Friday, October 31, 2008
The hall would have been about more than 5storeys high, It was hard to imagine that I walked between these huge papyrus like columns that originally held up a roof. The Karnak temple complex or more famously known as Karnak was amazing, it managed to wake up from my dream. There were lotta signboards explaining stuffs but the best part about this place was that, photo and video were allowed. Hooray!
The temple's Columns were massive, wonder how the ancients erect it with out Crane? Viagra or Tongkat ali?
I couldn’t believe it when I saw people making child pronography and kicking the columns publicly in Karnak! If this was the way egyptian protect their ancestor properties. No wonder no europe countires are willing to return egyptian artifacts to egypt.
No! The Kawaii Girl didnt manage to kick this structure down!
This top of the pylon fell down due to earthquake long-long time ago. Moreham did say something about the tip of the obelisk were wrapped of 80% Gold + 20% Silver Materials to make it shine like the Sun but not a single hair of gold left.
This is The Obelisk of Hatshepsut, the second tallest obelisk after the Lateran obelisk in Rome. It is 29.6m high and weighs approximately 320 tons. Hatshepsut was the woman pharaoh and after her death, her successor tried to erase her from history but he daren’t to touch this Obelisk for Obelisks are considered structure of God. Thus he built a high wall around her obelisk. This wall hid the lower two-thirds but left the upper towering above, that’s why there are remaining block works around this obelisk.
This is the last of four obelisks “The Obelisk of Thutmose I”, the other three has migrated to New York, Istanbul and Paris. Egyptians are generous people, they gave the best three away and kept the worst one. Courtesy lorrr. So what the tour guide told me in Istanbul was true lorrr.
Sculptures and statues were no less impressive than what they have in Cairo and Giza but why do Luxor allow pixs? I dunno the reason but I got a good time snapping pix of structures as well as homo sapien.
Before we left, I walked round this Kheper statue seven times so that my wish can come true. I wanna walk many 7 times but after the first 7times, I almost pesan pusing2! So I only managed to make one wish and that was getting Ten Million by year end but I forget to mention the currency, if its give me Indonesian Ruppiah then sei lol!
Beside the Kheper Statue was actually a lake. All Egyptian temples had a sacred lake, Karnak had the largest but it looks like a pot hole to me. I read some where, in ancient times there were actually goose here lorr for that Ram+Lion God also can transform into Goose. So, is he the Apocalypse in Transformer?
Here once stood the world's tallest obelisk, The Lateran Obelisk at 32.3 metres. Emperor Constantine ordered that the obelisk to be moved to Constantinople but it ended up in Rome instead, that’s sum up the quality of mail service during Roman Empire. It fell over at some stage in its life and was re-erected in 1588 in the Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano.
We only spend like 30minutes here because we were so tired and hungry. MoreHam was a totally different guide to s0ohai! S0ohai talked 20mins and let us took pix for 5 min, Moreham talked for 5min and let us took pixs for 20min. He even shown us the best angle and took groups pixs for us, many times. Following Moreham way, I learnt little about places I had visit. I only known this place is call Karnak after I search for it from www!So who is better?
Then came the most interesting part! According to the so called perfume experts, their perfumes were actually the same as some of the famous brands. Due to marketing licenses and other regulations, they couldn’t name their perfume accordance with those international names. I think its same like buying LV, Gucci and Prada from China made factory. I was not interested in perfumes; I never bought any perfume in my life and not intended to start here. I got my God given perfume, my odour! She who loves me, must love my odour too!
Beside perfumes, they also sell oils for headache, body aches and etc. The super expensive version of Tiger balm, VICKS, Deep Heat and yokoyoko. S0ohai advised us not to buy anything from Luxor or Aswan as things are more expensive there and her words were quite true. There were free drinks for us, soft drinks, tea, coffee and also Hibiscus drinks. I requested a hibiscus drink, my national flower. Not sure if that was a sign of patriotism or unpatrioticism, I just wanna have a try. I finished the hibiscus drinks as well as Lian's coke, very thirsty lah! I wondered why those Hongkies didn’t even touch their soft drinks, so I asked them not to waste drinks.
Then, a shocking discovery! They think that the bottled soft drinks are not of its original state. The bottles have been opened when they presented to us and there were no bubbles in the bottle. Sei lol! They sounds right le, it must either refilled by them or leftover from others!
Piuk! Piuk! Piuk!
Errrr, I am immune to Hepatitis but not sure about others illness!
Don’t care la, die die la!
We didn’t buy anything from the "Perfume Museum" and Muhd must be starting to dislike us, LOL!
