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Month: October, 2013

Such a gift.

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One thing I have learned from moving around and living away from home is you need to live with good people. It sounds fairly straightforward and simple but it is really not. You want someone who is fairly compatible to your living habits to avoid hating where you live. I have been really blessed this year to be living with my current roommate/apartment-mate. I am not going to lie but I was a little nervous at the beginning. So glad it turned out well and actually even better than I have imagined. Her name is Kelly and she is my roommate. 

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Meet Peanut.

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I made this the other day with shimokawa seeing so many pumpkins this time of the year. Isn’t he the cutest? He has a name too! Call him Peanut. He can get pretty scary at night but he has a pretty little heart.

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Train Times.

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It is funny what people do in the train. Some listen to music, read a book while some people pluck their eyebrows. Moral of the story, there is no shame in making yourself look good. Sorry lady, I didn’t mean to be creepy and take your photo but i like your Hello Kitty mirror.

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Have you heard the story of Merlion?

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Merlion, a mythical creature of part lion part fish is the national personification of Singapore. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name – Singa while the fish body represents the fishing village Singapore used to be (cited from wikipedia.com, I trust wiki.) This is basically a story of my short trip to Singapore to meet my best friend and also a professor for a potential phDship (for your info, it went well!). We hung out like we always do and caught up from where we left off in London. It was so wonderful. She showed me the little hipster spots that she knew I will love. We had shisha on Arab st, explored coffee places, walked around tiong baharu and ended our trip with a movie date.

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Our first coffee after 1.5 months apart

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Cute shops close to Arab Street

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The cutest bookshop ever. So many little details every corner.

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Found this pretty photo in the bookshop.

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Children’s bookshop.

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yummy dessert for tea time.

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Chinatown and the pretty lanterns.

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Down a cool street

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View from her condominium balcony.

Three little pots.

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London had a really rough late night and early morning. Weather forecast predicted a threatening storm and Londoners everywhere were preparing for its arrival yesterday. Well, maybe I should have as well. I woke up this morning to my kitchen window opened wide and leaves scattered on the floor. I should have. You see, where I came from in Malaysia, storms are not a rare occasion. Malaysians know the different kinds of storm, how it moves and the rumbling thunder.

It is funny. I woke up groggily to the big storm. I wanted to say hello but my body was too tired and heavy to get up. My baby assessment in the morning was cancelled for the storm and it gave me a reason to have a lie in. I love sleeping through heavy rains. It feels comforting when you are inside, cuddled under the blankets. My window was completely fogged up. It was white and blurry. I could hear the rustling winds from my bed. It was louder than the streets that I have been woken up to. I wished I had woken up to see the happenings outside but my eyelids had a mind of its own and decided to rest.

When I finally woke up, I saw rays of sunlight through my blinds. I knew the storm has left London. Some people say, ‘after the storm comes a calm’. I slowly got up and lifted up the blinds. London seems to be back to normal, almost like nothing had happened. There were working people on the streets, the canal by my apt is calm, the red buses are moving and the sun is shining.

I felt like I missed out and was a little jealous of the flowers on my window seal. The three little pots must have witnessed every bit of this event.

George Town Street Art

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Penang, my hometown is one of the oldest and most historical cities in Malaysia. It is an island located north of Peninsula Malaysia, 4 hours car ride from the capital city. I remember growing up going back to Penang for family reunions and the many good childhood memories with my cousins. Penang has always been a tourist attraction but more so now than before. A Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created street art of children around the city. His artwork is quite cheeky and contemporary using objects and paint on building walls. He has definitely left his legacy in Penang, making it a more cultured city.

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Olafur in Malaysia

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It may been a little late to blog about this but I have to document how much I adore this artist. I have probably mentioned him and have actually seen him four times; twice in California, once in London and now in Malaysia. What are the chances of me seeing him in Malaysia (bear in mind that he has never been to Asia) while I was back! It was completely destined. I figured that it would be held in a fairly small and cozy location. It was surprising how many Malaysians know of him as the entire place was packed. My friend who went enjoyed it as much as I did too! I even got a chance to take a photo with him at the end. Yes, I do have a little crush on him. 

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I can’t thank you enough.

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In September, I finished my first half marathon this year in 2 hours and 6 minutes. This is the fastest time I have achieved and I am quite pleased with it. I was running on behalf of raising funds for UNICEF and it never occurred to me until the week before that I was going to be nervous. I think what was more nerve-wrecking was that I was running on my own in a big crowd (there were 16k runners) and my family was miles away. Thankfully, a good friend of mine, Min came to support me from the start of the race till the end. I must say that he made a big impact and was a huge motivation that morning. There were some moments during the run where I felt like walking but thinking about the people that wrote me messages, the UNICEF supporters there and Min made me keep running till I reach the finish line. I am really thankful and blessed to have good friends in my life. 

I must say that this race has to be one of the prettiest race in the world (though I haven’t done that many). I teared up a little running pass Big Ben. down River Thames. It was beautiful. 

Thank you again to people who donated to this race, Min and Hina for your support on that day, friend’s best wishes and God. 

This will be another piece of memory I will keep for a long, long time and I have a medal to help with that!

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What to do with Vinyls.

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It is extremely therapeutic to create and be crafty. I bought an old vinyl from the local charity shop and made it into an accessory pot. It turned out super fun and practical!

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New beginnings

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It has been a really busy month since I have moved back to London. A coursemate and I decided to move in together for the coming year and were lucky enough to find a really cozy apt in one of the busiest parts of London. Although the apt is fairly small (compared to my old house), the location is fun and easily accessible. This is the final year of my two year masters course. Hence, my busy schedule. I have started some clinical work in the Royal Free Hospital CAMHS, doing more baby assessments and also attending classes once a week. Although it is just like normal working hours, it took me awhile to adjust to it and not fall asleep in meetings. It is quite embarrassing, I know I know. I am really happy and blessed to be working with some families at this moment and look forward to the year’s worth of clinical experience. My favorite thing to do after a long day’s of work is coming home to my cozy room. I have attempted to make it quite homey. 

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