Farhan Wahab


Farhan Wahab

"I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breathe in the dust, and keep the memories in." Rowland Waring-Flood

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Piccadilly May 11th 2012

Artist: Sigur Ros Track: Sven-g-englar It's Friday, and London is certainly lively! Here I am, once again, the same location as per my first day in London. I am trying to kill time by sipping onto a cup of Hot Chocolate @ Cafe Nero, while waiting to meet a friend, Paul, for dinner later at 8PM nearby Angel Tube Station. To be honest, I am really hungry now.. but I'll just wait for him so that I can make the most out of my dinner later; wouldn't want to spoil it! Oh, forgot to update about the yesterday. I was up quite early, and decide to pay a visit to Tate Modern. A good friend in Singapore told me that Damien Hirst is holding his exhibition there. Well, I am not a big fan of museums ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Soho May 9th 2012

Track title: Inside Out Artist: Paul Cantelon Reach home half an hour ago. I realised that summer in Europe have longer days, compared to Asia, which took me awhile to get used to it. 9.47PM and the Sun was still up there.. about to set though. Anyway.. I almost forgot about the dinner that Kin (Stephane's partner) is preparing; Risotto with roast vegetables, which turns out to be not bad! Earlier today, I went to meet Simon, a friend who lives nearby Turnpike Lane tube station. We had coffee over at Costa, just opposite the tube station, and after which chilled at his place till afternoon. Simon is a freelance DJ artist, and he has some really wicked mix, which I asked him for some of his tracks. I went back home to prepare lunch (London ... read more
Soho Park
Soho Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Piccadilly May 8th 2012

*Track title: Introducing Palace Players Artist: Mew Well, hello London! First time here.. isn't really that bad afterall. Well, I refuse to sleep after 12 hours of flying from Singapore to London. I was booked on Etihad Airways when the check in counter staff in Singapore told me that my flight was overbooked! Instead, they transferred me to Singapore Airlines, which is great, my beloved national carrier.. and probably one of the best airlines in the world! Singapore Girl, you're definitely a great way to fly! (I'm gay but whatever). Plus point: A direct one way flight, without having the need to stopover. I reached Heathrow Airport at 5.59AM on 8th May 2012, and it was bloody freezing! I still love my tropical climate back in Singapore... but not during the haze period (urgh!). Heathrow Airport ... read more

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata January 8th 2011

The train services from Varanasi Junction train station to Howrah train station was delayed for 3 to 4 hours. I reached Varanasi Junction train station around 6PM. It's really freezing cold and I'm not really used to it! The arrival board states that the train will reach the station at 6.30PM. So I decided to kill time and get some chai and smoke a cigarette. Somehow, part of the area in the arrival hall was cordoned off specially for foreigners, and there were policemen around to guard them and watch an eye for any local citizens intruding the area. It was already 7PM but there wasn't any sight of trains arriving. The weather was really bad; cold and foggy, so I'm guessing it makes it difficult for trains to have limited movement. I decided to just ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi January 4th 2011

The next day, I woke up, showered and packed up, heading towards Pandhey Ghat. It took me about 10 mins to get there and I was hoping for a bed there. One thing I like about staying in dorms is not only the cost issue, but you get to meet other travellers from other parts of the world. I was relieved that I managed to get a bed, and intended to stay for 4 nights in Vishnu Rest House. While waiting to fill up the 'C' form, I went to the balcony and lit up my cigarette. I was beginning to love the moment in Pandhey Ghat; simply picturesque, with the Ganges River seem to appear calm despite the daily drama - people doing their laundry, rituals, shower... you name it all. I decided to walk ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi January 3rd 2011

Alas! We reach Varanasi Junction Station @ 730am. We were exhausted from the long trip from New Delhi, thus, we stopped over to a nearby cafe and perk ourselves up with chai and samosas. It was freezing cold, and I desperately needed a blanket. Thankfully Anna loan her blanket to me for awhile till we reach to our desired guesthouse. Lots of auto rickshaw wallahs were desperately waiting outside the train station, hoping to rip us off for a ride to our destination. Not forgetting to mention the commission they would be getting for recommending a guesthouse to fellow travellers. We decided to book an auto rickshaw from the designated booking booth. However, to our dismay, there was no one manning the booth. Le Sigh! We left with no choice but to ask around who'll give ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh January 1st 2011

We (Guailo, Anna & I) departed from Bundi Bus Station around 930pm on the 1st January 2011 to make our way down to New Delhi. Since trains and private buses aren't running due to the strikes, I suggested that the only way to get to Varanasi is via bus ride to New Delhi, and head down to New Delhi Railway Station and get a Tatkal ticket to Varanasi Junction Railway Station. Well, of course, they weren't really sure of the idea, but hey, it's cheap (since I was really broke lol) and it's the only way to get to New Delhi, given the situation then. We were not mentally prepared of the ride; trust me, government bus ride was the deadliest I've ever experienced! For more than 12 hours, it was such a bumpy ride, that ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi December 21st 2010

9.30PM. 20th Dec 2010. (I dedicate this post to the awesome travelers I met in Bundi, who've made my stay in Bundi enjoyable.) I boarded the bus from Udaipur Bus Station that was meant to go to Bundi. I called up Uma Megh Haveli in Bundi earlier, and said that I'll reach there slightly earlier than expected, thus I won't be left outside in the cold (Oh it was bloody freezing, I'm not really used to cold climate). The Lonely Planet mentioned this about bus rides to Bundi: "Bus rides to Bundi are for thrill-seekers and sadomasochists only." Hmmm.. well it wouldn't hurt to try it out, besides, life is short for one to enjoy, so make full use of it aye? Wham! Boom. Bam! What a fucking rocky and bumpy ride throughout the whole 6 ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur December 18th 2010

Woah! Another day of travelling. We (Rob and I) left Bombay for Udaipur on the 18th Dec 2010. There wasn't any direct trains to Udaipur City Railway Station; we have to take a seater train to Ahmedabad, and take a connecting train an hour later to Udaipur City Railway Station. Rob checked out earlier on that day, and he said that most likely he'll see me at Mumbai Central Station. I reach Mumbai Central half an hour earlier before our train departs. I saw Rob sitting somewhere near platform one, and since there's some spare time to kill, we went out for chai. We walked outside the train station, and went to a local chai stall for chai. Shortly, we realised that we are left with 10 minutes, quickly paid for our chais and rush back ... read more
The Lake Pichola Hotel

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai December 15th 2010

Here I am. In Colaba, Bombay. An interesting city, well partly because I got the book 'Shantaram' here, and read it during my stay in Bombay. Oh, wait, didn't I mentioned that I only wanted to use Bombay as a transit point to Jodhpur? Oh.. crap. Ok here was what happened the moment I arrived Dadar from Mapusa. I arrived Dardar from Mapusa around 11ish in the morning.. traffic was horrendous! Traffic jams.. and the bus was moving like 4km/hr speed? It's insane! I actually got a confirmed ticket to get my ass to Jodhpur and stay there for a month! Well that was the plan initially. Since my train departs at 235pm on that same day, I decided to check out Leopold's Cafe that Lisa been raving about. I took a cab and asked him ... read more
Sleeper bus
Leopold's Cafe
My expensive Chicken Masala!

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