Saturday, September 08, 2007

Tis the season

For the first time in many many days, I was forced to wake up before 9 this morning. Primarily because my phone room was ringing incessantly, and whoever that was calling was adamant to wake me up. Too bad I cant silent that phone like I do my mobile.
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I staggered to the desk like a zombie to answer the phone that rang and rang and wouldnt take the hint. (Heheh.) It was Mimi. Oh. It was the day. Oh. The day we were supposed to go to Loch Lomond. International Food and Drink Festival. Oh. And we were supposed to meet up at 9. OH!
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I was thinking of excuses that I could give, hoping to get out of this one to continue sleeping until noon. (I slept at dawn to finish another level of Fairy Godmother Tycoon see. I just recently subscribed a FunPass at gamehouse.com for USD24/month, which grants me unlimited access to all games. Pretty cool hey?)
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Anyhoo, I couldnt find any good reason for not going, and I've got a feeling that no matter how sleepy I felt, Loch Lomond will be fun, so I went. Besides, can sleep in train to the place what. Abt 45mins away from Glasgow. Went looking badddd, I might add, with the eyebags and puffy eyes and all.
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But, we had fun! Went with Mi-to-the-power-of-2 (You have to excuse me because lack of intellectual stimulation this holiday season is making me lame.), and my housemates, Di n May. I have to say, the town is so quaint! And it's so pretty. Felt like I was in a movie set, almost. Very country-ish. Small shops, small roads, sparse amt of people. Fuh. They even sing a lot of country song! Woh.
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The festival was near the shores of the loch. Conveniently, there was a tiny mall there too. Not bad, felt like pasar malam. There were not as much stalls as I expected, but boy, the temptations were everywhere. Rambang mata eh. Even as we were approaching the smell of beef and venison a-roasting were wow. Choosing what to get was very very hard. In the end, we settled for a bit of everything.
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We started with free appetisers: pieces of ham, shortbread, chocolate, nuts, olives, crackers.
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Then we ate a bit of this and that.
- Chicken provencal
- Haggis with whiskey, neeps & tatties (that's turnips and potatoes, btw)
- Fresh oysters with lemon and tabasco (whaaaaaa..)
- Venison burger
- Scallops in garlic butter
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Heaven.
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Then we naik the tram and then strolled along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. So pretty. And peaceful. Sitting at the rocks by the lake, I thanked God I was able to see another amazing side of nature. I SO wanted to go canoeing and boating too, but I got no willing kaki. No kaki, no go. Kapiche? Takkan I go mendayung sampan alone there right. It would have been nice.... The loch is huge and there was much to explore. *wistful* Rindu la, dayung sampan. Masa kecik often play.
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Our last stop was ice cream from the chocolate specialist people, Thorntons. Delish. I also bought a box of truffles (because no boy got me truffles before so I have to resort to buying it for myself). And if I'm more honest, mainly because I've recently finished playing the Chocolatier game, which involves lots and lots of chocolates. Ah, I always digress.
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Here you go, pictures.
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Ooh, one last thing. Walking home through the footpath to get back to civilisation, I picked some wildberries to eat with my Thorntons ice cream. Yum. :)
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O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road, And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye.

But me and my true love will never meet again, On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.

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