Thursday, September 15, 2011

European Escapade - Heading Home!

We have finally arrived at my final post to end all the amazing adventures and glorious
photograph sessions I have shared with you so far on our European Escapade last year! Yes, it took me one whole year to complete my escapade in Europe and I know it sounds like such a long period of time but hey, with so many photos and so many stories to recap, I had to take my own sweet time to ensure I didn’t leave out anything major. Smiley

Read through my post until the very end for a special surprise for one very lucky reader who has been following my EE posts since Day One. Before that however, I would like to give a birthday shout out to my adorable bubbly niece Isabella who turned 4 yesterday!
Issy and her family are on their way home from UK as we speak and tomorrow, I will be hugging her once again! peluk

Apparently my sister has finished her studies in UK and will be home for good. Well, they’ll be here until my sister gets posted to another foreign country. I wonder where to this time but I guess I’ll know soon enough when sis starts looking for new apartments in Florence or another exotic city in
Europe to start her new adventure.

Meanwhile, let’s get back to our final day in Amsterdam. We got back to the hotel late at night and spent our last night in Amsterdam saying goodbye to our hotel room, snacking on yummy delights, watching TV and packing. I took this time to snap some photographs of my souvenir buys from
Amsterdam, aren’t they adorable?

Amsterdam Buildings


Back to the hotel with goodies in hand

Can you name this TV sitcom?

Something Banana

Something Strawberry

The next day we woke up early. The only thing we had to do that morning was to wake up on time, walk the five-minute walk to the central station and catch our train to Schiphol Airport. We also had to collect the rest of our suitcases, which we had stored in the airport upon arrival so we allocated time for that too before checking in.

It felt good to be making our way home and we said goodbye to our hotel, the staff and Amsterdam in general. Before leaving, I asked the hotel reception if they could mail my postcard from Amsterdam back home to
Nessa in Malaysia, and they were of course very obliging and happy to do so. Thank you WestCord City Centre! If ever I find myself heading for another awesome vacation in Florence perhaps, I would want my Florence apartments or hotels to be equally cosy and friendly as this one here in Amsterdam. Smiley

WestCord City Centre

Lovely Lobby

Goodbye WestCord!

Heading to the train station

Bye-bye Amsterdam!

Train Dos and Don'ts

Inside the train

Heading Home

Upon arrival, we collected our bags from the lockers, which were safe and sound like how we had left them. We had accumulated more shopping bags in Amsterdam so there was some re-arranging of stuff in certain suitcases to make sure we could bring them all back home. I was of course worried about the excess weight in luggage but was still secretly hoping we would not be stopped. doa

Schiphol Airport

From Schiphol Airport, we’d be taking a flight back to Standsted Airport, UK. And from there, we’d be taking a coach ride to Heathrow Airport, where we’d be heading home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after 13 days of being away. Our flight was scheduled sometime in the afternoon but we had to be in Heathrow by 1pm latest.

Anyway, we checked in immediately and encountered only one minor problem at Schiphol Airport when the Easy Jet personnel couldn’t find the online payment we had already made for extra baggage. I think we paid for an extra 2kg each and in the end, the staff on duty found our payment online and we were good to go! Smiley

After checking in

Simply Stunning

Schiphol Airport is simply gorgeous and huge. We had a bite at Mc Donald’s and I snapped some last-minute pictures of the airport before boarding the plane, which was punctual. I took this time to truly say goodbye to Amsterdam with more cloud pictures for my collection. Farewell friendly
Amsterdam, thanks for having us even for just 4 days!

Shopping in Schiphol Airport

Visit Malaysia, Truly Asia

Hanging out with Ronald in Amsterdam!

Cloud pic .. but of course!

Farewell Amsterdam

Upon reaching Standsted Airport, we had to figure out the best way to get to Heathrow Airport and after inquiring at the Travel Information desk, we bought two tickets and took a coach ride to the airport. I noticed the change in weather almost immediately; London was cold and windy but it also made a nice change from the sunny weather we enjoyed in Amsterdam.

We arrived at
Heathrow Airport safely but there was such a long queue to check-in. After ten minutes or so, we were ushered to another newly-opened counter by a Qatar Airways staff. Once again, I was really worried about my heavy bags. I was certain we would be stopped and made to pay for the excess baggage but by some sort of miracle, we were waved through without any problem! penat

Heathrow Airport

On the plane, B immediately dozed off into a deep slumber. He was exhausted from all the walking around we did last night but I was too restless to sleep. Whether it was from sheer excitement at the thought of coming home or it was just me being a night owl wherever I am in the world, I could not sleep! So I maximized the advantages of the in-flight entertainment by playing plenty of games and watching all my favourite sitcoms.

