Daily Archives: 12 August, 2012

You are browsing the site archives by date.

The One With First Impression Of Nuuk

Day 1 at Nuuk, Greenland

At first I didn’t realise if we were flying over Greenland. All that I can see out of my 20-seater propeller plane was vast expanse of whiteness. Is that cloud, or land mass? Or more accurately, (gasp!) snow-covered land mass? Turned out that it was the latter. I was witnessing, for the first time in my life, the unbelievable large continent of ice this far up north of earth.

Day 1 at Nuuk, Greenland

It was incredible, not only by how dwarfed I felt, but also how vulnerable I was flying this high up in a small plane. But soon enough, the flight ended and we landed in the smallest airport with the shortest conveyer belt in the world. There was no security to speak of and I almost volunteered myself to take my luggage directly from the plane’s cargo compartment.

Kolonihavn at Nuuk, Greenland

First impression of the people – incredibly nice and friendly. And I do mean it. Everyone we met spoke to us with great sincerity and seemingly enthusiastic to help. Much later on I realised that’s properly they find us intriguing; we look like one of them, only much Asian.

For Greenlanders are devastatingly good looking people. A definite cross between Caucasians and Asians, many of the people we saw here spotted blonde hair with cherubic, white skin, yet slanty, dark eyes. It was intoxicating to be surrounded by such beauty, and their surprisingly good grasp of English didn’t help my over-the-top adoration for them.

Day 1 at Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is the capital town of Greenland, and by any standard it was the smallest country capital I ever visited. Though I didn’t realise then, Nuuk town is a mix of the old and new, the traditional and modern, the local and the colonial, and it is not always pleasant.

Day 1 at Nuuk, Greenland

But against the backdrop of snow-capped mountain, candy-coloured dainty houses and icebergs drifting lazily across its surrounding sea, there is a magic in the air that is almost tangible to the touch.

Day 1 at Nuuk, Greenland

Liping made an excellent, excellent choice with our accomodation. It is a large apartments with plenty of space and look out to the sea, I can see icebergs – icebergs! – out of the window while I sipped on my Nescafe – Nescafe! – and type this.

Charoen Porn at Nuuk, Greenland

A quick word about our dinner that night. Charoen Porn was my choice as it was indeed recommended by many guides and even some locals, but I was left decidedly underwhelmed by the food we experienced that night. Though probably not the wisest decision to go for set menus for the two of us, the Greenlandic sushi was certainly a first, where I get to taste whale meat (a delightful cross between beef and chicken) and whale skin (blubbered skins that tasted like crunchy pork neck).

What will tomorrow bring?

See more of my Greenland 2013 posts:
[catlist name=greenland numberposts=-1 orderby=id order=asc excludeposts=this]

The One With Blue Lagoon, Iceland

blue lagoon

It was difficult not to gasp at the wonder that was the Blue Lagoon.

When I first touched down at Iceland airport, the weather wasn’t promising. Dark clouds rolled across the sky, disastrously complete with a light drizzle and strong wind. It was hard to believe this was Iceland in summer.

The dire sights along the countryside didn’t help my spirit. Miles after miles of jaggered black stones and dull green moss made me wonder why some tourists put Iceland as one of their top destinations.

But that changed with my first sight of Blue Lagoon.

The turquoise blue water stood in stark contrast with the dark stones. As I lowered myself into the water, I inhaled in appreciation at how warm the water was. My fellow bathers swam, soaked and splashed in delight, seemingly ignorant of the chilly weather.

It was certainly an experience of a lifetime. As I wallowed in the mineral-rich water, enjoying my (free) silica mud mask and sipping on Egils Gull beer (served right at the pool bar!), I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude that, yes, I was indeed lucky to be able to make it here.

The One With Olympic Days in London

Razlan at the Olympics

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone for me to say that the highlight of my stay in London must have been the Olympics. The entire city was wrapped in the euphoria for the games. Team GB spirit was spotted everywhere, from volunteers on the streets to generous support offered to all participants of the games.

I got into bit of the action with the semi finals volleyball games between Italy and Brazil. It was a great, great experience. The Brazilian fans were out in drove sporting green and yellow gear, adding much festive spirit to the occasion. The game itself was a nail biting experience – what the Italians lacked off in games prowess, they match it up with good looks and great style.

I am only saying.

Of course I also put in some time doing sight seeing around this fabulous city. From Tower Bridge to Borough Market to Tate Modern to Temple Church, I have done it all. The weather was great by London standard – I was repeatedly told for being so, so lucky – and it certainly lifted my spirit.

Oh yes, and Tom Daley? Absolutely adorable. I cheered with the rest of Britain when he clinched the bronze medal in the 10 metres men’s diving.

Now excuse me while I catch some sleep before my flight tomorrow. I can’t believe that in less than 24 hours time, I will be in Greenland!