Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Countdown At London Eye

My third time enjoying this and the crowd is growing year on year, the past countdowns were to welcome in 2004 (I found embarassing videos) and 2005 if I am not mistaken.

I felt as if I just attended the countdown in Hamburg yesterday or even waiting at Taman Titiwangsa for my first Hot Air Balloon ride before it got cancelled due to bad weather (thanks got we got our ride, sorry Angie and JS if you are reading this!)

Here are the crowds building up towards the event. It was absolutely packed during the countdown.


The countdown was by the river thames and the Shell building next to the London Eye acted as a screen where digital numbers appear to start the countdown at from 60 seconds to midnight. The fireworks display was nothing short of amazing. Here is a video of the event as shown to the world by BBC.

It was quite magical in London when it started snowing a bit after the countdown.

Here is crowd control for you! Green Park station jam packed!


We walked all the way from the river banks to the station to head back to Earls Court where our Hotel was.

Will attend the London New Year Parade in a couple of hours. Can't wait!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We Will Rock You

Boxing day in London and after a busy day of shopping, what a way to end the evening by watching one of the many theatre shows available. For this evening, we have selected Queen's We Will Rock You!

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Don't expect too much from the plot but if you like sing a longs, this is a good show. It tells the tale of a lad named Galileo during an age in the future whereby Music via instruments was banned and all that is available are electronically produced tracks controlled by a giant corporation headed by Killer Queen. Galileo had the gift of singing old tunes (a majority of Queen tracks) which made him a target. Join Galileo in his adventures combined with Queen's greatest hits on one of the longest running shows in London's West End. More information is available at their official website.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Ripleys Believe It Or Not

Christmas day in London and nowhere to go as most stores and attractions are shut. Well, thank god that one tourist attraction in the middle of London City that is open. It is Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in Piccadilly. It is funny that I am visiting the one in London when there is one back home in Malaysia (One World Plaza in Genting Highlands if you are wondering where!!)

Here are some of the exhibits on display.


One quick fact I got from this is that Ripley's has a love for oriental stuff that he had a Chinese girlfriend at one time! And a huge sum of the display are from the far east.

It was indeed a fun day but I would probably not return here again as I think it is quite expensive. There is currently a 2 for 1 promotion if you travel by train which is available at For more information about Ripley's and ticket prices, please visit the official website.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Winter Wonderland 2009

Hyde Park is lighted up at night this year with a large Christmas Fair and Market.

The German Christmas market rivals the ones that I have blogged about in Berlin and also Hamburg. However, the prices are slightly more expensive but you could expect Gluhwein (Mulled Wine) and German Sausages. The fair also featured some rides that I have seem in Hamburg's Dom. I wonder whether it was the same one that travelled all the way or could it just be another set?


It is a must visit for the festive season!

If you haven't had a chance to visit, better hurry as it won't last any longer as it ends on 3rd January! More information is available at their official website!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bicester Village

A designer gathering of outlet stores that usually would not be my cup of tea but I indeed enjoyed my day trip there! There were designer goods from past seasons and collections with massive discounts. As I am not that brand concious (well to a certain extend I have to admit), the trip was more of an eye opener than anything else. To view the stores that are available, it is best to visit their official website.

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You can reach here by train from London Marylebone and the station to look out for is Bicester North. There are frequent Taxi/Bus transfers between the station to the Village. Remember to purchase it as an add on to your train tickets to save time when you reach Bicester North

Shopping is now more of a bargain with the weak currency that gives us the advantage. I would highly recommend people to visit here to get their dose of designer brands without breaking the bank! We were also told by one of the sales person that items goes up to 80% discount on boxing day but unfortunately we were not planning to return but good to be noted by fellow shoppers!

If you are a true bargain hunter like me and would like a value for money lunch, there is a large Tesco nearby whereby you can buy your lunch!

Remember to ask for your Global VAT refund if you are here for holidays as it can turn out to be additional savings.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Christmas Party

My first UK Company Christmas Party! I missed the last two due to different reasons. The theme of the event was Hollywood Glamour if you could remember the invite I blogged about previously. It was optional to appear in fancy dress whereby the lot below were much less adventurous.


