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Sunday, January 6, 2008
Edinburgh, Scotland - Part 3

The last morning there, we visited the Camera Obscura. The entrance fee was £7.50 and I personally feel that it was worth it. Camera Obscura sounds so, camera-ish, kan? But trust me, it's not merely about camera or lenses or how camera functions. It's about optical illusions and tricks of lenses, mirrors, spins and flashes. Once we entered, we were brought into a small dark room with a large concaved dish and a long black metal in the middle. The metal is actually to control/move the lenses that were designed in 1850. What's so special about these old lenses is that it can actually show real pictures of the outside surrounding onto the concaved dish WITHOUT any camera or computer. So, it's practically some big gigantic kinda telescope that projects real moving images onto the screen! And we can even see real people walking nearby the entrance to the castle. Oh, and we managed to pick people (those who were walking near the entrance to the castle) up off the street! using a paper. Like, literally picking them up using a paper!! How cool is that? Damn chunted lor.

After being amazed with the picking-human beings-up-off-the-street-using-a-paper trick, we went to look around at the view of Edinburgh using telescopes.

That's Queen trying to observe her citizens.

There are actually many interesting and fun things inside, but I'll only show a few. malaslah

Suahpah moments 1 - Water and fishes
Have a look at this picture.


Can you see water? What about fishes? Got right? What about those two shoes? Ada kan?
It's an image on the floor. Like those image projected by computer or something. What's cool about this thing is that, it's just an IMAGE, BUT when you step/walk across it, the fishes will swim away from your feet, and there will be those water noises like someone is walking across a pool of water. Those 'splish splash' kinda sound. Images on the floor can make noise. And move! HOW COOL CAN THAT BE?

Suahpah moments 2 - Thin Mirror
Focus on the Ikan Bilis legs of ours.

I've NEVER been so thin in my life. NEVER!

Suahpah moments 3 - Fat & Elongated Hand Mirror


Suahpah moments 4 - Fat & Elongated Forehead Mirror
This might cause nightmare to some people, so view at your own risk okay?!

Damn yeng! Hahaha.

We also saw the crystal ball that those witches in movies will use. Those balls that can generate powers want ar!
Suahpah moments 5 - Crystal Ball

The beautiful witch in the making.

Introducing my guru, the old senior witch.

Besarnya Bola O___O

They have long long want also. The electricity will follow your hand movements want. Yeng hor?

Suahpah moments 6 - Bayang Bayang 3 warna

Mel: Yong ar, you do the love shape, the shadow so small. Cannot see the different colours leh.
Yong: Then how to make the colors visible leh?
Mel: Aya, come I show you.

Mel: Nonit so bersopan wan la. Angkat tangan angkat kaki also I don't mind want.

Walk walk walk, then we saw another shadow thingy. This want lagi gaya.
Suahpah moments 7 - Sticking shadow
There's a screen in front, you stand with any pose you like. Ask someone to press a red button at the side. Wait a few seconds and there will be a flash capturing your pose. Then you walk away. And what is left is your shadow on the screen. Your shadow is sticked to the screen!


Mel and Queen's bitchy sexy pose!

Suahpah moments 8 - Face Changing Mirror
This one damn siok. Two people sit opposite each other. There's a mirror in between and a button to control the lighting. The two person need to adjust their face so that their eyes are aligned with the other person's eye. At this moment, you can see your own face. And then, press the button and the next thing you can see is the face of the person in front of you, with your body! O___O Bertukar muka. MAK OI!!

Finally, I saw this drawing of Uncle Freud. Took a picture of it, especially for PSYCHOLOGY students.

So true, kan? Hahaha. Hamsap lou.

We spent some time in the Obscura, playing like some jungle people. But there's very few pictures of the fun things inside because we were too obsessed with the illusions. Every time we see something, we'll go "wah!" "omg!" "Eh, eh, come see this" "How come?" "Wahlau eh" Damn suahpah. But, what to do. The illusions and tricks are really that good. Anyone planning to visit this Eh-din-bra city, don't forget to go to Camera Obscura, okay?

After that, we went to a scarf factory but there wasn't anything interesting. Only those machines and materials. Luckily free entrance. If not kena tipu, again. We took less than 5 minutes to complete the tour in the factory. You can guess how boring it was.

After that less than 5 minutes tour, we walked all the way down the street to Holyrood Palace.

Palace where the Queen will stay during the summer when she comes down to Edinburgh. in other words, it's MY summer house lah.

The entrance fee damn mahal, okay? £8.50. Second most expensive after the Castle. Why lah? Why do I even bother paying so much to visit my own house? :p The whole palace is so freaking big. The Queen needs two different rooms for drawing - morning and evening drawing room *shakes head* Once again, we were conned! We paid so much to enter my own house, also nvm. Paid so much but not having anything to see besides bed, chairs, tables, some collections, paintings, carpets, and those normal furnitures you have at home! I can see all that at home also lah! And no cameras are allowed inside the palace. So, can't even take photos. Can see only. And they charge us so much. Celaka betul. Tipu my money, AGAIN!



That's all. That's basically almost everything that we saw excluding the furnitures! =.="
There's a park, and I was so happy that at least I get to go to the park and snap pictures of the green padang.

This padang. So green hor? So happy and excited when I saw the padang. Wana go and lie on the grass and snap pictures!

BUT..................

It's only open during summer!
MEMANG PENIPU!!

After being cheated, we went for late lunch. That time it was already 4pm. My last meal in Edinburgh was satisfying.
Nachos courtesy of Imperial Millionaire.

My Haddock Fish.
Ah, fabuloso.

At least, this meal made my day after got conned into paying so much for nothing. Few more hours before leaving the city were spent walking around and sitting in McDonalds while waiting for our bus. Another 9 hours of horrible bus ride, but I felt nothing at all because I was too tired and exhausted that I fell asleep as soon as the bus started moving. That was the end of our 4 days trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. I came back from Scotland to my small tiny room (never missed this room so much before) with priceless experience and knowledge as well as dry skin and lips like a snake and not forgetting new friends, who entertained us throughout the trip with their stupid and silly jokes. The total damage to my papa's pocket for this trip was approximately £150. Not bad la hor?

Mel O gave her order @ 12:47 AM
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