Wednesday, December 31, 2008

End of another year, and beginning or a new one

I've got so many other things to blog about, like my 1st Christmas away from family, St Andrew's Day lunch, Christmas party in my department, some special skills that i've learnt within 2 months, my shopping spree, new discoveries i've made, new friends... I know it'll be too late if I blog about all this next year, and I know it'll all be too much of information overload if I blog about it all together now within a last few hours of this year. I'm gonna push all that for the next coming posts so that I can talk about how 2008 has been for me. I've never done this kindda post before, and I want to do it this year, cos I want to remember everything that has happened in this year ( even if it is only in point form.. yea.. like I can limit my words )

There has been many memories in this year.. some good, some bad, some recollect able, some forgettable. But I believe and I know everything was for a purpose and God was leading me, guiding, and molding at those times, and most importantly I know He was right there next to me all along.


Had a new look for the New Year. Managed to get my hair cut really short.. just like it was when I was in primary school.. but with a different style.

I dont think I was ready/prepared for the New Year... actually, didnt give much thought about it at that time. It was just the beginning of another year for me. I had no plans for the year ahead of me, bu the Lord did and I wasnt aware of it, until a few months back.


Had my 1st sip of alcohol... n didnt like it to the bits

Went to Chennai with my batchmates in degree course for a short holiday trip (1st trip with friends),

and had the privilege of showing them what Malaysian food is all about, am proud about it even today!

Amusingly figured out that my classes either gets shortened or canceled whenever I wear a new dress to college.


Had my graduations .. even before the final exams (that's how it's done in India)

Had many insecurities about my future and what I was gonna do with my life by the rate I was slacking

Amazed yet again by God's faithfulness

Went to a bar for the 1st time in my life all for the sake of food

Got influenced by Harry Potter.. in a very silly way :P


Almost died of nervous breakdowns, doubts, fear, panic attacks, accidents, etc. etc. all because of finals exams... oh, n lost a lot of hair in the process too

Started drinking coffee and tea to stay awake

Discovered many eating out places (before and after exams) and became a regular customer in Cafe Coffee Day for the sake of studying

I managed to get rid of chemistry from my whole entire life of studying for good!! u cannot imagine how happy that makes me!

Didnt have the guts to try cocktail.. ended drink a lousy mocktail

Had my share of mischieves ;)

A new found passion for special colour pencils

Bent on trying different types of beer . LOL


Successfully finished my Degree course without having to waste an extra year or a half to complete all my papers. You wouldnt understand how much that means to me without hearing me out completely about the history

Missed my friend's wedding which was happening rite there in the city I lived in for 3 years!

Went to Chennai and Thinelvelli (in India) for summer break and melted and looked like a househelper.


Was really excited to be back in Malaysia..who wouldnt be...

Made a very very important decision in my life and listed out some of d criteria. HAHHAA!!! .. n if u'r wondering if it worked out.. no obviously didnt.. LOL

Turned quarter of a century old!

Discovered many new eating places and expanded my waistline in the process

Finally made up my mind that coffee and I are better off without each other.

Walked hand in a hand for the 1st time with life as it was


Was in KL more often than I was at home in Penang

Went on a 'sort of' road trip with Sherline and Yasmin. That was my 1st ever trip with friends in Malaysia

Started cooking.. forcefully.. but turned out horrible and my mum had to suffer the consequences of forcing me to cook :P


Went out for movie and supper with friends at night for the 1st time in Malaysia. (not that I wasnt allowed to go out at night.. I just never asked or tried)

Made a total fool out of myself. Among all the idiotic/silly/playful/kiddish/mischievous things i've done in my entire life, this one won the trophy.

Met one of my darling nieces after a year she was born.

Another darling niece added to the family... whom I havent met yet


Reminded again and again of God's love, and His plans for me.

Went on a shopping spree which caused my mum a bomb


Changed hairstyle again, but not too drastic.

My farewell party – for good?? ... I dont know...

Had heart to heart conversations with important friends about our lives, and how God has been molding us, and how He has changed each on of us, and how He has brought us together. It was a different feeling that night when I was driving back home at 1am.

