Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thaipusam in Malaysia

Many peoples in there part of the world didn't heard about Thaipusam, not even to some Indian. These video clips might somehow explain by themselves how thaipusam is celebrated and the part where they do piercing using needles and hooks are indeed true, it is not me who try to add spices to my stories. =p

Enjoy the video clips!

Thaipusam 2007 in Batu Caves, Selangor

Thaipusam 2007 in Penang, Malaysia.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Lincoln Trip -- 23/12/2006

Anu and I decided to pay a visit to the famous Lincoln City for its Famous Mince Pie and the Cathedral!

A bit info intro... as you approach the City of Lincoln, from any direction, you are drawn to the magnificent silhouette of the Cathedral stretching to the skies, brooding over 2000 years of history. From the cobbled streets and antiques to the modern art scattered throughout the city, the past and present is all around. There's vibrancy, there's interest, there's fun! Ahem, ok I didn't write that, it's an extract from the Lincoln Tourism Board.

But honestly, it is really a peaceful, and a scenic city. It especially famous for the beauty of the cathedral, which even attracted Ron Howard to film The DA Vinci Code here! I got photos for you, Enjoy!!!


The snipper..Err the tripod bearer is on his way to the DA Vinci Code Shooting Location = Lincoln Cathedral


With a companion a la Lonely Planet Guide... Ha ha...


Lincoln Cathedral


This is me outside of the Cathedral


The interior of the Cathedral--this is where the filming took place


Taken at another angle


Just a proof to show you I AM HERE!!!


The we went to the tea house


Have mince pie and English scorns!

We surely enjoy the trip there. Even though it is simple, but the by witnessing the great architectural design (Gothic design by the way) of the Cathedral will definitely worth all the effort we have made in!


A stock photo downloaded from Google Search result. Kinda wanna give you an idea how the Cathedral looks in a BIG panoramic scale. =)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The First REAL Snow of my Life!!

Well, Today 23rd January 2007 sure is a memorable day for me! I have the first REAL snow of my life! It is --2C and the pure white snow coming down from the sky, just like the scene from some christmas movies. I simply love it! Here you go, the photos!!!


Taken nearby to my flat.

Yeah, that is me in the snow! =)


See how the car is covered in the snow?


Me again with the snowball in my hand. Who will be my first target? Hehehe...


After the snowfight..


After the snow experience, with my sister Anu... hehe..I got 3 sisters in UK: Likuan, Anu and Rachel...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I wish you enough

I received this forwarded email from HuiYing which I think the contents is really meaningful. She is not the kind of people who keep forwarding every single emails they received. Well, it lets me think...let's see what is your opinion about this...

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, "I loveyou, and I wish you enough".

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough.

Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom".

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?"

"I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.

"When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?"

She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. "When we said , 'I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them." Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.


To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Russell Peters

Wel, I nearly forgot about this comedian until today when I discussed about the poster design with Kailyn, she brought his name up. Oh right... He is really funny! Embended below is one of his show!

p/s: contains strong languages

Life back to normal...not quite

After the gruesome exams, at least life has gone back to normal... The T mobile people didn't call me yet, but I got the newspaper job to cover the shortcoming. I have classes already and they require us to produce poster in 2 weeks time.

I will submit my research projects choices tomorrow morning and do some research on the PhD opportunities. If there are no hope for the PhD studentships, then I might resort to working here, and that means I need to apply for the scheme.

Everyone in the flats have been very nice to me. Toshiko cooked me rice cake, which is eaten when it is new year in Japan.

The famous rice cake with seaweed wrapping it

I am having it!!!

Kiran and Anu are celebrating Ponggal on last week too. I am invited as well. We had simple but delicious indian snacks and drinks. Been catching up on what's happening in our House.

I walked to Beeston on 15th of Jan, to pay the d*mn accommodation fees and of course, groceries shopping!

Been snapping photos to show you how's the winter looks like in Nottingham.

As you can see, all the trees had shed their leaves and the sun set quite early as well. Photos taken at about 330pm.

I am pretty tired today, so will only put up some posts about my trip to Lincoln next time. Cheers!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I have moved.

After the long and enduring tasks of shifting my stuff in the new room, I can rest a while. Today is the forth day in the new room. The past 3 days has been torturing as well for the reason being haunted by the traumatic feel of being attacked by the mites again. So, only manage to sleep for 2 hours each day.

Well, not until yesterday... I bought myself a new pair of pillows from Sainsbury, and get rid of the UPP's one. FYI, they have confiscated my 3 old pillows and my duvet; replace them with only ONE lousy pillow and a duvet. Dang...

So, I bought the pillows and sleep on it yesterday. I was afraid that I won't get any sleep again, so the Taiwan's senior here (a pharmacist) prescribed me 2 tablets of sleeping pills, but eventually they are still on my desk, I didn't take it.

