Days since my last post: 11

Yay, a one week improvement from my previous post gap! I'm really sorry guys but a lot has been happening around my life so having to sit down for a proper blog post is a bit of a stretch and I really don't want to give you a post that's written without heart. But I'm back for today and I'm going to talk about the day I walked tons...under the rain.


Hello there, Buckingham!

Day 2 was everything touristy, and it began with non other than the world famous Buckingham Palace where you get to see the Changing of the Guard on every even dated day. That means you're luckier on the 2nd, 4th, 6th and so on, so forth.

At 11 AM, you'll even catch the guards riding into the palace areas.

The best spots are actually there, but I was too late!

While it says online that the Changing of the Guard starts at 11:30 AM, it's really advisable to get there much earlier so you get a good spot to watch everything instead of struggling among a sea of tourists.

One to say I've been here and I've done this! 

What you need at this spot however is a whole lot of patience, because they do rounds and rounds of marching inside and out of the palace grounds. It could get warm on sunny days, but unfortunately I ran into rainy weather. It got terrible, because I kept trying to hide my Olympus PEN EPL-7 from the rain! The policemen outside are generally really kind and some are even funny.

So just be happy, get there by 10:30 AM on any even dated days and enjoy the FREE show that's open for all!

Getting here: Jump on the tube to the Hyde Park Corner or Victoria stations via the Piccadilly or Victoria line, give it a 10 minute walk and you're right here at the palace! It helps to ask for directions, because that's what I did and I got to the palace right at 11:30 AM for the ceremony to start!


Hello Big Ben!

The Big Ben that goes BONG! One of the most iconic buildings of London is definitely The Big Ben, that one and only clock that everyone seems to love looking for. You can actually pay to walk into the building, but I obviously didn't. In case you didn't already realize, I've only been doing free things up to date. You can view it from four ends, one of which is facing the Westminster Abbey and the other from the iconic Westminster Bridge! 

From the other side.

It was quite an experience looking at The Big Ben up close, mostly because I've always been seeing it in pictures and postcards but here it was by my eyes! I guess when you're a first timer with these tourist spots, everything is about the memory you make. And yes, it really does go BONG when the time comes! 

Getting here: I walked here from the Buckingham Palace via St. James' Park but I believe you can stop at the Westminster station or Embankment station via the Circle or District lines! 


Made famous by the very recent marriage of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, the Westminster Abbey naturally requires payment to enter. I obviously didn't walk in, but I guess it's worth a mention that I did something ridiculously silly while I was there. 

"Excuse me sir, do you know where I may find Westminster Abbey?" 

That's right, I asked for directions to Westminster Abbey when I was right in front of the Big Ben. As you could see, I was asking when it was clearly at my face so the policemen had quite a laugh. I'm glad I gave them minutes of entertainment I guess.

Outside Westminster Abbey.

An unknown but pretty building next to the Abbey!

I think it costs close to £20 to enter the abbey, but I simply took a walk outside and into the souvenir shop but came out empty handed anyway. I guess I'm not big on buying random things because of the ridiculous exchange rate from RM to Sterling Pounds. 

Inside St. Margaret's Church.

Where I did go however, was inside St. Margaret's Church which is located right beside the Westminster Abbey. In fact it's still in the church grounds, but of a different building. It doesn't feel the same but the warmth made me feel calm for the day. 

Getting here: Just walk across from the Big Ben! It's really that easy! 


It just goes round and round!

It's Ferris Wheel time! A walk away from the Big Ben on the Westminster Bridge also takes you to the London Eye, an iconic tourist spot just by the South Bank of the River Thames. A ride will cost you £19.35 with a half hour rotation, which means you get to enjoy the views of London from above for about 30 minutes. 

From the Westminster Bridge. 
Ahoy fellow 9gaggers, do you remember what this bridge is famous for? 

While I really wanted to ride on a capsule, I thought it was quite pricey plus you don't get to do much but sit there and watch the views. It didn't help that it was cloudy and rainy, so I didn't see the point in paying close to £20 for the half an hour ride. 

So a selfie will do! 

What you'll see on the way when walking to the London Eye however, are various entertainment hubs like this one called Shrek's Adventure! 

Hello Puss in Boots, here's a kiss for our meet! 

And hello Donkey! 

