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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.

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There's something about you

25/12/2011

There's something about you

That turns me on.
When I think of you,
and the feel of the cool air against my skin,
I bite my lips against my teeth,
And I start to lick my lips.
There's just something about you,
That turns me on.




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Evangelistic Conversation

24/12/2011

Evangelistic Conversation

In the past one week, I've had two completely different strangers telling me they are Christians.

One was at the KLCC food court when I sat down at the table with two indian men. The second one said, 'Dont you say grace before meals?'. Then he asked, 'do you celebrate Christmas?'.

The second incident was when I was at Monash and the man that came up to me to return my overpaid fee by motorbike directly said, 'I am a Christian believer'.

Now, I'm not sure if it was due to Christmas, or that is their interesting way of trying to start an evangelistic conversation.

What do you think?


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Monash Sunway, here I come!

23/12/2011

Monash Sunway, here I come!

My mom was going headed for a fishing expedition and dragged me along. Turned out the car we were going in was not big enough to accommodate the number of persons going...
Luckily it was barely 12ish pm yet. So I was thrown off the group, and had to make the sad decision to head home.

Then I took all my paperwork and documentation and drove to Monash Sunway.

Yes, I finally drive on my own the first in three weeks time. LOL. There was a bit of traffic congestion midway. Remind me to recharge the Touch N Go card with credit so I can avoid the traffic jam!!
I spoke to a Counsellor who took all my documentation and made copies of it to be certified true copy.
I did ask her about the Matapelajaran Wajib which is some nonsensical requirement under Act 555 for all higher education institutions, by the Department of Education in 1996 where all Malaysian citizens have to complete 3 compulsory subjects.

Really, what does it achieve? Harmony is not created through studying. Its through practice, as I realised from conversations with parents of the children of the three to five year old children that I supervise in the Montessori centre.

The counsellor did not say much, but of course, if I decide to graduate in Malaysia, I would need to head back to Prime College to get a transcript for that. Maybe they may take my Institute CECE transcript as substitute instead. That just depends on where I choose to graduate eventually.

She waived the Rm100 for application fee to Sunway Monash! *wee hee* Well, now I have an extra Rm100 for use on more important things!

The application was easier due to the fact that I had previously applied for enrollment to UTS, so all my important documents were there.

The only annoying thing was the fact that the institution required my Year 11/SPM certificate, and apparently I had to declare that I had done Year 12/A Levels. Like really, who bloody cares if you did Year 11 or A Levels when you already have your Bachelors, isn't it???








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Jo in Korea

21/12/2011

Jo in Korea

Jo arrived safely in Korea on Friday with her husband, Ricky.

I decided to ring her, and made a couple of calls to her house but no one picked up. Finally her second sister picked up, so I had no other option but to answer in my pidgin and not very fluent Korean.

The elder sister went on this excited spiel about how my korean has improved heaps. I ended up speaking mandarin to her (she speaks mandarin as well) instead. LOL.

Later I found Ricky on skype. I called him on voice, but the wifi connection was not too good. I think skype texting might be our only stable way of contact unless the wifi connection improves for the better.

They had asked me to go to Korea, but really, I don't need to go to Korea the third time round unless it was necessary. I am hoping they are coming to KL this time around instead.



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Going Old School

Going Old School

So I have recently gone old school. As much as I love technology, it has certainly turned us into horrible social monsters.

Edward, my CG group leader gets really cross when he sees me on my mobile. Even Vincent, the really good looking guy I met recently (yes, that's his name... I hope he doesn't read this!) was mentioning something about it. *guilty guilty*

Even having lunch with Tammy when she is in the midst of work crises and I had to take the phone away from her as she constantly checks her email on it!

I really am guilty about it...haha. So recently, I decided to do something about it. I decided to go off mobile
Msn, and Gchat. It saves heaps on my battery life, so that's a good thing.

When I first discovered mobile chatting on my mobile phone, I thought it was a godsend. But now I realise it comes with its own repercussions. Also in not facebooking everything about our lives leave a bit of mystery for the males to find out about our lives. I think I shall let it remain that way for now.



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UTS Spring Semester 2011 Results are out!

UTS Spring Semester 2011 Results are out!

So University of Technology, Sydney has just released their results
for Spring Semester 2011.

So what were my results?
*Drum roll please*....

International Management- Distinction. (75 marks)

Managing Work and People- Credit. (71 marks) It was a difference of 4
marks for to Distinction *sigh* but better than nothing.
So now its back to serious business. Heh.



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Journal: A Good Looking Younger Chap.

19/12/2011

Journal: A Good Looking Younger Chap.

I miss Jo, my korean friend who is in Sydney. She's flying off to Korea with her hubby (or might have already flown there now). She was my housemate and my closest confidante. But we all have to move on in our lives.

During the fair, I met this young Chinese chap, Vincent. He's very very very good looking. He's also the same age as Courtney Middleton (which is a clue to me only to what his age is). :-)

*Swoons*

He would make the perfect brother. Caring. Loves to tease. Articulate. Ambitious. Idealistic.
He's got a Probationary Driving License though.

Hahaha. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, and English well.
When he went to fill the cup with water from the Cameron water cooler, he accidentally overfilled it. He just drank from the same cup and then passed it to me. Without batting an eyelid.

Eh? When I asked him about it, he didn't seem to get it, so I just took it from him and drank from it. Then he went and filled it up with water again. LOL.


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Moving the mountains and seas.

Moving the mountains and seas.

So I haven't dated in a while. Basically, been out of the game in a while.

However in the time I've returned to KL, I've re-learnt some things.

If a man is interested in a woman, he will do all the work.

A guy I used to know used to take the train down from KL to Singapore every two weeks to be with her. He waited on Skype almost every night to talk to her. I think he's now moved to Singapore to be with her and has already married.

If a man can't even spare 5 mins to call a lady he's supposedly pursuing each night, that speaks volume. Its either Talk or Walk.


