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Brecon Beacons, Pen Y Fan 2017

Back in January, during the winter holidays. 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 at 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 so lunch was ready for us as well.



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 timing. 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

and 

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! 

Spain Winter 2016 (Valencia Day 3 - 5)

Final post for my 2016 trip! Then I'll update on my happenings in 2017 hehe. Finally getting on the right track innit?

Day 3 - 


Arrived in Valencia after a 2 hour train ride from Barcelona. Speaking of which, I loved the train so much?! They gave free earphones to watch a movie they provided on the train and also there was plenty of leg space. **Ding ding, Spain earns 10 brownie points!

Literally just walked around Valencia for abit since we arrived in the evening and settled down in our airbnb (which was absolutely amazing btw) *Please contact me for the airbnb details if you want them! It was relatively cheap and right smack in the middle of city centre where all the shopping was.

Had dinner around the streets and finally tried paella because that's what Valencia was famous for! Although... I'd stay away from it since it's super salty (it's just my preference overall I guess).

Day 4 - 




To be honest, for a season that's supposed to be cold. Valencia was absolutely steaming and hot. Hence not having to wear such thick winter outfits. 

Valencia was more of a chilled holiday rather than a rushy one, there weren't many tourists (which I really loved) or maybe it's cause it's winter so there wasn't anybody on the beach HAHA. 




Because I'm Asian - hence the bubble tea.






You'd probably go like "how is that even winter?" Trust me, it was winter but the temperature begged to differ. So I didn't really know what was going on either. 

We spent majority of our time at the Valencia market and the Beach. Then we headed off to what we girls do best - Shopping. Hehe. 

Day 5 - 

Our final day in Valencia and Spain (before we headed off back to Barcelona airport!) We headed off to Oceanographic and decided to spend 22 Euros on the entrance ticket (LOL, okay we really didn't think that we'd enter days before but we changed our minds and entered anyway. All because there was a Dolphin show.) 

However, no regrets! I thought it was absolutely fantastic and mind blowing with the scenic view. ALTHOUGH IT WAS SCORCHING HOT OK. 








AND! This place finally has what I've always wanted aka Chilli Flakes. Bloody hell, the only thing that I disliked about Spain was the lack of chilli flakes even when I've asked for it in Spanish. (Yea yea, I know this isn't Italy). I asked for like 2 - 3 cups of chilli flakes from the waitress and poured it all over my pasta. What's shown in the picture does not even define what I've poured upon my pasta. If you know me well, I am a super big fan of chilli. 

Before heading home, we were at the train station and there was no toilet?!?! All toilets has to be paid (similar to London) and my friends and I did not want to pay 80p for a damn toilet (ok lolol we're cheapos). But anyway, we entered a cafe which apparently needed a code to enter the toilet, wtf ok? And I didn't really want to buy anything and it was another 2 more hours til our departure. A kind samaritan (who didn't even have to help us in any sort of way) offered us his receipt and N and I managed to enter the toilet T.T. Wherever you are, kind sir - muchas gracias. 


So we ended our 2016 trip with a bang and although we were extremely exhausted by the end of trip cause of the lack of sleep but I am grateful that I was able to visit one of my dream countries with these funny lot. Thank you so much for going on that trip with me and dealing with my shenanigans (vice versa) lolol. 



Here's a vlog video of my trip itself, hopefully it will show you much more of our adventures compared to my blog post. 


Signing Off! 
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