UK’s Fun Facts

What i love about travelling is i can learn new interesting thing about that other countries. Which sometimes made me feel relieved that I stay in Jakarta , Indonesia, and often times makes me want to migrate to that particular city or country. Haha

When i went to UK two months ago (mid June 2017), i found a few interesting things that i cant wait to share with you all!

1. The bare minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 25 ??

Found this red-note-sign at one of Liverpool’s supermarket. I am quite surprised to know that you have to be above 25 to purchase alcohol drink. I’m like, really?? I though UK is more lenient than Asia. Since most of the restaurants are selling alcohol as well. and they never asked us our ID when we purchase alcohol drink in UK. *Asia has 18 as their bare minimum age to drink and to purchase alcohol drink

According to some research that i did. UK has 18 as their bare minimum age for drinking as well. But if supermarkets violated this law (which means, selling alcohol drink to underage persons) they have to adopt the ‘challenge 25’ scheme. Which means, you have to be 25 to purchase in that supermarket. Interesting policy.

2. Shoe Cleaner outside UK’s houses

I saw this a lot in-front of UK’s houses, and was wondering what’s the use of that little tiny bar near the door entrance.

Until one day, i went to ask our local tour guide, and found out that little black bar in-front of most houses is for cleaning the backside of the sole of your shoes. Haha. I think this is very useful! Super creative feature!

 

3. British Summer Time is super long!

The summer time in Britain is super long! This picture was taken in Liverpool at 9.30-ish in the evening.

UK now is having their Daylight Saving from March 26 – October 29. I only know that the days are longer and the night-time are shorter. But i dont really get how this day-light saving works. So, if you normally go to work at 9am. Do you still go to work at 9am? or 8am? Hmmpp..

4. Talent matters most​

I was dry-ing my hair in the morning, and when i looked at the news, i found something rather different yet beautiful in my eyes.

Guess, the pictures tells everything, that physical disability doesnt really matter in UK. I guess Indonesia should apply this as well. where not only pretty slim perfect faces gets on-air, but someone who really is capable in doing so.

5. The pedestrian red light button

Well, actually this is pretty normal button. where you need to press on the button when you need to cross the road. But i realized that, they only have it on the side, and not having their own pillar. So, you need to wait the car to stop, or see the sign beside you if it’s already turn green.

I realized it, because normally i would look up to the pedestrian red light across the street, but found only those red lights for the cars.

6. The strong pop-corn game! 

The pop-corn game is stronggg in UK! haha.. This is in Liverpool’s movie theatre. would really love to buy one that time. but my throat was not feeling very-well. Since i dont want to be sick for the rest of the trip. So i must skip on this one. Booo!

So, you can get plain popcorn, or you add up 1 topping for GBP 1 , or 3 toppings for GBP 2. You can add MNMs, minstrels chocolate, mini oreos and mini pretzels.

Liverpool : This is Anfield

United Kingdom, a country where football can be counted as one of their religion. I guess most people who love Steven Gerrard will definitely put Liverpool as one of their travelling bucket list when they come to Great Britain. and i am thankful to be able to visit the world’s 8th most valuable football club, even though i’m not a hardcore fan.

Liverpool Stadium size is much smaller than Manchester United, the previous stadium that i visited. Anfield stadium can accommodate to 54,000 spectators. But we were not so lucky that day, we cant see their nice green grass because they had their pitch relaid. Which means, they have to change their grass, drainage system and heating system so it will be a better ground for the team to play again in August.

 

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Hillsborough Tragedy memorial (Liverpool vs Nottingham Forrest, 1989) – i just knew that there’s this kind of Tragedy. I firstly thought that it was a plane crash memorial. It turns out to be a human crush memorial. never though over crowded can end like this.

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And this time around, we get to see Liverpool’s team changing room! Yeayy!

So amazed by the nice changing room! It is super cool! But i thought it will be much bigger with some lockers above the shirts panel. The guide told us that we can do anything that we want inside the changing room, we can take pictures and video, sniff the shirt, kiss it, hold it, hug it, but Do Not remove the shirt from the hanger. haha..

For Liverpool fans, i am sure you know ‘This is Anfield’ sign. The famous sign that has always been touched by the team before they are out for the game. That acted out as their good luck charm.

The most Iconic sign of Anfield has been removed from Anfield main tunnel and got modified as well. I guess people will like the previous sign with the nice old frame on it. But well, Jurgen Klopp, the Reds boss mentioned that players cannot touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something,”  “It’s a sign of respect”. But well, i think the new signage is too high for some Asian tho. Even my brother can only touched a bit of it. Haha.

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Liverpool stadium is a little bit awkward in their positioning though. This gate is located outside the stadium. You’ll see this gate, If you’re going to the merchandise shop from the stadium.

To go to Liverpool’s merchandise shop, you have to pass by one alley of local’s houses, which is pretty far from their stadium. Well, it was quite warm with some wind on that day, so walking experience is quite enjoyable. More over most of the houses have unique coloured doors for us to see, very English i must say. Sorry for not taking picture of that alley though. =(

I am not sure if everyone still stays there. But i think it will be such a headache everytime Anfield has to hold a game. Haha.. Well, for the location, i guess Anfield is more accessible since it’s located at the city itself.

You can get the Stadium tour ticket for 17 GBP (SGD 30 // Rp 297,000) and you can book it online as well to see the available dates.

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Isnt this uberr cutteeee?? my goodnesss..

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Manchester United – Old Trafford

Helloo everyone, how was your Lebaran holiday?

Be it travelling abroad or local, or simply just enjoying your quality time with your loved ones in the perfect Jakarta’s traffic. I hope that it was a great one for you and your family!

As for myself, my family decided to go for UK on this year hari Raya. I never fancy a tour trip before. But this one is kinda different. I quite enjoyed the 2 weeks of tour trip conducted by Indonesia local travel agent.

I am not sure if it’s the schedule that was quite free for us to roam around the cities, or the fun tour-mates that we had. Haha.

Anyway, we took a 13hrs and 45 mins flight that goes directly to Manchester from Singapore. and since we are in Manchester, guess Old Trafford is the right place to visit for the very first destination.

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Well, i am not a big fan of football actually. So i did not have that butterfly on my stomach kinda feeling like others may had. But to be honest, i am very impressed by this second biggest stadium in England, somehow it just sparks ‘magic’ to those who visited them.

Manchester United is one of the football’s most successful club. Big Thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devil’s former manager. Even though i don’t really understand how the football industries work. But Sir Alex Ferguson must had worked his a*s off to make this team to be one of the world-known football team.

I think not many football club have their own stadium. And their’s is the largest football club stadium in all over England.  What an achievement, isn’t it?

Moreover, they have their own stadium and museum tour. Whereby all MU and football fans from all around the world can taste the glorious home base of Manchester United!

We got our ticket for 16 GBP (SGD 28 // IDR 278.000) for the 1 hr stadium and museum tour. We supposed to see the whole stadium and the changing room with other rooms too. But since we were late for our appointed tour. We can only visit the main stadium only. =(..  If you’re not going with the tour (who already help you to arrange everything), You can purchase it online as well, and see the available time slot. and Remember, Dont be Lateeee..

And for you who could not wait to buy their souvenirs, fret not!

Just walk out from the museum, and walk to the other side of the stadium and you’ll find the megastore!

FunFact : Gelora Bung Karno ( Jakarta football stadium) is larger than Old Trafford. Where GBK has about 80,000 seats and 76,000 seats for Old Trafford.

*Hopefully Indonesia can have their own stadium tour someday, and every football fans from all around the world will come over to Jakarta just to see GBK.

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