Sunday, July 31, 2011


Sorry I've been out for a while. I just got back from KL on Saturday. Tomorrow I'll be starting my electives in HTAA. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. ^.^

Anyway, Italian Job Part 3 will just have to wait. I barely started on it, I just don't have the mood yet. My blogging mood always starts late at night, and since my jet-lags are gone, I've been sleeping early. Anyway, hope you guys will stay patient.. it's Ramadhan after all.. ^.^

I would like to wish all the Muslims,


May this year be more bless full and meaningful.. InsyaAllah..

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Italian Job Part 2: Venice

We spent 2 days 2 nights in Venice.

We arrived around 4:30pm from Florence and search for our hotel immediately. We stayed at Adua Hotel. It was near the grand canal and about 5 minutes walk from the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia.

After checking in, we decided to have a little rest. The hotel is really cute. The room is small and several rooms shared a bathroom but it's air-conditioned, has a WiFi and a common kitchen.

At about 6 pm, we went for a little walk around Venice. We didn't go too far. Just around the Grand Canal, checking out gondolas, and looking for food. We checked in the net before we head out if there was any halal restaurants around. After checking the address we went out searching for it. Unfortunately, it was closed. Not sure if there was any other halal restaurants because we didn't find any other. So we opt for a cafe.

The Grand Canal right in front of the Santa Lucia Railway Station.

Small canals in Venice

After checking out the prices in the menu and me being very hungry (it was already 8pm by then), we just pick a cafe and ordered. I ordered a simple plate of Spaghetti with tomato sauce & cheese and bB ordered Rissoto because he wanted rice. But when the rice came, it looked more like a porridge than rice to us. Dinner was good but it was a little pricey.. erkk! >.<"

The Spaghetti I ordered.. yummehh~

After dinner, we walk around some more. Enjoying the night in Venice. The place is so calm and romantic. Not being too hot, and the wind was cooling. There's no cars in Venice. Just boats and people walking which make it even more calmer. We hang out for a while by the canal, watching people having dinner in cafes and listening to music. It was truly a romantic night.

My favourite spot & moment in Venice. It was quite, calm and fun watching the gondolas passing by.
A night in Venice

Day 3 [01.07.2011]

We woke up early in the morning. Got ready and made Maggie Curry that I brought as our breakfast (budget breakfast). After breakfast, we checked out and kept our bags in the store and head out to the Railway Station to buy the reservation ticket to Napoli. We're sleeping in the train tonight! Costs us €30/person for a bed. Then we bought the 12 hours Waterbus ticket to get around Venice, costs us €18/person.

Gelato!! All the flavour you can choose!

We wanted to ride the gondola. We asked for the price, and guess how much it costs?! €100 for 40 minutes!!! which is so not worth it. I'd rather spend €100 on food! So then we rode the waterbus to the Realto which is the biggest and oldest bridge in Venice. After taking some photos with the bridge, we head out to San Marco & Dodge's Palace. We spent quite a while there. Walking around and taking pictures.

The Realto Bridge

Piazza San Marco & Dodge's Palace

Basilica di San Marco

At about 1 p.m we returned to Ferrovia to have lunch. There's this one restaurant that sold a pretty cheap pizza. About €2/slice.. It's a pretty big slice! It's the cheapest we found in Venice. After lunch, we head out to Murano and Burano Island.

Murano Island is an Island that produces glass. There are pretty glass shops & souvenirs sold on that island. The chandeliers are so beautiful. But I didn't buy any of it. It's was pretty and all, but there's nothing cheap that suits my taste.

Even flowers on the balcony are made of glass! lol!

Then we took another boat to Burano Island. This island is like a fishermen island, with small-multiple coloured houses. There aren't that many tourist in this island. It's very serene and calm. We just hang there for a while and watch the sun sets. It was beautiful.

The most colourful houses you've ever seen!

View of the ocean. I love the serenity.

About 8p.m, we took the waterbus back to Venice. Reached Ferrovia around 9:30pm. We took our bags and had dinner at the same Pizzeria where we had lunch. Then we board our train to Naples at 11:30 p.m.

Final waterbus ride back to Ferrovia.

I was knocked out as soon as the train moved.

Next Stop; Italian Job Part 3: Naples, Capri & Pompeii.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Italian Job Part 1: Pisa & Florence

This is the post you've all been waiting for.. My Summer Italian Trip.. 13 days, 4 states, 7 cities.
I dont really know how to start.. but let me just try my best.. hehe..

