Saturday, 12 December 2009

End of term and went home with new friend.

I got a new friend home yesterday! It's a tradition here to bring a new Pooh home each Christmas~ He says, "Merry Christmas" to all of you!!

He's all wrapped up and ready for the Christmas fun!! He's wearing jeans and comfy shoes! He's so cute right?? How can I resist not to own him?? I believe if you see him you will give him a big hug!

This Winnie The Pooh is exclusive to DisneyStore UK, that he's not the common one that wear a red shirt without a pant (*shy shy*). Also, he's limited edition with only 4000 worldwide. There's a certificate of authenticity and my number is 2883. Love him!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas Wishlist

Never deny that Christmas is ACTUALLY my favourite celebration. I love it more than my own birthday, which i only like to keep it to myself and let the truly knows remember my birthday.

Christmas is like a family day to me, gathered together, sharing laughter and love. Not only children, everyone deserves a present, from the prettiest Barbie Doll, to the remote controlled car, to the warmest hug you can ever get this cold season! Christmas makes me feel delighted always!

This Christmas is of course, going to be an extraordinary one. I will be away from my home in Malaysia, missing my family and friends there, and also leave the city of Glasgow to a place I never been to before. I will be in Switzerland for Christmas. How amazing is that????

And this is something I always wanted to see on Christmas. White Christmas. It's first on my Christmas wishlist this year!

Secondly, of course something more that I can keep. A thing. It's the so-cool-yellow-coloured-headphone, Oboe Headphones: Dandellion Yellow!

It's so pretty and it's so me, right?? I'm into yellow for everything!

Third, I want a pair of nice boots! My current one is a bit old and a bit worn out, especially the soles.

I want it to be waterproof and non-slippery.

Forth, I need a nice and simple wallet. My wallet is a bit old and childish now.

This year, I only have 4 things that I wanted to have for Christmas. The rest, I can get it anytime like Winnie The Pooh Limited Edition soft toy and pretty dress. It's just a wishlist and might end up not getting the headphone, boots, or wallet. Still, might hunt for it after boxing day sales when I'm in London for new year to celebrate the end of noughties.

The first one is likely to come true because I will definitely be in Swiss for Christmas, and will hunt for a While Christmas somewhere. Gonna be there with my friend from home. Super excited!!

Anyway, what's your Christmas wishlist???

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Am I a shopaholic??

According to definition, SHOPAHOLIC means a person, either male or female, who cannot resist tremendous quality, value and savings, creating an uncontrollable need to shop.

If seriously consider this definition to my own behavior, I am not a hundred percent shopaholic. Maybe 60%, which is not so good either.

Retail therapy works best for me to be stress-free. Will definitely go for a shopping after I've done with a presentation, assessment or exams. As I am not a permanent resident of UK, and not staying in a permanent place, hence I have to move my stuff away each time I go home for summer or longer breaks. If I am really INTO shopping, means I have to move a lot of stuff!

Whenever the moving house scene come through my mind each time I go shopping, I will hold on to my brake, and think twice before I buy. I will shop moderately.

I promise I would not become a shopaholic and only buy necessities! And I dont want to end up like her:

Sunday, 29 November 2009


Debut single from her new album- Rated R.

"Russian Roulette"


And I really hope I can go to her concert in UK next spring!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

I'm broke (for good)

...impecunious by more than £800 now! It's a huge amount that I can fly home tomorrow for my air ticket with that price, and includes some extra money for my duty free shopping!

So why??

I just got myself my very own Ophthalmoscope and Retinoscope! I feel more like a proper optometrist now! You should be scratching your head or have huge question mark over your head what are those stuff? And why do I need to spend a fortune on that?

Keeler Specialist Ophthalmoscope & Retinoscope Set. Manufactured in the UK by the British company. Favourite Keeler instrument of all time!


Looks like I have a set of some sort of gun! No! They are not! (BTW, anyone knows if I can bring this through the security of the Airport when I travel with this in my cabin luggage?)

Specialist Ophthalmoscope. Finest in the world!

Then, it comes with a free gift that I love a lot!!! Pocket Ophthalmoscope!

It's so small and I can just carry it around in my pocket! I tried it and it's not bad at all!! Worth more than 180pounds!

The one on the left is a Retinoscope; the right is an Ophthalmoscope. Will explain what they are used for in 2 seconds.

NOW, I'll tell what are they used for.

