Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rainbow Dash?

It all happened on Sunday morning where I foolishly tell the whole world that I am celebrating the Pride, that I am happy for those who have fought and stood up to make life more unbiased. That I am happy for those who had been marginalised. That I am happy for those who had been discriminated for their sexual orientation. That I am happy for those who live secretly in the name of respectability. I guess that would be the biggest mistake of the year. 
I should just keep it to myself
I should be less vocal
I should be less opinionated
I should be extra careful?
I also should see it at a different side and not just one side?

When I found out about the Pride I was thinking about these things
Equality
Human Rights
No to HATE
Stop discrimination
Stop VIOLENCE

I should have these things in mind instead
GAY is wrong
if u started to rainbow'rised your display picture, everyone will do the same and probably turn gay 
*somehow some people think rainbow has this magic effect that i don't really comprehend*

I didn't think of that because I always believe that whatever we have become, we are the only one responsible for that. Not the people around us, not the environment nor the surrounding. We all do things that we want to do. Things that we like to do. Things that we decide to do.

In my opinion, this matter is more to accepting people for whatever they decide to become and perhaps its ok to let some people burn in hell for being gay *because in Islam being gay is a great sin. Although I still think God is Merciful, God is the Greatest and God is Gracious. No one will judge u except Him*

And my intention wasn't to urge other people to stand on the same ground as I am standing. I was just happy for them as they now have their rights taken care of. As much as i know being gay is wrong, but if being gay makes u happy then i will accept that. u live ur life happily and i'll live mine. its human nature to seek happiness and i could understand that.

However, i didn't see the religious side of this matter. Maybe because I don't know much about Islam and I am more liberal. I really want to know if i would still have the same point of view if I am closer to my religion. As for now, I just need to accept all views and sieve. That is the best i can do right now. I think.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shroomaloomi! Bungalows and Bears

Finally get to taste Shroomaloomi and it was shroomazing! I like how it can be so simple yet so tasty. The flat mushrooms are so tasty and top with grilled halloumi that will never go wrong
BAMMM!
best vege burger I've ever had so far in Sheffield


Old Fire Station, 50 Division Street, SHEFFIELD, S1 4GF
2-4-1 burger deal every TUESDAY
 my date went missing LOL
newsletter!
 its all about em burgers!

I have to say I love the place so much! Reminds me of TGI Fridays, but they have their own edgy surrounding. The place is lively and the staff is super friendly! I would say their service is good and fast! In my opinion, this 2-4-1 deal is a great deal especially for students. U get delicious burger with generous amount of fries and fillings, great environment and a great service. U can spend less than 10quid here for a good burger and drinks!

Also, I like how they provide the newsletter! *cheers for a good marketing plan* I think its really useful because u get to know the latest events, they have live music and quiz night. Overall, I had a good night and definitely will recommend this place to my friends!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Projek Amanat Negara 2015 - Building a Brand New Perspective

Last weekend, I attended a highly valuable event, an event that cost £10 000 mentioned by Mikhail the chairman of UKEC and still, all the speakers was not paid for the event. lalalala.. However, the event was held in the Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham. Really beautiful venue and they provide all kinds of sandwiches for lunch, about 10 types? Perhaps that is why it cost so much for the event. i think. ok, moving on..


Projek Amanat Negara this year has a tagline "building a brand new perspective" They have powerful speakers, Dato Sri Nazir Razak & Professor Danny Quah, to talk on Malaysia as the chairman for ASEAN and to talk about the economic integration between ASEAN countries. Dato Sri Nazir was right when he said no one talks about ASEAN. Even I don't know much about ASEAN. Being exposed on a few things during the talk makes me realised that we have such ASEAN community, we have this issues, that issues. Good exposure!


