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"Tentative" being the operative word here.

28/10/2006

"Tentative" being the operative word here.

Last night, the International Student Support Services hosted an Annual International Dinner for all the international students. It was real posh-y.

blah blah blah.

Will write about that later.

Anyway, my tentative plans for the rest of the summer semester now is that I will be starting my practicals on 8th of November, and "tentatively" completing it on 5th of Dec. Yes, 20 days of bloody darn pract.

"Tentative",
being the operative word here.

The other thing is, I have a flight back to KL scheduled on 23rd Dec 2006.

This booking was made ages ago (like in the month of February 2006), which was way before I knew what I would be doing here. I do not think I could get any earlier dates than the 23rd (when I do call up SIA next week to check on the time table) being that it is the festive season (both in Australia, and elsewhere).

Anyway, that being that, everything is tentative for the time being.

Actually, I am not really sure about this whole business of going back to Malaysia thing... I am getting my visa renewed here, so basically I can stay here as long as I want to after the New Year till Semester 1, 07 starts.

Apart from missing all my friends back in KL, as well as missing the food, well, that is all that is..
(knowing my parents, they will drag me to work till the month of February ends, but I would like to help my dad with his office-and-going-out-of-town work instead).

I could most probably get a job to support my living expenses here, and also travel a bit as well. If I work one to two days here, that could bring in enough to cover my expenses for one week (and maybe more!). I also have my other friends here who would accompany through out the summer.

The reason I am pondering is probably because I was talking to Edmund when he was back in KL during the mid year break... he was complaining that he stayed in in his house for the most of the hols and would rather have been in OZ where at least he could have found a job to do. The other being that, as I have experienced, during holidays, my friends are all mostly busy working, and there is basically no one there to spend any time with you....unless you mean at during lunch or at nights.

Apart from that, I have other good news. My parents managed to renew my driving licence. They are handing it over to Grace, who will be back here next weekend. Woo Hoo...I can drive then!!
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Eats: King of Kings @ Chinatown, Brisbane

25/10/2006

Eats: King of Kings @ Chinatown, Brisbane

I could not actually go to Brisbane and dine without cam-whoring, could I??
Do you think I could be that cruel to the rest of you Chinese (who are craving for Dim-Sum) living in Toowoomba?

LOL...

Anyway, the first place we went to was King of Kings, a dim-sum place in ChinaTown, Brisbane...among some of the food ordered was:

friedyamballs

congee

Hanaichi Japanese restaurant:

sashimi
This dish costs $16!!

For mid afternoon tea:
chickenrice

For dinner at Chinatown that night: (two of the many dishes)
lala

stirFryBeef

Breakfast at The Manor: (a wide variety of food ordered for 5 people !)

charsiupau

horyipan
steamed glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves.

porkTripe

calamari

blackbeanpork

Is your mouth watering yet??
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Tuesday arrives.

24/10/2006

Tuesday arrives.

This blog is best viewed on Internet Explorer. That is what I can say anyway. Hah.

If you are observant enough, you'd have noticed that I have just added a new Chatter-Box. The previous one was rendered unusable as I think the company or website was taken over by some weird organisation online. So please leave your comments in the Chatter box (as you can see on your right).

Well, today I finally managed to get the Jap garden pictures from Jiaren. So there, you can view it as you scroll down. Cool eh?

We were in Veronica's office (one of the Student Service counsellors) and she said she saw my blog.... So she asked me to write for the Student newsletters...as well.

*saying that I write a lot of stuff on food entries in my blog...*LOL

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!

Announcing that Veronica is giving away FREE coffee vouchers, Day Passes to the USQ Gym, or $2 phone cards for surveys completed! Go to her office to do them!

Anyway, she says that if you do a book review or movie review and it gets printed in the Student newsletters, you stand to win a movie voucher, or $10 book voucher at the USQ Book Store.FREE stuff, you don't want ah??


I was thinking of cooking curry tonight. My housemates are sick of eating curry everyday....albeit a different variation of curry...Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

Anyway, guess what I cooked for dinner tonight?

Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms.

Chicken in Sweet & Salty Black Soya Sauce Stew.

