Saturday, August 29, 2009
Slept at 2 in the morning as I was rushing to finish my application documents. That's sth I should improvise due to the fact that I always do things last minute. Met lots of roadblock along the way... Frustrated but luckily wonderful friends of mine encouraged me and I got out of the depression cloud.
Woke up early as lots have to be done (to lawyer firm for cert of good conduct, printing out documents, certify photocopies of documents and etc...) It was all a rush and before I know, I'm on a flight to KL.
It was a different flight experience as for the first time, I chat with strangers on plane which of course rescued me from the deep boredom. Thanks to Ms Chang, 25 on my right and Mike, 28 on my left. Ms Chang was a cheerful friendly lady who was the person who approaches me for a conversation immediately after she sat down. We exchanged info on where are we going and a bit of our personal details. Ms Chang is Ogawa staff while Mike is a "special agent" working on "difficult cases" of visa application. What a coincidence! as I'm on my way to KL for my visa application. Initially I wanted to take a nap but instead ended up with a interesting chat with them all throughout the flight.
Amazing how fate is. It brought 3 strangers together who chatted non-stop on flight like we have known each others for a long time but after we landed, we all departed on our own journey and until we cross path again but will we recognise each others?? Maybe not as two of us were wearing mask throughout the flight.
The flight was a bit delayed and by the time I reached Citin hotel after 1 hour bus ride and taxi ride, I was exhausted. Being alone is scary as you need to do everything by yourself with no one to follow. I almost wanted to give up along the journey but I told myself "BE STRONG, AYLWIN".
After checking into hotel, I went for a food hunt as I feel food can heal my mental wound. I went petaling street and bought muachi, fruits, drinks and roasted chestnut as desert ; KFC for dinner set and shrimp stix. By the time I reached hotel, it was raining cats and dogs. Phew...
The hotel was much smaller than expected but what do you expect? 115 per night at KL city.. That's what you will get. Living alone in an unfamiliar place is definitely scary. The hotel seems a bit horrifying with one dark opening on the ceiling which I guess is the air cond. But man, with a full of imagination mind like mine, I kept imagining white long hair figure crawling out from the hole. That's why I left all the lights on when I was sleeping, the tv on when I'm in toilet just to make myself feel safe. I was scared to max but I told myself again "BE STRONG, AYLWIN". Luckily I survived through my first night without any ghastly encounter.
DAY 2 - 27/8 (Thurs)
Lots of missions today and little time to do it. So, I woke up early at 6 sth. Took a bath and tidy up my belongings. Went down for the free buffet breakfast. Then, I took lrt to BTS station to get to UCSI. Met Mei Chi and Swee San. And most unexpectedly, 194. After receiving my result, small chat with Mr Tan, RM1400 withdrawal at CIMB and bank draft at Alliance bank, we took off on our journey again.
By UCSI shuttle, we reached BTS station, we "embark" the KLIA express to Putrajaya. After that with a bus, we arrived at JPA. The bus ride was long, more than 35 minutes as the bus route was long winding. At JPA we met with lots of familiar faces and received our financial affidavit in a short while. However, the time was ticking fast and not much time left until the sun sets. As most of them were going to Mabecs, we departed ways. I went to the bus stop to catch a bus to Foreign Affairs Ministry. After asking around, a malay aunty suggested me to take a bus straight to putra central and then another bus to Foreign Affairs. So I ran back to the others to take taxi with them.
At Foreign Affairs, I crossed path with 5 Ireland bound ladies. So once again, I had accompanies. We chatted through the whole process which took more than 3 hours.
Without lunch, I was starving but slowly hunger was no longer bothering me. After that, I tooked a bus ride to Putra Central. I met a stranger again who approached me for help. I know talking to stranger is dangerous and since childhood, we were educated not to talk to strangers. But now I know how scary it is to be at a place where you're unfamiliar and that you're alone. So I decided to help him. He's a guy in 30++ (I guess) who is a chef in Singapore and came from Ipoh. He was also going to Puduraya bus station so we had the same destination. I brought him along first KLIA transit and then LRT. Well, at least, I helped someone through his difficult time.
After a long day, it was raining cats and dogs again. I was tired and I sprained my ankle while walking down the stairs. It was painful but luckily I was still able to walk. I almost cried. But I told myself again "BE STRONG, AYLWIN". I walked back slowly. Puduraya is terrifying when you're alone. People follow you to sell you bus ticket and they will keep continue to do that, stalking you, stopping you.
DAY 3 - 28/8 (Fri)
Last day of my stay at KL. And again I survived another terrifying night. Today I will be busy with my visa application. After a shower and a breakfast, I took a taxi to wisma MCA as my leg still hurt a bit.
