Staying back in Leeds during summer isn't bad at all. I get to do things which I've never done before (or never had the time to do before).
#1: building up friendships
As there are only a few people staying back during summer, outings and dinner are easier to organise and through all these, I've come to know people who I've have never talked to.
One example is this guy here: Yee aka 大鬼
I knew him by sight since last Sept but never really get to talk to him until this summer. I personally think that he is a great listener and confidant to share your problems with (我在讲事实, 并不是在拍你马屁. 哈哈)
dinner with friends:
#2: knowing my housemates better
Two new housemates have just been added into 18 Blandford Grove just this July. Could it be God's plan that they stayed here? You see when Ting Feng moved in, Kit was just about to go and when Cheryl moved in, Serene just left on that day.
It's pretty nice having two mature housemates in the house as I get to learn from their experience and opinions and also go job-hunting with them.
Talking to Cheryl has made me see things in a different way esp parent-children relationships. I guess I just have to learn to take things lightly.
I have to admit that my relationships with housemates have never been good. In KL during my A levels, I seldom talk to my housemates and I'm amazed at how I managed to survive living with people in the same house and not talking to them. But somehow, staying back during summer in Blandford Grove have allowed me to know my housemates better.
#3: exploring places in UK
I'm yet to explore new places in UK and people have told me that summer time is the best time to travel.
So far I've been to Ikea.
Steph had been to Phent-y-Ghere:
#4: gaining job experience
Since the main purpose for summer holidays is for students to do internship (as quoted from Benny), so by right we should gain some work experience during holidays.
I'm still trying to get as much work experience as I can and if possible work different jobs in various settings.
#5: learning new skills
yup. Holidays must be used fully to develop new skills. In UK, life is so bored that you must do something to entertain yourself. I think I won't be able to do all these things in M'sia as I would definitely be distracted by other things.
So, I learnt a bit of sushi-making:
did a little bit of adobe photoshop so I could draw a rabbit or a mouse on it.
learnt how to write better CV through many job application forms. I had to keep re-printing my CV to produce a better one.
#6 dressing up!
haha...somehow I got infected with 'Cheryl's bug' to dress up more femininely.
that day she tried a few hairstyles on me...haha
#7: grow in maturity
There are a few books
Also I would like to spend this summer deepening my relationship with God. Am trying to read God's word more and have daily devotion with Him.
Talking and sharing my problems with people have also been great time and I have come to realise the importance of opening up to people so that we could encourage each other when difficulties arise. Thanks people =)
last but not least...
#8: playing sports
Being someone who have never played much sports until A levels, summer time is a great time for me to sharpen my skills in sports. Besides, I also get to shed off those fats gained during winter.
So far I've only played badminton:
I did a bit of jogging too.
I used to be filled with sadness and envy as I watched my friends leaving UK one by one. But now, I think staying back is quite fun and worthwhile and I believe that all the things which I'm experiencing now will make me a more mature, confident and wiser person.
Thank You people who have made my summer time (up till now) so enjoyable.
And most important of all, thank You Lord.