The Puss in Boots mascot was really cheeky and super adorable, really someone who loves their job in the suit I presume! So whether it's a he or a she inside, I think they did a fantastic job! I wish I could go inside but it was quite pricey a ticket. I think it was close to £20 as well but if you're okay to afford things like these, then you should totally try it! 
Getting here: Walk over from The Big Ben! I'm telling you, everything is just around the corner when you're in this area! It's worth a visit, you should see it anyway! 

I'm here, I'm here! 

I was really excited to have made it to Harrods, the very original one in fact! In order to take this picture though, I really had to cross the road and stand in the middle of a both way traffic (SAFELY!) and snapped this! 

Visiting the Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed's memorial.

Housed on the lower floors of Harrods, the Lady Diana and Dodi Fayed memorial was actually built in 1998 by Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi Fayed's father and an Egyptian millionaire. From here, you'll get to see the cup stained by Lady Diana's lipstick from her final dinner and what appears to be an engagement ring that Dodi Fayed had bought just the night before. 

The bling. 

It's was really well cordoned for safety and so tourists wouldn't go too close, but the zoom feature on my OLYMPUS PEN EPL-7 did quite the trick, without compromising on the picture quality huh? Not too bad, I'm glad! 

Inside the markethall.

Hello, Harrods Fromagerie! 

Food, food everywhere! 

My brother did tell me to go to the Harrods Markethall and be aware of everything awesome, and that's exactly what I did! When you walk around the markethall, you can seriously be singing the LEGO theme song, because everything is really awesome! From cheeses to meats, from pastries to sushi, it's just all around and you can't miss it! 

Hello bear bear! 

By the Harrods bus!

And hello Mr.Policebear! 

I didn't quite walk all the floors because I didn't intend to shop, but the top floor of Harrods is somewhere you can't skip because this is where you get to see all these Harrods bears! I was dying inside, and I really wanted to take one home but everything was sold in Sterling Pounds obviously and I couldn't put my hands into my wallet to get one. I now regret my choice but I guess pictures will do as memories! 

Getting here: You can hop on the London Underground to the Knightsbridge station via the Piccadilly line and walk for about 5 minutes. The building is huge, and you can't miss it! 


A bona fide guard at The Guards Museum, because I couldn't see the real ones at the Buckingham Palace.

What a day! I was dead by the time I walked around Harrods and my feet was so tired, I could have just plopped on a chair and slept off. In fact, my camera even ran out of battery and I figured to last on my phone for the remaining few hours. I did love the epic travelling I got to do all day, even with what felt like endless walking. It's actually something I recommend doing actually, because you get to see a lot more than when you go on your feet!

So yes, that's the end of my day 2 all alone and rainy. My shoes were splotchy, my socks were drenched but the entire experience was worth it. I guess I spent most on eating for the day but I doubt I hit anymore than £30 that day, excluding travels with my Oyster Card. Budget travelling indeed, no?
Days since my last post: 18

Oh my gosh hello people! At this rate I won't ever finish talking about London because this is just the first day. So bear with me till 2016, I'll try my best to keep going as I think back about my happy days some 6,000 over miles away from home!

Here I'll touch on the few things I saw, much of it being just touch and go points for you to know. I mean hey, it's a tourist attraction. What could you really say about it right?


If you zoom close enough, you'll see the words LONDON BRIDGE etched on...the bridge.

So if you're like me and you grew up hearing the song, "London Bridge is falling down", then you probably wouldn't want to miss being at London Bridge. Because then you can finally prove that it did NOT fall down and in's nothing grand. I don't know why it's so famous as a song really, and I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around the thought of it falling down. So guys, it didn't fall down.

I can prove it.

Getting here: It's only a few minutes away from the Monument London Underground station and other stops includes the London Bridge (Obviously) and the Tower Hill via the Northen, Circle, District and Jubilee lines. That's right, get on a tube and you'll be there.


I like this shot. Almost like a whole difference of the dark and light.

If you walk by the River Thames via the Thames Walk that's just by the London Bridge however, you will come across the Tower Bridge, a much more iconic bridge asides the former and is well known to open up if big ships happen to pass by River Thames. My mum and colleague both saw it happening and as much as I prayed, it didn't open up for me. The sight of the Tower Bridge was still quite a bit to behold however, because it marvels in ways you can't explain. Of course, this is just a first timer kind of thing and there isn't much excitement after any more.

Cue the photobombing tourist behind me. Sigh.

 You can also walk across the bridge!

Getting here: Walking from the London Bridge will give you the satisfaction of the view over River Thames and you'll feel like an absolute local. Grab a coffee while you're at it. Maybe you'll love it even more!

