HALLELUJAH I AM BACK

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If you follow me on my social networking sites, you will know that I was unable to blog for a week because I had problems with accessing my blog. It was hard to explain at first, but basically, I’d set up a two-step authentication feature for my blog for security purposes. After logging in with my email and password, a verification code would be sent as a text to my phone, and I would have to key in to access my blog. But obviously, the problem here is my mobile network had changed. Never mind that I changed to a UK number, I switched back to my old SIM card and all that but after waiting for two days, I still hadn’t gotten my verification code. That was when I started sending emails to the support team at WordPress, but apparently, it wasn’t the official email address of the support team. WordPress only lets you use an official contact form if you’re a premium (paying) member. Otherwise, it was up to you to search the many WordPress forums for the answer to your problems. Then there was the matter of not being able to post in the forums unless you were logged in. Do you understand my frustration now? I used to love WordPress dearly but now I’m just really disappointed in it. Customer service? Negative a hundred million.

Anyway, I then asked my friend Ann-Marie who had a WordPress account to post on behalf of me. Guess what? Got no response. However, after a browse through the forums, I realised I wasn’t the only one with this problem. Many people were facing the same problem and many didn’t get replies to their enquiries too. The last post before the forum was closed was a post by a WordPress staff asking everyone to send an email to the very same unofficial WordPress support team email address. By then I was so frustrated but I still sent them emails anyway because THAT WAS THE ONLY THING I COULD DO. And finally, FINALLY, by the end of the week, just hours ago, to be specific, I got a reply. Thank goodness. The first thing I did was disable the two-step authentication feature. So if there are any WordPress newbies out there who are seeking for advice, DON’T enable that feature. Unless you’re Beyonce and people keep wanting to hack your blog then maybe that’s fine.

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Anyway, with that out of the way, I shall proceed to give you a brief summary of what happened over the week as I was blog-less. As you can see on the left, I made a list of events so I don’t forget. And also because I like to make lists. It’s a very useful hobby.

Anyway, right after my previous post in which I said England was getting really hot, the next few days it just rained non-stop coupled with strong winds and it was just the worst thing ever because it made you not want to go anywhere.

The day after my previous post, last Thursday, I went to a small town in Wiltshire called Marlborough where we dined at this really cute and posh tea room called The Polly Tea Room and just walked about around the shops because apparently Marlborough was a pretty renowned shopping town. I didn’t quite feel up to it though, because I was kind of having motion sickness from the car drive there. And here I will point out an observation which is that English roads are all…curvy. Un-straight. Because while at Malaysia, you can just say “go straight along this road then make a left turn” you can’t really do the same here because literally, they are all curvy. I don’t really know how to say this I should take a photo the next time. What I’m trying to say is England doesn’t really have 90 degrees turnings. Even in London.

The next day, a Friday, I didn’t go anywhere but Sa Pek and Aunty Sue had guests over and it was nice, sitting down for a proper English dinner. It was quite weird at first because I was subtly stealing glances at everyone, watching them do something before I do it myself. For instance, I thought it would be quite rude to use hands to take the breadsticks from the plate so I used my fork. With difficulty. Until I realised everyone else used hands. It was also my first time eating pâté so I didn’t quite know how to eat it with breadsticks so I just glanced around innocently before knowing the right thing to do was to spread it on the breadsticks. And so on and so forth. It also reminded me of the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where the Masons were coming over except it was a whole lot more pleasant and nicer.

Polly Tea Room in Marlborough
Polly Tea Room in Marlborough

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On Saturday, I went to Bath city centre with Sa Pek and Aunty Sue where we visited the indoor market (equipped with astonishingly realistic cardboard cut-outs of Queen Elizabeth and Obama for tourist purposes) and also the Bath Abbey. The highlight of the day however, was visiting the Jane Austen Centre which is basically a Jane Austen museum which was established in the exact same house Jane Austen lived in when she was living in Bath. It was on Gay Street, if you’d like more specific details. I even got to dress up with a gown and bonnet and write with a real feathered quill. To experience the real magic, the photos are here. That same night, I attended a concert at St Andrews Church in Castle Combe and I was highly impressed, to be honest.

