Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. - Proverbs 4:23
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September 18, 2016

那一天

读了五年的大学,出来工作不久,
才发现也许这不是我所要的。

一个月过了。我一直分不清,
我拒绝的是系统,是人际,是压力,还是害怕习惯这种生活?

我知道,好多人比我刻苦,比我不幸,
都已经熬过去了,还成功地立足。
不过,他们的目标,毫不犹豫。
我心底最想要的,到底是什么?

已经快二十五了,到如今才猜疑,
这条路到底值不值得走下去。
这个青春期做的选择,
到底就是不是我一辈子的宿命。

也许做多几个月,那一天会来到,让一切好起来。
不过,现在的我,很坦白地说吧,
好累好累。。。
不仅身子累,心,还更加疲惫。
入了这行,不是就可以安枕无忧。
一堆考试,一堆面试,一堆额外要做的事情,
堆积成山。

我期待不再累,不再厌倦工作中面对的一切黑灰白色。。。
的那一天。

August 10, 2016

Thoughts after my first 5 days being a doctor

Hi all! :) I'm back (very surprising, no?) for a post so soon! I really thought I wouldn't have time or energy to update this blog at all after I start work... But actually having a ranting space is quite handy. :P

In case you don't know, I officially started working at a hospital in Manchester as a Foundation Year 1 doctor last Wednesday. It hasn't been all too awful (hahaha! OPTIMISTIC much -___-) but I guess it's bcos Jung has been preparing for aaaages how it probably won't be what I was expecting. And I am grateful to him for that. :) I am proud to say I haven't even been close to crying yet. And the on-call on Monday was suuuuuper intense. I had in total 15 bleeps on my pager in 4 short hours. I am kinda bound to doctor-patient confidentiality so I guess I'm not in liberty to discuss what happened on my on-call. But let's just say... The bleeping sound on the pager is high on my list of "Most Irritating Sounds", where persistent crying/whining of children and morning alarm reside. All in all, it wasn't a terrible night, but somehow my other colleagues seemed to have a more chilled time than I did. Or maybe it's just all in my minddddd. I do thank God for letting me pull through the 5 days alright though. :) He is ever so faithful and there are times when I think I have too many tasks to handle then 2 or 3 just magically disappear. Gives me that adrenaline rush! LOL! Man I'm lame.

Anyway, that's me post on-calls with my chest pager. Look at that old thang. That's the NHS for ya. It does serve its purpose though (of annoying da hell outta on-call doctors). XD



For those who are contemplating going into Medicine with the ultimate oh-so-noble aim of SAVING LIVES, I urge you to think twice. If that's your main aim, I personally recommend getting drenched by radioactive substance and evolving into a superhero. The truth of the matter is, a big part of your job will not be directly saving lives... It actually feels slightly more like postponing death. But that is the harsh reality of western medicine. We treat symptoms and occasionally the root cause, but rarely without causing other problems eg side effects.

Ohhh, this somehow sounds all doom and gloom. I didn't mean it in that way at all. Just trying to give an alternate view of being a doctor. Everyone hypes it up and I kinda want to be the devil's advocate and let people know what they are signing their lives off to. :P

Do not go into this career if you are doing it for the novelty or glory or social status. If you do, you will never be happy. On the other end of the spectrum, try also not to think you're going to be the ultimate Messiah saving lives out there and that patients will be grateful to you. Most of them are, but sometimes it only takes one to ruin your day... IF you are the type of person who lives on the glorious motto saving lives.



This saying still stands to some extent. But as an FY1 doctor, you're spending most of your time trying to figure out Medicine all over again. Things never happen like the classic examples in textbooks... And it almost never goes the way OSCE stations are when you're smashing them!! It is a rewarding career, provided you're in it for the right reasons. :)


Signing off. X

July 26, 2016

This cup of coffee


This is far from a regular cup of coffee.