I thought it might have been too sweet, but my housemates, Avadhut & Justin thought differently! Woo hoo!

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My 3-day weekend Brisbane Eating Escapade

My 3-day weekend Brisbane Eating Escapade

I just returned from a trip to Brisbane during the weekend. Did a week block pract at a childcare centre, so I really needed a break!

It's not often that I go up for a trip to Brisbane, so it is kind of a big deal. I was just remarking to a housemate that I wanted to go and visit my cousin in Brisbane, and God really blessed me (in this instance) with a trip up there!

Woo hoo.

Saturday:
I woke up 10 minutes before Mun came to pick up!! YK woke up 5 minutes before I did!
LOL.
We stopped over at Mackers for breakfast. I ordered an egg and meat burger, hash brown and white coffee for brekky.

Then after we dropped Rachel off at UQ, we stopped over at ChinaTown to have dim sum at King of Kings.

*Now, Toowoomba is a pretty small place. There are absolutely NO dim-sum places whatsoever there. That goes for authentic Japanese kaiten-belt restaurant with raw fish whatsoever. The people are just not that adventurous yet....*

YK and me.
2 very bored looking pioneers looking on...
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Up with the King of Kings.
After which, we dropped YK at Borders for him to do some book shopping.

Mun & I headed off to Hanaichi for some Jap grub and gelato at Queen Street.

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Chuka Kurage (Jellyfish Sharkfin). Among my fav!

*Yummy*

After picking Rachel up from UQ, we met up with my couz, Adrian.
Adrian brought us to some malaysian owned chinese restaurant near Toowong.

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Mun, Rachel, YK and Adrian.
After which, Mun and the rest left, whereas I left with my couz.

ChinMun
Adrian posing.

For dinner, we headed back to ChinaTown for some chinese dinner.
Sweet and Sour Lala (or Pippin, as they call here).

Fried Fish.

Asam Pineapple meat dish *whatever that was*.

Stir-Fried Beef with vege.

Then we headed home for an early rest. Everyone was up early that day so we turned in early.

Sunday:

Went with Mick and Eric (Adrian's roomies) with Ryan (Aussie white fella) and this Hongkie guy, Edwin, to The Manor. My couz was up all night on LAN and was pretty grumpy that morning, when we tried to drag him to go yum-cha.

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The Manor is tis really cool dim sum place. Very efficient service and yummy dim sum to go...
Heck..Better than King of Kings very much so!
You'd think that The Manor was some potatoes and steak place with its English sounding name, wouldn't ya?

Manor
Gone with the wind.

After which, we went over to Sunny Banks to do some grocery shopping, and then to this mall at Indooropilly to do some meat shopping. Then we headed back and stayed in for the rest of the day.
In the evening, the crew headed off to play some tennis.

I stayed in to play with the Paint Shop Pro on my couz's lappie. Eric meanwhile, was doing his own thing in the house. (whatever that it could be) and came in every so often to see how I was doing.

Monday:

Woke up at 11am. Couldn't drag Mick to wake up any earlier to do any shopping.

LOL.

We headed over to Toowong Village to have lunch at this place, Too Wongs, a place run by a Malaysian (as well!).

Aftr which, they sent me off to Roma St, to which I hopped onto the bus and headed back to Toowoomba.
Herein lies the end of my tale of my 3 day rendesvous at Brisbane for this weekend.
LOL.
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Duck Tales.

15/10/2006

Duck Tales.

Today after my library session, the crew of us headed off to the Japanese garden to feed the ducks. It was Jiaren's idea to do that. So off we headed off to Jiaren's unit, and lugging bags of old bread and his dutiful but ever present Canon digital camera.
On our way there, he told us stories of the ducks.
4 gangster ducks.
1 manja wan.
A school of the most adorable ducklings with their ever watching mother.
One king-fisher.
A baby stork.
A huge crow.

"Hou yao chuii" (most interesting) as the Hongkie students like to say. Actually, I have not fed the ducks in this Jap garden, but in particular the one at UQ. Whilst at the garden, we bumped into Aaron & M.T who happened to be there.
We cam-whored. We posed. We smiled for the camera-man.
4ofUs
Aaron, Jiaren, MT and me.

