Monday, 13 October 2008

Mountain Biking in Ambleside (Lake District)

Thank God that the weather is wonderful today. Dry with just a little mist hanging around highlands. Me and my colleague Ernesto decided to make full us of the day and do something healthy. So, we have decided to explore the Lake by mountain bikes.

Here is my rented bike. It has front and back disc brake. Nice bike for 15 pounds half a day rent. It has also front suspension. Real nice bike, only minor flaws when the chain ran off the spokes twice.

Some of the scenic routes we took today. It was nice and quiet, as you can probably notice in the picture, dead leaves create brownish patch on the side of our path, it is a sign of autumn. Temperature was around 13 to 14 degree C.

I even brought my Sat Nav there, however only after 15 mins of ride when I started to make use of it. Only to find out we are going the opposite direction. So, we had to go back and start again. : (

This is me trying to ride as quickly as I can dashing through the rough terrain downhill.

To be honest, I can barely stand afterwards, it is a full 3 hours of workout up and down the little hills. However, at least we got back in one piece which I need to thank God for. I am still worrying whether I can walk to work tomorrow. :P

Oh you might have thought that I was rushing to the toilet but didn't make it in time. Wrong! The paths were wet and muddy, this is what 3 hours do to me. I wonder what 6 hours will do. Ok then, till my next update. God bless you all.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Loneliness in Barrow

I did some reading of my own blog earlier, looking at past pages of my journal entry since last year. Its been a year and a month now in UK. I guess I really enjoy myself here, I thank 神 (GOD) for providing and blessing me all this while. Looking back, I lost someone I truly love. After 3 years of courtship, I never thought a relationship can end so quickly. It was last year when this happened. Long time ago but I can't help thinking about it sometimes, especially when I look back at my previous entry in this blog. So much happy moments not to forget. However, I must say the feeling is no longer there now, although it hurts so much then. I remember nights when I woke up feeling all sad and down. Ashamed of myself as tears flow but yet I can't show this emotion to her as I am not letting my guards down. I can't show her how I feel inside, not letting her know that I still have feeling for her. We broke up for some reason...reasons which I prefer not to reveal. No one is to be blame for this. The main thing is this broke up taught me something...

It was during these time, I was comforted by (His)words. God really work in miraculous ways, He showed me the way when I was down and depressed. He gave me wonderful brothers and sisters who reflected His love. I felt so much at home when I joined City Fellowship. Eventhough majority of it's members are students, I can't help but feel so much at home. It is a place where I felt free, not having to disguise myself and act cool. I can even show my weaknesses without fear of embarassment. I am myself.

I also thank God for my sister Karen who has always been supportive and ready to lend her ears when I need someone to talk to. I never get to share this deep hurtful feeling then with any one sister is the one who was with me, standing by my side as I pray for the feeling to die off...I will never forget what God has provided when I need it most. He is GREAT and MIGHTY. Let us be faithful and follow his he guide us in our daily life, never stop reading his Words in the bible! I hope this sharing (which I never share before in public) helps people who are lonely and depressed to turn back to God and let Him guide us. "I was once lost, but am found"

Monday, 29 September 2008

Sunset in Walney Island

I walked 5 miles just to get to Walney Island just off Barrow-In-Furness. It was a little tiring, maybe because I have not been exercising much lately. The long walk is really worth it as the evening sun sets just after I reach the beach. I am so glad to enjoy the beauty of nature once again, praying and thanking our Heavenly father for everything he has given me. Sometimes I ever wonder how powerful our God is. The universe and earth runs on its own orbit and system. Timing is just perfect and it never fails. Our God is perfect.

This is a restaurant and club which they call "The Boat". Heard that it is a nice place to hangout at night. I am not too sure about the food but will try one day.

One of the nice ships anchoring around Barrow shore.

Ever notice the boats are overturned and not supported by water? Well, it is low tide when this picture is taken. It will be floating again once high tide takes place.

Lots of seagulls as I walk to the island.