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Online Trend in KL

15/12/2011

Online Trend in KL

In Australia, a lot of end consumers are turning to online shipping, what with the cost of products in high end malls that most of us can't justify the prices.

The trend in KL I've observed since my touchdown are the many group vouchers that seem to be following along the same line of thought.

Last night I bought a number of items. Including a Nokia e63 battery pack, a pair of pinhole glasses, some food vouchers from Gloria Jeans, tassel earrings.

Quite inexpensive I must say. But I'd advise to pay via Paypal for their 'supposed' guarantee for product delivery and product description.

Yesterday I met up with Tammy Lim (plusizekitten.com) to pass her some goodies. As she is a fan of LUSH, I brought back for her a bath related item. Plus some other magazines, one which was the Australian version of the Woman's Weekly, and the other, Bazaar.


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Debriefing Period

12/12/2011

Debriefing Period

Why do people ask/request the most stupendously ridiculous stuff during my first week back in KL?
Sometimes people can be so impatient.

Anyways as mentioned, my time back here in the first month is just to take a rest. I havent taken any rest during the year as I knew I would be taking the trip back.

I'm just going to take this time to debrief before deciding what to do next. A lot of things have changed. Some subtly, some a bit more straight forward. But everything in stride.

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Casio Sheen watch


This is my new Casio Sheen watch for abt Rm200 plus that I bought from Groupon Malaysia last week.

Was wondering when it would arrive, but it did. It arrived on Friday, I think as my mother took a long time to send it to me.

The metal face has so much reflective sheen that I can't even take a proper picture of it without reflection using my Nokia E63. My phone camera isn't so good, so maybe using a proper camera with the AF Macro mode might help? I didn't try, so I dont know.

So what is it that you want to know about this watch?

I like it because it is big, and the sheen of the metal made it look really nice to look at. It also has a nice pink leather strap that goes with my denim jeans.




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Speaking Bahasa like an Indonesian

09/12/2011

Speaking Bahasa like an Indonesian

When buying the LRT MyRapid ticket this morning, I realised I spoke Bahasa Malaysia like an Indonesian. LOL.

That's from frequent listening to my kids at school, Annabelle Kamadjaja and Oriel Santoso speak Bahasa Indonesian...

The malay teller at the LRT station couldn't understand what I was saying.

Me: kalau mau beli tiket, cam mana mau beli ya?'
Teller: Cik, boleh ulang sekali lagi? Tak faham apa Cik cakap.


Heh....


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My Nepalese housemates in KLCC

My Nepalese housemates in KLCC

Today I met up with two of my Nepalese housemates, Ribesh and Anisha. My mom dropped me off at the Sri Petaling station, where I took the LRT to Masjid Jamek. Then walked down and transited for the station to KLCC.

To go to Sungai Wang, we took the underground train from KLCC, transiting at Bukit Nenas, and taking the Monorail to Sungai Wang.

We ended up not going to Low Yat, Lot 10, Pavilion and only within Sungai Wang plaza, and at Bata shoe shops where everything was cheap. Hahaha.

On our way back where we transitted at Bukit Nenas, we tried crossing the road, but the traffic lights did not turn green even once for us. Granted, the traffic lights at the Bukit Nenas Monorail station was not working, but it was no fixed.

I ended up buying two pairs of heels at Bata KLCC, and Ribesh one for himself. Because they are Nepalese, they could understand hindi. They wanted to try the chinese and malay foods but not the indian ones, as indian and Nepalese culture have their similarities.

Granted that we were walking all the day, we were all tired by the time it was 6pm. Phew!
Anyways, it would be a while before I see them, so it was a good outing for a while. They're heading to Malacca tomorrow. Wish them a good trip!




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Malaysia: Being a smart traveller with local culture

06/12/2011

Malaysia: Being a smart traveller with local culture

I have to say, the new Opera Mini and my Nokia e63 are having disagreements.

Bad Mini Opera!

Anyways, this time around on my trip back, I don't tell people I just came back from overseas. People in service industry seem to think that people like us are good targets with lots of dough.

Tsk Tsk Tsk.

I just keep my mouth shut, and zipped and pretend to know nothing. Then whinge about how expensive the services are. And please never say things like "this only happens in  Kuala Lumpur' except in a language that service people cannot recognise.

Even speaking Korean is not safe.. Sigh.

I have to lie that I am studying korean language in Sungai Wang. People here seem to only think about money. Money. Money.

Sigh.



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Malaysia: Dental Prices Are Exorbitant

Malaysia: Dental Prices Are Exorbitant

Today I went to see the dentist in Mega Mandung, Old Klang Road.

He is not my usual dentist office Doktor Kumar, so it's my first time having treatment in this place.

Anyways, I had a check up and scaling service rendered which came up to Rm30+ Rm120.
It turns out I would need to have five fillings done on my teeth!

Each filling costs average about Rm100? I don't think I can afford that in Malaysian currency. It just costs way too much. I'm going to have to shop around to look for a better quotation.

I finally bit the bullet and drove my mother's car. We drove all the way to Mid Valley...

And its the third day back since I came back from Australia... Hooray!

No more road fright!!
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My new Hotlink prepaid number.

My new Hotlink prepaid number.

So it's Monday now. Finally got over my jet lag. Was real grumpy on Sunday, with three hours difference and not enough sleep.

Today I applied for a Maxis Hotlink prepaid number. Haven't had a prepaid mobile number in KL for ages!

Unlike Australia, internet data doesn't come with your basic prepaid plan. Well, at least with Maxis Hotlink as far as I know. The cheapest is Rm8 for hourly use.

Considering the minimum pay that the average Malaysian earns, I think its highway robbery what the local telcos here are charging for internet.

In Australia, the average minimum pay is aud18 for an adult. A recharge of aud50 from Optus includes unlimited calls to local numbers, unlimited local text messaging, unlimited social website surfing, and aud900 odd to make your foreign calls. That's really a bargain compared to what Malaysians have to pay.

