Hiatus in blogging due to life changes that have kept me exceptionally busy. Hard to believe I am now a full fledged working woman again, after a year of career break. I was a part time student and a full time traveller for almost a year, remember? Haha. There's no regrets, that was the best time of my life.
To be honest, I'm done berjimba and I'm almost 30, to be exact next year. Haih. I'm sooo not ready. I know age is just a number but still, you ain't getting any younger.
And I am secretly quite ambitious. Hehe. I believe that nothing worth it in life comes easy. The definition of success itself is so vast that I often question myself; do I really want to climb the corporate ladder? To some people, the status, recognitions, titles are more important than anything else but for me, to have titles and recognitions are equally important too. More on self-esteem.
As for now I am enjoying my working life, surrounded by an awesome team albeit crazy workload. I always admire intelligent sophisticated women and I wish to be like them one fine day. Hehe. God willing InsyaAllah. And I am grateful to finally have a job and hoping that I would keep being better at what I do.
Enough of that. Bosan lagipun membebel pasal kehidupan. Hehe. But couldn't help it, I think it's a sign that you're almost 30. Anyway, I literally am typing this out while having a break from reviewing tax computations that I brought back home last Friday. Such a wonder of a multitasking woman. Ahaks. Pendek kata, bosannya hidup kau sekarang ni Fida. Back to my routines 4 years back, same old same old.
Okay, I have been itching to blog about my trip to Greece last summer (in August to be exact) but haven't had the chance to do so. Dah berzaman kau balik, baru sekarang nak update! Haha. Nak buat macam mana, always struggling with writer's block. Tapi takpe, better late than never orang kata. So, seperti yang diketahui umum, we were not going to Athens, sorry. Lagipun, we don't like batu, ruins, and history. Hiks.
Tapi memanglah orang akan pandang sinis, eh kau tak pergi Athens? Greek capital kot? Kalau duit berkepuk memang boleh lah alang-alang pergi Greece, why not ke Athens, kan? Tapi kalau pakai konsep alang-alang ni, memang banyak benda yang tak jadi. Haha. Sebab bajet sangat lah ciput. Remember, we were unemployed and struggling to survive with no income. Mana nak bayar monthly commitments kat Malaysia lagi. Jenuh korek duit savings sahaja untuk trip kali ni. And adalah jugak buat online business sikit-sikit untuk top-up mana yang kurang. Hehe.
It has always been my dream to visit Greece and experience the rich culture it has to offer. Feeling-feeling Kim K. Walaupun kau adalah sangat cheapskate pada waktu dan ketika itu. Haha. And I have been talking with my house-mates for couple of months about this idea and how to make it happen. Tapi takdelah plan beria sangat pun sebab we were busy with exams, dissertations and whatnot.
And the first part is of course to find reasonable air plane tickets. Tips, BOOK EARLY for summer to avoid disappointment. Summer means PEAK season. Enough said. And panasnya mak aiii. Sumpah panas nak mamps. So the less expensive ticket that we found on almost every websites is to fly to Mykonos from Manchester with EasyJet and return to Heathrow from Santorini with Germanwings. Yes, you read that right. Last few months, a Germanwings airbus crashed over the French Alps. And I flew with Germanwings twice. Syukur masih dipanjangkan usia :').
So the total price per passenger including tax adalah 184£. And that was the MOST expensive tickets I ever bought last year. Haha. Mahal nau. Thank god all of the expenses were not incurred once-off. We bought the ticket a month in advance and didn't spend much on food too. And now that we found the not so perfect airfares deal, our next task is to research places to stay. Research ala kadar je pun, my house-mates and I are not picky when it comes to the rooms. Apa-apa pun boleh, janji ada tempat berteduh je konsepnya and of course mur mur sahaja. Hiks. Kau dah spend banyak untuk flight tickets, kosser nak tido hotel mahal-mahal.
I'm a bit confused with the timings, but I believe it takes at least 4 hours to Mykonos from Manchester, UK. And bear in mind that Greece is 2 hours ahead of UK. Haha sorry still compare dengan UK time. Tak move on lagi nampaknya kat situ.
So, 13 August 2014, we arrived in Mykonos airport at 9.15 pm local time. As usual, no problems going through EU border security and then we walked out the door just to see how hot it was. Ahaks. PANAS. Summer kat UK sedap-sedap selesa sahaja. Haha.
And here we go, feeling-feeling rich and famous, terus tahan taxi katakau. Excuse me, kecik sungguh la airport Mykonos ni. Ada la tourist information yang super kecik and that lady yang jaga pun super kekwat too. Tapi kekwat-kekwat dia pun, she really helped us a lot. Thank you.
So we gave the taxi driver our hotel address and much to our surprise, he told us that the hotel is not in Mykonos island! OMG. The only way to go there is by ferry and of course, the earliest ferry would be tomorrow morning. It's about 2 hours punya journey. Oh tidak. Kekeliruan dan kesilapan seperti ini tidak pernah terjadi. Never in my life kekdahnya. And we already paid everything! Sobs. Dah la tengah dintis. So how now?
