Hey ya’ll, long time no blogging, so this time I’m going to write a long post to list down the important things happened during the long Chinese New Year period:
1. I travelled to Rome! Yes, to those who have watched the famous movie – Roman Holidays, you will definitely get why I’m so exciting about this trip, it is such a romantic and historical city that worth visiting, not to mention the greatest Italian food. However, the trip turned out to be a disaster because of the local B&B Inn that we booked through booking.com. Me and another Turkish friend reached the hostel about 5pm and surprisingly found no staff there and we had to wait outside as there was already a couple sitting outdoor waiting for the staff to come and open the door, after talked to them we got to know that this hostel actually requested guests to arrange the arrive time in advance on their website which hardly to be noticed. Though the hostel didn’t inform us of this strange condition we still tried to be understandable and just decided to wait there for half an hour as told by the manager after calling them, but until 6pm there still nobody show up and we were tired and worried so I called the manager again, this time his attitude became very rude and even threat us to not call him anymore or will charge us more as fine for not giving them advance notice! I was like what the… now it’s his staff late for the arranged time right. Then finally around 7pm, an old lady came opened the building’s door and did the check-in for us, and when we all ready to rest she started making calls in Italian with worried face, we had no idea what happened but just stood there and waited. I tried to talk to her in English but she only respond in Italian! Thanks to the technology development we communicate on Google translate website in the end and sadly realized she doesn’t have the key for our room! That’s ridiculous and she asked to us to wait for another staff to come. During the period we tried to contact the manager but he turned off his mobile already! When another staff reached it’s 9pm, which means we have been doing nothing but just waited there for 4 hours! And the most amazing thing happened, we were led to a room that was in another old building and the staff asked for the room key from a Chinese guy then left immediately, I felt something must be wrong and checked with the Chinese guy whether this room is owned by the B&B Inn, then he told us he is the landlord of this building and sometimes the B&B Inn will transfer some guests here if their rooms are overbooked. I was shocked how can the hostel just asked us to stay at another place without even informing us! But at that moment, all the staffs disappeared and couldn’t contact the manager; we had no choice but decided to stay there. When we entered the room it’s totally not the standard that we booked on the website initially, there’s only an ugly bed, no table no chair no heater! We were so upset and sent complain email to booking.com to report this terrible experience. But no sound from them also until we back to London, the response from booking.com is just forwarded the hostel’s lame explanation email to us, beside the hardly understandable English, they insisted it’s all our fault as we didn’t inform them our reaching time. Oh please, it’s not only about we have been waited more than 4 hours to get a room, but we were not even stayed at your hostel. After that I do checked with some friends for their travel experience in Rome, the general feedback is everything is perfect except the local bad service of hospitality industry, and I can’t agree more. Therefore, my advice for staying in Rome, spend more money on accommodation at four star brand hotel at least to ensure you a pleasant journey.
2. Had an awesome Chinese reunion dinner at House 14 with over 20 international friends! As you know, CNY is the most important festival to all Chinese, we had been prepared for it 1 month earlier by doing the decoration and supermarket shopping. As we got a few friends visiting from Singapore during that time, they even brought all the Nianhuo needed(traditional stuff for CNY, such as Yusheng, latten, Chinese bacon and all the necessary Chinese source that hardly can be found here…) As this is the 4th Chinese New Year I didn’t celebrate with my families, I talked to them over the phone and got the promise that they saved my Hongbao (red pocket money) for me until I’m back. The UK Chinese Student Union also hosted the CNY gala at Logan Hall to celebrate. I heard there’s also great activities performed at Chinatown on the first New Year day, but I didn’t go because I knew it must be super crowded. Oh yes have to mention the CNY party prepared by IOE Student Union also, it was really interesting, a lot of students participated and enjoyed the show. Overall it’s an unforgettable memory of having CNY in London for my very first time.
3. What’s the next? Valentines’ Day! Though I don’t have a boyfriend but I still had very good mood to go shopping with friends in the morning, we tried the World Famous Fish& Chips which is really delicious as lunch and planned to go for a big meal for dinner until I realized my iPhone was stolen, and the following story is all happened in the Holborn Police Station. I still couldn’t believe I really lost my cute white iPhone! Every time I thought it’s gone then I found it back in the end, but this time I seem not to be so lucky, once I realize it’s not in my pocket anymore I used my friend’s phone to call my number, and the fully charged phone was powered off which made me face up the reality that it was stolen by someone already. When I waited 3 hours in the police station to report my case, I thought how can the police be so low efficient as there are only 2 person before me to report until it’s my turn. The female police really investigated carefully and elaborately. She not only recorded the whole crime process but gave me a lot suggestions regarding how to get my IMEI number (as I bought my iPhone in Singapore and didn’t record the IMEI number down nor keep the package box) how to register my next phone on police website and the way to get psychological support by government if I feel deeply depressed of this crime case. After one week up to today, I have received 2 formal emails to inform me the process of their investigation. Though I don’t really expect them to find my iPhone back, but it feels good when you have the police help. Besides, I got a new iPhone 5 to comfort myself – keep the old, you get nothing new. I do hope the phone stolen cases could be decreased in London.
4. Had my 6th French class at King’s College. The native French speaking teacher Celine really created a good language learning environment as she doesn’t speak an English word at all in the class, which caused in the first few lessons students had no idea what she tried to ask us to do as this is a beginner’s level class. But started from the 4th lesson I kinda enjoyed the teaching style because it’s interesting to listen to a language you don’t understand at all and learn as a child. Think I will have another post of studying third language abroad after my first term end.
That’s all about my recent life, how about yours?