Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I owe 1 last post

The food in Rome! 

I think by this time I gotten lazy, so the quality of the pics is not so nice. 

During the first day, we headed to the halal Indian diner of sorts where I ordered the kari daging and husband ordered the roast chicken I think. 

It was sedap tapi bapak banyakkk. Dah memang sesorang dasar ketamakkan, so order taknak share, amik ko. The daging that I gotten, is wayyy more than a family would eat. Apatah lagi untuk sorang makan. Gile. Tapi lebih separuh jugak habis. Probably I left about 3 or 4 daging on the plate. I can just feel my aorta getting thicker while eating it. 

Another place we went to eat was at this obscure cafe somewhere I can never find again. It was cheap, which is why we chosen it. It kinda shows in the food why it is cheap as the food is just bordering on OK. (5EUR for a plate of spaghetti, where a lot of places we looked around is 11EUR). The left one is the seafood spaghetti of sorts which I ordered. The right is the penne with salmon juice. We changed the food after we tasted it as he found he liked my spaghetti and I liked the penne. Though I picked off the pink squid off his plate as I love sotong and husband don't like them at all. 

Most of the time, we lived off the halal pizza place that is near to our hotel. 

It was quite nice, but most of the halal place that we found seems to be serving deep dish pizza. Which is kenyang in a way, tapi I want thin crust!

We put a lot of chilli flakes on our pizza sebab tekak Melayu mesti nak pedas. Best wooo letak chilli flakes bebanyak, it makes you can't stop eating the pizza.

And on one of those days, I decided to try a calzone, which is nice during the first half. The second half I dah muak because the filling is cheese and spinach, so it gets really muak when it is cold. I wish I had brought chilli sauce then to dip the calzone in. 

At one time masa busy siar2 and we can't be bothered for lunch, we just shared a donut. 

And was it good? Well it was a donut. So that's all can be said about it.

We dropped by at another halal diner for some kebab, and I make some pretty piss poor decision in ordering this spaghetti. Which incredibly sucks. I think I can cook better spaghetti than this. I kept on picking off husband kebab to be eaten with the spaghetti, because otherwise I can't just stomach it. 

Which is why during the last night in Rome I decided to splurge a little on dinner. 

The pizza was magnificent, my husband like his pasta with mushrooms bit, but I infinitely prefer my margherita (cheese and tomato sauce) pizza. If this pizza is good, I can't imagine how good it must be in Naples. Nyum2. 

And we ended the meal with capuccino and dessert. That is creme caramel at the top. Husband mocked me that I can just buy it at pasar malam. Tak sama hokey.

I can't remember eating those, must be husband one. 

So that's that. A very quick post on things we ate in Rome. Not a lot, but options are limited and we are not so kaya to eat a lot. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I miss Fasha & Puteh

Anyway, I miss my 2 lost cats. 

Memang suke terbongkang kat karpet

I did not mentioned when Puteh died, he was actually euthanized. It is still a really sore topic for me, but it was the kinder thing to do than to let him further suffers through the pain. I felt guilty and I asked him and God many time to forgive me even to this day. 

When I was in Venice I think my second day there, I woke up from sleep and have this sudden clarity. If I had let him live, he would die that very day. That day when I was in Venice, he would have perish in some veterinarian place and in pain. I felt a moment of peace then, for a while. 

Maybe he won't, but at that day I had this almost surreal conviction that he would. I really miss his eyes and I wish I had him longer. Right now, I am itching to get another cat, like him, with his eyes. It is not really advisable, but I feel like I wanted to anyway. 

However, I have Bobby now and I can't take up another cat to my responsibility. In the mean time, I don't feel myself warming up to Bobby, sometimes I do, but this thing take times. However Bobby is a lot like Fasha where 

1. He likes plastic and bags just as much as Fasha. He always wanted to burrow into my bag. 
2. He is so active and fierce as Fasha as a kitten. 
3. Does not like people stroking him. 

Sometimes I can't stand how cute he is. But sometimes I just look at him and feel nothing. This sometimes tempted me to give him away but I can't do that. Kurap actually is almost getting along with him, and I suspected a bit like Puteh I would feel lost when he's gone. 