Love this show!

A little Black Jack?




After 13 days of being far away from home, and staying in four different hotels in two different countries whilst enjoying the different culture, weather and lifestyle there, I was ready to get back to my routine in Malaysia. A little boring perhaps but I’ve had enough excitement to last me for a while. And all I really wanted to do was to get home, unpack my shopping bags and take pictures of my purchases, and of course say hello to my three cats! Smiley

It was late afternoon when our plane began to descend over
Kuala Lumpur International Airport. We were finally home and I felt a little nostalgic almost immediately; realizing that we were about to officially end our romantic memorable adventure in Europe. Smiley

Home sweet home!

Our European Escapade was possibly the best trip we had taken so far as a couple and I know it won’t be our last. I hope our next destination will be just as awesome but for now, this escapade will remain in my heart as the best time spent with my Darling. rindu

The two of us in Europe

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has been following our escapade in Europe. It was my pleasure to share our adventure with you and I hope you had an equally wonderful time reading about them as I had living the memories and penning them down here for you. Smiley

As a token of appreciation to all my readers who commented and chopped, I will be sending a very special gift to the blogger who chopped the most when it came to my EE posts and that person is
Monica! Look out for your special gift! ihikhik

I am a little sad that my
EE segment here is truly and finally over but the journey with you has been one wonderful ride. Until my next post, I wish you a wonderful weekend and happy travelling if you’re heading for a vacation anytime soon! Smiley

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


Monica,  September 15, 2011 6:30 PM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  September 15, 2011 6:42 PM

"I will be sending a very special gift to the blogger who chopped the most when it came to my EE posts and that person is Monica!" - =-O =-O =-O =-O Monica!? me?? omg what a surprise hahahahha...YAY!! I'm so so happy!! :* :* :*

Monica,  September 15, 2011 6:49 PM

huhuhu..ur final sad la. but i m glad u managed to complete ur escapade in Europe haha..syabas sweetie! thanks for sharing ur adventure with us..i love reading ur EE posts! 8-) 8-)

Monica,  September 15, 2011 6:54 PM

wow u bought so many souvenirs! they're adorable indeed! i love the fridge magnets and pink wooden clogs that u gave me hehe,.. :* :* :*

Monica,  September 15, 2011 6:59 PM

what's that eh..something banana and strawberry..*drooling!!*

oh yeah happy birthday to baby Issy! *hugs* cant wait to see her pics.. :-P :-P

Monica,  September 15, 2011 7:04 PM

so where will u go next? Florence? i want to come too! :) ;) hahaha just kidding.. *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 7:26 PM

brb.. just got home with Jam Jam.. need to settle her first ok

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 8:27 PM

oh all settled.. Jam Jam is happy :)

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 8:28 PM

Wah one year already? that fast eh..what an awesome finale post dearie.. love all the pictures as usual.. oh Amsterdam.. when you be my vacay location.. sigh...

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 8:29 PM

am so hungry now and your delish picture here is making me so hungers. i love airline food... lol!

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 8:29 PM

Congrats Mon!!!!! wah wondering what the special gift is

LadyJava,  September 15, 2011 8:30 PM

oh i love my souveniers from Amsterdam too dearie.. A esp love the you know what.. hehee

Bill,  September 15, 2011 10:49 PM

Holla Mi Amiga 8-)

Bill,  September 15, 2011 10:50 PM

Traveling is always fun but it is always good to get back home to the places and things you are used to. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed all the pics you shared. This will be something that you can cherish the rest of your life, :* :)

foongpc,  September 16, 2011 12:46 AM

So.... you finally ended your EE posts!! After one year!! Hahaha!! :-D :-D :-D

foongpc,  September 16, 2011 12:47 AM

Wah! I feel so sad to read this post - cos I can imagine how sad it is to have your holidays coming to an end! :'(

foongpc,  September 16, 2011 12:51 AM

LOL! So lucky didn't get charged for excess baggage! :)

foongpc,  September 16, 2011 12:51 AM

Congrats to Monica for winning! :)

foongpc,  September 16, 2011 12:52 AM

So when is your next escapade? :-D

Mariuca,  September 16, 2011 2:00 AM

:* :* :* :* Monica FC1!

Mariuca,  September 16, 2011 2:01 AM

:* :* LJ FC2!