I can sleep well for the first time in my own bed! straight from 1130pm till 10am. Wow, that is a lot of sleep, but you know, it is to replenish my previous lack of sleeping time.

Today I will work hard on my next paper! So, wish me luck!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Really Backdated post-- 19th Sept 2006 KLIA departure

Unreleased photos of KLIA departure now being released...sorry it takes so long to release! =p


Yeah,get online for the last time in KL and having KFC as my last dinner in Malaysia in 2006.


My Best Coursemates in UM!


My Best Friends in High School!


My Best pals and Housemates in UM


Thank you guys!!!


C15--Gate to Manchester


SIA flight to Singapore Changi Airport connecting Manchester.


Boeing 747-- Long haul flight to Manchester


First meal in the flight


My second meal in 747


Zurich-- One stop


Manchester Airport


View from the airport

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

2 done, 1 more to go

The toughest exams has just over a moment ago, and I am planning to relax a bit before sitting for the last paper of this sem on Monday. I didn't manage to sleep yesterday night. Don't worry, my new room is just fine, just that I am too nervous to sleep due to exam anxiety. The paper is tough and I know it will be tough. Well, my prediction is correct! The questions of the essays even leave one of the smartest one wonder whether he can pass in this paper.

Well, the first paper is easy to me, the second IS NOT!!! Only 2 out of 9 people find it manageble. Dang, I am not sure whether my crap stories--half facts and half fictions about the immunotherapies intervention will get me a pass or not. It is not smooth sailing for this paper. At least I try my best and didn't give up. I saw 2 people just walk out of the exam hall in 1 hour. Just wonder whether they have manage to finished 2 essays in 1 hour, or they just give up.

Anyway, I have reserved a reference book regarding to the molecular techniques for immunologist,might prove helpful for the coming paper. Oh, and I have to disinfect my stuff from the old room to move them to my new room.

Will keep you update about my plans for the next few days.

The War is Over

After enduring the pain and agony of dealing with UPP, finally my night mare is over! They have finally approved my request to relocate my room.

I have to thanks all those who prayed for me, who support me, be it emotional or physical support, and thanks for International Office and PGSA who is willing to take this case seriously.

Now I am very pleased, happy, speechless that finally I can sleep at my own bed at my comfort.

Well, I will have an exam at 930am later, a tough one, but nevertheless I have to sit for it! Wish me luck! Will update you about the process of moving my properties/belongings to the new place.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Backdated posts... My chirstmas Gift

This is the first time I got many Christmas gifts from friends in UK... Let's see, apart from lots of greeting cards which I sticked on my door, I have Pure Silk Tie (From Anu), Jaffa Cake, Toilettes, Nottingham Forest Scarf, goodies bags containing chocolates and party noise maker!!! An assortments of cookies and mince pies (From Roger, Kate and Emily), Cadbury's (from Ceri), Jade (from Vera), and Morgan Perfume from myself. Well, think it's a good idea to blog about other things rather than the mites!



My family in Nottingham.

First time miss Malaysia

After 4 months of living in the Britain, this is the first time I miss Malaysia, my home. One of the factors is because I'm going through hell with the mites problem, unsolved and I never have this kind of problem before. Mites in UK? WTF!!!

I miss my friends in Malaysia, whom I knew for over 4 years and some even knew for 10 years! They have cherish my life, they are in every single corner of my life when I was in Malaysia. I miss Malaysian food, the Mamak Stall, the cheap but delicious food! Mid Night snack, Satay, Wantan Mee! I miss swimming and squash! Here we need to pay so much only for a swim! 4pounds per entry and you need to pay 50pounds annual joining fees. Squash room rental costs a bomb too. So now left 2 sports I am still doing, jogging and "dumb bell" lifting.

Thanks to Air Asia X, now I can fly home frequently from Manchester Airport. At first time I arrive here, I thought I will stucked here for at least 2 years without a chance to go back for a vacation. Well, as Air Asia X only charge RM9.90 (special promotion, I think), I will go back home for a visit.

I finally got a chance to say to my british friends, I will go back home for winter holiday.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Lousy first week of 2007

The first week of Year 2007 has been not good to me so far... My room has infested by mites which I sadly had been asked by the UPP to stay put... I can't sleep well and the finals is coming next Monday, My mom has been admitted in the hospital for MRI scanning due to serious pain on the back after working for too hard to make ends meet and for my brother and I to further our studies.

I felt sucks... Never been this sad in the UK. I told my dad a moment ago about the mites problem in my rented room, and what he told me stuck me with awe. My dad is a great wise man, he just didn't show it when it is not necessary. He has been asking me the details on how the fumigation has been done and he said that is not enough. A gas fumigation only will do the job. I nearly forgot, yeah he is an expert in pest control in industrial scale warehouse,but not a pest control people, he is the manager for material control so he needs to know every single things dealing with pests and stock flow.

