It has been 47 days of our stay in Newcastle, United Kingdom. In general, it has been a good 47 days so far (apart from my research). I don’t want to really talk about the progress of my research here because it is simply not interesting and also it will trigger additional head ace (to me). The challenges and obstacles are too great for me. However, I’ll try and work harder to get my tasks done here.
There are many good things and experiences that we learned. There are also unlucky moments that we encountered. Among them were mentioned in my recent post. I have thought of writing all our experiences here, such as in a short novel titled, “60 days in Newcastle” or “Our 60 Days Adventure in Newcastle” or something like that. Hmmm… but I don’t have the time yet to do so. It will be interesting but lets just see how it goes on.
My kids are not schooling as expected. Asking them to study or revise by themselves are not easy task. It’s tough for own parents to teach them. The teachers are more capable of teaching them, with discipline. Parents (like us) tend to be more flexible and relax. Maybe there are certain parents that will enforce strict discipline to their kids to study at home. Well, for us, it is quite challenging to do so.
The kids misses their school and friends. Sometimes they mentioned it to us. However, we can still observe that they are enjoying their time here. They woke up relatively late everyday. Then do their activities: playing with toys etc, watch youtube, play internet games, blogging (when I asked them to do so) etc.
My wife is also enjoying her time here. She can enjoy it while she can because when she gets back to work soon, she’ll be very busy, I can say. So, let her enjoy and relax for now. Let her be a full time house wife for the time being. She do once in a while receive the proof reading job but only to loyal customer.
Getting Around Places
I have been renting a car each and every weekend. It cost me 42 pounds throughout the week. The cost is far cheaper when we rent during weekend. I can’t used public transport to bring the entire family travel here and there. There are 3 solid reasons for this. It is cheaper to travel in a rented car compared to taking the public transport, it saves us more time and my wife is pregnant. With the rented car, we travel to many places on the weekends. This include traveling to Edinburgh, Bradford, London, Birmingham, Manchester and also various places in Newcastle.
Some of the photos from various locations are posted here. If I have the time, I’ll make a special post for each location we visited.
At Birmingham, we managed to spend 25 minutes to purchase 75 pieces of Portmeirion Botanical Garden collection in a local small store.The price was substantially low and that’s why we bought it. We paid 130 pounds for the whole lot. Luckily the car that we rent was relatively bigger and we managed to bring it home to Newcastle.
One of the beautiful moments traveling to places like Bradford, London and Birmingham is when we meet up with my sister and friends. At Bradford we met and stayed at my sisters’ place. We met Suzi (our undergraduate chemical engineering classmate), her husband Winston and their adorable daughter Mya. Both of them are now a permanent resident of UK. The time we spent together at their house, Five Rise Lock, a park (I forgot the name of the park) and Shimla restaurant was really fantastic. At London, we really appreciate Hasrina and her husband Ishak, who sincerely hosted our stay in London for 2 nights before the Queen Jubilee celebration day. Hasrina is our colleague in our workplace who has just completed her Ph.D in Imperial College, London.
Then, from London, we traveled to Birmingham. We stayed at Salmy and Azmi’s home. Salmy was my wife’s housemate in Bradford, 13 years ago. I also know Salmy since all of us studied in Bradford, that time. Salmy’s sister and brother in law also live in Birmingham. All of them worked in Birmingham and are permanent resident of UK. It’s good to spend time with nice wonderful people.
OK guys, that’s all for the time being. I need to get some rest and sleep for my work tomorrow. I’ll see you guys soon.