With some of the more elaborate costumes of the night. Trevor dressing up as a character from Clockwork Orange which happened to be filmed in Aylesbury and of course Tony as Shrek!


All and all, it was a blast and enjoyable evening! Am now ready to usher in 2010!

Btw, There are tons of pictures of the event floating around on facebook. If you have access to my facebook account, you will have the chance to catch some of the action!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Secret Santa Gift

We gathered anxiously upstairs of the office near the break out area awaiting our gifts. The GM were singing tunes while passing us our presents and guess what did I get? A microphone as below. The budget of the gift was GBP 5.00 each and it was very thoughtful of the person since I worked in IT. Now I can use this for my voice over recordings for my sites. Should come in handy.

Secret Santa

It is the company christmas party tomorrow and I can't wait. Will be dressing up as a Chinatown Mafia (Actually, a poor excuse for a costume) ; )

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wine Tasting At Vinopolis

Two Beers, Nine Wines and Two Gins was what we had at Vinopolis! It was great to be back at Vinopolis after being here during my University days for the LEAP Awards.

Here are some pics of the experience!


The day started with a session on how to taste wine! The speaker talked us through the senses to be applied while tasting wine. After the session, you are free to roam around and venture into tasting rooms whereby the wines are displayed along with the price tag and flag from where it is from. Like anyone who is clueless about wine, I aimed for those with a higher price tag but soon learnt that is a flawed way to select wine. You are also provided a notebook to scribble down the wines you have tasted.

There are several wine tours available at Vinopolis which gives you a variations of drinks to taste which includes Champagne and Whisky.

The experience is available as a 2 for 1 if you travel by train to London. Further information about the venue is available at their official website.

It is a great day spent and it can get busier after work hours so it is best to visit during midday to avoid the crowd.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sunday Morning

Another Sunday morning and I am busy doing tweaks on my websites and blog. My blog is still have several bugs looming around such as the fotobook (facebook gallery plugin) is not working and also some links and pictures appear to be broken.

Will spend a couple of hours to sort that out.

I also managed to download pictures from my camera and it contains pictures from Hartwell House which was when I arrive in Aylesbury that I will look into sharing on my blog shortly. Heaps of content to back post.

Well, enjoy the rest of your weekend then! Till my next post. Take care!


Friday, December 04, 2009

I Got An Oscar


Look what took me by surprise on the desk in the office on Friday morning. A copy of the Oscar (this one has a Man-Gina! and akwardly holding a cup trophy) with my invitation to this year's Office Christmas Party. I customized mine to say "Best Employee" and Trevor went a step further by placing "Lifetime Achievement Award". Nice start to the day and I am looking forward to my first Aylesbury office christmas party! There a fancy dress element to the event which I am struggling to find a costume for. Don't want to spend too much money on it. Ideas anyone?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Freesourcing And Business Start Up

So, there I was over the pass day and half at Kensington Olympia. It was indeed a crowded event and I am glad that I stayed over in London last night to arrive early today.

I was fortunate to meet Jonathan Yates, the author of Freesourcing and got him to sign a copy! Luckily I did that because his session at later the day was jam packed and I couldn't get entry. (Jonathan, its proof of your upcoming following). Freesourcing challenges the norm by stating that you could start your business with what you already have in hand. Will review his book when I am done reading it.

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As there were back to back seminars all day, I tried to attend every main session where possible. It was worthwhile as I got an abundance of new ideas and inspiration to apply at work and also personal endeavours. Some of the key speakers where from BBC's Dragons Den (Concept adopted from Japan!!!). They were Doug Richardson from season 1 & 2 and the new Dragon Julie Meyer from the online version of the series. I did not manage to see Richard Farleigh as it was overcrowded which demonstrates how popular he is. There were other good speakers such as Richard Branson's ex right hand man, Brad Rosser.