He even advise me to get a repellent for my body temporary just to keep the mites away from keep biting me. Mind you, I need to go through hell for these 2 days before monday comes and I have finals on Monday and wednesday too. I know that no matter how much I ranted or how miserable I can make myself out of this, I still need to fix them, the problems won't disappear by themselves.

I broke down after calling my mom. I cleared my throat then only called my dad. I don't want him to got to know that I am having difficulties here. But in the end, I still tell him that I want mom stop working and the mites problems that I am having, not forgetting my finals which are very difficult. I manage to tell him in details. And I made a right choice, eventually my dad's suggestion is good about the mite problem. I will buy the repellent tomorrow.

p/s: thanks so much Anu for braving yourself to my flat and give me a big hug. Don't worry, I will not tell Pavol about that. =p

I gonna sleep now, good bye lousy first week 2007! Hello to the coming 2nd week of 2007!

Friday, January 05, 2007

war of the bugs continued

After the major spray yesterday, most of the bugs are killed BUT they are still there! They are still biting me all over when i am at my study table and especially on my bed!

I'm calling a change of my HQ now to other room... I am losing sleep, losing quality time spent in my room, fear of spreading the bugs to other friends room...

Call me paranoid if you want, i seek emotional refuge and support from Anu&Kiran. They have been very supportive. Thanks! God bless you!

Let the UPP guys deal with the bugs, it's not my war, it is theirs! They have been battling it since very early...way before I move in...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

War of the bugs

After enduring the gruesome 20mins of constant spraying of the whole carpet and another 1 and a half hour of leting the posions to dry off to sip in and dry off, finallt the war was ended.

I was not allowed to stayin the room to watch the masacre because it is probably too dangerous to breath in the pesticide. I inspect the room after about 2 and a half hour, fairly satisfy with the result... saw some of the dead mites bodies on yet dry off area of the table end. I will give time for the pesticide to totally dry...maybe will only stay in the room at about 6pm. Fingers crossed, hopefully they are all eliminated.

war against the bugs-- LIVE coverage

This morning I have stick some tapes on the carpet and surprise surprise... caught something with them... It is whitish, very tiny, and looks like mite or ticks....

1045am, UPP broadgate staff came to collect all my beddings and clothes,left me and my only available cloth on my skin, a jacket and 1 pair of new clothes.

Waiting for the pest control people to come. I will upload the photos once I got the chance, will show you the samples I got from the tape swap and the bite marks from the bugs, how I wish it's a bite marks from a girl rather than a bug! sigh...

The World War for bugs, mites or whatever those are.

Tomorrow the exterminators will arrive at 1100am, bringing the nuclear bomb and toxic gases for the enemy of human being. The bugs will be regret of even think about of coming into my room...

I will keep you all updated, probably with real video footage. The battle field has set, all are ready... Now just waiting for the time to come. I read some articles that these invisible bugs are hard to kill, but the pest terminators have confident in winning this war, so I will give it a try.

If all fail, I will retreat to another place, abandon my fortress. But that is my last resort...Hope the good will win over the evil! God Bless!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Room ATTACK!!!

I am pretty frustrated and itchy by the reason of being bugged by the bugs in the room! My bed, my carpet at my study table are seems to be colonised by those small, tiny and invisible bugs. What they do for a living? They bite George out of it. Damn!

Whenever I want to study on my table or wanted to rest on my bed, they just kept biting me. Of course, I retaliate, by vaccuming every single corner of my room, including my bed, wash every single bed sheets I have and spray disinfectant in my room. But that did not totally deter them from getting on my nerves! They still manage to survive after I pull those tricks to them! Now I had it enough!!! I am calling in the specialists, they just had my room inspected this morning, they ruled out bed bugs as they can't find one, but will do the spraying anyway. I am not sure when that gonna happen but I begged them to settle this ASAP! It is CODE RED! My finals is near and yet I can't study in my room! It is torturing!

Hope by then this evening they will call me back to confirm today or tomorrow they will spray the damn poison to feed the bugs! I never use obscure words in my blog, but NOW for this occassion, I will say: F*** YOU bugs!!!

Nice Articles: What’s a girl to do when the Net goes down and the rain keeps pouring?

I stumbled upon this nice articles written by Marina Mahathir in recently published The Star Newspaper regarding the down of the internet connectivity in South East Asia and its impact and personal account. Read it!

WHAT a singularly annoying way to end the Old Year, by being cut off from everyone. To be precise, cut off from the cyberworld, which these days, IS everyone.

