I was really looking forward to this day because it was the day I would be meeting Sakina in real life for the first time. For those who didn’t know, I knew Sakina last year, when I started delving into the One Direction fandom and after a year, we finally meet!!!
Before all that, Aunty Sue drove me to Bristol city which took about 20 minutes and it was nice to finally see people and buildings again. Not that the countryside wasn’t nice, because it was, but like what Aunty Sue said, it was like reminding yourself that civilisation still exists. I went to The Hawthorns first, Sakina’s hall of residences at University of Bristol. She was an undergraduate currently pursuing her first year of degree in politics and philosophy. Her little green room was as nice as I’d pictured and we spent the first few hours of the morning watching YouTube videos of Dan and Phil and also of 5 Seconds of Summer which Sakina is trying to convert me into liking. That was when I realised that real life!Sakina and Internet!Sakina were the exact same person. And that was good. Mostly I was just really happy to finally meet her and fguhseigdjgkjsgfds my feels!!!!!11
At 1PM, we decided to head out into the city, where we grabbed lunch at a place called Roosters Piri Piri which is a restaurant very much like Nando’s.
After that, we walked to Cabot Circus, which is basically like a shopping complex and passed by the place where Effy met Freddie and Cook in Skins and also Harbourside (I think that’s what it’s called I don’t remember I’m a bad tourist I only remember that the name has the word “harbour” in it). At Cabot Circus, we got ourselves pretzels and Sakina brought me to Lush, this cosmetic shop she’s the ambassador of. I’m just kidding but she might as well be their ambassador judging by how frequently she visits the place as well as the number of Lush products she owns. And then we went window shopping (I think that’s how you use the phrase) at places like Hollister, Urban Outfitters, Republic, Internacionale, H&M etc and wow I’m pulling all the big names here considering how I’ve never once stepped into these franchises before in my whole life because 1) there aren’t any shops of this kind where I live and 2) these brands are expensive as heck. But here, their clothes on sale are mostly less than 10 pounds and even if you converted them into Malaysian ringgit, it wasn’t that bad. So in the end I got a shirt (one that Zoella wears in her videos) and also a pair of jeans for £8 and £12 respectively. I didn’t take photos of them but hopefully I’ll wear them here someday and post it as an ootd on the Internet or something. I am becoming that kind of person. Ah well, at least I don’t do that everyday so cut me some slack here.
I know I’m late to discover this, but shopping in England is quite stressful in the sense that in some bigger shops, people literally snatch stuff on sale and are very impatient in queues. Or maybe this happens everywhere including KL and I’m just too isolated from this culture to actually notice it until now.
Our last stop was the highlight of the day: Shakeaway! I have to admit I was most excited for this because of Dan and Phil and oh my god what is my life. I got a butterscotch with white Maltesers mix, same as Dan’s usual whereas Sakina got Oreo and Daim mix, same as Phil’s usual. What are our lives.
I know there are no face photos here and you must be direly disappointed because I FORGOT TO TAKE PHOTOS OF OURSELVES but don’t worry because there are definitely more Sakina and Michelle adventures in the future so stay tuned!