Tons of booth filled with heaps of other products and services were also present. If you have the funding, you could outsource and co-source most of your back end work but the challenge is to get the right balance. I had a browse around and nothing in particular attracted me but it is worth saying that a handful were internet based services and businesses. This shows that the internet is still growing.

Last but not least, I spent GBP 40 on books which was worth while as it appears to be cheaper than Amazon. Since the event was free entry, it was like a trade off. In the picture you can see my event ticket and my band which is proof that you have entry and also the stack of books I got.

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Will be my winter reading list!

Can't wait until next years Business Start Up! Till my next post! Take care!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Business Start Up 2009

There's where I will be in the next 2 days. I can't wait to attend London's biggest business show "Business Start Up". Tickets are free and there are several free talks that I would be participating in.

If you are familiar with BBC's Dragons Den, a handful of dragons will be giving talks there which I am looking forward to. Hopefully I will be able to get some additional inspiration for my upcoming personal projects and also work!

Will update everyone on my time there and also share any pics that I may have.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Lights At Oxford Street

The time of the year is nearing. I spent the day in the London office before heading to a Temple near to Oxford Street. Surprised to hear that? Well, I have been dropping by here since 2004 when I came to study in London. They do all the celebrations including Wesak.

Well, back to the lights at Oxford Street. This year's themed was based on the Walt Disney's A Christmas Carol movie. (sorry for the blurry picture at the bottom, taken from a shivering hand in the cold using a blackberry) There seems to be an animated theme going on as the previous years included Ice Age and The Incredibles.

London Christmas Lights

Talking about the movie, have you seen the poster? It freaks the hell out of me.


Although the animators have spent hours perfecting every single wrinkle on the Jim Carrey voiced character, I wouldn't even give the poster a second look. How do you expect kids to watch such things. I bet there would be kids haunted by this image of an old man in pyjamas for the rest of their lives. Well, probably not as bad but the image of the Mr Scrouge is stuck in my head right now. Here is the trailer with Mr Scrouge and his glorious wrinkles...

While I was in the city, I managed to get my haircut as well in Chinatown. My head feels instantly lighter. Probably shed half a ton just like that. Managed to speak hokkien (Chinese Dialect) to her as she is from a neighbouring state, Kedah in Malaysia. She told me she has been in the UK since 1998 after graduating high school. I told her I have only been here 2 months to cut the conversation on my end short.

Well, it will be just around two more weeks before Song Yia drops by Aylesbury and I can't wait. Should have more pictures and interesting posts by then.

Till next time, take care!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aylesbury Christmas Lights

Aylesbury Vale - A Great Place To Grow... In case you can't read the lights in the background.

Christmas Lights

Was in town center today thanks to Angie Li for informing me about the event. She has made a joint blog post as well.

As part of my on going initiative of integrating with the local community, I decided to be an active supporter of such occassions. Wandered into the town square where a stage has been setup with a band singing "Ladies Night" and a there was quite an impressive gathering. Never thought the town would ever be this crowded.

Had dinner at a local pub and missed the turning on of the lights but it went on so discreetly that we hardly even noticed. Witnessed a brawl on the streets and in typical Malaysian behaviour, tried to take a peek but gave up after having restricted view from the pub window.

Was 9.30 p.m. when I decided to leave and all the stalls were gone. The stage was being taken apart but I thought the party just started! Well, I was later informed by a colleague that the event was a family event (more for kids though!)

It was certainly a nice evening out after a stressful week!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lady Gaga Bad Romance

Been addicted to this track thanks to Song Yia. It seems this is probably Lady Gaga at her best!

Fit for royalty! Enjoy what's left of the weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Launched!

Been busy lately with website developments. Just uploaded and customized it over the weekend. It has over 3,400 flash games to keep you busy. It can go viral as well as you may add games that you like to your website.

Came across this game which was damn funny. Have fun!

I got this game from!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Bonfire Night Aylesbury

Finally participated in a local event at the Rugby Club organized by Mix 96 which is the local radio station. The ticket cost only £5 to worship fire and also watch a magnificent fire display! Here is a pic of the bonfire courtesy of my BlackBerry.

