Kay I don’t exactly know if she was in fact a maiden, or a madame, or a princess, or a queen… no I have no idea about her relationship status. But I thought the word ‘Maiden’ had a nice ring to it, because it starts with an M like the name Mona Lisa…
More on Paris, my family and I visited the Louvre Museum. It was absolutely brilliant being there. Before going to Paris, I heard lots about the Mona Lisa painting:
beautifully painted by Da Vinci
she actually looks at you when you’re moving
her smile is the element that made the painting out stand his other works of art.
Therefore, I was really looking forward to visit it.
So of course, when we arrived, we took a couple of pictures. The view was stunning, tourists scattered everywhere (including us obvs)…
We played around the area before going into the actual museum. You can see just how energetic I was, especially with the weather being welcoming. It was just a bit chilly, so we took off our coats and ran around while my mum told us to stop and smile for the camera…
After the photography sessions, we finally went inside the museum. For those who don’t know, the museum is under the glass pyramid roof you see behind us, yes underneath it.
At first, entering the museum was very nice, it looked majestic and expensive. They had this intricate painting on the ceiling which was fab!
We first saw the Mona Lisa painting. It wasn’t even that big of a painting, covered in glass and a fence was put at a far distance so us tourists can’t go beyond it. Tbh, I wasn’t THAT impressed with the famous painting. Not that it looks worse live, but because I’ve seen it even before going to Paris and when I got the chance to observe it for real, I could only appreciate it from afar. So if you guys think it’s so fascinating to visit the Mona Lisa painting, think again… But I don’t wanna lower your expectations. Who knows, you may be one of those who are so into the arts and stuff, so you might actually be surprised by what you see. Idk dude…
We also got brochures and a map of the museum. After walking around the gallery for quiet some time, we sat and relaxed a bit, went through the leaflets taken earlier. My dad used his camcorder to tape everything, and as you can see, my brothers took their time watching it.
Now the gallery… it was something. You need to really feast your eyes to what you’re about to see. And I don’t particularly mean it in a good way. Maybe you’re used to it, but I for sure was very astonished to see the paintings in the gallery. Like 80% – 90% of it were nude… -_- And nooo, we didn’t take a picture of the too-exposed ones because…I mean, why?!
When we were getting lost in the Louvre Museum, we didn’t walk in a group at all times. I did venture through the halls alone, trying my best to keep my coolness what with all the naked paintings. My parents told me back in the days, the French/artists viewed nudity as artwork, which explains why majority of the stuff you’ll find fit that category. I remembered, when we were walking together, there was this one sculpture of a woman with… male genitals. Ewww much?! But yeah, apart from paintings, sculptures also seemed to be the highlight of the art museum. Here’s one:
All in all, the most of the museum wasn’t just the Mona Lisa, it was the surrounding of people appreciating art, and the many artwork of famous artists, of whom I do not know of.
We took the tube to go to our next destination. I can tell you by that time, we were really tired. We did an awful lot of walking and playing so that explains our exhaustion. But despite that, we still carried on the journey because never say never… (The Fray, not the Biebs).
After what seemed like hours of walking and tube-riding, we finally reached the location. What was it? Well it was …the very Eiffel Towerrrrr!
My family and I wandered around the place. Idk if you can see, but there are a LOT of people behind us, standing in line to reach the top of the tower. My parents once came to Paris before us, during their anniversary, and they told us a little mishap happened. So that time, my mum was in a fashionable mood. She wore high heeled boots during their trip. Since the queue to take the elevator was endless, they went with walking their way up. So in they went, with their tickets in hand, climbing the looooooooooooooooooooooong stairs of the Eiffel Tower. But then my mum was painfully knackered that she took off her boots and walked barefoot…
My siblings and I reeeally wanted to see the view of the top of the tower, both the lines to the elevator and the stairs was time-consuming. So in the end, no, we didn’t enter the tower. 😦 But it’s okay, because just being there was already an experience.
So that’s it for my 2008 Paris holiday! If it wasn’t obvious, yes I had an abso-bloody-lutely splendid time!! I hope in the future I get to revisit the place 😀
So the next day we woke up early, all eager and thrilled to go the very Disneyland. It was a rather short trip from our cabin to the theme park. I also found out that there was this other Disney themed accommodation. I forgot what it was called but I remember, different from our squirrel-like cabin, it was like a grand, royal mansion. And a sparkly Tinkerbell was smack on the front of the building. I understand why we didn’t stay there, for obvious reasons…(cha ching, cha ching).