Day 1. [29.06.2011]

Our flight was at 10 am (if i'm not mistaken), so we left the hostel around 6 am. Arrived at the airport quite early because there was no traffic. We checked in around 8 and my bag was overweight. We took Baltic air and I didn't know there was a 8 kg limit for handluggage, and if you want to put your bag in the cargo, you have to pay RUB1200. So I had to take out some stuffs and put them into my handbag. Lucky I brought a huge handbag! hahaa.. and we had a nice stewardess at the counter. ;)

The flight was delayed for almost an hour and we arrived in Fiumicino Airport, Rome 1/2 hour late. So we rushed to get off the plane, took the airport express to Termini Roma Station which costs €15/person.

We got onto the aeroexpress as quickly because we were trying to catch the 2:45 pm train to Pisa from Roma Termini. But we didn't quite make it. We bought the next train to Pisa which was at 3:20 pm. We wanted to catch the 2:45 pm train because it was the faster train which takes only 2 hours to Pisa. The 3:20pm train takes 4 hours even though it was way cheaper. Costs us only €3/person for the seats since we already had the Trenitalia pass. So we just pass the time, ate some lunch while waiting for our train to arrive.

At 3:20pm, off we board on our train to Pisa. The train ride was awesome. The view was super magnificent. Subhanallah. Only Allah knows of such beauty. There were endless fields of sunflowers! Everytime the train stops, I wish to get down for a while and just take a photo among the sunflowers! I've never seen so many sunflowers in my life! The yellow, green and the sun makes them even more beautiful. I wish I could catch a picture of what I saw, but the train was going too fast, so the pictures all turned out blurry. :( Then we pass by the ocean. All I could do is sigh at such view.. They were truly beautiful.

That yellow field is full of Sunflowers!

Ocean view. Breathtaking!

We arrived at Pisa around 7pm. According to reviews we checked on the net, they said it only takes about 15-20 minutes to get to The Leaning Tower of Pisa from the Stazione Pisa Centrale and you can see the tower from far. IT'S A LIE! Took us nearly 35 minutes to get there! Plus we didn't have a map, we had no idea where we were heading and we had to pull our bags! We kept asking people every 10 minutes of walking or so. PLUS we only had about an hour to spend in Pisa because the next train to Florence is at 8:30 p.m. So when we came to the tower, we furiously took our pictures with the tower and decided to take a cab back to the Stazione Pisa Centrale because we didn't really have much time. Cost us €7. :S

The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa

We didn't have to pay extra for seating to Florence. Just hop on and sit anywhere.

We arrived in Florence about an hour later. It was already dark by then. We got off the train and start searching for our hostel. It wasn't that far from the Train Station. We stayed at Afossi Hostel House. The place was ok. No WiFi, no kitchen and no aircon or even a fan despite the heat, but it was clean and the owner was very hospitable. Plus, it was near the Train Station. :) AND WE WERE DYING FOR A BATH!!!

After we were all cleaned up, we had a walk around the city. The city is beautiful. There were live music playing by street, people eating supper and drinking wine. Teenagers hanging by the rivers. We were searching for a cafe with WiFi, since bB can't live without the internet. So we found one cafe. Very nice and cosy (but don't ask the price). We asked the waiter, he said the WiFi is free (of course with an order). So we ordered 2 drinks, and we forgot to tell the size, and came 2 big glass of Iced Lemon Tea! Both of us were like, "oh no!". Then we tried connecting to the WiFi but failed. So then bB asked the man at the counter about the WiFi, he said the WiFi is only until 11pm and the time had passed. Both of us were like, 1st day in Italy and we got cheated! Dang... >.<" I hate being a tourist sometimes.. So we just enjoyed the city and the night, what else to do right? And maybe (may be) not walk into a cafe anymore.. :P

2 big glass of Iced Lemon Tea!
Don't remember what this Piazza is called, but it's beautiful.. ;)

We went to McD's near the train station to ask whether they had any WiFi. Unfortunately, they had some problem with their router and the WiFi wasn't working. :( So then we returned back to our hostel, disappointed.

