Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Start of the End

So tommorrow is the start of the four papers I'll have to take to mark the end of this study semester.

First paper is Auditing and Assurance, followed by Company Law on Tuesday, eMarketing on Thursday, and Analysis for Competitive Advantage next Monday.

After which, I'll settle all outstanding financial matters, and fly off to KL for the Lasallian Convention, and holidays with my family :)

In Jan, will come back for my two month internship with the audit firm, and start the whole cycle of studies all over again :P

Good luck to everyone taking their exams during this period, and may you all pass with the results you've been hoping for!! ^^

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A repeat to yesterday

I was writing on the wall of one of my friends on facebook, and she made a comment about what we do with our daily lives, about how it's always the same from one day to another. She came up with this one-liner: "Everyday is like a repeat to yesterday"

Come to think of it, it's true isn't it? Everyday we go through the same motions, with little variation. For example, when you're preparing for exams, everyday you wake up, go to uni, and study. Occassionally you go out for lunch with different friends, or study different subjects. But the gist of how you live your life everyday is still the same.

It gets to the point that you're sick of the life that you're leading right now, and wondering when you'll ever get out of this normal routine scheme of things.


Of course, there are also times when you experience something totally different. Like, maybe your long-time boyfriend proposes to you *winks* or maybe you get a call from a company saying that you've been accepted for a job that you have been applying for. But of course, good news alone doesn't have to be happening to you. It could also be that someone close to you has finally gotten her life around, and is living the life she has always wanted, with good friends, and a very treasured loved one *cough*kedai kasut*cough* :P

And these events are what makes life interesting. Because you need some extraordinary events to make your ordinary life exciting and worth living. These are what we call milestones :D

So then, although there can be pretty routine happenings daily, there are also times when you are thankful that you're living and you have family who love you and people who care about you.

Random thought: Only good friends can ridicule you to the point of insolence, and get away with it :P

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Just recently been introduced to a British Comedy, and am currently watching season one right now.

Couldn't help but notice that Jack Davenport in his younger days look like someone I know :)

Don't you think so? :D

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


It's amazing how when you're waiting for good news, you feel that time passes at a snail's pace, and yet, when it's bad news you're dreading, time passes like lightning.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I had lunch with a close friend the other day at Jade Pot, and it amazes me how much we have changed in the past five years, and yet, how much we still have in common. It's that whole we are different, and yet still very much the same thing..

I could still talk about my life, love, and experiences, without having him judging me, and I feel that that is who someone should have in their life. There has to be at least one person like that, to keep you rooted in the ground, with your sanity intact.

It has been approximately five years since I last saw him, and the moment I did, it was like the years have melted away, and we are sixteen years old again, each facing the other, writing notes to each other to be passed after school, and hanging out under the ever famous st Tre-Joe bridge while waiting for our transport to arrive.

He shared with me what has happened in his life, and I shared with him what has happened in mine. Of course, there are so many things I have yet to tell, but all that can be shared in good time.

How many times have you found yourself just staring off into space, while in the middle of something, and thinking back on the things you have done when you were younger? You don't have to be very much younger, just your past experiences. It can be yesterday, last week, two months ago, four years ago, etc..

Going down memory lane, I am reminded of an incident I had when I was in Melbourne. Looking back, I get a fluffy feeling, wishing I could go back there and experience it all again. It was a sweet memory, one that will be cherished and to take out on rainy nights and keep close to my chest while I fall asleep listening to the patter of the rain ^^

There's this famous quote (but I do not know who said it) : I always knew looking back on my tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.

How true is that?

Monday, October 27, 2008

It is up to you.

Sometimes, I really don't understand why some people can be so dense to the point of stupidity. They go about calling people deceitful, and making them out to be liars, but do not know why they were not informed of things in the first place.

Needless to say, it might be my fault for not telling the people involved about upcoming activities. However, if you know me really well, you would know that I'm very busy and might forget to inform the people involved about the upcoming activities that are organised.

At least, there are some people who text me and ask me about these upcoming activities, and this is why they are in the loop. I'm sorry if you feel that you are left out of things like this, but looking at things from my situation, I am not so free as to continually message you and letting you know that this and that activity is coming up, and would you please kindly come and help me? I'm not your secretary that is bound by duty to inform you of any activity that is coming up just so you can make time for it, and call me a deceitful person just because you were not informed.

