Last Few Weeks of 2012

The last few weeks of 2012 had been oddly hectic, everything seemed to happen all at once, one after another. I was so free in the previous weeks by comparison. But these few weeks have also been very memorable.

Let’s see, on the 9th i began working a one-week temp job of stuffing and franking envelopes for a private medical practice. My friend asked me to join her in doing this job, and we would be earning 12p per envelope. Every time i recount this story to people, they think it’s an easy job but honestly its one of the most menial things i’ve done! Very monotonous, and we had to handwrite all the addresses onto the envelopes because they decided to ‘save money’ and not order envelopes with windows.  Stuffing large envelopes consisted of including a 2013 calendar with the actual letter and adding a plain piece of paper as ‘backing’, which to be honest i think was such a waste of paper! Not very environmentally friendly at all, and if they didn’t bother with the paper they probably could have bought the windowed envelopes! Stuffing the smaller envelopes was slightly easier, we had to fold the letters to size and add a flat magnet. I know it all sounds really simple, but actually if you factor in writing the addresses on, sealing the letters and stamping/franking the letters it took bloody ages. At the end of the day, we averaged about 500 letters between us. That’s £30 each, for a whole day’s work which didn’t include any proper breaks just a short 10 minutes for lunch and then maybe a quick 5 minute coffee/tea break. We were meant to be working 9-6, but in actuality we stayed til 6:30pm and sometimes 7pm so it works out worse than minimum wage, and we were not getting paid by the hour. We were also expected to post the letters, and we had to take time out to hunt for the nearest post office or post box that had a letter box big enough to fit the letters in. Basically, the take home story from this one week’s experience is that i now appreciate letters more. Behind every letter that comes in through the post – be it a proper letter or just spam mail or what have you – is probably a poor sap like me stuffing the envelopes! Thankfully, we only ended up working for 3 days.

On 12/12/12 at 12:12pm, i was still stuffing envelopes lol, well we took a short break to make tea and coffee but nothing special happened. And after a day of envelope stuffing i met up with a friend from my masters course for dinner. She wanted to borrow my notes, as she has to retake some modules this year. I was really tired but was happy to meet up with her as i know how much she struggles with the course, and really want her to do well. And since she moved to london to be closer to work, i rarely see her now. And she also gave me my first Christmas card and gift of the year 🙂

Then on the 13th was my friend’s 21st birthday. The plan was to surprise her at the restaurant, but we later found out that someone had let something slip so it wasn’t too much of a surprise after all. But nonetheless, it was really fun. I don’t really get to see these friends that often, mainly because when i met them they were all first year university students whilst i just started my masters course. During the year of my course i was so immersed in all the work that i had hardly any time to do social things so i never really initiated plans for meetups, and now that i’ve finished my course, the chances of meeting up seem even less. But i’m glad that from time to time that they still think of me and try to include me in things, hopefully this will stay the same in the coming year. Oh yeah, and there was some drama at the restaurant! A fight broke out between two groups of diners there, one group was there for a wake and another just some kind of party/gathering. No one quite knows what happened, we only saw three people arguing/fighting up the staircase but apparently someone got injured in the car park after the people in the restaurant tried to break it up. At the end of the night, the police wanted to question all the diners to see if anyone saw or heard anything.

And now we move onto the 14th! A day that i won’t be forgetting any time soon! I SAW BIGBANG LIVE IN CONCERT!! Yes, i got to see them live at Wembley Arena! Our seats were soooo good! And i never thought i had it in me, but i turned into a complete utter fangirl. Bigbang’s english is so cute, especially Daesung! I left the concert completely in love with him, his english was just too adorable. And omg, Taeyang my love. Best moment was watching him rip off his shirt haha. Oh yeah and Taeyang had a nosebleed at the beginning, but he just shoved a tissue up his nose and carried on. Bless him, and i love him more now because of his the-show-must-go-on attitude. Okay, i think i’ve fangirled enough in real life so i will now swiftly move on haha.

The next day, i met up with my old uni friends for Christmas dinner. Hadn’t seen most of them for more than half a year, so it was good to finally get the whole group together and just catch up! We’re always missing either one or two of us when we try to meet up, so it was really nice to get to be together before the year came to an end. We didn’t really do anything too special, just Christmas dinner at a bistro and then we went to a dessert place to just hang out and catch up some more. But really what we did wasn’t too important, the main point was to see everyone ^__^.

