“I attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College in England and was allocated to one of the strictest houses in Sixth Form. Our school shirt had to be properly tucked in under our green V-neck jumper and our house tie had to be perfectly knotted. That was what a ‘lady’ was expected to look like when she walked out of the house every morning. We weren’t allowed to run along the corridors but had to take brisk, quiet steps if we were rushing. The housemistress was always on high alert for footsteps when she was doing her bedtime rounds. She was, needless to say, the most feared housemistress in the school. I felt so unlucky.
The house food was absolutely disgusting. The toad-in-the-hole tasted horrible and we were served boiled slices of pork that were inedible to me. Occasionally I had to supplement my diet with instant noodles. In those days, English girls only ate some Chinese food, like cup noodles or Uncle Ben’s rice. Saying that, I do miss my boarding school days. I bonded with my housemates watching the soap opera Neighbours. The experience of being away from home made me independent, confident and helped me develop my social etiquette.”
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