So we’ve been back for over 2 weeks now and we’re still trying to shed off our honeymoon weight. We each gained over 1kg during our trip as a result of our gluttony, but I would say it was well worth it! 😉
Last weekend we were wandering around Raffles City and we’re looking for a nice cafe. So we went to try the lobby cafe at Swissotel. Our marriage proposal actually took place in this hotel 2 years ago, was kinda nice to be back there.
We both ordered tea without milk or sugar to go with this. To make ourselves feel less guilty perhaps?
Here’s some of our attempts at eating clean. We’re basically trying to cut down on oily, high fat and high carb food.
We tried this restaurant at One Raffles Place called Smor. It specializes in Scandinavian food! And for the name you know they serve Smor :)) the last time I had one was almost 5 years ago while visiting Oslo. We ordered a Scandinavian food platters as well, but I completely forgot to take a picture of it. It was too good!
And here’s some home cooked meal 🙂
Oh and here’s a video to brighten up your day. There’s this smartly dressed elderly man who performs at Tampines Mrt station. He dances to very energetic and hip music and really seems to enjoy himself! Kudos!
I’m currently on a hunt for a digital piano. Gonna view a second hand Casio AP 260 tomorrow. If all goes well, it’s coming home with me! Can’t wait to get my finders on you hahaha
We’ve been back for a week! Has it only been a week? It feels like we’ve been back for ages!
First thing that we had to overcome was the jetlag. Boy, the first few nights were bad. We were both awake at 3am and couldn’t fall back to sleep till 6 or 7. LOL a good time to catch up on some heart to heart talk 😉 We then slept through the day till 3 in the afternoon! Good thing it’s much better now or we would be falling asleep at work.
Next is the heat! OMG it’s so warm! It’s 33C now as I’m typing this. We have to stay indoors all the time or once we step out, we’re drenched in sweat. Why don’t we have snow here? 😇 🌨 The upside is our skin isn’t as dry and flaky here 🙂
Look what came in the mail for us!
As we don’t have a single plant at home, I picked this up at the mall the other day.
So it’s finally the weekend! Fuh, was dreading going back to work and still dreading it now. Every time I think of work, I get this heavy sinking feeling in my heart. I wonder if there other people who feels the same. Time for a career change perhaps? Any suggestions? Anyone wanna hire me to travel the world? 😁
I’ve been craving for this for a while. Went to Saveur for our foie gras fix.
Alls good so far! Picked up some guidebooks from the library yesterday. Our next trip in the making :))
On our third day in London, we didn’t have much planned for the morning so we went to visit the National History Museum which was about 5 mins walk from our hotel. The museum opens at 10 and when we arrived at 9.55, there was already a long queue outside the museum. There were many groups of school children ranging from preschool to high school, and even a group from France. Eeks! Back to a land with loads of people.
Time for brunch! Used the Foursquare app to search for nearby cafes and saw that this place had quite good reviews. It’s only a 5 minute walk away.
After lunch, we made a short stop at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This museum is huge and there was so many interesting things to see. We only managed to cover a small section of the museum before it was time to go to London Bridge for high tea.
Food was not fantastic but service was top notched. Alexa is allergic to dairy so she couldn’t eat anything on the menu. The kitchen was nice enough to make and bake gluten free bread just for her!
Yup, we missed our flight from Helsinki to London! Even though we were staying at the airport hotel which is about 5 mins walk from the airport. *sigh* it’s mostly my fault 😔 I got the departure time wrong, and I underestimated the time needed for bag drop and going through security check.
We arrived at the bag drop counter to find it empty. Apparently the counter had closed 5 mins before we arrived. We were then directed to the Aviator counter to sort things out. We were informed that we could no longer board our flight and had to rebook our tickets on the next outgoing British Airways flight from Helsinki to London. And since we are holding a connecting ticket to Singapore, we had to pay a total fare difference of EUR 862 per person! If we don’t, it will be considered a no show and our ticket from London to Singapore will also be cancelled.
At that point it seemed like a whole lot of money, so we decided to just forgo the ticket and repurchase out ticket from Helsinki to London, while hoping that BA will not cancel our connecting ticket. The Aviator staff at the airport were not very helpful as they were not BA personnel and could not answer any of our queries.
We then tried to contact BA by phone to inform them that we missed our flight but still intend to take our connecting flight but it was to no avail. Most of their helpline numbers were not in service, and their hotline in UK do not open until 6am UK time (8am in Helsinki). Our departure time was 7.40am. We then sent an email to their customer relations office, but they have not gotten back to us until now. We finally managed to get hold of an agent on the UK hotline at 6.30am UK time after being put on hold for 15 minutes. The agent was no help at all, kept saying that we should have informed BA earlier that we missed the flight and that there was nothing he could do because the tickets have already been cancelled. How much earlier could we have informed them? Bloody BA.
Anyway, we bought new tickets for London on Norwegian Air, and to Singapore via KL on Malaysia Airlines. It burnt a huge hole in our pockets, but at least it can be resolved with money. And we’re back on track on our honeymoon :))
Today, I’ve come to realize that I am extremely lucky to have what I have and be what I am. I’m lucky to have a healthy able body which allows me to go anywhere I want. With that, I am grateful.
So enough of rattling, enjoy the pictures! 😊
This morning we went to a little cafe at Fitzrovia for brunch before heading on to our magical adventure at the Harry Potter studio.
We had quite some fun today. Do visit if you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, or even if you’re a not so huge Harry Potter fan like me 😜 Makes me feel like reading the whole series again.
It’s our final day in Lapland! Checking out of this very comfortable apartment by the lake. But of course, we had to attempt another crossing of the lake after the previous aborted attempt.
Also went to the Iitala outlet there to buy a beautiful bowl designed by Alvar Aalto, a famous Finnish architect.
Will be staying the night at Helsinki Airport hotel tonight, maybe try out the sauna, then catch an early flight on to London tomorrow!
A special note to Sartenada and Suvi, thanks for all your comments! We feel that you’ve been part of our journey here ☺️
Although we didn’t get to see the Aurora Borealis, we had a very enjoyable and fun-filled 10 days here in Finland. It’s the best honeymoon one could ever have!
Rose early today to make the hour long drive down to Ranua where the northernmost zoo is. We’ve been looking forward to this zoo for quite a while now, we were eager to see which Arctic animals were housed here. Plus, we’ve never been to a zoo with snow! ☃
If this were Singapore, there would be hoards of people queuing up, waiting for the zoo to open. Extreme kiasu-ness!
We decided to head for one last tourist destination spot before waving our final goodbyes to beautiful Finland. Found something interesting in the Lapland handbook – Artikum! Actually we overheard the tour leader of a Malaysian tourist group mentioning this when we were having lunch hehe. Met them there too 😊
We were quite sceptical about Wakkanai initially, not sure if a Japanese restaurant would be good in a place with so few Asians. But we decided to give it a go and we were very pleasantly surprised.
We were greeted by very friendly wait staff when we entered and were given a thorough description of the items on the menu.
Hubby was quite reluctant to try the reindeer sushi, but after some convincing, he did try it after all.
Great day with lots of good food! Can sleep with a happy tummy tonight 😊