Friday, October 31, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 2 Part IV- The one in Pompidou and Musée d'Orsay

Ok now we are back to the Paris post again! Woot!

We reached Pompidou Centre, which housed the contemporary art collection in Paris. And I can understand why when this building was built in 1960s, many Parisian held protest against it…

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The escalators in Pompidou centre.

It is because it was built in the midst of the classical houses, which the Parisians proud of!

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See those extremely classical Parisians house?

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One of the art piece exhibited in the centre.

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After that we walked past Cafe de Flore, famed for its intellectual clientele

And we reached Musée d'Orsay, another famous museum. A visit is a must!

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 IMG_8891 Me and Van Gough’s L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise (The Church at Auvers-sur-Oise).

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Whistler’s mum as the model replacement. There is definitely a story behind it! Haha! Oh and it appears on Mr Bean’s Movie too! Check it out!

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre 1876 Look carefully at the drawing, you will notice that the artist is trying to depict the different density of sunlight onto the objects under the shady trees. It is by far one of the most impressive depiction I ever see and amazed on how the artist managed to think of that. It tries to create the sense of realm but with the whim of art.

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Gustave Caillebotte The Floor Scrapers 1875

I like this painting too, extremely realistic. The artist really play well with the depiction of the light and refection on the wood floor board and on the back of the workers. Impressive I should say.

IMG_0487  Ah, we couldn’t finish seeing all the arts as it is near closing time and we are really tired! So maybe next time I will come and visit this museum again…

I lost my draft posts!!

I am extremely not pleased about this! I have no idea why it is happening but my PDA suddenly froze and unwilling to start up! I try soft reset and guess what, it wipe out all my blog draft entries! That is so unusual! Soft reset won’t clear my memory!

Anyway, guess it is time to get a replacement for this old Sony Clie. So guys, since that the drafts are gone, you have to wait a little longer for me to type it out again… Ha!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Air Asia X low cost airline fly from KL to UK, Japan, Europe Updates!

1) First announcement of Flight to UK 2007

2) AirAsia X to fly to London UK by year-end 2008 Mar 2008

3) Air Asia X to UK London more updates! Fly in March 2009 and from RM1,200 ( GBP188) return. May 2008

More links regarding to flights from Kuala Lumpur to UK

4)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/2469038/Air-Asia-X-to-launch-UK-Malaysia-flights.html 29 Jul 2008

Telegraph did quoted the CEO of Air Asia X that the return flight from the UK to Malaysia will be GBP350, which is a great news!

5)http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Services/Travel/Visa_rule_could_scupper_AirAsia_X_flights_to_Japan/rssarticleshow/3286738.cms27 Jul, 2008

Disappointing news though about Air Asia X flight plan to Japan is scrapped.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Air Asia X Low cost flight from Malaysia to India (Kuala Lumpur to Tiruchi)—RM49 only promotion

Editted on 28th Oct 2008

This came as a quite a surprise for many as Air Asia X has took a turn of direction and made the decision to fly to India as early as this December 2008. For the past 2 years, many has anticipated that Air Asia X will manage to made its maiden flight to Manchester or Stansted in the UK in late 2008/09. Of course this is not speculation at all, as it has been announced by Air Asia in Jan 2007 and been updated again in May 2008. Read link here:

1) First announcement of Flight to UK 2007

2) AirAsia X to fly to London UK by year-end 2008 Mar 2008

3) Air Asia X to UK London more updates! Fly in March 2009 and from RM1,200 ( GBP188) return. May 2008

More links regarding to flights from Kuala Lumpur to UK

I sincerely hope that the promise of flights to the UK is still on track and the idea is not scraped. If I am not mistaken, Virgin Atlantic is the only low cost airlines that is still actively operating the route from Europe to Asia, like from UK to Shanghai and Hong Kong. Air Asia X might want to consider tapping into this potential flight routes (Europe link to Asia) as it is still not crowded with low cost airlines competitors.

