All entries for October 2004

October 20, 2004

shop–a–holic

I have come to a conclusion that i have a problem. Today i went shopping w/ my cousin, bird (friend from london – bird is her nick name in case you guys were wondering…her real name is Wen Yun) and Mun How (i think i totally spelt his name wrong that's the way it sounds). We went to Birmingham (again) to the Bullring. i am finding SO many cute clothes to purchase! over the last 2 weeks, me and suef have gone shopping 4 times and everytime we've bought stuff and spent ! It's just that there are SO many cute stores here that we don't have in Vancouver. TOPSHOP, MANGO, WAREHOUSE…etc…the list goes on. I am finding sooo many things i like, none of that aritzia stuff that EVERYONE has.

Anyway, something interesting is that Wednesdays here have been labelled "sports day". This actually means that there usually aren't any classes scheduled for the afternoons b/c that's when the sports teams from the different universities all have their games. They have a designated day! how weird is that?!

You guys would be so so proud of me. Yesterday, i made dinner for my cuz, wei ling and sufian. I made pasta w/ a meat and mushroom sauce and garlic bread and some brownies. The brownies were DELICIOUS! they were a Cadbury mix and all i had to do was add an egg and 6 tbsps of water. how sweet is that?? it even came w/ a paper tray and i totally thought that would burn in the oven but it didn't! (Mesh, you would have looooved the brownies…they were yum!)

Well, Paris has been cancelled this weekend =( …i know..it's so sad. My auntie said something about not being able to make it this weekend and they are going to go during the week but i do have classes sooo i will not be joining them. BUT that's ok…i'll hopefully go sometime later on and i'll still be going down to London this weekend though so that should be FUN times. We are going to watch Les Miserables which i heard is really awesome. London is such a great place. When i'm in London is when i REALLY feel like i'm in England. I think it could have to do w/ just the general hustle and bustle and all the sights and shops…who knows.

Well, there's a little update for you all…oh yah and for those of you who were trying to leave comments and couldn't..i fixed that..haha..it was just like a setting that i didn't select….sorrie..it's FIXED now!

suey
xoxo


October 19, 2004

fire alarm drill @ 8am

So, who does fire alarm drills @ 8am on a MONDAY morning when I don't have classes?! I was planning on sleeping in today only to wake up to the LOUD urgency of a beeping noise. In my groggy state, i thought that it was my alarm clock. Then when it wasn't that i thought it was someone else's alarm clock and i was thinking "turn that thing OFF!". Finally, i realized it was a practice fire alarm thing and put on a sweater and stumbled out of my room. Also, banging on all my flat mates' doors to get them out. We went outside to the "meeting area" (the parking lot) and it was quite a sight to see…everyone was in their pj's, boxers, bathrobes, slippers, bare feet, but some ppl had time to ACTUALLY change into real clothes, and everyone looked half asleep. It was also freezing outside but thank goodness we didn't have to be out there long. Once it was turned off, we went in and i crawled back into my warm bed and slept the morning away…ahhh..sleep is sooooo good.

Anyway, looks like my travel plans are going to be in full swing soon.
Oct 22 – London
Oct 23–25 – Paris
OCt 29–31 – London
Nov 3–6 – Berlin
Nov 19–21 (?) – Prague (not sure of the dates yet)

I'm really excited for these trips! I'll definitely be taking LOADS of pictures so don't u guys worry ;)

Anyway, i have to get some reading done! tata ~


October 17, 2004

Canadian Thanksgiving in England!

hi guys!

ok…so i know i haven't blogged for awhile. Been really busy and sooo..here i am now sitting down to write about the past week. Also, i've uploaded a BUNCH of pics. Many are from before i just didn't have time to get them up so just go through the galleries again and for those of you who DON'T know where that is – left side of this page. If the thumbnails don't all show up just hit the "refresh" button and they should load up.

Last Saturday, I went to Birmingham with my cousin. We took the train to BULLRING which is a HUGE mall – 140 shops and restaurants. Taking the fast train from Coventry to Birmingham is only about 22mins…but if you get on the "slow" train which is really slow b/c it stops at every stop between here and Birmingham, it takes about 40 mins. Good thing we caught the fast train. We went shopping and bought lots. Quite a number of the stores here give out student discounts and all you have to do is show them your student id cards. We also went back to BULLRING on Thursday for a student sale at TOPSHOP which was incredibly packed…it was like Boxing day madness all over again! (i thought of you guys – Steph and Pei..i knew you guys would be crazy enough to fight through the crowd and pick stuff out and stand in line for 45mins to pay)

Alright, so last Sunday we had Canadian Thanksgiving dinner right here in our kitchen. It started off as trying to round up some Canadians to have it but it seemed that many of the others wanted to join in soooo… there were 12 of us – 3 canadians, 2 belgians, 1 british, 3 malaysians, 1 welch, 1 german, 1 american. It was quite the multicultural experience. We had lots of food: 2 turkey joints, a roast chicken, garlic bread, pasta salad, steamed brocolli, carrots, corn, mash potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, cannelloni, crepes (for dessert). Everyone made/bought something for the dinner (i made the mash…they were deeeeeelicious! hehe…). We were pretty squished in our kitchen but it was really great to have a big dinner and it'll probably be the only time when we'll all celebrate thanksgiving in England.

