All entries for March 2005

March 26, 2005

Potluck

Today is Good Friday. Went to church for mass and then at night had a potluck party with some friends at home. The party was suppose to be tommorow but it was changed a day earlier cause I will be off to Bangor, Wales tommorow for WIM.

The party was good. Loads of food. There was glutinous rice ( low mar gai) by Kian Hui, barley dessert and 'chi chau' drink and dumpling soup by Gan, + apple crumble, banana cake and chicken by the MORSE gang (Dhar, Vidya, Chris and Man Hou) , Deqi's vegetarian bacon with mash potatoes and pork chop, Shu and Ali's cheese cake, Ling's chicken soup, Eugenia's yummy yummy strawberry cake, Daniel's vegie with prawns, and of course Fel's tofu veg. And I was so busy eating I only remembered to take the first part of the food and forgot to take the second part (desserts ) . Damn it. Anyway, Kian Hui requested to put up the pics to show Daffy what she is missing. So, Daffy if you are reading this let me tell you the second part that was not caught on camera was even more yummylicious!!!!


One half of the potluck..

Kian Hui's low ma gai..

And what did I made? I made banana fritters, egg tarts ( again!) and curry ( which didn't turn up very well but was saved by my Godbrother!) It was fun, fun night. Need to pack for WIM tommorow!!No blogging for a week. Next blog entry will be of course about WIM! Till then…


March 23, 2005

I Met..

I met The One who loves me the most..
When he touched me again and again..
Even though I have been so mean..

I met The One whom I love the most..
When he hurt me again and again..
Yet I know not why I still love him…

I met myself…
When I found inner peace..
In understanding my deepest thoughts and emotions..

I know not when I will find The One to spend my lifetime with..
But I pray that when I meet him I will know..
That he is The One and Only..


March 21, 2005

Weekend in Leicester


The weekend has been so refreshing.
Spend the weekend away in Leicester to visit Grace and Joanne, old college mates that I haven't seen for a while. Spent Saturday with Grace walking around town.Had ice cream before lunch at Mc D. Lunch was at this fast food outlet owned by a Malaysian. The shop is called Dixie Chicken.
After lunch off we went to the market to get more food for dinner. Then went to Grace's place. It is a cosy little room with loads of pictures. My favourite is of course Grace's master piece Eifel Tower!

Maybe she can be a part time artist besides being a doctor in future.
Rested a while there eating oranges, (Yes we can't seem to stop eating.) then off we went to the suprise place that Grace told me in the e-mail. Off to feed the swans and ducks of Leicester! There were pigeons as well. Learnt a new thing that day. Grace told me pigeons always stay in pairs!!! Can you spot which pigeon is with which pigeon in the picture below?

After feeding, we sat by the river for a while just to enjoy serenity and peace. Then off we went to Morrisons to get ice cream to eat with (my first try at making) French Apple Pie.

Took a walk back to Grace's place before heading off to her boyfriend, Jack's place. He cooked us diner. He is so very sweet. Dinner was good. Rice with corn soup, pork with carrots and bitter gourd and steamed eggs. After that was Ice cream with apple pie. The crust wasn't really right but it was a good first attempt I guess. Will try again maybe on Wednesday.
After dinner, we chilled in front of the TV. TV and fruits plus good company. What better combination can I ask for. Watched some reality Tv about aspiring supermodels.
Sunday, breakfast was more apple pie and ice cream! Then off we walked to church. Met Joanne in church. She is still the same cute girl I knew in college. A kind lady in church thought us how to weave a palm leave into a cross. After mass, we went to this Chinese restaurant for buffet. The food wasn't fantastic. Jack said it was Chinese canteen food. I have to agree with him. But maybe we had too high expectations on food.

Walked around town and Grace got herself a new toy – a set of Tarot cards from Works. So you can guess what we did the rest of the afternoon. Analysing tarot cards. It is good fun but should not be taken too seriously. The first card I got was freakily accurate about some stuffs. I got card XXII Le Monde (The world), it said that I will have a new job, a new life in a new place. Grace linked that to my recent acceptance of a PWC summer internship. Coincidence?

