First Autumn Experience

Since I’ve forgotten to update my days here in Chester, AS USUAL, I decided to just write about the other days that I missed out on.

Autumn.

Prior to this, I haven’t experienced this season, because where I come from it’s either sunny or raining, but mostly sunny. I used to hate the heat because it gives me terrible migraines and the sticky feeling whenever you go out for even a minute. Now, I appreciate the warmth of the Sun because it’s so rare here. People would stare at times because I FACE THE SUN AND GREET IT WITH A SMILE. They must’ve thought that I was going crazy or if I’m a mental patient that got out for the first time in a long time, but no. It reminded me of a song by Passenger, ‘Let Her Go’ and one line of its lyrics says:

You only miss the sun when it starts to snow.

So far over the past few weeks, I’ve been attending class and it’s great so far. I haven’t started on anything yet, AS USUAL. Because I’m the kind of person that gets all the ideas and organizes it at the last minute – well, to be fair at the last week, still a bad habit though. Then, I went shopping (AGAIN!!) and this time I spent three weeks worth of food budget ON CLOTHES. They’re all A NECESSITY though, right? I bought a coat, and a winter jacket (which IS a necessity). I might be telling myself this to keep myself from feeling guilty.

Oh, also I’ve joined this Entrepreneurial thing (I do not know if it’s an event, a competition, or what) and we were given £10 to maybe start-up a business or do fund raising events and our goal is to reach £700 per person to get to Milan in March. This is really exciting because I’ve never been to Milan! Plus, the experience we are gaining from this is really good.

Finally, as part of my shopping spree, I bought books as well (I’ll be updating my reading list). They’re at a reasonable price, no worries. Plus, knowledge is investment!

I guess that’s everything that I’ve been meaning to share. I know it’s not really useful information, but it’s my blog so yeah.

I’ll leave you with Jeremy Passion while I eat my carbonara pasta with smoked salmon.

I love this song just because.

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Day 11 and 12: Bruises, Cuts, and First Aid Kits

The title would seem like I have been in a bad situation. However, I was not. I’ll explain it in parts.

Bruises:

I think I’ve mentioned that I joined Volleyball Society here in Chester (yey sports!) and as a result of not being in shape and of not playing the sport for years, I got slight bruises on my arm. The taster was not harsh and not really intense, but what is up with the ball? It was inflated to be like a basketball or something, and I have the type of body that bruise easily.

Cuts:

Being away from home is tough; being away from home with people who KNOWS how to cook is tougher. You might say, oh you could just buy or take out food from restaurants and grocery stores. I would love to do that, not because I do not know how to cook but I sometimes get lazy, BUT it is costly. People tell me not to convert the currency here to the currency back home, but during the first few days – and it might take me weeks – it’s like I’m doing it by habit. And boy, is it expensive here.

So while I was cutting some veggies and meat, I accidentally cut myself. Fortunately, it’s quite small and nothing serious.

First Aid Kits:

Also, I have stocked medicines, band aids, and sanitizers. It’s in my upbringing that we keep a stock of those things. Especially pain killers. Oh my, what would I do without them. Migraines are terrible, but since I’ve arrived here I rarely got them. Back home, I usually get that really really painful-one-side-of-your-brain type of migraine for at least 3 days.

I think that’s about every thing I wanted to share. I’m about to clean my room and do laundry for the rest of the day.

I’ll leave you with some..clean up music? Lol

Cheers!

1. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend

2. Buddy Holly by Weezer

3. Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

4. Pour Some Sugar On Me (The Maine version)

and finally,

5. She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks

Day 10: Trying to keep on track

Second day of classes for the week. We had business dissertation earlier, and like any other module we have, it’s at ‘100mph’ as they call it. I’m still thinking of a topic or a certain area to research on. All I have so far is this: The viability of Coffee Shops (e.g. local, Starbucks, or Costa) in the UK against the viability of Coffee Shops in the Philippines.

I chose to do a comparison for the UK and the Philippines, basically because it’s where I am from. However, I wanted to do something even more specific right now. I just can’t get on the right track or the path that I wanted. I’m still thinking though, any ideas dear friends? I usually run to my guitar for creative thinking. Sadly enough, I wasn’t really capable of bringing my guitar with me – with my huge luggage and hand-carry bag (includes my heavy laptop, camera, and the sort).

Then in the evening, it’s weird for me that they start really late too, we had a taster for Volleyball. I was thinking of joining Swimming but then again, I thought of the weather and temperature here (still not used to it). Bench-warming the bench because – haha – I did not bring my trainers (rubber shoes), not that I had any because a-duh I like wearing my converse when playing. So, I still have to buy one if I really wanted to play.

