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Easter Trip 2017 | Swansea Part 2

Part 2 of Swansea is simple, really.

We woke up early in the morning and Britney had already prepared breakfast for us hehe aka American breakfast with vegan sausages, beans and fried eggs! [No pictures cause the weather sucked and we had to eat in the small hut]

Our first destination was supposedly the Gower but we found out that the tide would only lower at 11am and come back up at 5pm. So we headed off to Three Cliffs Bay and spent considerably an amount of time there!

After Three Cliffs, we had lunch at a nearby cafe with our packed sandwich lunches!!

 We then headed off to the Gower once more! [More hiking for me lol wth]

I swear, we hiked up atleast a 90 degree hill and down as well. Just to get to the 'devil's hole' which we didn't reach in the end because the tide was coming up and it was too rocky for us to hike properly. [LOL, maybe next time Celeste!] 

And tas' me giving myself a praise because I made it! haha. Also, I can't justify how tired we were. Albeit the fact that the hike was not as hilly as brecon beacons but because it was such a long walk and extremely rocky since we're actually walking through the sea, just without the water haha.

When we got back to the main point, we got ourselves ICE CREAM because WE DESERVED IT! 

We got to the Mumbles just in time for dinner and unfortunately the restaurant we wanted was closed for some reservations or something. So, we opted for an italian restaurant. hehe. Pastaaaa.

YAY! Got to walk on the pier since it was closed on the first day we got there due to a fire case.

and yes, regardless of whatever people tell me. This, by far is one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen in my life. [Apart from the ones I saw in Japan and Sabah] 

Pancakes and fruits for breakfast! We got the pancake mix from Tesco hehe cause nobody aint got time to start from scratch. Plus this suits for vegetarians. 

Omg!! After forever, I get to finally update my blog. TL;DR: My laptop crashed and it went into the repair shop for nearly a month and a half then it came back damaged -.- so the shop had to replace my laptop with a new one with less storage. So, I will have to wait to get back to Malaysia to upgrade it. 

Signing off! 

Easter Trip 2017 | Swansea Part 1

Easter normally falls on the month of April and that's when we UK students get our second holiday because well, you know, Malaysia's holidays are usually for a week or two or even just a day. It's pretty different here I guess, they follow the seasons because UK's a four season country (although their summer is never really summer tbh).

My friends and I decided to go 'Glamping' and we chose Swansea as our destination after much research!! I have never been to Swansea before and was extremely excited to go. We walked around the town centre in Swansea when we reached there since the Glamping area wouldn't be ready til about 4 in the evening.

The town itself is extremely near the pier unlike Cardiff where you would need the train, Swansea enables us to walk around. After having lunch (at mcD because I was craving for it so badly), we decided to head off to the Mumbles!! The main area for Swansea hehe. It's basically at the beach and that's where everyone goes over to eat, hang out etc.

Since the tide was low, we were able to walk on the rocks etc (we went back the next day and the tide was high up, but I forgot to take a picture of it!!! D: sad times.)

A few hours later, after hanging at the Mumbles. We headed off to our destination!! 

The girls slept in the hut whereas TG opted to sleep in the caravan, which was extremely cosy imo. The kitchen was situated in the caravan and since Iman and I had already prepped sardin fried rice the day before, we heated it up by cooking it in the kitchen. Extremely fun!!

Me trying to tell Celeste that the kitchen's too small for me to stand up. 

So dinner's ready! By Iman and I! 

Because the area is surrounded by people camping/glamping like us (Depends on what package you take) but there were alot of families around! So, it didn't feel scary that much. Except the fact that the site aims on saving electricity and on water, so showers close at 10pm and there's absolutely no lights around the site except for the registration area and the toilets. It would take atleast five to ten minutes to walk to the toilet area and you would require a torch light. I forgot to bring mine since I didn't think of the ecosystem thingy, so I had to use my phone, which wasn't really bright, eventhough they had the flashlight function. [AND THAT'S WHY, BRING A FLASH LIGHT!]

and here you go, pictures of what is in the hut, hehe. It's abit small but comfortable enough for 4 people. 

