So I finally have time (and motivation) to blog about what happened in the during Summer 2016. There is a lot to type about but the topics will be in this order:
- My surprise birthday by Tyrone and Thu (28th May)
- Last minute planning and jetting off to Thailand
- First festival experience: EDC
- Summer activities in London
- Final annual leave for the year (and possibly my last year at my current workplace)
So you know on my last post I mentioned how I decided to not do anything big for my birthday, well.. Behind my back Tyrone and Thu was actually planning a surprise apartment party for me which was my original ideal birthday party. But I couldn’t be bothered to deal with it. So Tyrone and Thu thought it would be a good idea to organise one for me. So disguise this surprise party Tyrone said he wanted to take me to dinner with others down in South London “by the river”. So I didn’t much into it and genuinely thought I was going to have a nice dinner with my close friends haha.
So woke up during late morning and got ready to go to Daisy’s flat for the afternoon. While I took the underground to Brixton I remember bumping into Thu and Tyrone randomly and I was like wtf why are these two together. But never thought much into it haha. So when I got to Daisy’s we were waiting for Kevin and Jennifer. And you know how we are always waiting for Kevin… lmao. We ended up meeting them at Pop Brixton which is very hip shipping container area filled with start up food stalls that does a funky variety of food from Korean Tacos to juicy steak and fries. So we all had a nice catch up there and went to smoke in a nearby shisha. When it got to around 7pm we decided to go back to Daisy’s to get ready for dinner with Tyrone. As Daisy and Holly were getting ready they called the Uber to get to the restaurant, I was like wow is the place that far. When I saw how glam the girls were looking that’s when I thought something wasn’t right lmao. So while I was at the Uber with the girls after 5 minutes Daisy was like “Helena put on this blindfold!” I was like “Uhh what is going on ? Haha! Am I going to be held hostage for something ” But I did it anyways as that’s when I realise Tyrone has something big planned for me. I was so excited! I am quite certain it took Daisy a good 5 minutes to get me through the staircase while I was blindfolded. I was shit scared I would fall and nearly kill myself haha. When Daisy finally took off the blindfold I was greeted with a “SURPRISE” by all my close friends and family at a super modern looking apartment with a spectacular view. At that point I was so speechless and was so touched by Tyrone and Thu’s effort they have put in to organise the event. I just couldn’t believe it how they actually did it. It was what I always wanted for my birthday =D So as the evening went on we had fun taking photos, drinking and enjoying each others company. I honestly couldn’t ask for more. I didn’t get super drunk that night though as I did wanted to remember the night haha. But yeah I was so happy that night.
Sooo I was a little depressed before going to Thailand. And looking back I am not sure why. But on the day of departing I was pretty ecstatic by it all. Kevin and Conan come by to my place so we could get a Uber to Heathrow. I did all my packing on the final day to be honest and to fair I thought I did quite a good job! I packed all the essentials and didn’t miss a thing. And if I did I always had Nina anyways who is super organised with packing compared to me lmao. To keep this story short; I realised a few things about myself while I was in Thailand. As I was in Phuket for 8 days and Bangkok for 5 days, I much prefer Bangkok due to the convenience of living in the city. Phuket was good but everywhere we go, the price was always at an extortion level. And we always had Kevin haggle down the price for us. We stayed in the most luxurious apartment ever in Phuket. We had the whole flat to ourselves with a kitchen and living room. But most importantly we had a nice balcony view of the swimming pool and the forest. It was a complete different environment for me. Where we lived was practically a countryside. So we always needed to a hire a taxi if we wanted to leave our apartment to go somewhere lmao. The best moments I had in Phuket was when I was in Bangla road in Putong!! It was probably our third day in Phuket and we decided to take a taxi to the city during the evening to explore and party. So when we got to Bangla road.. I remembered thinking “Wow.. this is totally my scene” A street filled with all different kind of bars, clubs and private shows. Lit up with neon bright lights and good music being played. And some bars had sexy Thai girls dancing on poles to lure customers in. Like omg it was paradise haha! It was lively, everyone was having a good time, and there was just so much to see. I wish I could have went to Bangla road once more before I left. Another thing which I really loved about Putong was their night food market! The fresh bbq pork on skewers were the best!! Me and the group would eat so much from the food market but we never put on any weight! Which was ideal for me! Towards the end of the trip, I did start to get a bit ill and my throat would be in pain. It was when I was told that I could potentially be dehydrated as I wasn’t drinking enough water. In Thailand the weather was pretty much humid so I would sweat every day when I am outside. But didn’t think