So entering Disneyland in daylight was so much a view to take in. It truly is a child’s paradise. That morning we queued to take a picture with the legendary Mickey Mouse himself. The queue was like, what… 2minutes? Other characters needn’t queue, only Mickey Mouse. Why am I not surprised?
I remember the first roller coaster we rode was this under tunnel themed one, and after it ended, my sister cried… cus, I guess she was traumatized by the ride? And when we were getting off and the next people were quickly booking their seats, everyone looked at her. I mean, yeah, a girl crying, who wouldn’t?
Honestly though, I can’t even recall how many days we went to Disneyland, but it was definitely fun. We ventured through the streets of what Disneyland had to offer, bought some treats to snack off.
So like I said earlier, we went during the Christmas days. If you’re planning to go to a famous theme park, I highly suggest not only going during a holiday, but also during winter. Because the queues are like 20 minutes at most and it’s not so crowded as in the summers. Plus, you need not worry about being Frozen, because you will get used to it by the second day. And c’mon, once in a while you gotta have some fun with the weather, get out of the safe zone. Unless we’re talking about some heavy blizzard, now that I don’t recommend playing with. But yeah, the weather was a couple of negative degrees (I think)…
Once I saw this BuzzFeed video of how the gigantic pine tree is being set up during the wee hours in Disneyland. And that’s my sister and I standing in front of it. Check it out!
My friends might know this story, but there was this one time, when the sky was turning dark, where my mum and sister got separated from my brothers, my dad and I. I think it was because we were going on a roller coaster and my sister and my mum denied the invitation. Whilst trying to be united, we stumbled upon Stitch Live. It was new during 2008, so my dad told us we should give it a shot. So we followed him, because a) he’s our dad b)he’s been to 3 Disney theme parks, thus being more experienced. However, once we were inside and seated, I kinda regretted coming there because it was for children. Basically all you do it sit and there’ll be a big screen with Stitch on it communicating with the audience, with the help of this host…(a dude with a microphone).
And you see, my older brother didn’t enjoy it any more than me, maybe even less. So even when it all started, he had this dull face and his mouth was open like a Cheerio cereal. Then, all of a sudden Stitch was like “Wait, how about him? The one sitting at the back?” And the host was like ” Which one Stitch?” then on the screen came a photo of my brother!! Yup, with his bored stiff face. So the host walked up to him, held a microphone and my brother got interviewed with Stitch. It was HILARIOUS!
I can’t even…. One of the questions being asked was “Where do you come from?” to which my bro replied “Malaysia”.
Stitch then entertained the audience with his quest from escaping the evil Captain Gantu. And somewhere then he asked who could be a good monkey… that time my younger brother was sitting at the front (I think he was moody), so when the monkey question popped up, he was the first to raise his hand. And oh! did that make things 10x funnier!!
I can’t bring to mind what had specifically happened, but there was a time where Captain Gantu exploded this orange planet that made Stitch upset. Next he asked my older brother “Is that your planet Malaysia?” with this really cute Stitch face. And of course, my brother shook no.
The show was over so we exited. A feeling of disappointment from entering Stitch Live turned into a humorous memory that we all will treasure for a very long time!
When outside, we finally found my mum and sister and all at once my brothers and I told them what had happened back in the Stitch Live studio. My mum was upset because she also wanted to visit it with us, but I guess plans don’t work as well.
There was a point where I was very insistent to ride a roller coaster. So my mum suggested I follow my dad while the rest went on not-so-scary rides.
What’s cool about Disneyland Paris was that it was split into 4 lands.
I forgot which was the space themed one, but you can have a guess. Since my dad was more familiar with Disneyland as afore mentioned, he knew which roller coaster rides were the best and suitable for my height. We compromised with Space Mountain. And can I say it was one heck of a ride! That was one I certainly did not regret going. After that, my dad vowed to not go on any other extreme rides in Paris, ahahaha. This was me on this flying thing… while waiting for our turn on the Space Mountain (cus we bought a ticket to skip the queue).
During the next couple of days, our time in Disneyland grew more fun. We took pictures with Disney characters and went on awesome rides, from Disney’s bumper Car, to Buzz Lightyear’s flying spaceship. These are some photos of us…
Throughout my whole journey in Paris, I was supported by my trustworthy long pink coat, as you can oh so obviously see. Looking back at the photos, I just realized most of my winter clothing were pink! My gloves, my hat…I can say it was unintentional, honestly!
So yeah, Disneyland Paris was amazing, if not more: tremendous, splendid, fantastic, breath-taking, astounding, fear-some. You name it! I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch to go with than my family, they were awesome! We went to the theme park for more than a day, not all the pictures was at one go. But I combined the whole trip to Disneyland, so bear in mind the all this was not just a day. Our next destination was sight-seeing the true city of Paris…
I know, it’s actually The City Of Love. But going there in 2008 with my family wasn’t just a pleasant bondage, it was a joyful time together. So yes, my family and I went to Paris, France 6 yrs ago when I was 11.