Anyway, part 2 will be about our hike and extremely tiring day. HAHA.

Signing Off!

Brecon Beacons, Pen Y Fan 2017

Back in January, my housemates and I decided to hike the Brecon Beacons national park which includes South Wales' highest mountain - Pen Y Fan. (Yes, we're crazy for hiking during the winter but it wasn't all that bad to be honest). I am not much of a hiker, the last time I 'hiked' was at TTDI's Kiara Park which isn't even a mountain LOLOLOL.

We woke up around 6am (I only had four hours of sleep because I drank coffee the night before and idek why the hell I did that) and we departed at 7 in the morning. We headed for the bus stop situated at Corbett Road and mind you, it was absolutely freezing at that sort of hour. The ride was approximately 45 minutes and I used up the time on the bus to catch up with my sleep.

It was incredibly foggy when we arrived at the place. So, we didn't get to see much of the scenery but regardless it was absolutely beautiful and it gave the mysterious zombie apocalypse vibe a little. I brought extra socks, water. My housemates and I (including Danial aka 8th housemate of 14 because he's there so often) made egg sandwiches the night before.

Told you it was foggy. 

The higher you hike (it is extremely hilly because duh it's a mountain) the more stuffy it gets and hence why I took my winter jacket off. It was obviously cold but the adrenaline kept me warm.

The approximate time of hiking up and down would take 4 hours and you will have to check the bus timings. We made a mistake of spending too much time hiking down and playing with the snow that we missed the bus and had to wait for a whole two hours in the bloody cold with soaking wet feet for the next bus to arrive. HAHAH but it was all good because we kept each other company and laughing non stop, which I appreciate alot because if I was alone I would probably had cried non stop. HAHAHAH.

Trying to get the movie poster going on... We failed, obviously. 

The funny thing was that we thought we've reached the peak but we didn't. 

and... we're finally at the peak! 

Because we house 14 people are really extra.

I think this picture really describes our friendship. 

My favourite picture. 

Really proud of myself for being able to get up at 6am after a two hour sleep because of the stupid caffeine which decided to kick in at the last minute, wtf. Hiked up and down with my fellow friends and nearly froze to death whilst waiting for the damn bus to arrive. Went straight to wokker-shaker in our drenched outfits when we reached Cardiff and had Nasi Goreng.

So yeah, Pen Y Fan at Brecon Beacons? Checked!!

Tinkerbell, signing off.

FODXIV - Raja Bersiong | MSSCF 2017

Alas, the post about the Annual Festival of Diversity (FOD)  for the Malaysians at Cardiff University.

This year would be the 14th Festival of Diversity, hence - FODXIV and it was held at St. David's Hall on the 25th of February 2017. I remember blogging about the 12th one which I starred in as a witch back in 2015. However, I didn't manage to blog about FOD 13 in 2016 (it was directed by my close & childhood friend - Nasha and Amin who both did such a wonderful job!) since I was focusing on my final year so the lack of posts last year (BUT, I was very much a part of FOD 13 as well - being the Dikir Barat Choreographer) and it was about Panglima Awang.

With the fellow choreographers. (As to which, Idk how we all ended up wearing something floral because none of us talked about our outfits at all and we ended up being coordinated, coincidentally). 

From left to right; 
Chinese Dance (ZiShan), Indian Dance (Alyssa), Malay Dance (Nasha aka Director), Contemporary Dance (Eunice) and Dikir Barat (aka meee!) 

So that's a brief recap of my dikir barat choreographing days and am extremely proud to have worked with such an amazing team which comprised of first to final years and of different races and cultures as well. 

Moving on to 2017's event - FODXIV which tells the tale of Raja Bersiong. 

This year I was more of the backstage person, helping the crew out with poster designs and marketing the event to the public. I made a promise to myself that I was going to execute the best designs I've got for this year's event as it maybe my last Malaysian Night ever. (Although, I do apologize for ranting too much. Who doesn't rant when it comes to work.)