Day 2. [30.06.2011]

We woke up early in the morning, got ready and search for some breakfast. So tried walking around the block to search for any cafe with WiFi service but there was no luck. So we had to return to last night's cafe in order to use the internet. Oh well.. what to do right? Mr. B can't live without the internet. ;P

Breakfast & WiFi

After breakfast, we checked out and kept our bags. Then we head out to Piazza Michelangelo which was situated at the hilltop where you can see the whole city of Florence. We took a taxi to get there because we, once again were catching time. Costs us about €9.

Piazza Michelangelo

The view was magnificent and breathtaking! The scene was like in the movie Letters to Juliet. It was really beautiful. We decided to walk down the hill back to the Centre, we went through a garden called Giardino delle Rose. There were a lot of roses and I love roses!

Giardino Delle Rose

Once we were downhill, we went around the city. Mostly the same spot as last night. Florence isn't really a big city. You can walk around the city within an hour or so. We didn't go to any museums or galleries which were the main attraction in Florence since we didn't study arts or had any interest in them. Plus, we didn't have the budget and time. But if you do stop by Florence and interested in arts, you should definitely go to Uffizi and Accademia. That's were Michelangelo's famous masterpieces are being exhibited.

Ponte Vecchio

Crossing Ponte Vecchio

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. 
I don't know why but the architecture made it look like it's made out of cardboards.. huhu..

We returned to the hostel around 1:30pm to collect our bags. After lunch, we boarded our train to Venice at 2:30 pm. The ride took 2 hours. It was an expensive train. Costs us €10/person for a seat. But the seat was very comfortable. ;)

Stay tuned for Italian Job Part 2: Venice!

The train in the movie The Tourist ;p

Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm home

I'm back in Kuantan.. 2 days now..

I have so many things to do and I feel so damn lazy! I can't update anything about my Italian trip yet. Writing about a trip takes too much time!! I just want to relax for now.

It just feel nice to be home. My dad's healthy now. He can walk with a cane.. no more using walker. Alhamdulillah.. :)

See you later peeps! ^_^

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Heat

Packing for home now..

A bag is now full of clothes.. I'm bringing back 70% of my clothes from 6 years ago.. I don't want to be all "kelam-kabut" next year when I graduate. Although I still think I might have to ask my mom(if she's coming to my graduation ceremony. InsyaAllah) to bring another empty bag. I have too many clothes!! and most of them I've not worn for years!!!

I regretted not bringing some of them back last year.

I wish I have some magical powers so I can clean ALL THIS MESS!!! I just finished folding all my washed clothes. I hate cleaning, I hate tidying up and packing! arghh.. it consumes too much energy & time! And I feel like I'm moving too slow... everything is a mess! My room is a total mess! I feel all stressed out looking at all this mess!

Now I'm looking at my shelves.. There are papers with scribbles, old receipts, notes since matrix (1 sem punya notes pun nak bawak.. adoi).. I thought I'd be using it, shows the internet was more useful.. :P Now I don't know what to do with them.. Should I just throw them away or give them to new students coming in next sem? I truly hate throwing away knowledge. I still have my SPM notes at home. But then again, what are knowledge on paper when you don't have them in your heart and mind, right? And plus, internet access is so easy nowadays that I'm really having trouble deciding on these words on papers. Will there be anyone who would want them?.. Should I just throw them away? Having a tough time deciding. I know its not like I will read them.. But what if I do need to read them one day? Words on paper, and words coming from lecturer's experience is totally different..

And what am I doing with all these handbags?? wuuuu... I have this habit of keeping old stuffs.. Unless their ruin or broken, I will keep them FOREVER! It's such a bad habit.. but I'm very sentimental and I feel like things have feelings. Blame "Karangan Darjah 1" -  Aku Sebatang Pen, Aku Sebuah Beg, Aku Sebatang Payung, Aku Sepasang Kasut, and it goes on. Its stuck with me ever since! and bB said its bad to think that way...

I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy too tired now.. and looking at this messy room makes me even more tired!

I'm out peeps.. later..

Some fresh raspberries I picked at Botanical Garden just now.. Not fully ripe yet, but I still love them!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Arridaverci Italia

Ahh... just arrived in Moscow, in my cosy little room..

I miss you blog!!!
What a tiring 2 weeks it was, jumping from one state to another..

I hope I'll have the energy to update my trip.. but not today obviously.. I still feel woozy like I'm on a plane/train/boat/cars.. like I'm still moving.. huhu..

later peeps!

Italian coast, view from the plane. Few minutes before landing.