Skiing Holiday in Pamporovo, Bulgaria.

Skiing Holiday in Pamporovo, Bulgaria.
20th to 27th January 2007

the holiday was booked through, the operator was which is in partnership with
booked coach from London Victoria to Stansted via , cheaper than national express.

booked the coach for 11am on saturday (20th jan) and told everyone to meet up at victoria. i thought the coach station at victoria is just outside the railway station, how wrong i was.
as usual, being tamil, they thought they can arrive at victoria at 11 and catch the coach, doh!
after the final person arrived at victoria it was a mad dash to find the coach station, of course different coaches departed from different places and we ended up where national express coaches depart, then after asking several strangers and going the wrong way we managed to find the place, then we asked a guy who seemed to be an official and he said the coach had left, then there was a guy loading up a coach with luggage and we asked him and he said that this was tha coach and complained about us arriving at 11 to catch a 11am departure coach, doh! of course if the coach had terravision written on it we wouldnt have been so confused. the coach turned out to be almost empty and we go on our way to stansted.

we arrived at stansted at 12.15pm, thought we needed to arrive early in order to book seats next to each other, had about 2 hours to kill before checking in so went to a pub and watched the liverpool-chelski game! what a win! as long as we can do the same to man u and  arsenal its all good.  then about 1.30 or something we decided to go to check in and queue up thinking that we would be the first in the queue, oh bugger! almost last in the queue, lotta waiting on the queue about 45 mins or so, then finally got checked in and into the duty free.

first security check went fine, no beeping no excessive checking, people infront were told they cannot take their babie's baby oil , baby lotion, etc..etc..
then onto the next where they check your shoes, some people get let thru, some random people are told to take their shoes off and put thru a scanner, i had to!

then after putting the shoes on, another stop, just police checking passports, my friend got checked not me,  then we were finally into the duty free,
dixons/currys didnt have wii games, HMV had Wii games and advertised it like there was a lotta saving to be had, but it was more expensive than in outside shops

after everyone did their duty free shopping we  boarded the plane at 16.45pm and didnt look forward to the 3 hour flight...played black jack (not 21) for 3 hours interrupted by food,
then one of the trolley dollies saw that my friend had his mobile on (flight mode or not), she told him to turn it off and then proceeded to tell the captain about the incident, which we didnt realise till we heard the captains announcement. "i have been informed that a few passengers have their mobile phones switched on.;..............."  doh!!!

then the landing, which was unexpected as i was in the middle of explaining something, took me a few seconds to realise that we landed..landed about 19.;45pm which in local time was 21.45pm

sofia aiport is pretty small, smaller than kattunayake, the plane stopped about half a football pitch length from the doors to the airport, but we still had to get on a coach, and be driven a scenic route around 2 other planes before they dropped us off, then started the chaos of queues for toilets and luggage.

bulgarian passport checker didnt give any trouble, managed to get the luggage and straight outside to meet our crystal ski rep, told to catch the number 2 bus, we went outside and we saw "1" "3" and "22" , is that 2 or 22, turned out to be 2, just that sheets of paper had moved, if there were three pieces of paper it wouldve been 222!

i didnt like the coach at all, pretty much like the coaches you would get in sri-lanka, covered in mud, old old coach! and we spent 4 hours on this going from Sofia to Pamporovo.
there were two bulgarians in the coach, one driver and the other guide, the guide goes "the drivers name is krazy" ...gr8! then the guide spent about 30 mins telling us about bulgaria, he said about 5 mins worth of information. then he finally got the hint that people wanted him to shut up and he did. then we it was a long long drive playing black jack.

Hotel Orlovetz *****


this is the hotel we stayed in at pamporovo, good breakfast, 50/50 dinner

...and back...

well, 7 days out of civilisation, nothing had changed.
the world is saturated with fuck-ups so there was no new fuck-ups!

dont feel like writing about bulgaria yet, will write some kinda summary as soon as i get the pics..

here are some pictures of the view fom the balcony...


finally a god damn holiday...
i'll get back to the world in 7 days time... DONT FUCK IT UP!!


Pongal Valthukal..


as usual for every hindu festival comes the confusion on which dates the festival should take place.

do we do it according to sri-lankan time or do we stick out and do it at london time?

using this little problem the temples in london take full advantage, two main temples in south london, wimbledon pillayar koil and tooting amman temple always celebrate festivals on a differnt day. a business man would tell you this will maximize your income, imagine having two valentines day, two christmas, ...hmmm!!

but anyways..which ever day u do it, and which ever reason you do it (some people still thing its tamil new year when its a harvest festival), nalla Pongungo!

Mii Wii Numberr


0965 2775 7232 1163

solving problems...

there goes xmas... new year and birthday.. all rolled into one week...(almost).
life only goes on, nothing changes much!
Wii incident was funny, silly, crazy, weird. still happy to get my wii!
just gotta wait for some decent games,
might buy some game cube games and some controllers, since wii can play gamecube
games and has slots for gamecube controllers
dont play much wii since i am away from home on weekdays..
my rented room, well.. the landlord said there is no opt-out
he hasnt called or asked for my rent yet...he just has my deposit.
i told him i want to move out and he said i could,
didnt say nothing about giving my deposity back.
I cant find any decent place in this area so i might be stuck in this dump for a while
got my skiing holiday in a week and half time, looking forward to that. need some more snow at the resort.
plans for china trip coming up nicely, still need £2000 for the whole tour, need to start saving
havnt got tv at my new place so i miss all my fav programs, plus the news! so i dont get worked up over what bush says or does
and so it goes on...

day in my life : a movie


so i moved into a new place, dirty and stingy, £300 a month
shower doesn't work, u gotta hold his hole with one hand while washing ur self with the other..
off the hole to apply shampoo, back on to wash, piss poor pressure, not enough water coming out
better of wiping myself with a damp cloth...
the landlord, i told myself never to have an indian/asian landlord, i found an Bangladeshi one, i'm gonna get screwed. i knew it before i stepped into the house. told me the shower works,bullshit,  told me there was gonna be a microwave, bullshit, the damn house didn't even have a kettle,
then in the room all the power points have meters on them, i have to put coins to get power, to charge my mobile, or psp
original it was £80 a week including bills, then as i was in the room it changed to £80 including some bills,
i was in a rush for a place because i had move out of my nice place on the 1st of 2007.
so i signed the contract on 30th, payed deposit, he said he will keep the contract til he gets my first rent..
usually landlords are in a rush to get the money, he wasn't
i think the contract has a get out clause, maybe if i am lucky, hopefully! 14 days or so... hopefully not 7!
to be continued...

Welcome to 2007

well.. it seems like a rough ride through 2006...
the whole world seemed a bit tough,
bush ruined 2006, blair is an idiot
same old shit..

2007 isnt gonna change much,

Welcome to 2007