Friday, February 27, 2015

York, the City of Walls

It's been four months since I became an M.Sc student in the United Kingdom. During that time I've been to several cities, both on weekends or breaks. I plan to write about the cities I've visited and thus create a new label for the post: UK Trip. The main purpose of the article is to remind myself that I've ever had the privilege to visit such great places. Alhamdulillah.

A gilmpse of York Minster
Let me start with York. I, together with my friend Ana and Kak Devi, visited this lovely city in the mid of November. We took the train from Manchester Oxford Road station in the early morning (it's 8 a.m. but the sun hadn't risen yet then) and arrived in York about one and half hours later. It was a foggy autumn day, very densely foggy in fact, to the extent that we thought we had chosen the wrong day to sightseeing. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Buildings Closed due to Water Failure

I woke up this morning (09/02/2015) finding an email on my tablet informing that some buildings on main campus (Cockroft, Newton -including the Muslim prayer room, the Annexe-, Lady Hale, Clifford Whitworth, and Chapman) have been closed owing to some circumstance regarding water supply. The lectures situated in affected buildings were either relocated or cancelled and the staff working there were advised to find another building to work from or work from home. Aside from the buildings above, two residence halls have also been affected (Horlock Court and Constantine Court, fortunately not Castle Irwell). The students living there can collect bottled water from University House. It amazes me that the university takes care of the matter so seriously, proving how essential the water is for our life.

I remember when I was living in a boarding school, situation like this happened most of the time. Our teachers and staffs also worked very hard to solve the problem. Luckily we had a river flowing near the campus so it became the reserved water source, though the water wasn't always as crystal clear.

Indeed, living things aren't able to survive without this colourless liquid.


Monday, February 9, 2015

I Dreamt of You!

Got this message via BBM today:

I am usually the one who do that: telling people that I see them in my sleep. Whenever I dreamt of someone -particularly the ones I hadn't seen for quite some time and considerably close to me- I would text them in the morning. I don't remember all dreams I have every night, nobody does, I think, but I can remember very clearly the ones with special characters in them. When that happened, I would send them a message like, "Hi... I dreamt of you last night. I hope you're doing fine." It's just that simple.

Wouldn't it feel nice to receive such a message? Knowing that there's someone - perhaps your old friend- who remember you? That's what I think. That's why I sent the messages.

I know, some people will find that awkward, strange, or even annoying. However, seeing certain people in my sleep is a good reminder for me that I haven't been much in touch with them in real life, which is not a good thing. In order to make up to that, I sent text messages or greetings via social media. Things will get much better if we can arrange for a meeting. But if we cannot, at least they know that I remember them.

Yet, I never get the message back. Therefore receiving it from my bestie really made day. 

The same thing goes for finding a greeting text or chat on the hand phone upon waking up in the morning. Living in the other part of the world from my homeland means that when I am just about to go to sleep, most of my loved ones and friends have just begun their day. Sometimes I send random messages when it's midnight in Indonesia, so the receiver will see it in the morning (while hoping that I don't disturb the "victim's" rest time). I also like sending a greeting before I turn off my phone and go to bed. Again, I think it's very heartwarming to begin the day and find some greetings on the phone. It makes me feel that I'm not so alone. 

So, I guess that's it.
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