You know, how they usually turn the letter A into an Eiffel tower. Damn cute!
Anyway. 50 pictures! May you die of french cheese overdose.
It was a Wednesday. Woke up 6am and caught the tube from High Barnet to Waterloo.
Exactly my sentiment.
Half way in the tube, Porkie turned to me.
“Shit. I dun have my debit card! We need to use it to redeem our tickets.”
No card means no tickets. Means no train. Means no PARIS. O.o
The horror. Our train would leave at 10:10am sharp. And it was 9am already. We were supposed to check in 45 minutes before depature. The horror.
We couldn’t return home because that would mean we would miss our train.
We got to Waterloo anyway, waiting for his dad to bring us the damn card that could change our destiny.
Anxious. Porkie called countless times, but didn’t get through. Apparently no reception in the tube.
The 10:10 train was boarding already.
And the clock said 9:52am.
Seriously lo. A lot of thoughts ran through my mind. If we miss the train, we either:
1. Go back to London with the most potonged steam mood and sulk for a whole day.
2. Pay another 50 pounds per person for the next train (siao ah? wtf).
Never had i felt so anxious before! I couldn’t move my eyes away from the ticking clock and for the first time i wished that i could stop time like Hiro in Heroes (what a pun). Okay maybe i did when i had my first kiss too.
From open to boarding to closing, my heart kept beating faster each time the words changed along with the minute hand moving nearer to the right.
The queue was long at the check-in point. A officer opened up a new lane and yelled, “Last call for passengers going on 10:10am train to Paris, this way,” waving his arm directing the passengers to move his way.
Some late comers rushed over, inserted their ticket and looked relieved immediately after.
BUT WHAT COULD I DO!
I walked up to the officer and said, “Sir, we’re having a little problem. My ticket…” and he took a glance at my empty hands and before i could finish my sentence he shoved right in, “ONLY passengers with TICKETS, please.”
Clock ticked 10:05am And the info board finally said “CLOSED”.
We just missed our train to Paris. Oh, yay.
And then Porkie’s dad showed up right away with the card and redeemed the tickets anyway. We were too late. 🙁
Holding the Paris Pass which had already of no use, i was stoned for one minute of disappointment not know what to do next. Reluctant to give up, we walked up to the check in counter to a lady officer and asked a very stupid question, “Is it too late for the 10:10 train now?”
She took a look of the tickets, shook her head and looking slightly sympathetic.
“Yes, the train’s just left,” she said.
“Oooh. Uhm. Thanks.”
“But this is what i can do. I’m gonna give you stickers which you can then go and exchange for the next train. Good luck!”
Suddenly i heard angels singing and cherubs playing harp. The next thing i know, i have two spanking new eurostar ticket to Paris at 10:40am, totally FOC.
I’m the luckiest cheese on earth.
AND WE WERE GOING TO PARIS. 😀
The train is just like the one i saw in Before Sunrise. Reminded me of how much i love the movie.
The Paris Bible
Two and a half hours later, we reached Paris.
Always a man’s duty to memorize the map.
Culture shock! I suddenly felt so lost. There’s not a word i saw that i could understand. The only french word i memorized was excusez moi and that didn’t exactly help. And the french word i saw most during my 3 days stay in Paris was SORTIE. lol.
We finally got to our hotel after some great communication effort.
We stayed in this atas place surrounded by stretches of atas shops where the only thing we could probably afford was, well, nothing.
Our first stop is what else but Eiffel! 😀 😀 😀
I like the framing of this pic!
We didn’t go on to the top because look at the queue! Plus the tickets are super expensive lo. So, we hung around to take loads photos. While doing so there were so many gift pushers, some nice and some aggressive – this one guy placed a rose in my arm and said I could have it, only later for him to come back and demand money (no we didn’t pay as I didn’t want it in the first place and Porkie gave the guy evils).
Paris is everything you imagined it to be. Gorgeous, beautiful, lively, expen$$$$$$ive. And impossible. In comparison with my pathetic mundane existence.
