This coming week I will be in South Australia. I’m unlikely to post updates using this blog, because I’m getting tired of MT but have no time to either upgrade to version 5 or (more likely) migrate to Wordpress. Twitter’s been erratic (still down, at the time of writing), so if I do send updates, I may actually use a mix of Posterous, Facebook and Flickr. Let’s see how this works out.
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I did many things in London, Bicester and Bristol.
My classmates and I hold Bristol fondly in our memories, which is the main reason why we flew for 12 hours and spent more hours on the road to get there. However, during the trip together we realised on thing:
We all had memories of different places and things. Grabbing a coffee at Boston Tea Party (which has nothing to do with any anti-Obama movement, BTW) is nice for me, but doesn’t bring back the same warm, fuzzy feeling as it did for the others who were more frequent patrons, back in our student days.
Drinks at the Cory Tap were a good memory for me, although XL had never stepped inside that pub before. Walking on the Bridge was great for me, although I tended to do it during the day while DY would do it at night with her group of friends. A picnic at Ashton Court would have been very pleasant for me too, but the others weren’t as familiar with it. Especially when there was shopping at Broadmead to be done!
Before that, in London, my plan was to see museums, museums and more museums, have pub food, catch a World Cup England match preferably with England fans around me. It just had to be the England-USA match, and it was probably the worst time for the team to have a case of Green thumbs. In general you can’t beat English pub atmosphere at an England match, though it did become more subdued after the second goal.
I also ended up buying lots of CDs on sale, at big stores like Harrods/HMV and also niche players in Bristol. A bonus was stepping into the Monocle shop in London, getting a free glass of rose wine and seeing the magazine I purchase get gift-wrapped. Other people had different priorities, such as finding the best places to eat and shop. We also had sufficient spiritual food. I visited a small but growing church on my first Sunday (1 day after flying in from Singapore) and the week after, visited Holy Trinity Brompton which was where the Alpha course started. It changed my life and I certainly hope it will continue to make a difference in this world.
Of course, I also was very glad to meet up with my old friends RT (and his wife, JL), YML, BC and some friends who have since moved to the UK. Thanks to RT and YML for letting me stay at their homes. While I gave priority to my Bristol university mates I did manage to squeeze in two INSEAD-related events (dinner with ES and dinner with AH, CP and many of the Singapore campus batch now working in London).
And I should note down for posterity the joyful moments we shared in the car, en route from London to Bicester, from Bicester to Bristol and finally from Bristol to Heathrow airport, listening to the radio as it played some familiar songs that we all knew, and us singing along the way to make the journey more enjoyable.
All these new memories are of course, captured in photographs which I haven’t had time to publish yet. Truth is, I’m out of time and disk space and I’m supposed to be resting - though my rest has been broken with many bouts of sensationally bad dreams which make me wake up.
Hopefully all will be well soon.
All’s well in London so far. It’s a bright sunny morning this Wednesday, which is a reprieve from the windy drizzle we had yesterday.
Museum tally so far: British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. Today the plan is to head to Tate Modern. Visited Harrods but am not a very big shopper, which may be good as I have to lug my baggage through the subway in an hour’s time.
Pollen is in the air, so I am warding myself against hay fever with antihistamines.
More updates on Facebook.
The busyness of the past 2 months has caught up with me, and so I haven’t had much time to blog, although I should still be more active on Twitter. But I had to ensure things were done before I embarked on what will be the biggest trip of the year.
In a few hours’ time I will be flying to the UK to celebrate my 10 year graduation anniversary from the University of Bristol, together with friends.
While in London I hope to visit some museums, catch up with old friends, watch a musical and do some shopping.
In Bristol we will revisit our old haunts and maybe, bump into one or two familiar faces along the way.
For friends, I will post updates on Facebook, so do get in touch if you’d like to meet up in London.
Shanghai was foggy when we arrived in the late afternoon, and remained murky until evening, when it got prettier simply because the city lights came on. We braced ourselves for the cold weather, but even the 3 layers of clothes I was wearing didn’t seem to make a difference.
Walking home from dinner, we stepped into a department store just to get some respite from the cold, and I ended up buying a long, padded coat. Tomorrow, I may get a warm, fuzzy hat as well so that my ears don’t feel like dropping off.
There’s fast internet where I’m staying, but certain sites are off-limits: namely, my favourites Facebook and Twitter. Google.com was accessible but there was a huge banner ad that took up more than half the page, pushing the search bar down. It disappeared before I could grab a screen shot. I thought that was most unusual, given how Google’s home page is usually very spartan and gimmick-free.
Other web services that are accessible, so far: LinkedIn, Flickr, Evernote and even Second Life. And this blog, of course. Webmail seems to be working fine. However, third-party apps that connect to Facebook and Twitter (like Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop) don’t work.
So I tried updating my Facebook status via a Twitter app installed within LinkedIn. Those of you who are my Facebook friends - I hope you’re able to view that. Presumably, after the initial command is sent to LinkedIn, thereafter all communication between the web services should occur outside of China.
I’m still suffering from a stiff neck and it’s been difficult to sleep. Hope to find a good masseuse tomorrow.
Over and out…