Ban on Red Devil's Shirt?
18:38 | Author: DrTofu
Normally I'd prefer not to talk bout these matters on this blog, to prevent troubles. But somehow I feel that Malaysian Muslims are heading the wrong way in my opinion if they are thinking that, "you shouldn't wear anything with a Cross or Devil on the shirt".

To me, religion is a faith you believe in. They teach you how to be a better human. Teach you what to avoid and all.

As a human being, we're not the most intellectual, however, I believe humans are intelligent enough to think and fend for ourselves. That's how we differentiate the right and the wrong. Although the image of Devil on the shirt is a debatable matter, however, I do not believe that they teaches the Devil's doing to their followers. Come on, you must have some sense to tell u, its just a mascot. Mascot can be anything, even a bug can be a mascot for a team...if you like it.

Malaysia is a very multicultural and multi religion country. Back then, if I'm not mistaken, History text books from secondary school states that this country is special because of that, and it is achieved by respecting other religions. Hey come on, how is this respecting the other religion? Its like relating Christianity's Holy Cross with the Devil? Unwearable? Gosh...its just a cross. Have faith in your people. Do not think they are mindless souls who will be easily moved. Are you lacking faith in your own religion?
Post Exam
00:08 | Author: DrTofu
Woo hoo!!! Exam's over!!! Its bit late to celebrate (it's over bout 1.5 weeks ago...), but damn, I just have to announce to the world. Hahahaha.

Went for a brief but exciting/funny/nice/frustrating trip to Paris! I have to say, I love Paris! I went there for 4 days. Finally visited the world famous Eiffel Tower. That is the first destination in Paris we went too right after we dropped off our luggage at our hostel.

We were already snapping away when we were far away from that tower (overly excited). Then, we went to queue up under the tower, where we can buy the tickets to the higher floors. In summer, it is usually OK if the queue is long. I'm not sure about other we are...waiting like good boy and girls in the line.

The queue

Finally, we got the ticket! We went to the 2nd floor, and later on proceeded to the top floor of the steel tower. The view from the top floor is excellent. Being the only building that exceeds the 7 story limit imposed on Paris, you can see the layout of Paris. And Paris is one of the cities that have long straight roads.

The view from the top floor straight down

Next destination for the first day, also another famed monument of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe. This arch serves as a monument to honour those who fought for France in the Napoleonic War. Also, underneath the arch, is a tomb of an unknown soldier from World War 1. To me, the amazing thing is that, several roads radiates from this arch that stretches several kilometres long.

Next, we had a walk at the nearby prestigious street, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées , where everything pricey to luxury is displayed. Chanel, LV, Gucci, Prada, Mercedez Benz, Massimo Dutti...any of the big brands of the world, you can find here. Seeing we're unable to purchase anything, we just have a look from the outside of the shops.

From there, we headed on to another famous destination. Lourve Museum. I think lady luck went to sleep...because, the ticketing counters closed when we went in, rendering us stuck on the entrance hall, not the exhibition halls. So we just proceeded to take some pictures of the inverted glass pyramid in the museum, which I like very much.

Last destination, is the Notre Dame. Famous for? I don't know. All I know is, the Disney's movie, Notre Dame is based on this cathedral. We didn't go in because, every cathedral looks the same in Europe, no matter how famous it is. So we decided that, we will skip this one. But at least we took a picture of it on the outside =)

After a whole day of walking around, we were tired beyond measure. So we turned in early, skipping the night views of Paris city, and headed towards our beloved hostel, and most of all, the soft comfy bed.

Then...there's the next day...which, is even more exciting...on the next post...

Sad Video
09:16 | Author: DrTofu
I was reading a blog when I came across this video. I thought its quite touching and cute. =')

18:33 | Author: DrTofu
14th May 2010, Michael Buble is having a concert in Birmingham, UK to promote his latest album, Crazy Love! I was so excited hearing this, so my friend and I, bought tickets to watch him perform!

The tickets is worth 90GBP, and I thought, it was quite worth it, as I love his voice (quite a fan honestly). And then misfortune seems to love me lately. First its the volcano, where I spent an extra amount just to get back in time.