The sim pack was RM8.80. The recharge was RM10. I paid an additional Rm98 for Hotlink 3GB data. That's about Aud33. And that's just for data! The nerve!

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. How unconsumer friendly.

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My new Hotlink prepaid number.

05/12/2011

My new Hotlink prepaid number.

So it's Monday now. Finally got over my jet lag. Was real grumpy on Sunday, with three hours difference and not enough sleep.

Today I applied for a Maxis Hotlink prepaid number. Haven't had a prepaid mobile number in KL for ages!

Unlike Australia, internet data doesn't come with your basic prepaid plan. Well, at least with Maxis Hotlink as far as I know. The cheapest is Rm8 for hourly use.

Considering the minimum pay that the average Malaysian earns, I think its highway robbery what the local telcos here are charging for internet.

In Australia, the average minimum pay is aud18 for an adult. A recharge of aud50 from Optus includes unlimited calls to local numbers, unlimited local text messaging, unlimited social website surfing, and aud900 odd to make your foreign calls. That's really a bargain compared to what Malaysians have to pay.

The sim pack was RM8.80. The recharge was RM10. I paid an additional Rm98 for Hotlink 3GB data. That's about Aud33. And that's just for data! The nerve!

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. How unconsumer friendly.

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20 mins to take off.

03/12/2011

20 mins to take off.

Its my Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur. Sitting in the plane waiting for plane to depart at 3.40pm on this day in history.

Anyways, the Course Coordinator called me this morning. He mentioned that he has received my score, and my accumulative marks for my International Management unit is a Distinction with about 75marks. Woo Hoo! So happy!

Now just waiting for results for Managing Work and People in a few weeks time?

So this morning, I packed up everything.
Sold my guitar to my housemate Ribesh, who is also carrying my books to Kuala Lumpur. I will be meeting up with him and wife to pick my books up later.

Sold it to him for more than half the price of the guitar since he carried the books. I wasn't sure about carrying it back as there was no hard guitar case, and goodness know what would happen to the guitar if I brought it back. Getting a guitar case may cost a lot, and I didn't have the time to look for one anyways.

My housemates and I took a cab from Narwee to International Airport which came up to about 40aud for the journey shared by three persons.

Was having coffee earlier with Suryanti at Mondreaux Cafe having an ice coffee and hot crispy potato wedges. YUM. Had japanese for lunch earlier. The shop was managed by some korean staff whom I spoke some korean to with.

Ok, so people, see you guys in KL soon. Taa!

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Last day plan on Friday.

01/12/2011

Last day plan on Friday.

Anyways, today I will work out how much space I have left in my luggage bag. I am not going to church on Sunday as I will be tired out from the 8 hours flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

My plan for Friday.
11am- see my Chiro.

After 11- was supposed to see the Course Coordinator. So, I might only just ring him up and talk to him. (I don't really want to go and see him for any reason at all). This just means that I have to work out my strategy on what to say to him.

- Ring up some mates to have a chat. 
- Have to go to bank and do some transactions.
- Buy some stuff from Woolies.
- Work out some financial stuff with some mates.

6pm- Mia Chan & mates for farewell dinner.
After dinner, Jo & Ricky are heading to my place to collect some stuff.
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25/11/2011

Narwee: Birthday Cake and Card


A mango cheesecake and birthday card..

Fastforward to the latter part of the evening..

My housemate, Shuh-Yong apparently had ordered a cheesecake from Michel's Patisserie two days ago.

She decided to spring a surprise by having one of our mates, Catherine to come
and bring the cake, but I was down in the CBD having a birthday dinner.

Hence the honour was passed to my new housemate, Anisha, and her hubby to celebrate with me instead!
I even had a surprise call from Keishore.. That really was really a surprise!


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24/11/2011

Sydney: First Birthday Dish


Edward ordered Chinese Crab Dish@Golden Century Restaurant Sydney
Edward shares the same birthday as I do, so on this special day, there's always a special shared celebration with the crew!

Looks yummy!
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Two Weeks Countdown to go!

20/11/2011

Two Weeks Countdown to go!

So its two weeks countdown to my Malaysian trip.

My to do list remains in:
1- Praying/Getting/ ensuring my employer gives me a statement of reference. By hook or by crook, that is going to happen.

2. Meet up with some acquaintances before I leave - Mia, Joyce, Helen, Tracey?

3. Sit for exams on 23rd and 28th Nov.

4. Make overseas calls to some people.

5. Pack stuff into luggage bags before going home.

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Two Weeks Countdown to go!

Two Weeks Countdown to go!

So its two weeks countdown to my Malaysian trip.

My to do list remains in:
1- Praying/Getting/ ensuring my employer gives me a statement of reference. By hook or by crook, that is going to happen.

2. Meet up with some acquaintances before I leave - Mia, Joyce, Helen, Tracey?

3. Sit for exams on 23rd and 28th Nov.

4. Make overseas calls to some people.

5. Pack stuff into luggage bags before going home.

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Some Simple Reminders about Males

17/11/2011

Some Simple Reminders about Males

From observation in the last few days, I am reminded that males are a simple lot. If only we understand that what makes them tick...

First, I'm reminded that males are generally not impressed about a female's level of education.

She may have not have completed her undergraduate studies (which is a big concern these days.) In fact, if she is pursuing post grad, its best to keep males in dark about it . . .

This might seem discriminatory, but when males go after a female, its not how smart a female is, but the 'emotion' or 'feeling' that the female brings up in that.

Trying to impress a male by telling them how smart a female is basically takes away their attempts at trying to impress a female.

*Sad, but true . . . .*

Secondly, all creatures, big and small like being praised. This includes the male species.

Somehow both young and big males like being given praises from females. It seems to affect a difference in their response..

Just keep this in mind anyways...






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Osmosis Chiropractor

16/11/2011

Osmosis Chiropractor

I went to see a Chiropractor on Sunday. My back was hurting from the week before so I went to see one that a good friend of mine recommended. You could say I was a bit nervous as it was my first time in seeing a 'bone doctor'.