Tourist tip: If you're willing to part with £9 or so while you're there, you can take a walk up the Tower Bridge and get across from one end to the other on the glass floors. That's right, that means when you look down, you will see all of us too! Not recommended if you're scared of heights.


I was promised a tower. I found a castle on green, green land.

Also known as Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Logo, this building houses tons of history dating back from the end of year 1066! It costs some money to go on a tour inside the building but you'll get to see some crown jewels worn by The Queen herself. I obviously...did not pay because I was cheapskate going on a budget travel and the exchange rates hurt. You will however still experience quite a lot from the outside, with sights such as the Traitor's Gate to behold.

The weather was mad! Raining one moment...

 And sunny the next! You'll spot the words Traitor's Gate if you look close enough!

Getting here: You've guessed it right, I absolutely recommend walking here from the London Bridge! It's really just along River Thames and you can't miss it because everyone heads there!


So so beautiful.

You probably can't say you've been to London if you haven't been to the St.Paul's Cathedral because it is here that Prince Charles and Lady Diana got married! It's one of the oldest churches to stand in London, having been built over 1,400 years back. Where were you 1,400 years back huh? That's right, you don't even know! And this church has already been there so you just have to be here to have a look at it. While I am not a Christian, they do accept visitors but no pictures are allowed inside so just be prepared with lots of photographic memory to the beauty of the architecture inside, okay?

As the cathedral was one of my last spots for the day, I spent about an hour or so to just relax and listen to the choir sing. It was an extremely calming and humbling experience and I recommend it if you're feeling tired after a long day. Just to close your eyes and free your mind from the bustling outsides. Amazing.

 The statue of Queen Anne outside the cathedral.

Getting here: The London Underground is your best friend! With just a 2 minute walk from the station, you can easily just hop onto the Central Line and then get off at the St.Paul's station and there you are.  If you're crazy enough however, the cathedral is also accessible via walking (That's how I got there!) from the London Bridge towards the Millennium Bridge and over. You'll really need a map for this and be prepared for a long walk but the sights along the way is worth it!

Meeting up miles and miles away.

The thing I loved most about the trip was the amount I had walked, because by this day I had already clocked over 30,000 steps from walking here and there! It all ended with meeting my ex-colleague who had come over to further her studies, and it was also my only Starbucks experience while I was in England. But hey, who takes Starbucks when you can have lattes for just £1.25?

I swear to you that I will try and blog more about the trip, but until then you'll have to deal with my really long intervals between my working and house cleaning. Sorry, I'm trying!
Days since my last post: 11

Hello people! Really excited to be writing about this because I am finally, FINALLY done sorting my pictures from the UK trip. I know, it took me a month and it's mainly because I've been lazy busy claiming all my birthday meals from all my friends. Hashtag glutton. But I realized that before I could really talk about the holiday, I wanted to do a heads up to everyone and anyone who hasn't done a lone trip because it seems like the right thing to do.

Somehow, lists are everything nowadays. The 5 things you need for this, the 8 things you must do for that, and it goes on. I guess when something is popular at a time, you really need to jump on the bandwagon. Which is why I've compiled a tiny list of my own that I'd like to call...


1. A good camera, preferably with a flip screen

Shoot you, shoot me.

For those of you who didn't know, I've never owned a proper camera with a flip screen. I mean, I've got one of those point and shoot things but I think those are only good for regular shots. As a lone traveller, you'll really need something where you can flip over so you can be in your pictures too. That means selfies, and a lot of them. During the course of my 12 day trip, I was lucky enough to have borrowed an Olympus PEN E-PL7 from Olympus themselves and it was the best thing ever.

Few of the many.

I'm not really good with the specifics, so you'll need Google for that but what I can tell you from experience is that it was really light to travel with. The shutter speed is quick, the mode changes are great and the fact that the screen could flip was just the bomb. I know there are lots of cameras out there that can do the same but if you're a camera dummy just as I am, I guess this is a good start.

2. A little studying

You can't read my writing, but I had a list of places to be and people to see.

Graduating from your school does not mean that you have graduated from studying, okay? So when I say you need to study, I mean it. Go ahead and hit up Google for things you could do in the country you're going to. If you're on a budget then you should always add "FREE" on top of your search criteria. You'll be amazed that there is a whole lot of very localized things to do that are around for little to no money needed.If you really want to pay for something great, read up on how you could get it cheaper. Ask around, sometimes it helps. Beg, you'll actually be amazed that it helps even more!