Bonfire Fire Burning.... Fire Burning....

Guy Fawkes Night is an annual celebration on the evening of 5 November (in this case, the nearest Saturday night). It marks the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliament, in London, capital of England.

Besides witnessing an amazing fireworks display, there was also a small fair with game stalls and rides..

This is a first step from me intergrating into the local community, more posts of local events to follow!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Nite In Dublin

Finally got my internet connection a couple of days ago and I am on the road again. This time I am in the lovely Ireland capital, Dublin. It was an early day for me today but well worth it. Flew on Aer Lingus for the first time and was lucky to not have an companions on each sides of my seat. So I have the entire row of three seats to myself.

Back in the UK, I have managed to settle in well in my new "home away from home". (You get what I mean!) in Aylesbury. The weather is getting much colder now but I think I could survive the winter this year. Am not a big fan of dark, wet and cold days but think I could brave it all.

Have been pretty ambitious with what I intend to achieve during my time here and believe I am making much progress. Will be tougher days ahead but can't wait for the results of my learnings.

Oh well, just decided I should blog a bit while I had a spare minute. Will be off to bed shortly I guess. So, that's all for now. Till my next post, take care.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Benefits Of Not Having Internet Access

If someone measures the time I am online, it would be nothing short of amazing. After paying for internet access on Saturday and also getting complimentary access in the place I am staying now, I have been feeling tired. This must be due to me spending too much time in front of the Laptop and my eyes getting dry. I think everything in moderation if fine. Well, need more discipline. Am heading off to work and will need to trace my steps to the office. Speak soon!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Apple Store Milton Keynes

Finally free internet access here! Just a note to mention that I have settled in ok and am nearing finding my apartment. Will update the next time I get access. Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Feeling Blessed

Here I am once again in almost a familiar place and ready to board a plane. I am not truly leaving a jet setter life but it is indeed something that I have no problems getting used to.

I woke up extremely early this morning due to a strong sense of content and being blessed. It is not often that I have a surge of emotion such as this. Probably it is due to me getting ready to head to the UK for yet another exciting chapter of my life in a small town called Aylesbury.

I am thankful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me and there is truth to the saying as soon as one door closes another one opens. I am also grateful to my loved ones for being able to cope with me not being around often or for long. Your strength is my inspiration. With the world getting closer everyday, I am always just a flight away.

I will not be having proper internet connection in the upcoming weeks other than in the office whereby I will be tied up with work which I am excited about. I like to make things happen! Busy days will make time go by faster and before you know it, it will be time for me to return to Malaysia for Chinese New Year. (roughly 5 months away)

Without proper internet is probably a blessing as I can catch up on my reading and also other activities. I am thinking of dropping by London or Milton Keynes during the weekend in addition to visiting the town center of Aylesbury. Will be very stupid to limit myself to the four walls of the hotel room.

Well, that sums up the thoughts that filled my head during the journey in the cab to the airport. As a parting word, do remember to count your blessings.

Till my next post, take care!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This Made My Day

This picture really made my day when it ended up in my inbox.

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Seems like I have abandone my blog in the recent months. It is because of I am tied up with other personal side projects. Well, I guess I need to pick up the habit again of blogging about everything underneath the sky. Will start to share the books I have read, places I have been and etc.

Till my next post, take care!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Last Weekend In Hamburg

Today is the last weekend in Hamburg before I head home to lovely Malaysia. It have been an exciting time of my life in a city I grew to love. I will cherish the experience I gathered here so much and am looking forward to the next adventure wherever that may be.

I will be out all weekend to enjoy Hamburg in all its glory! The stay here allowed me to travel and see Europe more than I ever did. I have shared some of those trips with you through this blog.

I still have tons of back posts to catch up on and am also in the process of redesigning the blog. Hopefully, I can have a whole weekend to catch up on that sometime in the near future.