And now...the ticketing company we bought our tickets from, IS GONE!!!! @#$@%@$@

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What I was once told...
18:58 | Author: DrTofu
"There is nothing special if you study in Malaysia, or in UK."

"Travelling, and seeing how other countries in Europe are like, that, is the most valuable experience studying overseas"

Tofu's Journey to Europe
20:46 | Author: DrTofu
Italy to Pisa - 2 hours - plane - 10th Apr

Pisa to Florence - 2 hours - local regional train - 10th Apr

Florence to Rome - 7 hours - local regional night train - 15th Apr

Rome to Pisa - 3 hours - local regional train - 18th Apr

Pisa to France to Switzerland to Belgium to Netherland - 19 hours - chartered bus - 19th Apr/20th Apr

Netherland to France to England - 8 hours - bus - 20th Apr

London to Nottingham - 3.5 hours - bus - 20th Apr

The summation of travel times and transportation modes...more to come...
Cambridge Escapade!
08:25 | Author: DrTofu

Feeling very restless today, unable to do any work anymore, I've decided to come tell the story of my adventure in Cambridge.

Cambridge, famous for the University for being one of the top in the world, in my opinion, almost on par with Oxford and Harvard University. It is also the place where football is first played, back in 1800s by the students of the University.

Having visited so many different places in the UK, I was coming to the conclusion that, most places, be it town or city in UK, is about the same. Same architecture, same house designs, same same same. That however, cannot be said to Cambridge. It is by far, the most traditional English place I've seen to date. Even the houses along the road looks very, different. They had a lovely, relaxing sort of look from them. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of them, due to time constraint.

In Cambridge, there's nothing much to do, except for a few must-do's. First, is to go punting, a traditional boat, named a punt, thus the verb punting, on the canal. It isn't the best adventure out there, but I think its worth going into the punt, and travel along the canal and have a look at the beautiful lush greens, with the ancient fascinating architecture of the century old colleges of Cambridge University.

I personally went before to grand places where, in my opinion, photography always fail to capture the grandness of the place itself, because, it simply isn't photogenic. However, in Cambridge, I feel each and every colleges look so grand, and yet so ancient, and when a photo is taken, it still feels very grand inside it. Amazing. Some examples of the colleges are Trinity, St John, King's and Queen's Colleges.

St John's College

King's College Church/Cathedral

Cambridge, is also a little town with many bridges. Mainly, it connects the parts in within the colleges. One of the more famous one is the Bridge of Sighs. This is the bridge where students have to walk to their examinations hall, thus the name. And then there's the Mathematical Bridge. Legend/History has it that, the Cambridge students from the past once calculated precise mathematics so that the bridge is upheld without any nails or pegs. Once, another group of student took it down to look at it, however, they found themselves unable to put it together anymore, therefore, resulting in the use of nails and pegs to hold the newly constructed bridge.

The Bridge of Sigh

Cambridge also gives me a feel of a world where the modern society meets the ancient architecture. You can have anything in Cambridge (except Asian stores, its rare!) ranging from bakeries, patisseries, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (the best burger restaurant in UK!), McDonald's, but then, all of them are inside the olden days buildings. Even the famous UK pharmacy change their usual pendarflour lit blue signage to a stone carving signage. Amazing!

There shouldn't be any problem eating around here, however, the one place I will recommend personally, because I tried it, is the Eagle Pub, where I had my lunch. Yes, its a pub. However, their food is the best I've ever eaten in UK. I ordered a traditional UK Fish and Chips. It taste excellent!!! I dare say its better than Loch Fyne's! And it is way cheaper than Loch's, costing only 7 GBP if I'm not mistaken (don't convert to RM). The environment is good too, old looking, clean, cosy and quiet when I was there. This pub also has a great history, this is where Watson & Crick enjoys beer while discussing theories on DNA, when they were researching about it.

Gotta love their furniture

In the end, I think Cambridge is worth visiting. A place full of history, beautiful architecture, big lush greens, lovely canal, and plenty of bridges, each, with their very own history.