Friday, December 28, 2012

Visiting IKEA Tomorrow!

The last time I was at IKEA was in July.  First week of July, if I remember it right.  After five exciting work months, I will finally be spending an IKEA day with Bebe, mom-, sister-, brother-in-laws, and two other lovely people.  I can hardly wait!

It’s going to be an hour and a half drive to the nearest IKEA [IKEA Gävle] from our town and yet, I am still wide awake.  Time check’s 2.36 past midnight and sleep hasn’t found its way to me yet.

A cute bed for kids!
Enjoying my IKEA Gävle visit in July:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Harbin - A Winter Wonderland

Without a doubt, one of the most romantic times of the year is Christmas, couple that with a romantic place to visit and you could have one of the most memorable times of your life. The place I would urge you all to visit at Christmas is China and you will not be disappointed. China has a lot to offer. For couples seeking a romantic getaway, there's plenty to see so expect an action packed holiday seeing some of the most beautiful places in the world.

My favourite place to go in China for a romantic getaway is Harbin; it is a city in Northeast China. The weather in Harbin can be cold around Christmas time; the average winter temperature is -16c. Don't let that put you off; the weather enables the city to hold the world’s famous International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The festival officially starts a little after Christmas on January 5th however if you can't stay that long after Christmas you can see most of the sculptures before the start date. Ice sculptures are scattered all over the city and they give you a reason to explore parts of the city you wouldn't normally visit. The main snow sculptures can be seen at Sun Island and next door is Ice and Snow World which comes to life at night with fantastic light shows bringing the ice sculptures to life. The festival in Harbin is in the top four ice and snow festivals in the world, it is a real draw for people and attracts numerous people to the area that wouldn't normally be frequented.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Magnificent London City Hall Building

As we traveled on foot along the popular River Thames in London, I just could not stop myself from admiring the scenery.  Although the walk was very long combined with the unpredictable sunny-rain-showery weather, I, Bebe and Lo kept on going, enjoying every step we took.

After crossing London’s iconic symbol, Tower Bridge, I could already feel my legs shaking a bit.  Tired and exhausted, I took a quick break and sat down with the birds.

Taking a two-minute break with the pigeons on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge:

Sitting on that spot gave me that window of opportunity to really look around and experience London’s beauty.  Deep breaths, a smile for the camera and then we kept on going.

A few meters away from Tower Bridge stands this magnificent building.  I had no idea whatsoever what it was.  I found myself mesmerized.  I was a bit stressed that day due to the long itinerary we had to fit into just one day that I had no much time for asking questions.  So, I did the quickest act to do… take photos and ask later.

So well, days later, I have learned that the magnificent building is the City Hall of London – the headquarters of the London City Mayor and the London Assembly.  Wow.  I wish I had the luxury of time to get inside the building and snap some shots.  For now, this will do…

The City Hall in Central London designed by Norman Foster and cost £65 million to construct:

The next time I get the chance to pass by London’s City Hall, I’ll definitely make an effort to get inside and see its beauty from within.

How about you?  Have you ever been to the London City Hall?  If so, have you gotten in?

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