Saturday, September 26, 2009
Great Ocean Road

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I just got back from Melbourne Showground. I was bitterly shivering for the whole day. Living in Melbourne is like living in a fridge.


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'What a complete Friday', that's what I would conclude for yesterday.

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As early as 5.45am, I dragged myself off from bed and freshened up myself to prepare for a long venture, free trip to Great Ocean Road. Of course, it was a surprise for sleeping bug like me to be able to wake up.


When i closed my room door and prepared to go out, i realized that something was not right. Touched my pockets and true enough my room key was left inside my room. =( I locked myself again!


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The journey was soul-destroying and dreadful! The worst experience for pity passengers on bus could get is going through winding road and hill. Up the hill, down the hill. 4 hours of traumatic journey, my friend Eric vomited four times on the journey.


Supposedly this should be kinda pleasurable and adventurous trip to all. But too bad, when we finally made to the different destinations, it rained. And when the clouds poured out rain, that's it. Everyone would go freezing and get benumbed rather than enjoying the view.


Till then, let these pictures do the talking.


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That's it! Puking journey + arctic downpour + awesome scenery = worthwhile and memorable trip!


Now i know why it is called as Great Ocean Road Trip.


Comments:

Awesome pictures!

By Blogger saykhia, at Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 1:17:00 AM GMT+8  

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Hey...now I regret I never made it there the last time I went...must go there again...the truly fascinating pic is the last one...wow...tats the same place? Super nice that one...must go must go...haha...

By Anonymous Mr. W, at Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11:53:00 PM GMT+8  

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I miss her

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To buy or to bid?



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I have been thinking of her every day and night. I have been desperately hoping her to come actuality. I just couldn't stop myself of meditating on her spice. How i wish she's here in front of me, giving the chance to have a lustful flavour of her. I just couldn't resist myself from thinking of her.




She is utterly so HOTTTTTT.......





She is just so SPICYYYYY.......






I really miss her.......... =(














Hope she's here with me .....





































































Yea, she's Laksa~~~ *Hot & Spicy *

=P


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I'll post a bowl of laksa to you.. soon.. hahaha...

By Anonymous Joseph Tang, at Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:32:00 PM GMT+8  

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Friday, September 18, 2009
Manage it rightly

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Muscle ache~~
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Check this out and guess what's inside the white envelope!!


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It's not letter or wedding invitation postcard though, it is in fact a little appreciation of $20 cash I received this morning. *Syiok yea!* This is of course not a free cash. I actually volunteered myself to have an interview by a PhD student for her research with regard to how students manage their money. This research is on the subject of student's growing concern about their ability to successfully make ends meet. Sounds cool right. All i need to do is just attending an hour of interview and do some discussion and get rewarded of $20. And i received it!


Basically, I met up with the lady, Jill around 10.30AM together with my friend and three other locals. It's kinda a fruitful and relaxing discussion. Five of us took turns to share our views. Questions like how do we manage our finance as students, who provide us financial support, do our parents influence us in handling money and many more.


No worries, i will not post my funny and lengthy answers here. But what i would like to highlight here is more about my personal reflection throughout the interview. As I was hearing the thoughts from an Australian student, i realized that most of them are actually living under tight budget. One of the locals said that he lives within $10-15 per week! And this sounds struggling but it's true. How can he survive with that?! Some parents are filthy rich and some are not. And we discuss about how students these days spend their money unwisely plus blindly and just do buying without any second thoughts. Many are influenced by peer pressure, fashion, greed and so forth.


It hits me though. Of course, i'm not saying that i am the type who simply spend whenever i can. I am pretty much careful and calculative when it comes to spending. Nonetheless, it comes to a realization that it is really really really really hard to earn money. How taxing for parents to work hard to supply for the families, how silly we are to spend on things that we shouldn't buy at all. Things that we don't need at all, yet immature students like us would just buy things that we want instead of need.


I shared, as for me, living in Melbourne has definitely been a real test and learning at the same time to really learn much of managing my expenses. I learn to spend wisely, i learn to live within budget in the given period. I learn to say "No" to things that i don't find it necessary to purchase and spend on. If we, as students can't even handle the current given money properly, within the budget and time frame, what's more to say when we enter into working world. Are students controlling their money or their money control them?


It does make sense yea. After all, this is just students giving views on the related research topic. You guys would probably have your own ideas of managing finance. Haiyoo.. That's why it's called discussion mah...


Not only that, thanks to Jill for giving us free drinks after an hour of gasping conversation


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I'm hoping she will publish my name under References and minor contributors in her thesis though. Haha! Eh, don't you think it's just cool to have your own name printed in one of the Finance Management books one day?


*Quench my thirst!*



Comments:

woooo.. cool.. i want i want.. ask them interview me la.... hahahaha.. and publish my name on magazine... muahahahahaha... =D

By Anonymous Joseph Tang, at Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10:42:00 PM GMT+8  

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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Endless Commitment

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I'm loving eBay!

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This guy ...