The next session was on the power of women, solely to promote more women to get into politics because the number of women in our parliament today is saddening. Conducted by Dato Sri Azalina Othman, the fizzy of a drink, the cherry on a cupcake, the highlight among all. Why? because she is right when she said women is more fun than men. She did talk a bit on women issues such as rape in marriages and how different people perceive it. It is extremely surprising that there is such view that see the issue as something that is not rape, because the husband has the right to have sex with his wife.
I agree
but
if u force to have sex?
even if u are husband and wife
it is called RAPE
*refer to the definition of rape if u are confused*


Then the following session was on youth empowerment where i found Miss Ng Yeen Seen reminded us the importance to vote for the next GE. She also showed us some picture in Kelantan during the flood disaster. It was really shocking and heart breaking to see such images. And she said the volunteering work during that time really did unite people from any background to provide the humanitarian aid. Besides that, she pointed out that vernacular school doesn't really contribute to disunity among us, Malaysians. Because parents should have the option to decide which school they want their child to be in.


Last session was on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which I have no idea what is it all about. AHA It was a discussion/debate between a local lecturer, Dr Adam Tyson and YB Tony Pua, to be honest, I cant really relate myself with this topic, it was a dry session by Dr Tyson but not Tony Pua. Perhaps Tony knows what we want to hear. AHAHA However, "this is the best blueprint that Malaysia has ever produced" said YB Tony. I don't know anything about this so I cant tell if its going to improve our education system or not, but from both sides and all of us agree that implementation is what matters the most in any kind of plans.


To conclude, I am really glad I made the decision to attend this event, to be honest, the talk on women issues that motivates me to attend PAN2015. I am sensitive to women issues especially if u live in Sheffield, the Malaysians here are practicing inequality activities against women development (referring to a specific Malaysian society). This thing that women are not allowed to sing/perform in public that consist of men
i am totally confused
why is it there is such thing here
i dont think i've come across this when i was in the primary school or high school
i just think this is too disgusting and i have to mention it

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sweet Escape to London

After a year in Sheffield, I finally decided to discover London. The decision was made when I was stressed out with my studying. Its a tough year and I always have to struggle with my studies, however I accept the fact that I have to work hard because it is Uni anyway. 

I have to say winter holiday will be the time where I'll make a random trip to anywhere. Last year, it was Barcelona, but this year, my bank account is crying for a little savings. Hence I chose somewhere nearby. The first stop I made in London is the China Town, Chiayu is craving for dim sum so we went to her regular place; Wan Chai Corner. 

We took the bus to China Town and thats where the first londoner, a cute guy ,gave me a smile and i smiled back. When I am about to leave the bus, he said Hi with a really cute smile, and I gave him the impression 
awwww u look so cute but i have to go out now *smiles*

 

 

I love the fried taro with beansprouts because it taste exactly like char kuay teow! Also all the dim sum is really fresh and we had 7 types of dishes. We literally struggling to finish all the food, the price is really reasonable, the lunch only cost us £24+. 

Then we head to her favourite bar near China Town, La Perla, to meet Nichola, her colleague in Wagamama. The place has the best price for happy hour (thats what she said LOL) The house red wine is nice and they have really nice margarita without ice and also frozen ones (according to Nichola). That is the place where a second guy is eyeing me and I knew he's a malaysian (from his accent). So this chinese fella is a business analyst and he gave us a long introduction of himself and his business that evening, nothing so interesting. AHAH. We leave the place around 5pm to catch our musical play; Bat Boy.

Bat Boy Musical is amazing. This is my first time to watch a musical play and Im so glad Chiayu brought me to watch this. I really enjoyed the night because the songs are really catchy, u feel like dancing all the time. My feet were moving all the time. There were some glitch but it wasn't too much that will make u annoyed or whatsoever. Overall, I don't mind to watch this again because its enjoyable and fun!
because the one we watched the next night, is awful

The next morning, we went to Borough Market and Netil Market. I saw dead rabbits and other animals hanging in front of one of the meat stalls. There are many interesting things that u can get in Borough Market but they are all overpriced because its somewhat has been commercialised. Well, u can get cheap avocados but u have to be really careful since most of them are ready-to-eat-straightaway. 

In Netil market, it was up north and so far away from Borough Market, the only reason we visit the place is to try this taiwanese place called Bao London. The market has a lot of interesting stuff as well, u can find unique espresso maker from Italy at a decent price, accessories from cheap to bloody expensive, and a lot of independent food stalls!

 
some locals designer

 some independent foodie stalls

After that we went for a drink in Hutong at The Shard before visiting Tate Modern. If u planned to visit the place, u have to wear proper shoe and no trainers is allowed because its just too posh for that LOL Also, to prevent from waiting outside the entrance, it will be better if u make a reservation because they limit the number of walk-in people. 

