Sep 26, 2010

A Malaysia Day - Tugu Negara

Tugu Negara or National Monument is another special landmark in Kuala Lumpur that pays respect for the soldiers sacrificed for the country. It was located at the heart of KL and near to the Taman Tasik Perdana. Believe it or not, it's my first time here.

Jap tourist

pro @ work

Sep 25, 2010

A Malaysia Day - Dataran Merdeka

Bee, our 'team leader' suggested that we go around KL during Malaysia Day to take shots of the famous landmarks such as Dataran Merdeka, Tugu Negara and Batu Caves. And thus, the four of us woke up as early as 8am on a public holiday to accomplished this mission. To top things off, it was the first time that I saw such a blue blue sky in Malaysia.

We reached Dataran Merdeka around 9am and the morning sun already shinning hard on us. Bee invited two of her extremely professional friends who had gadgets which are way more canggih than our DSLR.

Dataran Mereka is a famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur whereby the independence of Malaya was announced. It was also here, our first PM shouted Merdeka! Merdeka! It was here that every year, there will be parades to celebrate Malaysia's independence day on the 31 Aug. However, for the first time, Malaysia Day was announced as a public holiday as this was the day many many years ago that Malaysia was formed.

Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad


Our stunning 'team leader'

Oxford, England (16 Nov 2008)

Radcliffe Square

After Bath, we took a train to Oxford to pay my friend a visit. We crashed at his place to save back on the accomodation and forced him to be our tourist guide..muahahaha.

Oxford is well known for the town where Oxford University is situated. There are many colleges and Christ Church is famous for the dining hall of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter film. And to get into the dining hall, tourists need to pay and queue. Another landmark worth visting is the St Mary's church tower whereby the view from up here was astounding. We could see the whole of Oxford town and the Gothic structures. Hogwarts School from Harry Potter books were inspired from Oxford itself. Oh btw, JK Rowling is from Edinburgh :)

Most of Oxford students travel by bicycle and according to my friend, bicycle theft was quite common here. There is also a famous shopping outlet in Bicester.

famous Jamie Oliver's eatery

Radcliffe square

Oxford is full of Gothic structures

the town

the university bookshop, that's where I gotten my sweatshirt

Christ Church (meadows building)

wet autumn

inside the Christ Church, dining hall not yet opened for visitors

famous Hogwarts dining hall

where the headmaster and teachers sit

inside the church

view from the St Mary church tower

another filming location for Harry Potter

Sep 24, 2010

Bath, England (14 Nov 2008)

Bath is a town located about 100 miles from London and 15 miles from Bristol. From London, take a train from the Paddington station and stopped at Bath Spa. The journey will be approximately 1 1/2 hours. However we took a flight from Edinburgh to Bristol for a weekend which we planned to cover Bath, Oxford and the Stonehenge. It was mid of autumn and the whole countryside was in golden colours of red, orange and yellow. It was a lovely sight just to stroll along the river and immersed in the Roman Bath history.

We stayed at hostel nearby to the train station which is considered cheap by UK standards..about 13 quid. Besides the Roman Bath, other attractions are the Royal Crescent which according to my friend, it was the filming location for Sense and Sensibility. The Georgian house can be overwhelming for those who have not seen them. Later on, we loitered around the town and head back to the Bath Abbey for a night shot on the landmark before heading back to our hostel.

view from the upper level in Roman Bath

view from the lower level

one of the few 'pool'

the exterior

the town

On the way to Royal Crescent. The lovely fall colours

Royal Crescent

See the camera cant take a wide angle of the view

More Georgian house

Pulteney Bridge

Autumn leaves

view of the river

How to get there:
Take a train from the Paddington station from London and stopped at Bath Spa
Train ride is approximately 1 1/1 hours
The town is accessible on foot