Wednesday, December 28, 2011

London!!

London...this was my third time here since my 3 months in England...and I still get to see things for its first time...this time, the major events were the Winter Wonderland and London Boxing Day!! at Oxford Circus...

I went with Ada and Shabz this time...all thanks to my hard earned pay...we stayed at Aldgate East, with Ada's friends, who were the most gracious hosts I've ever met...during this stay, I learnt 2 things...jemaah Subuh (yes, I've never done one my entire life, except during orientation, which was a forced thing) and the meaning of welcoming unknown sisters to your home, even though you have plenty others under one roof...during our stay, there were about 18 others in the house...murah rezeki my hosts...

We went on 24th...put down our bags at Aldgate, bid hello to all in the house, and we started our trip to London...since its first time for both Ada and Shabz, I brought them to Westminster, so that we could cover quite a lot in one stop...I also wanted them to get used to reading the maps, so they'd be independent when I'm not around...then we went to good ol' Bayswater for prayers and lunch at Oodle Noodle...yummmm...then I bid them goodbye, and headed for my London MARA friends at Winter Wonderland! We had soo much fun on the rides and had many many chats with the friends that came along...Ada and Shabz joined us later during the day and enjoyed themselves too :) For dinner...we had halal KFC at Aldgate...yummmmmm

Second day...was Christmas! So we were all set out on foot to the Tower Bridge and Tower Palace...just about 10mins walks from home...was simply awesome...we walked on to London Bridge, headed back home for prayers and such, and headed back out to check out the most interesting looking tower...the 30th St Mary St Tower (which we renamed Egg Tower) Had the best dinner at Red Dragon...a Chinese buffet at Aldgate, to show our appreciation to the host...

Third day was the start of Boxing Day!! I managed to wake up at 5.15am, woke up the others and headed out right after Subuh...the sucky part was that the tubes were all down due to the Tube Strike, so we had to wait till 7am for the first bus to come...and this was after walking all the way to Liverpool St (about 30min walk from home) We were pretty surprised at how little people were at Oxford at 7+am, and our first target was House of Fraser...and the shopping began! I think if I continued past 4 that day, I'd ended up with broken ankles...we went home crazy exhausted that we slept from 6pm till the next morning...hehe...

Fourth day...second session f Boxing day at Harrods and John Lewis on Oxford...I got the oh-so-famed plastic bags from Harrods and a little something for my future baby...I can always hope right...no wrong in that...went back home that night, feeling sated and happy :) Now comes study week!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

muller vanilla yoghurt

i love yoghurt...one of the many sweet things i like, which makes me teeny bit less guilty of indulging every now and then, especially at only 43p for 4 cups...this is of course the lower class ones, from tesco, or only 69p for 6 cups from asda...anyway, i've seen many people grabbing this yoghurt everywhere...they sell at 63p per cup, and seem to stockout on their vanilla and chocolate flavours all the time...i always say to myself, vanilla and chocolate flavoured yoghurt?? can't be right...or...they may taste like custard, just like how frozen yoghurts (vanilla Linkand chocolate flavoured ones) could somehow taste exactly like vanilla and chocolate ice cream...

tonight, my lower class ones were sold out at tesco, and i was faced with these vanila ones, sprinkled with dark chocolates...being my food addict self, i said to myself...this is it...i need to try this! even my tenant loves them, they can't be too bad...right...?

ok...how do i put this...vanilla yoghurt tastes like HiCal Vanilla Milk which has curdled because someone left it outside the fridge for a week...yups...exactly like that...and since its 63p per cup which is about RM3, i took it all in....n now i feel like puking and my tummy is revolting and curdling and making weird sounds...disgusting!!!!!

having themselves recognized even by wikipedia, id bet on muller's other flavours...but never again vanila or chocolate or if they had coffee flavoured ones...errkkk....

Monday, December 19, 2011

good ol' manchester

ive been to manchester before, thanks to a cousin nearby, who had graciously driven us around, when mak was around...and another time, with some of the kids here, to meet some company reps, for work at the manchester uni...

so why should i go again?

well...im glad i did...went to manchester yesterday with ada and shabz...we ticked most of the things we had in our little checklist, but covered all that was important...lets see...
Old Trafford was amazing...withstanding 2-times bombed, and its 1958 tragedy, I am now a pledged MU supporter...I'm sure Ayah would've enjoyed this trip, being an MU fan himself :)


Lunch at Curry Mile was definitely worth every penny...We had the lunch deal of 8 pounds, for a 3 course meal...This was the second starter...Had huge papadams before that with various chutneys, and Lamb Curry and Briani Rice for main course...