Anyways, to share my experience, I was hurting really badly on Wednesday the same week. Hence, by Sunday, I had no choice but to get it seen by a doctor.

The doctor is a chinese lady from Taiwan by the name of Jennifer. She did her Chiropractor studies for a total of five years, so she is definitely trained in that area.

The doctor had me do a few body movements to determine the level of my injury. Then I was made to lie on my front on this 'long chair' which she used to do a few adjustments to my spine.

I was told that the spinal chord was hurting the muscles around my pelvis bone. So all three areas were inextricably somehow affected, where the muscles were badly inflamed.

By Tuesday (the next appointment), I was feeling a lot better. The parts which were hurting was still tender, but they did not hurt as much. So yes, my spine did respond well to the treatments rendered.

I ended up making the decision to purchase a 12 visit card for about 480aud (price as at the time of writing). If you have private insurance, you can make a claim of some of the monies paid.

As my spinal chord is not exactly in the best possible shape (regardless of whether I have subscribed to health insurance), it still is a good investment. Compared to beauty services, this is something that will affect my health in the long term, so it was a no brainer decision.

The initial consultation fee is 55aud if you tell the doctor you are recommended by another patient. (meaning me) *haha*.

My next appointment is this coming Friday. We shall see the progress of my spinal health in the weeks to come.

Her information are as follows:
Dr. Jennifer Huang
Osmosis Chiropractic.
Level 12, World Tower Commercial
Unit 1216, 87-89 Liverpool St
Sydney
T: 02- 9264 7079.
M: 0410 819 897.
www.OsmosisChiro.com.au

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Speed Dating: My Date with 13 Single Males.

Speed Dating: My Date with 13 Single Males.

*Ahem* *Ahem*

What were you people thinking of?

Get your mind out of the gutter, people...

Yesterday evening with another two mates, I was booked into a singles event hosted by Fast Impressions. This company specializes in the hosting of many successful singles social events, held in as far as Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and to even China.

It was an interesting experience to have an '8 minute date' with 13 single males from different kinds of walk from all over Sydney in one venue.

I don't normally participate in these events, as I'm more wallflower than party belle. Having to speak to 13 different males at one time is more than what my power of speech can attempt ... *LOL*

The theme for the night was University-Educated, so all in attendance were mostly university graduates.
Anyways, there was in attendance, Helen, a 38 year old australian vietnamese chinese who came for the speed dating.

She had a gorgeous body for a woman in her late thirties, passing for someone in her late twenties/early thirties. She also has a fair complexion, which may help accentuate her beauty. If I were a guy, I'd go after her... But I'm not, so that's it.

Overall, I have to say it's a numbers game, and sometimes fate has hand in it. (At least that's what a guy friend tells me...)

That aside, I am planning to attend another event, but this will be a day trip to the vineyard. A half day out in the open yard will definitely allow us to observe more than just our tastes in wine....







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Korean Hair Manicure

15/11/2011

Korean Hair Manicure

On Monday afternoon, I made a visit to the korean hair salon on Liverpool St. (near World Plaza) for a Hair Manicure. I paid 99aud for threw hair manicure and hair cut.

I was thinking of having a hand manicure, but one can get that done anywhere in Australia.
But Hair Manicure? That technique is only available in korean, and perhaps japanese hair salons.

The entire process took an hour. First the hairdresser washed and dried my hair.

The 'hair manicure' application is done similarly to that of a hair colouring application. The treatment used has some colour in it, so your hair would have some tint on it thereafter.

The hairdresser advised me to not wash my hair until Wednesday.

The starting price was 99aud onwards, depending on hair length. Some shops quoted me 120aud for my hair length.

How does it look? Well, it does look shinier a bit, and brown....

Hmm... the hair does look somewhat tinted... (I am actually a bit at loss for words how to describe it). Just shinier.




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Holiday: First Day of Leisure

14/11/2011

Holiday: First Day of Leisure

Woke up in the morning at Jo's place, watching an episode of FRIENDS.

The episode was a fantasy sequence of what could have happened if Rachel had actually married Barry... And Monica (in a fat suit) had a date with Chandler. As it was Courtney Cox Arquette in the opening credits, I knew it definitely wasn't from the first season.

Next I headed to UTS library, sleeping for an hour there. LOL....

Wandered around the city, and received an email from this singles socials event planner, First Impressions. They informed me that my mates and I have been booked into an event on Tuesday evening.
Wooo! So excited! First time attending an event of this nature in Australia. I wonder who shall we meet tomorrow??

Ended up heading to FORCAST and bought a nice sundress for 29aud. Next, I headed to the korean hair salon on Liverpool St. for a Hair Manicure, which I paid 99aud.

I wouldnt mind going for a manicure, but one can get that done anywhere in Australia. But Hair Manicure? That technique is only available in korean, and perhaps japanese hair salons. The hairdresser advised me to not wash my hair until Wednesday.

The 'hair manicure' application is done similarly to that of a hair colouring application. The treatment used has some colour in it, so your hair would have some tint on it thereafter. The starting price was 99aud onwards, depending on hair length.

I ended the day by catching a screening of 'Midnight in Paris' with Pom at Events Cinema. It wasnt exactly my kind of movie, but more for those who appreciate literature.....

Before leaving, we decided to sit down to a light supper of waffles with caramel chocolate sauce, strawberries and vanilla ice- cream on the side.YUM.

So that ended my first day of leisure...... Tomorrow begins my start of some serious study at home. At least in the morning anyways!










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Seriously Blessed

Seriously Blessed

I Really Am.

As on my resignation at my previous work place on Friday, I've been continuously getting texts from my casual work agency. I did not even call them, but I did reply some of their messages.

Perhaps that's why.

I have yet to accept any shifts, but the temptation is there. Money is always a temptation. Casual work pays even more by the hour.

The whole reason I resigned from my job was I needed some 'me time'.