Let’s start all the way from the ferry, yes, the ferry…
We went to Paris from England through a ferry, and not just the usual ferry you go with your friends in Penang. This was like a big ferry where you get SOOOOOOO BLOOODYYY seasick! And we weren’t even outside! I forgot how long the trip was, but it was more than an hour. And I remembered my siblings and I complaining and moaning to my parents about how friggin dizzy we were and when the journey would end. I asked why being in that particular transport felt that way, when in fact we’ve been in a couple of Penang ferries. And to that my dad replied “It’s the same, even back in Malaysia it was quite a journey”. But nope, I denied it. I said in Malaysia it wasn’t as bad, and to this day I agree with my Year 5 self.
We FINALLY arrived and drove to our accommodation. Honestly, I can’t remember whether the trip was long, but I can say it was better than the ferry ride. We stayed in Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch which was a whole neighborhood of cabins/caravans and the environment was really woody with lots of thick trees surrounding it. If not trees then barks, or logs, or branches, or sticks, or leaves, basically a part of a tree.
Even the slide in the swimming pool was made out of wood, they were big logs where you literally slide down it. While waiting for our cabin to be ready, we hung around the little shop near the registration centre. The shop sold Disney merchandises, mostly stuffed toys. Here, you can see it for yourself.
The place was really cool. They even had their own stables…
That night we went to Disneyland just for a stroll. It wasn’t time to try out all the rides because first of all, it was near to midnight and all the rides were closed. And second, we wanted to just have a look around to get a fair view on the place. We went during Christmas so they lit up the entire place with Christmas spirits.
It was an unsurprisingly delightful night. They put on a number of Disney shows with Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing near the palace, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating. The only unfortunate thing was the weather. Not to say it was absolutely unbearable, but it was to the point where you wonder whether the water vapor forming from your exhalation was gonna freeze or not.
After our walk, we went back to the cabin and ate my mum’s Rendang that she brought to Paris. Yup, the famous Malaysian dish. Thinking about it now, it is quite a story to have Rendang in Paris; then we dozed off, dreaming about what awaits us in Paris…
So yesterday (8/01/15) I went over to one of my best friend’s house, Abigail. I call her Abs because, being me, I like to shorten people’s names to one syllable especially if it forms a cool word like ABS. This is her….
I’ve been to to her house quite a number of times so like always, we chatted and watched movies. It was really nice, even though we didn’t do much, mostly laze on her bed; but sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Abs, Sharms (Sharmilee) and I updated each other about ourselves. Them still being Sri Amanians [students’ name from my prev school (SMK (P) Sri Aman, PJ)], they told me what happened and how the school was like. I must say, I miss it a lot.
Sharmilee hasn’t changed. She’s the old Sharms I knew, the quiet one. Not to say she didn’t open her mouth, noo, she’s not like that with us! But she didn’t really have much stories, sure she commented a lot but either than that, most that could be heard were her laughs…
Today (10/01/15) I followed my mum and siblings to buy some revision books. We went to the mall for a while and my mum got caught up in this eye liner. She tested the eyeliner whilst the shop assistant promoted some of their products, though must I say she was very nice. I, on the other hand, played with their other cosmetics. I mean, c’mon, they had a bunch of tester make ups, of course Imma fool around with it. I made my sister up. I went with a subtle brown smokey eye and added this nice brown eyeliner. But yeah, it’s been some time since I played with make up, hahah.
Kay, not being all ‘commercializey’ or anything, but since I did touch a lot of their products, it’s only fair to publicize the shop. The shop was ELIANTO.
On the way to the mall, I turned on the LITE.FM radio station, they play good old quality music. And this 80’s song was on, my mum knew it so she sang along. It’s good stuff, seriously. You may know it, but have a listen!
So just now I watched Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with my family (excluding my mum cus she was tired after she got back from work, plus I don’t think she’ll enjoy it as much). I’d give it 2.5 lipstick stains out of 5.
The storyline was good, nothing wrong with it. I didn’t expect much, I guess it was because I wasn’t surprised that nothing extraordinary happened (??) Or perhaps it was because I haven’t finished watching the second Night at the Museum. The new statue that was introduced to this sequel was Sir Lancelot played by Dan Steven. And can I say he was beautiful! Those clear, sapphire eyes…. gorgeous! But either than him, the main characters were the old crew.