Tidur nak kena letak kepala atas bantal hokeyy. Kucing sapelah yang manja sangat nii

Kurap is the same. And yet again I forgot to open the toilet door for her today. I put the litter box at the bathroom downstairs so Bobby can't get to it, but kept on forgetting to open the door for Kurap. Thank God, Kurap is very well behave when it comes to litter box, except for the 2 incidents ( die berak atas selimut and atas karpet once), she usually will wait till I get home and meowed at me almost angrily to open the bathroom door. 

Only she likes this pink chair. 

As for Fasha, I found it painful that I have a hard time remembering what she really looks like. During the first month she's gone, I gone through lots of pictures in Pet Finder trying to find a cat that looks exactly like her. None. Some are a bit like her but are male or looks meek. Fasha always had this look in her eyes that seems to convey that she thinks you are a moron. Sigh. I miss that. 

Maybe I need to have big ass picture of Fasha and Puteh and Kurap hanging in the house. But I think that may actually step over the line to the land of Crazy Cat Lady. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rome - Sights, Saw, Seeing

Not feeling too well. Didn't get enough sleep, so am gonna dive right in!

We initially wanted to get the Roma Pass but it was sold out during the first day we were there, so we decided to go saw all the sights that is free or we don't plan using Roma Pass on the first day. 

What is a Roma Pass, it is a pass that includes 2 free entry to the attraction you want to see, and subsequent attractions are at discounted price. You can also use it for the metro line and tram line ( bus line too, but we didn't use the bus there ).  It cost 25EUR per person, and buy it if you think it is worth it. It is worth it for me, just to skip the long line at Coliseum, however we did calculate to see the sights that would at least return back our modal beli Roma Pass. 

So back to the top, we ( in here I ) decided to take an Archaebus to go and see the Appia Antica line more specifically I wanted to see the catacombs. I paid because it is my idea. 

Sambil tu enjoy2 tgk scenery. Atas bus tu sejukk , tapi Rome tadekle sejuk mana pon, Angin bas bagaikan angin kus-kus

So on the first day there ( well, more like second, but the first day we sampai lewat and just want to hang out at the hotel ) we went to see the Catacombs. By taking the Archaebus, we only need to pay half of the entrance fee, so it is ok. The one that we gone into is Catacombe of San Sebastiano. The other one (San Callisto) is closed on Wednesday, however it is fine as we decided we wanted to see only 1 . 

Entrance kecik je
The entrance fee also included the guided tour and the English one usually paling ramai. If you understand another language, highly recommended to take another other language that they provide ( French, Italian ).  Pic is forbidded, but we only know that right after we took this blurry pic (sampai2 bayar fee terus berkejar ikut tour so kite orang paling belakang thus we can take the pic without anyone saw us. The guide marah a person who try to take a pic of the frescoes in the catacombs ) 

The tomb where San Sebastian remain used to lies. (or just lie? )

The catacombe itself is mostly empty, but it is impressive to see some of the long tunnels dug out to store the remains. There are no bones ( thus I am a tad bit disappointed ), however the guide was excellent and the entrance fee more than make up by it for the guide. 

We then stopped by Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella. 

I honestly think that the entrance fee here is quite steep, and there's not much to see here. It is lovely though, but again, there's nothing inside.

Inside the basement there is a place for kittehs. Aww. 

It was a lovely day outside, and even the kitteh went outside to play. Its place is empty. I manage to see the kitty, a fat tabby who looks quite superior at living in a mausoleum in comparative luxury. 

We waited for quite some time for our bus, but it was a lovely day (it really was!), so I don't begrudge the wait. Jeles tengok couple sebelah berpicnic bagai tepi fields dengan roti and cheese. I lapar taw time tu. 

We then headed to Bocca della Verita, for some pic time. The mouth is next to a church. You have to queue to take pic, and its not too long and you can't camwhore yourself out there because the guard will sternly reminded you to take only 1 pic as other people are wating for their stern. 

Before taking a pic, you are welcomed to make a donation to the church which is around 0.50 EUR, which is like, kau bagi je laa. Takkan tu pon nak kedekut. 

Husband macam tak ikhlas je letak tangan dalam mulut tu. 

We entered the church and saw some beautiful mosaics work. It is a small church, quite lovely.

Then it was a long walk to see all the lovely sights in Rome. Well, not all, what we can manage to walk to.

The Tiber river
We stopped awhile at the Tiber Island. The bridge at the pic above head to the island.

