MANCHESTER, UK
Thursday, July 24, 2014





Opps. It HAS been a while.

I have been in Manchester for 11 days which is literally 2 hours journey from Birmingham, and so I haven't been able to keep up with a lot of things I'm meant to be doing, hence the not blogging.

Needless to say, that was my second time in Manchester. And it was not the usual travelling around to the main tourist attractions, but instead it was just a visit to my friend's (Nini) house. Well, I don't think I have been this well rested in one place (except for my home in Birmingham) since I came to the UK back in February. Hehe. Sebab most of the time, my travelling days would be pretty full from morning till night.

It was good anyway, for a change. A lot less productive, but there are good things that come out of it. And I should have done this more frequent. Hehe. For starters, I will be doing that in Santorini next 2 weeks! Hehehe. Just can't wait.

And how do I sum up the last few days in Manchester? Sobs. I have no words now, really. But one thing for sure, I've always imagined to have my convocation ceremony in overseas, so finally checking off my bucket list! Ahaha. Acah-acah convo je ni, not mine though. Hiks. Pinjam baju orang sajok. Punya lah kau nak merasa kan.





Have a nice day, lovelies!


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SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTH PLACE
Friday, July 11, 2014





So now I'm out of school for 2 months and I don't quite know what to do with that. Hehe. But, it is sooooo incredibly awesome to stay at home, berkuntum and just doing NOTHING. Hehe.

And it is amazing to see photos of myself from working days back in Malaysia. It literally feels like a whole lifetime ago. Well, student life is also hard, I NEVER expected it not to be. It is hard physically and emotionally but I'm getting there, inshaaAllah.





Now, I only have one hour before I leave my lappy to prepare for sahur and then zzzz. Hehe. So a quick one, just a little update, we went to Stratford Upon Avon few days ago and that was our first trip during Ramadhan. But it turned out to be an enjoyable visit, surprisingly. Loved it.

Stratford Upon Avon is a little town with many well preserved houses and cottages, just an easy 30 minutes train journey from Birmingham Moor Street station (5£ for return tickets). And it is a bit difficult to miss Shakespeare in Stratford because it is best known as the birth place and home of William Shakespeare. This is the place where he was born and spent his early years where his father ran a business. Thanks to the super informative guides for the explanations! Hehe.








The Shakespeare's garden is in full bloom now, and it is just so lovely. I have taken hundreds of photos of this section and I just can't get enough of the flowers hehe. Lawa. 





Haih, beautiful house with wonderful garden, I want! Hehe. Just picture perfect and my personal favorite. 





Hehe ni pulak pose menangisi takdir. Hahaha. Thanks for wiping my tears away, Romeo. Gitew. Anyway they have the actors to perform some readings from Shakespeare's play on request and apparently when they were asking me if I have any request, I can only think of Romeo and Juliet! Hahaha tu je yang ahkak tahu dik oi.








But first, let us take a selfieeee! Gittew. So finally, our first trip together hiks. #anokkelatedibirminghae. Penat nak melayan orang yang obses dengan diri sendiri ni uols! Hahaha. So, I uploaded our picture on FB and since all of us used to work in EY before, my caption was "Ex-EYians reunited in Stratford Upon Avon! Do we miss our job? Hell NO!" Haaa kau tak pijak tanah kan caption. Then suddenly the Partner of the firm pergi LIKE pic itu. Hahaha. Pengsan. I want my job back please! Hehe.  

Hmm, I'll be going to Manchester in few hours, till later.


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LISBON, PORTUGAL
Wednesday, July 9, 2014





So as promised, am jotting down a little bit about my days in Lisbon, Portugal. And I was so glad to be around during the World Cup season because the window displays were entertaining; "Keep Calm, We Have Ronaldo". Hahaha. Tapi dah kalah dah pun Portugal ni, and congrats Germany for humiliating Brazil. Sobs. Macam lah kau tengok pun kan. Haha. InshaaAllah, will be going to Germany again in December to see my parents! Yeay. Rinduuu.





Back to the main topic, Lisbon really has it all. The sun and the sea. And normally, I just go to the usual tourist spots which I have done this rather consistently (i.e. visiting the tourist attractions) even in my years in Malaysia. This time around, I'll admit that I didn't know much about Lisbon before going but I trust my travel instinct, booked the tickets and just GO. Haha. Travel instict katanya.





This was my first time in Lisbon, so I can't really give any advice as an expert. But, please avoid to visit Lisbon during summer. It is BOILING HOT. 40 degrees. Sobs. Anyway, I did enjoy visiting this vibrant, colourful and nostalgic city though. Walaupun mulut tak habis-habis membebel, hoi panasnya! Hahaha. Tapi memang betul pun, extremely HOT.









And I really enjoy the street art and graffiti through the centre of Lisbon. They are so creative with ideas and inspiration. Sometimes, it reminded me a lot of Barcelona, but less touristy. And those colourful streets, pastel houses are something that I was longing to see.  





Tram No 28 is a MUST! Soo vintage looking kan! Major love for this one. It will take you to the most interesting places of the town. And I love it when it passes through the narrowest and steepest streets, you can see the daily Lisbon life, Portuguese style. Hehe.












Walking in 40 degree heat can be very tiring. So, a trip to the beach is needed to cool off. Hehe. This is Cascais, a little bit out of Lisbon town but still reachable by train.





This red bridge is one of the Lisbon icons and best seen from the distance. Cantik. It makes you feel like you are in the States or maybe in Rio Brazil, that Christ statue. 





One of my hobbies is capturing the flowers. Hehe. And this was definitely taken somewhere in Lisbon. Love the colour. 