Finally, the 17th was a day to remember. I met up with my friends from Chinese school, and it was almost a complete group meet-up, but unfortunately someone fell ill. However, it was such a fun day. We had dim sum, then dessert at candy cafe then headed to The Magical ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland where we managed to take lots of nice photos together. A recent group photo has been long overdue! A couple of people had to leave early, but those of us who stayed went on to try out this ramen bar called Bone Daddies. Definitely recommend going there, and i totally understand why it’s so popular, the bone broth of their ramen is so good and i especially loved the soft boiled eggs that come with the ramen.

On the 18th, i went in for my volunteering session with the children centre. It would be the last session before they took a break for the holiday period, so there was a christmas “party”. Just some festive snacks and things for the parents and children, and christmas craft making. This brings us to the week before Christmas, spent most of the week just trying to get all the Christmas shopping done with my mum, food for actual Christmas day and of course gifts for family and relatives.

On the 22nd, i managed to squeeze in a meet-up with the bestie. I haven’t seen her for half a year as she moved to York to study so it was good to finally see her face. We just had a quick catch up meal and post-apocalypse celebration waffles lol. Then just helped my friend look for a Christmas present for her mum lol.

I guess really when you look at the weeks as a whole, nothing too major had happened. But it was eventful and this entry is just another log for myself to remember what had happened in the last few weeks of the year. If you actually read this entire entry, you have earned yourself a cookie :D.

♥ Veronica ~x

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It feels…

[this is just a repost of a post on my tumblr]

It feels so odd to see my cousin grow up. I don’t know why, but it slightly bothers me. Maybe it’s because i never thought they would turn out this way, doing things they really shouldn’t be. The problem is probably because in my mind, they will always be little to me. I guess it feels like as i watch them grow up, i’m witnessing the loss of their innocence, quite literally. Call it being a prude. Call it double standards. Whatever it is, it makes me uncomfortable.

I don’t have any siblings, so i guess my cousins are the closest thing i’ll get to that. I really wonder whether people with siblings feel this way when they look at their younger siblings…

Full circle… ish

I was looking through my past entries, and it doesn’t seem so long ago that i was feeling really lost about life, but it has been a whole year now. Since that entry i had applied to study a Masters in Child Psychology, and i’m nearly finished with the second term! How time really flies. To be honest, i’m still not too sure what i want to do, but at least my life has some sort of direction now. It’s that time of the year where i should really be looking into possible jobs and start applying for things, but i don’t even know where to begin! Unfortunately, my mind can’t focus past the assignments that i need to do now.

I feel like my whole Easter break has been a waste. I get two weeks of Easter, and then a reading week before i go back to having lectures. But this is already the middle of the second week of my Easter break, and i’ve only been out about 3 times, once to the cinema to see Hunger Games, then to a BBQ, and then dinner and drinks with friends in central. I haven’t done any work, so i really don’t know where all my time went! Though i was kind of unwell for about 5 days, and i spent most of those days just watching TV lol. But i can’t help but feel i have nothing to show for my Easter. It feels so weird, and to top it off, i actually have quite a bit of work to do >.<.

A stats test, a lab report, an essay, and revision to get done. Should probably end this post and start my work! lol. Wish me luck!

♥ Veronica ~x

Something to believe in

I really need something to believe in again. If i’m perfectly honest, i’m still clinging on to the belief that it’s possible . But, if i was wise, i’d grow up and see reality. We all need something to believe in, but my tears obviously tell me it is unwise of me to still believe. Maybe i’m just hoping, that in the end it will all culminate in to what i’ve been wishing for, and that it would have been worth the while. I’m still hopeful, and naively so. I’ll probably be naive for a bit longer.

♥ Veronica ~x

Let’s party like it’s 2012

…or not. So it’s been a while since i’ve written a new entry… well actually that’s sort of a lie since there are some unpublished ones lol but it’s a new year, so thought it’s about time to post something.

New year, new start! Quite fancy the idea of starting a new blog, but i also can’t bear the thought of losing this blog and letting it die. Anyways, before i forget, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Since my last entry, i’ve started studying for a Masters course in Child Psychology. It’s given back some structure to my life. Been up early in the morning like every other “normal” person, and sleeping early-ish, well before 2am. I actually don’t get much sleep on this course due to the sheer volume of work i have to do. I now find myself constantly reading articles, any spare time i have is spent either in reading or printing off the articles that need to be read. I’m actually rather worried that i may end up needing glasses after this course is over!