At wisma MCA, I met Sin Yee and her mum. Again meeting someone I know is very relieving. Then the scariest part of the day starts. I found out I mistakenly filled tier 4 student (general) instead of (sponsored) in the visa online application. Some of my friends was asked to return as they also did something wrong with their online application. I was freaking out. My flight was 640 pm and if I cant finish the application at that moment, I might miss my flight back and ended up with no place to stay. I told myself "BE CALM". Instantaneously, I ran to find a place with wifi to redo my online application. My ankle hurts but I have not much time left until my appointment. It was 11 and my appointment was 45 minutes later. Running was the only option. Luckily, really luckily, I found mcd. I bought an apple pie and started redoing my online application. And you know wat? My laptop battery is almost finished. Shit.. I have no time to look around for a socket so I just continue with my online application, praying that I will finish it in time before the battery ran out.
Next stop, a printing shop. We are required to print out our online application so I need to find a printing shop. After asking around, I located a printing shop on 2nd floor. I ran like crazy, dragging my luggage with me. Every cloud has a silver lining. Guess what I made it in time for the appointment. I ran inside and the man at the counter was calling my name. I sat down and pulled out my messy documents, piled up on the desk. The man didn't talked much and just helped to tidy up my documents. Phew... I was sweating like crazy but I had all the documents needed.
Before I knew, I finished my application in around 45 minutes. Fast? Ya really fast. An advice to all. Do make an appointment for visa application but don't do it in group. It only causes more trouble. Do book a time that you for sure you will make it or else if you are late, they will not be happy at all.
Thanks to Sin Yee and her parents who brought me to the airport. I was saved from lots of travelling. I reached the airport really early, more than 4 hours before my flight. I ate my lunch at mcd and spent my watching CSI through my laptop. Maybe it's because I checked in early, I was allocated a hot seat, 5A. Wow for the first time in my life, I need not to queue up with others. Instead we from the hot seats just queue up in a special line. I was the 4th to get into the plane. Lucky I guess.
Finally I reached Kuching. I sniffed in the fresh air and felt relieved to be finally back in my hometown. Those 3 days were scary and if I need to repeat them again, I know I can manage it. The 3 days had trained me indeed, physically and mentally to be prepared for my life in London. But I do wish that I do not have to encounter such experience again as it's really unpleasant and torturing. Thanks to all those who had helped me throughout the process. Thanks to you all I survived through the 3 difficult days and finished my visa application. Now I just need to wait for the approval. Pray hard.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I'm officially out of the dark clouds of "depressed, confused, worried and scared"
Well these two days had been tough. Looking for accommodation, coping with almost mental breakdown and emotional torture, filling all those forms, meeting with lots of difficulties, getting Hughes Parry as my accom (not international hall- my 1st choice) and the list goes on...It's depressing and unbearable...
But thanks to them, I cope with it.
Firstly, thanks to Jin May for getting into Hughes Parry also (although she also resents the choice and she's not the one who make the decision). But luckily I got someone i know at the same hostel which makes me feel so much better... SO THANK YOU
Next to my parents for their ever support, non-stop help. I settled my accommodation for 2 days in KL. YA thanks to them for willing to spent money to solve my difficulties.
Then, thanks to Mr Tan for all the selfless helps.
Thanks to Swee San for all the information and supports from both sms and msn. She replied all my doubts swiftly.
Thanks to Nicholas for acting as my personal encyclopedia who provided me with all the info i need to know from transportation to documents.
Thanks to TK and Ruth for all the supportive words they said (thru msn of course) which assist me in getting out of the mud pool of unhappiness.
Finally thanks to Kenny and Carol for their offer to stay with them. Really thanks
(But I have booked by hotel d. Since it has been decided, I'm going to live at Citin hotel for 3D2N happily)
SO ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU
ps: including all of u whom i did not named. well some heroes are left unnamed.
Oh my look at the time... N I haven't finish packing...so tat's all from me and good luck in whatever you are doing now...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Life is always full of uncertainty. That's what everyone knows but how many of us can face it with a light heart and full of optimism?
What to do? That's just life. And we still need to continue living no matter what...
I hate waiting... waiting for the boat of life to just follow the current of uncertainty, not knowing what is in front of you, a waterfall or the open sea? Why cant I just row my boat? But life is just like that... without paddles to control your life.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Well the fact is there's a website known as facebook and it's faster to upload there....
So why need to trouble myself in uploading photos here.
Anyway for photos, just visit my facebook account. I'm sure you will find lots there..
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So I have decided to put in effort to brush up my own skills. So bare with me with my low standard English and leave comments to assist me in building up the quality of my post. Haiz... That's why whenever I post sth in this blog, I'm always surrounded by mountains of thesaurus and dictionary. But hey how to improve without some effort. And also in the future i will be uploading scientific posts as I'm weak in formal essays and it will be difficult if a future pharmacist cant even write a decent scientific post.
All the best in your future endeavour in Wisconsin.