Hmmm, maybe I should go to Porto next. Hiks. Have a nice day lovelies! 


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RANDOM MUMBLING
Monday, July 7, 2014


I'm awake mostly because of the super short time between Isha' and Subuh (3 hours gap) and I just had a simple sahur, 2 glasses of water, orange and also a glass of milk. As simple as it may seem, I am still having a hard time to sahur right after buka puasa 5 hours ago. Still kinda full though. Sobs. Flat tummy no more! Hahaha. Perasan kau kan. Hiks.

So, I was browsing through my summer trip pictures today and I was soooo happy to have had 16 days spent with my brother, travelling from one country to another. It just hit me how much I miss those days!





Somehow when you're 16 days into travelling around Europe with your family, another trip with some lovely people to a different place is exactly what you need to feel normal again. Hehe. Or maybe to prepare yourself for the week-long journey that's left.

Anyway, I'm going to Stratford Upon Avon (the place where Shakespeare was born) in few hours and here's hoping that this trip would not be terribly difficult (despite of fasting month), and that we'd be able to meet many interesting people along the way!

Last but not least, since #anokkelatedibirminghae posted something on his blog about our juadah berbuka, so this is my first attempt at cooking something from scratch but at the end of the day, all gone into dustbin. Sobs. Unsatisfied craving. Kuah tak jadi. Hmmm. Will be going to Manchester this Friday so Nini, please please please satisfy my craving, nak laksaaaaaaa. Teringin sangat ni. My all time fav! Hehe. I'm so bad at cooking. REALLY BAD. Sooo, akak pasrah! Tapiiii, the effort that counts, kan? Hehehe. Will try harder next time. Buat masa ni, menumpang rumah orang je la untuk berbuka ahahaha. Rumah siapakah ituuu? Hiks. Rasakan! Padan muka kau.

Good night lovelies! Selamat berpuasa!





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ITEMS FOR SALE FROM THE UK
Friday, July 4, 2014


I have never had so much free time since I started working 5 years back. But these few weeks or maybe months, are one of those moments that I would love and cherish. Last year today, I was sooo busy doing tax computations for my clients, 24/7 working, and now I am sooo free I don't know what to do.

How these two years has matured me. Somehow, it's amazing to see change. And it makes me happy just by thinking it's been oh so long that things start being abandoned, flashback for the past few years when it was all so very different. Hmm panjangnya kau membebel! Hehe.

Anyway, I'm selling few things from the UK to kill my time and yes to generate some income too! Hehe. Second batch of the items will be shipped to Malaysia on 9 July 2014. So, please check this FB link HERE to view the details of the items. Second batch mainly consist of Clarks shoes, Tommee Tippee, Ted Baker bag and stroller for baby. Hehe. So far, I've sent back home Longchamp Le Pliage handbags which I bought in Paris and MasyaAllah the response was amazing. Hehe. Thanks ladies! And I'll be going to Paris again next month so just watch out for that.




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Yours truly spotted wearing Clarks in Paris, something I was comfortable enough to wear all day when travelling. Hehe. Sometimes, I miss wearing 4 inch stilettos to work. Sobs. I really do miss my working life though. 


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RAMADHAN MUBARAK
Monday, June 30, 2014





Since it's the first day of Ramadhan it's hard not to think about family. I mean, it's all about love, isn't it? All I can say is that I am happy and grateful. I'm happy to have these people who know you inside and out, who know more about you than you know yourself are supportive and happy, it makes all the difference in the world. We are always sharing words and advise and it really is one of those important things in life.

Hmmm, I miss my family, I love them. And I miss my mok the most. When I was at my lowest, she was there with me crying and sharing the same pain. My mok, however you put it, is the center of the home. I miss her, and I'm homesick now. So I guess, being far away from your family really has its ups and downs.

Anyway, Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims. Here's hoping everyone has a blessed month! And if you happen to be fasting away from your kampungs just like me, I hope you guys have fun just the same. And yes, we will be fasting for 19 hours, very long fasting days in the UK. Hehe. I'm ready inshaaAllah and may Allah ease everything for us.



Selamat berpuasa semua!


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AU REVOIR, PARIS!
Friday, June 27, 2014





Myminiaturepage is back on baby!

I'm soooo sorry for the long silence. Was on summer trip for the past 2 weeks, so I haven't been able to update. And I'm glad to be back now though.

At first, I naively thought there will be lot of opportunities to blog, hence I brought my lappy along. But I was wrong. Hehe. Spending all day exploring the city, I really need to have a good night rest before starting an equally tiring day after.

And what a trip this was. Penat but it was so fun! I thoroughly enjoyed my summer break, 16 days  in all. What we managed of; France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, England, Luxembourg and Portugal.

I'm sad that the trip is over now but I am also excited to be back home to some normalcy.

And I think I'm a teensy bit sunburnt. Hehe.





Sayang, nanti kita macam ni kan? Hahaha. Dia dah start dah berangan. Well, truth is, there is no sayang in my life pun. Propa je ni. Hehehe. But can't help it, the atmosphere was great. Eiffel and sunset, so perfect so romantic! I don't know how long I was there taking in the views and photographing every different angle, but I am so in love with Eiffel Tower. Hehe. Cantik. All that’s left now are memories, beautiful memories.



And I was so lucky to catch the blinking lights of the Eiffel Tower at night. The twinkling lights made the whole picture looks sooo romantic. Sobs. Please enjoy my 15 secs video of blinking Eiffel. And Melly's Eiffel I'm In Love music as a background. Sooo breathtaking!

Can't wait to blog more. Much to say!



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