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Monday: the Hope Brisbane mission group.

27/11/2008

Monday: the Hope Brisbane mission group.

This week has been kind of topsy-turvy. A bit of an emotional upheaval.... being that, it must be said that I am a rather emotional creature after all!

On Monday and Tuesday, I somehow managed to get myself spending with time witth the mission group from Hope Brisbane, (Eileen, Adeline, Charmaine, Jacqueline, Fei, Derrick, and Sean). Surprise! Surprise!
I don't know how that happened, but it happened. Everything just happened in a whirl, and I am still not sure what happened. The majority of these guys were from Singapore, haha... and they reminded me of my homeland (nevermind that Singaporeans and malaysian do argue a lot on whose food is better!)

Well, anyways, these guys were lovely. I met up with them on Monday afternoon after work, and went to Fish Market with them. It was a galore of seafood haven! Then we headed over to their rented apartments in Pyrmont, and ended up having a nap in their place!! In the evening, I had to do the tourist-y stuff with them, but this time, taking the ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay.....did you know that you could use the Ferry Travel Ten (just like the Bus Travel Ten for 10 different persons?)

After which, we walked around Circular Quay.... you know, I wasn't expecting them to know anything, but they surprised me first before I could surprise them! (I had wanted to go to the bakery shop to get something...) Also too, I actually had to attend a bible session that night, but somehow I decided to forgo it (and so did Korean Matt.... the attendance taken showed that I boh-sia, but he also boh-sia la?!!)

We were posing in front of the Circular Quay and one of the girls, Charmaine, took out her video camera for a normal ordinary shot. I was actually busy texting away on my phone, when all of a sudden one of the other girls took out a box of tiramisu cake and they decided to spring on me by singing "Happy Birthday!!!".. well, that was definitely a pleasant surprise. Then we all headed to Pancakes on the Rocks (my first time there!).

After dinner, we headed to the Ah Guy, Ah Lian choc shop, where some of us ordered a hot choc (about $6). I was wondering why there was a stick in the cup, but when we were almost done with the drink, I realised that it was a stirrer.... (I am so slow, hor?)

Thanks guys...... it was great of you guys to insist on treating me. I wasn't expecting it!

Anyways, because it was already late night, I ended up staying over in their rented apartment for the night.. They decided to have siu-yeh (supper) at 12 midnight snacking on prawns and oysters... Ahh ?? Haven't done in a very long time lar! Hmmmmm. The next day after work, I went to see them and sent them off the next day from a fellow church mate's flat... and that concludes the end of their trip in Sydney.....

Hope to see you guys in future!
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One year older, another year wiser (hopefully...!)

23/11/2008

One year older, another year wiser (hopefully...!)

Well as most of my friends will know, my birthday is approaching in a matter of a eight hours time.. the BIG THREE will arrive, but not so soon yet la... I am not sure if to feel glad, or bemoan the fact that I am growing older... LOL.

Anyways, not much has happened recently apart from the grant of my visa. I had almost not gone for my ice-skating classes yesterday due to some misperception on my part late this week, but yesterday, the ice-skating coach decided to spring an unannounced Basic I & Basic II test on us.

She only allowed me to undertake the Basic I test, where the elements being tested was the Dip, Two Feet Gliding and Falling. We will also receive our certificates next week, so it was a good boost to our confidence. I was also finally pushed up to the Novice class, and no longer in the Basic class! Woo Hoo!!

For Basic II, the elements being tested was the Snowplough Stop, One Foot Glide (Left & Right Foot), and Forward Swizzle, but I will probably take this test next time. In summary, so yes indeed, I was glad to have gone yesterday and pass the tests so that now I can focus and practise the the more difficult elements that are being taught.

This week, some people from the Hope Brisbane church had come to visit the Ashfield group. They had a few interesting characters, with among some of them being Singaporeans. Ah.... our neighbours. Haven't seen much of our "kaki-lang" (own people) in a while. Malaysia, how I do miss you!
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My 485 subclass visa approved!

22/11/2008

My 485 subclass visa approved!

Just some exciting for all to hear. After a long wait of 8 months, my 485 subclass visa has finally been approved!
On Tuesday morning, I was having a conversation with my brother and I mentioned that I hadn't called the immigration to enquire on the status of my application. I have actually been meaning to do it, but had kept putting it off.

So I finally decided to do it. As I was calling, I was actually praying and telling God to keep my temper in check because I didn't want to lose my temper when speaking to the consultant on the phone.

When the consultant picked up, I gave him all my details and to check if I had a case officer. But SURPRISE SURPRISE!!

He said there would be no case officer because it had already been approved a few hours ago! I hadn't received any email from the department, but he said I did...... ! The consultant said that perhaps because I already had all my documents provided, so the case officer could easily approve it.

Woo hoo!! That was the best news I have heard in a very long time!!!
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A new pair of inline skates to go.

08/11/2008

A new pair of inline skates to go.

Today I went for my third ice-skating lesson... I am still in basics class, and was itching to be pushed up to the Novice class. But somehow the coach didn't have such ideas.. However when I spoke to another mate whom I met at the skating school, he said that although he was kicked up to the Novice class, he had not mastered the basic skills which is his current skills were based on. I finally learnt the last skill we needed to, which was learning how to control our skates to stop on ice as we glide on it.

Since I really do not have the chance to go practice ice-skating, henceforth, I decided to procure a pair of inline skates for my own perusal. It's better than nothing. My flatmate and I decided to head down to Rebel Sports to look for it, and there are two stores in the Sydney CBD.

Initially I wanted to get a pair of Senior (meaning adult size) inline skates, but since none of them fit me, the assistant brought out the Junior ones... which was okay, since the initial one which I wanted to get cost 10 AUD more. Hah! I will be heading to Hyde Park to practise my skating, which is better in the case that the nearest ice-rink is more than an hour away in total.

Just been spending too much money in the last week, purchasing facial cosmetics, new shoes from Skechers, and today inline skates.. Well, I deserve it. I have been working too hard, and hoarding up my money in the bank.. ^^

One of our church mates, Tidy was leaving for Thailand, so my church mates came to pick me up to the airport.
In the next three months, there will be more people leaving as their visa comes to an end. As for the korean guys, most of them will be returning to their home country to complete the rest of their studies and finish their army service.
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