Ophthalmoscope: an instrument that Ophthalmologists and Optometrists use for checking the health of the back of the eye, specifically retina. Also it can also check the anterior segment of the eye. There's lots of diseases that are sight threatening starts from the back of the eye. Hence it is crucial to have your eyes checked by an optometrist once every two years! And, I can also know if you have diabetes by only seeing the back on the eye. It's the only visible sign in human body in detection of diabetes. The easier one, cataracts can be seen often. I've seen quite a few patient with cataracts now.

Retinoscope: an instrument optometrist used to estimate the power (or vision) of a person's eye. Can also see if there's any fluctuation in different media of the both eyes. It has a better estimation than auto-refractor. And i can only neutralise your power together with other instrument.

It comes with a charging dock so these two things are just perfect! No need to worry about batteries or power supply. I can use them anytime as long as they are charged!

If you catch me around somewhere, ask me if I have my ophthalmoscope with me then I can check the health of your eyes for you! I love to see different eyes!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Aberdeen Angus @ Sizzler's Steakhouse

What do u think of when you first see this picture??

Ugly. Black. Hairy. What else???
This is the well-known Angus Cattle, breed in Aberdeen. There's sheep in New Zealand, and there's angus in Aberdeen!

I am neither a food critic or an advertiser. I share my experience, just like how sharing the Jack Daniel's® Tower in T.G.I Friday with 5 other friends.

Why I talk about Angus? Not because I have a boyfriend who's name is Angus but I have ate Angus Steak for 3 times ever since I came to Glasgow. You can only get Angus Beef Burger in Burger King UK. That's why angus is precious to me.

It was a Christmas Eve when I first went there with my buddies for a wee Christmas celebration. We have not had steak fo quite a while so after some recommendation, we decided to head to Sizzler's Steakhouse for our Angus Steak! Their steakhouse is located at Merchant Square of Merchant City, Glasgow. That is a really nice area for a relaxing lunch or dinner, in an enclosed area with warm atmosphere.

Second time was the time when my friend came to visit me all the way from Aberdeen, and I brought her to this nice and cozy restaurant for Angus Steak. We both ordered Angus Sirlion Steak.

Served with Angus 80z Sirlion Steak with my Cosmopolitan. Table full of stuff!

Yummy!! Love it! Very full after eating this and we did not even order starter.

I love to take picture of candles. No matter which restaurant I am in. Cosmopolitan on the left. I think the scent of liqueur is too strong and made the drink bitter.

Overall the food there deserves 4 star out of 5. Recommended and excellent service too!

And yes, you're right! 2 course lunch for only £6.95! Add 1 pound if u want to have Angus Steak.

On the recent Monday, friends were here, so I brought them back to this restaurant again. This time, for lunch! The restaurant never fails me.

Starter: Pan Fried Mushroom. I love it because I am a mushroom lover!!

Again, my Angus Steak with Mushroom sauce! It's still so good! Love it! I would definitely go there if I want to have steak. Cheap and good!

Sizzler's Steakhouse
79 Albion Street,
G1 1NY

0141 5524200

Friday, 13 November 2009

Friday the thirteen. Unlucky???

The number 13 always linked to bad luck as believe by many. What do you think??

Well, leave bad luck behind and look for clover leaves. I won't say I always have bad luck, but just dont have the luck like winning lottery or bingo! I prefer doing things more realistic and trust myself instead of luck.

Rihanna is always my favourite pop princess, and listen to most of her songs. Follow her news and would REALLY love to see her in person one day.

Then, there once saw an advert, "Nokia presents Rihanna – a live preview of selected tracks from her new album "Rated R". ", and may get a chance to win tickets for 2 to see her live in LONDON!! Since it's an easy competition, I joined...

TELL you what.... I GOT THE TICKETS!!!

What a luck!!! I never ever thought i will get those tickets free.. HOW LUCKY, RIGHT?

The problem is, I might have contact lens clinic on Monday which I cannot miss. Then another must-attend-or-you-will-get-your-marks-down seminar on Tuesday morning. I found train tickets to go down from Glasgow to London, to-and-fro, for about 70quid! The time suits me and includes one night train from London to Glasgow..

Am I going to be so crazy for her, spend 70 quids to see her sing a few songs, then come back?? Is it worth it??

Monday, 9 November 2009

Backstreet Boys live in Glasgow SECC, 7th November 2009

This is my 100th post for my blog, dedicate it to Backstreet Boys!

I said in my previous post that I am going to Backstreet Boys concert. I've seen the concert and everything seems to be still so fresh on my mind as if i just came back an hour ago!! I cannot stop myself for not listening to their songs over and over again.. Flip through all the pictures again, again and again!

So long story short, let you see pictures first:

Madcon from Norway, performing pre-show!

