Archive | July, 2015

Ya.. This Is London (Part 2)

19 Jul

the Kensington Gardens is located about 8 – 10 minutes walking distance from the Malaysia Hall London..

it is one of the Royal Parks in London..

this is a gorgeous park with magnificent trees..

many peoples are jogging and cycling in the park..

a man and his dog..

different types of birds can be seen in the park..

a pigeon..

the park is very clean.. i really like the green environment here..

just love this place so much..  🙂

this way to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground..

the different types of trees in the playground..

the clock tower.. do you see the word “times flies” on it?

beautiful landscape in the park..

it took me about 2 hours to walk around the park..

this is the Kensington Palace, built with red bricks.. it has been a royal residence since the 17th century.. currently the palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate)..

in front of the palace is the marble statue of Queen Victoria.. the Queen was born at this palace and lived here until she became the Queen in 1837..

the Round Pond is situated in front of the Kensington Palace..

the pond was created by King George II in 1730.. measuring approximately 200 metres by 150 metres, and up to 5 metres deep..

the swans..

with yellow bills..

zzZZZZ……

a pair of Egyptian geese.. zzZZZZ……

suddenly.. eerrmmm..

“looking for me..??”

the mallard..

the male mallard has iridescent green feathers on its head.. (the female has brown colour feathers)..

the Canada goose..

the equestrian statue known as “Physical Energy” was created by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and was installed in the Kensington Gardens in 1907.. it commemorates Cecil Rhodes, the diamond miner and founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbawe)..

the Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, showcases contemporary arts and architecture from notable artists..

the Albert Memorial, over 50 metres tall, was built in 1876.. it is located at the south end of the Kensington Gardens.. it commemorates the death of Prince Albert (consort of Queen Victoria) in 1861, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42 years old..

at each corner of memorial, there are marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America..

figures representing Africa..

figures representing Africa..

figures representing Asia..

figures representing Asia..

figures representing Europe..

figures representing Europe..

figures representing America..

just opposite to the memorial is the Royal Albert Hall, where Siti Nurhaliza had her concert in 2005..  🙂

to be continued..

Ya.. This Is London (Part 1)

18 Jul

i was attending a course in Coventry, UK last May 2015..

and this was my first time to UK..

had my breakfast at the Plaza Premium Lounge, KLIA before the flight.. (a compliment from CIMB credit card).. :p 

the flight took about 13 hours from Kuala Lumpur to London..

and i enjoyed the journey very much with Malaysia Airlines..

was watching my favourite movie Ombak Rindu during the flight.. :p

it was about 4.30 pm in London when i arrived at Heathrow Airport.. after the immigration clearance, i took the London Underground Tube from the airport to the Bayswater station (GBP 6.00)..

from there, i walked to the Malaysia Hall London.. a facility provided by Malaysian Students Department of Malaysian High Commission..

the hall provides transit accommodation for Malaysian students who study in UK and Ireland, for a maximum of 2 nights.. and it also opens to non-student Malaysian when empty room is available..

the Malaysia Hall London is situated at Queensborrough Terrace.. about 8 – 10 minutes walking distance from the Bayswater underground tube station..

simple and comfortable room in Malaysia Hall London (GBP 30 per night for a non-student single room)..

there is a canteen at the basement of the hall.. serving various type of Malaysian foods..

i had this for my dinner.. curry mutton rice with cabbage (GBP 3.00) and a glass of teh tarik (GBP 1.00)..

they also serve masakan panas (e.g. nasi goreng, mee goreng) where the price ranges from GBP 3.50 to GBP 5.50..

the next morning, i had nasi goreng + mee goreng + telur goreng sambal for my breakfast (GBP 4.50) and a glass of hot nescafe (GBP 1.00)..

this was 4.00 am in the morning, looking out from my room.. 🙂

during summer, UK has a longer day time.. so the day starts to bright at 4.00 am..

the street view at Queensborrough Terrace.. at 5.30 am..

the street view.. about 6.00 am..

public bicycles for rental (under the London Cycle Hire Scheme).. and the first 30 minutes ride is free.. 🙂

a public telephone booth..

a signboard for school..

street view.. about 7.00 am..

i like the buildings here..

they are well structured in standard style..

the Paddington Library..

next to the library is the Porchester Spa..

the West London Buddhist Centre..

the Whiteleys Shopping Centre.. the London first departmental store..

statues on the shopping centre building..

one of the attractions here in Bayswater is the Kensington Garden, which is also nearby to the Malaysia Hall London (about 8 – 10 minutes walking distance)..

to be continued..

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