Initially, I thought of letting things slide because I feel that it's not worth it to go about continuing to talk about things like this, but how am I supposed to do that if you continue to slander me in this way?

It is such a small issue, so why do you have to blow things way out of proportion?

If you feel that I'm some deceitful person and that I am purposely not telling you stuff just because I feel like it, then so be it. I know that I didn't intentionally not inform you, and it is up to you to chose whether or not to believe me.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


So many new things have happened since the start of the semester, that it's hardly possible to think of a life back when we were still so carefree and without any troubles at all.

A lot of things have transpired these past few months, and it seems that I've become a totally different person altogether.

Life in clubs and council has been hectic, and a lot of running around was necessary. However, despite all this, I can safely say that I've met and grown close to my fellow colleagues, and am very glad to have them in my life. We have managed to stick by each other through thick and thin, through arguments and fights, through smiles and tears, through frustration and panic :p Thank God prom is over...haha...but Carnival is yet to come, and I foresee chaos once again :p but in a good way, of course :)

Tata!! ^_^

Thursday, September 25, 2008

When you thought I wasn't looking...


A message every adult should read because children
are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favourite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of
your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that those who have something should
give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say,
'Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking.'



Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)

influences the life of a child.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Freedom Film Fest 2008


Kuala Lumpur, 11th August – The fifth annual KOMAS FREEDOMFILMFEST (FFF2008) has got Malaysia covered! Coming to a city near you, FFF will be visiting the great cities of KL, JB, Penang and, for the first time ever, FFF will be in East Malaysia, in Kuching!
Catch the festival at the following locations -
Kuching – Old Court House: 19th to the 21st September
Penang – Wawasan Open University: 26th to the 28th September.
FFF is the first of its kind to be organised in Malaysia, creating opportunities for local filmmakers and social activists to use their film making craft to express social concerns and human rights issues.
The theme 'Democratic Space – Making Room for Human Rights' was chosen to draw attention to the deteriorating state of democracy in Malaysia. What was once a desperate situation of increasing restrictions to freedom of speech, assembly, information, free and fair elections, religious practice and other basic rights, since the March elections and with the dawn of a new political era, the space suddenly feels bigger.
The questions that still beg to be asked are: what really is democracy, where are the democratic spaces in Malaysia and what can we do as citizens to reclaim the space?

Festival Highlights FFF, the first event of its kind to be organised in Malaysia will, over three days, screen over 20 thought provoking films from all over the world with local and international filmmakers taking part; 'One Nation Under Lee''s Seelan Palay from Singapore, Indonesian filmmaker Ariani Darmawan (Dragons Beget Dragons) and Malaysia's very own filmmaker and activist, Chi Too (What Forest?).
The festival will also have a special screening of international award winning documentaries 'The War on Democracy' by critically acclaimed journalist John Pilger also 'Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline' the story of the controversial Russian journalist who was assassinated, directed by Masha Nokikova. We will also be screening a short film from the Queer Women of Color Arts Project film festival called 'Sambal Belachan San Francisco'.

The three day festival features a Photo Exhibition with photographs submitted by the public which challenges and explores the very idea of 'Democratic Space' plus local favourite, Tikar Talk, an intense dialogue between the public and filmmakers, returns to KL.

The winners of the 'Dare2Document' filmmaking competition will also premiere their films at the event and will each be presented with the Justin Louis Award at the FFF2008 Awards Ceremony. Ultimately only the most exceptional film will take home 'Most Outstanding Human Rights Film' title. The films are:-
'Who Speaks for Me?' by Justin Johari Azaman, explores the question of Freedom of Expression with regards to 'sensitive issues' in Malaysia. In light of Namewee's Negarakuku and past years' issues surrounding religion, the documentary will feature a Hip Hop group, D&A attempting to explore the possibilities of addressing these 'sensitive issues' through music.

'Pilihanraya Umum Malaysia ke-12: Demokerasi atau rebutan kerusi' by Abror Rivai, looks at whether elections in Malaysian are free and fair. With elections for local councils no longer in practice and when in 2007 the Election Commission made an announcement that indelible ink would be used to prevent votes from being cast more than once, the people rejoiced, but four days before Election Day; however, it was ruled out on security reasons. There is no doubt that the March 2008 12th General Election suffered because of this controversial issue.

