Passing for a driving license in the UK is a big deal for some of us. As some of us know not many of them had passed even after a few attempts. But for those lucky countries who's driving attitude and etiquette maybe seems reliable to the British standard like Singapore got to easily convert their license . Unfortunately for us Malaysia we are required to start like all 18 years old teenagers with a theory and practical test.
So last week Fairuz had passed his driving test after just first attempt and can officially and also legally can drive our car around (he's been driving technically legal all this while with his international driving license). International license can only be used up to a year for UK residence like us. Although he has been driving for 7 years he was still quite excited to received the license and drive around just like an 18 years old. Haha. So me and my sister got ready and went off to Portsmouth just to satisfy his needs of driving.
The journey to Portsmouth took about an hour plus from our place. Portsmouth is a city located on the south coast of England where a Spinnaker tower is a striking recent addition to the city's skyline. Near that is an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays. One of the advantages of the shops here is the price of the outlets items. 81 designers outlets with prices half the normal retail prices. I guess it has something to do with the port (I just knew as a shopping heaven.Hehe). Portsmouth is also one of the closest sea from our house.
When we arrived there we headed straight to the bar for a late lunch.I was hungry and the weather was about 25 degree. The sky was pure and clear soft blue they glow. It was beautiful since we rarely had that as a UK weather. We went shopping a bit (ok fine, I) and by 7pm we just had to enjoy the sea view. There's a few things the sea in Portsmouth differ from the sea in Msia. First of all the air is not at all humid and the breeze is cool. There's not a single sand on the shore and instead it was fills with rocks. Naturally.
My legs got a bit wobbly while walking on it. Every now and then I had to balance myself feeling like a 2 years old kid learning to walk. It was fun I swear. But the most interesting part was searching for a rare rock that have a serial number on it. It was believe there isn't a lot of it and it's scattered along with the other natural rocks. I wonder what is the history behind it. Or maybe they just put it just to make it interesting. I'm sure there's people up somewhere laughing their heads off watching random people like us ducking trying to find a rock like an ostrich. Fairuz was a bit excited, I swear I wasn't. Hehe.
After a while we went back when it was just about to dusk. All tired and happy. We arrived home at about 10pm. Cooked mushroom pasta with cheese and ate dinner just before midnight, ruining a week of diet. Pfft.