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Edinburgh Trip Part 2

Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile since Edinburgh Part 1, but better late than never! (Plus, My friend Zern would be disappointed if I gave up writing this half way!)

So, despite having a late quiet drinks during the night before, Zern, Anirudh and Ryan all got up bright and early to get the buffet breakfast in the morning! Note that I didn’t say I woke up with them, because, well, I didn’t. I woke up half an hour later because as usual, 9am is not my thing. I went back to sleep after breakfast as well, while they went swimming. Slept until checkout time! Well, to be fair, It’s the best use of the hotel room, TO HAVE A GOOD SLEEP. Plus, I felt that we had until 9pm for our train that same day, and needing to check out at 1pm. Thinking about walking around for at least 7 hours to kill time sounded really tiring. So I’d have to say, the sleep was worth it.

Elephant House

So after checking out and all, we walked down the street towards the museum which just so happened passes the all famous ELEPHANT HOUSE. Apparently this was where JK Rowling got her inspiration for her famous series “Harry Potter”! Sadly, we didn’t get to go inside to have a cuppa coffee, because we all just had breakfast. But if I were with Joy, we would DEFINITELY GO IN later in the day. So had to resort to just taking pictures of it. It serves quite pricey hot beverages such as uniquely tastes teas and coffee. So if you’re a coffee or tea fan, it’s a recommended venue to visit and have a cuppa.

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The Elephant House

 

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We actually got attacted by the 7.99 pounds for a buffet Indian AND Thai lunch! It was totally worth it! You can see the quality of the food in Zern’s video below! So check it out! It was in the old town part of Edinburgh and up some stairs. It might not be the best place in town, but being students like us, and being on budget.. It was suffice for what we paid for! Ps. The ‘Thai’ part of the buffet is basically Thai curry. Yes, we were wondering how they would be able to have both Thai and Indian Buffet as one. So that’s problem solved.

National Museum of Scotland

This was the highlight of the day! We visited this museum because Zern has been here with her boyfriend and she thought it was a really lovely museum with interesting display and architectural design. The museum was separated into two main sections, history of the world and history of Scotland. It was both equally interesting! Sadly, we didn’t have the time to finish the museum and we missed some good sections! So if you are a museum and history buff, AND you’re in Edinburgh, it’s worth the visit for sure.

That’s the end of my blog about the places we visited in Edinburgh! Zern the Foodie has more insides of my trip so definitely check it out!

Til Next time!

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Click on the video below for more

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Day one of 4 Sillies invading Edinburgh

Another trip to add on to my travelog series!

So a few of us decided to do a day trip to Edinburgh courtesy of a deal that we found on www.secretescapes.com.So we all got the whole hotel deal from that website, for only 62 pounds per person!
Which included:

  1. A standard room for two for one night
  2. 20 pound dinner voucher
  3. Access to swimming pool and sauna
  4. 20 pound off a ONE HOUR spa treatment

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It is a good deal! Not only that, the Carlton Hotel is placed right between the old Edinburgh town and the new Edinburgh town, so the location was perfect for a day trip! Getting anywhere was just a walk down the street in either direction. You can find my review on the Carlton Hotel on Trip Advisor here. Just a quick tip about this hotel, It is currently under heavy construction in being converted to a Hilton Hotel.

Another cost for the trip was the train ride from Newcastle to Edinburgh which was only around 20 pounds per person! Totally worth it! Especially with some of us not having railcard, so we ended up just splitting the total cost of the group train tickets equally among us!

Edinburgh Castle

Highlight of the trip was to roam around the castle grounds of Edinburgh Castle. We didn’t manage to go into the castle because we thought it was a bit too pricey for each of us as most of us have already been inside. Sadly, I have never been into the castle but I believe it would have been brimming with history. However, we got some really lovely shots of the castle, grounds and the atmosphere, looking out at the city of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Old City

Edinburgh is basically made of two parts of the city and there were streets that represent the old part of the city. It’s just filled with historic buildings and statues. With the pavements not very much different from the olden times. I learned from my friend Ryan that Scotland is famous for their Haggis (savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock), Fried Mars Bar (Which I didn’t get to eat this time), Shortbread, Kilts and Tartan clothing. When you walk down the streets of Edinburgh, you will not fail to see loads of cashmere stores selling all those things.

Childhood Museum

I honestly didn’t think that we would actually enjoy our time in this museum. But I was stand corrected. We had LOADS of fun! More details of our trip of the childhood museum can be seen in Zern’s Vlog. Click here to see it! If you’re in Edinburgh and you enjoy going down memory lane of old toys and games or you just want to pass an hour or so then you should check it out.

