Exchanging Places

I had this one interview with Dr Jan Gothard, Associate Professor in History from Murdoch University WA Australia, in the city campus of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), yesterday evening to share some stories on living in the two countries, Australia and the UK, which I think I would like to share some of the stories with you too.

"What are the worst thing that you faced in the UK?". I would say the worst phase that I faced so far was when I first arrived here, the one that I posted before. So yeah, I dont think I faced anything worse than that, yet.

Somehow, there was this one new thing that I experienced here, that experience I never faced before. I have quite a number of new friends here. We've been going out, hanging out together like normal people until one day, when this one person found out that I am a Muslim, that person started to say something about her view on multi-racial thing which made me started to feel uneasy. I mean, I heard about racism everywhere in the news, Facebook, you name it but I never actually experienced it, like having such conversation with such people, with my own eyes to see the look on their faces, with my own ears to listen what they have to say about other religions, and with my own words to defend myself as a Muslim. I'm not mad, I just find it pretty interesting. (Mungkin ada rasa nak cakar muka dis sikit. Sikit lah.)

"But I heard the anti-Muslim thing has gone viral in Australia. Have you not experienced it before?". There has been massive news about racism towards Islam or anti-Muslims in Australia, so I heard. But so far I can say I never experienced such thing in Perth. Or maybe because I'm not a hijabi so people cant really tell whether am I Muslim or not. But what I do know is, in Perth, like what I heard from my international friend in Perth, she told me that her Chinese friend was once being cursed and been thrown eggs at the bus stand by the locals who passed by with a car. Like I said before, no religion is bad but the people. This person can be racist but we can't say that particular religion is racist and bad.

"When you first came to England, do you have the issues on introducing yourself, whether to tell people you're from Malaysia or Australia?". I can say that Malay is a very unique race because people can't tell what's your belief from your look. And of course they cant even tell where you're from. When I first came here, I was quite disturbed whether to tell that I'm from either Malaysia or Australia. I looked around, trying to listen to other people's intro. They're representing their universities. So I decided to introduce myself as an Australian since I am representing my university. (Lupa daratan kejap) Unless if I have a longer time to intro, I will say that I'm originally from Malaysia but currently studying Murdoch University in Australia, which will leave a big question mark on their faces. But I personally think that it was easy enough to say that I'm from Australia, since some of them didn't even know where Australia is, so let's just forget about explaining where the hell Malaysia is. Plus, it is my job here to promote Murdoch University, so why not?

Woots! Being in the Europe for the first time, gave me the chance to experience jet-lag! I know what jet-lag is but I never know how it feels like until I got here. I was a zombie for 3 freaking days! Don't talk to me or I'm gonna eat you. Alive. It's pretty interesting to talk to someone from Murdoch University as well simply because I can tell what I think about living in the Europe accurately since I can compare it with living in Perth. Of course these two places have their own pros and cons. Here in Nottingham, I live in the big city while in Perth, Murdoch is a bit country side, but still near to the Perth City but still..

"Do you experience culture shock when you first came here?". Coming to Nottingham ain't a shocker to me since I'm from Kuala Lumpur, which is a big city as well. Plus, our malls in Malaysia close at 10:00PM. I think KL is the wildest city so far. I've been to some other Asian countries as well like Japan and China and their shops closed at night as well. It was a shocker to me when I first came to Perth and found out that all shops are closed at 05:00PM.  The only thing that open at night are bars and clubs. Or maybe some restaurants or Starbucks, which closed at 09:00PM. So, coming to Nottingham wasn't a shocker to me anymore since I've been living in Perth and there's nothing much different just that I love it here because everything is walking distance since I'm staying in the city and of course, shopping wise, UK has the best shopping life evahh!

"Are you having a hard time living away from your family?". It's not a problem to me to live away from my family since I've been living away from them since I was in high-school when my family was away in Jakarta Indonesia, I've been jailed in a boarding school, Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar in Mantin Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. I flew back to Jakarta once every three months in a year during semester break.