I've found that by studying on whether or not building A and building B are near to each other, I got to save more time and money because hey if they're just next to one another then you don't have to jump on a cab or anything of that sort. It also helps you find them easier when you're on your sightseeing days.

3. A local map, or a ton of them

Free for all in UK.

In most countries, maps are often free for all. They can be in the airport or sometimes in train stations or if you have to pay for one, then just do it. It's the best help you can get, especially if you don't have a data plan abroad. Sometimes, the conventional stuff works a lot better than what you can get online and I got to learn that through my trip this time. Because somehow data sucks in the London Underground.

The best help you can get is a London Underground map, by the way.

You will use them a lot and the tearing will prove it.

If you think it's a hassle, then maybe you could have maps inside your phone. And by maps, I didn't mean the app by Google but instead pictures of maps that you could download from home so it's accessible even when you're not connected to the internet. It could be fun, and even if you're lost at any point of time, the map could help take you back on track!

4. The bravery to speak

I asked for directions to a place that was in front of my face. Yes.

Truth be told, I am not someone who likes to speak to strangers. But when you're abroad, I realize that asking is the best way to get moving. Don't know the way? Ask. Need to get somewhere via the bus but you're not sure which one gets you there? Ask. Want a picture of yourself taken but you don't have a selfie stick? Ask. Everything is about dropping your ego and just opening your mouth. You're gifted with a voice for a reason. Use it.

In fact, I even made this stupid blunder of asking for directions to Westminster Abbey when it was in front of my face. I can now laugh about it to myself . But it was asking that got me there. I'm embarrassed, but nobody knows me abroad so...who cares? Ask.

5. A zest for adventure 

Cliché travel photo done.

Yes, this is a no-brainer but when I say that you need a zest for adventure, it actually means that you need to be willing to be lost. Not everything has to be set in stone and you should always be fluid with your plans. This however doesn't mean that you should start out from one end of the country to the other end and go back in a single day, because that's just a waste of time. Travel smart, get lost and you'll see a lot more.

The final number to this was 30,218 steps.

And the best way to do it is to walk around instead of being on the train, bus or any other mode of public transportation. It's also better if you know how to cycle, because then your travel time is cut into half without the sacrifice from your sightseeing. Trust me, I walked so much in the UK that I think that's all the walking quota I have for the year. The MiBand tells me so.

6. A judgemental eye

 No war, just judgements.

I feel mean for saying this, but when you're travelling alone it's very important to choose who you interact with. Are you asking the right person to help you take a picture? Does that person look like they will throw a towel with chloroform over your face the moment you open your mouth? Ignore your heart and trust your brains on this, because you just never know if you're going to lose your life. It's important, and I cannot stress enough on this.

I know I just talked about how you have to be brave to speak and go on an adventure but it's equally as important to know you have to be safe. You really want to be back home in one piece and not in a coffin, right?

7. Comfortable shoes

Thank you, Nike.

If you're going to be walking, you'll thank me for this. It's important so you'll be ready to just go and not have to sit around nursing your feet with blisters. You're on an adventure, not going for a fashion show. Throw away your high heels and leather shoes and run for your sneakers instead. Make sure it's something that your feet can breathe in and it's also waterproof because accidents do happen and you really need to be sure that your shoes can take.

And thank you, Converse.

If you've gotten new shoes for the trip, be sure to break into them before you go. New shoes are blister invitations and they ruin everything. It's also a bonus to bring an extra pair in your luggage because if the other pair is too wet for wears, then you'll still have something to change into. I would know, I was in UK when it was wet and gloomy. Every day.

BONUS: It's nice to have company

My partner in crime since year 2000

But hey, if you can't stand being alone, a comfortable little company helps!

I hope my tiny list has helped you guys, just as I learned it step by step. I've probably missed out on things too, but really this was my first ever lone trip and I figured that if I survived 12 days in a foreign country that is approximately 6,585 miles away with these, you guys probably would too.

There's a whole lot of adventure that I've picked up this time and I'm really proud of myself for it. I've also been really glad that my parents let me go on the trip, as well as being extremely thankful that my father's friend, Aunty Kar Peng was around for me to bum in her place for 2 weeks. I guess by the end of the day, I'm still a very blessed child wherever I go.

A whole lot more of UK coming your way on the blog, I hope you guys don't get sick of it. I'll update periodically, but maybe on a slower pace because I've got big stuff going on in the family. If you'd like to keep up, maybe you should LIKE my page on Facebook and you'll be notified when things are updated!