For now, if I can spare the time (apart from getting actual study) is to only take casual work assignments. I would have happily worked casual for one or two days a week at my previous workplace since I know the routines and all, but I doubt that's gonna happen any time soon.

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3 more weeks to go!

3 more weeks to go!

With not much time in hand, I have these things to do.
1. Decide which things to chuck out, give away and to bring back with me in my limited 20kg + luggage allowance. I definitely need to bring my korean language, and Management text books with me.

2. Study and get ready to sit for a 3 hour paper examination on 23rd and 28th November.

4. Celebrate my birthday on 24th Nov with another churchmate.

5. Go and see a dentist on 29th Nov.

6. Go scouting for dinner dresses on sale. FORCAST seems pretty ok. Just waiting for them to bring their prices down....

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12/11/2011

2 Am- fourth act KPop Music 2011

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Sistar- Third Act- KPop Music 2011

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2011 K-Pop Music Fest Sydney

My EzyTicket !

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Shinee - Opening Act @ Sydney Kpop Concert 2011

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10/11/2011

Narwee: Purple Way of Delight


Adapted from 'Anne of Green Gables', I now christen this park behind my home Purple Way Of Delight.
It's a sight isn't it?

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07/11/2011

Australia: Happy 7 Eleven Day!

Good for the kids who dont have extra money, but I dont have the time to join them in waiting for an XS size Slurpee.

LOL...


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06/11/2011

My Guess haul

So this was the purchase made today.

Total cost: 150AUD for two handbags, and three ladies purses.

*Not bad*

GUESS bags 80%warehouse sale,
Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th November 2011
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Address: Unit 7/5-9 Ricketty street
Mascot NSW Australia

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Eats: Beef Burger & Chips @ Sugarbaby, Mascot



My late lunch after the rendesvous at Guess Warehouse, Mascot (NSW)

YUM!

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Narwee: Row of flowers

A house nearby with rows of red and pink flowers. It is Summer anyways.

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Narwee: The front of the house.

So this is the front of the rented house that I'm currently living at. It's a quiet neighbourhood.

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Respect is earned.

03/11/2011

Respect is earned.

In hindsight, my boss, Katherine M. may be cross and furious, but she will have respect for me.

She now knows I am not letting them walk all over me as I have shown I know what my priorities are.

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30/10/2011

Ice Coffee@ Myers Sydney

Ice Coffee @ Foodoo Coffee Lounge. YUM!

So I met one of the Chinese Indonesian parents of my children after I ordered an Ice Coffee whilst at Myers. She was Nicholas' mother. She would be heading to KL for a trip some time in April next year. 

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Sydney: Grey skies are gonna clear up.

A recent photo taken wearing a lovely flirty purple dress last Sunday
near Haymarkets. Summer is here!!

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Mascot: Higher Living Very Berry Organic Herbal Infusion.

The berry inspired tea.

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Qantas has very bad customer service.

Qantas has very bad customer service.

Just watched a Channel 24 news about the Qantas flight disputes. A customer just said this about the third time Qantas has grounded their flights.

Not just in Australia, but internationally, leaving all customers stranded.

I'm thinking twice about flying with Qantas in future now.


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Thank You God for everything.

26/10/2011

Thank You God for everything.

In spite of everything that has happened at work and with school, I want thank you God for everything.
Even though the lady that came did not stay, I believe You have someone better.

Thank You for Parents at school whose words provide encouragement that my time spent with the children have been worth it, and they do appreciate the effort I have put in.
Thank You for strength when I am physically fatigued, and feel like quitting, and walking out.
Thank You for the company of people that puts a smile through the time of doing my assignment.
Thank You for teaching me the meaning of persisting in being a leader, and preparing role models.
Thank You for giving me wisdom when I most need it in the most unexpected ways.
Thank You for reminding me that I can hold You to Your Words, and that You will grant me when I persist in asking for it.
Thank You God that I can be here to praise You though I dont do that enough.

Finally, thank You God for showing me your love in so many little ways though I sometimes do not know what I am doing, and feel that You are far away. You keep showing me your goodness, that I know it is Your Hand that is working in all situations that gives me the Hope to persist on.

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The Power of Words and Action.

24/10/2011

The Power of Words and Action.

If you have read my entries, you'd have known that my weekends for the past three over years was spent learning something. Which in the past years was korean language. As a result, I'm now fairly conversant in Korean.

About three months back, a Thai mate of mine and I were scouting for college courses at TAFE and UTS. I ended up enrolling and studying.

Now three months on, I see the same mate getting her academic papers certified true copy. I believe that Actions do speak louder than words.

So what I am about to write about happened one day over dinner..... Like most adventures, thats how it started....

Over Vietnamese pho for dinner one weekend with three of us, a Thai, a Korean, and a Malaysian, I proclaimed that as women living in Sydney, we had to do something of value for each day that we lived.

'We all work hard year in year out, and the years are just passing away. As women, we are not getting any younger. I dont want to live my life like that. I have a goal (which I shall privately if you ask nicely). But before one can do that, one first needs to have the desire to reach it.

Do you have that desire? What are you doing about it?'

One mate jokingly threw a challenge. If that's the case, why not lets pray to reach ours in approximately 14 months? Then we meet back at the end of that time period and share our results.

So this evening while having dinner with the Korean mate, I heard that the Thai mate had  heeded my words and put that into action. The fire spread to another over the phone to a HK mate. And then finally back to me.

The scene has been set. We shall come together in 14 months and let the outcome be known.

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Conviction

22/10/2011

Conviction

So I woke up at eight this morning. The Nokia mobile phone is a sure winner in the alarm clock department.
Was supposed to attend an Exam Skills workshop at UTS this morning. But when I called up Student Services yesterday for room details, it was not updated in the database. So much for that.
Anyways.

Have you ever had a felt a certain conviction that you thought maybe right?
Well, this thought has been running through my mind in the last week. Its been interrupting my sleep, driving me totally bonkers.

