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Perth (Australia) 04/02/2014

My First Visit to Perth of Australia

Perth (Australia) On 27 December 2013 I finished my Malaysian travel and flew from LCCT in Kuala Lumpur to Perth, Australia, which was the first stop of my travel in this country. Brief information about Perth: Perth is the capital of the Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia to date. The city is named for Perth, Scotland. It was originally founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. In 1856 Perth achieved city status. Things to see and do in Perth: (1) Kings Park and Botanic Gardens The Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. It was originally called 'The Perth Park' in 1895, but the name was changed in 1901 to 'Kings Park' to mark the accession of King Edward VII to the British throne. The Kings Park covers over 400 hectares. You can walk, jog and cycle there. The Botanic gardens support 250 species of plants and around 100 species of native birds, reptiles and insects. There are few memorials to commemorate the history and courage of the people of Western Australia. (2) The Perth Mint The Perth Mint is one of the world's oldest mints still operating from its original premises. You can watch a gold pouring performance and view Australia's largest collection of natural gold nuggets. You can also see precious metal coins being manufactured. (3)The Bell Tower The building of Bell Tower is the landmark of Perth. The tower houses the 12 bells of St Martins from Trafalgar Square. ...

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 27/12/2013

Top Things To See in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) From 18 December to 27 December in 2013 I was staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was the last stop of my travel in this country. I took a four hour bus from Cameron Highlands to arrive KL Sentral. Brief information about Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur is also known as KL. It's the federal capital of Malaysia. The name “Kuala Lumpur” means the confluence of Gombak and Klang rivers. Its history can be back to 1850s when some Chinese labours were hired by Malay Chief of Klang to open new and large tin mines. In 1972 KL achieved city status and in 1974 it became a Federal Territory. Things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur: (1) Merdeka Square The Merdeka Square is the place where Malaysia's independence was proclaimed on 31st August 1957. Since then the independence square has been the usual venue for the National Day Parade. (2) Kuala Lumpur City Gallery Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is located in a more than a century old Moorish style building. There is a 50ft wide Kuala Lumpur City Model in the gallery, which reflects the present city's skyline. You can also buy Arch, the official souvenir of KL from the showroom nearby. (3) National Monument The National Mosque was built in 1966 and was erected to commemorate those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, particularly during World War II and the Malayan Emergency. (4) National Mosque The National Mosque or Masjid Negara is one of the most unique mosques in the world. It does not follow the conventional Middle ...

Penang (Malaysia) 20/12/2013

Top Things To See in Penang

Penang (Malaysia) From 7 December to 13 December in 2013 I was staying in Penang, Malaysia, which was the first stop of my travel in this country. From the railway station of Butterworth I left the train No 35 and I took a ferry to arrive the jetty of Penang Island. Brief information about Penang: The name “Penang” comes from the modern Malay name “Pulau Pinang” and it may refer to either to the island of Penang or the state of Penang. The capital of the Penang state is called George Town, the inner city of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This article is about my experience in Penang Island, which is located on the Northwest coast of Malaysian Peninsula by the Strait of Malacca. Things to see and do in Penang: (1) Kek Lok Si Temple The Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia. It began construction in 1890 and houses a 7-storey handcrafted “Pagoda of ten thousand Buddhas” and a 30.2m bronze Kuan Yin Statue. (2) Penang Hill Penang Hill is about 830m above sea level. There are two ways of getting to the top: hiking or travelling in a funicular train. At the summit, you can have a panoramic view of the city and also can visit a flower garden, a mini bird park and an owl museum, etc. (3) Floating Mosque The Floating Mosque is Malaysia's first floating mosque at the sea. It features a blend of local and Middle Eastern architecture with a seven-storey minaret. Tip: Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill and Floating Mosque are near to each other. The ideal visit ...

Helsinki (Finland) 26/11/2013

Seven Reasons to Visit Helsinki

Helsinki (Finland) On 25 September 2013 I visited Helsinki, which was the first stop of my long travel journey. From the terminal 2 I took a bus to arrive the central railway station. Brief information about Helsinki: Helsinki is the capital and the largest city of Finland. It's located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is also called the Daughter of Baltic Sea. It was selected World Design Capital for 2012. Things to see and do in Helsinki: (1) Helsinki Central Railway Station The railway station is a widely recognised landmark of Helsinki and is a most visited building in Finland due the number of uses by passengers. No matter where you are you can get the station by public transport. (2) Parliament House The Parliament House is about 10 minute walk from the railway station. It's the seat of the Parliament of Finland. Since 1931 it has been the scene of many key moments in the nation's political life. (3) The National Museum of Finland The National Museum of Finland is about 5 minute walk from the Parliament House. It presents finish history from the Stone Age to the present day. Finlandia Hall is the most famous building designed by architect Alvar Aalto. (4) Temppeliaukio Church Temppeliaukio Church is also known as Rock Church. It's quarried out of the natural bedrock and the church was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. It's opened in 1969 and is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. (5) Helsinki ...

