Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jakarta

No time yet to post pics of Barcelona... After more than a year's break, finally, finally, decided to work for a few weeks. This time it's an assignment in Jakarta. I have never been to Jakarta nor Indonesia before - so it's interesting to find out for myself what the city is like.

The food is great! No wonder all my Indonesian friends are always talking/searching for nice food when they are away from home. There's lots of variety and everything tastes so good. In the past 3 weeks, we've ate local delights, Tony Romas, japanese, thai & dim sum and this week I've promised myself - no more stuffing myself for lunch and dinner.

The shopping malls are very nice, cinemas are nicer than what we have at home, and I find many interesting sculptures and statues in the city - I don't know what they all symbolise but it's beautiful. There's the really poor areas in the city as well and polution is bad and many smokers around.

I don't think I will have time to go around to see more of Indonesia, but certainly it is a place I'd like to visit again...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Barcelona

I just got home on Sunday from an 8-day trip to Barcelona. I had a TERRIFIC time! Four of us, all from different places met for a break there. It was great to catch up with friends and get to know Barcelona, and of course Gaudi!

Well, some ppl think 8 days is too long a time to spend in just one city, buy hey, I loved it. I enjoyed every minute of it - despite having to walk non-stop daily maybe 10 hours or more per day. It is good for me, cos I never get to exercise my legs for that length of time otherwise.

What do I love most? I think Gaudi is a genius! I love his buildings - and I think his concept of architecture was simply brilliant - I sure would LOVE to have lived in a house built by him. I like all the sights I managed to see - Picasso museum was nice, Palau de la musica Catalana was fabulous, Tibidabo was such a pleasant surprise, and Monserrat was nice even tho the weather was not too great that day.

I came home tired but just simply thankful to be able to have a holiday in a beautiful city. I'll be posting pics from the trip at some point....
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