14 July 2012

Solo Adventure: Part 10 - City of London

It's my last day in Birm at Ernie's. Moving to London city where I stayed for a week before going back to Malaysia. 

As I have 'mastered' the technique (teknik sangat) to use this machine...maka harus tunjuk taring tembirang di situ. Successfully bought the ticket to Victoria Station. I decided to take the 10a coach. Boleh getek lebih di London kalau sampai awal kan.
Seperti dicanang before, the bus departed from Birm on time! Sangat efficient, sekian.

I slept all the way to London. Macam penat betul dengan aktiviti the day before kan. Alkisah aku penat perah otak packing barang. Penat gulung2 baju bajan etc.
Arrived London Victoria at noon. Terus masuk arrival hall & aktiviti mendongak mencari signboard bermula. Alhamdulillah sepanjang di sana I have no problem reading the signs. Janji kau tau mana arah tujuan...and ikut arrow sign.
As for me apart from the signs, sometimes aku suka ikut orang. Paling penting kau kena condifent confident. 

Aku ni punyalah ingat Victoria Underground Station tu mcm Masjid Jamek Station. Once arrived...terkejut! Grand station it is. Macam mall pun ada juga rupa dia ah. 
Few days di sana, I got used to the scenery of people dragging their luggages. 
I looked for the sign to the underground station (big yellow arrow aku yang buat, arraso). Make sure u know ur destination! Always jot down every important points. Don't get mix up with the station's name. Contoh: Jangan hanya tahu initial Victoria Station jak. Kau kena tau it's either the underground or coach station. Unless kau familiar habis sama ni tempat, sila abaikan reminder aku. 
Bought the Oyster Card at the machine. Action habis kan ndak mau queue panjang di kaunter. I paid £10 for this; in which £5 is for the deposit balance. I did some reading about the Oyster Card & Travelcard before coming over. Made necessary comparisons between them & finally made up my mind to purhase OC. 
 I enjoyed taking pictures of the signboards...senang nanti kalau agak sesat boleh buat reference.

Kings Cross ni kira macam hub. It is a connecting station to all the underground lines. Pastu St Pancras International Station pun sebelah building jak, memang purposely chose the hostel which is only 10mins walking distance. Esok pagi kena bertolak awal to catch my 0545a Eurostar train to Gare Du Nord.
With my OC, I can also travel using the bus. Sebab gue udah capek, beg tiba2 super berat...maka naik double decker was of great choice. The bus stopped right in front the stairs to the hostel's main entrance. Gila super ndak rugi pilih hostel ni. Oh by the way, I stayed at Clink 78.
Promised to meet up with a friend who is currently living in London. And because I arrived 2 hours early from the check-in time, I left my luggages in the luggage room available at the hostel. Yeah, gue stay hostel jak. Murah! Kan budget traveler therefore kenalah bijak menabur mengatur belanja. 
Avie; my friend arrived at the hostel few minutes after I was done arranging my stuffs in the luggage room. And off we go to the City of London. Aku ndak plan apapun for that day because I left everything to her to decide. Aku berlagak ala tourist lah kunun kan.
Westminster Abbey!! Sangat admire sama building di sana. Very well taken care of...ukiran lagi sangat intricate. Fuh!!
Unpredictable London weather. I wore a jacket takut beku sebab sejuk. Suddenly sun goes out & the cold wind is gone. Adalah a bit chilly tapi masih boleh survived with just cardigan.
Pelawat toilet tegar macam aku memang rasa dunia aku yang punya bila nampak sign for restroom. Serius wei susah gila kot cari public toilet di sana. Most of the times kalau rasa mau terkucil, I just hold it until I reach the hostel. Batu karang ndak lama ni tau.
Trafalgar Square. Gary oppa of Running Man went here early this year as he won the Running Man Superpower Specials episode. And that made me wanna set my foot there as well. Seriously, the reason why I was excited about the square is because of him. Ntah lah kenapa pelik begini.
At Massala Restaurant. Memang masalah habis mau cari. Lunch-cum-dinner finally. After pusing2 jalan2...not to forget part kami sesat cari tempat makan alhamdulillah akhirnya dapat duduk. Look cosy tapi harga memang berpatutan. Thanks to google! Walau before tu hampir give up sebab semua suggested makan place that we went to...it's either closed or not operating anymore. Yet, bravo to us. Skill baca map google sangat reliable.
Marvelous meal was on Avie! Terharu kena belanja by a person whom I met for the first time. Before ni chat di facebook jak. Never thought we will meet for real. 
Avie, danke für die Mahlzeit. Also for showing me around the city! Angin bingai datang, because she could speak German so aku pun trip lah kan. Gomawo googletranslate. Ngek kantoi. Perut kenyang meant I'm all recharged! Boleh jalan senang hati. 
Piccadilly Circus. Before ni tengok gambar di web or album orang, can't believe aku di sana sudah. Di tengah kerumunan orang yang ramai. Syukran Ya Rabb!
Naik kereta ni balik Sabah...nothing is impossible right. 

We went to Oxford Street & did some retail therapy. Ndak boleh shopping berabis sebab tujuan hanya untuk cuci mata. Souvenirs & gifts are allowed but not excessively. Last stop was at Primark. Ni semua sebab racun Madu2 aku suruh at least stop by at the store. Nasib kan ndak melambung duit ditabur.

Kami berpisah dalam tube. As it was already getting dark, kaki aku pun sudah bengkak gajah...and I also need to repack my things for the next day journey jadi haruslah sedar diri. Before balik hostel, singgah beli top up & tidbits. 
Ehem, sangat kagum kot with the self service checkouts. Scan barcode barang kau beli & insert the payment. All by urself. Ndak payah kot mau ada cashier segala. Macam ATM cash deposit machine...minus the barcode scanner & change slot lah.
My dinner was the nasi lemak Ernie packed for me early that morning. Ndak bangas even berjam dalam tapau...thanks to the low temperature in London. Ahaks. 

Malam tu tidur nyenyak gila sebab penat paling maksimum. Totally worn out. Set alarm awal as I have to leave early esoknya. Gila bingai kalau ada hati mau tertinggal train kan.

p/s Too many pictures in this entry, sorry for that. There's just too many pictures I go insane(??) everytime I have to choose which to post here.

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Ernie Khairina said...

kasi masuk saja bah semua..lagi siok.

N.Aima K said...

ok neeeexxxxtttt

BibiErr Karim said...

@Ernie: Punya main sedih kalau kasi masuk suma. Haha. Too many! Ko tau la sy, yg xda2 pn sy gmbr.

@Aima: Next knun pnya panjang sna. Aku dpt update entri ni guna laptop kwn aku kebetulan dia dtg ruma. Sandii kan gaya.

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