Thursday, 22 September 2016

Photoshoot: When you got friends with skills

As the new academic year launches at Trinity, so does the new batch of global ambassadors for the Global Room! As we're gonna be making a new poster featuring all our pretty faces, I got to get a free photoshoot! Credits goes to the wonderful Dale Chen, one of our newest ambassadors! 
Here are some of the shots he took :)  


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Dublin Airport: My Second Home

It's been a week since I've landed back in Ireland. However I have spent almost every single day at Dublin Airport. Once again, together with several people from the Global Room, we've been meeting new incoming Trinity students from all over the world.

Armed with welcome packs (even with a local sim card included), I've been in and out of the airport more times than I can count. I've spent more than 30 hours within the past weekend working that I feel like I know the airport at the back of my hand. 

So much so that the Aircoach staff recognise me now and I've made a few airport buddies.
I even know that iced coffee isn't available in T2 but you'll snag yourself a good cuppa at T1 at AMT.

A meet up with a student includes handing them a welcome pack and guiding them to their accommodation. If I didn't have any other pick up after them, I'd help them to their accommodation if it was within the city centre. Some even included luggage carrying up flights of stairs at the hostels of some of the Trinity students. 

Despite the crazy work hours (getting up at 4AM for example), the job can be quite rewarding thanks to the grateful faces of the students I meet. So I'll be doing this up till the end of this upcoming Fresher's Week too! :)

It's my final Fresher's Week in Trinity which is slightly terrifying.
I can't believe I'll be graduating in the next year or so.
Time flies.
That's a whole other matter though.

However, there was an upside about working at the airport!
We got a special visit from Severine (top right) who used to live with us. 
She flew back from Paris over the weekend (for her birthday!) and we got to have our darling mummy back in the house!
I even got to send her off at the airport as I was already there! 
So thankfully aside from work, I got the time to mingle with my housemates. 

Obviously, time had to be spent with her so I brought her to brunches around Dublin in Brother Hubbard as well as Two Boys Brew (photo above). Swetha and Lucie, our two Canadian house representatives, got to join us too! I think we all needed the break really :).

One thing I love about my home.
It's an international hub all in one.

Since I was working all weekend, I got some weekdays off so I went to annoy my favourite person.
After work on Tuesday I jumped right onto the bus to Galway and bothered him throughout the week.
Even though he was working each day, I got to crash in on his lunch breaks and hangout with him right after his work ended. Got my fair share of solo exploration around Galway while I was at it - almost don't need Google Maps to get to places! Wooooo!

Best part is, he's coming up to Dublin this weekend! 
Extended fun with Lorcan all week before the college term begins!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Copenhagen: Food Market & Themeparks

Food and fun tend to be the magnet of travelers or people in general. So we made sure to not miss out on the tasty Torvehallenere Market just minutes away from our apartment! 
It was divided into three scrumptious sections!

The first section was located indoors and had ready-to-be-eaten food and drink.

Like freshly baked bread.

That section also had spices and herbs!

The next section was outdoors and had fresh produce of veggies, fruit and flowers.

While the final section was once again indoors which had  a mixture of raw meat, cheese, fish, cooking utensils and prepared seafood being sold.

As recommended by one of my Stint colleagues, Seana said that the Coffee Collective’s coffee was absolutely divine and boy was she right!

The barista was well skilled alright.

Was so beautiful just watching his craftmanship.

The final product - the cortado.
So good I went back for seconds.

 We meandered in and out of the stalls and decided to buy a couple of nibbles to go along with such as the strawberry, mint, match, coconut sago dessert.

There were benches and tables in the outdoor area for us to enjoy our finds. 

We walked over and passed by the Hans Andersen museum but decided not to go in as it looked a little bit too childish from the outside. 

 But we definitely still had our own childlikeness as we headed over to the Tivoli Gardens!

A theme park in the middle of the city – entrance was 110DKK/€15 per adult to explore its grounds which had really pretty gardens!

Unfortunately, the entrance to the Tivoli didn’t include the cost for the rides. Since I was the only one interested in going on them, it really wasn’t worth it in getting the unlimited ride ticket which cost an additional 220DKK/€30. 

It definitely fit the carnival feel though!


However, that didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to go on any of the rides! Some rides were cheaper than others. The more extreme it was, the more expensive it was. 

Firstly, I thought I was going to opt for this – a ride where you’d be suspended in the air in a chair which spins while it gets higher and higher.

However, I then saw the Demon – a fast roller coaster which included several loop de loops. For some reason, I love these rides the most.

And I passed the height limit too :P 
So while the family found a comfy bench to sit on, I lined up and somehow managed to snag myself a seat surrounded by primary school children. Absolutely perfect.

Aside from the young screaming kids, I had an absolute blast. Would totally get the unlimited ride ticket if I were to return to the Tivoli Gardens with someone else in the future :P!

