OMG I’m Free… Free-ish…

It’s June, and my university life is ending as I speak, counting down the days I have left till I have to say goodbye to my 2nd home. It’s 32 days, if you’re curious.

Sadly, uni isn’t totally over for me yet. I have one assignment due tomorrow afternoon, and another due on the 15th. Of course I can finish the latter one earlier on and start holidaying sooner, but knowing me, I’ll procrastinate on it for as long as I possibly can.

The weather has turned wintery at last, to the point that I’ll probably begin using my heater sometime soon when it becomes unbearably cold. Don’t get me wrong, I do love cold weather, and this feeling is probably one of the many things I’ll miss living here for. The clean cold fresh air, something you can only dream of back home in haze-stricken Malaysia.

I still recall one of those Lat comics where they installed a giant fan on the KL Tower to blow the haze away. If only that was possible. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m still kinda curious as to what to do after I get back, work-wise. My career stuff will have to wait though as I will be playing tour guide for the first 2 weeks as my HK classmate is following me back for 2 weeks to experience Malaysia, and hopefully to rid herself of all these humorous stereotypes she has about Malaysia and Malaysians. It’s very amusing the things she thinks we have or do in Malaysia. I guess that’s what many foreigners who don’t really know much about Malaysia would think.

Most importantly I can’t wait to eat all the yummy foods back home. I think food-wise there really isn’t anything I’d miss in Melb other than this yummy pork bun thingey from this Viet restaurant. Yup, that’s about it. Everything else you can pretty much find it back home, perhaps even better and with more varieties. And most importantly, soooo much cheaper even comparing dollar-to-dollar. It’s a norm here that “real” meals (like single plate rice dishes etc) cost roughly $10, where as back home you can get the exact same thing and portions for roughly rm5, give or take a few.

Other things are of course more expensive in Malaysia than here, but I guess that’s how everything evens itself out. Regardless, there are still more cheap alternatives in Msia than what you can find here. Futhermore in Msia, places like McD offer refillable soft drinks and you can pump all the ketchup sauce you want for free. Here you have to buy the sauce packets, don’t even bother asking for chilli sauce because apparently they don’t have such things here. Some of my friends bring their own chilli sauce when they go for fastfood.

And now I am craving french fries. ๐Ÿ˜›

Eitherway, gonna go off to maybe do some work. Or more likely prepare dinner. Planning to make soup, because I’m lazy and all I need to do for soup is just wash n cut the ingredients and basically throw it all into the pot of boiling water and let it boil for as long as it takes to warm up my room. The perks of free gas. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Make Up

Just when you thought things are going alright, then you find out that there’s actually more than meets the eye. Cis… the end is so near yet so far.

One quality that I don’t like is complacency as a solution to indecisiveness or fear of uncertainty. Given it is something that I myself am guilty of doing sometimes, but I guess it’s always more apparent (and more irritating) when someone else does it. I guess that’s the one thing I like about the guailous, or “locals” to be politically correct. They are very casual speaking their mind and are most often confrontational. It may sound like a generalised statement, but so far I’ve seen most of them as such. And it’s always the Asians who keep their heads low and merely snicker/giggle among themselves as they watch things play out.

And sometimes it kinda feels like we Asians areย subservientย to the locals, especially in group meetings. The locals tend to be the ones taking the lead while the Asians are usually the ones who are quiet. Dunno… just feels a bit odd sometimes when I’m the only Asian in my group speaking up while the others are all keeping quiet or not really saying anything or voicing any concerns to the group at large, saving it for when it’s just “us” after the big meeting’s over. Has happened a few times already, and I always tell them to speak up during the meetings, and altho now they do, it still kinda feels like the locals are taking charge of the whole operation. And not that it’s wrong or anything, just feels like we’re always being “forced” to come out of our shells instead of us naturally doing it.

Dunnola, just a random rant. It’s seldom I rant okay? At least this post more substantial. Woot!

Happy Daylight Saving Ends Day!

It’s been a while since I blogged. No motivation, no inspiration, and just plain old laziness is to blame. The weather has turned lovely cold, just the way I like it.

