Walking around Berlin, you will come across with this mascot at every corner. The bear comes in various shape and colour. Those mascot reminded me of a friend blogger, Abang Bear. So this entry is specially for Abg.Bear!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
:: Thank You ::
A great year 2008 that filled with great thoughts and colourful moments, extending friendships through blogosphere, another dimension of freedom without borders. Thank you for sharing. Thank you!
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Wishing everybody a happy new year 2009
May 2009 be another great year
full of joy & happiness
peace and love!
~ danial ~
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wishing all Muslim friends/bloggers
Happy Hegira New Year 1430
May 1st.Muharram 1430 become a new dawn
to kick start a great year ahead with lots of success and love
May it bring peace to the world and a blessed year ahead with all good tidings!
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Winter market before the Christmas market normally attended by traders from European countries selling goods from their respective countries...
Some pics of the Christmas Market around the Monument and Eldon Square...the market was around two weeks before Christmas and mostly selling local products...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Final day of winter breakaway, from Copenhagen to London, Stanted before continue my journey back home to Newcastle...what a great winter break! Next destination will be Istanbul, Turkey in January and summer break plan to Split, Croatia and Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina!
Merry Christmas to all my friends and Happy New Year 2009!
Have a great holidays...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Malmö is called the City of Parks, and of all Swedish cities, Malmö has the highest concentration of restaurants per capita. That’s why the city is also very famous for its food. Malmö, the “capital” of the Swedish southernmost province Skåne. Here is so much to see and experience such as the Malmöhus Castle from the 15th century, or the quite opposite when it comes to architecture - Turning Torso, a remarkable building that has got world attention for its uniqueness. With the Öresund Bridge, the motorway and railway link, it takes only 35 minutes by train from Malmö city centre to the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark and 22 minutes to Copenhagen Airport. A great day of “Two nation vacation” visiting both Denmark and Sweden.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is Scandinavia's most fantastic city, and part of the most dynamic region in Northern Europe, the Øresund Region. The city is one of Europe's oldest capitals with a royal touch - the Danish monarchy being the oldest in the world! It is chic and exciting city with modern architectural and also those historical architectural pearls such as the Royal Castle Amalienborg, or the Church of Our Saviour, and a must to visit Louisiana and Glyptotek, both among the best art museums in Europe; a walk towards the Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen's own Fontana di Trevi, and see how the Little Memaid is doing. As you know that Carlsberg (the best, obviously) is originated from Denmark and you can enjoy it in one of many cafés by the canal in Nyhavn, or visit the Carlsberg Brewery, to learn about the origins of the world famous Danish beer. It is not complete if you did not take a short ride to another side of straits to Malmo, Sweden. With the Öresund Bridge, the motorway and railway link, it takes only 30 minutes by train from Copenhagen City Centre to the city centre of Malmö, Sweden, another great day trip to Sweden.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Berlin is Germany capital city and also the largest city in Germany. It is fast becoming Europe’s number one city for modern arts, and with a lively music and trendy clubbing scenes. The city is divided into quarters and the most famous of which is Charlottenburg. During the Cold War years, when Berlin was divided into East and West Berlin, Charlottenburg was the centre of West Berlin. The Olympic stadium is in Charlottenburg, where the infamous 1936 Olympic Games took place. The stadium underwent a complete renovation for the 2006 football World Cup. Another Berlin's landmark is Funkturm, where you can ahve an excellent birds’ eye view of the city. Funkturm also known as 'langer Lulatsch' (lanky lady) by Berliners.
The Gedächtniskirche, or Memorial Church, on the Breidscheidplatz is definitely worth a visit. This monument of peace and reconciliation consists of a cluster of ruins surrounded by a modern building, embodying Berlin’s character of history and modernity. The original church, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, was destroyed during a bombing raid in 1943. The ruined church was intended to make way for a new building in 1956, but after a storm of protests it was decide to incorporate the old building into the new, creating the enduring monument the building is today.
The famous Brandenburger Tor, a well known building, in the Mitte district is the symbol of Berlin, German separation and reunification. The sandstone gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791, and in 1794 it was crowned with it’s statue of the goddess of victory. During the years of separation, it was situated in no-man’s land, just behind the Wall, ensuring it became Berlin’s most enduring symbol of reunification. After the fall of the Wall the Brandenburger Tor was re-opened in December 1989. Stroll eastwards from the Tor along the legendary avenue ‘Unter den Linden’; see the Opera House, the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Berliner Dom, and the Staatsoper, to name but a few of the famous buildings here. You cannot afford to miss the Rotes Rathaus, and the Alexanderplatz. With its massive tower blocks it was and still is East Berlin’s urban centre. Within walking distance you will find Checkpont Charlie, which between 1961 and 1990 was the only border crossing point for Allies and foreigners.