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Moving on to the next item on the list: on Sunday, I went to two carboot sales. Yes, two. Before you ask, yes I did buy things and before you ask again, yes, I bought a lot. The carboot sales were at Castle Combe and Lacock, and I got some clothes and books because what else could I get? And then we wandered around Lacock (photos) for a bit where I saw the outside of the Lacock Abbey aka THE PLACE ONE OF THE HARRY POTTER SCENES WAS FILMED. And then we went back for a while before setting off for Bristol where Sa Pek was going to have a cookery school at his Teohs restaurant. I also discovered the magic that is Primark for the first time and I BOUGHT TWO PAIRS OF SHOES AND A PAIR OF PINSTRIPE PANTS. Photos here.

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The next day I didn’t go out but I watched some TV and that night I caught the livestream of the Sony Radio Awards and Dan and Phil won the whole thing!!!

The next day, Aunty Sue brought me to Bath again where we visited the Roman Baths. Bath was one of the English cities which the Romans ruled over for a while and it was a couple of years after the English took it back that the Roman baths were discovered. And that was literally what the name suggested: baths. Big pools of water in which the higher Roman individuals bathed in. Like spas. It was a rather interesting tour and after that, we went to Tetbury for a while, aka Prince Charles’ town village. As you can see in the brackets on the list I visited charity shops there again,what’s new. What’s new? Oh, let me tell you what’s new. We went to this shop called Highgroves which is basically run by Prince Charles. Not that he mans the till or anything but all proceeds from the sales go to the Prince’s Trust Foundation or whatever it’s called. That also meant that the things they sold were really expensive…but what’s new. That night, it got so cold that Aunty Sue decided lighted a fire at the fireplace. So that was eye-opening. Photos.

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Wednesday and Thursday were lazy days during which I watched a couple of episodes of How I Met Your Mother and on Friday, I went to find Sakina in Bristol again and this time, we basically just lazed around and I WILL GIVE YOU A PHOTO THIS TIME to prove that SAKINA EXISTS:

"The best photo on the Internet atm"- Ann-Marie Khor
“The best photo on the Internet atm”- Ann-Marie Khor

Saturday was a day of helping Aunty Sue prepare for the church’s spring fair the next day and also my cousin Sapphire’s birthday that night. It was one of the most wonderful nights I had and the food was brilliant and Sapphire had a few of her friends over including Kenzie and his parents and at night while Sapph and her friends went out for an afterparty, I watched the Eurovision finale! It was my first time knowing there was even such a thing as an Eurovision and it was also my first time voting for a singing competition and I could because I had a UK number and I voted for Denmark and Ukraine and guess what? Denmark won and Ukraine came in second! UK came in 19 which wasn’t as bad as last year’s last place but it’s okay UK, nothing will beat my love for you but Denmark man, totally called it. Emmelie de Forest was the representative and she was so brilliant I’m not even kidding I was so emotional.

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The next day, which is today, a spring fair was held at the St Andrews Church at Castle Combe and I was running the booth for the White Rabbit Treasure Hunt which I’d spent yesterday preparing for. Basically, there were ten posters around the village and people had to look for stickers on the posters and complete a list of stickers they had to find and the person with the best time wins. There were also many other booths like ones selling plants, cakes, bread (Aunty Sue’s booth), Raffle tickets (lucky draw for those who don’t know aka me initially), handicrafts and others. It was a fundraising event so it was very light hearted and there were quite a lot of people who turned up, including Japanese tourists. The theme was Mad Hatter’s Tea Party so I also did the “Drink Me” and “Eat Me” labels on bottles and jars which you can see here and Sapphire and her friends turned up as well as Kenzie and his parents. It was a really great event and I enjoyed it a lot.

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I WROTE THIS YAAHHHHH
I WROTE THIS YAAHHHHH

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AND THAT IS ALL FOR NOW. Mind you, blogging is a terrible chore because my computer lags the worst and the Internet connection in my bedroom is faulty and might break at any time and uploading photos is worse and it hangs every two seconds and I need a new computer, man.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

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

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