'Pecah Lobang' by Poh Si Teng, explores what it's like to be a Muslim transsexual sex worker in Malaysia? Shot in the Chow Kit red light district, the documentary revolves around Natasha, a Muslim Mak Nyah, who refuses to live life as a man. Unable to secure employment because of discrimination, Natasha turns to sex work and lives in constant fear of the police and religious authorities. Crossdressing is a crime under the Syariah court system for Muslims and the penalties are severe. But it wasn't always so. How did Malaysia become so heavy-handed on the transsexual community?

For the past five years, FFF has earned a strong reputation for catalysing and creating an open space for sharing socially engaging media and critical discussions among different sectors of the Malaysian public.

For an updated film schedule or for more event details please visit or visit us on facebook (FreedomFilmFest 2008).

The event is open to the public and is completely free. To make a reservation, please email [email protected] and type the city you wish to attend into the subject line e.g. 'reservation JB' for Johor Baru.

We dared you to document. Do you dare to watch?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beijing Olympics

The 2008 Beijing Olympics has now come to an end.

China did not disappoint. They had a spectacular opening ceremony, although they faced criticism for not letting the not-so-cute girl perform onstage. They had a great closing ceremony, even Leona Lewis and David Beckham were there!!

This Olympics saw the most decorated athletes of the Games, be it on land or water. Michael Phelps is now a living legend, as is Usain Bolt. Both broke coveted World Records, both exceeded expectations.

Not surprisingly, the Russians won the Gold in the Synchronized Swimming events, and Spain came in second. For the team event, China broke the mold when they outclassed Japan with their highly creative, beautiful and graceful performance, landing them in third place.

However, the Olympics also saw failures, Lolo Jones in the hurdles event, as well as the Jamaican Women's relay team who failed to pass the baton.

Finally, the Olympics saw our very own Malaysian athlete, Lee Chong Wei, play his way to the Silver. Granted, he did pitifully in the finals and has faced endless criticism, but how many of us can reach that stage? When you do, then only do you have the right to criticise him. Now he will get approx RM5000 per month after he retires. For Life.

Many tales of inspiration has come to light in this Games, which further strenghtens the human testament of determination and hard work.

Methinks, the main supplier of fireworks for the Games must be making tons and tons of money just for this Games.

Alot of effort has been put into making the games a success, and London 2012 awaits...

They have pretty big shoes to fill.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sadness and Joy

Today is a day of mixed feelings. I spent time with my friends :) and Lee Chong Wei lost the finals :( But, why do we fall??? So we can learn to pick ourselves up. haha...I'm sure those batman fans will know what I'm talking about ^^

But enough about that, lets talk about today...went for a karaoke session with my council buddies, sempena pemergian kawanku yang tersayang, Nabillah Rafidah, yang akan berlepas balik ke KL menjelang 6 September :(

Me, Nabillah, and Winnie

Nat, Nabillah, Winnie

We went to Enter-K, which is kinda like Pop Wave (but I think Pop Wave is more expensive, if I'm not mistaken). They had those time release air fresheners, so the smell of the neighbouring cigarettes was not as strong as it would be. It was actually quite affordable, RM 15 for four hours worth of singing, lunch, and drinks :)

We sang a number of songs, which included Mandarin, English, and even Malay songs! It was apparent that the veteran of karaoke was Nabillah, when she sang all types of songs(even Mandarin songs!!) whereas it was a new experience for me, Nat and Winnie. However, Winnie got into the game pretty fast, when she selected and sang all types of mandarin songs, whilst Nat and I sat there for a while, taking in the new atmosphere :)

This is Nabillah singing her heart out :) Look at her enjoying it ^^

But we got into the mood of things after a while..haha...we sang so many songs, ranging from pop, to ballads, to classics even! Nabillah sang Sinatra's "My Way", and we were all blown away..she has such a powerful voice, that I wondered if she took part in the Malaysian Idol auditions few years previously...

Lunch was served at around 1 pm, so while we were eating, we took turns singing. The food was great as well, and it surely exceeded my expectations.

Our time was up at 3pm, and I could feel my voice becoming a little hoarse when I left...haha...

Group shot before we left the place

the view of the entrance to Enter K

It was such a great experience, that I hope to be able to go back again someday

Saturday, August 09, 2008


So I have been thinking..alot...about stuff...

and this post would just be one that says how much I love and appreciate the people in my life..they are the ones who have trampled all over my heart (in a good way, of course :p).

