Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saying "Goodbyes" and Promising "See You"

Finally it really really really reached the end of my postgraduate course. Got our result and feedback. Final tutorial at our room Maudslay 231b. Pack up stuff at the Expo. Saying goodbyes all around. Taking photos with people I will miss.

1st complete group photo

With the most helpful technician at workshop - Kerry 

With another helpful technician - Mark 

With my supervisor, a great one and a friendly one - Leslie 

With another supervisor, another great and helpful one - Alan 

Gathered for the final time at Orange Tree @ 27th July 2011

Shakes hands, best wishes, thank you, good luck

and that's all done.


Packing and packing and packing and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning.....

Going Barcelona Friday morning, 2am +, back on the 3rd.
Need to move to new house on the 3rd, going down London on the 4th

Terribly hectic. 

Wake at 6.30am this morning. 7.15am start to pindah all 7 boxes of 20+kg down to the gate for collection. Then spend the rest of the day packing the left over stuff, cleaning my room, packing for Spain..

Super tired now.


I think I will miss my room. 

I think I will miss my lecturers.

I think I will miss here. 





Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beautiful little town - Matlock Bath

*Beware of a MANY photos post!*

I went to Matlock Bath yesterday with few of my classmates. It is about an hour and half train journey from Nottingham. When we google about this town, we did not see much attraction besides the cable car thingy.. And the reason we choose this place for the trip is because:

1. Cheap travel fare - £5.15
2. Near and fast
3. Recommended by Nani

Due to the few facts above, Matlock Bath it is. Not much choice since we can't go far as we don't have much time. Can't spend too much money since all of us are nearly broke.. XD

However, Matlock Bath did not let us down. Although it seems there's not much attraction but this little town really show us what we all expect to see of England. A quaint little town, quiet and pretty. 

This is the train that brought us to Matlock Bath. It is the 1st time I sit such a short train. It's just one carriage. Therefore, no seat reservation, which cause troubles when we were returning. We have to stand as there's not much space left. Horrible.. haha..

My breakfast - Sausage Rolls.. 


This is a little station, quiet and nice. Not like the big town, busy and noisy. XD

We reach around 10am+ so it's not many people and it's nice. 

Right infront of the station is this crossing for Cable Cars. 

See the white gate with the signpost? We all go around that gate and a pair of ladies beside us, just give the gate a little push and go THROUGH the gate. Stupid us, just laugh sheepishly. So embarrassing.. omgawd.. 

And... this bee.. stay at my back... it took 3 people to help get it away..Imagine me.. not knowing what is happening while everyone tried to shooo it off.. And everyone knows I'm terrified of..INSECTS! 

The cable cars bring us up to Height of Abraham where we can view the whole of Matlock 

View from the cable car

It's not a long ride..about 1/3 of Genting cable car. Cost us £10 each. At first, it seems a bit not worth it, but when we reach the top, all of us agree it is worth it. 

The cable cars move 3 by 3 


Group photo at the look out point

Xian, Me, Fiola 

Nice view of Matlock 

Then, we continue to explore the other part of the Height and then, we saw this!

A peacock!

A real life peacock.. XD

I do sound like a City Girl do I? As if I've never seen a peacock before. 

Well, it's true. Where do we get the chance to see a REAL LIFE peacock at KL? 

Ok, Zoo maybe.. but it's been yearrrsss since I visited the Zoo Negara..XD

Back to the topic.. I digressed. 

We took the tour into the mining cave - just a short about 20minutes tour where the guide bring us in and show us various..minerals, shapes, and how in the olden days miners work inside. It's quite amazing story actually as I've never realised that mining IS THAT hard work.. Where everything is dark and cold, and you have to work with your life at stack. I mean, how many accidents happened inside these places? For a living, those days are real hard. I'm glad to say I don't have to go through that. 

Inside the cave

This is the.. plague that the owner of the mine crave to show the other people that this mine DOES belongs to someone already. Those are the owner initials and date. 1705. According to our guide, each of these person have a responsibility and one of them died when the caves falls..I think if I remembered correctly..XD

When we climb the many stairs out of the cave, this is the view that great us. Oh wow.. We are amazed. 

Me, Jin, Fiola, Xian, Peng

There's a rocky path behind the view above, and we climb up to it. It's very easy, not as hard as the photo shows..XDD

And the view is sooo much more breathtaking.. It's really my first time seeing such great scene.
 And I'm loving it!

Behind us the Matlock

So vast area land England have. 

Just let me know anyone, where can I find such places in Malaysia and I'm going to go there. Never been close to nature before in M'sia.. Should try it when I'm back. Where? 

