Monthly Archives: October 2016

Bristol with RV UK

I missed the Peranakan buffet lunch back in Singapore because I had my Singaporean priorities (i.e. spend more time with HT in my last week HAHAHA) so I promised to attend the next event organised by the RVUK EXCO as long as I was free, and free I was. Slapped down £22 (for accommodation) + £37 (for expensive train tickets damn) for a 2D1N trip with the RVUK members, most of whom I wasn’t too acquainted with. Nonetheless it was a great trip though, much better than I expected in fact because of how they designed the trip to be like — “chalet-style”. We walked around for the whole day aimlessly, eating extremely well, returning back to the guesthouse extremely late yet pulling our eyelids open to watch a horror movie Lights Out (that I slept in the midst of anyway HAHAHA).

To top it off Bristol was a lovely place. And the company was not fussy at all with places to go and food to eat — expenditure was also little of a concern as we embarked on good meals after good meals. It was an excellent weekend getaway!

Bristol vibes

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A random cafe/bar that I sighted along the Bristol Harbour, which I thought really contributed to the whole ‘chill’ vibe that the harbour was giving off. I’d love to dine at a place like this if I were richer.

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When we walked further to take a picture with the Bristol Harbour. I am honestly always in harbour or along waters so this does not really impress me as much as it should have, but it was still a nice place to chill and… take a group photo hehe.

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The view atop the Cabot Tower where the ladybugs infested. Autumn brings out the best colours of trees.

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Human infested too, hehe.

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The Suspension Bridge in Bristol, where we climbed uphill for what felt like forever for. It was worth it though — it lit up beautifully at night, and taking the selfie seemed to bring about a “futuristic” effect because of how bright the lights from the bridge were.

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Stepping foot on the University of Bristol (and shamelessly stepping on their grass, too).

Bristol meals

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Part of our Japanese buffet, that I nearly died from. We unfortunately could not finish, and had to pay a total of £4 for wastage HAHAHA. I ate so much sushi I thought I could go without itsu and Wasabi (Japanese fast-food stalls in London) for quite a bit; strangely looking at them makes me hungry now. I suppose you never get sick of Japanese food.

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We told ourselves that we would eat less the second day to make up for all the guilt and over-eating from the Japanese buffet, but clearly we did not follow our own advice. We were looking for a random cafe to have lunch when we chanced upon the HK Diner, and entered… for hotpot. With a 麻辣汤底 it felt like we were back in Singapore again, dipping meatballs and meat into the soup and scooping it onto our bowls. The eatery also gave us you tiao, free soy milk and drinks on the house! Such a sweetie, the Chinese culture is certainly appreciable when it comes to generosity with food :’)

It was a good meal, I would say better than the one from the previous night. We are afterall Chinese from a Chinese school and most of us very much homesick.

If you were to talk about familiarity in London, nothing beats meeting the people you shared your formative years with. I am afterall, living with Weixuan and having weekly cookings together with Dilys most of the time… I have never met most of the seniors on this trip nor interacted with them in school, but they felt like friends I have known for countless years. Thankful for RV and the ridiculously tiny batch, because the gossip that transcends batches actually held us together and brought us closer for most of the trip (! gossip is good for once!!!). We were bound to have mutual friends, common people whom we shared a fondness or dislike for and talking about them (and their interesting pasts) made everyone feel so familiar all at once.

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And here’s a random interjection too — from the night before when we hosted Xingyun and Amanda for dinner. Similarly, while I have never interacted with them, I guess having grown up together in the same school with the same schoolmates and teachers introduced a commonality in all of us. I’m thankful for RV tonight, and I probably will be for many decades ahead.

Thursley Common

I am doing a module on Ecological Patterns and Processes, about half the module is assessed by coursework which would require a trip to Thursley Common, a National Nature Reserve, to check out the species involved.

I dreaded it a little more than I should because of the need to wear waterproof pants and wellies, implying the need to get wet and muddy like we did back in Barcelona. But I oddly enjoyed getting myself into the mud picking up caluna vulgaris(es) and erica tetralix(es) from their roots.

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Now imagine stepping into that.

It was also nice to look up to a picturesque landscape that looked like the default background of a windows computer.

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It’s amazing how a simple day with blue skies, lush greenery (among which I peed due to the lack of toilets he he) and species identification can bring you smiling all the way home. Even though we were stuck in terrible London traffic on the way back.

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Thursley Common was beautiful.

Pains of a LDR

It’s been a while since I have stayed up this late but today seems perfect to pen down these thoughts — I’m hearing thunder and heavy raindrops, sounds that I once considered unique to Singapore.

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Our most recent Skype date this afternoon, when we watched Yes or No (2010), the 25th movie we have watched together. It always is a comfort to hear your ridiculous comments and… how dumb you sound sometimes. 🙂

I wish I could say that I am totally doing this shit well and right, but on some days I cope less well than other days and I don’t know how I’ll ever get through the months. How do I explain this emptiness — you are always there for me, yet I know you will never be there…? I never thought myself to be someone who values physical presence or physical touch so much, but being human you probably covet things you cannot get. On some days I really wish I could hug you tightly, like that day when I realised it was one of our last dates together before I depart for London. Or walk towards you smiling like an overly attached girlfriend because I hadn’t seen you for that weekend. I wish that I could bicker over silly things with you in real, instead of only seeing those priceless facial expressions over Skype. I wish I could whine about anything and everything and seeing you helpless as usual. I wish I could complain and mock you about your sweaty palms. I wish I could steal your large Koi ice cream milk tea. I wish I could share a tub of green tea ice-cream with you. I wish I could get annoyed at you replying to work texts all the time.

😥 Does it ever get easier?

Cheshire Oaks

About 2 weeks ago Peng Ning invited us along to Cheshire Oaks, a designer outlet slightly off Manchester. I was not too sure whether I was keen because the damage would be £15 + £13 for the return transport to the place itself, but my I am glad I went. Fortunately I am actually not feeling too guilty about my expenditure this weekend since I don’t really shop that much on other occasions anyway.

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The fish and chips were good too (besides the mushy green peas), along with the temperature that day and the company 🙂

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Blue skies are quite a rarity in gloomy Britain especially as it turns cold, and we just had to take a pointless photo just to show our appreciation for the weather that afternoon.

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To the lovebirds who invited us along that day, thank you! Thank you for hosting us for 2 nights, cooking wonderful meals for us, preparing snacks for us, allowing us to drop hair all over your clean home and cleaning up after us. Can’t wait for you two to come and you guys can take over my king-sized bed hehe.

Lovely weekend mostly spent laughing, which explains the post. I finally have a new coat and a new bag too!