I was at Subway ordering it when the lovely lady behind the counter said to her colleague, "Please get this young girl here a latte." Young girl!!! :D :D Totally made my day! I think I'll be able to sleep well tonight despite this bad flu I'm trying to get over.

This is far from a regular cup of coffee. It represents my youth that will soon be fleeting as I enter the world of doctoring.

July 12, 2016

Achievement unlocked!

Hi guys! I know I haven't updated in a while (how many times have I started an entry like this now?! *guilty*) and I have good reason why... 





(No I have not caught a wild Pokemon... Sorry to disappoint! What is with this Pokemon Go craze? LOL)






*jeng jeng jeng*







I was busy graduating from the
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery



Oh how much tears and sweat have been put (both mine and my parents XD) into getting this glorious piece of paper.


I know I should write a massive piece today but I'm rushing off for a dinner with some old friends. :) It's been a while since I caught up with Manchester peeps since I left for Preston 3 years ago. Here's to re-kindling friendships!

Being my usual lazy self, I'm gonna modify some of my cheesy Facebook text here. Less work but still equally sincere me thinkz~ :p



Yesterday I joined all the University of Manchester alumnus (including my parents, brother, uncles, aunty, boyfriend, John Dalton, Neil Bohr, Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch...) who graduated in the great Whitworth Hall! Felt so surreal but also nervous as if I was gonna meet the Sorting Hat in Hogwarts!! :P Doesn't help that Whitworth Hall looks like the Great Hall at Hogwarts and our graduation gown colours resembles Gryffindor's hehee! ^^


It's been a long arduous 5 years at med school but it feels so worth it at the finish line. :) so many people have supported me along the way and I want to thank each and everyone of you...

This cutie who has stayed by my side through thick and thin!! I don't know how I would survive even the littlest things without you~ ^^ God is so good to me for blessing me with an angel like you!!



Most importantly I thank my parents for their great sacrifice and love for me all these years, and for making me who I am today. You two are as much of doctors as I am!  I guess this means you're Dr Chong and Dr Tein now. *woohooo throws confetti* I love you two to bits!! :) your prayers and kind words fuelled me on when my strength and drive went dry.




And who can forget my bro Aloy, who in his own way, has brought great joy and laughter to my otherwise dull, mundane life! ^^ 



And last but not least... I thank God, who has been ever so faithful and gracious, and I trust He will continue to guide and hold me~ 🙏🏼


 Presenting... Dr Wynne Ci Voon Chong MBChB

 
Congratulations to the class of 2016!


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Dr Chong signing off for the first time X

May 21, 2016

Last day of med school!

Yesterday was the last day of medical school EVER. *gasps*


*random insert of a pic of me looking almost surreal*

Looking at my friends' celebratory pics on Snapchat and Facebook, I can't help but think I'm supposed to feel surreal too... But that's furthest from the truth right now. I'm only ending my Taiwan electives next Thursday bcos I delayed it by a week for travelling (still super worth it though). So forgive me if I haven't had that fist bump feeling just yet!

It's been a looooong 5 years at uni, full of ups and downs... From having to pack and move 3 times in 1 year, battling hormonal acne, being mistakenly given an abhorring label behind my back for most of 3rd year to failing 3 driving tests in the short span of 5 months... An insane journey to say the least.

But you know what they say...

There were times when I felt like a total emotional wreck, doubting whether I'm cut out to be a doctor... Also times when I do unexpectedly well in an exam and again doubt whether the med school knew what they were doing giving me such a prize.

But time and time again, God has been incredibly patient and faithful despite my doubtful Thomas tendencies. In hindsight, He has held my hand and guided me every step of the way. He never did let go! Hebrews 11:1.

Life as a medic can get lonely bcos the friends you once held so dear from 1st year graduate and leave one by one whilst you're still trodding along this grueling path. Being surrounded by a small but much loved medic bunch, I count myself blessed, from the simplest yet sweetest things like cooking for me when I was completely swamped, trying to cheer me up after multiple driving test attempts, finding surprise mega early birthday gifts on my desk after a tiring day at hospital to patiently practising OSCEs with me. And of course who could forget my parents who are always so eager to listen to my mini and not-so-mini everyday rants.