Till then. "Auf Wiedersehen"

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It Begins Now

I have finally started clearing my back log and there is of course more to come.

Since my last post, I have been to Zurich, Basel, Bern, Venice and Pisa. Loads of travelling hey!

Well, it was deliberately done and I might be revisiting Rome and the UK before I head back home to Malaysia in July.

Do stay tune for more pics and posts of my travel!


Sunday, June 07, 2009


Always wanted to visit this place since I was young. The cartoons I watched somehow keeps featuring it. More text to follow!

View On TopView From The Top Of The Leaning Tower

The Leaning TowerThe Leaning Tower

Bell On Top Of The TowerOne Of The Bells On Top Of The Tower

Saturday, June 06, 2009


A fairytale city I would say. Here are some pictures before I add in the text!

Paper Mache Masks
The Masks We Bought

St Marco Square FloodedSt Marco Square Flooded


Bell Tower
Bell Tower

St Marco BasilicaSt Marco Basilica

Rialto BridgeRialto Bridge


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Excuses Excuses and More Excuses

I think I owe everyone an explanation, I have stop blogging after hardly finding time to sit down to update it due to other side projects that I have been involve in and also the travel volume lately. Completely my fault. I believe the blog is due for a refurbishment after yet months of neglect. I have a few back posts kept in my personal e-mail at the moment which I hope to clear the back log.

Stay tune for the next wave of posts and updates.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A $50.00 Phone Call

Today I made a phone call to my hosting company explaining that I will not renew my hosting account unless I get the same introductory offer I obtained when I first signed up and guess what? I did not receive the exact offer but they still gave me a 30% discount based on the current runnin which was a whopping savings of over $50.00. Not bad for a 5 minute effort over the phone.

I did this before on my credit card annual fees and it always work like a charm.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Last Day Of The European Getaway!

Today is officially the last day of my nearly two weeks getaway. This journey have brought me from Dresden, Germany and ending up in London. I will be updating my blog in the next few days once I have settled back in Hamburg. I am currently blogging courtesy of the Apple Store in Regent Street, London on a Mac Book air.

London will always hold a special place in my heart as I have quite a few exciting moments here during the days when I first arrived s a student to the time I spent working out of Southampton.

The weather doesn't look promising at the moment which is something you can always count on in London. ; )

Well, I have a few more hours to kill before making my way to stansted to catch the last flight back to Hamburg.

Take care and wait up for my back log of posts which will include The Church Of Bones in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic; Lucerne and Mount Rigi, Switzerland and Meissen, Germany.

Well, that's all folks for the moment and don't let me deprive other people from using this free internet access.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Vaduz Liechtenstein

Who knew that I will be in Vaduz, Liechtenstein which is the capital of one of the smallest countries in the world. This happens to be one of the stops along the way on my European getaway.
So, what does this tiny capital have to offer you may ask?

The capital is located next to a hill and overlooking the city from the cliffs is the iconic castle.
The main city consists of a short stretch of Pedestrian Street with shops, galleries and museum. They all accept Euros and Swiss currency. Do watch out for the postal museum which is free to enter.

Due to the recent borderless rules, it is hardly ever possible to get your passport stamped when crossing between European countries. However, for a small fee, you can get your own Liechtenstein stamp which I did.

Here are some pictures from this tiny city:

The Vaduz Castle On The Hill

The Town Hall (Rathaus)


Government Building

St Florin Cathedral

As a summary, this is a good place for a pit stop while you are travelling around one of the bordering countries. I don’t think there is a need to spend a night here unless there is something that you are particularly interested in.

That's all for now!


Monday, May 04, 2009

Kutna Hora Czech Republic

Ventured from the central station by train to Kutna Hora, a unesco heritage
site for many reasons. For starters, it is home to the world famous Church of Bones and the old city is a hidden gem in Czech Republic.

From the main station in Prague, a train runs every two hours and is about an hours ride. Once at Kutna
Hora station, you may take the tram or the bus to the Church of Bones. It is
only a stop away by tram and a few by bus.