The boys! Singing "We've got it goin'"

Nick Carter, still my favourite! I've been trying all night to take a nice picture of him and I have loads of them!! (Lucky dancers to b able to get so close with him!)

Howie D! Though he's not as famous as the other 3, he seems to be very down to earth man.

AJ! Still rock like he always does! Did you notice that his face is getting rounder??

Brian Litrell! He's the lead singer! Man on the house!

Nick Carter is looking at you! No, no, he's looking into my camera for me! :P

I like this nice shot of four of them

DJ of the house! He's absolutely fantastic, just like Absolut Vodka! He plays drum too!

They still can dance, still can sing! Not lip-sync!

Awhh.. Bye bye!

So here's some video that I took for all of you to enjoy!

'I Want It That Way'- My favourite song of all time. This is the debut single for the album "Millennium" which is the first original CD I bought about 12 to 13 years ago! And I still love it! I was specially attracted when Howie sang out the word 'Glasgow' in the song. Listen to it carefully and you will notice it!

'Incomplete' from NEVER GONE album

Another classic song

As Long As you love me. If you remember their music video, Nick was so young back then, I think only about 16. His voice is still so youthful as before!

Next is their new single, 'Straight Through my Heart' from the 7th album called 'This is Us'

Hope you enjoy my post. If you get to know there's a Backstreet Boys concert in town, YOU MUST GO TO SEE, no matter if you're working or whatever. They are still perform in their best form like they always do.

p/s: All these photos and videos were taken using my Canon G10 camera. It has superb quality although i use my zoom to the max and even used digital zoom!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Backstreet's BACK!! - 'This is Us' TOUR

Just read a news minutes ago that Backstreet Boys is flying to Glasgow today from Berlin after attending the European MTV Music Award. I am excited. Anyone has a clue which flight are they on?? I'm a crazy fan of them!! "WOOOOOOO!!!"

I just bought their album recently (you will know if you follow my blog closely, see here!) and it bring backs lots of my memories since I'm in primary school. For those who were about my age and listens to English songs since young, I believe you too, had once fell in love with Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Spice Girls or 5ive! Girls out there, don't tell me you never been crazy about Nick Carter before. Hmm...

FYI! I am going to BACKSTREET BOYS concert tomorrow in Glasgow! My first ever concert!

My tickets arrived last week!

In early October, Brian Litrell was diagnosed with Swine Flu while shooting their new music video 'Bigger' in Japan. I was so worried that they are not going to make it here in Glasgow. Now he has fully recover and everything is back to plan.

Anyway, I am extremely excited and been listening to their song over the week, over and over again. They already had their first two concert in Newcastle and Manchester. I will be seeing them here in Glasgow LIVE!

Here's a few song from their new 7th album that I really like:
  • Straight Through my Heart
  • Bigger
  • Masquerade
I own quite a few of their album, mostly originals. I will buy originals if I support the singer. I have 'Millenium' (1999), 'Black & Blue'(2000), 'Greatest Hits: Chapter One'(2001), and the current one, 'This is Us'.

Their song brought me up through my life, been listen to their song a lot more than any other singer I can say, just like people love Michael Jackson or Bee Gees.

Every album brings back my memories. 'Never Gone' (2005) album brings back memories of things that happen in college- friends, study and life! I listen to their song on my mp3 while studying in Inti College's library. They bring me through my hazardous exams.

(Continue to listen to their song now so that I won't miss a word of their lyrics and can sing with them!)

Monday, 2 November 2009

Are you kiasu??

KIASU is a very common word used in Southeast Asia, especially Singapore and Malaysia. I believe it originates from Singapore.

Kiasu means 'afraid of losing' if directly translate from the original word. It's not a proper English but it is translated from Chinese Hokkien dialect. It reflects how competitive a society can be.

"Eh, why you so kiasu? Everything also want, everything also want to win!"

Sometimes, as simple as queuing up for buying concert tickets as early as 5am in the morning, or even camp at night outside the ticket selling area, when tickets are only up for sale 10am the next day! This, to me is also an act of kiasu.

As I am still a university student, I find students who are competitive, kiasu. They are normally those who get top grades in class. Some of them might even peek at your notes what you have written down during lectures, that he/she might left out. (That is a not a big deal for me of those student who do that) The most kiasu students are those who kept telling you they have not finished their reading before exam when actually they already prepare for it. In the end, they score really well. However, all these kiasu situation can have its brighter side that it helps one to improve and excel in their own way.

