Sun sets at 4:00PM.

The temperature here is about 5°-6°C, quite a bit of rain as well (it is England, isn’t it?).

The fire is roaring by the fireplace, radiating much needed warmth & cosyness.

The dog is lounging.

I awake every morning to the boyfriend making me a cup of tea to kick-start the day.

And I am drinking a tad too much tea. Maybe not that much, just a cup every 2 hours?

Life since I arrived hasn’t entirely been idyllic. Okay maybe just a little. There’s the whole settling down, unpacking, and getting used to the ever-changing weather. And getting over jetlag. It really has been a week. 

I thought I was all ready for the cold. I mean, I was one big whiny puss back home when it came to the scorching heat. And then of course I got here and the cold hit me, and I hastily retreat into my jumpers and coats, and I proclaim that I am in dire need of wintery clothings, and the boyfriend agrees. Well, this is home now. 

Getting started with revision (what a drag how exciting!) and being fully aware of the looming exam date have possibly contributed to my excessive tea drinking to calm the nerves (& shivering muscles). Of course I am also assimilating to the English culture, been away for far too long & the danger of me forgetting my profound love for tea is evident. Especially since coffee took over quite a bit of my life.

Exploring the little town that I currently am in is quite an adventure. There is a tea shop I have yet to discover, and a bookshop that I have already raided. There is a teddy bear shop I was dragged away from, only because I would attempt to give each and every bear in that shop a home. A fancy wine & cheese place that looks oh-so-inviting each time I walk past it. The houses are lovely, and the autumn leaves even more so.

Equipped with a lovely kitchen, it is once again a joy to be back on my cookery projects. Not to mention cooking for two (or more) people now makes meals a lot easier to plan.

This cold. I can’t help but sometimes miss the breezy beach sunset days. Maybe I’ll write about Bali & Penang next to warm up the upcoming winter days.

 

Excuse me while I go get myself another cup of tea.

 

 

Toodles. ♥

It’s November, everybody! 😀 Are you excited?! Well, I’m only excited knowing that I’m going home SOON! Woooooo! *points points at date on calendar above*

Oh, speaking of Movember, guys should go check it out!

“During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues.”

“Registering at movember.com, guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and for the remainder of the month dedicate themselves to growing a fine moustache. Supported by the women in their lives, known as Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. At the end of the month, it’s traditional for Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to celebrate their awareness and fundraising efforts by throwing a Movember party and awarding the highly sought after titles of Miss Movember and Man of Movember.”

I happen to come across this by accident and thought it was a good campaign to share with everyone! *giggles* And it’d be pretty beneficial for guys to start raising awareness for your own health! Be your own walking billboard! 😀

Besides, just playing my small part as a healthcare professional in checking out all these little things that matter! 😉

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Just last weekend, my mom took the trouble to come all the way to Singapore to be with me! I was an ecstatic child! 😀 My plan was to feed her til she blows, lol.

Brought her to one of my all time favourite place!

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WILD HONEY! 😀

She was happily dissecting her English breakfast (for dinner) LOL.

 

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English, Tunisian and Norwegian!

 

I have to say, Norwegian was simply YUMS! Then again, I may be biased because it’s got salmon slices on them. Hehe.

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The two things I love – tea and Mommy. ♥

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The next night, I brought her out for some Japanese buffet, my my, it sure was worth every cent we paid, had a hell lot of SALMON SASHIMI!

It was so good, I simply couldn’t stop!

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This was just the first round! Too bad, no more pictures after that, got too busy trying to eat everything else on the table, LOL!

 

A little too quickly, the weekend came to an end. Soon, it was time to kiss her goodbye and watched Mommy head home while I stood there patiently waiting for my time to go home too.

 

Funny, how all the sudden a Malay idiom popped into my head and here I am thinking, oh how true.

 

Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri; lebih baik negeri sendiri.

It means, no matter how luxurious a foreign country may be, relative to one’s own country, home is still the best.

And I am saying this, maybe because everyone and everything I love is back home. Home where my heart is. ♥

 

The month of October haven’t been entirely kind, but still we must always thank the stars, the heavens and the fairies for the better things that did come by.

Still not cured from this disease. I like to believe I never will be healed. Ever. 🙂

 

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Autumn may be my favourite time of the year, and I may say so with joy this time, last year. News of Storm Sandy flashing across the headlines in most of the news channel I follow send chills down my spine.

Just a year ago, albeit not exactly, I was in New York and having the time of my life. Although, last year, my parents had the same fear because of Hurricane Irene last August. I was only days from it and thank God, by the time I arrived in the States, the hurricane had left east coast. It brings fear to my heart, reading about Storm Sandy plaguing the States now. Much more because I have friends all around that vicinity. I pray to God that they are all safe. 🙁

Amen.

Toodles. ♥