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This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.


New wine skins for new wine.


New wine skins for new wine.

On Sunday evening, I shared with the church a testimony on how I managed to get my new job.

It wasn’t shortly until I shared with my church family the circumstances on how the interview took place, that they remarked that the Lord’s favour had been upon me.

Indeed, when I went for my interview (that led me to my current job), the Director had already given me signs that she wanted to offer me the position. 

First, she didn’t ask me any interview questions. Instead, she had taken me for a centre tour. By the time she had shown me the yard outside, she had already asked me which shift I would be interested in...

Last week, when I was having my off the floor for programming time, I asked the director what made her decide I was a good fit for the centre, and what made her decide to offer me the position. 

She said that during the centre tour, I had paused in the classroom, and had given her the impression that I could ‘make the classroom mine’. 

I had given her the impression that I was adaptable, and I was willing to take the time to learn a new form of programming and curriculum (considering the last teacher had many difficulties working with StoryPark... LOL).

It was also not a coincidence that the Lord had prepared me that I had spoken to my work reference at the time I did. 

It was too that I was able to give a favourable reply to the director when her Human Resource had queried her on the references that was given and I had to come in to speak to her shortly before they would offer the teaching position.

I believe that when the Lord gave me this position, He already had the groundwork prepared. Having been through a challenging situation with my former employers, and an adverse domestic relations with a relative, the Lord had built up my courage and confidence to overcome my hang ups, and take new situations in stride.

For this, I thank the Lord that He has allowed me to put on new wine skins that I may have new wine. The dream that he has put in me is now coming to pass.  
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June 2019: Six weeks update at my new home.

Atlas, our little black puma cat. 
Thor, the gray tabby cat with white socks. 

Today is the Queen's Birthday. More than six weeks have passed since I moved out of my family home. 

The cats have started get used to living in the garage. They no longer come to my window sill to look for me in the mornings. I take that as a good sign that they are starting to get independent and have made this new place their home. 

Thor still gives me signs that he wants to spend time with me, though Atlas is more free-spirited and explores mostly on his own. 

I have to admit that I have not really been spending much time with them since I started my new job. It is a full time position, where I have a permanently rostered shift and start at the same time every morning. 

The last two weeks have not been the easiest. I had some family issues to deal with, and a run-away cousin. Being his only relative in Australia, there was a lot of pressure on me to manage him, and I just wanted to sit on the fence.

Blood family relations are always a tricky affair to navigate, especially when it is not really your responsibility to deal with in the first place. It was a learning and eye-opening experience to see what people's real motives are when they are finally revealed, and nothing is ever as it seems.

For now, I just want to focus on getting myself settled in my new job and giving it my very best. I would like God to finally send me a real-life partner, but I get that He will do it in his own time.. probably let's try sticking to a low-carb diet and a fitness regiment that I will get myself busily distracted fit whilst I also put my social skills to practice.

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Medicine or myth: Thor my television cat star!

It took about six months of post-production... but finally Thor had his six seconds of fame on local television channel, SBS Australia on 26th May 2019.
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My new job at a play-based childcare centre.

By the time I finish on this post, I would have finished my first week at the new long day care centre in Wyndham Vale. It is a centre that employs a play-based program to the Australian Early Years learning program. Yup, I am now no longer working in a Montessori centre!

Surprise, surprise!

It is not that I do not want to work in a Montessori centre any longer, but having worked in three different Montessori centres in the past two years, I realised that leadership and management is one of the key elements that could make or break the sustainability of loyalty and morale in the workplace. 

I have been taking my time getting to know the children, learning about their routines, and teaching them new transition songs. Today I had to do programming and finally learnt a little more on how to use Storypark.

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My cats in a Melbourne winter.

Moving to a house where you can't bring the cats indoors is an experience. Once the current owner moves out, she says it is possible then...

Anyways, it has been an interesting experience watching how the cats have adapted to the changes in the new environment. I used to live in a ginormous double storey house with cats as my only companions. But now the dynamics has changed moving into a smaller house with a lot more noise and more chatter..

The cats currently reside in the garage (so our cars are parked outside). So far they have explored the outdoors and they even know which room I sleep in...

I've brought along their cat toys, their cat bed, well,  basically all their worldly cat belongings.

To make their residence a little more comfortable, I've gone shopping at the local Bunnings in Hoppers Crossing.

To keep the cats from sleeping in an entirely dark room on their own, I've purchased the Click Nightguard Rechargeable Torch from Bunnings. It is a night light with motion detection features, that also comes with its own detachable torch.

The torch automatically emits a bright blue light when motion is detected. Otherwise, it is just a pale blue light on its base.

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Photos: Wild Action Petting Zoo came to my school.

Thought I would like to post some cute photos from school recently. 

The man in the photo is the zoologist from Wild Action. They go around schools, bringing animals for kindy incursion visits, as part of their many learning programs for children.   

It was my first time face to face petting a few different kinds of four legged lizards, and two different types of snakes. There was also an owl, a koala (that smelled a mix of eucalyptus leaves and gum tree leaves), a tortoise and a couple of other animals too. 

I finally realised why they called owls as "mou tou ying" in cantonese.... (cat-head-eagle)... the owl has eyes that looks like the eyes of my cats. LOL. 

Koalas can sleep up to 20 hours, and poop 200 times a day.
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The Two Dreams.

The Two Dreams.

Hi, readers...

It has been ages since I updated this blog. A lot has happened since I wrote. Some good, mostly bad.
Well, bad in the sense that it is bad, but I know it is a good learning experience for me no matter how bad it has been.

My parents came to visit in April for about two weeks. They helped me to clean the garden.
My father basically managed to clear the garden of all the grass and weeds in a matter of one week-ish! That is totally amazing for a man of 70+ years old. My mother helped me to clean out the house. Then they put the house out for rent.

After three years, I am now back to renting a room as my humble abode. Along with my one year old adolescent cats, Atlas and Thor, we moved out in the middle of a chilly Autumn.

It is a big change from having to look after a big house with four rooms and keeping it clean, vacuuming all the time, and keeping it dust free.
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