Monday, March 30, 2009

. . . in my mind . . .

just wana let u guys in my mind when i was sitting down and enjoying the sun from my apartment last sunday... *sigh* such a beautiful day...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

. . . je taime Paris part III . . .

15.02.09, ah... my final day in Paris. the weather never ceased to give me strength to carry on for another day of walking around town taking such beautiful glimpses of Paris. lucky me that the Lourve is open on Sundays. my final destination, the Mona Lisa.

the muzium is effing huge. i bet u, give it even a day, u wont finish wandering around it. people as usual, came in by the millions n millions. there was just no room to stand in front of every picture u want to observe carefully. theres always people mucking about. i mean for the love of God, cant they just pass by behind me? come on. argh. anyway, i loved it. the architecture... the fascinating paintings... u name it.

personnally, i would say the Mona Lisa painting was overated. no offence intended but look at the picture on top. even provided that there were no people around, u cant actually enjoy it up close. u can only see it at a distance... probably 8-10 feet away. its also covered over by this effing thick glass which by the way will screw ur every opportunity of getting a picture of it. i bet the pictures others have taken has more reflections of lights or their own faces or even the camera flashes rather than Mona Lisa itself. so being me, i spent a few minutes there and carried on looking around.

one thing i had a hard time to do was keeping my head down. wow, the ceiling was breathtaking... if we had that ceiling in our house, mom will endlessly curse at the very fact of it being on top and having it cleaned now and then. hahahaa...

the picture above really took my interest. not that it looks grotesque without the head an all... but angel wings. i've always loved angel wings. i'd say it looks cool and i feel kinda aquainted to it (^^,)...

he probably lost something dear to him... *LoLs!*

i can safely say that i've scratched off Paris from my list of places that i want to visit before i die. i dont mind coming back again coz there are still more things and places to see there. i miss it already. i looked at my watch saying to me that its time to pack up n get ready for my long assed train ride back to Geneva... oh dear.

took all the souvenirs i bought and shoved em into my luggage as well as my backpack... said my goodbyes to the family and begun my journey back to Gare de Lyon. again, welcomed with the stench of urine... i was lucky enough to not step on dog poop that was lying around most of Paris. a friend said that i was lucky to escape the 'Parisien Baptism'... hahahaha...


thus ends my fast and fun visit to Paris. again, i wont mind coming back soon for another feet busting walk around Paris. as a salute to the beatiful city, i present it with my very own, Edde-style photography!

je taime beaucoup Paris!!!

wassalam

Monday, March 23, 2009

. . . je taime Paris part II . . .

14.02.09, Notre Dame wasnt one of my featured locations but since it was the closest to the apartment, i felt like it was no harm to stop by and have some pictures. as u see from below, i didnt exactly know what pose i was doing until i saw it for myself. yes, sissy moment but hey, the view is spectacular. didnt go in tho coz there was a effload of people going about and i'm going to waste a good day to end up dead or stomped over the crowd just to get a glimpse of everything there.

sorry, no tutus allowed for me :P~

surprisingly it was a beautiful day and it was quite warm. everyone was strutting around in their designer clothes around town enjoying the blissful sunshine. i personnaly loved my next stop, the Eiffel Tower though i had no chance of going up. i bet that be it holidays or weekdays, there will be an endless queue to go up the tower *sigh* if only i had such patience. it was ridiculously long. i bet it would take like half an hour just to reach the ticket booth. and dont let me start with the night scenery. gosh, i saw this photo of friends coming over at night, it looked spectacular! insyallah, one day i will have the night tour. defintely gonna go up there one day with a particular company of someone i dearly love (^^,)


i was HERE! oh yeah...

i wanted to sneak out at night to the tower but my poor feet were as big as Bigfoots' by the time i came back to the apartment. for those who dont have the time to buy some souvenirs, dont worry, there are quite a number of people selling keychains for 1 euro in every possible space around the tower. onwards to the Arc de Triomphe. Yay! for years i've only saw it on tv n some other movies and this day, here i am prancing about such wonderful architecture. sorry, i got no history information on it coz m not that of a history buff. i'm just happy to be there (^^,) loads of people walking about. had a quick lunch at some italian restaurant before moving back to the apartment.



another day has passed by so quickly and before i knew it, tommorow was my final day in Paris *sobs* time flies by so quickly when ur having fun. good thing my memory is intact so i could always open it up when i'm dreaming of Paris...


to be continued

Friday, March 20, 2009

. . . je taime Paris . . .

13.02.09, 645pm. still to early but then again, i clearly remember mom saying that its better to be early then be late. around an hour more to boarding the train from Geneva to Gare de Lyon... darn its cold. i dont know what else to do except stand around with my backpack facing the bitter cold of winter. even so, i'm still pretty happy n excited. i'm like, Gosh darn it! i'm going to Paris. after all these years dreaming, it now has come true. all alone going to Paris... well, i'm gonna meet my uncle n friends there but scratch that. i've always dreamt of going to Paris since i could remember. i haven't slept much since yesterday. did my laundry at the crack of dawn. all because of going out with Pepe for pool again. i've been going to Sphere for so many times already, yet i can't even shoot the ball straight... i had to minus off some clothes coz i needed spare room for other items to be sent back to Brunei thru my uncle. of all that i could remember, i forgot one particular thing, the Paris guidebook. darn it. i've marked so many things on where i wanted to go. al the hassle of buying the damned thing n i forgot about it on the important day. simply perfect. then again, theres owes some books lying around there i assume and i could always surf at a cybercafe for info. but of course, 2 places are obviously easy to remember, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.