I need to replenish myself every hour haha. So yeah eventually the dehydration got to me. Leaving Phuket was in a way a relief because I was so sick of eating 7/11 budget microwave meals. And they were the only meals we were having towards the end of the week because we didn’t want to spend money eating out in restaurants. Arriving to Bangkok was making me so happy on the inside. Because all I see was shopping malls, convenient stores, markets, restaurants, bars.. basically EVERYTHING you needed in one place. So this time in Bangkok I was with Nina, Thu and Ken. Kevin would join us later in a few days time. As soon as we arrived to our apartment and briefly unpacked, Ken took us a shopping mall with crazy variety of restaurants for us to pick from. It was around 10pm by then but luckily we managed to snuck in to a unlimited hotpot restaurant. They had a conveyor belt bringing out seafood, sushi, soups and Japanese starters. And on our table we had a split hotpot with spicy and normal base soup. There was also a buffet area for more hot Japanese food. AND unlimited drinks!! All of this for £6 per person! You would never get this kind of deal in a countryside of Thailand! After rushing to eat our dinner we walked around the shopping mall and walked a little on the streets of Bangkok. That was the moment where I felt so satisfied. Admiring the night lights and enjoying the cool breeze after a hectic meal. Bangkok was really a pretty city with so much potential. I wouldn’t mind living there for at least 6 months. But yeah I don’t want to get into too much detail with Bangkok as I did do a lot there with Ken’s guide. But one thing for sure is I would definitely be back. And hope to spend more time in Bangkok and other islands in Thailand.
A week after coming back from Thailand, it was EDC weekend!! A day before, Thu and I quickly went shopping in Oxford street to buy a few festival accessories and before we know it, we were at Euston station boarding onto the train to Milton Keynes the next morning. We were with the usual gang; Kevin, Ken O, Daisy, Puneet etc… Basically with all of my good friends. I was so happy to be at EDC with them!! When we got to Milton Keynes we had to walk to the stadium which was about 20mins walk. Going through security was very easy and there was no queues at all which was a surprise. When we finally got through to the marquee, I remember seeing thousands of people on a big land of grass in front of a huge stage with owl eyes. On the stage there were performers and dancers entertaining the crowd and amazing music buzzing the crowd. There was a big swing ride in the middle of the grass space. And on two horizontal sides of the grass space there were bars and confectionery stalls. This place was paradise… I couldn’t wait to drop to really experience my surrounding. But yeah after 30mins it all kicked in. I was dancing away, wandering around and enjoying the company I had. At one point I hallucinated which was interesting lmaoo. That never happened to me before. I reckon because I was dancing under the sun I was getting dehydrated but I didn’t realise I was in serious need of water lmao. Thu also hallucinated but was saying random things and acted out of character. Talking about all of this afterwards was really funny haha. But yeah after being at EDC for about 6 hours I decided to go home early so I had to miss the fireworks. But it was okay because I really enjoyed myself. I remembered my feet was pretty sore from standing up for so long haha. So that was my EDC experience. Would I do it again. Hell yessss!! It’s pretty much an annual Summer celebration. However, I did find out from Facebook that there won’t be an EDC event for 2017. It is still early days so I hope the organisers figure something out.
Soo during the summer 2016 I did try to do a lot of outdoor activities. Went on picnics, went cycling in Hyde park, attended the food markets, went to my first ever outdoor cinema with my best friend Thu and went to my favourite beer garden in Southbank. Not organising enough picnic events was probably the downfall to my summer I think. Guess when you are hot you aren’t too bothered to do much eh? I had a bucket list of the things I wanted to do during the Summer and I think I ticked every off apart from watching the sunrise at Primrose hill! I had a house party at mines sometime during early August and I wanted to go to Primrose hill with a few of my friends to watch the sunrise but we was so tired from the alcohol we didn’t bother… So for 2017 hopefully I can achieve that!
By the end of August, I went on my annual leave and that was when I was properly looking for jobs. And I was lucky to have a friend who referred me to a recruitment agency that was looking for a candidate to fill a position. It was a graduate accountant assistant role which was one of my options I was looking into. So the company loved me and I did felt that I could have fit in well with the company but I messed up my second interview haha. But it’s okay. I guess I am more enthusiastic with a role as a finance analyst or something analyst related haha.
But yeah the reason why it was my final annual leave is because I gave in my resignation letter in on the 31st of October. I was so excited to give it in!! To finally move on and start a new chapter of my life… I just couldn’t wait!
My next blog post would be about my New years celebration and the New year Resolution I decided to work on.