every time i talk to you i feel so motivated to have my dates planned to get over to the other side of the world. but then again, each time i see the forum of requests, none fits mine and neither does mine fit theirs. what a disappointment.
After such a long while, the wait is finally over. The first month of our separation felt like the longest month I have ever felt. Even though it was already scheduled for me to go, but the paranoia got ahead of me. Almost constantly checking in to see if I’m still good to go.
And here I am, back from my happy London weekend getaway.
The man of my life took like 3hours down in total to meet me at my hotel lobby, best sight ever upon stepping into the hotel.
I finally finally tried the apparently “world’s best” roast duck meat. Blaahhhh. Just before my trip, someone told me that he has given up on eating roast duck elsewhere in the world, and London is the only place he will have his duck meat. HELLO. SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY WRONG with his tastebud. Well, not that it’s bad. It just didn’t deserve the World’s Best title that’s all.
L’Eto has this awesomely milky yet not too sweet cake to my liking.
Jason looks fat in this picture/ tour guide of the day.
Ever popular desert in the house. SO many people ordered this.
Super love this teapot. haha, ordered this because of it. No kidding.
Didn’t have a good enough picture, my eyes were closed for both photo taken. Well…
Now we know where he lives, right beside the Arsenal stadium.
I’ll make it up there safely the next time I go.
AbSOlutely in love with this man, even normal food gave me extra appetite.
OH HELLO MUFFIN MAN. Another over the hype joint. The fresh warm scones were nice to go with the chilly morning though.
Oh my, what’s with that face hun! hahaha.
Having so much fun creating memories together. I love you so much.
One of the places to try in London.
and. back from my short yet eventful weekend at london.
still can’t quite believe what happened that made us lose our minds. it felt like a nightmare.
anyways, it’s over. shall not think about it at all after this.
Enjoying every moment with you.
x from home.
When in Istanbul 🍦
TURKEY! where it serves authentic kebabs everywhere. Was just thinking of overdue posting of previous trip and then get called to come back again (to get this done I think…)
Titanic Hotel with the signature Titanic ship. Someone asked me why would they want to name themselves after a sinking disaster.
They serve an array selections of breakfast! LOVE IT. The only regret was dumping my honey comb (with wax) into a cup with lemon and filled it w HOTTEA. and yeah, guess what? WAXED DRINK.
KEBABS. I LOVE IT TOO.
That warehouse looking thing? That’s the Spice Market. There are two rows of shops in there selling their local products, from tea to spices, dried fruits and Turkish Delights, those nougat looking thing. Those “honey” ones taste alright but mildly over my sweetness level. Goes well with tea though.
Look at how the pigeons squeeze on the little bricks that protrudes out of the flat walls. They were everywhere, as if part of the landmarks.
Another thing to buy/try/see is their roasted chestnut. It is not like the ones we have in Singapore or Malaysia Pasar Malam. Ours we had it roasted in a huge wok with coffee beans, the ones there are thoughtfully turned and roasted individually. However, some are not cracked nicely, they are really a chore to peel. It tasted kind of raw and coarse-like but leaves a sweet aftertaste.
I think this pretzel of theirs have a long enough history to mould a masterpiece like that. I see little push carts selling pretzels all around the roads near hotels and malls, not only at the market area.
This is a place made up of a beautiful mix of Asia and European structures and cultures. Look at their roads, just like those in any European countries. Their alfresco dining habits, chilling the weekend away.
Some of their Turkish Delight…
This lady here makes the doughy pancake or something like flat out roasted prata. It’s not oily at all, slightly salted I guess. Can be seen at most local joints.
Pretty much appropriate for the summer heat!!
That’s the blue mosque we were heading to. Generally, if without much reading, the mosques there looked pretty much the same to me. But can be easily identified with the pointy towers. Blue Mosque has SIX of it.
Since it was closed for prayers still, walked around and chanced upon this little bazaar.
And so this was the queue to get in once it was opened to the public for visiting. The mosque has a couple of prayers time where it will be closed for about an hour or two. I forgot.
There are a few guys at the entrance ensuring that we all dress appropriately for entry. Footwear has to be taken out as well.
The whole layout, in and outdoor.
This is how it will look like if filled with people.
It was really sunny at some parts and yet cloudy enough to churn out some not so impressive photos.
European looking tramlines/stops
On the way to GRAND BAZAAR!!!
This was taken in the spice market. Little little shops selling a lot of food stuff and their local preserves.
Picture of the New Mosque and the warehouse looking building is the Spice Market.
I also took the boat to tour the Bosphorous river. But seriously, two hours circulating around the waters wasn’t my kind of thing. Once is enough. Haha, I didn’t even take any picture because there’s really nothing much. Lucky we bought the tickets cheap though.
Till next time.
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