Restaurants of all cuisines are to be found all over Berlin, and the local cuisine is well represented. It is mostly simple dishes, such as ‘Boulette’, which is a kind of fried meat loaf, washed down with a ‘Berliner Weisse’.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Athens is a vibrant city of great ancient Greece with great appeal and charm, and one of the most affordable cities in the world. The old district (Plaka), under the Acropolis is the best place to start exploring. The crowning glory of the Greek capital is without doubt the Parthenon on the Acropolis the greatest archeaological sites in the world. At one end you can see Athens stretched out endlessly below and from the other side you can view the islands and the Peloponnese mountains, where at the bottom of the mountain lies the ancient market place of Agorá with the streets of ancient Athens. Gypsy street vendors will show you delicate lace cloths and colourful embroidery. Avisynia square, where there is live music and dancing in the streets in the afternoon is where you can found most of the interesting shopping is based. Shopping in the capital varies from the very up-market international designer boutiques to the local Greek designers. Another interesting place to visit is Monastiraki Square's flea market is best on Sundays and sells anything from antiques to souvenirs. There are many superb museums in Athens such as The National Archaeological Museum ranks among the top ten museums in the world. The Goulandris Museum of Cyladic and Ancient Greek Art in Colon are also well worth a visit. Night life in Athens is always buzzing and very varied: taverns, restaurants, night clubs, bars, magnificent concert halls, outdoor theatres including the ancient Herod Atticus theatre, and whatever you find in Athens, you certainly won't be bored.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Milan is the fashion city in Italy and one of the fashion cities in Europe. A rival fashion city of Paris. Places worth to visit are Il Duomo, the gothic marvel with 135 spires took the best part of 500 years to complete with 2,000 or so statues, then Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello. This Renaissance edifice was once a fortress, Ducal palace and a military barracks, and is now a cultural centre. Sant'Ambrogio in the Piazza Sant'Ambrogio is Milan's most important basilica (church), and also one of its most beautiful; dating from AD379, it forms the resting place of the city's saint and has a superb pulpit carved in 1080. City of Milan is also home to some important museums including the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Piazza Scala, which is full of historical mementos of this celebrated opera house and memorabilia from Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and Toscanini. The Museu Archeologico, Corso Magenta 15, houses fascinating remnants of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Milan, including mosaics, glass phials and busts. The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci, via San Vittore 21, set in the former Olivetani monastery, boasts 40,000 square metres of space, with 15,000 objects including a reconstructed Art Nouveau train station. Milan is of course a centre of high fashion, and famous for its designer shops and boutiques. Or if you want to venture further afield, the spectacular Italian ski resort of Livigno is just four hours' drive away. Lake Como is just 30 minutes drive or an hour by train; from here take a boat to Bellagio, a beautiful town full of cafés, shops and famed for its gardens.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Amsterdam, the first stop for the winter break. Amsterdam is the city of fun, with its countless nightclubs, discos, bars, cafes and live music venues. After a late night out, another great thing to do is taking a walk or cruising along one of the four main canals that have remained unchanged since the 17th century to see the beauty of the city. Or visit some of the fascinating museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, a home to paintings and drawings by Vincent and his contemporaries, as well as the Rijksmuseum and the Rembrandt museum. For those who like shopping, Amsterdam offers a variety of markets, designer shops, boutiques, department stores and diamond merchants where the craftsman may be seen at work. Attractive, lively streets nestle between the canals where you can find small shops selling specialities including whisky, coffee, beer and chocolates. Restaurants offer a wide range of food, from traditional Dutch to Mediterranean, and no short or long trip to Amsterdam would be complete without sampling a pint of beer at one of the famous Brown Cafes, the perfect way to quench your thirst!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
too many heartaches to see friends in sadness
too many heartaches to see friends in sorrow
too many heartaches to see friends shed tears
oh! LORD gives them strength and peace
to face this difficult time
to go through the saddest moment
to mend their broken hearts
a prayer to bloggers and friends who have lost their love ones, or someone dear, or their love ones who is still fighting his/her life...my deepest sympathy.
let's pray together...
[wahdi, ECLS, AJ, wan edi sophean, ziana, mazddaud]
and all departed souls and friends in difficult time...
p.s.: the sudden demised of miss kate of ECLS really brought some sombre moment to all ECLS staff yesterday...i feel really sad...
Will be away for a short winter break...lone travel to Edinburgh and fly to Amsterdam for a couple of days. Then, fly down south to Milano, Italy. This is my second time to Milano, a rival fashion city to Paris. Next day off to Athens, where Acropolis, the best and greatest archaeological sites is. From Athens to Berlin, the administrative capital of Germany to see the remaining Berlin Wall. After that will fly to Copenhagen, a second Scandinavian countries i will visit after Norway. Then, will take a train ride to Malmo, Sweden, half an hour from Copenhagen through the Oresund Bridge, half bridge, half undersea tunnel. Yeehaaa...
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
in the bitter sweet winter
love will survive
some how, some ways...
happy 29th.anniversary to kak teh & awang goneng
a day to remember, a day to cherish...
may both of you have more loves that bond you together
for more many years to come
with a lot of joy and happiness
and great health physically and mentally...
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I was tagged again and this time by Hidney. People collect stuff and I sometimes collect dust over the time too...hehehehe...so here some of my personal collections and i have too many things that have been collected since I took charge of myself...teddies, boyfriends, girlfriends, foes, allies, love, etc...
...yeah, i collect free condoms and good as a rescue for a party if you forgot to buy some balloons...and they smell and taste good too...always think safety first before you step into unknown territory...hahahaha...
...another favourite items to be collected along the way...some of my fridge magnets and they are so cute too and have to keep away in a chest because of people so jealous that i have so many cute fridge magnets...hahahaha...
...cold hearted is ok with me but cold head? no way...i like the Inca hats and snow caps...to warm my head (just one big head only need this) during winter...
...so far i have big, medium and small backpacks...still thinking to buy some more even though i have 8 now...great stuff to stuff all travel stuffs...hehehehe...
Friday, December 05, 2008
Two of my winter pics published on BBC Tyne under event gallery...