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Toowoomba: Erratic weather.

30/11/2006

Toowoomba: Erratic weather.

It was max, 40 degrees celcius yesterday.

Hot? Actually, I didn't really notice it.

MT came over for dinner yesterday. I cooked curry. My delicious diabetes inducing chicken curry.

Alan, my friend from HK was screaming bloody murder as MT (malaysian classmate) and I were adding more dry chilli and curry powder into the gravy! (We needed more gravy mah!).

Today, when I woke up, apparently it had rained the night before.

It was blowing cold and the breeze was freezing our bottoms off! Jiaren Lau, Tony Winter, Justin (Aaron's couz) and Aaron came over earlier.

Aaron wanted to visit us obviously. (duh). Then later, Ivan (from Sarawak) came over.

They all packed themselves like sardines into my room and had a nice time cracking jokes.

Jiaren said he wanted to apply to be a mentor next year. Good luck then.

Anyway, for dinner tonight, Alan cooked Shrimp Paste Steamed Pork, and Stir-fried chinese cabbage with soya sauce mince. Yummy.

Enough for 2 of us to eat tonight, and pack away for lunch for me and Justin, with leftover remaining! Yummy!
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Happy Birthday to Me.

24/11/2006

Happy Birthday to Me.

Happy Birthday to Me,
Happy Birthday to Me,
Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday to Me!!!

He he he..
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Irene @KL Mouse's testimony.

20/11/2006

Irene @KL Mouse's testimony.

One of my friends from the FGA YAF cell-group sent this email to us...I would like to cut-and-paste it here for everyone to see....

"Dear friends

First of all, I would like to thank you all for praying for my mom's surgery. She had a successful surgery and have been discharged from the hospital yesterday.

Secondly, I would like to share with you all as to how God have answered your prayers.

Yesterday afternoon, after my church I went home and found that my mom have just came back from the hospital. She had the hospital bill, so I checked to see how much was the cost of the whole surgery. I had expected a sum of not less than RM15,000. She was staying at Gleaneagles Jalan Ampang and that hospital is not cheap. Her room alone cost RM330 per night.

To my surpise, the bill was only about RM8,000. I checked the details and to my suprise, the item listed as "Professional Fees for the surgeon" is RM1 (yes, one ringgit). The doctor who had performed the surgery decided to charge my mom only RM1. My mom was also surprised as the doctor did not inform her that he will only charge RM1.

So, God not only answered our prayers for a succesful surgery. God did something that is beyond our expectation of Him (as usual). If we ever want to limit what God can do, perhaps we should think twice :)
If you are ever feeling down and sad about something, take a moment to see things around you and see how God have bless you or the people around you. If you are complaining that God just bless the people around you but not you, remember that God did not place us in this world to just love ourself ... Love Thy neighbour as you love yourself

Regards,
Irene @ KL Mouse."

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Angels singing in Heaven!

13/11/2006

Angels singing in Heaven!

After 3 months of living with crazy housemates, and attending church services with us, my housemate from India, a hindu believer, who prays fervently to his Indian God (in a photo frame) every day in his room without fail, finally, on this day in history, decided to give his heart to God and accepted a position in the family of Christ when Pastor Yew Meng gave an altar call at our final ANS service in the hall today!

Welcome to our new member, Avadhut, to the body of the Christ! This, I believe will be a decision you will always remember for the rest of your life. To the others, continue praying for this "babe" in Christ, that he will grow spiritually in the Word of God and do many great things in the life to come!

Anyway, there has been some changes to the structure of the church service which my hsemate has written, so you guys can read it here.
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The Weather Man.

09/11/2006

The Weather Man.

The weather in Australia can be pretty finicky. It was really blustery and windy today!
I was practically freezing when I was out with the children ..Brrr!!!

Yesterday, was my first day of pract.It went marvellously well. The weather, though, decided to try playing havoc with the rest of us...

In the morning, it was a nice warm spring day. However, by the time noon was admist, the skies took a turn for the gray.

The acting director, Annie, said that in all her 2 years working there, the cats and dogs raining never fought this hard!

Alas, who'd know that my first experience of the hail storm was only to be found digitally!
So, on his first job as the Weather Man yesterday...and here to present his first discovery of the hails of Toowoomba...I *present*

*drum roll*...dang dang dang...

YK and his hail.
The weather man, YK, hailing ice down.
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"What is YOUR IMAGE of .....?"

07/11/2006

"What is YOUR IMAGE of .....?"

These words have kept repeating themselves in the past few days. Compliments of my readings from ECE2112, one of the key things that was addressed in the powerpoint slides my lecturer prepared was, as an educator,

"WHAT is YOUR IMAGE of the child?".
"What is your image of the child that STOPS you from allowing the child of going further than what they are capable of and from achieving what they can possibly do?"