The Gates of Rome - Conn Iggulden 14/11/2013

The Gates of Rome------The Childhood life of Julius Caesar

The Gates of Rome - Conn Iggulden When you on a travel journey you have plenty of time to read. Currently I have read a book named the Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden during my long journey. Brief Information about Conn Iggulden and the Gates of Rome: Conn Iggulden is a British author who was born in 1971. His works are mainly historical fiction. He has written an emperor series books. The Gates of Rome is the first one out of the series. The Gates of Rome was written in 2003. It is Iggulden's début book, which is about the early life of Julius Caesar and his friend Macus Brutus. My opinions: I like historical books, but the Gates of Rome is the first one I have read in English. At beginning I worried if I can finish it. However it's a really interesting story, which helped me finish the task. The story started from a fight of two boys with three boys. It was like an ordinary fight between country boys. However with the writing you can have a very active image of the boys and make a clear picture of the boys characters. The author's writing style made the reading very enjoyable, even for such historical fiction book. The book was not seriously focused on the real history as the author mentioned on the end of the book. However through the writing I would like believe the history was really like that. The book is mainly about the early life of Julius Caesar. Beside it you can also know some life stories of his childhood friend Macus, his beloved father, his trainer and his uncle, etc. Every others lives ...

Conscious Hotel Museum Square, Amsterdam 21/09/2013

Conscious Hotel Museum Square------ A Nice Stay In Amsterdam

Conscious Hotel Museum Square, Amsterdam I visited Amsterdam for 5 day business trip during March 2013. The base for my stay was Conscious Hotel Museum Square. Brief information about Conscious Hotels: Conscious Hotels is an eco-friendly hotel. In 2013 it has won 2nd price in TOP100 Green Entrepreneur Award by biggest Dutch Newspaper Telegraaf. It has two sites in Amsterdam. The Museum Square one was opened in the summer 2009. It has 36 rooms. As the name suggests, the hotel is close to the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. My experience: Conscious Hotel Museum Square is located in a busy road. It seems not difficult to find. There were pubs, restaurants and shops nearby. However, for some reason my taxi driver did get lost when we were almost there. I arrived at about 6pm, a little late than expected. Fortunately the staff were waiting for me and the checking in was very fast. My room was on the second floor. I took the lift instead of walking up the steep and narrow stairs. The room was in a decent size and I had a very big king-size bed. The bed was very comfortable. There was s big new style TV set and the TV picture quality was good. The two disappoints were the bed was too near to the bathroom. There was no kettle for boiling water, no tea bags or coffee. My private bathroom was big enough for me. It had toilet and shower. A big mirror made you feel it was bigger and brighter. The breakfast was good but not cheap in my opinion. You can choose from a basic English or continental ...

Church Of St Mary, Udimore, Rye 20/09/2013

A Quick Visit a Historical Church In Rye: St Mary's Church

Church Of St Mary, Udimore, Rye On 10th September 2013 I visited a historical town named Rye in south eastern of England. The highlight of the visit was St Mary's Church. Brief information about Rye and St Mary's Church: Rye is an ancient town in East Sussex, England. In medieval times Rye was a very important settlement. Its historical roots made it a popular tourist destination. St Mary's Church is one you must see when you visit Rye. St Mary's Church has an over 900 year history and is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. Dominating the hill on which the old town of Rye locates, St Mary's Church has been the most recognisable sight of Rye. What to see in St Mary's Church: For tourist the visit of the building starts from the North Transept. (1) The Clare Chapel Entering the entrance and turning to the left through the 14th century carved screen you walk in the Clare Chapel. There are two original Quarter Boys in golden colour standing in the first window. The grave of Allen Grebell can be seen in the Clare Chapel. Inside there is a doorway into the Chancel. (2) The Chancel The Chancel has two Norman Aumbries behind the High Altar. They are some of the oldest parts of the church. There is a 1901 Organ nearby too. (3) The Crossing In the Crossing you can see an 18ft long pendulum of the clock which dates from 1810. The clock itself dates from 1561-2 and is one of the oldest working church tower clocks in UK. (4) The Nave The Nave has two beautiful windows in the west and south. They were ...