Campo de Fiori
We got to the Campo de Fiori just as the market was about to close. I manage to buy my Murano glass beads bracelet sebab it is cheap there. Ye, masa kat Venice taknak beli sebab mahal. So kat Rome baru nak beli barang yang dibuat there. 

We bersiar-siar kejab at Piazza Navona sambil pikir adakah perlu ke tidak untuk makan di situ, tapi harga food adalah cekik darah so tidak kuasa.

We got to the Pantheon and there was a marching band playing all sorts of popular tune in front of it. So it was crowded then and my camera is running out of battery. 

While we were walking around I can't remember the time, but we stopped for a while looking at this ruins. It used to be a temple. It attracted me so because this ruins also act as a shelter for stray cats. Awww. We spent some time there playing spot the cat among all the ruins. 

This pic doesn't have any cat. After I took this pic I think my camera died. 

This is a three legged cat who is being cared by the shelter. I haz a sad, but at least it is being taken care off. I even saw a gypsy gives half of its lunch to cats there. Really the Romans have good heart.

During the night we walked all the way to Piazza di Spagna ( Spanish Steps ). This is a place to shop/windows shop for high end luxury goods. By the time we got there, the stores were closing anyway tapi macam la mampu beli. After strolling past 6 or 7 shops I got bored. This is why I don't care for Milan. I never care to window shop on things I can't afford. I find it a waste of my time. 

So we headed to Hard Rock di mana it was so crowded because it seems like half of the tourists in the vicinity wanted to eat there. 

The next day we went to Naples, and you'd read all about it, and after we got back to Naples we bought the Roma Pass, because only by then it was available. So on the third/fourth day, we went to Coliseum. 

Semua pic I. Takpe, after a this post, you won't see my pics for the longest time in this blog.  Unless I went on another trip.

We spent around an hour or more there wasting camera battery and just try to re-enact Gladiator in our head although I never watch Gladiator ( whattt... I don't find Gladiator interesting. ) I imagined the Coliseum to be bigger though remembering reading about the mock naval battles being fought there, but the ships must had been quite small and really near together. Mock battles pon, half of them died jugak playing that naval game. 

It was a great feeling to be there and try to imagine who died there and who used to sit around there while looking around the ruins. 

While we were there there was also some exhibition going on featuring on Nero, about him and all the stuffs that he done and things related to him when he was ruler.

After Coliseum, we then head to Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill used to be the residence of many famous persons in Rome including few of the Emperors.

As it was a hill, it was an arduous climb for the the people who have very little stamina (me). However the view above is worth the trip. It was quite something to see the place. Even in ruins you can almost see it must had been really, really luxurious and magnificent back then. The later emperors must have abuse the treasury to oblivion. ( the more luxurious residence belonging to the later period of emperors. The earlier one lived in squalor compare to them ). 

Then we went to see the Roman Forum which is one my favorite place in Rome. It boggles the mind that all these temples and government offices (so to says) and forums are condensed in one place. 

Roman Forum

This is the place where Caesar used to walk, where emperors gathers with their councils, basically where the important stuffs in Rome taken place. ( Caesar not murdered here supposedly, but his altars used to be here).

On night time, we decided to lepak at Trevi Fountain. Lepak-lepak tengok orang kejab. Way too crowded here, but I imagine it is worse during daytime. However Trevi Fountain is worth the brief visit if you must.

Most night time pics are taken by my husband. I dont have the patience/hands to carefully balance the camera and kira/balance all those shutter and aperture thingamajits. 

The last day in Rome we decided to take it easy, ( well I think we had been taking it easy anyhow as we opt out of Vatican because my husband said he was sick of religious arts . I also have no appreciation to it so decided to opt out and saw things we like ). 

It was raining that morning so we decided to just go into one of the branch of Museum Nazionale Romano. There is a lot of museums in Rome so we just choose one randomly. I wanted to see the animal museum ( weirdd.. I know ) tapi ia adalah jauh dari any train station or tram and we malas to figure out the bus.

Not to worry though because for me all museums are interesting including this.  

Then after walking around, we decided to go to Bath of Caracalla which is also one of my favorite sight there.