Mariuca,  September 16, 2011 2:01 AM

And Bill FC3! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  September 16, 2011 2:02 AM

Thanks so much for the final EE post chop u guys! :* :*

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:48 PM

:* :* :*

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:50 PM

its an ending for ur EE post dy?? :( :( feeling bit sad ler as am enjoying ur adventure!! n oso with those pictures!! :'( :'(

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:51 PM

i love all ur panaroma shots dearie!! :* :*

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:51 PM

foods u had there always looks delicious and I know tasted same too!! =-O =-X

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:52 PM

congrats to Monica!! :* :* :*

Caroline Ng,  September 16, 2011 2:52 PM

next next is what??? *excited* =-X =-X =-X

irene,  September 16, 2011 11:40 PM

Glad you enjoyed your trip! Amsterdam looks like a really beautiful place. :-)

Bella Enveeus,  September 19, 2011 12:37 AM

Hi sweetie! :*

Bella Enveeus,  September 19, 2011 12:37 AM

Oh love love this post! Last one eh? Love the souvenirs.. Especially the houses tu.. So cute to have all that as collection! :-)

bluedreamer27,  September 19, 2011 12:55 PM

so cute of those mini clog shoes ;) ;) :)

bluedreamer27,  September 19, 2011 12:58 PM

what a great adventure you had Marzie...and thank you for sharing it to us.. hehe at least somehow we already toured europe because of this hehe :)

bluedreamer27,  September 19, 2011 12:59 PM

what a stunning cloud shot... me never had a chance to ride on a plane.. what a shame ^_^

bluedreamer27,  September 19, 2011 1:00 PM

will look forward to your future adventure yay!

bluedreamer27,  September 19, 2011 1:01 PM

have a great day Marzie.. sorry for my late visit

Shemah Sham,  September 21, 2011 9:53 AM

Hey Marzie!! :)

Soooo sad to see the end of the EE posts. I love going through the pics one by one.. it makes it seem that you brought us along with you. :-D The pastries look soooo scrumptious. And that's one thing that I think I'll miss, the pastries (almost all your EE posts got pics of pastries! Hahaha!) and I'll miss seeing the gorgeous scenery..

I sampai termimpi hari tu J bought me first class tix to Amsterdam!! LMAO! Tapi for me je! One person only.. coz he couldn't come with me! Stupid dream! LOL! Even in dreams, I can't get what I want! CHIS!

Anyways, thanks for sharing your adventures with us and can't wait to see you off on another adventure! :) Btw, thanks for the goodies!! :) The magnet and postcard is sticking on my fridge door! :)

Shemah Sham,  September 21, 2011 9:58 AM

You are absolutely right! The Schiphol Airport is simply stunning! I love going around airports!! :) If only I get to travel more often. :'( :'( >:o >:o *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :-E :-E

I remember B telling me that Qatar Airways was pretty good, yeah? Maybe I should recommend my mom to use that instead. She had to put her traveling on hold because there was a lot of personal things to settle. So I don't know when she'll be going. I hope it's soon since my youngest sister will start studying in Feb.

Anyways, where are you headed off to next?? :) I've always wanted to go to Buenos Aires. :D

Khale Wale,  September 22, 2011 5:53 PM

Quality time with each other! Nice! Keep it up! :)

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Fida Abbott,  September 23, 2011 2:50 PM

It is fun to see all your pictures and read your adventure stories.
I love the picture when you take the wing of the plane (Cloud pic....but of course!) It is absolutely beautiful! :*

ayie,  September 26, 2011 7:51 AM

as much as i love traveling, there still is no other place like home!

Life Ramblings,  September 28, 2011 4:29 PM

i know what u mean. I think it is quite the norm to feel somewhat sad that vacations like this have come to an end. but glad you had a wonderful escapade in Amsterdam. beautiful memories like this would definitely last a lifetime.

Life Ramblings,  September 28, 2011 4:35 PM

my mind is still bombarded with memories of my vacation and they are still ongoing in my blog. i don't know when mine would come to an end. i know this sounds crazy but i took around 12,000 photos last year and i still have tons of photos in my folder.

Life Ramblings,  September 28, 2011 4:38 PM

anyway,i can't wait to read your adventures in Singapore as i'll be going there in Nov and this time my 3 kiddos would tag along too.

Life Ramblings,  September 28, 2011 4:40 PM

hope your week is going smoothly and productive. take care, rest well and be happy always. ;) :) 8-) :* :-D

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