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Parc de Sceaux
 
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A kilo of strawberry keeps me happy.

 

—Incoming warmth

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Almost 4 months late; but better late than never! 

Paula caught me in Paris during it's best months of the year where almost every corner was blooming in colours. Despite being in the city of lights for 5 years, I have never been to Parc de Sceaux. Neither have I heard of this amazing garden. While I didn't think that I'd leave Paris this year, I definitely made the right choice to spend a brunch session enjoying hanami

The blooming scene caught the hold of many other ig-ers, including myself. But holy, it wasn't easy finding the perfect spot. While I could believe that I've been transported to Inokashira park, but the rising volumes that wouldn't stop buzzing around my ears brought me back to reality. (*ノ_<*)

 
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Picnic Basket

I never thought that I'd be that motivated for a morning picnic of all things. 

Parc de Sceaux is located in the suburbs of Paris. Getting there took plus/minus a hour. In order to snug a good spot, it's best to get there early. Paula was craving for Popelinis (heavenly good cream puffs), so we had to wait for the opening of the shop at 10am before being able to leave the city. 

I woke up way too early on a Sunday to prepare Strawberry-Banana smoothies, truffle-salted eggs ⚈ ̫ ⚈, crsipy bacon, getting to the bakery to get croissants. 

how to get there—

The train ride to the nearest station Parc de Sceaux took approximately 40mins. But you wouldn't be immediately greeted by the fresh florals. Instead, you'd have to walk through a huge part of park (I was going to say, forest) before reaching a pink heaven (You may thank me in advance!). However that walk lasted at least 20mins, along with your heavy basket, it feels like your exercise of the day has been completed. 

Then set up your picnic, and enjoy the precious moments before newcomers start eyeing on your spot!

 
 
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Be right back— while i shoot my MV
— carol
 
Who needs #instabf when you have #instabestfriend
— Paula
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.fin

 
 

 

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7 years later

I've finally stepped a foot into the magical land. Thanks to Paula, actually. It's been two years since her visit to Paris and she insisted on going to Disneyland. Me, personally— going to a theme park is a waste of money, plainly because I can't take rides. I cannot stomach the dropping sensation when the roller coaster goes up and down within seconds ゞ◎Д◎ヾ

But being the best friend, I gave in and opted for the One day Magic Pass (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

2 Major errors

• You should buy your tickets in advance

There weren't any queue at the counters, but tickets were 99€ instead of 89€ (ʘ言ʘ╬) If you have plans to visit Disneyland, make your plans earlier and hunt for cheap tickets! I've found tickets at 59€ (for 2 parks) before!

• Always bring a coat

Somehow, Disneyland is always freezing cold at certain times. So don't skip on that coat, because it'd definitely be useful! (mind you, this was in April)
 

Getting to Disneyland

The easiest way would be by RER. It would be the cheapest option too (14€+). DisneyExpress is an additional 20€ if I remember correctly. But there's only one morning bus and one in the night. So imagine all the people that would board the bus!

So then RER? The simplest way to get your RER tickets would be at your nearest Metro Station. Instead of going to the counter and fumbling between English and French, it's easier to use the machine to get the tickets. Select English language, and everything would be so much easier! Just select single ticket purchase, choose your current station name and pick your destination / which is / Marne la Vallee Chessy. That's the name of the station for Disneyland! 

Taking RER seems a little complicated at first. Marne la Vallee Chessy is on Line A. So look out for line A on the signboards, and the names of the incoming trains. Sometimes different train directions comes on the same platform! So take note and you'll be fine! The journey would be 35 to 50minutes depending on the traffic. Don't forget to keep your tickets to exit the station when you arrive! Regular Paris city-center tickets will not allow you to exit the gantry. 

 
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Disney stores

When in Disneyland, you need #mickeyears! We took our time trying out all the different ears, it was basically #selfietime. I've always loved huge plushies but never had the heart to splurge on them. We went to many shops before deciding. I was originally looking for Stitch or Pooh ears but none of them seemed to be available. I checked with some of their sales assistants and they told me that those were sold out! ╥﹏╥ But indeed, different stores offered different varieties! So lookout for some of the shops before deciding, or else you may regret it. 

In the end, I decided to stick to the magician mickey (14,90€) that I've always liked. Chip and Dale mickey ears were at 19.90€; were super cute too. 

 
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Horror Tower 

(`㊥益㊥)Ψ   The first ride that Paula wanted to go was the Tower of Terror, erh-hum. 

NO WAY.

