SJR3EMW highlights of 2012

Amat menepati penutup tahun 2012.  Artikel di BH 31/12/2012
http://cyberita.asia1.com.sg/rentasi-11-kota-6-negara-eropah

Merentasi 11 Kota dari 6 negara di Benua Europa


Menjelajahi benua Europe di musim Luhur 2012, merentasi sebanyak 11 kota  dari 6 negara.   Memandangkan ia adalah cuti “DIY” persiapan dibuat seawal 9 bulan untuk mendapatkan harga tiket kapalterbang yang murah.

Setelah meneliti beberapa alternative yang boleh dilakukan, kami memilih memulakan perjalanan dari Paris hingga ke Amsterdam.   Satu kelebihan melancong di sini senang  bergerak dari satu negeri ke yang lain, passport tidak perlu dicop bila melepasi sempadan negera-negara Europe.

Untuk penginapan pula separuh perjalanan kami memilih mengambil perkhidmatan dari Airbnb menyewa rumah/apartment orang tempatan untuk memudahkan kami memasak sendiri, lagi menyimatkan.  Di kota yang kami kunjungi untuk semalam sahaja kami menempah hotel yang ternyata murah dan mudah memandangkan musim luhur.

Paris,kota  pengenalan kami  di benua Europe, di mana kami bertemu dengan anak lelaki kami yang menuntut di Norway untuk bercuti bersama.  Tempat2 menarik yang sememangnya termasyhur di seluruh dunia tidak menghampakan dan siapa sahaja akan jatuh cinta pandangan pertama Puncak Eiffel.  Setelah menikmati kota ini selama 4H3M kami terbang  ke kota Rome.  Tempahan penerbangan bajet dibuat melalui website skyscanner untuk mendapatkan tiket yang termurah.  Penerbangan memakan masa 1.5 jam sahaja dan  penginapan di sini juga menggunakan Airbnb – apartment rumah orang Rome yang terletak hanya 5 minit dari Colosseum. 

 Selain dari melawati tempat2 wajib kami telah menempah online tiket untuk ke Vatican Museum dan Sistine Chapel.  Vatican city adalah sebuah negeri sendiri di dalam kota Rome dan kesempatan melihat perhimpunan di St Peters Square di mana Pope membuat ucapan mingguan beliau.  Satu lawatan yang tidak kami lepaskan juga ialah ke Grande Mosqee of Rome iaitu masjid terbesar di benua Europa.  Setelah di Rome selama  4H3M kami menaiki kereta-api Trenitalia menuju Venice.  Harga tiket kami tempah 3 bulan lebih awal hanya 9 euro!

Kota Venice amat romantik sekali.  Tiada kata yang indah dapat terungkai atau dicatatkan keindahan kota air ini.  Peluang untuk menaiki Gondola walaupun mahal 80 euro untuk 45 minit tidak dilepaskan. Satu cara penjimatan kami berkongsi dengan pasangan Italian dan bergilir untuk duduk di tempat utama depan pengayuh gondola yang dihias cantik. 

Seterusnya perjalanan ke Innsbruck, Austria dengan menaiki kereta-api Austrian QBB yang memakan masa selama 5 jam melalui Brennar Pas yang masyhur dengan pemandangan melalui gunung sajli, ladang dan sungai yang jernih.  Macam balik kampung gitu! 

Sehari sahaja di Innsbruck sebelum memasuki  negeri Bavaria yang terkenal dengan alam semulajadi yang memukaukan.  Tidak dilepaskan peluang menaiki kereta kabel ke puncak tertinggi German (Top of German) Zugspitze yang terletak di “kampong” Garmisch-Partenkirchen .

Ketinggian Zugspitze adalah 2,962 metre.   Pengalaman yang akan terpahat selamanya!  Pemandangan putih sejauh mata memandang, di mana awan bersatu dengan di puncak gunung bersalji.  Kami rela menahan kesejukan (-12 degrees) dan keperitan angin yang deras untuk menikmati keindahan dan bermain snow.

Satu lagi perjalanan yang kami aturkan adalah memandu sendiri kereta sewa Opel  di daerah Bavaria ke Munich.  Sepanjang perjalanan di perdalaman kami memandu dalam cuaca hujan salji sungguh indah sekali merentasi kampong  diselubungi pemaidani putih.  Pengalaman memandu lebuhraya AutoBahn yang tak ade hadlaju menyeronokkan sekali.  Teruja melihat kereta-kereta mewah memecut laju namun kami harus berhati-hati kekok sedikit memandu dari sebelah kiri.