It's my greatest pleasure in getting to know u gals, an undeniable crazy bunch of people but the most friendly group of friends I have known. I will miss you all dearly but hey look on the bright side, imagine departing on our own journey and able to cross path again in the future. Isn't that great. All the changes we might be able to observe on each of us after few years (maybe Siang Ling will be sooooo slim?? haha)
Hey you gals are among the few who approaches me when I first transfer to Green Road so technically you gals are my oldest friends in Green Road. Haha ur awesome friendliness and cheerfulness has brighten up my days in green road as a transfer student. I have never regretted transferring to green road, to have a chance in meeting you all and have a full of blast two years of secondary school life. I am really thankful to be able to know such a wonderful group of friends.
The future is always full of uncertainties and challenges but remember "NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER EVER GIVE UP, NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP". Things will be very different in US and challenges will be queuing up to meet you but whenever you faces misfortune and difficult times, recall those crazy times we had in green road, those sweet gatherings, those memorable trips. Keep deep in ur mind that u have a bunch of friends still supporting u from wherever we are, so never give up. Good luck and until we meet again.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Really need to leave my house. I have been wasting time inside doing nothing. To cure my boredom, I watched Harry Potter movies series, from the 1st one until the 6th one.
Harry Potter movies have always been site for harry potter fans to meet the difference of their imagination with the movie. I must say that I prefer the first 2 movies only... I dislike the fact that Dumbledore is potrayed as a bad tempered person. Dumbledore has always been a kind hearted, patient and good mannered old man in my imaginations. Why is he so different in the movies??
A need to get out of my house... Why? You may ask. I have been eating, sleeping and watching movies for all of the time. Exercise and fresh air are really necessary for me.... Anyone want to go out with me?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sneezing.... running nose... and slight tiredness came with the package... H1N1?? Hopefully not... I don't have fever, muscle pain... sore throat?? a bit but i think is because of the haze..
So I took Amway active 8 drink with honey ( rich in vitamin C), some vit c tablets and supplements of triple guard echinacea to build up my immune system against the intruder in my system...
Hope I recover soon....
Ingredients: (A) Kueh tiao and soy sauce
(B) Garlic, meat( pork or chicken), tomato sauce, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, sago/tapioca flour, sugar, salt, sesame oil, prawn/squid, vege, fresh tomato
1: Stir fry the kueh tiao and add some soy sauce. Stir fry for a while. Serve it on a bowl
2: Heat up one tbsp of oil. Stir fry the garlic and add in meat.
3: Add tomato sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, sesame oil and soy sauce to taste.
4: Add in sufficient water and bring to boil. Mix well some tapioca flour with water in a bowl. Add in the paste to thicken the gravy.
5: Finally add in prawns, vege and fresh tomato. Cook for a while. (Don't overcook as overcook will spoil the taste of the prawns)
Ingredients: Egg, mayonnaise, sandwich bread, seaweed, Maggi soy sauce, pepper, sesame oil, salad lettuce, tomato
1: Prepare hard boil egg by boiling the egg for a few minutes.
2: Mesh the hard boil egg with fork.
3: Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil to taste.
4: Mix the ingredients well.
5: Spread the mesh egg on the bread. Add lettuce, tomato slice and seaweed.
An easy and straightforward recipe for a nutritious breakfast. This is one of my favourite breakfast recipe. For meat eaters, addition of fish fillet will even bring out the taste.
At house, I'm one of the cook. (the other one is my mum). For most of the lunch and dinner during weekdays, I'm the one who prepared it. Cooking is tiring, I will not deny it. However when you finish preparing a dish and serve in on the diner table, the happiness and the feeling of accomplishment you will feel is unimaginable and indescribable.
Baking is fun. Why? Because after baking, you will have lots of sweet delicacies to enjoy. Baking is like doing chemistry experiment. You just need to follow the recipe-the instructions. Measure the ingredients and add the ingredients precisely as the recipe. Just follow the recipe and nothing will fail. So why not start to bake??
Lets enjoy cooking and baking!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Excitement and anxieties jumble up in my mind. Excited to step into a new life, accept new changes as the adventure starts however anxieties still build up as the future is always uncertain. Life is filled with unknowns.
Sadness and happiness mix up in my heart. Sad because I need to depart with my friends. Happy as finally entering life as a pharmacist student, a life I'm looking forward to.
Therefore, I wish all my friends good luck and all the best in their future undertakings. May happiness always be with you all and you will always be free from any kind of sufferings. May we meet again in the future and still maintain this friendship. I believe all of you will be someone great in the future, somebody successful. Keep in touch. Looking forward to a reunion in the future.
Adios and bon voyage!!
I'm officially abandoning the old blog "Music of my life" and replacing it with "Metamorphosis - A change of life". Therefore, welcome to my new blog.
As an introduction, metamorphosis means a process in which sb/sth changes completely into sth different and currently I'm in the pathway to something completely unimaginable. Changes are inevitable throughout our journey in life as nothing is permanent and invariable. We, human are afraid of changes and always want to stay in our comfort zone with stationary situation. That is of course natural for us to feel that way towards changes. However, we should accept changes and adapt to the new environment so that we will not be left behind in the waves of changes. I hope i can metamorphose to accept and face the challenges which the future store for me.
I will keep the post short and sweet :)