Take my word for it, UK to Singapore(no single low cost airlines has done this yet) and Hong Kong, and not forgetting New Zealand and Australia, where most Europeans love these places so much! Dato Tony Fernandes if you read this, please consider it seriously as it has a huge potential.

Well for now, the only choice I have is to keep my fingers crossed for that flight to come true, OR get rich quick!

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Hopefully in the future, there will be low cost flights from all over the world link to Malaysia, just like this image taken from Air Asia X website.

Article extracted from The Star Online:

AirAsia gets nod to fly to India

Published: Monday October 27, 2008 MYT 1:43:00 PM
Updated: Monday October 27, 2008 MYT 2:46:32 PM

By ROYCE CHEAH

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has finally conquered its “last frontier” with the Indian Government giving the low-cost carrier approval to fly to India.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airline would start selling tickets to Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu at midnight on Wednesday with the first flight to take off on Dec 1 at 7.40am.

“It will be a daily flight and we are looking at even adding a second flight now as the initial response has been tremendous,” he told reporters Monday during a press conference here.

Special promotional prices for the flight will cost RM49 one-way while the normal ticket price will cost about RM200 one-way.

Fernandes said plans are now in the works for the next one and a half years to fly to many more destinations in India including Madras, Madurai and Kochi with AirAsia.

“AirAsia-X meanwhile will fly to places like New Dehli, Bombay, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Calcutta,” he added.

He said AirAsia would initially invest between RM5mil to RM7mil to set up infrastructure in India and he is confident that it will do well.

“This is an exciting period for us and I’m looking at a high load factor of at least 90% for our first flight,” he said.

Fernandes said it had taken the airline seven years to reach this stage and with India now in its pocket, his mission as CEO is complete.

“I had said then that India would be the last place we need to get to. It is now over to AirAsia-X to grow the business to Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States.”

Fernandes said he expects a huge growth in Indian tourism in Malaysia and that he is not worried about the global economic slowdown.

“I believe that you have to be innovative. While other airlines are cutting back we are expanding and can take up their slack.

“Maybe some of the population in India cannot afford to fly with us, but there are many more who can and this is the market we are after,” he said.

Fernandes also said, in response to recent Malaysia Airlines (MAS) advertisements, that his battle with MAS is over and that it is time to move on.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Congratulations my best friend Joshua!

This morning I received a very surprising but pleasant email from my friend. He is finally taking the plunge and set his foot down for marriage!

I am sincerely very happy and wish that I can attend the wedding ceremony too, just to witness the major life progression of my dear friend! Unfortunately I have to stay put in the UK for quite awhile before flying back to Asia.

Anyway, my friend! I wish you both have many gazillion years of happiness as you travel through life together.

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Congrats! You both looks really lovely!!! =)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 2! Part III---The one in Notre Dame de Paris and Place des Vosges

Notre Dame—Here I come!!

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a sculpture depicting the Last Judgement, part of the chapter Revelation is on top of one of the HUGE entrances.

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Close up of the sculputes

On the left side represent the good, where angels surrounded the good souls,  while the right side represent the bad,  where evil chained them up and pulled to hell. Sitting in the middle is Jesus,  where he will do the judgement, exactly what the bible said, no one else can judge you except God himself. Do note in the sculpture  there is actually a devil deliberately tilting the balance towards his favour.

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Notre Dame from the back

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With me in it!

We walked to Île Saint-Louis and saw this…

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So many people Q’ing up! Only to discover they sell the infamous sorbet!

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Went passed Maison européenne de la photographie (Centre of contemporary photography). So wish that my photos was published there… Just like this one:

nOw2_MvcIE9N9WhqLlJaUQ That is my silhouette in the painting.

IMG_88572 Bought this punnet of currents and goose berries! IT IS SO BLOODY SOUR!!!

It is so hot in the mid-day, so we sat in Place des Vosges and rest, just like the locals.