War Horse (DVD) 16/09/2013

A Film I love

War Horse (DVD) I have many film DVD collections, but most of them just are watched once or twice. However the DVD of War Horse is an exceptional. Background: War Horse is a film directed by Steven Spielberg in 2011. The film was nominated for several awards including two Golden Globes and five BAFTAs in 2012. The film was an adaptation of a children's novel of same name by a British author Michael Morpurgo. Plot: The story started in 1912 in Devon, England. A country boy named Albert watched a young horse with its mother. One day at an auction Albert's father Ted bought the horse for his farm. However the horse was not suitable enough to be a plough horse. Albert's mother Rose was very angry with the buy. To keep the horse in the family became the priority of Albert's life, and he gave the horse a name as Joey. After a few times training Joey seemed master the skills to plough field. However the World War I suddenly happened. Joey and Albert faced separation. What will happen after it? Will they see each other again? You will find the answer after watching the film. Main Casts: Albert Narracott was played by Jeremy Irvine, who is an English stage and screen actor. It was his first film playing as a leading character. Rose Narracott was played by Emily Watson, who is an English actress and has won a number awards for acting throughout her career. In the film of War Horse her role was Albert's mother. Ted Narracott was played by Peter Mullan, who is a Scottish actor and a filmmaker. ...

Thomson Majesty Colourful Coasts Cruise 11/09/2013

My First Thomson Majesty Cruise Experience: Just SO SO

Thomson Majesty Colourful Coasts Cruise On January 2011 I had a Thomson all inclusive holiday in Dominican Republic. It was a great experience for my birthday. This year on 2013 for my birthday I decided to try a Thomson cruise holiday around the Canarian islands including Agadir in Morroco. Brief information about Thomson and Thomson Majesty: Thomson UK is a UK based travel operator selling holidays around the world. It’s headquartered in Luton, England and is now taking more of its business to the web but still hold a big stake in the high street. Thomson Holidays was originally named Thomson Tour Operations and founded as part of the Thomson Travel Group in 1965. In 1997 it renamed as the current name. Thomson Majesty is a cruise ship owned by Louis Cruise and is operated by Thomson Cruises. The ship made her maiden voyage in 1992. It only has 9 decks accessible to passengers and can accomodate about 1500 people. Thomson Majesty Canarian Flavours itinerary: My Thomson Majesty Canarian Flavours holiday started from London Gatwick airport. After 4 and half hour flying I arrived Tenerife, Spain. The cruise itinerary was Santa Cruz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz De La Palma, Funchal, ship at sea, Agadir, Arrecife, and Santa Cruz. My opinions: The flight times was not long. I think 4 and half hour flight is reasonable for a 7 nights holiday. Travel to and boarding the Ship didn't take too long. From Tenerife South airport, the coach took about 1 hour to arrive the harbour, where Thomson Majesty was waiting there. ...

The National Gallery, Charing Cross, London 18/08/2013

National Gallery: A Great Day Out in London

The National Gallery, Charing Cross, London As the capital of the United Kingdom London is a wonderful place to visit. On my recent visit to the city, 27 May 2013, I went to the National Gallery. Brief information about National Gallery:   The National Gallery displays one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Its first collections were originally from a rich private collector John Julius Angerstein. In 1831 Parliament agreed to construct a building for the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square and in 1838 the building finally opened. Location: National Gallery is located at Trafalgar Square, at the centre of London. It's easy to get there by bus or underground. It's not very convinent by car as there is a very limit parking area nearby. What to see at National Gallery:   The collections of National Gallery are displayed according the times. The rooms have different colours to represent different times. 1. Paintings in 1250-1500 Paintings in 1250-1500 are in the rooms of Sainsbury Wing. The highlight paintings of this period include The Holy Family with Angels by Florentine (Italian) and The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca (Italian), etc. I found most of the paintings in this period were connecting with religions.   2. Paintings in 1500-1600 Paintings in 1500-1600 are in the rooms of level 2 and coloured in pink. The highlight paintings of this period include The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger (German) and Venus ...

St. Paul's Cathedral, Blackfriars, London 23/07/2013

A Must See In London

St. Paul's Cathedral, Blackfriars, London On 20th June 2013 I went to London for visiting St Paul's Cathedral with my friends. Brief information about St Paul's Cathedral: St Paul's Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London. It was founded in AD604 and was destroyed many times. The present church was built in the late 17th century and designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It has been one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. What to see in St Paul's Cathedral: St Paul's Cathedral is a building of English Baroque style. For tourist the visit of the building includes three parts. (1) The Cathedral Floor Following the multimedia guide the visit starts from the Baptismal Front, which is located at the main entrance of St Paul's Cathedral. Next is the Nave. Like the great Medieval cathedral of York, St Paul's Cathedral nave is long and wide. There were many historic moments happened here. Walking along the nave you will see the beautiful dome, which is the most visible and most notable features in London. The dome has mosaic paintings with religious stories. It's the finest dome I have seen in my life. There was a group students around the centre of the dome to practice songs. At the end of the Quire is the High altar, there is a Jesus Statue. At the end of the North Transept there is a painting, The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt. It is a really great painting. I was touched when I saw it. (2) The Crypt The Crypt is underground. It's the memorial ...

