My husband's brother and family are going to the UK for a conference/holiday next month.
This has started my kids asking if we can "go along".
Mummy tak chap duit- I don't print money.
Daddy punya machine cap duit belum "on" betol betol lagi.
hee hee. I went in 1989, came back for chambering in 1993, went back in 1994, came home again end 1999. Have not been back since. Do I want to go back?
Our life in the UK post marriage was so very different from masa undergrads- of course lah kan. Masa undergrad kira "bodoh" lagi. I was lucky (?) to have had an auntie and uncle - mom's cousin - to keep an "eye" on me. It delayed my independent life a bit since I stayed with them and my auntie cooked etc- macam kat rumah kan? Only, I paid rent (and the tv license) .Takda bopren sampai lah my auntie balik Msia. Although she matched me with quite a few. Semua tak menepati kriteria (ie tak cute) hahahaha.
A week after we got married, we flew back. I dah got called to the Bar but did I care about my career? Heck no. I thought I could work in the uK anyway - nolah I didn't . I just wanted to go to the uK yayayay.
Selama we were there, Hubby was posted in various counties - Peterborough, Bedford, Chelmsford, Shrewsbury, Wordsley, Eastbourne etc, so dapat lah merasa duduk different parts, although never London. I pi London tu "perghak" sangat.macam ttourists kan.
Masa we all first sampai, inai merah di jari lagi, Hubby had to move from Peterborough to Bedford. Pandai dia, kawin dulu baru pindah so dapat lah bibik percuma. Tak yah pack hehehe.
We stayed in hospital accommodation throughout. We never thought about buying a house because we never planned how long we were going to be there. we had a rough idea that we were staying until hubby got his FRCS exams - his fellowship from the Royal College of surgeons. Supposedly 2 years tengok2- 6 years.
Bedford was a ONE bedroom flat on the 9th floor -belakang hospital. Kawasan paki ..biasa ler. Kedai ayam halal kat bawah je hah. Neighbour was an Iranian who kept giving me food. Semua foreign doctors di longgokkan kat hospital quarters. I look back upon those times, I was happy you know. Flat kecik, buruk, furniture entah apa apa, but we were together and we were happy.Bedford I learnt French for 10 weeks. For what I pun tak tau.
Chelmford was a terrace "house" (macam portacabin je) which had a fancy address - No 3, Pudding Wood Lane - sah macam Enid Blyton kan. The best thing was the apple orchard- hospital compound melambak apple trees- hari hari makan apple pie lah, ayam masak apple lah, ikan stim dengan apple lah. apple strudle lah apple crumble lah (sekarang makan apple pun jarang). Chelmsford was where I met Nivi, my dear friend who now lives in the US. We shared a lot of headaches together as both our husbands were taking their exams the same time. We went to computer classes together. We were at each other's house every day. Chelmsford produced Nadine..and hubby got his Part 1 exams also. Plus he had his detached retina there and I had to drive him to Moorfields hospital for his operation. Plus he had his hernia operation there which he almost did himself heee hee. he marked the site himself hee hee. We all jadi postgrad kat sana, to the East Anglia Uni kids- so raya kita masak, puasa kita masak.. walaupun tak reti masak, somehow kat sana jadi pandai. I buat sate from scratch. I know, I know. Hard to believe.
Shrewsbury was next. Nice...because generally wales memang lawa pun. And the town was very pretty. My brother jadik my van pindah - the hospital paid him . hee hee. My neighbour was Egyptian, anak dia nama Dalia. Tu yang I suka sangat nama dahlia. My friends were from Pakistan , India , and Australia. I am still friends with the Australian couple, although the family from Trinidad has sadly divorced. The husband was the one who was supposed to send me to the hospital to deliver Sara - in the end the Hungarian doctor down the road did that sebab tak sempat sangat. I didn't mind as I loved his Audi heheh. Of course our car crashed the week before. My mom was there. That hospital did not have apple trees but was lined with Cherry trees which the melayu doctors here (ok it was me) tak malu go and petik in front of everyone. Muka tebal betul. But it was fun! Our house was a link house depan field.
Then off we went to Wordsley, an hour from Brum- Birmingham .. tak berapa cantik sangat sebab industrial area kan. Hubby did plastic surgery there, so hari hari nampak ppl's breasts! And turn men into women and vice versa (apa nak di kato, kerja . We had Sophia there . wanted a boy but instead got a very adorable little chubby and pink girl. could not be happier. took a week to choose her "second" name, Adelina. I must say, I did not exactly like Wordsley although I started my Masters there in Environmental Law. Usah kau tanya what happened to it, ok. I passed the theory but the thesis masih lagi tak buat- er tak habis.
Hmm rumah rumah I semua nya buruk and takda lah baru... furniture pun macam lama..all supplied by hospital kan.. but we were happy! Sampai harini, our house macam tu style...barang tak da style, semua campur aduk...but I guess we are still happy!
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