to? 

I have to admit i enjoyed my time with you. The skinny dipping, the overnight busses waking up in a whole new city, the parties and exploring nightlife of different places, the sunset and beaches. It was fun while it lasted. But it's time to say goodbye.

I realized that I spent a whole year being obsessed with a guy who is not even my type. I'm done.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Howling at the moon -Milow

Where did the summer go?
I found it in Monaco, dancing in Mexico, sushi in Tokyo
I wanna be where you are, driving a classic car
Cuba is not so far, I can bring my guitar
Baby, are we there yet?
Meet me at the sunset
Summer will be over soon
I'll see you when you get there
But until we get there
We'll be howling at the moon
Where is de summertime?
Take me back to Hawaii, skyscrapers in Dubai, palaces in Versailles
So want you fight with me? Eat dinner in Sicily?
Be who you wanna be, right where you wanna be

*counting days till i see you*

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Germany 2016

Germany is huge, I keep coming back to discover more places and I've spent 15 more days than i usually do in average country. I, however feel Cologne is more like home to me. Thanks to Baity for the home made cook Malaysian dish almost everyday. (I said almost). Also, I have a favourite hang out spot in the evening while waiting for the sunset, overlooking the charming river & magnificent Dom, I'll sit at the big stairways at Rhine Boulevard chatting about life, gossips, boys and random things with my favourite girlfriend. The air and atmosphere seems to get me; and if I'm lucky, these youngsters will put on some hit songs as a background while we chill. (Most often than not is always hip hop or rap songs).

Anyway, that was Cologne. I then find myself in  Hamburg (after I tried to escape my lunatic airbnb host in Brussels to tried to make a move on me. He tried to kiss me multiple times and he lifted me up and litterally carried me to the room, until i pushed him away and firmly told him to stop, wth was he thinking? I was a guest, idiot... and he is married, so gross! The room hasn't had any lock, so i had to leave ASAP). Hamburg welcomed me with a gay pride parade festival. The whole day from morning to evening the roads were closed for the parade. Amazing people dressing up in costumes and dresses (even the guys) to express their support on LGBT, there's also sign saying 'some of us are muslims and queer, deal with it', gays and lesbians kissing each other so openly without the need to feel fear or embarassment. I obviously don't  condone to this idea, especially when two good looking guys literally made out in front of me in the train. I don't have anything against it, people choose whatever they wanna choose, there's entirely up to them... but the whole openly proud admitting they're gay is just so new to me. On the same day, they had a similar parade in Amsterdam where Adriaan sent me some photos and videos of the canal parade celebrating & supporting LGBT. Well, it's not my place to say, but i did some sight seeing in Hamburg the day after.

Frankfurt was my fourth stop in Germany, meet up with Thomas (who i first met in New York in June this year). We were both traveling solo and was just taking advantage to capture photos of each other. We then became friends and keep in touch via facebook. Thomas bought me lunch at a rooftop bar/restaurant that has the view of Frankfurt city center. The view is absolutely (goes without saying) Spectacular. He then brought me to a huge bookstore nearby to look at some map in Germany. That bookstore could probably be my favourite spot, but i spent more time at the park near the river in front of the Dom addictively reading 'The Single Games' by Lauren Weisberg, same author of Devils Wear Prada. Finished the book in 4 consecutive days. That's it, I'm buying all her books. The park was the same area Frankfurt had welcomed me with a fun fair. The rides were almost trying to murder people, so many antique and unique stuff sold there, i bought a wristband with Schweinsteiger's name on a Germany flag colour cater just for me. There's also all the delicious food i complaint about that had kissed my diet fat ass goodbye.

My next stop was Freiburg, the place everyone recommended me to go. I had a list of things I wanted to do (since everyone who recommended wasn't specific enough on what really their recommendations were). I shared my list with Thomas and some of the them he had experienced before when he was cycling around Freiburg. Some of the things include another Toboggan Run in Steinwasen Park, hiking up Feldberg from Seebuck, quick visit to lake Titisee, and witness the highest waterfall in Germany in Triberg. My days in Freiburg were obviously not enough, woke up every morning to chase these plan I had in my list (while 20 other things are begging to get in those list). I definitely had to come back.

Arrived in Cologne again just on time to do my laundry, and had a Malaysian home cooked food again. This time Baity and I went out for breakfast, and none of us took the house key with us. We practically made the best of our strandred out of house situation. Bought a book at the store and went to the park to do some reading, sleeping and chilling. Weather was wonderful and the whole day was well spent. We went to Lars place in the evening to crash his house (while waiting for Yohanes to send the key which will only arrive the next noon). Had fun watching the Germany semi-finals for the Olympic 2016. Waiting for Max Meyer to enter the national team above 21 years old so i could cheer for him (hopefully by then he will retain his position as the attacking midfielder and continue Schweinsteiger legacy). Speaking of Schweinsteiger, i got a whole bunch of presents with his picture and autographs on it. Thanking Lars & Susan for being the absolute best!

Gtg. Need to do some packing now, heading of to Lyon tomorrow. XO