Archive for May, 2013

The Temple of the Dawn

The World On My Doorstep

Temple of DawnI work in a Thai cafe so it is really great to get another card from Thailand – this time from Jirat who welcomes me to the “Kingdom of Smiles”! I love how different every card I’ve received from Thailand is, but all are so beautiful!

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Kuala Lumpur

With Hong Kong celebrating the Buddha’s birthday, we had a day off work on Friday 17th May. Tony, Aids and I headed to Kuala Lumpur for a weekend city break, in what turned out to be one of the best bits of travelling I’ve done so far.

With a 1am flight getting us there about 5am, we got a taxi to the hostel, Suzie’s Guesthouse, who were kind enough to give us our 3 beds for no extra cost to have a kip that morning. We got up properly from our sporadic sleep at about 11am, showered and headed out to explore the city. We did a lot of street wandering, found a Hindu temple, Buddhist temple and Central Market all before lunch. Despite our best intentions of wanting to avoid Chinese food, we had to settle for a Chinese restaurant, but continued out street walking. We found the old colonial Kuala Lumpur railway station, before exploring the edge of a park, wandered into the Police Museum and saw the National Mosque.

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We headed to the world-famous Petronas Towers after where we were very snap happy, and asked to pose for pictures with lots of people, including a Sikh guy and some Chinese birds, they love it…

That evening, we had a fiesta and met Paul, an Irish guy in our room, who we went for a spicy-as-hell Malaysian meal with. We then headed out to a club called ‘Zouk’ – what is known as one of ‘The Best Clubs in Asia’ (no shit – http://www.clubbing9ine.com/news/top-10-best-nightclubs-asia/). Was a sick night there!

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On Saturday, we met 2 other guys in our room, John (from Australia) and James (from down South somewhere) and 5 of us headed out of town to see the Batu Caves. We caught the tallest national flag pole in the world too, as well as some proper good sights in KL.

The Batu Caves were amazing. A huge golden statue stand flanking the steps to the caves; wild monkeys roam the steps and you can buy bananas and food for them; and the caves at the top could easily have been beneath Wayne manor and house the all of Bruce Wayne’s vehicles. There’s a nice little temple right at the end of the caves too.

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That being our last night, we went hard. I met up with mates from Uni, Alex Stewart and James Gough who I found out were in KL that weekend too, such a small world. We met at the Petronas Towers so we got to see them during the night.

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So we ended with the guys from the hostel, having a proper Indian chicken roti that you eat with your hands, then at night doing an organised Bar Crawl. The bar crawl was pretty good as we got to explore the Bukit Bintang area of bars and clubs. We met loads of people from everywhere: Denmark, Iceland, Lybia, India, France and someone who went to Manchester Uni. Great atmosphere, and as Adrian screamed when we were in the club ‘Lust’, ‘THIS IS SUCH A GREAT TIME, EVERYONE IS HAPPY!’. Flight back the next afternoon was done slightly hungover and very tired.

All in all, KL is a fantastic place. I was genuinely gutted to be leaving but feel I’ll be back one day hopefully. Would recommend it to anyone thinking of going.

Finally, the classic cheeky video of our trip:

Hong Kong: My City (2013)

My video project I’ve been working on…

Inspired by the photos my Grandad showed me from when he was here, through the James Bonds set here in the 1970s and retro YouTube videos of old Hong Kong.

Let me know what you think!

Prom-ice and Gromit

So recently work’s become more and more hard-work. I told our boss on 1 May that I couldn’t believe how fast the year has gone and that I’ll be going home to the UK on 29th. Her reply was ‘Yes, but lots to do before then’. Shit on my parade, eh love? I know they’re gonna milk us as a resource for as much as they can before we leave. And I’m not wrong, had a few times this week asking us to do an event, Info Day preparation, EAT Party, EAT Farewell Party with Chatteris, Promotion Video filming, and lots of extra workshops. They’re definitely getting their money’s worth. Despite knowing that the last 3 weeks here will be nothing like the last 3 weeks were at Primary School, or at Uni, the sun’s really bloody hot these days and we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

On Tuesday 31st, we had a surprise half day birthday surprise for Jade round at the MAJJ Party Palace. Aaron had organised a Jade-Olympics which saw our team of Tone, Aids, Jack and me win at cups, beer pong and win a striptease; before we ended up in LKF. A great night made better that the 1 May Bank Holiday was taken on the Wednesday so no work!!  The rest of that week was taken up with workshops, modelling for a student’s fashion presentation (in which they said I’d put on weight since last time, cheers guys) and doing the Chatteris Yearbook with Jade (which is looking excellent now thanks to everyone who’s contributed).

Friday night was a quiet one round our new local pub, the Chaffee Brandish with Tone, Aids and Flintoff. We asked the owner where the name was from (it has a picture of a warship) and he just said ‘Is American Ship’. Google had nothing, only that ‘Chaffee’ was an American Naval Lieutenant and a type of tank named after him used in WW2 and a few post-war conflicts like Korea and Algeria. Definitely some sort of dodgy tax-avoidance thing going on. But pints were 4 for the price of 3 and some family next to us bought us shots so not all bad.

Saturday 4th was the long-awaited Chatteris Prom. Down in Sheung Wan, at a place called Les Boules, it was ‘Shanghai Nights’ themed and the open bar was a real open bar with every drink up for grabs, not just a selective list. We had a great time there, with massive thanks to Nat Belbin and Ian and everyone for organising it. Can’t remember much, but the photos from the photo booth show it was sick. Even got a waistcoat for the occasion, and little dicky bow…
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Work’s then been pretty standard this week. On Tuesday we had our Extreme Travel Party where kids had to design a trip to Everest/Amazon/Ocean Floor or Space. They mostly understood but a few thought UK was IN Australia while others thought Hawaii was in India. One kid didn’t even know they spoke Spanish in Spain. I swear this organisation needs to spend less money on computer programmes or Chinese DVDs that no one watches, and buy the kids some bloody atlases. I’m also doing a workshop on Spanish which I’m so shit at – my pronunciation is so bad my colleague had to help me, as did Google Translate. But it’s a lot of fun with the language workshops cos the kids like to respond more.

Anyway, I’m off to play footy tonight which will probably be out last game, at probably the best venue – Happy Valley. We’re hoping for a second win of the season which I’m sure we all hope for, but should be a laugh anyway!

Also 12 days left of work, 4 weeks until I’m back home. Start doing a big shop please Mum….