Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Boots of the Day

Boots. My one true footwear love.
Okay, so I might cheat on them with sneakers or some pretty heels now and then but I always come back! Thing is, my love for them could never really progress back home in Malaysia. The hot weather just made it too bothersome to wear yet I always kept a pair handy just in case. I figured I needed an extra pair before coming here and I 'just so happened' to find these beauties in H&M. They sort of give me the same grunge feel you'd get from Docs but without the bulkier look, all thanks to the sole. And I love that! I have this slight obsession with the 90s. While I could live without the heavy metal and punk music, I've always had a soft spot for the whole dark grunge fashion. These boots remind me of that and all without a hefty price tag. Not to forget, the sole is perfect for the rainy weather as well as the muddy grounds and the leather is easy enough to clean. Now, I'm not going to lie. I totally expected them to be a pain to walk in (no offence h&m) but they sure did surprise me. I wear them almost everyday and they're pretty darn comfortable. Even with the 20 minute walk to campus, all I had was minor discomfort in the first week of breaking them in. Now, I barely feel a thing. I'll be realistic here though. I know they are probably not the most dependable boots and will most likely not last me for years. They're already scuffed up from me wearing them every single day but I don't mind.They're great to use at this moment and anyways, it'll just be a good reason to go shopping when the time comes. Or who knows. maybe I'll finally save up enough to get a pair of much coveted Timberlands...?
Talk soon xx

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Break 2: Exploring Scotland

Hey, so we last left off at Windermere didn't we? Well after that, we drove up towards Scotland. We dropped by Stonehaven to take a look at the renowned Dunnottar Castle. Basically, a medieval fortress perched on top a rocky cliff overlooking the sea. Quite a spectacular sight. I'm quite fond of castles and the history behind them. So I enjoyed venturing about the ruins and reading all about the past royal bloods that lived in them. We drove towards Aberdeen as well, but didn't stay too long there. Our next stop was Edinburgh, a.k.a another city I've fallen in love with. There's something so beautiful about being in such a bustling modern city yet still be surrounded by mountains and nature. I loved that aspect of Edinburgh. Instead, of demolishing the area to construct a city, they just built a city around the nature. I can't really explain why I like this city so much but something about it just draws me in. I can't wait to visit again when I have spare time from Uni. It has a really nice vibe and the shopping available is finally something worthwhile. We even visited Edinburgh Castle. Also known as home to Mary, Queen of Scots (Yes, my Reign obsession is still persevering). It was a huge castle and as usual my favourite bits were the prisons and dungeons below. Didn't get to see the Scottish Jewels but I wasn't bothered much. I was quite content to roam about the War Room instead. The third picture was the view from the castle. It was at such a strategic spot overlooking Scotland. I could even vaguely spy where the Kingdom of Fife generally was from up there. Which is where St. Andrews is. We headed back to St. Andrews after Edinburgh, as my parents wanted to have a look around. It was quite a good feeling to be able to show them around 'my' town. We were a little short on time, so they didn't get to see as much as they wanted to. Obviously, I was sad to see them go. They left the next day as they had to drive back all the way down to Milton Keynes, to catch their flight home at Heathrow. Next, I see them will be in August when I go home but I try not to think of that too much. I focus on what's going on here and what needs to be done now (a podcast, a 1500 word essay and 5 graphs). As long as I keep my mind of missing home, I'm pretty happy here. I also have a couple more pictures on my instagram of my trip if you are interested to check them out. I'll update next when I can, but until then, I hope everyone has been doing fine.

Talk soon xx

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Break

Hello! Just a week after spring break and I'm already dying for another holiday. Literally, I'm being suffocated with all the assignments that's been dropped on me. And I can't fathom why they are all due next week. Who's great idea was that??
Well anyways, I thought I'd share a few pictures from my spring vacation. Unfortunately, while everyone else jetted off to Punta Cana and Ibiza, I stayed back here in lovely England. Actually, I'll give the UK some credit.  For the entire 2 weeks my parents were around, we had some pretty fantastic weather. Not a single drop of rain, which is a miracle on its own. But by that, I don't mean there was some kind of drought over the whole UK for two weeks, just that we were pretty lucky with our timing. It didn't rain anywhere we visited, and if it did, we would've already have left the place by then. My parents (& little brother) came over here to visit me and we had a little road trip from England to Scotland during the break. It started off by me taking my very first train journey alone to meet them in Milton Keynes. Turned out pretty well, I only got slightly lost when I had to transit at Haymarket but I'm so glad I didn't miss my train.  We stayed with my aunt for a while in Milton Keynes and even went down south to see the Stonehenge (pic 1), before starting our journey North. Stonhenge was a semi-interesting stop. While it was fascinating to hear about the theories surrounding this famous icon, in the end, you are technically out in the cold wind staring at a bunch So I'm happy I've been to see them but I probably wouldn't go back. After that, our first stop was Blackpool (pic 2/3), which was a really pretty seaside town. I think it was more of a summer place because when we went, most of the stores were closed but it still had such a gorgeous atmosphere. We walked around the beach and had some ice cream. I really liked that day. Hopefully I'll get to return in the summer one day because I want to so badly. Next was Windermere (pic 4-7), which is part of lake district. Goshhh, words cant describe how beautiful it is there. We took a long winding road through the mountains instead of cutting straight to the highway. Results include fantastic views of mountains and plains and lakes and sheep but with a side of minor carsickness. Frankly, I'm weak and there's only so much windiness I can take. The lakes are breath-taking though. Crystal clear waters surrounded by lush greenery and rocky mountains looming above. Literally, almost every angle from where I stood was insta-worthy and that's a fact. I highly recommend dropping by lake district if you are ever in the vicinity because it is definitely worth it. I decided I'll split my Spring break post into two parts cause it might get a little too long and draggy if not so part 2, which includes our trip in Scotland, will be up next!

Talk soon xx