Shop Till You Sob

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Because literally, shopping in England does make you want to sob. BUT no one should worry because these are happy tears.

Also, I’ve gotten really lazy with the “featuring” section I should’ve known it was a bad idea because obviously there’s gonna be a day when the people and places involved are gonna be more than what I can fit in that small space.

Anyway, morning of Day 10, Sa Pek, Aunty Sue, Sapphire and I went to Bicester Village, which is basically a designer village. It’s an area full of nice little houses and they are all designer shops like Dior, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Burberry, Ralph Lauren etc which are, you know, expensive beyond belief so all I got was a Cath Kidston sling bag I got for 20 quid, which I thought might be really useful for college plus it was at a half price discount. Sa Pek also got me some L’occitane products which were on discount so, thanks!

Bicester Village
Bicester Village
Bicester Village
Bicester Village

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Even the food here is designer. This was my lunch.
Even the food here is designer. This was my lunch.

After that, we went to Oxford where I had a look around the University of Oxford campus and buildings. Oxford reminded me a lot of Amsterdam because every single building in that town was old, but that enhanced the “Old English” vibe even more and that was nice. It was also a very conducive place for studying, might I add. The few places we managed to enter and explore in the university campus was so breathtaking that that was reason enough for me to want to study there. We also made a brief visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. After that, like the tourist I am, we entered a shop called Flaggs, also deemed “The Old College Store” which basically sells University of Oxford merchandise and I got myself a shirt that says “Oxford University” and a University of Oxford magnet for £3.99 and £2.50 respectively.

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The next morning, we went to a carboot sale somewhere near Bath, I think, and I got a bunch of books and clothes and ridiculously cheap prices and I have to admit that was my favourite shopping experience of all time. Shopping at carboot sales doesn’t make me feel so guilty.

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That evening, the Teohs’ neighbours’ kids, Jess and Tara who are my age, came down for a visit and I met new people! (!!!) It was awkward at first but I slowly warmed up to them and although it would be incorrect to say that we’re “good friends”, they were really nice people and I really enjoyed talking to them.

PS. If you’re thinking I’ve forgotten about the Malaysian GE13 then you’re wrong because I’m going to make a separate post about it…someday. The Internet is a dangerous place.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

21-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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