Thursday, 18 December 2008

Healthier lifestyle?

What would you do when your pants become tight?
What would you do when you feels you eat more?
What would think your body will be like if u sit in the room all day apart from sleep and cooking?
What do you think when you are best friend with chocolate?

That's about me.. I think I will be putting on weight this winter. It's nothing good. Sweet food is all you think this season.

When I want to drink something warm, I think of Hot Chocolate with marshmallow on top.
When I want a dessert, I think of chocolate cake.
When I want to chill something sweet, I think of chocolate bar.
I am so addicted to chocolate!

Many people cares about calories on food but I understand nothing about that because I dont care. As a result in years, you might see me like this:

That doesnt looks good on me.

Hence, I decided that I have to go to the gym, which I went few hours ago. My last gym entry was about half a year ago. I should keep going, on and on, to keep fit!

Let me show you one pic. On your right, is the gym of my uni. Kinda modern though.

I should start loving gym again. KEEP FIT, ANNA!!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

It was done. But more ahead!

2 Class Test
3 Practical Assessment
1 Poster Presentation.

All done in less than 100hours of a week,a tough week! Can't believe it's finally over and Christmas holiday is ahead!

Second semester seems to be gone too quickly, never even feel that it's holiday now. Kinda stress a wee bit as there's exams coming up in January! I know it's quite a distance away but i have plans of fun in the month of December. So, time is precious to me. Have to grab good opportunity to do something that is beneficial.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Was there, on my own

29th November 2008

The Lighthouse.

It's a place for tourist and I am not sure whether should I be consider one. I think I am a student cum tourist. On that day, I went out to enjoy some Christmas spirit (as mentioned in previous blog). Then I passed by this girl:

Christmas at The Lighthouse Shop? That gave me an idea of telling myself to pay a visit. I've been here in Glasgow for more than a year n I've pass by this place for many times but have not been into yet.

The LIGHTHOUSE contains exhibitions, the Mackintosh centre, viewing platform with stuning city view of Glasgow. It also has galleries, design shop and rooftop cafe. Normally, it's admission charge but recently they made an offer of admission free on Saturdays! So I went in!

I first went in to the gift shop and all the products there are so creative, it's house for an art lover. BUT, I could not afford anything there. A simple nice looking notebook may cost 7quids. Way too expensive. So I went up to see the Mackintosh Gallery. I like the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I am not sure whether can take picture inside, so i didn't.

After seeing a few galleries and exhibition of architecture, I decided to take the lift to go up. While waiting, I saw something interesting:

Did u notice it? The creative Toilet sign & symbols. Like it!

So here it is, the view of Glasgow!

That's basically it. Glasgow is a city so compact, filled with historical and modern buildings. Tall and short, and of various designs. City centre is always busy and seen lots of people rushing with time.

Apart from enjoying the view, I found something interesting which i figure it must have something to do with art.

Love this piece of wall with wee look-through window.

As part of my style, whichever attractions that i go, I must buy some souvenir for remembrance. I got myself this and I think it's the cheapest thing that I can possibly get there.

It's magnets and I think it's cute! I got it from the seasonal craft stalls at The Lighthouse. Look at the baby, isn't him cute?

This short walk to The Lighthouse is much enjoyable and enthusiastic. I have a passion for modern art so I love most of the display there.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Fire on Kuching High School

When I woke up this morning, I saw a text message from Sarah. It's at a pretty awkward time to get a text. And it says "St John room burned down..."

I was like "HUH?!" "WHAT?!" It's a shame

Can you see it? The smoke from fire is from my ex-school!! The school that I like. The building is more than 30 years old! I'm going to miss the old St John room!!

Well, fair enough, the building is old and needs to be rebuild at some point. Funding is another problem for the school.

After all these happenings, I finally realise how important memories are. Those of whom I met in high school and all those precious memories is what I keep.

ON THE OTHER HAND, and on the other side of the world, here in Glasgow, it's freezing!

When I look out the window this morning, there's people walking so carefully, thinking it could be that girl has a pair of slippery shoes. Then, I realise it was snowing last night that there's car covered with snow this morning.

No JOKE! The road is so slippery as the ice skating rink! So scary to walk a wee bit quicker.