I'm totally undeserving of this kindness, but I guess that's what we call 'grace' -- freely given, unmerited favour and love.

Med school will not be missed. But all the friends, memories, emotions and things both good and not so good will be. I've grown and learnt so much since being that wide-eyed 19 year old fresher.

And I guess I lied... There IS a tiny fist bump feeling inside of me.




Taiwan Taiwan

Helo from sunny Taiwan, everyone!


This is actually a pretty accurate pictorial representation of my time in Taiwan... Since I basically spend most of my time eating here.


I promised I would at least update my blog once a month and I'm not ready to let that over-expressive/drama-mama part of my life go just yet. Let's re-visit that commitment in 3 short months when I'm dying at work. :P

Note: warning issued for possible cessation of blog updates.

This is going to be a cheat post. I'm gonna post 2 separate entries in 1 day to make up for the lack of updates in May. :P *sneaky bugger*

In case you don't follow me on Instagram (@wynnechuwen), Facebook (Wynne Chong) or Snapchat (@wynnechuwen), I've been in Taiwan for the last 4 weeks on my electives (side note: my social media addiction is getting out of hand hahaha). Electives are basically placements in med school where you commonly go overseas to a country of your choice to experience the local healthcare system. From an insider's point of view, it actually is an excuse to go on the adventure of your lifetime before everything comes to a steep end once work starts. Yay!! -______- Even my academic advisor admitted that electives are an excuse for a fun time.

My electives are ever so slightly different. It is pretty intense to say the least. It's officially a 9am-9pm placement which includes weekends at an eye clinic in Tainan. But my supervisor Dr Liu is really sweet and she usually lets me off around 7pm plus I get every Thursday off. ^^ There's not a lot of time for lunch or dinner at private clinics in Taiwan bcos of how busy things are (on average 150 patients seen everyday!!) so the common dining culture is to pass everyone a takeaway menu so we can phone up the restaurant and get food mass-delivered to the clinic. I am not complaining at all! :D In fact I think it's brilliant bcos that way I can try lots of different restaurants without having to walk there. I still haven't figured out the bus system and don't plan to. LOL lazy worm!

I know... Compared to other absolutely chilled out electives, it actually sounds really over the top. But it is not without its perks. ^^ For eg, I finally achieved stereopsis while looking through the slit lamp or microscope. Let me try to explain 'stereopsis' in lay terms. Our brain is amazing in the way it fuses the image seen by each eye so it looks like one big 3D image instead of two 2D-ish images. The problem is that looking through a 2-eyed microscope isn't a natural process and so it was extremely frustrating for me as I always had double vision doing it. This meant I couldn't appreciate the depth of the eye which is entirely essential in any eye surgery. Dr Liu said not to worry as it's a little like how babies learn how to walk or kids learn how to ride a bike... It's a whole new experience learning how to "SEE" under such circumstances and our brains would eventually fuse the images together. Some people pick it up instantly and others longer. I'm glad I didn't give up bcos when I was looking through the microscope in the op theatre last week, I blinked to get some dust out of my eye and when I opened them, THAT GLORIOUS SINGULAR IMAGE appeared! It was so unbelievable I even moved away from the microscope several times to check whether it was just a coincidence. 13th of May is a milestone worth a thousand celebrations! PTL! :D (and yes I do realise it somehow coincides with the racial riots that happened in Malaysia in 1969)

That white machine behind me is a slit lamp. If you've been to an eye doctor, that will be what they use to check your eyes. It's basically a fancy pancy multi-function microscope hahaa!


In case you're wondering why I'm wearing glasses *gasps...NOT*, I scheduled an appointment in 2 weeks time to assess whether I'm suitable for LASIK surgery. I am excited but trying not to keep my hopes up bcos there might be a tiny chance my eyes aren't cut out *no pun intended* for it.