Set foot in a country that I could and was only dreaming of

Met one of the love of my life

Learnt many valuable lessons about Scotland practically


Unofficially changed my name to Lucky

1st sight of snow!!

Made friends with tea

For the 1st time in my life I missed having a sibling

Authored a “Step by step guide about bowling for Dummies”. It was a huge success!

Realized that I need a family ASAP.. n then realized that it doesnt happen ASAP


1st Christmas away from family.

Tried wine for the 1st time, n liked the fruit wine

1st Christmas with an English family, and had a proper English Christmas

Became famous for a skill which i never thought i'd have in my whole entire life!

Realized that i've become a scarf freak

Boxing Day is bad for ur health, am still tempted to go shopping even after the mad 3-day shopping spree!

Got hold of another love of my life

All the events above are only a few or everything that has happened that made many changes in my life. I spent 4 hours on this post, cos reading through my previous posts made me think about all that has happened.

And for the first time ever, i'm going to make New Year resolutions for the year 2009.

Here's wishing all of you a very blessed and prosperous New Year! May you have joy and peace in whatever you do and may you be blessed abundantly with God's grace and love! :D

Monday, December 29, 2008

My Reebok


I did it.

It's mine now.

It's all mine.

But i'm not very happy.

U could say it's guilt that's killing me.

I could give you a thousand and one reasons ( it's REASONS ...mind you...NOT excuses ) like

1) I love Reebok
2) My current shoe is giving away already
3) There's nothing wrong in buying another shoe before i'm completely deprived of any
4) I heart Reebok
5) It's on Sale
6) There's no way i can get Austin Lady for the price i got it for now.
7) If i dont buy another shoe now, i'll be the only fool who'd spend extra for another pair of shoes probably next year after the sales is all over
8) For the amount i walk these days, i know my current shoes is bound to meet its last day soon
9) Have i told you how much i love Reebok
10) ... Yea, I Love Reebok

This is the model that i wanted.

But this is not the colour that i wanted.

Infact, I hate yellow

But i bought it anyways... sigh...

All for the love of that name!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

this is so pathetic

It's Christmas Eve, n i'm sitting in my cold room all alone watching idiotic movies.

I havent even drawn the curtains in my room today, havent seen the sun, havent heard a single Christmas carol, haven't heard any laughter ... but i think it's good in a way. if there's laughter from some other flat... for all i know there might just be sounds of tears and sobs from my flat

I should have just agreed to go to Manchester d day before rather than wait for next week.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Have fun and celebrate with ur families.

Monday, December 22, 2008

it gets really depressing in here

... especially when i walk out on d corridor of my flat n see this

n my door is the only one that doesnt receive anything

Saturday, December 20, 2008

this is so AARRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is why ppl keep saying dont leave your work till the last minute!! see la wat happens now!

there's a major essay due on monday morning, and i've just started it on a saturday afternoon!! and my comp is going mad!!!

i'm so doomed for this essay!!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

what Malaysia and India couldnt do to me, Glasgow has already done it

from a person who coolly but confidently said that her mum would come with her to India ( but it didnt happen... my mum threw me in a hostel ), for a person who refused to help in d kitchen in any way other than wash the dishes once in a while, from a person who used to like baking ( which was once upon a time ), from a person who survives on juice and biscuits and refuses to stand in front of the stove and cook lunch or dinner even if she's starving, from a person who survives on afforable instant food, from a person who assumes that she's gonna make her husband cook and help around with the housework.......

arises a girl who can do all this:



TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK. ( PS: anytime within the next one week)

make sure u keep an eye on this page, so that u dont miss out on wat the 8th world wonder is

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The perfect dinner


Spicy Malaysian style noodles, Pepsi, Irish Cream Liquor, a cold night in Glasgow

Monday, December 8, 2008

let there be light.. n there will be light....