Well, that’s all I can really share for tonight or in the other parts of the world, today.

I’ll leave you again with another lovely song (maybe I’ll do this out of habit, I don’t know).

Cheers!

DAY 2 and 3: Shopping til We Dropped

So yesterday, from Manchester, we travelled through Liverpool and saw Liverpool John Lennon Airport (awesome, but I was too tired to take out my camera, and I kept falling asleep at 4 in the afternoon! It’s because of my body clock) and arrived here in Chester! Finally.

So what we did when we arrived here was to buy necessary things such as a duvet for the bed in my dorm, towels, and a couple of ready to eat food. It was such a long walk from the dorm to the City Centre and it was as cold as when we first arrived in Manchester. Jeez. So I have decided that I am getting a bike, once I’ve learned all the traffic rules.

Then today, I continued my shopping. I recently bought two new pair of jeans, a laundry basket, a bath rug, and a blanket. I forgot to buy one yesterday so last night I was FREEZING, even though my windows are closed and we didn’t have air condition in the room. And it’s only autumn here. I’m terrified for winter nights.

Lol, that’s all for today. We’ll be going to a club later tonight, Rosie’s. The Global Guide rep for our group told us it’s one of the best places to go to for a night out.

Cheers!

Day 1: New Zip Code

Yesterday – September 25, I think, we travelled from Manila to Dubai for 8 hours and about 30 minutes, plus we waited 4 hours in Dubai and then we travelled 7 more hours and 45 more minutes to MANCHESTER! I have finally reached my first objective for this part of my life. It’s been such a tiring travel and I’m not sure whether I have the correct time with me, but the local time here is 11:55PM. On our way tomorrow – September 27 – to our University in Chester, settle our enrollment and registrations, buy the necessary things and then a couple of orientations. So now that that is out of the way, I would like to say MAN IT IS COLD HERE. I did not expect it to be really really cold because it was not winter yet. It’s already 13 degrees in Celsius here. Coming from a Tropical country, it’s weird and shocking because the only time I ever feel that cold is when I have the A/C and the fan on at the same time and both of them are directly facing me. Our first day here is okay I guess, being tired and all. The serving size of the meals here are so huge that I could share it with my brother. The hotel where we’re staying at – Premier Inn Manchester Airport – is nice. The bed is huge! There isn’t much to see right now but the peacefulness of the place is quite refreshing. As of tomorrow, I’ll be living for a full year inside the Chester Campus. From Manila, Philippines 1700 to Chester, Cheshire, UK CH1 4BJ Time to get some sleep to be able to carry those luggages. Oh, and a little reminder for those who intend to stay in another country for a year or more: don’t forget to pack wisely! I only have two trousers with me and I realized what a huge mistake that was. Lol, although I was planning to get my trousers here anyway. I will try twice as hard now to blog – if not every day – once a week. Cheers!

Student Diaries: Entry 1

Today was one of those days wherein I don’t even know what I am supposed to do. It was like my mind today was in hibernate mode and it did not want to wake up for the classes today. Overall, it was a lazy-but-a-little-productive day.

Although, there’s this one class today that is interesting. The downside to it is that the professor is so demotivating, half of the class do not go to his class anymore, and it is a very depressing scene.

I am eager to learn as much as I can, but with that kind of professor, I’d rather manage my own learning. He is like the number one thing that is bumming me out of school lately. My block mates and other professors are shocked with my recent absenteeism because they know that I am a good student, well at least I try to be, I mean I go to class everyday – okay, an exaggeration, I’m not present ALL THE TIME, but I’m not absent ALL THE TIME either.

See, there are people who cannot stand to be locked up in four concrete walls and listen to lectures for 3 hours. They need to be freed. Active people don’t learn in a lecture room, they learn when they have a learning experience. I may not be an activist, but it is better to be out there getting real life experiences than having to bear with the most demotivating professor in the world – again, an exaggeration, but who knows, and be locked up in a lecture room for three excruciating hours. The last thirty minutes of class this morning was the worst, and the slowest minutes of my schooling life. Plus, he keeps on repeating stuff, without explaining it. The topics of Sales Planning is TOO BROAD, and he is stuck with ‘characteristics of a Salesperson.’ He hasn’t even made a new powerpoint because it is the same lecture as the week before, and the week before that. Excruciating.

Anyway, enough with the ranting. First term paper for his subject is due tomorrow.

Good day!