This dont looks bad but it actually is! Due to the sunshine that came out in the morning, snow melted to become ice and it's really dangerous. I saw people in my uni pouring salt on the road to reduce the slipperiness.

Well, tribute to the buildings of Kuching High School. And, welcome Mr Snow!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Maths of Snow

Can you see it in the Picture?? It’s VERY FOGGY & MISTY!! Not that my camera is broken or lens is blurred, but it’s real! I took the first 2 pictures straight from my bedroom window.

The third Pictures proofs that Glasgow is now -3 degree celcius! AND, still not snowing! It snowed just, I said ‘just’ a wee bit of sprinkle this morning, as if you sprinkle chocolate powder on your hot chocolate! Just snow for only for a couple of minutes! That’s it!

The weather is FREAKING cold these few days and it was not as cold at this time last year.


Still wishing that when I wake up in the morning, seeing Glasgow covered with snow with snow shower for continuous hour!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Jingle jingle jingle...

Decided to go out for a walk even though i know the whether is less than 3'C. Got all my winter gear ready to wear and off I go!!

In fact, I just wanna go for some groceries shopping but since i am out there, I went to enjoy some of the Christmas mood. There's LOTS of homosapiens out there!

This is at George Square for Winterfest Glasgow. It's happening every year here with all the same deco but different activity. There's ice skating rink, some funfair, a stage for concert, huge Christmas tree, Christmas food, bar as well as gift shop. I like the atmosphere there.

Then, I walked to German Christmas Market at Argyle Street.

They sell a lot of stuff there, which includes jewellery, chocolates, sweets, haribo, winter accessories, etc. One of my favourite is Sweet Treats. I love the fruits + Chocolate, like Banana dipped in chocolate or grapes + chocolate topping. Looks yummy. I have not taste it on my own but will try one day and share with u on a not-so-busy day.

Buchanan Street is my next destination. At first glance, I saw the window display at Frasers for Hamleys. It's just lovely. Here is it:

Isn't it cute?

Princes Square. I can hardly afford anything there. It's luxurious shopping mall of Glasgow City. The Christmas mood is nice though.

Can u see it? People waiting outside to go in to some shop or maybe a cafe. Wow! They really have serious Christmas shopping. All the mood for Christmas is what I have in me right now!

Last but not least,

Street performer. Their music is nice. So, this ended my Christmas mood hunting!


Friday, 28 November 2008

Zizzi... mmm... Yummy yum yum


Went there with my dearest flatmate from last year after their Graduation Ceremony. Was really happy for them. I was thinking, it's still a long way for my turn.

Zizzi is an Italian Restaurant, situated in the very-expensive-and-classy shopping mall, Princes Square. It was my first time to dine there. Food was nice, just a wee bit pricey!

STARTER: Angelo's Mussels. Sauteed mussels with garlic, cream and fresh parsley. I think it taste alright. Not as delicious as the mussels i had in another Italian Restaurant -- The Italian Kitchen.

STARTER 2: Antipasto Zizzi. A selection of prosciutto crudo, salami Romania, coppa, smoked mountain ham, buffalo milk mozzarella, marinated sun dired tomatoes, mixed olives and red onion. Personally, I think it is good, real good, just heavenly for a starter.

MAIN COURSE 1: Sofia. Pizza with spicy chicken, pepperoni, oven roasted sausage, tomato, mozzarella, finished with green chilli and fresh rosemary. It's not the best pizza but it taste unique and i quite like it.

We also had another pizza called (MAIN COURSE 2:) Trentino, which is quite nice and refreshing with all the basil leaves as topping. I do not have the picture of it.

MAIN COURSE 3: Penne Della Casa. Pasta with smoked pancetta bacon, roasted chicken, creamy mushroom sauce and baby spinach finished with grated grana padiano cheese, baked al forno. This is a really really good pasta. Very recommended!

DESSERT: Torta Cioccolata. Rich chocolate torte on a thick hazelnut chocolate base, served with vanilla mascarpone. It is really rich but not as sweet as i think. It is nice though. I like it.

Overall, I give Zizzi 4 ot of 5. Credits to its environment as well.

After that, i took some picture of Prince Square with Christmas Tree!

