Let it snow some more for these kids at the Brecon Mountain Railway’s Pontsticill Station! (at Brecon Mountain Railway)
Figure 2017-02. Unofficial graduation photograph of Jonas Marie Dumdum BSc MSc RCh AMEI.
#USWGraduation (at University of South Wales)
First lunch in Wales! (at Alfreds Barandgrill)
Finished Leg 4! Just the ways up the Valleys! (at Cardiff Central railway station)
Chilling while waiting for Leg 4. (at Paddington Station First Class Lounge)
Look at the background! (at Heathrow Express)
Leg 2 complete! Heading to Paddington!
Arrival party readying up! (at Heathrow Airport)
As of the time of writing, I am sipping coffee at Tim Hortons in Queen’s Arcade, Cardiff while enjoying my Timbits. This seemingly common occurrence every time I am in Cardiff has a twist today.
A few hours from now, I am picking up my parents in Heathrow in preparation for graduation.
The actual idea of going through the graduation ceremony has not fully hit me until now. Imagine, being around USW from September 2016 to December 2017, doing almost the same things that one does from lunch at Stilts in Treforest, to catching a bus to Glyntaff, or meeting in Cardiff, or going to the Newport campus for some special reason. This routine that I described has been me for the longest of times.
Visiting relatives or friends change the dynamic. Crazy enough, all of my friends in the UK outside of Wales never have visited this part of the world. From London to Aberdeen, Manchester to Brighton, multiple messages of ‘Come to Cardiff!’ or ‘Come to South Wales’ have only been met with promises that have yet to be fulfilled. To give more accuracy, only two people from outside Wales have ever visited me. One, because he was a friend of a friend in Manila making it not really a friend of sorts until he reached Cardiff. The other was my principal in elementary school, but then he was there on special business.
With my parents coming here, it changes things because I could do more things that I want to do with those who visit me.
I hope, that by them being here, I could finally change my perception from a student of USW to a graduate of USW. Visits from friends are a heartwarmer for me, and with their visit, I could hope for future visits from my friends.
Crazy hats this Christmas season! (at University of South Wales)
Diolch yn fawr, Siôn Corn (Thank you so much, Santa Claus)! #USWSanta @unisouthwales (at University of South Wales)
#USWSanta! @unisouthwales (at University of South Wales)
Me with Dr. Bryan Lewallen, former Principal of Caltex American School-Duri (CAS-D) Campus and Superintendent of the CAS schools in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, and currently Academic Bridge Director for the Qatar Foundation.
My brother and I are proud to have been in his school, and I am very happy to see him after 14 years! He still remembers us as we were his favorite After School Spanish students (though my Spanish needs an overhaul haha!)
Croeso i Cymru (Welcome to Wales), Mr. Lewallen! (at The Angel Hotel)
Quote of the day? (at Olive’s Attic)
This is the Cunard Building in Liverpool, where some of the scenes from the movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were shot! (at Cunard Building)
‘You think you’ve lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday-yi-yay
It’s you she’s thinking of
And she told me what to say-yi-yay’ - from the 1963 song 'She Loves You’ by the Beatles (at Cavern Club Liverpool)
Taken outside the famous Cavern Club, where from 1961-1963, the Beatles played there a record 292 times! (at Cavern Club Liverpool)
‘People they rush everywhere
Each with their own secret care.’ - from the 1964 song 'Ferry Across the Mersey’ by Gerry and the Pacemakers (at River Mersey)
‘Always, no sometimes, think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean a “Yes” but it’s all wrong
That is I think I disagree’ - from the 1967 song 'Strawberry Fields Forever’ by the Beatles (at Strawberry Field Community Home)
‘Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies’ - from the 1967 song Penny Lane by the Beatles (at Penny Lane)
‘And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be’ - from the 1970 song 'Let It Be’ by the Beatles (at Cavern Club Liverpool)
Sunrise on the Severn (at Second Severn Crossing)
Enjoying a warm time at Tim Hortons at 6am. (at Queens Arcade Shopping Centre)
Screengrab from USW’s Christmas video! First time that the uni did one, and I am happy to have participated in it. (at University of South Wales)
Happy American Thanksgiving! (at Pontypridd)
#USWChristmas #ChristmasVideo2017 (at University of South Wales)
New blog entry, but at the Welsh Government website (Wales.com)!
Cheers to a piece of Canada in Wales! (at Queens Arcade Shopping Centre)