 

 

 

Tate Modern visit is so-so for me, I was lucky Chiayu lend me her Tate card so I get to see  some exhibitions for free! I love some of the paintings, got me staring for minutes. I spent 2 hours in there so I think I did enjoyed the visit.

That evening we went to Shakespeares Globe, to watch our second play; The Knight of the Burning Pestle. We got a shitty standing place because the available tickets left when I was buying online, were the ones with limited view. However, I think its not nice for the place to sell those seat and make easy money
*i was very disappointed and very upset*
Although stated 'limited view', may as well just state 'no view at all' because we really can't see the cast most of the time and its really hard to enjoy the story with less view. Also, we have to stand for 3 bloody hours with "limited view"
*just not worth it*

We got the place at the side of the stage; DC4 and DC5 upper gallery. If u are planning to watch a play in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, make sure u buy the one at the opposite side of DC4/5. Because I think u can see better at the other side instead of my side. Its always better to seat in front of the stage and lower gallery.

 

 theres a cafe inside the playhouse that serves sandwiches, cakes and drinks

I didn't managed to take a picture of the beautiful candles chandeliers because the staff told me no pictures can be taken inside *ops* the playhouse has beautiful decor, they use real candles for all the play and I feel really shakepeare-ish. Nice place but too bad we didn't get a nice seating place. Perhaps next time!

I have a feeling that from now on, I might be going down London often for their theatre show. I really want to watch a ballet show. I think I made the right decision to study in Sheffield instead of somewhere near London!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sumo San Sheffield! First Post in 2015?

I am truly motivated to write this because i remembered something. I remember that I managed to get involved in the Sheffield Foodie Network recently and I am really glad to be one of them! So this will be my first time to write a review on a restaurant! 

This japanese place is suggested by my new friend from Morocco, named Ali. We became friends after a chat in the library while taking our break, it was a typically way for me to make friends. I talk to strangers a lot and some of them are my friends until now. 
Well, u will never go wrong with me if u invite me to have a sushi dinner! AHA!

Both of us never tried the place and Ali never tried japanese food before. This is ridiculous and nonsense, i know. lalalala Thank god he broke the record and tried it with me. He also can't use the chopstick but I managed to teach him, because I keep telling him to never give up and force him to use the chopstick properly. HAHAHA

Sumo San
16 Suffolk Road, Sheffield, S2 4AG 
Agedashi Tofu £4 and Miso Soup (comes with the Unagi Don)
Refreshing tofu with perfect sauce. Not too sweet, just nice


Unagi Yanagawa Don £13.50
The sauce is sweet and the potion is enough for two. We didn't even managed to finish a quarter of the rice. 


Sumo San Rolls £9.80
Fresh salmon and prawns

This is a nice 'japanese' getaway from the city. A nice place to have a quiet, romantic dinner because the music is not loud and the place is not packed with people. The surrounding is a little bit japanese-ish with the coloured wooden tables and chairs, and also the staff are wearing the traditional japanese attire. Besides that, the table settings, the plates and bowls are really japanese-ish. The staff greeted me well when we enter the restaurant and replied me well when i asked suggestions. The food arrived quite fast, didn't take a long time to serve us.

I am really particular about the authenticity of a japanese restaurant after I tried Wagamama (not a japanese restaurant for me and its over-rated and expensive). Sakushi is not too bad (just that sometimes the service is bad). Sumo San would be the place to feel more japanese, rather than just having sushi.

The green tea, to be honest, i can't even taste or smell the tea. Although its just green tea, but i think a good japanese restaurant should have a really good green tea. I will be surprised if there's any japanese restaurants here in Sheffield serve Sencha Green Tea or Genmaicha Green Tea. Those two are the best green tea to have when having sushi.

If u planned to visit this place, I would suggest u to try other than those that i have tried because for me, i didn't found them interesting. Probably next time I should go for the Dragon Sumo Rolls or the creativity list of sushi!

I have to say there was no wow factor in my visit but the fact that i like the quiet, tranquility atmosphere, I will come back here if I need a peaceful sushi moment! or a nice romantic japanese dinner :D