Monday, 23 October 2017

an overnight trip to lake district


i was in class when i got a text from sarah, asking if i want to go to edinburgh with her this weekend. i read that text many times, trying to weigh out options when another text came in from her, saying that it's her last weekend in the UK. that's when it hit me; i don't have any option. i HAVE to go with sarah. it's her farewell trip :(


i was home the whole day, trying to finish up as much work as i can before leaving for the trip that night. i also had a sudden visit from sheera, bringing her delicious banoffee pie for me because she made extra. i ended up introducing her to my friend, nad, who's on facetime when she came, and then we ended up talking about kpop while i was packing up stuff for the trip. nad was surprisingly chatty too, she usually takes time to warm up to new faces. oh well, girls, it's so easy to bond over kpop. lol

sarah and mimi picked me up and we went to azam & qaisy's house because they cooked dinner. when we arrived, we all sat in qaisy's room where buttered rice and grilled chicken were served on the table. not to forget, the precious keropok lekor from malaysia that qaisy fried for us. oh lord, it was heavenly! we all ate dinner and talked until everyone was so full, except me, i was already full before getting there.

so while they ate, me being me, i *analyzed* his room, well it was my first time being in an architecture's student room. so i guess i got really intrigued haha. his walls are covered with framed drawings, with his signature. qaisy jaslenda. they are mesmerizing, i couldn't stop staring. a nice melody of calm, peaceful songs was blasting through his speakers, so i wonder if architecture students have their own specific playlist they need to listen to while they sketch. i haven't asked them yet. did i not mention yet that they're all architecture students? azam, qaisy, sarah, and mimi. i was the odd one there haha.

when 'keroncong' by jamilah abu bakar started playing, qaisy began telling us about a fond memory he had with his late father.

"my house was at the top of the hill, facing the direction of where the sun sets. i remember my father playing this song for us in evenings, while the sun was setting down with its yellowish, orange beams glaring through the earth's surface, reflecting to my house which would light up in orange colors, it's beautiful. then my father would make us dance foolishly to this song, in the orange lights, while the sun sets on the horizon"

i listened quietly as he was telling us that, getting emotional. i tried to remember if i had any fond memory with my own father, but all i could recall was a memory of me being mischievous which made my father mad. it was the only time i ever saw my father cried. i was supposed to wait for my father to pick me up at school that day when i decided i wanted to walk around with my friends in the rain. i got home a few hours later with my family being worried, and my father was so mad at me that he hit me with his tie. it didn't hurt at all, but i cried. my father never hit me once, but that was the only time. he ended up crying, hugging me, saying he's sorry, he was mad because he's scared i was kidnapped. every time i thought my father doesn't love me, it always brought me back to that memory. he does.

getting back to the original story, we packed up and got ready to leave. dropped mimi at her house before the four of us drove to lake district, 5 hours drive from london. we all didn't sleep throughout the journey, because the one who falls asleep would need to sing a solo karaoke song... no one dared to sleep haha. but by the time we arrived at lake district, our throats hurt from singing too much. we don't have no one else to blame when our choices of songs are all the high notes songs. from adele's to christina aguilera's to whitney houston's, i was basically just screaming the whole time, instead of singing.

lake district was raining heavily when we arrived. it was cold, gloomy, foggy, but somehow we could feel it was amazingly beautiful regardless. nothing beats nature. i suddenly felt that sense of happiness flowing inside me. rain. something that always lights me up, comforting me. we freshen up at a nearby hotel where we parked before going to get breakfast, hoping the rain would stop by then. we got ourselves shots of espresso and ate our food before walking down to the lake. it was so beautiful. we could see the forest at the other side of the lake, covered in fog. mystical. i was enthralled.

we drove around again to the next town, and that's we found the beautiful forest-ish spots by the lake. we illegally parked nearby and walked to the forest. it was a nice walk by the lake, and we found a tiny bridge to help us cross over the stream, where a small cottage covered in greens lies by the lake. it's like in the movies. we ran on the green grass, hiked up to the top of the hill to find a nice bench overlooking the edge of the lake on the other side. a ferry passed by and we were jumping around waving our hands hoping they'd see us. we took a lot of pictures. we had a good time.

on our way back to the car, qaisy walked far to the front while i walked with sarah and azam. i had a feeling i would slip, and i did!!! i fell on the ground and had my right leg covered in mud. i laughed over it and got sarah and azam helped me to get up. we went to the stream by the tiny bridge and worked hard to clean the mud, trying to make my black jeans look black again haha. when we were done, we walked to the car where qaisy was waiting for us.

we drove to the nearest town, had our lunch there, and were on the road again for our next stop. we stopped at this beautiful waterfall by the road, with numerous sheep walking on the greens covering the hill. it's so breathtaking. we hiked up and took more pictures, including a group picture of us four after tirelessly trying to set up the self-timer and ran up hectically to our spots. we got the picture, thankfully. i enjoyed walking here with the sheep, it felt like i was part of the nature. the sun came out from the clouds at one point, glaring its heat on us though we were still freezing. but my heart was warm and fuzzy.

we then drove to blackpool, on our way back to london. it's a city by the beach, like brighton. we spent a short time there walking at the pier, and got excited when we saw a halal sausage shop but apparently they turned out to be vegan sausages. never trust the 'halal' sign blindly again :') i liked my time here because it was interesting seeing these architecture students comment about the city; the buildings, the industry, etc. i have never done that before when i travel. so i told myself next time i travel, i need to pay more attention to these things. after that, we went back to the car as it's time to go back.

azam's the first one to drive and we let qaisy and sarah slept. i accompanied azam driving because i know we're all tired for staying up the whole night before, due to the karaoke session... we talked a lot about our backgrounds and families. that was actually only the second time i met azam and qaisy, so i guess we have lots to get to know about other than our names and what we are studying. the traffic was quite slow, maybe everyone was going back to london to start school/work again. qaisy was snoring, sarah was silently sleeping at the back, and azam was getting tired. so we stopped and switched. i drove for a while after that before sarah took over and got us back in london.

we ate dinner at sarah's house, which is lovely. another architechture student, and she also had her drawings hanging on the wall. they look beautiful. we played a game called "who am i?" i think, and i ended up winning. beginner's luck, they said. how dare haha. i guessed right because i thought sarah is the kind of girl who would like mulan's character, and they all blamed me saying it's because i'm studying psychology. lol

we then went home, and azam gave me one of his pillows yay! he has too many apparently (7 of them), but well, who could say no to nice comfy pillows right. last night i ended up sleeping for 12 hours, i put the blame on that extra pillow on bed. hehe

in the end, i am glad to have gone with sarah for this trip. i don't know when else i would have the time to spend with her. my heart hurts thinking that she's leaving this weekend. i have only known her for a month, but fate is separating us already. she's a big sister to me that i would always cherish. and i'm always thankful for her for making my first month in london much better. sending her my wishes and prayers for her next chapter of life, commencing soon.

and that's how the overnight trip to lake district went. <3

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