They are the ones who have picked me up when I have fallen, and for the times they couldn't, have just sat there with me and listen to my troubles.

They are the ones who have coloured my blank canvas, with bright neon colours, no less :)

They have stuck by me through thick and thin, and I would like to think that because of them, I have become a better person :)

Sometimes, people tend to forget the things in life that makes it all worthwhile.

Sometimes, people tend to forget the people that love them.

Sometimes, people get too caught up in their ambitions that they lose their self-integrity and self-worth.

Sometimes, people feel that the only way to live a fulfilling life would be to have all the material wealth this world has to offer.

Sometimes people live too much on the fast lane.

Sometimes, people become blind to the treasures they have in their life.

But I will never forget you all, nor will I forget the many footprints you have left upon my heart


Friday, August 08, 2008


I took a big step today.

Probably the biggest I've had in a long while.

I wouldn't say I emerged without any scratches, because I did.

I would say that while the outcome's not as I hoped, I feel proud to be able to take that leap of faith.

I fell, and bruised pretty badly, but I know that I have time.

And time will heal me.

I just need time.

Lots and lots of it.

But I know I will presevere, and in the end, I will be a stronger person.

I hope.

Monday, August 04, 2008


So, this is the week my semester officially starts...this is the week I will get to my lectures and see what lecturers I get...this is the week I see what tutors I get...this is the week I see what kind of workload I will have from the subjects that I'm taking...this is the week I plan my time for the next 14 weeks to come to achieve my goal.

There's only one problem.


Bloody admin people promised us that the timetable for continuing students will be out latest by Sunday (which is cutting it a little too close if you ask me). Well, it's now Monday, and I have yet to receive my timetable.

All they did was post up a list of all the subjects' lectures on Blackboard, and asks us to attend lectures first for the subjects we have enrolled in. Thing is, they asked us to enrol for 7 subjects. Not knowing which subjects we are going to be enrolled in, does that mean that we have to attend ALL 7 lectures? I suppose we don't have to, but in order to not be left behind and wondering what the lecturer will be saying next week, we have to go for the classes

Now, this whole scenario begs one question. Why does the Swin admin require us to enrol online by 4th July if they are going to be so slow in processing our enrolment? The answer given to us is this: "We want to gauge how big the class will be, and plan accordingly."


If you really wanted to gauge the class size, wouldn't it be a better solution to enrol them as they come, then estimate the number of students after enrolling all of them? Saves time, saves headache, saves money (no need claim OT la...), saves frustration, saves wrath of students, definitely leaves more time to process the influx of incoming freshmen in the new semester.

Swin has been in the business of enrolling students for as long as they are established here. Since 2000 if I'm not mistaken. So why are they still so inefficient at enrolling continuing students??

And that is NOT taking into the account the fact that the arrangement of the lectures are terrible. I am planning to take four subjects this semester. But I'll list down the lecture times of the 7 subjects that I enrolled for

8:30-10:30 = Analysis for Competitive Advantage
8:30-10:30 = International Business Law
10:30-12:30 = e-Marketing
12:30-2:30 = Auditing
2:30-4:30 = e-Customer Relationship Management

12:30-2:30 = e-Commerce
12:30-2:30 = Company Law

The classes I'm planning to take are highlighted in red. But since I do not know which classes I will be given, I have to go for all 7 of them. That means 8 straight hours of classes on Monday, with no break whatsoever in between, and no time for lunch even. I have to rush from one building to the next, since they are on different blocks and by the time I reach the lecture room, I will be out of breath and can't concentrate. That's not to mention the fact that I will be having an input of so many different subjects that I might even get confused..

So you tell me. Do I or do I not have a right to be upset???

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A new month...

Well, the month of August is here, and with it, comes new responsibilities, and old commitments.

I am going to be entering my final year this August, and two more semesters to fast time flies..seems like just yesterday that I enrolled into Swinburne, all wide eyed with wonder (or was it fear of the unknown???) and met new friends. I still remember the confrontation I had with a fellow course mate in my first semester, and when I think about how we are working together now in the same committee, it really makes me want to laugh. :)

It's so hard to imagine that one and a half months ago, I was sitting for my final paper (Financial Management), already cheering my way to freedom and the holidays. Now, here I am again, starting another semester in two days, and waiting for my life to be as hectic as it was last semester.