This is also probably the longest ride i've ever been on a train. usually its the normal Versoix or Rolle... and also that 5 minute ride from the airport to town n vice versa. finally at 720pm, i boarded the train n started my night journey to Paris. its estimated that i'd be in Paris at 1049pm. i dont mind the long journey. i just hope theres still some buses running around. i've gone thru the buss routes n schedules for a number of times, i hope i get it right as well. Jeez, n i got a msg from uncle saying that its nowing as eff in Paris. i'm praying for a sunny weather though... how am i gonna take pictures if everything is white as eff? thats something to think about later i guess. for now i'm enjoying the train ride. i thought it would be rough and noisy but apparently its not. maybe an occassional tilt, shake, bounce or rattles but nothing serious. the passengers are quite enough. normal strong aromas of coffee and red bull for those who have to be awake throughout the night. oh yeah, speaking of night, its one thing i regret. its all pitch black outside. i cant see anything. but then again the ticket was cheap so i regretted my regrets. hehehe... btw, taking the train to paris from geneva n vice versa at night is cheaper. something for those who are on a tight budget e.g ME. 196 francs aint that bad of a price.

oh yeah, tommorow is Valentine's Day. not that i give an eff a
bout it coz i know Muslims arent supposed to celebrate it. but i can already imagine that couples in Paris would be all colored in red. no wonder my colleagues were peskering and annoying me saying that i'm gonna meet a chick there... what the use of that particular day? i dont see what the fuss is all about. n its really stupid. remembering n appreciating ur partner for a day? eff that. i dont even have my mama bear around. thats already worse *sobs*

my first impression of Paris wasnt at all what i expected. i was greeted by the stench of a day old pool of piss from god knows who as i exited the train... all the way to the main entranceof the station. phew! obviously all shops were closed, not that i care coz i was well fed, rested n still anxious to decide whether or not i should get the bus or taxi. knowing that i am such a great bastard on not spending too much money, i went for the bus. so what? i'm admitting it. come on, when u live in the part of the world where the motto goes 'no money no talk' you aint got no choice but to keep on strangling yourself from getting to lenient on spending. dont believe me? thats up to you. anyway, one bus ticket is like 1.60 euros while a bunch of 10 carnets (as they call it) costs 11.40 euros. i wanted to get the carnet bunch but i was low on cash and i'm not the type to swipe my credit card often. the bus regulations are quite similar to Geneva except that your ticket has to be confirmed through a machine on the bus n u can only use the ticket once. actually i like this method. makes thing more proper. i had to walk a bit to the apartment where my uncle was staying with the rest of the family but considering that it was the night before V-day, the walk was pretty lively. people here n there bringing flowers n gifts for their partners... cuddling, smooching, exchange of words... ahhh... pathetic. i only say that coz i'm alone without the other half ;( then again, why d hell would i celebrate it. you ask me the real reason why Islam is offended by V-day? i dont have an exact clue. but i'll get back to you once i have info on that matter.  moving on.

getting a hotel apartment is essential for those travelling and on a quite tight budget. thats my own personal point of view which i agree on. you kind of supress ur expenses from eating out too much. food is unsurprisingly expensive in these parts of the world, unless you wanna expose ur tongue to various tastes of Paris. whatever rings ur bell.

14.02.09, i find that the apartments in Paris are well facilitated compared to Geneva. i went to a friends' apartment where she was staying for the past few months n i was actually dumbfounded that her apartment was way off better than mine. small yes. but the necessities are ridiculously great. free wifi, washing machine, microwave, open kitchen... its like going thru an IKEA showroom. n btw, i couldnt understand French language well enuf but i could understand a wee bit. but for one thing i'm sure, i could understand the French in France very well compared to Geneva...

to be continued

Thursday, March 5, 2009

. . . toi + moi = amour . . .

i love this song. gives u an energy to burst out the love in you (^^,) from Gregoire with his song, Toi + Moi... enjoy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

. . . feeling renewed . . .

assalamualaikum

just felt that i needed to post something. there comes a time when u just wanna do nothing all day since the weather is getting better n better nowadays. it still feels irritatingly cold in the mornings but come 10am onwards, its such a bliss.

although i do miss the snowy moments. the droplets of soft ice on ur face. such a calming situation. i could just stand in the middle of nowhere facing up n watch the snow slowly falling on ur face...

spring will be up next but i dunno exactly when. but i'm definitely looking forward for the fun summer. everything happens in summer. cant wait to wear light t-shirts n shorts as well as sandals or slippers.

wassalam