Manchester University Square...Business School...Looking very prestigious...

The famed Manchester Christmas Market...We went to 3 markets...International, German and French markets...Gorgeous stuff and loved the way everyone was enjoying mugs of warm juice, mulled wine, and coffee with pancakes and hot dogs (not the typical American ones...these are authentic hot dogs that made even myself salivate..) I had only macaroons though...safest bet :p

Thursday, December 15, 2011

single and available...whats the point in that

common questions to oneself at this age...why am i single...when am i going to have children...

though at this era, where everyone thinks that being single at 32 is kinda normal (see what i mean...the 'normal' word needs to come with 'kinda') i am somehow living in the past, where i believe that at this age, i should be home with my 3 kids, baking some pies for tea to welcome my hard working husband home from work...that's what i had in mind, well...maybe about 10 years ago...(well, to be honest, that's still something i look forward to) the weird thing was, when it came to men, when i was 22, i never really thought about them...i was happy in my own happy world, surrounded by the lovable bardaques in uni...doing foolish things, not caring at all to look around for a guy, not that i need to look around anyway, since i was taking a course with 10 girls to 90 guys odds...i was practically swarmed by them everyday for 5 years!

then came my working days...again...similar statistics, but this time, it improved a bit, coz this was when all the dates and bf's came along...none stayed long enough though, to answer the questions...

come to think of it...what have i been doing these 10 years?

well...i was talking to my housemates (who are a century younger than me, by the way) about what we could and have achieved in our lives...one of them is very serious about it...wanting to change the world sort of person, the other one was being cute about it...but kids nowadays, especially the ones here (im not being judgmental about kids studying back home, but these kids here are truly different...something you need to see for yourself to agree) are of a different level of maturity...they are not afraid to tell you their opinion in life, they love to argue about politics (believe it or not!) and they are survivors...

well...back to the topic...while talking to them about what ive achieved, i then truly believe that god is fair in his weird old ways...i may not be married and having kids and all...but i have achieved so highly in my career, i have travelled so much around the world that i could relate to almost everyone about everywhere, i have met so many people, i have lived in so many places (partly thanks to my dad, who uprooted us every few years...thanks Ayah), i have a wonderful family and awesome circleS of friends (notice the 'S'...i have my UTP gang, school gang, bagpackers gang, UL gang, liverpool gang, SMEA gang)...these are some of the hundreds more things i need to be thankful for in this life...

sometimes people forget their blessings...i hope i never will...but i still want what everyone has, and im sure god will give it to me one day...like mom used to say...my guy is walking towards me now...its only time that ill meet him :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

busy approaching the holidays

i went through quite a bit the past week, but didn't have much time to blog about them...yours truly had been really busy, trying to settle the last bits of assignments due, last one by tomorrow, which is now safely printed and filed to be submitted tomorrow morning :)

anyway...its december! we have been expecting snow for few weeks now...but theres been hail and rain and hail and lotsa wind, that broke my fav umbrella (its free from my school, but its something money can never buy u see...) ok..back to what i did last week...aside from my 2 crazy assignments...

we had winter dinner! well...was supposed to be called christmas dinner, but we twisted it a bit to that...dinner was at red hot...yummy food...i wouldnt really call it halal, coz they do serve pork, but all others (chicken, beef n lamb) are halal meat...so...bedal...dessert was excellent too...the function was organized by the Liverpool Malaysian Society (thus explaining why they took the effort of finding halal dinner)...it was simple; short speech after dinner by mr. president, secret santa wrapping the nite...but everyone had great food and lotsa photos :)

i also went to the winter jamboree...this was organized by the university student committee...many good performances from various clubs..i must applaud the malaysian 24 drum club for their outstanding performance...and the hindi club for a very very catchy dance routine, which got us clapping and dancing and calling out for more!! food was so-so la...nothing to shout about...but i do need to point out that the minced pies are superlicious...need to learn how to make them pies...yummm

soo...these were all between tummy pain on wednesday and writing a 10,000 word report and another 2,500 word report...huhu...multitasking...something which im proud of having, coz im a girl! :p next up...3 more assignments to finish before going down to london for christmas!! :)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