I realise how completely lack of colour this post has... So let me post some pwetty pictures of where I've visited in Taiwan so far. I have a feeling I won't be going anywhere touristy anymore bcos I just suffered from a crazy case of twisted bowel this morning. The constant purging and vomiting was totally bearable. But the pain...IT WAS ABSOLUTELY EXCRUCIATING. It was like waves after waves of immense torture and I would rate it at least a 10 out of 10 pain! Not sure how it compares to childbirth though I have a feeling it might not be too far off. T__T" Rolled around in bed in agony and was drenched in cold sweat for 3 whole hours before my intestines decided to untangle themselves. Thank God! That is an experience I NEVER want to re-live. It felt worse than when I had appendicitis. I don't think I could survive being admitted into hospital in Taiwan alone. So I'm gonna eat and play safe till I go home. Guess that's a strict no-no to the snake soup stall I've been eye-ing for a few weeks now. XD The only saving grace was the song Here by Kari Jobe that I put on replay. I could really feel God comforting me through her soothing voice. It was like I was in heaven. There were lyrics that went, "Breathe in.... Breathe out" and I actually did that. Man! I make it sound like I'm a woman in labour. I love all the beautiful places and food in Taiwan, but dayyyummm, I've not stopped being ill since I got here. First diagnosed with chronic urticaria, then 2 rounds of flu, then THIS. O_O I LOVE YOU TAIWAN, but why you no agree with me?!

Anyway, to get that gruesome image out of your head, here is...

TAIWAN!

White Sand Cove, where part of Life of Pi and 海角七号 was filmed.


Cape Eluanbi


Sun Moon Lake


Alishan tea plantation


Sizihwan


Chimei museum


Anping tree house


Tamsui fisherman's wharf


Tamsui fisherman's wharf


Anping tree house


Shennong street



And finally... Meeee! Trying to embrace the glasses by attempting the artsy gal 文青 kinda look.



X


April 2, 2016

Updates!

Hey guys! I'm back in Malaysia finally for spring break! :) To be honest, there's no such thing as spring break. All it is is that I have a 2-month elective period where I can choose to do 2 placements wherever I wish... And I wouldn't miss the chance to be back in Malaysia.

Next month I'll be heading for Taiwan for 1 month too. Can't wait! :3 I grew up watching Taiwanese dramas and their cuisine is just divine... Plus my mum is from there so there's always this shroud of mystery I've been dying to uncover.

In case you don't follow my Twitter or Instagram, I have a few updates since the last time I blogged. So in the last entry I talked about how I passed my medical finals *woop woop*. The below happened whilst I was busy NOT updating this space.

1. I secured a job in South Manchester. WUT!! How did that happen? All thanks to God of course.

I'll explain how medical students get jobs in the UK here, in case ANYONE (doubt it!) is interested in the process.

Disclaimer: Can be extremely detailed. Skip this entire bit if you're not interested.

Any candidate can earn up to 100% based on a few things, i.e. their academic performance (deciles), medical publications you authored, extra degrees earned and an exam called the Situational Judgement Test. The higher score you obtain, the better your chances of getting into the hospital you want to work at. In the North West Foundation School, the competitive hospitals include MRI, Salford, South Manchester and Royal Liverpool from what I understand. It is the first year the Mersey (Liverpool) hospitals have combined with North West hospitals so I'm not entirely sure how competitive Mersey hospitals are.

Academic performance: The entire year group is divided into 10 deciles based on the outcome of your assessments over the years, 1st decile being the top 10% of our year group, and 10th decile the lowest 10%. Then with each decile you are given a maximum of 43 points. I scored 40 as I was in the 4th decile.

Medical publications: You can score up to 2 points if you have a publication recognised by the medical literature database Pubmed, which believe me is extremely difficult. I have a publication but because it is only a case report, it didn't make it into Pubmed. I scored 0 under this category.

