Thursday, 29 November 2012

December aprroaching

November is coming to an end. How sad.

Each year I always wait for this particular month to come. It means a lot to me to get warm wishes on my birthday. From what I have observed roughly, about the same number of people have wished me this year as compared to last year. I expected people to just skip the day without bothering to acknowledge the importance of this day to someone (particular me), but I was surprised to see that there are still people who care and are very kind to drop a few comments on my timeline at facebook. How sweet.. :')

This year has been a bit different. After more than 5 years not celebrating my birthday in Malaysia I finally got to sit down and had a proper dinner or a 'small celebration' with my family members. Such a pleasant feeling it was. I have dreamt a lot of times to have this kind of celebrations. It finally came true!

I had very great memories of my birthday back in Kobe, SMSS and even at UM. Surprises from friends, juniors and seniors always make me smile gleefully from the beginning of the day to the end of the week, to say the least. In London it was just okay, but it wasn't too bad. My brother and sister-in-law from Holland sent me a big box of present last year that it shut all the miserable feelings I had at that particular moment.

Birthday is just a day. It doesn't make you taller overnight nor it makes you wiser the next morning, but it tells you somehow that it is a special day which will always be close to your heart. That is why each time I receive messages from people especially the ones whom I wait to hear from, really cheers me up. The messages have magical effects that will lighten some burden on your shoulders and make you feel all warm inside.

I blabber too much. I know. But it doesn't matter. December is approaching anyway.

Either way, it's good to be back home. It's good to eat Malaysian food and get all the things I have been craving for after all this while. And better still, it feels good to feel the love from a short distance. :)

December. You are welcome now!
Love, from Malaysia :)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

London or Kobe?

One year has passed and now I am back in my own country. The same weather, same traffic, same language and the same smell since I left, have indirectly told me that I am indeed back in my beloved country, Malaysia. As far as I have seen, nothing much has really changed. (Only the shopping malls I assume. They are now wider and have more stores! Hurm~shopping temptations~ :P)

I would be lying if I say that I don't miss London. I actually miss the city terribly. Not the weather of course, but the transportation, the culture, and the way of living. Obviously London is a developed city and known to be the hot spot for tourists. It is a fact that more languages are spoken here than any other cities. 

For the past year, I have been experiencing a lot of things with a lot of new friends whom I treasure their presence so much. I don't think I have ever come across any single day without any exciting things to do. No need to wait for the weekends, weekdays can also be just as fun. Exciting events, mind-blowing theaters and even new restaurants to try out have made my life full of joy and colours.

  Malaysia Night 2011 at Trafalgar Square.

Night walk at Tower Bridge with the gang after home-cooked dinner.


Day out to distress after dissertation completion.

 
Evening show with Mala: Shrek the Musical at Covent Garden.

 Picnic at Regent's Park. It was quite cold though :P

Having our favourite dessert: the awesome Belgian Choc Waffle.. yumsss


 Watching theater Les Miserables at Leicester Square.

Coursemates dinner at Melur restaurant.
 
Everytime I encounter new people who got to know that I did my degree in Japan, without fail they will ask me if I prefer England or Japan. The question has also never failed to make me stop and think for awhile. You know, it is actually a very difficult question to answer because I know for sure that I love both countries very much. I really can't choose. I don't think I can ever make my choice.

All I could say is that I think London is easier to live in. Many Muslims and Malaysians living in this city makes me feel so much like home. It is also very easy to find halal and Asian food that I hardly had any cravings for Malaysian food while I was there. Communicating wasn't a hard thing because English is widely spoken in Malaysia, though I have to say, I didn't come back with British accent. Pardon me! Hehe... The transportation system in London is the best thing I have known. I can live independently in this country due to its systematic transportation. I love the underground trains and buses. So convenient and very easy to use. We even have the student oyster card. Being a student in London has a lot perks. 10 to 20 % discount in most stores. Just flash your student card and you will get the discount. Wet and dry markets, antique and second hand stuff markets, open air theaters, free entrance parks, beautiful gardens, all these things just add the spice to my life in this city. 

In simple words, I just love London. :)
 

 The rare snow fall in London. Playing with the snow at Hyde Park.

Entered the netball competition for London Easter Games.


Final day of our lecture. Chilling at Somerset House.

 Taking a break from the dissertation.

 Some of the flowers of the class.

Some of the guys of the class.
 
Bricklane Market lunch out.

Credits to the photographers. A lot of them are taken from my tagged photos at facebook :)

On the other hand, I can never forget Kobe. I called it home for four years where I took baby steps to learn new culture and new language there. Different from Kobe, London wasn't as foreign to me because I have visited this city a few times before pursuing my studies there. Kobe however has made me see a different side of the world. Like my dad has once said, the country is homogeneous. Only a few foreigners can be seen. All the rest are just pure Japanese. Japan is doubtlessly very clean, very systematic, has very well-mannered citizens, and very high tech. I love Japan because of the modesty of the people. The way the Japanese always put every single effort into something makes me feel that the sky is the limit. I love to see just how considerate and polite the people are. These things make it so difficult for me to see Japan suffered due to the big tsunami attack and nuclear effect when I was about to leave the country for good last year. It tore my heart apart.

Suddenly I miss my labmates, senseis and Kobeians. I miss Kobe :'(

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Frankly, it is just hard to choose between London and Kobe. Between England and Japan. They have equal strengths and weaknesses. It's like people ask you to choose between nasi lemak or roti tampal. I can't decide!! I love both of them!!! (eh?)

Well, all I could say is, thank you Allah for giving me the opportunity to see both sides of the world and gaining experience of which I have never thought of getting. Also, thank you Allah for the degree and masters awards that I have achieved. Alhamdulillah. I am content.

p/s: Dear future, please be good to me! ;)