Church Of Bones Candle Holder

A Coat Of Arms


Both the trams and bus can take you the city central.

Other famous sites within the city central is the Barbara's Cathedral, Cathedral Of Our Lady and the
Italian Court.

St Barbara Cathedral

Cathedral of Our Lady

It is recommended to take a half day trip here if you have some spare time
during your visit to Prague. I promise that the church of bones will make all your trips worthwhile.

Tip: Make sure you check the train and bus schedules. As they do not run
hourly and you may end up spending more time than needed waiting for them.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


We spent a day in the upper city of Bergamo, Italy awaiting for our return flights late in the evening. Although the original plan was to only visit Milan but decided to spend time here after a few recommendations.

Although the weather was against us, we still braved the slight showers by trying to spend time in places with shelter. Mostly being their free museums which was surprisingly open on a Sunday in this part of the world.

Well, Bergamo can be mainly separated to the upper city and the lower city. The upper city on a walled hill is where we strolled around on narrow cobble stone roads and is ideally small to reach all the main attractions.

The Gates To The Public Garden

Narrow Streets Of Citi Alta (Upper City)

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica is the towns grandest religious building in the city.

The Duomo

The cathedral is dedicated to St Alexander, the patron saint of Bergamo.

Walls Of The Upper City

The hilltop city is surrounded by the venetian walls as a form of defence although never used in battle.

As a summary, Bergamo is a must see and can be reached by train or a day coach trip from Milan.


Saturday, April 25, 2009


Milan, a fashion capital, shopping haven and home of Prada. Well, here I am for a short weekend trip in lovely Italy. Here is a quick lazy post of pictures from Milan which I will do a write up shortly:

The Duomo

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Call Me Tail Sniffer

Here I am in abbensen, hannover a week after the easter hash . The event
was the first ever hamburg hash. We camped in the YMCA hostel/camp site and
shared a cabin with a few others.

Yup, That Spells YMCA

As I have been hashing for a fairly short while, I was finally baptist and
given a hash name of tail sniffer. Yups, it is tradition and custom for
hashers to be given and only known by their hash names throughout each run.
A baptist typically involves being showered with flour and sprayed with
beer. The mixture can most certainly find its way to stay lumpy on your
hair. The tip to get rid of it as quickly was to wash it off with cold
water which obviously I did not as it was too cold in the evening. I ended
up with a night of sleeping with lumps of dried flour all over my body, I
still manage to was most of it with cold water the next morning.

In Front Of Our Cabin

The reason behind the name was because I was always trailing behind song
yia and she was wearing a top with a elaborated straps on the back that
once tied together looked like a tail danggling down.

The other attendees includes shitty tails, done on the run, cindy bear,
limbo lady, hippity hop, queen of shots and knickerless.

Posing During One Of Our Runs

The event throughout the week include a torchlight run through the forest
in the evening, a long run the day after and finally a hang over run on
sunday morning to end the weekend getaway.

We had a chance to have barbeque pork and sausages for one of the dinner
which was just simply amazing.

And as any hash events, the beer was just flowing throughout the weekend.

I enjoyed my time hashing here and am looking forward to the next one.


Sunday, April 12, 2009


On the journey back to Hamburg from Osnabruck, we stopped by Bremen. Although it was public holiday, this place seems to be lively and very scenic.

If you are arriving by train, the tourist information center has loads to offer including a decent map and the short walk to the city center takes you through a few key sights.

Look at what I manage to get from my trigger happy moments.

Nope, we are not in the Netherlands. This scene welcomes you as we venture into the city.

This is probably the most famous bunch of residents in Bremen. A rooster on top of a cat followed by a dog, cat and a donkey on the bottom. It has become the symbol of Bremen and there is fairy tale that goes along it.

The statue of Roland.

Random Statue Of Pigs

In summary, this place is a must see and a great for a day trip.

P/S: Hamburgers have a saying whereby the best thing in Bremen is the road to Hamburg which I find very amusing. They have an on going rival although they are next to each other.