... may be just another ordinary senior citizen to you. I have never met him in person though. But one thing i know about him is, He was Pastor Richard Holland, the Founder of Melbourne's largest Church 'City Life Church'.


He passed away last year at the age of 89. What makes him such an inspiration to me is that at the age of 89, this old man was so so so passionate and still energetic in preaching the Word of God to the congregation!!


WoW!!! And that is awesome! Most of us are not even half or quarter of his age and we are already struggling and battling in our mind in giving up our faith and hope. Yet, Pastor Richard Holland, even till his final year of living on earth, he stated this:


"I will never never retire, but refire for Christ!"


And this is what I said, "Even until the last breath, we will still give Him the glory!"


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Counting


Finally, it's ready to be released!


I'm counting my days for this movie!!!


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Friday, September 11, 2009
Distorted

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I'm attending "Shine" Bible Conference for these three days. Gonna be awesome!!

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It was kinda hectic yet fruitful nights days I had! I was basically spending my time finishing off two assignments in the ungodly hours since Monday. *exhale* It was kinda adventurous though, me and my friend had agreed to be vampires slightly venturesome to camp ourselves in the library until dawn.


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Look silly huh?

That were us, two idiotic guys camping in the library and trying to grapple with our own physical energy to compete with each other to see who can stay awake until dawn. To make this adventure sounds more challenging, we did it for three continuous nights.


In the end, both of us failed in our adventure. We K.O-ed when the clock ticked at 5 AM. At least I managed to submit my assignments today, so i would consider this as Good Effort~~!!


Haha! Because of this childish challenge, my biological clock is now messed up and i'm officially a zombie at the wrong time.


*hit the wall*






Comments:

hey.., nice dude-rag.., one question.., something happen to ur hair?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM GMT+8  

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anonymous: thanks. lol..nothing happens to my hair. No worries dude. =D

By Blogger Johnson, at Monday, September 14, 2009 at 2:26:00 PM GMT+8  

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hahahaha.... Slim zombie.. can imagine.. wuahahaha...

By Anonymous Joseph Tang, at Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 4:32:00 PM GMT+8  

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Bogged down

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I'm wondering who will be the next Swinburne Sarawak Prom King 2009. lol

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I am currently chocked with three consecutive assignments which will be due by next week. The difference between the teaching system here and Kuching is obvious. Usually the lecturers back in Kuching will inform the whole class of the upcoming assignments and explain the overview of the assignment in full detail.


But here in Melbourne, the lecturers will not mention a single bit of any assignment to the class. Weird. Therefore, we have to often check on net of the new assignments. Pretty independent bad though.


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Back in Swinburne Sarawak, I can just easily approach the subject lecturer to clarify any doubt in my assignment. But in Swinburne Hawthorn, I can't since there are two hurdles encounter. Firstly, it is pretty hard to approach the Aussie lecturers because most of the time they will not explain and spoon-feed you regarding to any assignments.


Secondly, i will have a hard time trying to comprehend what the lecturer is trying to say. Simply because, they don't speak English, they speak Australish.

*Chocked again*

Be right back people!


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well.. that's where u learn..don't worry, they will still answer your question. the lecturers there are not that strict... you can actually drink with them!! =D

By Blogger JorZac, at Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 12:01:00 PM GMT+8  

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jorzac: yeap, kolet...and in kuching can actually play badminton with our lecturer!! even "keng"..lol

By Blogger Johnson, at Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 1:59:00 PM GMT+8  

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Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hawks vs. Ess

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I found out something new today during my Transport lecture. Usually, Malaysian lecturers pronounce 'λ' as Lan-da right? But Australian lecturer pronounces it as Leng-teh..haha..kinda cute and hilarious though.

The more he pronounces Leng-teh, it sounds more like Liang-Teh to me instead! lol

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Before i get myself into hibernation mode from blogging again, I better post about my awesome and fresh experience of Australian Footy League. Up to this time, the massive hurray from the crowds is still echoing in my mind! I would have never imagined myself going for a Footy match, but i did! Too bad, Hawks was defeated by Ess.


Even so, i am so keen to share with you all about this wonderful sport adventure i had. As far i could tot up, this was perhaps my first sport game i watched in a stadium. The match was held in Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was a crucial match for both clubs, because which team that wins will enter into the Final league. Hence, I could imagine how grand the atmosphere will going to be.


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When we reached the venue, all I noticed was supporters and enthusiasts strolled to the stadium in lines. And that was like one hour plus before the game!! What amazed me was to even encounter senior citizens, carrying umbrellas and joined the throng of crowd too! Clearly, footy is for all ages.


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Truly when it comes to Footy, people's punctuality was one the dot.


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People were queuing up to purchase the last minute tickets. Merchandise stalls were everywhere. Supporters of Hawks and Ess were found scattered around too.


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In the stadium, we settled down on the best sitting view that we can and took a brief look at the mammoth stadium. The stadium was huge!! People were slowly filling up each section. Good enough, we managed to grab on a perfect view of the field. Exactly just right in front of the goal poles.


