Went to UK to visit my sister and her husband and then made a point to visit Brussels and Brugge in Belgium over the weekend. What a wonderful break despite the many little dramas.
Drama No 1 : Went to the airport and was denied check in because my passport was expiring in less than 6 months. So to anyone traveling abroad - MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT IS AT LEAST 6 MONTHS before expiry date. Even a short of one day would make you miss your flight. Mine was short of 13 days so go figure :(
I went back home with my luggage, heartbroken and all. Came Monday morning I left early to renew my passport and board the next flight to UK on the same day.
Tips for Passport Renewal : Takes 2 hours, get your passport photo ready (2 pcs), make sure you have RM300 of cash in your pocket and a copy of your IC (front and back on the same page).
Drama No 2 : Left my Euros in UK as we board the train to Belgium -_-'
Tips : travel with someone much more cautious than you i.e. your eldest sister. My Along had 300 euros to spare for us three so we went on a budget holiday to Belgium with her pocket money hehe.
Of course I paid her back once we were back in UK, but stillllll can you imagineeeee...300 Euros for 3 days, for 3 people? Hahahha. SuperTightBudgetTrip, God really wants us to save and not splurge!
Speaking of budget, I'm starting to realize a very familiar and routine financial circle in my life.
It starts off with me saving money for a year. Feels rich looking at bank statement, off for a holiday, spend as if I earn 6 digits per month, get minor heart attack from bank statement, swore to never travel again, feel guilty and start saving again, feels rich looking at bank statement, off for a holiday....well, you get the picture hehe.
What I'm trying to say is at this point, I'm BROKE. And I really miss the time when I was studying and my parents would take me on a holiday trip for free!!! They said I'm an adult now, earning my own money but seriously, aren't we forever our parents KIDS and should therefore be treated like one at all time? I really wouldn't mind a lifetime of sponsored traveling. Hehe.
So anyway, back to my travel tale, my first stop was London. I'm gonna be honest by admitting that I didnt do much touristy stuff. We go there regularly because my sister and her husband works in London so Big Ben is fast becoming just another antique building. The more important reason is, well you'd be crazy to go to London and NOT shop. It's the best place to shop in the world and the weakening Sterling just made it even better!
So I made my usual pilgrim to.....Bicester Village - and went crazy shopping for my life =D
Next Stop - Richmond, for a bit of life outside the hustle and bustle of Londontown.
|Such a calm place to live in|
|We went crazy shopping for Belgian chocolates, hehe.|
|Belgian Waffles, yummeyh!|
Personally, my favorite stop was most definitely Brugge because it's so different from the capital cities that I am used to. My sister even said it's nicer than Venice, so yes - it's very pretty the pictures don't do Brugge justice!
To sum up my trip:
1. Things to Do in Belgium
- Go to Brugge
- Go to Bruparck where they have the Mini Europe but note that the park is CLOSED for maintenance from January to March *smacks self on forehead*
-Take a picture at the Atonium because it's the last remaining thing of Belgium World Expo
- Grand Place, a much grander Dataran Merdeka for them Belgians
- Pay a visit to see the small boy peeing in public i.e. Manneken Pis
- Go to Lucky Charm just to make a wish for fun
-EAT BELGIAN WAFFLES
- EAT BELGIAN CHOCOLATES
-EAT BELGIAN CHOCOLATES AGAIN
- Try their traditional fries dipped with Mayo (My asian tastebuds still prefer Chilli Sauce :P)
2. Things to Do in London
Hehe. I'm just being honest! I mean, Big Ben, London Eye and the lot you can find in the post cards but Hugo Boss top at 19 Pounds? Only at Bicester, baby!