Trust me when I say this, editing pictures or making graphics are not easy. Especially when it is for a super large event and everyone's just counting on you to execute the best poster ever in order to draw the public. Because well, image is extremely important, you see. I was a little rusty (since it's been a long time coming since I played around with photoshop) when it came to the first batch of editing the poster since there were a few glitches here and there. Obviously, I wasn't satisfied with how some of it turned out and I had to redo them over and over again. 

I thank god that my team was amazing and we had a fantastic photographer (aka Thomas Lee) for the photoshoot, who not only took photos of the cast but the rest of the crew (approximately 150 members). He's super friendly and passionate about his work okk don't play play. Hire him, if needed or wanted!! 

You may visit his insta page here for more of his work!! (P/S: He will be one of the photographers for my future wedding, thanks.) 

Designed the main poster, individual poster, banner, teaser countdown poster and the booklet for this year's FOD. Back in 2015, I was only able to design the booklet since Ariff was the main designer and he is amazingggg. Inspiration okk? 

Anyway, here are some of my artwork (after the amount of batches I went through with my team and ofcourse opinions from my ex GC boss - Harrizal, Kerby who has helped me out so much especially when my photoshop gave me problems and my other close friends hehe.)

The main poster

Banner for Facebook

Exhibit A for the Individual Poster

Teaser Poster before the final day

Exhibit B - Countdown poster (we had a 5 day countdown with each different characters representing each day)

The printed booklet :') 

The marketing/promo team who worked very hard in promoting our event and managed to get our poster to be displayed virtually at the Students Union (which wasn't easy). We didn't manage to get access to the Radio Station or School's newspaper but it's better than nothing! They grilled so hard by posting constantly on social media pages and going around university posting the mini posters everywhere (including the damn toilets, I had no peace seriously). 

However, I wouldn't say they were the only ones who did the advertising, the entire Malaysian society helped out in advertising and bringing their friends and family to watch the show too. Garnering a total of 900 audience!! Thanks to a certain Malaysian formal event (The Malaysian Initiative) that was going on in the morning which led to an attraction of other Malaysian students and Malaysian Ministers!! to attend the event. 

The sponsorship and marketing team

We all did a mannequin challenge (which is on fb, if I do get it I will post it here) and also behind the scenes video which Kerby and I worked on together to edit them both. 

Majority of my housemates and when I say this, I really mean 6/7 people are involved in FOD itself.  

With Iza (aka one of my favourite singers) being the co-host alongside Abhi.

Favourite FOD actor of all time (Danial Firdaus aka The Flamboyant Tuan Osman)

Didn't manage to get many photos with the cast since everyone was busy greeting their friends after the show and it was pretty hectic since we had to leave the hall immediately. 

Mr. Photographer himself. 

With le MSSCF president who did such a wonderful job in leading a team of hundreds. 

With Nadz (aka ex cast member 2015 and my favourite singer as well hihi)

With ex-boss (FODXIII's director) who's also one of the people who were there for me 24/7. 

with the OG crew since 2015.

My favourite Bristol-ians. 

and the most annoying crew (14CR) on earth. 

Super duper proud of the cast and crew, especially the directors (Jasmine and Sarah) who worked real hard alongside the committee to pull this huge event off. It was just plain indescribable to see the cast and crew grow from day 1 til the very end of it. The amount of stress, late nights and annoyance that we all had to go through but hey, what's hard work without any blood, sweat and tears? 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my marketing team (you know who you are) who has been with me since day 1, my close friends who were there to listen to me and my woes, Kerby who came over to 14 CR late at night just to help me out with my designs because photoshop was being a bitch, ex GC Boss who was constantly supportive of my work no matter what, housemates for keeping me entertained over late night works


MSSCF for trusting me with my work although I was hard-headed and stubborn with alot of decisions but thank you for pushing me way over my limit because I know now that I am capable of alot of things. Without you, I probably wouldn't have discovered or learn new things throughout my three years in Cardiff. Trust me when I say that although MSSCF itself is flawed in so many ways, it is still something that I keep close to heart and will cherish as the years pass by. 

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

P/S: I am more than willing to do graphics for anyone who needs any :D and do not hesitate to drop me an email for further discussions! 

Signing off! 
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