Love that Christmas is coming!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

The A380 Experience

Gigantic Bus
Full Double-decker
Extremely massive

SQ 317 - Singapore Airline
11.55am, 27th May 2008
Economy Class
Upper Deck, Seat No. 72H
London (Terminal 3) to Singapore (Terminal 3)
Approximately 12 hours journey
Landed on Singapore around 8-ish a.m. on 28th May 2008

After the first experience, I really love to travel from London-Singapore or vice versa using this Airbus. Singapore Airline will be flying to London and back to Singapore daily using A380 starting 18th March 2008 onwards. When I see this news, I was really excited. Yes, really excited. It's the biggest passenger plane at that time! WOW!!

Its really difficult to take the picture of the full plane because it is HUGE!! Then I know economy class can now sit on the upper deck for which upper deck is only for business class in Boeing 747. Definitely, I pick to sit at upper deck.

The interior is very new, bigger seats, bigger LCD tv in front of you, better in-flight entertainment, food provided comes in a menu, comes with Givenchy complimentary gift with a pair of socks and tooth brush.

It was the first time I travel alone in such a long distance flight. I must make myself as comfy as possible. I pick a seat by the aisle, walking to the toilet often for my legs to have better blood circulation. I even walk down to the lower deck to see how is it. I prefer upper deck as lower deck is congested.

This is the first time i feel so good in a plane, probably due to excitement. Well, whenever there's a new place or shop opening, lots of people would go and visit in which Chinese people like to say it as 'visiting new toilet'. In A380, it's the same thing that I do. I will go to the toilet if i want to pee or poop. *hehe* Here's the picture of the toilet:

In the loo, you can find after shave lotion, hand and body lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, antibacterial hand wash, and other utilities as well. It is new and pretty. I like the mirror. The water tap is one-touch that the temperature of the water is controllable with a touch of finger:

Now, let the picture speaks:

Rumours says that the turbulence in A380 is bad but I dont feel any. Flying on an Economy Class is not enough for me. You should see how's the business class is. It's 17 inch LCD tv, and very very much comfy. Seats are massive!! Not to say the Suite that is available on A380 that technically u have a bed in a room to sleep in. (Can't believe it) The fare for Suite is about 10X more expensive than what I pay. IF THERE IS A CHANCE, flying once in a BUSINESS CLASS is worth it!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Things I wanted to do most: Travel

There's a few places that I wanted to go very much. I have a list of it. There you go:
  1. Paris, France (Done!)
  2. London, UK (Done!)
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Los Angeles, USA
  5. New York, USA
  6. Las Vegas, USA
  7. Milan, Italy
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Geneva, Switzerland
  10. Barcelona, Spain
  11. Berlin, Germany
  12. Sydney, Australia
  13. Oslo, Norway
  14. Vienna, Austria
  15. Venice, Italy
  16. Melbourne, Australia
  17. Taipei, Taiwan
  18. Hong Kong
  19. Florence, Italy
  20. Amsterdam, Netherland
  21. Seoul, Korea
And many many more!! Not to forget visiting each and every Disneyland that could be found on Earth!

Travel round the world needs lots of money. For short term, I think i better think of travel within a near distance. Since I am in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, I better travel within the country, although i know it's a wee bit boring.

As for Scotland, I went to quite a few of places in it. Scotland is famous for its scenery. When you walk down the busy street in Scotland, especially Glasgow and Edinburgh, you will hear people wearing kilts blowing bagpipes. This adds music to shopping spree if you like it. The famous music is 'Scotland the Brave' Click here if you want to know which one. I quite like it.

OK OK, back to the point. Travel. To summarise, I've been to a couple of places in Scotland:
1. Glasgow (Of course, I study here)

2. Edinburgh

3. St. Andrews (where Prince William was in university)

4. Glenshee (for ski)

5. Isle of Arran

6. Isle of Cumbrae (Millport)

7. Loch Lomond

8. Stirling

There's more places in Scotland is yet to explore. Next stop would be Aberdeen, then probably Dundee, Isle of Skye, Oban, Highlands and many more!

When I am free, I could not stop thinking about travelling. Anyone has any good plan, please let me know!!