I usually woke up a couple of hours before my earliest class for the day. So, that will usually depend on my university timetable. I'll take a warm shower, eat my breakfast, and just lounge in front of my laptop doing nothing particularly productive.
I'll go to class, and try hard to understand the content of the lectures. Ha ha ha. If I don't have any school visit, or anything else, I will usually rush back home. Once I'm home, I'd wash my face, change into my pajama, and do anything that's not really productive. These activities vary from gaming (on my mobile phone), sleeping, cooking/eating, surfing the net, streaming videos, reading, and many other stuffs.
I'll take a shower a few hours before bed, and will usually spend an hour or more on bed gaming before I actually sleep at night.
I'd like to make an all around the world visit someday. Since I've covered quite a number of places around Europe already, I can now dream of traveling all over Asia, and going on further when I'm richer next time.
As a side, these are the places that I've visited over my 22 long years;
I could barely see anything in front of me, except for the
hazy signs in blue. The wind was very strong, and the snowstorm lashes at my
naked face violently. I’m starting to regret being up here, when I suddenly
heard him calling out to my friend, “June, lai.” I’m no Chinese, but I think
that he’s encouraging her to go further than the orange fence. I turned to look
at them, and I saw more people were gearing up to brave the harsh weather. I
know that if we don’t follow suit, we won’t make it to the base in time…
I jumped up from my sleep when I heard my alarm goes off
from behind the door. I left it outside to charge when I went to bed last night
since we’ll be leaving for a day trip today. Half a battery won’t last until
the evening, and I don’t want to risk a chance of not being able to contact
anyone if anything might happen during the trip. One by one, everyone else woke
up, and we got ready in record time. Probably the shortest time we’ve ever
taken to get ready since we’ve started with this vacation together. Truth to be
told, I was pretty nervous about this whole trip after the whole accident
involving me banging my face on a wall while biking downhill. If I don’t know
any better, I’d say that I’ve adopted a phobia of cruising at full speed downhill.
We’ve changed trains, and buses for a total of six times in
the last four hours, but the end was worth it. The scenery at the ski resort just
took my breath away. That was my first time seeing so much snow at one place,
live. I’ve became as excited as I was nervous when we start walking to hire our
ski equipment. We’ve wrestled for an hour inside the shop, and finally came out
fully armored. When Chester asked us if we wanted to hire a ski instructor, we
were undecided. 32 euros sounds like a lot of money for a ski instructor. Well,
I hate to be undecided when it comes to matters regarding money. Luckily, he
offered to coach us for a little bit before we actually make up our minds.
Thank GOD for him being so nice to us.
From where I was standing, skiing looks easy enough. Heck. A
toddler can even do it amazingly! Confusingly, when Chester told us what to do,
I couldn’t quite get what he meant by putting a 100 percent of our weight on
one leg only, or, by trusting the hard part of our ski shoes, or by trusting ourselves.
I’ve never trusted anyone or anything more than I do myself, but I just couldn’t
find it in me today. Plus, what’s the hard part of my ski shoes? I thought that
every part of my shoes was hard, that they were hurting me so much! Though, I
wouldn’t tell him that, would I? He can be pretty vicious, and he looked as if
he can skin us alive at this moment.
We’ve practiced more after our lunch, and skiing proves to
be too extreme for Kelly. I wouldn’t blame her for that since I knew that
sports are not her cup of tea. However, I must say that I was surprised at
Chester’s willingness at letting her watch by the side, giving up entirely on
learning how to ski. I’ve learned later on that he’d actually let her fell on
her back all the way to the bottom of the slope to make sure that she’d
experienced the true way of skiing before finally seeing how fragile Kelly can
be. I’m pretty sure that he would have at least felt a little guilty about
treating our baby sister like that, enough to stop pushing her to ski.
Now that he had less one student to think about, he’s
becoming less stressed, more excited, and enthusiastic. That’s one part of it,
and the other half could probably because we were showing much improvement
compared to earlier. We could easily crab-walk to a higher ground now, but that
doesn’t mean that it was not tiring. I might have probably lost at least a
couple of pounds there and then. Ah… You must be wondering what a crab-walk is.
