Coming from a tropical country and a beach lover at heart, spending the Christmas season in the United Kingdom is entirely new to me. I am used to wearing slippers, shorts and tank top when I travel in my home country. Now, I need to put extra clothing (leggings, long-sleeved blouse, coat, scarf, bonnet, gloves and other layers) whenever i go out. I am not complaining though. It is a totally new experience for me and excited about it! 😀
Right after we dropped mom at the office, Tita Arlyn and I went to the Cardiff Queen Street. It was snowing and I am savoring the moment walking in the street despite the shivering factor. The fact that I am wearing Ugg Boots is not a good idea, but tolerable for me at least. Let’s walk and have some fun under the sun…. i mean snow LOL.
We went back to the hotel (Barcelo Cardiff Angel Hotel) in Castle Street to rest a bit since we cannot tolerate the coldness outside. My mom called in less than an hour and asked us to pick her up LOL. We asked if we could just meet in the nearest Starbucks branch. I am eager to drink my hot mocha and yes, i am hungry as always 0_o
So many busy people in the UK! Why so serious? People are rushing to work while some are doing the manual jobs outside.
‘You’re too much addicted to Starbucks and Krispy Kreme! Why don’t you just spend less?’ my mom said again in a nagging manner while we were at the counter.
‘Just let me. I don’t have any other vices anyway 😛 ‘ I replied with a naughty grin.
‘You have a point. What do you want? Order the largest drink and get your favorite pastry snack’ Mama said.
This is our usual scenario. She would nag and complain about me spending too much (?) then she will later on give in. I am not taking advantage of her generosity though. Anyway, this is a perfect moment to bond with Mom and Tita Arlyn. I would like to research on cheap package holidays in either Scotland or Ireland so we can go on a trip as a trio again soon.
Tita Arlyn is a good friend of my mom in Rugby. It is my first time to go on an out of town trip with her and i’m happy that she went with us. Although I travel most of the time, I still have that difficulty in reading maps especially when I am lazy to think LOL. In this case, we sat down and talked about life in the UK and the stories of other overseas workers there.
I also explained how the Cinnamon Swirl from Starbucks Philippines is way better compared to other countries.
I saw a Korean girl blogging at the other table. I should have approached her or something. She might be a travel blogger too!
We visited a number of shops along Queen Street. I am not really fond of shopping so I find this activity tiring 😛 I sat on the couch found in every shop as I wait for Mom and Tita Arlyn as they go around. At least its much warmer inside.
Our next stop is the Capitol Shopping Centre, which i believe is the biggest shopping destination in Queen Street. There are nice shops for clothes, bike shoes, accessories, sports equipments among others. I asked if i can go to one of the coffee shops because I am tired. They said no. Ok haha 😀
After minutes of window shopping, we went out to see more of Cardiff. I may not feel comfortable with the cold temperature, but i truly feel like a kid again! Wanna know what I did after?
SNOWY JUMPSHOT WITH THE CAROUSEL AS MY BACKGROUND 😀
We were looking for a good place to eat until we reached Hilton Hotel Cardiff. The snow on the floor looked like a pool or beach sands to me so..
‘Micaela, tumayo ka d’yan! Nakakahiya para kang bata! (Micaela, stand up! you’re acting like a child!) Mama said while laughing.
‘Eh bata pa naman ako eh’ (I’m still a child anyway!) I replied back.
‘Anlaki mong baby damulag’ (You’re one big baby!) she said… laughing still.
Halika! (Come Here!) then pulled her LOL.
My Mom is already celebrating her 6th year in the UK this year, but i think she never did what i did… till now HAHA
Feeling cold, tired and hungry, we went back to our hotel room to fix our things and leave our luggages at the reception area. It’s 2PM and we haven’t eaten our lunch yet LOL
UP NEXT: Winter Cardiff Photo Walk
Original Travel Date: December 20, 2010