It also means, more headaches, deadlines, stress, assignments, and events. And I can tell you what it'll definitely be LESS of.


Will be so busy planning stuff, executing stuff, that I will be sleep deprived. Furthermore, a new sem means less postings...but, will definitely try to make the time to chat on facebook and reply my emails..haha...

Wonder what my new timetable will be like..funny how we're starting a new sem in two days, and we have yet to receive our semester timetables.

Inefficient much???

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tagged yet again..

Well, tagged by Paul, who just has the uncanny ability to let me do something, and not just for here goes:

1)What do you want the most now?
er...what, or who?? =p

2)Who is the person you trust the most?
My family. They are the ones who will never turn their back on you, no matter what you have done.

3)Are you in love?
I would like to think so, but what actually constitutes love? Is it spending a special day with someone, or spending an entire week, or just knowing that person your whole life?

4)If you could have a dream come true. What would it be?
Bear in mind that I'm being terribly unrealistic right now..I would love to turn back time and re-live ILYG all over again :)

5)Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after the rain?

6)What's your goal for this year?
This year...
a) get good grades for the second semester.
b) meet someone dear to me
c) be able to get the LS stuff done without a hitch
d) survive school and the many activities

7)Do you believe in eternity?

9)What feelings do you love most?
love, of course. That is the feeling that makes almost everything possible.

10)What are the requirements of your other half?
Well, he'd have to be able to get me. As in, he has to be able to know what I'm saying, even though I'm not saying it. He has to be able to make me smile, has a sense of humor, and we have to be able to connect. The chemistry has to be there.
We can disagree now and then, and that's what adds spice into the relationship.
He doesn't have to be good looking, and he doesn't have to be tall.
Of course, it's imperative that he loves me for who I am, and not for who he thinks I am, or wants me to be.

11)What kind of feelings do you hate the most?

12)Do you cherish every friendship of yours?
Of course :) Where would we be if not for friendships?

13)What do you want to do in the future?
graduate, get a job, stay with my sister, find the right person for me, get married, have kids, have grandchildren, if possible, have great grandchildren, then most probably die :p

14)What is the most important thing in your life?
WHO would be a better question. And as I have previously stated, my family. :)

15)What did you feel last night?

16)Who do you hope to always be there for you?
You know who you are ;)

17)When do you think the world will end?
Don't know, and I'm not going to go all biblical about it.

18)The world ends tomorrow. What will you do?
Tell the people I love that I love them

19)What do you think of the person who tagged you?
Well, a straightforward kinda guy, and somewhat like my younger brother. :) It's always a pleasure talking to him, and he almost always manages to make me laugh. His directions are a little bit off though :p

20)What do you want to know right now?
If he has feelings for me. But I can wait, so basically, nothing much that I can say..

Then add 6 people in your list and list them out at the end of the post.
Notify them in their chatbox that he/she has been tagged! =)

Ronnie, hahaha...better do this tag!!
Lilian, baa baa... :)
Wei Khee, xtr3me better do this, you haven't done the other tags ar..
Kyra, hehe another tag for you ^^
Shariman, faster update..
Tsu Chong, an old friend I met last weekend, and am happy to have rekindled that friendship

Monday, July 28, 2008

For lack of nothing better to do...

OK, sampat post coming right up...just for the sake of posting something.. =p

Will be back in Kuching by Tuesday, which will spell lots of responsibilities and sleepless nights for me. I have:
  1. Debate
  2. Student council stuff
  3. LS FT stuff
  4. IDOPP
Might not seem like much, but it's alot of stuff to get done within two weeks (and most probably more). And on top of all that, I have the start of my university semester coming right up after that, which puts me in a tight stranglehold, considering I'm not very smart in the first place.

So, the new semester spells D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E for me all the way to the end of Week 14, which will be where my finals will come, and I will breathe a sigh of relief, but only for a few weeks, cos after that, the hectic life starts all over again, this time with (hopefully) an internship.

BUT, don't worry, for I shall make the time to meet my friends who have come back to Kuching after months (or even years) of leaving it. ^^

And for those who have made my life so much richer during my stay in KL, please remember that I shall not forget all of you, and thanks so much for being so willing to take some time off your busy schedule and spend it with me =) I regret not remembering to bring my camera, but for sure when I meet you again, I will have it with me ^^

So, hence ends this lousy cacated post which has absolutely no direction at all, except for the need to just post something for the sake of it.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Dang it...

