Taken at Raffles Place in Singapore during my first photography outing last year when I first started learning photography. Tried so many shots from different angles around this bird sculpture till I finally got this shot which I feel conveys … Continue reading
Been a long time since I last blogged. Contemplating to write my personal blog entries in this blog too instead of just writing travel entries here. Shall try writing about life objectively instead of just rambling negatively.
My brother just flew over to Shanghai yesterday morning for a semester of exchange programme at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Lucky him. I didn’t even get to send him off at the departure hall. No updates from him yet, which I have no right to complain. Just like the way i always travel overseas without even bothering to call my loved ones back at home. Guess we all just want to be free when we are overseas.
Come to think of it, why didn’t I go for an exchange programme when I was in university? It would have been such a memorable highlight of my university life. My friends happily went for theirs in North Carolina while I immediately shunned the idea after considering the huge sum of money needed even if it is just for a semester. Didn’t think my parents could afford it then, since we had already got a study loan just to pay my university fees.
Anyway, I’m just wondering when I will have the courage to travel alone in a foreign land. First got inspired after watching the Korean drama “Scent of a Woman” whereby the female lead character discovered that she had cancer and could only lived for another six months at most. Thus, she decided to just go ahead to spend all her money that she had painstakingly saved and flew alone to her dream destination, Okinawa, Japan for a luxury vacation. Will I even survive on my own for a short trip? Or will I be too bored on my own? Think I will still prefer to travel with my friends who never fail to make my travel adventures fun and interesting.
My next overseas trip should be to Shanghai during my June holidays with my mum to visit my brother. It’s still too early to start planning for it but never too early to start counting down to my June holidays. Just a few months to go. 😀
Had been dreaming to go to visit this landmark one day ever since I was awestruck by my schoolmate, M’s boyfriend’s romantic proposal at this place ,which was shown on video years ago. Finally, my lovely dream was fulfilled in December 2010.
We had to buy tickets to take the lift up the tower and to our horror, the queue was extremely long. It didn’t help when it was freezing cold. The wind was extremely strong. We were shivering in the cold and fervently hoping that we could get the tickets quickly. Even buying some hot drinks and food from the nearby stall didn’t help at all. I think we queued for an hour or more. Meanwhile, the only thing that made us laugh were the police suddenly coming to chase away the large group of people who gathered at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower selling the souvenirs and how quickly they all dispersed to hide from the police. Actually there were already some sellers along the streets who were eagerly selling their souvenirs to the tourists even before we had reached Eiffel Tower. Within minutes, they happily returned and began their illegal business all over again.
For those who have a dilemma deciding whether to visit the Eiffel Tower in the day or night, I would suggest going there around noon and then going for lunch in one of the nearby restaurants after the visit. As the day was short and passed by very quickly during winter, we walked around after lunch and to our surprise, we actually got to see the Eiffel Tower in the evening again. How mesmerising!
A new playground found,
to dream while on a swing,
to think of more ups than downs,
to then write freely and sing.