Last night, we went to Soul Nation which is like clubbing at the student union building really…it's a r&b and hip hop night which happens every 2 weeks. There were so many ppl there and did you know that at the university they subsidize alcohol?! so alcohol here is pretty affordable.

Today, we went to Cheshire Oaks which is a designer factory outlet. There are 120 stores and it's right near Liverpool. So, we actually went w/ the Singaporean Society (my friend Wei Ling is the president) so there were about 50 of us who got onto a coach and it took about 2 hrs to get there. We got there at about noon and shopped right till 4:30pm when it was time to get on the bus. There were sooo many brands: CK, DKNY, NorthFace, GAP, Nike, Adidas, PUMA, Burberry, Diesel, Kangol, Bose…and the list goes on and on and on…(Pei, you would have gone CRAZEEEEeee there)

Anyway, i know it sounds like i'm not in school…but i am! I have about 8 hours of classes a week…it's more independent study here. I don't have classes on mondays..which is grrrreat. I really like living on campus..it's definitely different b/c you get more involved w/ what's going on here than driving to and from school.

This coming weekend I'm going down to London again on Friday w/ my cuz and then I'm going to Paris w/ my auntie from Saturday – Monday…so that's going to be beaucoup d'amusant! hehe..(a lot of fun)

Ok..i'm suuuuper tired…so i'm going to sleep now. And for those of you who i owe emails too..soon..i promise…hehe..

xoxo


October 09, 2004

weekend in london

So this past weekend i was in London and it was a blast. I love the city! hehe…but i will write more about it tomorrow..just wanted to leave u guys with a little update. I'm super tired and must sleep.

ok..so here i am updating this entry (finally … i know almost a week later) I went down to London last friday…took the train down..a Virgin train..like you know Virgin Records back home. It was about 1 hr and 14 mins. Not too bad for a train ride. From there my cuz picked me up at the London – Euston, the train station and we went to eat some lunch. Went to meet my auntie and walked around Covent Garden. Just in some shops and stuff. The tubes in London are sooooo stuffy….and u feel like you are at the fireworks at English Bay all over again u know smushed up real close to everyone and it's hot and smelly.

On Saturday, we were meeting some other family (dad's side) who were coming down from Liverpool. We were on Kings Rd. mostly and ate with them at Pizza Express where we spent about 3 hrs. (I'll add some pics of them up on the side.) The weather was pretty messed up that day…was just spazzing rain for about an hour and as you walk down the street people would be standing in the doorways of stores waiting for the rain to stop for a moment so they can walk again and then duck into another store when it starts up. So, Saturday night we went over to my cousin's friends' flat right near Holburn tube station. It's a pretty nice flat and there are 4 of them who live there. A bunch of us went clubbing that night to a club called Attica. It was pretty nice and had lots of fun…got a little tipsy..hehe. Anyway, we left the club at 3am and when we got outside we were walking through Leister Square to a place to eat and there were just people EVERYWHERE..it was sooo incredible…London is definitely happening at night. There were also all these illegal "cabbies" that wait outside the clubs and stuff b/c apparently cabs aren't allowed to drive ppl who've just come from the clubs. Anyway, by the time we got back to the flat and went to bed it was 6am. Caryn (one of the girls who lives there) was sweet enough to let me and my cuz have her room so that was good. We slept for 5 hours and had to go back to see my auntie before she left for Malaysia that night. I was dead tired…like seriously dead. We then got a ride home from my cousin's cousin all the way from London to Warwick..about a 2 hr car ride. I slept from 8:30pm that night to 11am the next morning…it felt SO SO good! I don't have classes on mondays so that's the best.

So, I have definitely fallen in love w/ London and I've come to a decision that I want to work there…maybe for just a year or 2…who knows. We're going back down the weekend of Oct 22nd and Oct 29th..so that should be exciting. I'm going to Birmingham tomorrow to this massive mall called Bullring which should be fun to do some shopping! And i'm going to Paris Oct 23–25 so that will be definitely something as well that i'm looking forward to.

Anyway, i need some sleep so that's all for now! and i am missing turkey and stuffing :( can someone send me some??? hehe


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