It's the eyes and the smile I tell you....


What would you do if every time you fell in love with someone you had to say goodbye?

What would you do if every time you wanted someone, they would never be there?

What would you do if for every moment you were truly happy there would be 10 moments of sadness?

What would you do if your best friend died tomorrow and you never got to tell them how you felt?

What would you do if you loved someone more than anything else and you could never have them?


Got this in email form...and can't help but wonder how true it is..what would happen???

Bah....this is just me being emo....forget it...


Monday, July 21, 2008

Sometimes in Life

Sometimes in life,
you think you're all alone
You walk around aimlessly,
your life's like a dial tone

Sometimes in life,
no one understands you
You try to speak their language,
But fail to get through

Sometimes in life,
you think you've met the "one"
only to find out later,
that you are not his "one"

Sometimes in life,
you wonder if there's love
Will there be someone out there,
wanting to prove his worth

Sometimes in life,
you wish that he is there
You want the comfort and the joy,
the understanding you both share

Sometimes in life,
it's easy to give up
You want to throw in the towel,
ready to say "times-up"

But there will be one point in life,
that you will finally get your due
You'll meet the perfect person,
the only one meant for you.

~21 July 2008, 1725 Hrs

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sightseeing in Melbourne

The day after ILYG, when everyone has left for SYD, the Malaysian delegation decided to sightsee around Melbourne... Varun's friend, Kok Chin, brought us some pictures for you all!!

Exhibition Street...
Some person took this picture, and every single time he sees it, he goes all show off and proclaims to the world that he took it.. =p

Docklands, from left: Kok Chin, Me, Isaac, Varun, Creski

The fountain is even more beautiful up close ^^

I can't remember the name if the building..but it seems that the Uni of Melb students have their final exams here..some art something...anyone care to help me out??

Photo with a Vietnamese couple =)

We managed to see some protests outside the Parliament building


There's something very sweet and innocent about this picture that makes my heart melt

Gelato's at Freddos =) Apparently Freddo's have the best Gelato in Melbourne

ILYG Day 4

I saw Swinburne!! but it was just a small campus..the main one's at Hawthorn

Day 4 is the day we had an overdose of Jesse Manibusan =) but in a good way..haha…we had three sessions with him, and he never fails to amaze me. He just had all this energy, and can really keep up with the crowd. Not to mention, his sense of humour is wicked!!!

Actually there’s nothing much to be said about Day 4 in Melbourne…it was a day full of sessions, and the closing mass at St Joseph’s Church.. =)

Sio, the 16 year old from New Zealand who's way taller than me

with Brother David, who started the ILYG Group on Facebook

There was supposed to be Football match at Telstra Dome, but there were no mote tickets, so then we couldn’t go. Therefore, we made do with some fun at equinox =) haha…Brendan asked me to dance, and I was like, no way…I have danced before, but never in places like this. Furthermore, I don’t know how to dance these kinda dances =p then Varun made a comment I couldn’t argue with..”you’re in Melbourne. No one knows you.” So fine, I went to dance…and I had a great time actually =) if you could call moving around in a minimalist way fine..hahaha…

But there was someone I met there as well, someone I could talk to, and had a great time with..and I’m stopping here. =p

Boris, Tracy, Amanda, and me. They are from HK =)

Haha…so then, everyone else left for WYD in SYD, and we’re going back…feels sad to leave this group behind, and I really wish that I could turn back time and relive all that again…minus the cold temperature =p the experiences I had there were extraordinary, the people I met were spectacular, the program was well arranged, the venue was awesome, and the relationships I forged there were unforgettable..

Brendan and I

Boris and I at the PAC =)

thanks to everyone who made my life so much richer just by being in this gathering, and thanks to the lasallian family in Malaysia who made all this possible..

Till the next gathering where we can meet again, Viva Lasalliana!!

ILYG 08 Day 3

Day 3 is the day we have our mass at Telstra Dome, the multipurpose sports and entertainment stadium located near Docklands.