One bottle of mineral water is averagely €2. At tourist places as such, it can go up to €5. RM25 for 500ml of H2O. -_-
Porkie was super happy! So happy he almost ate himself. Why?
“WAHAHAHA FINALLY my almighty super wide lens can show its power. My dad always asked what i needed such stupid lens for. I hope he’s here too see why!”
Apparently, what i could do with my pathetic Sony T10 is
This is what his atas wide lens could do.
Captured the entire Eiffel freaking Tower.
“I could fit the entire freaking tower in wei!” was what keep piercing my ear for the next half an hour.
I have to admit la. The camera felt really good in my hands.
They say you must witness Eiffel in the day and night. We decided to stay for sunset (like, before sunset. omg the romance)!
This is Seine River.
Haha it’s so punnable i tell you!
We’re in Seine now.
If you jump from the Paris bridge, you’re in Seine.
We bought a bottle of €5 mineral water. We must be in Seine.
It can go on forever! Omigouda so punny!
I’m inseine. Muahaha.
Waiting for dusk, and drinking my atas water.
Love sunsets in Paris. It’s really in pink and purple, like what you saw in Ratatouille. =)
Okay. My sore finger just gave up on me. I think i’m going to stop here O_O
Oh and i met my cute frend (french friend?) Matthieu!
Super duper mega ultra tall -_-
Up next: The proper french food
Guess what we eat! Stay cheesed!
omg paris overload! im only seeing eiffel towers now. *spins*
at laz, paris is up huh…hehehe
bt picture loading like turtle wo… =.=
I WANNA GO 2 PARIS TOO!!!
My eyes, my eyes, seeing Parissss (@.@)~
Walao…I’m soooo going to Paris next year! Btw, that’s a very nice preppy outfit you had on, would look much better with calf-length camel colored boots though 🙂
“…drinking my atas water.”
hey…you should have gone up to the 2nd floor of eiffle tower…its fantastic ..really nice view..not really exp to get up to 2nd floor…around 7.50euros..
such a cute coat. is that from bought one of your taiwan or korea trips?
oh my gawd cheesie that was totally fantabulous!!!
I love your jacket. Where did u buy it?
love the pics….
I’m on dial up now… oh no
Hello Cheesie! I’ve been following your blog for some time now, first time I’m leaving a comment. I love love LOVE that coat you’re wearing!
Seems fun. I want to go to Europe someday. The closet Eiffel Tower I’ve seen is the fake one in Las Vegas, haha.
Oh my god, i wanna go to Paris too. The pics are lovely.
I thought the only word you will recognise in pAris was fromage and not sorte( is it sortie as in exit btw???)
sorry for repeating what others say, it needs saying again: i love love love that coat!
guess what u eat? kekekeke.. what else other than typical french meal (neh, always got 1 fish extra wan). 法国大餐-多鱼（余）.
How did you get the Eurostar tickets at 10:40am ?
oOoo… now I know what wide lens for.. *LoL*
I like your coat eh…
Looks very classy 🙂
Whoa! I could not believe u didn’t go up the tower! 11.50 euros for the ticket can’t be too bad, considering you are already there
3 reasons why anyone die-die also must go up the tower:
1) Sunset scenery taken on top of Eiffel
2) Night scenery of the river Seine – with the lit up Parisian boats + long cam exposure = priceless!
3) You get leave your mark by scribbling ur name ( XXX was here!) on the 2nd floor metal grill. Yea I know, that’s blatant vandalism, but everyone’s doing it, and I’m loving it! tsk tsk tsk
Apparently, it’s better to take photos from the top while in first floor, coz second floor u got all the grills and stuff, making it abit of a hassle
wowww pariss!!! hope you got some cheese. it sure is beautiful there…!
all i can say is wow and wow and wow!!!
