Words & Photos by John Tan
The excitement that filled my body was evident days leading to the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Posted by John Tan (An Olympic enthusiast, a fellow traveller & the thinnest foodie you’ll ever meet…)
In a few hours time, I will be attending the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. I flew half-way across the globe from Manila just for this moment and of course, subsequently the games, and the side tours and not to forget – the food!
Hello Day 2! I was still on jetlag and the day started with again, a gloomy, windy, rainy weather. Believe me, underneath that famous naughty grin that I have, is one frozen body.
I prepared myself for the weather with an inner long sleeve heat tech shirt, an inner shirt, an outer shirt, my wool jacket and another wool poncho/shawl. I also wore winter leggings underneath my jeans with a pair of boots over. Wow, since when did I wear this much? I am more like the “don’t worry, I can take the cold” type of person.
The traveller’s rant – I will never take a noon flight again to Europe from Asia, I usually take the night flight but for some reason I booked a noon flight instead this time. It was very difficult to sleep during the flight when most of the lights were not dimmed to reflect the correct environment at destination. We arrived London 8pm.
During the non-sleeping hours, I was able to catch up on Suvivor 23 – Redemption Island (the Harvard dude is so clueless) on my Galaxy Note while Sel watched 4 in-flight movies and was constantly eating even if he just had his pre-boarding brunch (breakfast waffles above) at his “favourite” outlet at Changi Terminal 3 - The Coffee Club.
I love the city of London and I don’t have any particular reason why, I just love the city as a whole – the people, the culture, the sights, the museums (TATE – in particular), the shops and of course the British accent.
My next trip back is in 3 weeks time and I can’t stop thinking about it. I have set my goal to be better tour guide – there is absolutely no reason to
suck since I will be assuming this role the second time in 2 consecutive years. Let’s see!
A glimpse of what we did last year, most of which will be a repeat for this year! (except for Wicked and Jersey Boys)