HAIL!!


i was walking gaily back from class and suddenly got hit by hail! haha...it hurts, but was amazing nevertheless...can't wait for snow...(picture of my window, full of them hail...)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

those moments

its cold, its very late, im kinda hungry...these are the moments when i miss home...at home, there's always food in the fridge...usually some dishes mom whipped up few days ago, but too much was made for the amount of us who ate at home...it was usually just me n mom anyway, na was away in college, nita was running late from work...i'd sneak in quietly into the kitchen, put everything in a plate n ate...even cold, d food was yummy, coz its mom's...hmm...pms kah ini...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Warwick Castle!

i loved it! my first real life castle in my entire life, and it was soooo amazing...aside from the effort put in by the company who runs the castle, by bringing the rooms in the main area alive, its the whole castle area itself...the river avon running behind the castle, the well-kept gardens surrounding the castle, and of course the towers...ive not done that much workout since i got here, so it was pretty amazing...we managed to cover every spot in the castle, even around the gardens...

me and ada brought our own food for this trip, and we saved a bundle...but if anyone wants to go, there's plenty of food around...there are carts selling baked potatoes, fish and chips, soup n buns, and even proper restaurants selling all the roasts u want...and its not too pricey either...the toilets are amazingly clean, considering the amount of people that comes to this place...plenty of tissues and water and soap...this castle was actually built in 1068, and rebuilt in few hundred years later, to turn it into the stone castle it is today...it was owned by the earl of warwick, and has seen many famous people visiting the castle, including king henry, winston churchill, queen elizabeth etc...i do wish, however, that they open up more of the sections for everyone's view, and not just for those who paid more for extra tours; such as the dungeon tour, merlin tour and the princess tour...wonder what's that about...

anyway...i loved the whole thing nevertheless...we picnicked near the main castle for lunch and by the river at the end of the day...before hopping onto our bus back home...

it is 1 muharram today...wishing all muslims, happy new year and may this year be a blessed one for all...ameen...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

1st destination: warwick castle

after working so hard, with assignments and part time job, i am going to start my traveling! first destination is this weekend to warwick castle! can't wait!! ill update later with pictures :)

o yaa..i forgot to mention...i did get d part time job i mentioned in my earlier post...i had to call up alumnis in US and canada for fundraiser campaign...i made the uni $2750 in only 4 days! not bad aye...next assignment for d same job would be in feb...lets see what i could do between now n then for more travel money...

my beloved sponsor

i feel the need to express on my blog (though ive done so in FB) of how privileged and impressed i was with how well MARA treats its scholars...we were summoned to london for a weekend with the sponsor, and were provided such great rooms, great food to eat, plus the talks really got most of us motivated to study hard for the country...terharu sangat..its been a while since ive felt that special, knowing that there were only a small number of us chosen ones...i now know for a fact that i am trully blessed...alhamdulillah...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

half class

i had a class today, cut half way, coz the building had gas leakage...scary huh? tapi sangat seronoks!! :)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Busy Raya Weekend

we had more than raya this weekend..i start my weekends on friday, but this week, i had a part time job interview..ill know how i did tomorrow so wish me luck!


saturday was busy..trying to finish the never-ending report..i just cant seem to finish it and its driving me crazy! i hope to finish bit more tonight and tomorrow, and be done with it by wednesday for printout and submission...arggghhh...i managed to do some during the day...

anyways...saturday, 5th nov was Guy Fawkes day, so we had quite a huge celebrations here in liverpool after 7pm...some spots had bonfires, but our spot had a 30minutes display of fireworks...i always love fireworks, so it was awesome..they had it at a famous lake nearby, but not near enough to walk, so we took a cab..coming back was a bit of a nightmare, coz we were stranded in a danger spot (toxteth) for almost an hour, just for taxi to pick us up..there were some dangerous looking kids around, throwing fireworks to random people..sheeeshh...as if there is any sense in that!

