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The Growing Phase

Remember when we were younger like probably when we were in pre-teens, or even when we were teenagers emerging towards young adulthood?

I remember mine. 

From my point of view, ofcourse. There were so many cringe-worthy moments back then and I don't even know why I did those things back then. I actually probably do know why, but I'd rather not go into it. Who knows, 15 years from now I would wonder why did I even create a blog in the first place? Haha. Being at the age of 23 going on to be 24, I actually never imagined myself coming this far to be completely honest.

Yesterday night I was having dinner with an old friend of mine and the main topic that we talked about during dinner was about work, future prospects of our careers and I froze for a solid second.

'Omg, can you imagine? We're talking about our careers whereas a year ago we would be talking about our university adventures.' 

It hasn't been that long since I've graduated but it has definitely been a solid one year and a half and I have completed my masters. Now? I've opened up a door that leads me to endless possibilities, flying right here and there right before my eyes as I walk on.

Some people are excited to be able to step out into this world and they are eager to start new. Some others have opened up their windows and grabbed the opportunity which came flying into their rooms. Me? I'm standing at the door, with my hand on the door knob, contemplating if I should close it or walk on. Obviously you'd tell me to choose the latter, I mean I know that I should. However, there's this part of me where I'm scared of what's to come and I'd rather stay in my comfort zone.

Now, I have got out of my comfort zones plenty of times that the new adventures which I ventured out a few months or a year ago has now become a part of me. It shouldn't be that bad for me to restart once more? I keep forgetting about how I should be able to step out and experience something new.

There's still so much that I've yet to try and experience, in terms of what I want to do, atleast. I still want to travel whilst I'm young and I want to get rid of that fear of solo travelling!! But I'll have to put that on hold and venture out onto another phase of life. The funny thing is, I realized that I managed to complete somewhat most of my bucket list before I came back to the UK and I thank God for that. So so much.

To all those who feel lost, who are lost and who's just wandering around. You're not alone. But let's not stay in that pit for too long? We need to get up and push ourselves to see what's out there for us.

& I'd like to sum up that,

Life is a mixture of sadness and happiness, what helps us grow as humans is how we view things. To pick up the pieces as a reminder to ourselves that we've been part of that journey and we'll go on to be a better individual, to treasure our experiences and to learn that the knowledge is never limited.

I may not be the best but I'm going to keep trying and learning in order to be the best.

The Moos Coffee & Juice Ltd 2017

Hello, 2017 has ended, I would like to point out that I have delayed in blogging The Moos Birthday Bash for quite some time. The event happened during the summer and I must admit that I procrastinated in posting it because I had other posts and work to deal with.

and shamefully admitting that this would be my first official post for 2018! (except for the new year post, that's more of an intro haha)

FYI; The Moos is a vegan/vegetarian cafe where you will have a wide variation selections of food and drinks. All of them are freshly and home made right in that very kitchen. I would say The Moos is most popular for its' cookie dough balls, sandwiches, hot soup, smoothies, cakes, salads and ofcourse non-dairy coffee (there are dairy options as well). It even has a Yoga studio upstairs, with its' very own name - AIM Studio. So if you're a yogie, don't be afraid to sign up!

Details of its' whereabouts and contacts will be listed below.

I have worked here for a year and left since I headed back to Malaysia haha. It's a great environment to work in and also to study in!! It's my go to study place whenever I'm not working because I love their coffee and food. I'm not a vegan myself but their food is so great to the point where I've taken the initiative to learn more about vegan food.

Non-Alcoholic drink ofcourse. 

The founders of The Moos: Amy & Rhys (aka Bossses)

Amy makes the best vegan food on earth, I'm not even kidding. Her chocolate cake is to die for!! 

The event went well [A youtube video will be uploaded here soon, featuring my friends who came and their reviews regarding the free cakes that was given out on that day haha] I stayed on til the very end and helped clean up the entire cafe and made myself my favourite Oat Milk Hazelnut Latte!!

On the contrary, I have completely stopped drinking cows milk unless it's with matcha latte because non-dairy milks don't go well with the essence of matcha and I usually opt for oat milk which is usually 10p extra in most cafes, unless stated otherwise. I have visited and ventured out to other several cafes around the entire UK and found that most cafes do serve oat milk (my favourite would definitely be Portsmouth cafes other than The Moos).

Anyway, here are a few bonus pictures of my working time at The Moos.

When Lucy (who left as well) was incharge of painting the AIM Studio's logo. Idk how she did it la okay, damn tough but kudos to her! 

Hand drawn and painted by Lucy! 

Rhys and the three Oatly Barista Edition milk which I bought (and never got to finish so I had to give the rest to my friend) :'( Sad times. 

Put my disposable camera to good use during my last few days at The Moos which was around Christmas time.

Since Oatly's not available in Malaysia YET, so I have resorted to Rude Health which isn't too bad? But not as great as Oatly.

Details of The Moos are as below, feel free to click the links and it will direct you to the respective pages immediately!

112 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, CF14 3LY, Wales, United Kingdom. 

They're available on Deliveroo, if you're lazy to go out on a rainy day, don't fret! You can always go on deliveroo to place your order.

See you soon Moos. Will defo be back for my Oat Milk Hazelnut Latte. 

1st of January 2018, New Years Day.

Today marks my last day in the UK for the year. It has been a long roller coaster ride and each year, we always learn something new about others, things and most importantly, ourselves.

This year I have discovered my love for chinese leaf (lolol Ikr), learn't more on people's behaviours, a new course which I enjoyed, immensely. New friends which I've made along the way and old friends who has been there with me on my journey. It never ceases to amaze me how wide the world is, yet how small it could be.

I have managed to accomplish so many things this year and needless to say, I am proud of myself for doing so. However, I must ofcourse remind myself that there is always room for improvement and I shall use 2018 to complete the things which I have not completed in 2017. After all, it's just a normal day once more with a different number to the year.

Here are a few highlights to my 2017;

  1. Completed my dissertation thesis work which focuses on Dating Abuse amongst Malaysian Young Adults! 
  2. Visited Paris and went Glamping with my close friends. 
  3. Attended the COLDPLAY concert in Cardiff!!! 
  4. Got a part time job as a Barista in a Vegan Cafe [The Moos Cafe] 
  5. Stayed in a house filled with crazy people and loved them as much. 
  6. Stayed in the UK during the Summer and enjoyed it!! 
  7. Became a Girlguide volunteer leader and made new friends along the way. 
  8. Joined more volunteer organisations and the DeafBlind UK organisation. 
  9. Explored more of UK! 
  10. Executed design works for MSSCF.
  11. Completed the script for Festival of Diversity XV for MSSCF before I leave. 

This is pretty much the highlights of my 2017. 

With this, I would like to end my 2017 chapter and flip to a blank page to start noting down my 2018 journey which I have no doubts would be filled with new adventures and challenges.

Here's a picture from the Coldplay concert I attended and it describes how I feel at this very moment.

Signing Off.

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!
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