ENGLAND 2006

new year's in london 2007.

As an old friend, Thomas, had commented about these pics:

'hey emp-- i like your pictures. they make you look cooler than you really are. gnah! =P'

Hah! And now on to an excerpt from my old Xanga entry:

London ... an interesting world city with it's eclectic markets and historic landmarks, all tuck'd in the midst of a modern jungle of discombobulated roads and subways. One can easily get lost in such a city, but who cares when almost every street is adorned with that cobblestone charm and dotted with quaint shops and restaurants?? We even comfortably roamed through the dodgy ones. Yeahthatsright. The dodgy ones. ;-) 

Twas unable to get in touch with 3 of my cousins living in London: one spent new years in Canada, the other spent it in Hong Kong, and I found out (the hard way) that I had Tata's number wrong. Nevertheless, did it how the Londoners would have wanted us to do it. Did the touristy bit. Grab'd a bit o late nite nosh. Sample'd the fish + chips. Rode the lift. Rang in the New Year on the Westminster Bridge, in between Big Ben and the London Eye. Sadly, no Wallace & Gromit or Imogen Heap or Vanessa Mae. 

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Then there were some things getting used to ... 

What do I have to say about looking right instead of left when crossing the street? Rubbish! 

Driving on the right instead of left side of the car? Rubbish!

Everything being backwards in general?Bugger off! 

Sun setting at 4p?? Rubbish! 

Mind the gap??! Rubbish! 

The ridiculous conversion rate? Rubbish! 

The dismal weather? Rubbish! 

Ironically getting gridlock'd in a non-gridlike city ?? Apparently blooming likely. 

And the English accent?? O right, Love, that's sexy! 

Of course, the Eurotrip had it's minor details of interesting mishaps. Fried a chi iron, almost killed a hairdryer, missed a flight to Italy, went blind in one eye, dropped a $500 digicam ... twice. Luckily, saw past all that with this natural high on life ... I's keep it real! On to Italia! Cheerio!

besos ... jin.