As usual, we awoke early, and decided to catch the train down to Malvern…you know, have a new experience of using the train instead of the tram all the time =p so we travelled with the Hong Kong delegates, and had quite an interesting chat with Gordon, Kelvin, and Boris. They were sharing about how the students are not very passionate about LS, and how the system makes it difficult for them to hold activities and such. So I also shared with them our activities, our Lasallian Conventions, Regionals, LEAD, and Formation Team meetings. Only after we alighted at the Malvern station did I realize that Chris and Brendan were on the same train as us -_-“ they were so quiet, and we were practically talking the train down =p

When we got to the college, we were already late for the first session of the day, by speaker Archbishop Elias Chacour. But we settled down immediately and it wasn’t long before I was immersed in his story. It’s hard to find someone who still had love for his enemies, even after they have treated him with so much disrespect, even after they have disgraced him, even after they have put obstacles in his every path. He was a great speaker, but sadly, I didn’t manage to get a picture with him =(

We were supposed to be listening to the Archbishop, but Norman wanted a picture...

Me at Telstra Dome..the little curly thingys are the decoration

Great view of the Dome

After tea break, we had a second speaker, Mr. Jesse Manibusan. For those of you who don’t know him, you can google him up and you’ll find that he’s actually very famous back in Texas. =) he has a great sense of humour, and can easily get us hyped up and managed to send his message across. =p

Mr Jesse Manibusan

his T-Shirt so cute =)

After all that, it was time for us to get back to the hotel, get ready, and leave for Telstra Dome. I think if there’s one word to describe my stay in Melbourne, it would be amazing. As usual, the structure took my breath away…it was just a beautiful sight, mere words cannot begin to explain the sheer wonder of it.

Our seats were in aisle 20, row D. We got seated, and I was taking in everything. It’s a full scale mass, and there were people from all parts of the world =) There was even a Malaysian Delegation!! We wanted to go meet them, but they were in the executive corner (The Medallion Club, they call it) so we couldn’t get in =(

The mass...

A moment of silence and contemplation

Group photo with the Indonesians and PNG =)
Me, Varun, Desma, Creski, and Oca..sorry, i forgot the names of the other two Indonesians..

The indonesians were teaching us how to do the poco poco dance =) and the grou pjust grew bigger and the end, we had a group picture!

So mass ended, and we all went back to our accommodation, but Creski brought us on the wrong tram, and we had to walk back =( by the time I got to the hotel, my feet were aching, they were numb, and I didn’t even realize they were bleeding :’( But I was really tuckered out, and by the time I got back to my room, I just plonked down on my bed, and fell asleep…

I didn’t even care that I was cold. That was how tired I was…

ILYG 08 Day 2

I would love to say that Day 2 began pretty much the same way Day 1 began, but I would be lying. I woke up after the sun was already in the sky. Well, one can’t help a few guilty moments of sleeping in when the weather was so cold and the bed was so cosy, can one??

But anyways, we were to meet a Federation Square in the city at 0945 Hrs, so then we had to rush and managed to get there just in time. There was a peace ceremony there, where people from various faiths were selected to give a speech about their faith, and there were presentations of olive trees between the faiths. It was a two hour long ceremony, and we were also treated to the beautiful voice of Australian Idol, Natalie Gauci. She sang a Coldplay song, and a Malaysian Lasallian Convention Song, Man In The Mirror, which was originally sung by Michael Jackson =)

After the ceremony, we were all dispersing, and I just happened to see this one familiar face smiling back at me. It took me a minute to register the face, especially since it’s been two years since I last saw it. But you could bet that after I recognized the face, I was jumping up and down in excitement. It was my long lost buddy, Julian Tang!!! When we were in St Joe, we used to kid around, and he was even my co-emcee for the installation of the new prefects. My ever trustable and dependable friend. ^^ so of course I took some pictures with him. =)

Julian Tang =)

with Natalie Gauci

Dinner group

Lunch was at Malvern Town Hall, and I had my first taste of HAMburger..haha…there’s no HAMburger in Malaysia, so naturally I took it =p There were other choices of burgers as well, like chicken, beef, egg, turkey, etc..however, according to Brendan, ham is usually made out of beef (in the US), but if it IS made out of beef, then why is there a separate burger that’s labeled beef burger?? Sometimes, it is very confusing when everyone has different standards of classification…

But anyway, we had two sessions after that, one of which was an interview with the Brothers and how they got involved in the lasallian movement. There was also another sharing by the President of the International Commission of Youth Lasallians. In his sharing, he featured the IDOPP program that Malaysia initiated, and we were very proud, considering we were the smallest delegation there, and a major group such as the ICYL was interested in adopting our framework for the International Lasallian Day of Prayer for Peace =)

Dinner was next, which was also at the Malvern Town Hall. However, there was a long queue so then we were late in having our dinner and the night session was pulled back by a full hour. In the end, the night prayer was cancelled, and everyone went back after the sessions.

