I don't want to be the bravest in the small cage, but one of the happiest under the sun.
Being in England,
England, oh England. My head had been filled by so many words about England from some friends. They said people would be colder, clubs are crazy, Summer would be like another warmer winter, you would learn the manner, Europe is an inch away, can't recall of those.
However, I came to have the most of my college years. At a second, I forgot about those words and started to take in everything new. Take it all in from the way I see it. Those days, Young, intrigued, and carefree. Did I like it? Maybe, maybe a little more than loving it!
Well, my life is always on the move. As I am standing on a different timezone, I have realised that part of me craves those colder nights, rainy mornings, windy and gloomy England.
Then I carried my backpack, the bigger luggages, and myself. Staring beyond the plane's window, blankly, thinking about how things have changed. Of how being in England has changed me.
1. Sorry, Excuse me, Thank you.
Been spending my life in South East Asia, we were taught about manners since we were born, and we were taught really well. Do we practice it? Sometimes. Then, England happens, and turned all the southeasterns to be really really polite, right guys?
British people say sorry for everything, but we got to agree, those three words work just like magic to make other's day a bit better. Now in China, I have become so awkward saying "对不起". Oh well, different place works differently, and those three words are still dear to me.
2. Becoming 'Place of Origin Liar'
"Great, and where about you're from?" One day I could say Thailand, the other, Philippines, could be Vietnamese. Please don't judge me, or is it a crime?
England, especially London, much or less could be consider as the centre of the world. I lived in Bristol, which is one of the media city in England, which makes it possible to meet and make friends with people from around the globe.
I have spent some times sitting at the coffee shop, observing the differences that are visible to your eyes. Nothing, just would like know how each countries would treat you if you are from the country that you pick to act to be.
3. Visit Museum, everywhere I go.
Most of museum in Asia requires entrance fee, but not for most in Europe. Even so, I would never miss a 'tour du Musée'. It is form of respect and understanding when visiting another country. It would be useful when you hook up with locals later on, thank me later! ;)
4. Walk, near and far, here and there.
I always love walking, even if it's hot, raining, whatever. If you live in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor area, you would notice the distance from Asia Cafe to Suriamas, or Taylor's University to Suriamas. North Jakartans would know what would be the best way to get to PRJ from Danau Sunter, well, walk for me.
Londoners would know the distance from South Kensington to Hyde Park. Well, in short, I love those hours spent for walking, and I fell in love even more when I lived in Bristol. Walking habit has grown stronger in me.
5. I would not mind being poor.
I know, I am sorry dad, I am sorry mom, and my bros, I would be okay, to be the only poor Asian. But, I would repeat, I would not mind being poor as long as I am well traveled and learning languages each and everyday.
I have met lots of people from the extreme climates, from the places where famous landmarks stand, from where dances originated from, and those from places I have never heard before. Those people I have met along the way made me think how I am lacking in self fulfilment.
That itch to be in different places, or to visit acquaintances. Then I ask myself, and got the answer, being rich would never fulfil me. I don't want to be the bravest in the small cage, but one of the happiest under the sun.
So that is how such a short time changed me. Hope everyone have life changing experience like I did too :)
P.S: Thank you Alberto TePe, I have visited Liverpool for you. The video would be uploaded for you to see it, and wish to see you soon wise friend of mine :)
Location: Moors National Park York, Cayton Bay York, Robin Hood's Bay York, Whitby Abbey York, York Minster, Albert Dock Liverpool, Royal Liver Building Liverpool
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