Posts filed under ‘Study in the UK’

Duvet & TOG

Most duvets you can buy in the UK usually come in ‘tog’ ratings – from as low as 4 to as high as 15.

A lightweight summer duvet will usually have a tog rating of around 4-5. A medium warmth duvet will probably have a tog rating of around 9 to 11. A winter duvet is likely to be rated from 12 togs upwards.

For me, I bought the 10.5 and literally can be used whole year all seasons hehehe…

Btw, anyone out there fancy ‘bolster’? I afraid you may need to bring one from Malaysia as you won’t be able to get them anywhere in Britain.


August 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

1 Pound Shop

If you’re looking for cheap or reasonable every day household essential products, etc – the best shop to try out is Poundland.

Poundland is famous for its top brands where shoppers are guaranteed to find over 800 quality brands, offering famous brands such as Colgate, Walkers, Air Wick, Cadburys, Weight Watchers ®, Kodak and much, much more, all at just £1 each.

But too bad, I can’t get my favourite ‘Darlie‘ toothpaste from this store nor in the UK. Anyone out there willing to bring me one from KL? 🙂

July 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

How to keep warm?

Here is some advice to keep yourself warm while you are in the UK.

  • In wintertime (especially in December, January and February), pay attention to weather forecasts on television or radio or websites such as: The day’s maximum and minimum temperature will help you to know what to wear. If it is going to be particularly cold, you may want to avoid going out if it means you may have to spend a long time outside. Remember that if there is a strong wind it may feel much colder than the minimum temperature stated (this is know as “windchill”). Make sure that you know how to get home if you are out late at night, and consider going to bed early (the coldest time is in the early hours of the morning).
  • If the heating in your room can be adjusted, make sure that you know how to change it. Tell the owner of your property (your landlord) if you are too cold – it may be that the central heating can be kept on for longer during cold periods. Ask if you can use a small portable electric fan heater in your room. Some landlords will not allow this because of the cost of the electricity – if so, estimate the cost and offer to pay for this. Always be very careful about safety with portable heaters – keep them clear of other objects and do not leave them on while you are sleeping.
  • Wear layers of clothes. You can take off some of these layers when you go somewhere that is well-heated. The air which is trapped between your layers of clothing will help to keep you warm. Much of your body heat is lost through your head and feet, so wear thick socks and a hat and scarf when it is very cold.
  • Buy a hot water bottle and a cover. You can hold the bottle while you are sitting down in your room, and can use it in your bed at night. If you get a good quality cover (such as the sheepskin cover shown below) you will not feel too hot and the bottle will stay warm for longer.
  • A “throw” sized woollen blanket is useful for keeping warm. Buying a sleeping bag can be useful – you can sleep inside this in your bed, or even sit inside it while you are studying, and you can use it at other times of the year if a friend stays overnight.
  • Eating a warm meal, drinking hot drinks, or taking a bath will make your body feel warmer.

July 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Free Health Care

As you may already aware, getting sick in the UK can burn a hole in one`s pocket if you do not have proper travel insurance to cover the medical costs.

GOOD NEWS! All students with a visa which lasts for six months or more will be entitled to have free treatment from the NHS. What you need to do is to quickly register with a doctor or GP once you’re in the UK. Please visit to search the nearest GP available near your area.

Note: NHS is providing free treatment to the students but we still need to pay for prescription/medicines charges which is £7.20.

July 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm 1 comment

The world’s top 100 universities – 2009

2009 Rank 2008 Rank School Name Country
1 1 HARVARD University United States
2 3 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
3 2 YALE University United States
4 7 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
5 6 IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
5 4 University of OXFORD United Kingdom
7 8 University of CHICAGO United States
8 12 PRINCETON University United States
9 9 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
10 5 CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
11 10 COLUMBIA University United States
12 11 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
13 13 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
14 13 DUKE University United States
15 15 CORNELL University United States
16 17 STANFORD University United States
17 16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
18 20 MCGILL University Canada
19 18 University of MICHIGAN United States
20 24 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
20 23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
22 19 University of TOKYO Japan
23 22 KING’S College London United Kingdom
24 26 University of HONGKONG Hong Kong
25 25 KYOTO University Japan
26 29 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
27 21 CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
28 28 École normale supérieure, PARIS France
29 41 University of TORONTO Canada
30 30 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
31 27 BROWN University United States
32 33 NORTHWESTERN University United States
32 30 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
34 32 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
35 39 HONG KONG University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
36 38 University of MELBOURNE Australia
36 37 University of SYDNEY Australia
39 36 University of California, BERKELEY United States
40 34 University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
41 43 University of QUEENSLAND Australia
42 50 École Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE Switzerland
43 44 OSAKA University Japan
43 49 TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
45 47 MONASH University Australia
46 42 The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
47 50 SEOUL National University Korea, South
47 45 University of NEWSOUTH WALES Australia
49 56 TSINGHUA University China
49 53 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
51 48 University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
52 40 NEW YORK University(NYU) United States
52 50 PEKING University China
54 46 BOSTON University United States
55 78 Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) Germany
55 61 TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
57 57 HEIDELBERG University Germany
58 69 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
59 74 University of ALBERTA Canada
60 64 LEIDEN University Netherlands
61 65 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
61 55 University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
63 81 AARHUS University Denmark
63 71 University of ILLINOIS, Chicago (UIC) United States
65 72 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
66 75 University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
67 66 LONDON School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
67 88 LUND University Sweden
69 95 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science Korea, South
70 81 University of YORK United Kingdom
70 67 UTRECHT University Netherlands
72 68 University of GENEVA Switzerland
73 77 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
73 60 WASHINGTON University in St. Louis United States
75 63 UPPSALA University Sweden
76 58 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
76 70 University of TEXAS at Austin United States
78 102 University of NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill United States
79 73 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
80 59 University of WASHINGTON United States
81 106 University of ADELAIDE Australia
82 76 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
83 78 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
84 83 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
85 54 DARTMOUTH College United States
86 83 GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
87 99 PURDUE University United States
87 83 University of STANDREWS United Kingdom
89 108 University College DUBLIN Ireland
90 62 EMORY University United States
91 86 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
92 120 NAGOYA University Japan
92 106 University of ZURICH Switzerland
94 137 Freie Universität BERLIN Germany
95 124 National TAIWAN University Taiwan
95 99 University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
97 112 TOHOKU University Japan
98 93 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
99 104 University of LEEDS United Kingdom
100 78 RICE University United States

July 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Free SMS from UK to MAXIS

Sending ‘Text’ from UK to Malaysia network could be expensive. Each international text would cost us 20p (depending on network plan) which is about MYR1.00.

If you’re Maxis subscriber and have family and friends who are on Maxis Network e.g. 012 or 017, you could probably save some $$$ everyday and still be in touch. Please visit, and get yourself registered for free.  WebSMS users will be entitled to 3 free text per day.

Please note: In Malaysia we normally use SMS for text messaging e.g. I will SMS you later. But in the UK, we say “I will text you later”

Hope that’s help!

Question: If you’re in Malaysia and would like to text someone in the UK, what would be the rate for each text?

June 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm 3 comments

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