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I have tried).

I quite like this top, but the button on the sleeve of the only item in my size left was missing.

I, of course, didn’t get all I wanted. But, at least they are now in my memory..

Short trip in Ghent

This could be the cheapest holiday I had since I came to UK. Since Alex and his parents’ trip to Belgium in September had to be cancelled because of the fire in the Channel tunnel, he transferred one of his parents’ tickets to my name. So, I got a free ticket to Belgium.
We also had free accommodation at Johannes house, where Alex used to rent a room. Johannes borrowed us his bed to use for the weekend while he slept at his girlfriend’s flat which was at the other end of the same street.
Me at the lounge, waiting for Eurostar train
It was unusual that we reached the station one and half hour earlier than the departure time. We always arrived at the last few minutes before the gates closed every time we travelled.
While we were waiting at the lounge, I went to the bookstore to get a bottle of water.
Which one would you get if you were me..?
Align Centre
£ 1.50 for a bottle of mineral water

or

£ 1 for newspaper and a bottle of mineral water?
Our plan for the second day was to get out of the bed early morning, pack our stuffs, then walk around the city center. In the end, we only left the house at almost 3pm. And went back at 6pm because it was too cold.
alex tee and johannes t’hooft
We went to look for tasty Belgian chocolates..
Then, Alex just couldn’t wait to get his Belgian beers.

too many choices. he had to decide which to take.

Spot me.. I’m in the photo..

We had home-cooked dinner with Johannes and Lies instead of Turkish pizza.
everyone was busy preparing
me trying to cook


i cooked rice using a pot instead of rice cooker.
[i’m now good at cooking rice with a standard pot instead of a rice cooker. i remember i didn’t really know how to cook rice even with a rice cooker before i left malaysia.]
The Malaysian and Belgian Chinese cuisine…

While waiting for dinner to start, there was entertainment from Lies with her new toy..


was trying to do some cool stunts
We didn’t miss the bar..
nice atmosphere
with johannes and lore and all the empty beer glasses
(alex and johannese were having a good night)
Now, guess who is this..
the mummy alex
On our journey back, it was snowing..

It wasn’t snowing from Calais onwards, but at least there was a sunset…

Finally, we arrived at St Pancras train station (not King’s Cross – Alex always had to correct me)

Night Ghent

Last weekend, I travelled to the city where the roads are as familiar as the back of my hand – Ghent. I didn’t see a lot of changes, except for the relocation of certain tram stops in front of the train station. Not knowing Dutch, we took the right tram – but in the opposite direction – in the cold, wet and snowy night.

Tthe weather in Belgium was much colder than the weather here in UK. What I wore on the night we arrived was definitely not enough. I stupidly wore flats without leggings or tights because I had another pair of sneakers in Ghent that i intended to change to. When we cycled to the ”frietkot’ (establishments that sells mainly fries) for supper, I thought I would nearly have frostbitten toes, they were so painful. Quite apparently, I didn’t expect the drastic weather difference between Ghent and London. As we were cycling (on borrowed bikes) I realised I really missed cycling in the city, and the bike I used to rent.

Because of the early sunset, we could enjoy (in as much as one can enjoy in the freezing cold) the earlier night view. Here are some of the photos:

(Sadly, the photos are not as sharp as those taken with Alex’s dslr. They were taken with my compact camera, newly revived from its early demise.)

Alstublieft

It didnt seem right at the cash counters of shops during the 1st few days back in UK. In Belgium, (flanders, anyway) ‘’alstublieft’’, which means here you go, or please is always heard at the cash counter and I would respond ‘’dank u’’, albeit timidly. I was never sure of my pronounciation.

In a few hours, I will be going to Belgium to retrieve all my junk still there. I like Ghent most among all the cities I’ve stayed at, though I still can’t understand Dutch. I miss the waffles, the chocolates, the cherry beer (kriek) and also Graslei, the canal…

The day to the Tate for Rothko

Having heard Rothko’s works but wandered what made him great with his coloured rectangles, the exhibition is finally here.
It was a day that we went to the Tate Modern Art Gallery to experience ‘Rothko’. [I will have a separate post on the artworks.] The visit was definitely worth for its price and am considering going back there again.

The weather was rather nice on that day; it was cloudy but warm.
the park outside St Paul’s Cathedral..
We went for a quick shopping tour at Oxford Street, then met up with the other Malaysian classmates for Japanese dinner and also to the bar. Somehow, it was an enjoyable night to gather since we all are staying rather far away from each other. Gosh, I am now lacking of friends around me!!
Lastly, here it goes… Santa taking the tube for the season..

Coffee girl

It’s strange that though I was never a big fan of coffee, I am now learning to make good coffee. I am now a trainee barista in a coffee house that claims to make the best espresso in the UK.
induction day

So, ask me all about cappuccino, caffe latte (NOT just “latte”, which means milk), mocha and americano, and not only I can tell you the differences, I can even make them.
different types of milkshake

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to secure the Oxford Circus Topshop job after going through the entire interview process, covering phone, group, and individual phases. On the bright side, I can now

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save about £200 each month from the season train ticket as the coffee house is only 2-minute-walk distance away from my flat. Plus, I get free Panino (plural for Panini) and sandwiches every day (every day that I work, that is). You can’t beat that.

located at the back of my studio

The revival of my camera

Here is what I didn’t tell my family. I actually spoilt my new camera again when I was in Belgium!! As I was taking my own sweet time to find the suitable camera case, I always simply put the camera in my bag. So, something in the bag poked and bent the lens cover. The camera was still fine, but not the lens cover. I was still able to take photos with it, but not with the perfect shots. They always appeared something like this…
these photos were taken in Munich
Since the camera is still under warranty, I waited to fix it when I was back in UK. Thinking that it might take 6-8 weeks to get it delivered back to me, I didn’t send it to the repair service centre when I was temporary staying at my previous flat.
Now that I have settled down, I sent the camera by post to the repair service last Friday, and I got it back today. It was amazingly quick, and I should have done it earlier. No worries. No extra charges except for the postage fee to the repair centre. 
It’s time to take really good care of the camera. Alex suggested Crumpler pouch but I am considering the one made by the camera manufacturer itself that fits the camera model.
Anyhow, more beautiful photos coming along…….

Back to the life with internet

No more hanging out at McDonald’s and feeling uneasy, worrying that the staff might get bored of seeing me every day. At least I do get myself a cup of hot chocolate or a meal everytime I go for the free internet.
Days without internet are actually quite revitalizing. I must admit that I have been seriously addicted to the internet recently, especially when it’s too cold to go outside often. Facing the laptop just made me felt better somehow in these stressful times. But, facing the monitor 16 hours a day often gave me headaches and difficulty concentrating, not to mention increased hair loss!
Anyhow, without the internet I took a walk around the neighbourhood, and also went alone to a nearby town by bus (and got lost). But, I must say that the short trip was inspirational. I enjoyed seeing the life of the elderly and the colourful autumn trees in the surroundings. The people here just seem to have no-worries.
Broadband at the new place was activated yesterday evening, which was pretty fast as I expected to wait more than a week. We got the cheapest package – £7.50 a month for up to 8megs.
Besides, I also signed up for the international call package. £5 every month and I will be able to make unlimited landline calls to 36 countries including Malaysia and Australia. So, the only thing left to do is to get a cheap phone.