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Pool, Jacuzzi and Sauna

After a nice long walk around Edinburgh, it’s nice to be able to relax in the hotel with great company and pools. We didn’t get any shots of this, being all in bathing suits and all! But I can vouch that we had a good time! However, remember when we all thought that we would get spa voucher worth 20 pounds? WELL, long story short, we THOUGHT we could get away with a free treatment that is worth 20 pounds. BUT we couldn’t because we didn’t  see the part about the “for a one hour declour treatment” so basically, we had to get a treatment worth more than 60++ pounds to get to use that voucher. wjbgaljebrgoahebrgjanebrhgbaelrjbgaeoirhbaehrbeaijrbg. sad. We still enjoyed our swim and the mini Jacuzzi that could only fit 5-6 people max. The sauna was relaxing too!

Dinner at the Carlton Hotel

For 20 pounds, you are able to get a really hearty meal here. I chose the chicken dish. which was their weekly special, and fish cake with pouched egg on top. The menu during the dinner had a really good range of dishes. Great meals for the deal we had! No regrets!

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My Starter: Clip from Zern The Foodie’s Vlog

Anyway! Just to end the Vlog of Day 1 in Edinburgh. This is a vlog of my good friend Zern about her take on the trip! You can see me trolling in the background at time! Enjoy!

Tune in next time!

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Summer Weekend away at Newquay, Cornwall England – Part 2

Thought that there was too many things to write about my travel adventure so I had to split it to two parts! So this is a continuation.

Sorry for a week’s delay! Have been caught up with gaming and transition moving back to Newcastle from Bristol! (Back to home ground yo!) So lets continue~

Fistral Beach and BBQ:

The most famous and a must-go-to beach, is called the Fistral beach. If I knew how to surf, this would be the perfect beach to surf. It has ledges where people would just bring their portable BBQ sets and have a BBQ! Which is exactly what we did! During working hours, there are a few shops and restaurants just at the side of the beach which is convenient! You can chill on the clean beach and watch the late sunset! It does get cold at night. So beware of that!

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Had a great weekend away, and don’t waste the sunlight in your apartment or rooms! Get out in the sun, let in the sea breeze and soak up in sun rays! WEAR SUNBLOCK! Do not underestimate the sun in the UK! They burn.. My currently still peeling skin says in all.

Newquay Zoo

Yes, I am going to record my lovely time at the Zoo here too. It was a lovely relaxing day at the zoo really. The day we chose to go to the zoo was coincidentally a very foggy day, so the beach wouldn’t have been a great idea as it would be cold. So the zoo was a good decision to find something to do in Newquay. I would comment that it may not be a very exciting place for most people. But in the future, I would love to bring my kids here and to learn more about animals. Moreover, I love the zoo. I know people are against zoos as they are keeping the animals captive and against their will. However, I beg to differ. Most animals are kept in habitats that are as close to their normal habitats. Taking care of them, and feeding them. Some may argue that caged beasts will lose their natural instinct. I would say it is for education and zoos do their best to keep the animals in their natural environment. For example, in Newquay Zoo they starve them for 2 consecutive days as that is how often they would hunt, and their ring-tailed lemur is fed vegetables instead of an all favourite fruit diet to limit their fat intake. Anyway! Pictures speaks louder than words!

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This is one of my favourite section. The free flying bird area. Somehow, all the types of cute birds don’t fly away from their house. They just seem to know where to fly and where not to fly. Sadly, they wouldn’t interact with people but they always seem so busy in there!

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Now this section is probably Joy’s favourite. The goat petting! These goats were really well behaved. But they are so used to people petting them, that they would quietly just come towards you and bend their heads down. Except the younger looking one. He’s a just being a goat, and softly butts you if you touch his horn. Cheeky little fella.

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I didn’t take pictures of ALL the animals. But just the ones that I can actually take good pictures of. So this is a peacock. They are free to roam in this zoo. So getting close to one is pretty cool!

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So are these chickens! Look at all the details on it. Thought they looked amazing.

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Random Animals spotted in the Zoo! 😀
Hope you enjoyed reading and looking at pictures of animals! I am quite rushed with this post, as I actually want to start on a new post! So kinda want to get this one out of the way! Anyway, have a nice day! 🙂

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Summer Weekend away at Newquay, Cornwall England – Part 1

I call it the summer weekend away because Joy is having his placement during the summer, and we were only able to take time off to travel during the weekends! So this weekend, we went to Newquay, Cornwall! It is located at the South West Region of the United Kingdom.

Travel Itinerary (Train):

Bristol Temple Meads > Exeter St. Davids > Par > Newquay. ( 4 hrs 15 mins )
Newquay > Par > Newton Abbot > Bristol Temple Meads. ( 4hrs 25 mins )

Journey:

It was a smooth journey all the way on trains, the seats were comfortable, quiet and the transit times were not less than 10 minutes, giving ample time for the changing of trains. It may be a hassle to change trains, but I found it alright to get up and change trains after no longer than 2 hours on the train.

Newquay, Town

The Newquay train station is located in a very convenient location. It was nearby a large Aldi supermarket with all prices somehow cheaper than the normal supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The train station is also located on a hill begins the main shopping street of Newquay. To briefly describe the location of Newquay, it is just like a long road filled with random mainstream shops that you may recognise such as NewLook, Peacock, Boots, Shoe Zone, etc. Then at the end of the main road, the road branches out and leads to various beaches. My absolute favourite beach was Fistral Beach, which is known as the best surfing beach in the UK (not that I surf).