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Couple minutes passed and the entire stadium was packed with supporters. Families came dressing with the favourite team colors. Youngsters came carrying the huge flag and banner.


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After the final rehearsal, the game then started with a loud blow of trumpet sound. The first half of the match was kinda bewildered to me as i was trying to understand the exact rules of the game. And i did! After the first quarter, i was into the game! What particularly astonished me was the total number of people turned up for the game! Initially, i made a rough estimation of 20,000 people. However, the huge screen displayed 77,798+ people during the game! Insane!


What's worst was when the game was just about to get started, i saw two people fighting on the field! Later did i know, it's permissible to do a little rough punching to the opponents if either one "be-song" the other team. And this of course has added up to the excitement of footy when fighting becomes legal during the game!


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Australian Footy is almost identical to American Rugby. There were the few odd moments when someone snatched the ball and everyone would just jump on him. And they would metamorphose into Sumo wrestlers for that moment and squeezed the poor little guy into a pancake. Ouch!


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The atmosphere since the first quarter was consistently electrifying. I hardly spend few minutes to watch American Rugby on the television at home, but it's totally different here. Sitting in the middle of the uproarious supporters and seeing the crowds waving those banners and constantly yelling were indeed an experience for me.


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However, as i looked around our seating, our seating plan was literally surrounded by Essendon Red supporters! So you try to imagine us, wearing Yellow supporter wears and slotting ourselves in between the huge Red crowd. Who cares though. Whenever Hawks scored, i would stood up and yelled "Y-E-A-H!!!!" at the top of my lungs!


After the third quarter, there was a huge gap between Hawks and Ess. And clearly that Hawks was on the winning side, and the Hawks supporters, which included me went overjoyed!! The Hawks team was doing well! You can hear war cry of "Hawthorn! Hawthorn! Hawthorn!" from the west to the east and all the way through the stadium. And as usual, it was at this time that Essendon supporters sat down solemnly and kept their waving banner low on ground. Haha!!


Boo to Ess~~~


And off to the fourth quarter, something nasty happened. When the trumpet blasted off the start, some of the Essendon players knocked one of key players of Hawks down and the entire stadium went completely inaudible for three seconds. Straight after that, the supporters of Hawks started boo-ing to Ess. 'Boo.....boo.....'


So you can imagine the whole stadium immediately became a Cow Farm, "moo...mooo..moooo..". Okay, just kidding.


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As the game continued on, I persevered and kept on yelling and screaming for Hawks. It was obvious that the Hawks' spirit was down, and Essendon made a come back and had amazing kicks during the fourth quarter. The supporters of Essendon went crazy and started to re-wave their banner once again.


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Eventually after a few good kicks by the Essendon team, they managed to outscore Hawks. Because of that, instead of hearing "Hawthorn!!.... Hawthorn!!.. Hawthorn!!...", the stadium was overlaid with "Essendon!!.. Essendon!!.. Essendon!!.."Ten minutes before the game ended, most of the Hawks supporters stood up and walked out from the match.


Hawks lost. =(

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Supporters of Hawks were despondent of the match on that evening whilst on the other side, the Essedon's supporters were shouting and cheering like mad in the stadium. But frankly, even though this was my first Footy match, i did feel for the defeat. I couldn't imagine how would those faithful and die hard fans react.


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Nonetheless, something funny happen. On our walk back to the train station, I heard someone playing bagpipe. And when i took few steps closer, i saw this girl, wearing Hawks supporter wears and played Aug Lang Syne and Amazing Grace! Okay, that's funny though! lol..


Still, it was no doubt a wonderful experience for me in Melbourne. I get to taste a different culture of a sport which Australians are fanatical about!


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I want to watch the Grand Final!!! Someone please teach me how to purchase the online ticket?? Now i finally understand why Australians are so mad about Footy!





Comments:

hawks was the champion last year

By Blogger JorZac, at Friday, September 4, 2009 at 10:21:00 AM GMT+8  

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jorzac: yeap! i know man.Too bad they couldnt make it to the final league for this year

By Blogger Johnson, at Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 12:04:00 AM GMT+8  

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Yikes...is this you bro? When did you start wearing glasses de? Go there terus pakai specs dy? HAha...glad you are having a great time there bro...Have all the fun you need as long as you remember that studies must always come first! :) GBU bro..

By Anonymous Mr. W, at Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 1:30:00 AM GMT+8  

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watched final destination4??i m sure u dun dare to go to the stadium anymore..hahaha..have fun ya..

By Anonymous Judieth, at Friday, September 11, 2009 at 10:30:00 AM GMT+8  

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Start On

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I think i'm already addicted to Australian Footy after watching my first match on last Saturday. Seriously,
AFL completely blows me away!!!!!!

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It's too short!! This is already Week Four of my semester, which means there are only twelve more weeks left before my Final! I'm gonna catch up of all of the chapters and revise the tutorial questions before the mid term break. Work had for my assignments. I mean tonnes of them!


Somehow i really like my current study table compares to the one i have back in Kuching.


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Hopefully this will be an aid to boost up my motivation from now on! Oh yea!


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