School’s been getting a bit tougher with more work piling up, and more work not being done. I can’t help it… I’m a procrastinator extraordinaire.

Been trying out new places and stuff and it’s been quite fun I’d say. And I’ve developed an immense love for SoonDooBoo JjiGae. Mmmm… It’s my tofu love spilling over into Korean cuisine, originating from my ever predictable Mapo Tofu order from chinese restaurants.

Can’t believe it’s my last semester here. I don’t really know what to feel about it, but I guess I’ll try to enjoy myself as much as I can while I still can. I guess I’ll only study here once, and don’t know when I’ll ever come back here again.

And on other news, the people behind the tv show Lost are very smart dealing with time travel and its effect on the progression of time. I’ve always found flaws with a lot of shows and movies involving time travel, but so far Lost seems alright. They even sort of dumbed it down in the recent episode to sort of unravel how things can be the way they are. And they even verified my long standing theory that if people time-travelled to the past, they wouldn’t “change” anything because they would’ve already done so to “effect” what IS now. If you don’t get it, it’s nothing major. It’s just one of the “paradigms” of time travel.

Am I even using the word “paradigm” correctly? In my defense, that’s what the inverted commas are for… to show my unsureness of the usage. ๐Ÿ˜›

Happy Easter!

Just another week

It’s another one of those “can’t believe” posts. Be forewarned.

I can’t believe it’s been like 7+ months since I came here, and in just over a week I’ll be on my way home again! I have never felt so excited to return home to Malaysia. I think it’s just missing the things you’re used to. I kinda wonder if I’ll end up missing Melbourne when I’m back in KL. That would be weird…

All but one of my classes ended this week. One ended on a good note, one on a mediocre note, and one I ended early by leaving the tute class myself. I still have 3 assignments and 1 exam to look forward to doing. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have to get all of my assignments done before I go back, eventhough two of them are actually only due in 2-3 weeks.

I have to say that this past semester has been a bit better than last. For one, I actually have people I “know” know in my tutorials so it’s not as lonely and I don’t end up getting stuck with lapsap groups. Another odd thing I realised is that I have this feeling I’m going to do quite well for the two Year 3 subjects I took, and I’m going to do mediocre-to-just-passing-(i-hope) for the remaining two Year 2 subjects. I guess it’s good news to my classmates who will be doing these Year 3 subjects in their final semester next year.

For those of you who don’t already know (shame on you!), I’m only here for 1.5 years, and I finish a semester earlier than my other classmates next year… if all goes well that is. And I hope it does.

So yup, feeling a wee bit grim about the outcome of my Year 2 subjects. One of which I already know my marks (anti-climax this one), and the other I feel quite wary since the lecturer is known for his stinginess in giving marks. Still far from completing his assignments. Bah!

As for my Year 3 subjects, I’m quite glad the two lecturers who are teaching me are quite nice people. One lecturer’s even specially having a separate exam for my friend and I since we’re going back early before the actual exam date which got changed. She knew our situation, tried to get the exam changed, but failed, and as a contingency actually went through the trouble of setting a separate set of exam questions for us to do this coming Monday. Sure it kinda bums that we’re having it a week earlier than the whole class, but how cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜€

Plus I think she’s quite taken away with our progress. I wonder if she’s even aware that we’re 2nd Year students that’s she’s wow-ing at. Hehehe… I know, I’m tooting my own horn, but I can’t help it. She has nothing but praises. ๐Ÿ˜€

As for my other class, I was quite happy to see that I was one of the few who got a full 30/30 for one of our in-class exercises that spanned over 7 weeks. The worse thing was that I only started doing it the night before and the following morning, where as some of my friends actually started much earlier on and some even did a whole lot more than I did. I nearly forgot about the assignment until the day before, that’s how bad it was. But I don’t know, I do feel that sometimes my best work comes out last minute, hence my very inclination towards doing last minute work. I can honestly say that 95% of ALL my best assignments are last minute work, and I am proud of many of them. Of course, some of them are with the help of some amazing group mates as well.