Nice coat……paris is wow!! and the photo of porkie “scared me to death” is soooo cute… :p
First timer here but oh well, i will make myself comfortable. haha.
anyway, reading this reminds me of how emotional i was when i stepped to Paris since it has been my I-MUST-GO-PLACE since like forever. so yeah, thanks for that. &&& OMG, you should have went up to Eiffel Tower to where Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes [okay, stupid reason to why you have to go up there but, but, but it makes a good one somehow =_=”]! not only that, they have lotsa hot French people up there, like hello, time to go fishing for some hot French! haha.
it was summer when you went right? so did you get to see French sunbathing all around the town? well, i did. HAHA.
ps. MUST, MUST get a good camera soon! my photos of Eiffel are poop compared to umm, Porkie’s [did i make myself too comfortable?]!
nini: that too!
claudine: and you can also see london tower anytime. jealous.
annant: yes and more to come! and get broadband!
ying bin: im sure you will!
aki: bring embrie there! i go with u too
Adrianne: so nice! good luck to you 🙂 would love to have nicer boots but they will drive me inseine since i walked so much!
azeelia: water in paris tastes horrible. even evian (eh? pun?)
Stanley: ya lo. true but i had to queue like forever!
snow: that too!
anna banana: thank you! 😀 bought it from bangkok actually.
patricia: i know right!!!! 😀
brian: thanks! 🙂
petitange: thank you for your dropping! i might consider selling it! 🙂
trang: i wanna go vegas too! the closest casino i saw was in CSI!
princess: thank you! 🙂
mrbherng: sortie it is! thanks, i edited it! 🙂
jingling: *repeats* thank you!
toto: that too!
DDB: erm. and i thought i explained helluva a lot.
ahlost: now you know!
sheena: thank you sheena! me love victorian everything!
CF: Thanks for advice. Will definitely go up next time. 🙂
ashleighhhh: I had the best cheese there!
panda: hehe. more about paris soon. 🙂
yewchong: Thanks for your dropping! i went autumn, very nice weather. Sunny but cool. 🙂
did you blog about your paris trip? 🙂
hey, u can actually drink tapwater over there, its safe and taste good too..just carry a plastic bottle along and refill at water taps.. save u lotsa money .
how can u find such pretty jacket in Bangkok!!!!!!! how much is it? i’m drooling over it =p
cant wait for yr next post – see how supportive i m, once i’m back to melb, i cant wait but start loading yr page lol
HEYYY, i didn’t expect a reply from you 🙂
Yes, i did but i deleted it already because it was a messy post.
Besides, i was there only for two days, so i didn’t get to visit many places which was upsetting.
Anywayyy, i truly love your pictures on Jiu Zhai Gou. makes me want to go so much; my mum has been asking if i want to go but i always say NO until i saw your post. Haha.
&&& oh yeah, if you wish to see my pictures on the Eiffel, you can always add me in my messenger, same email. then we can share share about Paris &&& other places!
Travel freaks. ha.
I think if you comeback to your hometown you will getting fat girl!
Just because some cheese? OMG? 😆
Been away for some time…
Anyway..looks like u had tonnes of fun…
Catching up on ur entries… =)
Anyway..u looked like u have shrunk??
beautiful pics you took with the eiffel, cheesie! 🙂
now i regret not cam-whoring to the max with the tower the last time i went! :~
hey cheesie, sorry for being anal, but theres a grammatical error right up there. Its not
“alphabet A”. but its “letter A”. The letters A-Z make up the alphabet. 😉
sharon: thanks for pointing out. changed it! 🙂
hey hey… your cam really makes a difference.. sorry Im a bit blur abt digicams… what did you do with the wide lens , attach it to your sony T10? hehehe. =P
really beautiful pictures… =)
Rachel: The wide lens cam belongs to my friend. 🙂
hi Cheesie, very nice pictures! You’re getting me excited for the trip I’m planning to Paris in Dec! Am surveying for accomodations now, would you mine sharing how much/where was the hotel you stayed in? Thanks!