Actually, it’s a form of walking sideways against the slope with our skis on to
keep our balance. It looks a lot like a crab walking at the beach, hence the
The snow showers had started then, and when I thought that
we finally had enough for the day, and ready to go back, Chester suddenly
proposed a pretty unbelievable idea. I might even call it crazy if I didn’t saw
the determination in his face. I looked at Jen, June, then Diana, all blinking
hard while profusely shaking their heads. “No Chester. We are still too scared
to go up there. Plus, the weather doesn’t look so good.” I’ve tried to reason
with him. June picked up her ski poles, and made a cross sign, showing that she’s
in agreement with me. “You wouldn’t have this chance anymore. Would you miss it
now?” He was just too determined. I don’t remember how long did it take for him
to convince us for this crazy idea of going to the top of the hill and ski down,
but he did.
“Ah…but, it looks like the ski lift is closing now, so I’m
not really sure if we can still make it up there,” he mumbled while skiing
away. June and I looked at each other, simultaneously let out a breath of
relief, and laughed. I have never expected that I would be very relieved to hear
that from him. However, the joy was short-lived when he excitedly signaled us
to approach him at the counter shortly after. We skied slowly, trying to drag
as much time as possible, and I just knew that this is not going to be a good
start. I looked up the snowy hill and thought; what mess have I gotten myself
into this time?
“Wait! I’m trying to cover my face with my scarf here.” The
snow shower that was once innocent turned into a hellish storm. Chester was giving out
instructions to both June and I up here. The feeling was very foreign as to compared with our earlier lessons, where I
can feel the pressure choking me, and the fear engulfing me. The fact that I do
not have any idea of what might be waiting for us in the fog had me chilled to
the bone. I was starting to regret my decision, when I’ve suddenly remembered Chester
telling us to trust him while we were still sitting inside the cable car. So, I trust him with my
life now, and I believe that he’ll lead us back to the base in one piece.
One followed by another, the other skiers went down in full speed. I
skied once, twice, stopped, and looked back. June was still having trouble
balancing on the steep hill. I skied more, stopped, and looked back. Not much
improvement, except for now she’s falling towards the orange fences at the
side. I wish I could help with anything, but if Chester couldn’t do anything
except to talk her through, then I don’t think I can do any better. The pattern
repeats for a few time, until in the end, there were only the three of us now.
I stared blankly across the horizon, and realized in panic that it was getting really dark. It’s almost
similar to the one they've shown in dramas, except that nobody was watching us being
stranded up here.
The ski lifts slowed down to a halt, and Chester skied
towards me. “I’m very worried that we wouldn’t make it in time now. Now I
really regret bringing you two up here. Yvonne will really scold me for keeping
all of you away for so long. I’m really sorry.” My heart thumped louder, as his
words hit a spot. I can feel my blood being drained off my face. What was that feeling? He can’t be panicking now. We were relying on him to keep us
safe, so he needs to pretend that he was okay even if he was not. I was seriously really worried by that time, and the fact that I could still see nothing at the bottom of
the slope did nothing to ease the turmoil in my emotion.
Would we really be stranded at this resort tonight? How much do we have to spend then? Where would we sleep? What
about our trip to Zurich tomorrow? Will our plans be cancelled then? So many
questions flooded into my brain, but funny, I’ve never thought of the possibility
that I could meet an accident and die there. Maybe it was all because of the
fact that I’ve led them through a prayer earlier. An amusing prayer, according
to them, since it sounded more like a conversation with God at the train
station compared to a very spiritual chanting, or anything of that sorts.
Seeing that it’ll be too slow to take the beginner route,
Chester proposed for us to take the intermediate route. Obviously, for it to be
faster, the hill has to be steeper, and it was. God, I was very scared. I was a
beginner for God sake! I have never touched a ski ever before in my life, and I’ve
only just learned a few hours ago how to ski down a slope with loads of
tumbling, falling, and banging. I can’t believe the whole idea of actually
doing this, but we’ve got no other choice. I was skiing alright, but when I
felt that I was too fast for my good, I turned right to brake, and ended up
skiing right to the edge of the route, to the dangerous part.