sunday...i woke up early to prepare nasi lemak, as our raya meal for breakfast..then went off and took d train with some of d kids from college to manchester! they held a career fair and raya haji..it was pretty awesome, even though quite small, but most of the booths were held by its own CEO's, which I am quite surprised and pleased, sooo worth coming all the way...i went back on my own, coz was done by 2pm...had a quick lunch at d station, and choo-chooed back to liverpool...

i had an hour of rest, got dressed for raya, and went to the al-ghazali centre for the MSC raya celebration..food was awesome as always :) many many picture were taken, of course...

i had fun, my feet n knee hurts (its been a while since ive worn heels), n my bed's calling out for me...goodnite peeps...

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Travel Plans in UK


i made this..red are places I need to go to, though I don't have contacts...whites are the places I'm going to, where I have friends (or my housemates have)...greens are done! so many places to go to...so little time...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

i'm lucky?? yes!!!

yay...i'm lucky at last! i found GBP 5, on the way back home from class today..i'm gonna keep this note till i die!

u know, i've never been so lucky in my life...i've never won anything; not in contests in the papers, not in lucky draws, not in anything if it has anything to do with luck..seriously..it got to a point, that during my work days in proton, we had a family day..there were about 50 of us, and we fell short of 1 gift for the lucky draw..guess who didn't get the gift...yours truly of course...

anyway...i think my luck's gonna change from now on! woohoo....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

And you're OUT!

strike 3 and you're out!! hehe...that should've been my call, but the most recent boyfriend got caught, chickened out, and said the magic words...if you've been reading my blog, well the reason i started this blog in the first place was when i broke up with my first boyfriend cum fiance...then BF2 came and went, BF3 came and went, BF4 came and went, BF5 came and went and eventually this one (by the way, BF3 and 5 were online BF's...I don't know if that even counts)...

this one was just another shock...all lies...supposed to be divorced with a son, turns out he has 4 children that i managed to find out about...i don't know if he's still married or whatever, i tried getting the story out of him, but he just quit the relationship based on my questioning him...hehe...i'm pretty sure i had my reasons for asking, don't you think? anyway...all the best to sucky liars like him...may the lightning strike you one day...ameen...

no worries about me...somehow with this breakup, i'm fine...maybe coz i pretty much prepared myself for the worst with this one...many versions to a story, got rumours of him having 2 wives, always too busy for anything, didn't even come to see me when i went for a major operation 2 months ago, never called me since i've relocated...see what i'm losing here? anyway, i pity the family, so its a good thing we broke up...he's not worth the effort of being a third (or maybe fourth) person...

lets see who's next...?

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Chapter


i believe this is THE day for me to put up a new chapter in my life...though it may seem bit odd that only after a month plus of relocating and parting from my loved ones, would i declare it as such, but well, this is my life after all...suka hati lah yer...something happened this morning, and just few hours ago...i won't share it this time, but i have to say that whoever feels that i've changed how i treat you...serves you right! i was contemplating to open up a new blog, but i figured, i should just continue with what i have...at least when my grandchildren reads it later, they'll get the whole picture in a click...anyway...

ehem ehem...new chapter...yours trully recently moved to good ol' LIVERPOOL!! i was getting pretty tired of working like a dog (Beatles anyone??) so i decided, with a huge nudge from my bestie Nik (dearie...without your help and encouragement, i will never be here) to try my luck at applying to all the uni's that offer what i wanted...about 6 i think, and i got a thumbsup from 4 of them...that was the easy bit...the hard part was the money...how do i come here...savings? naa...im a shoppaholic and a travel freak...too busy spending, plus my pay sucks, so savings is out of the question...so we tried our luck at British Council...for some reason, i got rejected right when i applied...one night, while staying up doing work (my daily 16-18hour working ritual) i decided to check out MARA...and there it was...first day that they're offering scholarships for postgrads...seriously, ini bukan cerita dongeng...and here i am :)

it wasn't so rosy, the prep i had to go through coming here...blood and tears were shed along the way, and a lot of pain too...but it was all worth it...Mom was my hero through thick and thin, and was here supporting me till just last week (and she still is, from back home)...its good timing too, that she went back, i must say, since its freaking cold here right now...

so...here i am...starting a new life and chapter...pray for me!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Warning to All Ladies in Pursuit of Life Long Partner

Some may think that what I'm about to share is shameful. I've been through too many things, I don't even blink when you talk about any types of failed relationships. At this age, everyone knows how aunts would hover over you on marriage, as much as they can. Their starting lines ; 'We're concerned' 'You're a pretty and successful lady, men are so dumb nowaday' 'Are you OK? You don't look too well...' yada yada. And there's always advices here and there, especially on how I should work on it, how I should be open to everyone, don't be picky...

