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Month: August, 2013

Home is where the heart is.

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After 13 hours of being in the sky, I finally got back home. It has been almost a year since my last visit and it is great to see my family again. My dad couldn’t stop talking about his recent hikes, runs and new workouts while my mom is constantly asking what I want to eat. They are both super sweet. I also finally get to see my lovely grandpa. Like most Asian families that I know, grandparents play an important role in the family. They hold the entire extended family together and they make festivals so much more fun! Of course, that includes being pampered with yumminess as my grandpa is such a big foodie! I gave him the biggest and tightest hug and we talked about breakfast during dinner. Yes we are going for a big breakfast tomorrow 😉 If someone were to ask me about one important fact in Malaysia, I’d say food. Be warn as you will probably see a series of food photos next. 

Well I should probably hit the sack now as I will have to be up early to run! Finally in my cozy bed with my teddy. night world x

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My belated birthday gift – a little more compact for me to travel with!Image
Perfect for my first backpacking adventure!Image
I love this french brand and this is a new one. Everything from there smells so yummy. Image
A floral headband that I got for 1.50 pounds!! Super fun to dress with!

I like stories.

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I had a really nice chat with a lady during my transit in Doha today. It is funny as we started chatting when we got on the bus and both feeling a little lost as to where to go. She was transiting for Saudi and I was heading home. The bus ride was about 20 minutes (the airport landing ground was massive) but the airport was really organized and color coordinated. We got drinks and started exchanging life stories. She had just moved to Saudi Arabia about 4 months ago for work and found the culture a big shock. I was aware of the lower status of women there but not entirely clear about the life as a woman, especially for an expat. Having experienced the free and more independent life in London, she struggled a little to adapt. Apparently, women are given an apt while a man is given a town house at her work place. Many decisions are made based solely on gender. For example, she is not allowed to drive outside of the expat neighborhood, she does not have a changing room in the shopping mall, she will be served after a man and the list goes on. It sounded crazy and unreal to me as I have been brought up in a relatively gender-fair country (thank god). An interesting fact that I didn’t know about Saudi, only salt water is provided in homes. So basically people there shower in salty water! I was really intrigued and definitely want to visit and explore middle east some day. But maybe in a group.

It is little moments like this that makes life interesting. Everyone has a story to share and by listening and exchanging stories, you learn a little more about life around the world. This has taught me to appreciate the freedom I have.

On a side note, what do you call people from Qatar?

Boris Bikes

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These bicycles known as Barclays bikes, are also named after the Mayor that started the bicycle sharing scheme in 2010. They are definitely fun to hire for a day in London! Only 2 pounds (it was 1 pound few months ago!) for 24 hours. It may be a little dangerous and hard to ride on the roads as there are not many bicycle lanes but it was definitely fun cycling in the park and from parks to parks. 

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a-London-must-do

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I showed a friend from Malaysia to an English breakfast in Hyde park early Sunday morning and a light stroll around South Kensington (one of the posh-areas in London). We walked along the high street and passed by Harrods and some nice shops. As it was Sunday, the shops only open at 12 and close relatively early, at 6pm. Sunday is definitely not a good day to bring tourists around as more people are out and hours are shorter. Though I think he enjoyed looking around and getting a good feel of the city! We chatted and walked over an hour. We chatted about how uncommon it is for Malaysians and Singaporeans to walk this much as most people drive everywhere! And this is definitely a true fact! However, there may be legit reasons why Malaysians and Singaporeans do not walk as much (e.g. the extremely humid weather).

It was overall a good time. I believe you can never go wrong with a nice breakfast and a good stroll in London for a tourist!

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Him

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Prayer is where the action is.

John Wesley

It can be a little dreamy.

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A Scandinavian taste

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Many people don’t like liquorice for its bitterness and intense flavor but I do! It is strange as the taste grew on me when I came over to London. You can buy small little liquorice sticks (panda brand) from the health shops. Though the ones I got in Denmark were the best! It is huge up in the Scandinavian countries. They even have it with chocolate bar in Sweden! Well I have to settle with the panda brands here. They are actually made in Finland and come in multiple flavors. I decided to try a less liquorice flavor and got a blueberry and raspberry liquorice.
a yummy little snack while at work.

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A little bit of fun

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As I will be flying home in less than a week, i have tons to do. One which is to finish transcribing videos for my research project. It is extremely tedious and time consuming but I am convincing myself that the results will be interesting and promising. I ended up transcribing since 8 in the morning till 2ish in the afternoon. I then decided that that is the most I could transcribe in a day. i am going to have to be realistic with myself. I am pretty pleased with my progress as this dissertation is due next summer.

Anyways to the next bit of fun. A friend and I were meant to check out a film screening on a rooftop bar but ended up in a artisan garden pub’s acoustic night. It turned out super fun and inspiring. Three folk bands performed and particularly the second was my favorite. They make you wanna dance on your feet to their beat. It was great. As it was quite indie, they sold fresh homemade pizza cooked in an old school fire place. It was funny as I suggested rosemary, they decided to go to the garden and pick up some rosemary for the pizza. It was extremely yummy and fresh. The vibe there was good and everyone was there to have a good time. I would definitely come back for more. and maybe check out the film screening some other time too!
If you are in town, check this place out: http://dalstongarden.org/?p=4684

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Sunflowers my favorite kind.
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Around east London, there are these cute creatures around. It is adorable. IMG_5461 IMG_5463
Thats the old school oven the pizzas were cooked in.IMG_5465 IMG_5468 IMG_5470 IMG_5476 IMG_5477

Thought of the day.

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We are products of our experiences. Our experiences as young as when we were infants, shape how we view the world and how we perceive our value. A friend said that we are a byproduct of our choices but he forgot that our choices are influenced by our previous experience.