Category Archives: Friends

Seeing autumn

12:05am

Autumn this year is definitely colder than usual that even the sun doesn’t always makes things better. Nevertheless, the only thing to do is wrap up, get cosy, spend time with friends and – make pancakes. Mmm a plate of pancakes on Sunday morning with the sun shining through the windows is just ideal. Which is what I had this morning, yay!

Am about to head to bed and wake up into the 6th week of term which means 2 things – 4 weeks till I head home thus I should really get a move on with my assignments due end of the term. CRINGE! Final-year shivers.

To sum up my week, pictures throughout which make me happy :)

When the best friend comes to Reading

2 weekends ago, I met up with the best friend for our new-termed brunch sesh in London. The following weekend she decided to pay me a visit in Reading town which was exciting cos that’s a first for her.

But before she came to Reading, we ventured for a short road trip with our reliable Oxford tour guide to…Bicester Village!

So it was probably a bad idea to head there on a weekend cos it was packedd with people. Only good thing out of the trip was that it wasn’t our first time so we didn’t waste time and just headed for our targeted shops. But Prada….Prada was just a test of patience. (Worth it though! :D)

Nevertheless! Road trips are always fun because I enjoy refreshing my eyes and looking out of the window. Didn’t get a photo of the countryside but I remember it being beautiful and serene. It was a good sunny day too so that made things pleasant :)

Oxford aside, I took the best friend out for brunch the next morning before she left and that too was pleasant ‘cos food was good and sun was shining again! I always feel lucky when the two are put together, especially on a Sunday. Makes Sundays wonderful.

Never underestimate the power of a good sunny brunch sesh! Always makes my day. Next round should be in Kent! (where the best friend is)

Of course she couldn’t leave without leaving me some love behind.

LOTS OF LOVE BACK! Thanks for coming :)

A birthday in Cardiff

So I was in Cardiff last week to visit Abang and Aliaa. Most importantly, I came to celebrate Aliaa’s birthday with her!

The birthday girl was lucky to have her last exam on her birthday itself and after that we took her out to destress, have tea and…throw her a surprise birthday dinner! She was glowing happiness that night Yay! :)

It was a good dinner session because not only was it an interesting gathering of friends, it was a good opportunity to learn more about them and the kinds of conversations that got them going. A decent mix of nationalities and with that you always get different stories, different views and inevitably a different sense of humour. Placed in the middle and taking this convenient location to be a mindful observer, I was equally intrigued as I was amused at the flow of the nights conversations. I was also the youngest meaning I would be lost when they’d talk about all these Masters stuff. But oh well, I survived! Anyhow, it made me realise how beautiful an international society is (in general).

You come from different backgrounds and everyone’s got a different unique story to share. But with differences you find similarities and there’s something about this spark that keeps your friendship going. Awesome really.

T’was a good night. Happy birthday again Aliaa! God bless always :)

Worcester College, Oxford

A few weeks back, I accompanied the bestfriend RS on her day trip to film in Oxford. She’s studying journalism and as part of her course she’s frequently out filming and interviewing people. She needed a helping hand and Oxford is only 1/2 an hour away from Reading AND I hadn’t seen her in a while so I thought why not!

journalist in the making!

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Spring’s here!

Dear weather, it’s officially spring so please don’t let me down and be sunny every day ok?

Ok la, almost every day is fine too.

It’s officially Spring and not to mention the start of the easter break tomorrow! Albeit having to stay in to study, I’m very much looking forward to sunny and warmer days, trips to the park with my sunnies perhaps? Not to forget, change of wardrobe! Always my favourite part.

Wednesdays are my free day and I was glad to know that on that lovely sunny day, Nana decided to come down to visit me before she went back to KL. So I decided to make the most of her trip by first taking her for a tour around my campus.

My favourite part is no doubt my law faculty and the lake next to it. University of Reading is generally known for its abundance of greenery (we were even awarded for it!) and if it’s anything to boast about, it would be the ambience and scenery that surrounds my law school. My law faculty also known as Foxhill House is simply an old fashioned English house on a large estate of land, overlooking a wide stretch of a calm lake and presence of ducks. Nothing beats this experience honestly and as much as it can be quite the walk, to me it’s worth it ‘cos it always feels nice and peaceful walking along the pathway. So glad it was sunny because it made for a beautiful scenic picture.

so sunny i had to squint!

After a brief tour of the university, we headed to town for mexican at Las Iguanas. Below is a view of the The Oracle Riverside which is the riverside outside our biggest mall. Again, the sunny weather made for a vibrant picture. As the weather gets warmer you tend to see ducks swimming by, and on certain occasions, boat rides open to the public!

Had my favourite Gambas for starters. I’ve been eating a lot of prawn lately and I particularly noticed that prawn in curry is just delicious. Dipped with bread is the perfect combination. Kind of made me full! Not to mention, satisfied. Amazing how food makes you happy, no? :D

A rather brief tour of my university and town, but hope you enjoyed it Nana!

Reading Malaysian Night

And finally came our turn. Reading Malaysian Night was yesterday and I’m glad to have been part of it ‘cos it very well turned out just like we imagined. We can’t really be compared to other theatre-like productions but for a decent sized Malaysian society, I think the team did a great job. Even better at being natural comedians!

A glimpse of the night.

Our MNight was called “Malaysia, I’m home!” and it comprised of a mash up of 3 scenes;  A malay (which I was part of) chinese and indian scene – all involving a character who’s just returned home to face their family and in that course they go through a certain problem which brings them to re-embrace their true traditional values. In a way it provided as a simple introduction to Malaysian traditional values, especially for those non-Malaysians who came. So surprised to see quite a number of British/non-Malaysians last night!

And 4 pounds for a decent show, nasi lemak and soya milk? Come on, that is such a good deal! Was so impressed and excited when I found out we were getting nasi lemak (extras for the crew! hehe)

Pui Shan excited to get nasi lemak

with Jolyn and Sher Hann (last year’s MNight director!)

and after all that, I went out for desserts to my favourite place with my favourite people who came to watch the show!

 Cherry on top to a good night :)

Few pictures here cos some were blur. Can’t wait for the professional pictures to come out!

The thing about raising money for volunteering

Lately, my facebook has been filled with posts by friends asking for support to help fund their volunteering project. It always impresses and amazes me what my friends are willing to do to contribute their part in making a difference (even more so impressive because they’re raising their own money and not using their parents’) So I’m always glad to donate a few pounds when I can. Though I tend to do so more for the people who make an extra effort in raising money.

If you think about it, a lot of people take up their time to volunteer here and there and all efforts are amazing and praise worthy. But another friend of mine also raised a point that we are all students living (overseas) on a budget. Of course we have to think twice before simply giving away our pocket money.

So what wins me over the most is when I see people doing things or selling things in order to raise the money. To me, that’s praise worthy effort right there because he/she is making that extra effort to make something i.e cookies/biscuits/whatever else to sell and  reaching out to whoever is interested in buying.

My friend is raising money to volunteer to teach school kids in Africa so she’s selling home made cookies and hand made cards (she’s great at art and cooking!) Seeing her post on facebook I thought, why not? She’s making all this extra effort and I’d really like to see her fulfill her wish. Plus, I want chocolate cookies!

So I bought them, and they taste really good! So to me that’s a nice exchange as it puts a smile on her face knowing people are buying her things to help her out (and because they’re good too!) and it puts a smile on my face because well, i love chocolate chip cookies!