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A reli fancy pose.

MT Avadhut

MT & Avadhut striking a pose. ;-)
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Photoblog: YK's Birthday (2006)

11/10/2006

Photoblog: YK's Birthday (2006)

Woo-hoo...
It's my nibby housemate, YK's birthday!

(This entry is late due to unforseen circumstances) apart from the fact that I had a short fuse which blew up on Friday evening (till Saturday night).

I should have taken my slippers to throw at YK when he asked me who initiated the entire birthday idea today eh.

Read: YK's post on the birthday party & behind-the-scenes post...

Well, my dear housemate somehow managed to get hold of the emails that was communicated between the organizing committee of the whole event.
*Sneaky*.

The pre-planning process took quite a while, but I don't think anyone would be interested to read what actually happened, so I shall try to give you guys the briefest report on it...

A call was made to YK to find out his plans for Wednesday night. Since he was going for I.F, we wanted to make the plans fit into his, so he would not have suspected anything...

On Wednesday evening, when YK did not want to take a shower before going to I.F. I should have figured that sooner or later. He even came prepared to I.F bringing his camera in his pants, and wearing an old t-shirt, as Ronnie noted.

LOL.

When he got home that night, (the rest of the other I.F people had come along), he then proceeded to ask if the people from ANS were coming, to which I shook my head. He then started calling up all the other ANS members to come along. At first I asked why, then I decided to let him have the honour of doing it.

YK joked about having his planner (referring to me) not doing a good job, because he thought the ANS people were actually coming, but they didn't!

It was a really good joke, coz when all of the ANS members came (they obviously knew about the surprise party), I told them about it. We were all sniggering quietly. LOL.

YK should have figured it out, coz most of the ANS members did not actually "formally" wish him. LOL. So the party went on, he got "egged" and he had great fun. Justin and Trevor gave him his gifts..His dad and mum called.

He should have figured out somethng was on when Avadhut& I didn't give him his bday prezzie.

I gave him quite a lot of hints like asking "so how many old t-shirts" do you still have left, eh?"

Little does he know what he has in store the next day...

On Thursday, YK had his hair-cut.

After that, Rachel and Trevor joined us for lunch. Slowly but surely, all the uni students living in Student Village and on college from ANS started trickling in one by one.

Then he went outside to take pictures. Rachel is pretty creative with ideas when it comes to that. My mind just went blank. LOL.

Avadhut getting ready!

You should have seen the look on YK's face when that first pouring of water splashed down YK's face.

Avadhut pouring watr on YK.

That was priceless.

He was so NOT expecting that.

"Egged" twice in two days!

Woo-hoo!

Anyway, we decided to give up on the idea of giving him a surprise party. The best part is that, YK was not expecting a party to be given in his honour.

Caesar Salad.
Caesars' Salad

YK's birthday cupcakes.
Sparklers on cupcakes.The cupcakes are burning!!
The cupcakes were burning!!

The special guest of the party.
The special honourable chairman of the party.

Bevy of beauties.
With a bevy of beauties.....tsk. tsk. tsk. this YK getting very* naughty*.

The entire Crew...
The entire crew!!!

Happy 25th Birthday!!!

Hope you enjoyed your birthday greatly!
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Photo: Jiaren's 20th Birthday (2006)

10/10/2006

Photo: Jiaren's 20th Birthday (2006)

Today was a really windy day.
It was SO windy I could feel it from inside my unit itself.

Now, in Spring,

Windy = COLD.

If it is a windy day, it REALLY IS a WINDY DAY!!

It's not like in Malaysia. I've not actually experienced a real windy day in KL for the almost more than past 2 and a half decades I have been living there all my life.

It was blowing the whole morning. And night. I had to put on my thickest jumper when I went to Steele Rudd earlier tonight.

Yup, a surprise meet-up for Jiaren!

Anyway, its Jiaren's bday today...

Jiaren's M&M mudcake

Happy 20th Birthday, Jiaren!
No more in your teens lor...

