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Eurotrip Day 1: London, England

by on May.11, 2011, under Eurotrip 2011

Wow I’m so behind, I’m already in Prague and I’m only writing about my day in the UK…but here it is!

So we arrived in London gatwick on the 5th and we had a day there before we flew to Amsterdam. So we decided to rent a car and go somewhere far. We decided to go to Bath, England, home to the roman baths, and Stonehenge. Here is the car we drove:

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It some weird shift-tronic transmission system, not quite automatic but also not completely manual…you can still feel the clutch..

On the first leg to bath from gatwick, lily drove but it scared the shit out of me!!! Needless to say, I drove after…

We arrived in bath and here are some of the sites:

Bath City Center:

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Roaming the streets of Bath:

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The Roman Baths of Bath:

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The baths actually used water from a hot spring so it was pretty warm! No you dint get to bath in the bath, the water looks kinda disgusting anyways.

From here we depart from Bath and headed to Stonehenge, there were a lot of sheep…

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Not much to see there but stonehenge itself…

After that we headed to our night’s accommodation. We stayed at Jason’s cousin’s place in London. The house was quite English:

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We also indulged ourself to a english dinner of fish and chips:

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Thats the end of our day in London, next stop..AMSTERDAM!!

Arthur

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Eurotrip Day 0: It begins

by on May.03, 2011, under Eurotrip 2011

Currently sitting near an outlet and typing this on my iPad and the excitement finally hit me. We’re all packed, all booked, ready to leave. It’ll be 35 days before we get to see this sight again:

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Here are my travel buddies. Lily and Jason, both also graduating. I have to see them everyday for the next 35 days…woohoo : ) Hope we don’t get sick of each other.

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First stop: LONDON!

Be sure to watch out for my next post!

Arthur

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Eurotrip Day -7: ANXIETY?

by on Apr.26, 2011, under Eurotrip 2011

*Click the image above to see a larger version*

  • 3 People
  • 9 Counties
  • 16 Cities
  • 35 Days
  • JAL Eurotrip

As the countdown begins (7 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!), I’m starting to feel anxious. What will happen, whats the plan? WHERE DO WE SLEEP?? ON THE STREETS????

Be sure to constantly check out europe.arthurkok.net for the latest updates!

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A Blast from the Past: The Arthaha Times

by on Nov.09, 2010, under Just For Fun

I have a special treat for you all today, some of you might remember “The Arthaha Times”. Well, I placed them on the internet for some nostalgia!! Have fun!

http://www.arthurkok.net/arthaha_times/

P.S. This is awesome.

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Assignment Submission #1: My Reflection on 4A

by on Aug.18, 2010, under Waterloo

yeah, people you’re with can make all the difference – gi

My 4A term ended last Friday and boy, did it go by quickly. 4A started off while I was still out of the country, travelling in limited expanses of Singapore. Upon arriving back in Canada, I spent a day at home before I raced frantically to Waterloo to catch school on the second Monday (I eventually missed the first week of classes).

Then 4A officially started for me, lectures were still slow, and I made a pact with myself to attend all lectures this term (after practically not going to any of my classes in Singapore, and travelling everywhere, I felt that I should try to be a more diligent student in 4A). I’m sure whoevers reading this can already guessed how that turned out : P

The rest of the term went by quickly, even now, I still feel that that night we went out for drinks after I got back to Waterloo happened just a month ago. It’s actually been around four months since then. I guess it’s because I’ve been doing a lot during the term, not necessarily school related activities, but lots of other stuff. In this reflection, I will attempt to list out what I’ve done, what I didn’t do, and what I’ve learned in 4A.

What I’ve done

  • Followed an active sport schedule: Tuesday – Swim, Wednesday – Badminton, Thursday – Squash, Friday – Badminton, Saturday – Badminton. Particularly proud of this. Keeps me occupied and healthy.
  • Went to Niagara Falls. I had my car one weekend so Alex, Gianne, and I went on an awesome trip to Niagara-on-the-lake, the falls, saw a generating station, etc. Pics to come! Oh and, Gianne’s first time on a Ferris wheel!!

    Niagara Falls!!

    Shes so happy : )

  • Went for Summerlicious at Canoe in Toronto! It was so good. Thanks JLP for the invite.

    We sat at Table #6 at the corner, this was the view.

  • Stayed up for 44 hours. Working on ECE 438 project overnight, then the next day went swimming, and then went to last bomber, then went home and died.
  • Went to last Bomber, first and last time of the term.
  • Went to Wonderland!! : )

    The group at Wonderland!

  • Live with a cat : P

    Fat cat at my house

  • Had breakfast at Crossroad in Elmira with roommates
  • Shoot a bow (archery)
  • Flown a kite. Even simple things like flying a kite are hard to find time for. Glad I got to do it. Also, it was gianne’s first time flying a kite!

    Assembling the kite!

  • Hung out with people on my front porch in loo. It was the best, had chairs and would just sit there, have a drink (and nothing). I miss that porch already.
  • Did something that I’d never thought I’d do.
  • (Theres probably more that I’ve forgotten…)

What I didn’t Do

  • Have a barbeque. I rented a room in the shortcut house this term and there was a nice backyard. I wanted to have a BBQ there but that never happened.
  • Put out disposable cameras around campus. I had this idea to put out disposable film cameras around campus in the morning and have a sign that tells people to take a picture. I would come back at the end of the day and collect them. I would have been interesting to see what pictures would have been taken, but alas I never got around to putting them out. I did buy the cameras though.
  • Go to more Bomber
  • Didn’t make Ais Kachang. Had it in Singapore, said I would try to make it. Never happened.

    Ais (Ice) Kacang!!! So GOOD!

  • Didn’t make curry. I said I would, but I didn’t.
  • Win at Settlers of Catan. I haven’t won since 2007.

    Playing Settlers at Alex's

  • Find a partner
  • (Theres probably more that I’ve forgotten…)

What I’ve Learned

  • Don’t leave all your projects to the end. Every course I took this term consisted of a project. When you have to work on all of them at the same time, it’s not very fun
  • Alcohol can make anything good…and silly!
  • I love sad movies.
  • Good friends are rarity these days. People can be so fake or heartless.
  • Jealousy killed the cat. Seriously, it can kill more than your cat. (Not the cat I lived with though, he’s fine)
  • If you want something, just go for it. Even if it doesn’t end the way you think it should, if you don’t, you will regret it. (Legally, of course)
  • (Theres probably more that I’ve forgotten…)

Well there you have it, what I did, what I didn’t do, and what I’ve learned. This note is probably very long and if you had the patience to read all the way here, I congratulate you, find me, I’ll treat you to a drink. But seriously, this is my 4A. I’d say it was the most fun of all the terms I’ve had at Waterloo so far, I’d anticipate 4B to be even better when everyone that was there in 1A is all back together. It will be a grand finale. See you then!

Yours truly,

Arthur

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