Notice that there is a lot of barrier rocks around the perimeter of the coast. This is to prevent waves from washing up to the houses when gale force winds strikes. This picture is taken when it is low tide, the water will come up to somewhere around the rocky perimeters when it is high tide. Most of these houses are dwelled by pensioners, in a couple of years, when the water level goes up due to global warming, these houses might be at risk. Poor thing for the pensioners as they will have to move out eventually...

The beach is a large piece of flat land, so when the tide comes towards the shore, it goes really quick and I saw this myself yesterday. We can literally see the waves washing nearer towards the shore. Water covers up the whole area in a matter of hours. If we are not careful, the consequence which follows might be fatal as we can get washed out into the sea.

Here comes the final pics..sunset which was what I waited for...

Trip to Ulverston for Lantern festival

Here comes another update from me. I went to a town called Ulverston which is only about 25 minutes drive from here. Found out that Lantern Festival is held there annually. Therefore, I seize the opportunity to check it out myself.

It was quite a chilly evening when I reach Ulverston. The event was great and I took a couple of nice shots during the lantern procession. This is similar to our Chinese mid-autumn festival or "Baat Yuet Sapt Ng", just that the lanterns are white and colourless. It was nice and entertaining somehow and a lot of the lanterns are actually handmade by the bearers themselve. Good work of art...
Ulverston is an ancient market town, thats why the streets are cobbled just like Rome, Italy.
There is these band which play good music to brighten up the atmosphere.
Suddenly comes two lovely angels to bless us with little magic sparkles. (Confetti)
Don't you think the lanterns are just amazing???

Towards the end of it, everyone gathers with their lantern in Ford Park where there is firework display. It was spectacular but I did not get any good fireworks shots. Sorry...

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

So it has finally come to my farewell...

I have tried so hard to apply for a permanent position. Praying hard everyday asking my Lord to reveal His plan for me. I prayed and prayed...One fine day, I received an anonymous call from a head hunter. I get plenty of such calls since I got into UK. Therefore, I am not suprised at all. As usual, he explained the role to me, checked if I am interested and told me to wait for his call. I never expect too much as previous experience fails me too many times.

Middle of this year I went for Rolls Royce job assessment, which I failed. I did put some hope, expecting to get it but to no avail. Really dissapointed. However, as I dwell on this thought, the phone rang and I was invited for an interview in Barrow-In-Furness. The journey is about 4 hours by rail. I stayed there for a night, again doing my usual daily prayer and quiet time. Interview went smoothly and I believed I answered well.

The following week, my prayer was answered and I was offered a permanent role as a Process Engineer working for the firm Oxley Developments Co. Ltd. This comes as a real suprise to me...God really works in miraculous ways..ways we never expected. Its coming close to a year of work in Nottingham (my visa only allows work up to a year). I thought if I do not get a permanent position I might as well go back to Malaysia and start afresh.

I officially started my job on the 1st September 2008. It is real far away from Nottingham and I must say I miss my family back home in Malaysia as well as my spiritual family in Nottingham. At the moment work is from 8 till 4.30 Mon-Thurs and 8 till 1.27pm on a Friday. Working in the UK is pretty relaxing and easy going. I enjoy the working culture here. There are more opportunities to travel about and attend trainings. Where else in Malaysia, this opportunities are really rare. I have so much time for myself now a days so I spend it mostly online updating my blogs and facebook. Of course, not forgetting to have quiet time for God, for He loves us and is good...

Here are the pictures taken before I left for Barrow...

My Bros and sis in Christ...aren't they good looking? Hahahah...of course all of us do.

Here is my company ID...picture taken was with bad lighting, not because I got a tan...if you notice the condition statement just right below the card "PROPERTY OF THE COMPANY", does that mean I belong to the company???

Town Hall of Barrow-In -Furness

I am living in a single bedroom flat right now, rented property. It comes fully furnished with fridge, hobs, washing machine, oven, tables, bed, sofa and etc...The size is really comfortable for one person and I have a double bed all to myself. :P

Sarah's Graduation..

Here are the pictures taken during my friend's graduation was a real nice summer day. Bits of cloud but it was really nice. We had a great time together celebrating her grad. Congratulations to her!

The whole big family...