Extra degrees: I'm not too sure about the exact scoring system here but I know a postgrad degree (either masters or PhD) earns a medical student 5% and a Bachelor's degree less than that. I didn't do any extra degrees apart from my primary medical degree so it's a 0 for me too. :P

If by this point, you happen to be in the 1st decile, earned a Pubmed publication and have a postgrad degree, you'll be high flying at a score of 50%. So what determines the other crucile 50% (and ultimately the hospital you enter)? A controversial exam called... *jeng jeng jeng* 

The Situational Judgement Test!: This is an extremely, in my opinion, silly way of distinguishing the weed from the plants (is that even a saying?). It takes up the remaining 50% of your score. There is a total of 70 questions where in each question you are a given a scenario. You are then asked to either rank in order the 5 responses to this scenario, or choose 3 responses that would address the situation when done together.

An example: You are the FY1 doctor on call. When you are just about to leave the ward, a patient you know stops you to talk to you. You know that he tends to drag on about his family issues and you just received 3 bleeps that you have to attend to. Rank the responses (1=most important, 5=least important) below:
A. Ask a nurse to talk to the patient.
B. Sit down and listen to the patient.
C. Answer the bleeps first then talk to the patient.
D. Ignore the patient and walk away.
E. Tell the patient you are busy and walk away.

As you can see, you do not require much clinical knowledge to do this exam because it is more to do with ethics and common sense. It sounds simple enough right? Not really. This is the exam that sometimes causes a downfall to many high-flying medical students because you can't really study for it. There are sample papers you can do but no question is ever repeated in the actual exam so you can only pray you are full of common sense on the exam day. O_O If it sounds like a pretty huge gamble, it is.

Thank God I did alright and secured a 46/50% in the paper. I'm not sure what I did or didn't do. So the only advice I would give is to do the official SJT paper online twice and read the GMC guidelines on good medical practice and confidentiality. There are some students who pay a lot to go on SJT revision courses. I'm not sure how useful those are so I can't really testify to that.

Boring bit over.

So I scored a total of 86%, which secures me a place in most hospitals in the UK, including those in the hustling bustling London. But I chose to go to South Manchester for obvious reasons... *cough* Jung *cough*. It was a struggle between Salford where everything is electronic and South, but in the end LOVE conquered all. HAHAHA!

My academic advisor Dr Howells said it would be a shame if I broke up with Jung some time in the next 2 years. I would be stuck in the same hospital as Jung having to see him every so often or even worse, work with him. LOL! I never considered that before!! What a thing to say though as an advisor. XD

Finally, getting to my 2nd update... Super 'cheong hei' I know.
2. I passed my prescribing assessment. Aww man this was a tough one! This is a national assessment where each prospective FY1 doctor needs to do a series of prescribing questions to check you're competent before starting work. I ran out of time and had to guess about 10 questions in the last 2 minutes. I still managed to score 73.5%. It's not a great score, the pass mark being 63% I think? But I am just so thankful I passed. The repercussions of not passing would be re-doing the assessment before starting work in August, failing which you would be a doctor who CANNOT *gasps* prescribe for a whole year. And prescribing is like half of your entire job scope. Imagine how embarrassing it would be if you were on-call and couldn't even rewrite a prescription chart for a desperate nurse... Or having to explain to your boss why you can't prescribe some simple paracetamol. I would not want to be in that position. 