I stumbled, and turned a full 360 degree turn, laid on the
ice for a while, dragged my sorry butt, and got up to ski again. I’ve made a
few zigzags, and at one turn, I’ve actually dropped a ski. I wonder if the fall
was too hard, and the pressure was making the ski binding to lose its’ lock on
my shoes. Chester skied towards me to help, but putting on the ski on that very
steep hill proves to be harder than it seems. Since June had adopted a new
skiing skill, she zoomed past us at an amazing speed, and I can only gaped in
awe at her. For a second she was just next to us, and afterwards, she was suddenly
at the bottom of the slope.
I on the other hand was still having problem with my skis.
Once when they were finally on again, I’ve tried using June’s skill, but ended
up lying down on the snow more often than not. All the adrenaline rush was
wearing off, and I can feel myself giving up when a snowmobile suddenly turned
up out of nowhere. Thankfully, Chester can easily converse in German with the
guys on the mobile to give me a lift. I would be happy to just sit inside the
basket at the back of the mobile, but the driver asked his passenger to walk
down instead. He helped me out of my skis, and lifts me up onto his passenger
seat. I never felt more pampered that whole day.
We’ve zoomed past Chester and June towards the base, and I can’t
thank him enough for being my prince charming on a white horse. When I jumped
off the mobile, I saw Jen with a grave look on her face, rushing towards me. I
motioned her towards June who was skiing slowly towards us, and she quickly ran
to take her in her arms. Then, Kelly came out from the base with red nose, and
eyes. I knew straight away that she had been really worried to the extent of
crying. I went and hug her, hoping that I could at least ease her fear. “We are
back. We are fine now.”
Inside, we took off our hats, scarves, shoes, socks, gloves,
and coats, and I must say that they’ve almost turned into ice. We can hardly
tell the difference. Chester came through the door, hugging the two of us
straight away. All the time, he kept on saying sorry. I could be angrier for putting
our lives in danger, but I’m not. I know that he will keep us safe, and he did.
He’s a man that we can trust. When everything was settled at the base, we ran
quickly to the bus stop to catch a bus to the train station with our fingers
crossed. It was pretty late by then, and we were not sure if we’d make it in
time. Luckily, God was with us all the time.
On our journey back home, I was glad that we didn’t have to
change as much trains as we did in the morning because I was thoroughly beat.
Judging from the way we’ve stumbled and fell, June and I could have easily broken
a leg or two, or even our neck, but we didn’t. Though it felt like a near-death
experience, it was a very valuable one. Having survived that, I felt as though
we are now invincible. I would want to go out skiing again, but next time, I’ll
be more prepared.
I'm sorry that we were not meant together. I'm sorry that you've lost me. I'm sorry that we've lost contact. Heck. How could that even happen? It was ridiculous. Oh well. We were just kids who know nothing better. I've long forgotten you, and I wouldn't even bother writing to you if it's not because of this blog challenge. Haha! Anyway, have a good life.
Oh my gosh! I can't believe that I'll be talking about fitness regime today.
Anyway, I'll try;
So, as a start... I walk to my university, to the city center, or pretty much anywhere around Bristol by foot.
From my flat to uni, I'll have to climb up a pretty steep hill called the "Ninetree Hill", and the walk will take roughly 15-20 minutes long.
My flat to the center will take roughly an 8-12 minutes walk, so it's all good. However, the most excruciating part was when I have to walk back after doing my groceries shopping. I was always tempted to call for a taxi.
I will have to walk for about 25-30 minutes from my flat or my university for my primary school's visit. This will of course include some hills too.
Sometimes when I've realized that I've been sitting too much on my chair, I'll stand up and do a little silly dance while watching a show on the internet.
Yeap! That would be my kind of fitness regime. Hehe :p
When I was younger, my family used to call me "Oyo".
Oyo is baby in Dusun language, and since at that time, I was still the youngest of all; I've became the baby girl. This name soon disappeared when my younger brother was born 7 years after me.
Soon I was called "Puteri"/"Datin".
In English, puteri is princess, while datin is like a lady. However, I wasn't called with those nicknames because of royalty, or anything of that sorts. It was more because I was really lazy, and apparently I wouldn't do a thing until someone told me to. I wouldn't even woke up in the morning if someone didn't woke me up first.
Hehe. I've got loads more, but I think these should be plenty for now. :)