You know, if I ever had to give out a Best Group Mate Award, I most certainly know who to give it to. We’ve pulled the impossible, and we really went through a lot and I can’t believe how far we went with our assignments and presentations and stuff. Dunno, quite amazing lo. Can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my college life, finally having someone I can confidently say I can depend on 110% to do work without me worrying about its quality (unless it’s PowerPoint, the horror of her uber-uncoordinated colours and themes!). Not to say that other people are not as capable, but this one in particular outshines the rest when it comes to team work. Ah Joan, I hope you’re doing alright wherever you are!

K la, this post has turned out to be quite rambly. It’s been a long time since I blogged such a long post. If only I put more effort into doing my assignments. ๐Ÿ˜›

Catcha all soon!!

Mid Sem

So shiok, this week is technically the 6th week out of 12 weeks of uni, not including one week holiday coming up next week (wow, that’s fast too). Assignments are starting to pile up, and this semester arguably has been more heavy in load as compared to the previous sem. The first week itself we were bombarded with homework and assignments, so yup, we’re getting older, getting more senior, and getting more lazy (well, myself anyway).

Well, I’d blog more, but I don’t feel inspired either. Tomorrow the Neo is going back to Malaysia already. So fun, which I could go back also. I want to eat so many things.

Isn’t kinda sad that the first thing I think about is food? I think it’s through influence. You know who you are, Fiona. (ooo, it rhymes too!)

K la, i should be getting back to my sho… i mean work! Olympic closing ceremony ma… once in 4 years, dun play-play!

Oh btw, normally “mid sem” is associated with mid semester exams. But seeing as I don’t have exams, to me it merely signifies the middle of the semester, half way closer to going back! Whee!

Tick Tock Tick August

Can’t believe it’s already August! I’m going in to week 3 out of 12 for my semester and that’s like less than 3 months more till I get to go back to Malaysia. Yup, that’s the 25th October thingey I mentioned earlier. Can’t wait lo!

In the meantime, this semester’s workload has been quite a handful more than the previous semester. I already had homework to do for my very first class, and it’s already two weeks past and I have assignments and stuff to get started on with one presentation due this coming Wednesday. However, I feel a bit more motivated today to get everything done and out of the way with so that I don’t end up having a mountain of work and regret waiting for me in the days and weeks to come.

On another note, my dad will be arriving on Wednesday. He’s going to be here for about 11 days, which is kinda long and I am kinda busy with uni stuff as well. We’re going to Sydney this Thursday till Sunday, and even that trip has sort of interfered with one of my assignments where we need to go to an advertising agency to interview someone and write a report about it. It’s a group thing, so I kinda don’t like the fact that we have a sort of tight schedule as well, since the person we’re going to interview is probably going to have an even tighter schedule making it a bit more difficult. I could ask my other 2 group mates to just go themselves, but I think that wouldn’t be fair. Then I’d be somewhat the freeloader of the group, and that’s just gross. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyhoo, it’s now like only 10am, quite surprised I woke up so early. I feel like having cereals, but I just realised I didn’t put the milk in the fridge (it’s the long life type), and I like having cereals with cold milk. So, I guess I have to eat something else, but no idea what. I could fry something, but then I know that having fried food in the morning isn’t healthy. It’s not that I’m suddenly being a health nut or anything, but with all the damage I do to my health like by not eating vegetables or properly, I think every little bit I CAN consciously do helps!

K la, that’s all for this update. I’m going to go and ransack my tiny kitchen to see what I can find to eat! Till the next update, take care!

Go Back To Work!

I’m so lazy. I’m so procrastinaty. How la. Sian.

This week is the last week of the semester, but it’s a hell of a week too. I’ve got a test on Tuesday, a test on Wednesday, and a presentation and research essay submission due on Thursday. After that I’m free!

However, I am 0% studied for both tests, and 0% started on the essay. The presentation thing is a group thing, but I don’t think we’re that done with it although we’re getting there, I hope.

I have this urge to sleep now and wake up early to start on my essay thingey. I really really want to get it done quick because I am kinda worried. I haven’t even chosen the essay question that I want to do. ๐Ÿ˜›

Die.