After I came out from Stansted Airport, near London, on the night of 21 September 2010, my smiling daughter Syazana was already there to greet me. From there, we boarded a train to Liverpool Station and then took a bus to Notting Hill Gate, reaching her residence at Cheniston Gardens, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, close to 1:00 a.m.
Our journey motion was straightforward as her apartment was located just about 2-minute strolling distance to High Street Kensington beneathground station. Londoners called it ‘the tube’ whereby the primary stop station is the Paddington station. Aside from the tube, we additionally took the double-decker red-colored bus which at all times arrived on time. As practiced by other seasoned Londoners, we too bought the Oyster card which may very well be used when touring by tube or by bus.
For goal of communicating with household and friends back house, I changed the sim card of my mobile phone to an area one, called Orange.
While in London, my daughter brought me to several Malaysian meals restaurants, apart from the usual fast food outlets. We had our lunch twice on the Malaysia Corridor London cafeteria located at Queensborough Terrace in Bayswater area. The cafeteria was located in the identical building as that of Malaysian High Commission. We also ate at different restaurants in the Bayswater and Paddington areas, such as Bonda Café, Tuk Din Restaurant, Delima Restaurant, C&R Malaysian Cuisine and Khan’s. When we did some shopping at Westfield, we had our lunch at Jom Makan Restaurant.
While I used to be there, Malaysian Food Competition was held at Trafalgar Sq. on 24 September 2010. Because it was a Friday, my daughter and I were only able to visit the festival and taste the styles of Malaysian meals after my Friday prayer at London Central Mosque situated at Park Road, Regent’s Park. It was a joyful affair besides that the evening was chilly and windy.
Since my holiday was for about two weeks, my daughter had deliberate for us to visit a number of fashionable spots. One evening, we went to walk on the Westminster Bridge, above River Thames. Tourists all of the world had been seen taking pictures of the Big Ben or Westminster Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament. I used to read in a travel magazine stating that this clock tower (now often known as Elizabeth Tower) is probably the most photographed structure in the world.
One other favourite spot for vacationers as well as Londoners is the Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. It was advisable to be there on Wednesday morning, around 11:00 a.m. as there will a colorful parade called “Altering of the Guard”. The guards, in red coats, carried out their rehearsal at their barracks first earlier than marching smartly to the Palace. After I was there, the guards’ band was enjoying a well-known instrumental theme, a nostalgic “Mission Inconceivable”. Spectators clapped loudly and fortunately after they had completed it.
On 27 September, we had our breakfast at a famous restaurant in entrance of our apartment, called The Muffin Man Tea Shop. Located on the nook of Wright’s Lane and Cheniston Gardens, this restaurant is legendary for its sandwich and muffin. Our plan for the day was to go and visit a famous landmark in Greenwich. It was about thirty minutes journey by train from central Watch TV London.