Sunday, April 11, 2021

Back in the UK

It has been so long hasn't it - nearly 3 months! I was lying in bed, knowing that I couldn't stand not doing anything but at the same time, no one's awake for me to text so I thought I might as well get on this. It's a way for me to procrastinate (or resist) from doing work over the weekends. 

A lot has happened over the past 3 months, I'm now back in the UK. My new room here feels like my own and I start going to the office tomorrow, so that's a one hour walk (return) every day to look forward to. Being back here feels a lot different than it was last year. I don't hate it neither do I cry every morning wanting to leave anymore. I think the whole Malaysia trip, the length of it and the things I did there had definitely allowed me to feel content and I hope it stays like this for a while. 

I quarantined for 10 days when I got back, did a swab test twice and then was able to carry out what still feels like a very restricted life. We essentially still wouldn't be able to go out to restaurants/pubs (and sit indoors) for another month though we would be able to sit outside. Seeing how Ramadhan is coming up, I guess that helps. 

I've been hanging out with the #halalgang a lot and I guess, that has kept me socially occupied. We were meant to go up north to visit OY for easter but restrictions were still there at that point and we ended up going to Windsor for a picnic (on the wrong day because the weather was bad). It always feels good knowing that you have friends. I must say that this little friends group we have was only initiated because of the lockdown and that's one of my silver linings of the pandemic. I'm glad I now have people that I could just be me with rather than have to put on a facade. Talking about friends - I sort of miss my TEAL Team 2 mates, it has been so long since we met up and the closest we could get to planning something is after Ramadhan!

But in addition to that, I also now have 'more people' I could kacau to occupy me. I previously heavily depended on a one or two individuals to get through the day but being in Malaysia allowed me to get a lot more comfortable reaching out to other friends and in that sense, I'm feeling content and happy where I am. I'm also going through a phase where I have positive emotions and feelings and that's ALWAYS good - though when you include the overthinking it gets a bit annoying but I'm enjoying it. 

Work-wise, it has been a lot busy than I thought it would be since coming back but I'm definitely happy that I'm actually working normal hours again. But it also means that I'm putting more hours than I should (voluntarily) so we're back to me not balancing my life right. I have an exciting project coming up where I'm going back to doing mechanical engineering work - so there's a lot to catch up on especially because I haven't done much mechanical the past year. Then again, I know the people working on the project and I know that I'll be getting the support that I need to make sure it all goes well. Also, I have a very approachable mentor so though it might get stressful - I'm extremely excited about this new, steep learning curve! 

I think that's it for now, Ramadhan Mubarak everyone. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Pre-lockdown Trip to PD

We knew it was coming but it was Monday last week when they had announced that Selangor will be in full lockdown for two weeks - and I was gutted. I had planned for Jared's birthday staycation and Kee Zhen's birthday day out. Fortunately enough, I hadn't booked anything for both. 

We had gone for a trip to PD the previous weekend. Mainly because we wanted to go to the beach and kayak. It was meant to be a complete family trip but Aisyah and Syameem had decided to stay home last minute because they became close contact. 

I've seen a pattern when it comes to weekend trips and it's the fact that I would only start packing in the morning because of work. So, it gets a bit hectic especially because we tend to leave right after Subuh and would end up with everyone waiting for me. Because I had stayed up the night before to finish up a thermal model for work, I was extremely hungry throughout the journey. Luckily, the two hour drive didn't feel too long and I had a good breakfast of nasi lemak.

At PD, we have this secluded little spot that we would always go to and the area has been kept really clean but what had surprised us was how clear the water was. It's so much better than Kuantan's beaches. We inflated the kayak and went to a little island which seemed closer from the shore than it actually was once we've started kayaking. There was - what seemed to be - a little communication tower which I had really wanted to climb but then realised that the start of the ladder was hung above my reach.

The views from the island was amazing but I had forgotten to bring my phone with me so there aren't any photos. After a bit of exploring, we had decided to head back but I jumped out of the kayak half way in between because I missed being able to just... swim. Of course, that only lasted a few seconds because I didn't have the stamina! Getting back onto the kayak was equally as hard... Hakim called me a whale. 

We had grilled chicken, sausages and things like that for lunch before we packed up. From memory, we've always gone to the 'secluded' beach in the Triton. So we had struggled to get out because of the steep incline and there was a massive hole in the road on the way up - the car we drove was a front wheel drive.  Hakim and I had to get out to assist in trying to get up the incline whilst avoiding the hole. After burning a lot of rubber, we managed. According to Dad, the only reason why it worked was because the car had less weight when we got out (rolls eyes).

I had wanted to stay somewhere nice and the only place that seemed half decent and had availability was Avillion Admiral Cove. We arrived at 3PM and still had to wait for our rooms to be ready which I didn't mind at first because the staff was very polite but after multiple disappointments, I've just had it. My room didn't feel very clean and so I complained - twice. It never got properly cleaned so I ended up cleaning what bothered me, myself. My safe was also already locked which I was upset about but since we had booked 3 rooms, I had my things locked up in Hakim's. Overall, whilst it was an OK place to stay overnight, it wasn't really what I had hoped for and I don't think I'd consider going again unless they improve. 

Putting the hotel issue aside, I very much enjoyed the short trip. As you may all know already - I love holidays with nature and water. The fact that the beach was clean and the water was quite clear just made the whole trip better.