Lawatan yang menarik di Garmisch adalah Partnach Gorge, aliran sungai yang deras membelah tengah-tengah gunung ganang, air Alpine dan ke Istana Cinderella di Fussen,  Istana King-Ludwig “Neuschwanstein”.

Kem pertahanan Yahudi di Dachau, Munich adalah salah satu tempat yang kami kunjungi sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Frankfurt dan bermalam di Boppard untuk menikmati sungai Rhein yang dihiasi dengan istana-istana kuno dan hutan “Black Forrest”.
Seterusnya kami menaiki kereta-api Dbahn untuk bermalam di Brussels dan ke Amsterdam menginap 3H2M sebelum pulang ke tanah air.  Meraih pengalaman bermusafir  di bumi Europe mengikut citarasa dan kemampuan bajet sendiri  tak ternilai harganya.
Rata-rata buat kaum lelaki amat teruja berada di dalam Dunia bola EPL & semua liga bola europa...
Untuk wanita kegilaan bershopping branded goods LV..LC..the savings definitely by hundreds but you'll be poorer by the thousands...
For me  mengkagumkan dengan ciptaan Alam semulajadi yang sangat memukaukan dengan cuaca yang tak mungkin kita rasai di asia....
Banyak lagi pengalaman yang hendak dicatatkan buat sementara waktu setakat ini sahajalah dulu ok....

Paris 1st day

au revoir Paris the city of luv
The whithered trees fading away down the pavements
Perceived the distance between the steps increase
And then I somehow loved even the violents wind
aahh the Illuminates of Eiffel left me speechless
Flickers among the hazy sunlight and disappears
A whispered phrase in my crowded memories says
"If only until I awake from this dream..."


Our first city PARIS:
26/10/2012
AirFrance flight left singapore at 9.00 pm on the night of Hari Raya Adha. 
It was a long haul 13 hours to be exact flight.  Occupied with movies/tv/games and others from the inflight console.  Muslim meals were served as requested earlier wasn't great but alrite.  Uneventful as usual couldnt sleep well.
27/10/2012
Arrived CDG at 6.00 am.  We made our way out of the airport by following pple that came out from the same flight as us, was quiet confusing lacking of english signage.  Met by our Airbnb host Karim just after the arrival exit after immigration clearance.  First impression such a tall guy! He was friendly and quickly brought us to his lodging studio apartment in his Peugoet sport car cool!

Arrived Karim's studio apartment at Republique area Arrond.11 by 10.00 am. After all the formality of setting us in and getting our iphone/ipad wified he left us short.  Btw he is a single Parisian born of moroccan descendant and works in Nokia at champ elysee.

By 10.30 am Khairul managed to find his way to the apartment after making his way from Beauvais Airport after landing at 9.00 am from Oslo.  We rested and planned for the day's itinerary ahead.

The Republique Metro is just about 5 mins walk away and the getting ourselves familiarised with the surrounding was a breeze.

After rested and homecooked lunch (yes we came stock and barrel with food) we made our way to:
1) Grande Paris Mosquee.
2) Paris Zoo (walked pass by accident)
3) Monde Arabe Center
4) Paris Pantheon
5) Luxembourg Garden

Travelogue Anecdotes

It has been 3 weeks since we came back from the holiday and I'm feeling that I've only 1 foot at home & work reality, while the other foot is stucked back on the plane not wanting to leave.

Struggling with Jetlag for 1 week was hard not able to sleep the whole night long and was in deep zombie by the time after subuh and I would be finally alert after zohor. 

Adjusting to my body system clock was hard the eating timing and indigestion set in... seriously after the first hearty meal at tiffany I was vomitting uncontrollably (rest assured its not pregancy thingy thou it scared the hell out of our kids!)

And to top these the workload quickly overtook me its Budgetting time and year end report (Note to self can next year holiday be planned after all these completed not before).

But the most hardest struggle was the realisation set in that its all over.  Sad yes.  There are still many photos that are constantly being updated online FB and videos.  Wish to jot down all the travel anecdotes( while its still fresh) as the memory is my travel bag.

As the saying goes "A journey of a thousand miles must begins with a single steps"  the steps that we took will be chronicled here soon. 


Travelogue europe



Yes we made it...we went and came back full of sights & sound , wisdoms and experiences of a lifetime. 

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation of the remembering but the reality
has more to do with losing your luggage well in my case my Handphone - will relate at a later post.

As you can see above the journey that we embarked.  Look at it the map not by the territory.  To be able to drift across the continents 11 cities in total from 6 countries the map seemed seamless.