Bath of Caracalla used to be Roman bath/gymnasium for the Romans. Gymnasium pon besar mengalahkan istana. It is now basically just walls, (with one kitteh jaunting here and there everywhere, kitteh in Rome like historical sight or what ) but the size was huge and remembering the huge statues we saw in Naples that used to be here and its huge wall, I just can't help but gape looking at here. 

We spent quite a lovely time, enjoying the cold afternoon air and just sitting around here. 

Afterwards my husband agrees to teman I shop at Via del Corso.

Via del Corso is a long, long stretch of road, I think on Saturday it is closed to cars, so it is quite nice to stroll along the street and cross the street without thinking when you want to to take a look at a shop across the street. I only buy 1 clothes there sebab too many stores, can't choose. Hah. Also I only decided to go to H&M sebab itu aje I mampu. Ye, taraf orang Malaysia shopping ni taraf bebudak teenager kat Europe je shopping. Stress. But my kedekutness aside, Via Del Corso is a great place for mid range stuffs, so go crazy. 

Afterwards we lepak kejab at the piazza tapi husband kena con bayar rose yang the Bangladeshi forced down on me. Angin die je jangan kata. At least it is 3EUR, but 3EUR for 3 roses I do not want , is still annoying. I pujuk my husband at the very least, sepanjang trip ni we only got conned for 3 EUR, which compares to some unlucky people, is quite fortunate. So if you are there and someone forced a rose on you, give it back resolutely. 

Anyhow, that ends the trip. Ok. Penat. 

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Naples - Pompeii

I decided to do the post on Naples first, because well, it is easier. From Venice, we got on to Rome via Eurostar. On our third day at Rome, we went to Naples , and specifically to go to Pompeii. I always wanted to go there ever since I head of the place. Thus I did!

Did plenty of research on how we are suppose to go there. 

So if you are to be in Rome and you want to go to Pompeii, here's my tip
Take a eurostar to Naples ( you can get a much cheaper train, but that takes longer. Look at trenitalia website for more details. You can get the discount from there). The cost that we paid from Rome to Naples for 2 is around 44EUR. I think . And from the main station ( Napoli Centrale ), you look for the Circumseviana line to take the local train, that head to Sorrento. You stop at Pompeii Scavi. 

We didn't take that line. When we arrived at Naples we were in for a rude shock actually. The local train is on strike. And in front of all the closed ticket counters are the taxi drivers waiting offering the price of 50EUR ( no bargaining either )!! We declined .. We kinda walked aimlessly aound the train station for half an hour trying to hatch up a plan, then we found the tourist information system, where they informed us there are another local train line going to Pompeii. It  was Pompei actually, the actual town located next to the Pompeii ruins. 

So if you found ourselves in our situation, this is what we did. 
We bought the ticket at the newsstand at Naples Centrale ( you can just bought the train ticket even going into the Naples town at newsstand or shops at the train station ). You can just asked them where the platform are, afterwards validate your ticket at the yellow machine near the platform before entering the train. We got off at the Pompei station. 

Right out at the station, walk to your left and the Pompeii ruins is at your left about 2 km away from the station. It is not a long walk at all, much more preferable than paying 50-60EUR for a cab ride. The train ride cost 11 EUR for 2 pergi balik.

So that's the tip.

Anyway we got to Pompeii at last. Bought the ticket and berpeluh2 la berjalan to get to the entrance Porta Marina. 

Before the volcanic eruption it was much more closer to the sea, the bigger entrance used to be for the carriages and the smaller one was just for usual people passing through.

 I don't know where to start exactly. We walked around Pompeii almost 4 hours, it does not feel like 2 hours. Pompeii used to be a thriving town. So 4 hours walking around a town, is a short time I guess. There is something to say looking at Vesuvius from the main center of the Pompeii.

Vesuvius looms at the center of Pompeii. I think that is Vesuvius. It said so in the book~

There were a lot of temples in Pompeii. I think we identified the temple as the the ruins that have lots of pillars.

It is really, really dusty with volcanic ash at Pompeii. Especially here.

Also some even have statues that have a tiny sharp penis.

This is a town that had been frozen in time. It was unbelievable to see how the old Romans ( or Pompeiians ) used to live and how they really looked like.

Left: Fast food of an ancient city. Majority of Pompeiians don't cook because their house is so small, so they usually take away! Restaurant business are good then and now.
Top right: A pool inside one of the town bath
Bottom right: A bakery

You kinda get that people then are no different from now. Many who have money like to have wallpaper in their home, in their case, brightly painted frescoes.

