Monday, 31 December 2007

Last but not least

Today marks the last day of the year, and also the last post for the year. And i have no idea what to write. Would just like to wish everyone a happy new year! 新年进步,万事如意。

Let's sing Auld Lang Syne together!!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for days of auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since the days of auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since the days of auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for days of auld lang syne.


Robert Burns - Auld Lang Syne (taken from wikipedia)
Happy New Year!
And thus this concludes the one post a day thingee i have been doing throughout the whole month.. :D .. won;t update so frequently anymore (i think) . yanleng just told me i haven't done a post a day.. haha... so sorry for misleading..

Sunday, 30 December 2007

A walk by the lake

I went for walk around the lake yesterday morning and it felt very good to get out of the house. Fresh air.. and strong winds... and most importantly, sunshine!

The moon still could be seen in the morning and somehow make out the moon in the photo below. The building there is the trent building.

Ducks swimming against the current in the lake.

I like this photo. The sun shining down on the lake and the reflection from it.

Trent Building!

Met a couple of photographers who walk around the lake taking photos with really cool nice professional cameras. I want!

So that's it for my walk around the lake in the morning. Now all i need is a walk around the lake at sunset. :D
I'm going to start taking more walks.

Saturday, 29 December 2007

PhotoHunt: Messy

It's the time of the week again! Presenting.... *drum roll*:

This week is Messy! Below is a picture of the mess in my room, but i've already cleaned it up.. but it's getting messy again since i'm busy studying for my exams.. :D

Friday, 28 December 2007

I'm going to be sick...

Think i'm going to be sick... head's very heavy.. sore throat... if i'm going to be sick it better be now instead of being sick on exam day itself.. better yet.. not get sick at all.. ahha..

just posting this so i can have a blog post today.. study time...

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Say bye to the old year, hello to the new one!

The year is coming to an end and 2008 is just around the corner. I thought i would do a list of 10 things that i have done. And maybe some new year resolutions!

10 things or more that i have done in 2007 (in no particular order) will add on more when i think of it
  1. I turned 21 (duh)
  2. I successfully completed 2nd year of pharmacy and entered 3rd year in Nottingham!
  3. I travelled for 23 hours from Kuching to Edinburgh ALONE! (well, dhivya did accompany on the last leg of the journey from Heathrow to Edinburgh)
  4. Learnt to be fully independent (not very fun)
  5. Got my first paying job and my first salary
  6. Toured around Scotland and had fun
  7. Made new friends (and stopped being too antisocial)
  8. Played flute during mass!
  9. Saw snow (albeit very sad looking snow, since it was raining heavily and snowing lightly. Only flakes)
  10. Improved on my cooking skills (I cooked turkey!)
  11. Had fun making gingerbread men with Pui San and Yan Leng
  12. Spent my first christmas away from home.. but spent it nicely with friends and also with Uncle Jim and family.

New year resolution

  1. Study harder
  2. Survive another semester here
  3. Apply for hospital placement (sheesh.. i have to do this soon)
  4. Find a place to stay in Cornwall
  5. Try and bear with some people
  6. Try do more exercise
  7. Try and make praying a daily event (I always fail this)
  8. Explore UK and Europe
  9. Be more sociable?
  10. Improve more on my culinary skill

Happy New Year all!

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Christmas Party away from Home!

I successfully made turkey! ahhaha... following are photos of my christmas party.. thank you all for coming and hope you all had fun! Merry christmas!

I'm glad to be able to share christmas with great friends like you!

Monday, 24 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year!

Will update on how my turkey is progressing.. ahhah

Sunday, 23 December 2007

White Christmas?

I'm dreaming of a white christmas.... just like the ones i used to know...

I don't think i'll be getting a white christmas this year. No snow from what i see in the forecast. But today is very very foggy, probably as close to a white christmas as i'll get, just not in snow format. ahha..

I'm wearing three layers now and still feeling cold. From a friend's suggestion, i should go out and gather wood to burn to keep warm! ahha... I would do that, if i had a fireplace.

I can't study properly as well.. I think i'm burning too much ATP to keep warm, when i should be metabolising ATP for brain activity. Think that's why my brain is shutting down. Someone help!

Update: Make that 4 layers...


Today went to mass and Fr Chris was saying something about trust. And how hard it is for us as humans to trust someone. To put ourselves in a vulnerable position in front of someone else and put ourselves in a position to get hurt by them. Something to think about: God sent His only son to us to save us. He placed His son in the family of Mary and Joseph. What does this say about God's trust to us as humans? Maybe we should try and reciprocate the same trust towards God. Thought-provoking statements by Fr Chris.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Winter Solstice

Today's the Shortest Day of the year and also the winter solstice. Today is also the day we eat 汤圆 or glutinous rice balls. It's a festival that Chinese celebrate, getting together with the family and having a reunion dinner. Another festival that I am celebrating away from family. But, we are still having 汤圆 and having a gathering of friends. Will post up photos when i have them.

Guess after the shortest day, the days will be getting longer now.. just what i need.
spam spam puisan was here!!!

PhotoHunt: Light

It's the time of the week again! How fast saturdays just come rushing by. And this week the theme is LIGHT!

Below's a picture of the famous Loch Ness on a sunny day. I love how to sun is reflecting on the surface of the mysterious Loch Ness.

A photo taken a couple of days ago in the Market Square of Nottingham City. Christmas lights!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Christmas season

As most people would know, this is my first christmas away from my family. I thought that I would have a hard time being away but it's not so bad. It really helps when you have great friends around you, enthusiastic about celebrating christmas for the first time. It helps when we get together to make gingerbread men (even though it too so much energy to mix the dough properly). It helps when we plan a christmas dinner together and all of us come together spreading christmas joy.

Even though it is cold and miserable here, even though i am far away from much loved family, even though I wish to be at home surrounded by family, I'm glad that i'm surrounded by good friends here, relieving some of the loneliness i feel sometimes.

So, thanks Pui San and Yan Leng for the fun time we had making gingerbread men!

It's only a few days more to christmas! Merry Christmas all!

btw.. tomorrow's the shortest day of the year! and also the winter solstice. can't wait to eat glutinous rice balls!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Nottingham and Gingerbread men

Here's a picture of the lake on a foggy day!

Us taking pictures in Nottingham Castle grounds.. there's nothing much there except for the museum. didn't go on the cave tour but will go the next time!

Us having buffet lunch at Flaming Dragon!

Taking pictures with the night view of christmas lights in Nottingham city.

ok.. doing all sorts of famous poses that people usually do... and i feel like an idiot doing this..

Nativity scene! but it's not as good as the one we always have in St Peter's Church.

Faith!! look.. your shop! Y didn't you tell us you have a shop in Nottingham?

Gingerbread man making session! It's all handmade! No machines for us, no sirree... And we mixed the whole dough for over 3 hours!

Cutting out shapes!

Puisan says that that is me... here is where she dares to gimme a straight short hair cut!

Representation of us! From left to right: Me, Yan Leng and Puisan.. haha

Puisan's snow man

More photos! (there's music so if you don't want to listen to it just off it.. just trying to set a christmas mood) hehe..

also photos on facebook here