... a weekend later!

it's not that the management is not efficient... it's just my bad luck that my lights had to die out on my on a saturday morning, and the service department is closed during the weekends. so, i had to wait till today morning n make a report before going for class... i come back at 3pm, n find my room bright n ... white bright! LOL....

d thing is, i've always been complaining that d light in my room is d yellow light sort of thing n it gives me a headache when i try reading or doing much work.. infact, i hardly do any work with those kindda lights.. cos it just puts u to sleep!

now i've got nice white lights!! yay...!!! so, no more excuses n no more delaying in doing my room! it's supposed to be good... it is good actually... but somewhere in d corner of my heart i think i'm kindda upset that i dont have any more excuses! hahhaha


Selamat Hari Raya Haji and Eid Mubarakh ( i know i slept that wrongly/i dont know how to spell it correctly) everyone

since i have so many Muslim classmates from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, etc. etc,), we had a chocolate party today!!!

i was too excited when i saw all that chocolate. i was so focused on trying out every kind of chocolate that was there, and i completely forgot to take photos! :P

there were so many varieties of chocolates.. that i dont even remember how many there were... but i remember that the Brazilian Chocolate was D BEST!! i took one from d box n popped it in my mouth... realized it was nice, so walked up to d front table on my way out n took another one. when i was out d main door of d building, i so wanted to turn back n smuggle d box with the remaining chocolates in it! LOL .trust me, it was really that good!

d whole of today morning, i kept walking up to d front table to take d chocolates n chocolate biscuits one by one.. that my whole class (probably just almost d whole class) noticed n labeled me a total food junkie! some of them sort of realized that i was a food junkie on St Andrew's Day lunch(it was organized by d staff especially for us and i conveniently forgot to take my camera along on that day of alld d days.. so, i'm still in d processing of stealing pics from my classmates), cos i tried everything on d table (even if it was something made from sheep's gut) and i still went for a 3rd round... even when i was so stuffed. at d end of it, i was sitting on a chair n couldnt move for quite some time cos i was too full, and i still didnt have d heart to leave that room! hahhaha....

i just dont care anymore i guess... i'm a food junkie and i dont know since when i became like this. i'm just willing to put almost anything n everything in my mouth to give it a try ( d sheep gut thing was ... errmm.. sort of a mistake ... cos i didnt know wat it was before i ate it. if i had known earlier, i wouldnt have tried it anyways... probably just half a table spoon... just for d sake of knowing how it taste like )

i remember telling Yasmin (principal/founder of HOPE) once that i'd never eat a burger or Subway in front of d guy i really like, cos i'd really embarrass myself. n she thought i'd never eat burger for d rest of my life after i find my guy. there's no way i'm sacrificing food for a guy n there's no way i will put up a show in front of someone who's gonna be stuck with me for the rest of his/my life. he might as well know wat he's asking for.. but i at least have d curtesy of sparing him for d first few dates n then he can have nothing but the whole truth! hahahha. On a serious note, i think i should go for eating lessons to Sherline (legal adviser/errmm... Sherline wat else was it that u are in HOPE?)


To those of u who are in my facebook list.... i think u must have noticed d change in my profile.

i've changed my name to Chumi Lucky Lakshmi. ( oh, how i wish it was my relationship status had was changed ).

it is simply impossible for ppl here to pronounce my full name. so i gave up trying to introduce myself as Lakshmi to ppl other than my classmates. i just tell them that i'm Chumi. even that they find it difficult, unless i spell it out or write it down on a piece of paper.

So, i just simplified things by introducing myself as Lucky ( which is d name i got while i was in India, cos my name sounded like that n cos i was generally lucky, according to some of my friends... i'd prefer to say that i'm unfairly blessed.. LOL).

well, i thought it would simplify things... but it just complicated the situation... hahahha. cos when i tell them that I'm Lucky, they seem surprised and want to know how i got that name. so, i end up having to tell them the whole story where "my full name is Lakshmi, but since it's difficult for most ppl to pronounce it, i introduce myself as Chumi, which ppl find equally difficult, and i finally tell them that i'm Lucky, hoping that it's much easier for them to remember!"

i should have thought of an English/Christian name at least for the sake of making my life and other ppl's life more simple and manageable. sigh.... it's at times like this when i wish i use my common sense more often than i already do.

