Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Theatre of Dreams

I think from my previous entry, some of you must have guessed that we would not miss visiting THAT one place in Manchester.  Yeah, I am talking about THAT one place.  Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams.

Old Trafford is just nearby to Salford Quays.  We can even see the stadium from the Lowry.

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We walked there from Salford Quays, crossing the Lowry footbridge.  As we got nearer, the stadium got bigger.

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There were some stalls selling fan stuffs outside the stadium that day because there was going to be a match that evening; Man United against Spurs.

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And then we were there, right in front of the stadium.  Never had we thought in our wildest dreams that we would one day be standing here, right outside the Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams.  It was truly like a dream come true.

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We also visited the megastore, selling all sorts of merchandise bearing the Man United name and logo, as well as jerseys.  The things there are super expensive.  No wonder they are making millions out of merchandise sales.

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Even though we could not do a stadium tour that day because of the home match against Spurs, we were equally as excited to be there.  We will return again for the stadium tour soon.  After all, it is only one hour drive away.

:-)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Outing to Manchester

Last weekend, we went on an outing to Manchester.  It takes only about one hour to drive from Liverpool to Manchester.

We went to the Lowry at the Salford Quays.  Earlier that week, I went there to attend a symposium and finding it a very nice place, I went again together with my husband and chubby kid that weekend.

The Lowry is a theatre and gallery, with facilities for conferences and meetings.

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It has a very nice interior, decorated in the style of a gallery.

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Opposite the Lowry is an outlet mall for shopping. 

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I am not particularly impressed with the shopping there.  I still like Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet better.

One very nice piece of architecture at the Lowry is the Lowry footbridge.

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There is also a very nice waterfront pavement for people to enjoy a walk or jog in the cool breeze.

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Later on, we also visited the Trafford Centre.  This is also a shopping mall, which is very big and is full of people shopping and enjoying their meals over the weekend.  The interior of the mall is very nicely decorated.

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There is even a little ChinaTown theme in there, where there are lots of chinese restaurants, as well as, restaurants serving food from various nationalities.

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Well, this is just a typical mall.  Nothing fancy.  I was quite happy with the fact that chubby kid enjoyed playing in the toy store there.

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Hope to bring her out to more places during these few months when the weather is good.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bargains from Car Boot Sale

Last weekend, we went to a big car boot sale at Burscough, about 80 minutes drive from Liverpool.  I did not manage to take a photo of the site, a big old airfield strip, where lots of people brought all sorts of things to be sold, both new and second-hand.  I will remember to take a photo of the place the next time I go.

The place is very interesting.  People from all walks of life drove their cars there, set up a pitch and sold all sort of things.  We targeted to buy another stroller for chubby kid, as well as some books and toys for her. 

During our first round, we bought some books and toys for chubby kid.  These are what we bought.

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At the same time, we surveyed the strollers available there that were put on sale.  We saw a few, which looked quite worn out.  Not satisfied with all those, we continue walking from pitch to pitch, also eyeing some of the toys that were on sale.

Then, suddenly, we spotted this pitch where there were a whole line of strollers on sale.  Having examined those closely, I would say that most of them were in very good condition.  The guy selling it told us that those strollers were used but were returned to the shops within the 28 days* period and thus, could not be resold in the shops.

* Here in the UK, you can buy things and returned them within 28 days if you are not satisfied with it.

My husband was very keen on one of the strollers, which we earlier on wanted to buy but was too expensive.  A new stroller of that model is selling at GBP160 in the shops but this guy here is selling it for only GBP50.  We decided to buy that stroller and the guy agreed to sell it to us with another GBP5 discount, thus, only GBP45.

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Yeah, it is a good buy.  We are very satisfied with it.  It pushes well and smooth and chubby kid seems to be very comfortable on it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spice Up Our Lives

Ever since we landed in Liverpool, we have been craving for spicy food/sauce/paste.  Several local sauce/paste were a disappointment so far.  Despite being labelled as hot, those sauce/paste hardly live up to our expectations of hot.  Lesson learnt, we decided to just buy either Malaysian or Thai sauce/paste.

These are not too bad.  We can actually feel the spiciness of sauce.

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And of course, tom yam.

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:-)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

8PM

And it’s still bright.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Keukenhof Garden

On our last day in Amsterdam, we checked out early at 8:30am to make our way to Schipol Airport and caught a bus from there to go to Lisse, about 30 minutes away.  Our destination is the Keukenhof Garden, the largest garden in the world.  This garden only opens on the last week of March until mid-May every year.

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We had earlier on bought our all-in-one return bus ticket and garden entrance ticket at Schipol Airport.  So, we could immediately enter when we reached there.

I am not going to write much in this entry.  Just enjoy the photos of the flowers in the garden.

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This whole field of tulips is such an awesome sight.  It is at time like this one that I truly regret not having a DSLR camera to capture this priceless moment.  Words cannot describe how magnificent the view is at this field. 

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There is also a windmill at the garden.

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The queue to go up the windmill was so long, so I could not be bothered to wait in line.

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There is also a children’s zoo here, where children can roam about in an enclosed space to pat harmless animals.  Here is a llama.

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Some piglets.

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Mother goat and its kid.

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Rooster.

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A pony and a calf, I think.

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A turkey.

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Our excursion of the garden ended after that and we caught the bus back to the airport.  Truly a wonderful trip.  Looking forward to travel more soon.