Summer 2012

Summer is over.

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The season finally changes as I bid my goodbye to the familiarity and comfort of home and head out to continue the quest for knowledge and adventure. I was more reluctant to leave each year; there were simply so many memories that made this summer as just as special as the last.

Many things happened this summer.

A week before returning to Miri, I stayed with baby cousin M in KL for a while. M and I have always been very close, although we were hardly ever in the same zip code. We treat each other like the sisters we never had. Sure we have our differences, but sometimes when you really care about someone, you tend to let them have their way. We hung out with each other’s friends and were finally able to match the faces with the names. During that period we managed to squeeze in a shopping trip to Singapore and a couple of house visits.

Back home, I spent more time with family and friends. I rekindled old friendship. Sometimes we get so caught up with assignments and hectic lifestyle that we forget the people who used to be a great part of our lives. If you ever wonder, just like I do, if one life can make an impact on the world, let me tell you that it can. Some of the friends I’ve made influenced my life more than anyone would imagine. Perhaps the beauty of friendship is doing something completely mundane and finding it profoundly meaningful.

In July, some university friends had made their first trip to Miri (except TJ who came once when he was 2 LOL). Together, we embarked on a nature trip to Mulu, the world heritage site. We visited to four caves, the Penan village, went to the Tree Top Tower and walked along the botanical garden trail. There was a lot of rain – it was a rainforest after all – we didn’t catch sight of any bat exodus and missed the night trail. Despite that, I enjoyed the view, the company and especially the break from the city smog.

This year marks our fifth year away from high school. I didn’t think any of us realize how time flies (at least I didn’t) until the night we had our small gathering in August and several times throughout the summer. Our conversations hovered around current lives although we never fail to bring out the memories that we once shared. It didn’t matter if we are future engineers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen or accountants. We were once the little kids who tried to figure out the future in high school, a bit lost, a bit unsure, yet happy all the same.

Sometimes when I look back at this summer, and my life, certain moments stands out, but then these moments fade away. And we keep on making new memories. Perhaps, in our different ways, we are all trying to make our mark in the world so that we matter to people who matter to us. Just afraid that one day, we’ll be gone and nobody noticed.

21.

I turned 21 on May 19.

For as long as I could remember, my birthday was always during the examinations period. This year was slightly different, my examinations started a week later then expected – all the more joy to celebrate being 21. To top that, for the first time in my life I had not one, but two surprise birthday celebrations. As I am writing this, I could vividly remember how I felt in both days. Continue reading

March and April 2012

*peekaboo~!*  Guess who’s back?

Finally, an end of the dry spell on my blog! 70 days. It has been so long since I updated my blog, that I don’t know where to start.I am not going to apologise about the long absence on my blog, I think it’s a cliche introduction to most of my posts.

The first quarter of 2012 whizzed past. Design project is finally over, almost…. (just one more group presentation to go). It took a whole chunk of my life, along with all other third and (some) forth year chemical engineering students. I grew close with some of my group mates – felt so blessed to be working with them. Sure we had our differences but we had fun staying past working hours in the Mill. We joked around, laughed, understood more about different cultures, and sometimes confide in each other.

The worst part of design project is the last week of submission for the Part 2 individual report – am I right fellow malaysians friends? 🙂 I literally survived on instant noodles, bread, and takeaways from Samsi. I slept in the Mill for about four hours per day, usually around 2am-6am when the common room is empty. At the end of the week, I had this feeling that some of the forth years assumed that I am the girl-who-never-sleeps. I was at the computer when they left at 5pm and when they arrived at 7am the following day. And btw, fyi, i went back home to shower every single day.

My workspace during Part 2: I used the same computer every day for the entire week! 😀

March and April 2012

We had a few social gatherings here and there.  When surrounded by friends, I momentarily forgot about all the stress and live for the moment. whee!

HEHE. lame attempt at 9gag relation. so it begins…. with short captions.

Malaysian Games 2012 (4 March 2012)

Doreen came to Manchester for MGames 2012

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Jasmin Birthday  (17 March 2012)

Birthday dinner at Felicini Bar

went with Jasmin (obviously lol), Careena, Caroline, LZ, Gaya, Holly, and Ying

Prawn Spaghetti

Karaoke @ Pearl City (18 March 2012)

Careena and I : Got 100% HEHE

London Olympic Training (20 March 2012)

Food was provided. Awesome biscuits.

Training sessions

And since yee ching refused to take a picture with me here’s a dimsum to remember her by 😛

London dim sum with Yee Ching

Adrian’s Birthday (23 March 2012)

Adrian the birthday boy
Han Dynasty dinner

with Shiang Lynn, Pei Hau, Wai Lum, Seng Tuck, Jake, Matthew, Adrian (obviously lol), Looh Zhen..

Justyn’s Birthday (24 March 2012)

Justyn's birthday at Ocean Tr235ure!

Soft shell crab
squid (:

(cont) Justyn’s Birthday @ Pearl City

Orchestra Night (25 March 2012)

i-forgot-the-venue-but-it's-pretty
My display picture in facebook!
The average age is 50 😛

Ling Lee and Winnie visit to Manchester (April Fool 2012)

Cafe Nero hangout
Food feast for Ling Lee!
My birthday gift! - thank you ling lee and connie

Spring Clean (9 April 2012)

New place
Pretty wall

Jake’s birthday @ Gaucho (4 April 2012)

Jake's birthday at Gaucho
Appetisers!
Jake's 9gag-themed birthday card

and i made insert a wrong meme inside the card :S

spot the wrong meme? ):
Jake with his PS Vita
Fish 🙂

Bowling with Groupmates (5 April 2012)

A spur of the moment decision and here we are!

K2 (12 April 2012)

the bartender of the night eh?
Sing along 😀

Friends Gathering at my Place (13 April 2012)

The early comers

Ying's cotton candy machine

Malaysian Night (21 April 2012)

Malay dance
Western dance
Indian Dance
Chinese Dance

Dinner at Kok Man (22 April 2012)

hehe. done! I honestly don’t remember most of it, it’s just the pictures I snapped along the way. No pictures = no memory = no blog. See the importance of snapping away now? 😀 I didn’t upload all the pictures though, it’s taking too long! 😀

As your reward, here’s a sneak peak of what i managed to record. SHH! 😀

To be honest, I’ve not being blogging frequently because every single time I’m taking a break from design project, I just want to spend it away from laptop or mobile phones. Anything electronic except my beloved camera. And as of now I have officially less than a month to prepare for final exams! Good luck everyone!

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Signing off,