For one so dependent on the Internet to communicate with, such as me, this disruption of the Internet has proven to be a major irritation, though perhaps not quite a catastrophe.

It just goes to show even more how vast the digital divide is. While I complain endlessly about not being able to access the Net, Doddy, who drives me around in Jakarta, doesn’t care at all.

He cares more about whether the rains are going to make going home even more arduous than it already is. Which also affects me. This means therefore that abundant rain is the bigger problem since it affects more people than disruption of the Internet.

Admittedly, I did cheer briefly when the Net went down. It meant that I might have had an excuse not to email in my column. Then I remembered that my computer still works, I can still write it, print it out and (ohmigosh, how quaint) fax it over!

The bit of me still resisting envisioned my editors being unable to read the fax clearly and then mistyping my column, leading me into all sorts of trouble. Not that I haven’t gotten into trouble before even with clearly transmitted soft copy.

I could however always wiggle out of trouble by saying that they misread my article and I never said whatever scandalous thing I did. There might yet be a silver lining to this!

Then it transpired that if I reverted to my old non-web-based, spam-choked email programme, I could still send my column in. Drat, and double drat! Can’t a girl take a holiday from criticizing people?

It must be a conspiracy. I am spending the holidays abroad and the only way to get material to get annoyed about is to read the papers online, which I can’t do for the moment. Blissfully unaware of any politician-inspired inaneness or scandal, it makes for a successful vacation but uninspired column-writing. All my usual targets must be gleeful.

There is still the mobile phone however, through which, as we saw last year, communications can be rightly or wrongly exceedingly fast. This was the way that appeals for help in the floods got broadcast fastest.

What was wondrous is that because people keep their mobiles on wherever they are. We managed to reach the consciences of people who were far from home and who then mobilised help by calling back. Hail the mighty handphone!

Which leads me to some musings about communication. It would be nice to end 2006, not the best of years for most of us, on a humble note and to begin 2007 the same way. Thus, when faced with offers of help in an emergency situation, refusing them because of pride may be misplaced at best, arrogant at worst.

What do we communicate by such ungraciousness? That when people reach their hands out in friendship, we are ungrateful?

We have been lucky in being able to extend our help to less fortunate neighbours and friends for a long time. In such a fortunate position, it behoves us to be humble because we never know when tables will be turned.

Help offered sincerely should always be accepted sincerely as well. In any case, it is only those in comfortable positions who can afford to refuse help. To those on the ground feeling wet and miserable, anything that would alleviate the discomfort is welcome, no matter where it comes from.

Imagine if, in the wake of the tsunami, the Acehnese were particular about where help came from, that it had to come only from Muslim countries or whatever other conditions.

So many more people might have died if they had put such conditions on offers of help. As it is, while so much still needs to be done in Aceh two years after the tsunami, they are also now suffering from floods. Misery on top of misery. I doubt if they are going to examine too closely where the next bag of food and dry clothes come from.

Disasters, natural or otherwise, are levelling factors. They reveal what any community or country is prepared for and capable of.

In 1992, when the Highland Towers collapsed, we received help from the Japanese and the French. Without us having to ask, they mobilised their disaster recovery experts almost as soon as they heard about the tragedy. If nothing else, it helped to know that somebody else cared.

Let us therefore wish each other very humbly a very happy new year, one that is peaceful, calm and harmonious, spared the grandiosity and grandstanding of 2006.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year resolutions

It's the time of the year again that I put up my resolutions... This year resolutions is more realistic than last year...

1. Get a PhD studentship

2. Learn 1 new language

3. Be consistent on study, 2hours per day for study.

4. Sleep early, the latest is 1am

5. Finished up Digital Fortress, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter in a year.

6. Get a watch ?0

7. Get a pair of good 2.1 speakers. ?0

8. Paris / Germany trip

9. Sky dive!!!

Happy 2007

Celebrating new year in the UK is somewhat quiet for me. I still remember during my undergraduate time, we will always come out with brilliant ideas of where to go, how to celebrate it... Every new year we definitely come out with something... (please refer to blog archive).

This year is difference. Celebrating it in a foreign country which I prefer calling it home away from home doesn't have the luxurious of private transportation to boot, can't have a BIG MEAL at exquisite restaurant or exotic places. BUT, this year I celebrate it with my closest friend Anu & all other flatmates which I can call my part of my family.

We have pot luck again! Yeah, most of our cultural exchange involved food! Let the taste bud do the talking!

We watched fireworks through the 15'' TV, coloured tube CRT just in case you want to be specific. We talked a lot & enjoy ourselves very much!

Well, the noisiness of the crowd which is a norm doesn't exist in my neighbourhood here. It's kinda surprise for me as it's suppose to be much celebrated than in Malaysia. This is Nottingham, so it suppose to be quiet.

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