You know what? I don't have a lineup of guys, just waiting to be picked. I don't just sit and look pretty, awaiting for my knight to come. I don't appreciate anyone's concern and advices on how to look for men. In fact, I feel like slapping anyone that even comes near to starting a conversation on how to...

Among my friends, I'm proud to say that I've dated enough for 2 to 3. I've tried speed dating. I've dated all races of Malaysia and more. I've even signed up on matrimonal sites and dating sites. Latest I signed up for was OkCupid. First look at it; very promising. Just after a day of signup, I got 4 emails already. I was open; I said Hi back and so forth. I even went out with few of the guys who seemed nice.

Then came Mark Davidson; a man who had lost his wife six years ago, the only son to a Scottish lady, and he lives in London. Dad had passed away, and he is conveniently without children. He's 47, pleasant looking and he knows how to speak to a lady. We started with emailing then came the daily calls and love emails. Within a week, he fell in love with me, I'm sunshine to his otherwise dead soul. I didn't believe this, its impossible for anyone to fall that quickly. He had a funny accent, unlike the Scottish, English or Cockney accents I'm used to, with my customers. This was one of the second thing I sensed wrong. A month goes by, and his mom called, to know how I feel for him. She was coughing, so I told my concerns to Mark. He was in Iraq for business at that time, and tried to provide her some money to go to the hospital, but couldn't coz he couldn't find any banks in Iraq. Third bull. He asks for my help to wire her GBP2000. Thanks to my genius instincts and acting skills, I acted as if I wanted to help him, so i asked him for his hotel details, so I could locate a reliable bank around the area. And in that moment, his friend decided to help pitch in. He was conveniently in London.

He continues to call and email me love letters, and I started to fall for him, even though deep in my heart, I know I should be cautious coz of what had happened. Few weeks pass, and he decided to take it to the next level; to meet mom and proclaim his love with marriage. He decided to come over. Confirms for today, 7/2/10 to fly over from London, and landing at 10am. I asked for flight itenary; he keeps on stalling, saying he's so busy, coz he'll be leaving the office for a month to be in Malaysia. I wanted to book his hotel, he says he didn't want to bother me too much. I didn't want to think too much, so I let it go. This morning, I checked with KLIA on arrivals, and his flight was supposed to arrive at 7am. He didn't call till 10am, saying that he thought I was in Penang, so he took the next flight to Penang, from KLIA. Upon arrival, he was stopped by customs, coz he brought in GBP40k (initially the custom officer said GBP40, but when I told her its ridiculous to stop someone for that amount of money, she change to add the thousand) and expired license for business. I asked to speak to the custom officer, and he asked her to call me. She called using her mobile (which would have been expensive, and no one would do that for a total stranger) and explained these offences. I got so annoyed at how she is unable to explain thoroughly, and how she keeps insisting that she didn't need to help, but felt that she wanted to, since she pitied Mark. After many attempts at getting her to speak (I even said sorry for raising my voice; he asked me to, since she wouldn't speak to me, and I was risking him being deported forever) she finally put a price of RM10k for compound payment. This is when I confirmed that its was all a frame up. I spoke to him about this, and he went crazy and said I was forcing him to report to embassy, and he won't be able to come back to Malaysia, and I was destroying what we built. I told him to go ahead do whatever he wants to, and I will call Penang customs to verify her existance. I did, and found out that it was all a drama. She doesn't exist in the office, there is no such thing as a customs retaining room, and they never detain anyone for those 2 offences. Customs would only detain the cash and whatever things not declared.

He called twice after that, but I decided not to pick up. I just wanted to break clean off this sick drama. I don't know why some people would do this to anyone, but I do hope this wouldn't happen to any of my friends and relatives. Do be careful.