Im not sure if its a divine conviction, or a sleep deprived one. But I know for some strange impeccable timing, the conviction becomes even stronger when I listen to Chinese Gospel music.

But thats how convictions are like, isnt it? Perhaps the Lord is trying to tell me something.
Only time will tell.

Else, like every other 'conviction' I might have dreamed of (like losing weight) will go down the drain.
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Funny Thoughts

21/10/2011

Funny Thoughts

Thats all I think about.
You're all I thought of tonight. Its hard enough for me to sleep. I keep listening to Chinese Gospel music, and my mind keeps drifting away.
My eyes are closed. My head spinning. my heart is pumping.
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That was meant to sound dramatic, OK?? Who asked you to read???
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A meet up.

15/10/2011

A meet up.

So one fine day early this week, this chap whom I met on a social website asked me to meet him for coffee on Saturday. We'll call him Ron.

Ron is Indonesian Chinese, and 30ish. He's in the IT Management Systems.
I cant remember who contacted whom, but I was really busy with uni that I didnt keep touch for a month. So when I initiated contact again, he straight away asked to meet for coffee. Fast mover, eh?

Since my calendar was almost free then (*I have a lot of paperwork to do up the last I checked), I agreed.
We'll be meeting in the city. It should be an interesting meet up.

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Customer Service: NAB

13/10/2011

Customer Service: NAB

So i finally received a reply this evening from NAB after putting in an Electronic Transaction Dispute form on my Internet Banking.

Apparently there is a wait time of 5 days minimum before getting a response. Its been 3 work days so far.
The person who replied the email asked if the problem was resolved as I HAD contacted their call centre. Obviously not.

Not even one dime was returned to me yet.

So i replied the email. This really isnt much to do with NAB, as the fault lies with Malaysia Airlines' server.
However I need my bank to act as an intermediary to facilitate the process. Hence.





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Countdown to Exams.

12/10/2011

Countdown to Exams.

So I have just finished a group presentation with my International Management group.

That's one group assignment down, and now its two assignment, one being a group presentation, which is mostly on paper,
and one personal assignment.

Our presentation was quite "dry". Heh.

What can I say? Then again, most of the others were too. LOL.

Then its down to 2 lots of three hours written examination. One on the 23rd Nov, (International Management), and one on morning of 28th November.

Today I put down an application for leave with the boss. She shot it down, without even asking the reasons for the leave application. However I was advised to re-apply for the leave putting in the reasons as well.
Anyways, since it's seven weeks to go before my examinations, who knows who may come for an interview within these 7 weeks. She's just worried that she can't find a replacement with the same qualifications..
which I feel really does not have any basis, since she managed to find me. Heh.

So guys, pray that my boss can find a replacement. Yes, so I can get off work and finally do what I have to do!
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No reply from Malaysian Airlines.

No reply from Malaysian Airlines.

So it's been more than 24 hours now.

I have yet to receive a further reply from Malaysian Airlines yet.

Still waiting... waiting.. waiting.
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I don't show my cards

I don't show my cards

Not until the guy has.

Well, isnt that true anyways?
Thanks but 'hanging out' isnt one of those options in my past time. My time becomes more precious as I get older, and I've got things to focus on.

Anyways, I'm meeting a fellow I met online this weekend. He sounds like a proper person. It should be an interesting meet up.

My mates are digging me for all the finer details.
It's been a while. LOL.

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Malaysia Airlines: Double Charge on my NAB Visa Debit card.

11/10/2011

Malaysia Airlines: Double Charge on my NAB Visa Debit card.

So this is my grievance against Malaysia Airlines.

On Sunday midnight, I had made a purchase on MHMobile for an airline ticket departing from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

It went through. Fine, and I thought was the end of it.

However, the same evening, when I went to had a look at my Internet Banking with NAB (National Australia Bank), I noticed that my savings account had very minimal amount left.

I then went and had a look through the transactions and realised that the transaction that took place on the MHMobile platform on my Nokia mobile phone had gone less than perfect.

It seems that two lots of AUD945.61 had been debited. And it showed on my Internet Banking!!

So the next thing I did was look through my email, and confirmed that I only received one Passenger Electronic Ticket from Malaysia Airlines.

The first thing I did was to inform my bank about this incident via my Internet Banking message system.

A search on the Malaysia Airlines website shows a few ways to contact MAS, via Twitter and through their contact. 

A search on some forums shows that this is not the first time this incident has happened, and a forum user even provided an email address with a similar case to mine.

Hence, I wrote a letter and sent it to that address which was IBESUPPORT@malaysiaairlines.com. The MAS Twitter also provided me another email address to which they are supposedly going to follow up with the case...?

As I did not receive a reply by evening, I decided to give MAS a call at their local office in Kuala Lumpur... well, that was a wild goose chase. Even though I was connected to a representative, I ended up being transferred around for at least half an hour. I ended up having had to terminate the call as it was International Call made from my mobile phone!

I received a reply at 20:00 hours Sydney time (finally!), to which they asked me for the visa debit card number that I used for the transaction. I quickly replied by sending them the card number.

I did not receive another reply for another 24 hours until 19:38 hours Sydney time today, to which they said to me,
"Our findings today shows that you have only charge for one transaction only from your credit as reported by our payment gateway. Thus, we would suggest you to provide credit card statement which show double charge in order for us to check further.
We attached herewith the reported amount through our payment gateway view."
So I replied to them:
Thank you for your response.

Attached is the print screen of the transaction that took place. The amount that was debited is not a small amount, and from my research on the Internet, it seems that I would not be the first  customer to have experienced this problem.

This is the first time I have had this incident happened with my card, and that happened when using your Malaysian Airlines website payment platform.

Although the statement that you provided shows that, but the fact is my account has been debited twice due to no fault of mine.

I did not reclick the page, but waited as per the instructions on the page until the transaction was processed before I clicked the page. 

So please ask your department to rectify this problem and refund the amount that was debited to my account.

Thanks
We shall see when the next reply will be received next.

