Flying Off to UK for 3 Weeks!

So tonight I’m flying off to UK for 3 weeks! Finally a well deserved quiet time, some time to do nothing, take some pictures of flowers and insects and nature (ok maybe some hot white chicks too if I find any..).

Time to relax, read some books, walk in the countryside, eat some cream cakes, pork pies, scotch eggs, mushy peas, fish and chips, full english breakfast, sunday roast, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak, toad in the hole, chicken cordon bleu, gammon steak, chicken tikka masala, crispy aromatic duck, strawberries and cream, apple and blackberry crumble, meringue…and the list goes on! I’m salivating already.

Bacon and Egg sarnies of course.

Bacon and Egg Sarnie

Fish and Chips and Mushy Peas with a nice cold BEER!

Fish and Chips

3 weeks with no parties, no events, no forced late nights, no meetings, no nonsense, no nothing except what I want to do!

I’m taking Emirates, my favourite long haul airline. The service is good, they’ve never been delayed so far, the planes are in good condition, the crew are very professional and polite and quite chatty, the food is decent, the movies on the plane are excellent, Dubai is a pretty nice airport to spend a few hours in and the prices are reasonable too!

Qatar Airways was slightly cheaper, but they only fly to Manchester, which is a few hundred miles further from my places than Birmingham airport.

The worst so far is still KLM, bad food, HORRIBLE staff and can be quite often delayed…the upside is you do get to transit in Amsterdam with all the PORN!

The last time I was back in UK was in 2006, I didn’t manage to get back last year…so this trip is going to be awesome! The fact my photography has improved a little is a bonus.

I’ve persuaded my Mom to get a new computer too so no more Pentium II 333mhz for me! Hopefully will be able to upload some better stuff this time.

I’m hoping the weather is more like this.

Minehead

And less like this.

Grey Skies

Updates may be a little infrequent until I’m back on August 27th, but I’ll do the best I can and I’ve drafted up a few things just in case.

I’ll probably check back in when I’m in Dubai in the middle of the night and I’ll reach UK around midday tomorrow (about 8pm tomorrow night).

You can find all the posts on my UK trip:

UK Trip – August 2008

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25 Responses to Flying Off to UK for 3 Weeks!

  1. suanie August 6, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    have a good trip!

  2. Ben August 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Enjoy yourself. You deserve it 🙂
    Post up some nice pics, ya!

  3. joshuaongys August 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    yesh.. take care and enjoy urself!

  4. Balqiz August 6, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    have a nice trip! sigh! i miss london… sniff.. can pack me in your luggage? I’m mighty small.. really..

  5. KY August 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    that fish & chips looks like goreng pisang. LOL

  6. jonathanchong August 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    I can confirm with you now that the weather is more akin to the second photo, rather than the first. Probably worse up in Birmingham!

    If you were here three weeks ago, it was sunny and dry. Oh well. 😉

  7. Dabido August 6, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    Have a safe flight and a great time! 🙂
    Don’t forget to come back! 🙂

  8. aud August 6, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    this is the most british i’ve ever heard you sound hahahaha.

    eh what photo hosting site should i use ar u said! flickr ar?

  9. Tzyy August 6, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Always.

    Love.

    Your photos.

  10. Huai Bin August 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Have a great trip ST! I remember one of your really old posts about your going back home and eating a HUGE greasy proper English breakfast. 🙂
    I loved that one, it got me cravings. I was working in Kuching then.
    Have fun, buddy!

  11. Nick Chhan August 7, 2008 at 12:33 am #

    Have a great trip home =)

  12. Kuzco August 7, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    That fish and chips looks like Yau Char Kwei hahahaha

  13. Azmeen August 7, 2008 at 7:16 am #

    Take care ST! I’m sure you’d be posting more awesome pics from your “kampung” 🙂

  14. kevin August 7, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    takecare and bring back countless shots.

  15. moons August 7, 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    Have a great time 🙂

    Hope to see loads of those wonderful food you mentioned so I can drool over them and think about when I’ll ever be going to UK 😀

  16. RealGunners August 7, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    I agree with u that Emirates is better for long haul flight, but I really can’t agree with u about their food..

    And.. don’t think you’ll be getting the weather u hoped for, unfortunately.. my juniors over at Liverpool and Sheffield have been complaining about lousy weather..

    And.. I miss McVities caramel chocolate cookies and lemon cake.. sh*t…

  17. Jay August 8, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    No idea what it’s like in Bham. London’s pretty warm at the moment, but with lots of rain.

    A little dismayed by your mention of KLM – I’ll be flying to KL with them in a couple of months for the very first time, so what you said really made my heart sink!

    As for Emirates: I’ve flown with them before, as well as several other Middle Eastern airlines and my chief complaint is just how LONG they take. A direct flight with the most excellent Malaysian Airlines is about 12.5 hours, but with a Middle Eastern airline this can be anything between 15 hours to 24 hours.

    And call me spoilt, but I want tv on demand, thank you, not ‘The Mask’ on a shared screen 10 feet away.

    Still, they tend to be about £100 cheaper than MAS, so…

  18. pinolam August 8, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    no wonder didnt see u at badminton court.
    come back for revenge!
    bring me back a burberry beg as well tq.
    i heard its like 80% cheaper than KL.

  19. United Voices August 8, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    i’m a first timer @ ur site. take care for ur trip to the UK.

    have a good trip!

  20. potatoe August 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    have a good trip!

    wtf you doing in brummy? heh.

  21. ethanhunt August 9, 2008 at 2:09 am #

    have a good weeks rest dude. you know how the old saying goes ‘there’s no place like home’.

  22. steph August 11, 2008 at 12:05 am #

    have a fun-tastic trip! love the beach photo with the awesome clouds.

  23. ShaolinTiger August 11, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    suanie: Thanks! Will try not to forget your walkers haha.

    Ben: Will try, weather isn’t so conducive for nice pics.

    joshuaongys: Thanks, I’ll be relaxing to the max!

    Balqiz: I won’t be going to London sorry.

    KY: Yah giant banana man.

    jonathanchong: Yah definitely colder up North, it’s not bad though get a bit of blue skies.

    Dabido: Haha thanks will try and remember to go back.

    aud: Oooooohh, yeah Flickr!

    Tzyy: You’re too kind.

    Huai Bin: Yah man, just had one of those yesterday, had a mad carvery today – sweet!

    Azmeen: I’ll try, no great pics so far though.

    moons: Yah have been snapping all the food like a proper blogger.

    RealGunners: Food is better than a lot of the other airlines IMHO, weather…hmm is ok better than winter.

    Jay: Well you aren’t taking MAS either you are taking KLM…and they transit in Amsterdam so you’ll have the 15-24 hour flight too. Emirates have movies on demand, personal 7″ LCD screen in every seat….no churned out movies, no shared screens.

    pinolam: Not sure about 80% but I guess it would be cheaper.

    potatoe: My kampung la around there.

    ethanhunt: Nothing like mom’s cooking!

    steph: Thanks, no pics like that yet tho.

  24. Grace August 14, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Hey Shaolin…. i love the picture u took by the seaside… gosh that is beautiful….

    I am sure when you’re in UK, you would really bring back a lot of good photo shots… Bring them back…

    Share them with us.. I am eager to see more of your skillful shots….

  25. ShaolinTiger August 18, 2008 at 4:21 am #

    Grace: Thanks! Just got back from there tonight, didn’t look like that this time though. The weather isn’t great this time though, hard to get any good shots.