Hever Castle, Edenbridge 15/04/2013

Hever Castle: The Family Home of Anee Boleyn

Hever Castle, Edenbridge I have lived in the United Kingdom for 5 years. During this time I have travelled to a few places around England and have seen a few castles. Hever Castle was one of them. Brief information about Hever Castle: Hever Castle is an important historic castle on the English landscape. Different from many traditional castles, Hever Castle has no keep. Historically the castle was the home of different owners’ family. Back to 1270 it was built as a country house. From 1462 to 1539 it was the property of Boleyn family. Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I, spent her early youth there and became the most famous resident of the house. After her death the castle became into the possession of King Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Now it's a tourist attraction and open to the public.  Location: Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, near Edenbridge, Kent, England. You can drive your car to get Hever Castle. There are two parking areas, the bigger one of which is nearby the main entrance.  What to see at Hever Castle:  As a tourist attraction Hever Castle has an impressive building which has links to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. There is a wooden bridge over the moat. Entering the house and following the guide signs you can see a drawing room, which has a tudor decoration and furniture. However most of them were not original. In the living room you can see the portraits, furniture and tapestries. At the second floor there was a ... 21/01/2013

I Got Paid From GratisPoints Survey Website I have been a member of GratisPoints for about two years and I have got my payments a few times from the survey website.   About GratisPoints:   GratisPoints is an online survey panel which was launched in the USA. As an international internet-based market research firm GratisPoints is available in different countries and areas, to name a few, the UK, the USA, France and Italy etc.   General information:   1. Sign Up   I’m from UK so my review is based on my experience with GratisPoints UK panel. Signing up for an account is very easy. It is free to join for anyone aged 16 plus and living in the UK. You just need to provide an email address and a password. However if you Completed your profiles it will help you to get more rewarding opportunities and build up more points too.   The Surveys:   Similar to most survey websites you can take part in a survey when you get survey invitation from GratisPoints. You can also visit the site and click the item of “Dashboard” to see if there is a survey available for you or not.   The surveys are mostly about famous companies and different products or services you have used.   There are two kinds of survey. One is a paid survey, where rewards are calculated in points. The other one is called Prize survey which gives you a chance to enter a monthly prize draw. Depending on the survey length the rewards vary between 50 points and 150 points or more. If you are screened out you can still get 10 points. Currently 100 points is equal to $1 ...

Canon Pixma MG5250 10/01/2013

A Good All-In-One Colour Printer

Canon Pixma MG5250 As I work from home I need to use a printer regularly. On November 2011 I came across a good offer of Canon MG5250 on Amazon website. After reading a few reviews and comparing the price I decided to give it a go. About Canon: Canon is a commonly known Japanese multinational corporation, which is specialised in the manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers, computer printers and medical equipment. It was founded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1937. Today it is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. The one I’m writing about is one of Canon printer products, given the full name, Canon PIXMA MG5250. Packaging and Features: My Canon MG5250 comes in a well designed recycled box with the weight of 11 Kg. It contains a printer, a Mains Cable, a setup CD, printed instruction manual in four languages including English. The printer machine is approximately 45.5cm wide, 16cm high and 36.8cm deep. Its weight is 8kg with 5 original Canon starter cartridges. The machine is in a black colour. At the top centre of the set there is a logo of PIXMA and the operating area is on the top left. The brand name of Canon is in the front on middle; the model name is on the left side; the power on/off button is on the front left top side and on the bottom you can see a USB connection and a WIFI sign too. In the middle there is a Disc tray. Usage: The machine is really easy to getting started. First you should remove all orange tape and ...

Zsl London Zoo, Regents Park, London 03/01/2013

London Zoo: A Day Out Heaven for Adults and Children Alike

Zsl London Zoo, Regents Park, London As the capital of the United Kingdom London is a wonderful place to visit. On my recent visit to the city I went to the London Zoo, or to give it official name, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo. Brief information about London Zoo: The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) was founded in 1826 as an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. Opened in 1828, the London Zoo was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study of ZSL. In 1847 it was eventually opened to the public. Today it is the world's oldest scientific zoo as well as one of the most popular tourist site in London. Location: London Zoo is located in Camden, North West London. It has a 15 - 20 minute walking distance from Camden Town or Regent's Park stations. You can also take a bus or walk about 30 minutes from Baker Street station. You can drive your car to get London Zoo. There is an extensive parking area which has 5 minute walking distance to the main entrance. By the way it’s outside of the congestion charge. What to see at London Zoo: My main motivation for visiting London Zoo was that seeing the gorilla, as I had never seen a real gorilla in my life. So I would like to start from Gorilla Kingdom. 1. Gorilla Kingdom There were 3 gorillas in the kingdom. You can see them through glasses or in their open field. Basically they did not do much and just relaxed in their own home, as the day was very hot. I was lucky to see one very clearly ...
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