UPDATE: 
Okay, thankfully the double charge did not appear. It was a technical difficulty, but still worrisome.
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Group Assignments in progress

10/10/2011

Group Assignments in progress

Today our Int. Management group had our final weekend get together group discussion for our presentation next week.

It was good experience to watch Byron, our team leader as he led the group. I learnt a bit of leadership skills from him too, now that I have a Managing Work Pple group assignment due by the end of the October.

The team leader has to constantly communicate and remind all members of the team to put in their part of the work else everyone will start to slack.

Which reminds me, now I have to start slinging more emails to the team members......

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Work or not to work?

06/10/2011

Work or not to work?

So I just met with a friend who came down from Tasmania today. Since she is a mother of a one year old child and is also working, she had a better understanding of the childcare benefit system.

Childcare was at least minimum about 16k Aud per year for five days a week in Tasmania. Whereas it was about 25k Aud per year for the rate in Sydney.

Considering that my current childcare workplace charges 70Aud for preschool and 75 for nursery per day, and does not provide food, and is located half an hour from the city by train,
that is considered expensive.

If one parent is not earning at least 50k minimum treshold, it was not worth going back to work, as the childcare charges is enough to eat off the entire wages earned. With a second child, one parent should be earning 75k.

There is also a yearly rebate for each child when doing tax returns, which is about 8k but I am not sure if this for combined incomes, or on a single income.

Hence, I think as a result of this, many people have opted to put themselves as 'single parents', as the benefit for them is much more. Or some couples opt to divorce, separate, but still live under the same roof.

Tsk Tsk Tsk.
Really abusing the tax system.

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Day 1: Easing into Reverse Diet.

05/10/2011

Day 1: Easing into Reverse Diet.

Today is the start of my new diet/eating plan.

I didnt have much for dinner last night, so that probably cleared out my digestive system for this morning?

For breakfast, I had
- some egg omelette with lap cheong. I dont really like oily food in the morning, nor cooking if I dont have the time to cook, much less wash up after. So this was premade the evening before.
- 1 mug hot chocolate
- 1.5 slices of bread with peanut butter spread

Lunch: Black Bean Chicken with rice. Standard Meal size.

Dinner: 6 piece nuggets, french fries, and Coke Zero.

I ordered chicken nuggets as compared to Big Mac as the burger is not very filling, and even though on Medium portion, I get hungry after two hours. So Big Macs are a total waste of money, as compared to 6 piece nuggets.

I think the key to eating for dinner size portions in this diet plan is to eat moderate sized meals, and not gorge yourself, having enough to last till the next morning.

As for breakfast portions, it's should be enough to avoid snacking before lunch. As I dont have time to even snack throughout the day, having large breakfast would work better in my case.

I just bought
- Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets(12 sachets),
- Coles Wholemeal Bread
- 2 x Kettle Multigrain Chips.
Total Price: Aud11.36

I normally prefer Doritos, but I thought I'd try Multi Grain chips for a change. As I prefer to have my breakfast hot, and something preferably Low G.I, I thought Quick Oats would be good to try out instead.

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Breakfast Like a King

04/10/2011

Breakfast Like a King

So it's close to that time of the year. I'm in the midst of preparing to be one of two bridesmaids at a close friend's wedding in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of December.

That means I have about ten weeks from now to prepare.

One of the things I truly dislike about winter is that people tend to put on excess baggage. It's not something we can avoid as the cold weather makes people naturally eat more and put on more clothing to withstand the cold.

It's not that bad here in Sydney as in South Korea, but winter is still winter nonetheless.

So I'm thinking to go on a weight watch in the next ten weeks to lose the needed kilos to be able to fit that lovely bridesmaid dress, and also that reception dinner dress.

I was initially thinking of following the Tony Ferguson diet, but then I read the Reverse Diet, which actually makes more sense to me. Well, the Reverse Diet isn't a new thing, but it's better than the other diet of breaking up three meals into 5 or 6 small different meals helps the body to digest the food. Which is not practical for me. 

However, eating in Reverse i.e the adage, 'Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper' sounds more welcoming to me.

As for following Tony Ferguson's diet, I could use some of their products for my benefit. They do have some products which contains all the minerals and less calories yet tastes great, as well as will assist in weight loss, but I would not recommend Tony Ferguson for people in Malaysia, as the products cost a lot (in Australian dollars).

It costs more than what Malaysians would generally pay for their meals, but similar to what Aussies would pay for a meal outside, so that does not make that much of a difference.

Anyways, to start off, I would go on having a hearty breakfast with healthy low G.I foods to kickstart the ball rolling. As much as I love bacon and roll, they are just too difficult to make for breakfast and involves too much time cleaning up (which seriously defeats the point).

Some ideas for a low G.I healthy breakfast which I have taken from includes:
  • wholegrain cereal with fruit and yoghurt & green tea
  • wholegrain bread with a boiled or poached egg
  • an omelet with a bran muffin and fresh juice
  • wholegrain toast with natural nut butters
  • an English muffin topped with lean ham and fresh juice
  • wholegrain toast with fresh fruit
  • hot cereal such as oatmeal is high in fibre and low in sugar 

Most of these foods are easily available from Coles, or Woolworths supermarket. My goal is to lose maximum ten kilos in the next ten weeks. Wish me luck!
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Eats: My Labour Day Cooking Adventure

03/10/2011

Eats: My Labour Day Cooking Adventure

The days are going by quickly. It's 8 weeks to go before I officially leave my work place.

So I stayed over at a friend's place on Saturday, and we had another friend who came over for dinner as well. It was Labour Day today, so it was a long 3 day weekend for Sydneysiders.

Chick Kuh Teh:
So I made this on Saturday night. As one of my mates doesnt take pork, I had to switch it to chicken.
The only oversight I had was that they bought chicken fillet rather than ones with bones. And as most people who make soup know that the flavour comes from the bones, and not the flesh to give the soup its strong mellow flavour.

