Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It's very beautiful here. We were told that Norwich used to be second to London in terms of size and importance of trade (in wool) during medieval times. During the 19th century, it lost out and so not a lot of olden day architecture were demolished. It feels like an old English town caught in a time warp.
|Norwich market place|
The university has an open campus and it is huge. I'm getting used to the layout now, but there are still certain times when I find myself going around in circles. Going to the university by foot is not bad, very refreshing; walking back to the accommodation isn't. Especially since it's been raining since I've arrived. The wind blows towards me as I walk back..
Other than that, my room is still a little messy and my flatmates are nice people to be with. Culture shock is inevitable but everyone has been very considerate. I like all seven of them and I love it here. The verdict: I can survive here for three years for sure.
I'm going to need to find Malaysian food though. I'm craving Char Kuey Teow. And Chicken Rice. And Nasi Kandar.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Everything is happening a little too fast now that my visa is finally ready.
And well, I'll update you guys through this blog, as much as I can.
I have shivers down my spine now. Why does it seem like there's so many things I have to do here?
Someone wake me up when September ends. Please.
Monday, September 20, 2010
|The other Lum family|
|The usual cousins photo on the stairs|
|The Low family|
|The Brito family|
|Food from the Pasar Ramadhan.|
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I suppose the next thing I'll worry about would be my possessions. What to bring and what not to bring. I'm pretty sure within the first week of my departure, my sister will have used her imaginary leaf blower to, with a huff and a puff, blow my bed, furniture, books and anything I have to leave behind away. How comforting.
As for the flight itself, I'm not afraid of flying but it's going to be one long, dizzy ride. That aside, I'm fine.
Goodbyes are hard to go around when there are lots of family members. I know that I won't be able to meet all my friends either. I'll miss you guys very much.
I'll miss you all.
Friday, September 17, 2010
"OK... warn me." I said.
"Most girls, when they go overseas..." he paused. "...gain weight."
I quickly tapped the wooden table.
That's what my father said. He even stressed that cold weather makes people eat more and hide themselves in the warmth of their room without going anywhere.
But that view is subjective!! I'm vowing to be on my best dietary behaviour when I leave for university.
For now, however, I'm indulging in Malaysian food (or the more suitable term would be Asian food). I know I'll miss them sooner or later. If there's one thing Malaysians would agree on, it would be that we all love food. I realised that when meeting up means going to a restaurant for lunch or dinner or even desserts and when "Have you eaten?" in various languages is a common greeting.
Yesterday it was Korean; on several occasions it was Japanese; eating out would mean hawker stall favourites. And of course, home cooked meals are ranked the highest.
Suddenly everything tastes extra delicious.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This is something I stumbled across.
"Make It Green" is a programme which originates from Germany, with a goal of reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. For one, carbon footprints have got to go. Surfing the web often doesn't help. With each web page you go into another large puff of CO2 punctuates the air, even when blogging.
On the other hand, I can't imagine myself not blogging, which leads to the "My blog is carbon neutral" initiative.
For every participant of this initiative, a tree would be planted at the Plumas National Park. And for that you can reduce YOUR carbon footprint each time you blog. All you have to do is post something up like this, and paste the badge on your wall. Cyber wall, I mean. The website will shed more light.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I've always kept many things to myself, holding back emotion to avoid conflict, putting up with people's judgements of me. It's not easy to live up to so many expectations. You'd understand. You're probably expected to be at your best at all times. No room for mistake. The thing is, I just can't do that anymore...
Well, everything is changing and I sense it. Let's start afresh, shall we? I shall make do with what I have done with the layout so far. Other changes will come only later on. Now to look back at my blogging experience thus far.
I've been a blogger since May 2008, when I was a high school student in my senior year. I've been going through my archive, reading almost all my previous posts. Very different styles, and I'm not surprised. With each new entry I've become more comfortable with expressing a little more of what I truly feel. I used to think that every post must be perfect; that less traffic is not a good sign. Today that doesn't matter (except when it comes to grammar and spelling). It's almost a diary after all.
The bottomline: I enjoy blogging and I'll be here for a long time. Here's a toast to a new day.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
It's not like I'm fighting convention. These days, perspectives are more subjective. And because of that, more people are vocal. Resisting convention is a convention itself.
So the changes I will accept.
It's almost done now. I'm still deciding whether I want to share posts on other social networking sites.
And whether there's anything I'd like to do with it.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
In a sudden impulse (and possibly several films later) I thought of a time capsule. In it time is trapped, confined within a claustrophobic space. While the world continues to spin, day by day and night by night, I'd like to think that time inside the capsule cannot weather as fast as the outside.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
On the way up, we visited the memorial of Lim Goh Tong who, to me, is an epitome of a hardworking individual that eventually succeeded. The roads he built took a turn up to the mountains and grew into an empire. An inspirational Malaysian, no?
While my aunts went for Justin Lo's concert, Pei Wen and I went our own way. We raptly watched Dazzle - I particularly liked the shadow performance and the quick change act. How they change their clothes in the blink of an eye, I will never know. Then, we went on several indoor rides.
Dinner up in the highlands is usually expensive. This was no different, but at least the portion is big.
The next day we walked around to enjoy the cold air.
Thank you again for bringing us up with you.
My cousin and I.
The moment I told her I'm taking a photo, she struck a pose.
So did we.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
When it comes to choosing a job or (as a student) a course, would you pursue a passion or give in to other equally important considerations? There's no right or wrong answer, I assure you. People do need financial security and acceptance after all.
I love writing and I'm going to study English Literature. In many ways it is unconventional, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. It is one of those decisions that you make and know you will never regret.
Going with the flow can be exciting, even if I'm not sure what it is I would do after three years. All I hope is that I can live off something I enjoy doing. Then it would hardly be called work, would it?