3. I found an apartment in South Manchester. Almost all my friends who are based in South Manchester live in the city which is a 25-minute drive from the hospital. Although I can drive, I don't think it is worth the time and effort of braving the rush hour traffic in the AM and PM, finding a parking space, paying for parking etc. So I opted to live in the hospital accommodation. Sadly it has been shut off from new doctors as I think they're trying to upgrade the facilities. Jung was denied having his accommodation contract extended too so he would be left homeless by May time. Since we both wanted to live in South Manchester while all our friends wanted to live in the city, we decided to look for a private apartment near the hospital. My bro was jokingly like, "Oooh, a man and woman living together? We must alert the church elders!" Which are my parents but they're totally fine with it as long we're in separate rooms and maintain godly boundaries. So I thought, YAY! Time to look for a place. But maaaan, it wasn't easy at all. O_O Some only wanted to wait 2 weeks for us to start paying rent (wut... May is like 3 months away), some places looked like a dump and some agents were super unprofessional. But lo and behold - after threatening that there were 5 other applicants for an apartment we already filled in forms to secure, the landlords decided to go with us instead. Jung said it's all in God's perfect plan! Amen to that, brudder. I'll post some photos of the apartment up when I move in. It is like any other place with a bathroom, lounge, kitchen, 1 single bedroom and 1 double bedroom. On-site parking included too! :)

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Update time over! Time to post some photos on this otherwise rather dull post. Hahaa! Please don't abandon this blog, people! I can't promise I'll be updating every month after I start work because I think that is virtually impossible. I've had this blog constantly updated since 2007 *gasps*... Almost 10 years now! Longest I've ever persevered with anything. So I apologise in advance if I leave this space unattended to for a while when I just start work. It's a tough life being a new doctor. I've heard horror stories and I'm excited yet horrified to start. O_O 

Anyway, PHOTOS!!! ^_^

Me at Manchester airport departure lounge. Super tired but excited to come home!!


First meal home at Duck King in Jaya 33 with the fam fam. Aww, look at that little goaty on my bro. XD 


With ma daddy doooooo ^^~


Beijing duck... Done right at Duck King! :D The pancakes are so special hmmm... :3


Malaysian weather does my skin wonders. Bare face unedited selfie~ :D happy taaaaimes! I actually love the feeling of not having makeup caked on.


When I just got home and called Gabby, he was a little confused about who I was. I was quite upset... My little baby not remembering who I am!! :O But the 2nd day I think he recalled and has been following me around at home since. Look at this grumpy old Golden, with his now greying face. Still forever my baby Gab Gab though~


This girl has my heart!!!  One of the greatest support systems in my life. It's true what they say... You don't have to speak everyday to know someone is there for you. She's such a lovely being! And *psst psst* she is single and available. Only men of God dare tread close though! XD



And of course my food diary so far!! 

Grandma's signature minced pork noodles... Always hits the right spot!


Seafood yee mee at the food court in UH... It was so-so but considering how it was only RM5 I would say it was value for money.


Curry mee at Secret Recipe... This I really have to comment! It is not worth the whooping RM19 lor!! O_O I don't think any noodles should cost more than RM12. 除非放了钻石宝石黄金进去啦。Taste wasn't bad at all but I was super desperately hungry so I ordered the cheapest noodles on the menu.


Hokkien mee from the coffee shop near my house... Hokkien mee is my go-to comfort food so I'm not picky at all.

Childhood favs at Chun Heong, Bangsar. This is the same place I blogged about in my Happy Summer Eating entry (read here).

真材实料 pan mee!! The anchovies broth is just diiiivine! Better than Jojo pan mee in my opinion~



Almost my every Saturday lunch growing up... Pork ball noodles.


Also my go-to Chee Cheong Fun place at Bangsar market. That's why I never order chee cheong fun anywhere else. It's just the best (or maybe I'm shrouded with childhood memory bias)!


Mummy's homemade pork and chives dumplings, made from scratch! :D 有台湾妈妈就是不一样!


And of course my guilty pleasure of all suppers!! Roti canai~ I didn't order from Mahbub this time because my parents said Raj's Banana Leaf's roti canai is better... Which I absolutely concur!


And that's the end of my massive update. Until next time. X

February 10, 2016

A weekend visit to Cambridge!

Helo pretty people! I was down with a headache this morning so I stayed home from placement. The post-exam period is a very confusing time for me. On one hand, I love all the spare time to do anything I want to. But on the other hand, there aren't enough things to do in a day. Yep, you heard me right! The usual complaint is that there aren't enough hours in a day. I know I'm soooo going to regret what I just said a few months from now when I start working as a junior doctor.