Tourism is a match of stupidity.  You are expected to be stupid.  You walk around in dazed squinting into fold out maps.  You dont know how to talk to pple how to get anywhere....what the currency means....what time it is.....wat to eat or how to eat.  But Being Stupid is the pattern the level and the norm.  We existed in this level for 3 weeks without dire consequence and we love it.  The maps and internet were our ultimate guides iphone and ipad our constant companion always in our arms.

We chose to be traveller not a tourist and we took the DIY approach. Making our own arrangements which packaged into getting lost.  Lets put it this way:
"A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think we control it"
by John Steinbeck (he must be a well traveled person) I totally agree to this.

Paris 1st Day

Finally our much anticipated holiday has finally arrived! On friday nite 11.00 pm we flew to paree on airbus AirFrance on a 13 hours of darkness arriving in CDG at 6.20 am.
We were fetched by Karim a parisian direct from the airport straight to his studio located Republique in his peugeot sport car coooll...oh yes talking abt cool it is freezing cool here temp at 2 degrees!
We arrived earlier by 2 hours roughly at 9.00 am waiting for khairul who flew in from oslo same morning. Had to lay down recuperating from jetlag before we start off to the metro exploring the city....

Tripit reminder "Packing Bag"

I'm on panik mode. Baru nak start packing only 40% blum foodstuff lagi. Printing of some online registration for visits. 2 cities no accomodations. To go money charger. To go bank for duit jajan budak2 & duit jajan holiday. Confirm insurance. Finish up workload & korban. The list goes on....on....on Oh my this is suppose to be stress free bila nak gi holiday kan? Ya Allah permudahkanlah segala urusan & perjalanan kami.

Putih menawan

This elegant display was done up by the dessertArtisans sistas. They made my humble cupcakes with the sprinkle of white pearls looks stunningly pure.

White Wedding Cupcakes

My humble cupcakes made it to big celebrities wedding!

Last weekend was manic - preparation of baking the cuppies were done on 2 days wednesday and friday.  Did the buttercream frosting on saturday itself while at the same time the task of doing white jelly shot in a small champagne glass 100 of these was well under way.  All in all it took me and the syurgawijr gang to finish packing by 4.00 pm!

So where were those delivered to....stay tune for beautiful white theme romantic wedding photos by the bay.

Bahn.de

2nd leg of S3EMW @ Germany
Purchased locally at sg office Twin Rail Pass for 3 days & Youth pass (MKN) for 4 days. The plan travelling of 5 days from Munich - Frankfurt - Cologne with no firm bookings of accommodations. It will be a "just go" concept (borrowing abg K recent KL trip tag hahaha...).

Itinerary

The last leg from germany to amsterdam still not firm up

Troltunga!

The boy who sits on the edge  on his weekend getaway at Oslo
Trolltunga Norway

Syafakallah to self

My persistent coughing has been really worrisome. Since july till now the pattern after cold drinks, morning bath, exposed to direct aircon & even tired will prompt dry cough.

This is not good considering in a month time I'm flying off to colder climate.

So to the doctor I consulted today...suspected of sensitive/weak lungs. With a month supply of tablets to be consumed to strengthen if not eradicate the problem all together. Now I'm poorer by $51 a small price to pay for good health!

Vacation homes

A new dimension in vacationing, what better way to immerse oneself in the unique culture of the country by staying at the comfort of home owners.

Note: Be a traveller rather than a tourist
Airbnb - home away from home

S3EMW-2nd country

Transportations by flight & rail to 2 cities confirmed but no accommodation yet.

Btw got a real bargain for the rail! Had to act fast before sold out....the thing is we
ve not confirmed this route yet but at this price it would not be a pinch if we had to scrap this plan. Also while booking, the date got mix up ending up we're now staying 3D2N here.

La Dolce vita
the sweet life

Kite mengejar masa

Roughly
3 weeks to ramadan
1.5 months to aidil fitri
1.5 months + 1 day to khairul departure
3.5 months to aidil adha
113 days to be exact to a our Terukir @ Bintang Journey S3EMW
6 months to a wedding



Ibu bapa amat mengenali anak2

Telemovie "ayah, kubur emak masih merah lagi" bertepatan betul dgn keadaan semasa sekarang.

Anak2 selalu sahaja memikir mengikut naluri diri sendiri tanpa mengambil kira hati budi seorang ibu/ayah yg senantiasa dahaga kasih sayang dan pengertian.

Sesungguhnya anak2 tak mampu membalas & ibubapa amat mengenali anak2 mereka...

Syurgawijr3 europe most wanted

Open jaw is confirmed 2 mths ago
Accommodation @ first city confirmed
Lots of research in progress
The planning of itinerary continues...