Anyways, the course is not going too badly. Everything is going pretty well, minus the stress of completing assignments and one rather annoying classmate (but more about that person in another post). I do hate how i’ve hardly had a christmas break though, thought i could finally take a well earned rest but i have an essay, a lab report, a research proposal, an ethics proposal due and two exams to prepare for before the month of January is even over! So basically have spent my whole break working away, albeit at a slow pace because i keep getting distracted.

Anyways, should probably have used the time spent on typing this entry on writing my essay! But, this year i shall try and make this blog more active again! Post on new year’s resolutions to follow XD.

♥ Veronica ~x

Unpublished

My blog looks as if i’ve abandoned it and that i only come back when i remember about it, but in reality those “empty” months aren’t lacking in entries at all. I just realised i have around 11 unplublished blog entries, some were never published because i started and forgot to finish, or they were too random and not ‘urgent’ enough. But the majority of them, i feel, are actually too personal to post.

I guess i have a real problem letting people know my problems. I much prefer to listen to other people’s problems and help them with it. I’d rather deal with my problems quietly and on my own, even when my world is quite literally crumbling down around me. I guess i’ve just not found anyone that i trust enough. Trust has to be well and truly earned, and my trust in people have been broken before. I don’t want to go through that again. I guess this means i may never have any truly close friends, but it’s okay. I still believe that one day, i will find someone i trust enough to tell them about the things that keep me up at night.

But right now, my vexations and deeply depressive posts shall mostly remain unplublished. Maybe one day i’ll care a lot less and publish everything.

♥ Veronica ~x

Last Weekend

Last weekend (2nd-4th Sept) has been one of the best weekends i’ve had. I didn’t do anything particularly crazy, but just had a bit of a packed schedule. The thing that made it awesome was that i managed to see alot of my friends over those short 3 days!

On the Friday (2nd Sept) i went to watch the play Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Globe with some of my old high school friends, which included my twin cousins since we attended the same school. I’ve never read Much Ado About Nothing, but watching the live version of it on stage was brilliant. It was really funny and enjoyable, i was afraid i wouldn’t be able to follow the story since it’s been a while since i’ve read Shakespeare but that was not the case. And even though my legs were super tired and sore the next day (since we had standing tickets which only cost £6) it was totally worth it. I really recommend going to see this! Plus a major bonus is that the actor who plays Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Joseph Marcell) is in it!

On Saturday (3rd Sept), my friend Tina touched down from Singapore and i went out to London to meet up with her and Vicky. Sadly we could only meet for an hour and a half since Tina was off to Paris later that evening. And even though Tina had gone back to Singapore for about 8 months, it seemed like we had never been apart. I love it when friendships are like this, you could be separated by time and countries, but nothing changes. Your friendship is still the same as before, no awkwardness at all. In fact there was not one moment of silence. Vicky and I roamed around central for a bit after Tina left, and ended up going to Snog for frozen yoghurt and whilst we were there, we managed to bump into my cousins (same cousins from Friday but this time with their younger sister too). Later that evening i was off to a Karaoke arranged by Karyan, finally using her £50 deposit from back in January! Tried to convince Vicky to come along but she rejected me 😦 lol. However i did manage to see Eugene, Sandra (finally!) and Jacqueline (who i had invited along to join us) at karaoke. My throat was so sore from singing that night, haha.

Sunday (5th Sept) was a more relaxing day. Went yum cha with my parents and grandma and bumped into Mei’s parents and grandparents, unfortunately Mei didn’t go. After being seated, i saw Zoe and her family come in. Really small world hehe. If Mei came it would have been a mini re-union! But we had all managed to see each other a few days before during Zoe’s bbq anyways. Today was also Sandra’s last day in London! She was moving to Belfast on Monday, so Karyan and I met her at Fire & Stone for a good bye dinner. We later went to Piccadilly Institute (my new favourite place XD – 50% off = YAY) for cocktails and we turned into caberet rejects! The three of us went a bit crazy with the photo taking and posing with glittered top hats! We probably have enough photos to last the next two years haha. It was the perfect ending to an awesome weekend.

Bit of a long update and i doubt anyone reads this blog anymore, but if you did read this entry i apologise for boring you. This post mainly serves to document this weekend for myself haha. It’s just one of those weekends that i think i would want to remember, so this post is here incase i forget =P

♥ Veronica ~x