Sunday, June 6, 2010

Paris Prelude

The Plan.

How should I even begin this story… not in the mood to blog (since I found out that I might have thyroid…sigh) but feel the need to and this is my passion. Going to clinic tomorrow for a blood test to confirm (or otherwise), I hope mine is not chronic and “curable” as it attacked my nervous system (and then there’s my hand tremor) which made my short tempered and agitated easily. And ofcos my paranoia is really bad on everything ie EVERYTHING, breathing problem is one of the major one. I blamed it on work stress…. OK! Enough of me rambling on this which ofcos gonna stress me out even more. Hahahaa…..

PARIS! PARIS! PARIS! The City Of Love! So she was called… been here twice, first time was 12 years ago when I first started work (or even more then that… Yeah! I AM that old. Yikes!). How I landed in Paris the second time in my life? Well…. I was really lucky ofcos! (As usual! PERASAN!). My darling friend Anna invited me as her company organized a 4-5 days conference there (my memory fails me here), she said that since she is having a room to herself, why I know I just join her, ie I only need to buy the flight tix to Paris. Hemm…. I thought… not a bad idea… but then… I have a slight problem… YUP! $$$ It’s about RM4k or so… And I got to know 2 months before her travel date, no way am going get that amount of money that fast, further more, the RM4k is excluding shopping money and entrance money (DISNEYLAND!!!!). Despite not being able to go (at early stage thought that is), we did say it would be nice to go and then we extend the trip to few countries in Europe; after all, we are already there maah…. Betul or not neh?! With our drama plan (bare in mind I wasn’t so sure that am not joining her!), we came out with 2 plan, Anna’s plan & Lily’s plan. Hehhehee……

Anna’s plan was we are to cover Paris, Germany & Switzerland and back to Paris. Hemm… abit far I thought as we “planned” addition 1 week stay after Paris. The nearest, biggest & well known city to ask (back then) was Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin. Checked that via normal train (what we feel we can afford) was still a bomb after conversation. And to proceed further to Switzerland was even further. Its 6-12 hours train ride alone, we probably be wasting 1 full day in train plus the tiredness. Hemm…. Need careful thought here.

Lily’s plan was that we go Belgium & the Netherland as it was geographically nearer and cheaper. And I figure the architecture will be a vast different as Amsterdam is a country build on canal. And that Brussels is only 2 hours in distance from Paris and 1 hour to Amsterdam. After much consideration we took my option (plus the fact I have been to Switzerland before :P hehheeee….).

Now, biggest problem - $$$$$$$$. Sigh….. Strangely, thank to my LUCKY STAR, I got Durian Runtuh (money drop down from the sky - nothing to do with Durian the fruit!); sooooo…. Apa lagi, book a flight tix and off we go to Paris!

Hold on! If you noticed, there was Sweden mentioned in earlier entry. Ah-ha!…. You see…. While we were planning this trip, we were to take additional leave etc etc etc…. and out of the blue, Anna got a news that she need to come back 3 days earlier from the date we planned. As her tix is booked and paid by company, she still has option to purchase it later. However (you guessed it by now right!), I have booked and paid for my tix on the earlier discussed date.

Problem! Problem! Problem! Am now stuck in Europe alone for 3 days. What am I suppose to do…. it’s pretty expensive for me to stay on my own as single $$ contributor and furthermore, am ALONE in foreign land. Abit worrying. Just about then, I found out that my old school mate (Elaine) whom I just rekindled friendship just transferred to Sweden (I went M.I.A for few years - am bad at keeping in touch before the CREATION of FACEBOOK! Thanks FB!). Hemmm… 2 things that crossed my mind, meet up with her (by the way, we called gang ANGEL during Girl Guide days…ahhahahaa….) and travel to Sweden. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone. SMART LILY!

Manage to hook up with her and yes! She is willing to host me! LOVE YOU ELAINE….. She is sooooo sweet, reason being; she was 2-3 weeks pregnant at that time and her morning sickness (or whatever they call it was bad) yet she happily host me anyway. Awww…… of cos, me being there (the joker me!) made her laugh and laugh and laugh remembering all the silly things we did during our “younger years”. Thinking about it making me smile…. Hehehee….

All settled and set to go - Paris, Belgium, The Netherland, Sweden and back to Paris.

Packed my bag and off I fly….. to the beginning of my Europe adventure.

First stop - Paris!

Hyperlink Credits : Wikipedia, Paris Disneyland


manglish said...

how come u so easy got durian runtuh one? never happened to me hahahahah

Wenny Yap said...

Your 'lucky star' just shines forever bright ... so easy to get 'durian runtuh', loads of travels and all timely coordinated some more.


its simple love said...

Scary about thyroid disease. I hope everything turns out okay! At least you have Paris to cheer you up right?


byya said...

Lily dear,
get well soon!!!

U were lucky to made ur way to Paris, i believe when u want something, all the universe conspires in helping u to achieve it. Keep it up, love reading it.

MKL said...

It's always great to rekindle an old friendship. You're always smart, when it comes to traveling and you find solutions quickly. Good luck, get well soon!

sandy said...

What a darling picture of you and your friend. Glad you got to go and were able to work out the details. Hope all goes well for you at the clinic. Got my fingers crossed.


Lily Riani said...


the best is that i dont even like durian....ahahaha


am fortunate to be lucky at that point of time.

its simple love,

thanks for your concern dear.


thanks for your support.


lucky lucky lucky me.. and smart too :D


thanks for the kind thoughts. will update more.

ColeAndJosephine said...

I'm sorry to hear about your thyroid problems. It can cause such huge problems if it is left untreated, but I have a couple of friends that do great with medication! You'll be just fine!

I'm so glad you're still in the saddle and traveling even though you don't feel great!

Shingo T said...

Nothing breats travelling with a great companion. ^_^

Netster said...

Hi Lily! Hi Nino! Hi Shingo!

So nice!!!!!!!

I want to go toooooooooooo

I normally pack my cloth the way you do it too :) can put more cloths and it does not move around when you carry or throw the bag around.

Paris! I will visit Paris one day! For now I go whole Malaysia first!

fufu said...

france especially paris is dont expect that much but eiffel tower is just simple amazing... hahaha i wanna go with you too kak lily...

Lily Riani said...

Cole And Josephine,

Thanks for your kind thought.

Shingo T,

I sooo agree...


Smart mind think alike. I havent even cover whole Msia.

Adik Fufu,

Boleh boleh...

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