I didn't think we would actually celebrate it, coz Jiaren bulat-bulat bantah last week saying he didn't want to celebrate it....

Then today Val said, he was at the library, and people were asking him,

"Oi, Jiaren, how you celebrating your birthday today?"

"Aiya, dunno la...Nobody want to celebrate with me also."..

Nonsense lar, this Jiaren.

Jiaren said last week not counted, coz he had mood swing wor!

Cheh.

Entire surprise crew!!
The surprise crew that came over to Steele Rudd!
Anyway, he's feeling a bit down later tonight coz his External HDD not working...after lending it to some people.

Ok, do pray that his HDD will work, coz I know how it feels to have lost all the stuff you have collected through the years and find that it goes lost for no apparent reason, especially if it's like audio files and photos!
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Hazy Monday in KL?

09/10/2006

Hazy Monday in KL?

Aisay....

Are our neigbhours burning the forests again?
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

Haze. Haze. Haze...*Sigh*

Aiya, better than here in Australia lar.

Here we have all this extremely bad Ultra-Violet Rays that every child who goes out to play has to put on a hat. This is all -year- round ler.

The haze short while only ler...

Furthermore, we are in the midst of a drought. No water half the time...actually Toowoomba is already at Level 5 water drought. Which is Very Very Bad Case lor. Some more the drought has gone on for more than 5 years (or max 20 years, all over Australia), I heard!!

You guys better pray for us that we have more rain..

The formula:

Rain = Water = Cooler Weather = Not so stuffy air!!!

Great Formula, isn't it???

What is haze la??

I know PG got sick because of it lar...Ok lor, PG, you take some rest and...umm...drink more water and put on your air masks.

It's an ANNUAL yearly occasion. So enjoy it !!! *LOL*
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ANS Multi-Cultural Night

07/10/2006

ANS Multi-Cultural Night

Tonight, the All Nation Service Church had their Annual Multi-Cultural Night at St.Joseph's College.

College here refers the Malaysian equivalent of sekolah menengah /high school /secondary school, and not tertiary level as most Malaysians would think. (like Methodist College in Brickfields, for example).

I didn't perform any item, except that I had to walk up with the children from Children's Church on stage to sing Australia Fair.

(Is that equivalent to performing anything? LOL).

Anyway, I totally refused to wear the so called SIA air hostess look-alike imitation costume, which Aunt Elena had in mind for me to wear.....*sticks tongue out*

So I asked Sachi, one of my classmates from the Education Faculty, if she could lend me her Yukata. I didn't know if she would actually lend me..but she did!

A "yukata" is different from a "kimono" in the sense that Kimonos are worn for more formal occasions such as weddings, dinners, matchmaking sessions, or coming-of-age events (Seijin Shiki), whereas the Yukata is worn only in summer more casual but no less insignificant events (in Japan anyway) such as fireworks, bon-odori and the like.

Woo hoo!

in Sachi's unit.
The yukata in all its glory!


The outfit consists of 2 parts which is the obi sash and the yukata itself. The Obi Sash is to hold up the yukata....and Sachi really tied it up real tight!!

*man*..

I could barely breathe or walk fast. (like I ever could walk fast to begin with...LOL). The obi sash was really tied on tight!

yukata obi sash
The obi sash tied into a bow behind.

Even Sachi was not too sure how to put it on, as yukatas/or kimonos are not worn often anytime in a year. This could also explain why many Japanese students don't bring their costumes when they travel abroad to study, as many of them think there would be no occasions to wear it.

It really is a summer outfit, because by night fall, it was COLD when I wore it out in the open in the Spring night air!

The yukata outfit was a total hit, as there were no other people wearing the yukata in sight, EXCEPT for mine!

the ANS crew....
The ANS crew...look at all the monkey faces!

It sure is strange to see a Malaysian born chinese wearing a Japanese costume. LOL.
The icing on the cake is when Sachi told me that I really looked Japanese, because all this while, people (malaysians, that is) have always told me that I look more like a intermix between Malay and Chinese. Especially during road inspections, the malay policemen would always ask if I was chinese or malay. LOL.