All in all, the gardens were gorgeous to walk around and it was definitely fun for the whole family.

We went our separate ways later – Sonya and I watched a music festival just outside the City Hall and had happy hour cocktails at MAD while they went to the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Copenhagen. 

Dinner was later at District Tonkin, a really authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the city. The lady was so kind to clear us a table which they originally used for decorations so they could accommodate the five of us.

Dinner was absolutely delicious with the Vietnamese bowl of pho – flat rice noodles in boiled beef soup with an avocado smoothie! The pho was the most expensive thing on the menu at 120DKK/€17 which meant that everything else was very reasonable for the quantity and the taste.

Got myself a beef rice noodle salad which was less than 100DKK/€14 from what I recall. I would totally recommend to hit this place up if you’re ever nearby – great service, food and value for money!
And with that, our adventures in Copenhagen has come to an end.

I’ve enjoyed every single moment here and will definitely come back in the future! Loved feeling safe on the streets at any time, enjoying delicious and healthy food, walking all over Copenhagen from the Little Mermaid statue to Nyhavn to the free state of Christiania, and having some good family bonding time.

What’s next?
Audrey will be at the airport almost on a daily basis meeting new incoming international Trinity students from all over the world. Although I myself won’t be the one flying to places, I will be standing by at the gateway to adventure :O.

Till next time!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Copenhagen: A full loop

Having never step foot into any of the Scandinavian countries, I can now proudly say I've tasted a little bit of Denmark. Together with my mum, sister, dad and uncle we spread our wings and landed in Copenhagen!

We checked into our apartment which worked out at €50 per person per night right in the middle of the city on Peder Hvitfeldts Straede. It was a really nice large apartment which could fit six people! Would really recommend it for group holidays, you can check out its details here.

As Dad turned 60 just three days ago, we got him a custom-made cake from Andersen Bakery and had a great dinner at Madklubben Bistro-De-Luxe.

Andersen Bakery were so lovely to work with. Their e-mail correspondence was so quick and very detailed with the prices they'd charge for the desired cake. We ordered a 'lagkage' which had Othello layers - layer cake with whipped cream, macaroons, marzipan all around and chocolate topping. The price breakdown was 

Cake - 234 kr
Writing - 25 kr
Marzipan figure - 150 kr
Total - 407 kr (€57)

Although it was a pricey cake, it was so well made and tasted absolutely heavenly. Also contacting the other rival cake companies did not get as good as a reply via e-mail so I would totally recommend them.

We were happy campers anyway.

The following morning, we set off for our full day of exploration all on foot!

Kongens Have (King's Garden)

Rosenborg Slot (Castle) which was in its grounds.

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen who looks like he very well may be telling a fairy tale at that very moment. 

Street graffiti!


Our half eaten chocolate pastry from Det Rene Brød! We managed to get three of them for 35 kr / €5  

We stopped by these funky looking houses on Haregade street but was told by a passerby that it was just an imitation and the real ones was just two streets away!

So we managed to find the real ones called Sankt Pauls Plads!

It was right beside Sankt Pauls Kirke (St. Paul's Church) as well which was a pretty sight.

My beautiful sister, Sonya :)

We decided to balance on this random stump and take silly photos.
Almost died of embarrassment though as an entourage of bicycles cycled past us.

We wandered through the little streets heading towards the Kastellet and got a nice sneak peek in this cute little ceramic shop.

We arrived at the Kastellet which has a 17th-century military fortress within it and is shaped like a star!

We found some weeping willows.

And walked on into the fortress!

St. Alban's Church just outside the Kastellet.

Within its walls.

In the centre of the star!

Jogging with a pram - level two workout.

Being silly.

Or defiant. (sign says no admittance).

Or taking a break after a long morning of walking.

Langelinie Harbour

25kr / €3.50 for a 'small' strawberry and vanilla soft ice cream.

The famous Little Mermaid Statue, Den Lille Havfrue by Edvard Eriksen.

Cute little coffee truck which served really decent iced coffee.

Bathing baby birds.

Amalienborg palace complex - changing of the guards.

Frederik's Kirke (Church)

Restaurant Amalie - Beef tartare with caviar and egg yolk 

King Frederik's Herring

Fried fillets of salmon

Nyhavn Harbour

Whipped cream and jam on Belgian waffles found at Waffelbageren

Which had so much to offer.

Have you ever seen so many waffle cones :')?

Crossing over the Inderhavnsbroen bridge to Christianshavn.

Pretty boat designs.

We stopped by the Freetown of Christiania and explored the very famous - Pusher Street where photographs are very much not allowed due to the activities all we really could get from that area was this - Vor Frelsers Kirke (The Church of Our Saviour).

Lastly, a stop at the Kierkegaard Statue in the garden in front of the Christiansborg Palace.

Coming Up: Tivoli Gardens, Hans Christian Andersen Museum and more!