Good news first before talking about my Cambridge trip...


I PASSED MY MED SCHOOL FINALS!! And you know what that means? If I pass portfolio end of March, I will officially be Dr. Wynne Chong MBChB in August!

*throws confetti*

The past 5 years of hard work has been validated... Finally! O___O" I thought it would never be over! And a month of exams has never felt THIS long before. If you're interested in a career in medicine and are looking for some advice, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at wynnechong@hotmail.com.


Right, so back to the real thing... MY WEEKEND VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE! ^^ I realised the last time I blogged about a holiday was Stratford-upon-Avon in May and I was complaining about how med school is never-ending. HA HA HA TO THEN WYNNE! IT'LL BE OVER SOON~ *jumps around* I'm gonna write about the trip in a similar format as the Stratford-upon-Avon, London and Lake District posts. Didn't blog about Peak District and Cotswolds (though they were equally beautiful holidays) because they were so close to exams I didn't have time.

I think I'm getting the hang of planning trips within the UK now! YAY! Though I have to admit I had lots of help (particularly in the dining department) from my high schoolmate Siang Lunn who's a Cambridge uni alumni. Couldn't have tried so many yumz without his help. We were quite lucky to have the sun out on day 1 so we visited most outdoor attractions on that day.

Here are a few tips that I think you would appreciate!
1. Bring your student ID for entrance fee discounts;

2. If you're driving, our B and B host said the cheapest parking option is to park & ride. Jung and I parked at Lammas Land (**CB3 9JJ**) instead which is probably the only free parking site without a time limit in Cambridge. It is about a 20-minute walk to the city centre. Roadside parking can cost up to £25 for 6 hours. 


So this is Cambridge, the home of one of the top universities in the world.

(Photo taken when we were on the university alumni punting tour)


1. Harvest View B and B 
Harvest View
CB23 7PW

(Photo taken from the B&B website)

This was the B and B we stayed in. It's a short 10-minute drive from Cambridge city centre which is pretty convenient if you have personal transport. :) The property was clean with many personal touches here and there, plus you have a breakfast menu to choose from the night before. They use local farm produce for our breakfast which is a great touch!

The host Alyson couldn't be more hospitable. She remembered both Jung and my names (bless her!) and provided us with brochures of attractions to visit. :)

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Cambridge!

Rating: 4.5/5

2. Alumni punting tour
King's Parade
CB2 1SJ

You simply cannot say you've visited Cambridge if you haven't been punting! In case you're ulu like myself, a punt is a long, narrow flat-bottomed boat.

This is how it looks like... Focus on the punts in the background and not the cutie. ^^ If you're on a tight budget on your visit there, I would recommend you forego the other attractions that require a fee and go punting! It was £15 for students and £20 for adults, but Jung acted all uninterested and managed to bring the price down to £10 per person for us both. XD It lasted a good 30-40 minutes so deffo worth it imo!



Look at that view! Absolutely stunning!! Convinced yet? :)




This is our punting guide, Rob. He is a Uni of Cambridge alumni in Anthropology! He was a great, vibrant guide who told us about the different colleges along River Cam. It wasn't your typical boring history stories. In fact, it couldn't be anymore different! There were stories about Sir Isaac Newton and the apple, Stephen Hawking's visit when The Theory of Everything was filmed there and Rob's brief encounter with the man of science, another famous alumni Gregory House himself who messed about and graduated with a 3rd class, a.k.a a gentleman's degree etc. LOL! These are only a few examples of his really interesting narratives. ^^ Jung and I are convinced we got one of the more brilliant guides on our tour.



And of course, we couldn't miss out on a selfie on the punt! Do I look like I'm giving off the tai-tai vibe? ^^



Rating: 5/5


3. King's Chapel
King's Parade
CB2 1ST

You won't miss the chapel if you're walking along the main road into the city centre.