Of course, I really was not thinking much about that till yesterday, when a similar but almost alike statement was made when I was watching this documentary video, Mickey Mouse Monopoly by Media Education Foundation, produced and written by Chyng Feng Sun.

One of the key ideas in the video is that it explores the representations of gender, race and class that is portrayed in the cartoons that Disney has produced.

The videos that children watch unconsciously, and subconsciously, will portray images of what it takes to be a female, male, as well as the minority races in the media (and etc.)

Anyway, the key question that I am addressing here is something that my housemate brought up recently, and I have asked practically this entire year is:

What exactly are people's images of the female asian?

My experience with my housemates, especially in the past one year here, has informed me that people have this typical narrow stereotype of female asians as being demure, gentle, quiet, and obedient.

MY FOOT.

  • What exactly in the environment is it that keeps on perpetuating this image of the stereotypical asian female of who and what female asians ought to be?
  • Are we discerning, and filtering the kind of media that we watch, and which portrays the images of what people ought (or not ought to be) that it becomes imbedded in our minds?

If I were to get a penny for everytime I hear someone say what a female asian ought to be, I would be a very rich chinese woman now. Of course, the media ( including books, movies, commercials and videos) has totally neglected, and forgotten about the majority of the rest of the female population which does not fit this stereotype or mould.

The asian females which like me, and Annie (thank you very much Annie. I love you the way you are!) who do not fit the "typical" mould and are absolutely crazy, hyper, mad, lovable, loud, annoying, talkative, manja....and everything else rolled into it!

The thing I would like to ask is, do these images of the person as a male, female, or even as a specific race, stop us from getting to know the person for who they are and what they actually are?

Comments such as these I have received are not very encouraging. Of which, such as

  • "and you Alien who look like a Chinese, but do not act Chinese" by a previous housemate.
  • are you sure you are a female?
  • Chinese people are supposed to be able to speak, read and write Mandarin.
  • You are a female. Females should not be doing that.

Perhaps you as the discerning reader should reflect on these thoughts too.

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Melbourne: Confirmed my bookings.

Melbourne: Confirmed my bookings.

I finally confirmed my booking to Melbourne. (Jiaren was making a lot of noise earlier tonight..*heck*)

Date: 9th Dec 2006,
Place: Melbourne (Avalon)
Time of Arrival: 13:00hours.
The rest of the crew will be arriving a bit later.

We still have not worked out the accomodations yet but that is not really a problem. Most important thing is to get the tickets first! I will be back at Brisbane on 19th Dec.

I have decided not to join them (as in Jiaren & crew) at Sydney as I have my post-professional experience issues to handle (which may crop up in any event. Who knows, right?). We will be spending the most of our time at Tasmania as well as in Melbourne.

As I have stated, I also have my flight back to Malaysia on 23rd Dec 2006. Today, I have decided once and for all...YES. I AM GOING back. So you guys, see you back in Kuala Lumpur! Heh. I will arrive in KL either at 6pm or 9pm, depending whether I get the 6pm flight back to KL.
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Ok, next plan.

06/11/2006

Ok, next plan.

Ok, I promised Annie that I will write on the ISS dinner.....*sorry!!*
Just haven't had time to write on that. Will try doing in the coming weekend.

Grace is back from touring Auckland and Malaysia. I am now feeling a bit sad on the realization that a lot of students are leaving at the end of the year, and this will also mean that I won't be seeing them after this. *sob sob sob*. Oh well.

I told myself not to get too annoyed with YK's antics no matter what he does for the next couple of weeks to come....hah. I have a sense of humour?? It really depends on the context, my dear. Just don't drive me crazy, k? I know you'll miss me a lot when you're gone. Ha ha.

Anyway, Jiaren has made a proposal for me to go on holidays with him and Steph to possibly tour Sydney, Melbourne and probably Tasmania as well. We are trying to get another person to come with us as that will save more costs..!

Hmm...how many of my friends are in Melbourne....let's see... Kathleen, JonoChai, Faith & her family, my cousins George and Florence *mmm mmm*. Am just wondering if they will be there over the summer, eh?

I am in the midst of working out the costs of it for my parents to look at, because I initially did not think of going, and it definitely beats staying in Toowoomba with nothing much to do but swatting flies in the heat of summer.

He is proposing to stay for a while and to leave probably on 7th Dec, being that I might have my post-ECP interviews and other things to clear up before leaving before returning for Sem 1, 2007.

So, if my flight back to KL is on the 23rd Dec, and if I am leaving on that flight, then I will drag my essential belongings over to my couz's in Brisbane and be back in Brisbane maybe by the 22nd. Which means, I won't be travelling back to Toowoomba and will be leaving straight back to KL after that.

My cousin is getting wed in March, so I will probably be flying over to Melbourne again then? Oh well. Who knows what for now...
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