Lying flat on the grass is so comfortable, the sky is so blue and clear, sun shone lightly, cool breeze blowing softly.

Ignoring the ticklish grass...XD

This is the sky I see when I'm lying on the grass... 

Next, we go down again and reach the tower we seen earlier when we reach on the cable car. It's an lookout tower if I'm not wrong..did not really read the history though.. Was too excited to get into the tower..XD

When I peek at the stairs leading up, I'm a little worry and put off but I'm too excited to get up that I push away my fear and climb! It's so.. steep that we keep shouting out that we were going up so no one will come down, or.. XD

I'm so tiny here..I love it

I'm up! 

See the view? Ain't it worth the trouble?

Going down... XD

PS. SiawCheng... It's not that scary.. The view is really worth it!

Then, we take the cable car down to the town and find some lunch.

All of the shops here are so pretty and delicate. I want to own a shop like this one day.

Fabric shop

Ti-li-ta-la shop -> More of gardens stuff I'm guessing..But it's so pretty..XD

Handmade Chocolates! Resist the urge to go in to get some..haha

All the shops are very well decorated.. Nice

And I suppose ice cream is something popular here since we are seeing ice cream every few minutes..haha

See what I mean of the nice decorations?

Quaint little town ain't it? 

After lunch, we continue to explore the rest of the place and reach the garden.. Don't remember the name but it's not bad looking.. 

Now, purple and pink flowers are everywhere! 


Nice??? I always love rivers and this river beside the little shops are so.. mine! XD

How can we miss a group photo at this place? 

And there's this nice little bridge to cross the river.. 
(Peng & Fiola) 

It's only about 3pm by the time we are ready to leave. Since our tickets are open return, we can return anytime we like. (Luckily, since we can't find anything else to do..XD)

Time to go back

Matlock Bath isn't a place if you are looking for excitement, it is for relaxing. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

18th July 2011

Monday 18th July '11

It's the FINAL PRESENTATION finally.

I experienced the mixture of sad and happy emotions. You'll know why. XD

However, when I woke in the morning, I experienced a terrible stomachache and also feel like vomiting.. T_T (I suspect is food poisoning...) I almost want to call and tell my classmate that I'm not coming. I think to myself, if it's not the FINAL FINAL FINAL, I would not drag myself out of my room. I keep my finger cross that I would not faint on the road.

Feeling very weak, I walked to Uni. Reach there, load my presentation on the screen and sit and wait. Feeling still very bad. And I realised the little notes I made last night was forgotten on my desk. T^T

Anyway, the presentation runs smoothly. I gather all my courage and start my presentation. (After all, I know it wouldn't affect my marks.. XD)

Since it's the last presentation, I took photos of everyone presenting.








After presenting, all of us is like.. wow.. it's done. It's finished. ^_^

And then, it is photo time. We never took a group photo together so it is the perfect time.

MA Product Futures 2010/2011

With our supervisors Alan and Les

Not to forget some of the great, friendly and helpful technician down in the workshop.



There's still more people to catch for photo session but we'll leave it first. XD

Now, the only thing left is on next Monday 10am when we will meet the External examiner.

Next Wednesday meeting Alan and Les at Orange Tree for a little drink and bid our goodbyes. It's kinda.. emotional moment.. XD

I will make sure I grab lots of photos for memories on that day.


On another note, Tuesdays night we will be gathered at Peng's house for some pizza and drinks. (Not that I drink.. XD)

Next week, day not decided, it will be at Isak's house for the long awaited BBQ! I'm really looking forward to that. XD


And now, it is time to think of holidays. I'm looking at places to go in Barcelona.

And then, MEETING SIAWCHENG! OMygawDDDD! And we will both fly.. I mean, sit to Europe! Paris, Italy, Austria and Prague! Wait for me!!!!

Then, back to Nottingham in Sept, I'm thinking of joining a 4 days trip to Scotland by myself. If I still have some money left. XD I always wanted to go Scotland...... Scotland!!!!!

Next, back to Malaysia. Food.. Oh, and my piano... my beloved piano. I miss you sooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!! It has been... more than 6 months...!!! I need you darling!

Then, gathering with all my darling friends... You guys are not forgetting me are you??!!! Spare sometime to meet me!

Next, planning places to go in Singapore mid of Oct. ^_^

Then, cousin wedding in Nov.

Back to UK with dad and mom end of Nov.

Oh, and planning the trip to Taiwan soon. ^_^

Many things to do ya..

What about looking for a job and finding money?

I'm pretending I'm a millionaire for the time being. ^_^