Grace's cards were kinda accurate too. Maybe it is just generalization. Girls with crazy imagination like us probably could relate anything to everything. But it was good fun. My cards were mostly about change. I guess that is once more a very general thing because life is so dynamic, it is ever changing.
Jack cooked diner again for us. This time he cooked mashed potatoes with beef, stir fry carrots and cucumber and a bitter herbal soup which is good to cleanse the body system according to him.
Next was TV+ fruits + good company once more. Watched American Idol and The Wedding Planner. ( another typical love story, where is the originality???)
The time at Leicester ended when i had to wait for National Express which was 30 mins late. The bus was on time but the drivers needed 30 mins for coffee break! Everyone waited patiently for the drivers as they had their coffee. Fell asleep in the bus and before I know it I am back in Coventry once more. Thanks guys for a wonderful weekend!

March 17, 2005

Egg Tarts

First week of Easter hols almost over. Where did all the time go so so fast!!! Did a bit of baking today and by the time I finish, it was aready 4pm and I started at around noon. 4 hours of baking!! This is my 6th or is it 5th attempt at making egg tarts. Use to be my favourite but have been eating and baking so much of it now am a little sick of it. Left over pastry i filled it with apple. Quite like the apple thingy sort of like apple pie. Yummy with ice cream. Got to put down the pics to show my creative baking.

Pretty looking egg tarts with peach! The weird thingy on the bottom left is the apple thingy from left over pastry.


March 16, 2005

Through His Grace..

'I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me' - Phil 4:13

March 15, 2005

Alright Somehow..

I hate it when I miss the bus and see it pass me by…
Then I realized there are others who never even rode on a bus…

I hate it when it starts to rain while waiting for the bus…
Then I realized there are others thirsty and praying for just a drop…

I hate it when others are mean and hurtful…
Then I realized I am nothing but a sin full soul..

I hate it when things go wrong…
Then I realized it could have been worse..

I hate it when I start to hate..
Because there are really more reasons to love..
For things will turn out alright somehow..


March 14, 2005

Angels By Your Side

To my family, old friends, new friends and all who have touched me in your own special ways.

Angels By Your Side by Emilia Larson

_May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all the things you do
Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to take you
to beautiful places

Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love and comfort and courage
And may you always have an angel by your side

May you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all

In all of our days, our lives are always changing
Tears come along as well as smiles
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand
times more lovely than lonely
May they give you the kind of gifts that never, ever end:

someone wonderful to love and a dear friend in whom you
can confide May you have rainbows after every storm
May you have hopes to keep you warm
And may you always have an angel by your side _


March 12, 2005

A Little Bird Fly..

*High up in the sky a little bird fly..
Up into the grey,gloomy sky..
My heart feels strangely heavy…
Empty and lonely..
Why do I feel this way I know not why?
As the little bird flies far,faraway from my teary eyes.*

March 09, 2005

Dear Grandma..

Entered the British Council Shine Competition for international students where we have to submit a letter home to share the UK education experience. I decided to join for fun. I wrote a letter to my Grandma, she died of cancer about 7 years ago. Miss her so much. These are but some of the things I would like to tell her if she was still alive.

2March2005
Hi grandma!Sometimes I still can't believe I am studying here in UK. Still remember when I was a little girl you used to tell me to study hard so I can go to a university abroad. Thanks to your advise, here I am studying under government sponsorship. I never imagine myself studying abroad because I know it is too expensive.Therefore I am deeply grateful to be here.

It is really nice to be able to experience the 4 seasons.I love watching how the seasons change from winter to spring.It has been snowing for the past few days.It is freezing cold and makes me miss the sunshine in Malaysia.I love to watch the white drops fall from the sky through the window.It reminds me of the times when I was a child and we would sit together to watch the rain from the window at home.