I didn't know this until reading up before the trip, but the university consists of different colleges eg King's, Trinity, Clare's, St Catherine's etc scattered throughout the city. The students live in their individual colleges throughout their academic time. So King's is just one of the colleges there.

We paid a little visit to King's chapel as well. They were renovating the chapel so I didn't get good photos of the interior.




I like how Jung's trousers camouflage with the bench. ^^ I made him pose like that heheee!



4. King's College
King's Parade
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When you walk out of the chapel, you will find yourself in the grounds of King's college. Because the students live in the college itself, we were able to catch glimpses of them walking out of their accommodation. Some of them were donning these long black cloaks which were very Hogswart-esque!



Quick couple selfie in the grounds! We caught a few other couples doing the same here too. :P



And I simply must insert this selfie!! How cute is Jung??!! ^_^



And if you're Chinese, you'd probably have heard of the very famous academic and author Xu Zhimo. This is a rock made of Beijing marble to commemorate that he used to study here.

Jung wants to 轻轻地走 too...



Just by the rock is a bridge where I took that early shot of Jung and the punts. ^^ I don't know about you but this was a sight that just made Cambridge feel magical to me!



There are other colleges that you can visit as well but we didn't manage to due to time and the weather on day 2. You can find Newton's alleged apple tree in Trinity College's great court.

Rating: 4/5


5. Market Square
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Siang Lunn recommended that we try the Belgian waffles here and it was ABSOLUTELY HEAVENLY. And I'm not even a dessert person.



Apart from the waffle stall, there were stalls that served Chinese dumpings (what?!), traditional Jamaican food, desserts, Thai street food, handmade crafts and bags etc.

Rating: 4/5


6. Corpus Clock
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This is a clock that is situated outside the library of Corpus Christi college. It looks very unusual and involved a lot of expert engineers, scientists, sculptors etc. Apparently it costs £1 million and 5 years to construct!


Rating: 3/5  (I'm not interested in anything mechanics-related thus the rating)


7. River Cam
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This is where you can hire punts yourself instead of having a guide. Imo, it's best to go on the tour. You can row a boat anywhere with water... Why do it here?

Still, it is a beautiful place! Cambridge is a cycling town and you see a lot of cyclists round this part of town.




Rating: 3/5 (Nothing much to do here but overall quite scenic)


8. Must-visit restaurants
So as a true blue foodie, I MUST talk about the restaurants we visited that we found wonderful! We went to the places Siang Lunn recommended!

St. John's Chophouse
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I said this on Instagram and I will say it again... I AM COMING BACK FOR MORE. They serve hands-down the best steak Jung and I have ever had. We ordered the medium rare ribeye steak in port wine. We were actually tempted to just opt for 2 meals off the set menu because it was more affordable but something in me said we would probably only be in Cambridge this time so we ordered steak instead. NO REGRETS! It was made to perfection.

I am such a bad food photographer... But you gotta take my word on this. I've never been so enthusiastic about steak before. Jung had the steak and I ordered the lamb shoulder in port wine off the set menu. It was really good as well!


"I'LL BE BACK!" terminator-style.

Rating: 5+++++/5


Coast Fish & Chips
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What?! Fish & chips... Not even kidding! When Siang Lunn recommended this place, I was quite surprised. But I trust him because he is an even bigger foodie than I am.

Fish & chips is usually greasier than I'd like... But I saw that Coast also served seafood so I gave it a try. They used cod for fish & chips... And it was of top quality! The batter was not greasy at all and the fish itself was longer than Jung's face. XD That's saying something because he has a looooong face.

We also had the seafood linguine and oysters which were extremely fresh.


Who would have thought a fish & chips shop would serve such great food!

Rating: 5/5


So that's my loooooong post done! :) Cambridge is such a beautiful scenic city to visit with hidden gems of restaurants. ^^ If you're looking for somewhere to go in half-term, visit their website and start planning your trip!


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