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After sufficient rest, we walked and walked more… till we saw this!! Gues what is this? Come back tomorrow for more!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 2! Part II---The one in Le Bon Marché, Restaurant Crêperie Saint-Germain, Sainte-Chapelle

Le Bon Marché is the oldest departmental store in the world. We quickly glance through what the store has to offer. It comprise of the quite traditionally range of perfume, luxury merchandises. But I did find that the fresh food section existed in the store quite amusing.

IMG_8756First time saw so many different types of tomatoes…

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Berries--- Looks can be deceiving. I'll explain later.

By the time we came out from the departmental store, it's already lunch time. It doesn't take us long to decide where and what to eat...It's crepe!

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St Germain is famous for the crepe! And of course we didn't want to miss it... Inside the restaurant, we were being served by a very pretty French Girl. With pretty broken French, I manage to order this...

IMG_0337 OF course it’s crepe!

IMG_0339 Oh it’s so heavenly tasty… laced with cheese and bacon in it, make it so sinfully good…

IMG_0340 Potatoes and bacon with crepe.

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I'm trying my best to get lucky flirt with this French girl in French with the aid of the aid of the dictionary, she mistaken me as speaking broken English, and told me the toilet is upstairs... –_-" What a laugh…

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and reach the next stop--- Sainte-Chapelle!

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Built by the King St Louis IX, it's one of the Cathedrals built to house precious relics, such as the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Chirst and Image of Edessa. All the decors for this cathedral revolved around the crown, rather than Jesus himself...

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Me at the top floor. Every single panel of the stained glass contained every single chapter of old testament in the bible.

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Stock photo from wiki.. My version are covered with tons of people wielding flashing cameras in front of me. ><

IMG_0366 Walked past this Palace of Justice Golden Gate which shared the same ground as the Sainte-Chapelle.

Ok up next, the most famous cathedral of all time in Paris, and some art actions in the train terminal? Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 2! Part I---The one in Église Saint-Sulpice, Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse

Waking up early in the morning, getting ready to roam the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area!

We walked to Église Saint-Sulpice, the cathedral which made famous by the Da vinci code novel! You have to appreciate the unique architecture of this cathedral as it takes more than 140 years to build!

 

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Pardon the shabby appearance, it's currently under renovation. Stock photo from Wikipedia.

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The interior of the building…

The story and explanation about the rose line is simply amazing...

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St Mary and Jesus

Ah, and of course we have to search for Eugène Delacroix’s famous wall painting of the Jacob Wrestling with the Angel.

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IMG_8730 And this is taken while on the way to the Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

OK Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés here we come!

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Me with Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the oldest cathedral in Paris!

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Another close look, with me at the bottom as comparison on how huge the tower is!

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IMG_8745 Moment of silent please…

As we heard about Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse (Chapel of the Miraculous Medal), so we are eager to witness ourselves the miracle of this church. After a very long walk and map searching, we reached there!

The miracle story --- The story is about the young nun who seen the vision of The Blessed Virgin Mary and has been told to produce the medals to protect the Parisians from a dreadful incident which will happen soon at that time in 1830. So the medals were distributed among the believers. In 1832, disastrous cholera epidemic broke out in Paris and those with the medals were spared and those patients who got on hold of it are cured, hence the medal are named the miraculous medal. As Susan R. Norton has pointed out on her website, thousands of medals have been distributed to believers around the world, not as a lucky charm but as a symbol of faith and love.

Oh another miracle thing is that when the nun passed away, her body is still preserved and incorrupted. It’s being displayed in the glass case now in the church.

More reading:

1) http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/paris-chapel-of-miraculous-medal.htm

2) http://www.fisheaters.com/miraculousmedal.html

Oh, and guess what, I have the medal now too! So happy!

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Inside of the church with worshippers.

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The receive of the enlightenment from St Mary…

After this where are we going? Stomach hungry at that time too.. Hehe… Do come back for more stories and photos! =)

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