Now is the last week of term, and I have got loads of work.But don't worry I am now more discipline and able to manage my time effectively.I find my course very relevant to what I plan to do in future, that is to work for a Big Four Accounting firm and study for a professional accounting degree.The lecturers are very approachable and helpful.This year we have loads of group presentations which teaches me to be more confident and to think critically.

Last week I went for a summer internship program interview at PriceWaterHouse Coopers,Birmingham.Hopefully I will be able to get it and make the most of my summer here.At the moment I am learning French. It is very difficult but I really enjoy learning a new language.

This Saturday I will be singing at a concert by the Warwick Revelation Rock Gospel Choir.Being in the choir helps relief stress after a hard days work.It is a very friendly choir and everyone is very supportive. Last Christmas we sang at a Carol Service at Coventry Cathedral. Just a couple of weeks ago, we sang in the cold to collect money for the tsunami victims. It was freezing but everyone just kept singing! It was really very heartwarming and touching. And this coming Easter, I will be going to Bangor, Wales for a week with the choir! Really excited and looking forward to it as it is an event where choirs from other universities gather.

I am also active in Malaysian Society. I took part in a some cultural performances during One World Week 2004, the biggest student organized event. I did a Malay dance.It was awarded Best Performance for Asia Day.Besides that there is Malaysian Night 2004 organized by the society. I did a Chinese fan dance and'dikir barat'.For me, being part of the event as a dancer as well as part of the props team gave me the opportunity to get to know more people.It was worth it having to attend daily 3 hours practice for a month prior to the event as the event was a huge success.

As you know I have never been athletic but I joined the Badminton Club here and I have grown to love the sport very much. I even attended some coaching sessions to improve.I also made some very good friends from all over the world in this club.Friends from all over the world gives me a chance to learn more about other cultures and gives me a wider presepective of things.

I am working for the Warwick Arts Center as a volunteer steward.In addition to making a bit of pocket money,I get to watch some very good theater performances for free and the managers are really kind.

Last Christmas holiday I went to Athens, Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna. I really enjoyed myself and I feel so lucky to be able to see, experience and learn about the cultures and histories of these places. My favourite is Salzburg.Having watched the Sound of Music for like a million times,it is just so amazing to be there.The scenery just takes my breath away.It is interesting to learn about how things have changed and all the pain that war has brought.After visiting the Jewish museum in Berlin, I am just so thankful that the various races in Malaysia live in peace and harmony.

Last autumn, I had an intensive tour of London.After London, I went up to the lovely city of Edinburgh to visit an old college mate.Have I told you about my trip to Barcelona last spring?I love Barcelona.The food is really good and the people are so warm.

Last Easter,I stayed with a British family in Somerset and it gave me a taste of countryside life.Somerset is just what I imagine England to be when I read books like Little Women as a kid.I still keep in touch with the kind family I stayed with.I even had a go at church'bell ringing'when I was there.

Grandma,there are 2 things I really miss about home.First is the food.So, I have picked up cooking and I really enjoy it.I often have potlucks with friends who love to cook.The second thing I miss is you guys at home.Worry not of me because I can take care of myself now and there are good friends that I can count on.I love every moment of my university life here.Everyday is a gift – experiences and adventures awaiting.Hopefully I will become a better person and you guys at home can be proud of this little girl who has grown so much.Love you grandma.PJ

It is basically a summary of my life since coming to UK.
There are so many other things I wish to say to you, Grandma.
I want to say how sorry I am for all the times I hurt you. I want to tell you how much I miss you and more importantly how much I love you. I'm ever so grateful for all that you have done for me…


March 07, 2005

Stars..

Feeling end of term stress? Tests, assignments, projects…datelines…
My friend Grace has a solution to worldly petty stress problems. Look into the sky at the stars and imagine that you are just a tiny star in this big big universe and you will see how insignificant and small our problems are.
I remind myself everyday the wise words from this book my aunt lent me, Good Life Good Death by G Rimpoche.
"...within each of us we have every solutions to our problems…"

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