Val & CY
Val in her imitasi SIA costume

There were tons of Korean national costumes (I dunno what's it called though) being worn by William and Richard's family and the like, since they are Koreans.

Kim & CY
Mr & Mrs. Kim, the Koreans.
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Dry Soya Sauce Meehoon.

Dry Soya Sauce Meehoon.

Today I made dry soya sauce mee hoon for breakfast!

With sesame oil, black soya sauce, thick soya sauce, pepper seasoning and meehoon....

It was yummy!!!


I had marinated beef mince from last night so I made them into beef balls as well.

Anyway, some how I get the impression that YK does not seem to like the food I cook. However, if he seems to think that it is tiresome on my part to allocate his share and for him to eat it, then I am not going to bother preparing any for him then. It's not my problem he doesn't get any.

I am actually not very bothered about the episode above, but what really tipped the cup over is because I got so pissed when I send a "friend" a text message to greet them like for that one off occasion in the year today, and they tell you something to the words of "what a waste of money", and then delete off the message.

Personally, I find that very inconsiderate behaviour. I hope they like it when others do the same to them.
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A long Wednesday.

04/10/2006

A long Wednesday.

Am in the library now. Supposed to be doing my work....Well, am trying to. LOL.
Reading some of Ai Ling's entries on Earthquake Survival Kit and her voiceover job offer in Japan!

G'd on ya, Ai Ling!

Yesterday, I brought in my work to my lecturer for her to have a look at it. It was not that bad..I do have time to work on the contents and requirements. Another boring day today..Headed down to GC for a while to get some stuff after that.

Trevor bought this squishy green fluffy pillow whilst at Myers.
Ok, now I know where Jiaren gets his inspiration for the power-ball.....
Never under-estimate the power that THE squishy green fluffy pillow has to bring in the chicks. LOL.
Anyway,

Today I made loh mai kai! Yes, my yummy pepper-y Loh Mai Kai!
Yummy.

Hanna & Izam came over to help me make a different kind of glutinous rice dish. Yummy.
They made this dry type fried loh mai fan dish using crushed peanuts, sliced chicken pieces, fried mushrooms and the normal household seasoning. The only thing that would make a difference to the dish was if the rice was drier, or wetter.
They also brought over some left-over tomato-carrot-potato soup.
That was the best!

Val was salivating when I told her about it during the after- I.F supper they were having today! LOL.

Grace is coming over tomorrow, so I will see her to pass her this CD and some other stuff before she heads off to Malaysia.

Anyway, I was really pissedddddd today!!!!!

I burned some audio files onto this blank cd, but I didn't verify it until today.
When I played it last night, the computer stated that the files were corrupted. When I played it on Alan lappie, there were no problems. Then I tried it out on my housemate's lappie....it didn't work.
I so totally screamed at my housemate earlier although I think he seemed oblivious to the whole thing...*blah*. He's not feeling well, so, I can't say much about that either (I think).
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Kids Church!

01/10/2006

Kids Church!

Debbie wanted to take a rest, so Amy& I took over the afternoon session today.

Both Amy & Debbie acted as a helper.

I was actually a bit nervous as all the children came today!

Anyway, I had prepared a few lessons on "light of the world" as well as "being fruitful".
-Debbie helped by bringing all the candles and aluminium foil.
-Amy helped by bringing lollies and sweets for the children.
She thought of some games but I think we can use that for next week.

Yellener (Not sure how to spell her name) and her friend came along to help out as well.

I asked the children to seat themselves in a circle. Then I asked them to give an introduction of themselves and name 3 facts about themselves.

We played the "Blindfold Game". The children absolutely loved it! So much so that we didn't have enough time for the lessons prepared! Oh well, I guess we can use that for next week now then.

We played that for uni-group on Friday, and the adults loved it as well too! They couldn't stop laughing and giggling during the game!

After service, Grace bought a coffee cake for all the members who had their birthday in Sept and Oct. They are lots of people whose birthday is in October as well!

I think the Kids Church can hold a mini celebration for Amy when her birthday approaches at the end of the month! She has been really committed to helping the Kids Church for months now.
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