Wednesday, June 29

2011 UK Trip -- Legoland

The rain clouds were following us everywhere in UK. We had to make a lot of alternate arrangements due to the bad weather. The funny thing was, the moment we stepped indoor, the sun shined brightly but it rained cats and dogs the moment we stepped outside. With this kind of weather, it was also very difficult for us to choose our attire. We looked at the morning sun and brought our shades and wore short sleeves. After breakfast, the dark clouds appeared from nowhere and started a downpour, just for us.=.=

On the morning we were deciding to venture to Legoland or not, the same thing happened. The sky looked dreadfully threatening. After debating over the breakfast table for almost an hour (and we took another 2 hours to rent 3 cars), we took the gamble. And we won! We had one of the best days in the tour in Legoland!

We customerize our own virtual driver and vehicle and had a race.

Jaimie enjoyed all the thrilling rides! Thankfully she meets the height limit for most of the rides, which is 1m.

This viking was too kiddy for Jaimie. It was just a warm up for her.

She went on the REAL THING! And she asked to go AGAIN!! And I dare not take the ride! Check out the dark clouds n the sky!!

Roller coaster. She was happy to take the 1st seat.

Again! Again!


This one doesn't go as high up like the one in Genting. It just swung you around.

Uncle Yeow Seng: "Am I the only one feeling scared?"

Legoland is a big theme park with lots of rides! One of Jaimie's favourite theme parks.


Toot toot train for the "young and old".

Jaimie flew the helicopter. I was the co-pilot. :)

Scenery from London made with Lego. Whatelse?

Definitely one of the best days in UK. The weather was windy and couldn't decide to rain or not. We only had a brief shower during our lunch break and were blessed with a relatively dry day.

Sunday, June 26

2011 UK Tour -- Something New

These girls are the new additions to the group.

For some of us, it was a first visit to Warwick Castle. Jaimie was totally impressed as I told her this was where the REAL Kings and Queens and Princesses lived. Actually, I think I gave her the wrong information. Ah, never mind. At least now she has an idea how big is a real castle.

She believed they were real.

There was even an interactive session with the kids where this princess asked the kids to vote for the wedding dress for her sister. Jaimie was TOTALLY convinced that she was a real princess!

Everyday was filled with so much fun and adventure that we forgot it was past our normal dinner time. Plus, the sun set was at 9.30pm and made it seem early to have dinner at 7pm. We ate in this Taiwanese Restaurant in London. They serve quite authentic Taiwanese food!

When we were young and travelling without kids, we walked the whole of London. Gone were the days. We decided to give ourselves a break by taking a boat tour around London. Aaahhhhh~~ it sure felt good to sit down and enjoy the breeze!

Come, take picture with me and pay me money!

I had to control my laughter when I saw who was behind the mask!

The guys were very adventurous and decided to do punting themselves. That is certainly something they had never done before. With their punting skills, we were unable to go very far nor were we able to relax to enjoy the beauty of Cambridge. This is definitely a new experience for all of us. :)

2011 UK Trip -- It's the same but it's not the same

We went to some places we used to frequent when we were there 9 years ago. There is very minimal change even after almost a decade.

Towerbridge, of course does not change but I had a more awesome view of it compared to the last time I saw it.

This mailbox, which stood opposite 20 Folly Cresent, was where I posted letters and cards to my loved ones back home. It meant quite a lot to me but now it was standing alone in a half deserted neighbourhood.

The pub near where we stayed is the same. Everytime we drove pass Prince of Wales, it would be just another 3mins before we reached our doorstep.

Shopping at the same favourite mall.

Induldging in the same ice cream shop.

Found our old friend Connie. She aged quite a bit.

Chinatown remains exactly the same. I felt that time has stood still when these people migrated over. They brought over everything from their hometown and did not change with time.

Brunel Centre is the same same same!

Tesco is not quite the same. They did some renovation.

My favourite breakfast at Tesco.

We went to these places and most of them remain unchanged. However, it just felt quite different. Fortunately, the friendship and the beer remain unchanged.

Saturday, June 25

2011 UK Trip -- Before and After 9 years

Cambridge, before.

Cambridge, after.

Munching strawberries in Millet's Farm, before.

Munching strawberries at Millet's Farm, after.

Millet's Farm Entrance, before.

Millet's Farm Entrance, after.

Rows and rows of juicy and sweet strawberries, before.

Rows and rows of juicy and sweet strawberries, after.

The house we used to live in, before.

Now, the whole street is deserted.

Big Ben, before.

Big Ben, after.

Brighton Pier, before.

Brighton Pier, after.

Baby Xaeus.

Xaeus, 9 years old.