anyways, i'm officially now Chumi Lucky Lakshmi.

if u can think of any names that would suit me/simplified version of my original two names/would be me when u shout it out or whisper it... then let me know. i'd love to hear wat u guys can come up with!!! (which reminds me of how some of my classmates and i came up with Ajax Fabuloso for friend of mine during our secondary school years! HAHAHAHHH) but pls spare me from those floor washing detergents' names!


while i was walking back to my room today... i was happy.. cos i'd be moving soon!!!!! (still keeping fingers crossed though). but when i reached d front door of my flat, i wasnt happy anymore.... cos there was a mail..... but it wasnt for me. all my flatmates get letter, postcards, parcels, greeting cards, and God knows wat else.. except for me!! :(

Thursday, December 4, 2008

decoration = renovation


C, E and L are the other characters in this, while 'me' is obviously me. words in brackets and in italic form are those that were running in my head.. which werent voiced out... quite obviously!

scenario : In the car while on the way to another location

C : we can't have the community group in my place today because the place is being decorated. so it's all in a mess

Me : oh (decoration for christmas?? y is she paying other ppl to decorate her house for her. who wouldnt want to decorate their house on their own? weird.. :I )

After half an hour, and when we've reached the location.

C : we've had to relocate here today for the meeting cos my place is in a mess... decorating it. thanks to L who opened her place for us....

E : oh....

L : aww.. thats no problem.. u guys r welcomed anytime!!

E : oh well... it's good in a way.. i'm really like her place... expecially her curtains.!! her mum's so sweet to do it for me!!

Me : oh, yeah.. i'm so fascinated with everything.. i just love ur place L..!!

(it is an understatement to just say that i fell in love with that place! i couldnt close my mouth shut n i couldnt stop saying that i like that place... i was this close to asking her if she was looking for a flatmate for her empty second bedroom! i think i should have... i wouldnt mind at all walking or taking the bus from that place! i was too shy to ask her if i could take pictures of her house... one day i'll google that apartment n show u the pics... then u'll know wat i mean!)

after almost 2 hours... when it was time to leave

E : u've got such a nice place here! n i like to look around the houses here... really beautiful houses! u should have a walk around someday u know (to me)

Me : oh really?? i'm already fascinated with this.. i dont think i need to look at any more houses! LOL....

C : yeah... u've got a really nice place... my house is in a total mess. only 2 of me can walk along in d hall... everything from my room is thrown out to the living room...

E : have u bought that house already C??

C : no.. i'm renting it.. i'm still in the same place....

E : oh, then y r u decorating it now??

Me : (wat r they talking about..?? y not decorate her house for christmas even though it's a rented house... she's been there for quite sometime anyways..n i still dont understand y she wants to hire ppl to decorate her house..?!!)

C : cos it's leaking... it's been leaking for more than a year infact!

L : wat!! for more than a year?!! u should have gotten it done so long ago... y didnt u call someone to do it sooner??

C : well actually... my landlord..landlady..landfamily...watever! hahahahah... they arent really the fastest ppl.... i've been telling for quite sometime now... but they finally got someone to get it done... d leak was so bad that it has been sipping through so many floors from above! and it's been leaking from my floor to the one below me!

E : oh.. that's nasty...!

Me : (Chumi, decoration means renovation)

Monday, December 1, 2008

have you had the plessure of...

... wearing 3 layers of clothes (tshirt, vest, jacket) under the water proof winter jacket that makes you look like an eskimo, topped up by a wool cap, a wool scarf wrapped around ur neck, 2 layers or gloves, 2 layers of socks under the sport shoes, and yet cannot feel ur fingers by the time u reach home, feel as if ur feet is wet, and cant move ur lips fast enough to talk...?

have you ever had d plessure of feeling pins n needles + burning sensation + forced pressure pressing inwards and outwards on ur fingers + bloated fingers ..??

u havent??

which part of the world r u in??!!!!

u'r missing out on all the fun man!!!!!!!!

come to glasgow!! it'd be my plessure to introduce all the plessure that i've had in the past few days!!!!!!

i promise u'll enjoy it!