Accommodation:

The hostel that we stayed in, was called “The Longbeach Hotel, Hostel“. The price was only 50 pounds per night for a twin sharing room with a shared bathroom. I know what you might be thinking, SHARED bathroom? I assure you, even with 7 rooms of various sizes within the house, it seems very rare to actually be queueing up for the use of the toilets. Most of the time, it wouldn’t be occupied, so the toilets would be used in peace. The toilet is kept very clean. The owner was lovely when we arrived. He told us the rules of the house, and off he goes! ALSO, he mentioned that this hostel supports recycling, so he urges us to bring down our recyclables to the reception. I thought this small gesture for the environment was great! More about our accommodation, it was clean and equipped with a sink, a kettle, a tv and a hairdryer. The tv was really oddly placed (under the sink), because of that, we didn’t use the tv at all. Other than that, the interior of the room was cosy! My best part of the room was the view! It overlooks the golf course and the famous Fistral beach at its best! The view was breath taking!

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Longbeach Hotel Newquay

The rating I would give this hostel is 4/5!

Fishing Trip (Deep Sea Fishing) :

We went for an 8 hour deep sea fishing, 9.30am to 5.30pm. If you are interested in fishing, or at least would like to try it once, I would recommend this fishing trip agent, fishnewquay.co.uk. The skipper is named Wayne, and is said to run the cleanest boat compared to the other fishing trip companies. He is a great guy and very professional when it comes to angling. We could feel his passion in fishing and enjoys watching people catch their fish. A good skipper also knows the best places to fish and he did just that! Joy and I managed to catch around 20 fishes! Which is apparently quite rare for anyone of any fishing levels to be able to do. You will be provided all the tools for fishing, like rods and baits during the trip. Basically, all you have to bring is yourself fully clothed according to the weather, noting that it is cooler out at sea. I would suggest you not to bring great amount of food on board. It is recommended by myself to bring dry food, such as biscuits, plain sandwiches, or chocolate on board, this will ease your stomach as sea sickness is quite prone and these food may be your life saver.

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Us and Wayne, the Best Skipper!

The DEEP sea fishing was a great experience! We were driven around 9 miles away from the Newquay shore, where we couldn’t even see any land. I have personally never been fishing ever in my life. Let alone held a proper fishing rod. It is crazy easy to fish actually. I was surprised at the simplicity. Basically, you learn from the skipper the basic mechanism of fishing, then it would become a norm after 10 minutes. It’s like riding bike really, when you get it, you just get it.

The main technique of fishing is: Put bait in sea > Release the catch that releases the line > let the line be released while placing your thumb lightly on the reel > Until you the line is not taunt anymore, close the catch > Start reeling the line up slowly > if there is fish, keep the rod bent > If you see your bait floating, start from step 2 again.

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During the fishing trip, we were able to catch so many fish! We caught almost over 20 fishes! The fishes included Pollocks, Cods, Lings, Red Girdles, Spurdogs (Sharks, but we weren’t allowed to land them according to the law). OH! Apparently I managed to fish up a rare Spurdog that the skipper had only seen 3 times in his whole fishing trip life. I was dubbed the lucky star on board!
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Spurdog Newquay Fishing

It was crazy strong! It was a challenge to fish him up alright! HIGHLIGHT of the day! Quite glad I had at least one decent picture of me holding my catch! I was really struggling to keep him still :X

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This was our fish bucket, containing all the fish that was caught. They were all nicely gutted on the boat by our skipper. He said it was cleaner to clean the fish on the boat instead of on land.

In the end, we ended up only bring 3 fishes back because we wouldn’t have been able to take them all home! We took back one of each of type of fishes that we caught! So in Joy’s hands, there was a Cod, Ling and a Pollock! Glad that we didn’t catch too many types of fish, if not, it would be even more of a struggle to bring back to our hostel. It was around 20-30kg weight of the 3 fishes combined! We even had to ask the men on the boat to help us fillet the fish so that we wouldn’t have to bring such big fishes home!

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The longest fish you see in the photo was the Ling, and the meat is delicious. The skin especially!

The NEXT highlight of our day, had to be the sighting of FOUR dolphins following our boats! Sadly we couldn’t get great pictures of them! But I am sure you know how dolphins look like.. But the experience was amazing! Meeting wild dolphins just casually swimming in front of our running boat. It was exhilarating to watch!

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Just as we were entering the harbour, we were greeted by a really friendly… SEAL! His name is the Medallion Man. One of the few seals that you would rarely see wild at the Newquay harbour! Apparently, the seals here are very commonly seen around fishing boats! As it would associate boats to having fish in them! So it was there staring at me all big eyed, pleading me for fish! It was so adorable! ❤

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It was a great trip and experience! Til Next time for Part 2! ❤