Wat Tan Hor:On Sunday, I had a trial run at making a version of 'Wat Tan Hor'. I ran into some issues with stir frying the beehoon, by almost frying them to charcoal consistency. LOL.
I guess we can bypass that step and go straight into stirfrying the kwae teow. As I didnt have time to get the fresh type, I made them from reconstituted dried types, boiled in hot water over a fire.
The Gravy wasnt too bad. But next time we need some beef and chicken slices. I made some cornstarch solution for the thickener, and it worked its magic on a two and half cups of watery gravy. Or maybe three might have been better as I cooked a three serves portion.
The last I added was two beaten eggs into the gravy before pouring it onto the kwae teow.

Fried Meehoon:The last thing I made, which was for breakfast this morning was Fried meehoon, Malaysian style. I have no idea what Singapore noodles are, as I come from Malaysia, and we would obviously not call our noodles Singaporean Noodles... (as if we will!)

So my Fried meehoon I made with dried shrimp, fried garlic, and stirfried chicken in soy sauce and sesame oil. Of course, and the most important ingredient was 'kecap'.
Kecap is a thick sweet sauce, and the one I used was the ABC brand made in Indonesia.
I've seen some of the Malaysian and Indonesian kids bringing this for lunch at my workplace, so I know for sure its not Singapore Noodles as its name.

Anyways, I made some chicken stock solution to pour over the meehoon. The problem with making Fried Meehoon is that it could either be too sweet from the 'kecap' sauce, or too salty from chicken stock solution or adding too much salt.

Last I added fried eggs (beaten) and cut it into strips, mixing it into the meehoon.
So that ends my Cooking Adventure, and its back to cooking for one, and putting off some weight in time to fit a reception dress I'm intending to get in a couple of weeks time. Heh.
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Price of Reception Dress

Price of Reception Dress

Whilst in the library looking through korean internet shopping websites for reception dinner dresses.

CY: Onne, how about this dress? (looking at a dress with Rm30 price tag from Cats Whiskers website).
It's only ten bucks (in aussie dollars).
Jo: I'm sure you can afford more than that.
Get something better.

CY: Hmmm..... Yeah, the chicken rice here is even more expensive than the dress, heh...

LOL...





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Narwee: Learning Mandarin.

26/09/2011

Narwee: Learning Mandarin.

Today there was a family who brought their young daughter to the child care centre for orientation. The parents & family are from China, so obviously they could not speak English well. The father seemed to have no difficulty with the English speaking bit from what I could gather. However after having a simple chat with the mother, I realised that she had difficulty in communicating in English.

Unfortunately the family was from the northern part of China, so they did not speak any Cantonese, else i could have been more help to them. Even If they came from Shen Zhen or Hong Kong, I might have been of better help to them.

When I do return to Malaysia, I believe its high time to learn up Mandarin.

Even in learning Korean, once we reach Intermediate level, much of the vocabulary refers back to 'hanja', which is korean for chinese characters. This is as up to about 600 years ago, Korean was written in 'hanja' characters. Hence knowing how to read Chinese characters aids in remembering multiple korean vocabulary. 

However in the mean time, I am just going to have as much practice in Korean conversation as this might probably be the last opportunity for me in a very long time once I leave Sydney!!

CY

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I Plan. You Should Too.

19/09/2011

I Plan. You Should Too.

If there is something that I cannot stand, it is that people don't seem to have a plan for their lives.
Perhaps we would say, but isn't our lives in God's plan? He will plan for us?
Perhaps that works for some people.

In my case, I Plan for my life, and ask that God helps me accomplish these goals. He is wonderful in the sense that He works with the personality He has created in us to accomplish what He wants.
Hence, even if I did not manage to accomplish the goals I had set out, I'm happy in the knowledge that I am going in the direction that I have planned.

God gave us a mind and a brain. I would bring Him injustice if I didn't use my brain to its fullest capacity.
In the last three years, I have accomplished a few goals.
1. Travelled around South Korea twice. Each time at least three weeks.
2. Travelled to Japan once. I spent a week there.
3. Worked at least 15 months in Sydney in a full time hours position capacity.
4. Completed Cert IV in Korean Language at TAFE. That's just one step before the Diploma level.
5. Enrolled in a Management Postgraduate course at University of Technology, Sydney.

My next few goals in the next few months and future are:
1. Work the remainder of my time well, and gather letter of work references, which will be invaluable in the future regardless.
- Create a network that I could keep connected to at least for a couple of years time.
2. Finish all my assignments and exams well at UTS.
3. Finish and complete Masters study in management at Sunway Monash University, which I will transfer my studies to.
4. Find a husband. Its just time to think about this phase of my life, apart from the studying, working, and churchgoing.
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Movie: One Day

18/09/2011

Movie: One Day

So I watched 'One Day' with some mates today at Dendy Cinema Circular Quay today. The movie starring Anne Hathaway, set in an English background.

The movie spans twenty years of the Friendship of a young lady called Emma after her graduation with a male friend, and how they have near misses in starting a relationship with each other.

The movie's not bad. The seats are really nice, and the venue is also quite lavish and posh as its located right on Circular Quay. There are coffee shops nearby, and a nice coffee bar in front of Dendy's.

Dendy is known for its fine arts movie selection, so you wouldn't find Final Destination, or The Smurfs, or Captain America being screened there.

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So I finally tendered my resignation.

14/09/2011

So I finally tendered my resignation.

So I had wanted to resign earlier in mid year, but due to unforeseen circumstances, that plan was cancelled.
Finally on Monday this week, I finally tendered in my resignation. I gave it to my Supervisor who forwarded it to the Boss.(K.M)

Then the Boss came to me and spoke the next day, asking if I could delay my departure to another two months (making it a five months notice!).

I did go home to have a think about it. However after having a chat with some mates, I decided that I had to know my priorities. Spending time with my family (no matter whether we see eye to eye on certain things), friends and loved ones, to me has more priority.

I may have to speak again with the Boss some other time this week, but at least that would have given her some time to let the information sink in.

May God grant