Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Sat at work this afternoon, I got this forward. Now, I'm not usually one to believe in the things that come in forwarded messages as it feels like an electronic version of Chinese Whispers (or Telephone as kids now have to call it to be PC). However, this one caught my attention because it's something I want verified. Let me know what you know about this:

This is unbelievable, but can you  imagine working for a Company that has a little more than 600 Employees  and has the following employee statistics...

29 have been accused  of spouse abuse

7 have been arrested for fraud

9 have been  accused of writing bad cheques

17 have directly or indirectly  bankrupted at least 2 businesses

3 have done time for  assault

71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

14  have been arrested on drug-related charges

8 have been arrested  for shoplifting

21 are currently defendants in lawsuits

84  have been arrested for drink driving in the last year and collectively, this year alone, they have cost the British tax payer
£92,993,748 in  expenses!!!

Which organization is this?

It's the 635  members of the House of Commons, the same group that cranks out hundreds  of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of the population of Britain in line.

I am looking some of this up myself but anyone with info, I'd love to know. More out of curiosity than anything else.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


One of the strangest things about London (and probably the UK in general) is this: everyone here ends their texts with an 'x'. Meant to be a kiss and probably a sign of affection, I find it strange.
Flatmate Steve said today that the one thing he finds strange about his friend Michelle is that she doesn't end any texts with the 'x'. I am the opposite. I think it's been overused.
Where did this fad start? Why do all these people want to kiss each other via text?
I don't end any texts with an 'x' though I really do like most of the people I text. Does that mean they think I'm brusque?

Friday, March 25, 2011


This past weekend was Qas' 27th birthday. It kicked off with dinner with his family at, where else, Del Aziz on Thursday. It was Layla and Sam's first evening with us (more on them below). Food was, as always, delicious. They brought out a little cake for him as well :)

Friday, which was his actual birthday, we had dinner at his mother's house in Essex. Again, family and friends joined together and we made a fool of Qas.

Exhibit A
On Saturday, we had his superhero-themed surprise party and he, of course, got to be Superman!
I was Lois Lane . . . on a night out :D

I've been planning this since January and am so glad it all went off well! He was genuinely surprised and it's been talked about all week so I am super proud of that! Tons of people showed up for him, even ones with sick wives (Go Abu and Sanam!). Jayne made Qas a Superman cake! It was delicious!

Layla was also here for his birthday. It was my first time meeting her though I feel like I already have before! She came with her husband Sam and daughter Maya. They are a lovely, lovely family. I have never seen a first-time mother with Layla's outlook before. She professes motherhood to be hard work - and just from watching her over a couple of evenings, I can see why - but she is patient, she smiles, she loves her daughter, she loves her life. You can see it all over her face. I can only hope that when my time comes to be a mother, I can keep her positive attitude and remain happy! It does help, I bet, that she has a very hands-on, helpful husband as well! As a family unit, it's hard to take your eyes off them.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


NHS . . . it has a bad rep for being over-worked, over-stretched and generally quite shit. But to someone who comes from Ontario where OHIP exists, the NHS suddenly seems brilliant! Here is why . . .

I had an appointment this morning for 9.20am at my new doctor's office (or surgery as they're called here). I got to the surgery (I'm so English now) at 9.15, checked in on a computer which took 20 seconds in total and sat to wait. In Ontario, I would have waited about half an hour past my actual appointment time. Guess what time I got seen here? 9.22!
The doctor came to the door, called my name and in we went and chatted. In Ontario, my doctor used to leave me waiting an additional 15 minutes in an office. So I was delighted when I got into the offices behind, sat down with the doctor right away, chat to her and was all done within 10 minutes! That's all I wanted.

I know the NHS has a lot of other problems but a simple check-up should be just that . . . simple. And it was. Commendable indeed!

Monday, March 7, 2011


We made it to the Science Museum - YAY! And it was . . . so disappointing! More than science, it's the history of science museum! That's not the worst thing but I was expecting hair-raising experiments and bunsen burners and mad scientists!

My favourite thing was the Secret Life of the Home exhibit in the basement.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I've been planning a day at the Science Museum for a month now! The first time, something came up that Qas had to deal with. The second time Qas was too sick the morning of to go (heavy night at a Foo Fighter's show). So, I've scheduled us to go this Saturday . . . wish me luck!

Also, I am fast approaching my one year mark in London and need to have a party to celebrate! Theme ideas?