This was literally my nightmare. I could have tried out other milder rides first, HA. So both of us split our ways. Paula went to queue for her ride while I explore the surroundings. We came to terms that my criteria for rides suitable for me would be rides suitable for expecting moms (๑✧∀✧๑)

 
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Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great
— Gusteau
 

Ratatouille

Ratatouille was mainly the reason why Paula wanted to come to Disneyland. Apparently this is a regional ride, where you can't find it in other Disneylands. Another friend highly recommended it. Most importantly, it's a pregnant-mommy-friendly ride (๑>ᴗ<๑) 

We went for the 40minutes wait, because our timing were between lunch time / parade of the princesses and pirates. You know the thing with amusement parks are those simple looking queues that tricks you into thinking that "oh, the queue ain't too bad", and when you're in the queue, it takes 123456 turns before it's finally your turn -`д´-

Anyhoos, it was a very cute ride that's worth the wait! You're seated in little mouse-cups that moves around a hidden track, along with huge screens that projects 3D animation. You'd go through some funny realistic scenes (●♡∀♡)  And then the cuteness ends smoothly within 10minutes 

 
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SNACK

Unfortunately, we didn't have time for a proper lunch because the parade was starting soon. So like true-asians, we sat down on the front row 20minutes before the show started. 

While waiting, I went to get some ice cream and crepes. Despite the terrible shivers I got in the morning, we were super hungry. Ben & Jerry's seemed to be the most accessible and easy to eat. 

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Princess Pirates Parade

 
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Main Parade

 
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Dinner

My never-ending hunger wouldn't be that easily satisfied with ice cream. I originally thought of going to Bistrot Chez Remy for a proper meal, you know to sit back and relax a little, among the crazy holiday crowd. But looking at the prices (32-60€ per menu) / the queue and the time we had,  it was impossible. So we settled for fast food. 

There were lots of chairs and tables outside, but the temperature decided drop. Chilly winds were picking up, Paula found refuge in her emporiums while I continued walking around looking for a good spot to settle down for the fireworks!

 
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Fireworks

Found the perfect spot in front of the castle and waited a good hour before the show started! As usual, no matter where you go, you'd always meet some inconsiderate people. A sea of lit up phones blocking the perfect shot. Unlike my Disney experience in Japan, strangers were fighting amongst themselves because stranger nº1 was too tall and refused to step down for shorter people like us... blah blah blah you get the gist. That moment, I wondered, whey aren't people sitting down in the unspoken-polite-row manner. I guess if everyone the world had manners like the Japanese, the world would have been a better place. 

.*:゚(`・ω・´)ゝ゚:*.

 
 
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See you, Paris!
 
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PARIS,
A BIENTOT

 

Hello hello! And yes, unfortunately, you've understood it right! I've officially *temporarily* moved out of Paris! (I hope!)

It feels unreal but everything happened so quickly. At the same time, everything happened at the same time. Managing projects and interviews, trying to get a new permanent job etc... and then news dropped that my landlord passed away at the age of 95 (or was it 96) ಠ_ಠ 
Her children wanted to sell my home for their inheritance. And currently being a full-time freelancer, it doesn't go well with property agents for the next move... 

It was a Thursday afternoon when I decided to move out immediately on the coming Sunday. I somewhat managed to get myself 3 more days in the city of lights and then I got carried away like the wind to Bordeaux. Which another 2 days later, the wind carried me off to Singapore again. So I'm trying to stay positive that if there's a low, there will be a high coming soon?

Picnic by the Seine

Before I left, I managed to finally picnic by the Seine! It was actually my first time. Thank Heavens for being so nice to me with the perfect chill weather. Yup, 5 years in Paris, I've never had a picnic by the Seine. {Made me wonder, what have I been doing for the past 5 years} So two lovely friends decided to do a last minute picnic together. As you can see, randomly put-together basket with Grapefruit soju, a bottle of Rosé, a pastry no less from Eclairs de Genie + unseen plateau of charcuterie / baguettes / olive dippers. We completely forgot about buying chips and ended up ogling at everyone's chips like puppies. However, because the weather was so good, all the quays were filled up with people. Dear Amy forgot her wine-opener, but lucky us, you can easily borrow one with any random picnicking neighbors. 
Just flaunt your cutest smile, any guy would lend theirs (°◡°♡).:。

Anyway, this isn't the end of Paris!

I'd still come back for you Paris! You're a city that represents freedom and independence! I'm just temporarily moving back to my seaside for the summer, since it's not exactly the job-hunting season. So I'd take this time to rest and enjoy myself to the maximum before I find myself a new full-time office! Speaking of which, it's has already been a month since I've flew back to Singapore. My parents bought a new home in Singapore, so I'm back in this unbearable hot and humid weather to help them out for a while.

Till then, if you've seen some of my #igstories, I'd have more stories coming up! 
Hopefully I'd have time to edit them soon! (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