On our way to have our "4PM breakfast", Muhd tried to earn some extra bucks from us again. Promoting Hot Air Balloons to us! Can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but it’s around 100euro per person. I was slightly interested (maybe 23% interests) but when I was told I need to wake up at 4am! Sorry la, even if that's free I still need to consider but I was not going to pay for my own suffering. I have enough of 16hours train and I want to get as much rest as possible!
So muhd failed again to rip us off again, I thought he must be very pissed off with us now. I don’t buy the theory of shopping sphere in Egypt! In our group, Cherrie contribute most to Egypt economy, she never stops buying.
The restaurant we went to, was actually an Italian restaurant selling pizza and pasta but Muhd manage to come up with Egyptian food. My guess, this was either his shop or friends' shops use for the "Lunch is included but not drinks" for tourist restaurant.
As usual Lunch was "paid" by the tourguide but we have learnt a lot since Day 0ne. We only ordered three big bottles of soft drinks, to lower the impact to our pocket. Again! Muhd failed to rip us off again! He must be verrrrrrrrrry pissed off by now but he was still smiling!
Because of that so0hai, everything was messed up! The hotel lobby was quite entertaining place because there was a Pharaoh doing duo jobs, Pharaoh the Shoes Cleaner and Pharaoh the Waiter! Same person different jobs, Pharaoh must had bankrupted himself building pyramid. I think he wasnt happy I took his pix and not paying him. In hotel la Mr.Pharaoh not "force" tips :P! The front desk guy photostatted our passports and asked us to arrange the Photostatted copies for him according to room we stayed in. First of all, when we gave him our passport in pair and according to room we stayed as requested by him. Now, after Photostatting, he requested us to arrange the passport copy for him again. He must be lazy, stupid or he couldn’t read English. Getting this kind of services from a 5stars hotel was unthinkable. Those front desk guys couldn’t even give me a proper smile! But their rooms were gooooood, or maybe that was the effect of 36hours without laid! To be fair, the hotel was quite good in terms of furnitures.
There are actually hundreds of sphinxes once lined the road to nearby Karnak Temple but they aren’t dig up because lot of modern buildings has been build on top of them, some more there are mosques and churches. Nobody dared to touch this religious building.
The character on the left is actually Ceasar, the great roman emperor. Roman empire are much more new than Pharoah time but because Ceasar also admire Egyptian Mural, he also wanted his pix to be upload to this ancient wall. Roman mural in an inner chamber !!
During that tour, I heard some Arabic guide talking in mandarin. Very impressive indeed, sounds quite clear and accurate. Sign of Chinese gaining strength in the World economy! When will there be Malay Languages Tour Guide From Egypt? 10years? 20years? The most beautiful, magnificent, pretty, bombastic, fantastic, charming, stunning, striking, gorgeous, superb, wonderful, superlative, best, appealing, pompous, unbelievable, extraordinary, dazzling, spectacular, elegant, fabulous, marvellous sights of my whole Egypt trip. Is Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah to the extreme! Is Woowwowowowow till the end! Is still fresh in my memory BUT I dont remember a thing about history in this Temple LOL. Too fascinated with its magnificient lightings!
This was the courtyard of the hotel, there were some shows going on and that King Kong was part of the show. It was an old folks home, we should be the youngest customers there. I guess no young person wanna waste money in a 5stars hotel. 5stars hotel are for Senior Citizen, definately a Grand place to stay (Grandma & Grandpa) mah! No wonder I never met all those hot babes I saw in those tourist spots. I had my dinner at the hotel open court yard while watching those dances. I wasn’t expecting something too hot or sexy since its Ramadan Month and Egypt is officially a Muslim country. Three of us ordered sausages sandwiches and fish & chips, the food suxxx but their alcoholic drinks were alright since it was imported. There were numerous different dances from four men and four women groups, salsa, cha-cha, Egyptian, Arab and other multi dances. I think 8 of them danced none stop for 3-4hours. What really caught my attention beside those pretty dancers was this turn-turn-turn not stop dance. I think I saw some poster about this kinda dance in Istanbul but not sure what's the dance name. That lanky male dancer tur, turn and turn none stops for 30minutes. He had good balancing skills and staimina. Its looks boring from those Istanbul Poster but Live Entertainment Rockzzzz!!!
During the last dance, eight dancers started pulling people from the crowd to join them. Most of the diners there have retired from dancing so we were the dancers main targets. I was reluctant to join at first but couldn’t resist anymore the advancement from the beautiful female dancer. I Didn’t manage to snap a photo of us dancing because we all busy dancing.
An entertaining night indeed…