It must had been garish then. 

Lovely mosaics, even just for warning visitor, "Beware of Dog" ( below pic; bottom right )

But I guess, the most haunting of images you'll see there is the plaster cast of their hollow past remains.

I believe the remain of this particular inhabitant was found in a warehouse. But I maybe wrong.

I have to say, while it is sad, it is fascinating. The people last moment and their expressions, frozen in time. When they first excavated Pompeii, they kept on coming upon small empty pocket, which they then realized this empty pocket used to be the remains of the people frozen in the volcanic ash, where their bodies and bones disintegrated leaving an empty pocket. They then filled up the empty pocket with plaster cast where it filled up and thus showing us the past inhabitants frozen in terror. It is fascinating for us, but a horrible way to go for them. As when the lava flow hit them, it quickly burned off their clothes and hair, and also cut off the oxygen. It is believed that these people here, most probably die of suffocation due to lack of oxygen and at the same time, they are boiled by lava. Again, horrible way to go. 

I had always been interested in the history of Pompeii and how it came to be and how the excavation works are being done, so this is why Pompeii is one of the places I really want to go. 

Also apart from the 'frozen' inhabitants, what make Pompeii so famous is their infamous brothels frescoes. I used to think that there are a lot of them. Maybe there was, but there was only a block that I saw that housed the brothels and bars. And among all these, only 1 brothel are opened for business. So to say. I think this the only place that have the frescoes intact and of course throngs of tourists there. 

Pics are a bit 18sx for below and some more below: so if you are offended, just scroll really fast :p

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Kitteh Update

(Lets take a break from all the trip update)

I kinda haz a sad when I wrote the title above. The last time I wrote a kitteh update is informing y'all that Fasha is sick and maybe she's getting better. Down sebentar. 

I kinda miss her and Puteh too. Whenever I saw Puteh photos, him and his big ass anime eyes, I am so so sad. I feels like I failed them. 

Anyway, as most of you knows, I picked up a stray on the very day I landed back in Malaysia. I just can't help myself. He was so tiny. Also tubby. 

Now he is still tubby but I think other parts of him are filling up nicely too. 

Still a bit buncit but not as ketara as before. But next week, I am going to the vet for Kurap booster shots, so I'll bring him along just to make sure.

It is hard to take a decent pic of a kitten as they're so restless. The nicer one are in my proper camera, so I am only uploading the phone pic up here. 

He is a fierce little thing ( complete opposite of Puteh ) and will actually try to fight back if Kurap try to pelangkung him. 

Perhaps this is why he and Kurap are in the process of getting along. The other night I noticed them main-main kejar-kejar together. So cute. Maybe Kurap is just lonely because her playmate is no longer here, so kucing kecik pon jadik la kut for her. 

I was thinking of giving Bobby away, but seeing him and Kurap getting along (and Kurap have a hard time adjusting to new cat in home) macam malas pulak. Haha. Biasa lah, cakap je nak bagi, tapi malas. Malas to go through the process of rehoming, deciding if the new owner can take care of a cat and all that. 

Anyway, Kurap herself had not been well. Pergi melilau tah mana-mana tah one weekend and balik dirty, with tick hanging down her mouth and an infected anal gland. 


How do I know her anal gland infected? Well, I don't know cats have one, but I noticed her butt looks peculiar and taking no chances brought her to the vet and the vet tells me all about it. It seems that hers was infected and it burst. Yucks. 

Position of anal sacs/glands of cats -
pic taken from:  
So if its normal, you should not be able to see it usually. If its infected, it will be kinda liquidy, or in case of Kurap, kinda like a small hole. Again .... EUWWW. Tak dapat la aku nak tengok mende tu lama-lama which is why I take her to vet ASAP.

So the vet stitched her up and kena la pakai kon lagi.

My cat conquers 2 bantal for her to sleep on. 

Kurap is not pleased about her kon. Nor I because that means she can't groom herself as usual. Gahh. Berkejar2 la selalu nak lap2 die and kon die. Mencik.

So after about a week and a half which comes to today! Her stitches come off and so does the cone! Awesome. In the mean time, bontot masih togel sebab bulu kena cukur untuk kasik stitched.

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