Ni sebab nak murah punya pasal, we booked through Airbnb and entahlah kat mana silapnya, the hotel that we booked tu sebenarnya kat Syros island. During summer, especially in August, most every inch of Mykonos island is packed with visitors and it is one of the most crowded Greek islands. So. the room rates in Mykonos are a lot more expensive. Tu yang terbeli hotel sampai ke Syros sebab hmm murah. Haha. Padan muka diri sendiri. Syros ni pulak not even in our itinerary. Haha. Dah satu hal pulak nak ke sana sebab we booked for 3 nights. Rasain.
Anyway back to the agenda, mana nak tidur malam ni? Airport? No. Not for tonight, please. Haha. Come on. I mean this is Mykonos. Tempat orang ada-ada, tempat percutian para retis. Takkan nak tido airport ye tak? Haha. There are various travel agencies outside waiting to bring the tourists to the hotel that they have pre-booked in advance.
So tips cikcur #1, ringan-ringankan mulut and tanya if they still have any rooms available. And macam biasa, the hotels will offer cheaper rates if they have more empty rooms. But in our case, unfortunately the hotel rooms mostly occupied by visitors and super expensive. The cheapest that we got after too much bargaining skills involved is the one in Paradise Beach, 195€ per night! Almost RM900 for a room. I have never paid so much for just a room to be honest. And mungkin, highly likely we got ripped off pun. What to do, we are at the worst end of the deal and we don't really have any other options pun, kan? The rest were either already booked or the price is 200€ and above. Pasrah je lah. Pejam mata bayar 65€ sorang. And that being said, everyone has to cut their own expenses. Banyak okeh 65€ tu. Boleh makan fine dining. Tapi nak fine dining apa sangat kan, semua pon banyak yang ada pork kekdahnya. Haha.
So, welcome to Paradise Beach, people. Hehe. Picture taken on the next day. Sebab, sampai-sampai pun dah malam. The hotel provided free shuttle services to and from airport. Jadinya, we paid inclusive of transportation. Tak sabar nak tengok how the room will look like sebab mahal nau kan. Kot la macam ni ke...
Picture credit : Google image
So realitinya, the room that we got is super basic. Tak padan dengan harga. Ni pun picture taken from Booking.com. Not exactly like this but almost the same. Triple sharing room with sea view and complimentary breakfast. Better than nothing je la konsepnya. Hadap je ok. Takleh banyak bunyi sangat.
Picture credit : Booking.com
Sementelah malam pun masih muda, around 11.00 pm macamtu, we decided to go out and have a look what this place has got to offer. Well to summarise in one sentence; maksiat sangatlah berleluasa. No wonder they call it PARADISE. Heaven on earth kekdahnya. And what happens in paradise, stays in paradise. You will see things which you have never seen in your life.
The place (Tropicana bar) is full of drunk teenagers, extremely crowded with several bars right next to each other. If you are young and looking for a wild party, this place is memang for you. But if you want to relax, then avoid at all cost. And of course it is not suitable for children. What they might see there will ruin their mental health forever. When we were walking along the beach just to avoid the crowded area near the bars, entah macam-macam bunyi yang pelik-pelik lah yang kau boleh dengar. Nasib lah memang rabun orangnya. And malam pulak tu. Haih maksiat sangatlah bermaharajalela. Ummah LGBT pun tak kurang banyaknya kat sini. If Tsunami hits, this is the place that you would never want to visit.
We have been notified by the hotel receptionist that the Hard Rock Cafe merchandise shop is just opposite the hotel. Tapinya memang sampai ke sudah la tak jumpa.
The next morning when we had our breakfast, the atmosphere was completely different. The whole place was peaceful, serene and fairly quiet. I think it gets crowded in the afternoon. And the party starts at 4.00 pm and goes on till later in the evening.
The beach itself is absolutely perfect. Sangat cantik. Shades of blue with crystal clear water and a wide sandy beach.
Just to let you know, there were few nude people there but they all seemed to stay down at the very end, so not even noticeable, unless you were really looking. Haha.
I was told that you have to pay for your sea side lounge chair for at least 6€. Tapi haritu takde lah pulak kena sound or apa untuk feeling-feeling pose sambil baca buku The Fault In Our Stars nih. Haha. Mungkin sebab sangat litup kot berjemuran di tepi pantai. They didn't even bother to collect the money from us. Hiks.
There are 2 big clubs in Paradise Beach, one being mentioned above is Tropicana and this is another one, Guapaloca bar. I believe there were champagne spraying parties at night dan sangat lah parti liar malam tadi, so wild. Haha. Tapi senyap sunyi sooo quiet in the morning. Cantik pulak tu sooo pinky.
And that is the Hard Rock Cafe Mykonos, it sells only the merchandise. Too small, we didn't notice the existence of this retail shop last night. Memang right in front of our hotel je pun. I normally will buy the shot glass for my own collection tapi takde jual pulak kat sini. Entah betul entahkan tidak ni kedai Hard Rock Cafe Mykonos. Hahaha. Kecik nau.
All of the above basically adalah hotel area which is right on the beach. The only downside of the place is the distance from Mykonos centre but frequent buses will take you there. And one more thing, they should provide FREE wifi services. Memang kat Greece ni agak kedeks nak bagi free wifi ok.
Last but not least, thanks to my photographer for everything. Haha. Sanggup melayan kena snap banyak-banyak kali sampai puas hati. Hikkkssss. Bertabahla.
Nanti kita sambung lagi bulan depan. Haha. Esok meeting! And I need to get few things done too! Bye and good night.