Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter; Amsterdam Part I

After long due, I present you.. Amsterdam!

We took easyJet flying out from Belfast International to Schiphol, Netherlands. Yes I know it'd be cheaper easier yadda yadda to fly from London or at least the mainland, but Adam had his winter break a week later than mine, so being a good wife I am, I flew to Belfast few days before the trip to make him food. Or more like, to spread my stuff all over his room and annoy the crap out of him.

Alright kisah rumah tangga aside, say hello to Schiphol Airport!

We went there on 23rd December, so everything was Christmassy, which was perfect!

Took the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal Station


And here comes Amsterdam!


Amsterdam is known as Venice of the North. It has loooaads of canals, hence the name




The main intracity transportation apart from bicycles are the trams, they are plenty and frequent and fairly cheap. You can buy tickets directly from the trams drivers. The system used is by time, so it's not like LRT back in KL where the price is determined by the distance travelled (eg. Taman Melati - KLCC is RM2.00) Wow I still remember?! Well here they use time, which means there's an hour ticket up to 24 hours ticket (I think). So within that time frame you're free to travel by trams anywhere. You'd have to scan your ticket once you board the tram, the same goes to leaving the tram, and that's how the time is measured.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is Amsterdam Centraal Station. I think all public transports like trams, buses, intercity/international trains terminate here. Even the ferries! No joke.



Having canals everywhere, the also offer cruises, which not very surprisingly, also terminates at the Amsterdam Centraal. By the way, water transportations are among the mains, if I'm not mistaken. But perhaps because it was winter no one bothers to row the boat or they might die freezing, I suppose.


See the little boats at the riverside? (river, canal, whatever) We were guessing that during spring/summer, they'd come back to life.


Our hotel room. Pretty basic with ensuite bathroom (which I love since it would be unfair if Adam could just wear his towels if it was a shared bathroom but I'd have to wear tudung and all no fair humph!) Alright where was I? Oh okay the room was alright, and having two single beds mean that we won't have to berebut curik duvet in the middle of the night again.


Amsterdam at night.




We were so hungry and we saw a loooong line queing up for this fries. Curious with what the fuss was all about, we joined the queue.

Verdict:

It was sooo good that Adam wouldn't let me come near him to steal the fries.

Joke, the fries was overrrrratedd.



And later we had some real proper dinner.


By real I mean REALLY REAL like these. Beef steaks and spare ribs.

Everywhere we went to there were always restaurants serving on Argentinian Grill, spare ribs etc. We just had to try one, and were lucky enough to find this halal restaurant somewhere I can't remember. Lol sungguh tak membantu.

But halal food in Amsterdam is baaanyak gila we even found a Thai restaurant serving halal chicken tom yam yumyum! There were Indonesian restaurants which I was sooooo keen to try but the price was like, EUR30 per person per meal. Hence, I iz sads. There were also Malaysian restaurants which kat UK pun ada so tak pandang pun kihkih, kebabs (as usual) and some others. What I'd suggest is, Google up halal restaurants before you're going to Amsterdam, and you can save your tummy from the kebab craze which let's be honest, there's only enough kebabs you can eat in one trip.



Carnivores


If you look closely you can see his non-existent muffin top. Humph no fair again!



So that's about it for Amsterdam day 1. They say too much of everything ain't no good yo so I'm stopping here. 

Till then!

6 comments:

sara said...

hey! welcome to netherlands! looks like a fun trip :) our december this year was very mild so it was a great time to go around. tak menggeletar je. btw, where did you jumpa the steak place?? where did you find all the halal food place. what the toot. boleh tak me and hubby tgk, hehhhhh halal steak? juling mata dia tgk steak halal. bila pergi ams mesti tak tau nak makan apa. next blog post you list down all your tempat makan pleaseeeee. LOL! welterusten!

sara said...

hey! welcome to netherlands! looks like a fun trip :) our december this year was very mild so it was a great time to go around. tak menggeletar je. btw, where did you jumpa the steak place?? where did you find all the halal food place. what the toot. boleh tak me and hubby tgk, hehhhhh halal steak? juling mata dia tgk steak halal. bila pergi ams mesti tak tau nak makan apa. next blog post you list down all your tempat makan pleaseeeee. LOL! welterusten!

Bella said...

Sara?? Is that you, who I think you are?? Ooooh I'm soo honoured to see you here!! (???) Lol well we just Googled up halal restaurants in Amsterdam, there's a massive list of them! For example, THIS:

http://halal-restaurants.nl/restaurants/amsterdam/

But the steak house that we went was this one.

http://crystal-nl.com/

It's just off the tram route, Prinsesgrachte station I think? Serious sedap gila CAN DIE NOW ARGH. But that was it, the rest kitorang makan cikai cikai je sebab kena saving for next destinations pulak lol. But do try the Indonesian restaurants for me please pleeasee?? Can ask Harold to try them all too, especially the spicy ones, lol!

sara said...

i am honoured you layan my question LOL. wheeee nanti nak pergi. harold tgk website dah drool. boleh tak kitorang asal org mai, org yg intro kitorang tempat makan. asal sampai amsterdam, maastricht muka masing2 blank nak makan mana. last2 makan shoarma. loya dah tekak. thanks for sharing! nanti kami test indonesian restaurant kami habaq. yang i tau klu u pg amsterdam, don't go to wau restaurant. my friend kerja situ hangin je the chef masak kari setakat panaskan santan and letak curry paste. then bila dia tegur kata klu masak gitu tak sedap, the chef marah, kata this is how i've been cooking and it is authentic *face palm*. we just found a new halal indian restaurant in amsterdam. ni jumpa masa my uncle and family come visit. depa pun datang masa round xmas. found by my cousin. gandhi - http://www.indianrestaurantgandhi.com/ lain kali u datang jom. harold suka gila restaurant tu.

p/s harold loves spicy food. hidung meleleh pun sumbat. baru je leleh lepas makan sambal tempe and kacang belacan. nite nite dear

Tiara Fazlin said...

beb whats the name of the hotel u stayed? me and my sister plan to go there this spring! is it near the city?

Tiara Fazlin said...

beb whats the name of the hotel u stayed? me and my sister plan to go there this spring! is it near the city?