Monday, 28 May 2012

A blast from the past

I have been meaning to blog but the internet is down these days. Bummer!  But finally I can blog now..

Anyway! I was talking to Nancy the other day and she mentioned York. It feels like so long ago. That one day trip we suddenly decided to take from Newcastle. We were in Newcastle visiting Nifer's friend, who was also my ex while waiting for graduation. Am I making sense here? We just decided to go to York the next day, cos it was kinda close. Plus train tickets were cheap! So off we went!

Btw, I miss life like that. Take random day trips. Now, my random trips include going to Damai or Sematan! Sort of. Yes, I am going to Sematan next week! Snorkeling, yes please. Overnight at retreat, yes please. Sunshine and getting dark, no thank you.

Back to topic.

I don't really have much photos of York to share actually. Most of them are photos of me, Shirley and Nifer. Back then, I didn't take photos of every single thing, and I don't automatically whip out my camera to take photos of all the food I ate. Hahha back then, I was a normal person.

We went as a bigger group but I don't know how they would feel about their photos being up here, so I had to pick and choose through quite a lot of the photos. In the end, I ended up with a lot of photos of me only. No, really. Not a vain pot excuse!

30 Nov 2006

A day before our Bachelors graduation. And no, my memory is not that good lah. As if I remember the exact date! If not for the photos, I would have forgotten the exact date already. Typical!

From left: Nifer's friend, me, Shirley and Shirley's mum. Upon arrival at York station.
Since this was back in 2006, surely no one can blame me for not remembering her name - far left. Sorry! She's Nifer's friend and she came over to attend Nifer's graduation and that was the one and only time I have ever see her. But yea, sorry!

I forgot a lot of details by now, including the places of interests' names. I only remember York Minster! And that York was a lovely old town.

You get that feeling walking through the city as if you're in an old English town. No tall modern buildings like in London. Got lah but less. The people are not in a hurry, rushing here and there, the trains slower. Hahaha

In Enid Blyton's books before, I thought of squirrels as cute, dark brown/reddish little bushy tailed creatures. When I saw them in real life, they were so far away from those descriptions! Definitely not cute!

I was so scared of them!!! They moved so fast and their tails are not as bushy as in cartoons or as I imagined them. They remind me of rats. Fast moving rats that leap here and there, and grab your food or plastic bags!! /run for your life!!

Hahahha no really when I saw the squirrels at parks, I walk very fast away from them. Unlike Shirley.

Our whole group that day.

I think I was rather rebellious back then. I seem to point the middle finger quite a lot. I blame Kevin. He started it. Moving on moving on. I was younger ok. Forgive me. Haih don't know why guys were even attracted to me back then. Must be cos they were just as bad! Hah.

Proper shot after that.

It was quite chilly already by then at the end of Nov. The trees were bare and we were all in winter clothes already. Not that unbearable yet but still cold.

York Minster. 

We didn't go in. I was never interested in going into buildings such as these, or the National Gallery or Westminster Abbey. /shrugs. Can take photo outside, enough what! Hahah tourist fail.

There were a lot of walks such as these. No, I didn't join either..not interested as well because it seems to be a tourist trap! If there were ghosts every night then why are there people still living in York? =.= Tourist fail again.

Hi Shirley! I miss you! :D Ehh sorry photo blur! You still look hot, don't worry.

Quaint old buildings. You get a lot of buildings like this in towns such as York, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon. Really lovely!

The market place I think? If I remember correctly, I bought myself a book at one of the second handed shops, or market stalls. They cost like 50p or 1 pound! Damn cheap!! So syok!! I bought Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons for like 50p, while Winnie bought them in Popular or Times for like RM 35?

 We didn't know that the other had bought it, that's why! Btw 50p at then currency rates equals to RM 3.50.

I liked watching the seasons change. Trees turning yellow and red then all the leaves falling off leaving the trees bare. And all the flowers blooming in Spring. Taking a bus ride to Newcastle then, I remember seeing all the flowers in full bloom. Fields are all yellow. Ahh so pretty.

In winter when I took the bus to Newcastle, one trip when it was snowing so all the countryside was covered in white! Equally pretty but damn cold then. I share photos next time if I can find them. Unlikely cos I wasn't such a photo taking freak yet back then.

Clifford's Tower. (Googled that!)

 I didn't even bother climbing up all the steps to the top to take photos. Or did I? Hahah maybe I did. But for sure I didn't go in lah. Malaysian tourists are unwilling to pay. Haha I kid lah. I'm just talking about our group. I don't know about others.

Hi Brandon! I miss you and your cooking! Hahaha! This is Nifer's brother.

We all stayed together in an apartment, so we had the pleasure to trying his many home cooked meals, and home made kaya! Mmm..

Told you I don't have many photos. Mostly just of me..

This post brings back really fond memories of uni days!!

 Btw, do I look different then and now? Yes right! Damn young lo! That was no make up ok. Now, I need concealer and powder at least to look like that! /growing old and stating facts/reality.

Last time, I didn't know what concealer was and had no need for powder. Slap on some eyeshadow and mascara and call it a day. That's why look so bad ahaha. Doesn't mean that I look good now, just in comparison then and now ah.

That winter coat hid my body but I think I should be around the same size still. Hopefully. Actually I liked that winter coat. Since its long and thick, it hides all my bulge. Stuff yourself out eating? Never mind! The coat will cover everything! No need to worry about showing your tummy or anything! Hahaha this was bad actually.

No wonder when I came back to Malaysia, I shocked the hell out of everyone who saw me. Oh well.

OK bye.

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