To Dream ‘Realistically’: Oxymoron & London.

We are almost halfway through 2019 and truth be told, a lot has happened since the last time I posted. Life has its own way in keeping us busy and occupied, and in the blink of an eye, a few months have whizzed past.

My degree has been occupying the bulk of my time with occasional trips here and there (check out my Instagram page to keep tabs on which flight I’ll be on next). I was in the UK in February, specifically Manchester, Bristol, and London for an interview.

 

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I was given the opportunity to be interviewed for an internship position in Airbus’ Communication Department, however I was not selected for the internship. It was a great experience though, considering the fact that I was the only Asian representative out of the other 10 candidates where we were chosen out of a pool of almost 6,000 applicants. That achievement alone is something to be proud of because growing up in a very small, conservative town in the middle of nowhere, I have the potential to break free from the stereotypes that revolve around individuals who come from towns nobody even know they exist.

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Waiting for the train from Manchester to Bristol

It’s disheartening to hear damaging narratives from people around you who suppresses your potential by telling you to aim for something ‘more feasible and realistic’. Dreams are never realistic. To dream of something realistic is an oxymoron on its own, and I strongly believe one can dream of anything they desire.

This rings true in all facets of our lives and I support all my friends who realise their own worth and value; not dictated by society’s expectations. It has been such a blessing to have met countless individuals who share the same drive and goal in life; to be able to find contentment under every rock they turn. I am proud to call these individuals my friends, and even prouder when I see them achieving little milestones in their own pace and effort.

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Street performer in Covent Garden

I cannot express this enough; I am truly grateful for the experience and the people who have supported me throughout the journey, and also during the aftermath where I cried when I found out I was not selected for the position.

I was given the chance to visit the UK for the second time in the span of less than a year and if that is not my stars lining up in my favour, then I don’t know what is. I guess it’s more than just the way the stars are arranged, it’s the people who tirelessly love you, the effort you put into your dreams, and the support from the community around you.

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Restaurant above Covent Garden.

It may just be pure luck; and if it is – then boy, am I the luckiest person in the world! I will keep this blog up and running to document my future endeavours, so if you want to be notified about my future posts – subscribe!

Til then, continue to dream.

Stay hydrated and blessed!
Peter.

All photos shot on iPhone X.

 

 

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Day One: Settling In

It has been a hectic weekend indeed! After a full two days of moving into the new house, I can finally say we are slowly starting to settle in. Sofa covers and bed sheets are being tumble-dried in the dryer as I finally found the time to sit down in front of my laptop to write and reply to emails I have been putting on hold for a couple of days.

Plus, I have very exciting news to share with everyone but I’ll keep it under wrap for a little bit. It has something to do with business suits and snow. I will be writing about it in one of my future posts, so make sure you’re notified whenever I publish a new post.

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Very vibrant & cozy living room.

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The reading area (we added a potted plant on the table to incorporate a little bit of green into the area).
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The kitchen and laundry area. The area has not been tackled yet!
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A sneak peek of my bedroom. The entire second floor is the bedroom, so you can imagine the size and space it has.

It’s day one of officially being in the house and it already feels like home and we are very happy to settle in this place. There are still a couple of things that need to be settled – wifi connectivity being on top of the list. What internet service providers (ISPs) would you recommend? Let me know!

2018 has been a tumultuous year for me, but it was never any less exciting. Here’s to a great 2019, everyone! Have a drink on me.

Oh, and lots of plants.

Stay hydrated,

Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.

 

A Big Change: Moving Into A New House

The past couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind for me especially now that school is back in session, side projects lined up, and a new house to move into. I am more than excited to be sharing my 2019 plans with my readers and letting everyone have a little glimpse of what is happening currently and what lies just above the horizon. I thought of writing a quick blog post to update everyone as to what lies immediately ahead.

I am writing this as five boxes worth of clothes, a box of books, unsurmountable amount of personal belongings stare back at me, waiting to be packed and moved to the new house.

It’s been a bittersweet year living in this current apartment; its four walls have seen more tears of frustration, joy. These walls have heard my prayers, my unapologetic exuberance whenever I dance and sing while I cook, while I shower, while I work. If these walls could talk, I’m pretty sure they’d say “we’ll miss you, bug off for now.”

I will miss the sunrises and sunsets from this balcony, the way they bask and illuminate the whole apartment with a warm, golden hue every morning and every evening. I will miss the arrangement of stars from this perspective, the angle the sun and moon rises and sets. I will miss the constant construction noises, the bangs and clangs of machinery have been my constant companion day in and day out. I will miss this apartment. I will.

A year whizzed past and here I am, turning 22 with so much to look forward to, and so many things to reflect back on but I am unequivocally happy.

But for now, here are some pictures of the new place that we are moving into.

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And the best thing about this place? It has a dryer! Say goodbye to long hours of drying under the sun especially in an extremely humid city like KL where your clothes just dry limp due to all the moisture in the air.

I’ve moved 5 times within three years all by myself, and I have to admit it took me that many times to finally have an idea how to move in the most efficient, fast and cheap manner. Moving homes is a big task, and if you’re doing it on your own things could get hectic very quickly. So for the next couple of blog posts, I’ll be sharing my ways, tips, and methods in how to move and settle into a new place. Keep an eye out!

More pictures of the new place and my bedroom will be uploaded in a new blog post when we settle in and until then, take care!

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@qwertyuiopete on Instagram
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Stay hydrated,
Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.