Bayswater London

Bayswater is an area of west London in the City of Westminster, London. It is located on the north from Hyde Park. There are many hotels can be found in this area such as Hilton London Hyde Park, Berjaya Eden Park, Grand Royale London Hyde Park, Hyde Park Executive Apartments, Smart Hyde Park Inn and Hyde Park Suites. From Bayswater the traveler can easily travel around London by tube or bus. There are three tube stations which are Queensway, Bayswater and Lancaster Gate. There are three tube stations in this area which are Queensway, Bayswater and Lancaster Gate. Besides that, there is several bus stops have been provided at every corner. I believe to get the public transport from here is not a problem. There are many types of cuisine including Asian and Halal foods can be found in this area. The Subway restaurant is Halal. This place is highly recommended for Muslim travelers.

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Tokyo SkyTree

Tokyo SkyTree (Tōkyō sukaitsurī : 東京スカイツリー) is the tallest man-made structure in Japan located in Sumida, Tokyo. It is a broadcasting tower with a restaurant, cafe and two observation decks. The height of this tower is 634 metres (2,080 ft) making it the tallest tower in the world and second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.8 metres) for overall category. It has been completed in March 2011 with total cost about JPY ¥65,000,000,000 (USD $636,155,000 or RM2,096,510,000). This tower has seismic proofing which is an earthquake-resistance system known as Shimbashira-Seishin (Center Column Vibration Control) to prevent the tower from collapse during certain magnitudes of earthquake. The design is the combination between neo-futuristic design and a fusion traditional Japanese beauty. The exterior is painted in bluish white color refered to as ‘SKYTREE White’. It is representing harmony with the surrounding scenery. When looking up at the tower from the ground, Tokyo SkyTree is very noticeable landmark because of its significant size and presence against the blue sky in downtown Tokyo. At night, it is illuminated using LED lights makes it looks extremely beautiful and lively.

Tokyo SkyTree
Tokyo SkyTree with Christmas tree.

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Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Takeshita Street (Takeshita Dori : 竹下通り) is one of the most famous pedestrian malls in Tokyo. It is a 350 meters long pedestrian-only street lined with storefronts. Automobiles are not allowed to enter this street. Takeshita Street is located in Harajuku (原宿) in Tokyo, Japan. This place is quite popular among young teenagers to show off their latest fashion. This street will become very crowded during weekends and holidays.

Besides fashion, this place is also quite popular with their street food called Coned-shaped Japanese Crêpes. It is a type of very thin pancake wrapped together with whipped cream and other fillings such as creme caramel, brownie, cheesecake and strawberries. The taste is quite unique and delicious. It is easy to eat while you walk. The price is around JPY ¥500 (USD $4.80 or RM16.00) for each Crêpe. There are several takeaway food stalls selling Crêpes along this street. You should not miss to try this dessert.

Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street (Takeshita Dori) in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan.

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London’s New Year’s Day Parade – Cheerleading

January 1st, there was a big event called London’s New Year’s Day Parade take place near to London’s Clock Tower (Big Ben). There was more than 10,000 performers including cheerleading from across the continents participated in the 2-mile-route parade making this is the biggest event of its kind in the world.

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London’s New Year’s Day Parade

On the first day of this year, I went to the London’s New Year’s Day Parade. There was more than 10,000 performers from across the continents participated in the 2-mile-route parade making this is the biggest event of its kind in the world.

The weather was too cold. Therefore, I couldn’t hold the camera properly. The temperature was below 5 °C. The position of the sun is too low. That was the main reason I couldn’t take clearer images because the main source of light was blocked by the buildings.

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WaterWorld – Universal Studios Singapore

WaterWorld is a live water show with full of stunts, gun shots and explosions where you can find it in Universal Studios Singapore. The concept is based from science fiction film called Waterworld (1995). This film is directed by Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner. In my opinion, I think this is the best action show (live) in Universal Studios Singapore. This place might not suitable for those who have heart problem because too much explosions.

Universal Studios Singapore is located at Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It is the second Universal Studios Theme Parks opened in Asia after Japan. The park opened to public on March 18, 2010. This place is developed by Genting Group.

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Night Flight to London

The night after Christmas, I was rushing from my home to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (IATA: KUL, ICAO: WMKK) in Sepang, Malaysia to get a transit flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport with Airbus A340-600 by Etihad Airways.

The long tiring journey from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi took about 7 hours 20 minutes. The distance between these two cities is about 5,612 kilometers. There is nothing to see through out the window except the dark starry sky. I have spent most of my free time watching movies and playing games using the media player provided inside the cabin.

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Masjid al-Haram is under construction

Masjid al-Haram (Masjidil Haram / Al-Masjid al-Haram) is the most important place for Muslims. It is the largest mosque in the world and also known as the Grand Mosque. The second largest mosque is Masjid al-Nabawi and it is located in Medina. Masjid al-Haram is located in the city of Mecca (Makkah) Al Mukharamah, Saudi Arabia. Makkah is a Haram area, where the non-Muslims are not allowed to enter this area. Masjid al-Haram was built surrounds the Kaaba (Kaabah). Kaaba is a Qiblat (Qibla or Kiblah) for Muslims. The Qiblat is a center point of direction for Muslims. All Muslims around the world must facing toward Qiblat during the Solat (prayer). The Grand Mosque can accommodate up to four million people at one time.

Lately, the demand was increasing drastically because Islamic population getting bigger. The current size is very limited and not enough to fulfill the current demand. That’s why there is a quota to control the number of travelers from every country especially during the Hajj season and Ramadan season. The Saudi government is doing something to solve the problem.

Currently there is a mega construction to extend the mosque. This is a fourth extension which began in 2007. In the future, Masjid al-Haram can support more people from all around the world. The overcrowded problem is very dangerous to the travelers. According to the statistic, at least 2400 Muslim pilgrims have been killed in stampede since 1990. I hope with a bigger mosque, it can solve many problems.

The Kaaba.

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Hong Kong – Stanley

Stanley is one of the places that travelers must go in Hong Kong. Stanley is located on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island. The name of Stanley was given by Lord Stanley who is the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies during the 19th-century. Stanley was the temporary administrative centre for British before they are moving to Victoria City (Central). Stanley was also a last stand place for Allied before they surrendering to Japanese troops during the World War II. Now, Stanley is a peaceful town and tourist attraction in Hong Kong.

The Boathouse at Stanley.

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Singapore – Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island (formerly known as Pulau Belakang Mati) is located in the south of Singapore. It’s the most popular resort and theme park in Singapore. You can go there either by bus or cable car. Sentosa Island is a place where you can have exciting outdoor and indoor activities with friends and family.

It’s also a nice place for honeymoon because there are three wonderful beaches in Sentosa Island which are Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach. Palawan Beach is the place where a suspension bridge links to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia (Asia’s closest point to the Equator). Sentosa Island has the biggest war museum in the South East Asia. It is the centerpiece of Britain’s spectacularly unsuccessful “Fortress Singapore” strategy in World War II. Sentosa Island also has an Underwater World where the oceanarium is home to more than 2,500 fishes from 250 different species. There are too many other attractions to list up.

I can bet that you will have an unforgettable traveling experience. It’s worth for you to spend the whole day for enjoyment. Have a nice holiday!

Sentosa Island.

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