According to weather forecast as well as Accueweather, Leeds would experience a zero point (O Celsius) and predictably that flurry of snow bits would be falling. Well, after 2-3 years of hiatus, this would be probably an exciting one especially for Asians and Malaysians, no? Yes, I’ve been to Badaling Ski Resort in Beijing, China in 2011 (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/inside-the-iron-bamboo-curtain-of-beijing-capricious-china-the-land-of-imperial-dynasties-crotchety-people/) but it wasn’t a natural one. Yes, the snow was real; but was kept and conserved throughout the year. When we arrived at China, the weather was cold but snow wasn’t falling down as yet.
The forecast. Reliable? Predictions. But… Alhamdulillah. (,”)
So today, we just waited patiently but I don’t put high hope. Kakak said that her friends in Sheffield which happened to be located to the southern part of Leeds were already experiencing snow! As predicted, all the snow-virgin Malaysians were frantically happy! Hahaha! Around 8 p.m.; we could see flurry of snow from the lamppost light in the middle of murky dark atmosphere of Kelso Gardens (the scene was somewhat like Harry Potter’s Privet Drive! LOL!). Kakak was so excited and yelled at me from her room as she was practically bedridden due to her leg is somewhat strained or broken (we don’t know)! Yiipppieee!
And then, my brother-in-law; Abang Zam asked me whether I wanted to go to his friend’s house, Abang Mokhtar to take the clothes he washed (so happened that he has washing machine; the laundry still close; I guess. It’s Boxing Day!). The house not that far; just up the hill a bit from Kakak’s house. Arghhhhhh!!!! Snowflakes falling!! The scene was ethereal! I know this sounds a bit far-fetched but you guys have to understand that I am a Snow-Virgin; and every virgin experience will always be something meaningful for all of us, no? *wink* Instantaneously for me, it felt like in the Ice Dance scene in “Edward Scissorhands” where Edward was sculpting an icy image and Kim Boggs played by Winona Ryder was dancing to the ice smithereens. I know it is corny but that is the feeling I had the moment I was looking up and seeing snowflakes falling down and touched my face……
When I looked up seeing snowflakes touching my face and my eyes, I felt like Winona Ryder dancing under the smithereens of ice debris, sculpted by Edward Scissorhands played by Johny Depp. So ethereal.
Abang Mokhtar and Kak Liza were very generous host for guests. We were lavished with brownies, cookies and hot teas. They have 5 children and Kak Liza happened to be an IPG lecturer furthering PhD here. It’s nice to have tete-a-tete with her on the possibility of furthering PhD and my situation of trying to jump out from the education system. Rifqi, as usual was having hysterical excitement with the children and were playing with snow; throwing snowballs with some Malaysian students (who also were so excited!) and managed to make a meager-looking-but-passable snowman in form of Olaf (awwwww….need a warm hug?!).
Abang Mokhtar & Kak Liza’s courtyard.
I know this must be laughable for some of the Asians who already reside in the western world for ages; thus claiming that this is a ‘mundane and boring’ view; but like I said, Snow-Virgins really anticipated this! Hahaha! Alhamdulillah; I guess it is my luck that I’ve got to experience this during my trip here. I could come here again next year and there is no guarantee the snow going to fall again! So, I am thankful (,”). Even for a brief moment; it is a valuable experience.
Olaf?? Hahahah! Creative one by the children. They make used whatever they had. (,”)
Rifqi was superduper excited! And then he was drenched and wet and was moaning; not long after that, he continued playing! Well, deserved a one or two from his father! Too excited in the presence of others.
The spontaneous and instantaneous feeling I had when I was under the falling snowflakes…..
NOTIFICATION (1) :
These are the picture updates from the Woodhouse Moor. You could see frost on the grass! (,”). It was chilly morning but very nice experience. A serene place to ponder and think.
The frost on the grass!
Elsa from Arandelle froze the lake! Hahaha!
NOTIFICATION (2) :
On the way from Leeds to London, we could see that the plains were mostly covered and blanketed with frost and snow!!!! Wow!!! Simply like in postcards, yeah? At least I’ve got to see these (,”)
Kelso Gardens, Leeds. Frost on the roads!