"Where do you plan to go next? Somewhere that you really wanna go,". I'm planning to go to Niagara Falls (Dr. Jan suddenly giving me a smile). I'm not sure when, but hopefully one day. It's like the first thing in my travel-bucketlist. I wanna see it with my own eyes..

"I went to Niagara last week".

Wait, what?

"I went there last week, in Canada. It was amazing. You should go."


"Come here, I'll show you some pictures of Niagara that I took."


"And this is from the US' side"


"Hahaha yes I did!"


So that's how the one-hour interview ended.


Once a Lion

Greetings from the city of Robin Hood! ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ

( ̄▽ ̄人) Now I can finally release the short film we made earlier this year!

Not sure where did I copy all the pictures to. ಠ_ಠ

Oh well.

¬_¬ *scrolling down Instagram*

Oh yes, don't forget to LIKE US on Facebook!(●^o^●)

(Once a Lion)

Have a great day, everybody!

*Continue writing essay about European history*

[-_-]~ I'm ... okay. 

*Casually throwing a bomb* ( ・_・)ノ⌒●~*

Title :
Once a Lion

Genre :

Summary : 
A young man finds himself broken after a desperate battle between his sanity and a drug, personified
through the irresistible seduction of a woman. He fights to hold onto every inch of his will in order to
overcome the mercurial nature of her seduction.

Words by the Director : 
A massive thank you to Murdoch University, our Executive Producers Brendan Briggs and Johnny
Mac. Also a big thank you to all the people that helped out in the production. Nathan Mewett and
Gemma Hall in TSU, Tony Barron, for letting us occupy your home for a few weeks, Cassie Fay and
Emily Thomas, for hair and makeup and to all the extras who came along as well! It was a lot of fun!

Once a Lion from Illy Illyana on Vimeo.


The Bucket List

I have a very loooooooooooooooooong bucket list to cross out.

But for now,

these are the most important points that I think I can cross out first.

 ┗(`ー´)┓ 4 months left here in England, before I fly back to Malaysia.

I think I need to make up my mind, like, NOW.

(ノ ̄ー ̄)ノ Since I don't have that much of *kaching* with me. 


So here's the top two places that I wish I can cross out!

1. Rome, ItalyClick to view
- For the sake of Colosseum! ┗(`ー´)┓

2. Santorini, GreeceClick to view
- The tendency to cry is high due to uncountable number 
of honeymoon couples around but ... whatevvs. ヾ(-_- )ゞ *must, stay, strong!*

 Please, please, pretty please! 


P/S : Semoga Abah bagi swipe card beliau, Amin..


It's October 12!

(●´□`)♡ I gotta admit.

I have the best boyfriend ever!

One tips for you gentlemen out there, 

ヽ(´ー`)ノ "You can never go wrong with flowers".

Woke up to a phone call by a florist,

asking me to come down to pick up my delivery.

So I went down and I saw this one old man

with a man-size bouquet of flowers, patiently waiting in the rain.

Twelve red (most-beautiful I have ever seen) roses and forty-four pink lilies!

〜(^∇^〜)Since he asked the florist to put in more lilies. Aww!

Thank you so much, Sayang.  (´∀`)♡

Now my room will smell like a flower shop for the next (hopefully) two weeks!

What's not to love about waking up to a beautiful bouquet of flowers, ay? ≧(´▽`)≦

 (n˘v˘•)¬ Here's raising a toast to the most patient man I know, 

the most sophisticated gentleman I know, 

 (¬‿¬) the clumsiest person I know,

the wackiest person I know,

the most lovable lover I know,

 and the best boyfriend I could ever have! 

I'm blessed and I couldn't be more grateful!

 Happy second anniversary, Mohd Hariz! (⌒▽⌒)☆

Two years down and more to come (insyaAllah)!

So here comes the flowers-galore! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

And what's been playing for the whole week. 

Have a good week, everybody! ヾ(*´∇`)ノ