Keep that aside, in general public, many people, I would say Asian in particular, very kiasu, not only in their act as well as during conversation. Whenever you said something, they think of that they cannot loose their dignity and think of a lie or something without realising for you to know that they are better than you. Though sometimes I am quiet, I scrutinise. I am quite good in observing other people or things in my surrounding. Sometimes, give and take, is all it needs for a good conversation, be truthful and not too kiasu. Listen, observe and talk. Sometimes, I think 'dua-pao' is equivalent to kiasu in certain conversation. (For those who dont understand hokkien, ask me what 'dua-pao' means.)

I trust that, there's a kiasu character in each and everyone. It all depends on how you surpass the brighter side of kiasu-ness. Parents can be kiasu, too, to find the best school for their kid, in order for their children to be a intelligent, better than the kids next door. You can either be kiasu while dealing with business, conversation, studies or anything without realising.

Here's a comic for you to enjoy, adapted from Google Images.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

First experience.

I was in the clinic the other day, and have my first volunteer patient in my third year of studies. I can say albeit I am nervous, I look forward to it!

My patient is over 60 years old female who is really friendly and lovely to talk to.

As usual, I start off by "Hi, are you Mrs ____? I'm Anna and will be testing you today." She is nice and we went to by asking her "How are you? And did you have a nice weekend?". (FYI: We had a module about communication skill.)

Later, she told me, "Anna is my favourite name." I'm so happy and replied "Thank you". Then we had a little chat then continue with my routine.

First she told me about her complain and I'll try to fix it. I checked her vision and I cannot go any further than what normally we get. She kept telling me that she sees double vision in one eye. I checked her muscle balance and she does not has any problem, at all.

The nerves ran up and my super-nice supervisor came in to my cubicle. I told him what I've done and can never get any further for her vision. Questions that he asked me gave me a really blank-mind and all that I answered was trial-and-error. *I feel ashamed in front of my patient!!*

After that, I check the back of the eye, then I discover that there's something in front of her retina. It looks like floaters of clog of fibres to me. "Ah-ha! That's the reason why she sees double in one of her eyes!" Not entirely the problem that I am bad in doing it.

The result is that she has Cortical Cataracts. Something like this:

I can see streaks floating around the viewing media. It scatters the light that went into the eyes, so that is the reason why she sees double in one of her eyes.

It was a REALLY good experience and she is a wonderful patient who is really patient of what I did. She made my day!

Leave a comment if there's any question about the eye that you would like to ask!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Malaysian Food in Glasgow (2nd Edition): Rumours Kopitiam

Being far from home always makes you feel like eating something that reminds you of it. I'm from a city named Kuching, an urban city on the Island of Borneo, which has lots of affordable and yummy food for you to taste, day to night, all day long!

There's a few authentic Sarawak food that I missed. Sarawak Laksa, Belacan Beehoon, Sotong Kangkong, and Kolo Mee, to name a few.

Here in Glasgow, there's a Malaysian Restaurant- Rumours Kopitiam. It's a place where I can eat food (not all) from home. Some of the authentic one is Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), and Curry, to name a few.

This is kind of like our starter. Quite heavy though. Good.

Fried Chicken Wings. Behind: Red-Ice Blended Watermelon Pearl; Yellow: Mango Sago

Me with my Singapore Laksa Noodles and a glass of Mango Sago. Singapore Laksa is different from what I get from home, the Sarawak Laksa. Singapore Laksa, I would say, more of the curry taste where as Sarawak Laksa has more coconut milk and sambal. I personally prefer Sarawak Laksa, though the Singapore Laksa served at Rumours Kopitiam taste pretty much authentic and good.

Tips: If you like spicy food and would not want to have rice, you can order this Singapore Laksa which is worth a try. It's served with mussels, fish cake, prawns, bean sprouts, as well as some meat.

Rumours Kopitiam.

There quite a lot of their menu I've tried. I will try more in future. And, just a quick review, I went there 2 years ago, click here to see!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


There are songs that you sing with
There are songs that you dance with
But there's always one song that you always love
It's the song that you first heard of.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


Checked my mail at the security office. I used to have lots of mail hence they already know my name. This is my third year with Caledonian Court.

And, I finally receive my Backstreet Boys new album, which just launched in UK last week! The new album titled "THIS IS US". It's a deluxe version I own.

Some of you might think, "What? Backstreet Boys?? Be a grown up!". Ya, I know, I know. They are my first favourite boy band and I first knew them when I was 10! Imagine that! They might be too pop and a bit cheesy, I still like them!

I'm enjoying my new songs now! With their new song, "Straight Through My Heart".