Brother Michael Broughton, who never fails to entertain me, and bring the story of La Salle to life.

Thus ends Day 2 of my stay in Melbourne. =p

Saturday, July 19, 2008

ILYG 08 Day 1

Day 1 in Melbourne started with waking up at dawn, and managing to get a beautiful picture of the sunrise from my bedroom window =) I love sunsets and sunrises (esp at the beach)…although I get to see sunsets, I never got to wake early enough to view the sunrise. But on the occasions that I WAS early enough, I was usually too busy to just sit back and appreciate the glory of it..

Picture of a church in the middle of the city, which I think is quaint and beautiful =)

View of the Dome in the Victoria State Library

That's me acting like some spoilt brat...

But anyway, we had breakfast, and I got to meet Creski, the final member of our five-man-strong delegation from Malaysia who’s currently studying in Melbourne (medicine). The rest of the morning was spent walking around the city, and getting to know the landmarks just in case we got lost and couldn’t find our way back to the hotel. We finally left and made the 45 minute long journey by tram to DLS College. Melbourne has the most extensive tram network in the world (I think), and I was amazed cos they went to all major parts of the city and outskirts. So then, after I registered myself, i made a remark about the bag we got to Varun. It just so happens that Brendan was there, and he echoed my sentiment =p Brendan is a guy I met at ILYG 08 (as if that’s not obvious), who’s my age, and is currently teaching young boys at a Lasallian School. How great is that? I’m his age, and I’m still studying -_-“

Our second Starbucks drinking session, and as you can see, we were high on caffeine and decided to take stupid pictures =p

Walking by the streets of Melbourne..well, not exactly walking..we were waiting for the tram =p

Having lunch with Creski, devouring Malaysian Roti Prata!!

So then after registration, the event began at earnest, and I was absolutely thrilled to be there. I was taking in the sights, sounds, the diversity of people, and the intoxicating lilt of the various languages so many other people have, as opposed to my minute knowledge of knowing only three languages, and even one of them was basic at best.

It began with an opening mass at St Joseph’s Church, with the emcee announcing the various countries that took part in ILYG, and I was assigned the task of taking photographs for the team. How I got assigned that task still remains a mystery to me, since I was the shortest of the lot, and my arms couldn’t even reach high enough to get good pictures. Everyone else was so tall!!!! In the end, I had to resort to running around, and even had to get to the first row of seats just so I could get a good vantage point. I was being pushed around, and even almost knocked Brendan over in the first pew -_-“ yes yes…I know..I’m small, so I am easily pushed around by the heavyweights of the gathering…I’m just lucky I wasn’t being trampled on.

As you can see, this was the view I could get even with me stretching my arms...not much of a view eh..

See how much clearer it is from the front??

After mass, dinner is served. We had helpings of beef, chicken, side dishes of salad, and French bread. Since dinner was served at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC), we had to have our dinner outside, underneath the light blanket of stars. Needless to say, that was only my second night in Melbourne, so I WAS NOT YET ACCUSTOMED TO THE COLD. I was sitting on the cold floor (freezing my arse to death), and trying to eat with my teeth chattering…pitiful picture, I know..which was why I hurriedly finished up my dinner and went into the PAC to find some warmth…

Delegations from Phillipines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Australia

Session 1 begins….speaker is Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg, who’s a child psychologist, and he gave us a talk on challenges youths face..couldn’t manage to get down notes, as my hands were still numb from the cold -_-“ but the session ended a full 30 minutes before it was scheduled to end, so we had our night prayer session early. I was seated in front of the Hong Kong delegation, and was introduced to them. One of them, Boris, even knew Aaron who went for APLYC 7! Talk about living in a small world.

USA, Malaysia, Phillipines, Australia =)

So then, that’s Day 1 of my stay in Melbourne, and Day 1 for our ILYG Program. I fell asleep anticipating what was to come in the few days thereafter, and dreamt of who else I was going to meet and share experiences with.

I still had on three layers of clothing….