Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tulip Festival and William Ricketts Sanctuary Trip





Despite my throbbing headache, I went to the trip as planned…The breathtaking scene just made my day… I have never expected to see this gorgeous view in my life… The vivid colours and the rejuvenating air was just more than enough to me to be totally immersed in the indescribably beautiful ocean of flowers (you can see that I am running out of adjectives =p)



Later on, we went on to the William Ricketts Sanctuary. William Ricketts made uncountable clay sculptures and placed them in the midst of the nature… It was truly amazing how someone could be so inspired to do so much for the sake of arts…

Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Perfect Pot and A Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water, at the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

The Royal Melbourne Show

The initial ecitement to attend the show was partly dampened by tha fact that not a terrible lot of MISU members were actually interested as almost everyone was too consumed by the piling amount of work to finish before the end of the break.Yet, Jess, Ryan, Chau Wang and I just can't seem to let go of this opportunity to attend this annual event. So, there we were, at the Showgrounds with Yee Herng, Wen Jie and Phik Lun.

The weather wasn't co-operating though. A carnival like this, people will automatically assume that it is nice and warm, but the strong gale and the icy cold surroundings threatened to deter us from having the most out of the show. However, we persevered despite the fact that almost all of us were hypothermic (and myself, hyper-hypothermic!) The following is the show that we saw:
  1. Animal Nursery Farm (There was a station for the kids to collect the eggs from the chook house but the eggs were just being "recycled" by the workers...)

  2. The Nova Pigs ( Piggies diving and racing with obstacles!)

  3. The Cellar Door Pass Tasting Experience(What I remember the most was the Blue Cheese...we actually ate mould...yew and tasty?!?!)

  4. Shrek the Third stage Show

  5. Reptile dmonstration (I managed to stroke 2 pythons!--one with the capacity to grow up to 3m, another 6m!well, you guys should have a look at Ryan's face when I told him this!lol..)

  6. Ragged Edge 4x4 (No matter how steep the slope was, the trucks just wouldn't turn upside down!)

  7. Open Air Circus
  8. This is a kid at most 8 years old...
  9. Grand Finale(Stunt bikes ; Fireworks and Laser Light Show!How spectacular can it be? As spectacular as your imagination permits!)

And we also visited the Great Pavilion where we got a lot of free food and drink =p as well as thet Victorian Government Exhibition center(I was caught offguard by a girl who took a candid instant picture of me sinking into the bean couch and gave me a "I am special" frame! Phik Lun and Jessica then tracked her down and requested their photos to be taken as well...=.=" Ryan managed to win a water bottle and a pedometer by shooting the basket and as expected, I got nothing =p)At the Art and Craft Center, we totally immersed into the esthetic of the drawings and confectioneries)
yes, this is a CAKE!
I don't think I need to say any further to convince you guys that we really enjoyed our day out! (well, next time I promise I will wear warmer clothes =p) Ciao!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Best Party In Australia!

I just can't seem to resist the temptation to pen down what happened yesterday during the party over Ivie's and Li Ping's place. Jess, Chris, Yu Wan and I made trifle, Batik Cake and Jelly for this and the Deakinians, their Sayang Brand Tau Foo Fa! Well, at first we had difficulty starting the fire for BBQ despite the effort of an experienced Scout, Chau Wang and Indra. We made the whole house as smoky as you can possibly imagine!

There were a variety of food besides what we made-- Baked chicken wings (with carrot sticks which appeared like sausages!) by Chris, fried bee hoon by Li Ping(so popular!), fried rice by Ivie ( Chau Wang's and A Niao's fave!), not to mention Adila's trifle ( I didn't get a bite though...sob...) as well as the BBQed chicken and sausages.

We enjoyed ourselves the most in the games--Battle of the sexes, Heart Attack(Why did I lose for both times!!!! I managed to grip really hard on Li Ping's chopstick though in the second time =p), Bluff etc...I will never forget our Backstreet Boys forfeit (courtesy of Indra, A Niao, Khaizrul and Harris) and my stupid chicken dance (literally...)

















And we also celebrated Li Ping's birthday!!
















It ended around 2am in the morning when we were all physically and mentally exhausted. But it was fantastic! Thanks Li Ping, Ivie, Amanda and Yu Min ( I hope I did not get your name wrong...lol)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Busy Break

Even though I did write that this break is going to be boring, but I have just discovered that I have too little time devoted to the coming final exam on 9Nov!!! And before that, I will have to allocate more time for OSCE! (And during the briefing, Dr Ian informed us that there are going to be more stems given! Gosh!). The following is my "plan" for the break:

  1. Friday: daydreaming(Achieved)
  2. Saturday: grocery shopping in Springvale, bake a cake, cut Christina's hair (Missions accomplished)
  3. Sunday: "Entertain" Phik Lun, finally try to study (Pass!)
  4. Monday: Again, more mugging; any random plan? (okay okay...)
  5. Tuesday: Prepare food (jelly, cake and trifle) for Li Ping and Ivie's housewarming cum Li Ping's birthday celebration cum Mooncake Festival Celebration (To Be continued...)
  6. Wednesday:MISU Sayang Group Mooncake Fest celebration (special performers: Ducks in the lake?I wonder whether we can see them in the dark =.=)
  7. Thursday: Hopefully can cram more study time in... (Expected to fail , at least partially)
  8. Friday: Royal Melbourne Show( Yee Herng, Here I Come!!! finally...)
  9. Saturday: Tulip Festival cum some Sanctuary day... (Will be flaked out at the end of the day)
  10. Sunday: Prepare for the coming week (Hopefully I can bring myself to read the compiled anatomy tasks...lol...or maybe everyone is too down in the dumps because the brisk break is over...sob...)

In order to adhere to the plan, I must cut down my day-dreaming time!! However, the possibility is so remote as I can day-dream whenever I want...Unbelievable ?ask Jessica or Ryan...lol...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

My first "cake baking"experience...

We really know how to make the best out of our break!!! In the very same day, I did so many things!

Well, this was Jess's and my very first attempt to bake a cake on our own....

I was going to give it up as we could't find even a single affordable electrical mixer in the whole Springvale....The one I saw there cost a whooping $40.00!!!!!


But we decided to try our luck when we were waiting for the bus back to the halls in Clayton...How I love Coles!!! And there we were, full with enthusiasm, baking our cake without our moms' help....




Sometimes, I am just wondering is it that girls will all naturally, to some extent, love to cook and bake...


Anyway, so we started... At first, it seemed that it was impossible to cream the butter with the eggs ( I guess that's because we used egg yolk as well =p)...But later on, after we heated the cake mixture, the aroma was so strongthat even though we were pretty sure that the cake won't look nice, it would definitely taste fantastic!Afterall, the cake received compliment from Christina, ChauWang, Yu Wan, Wan Jie and Jia Chee....well, can't help it, Jess and I are so talented!!! lol....

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My career as a hairdresser

This holiday is finally a little bit more interesting! Jess, Adriel, Ryan and I went to springvale and bought a lot of groceries!!!! And guess what? I have finally bought a electrical mixer and this is a great opportunity to practise my baking skills!!! I have never really baked a cake on my own before but I think with Jess's help, we are going to make it!! I am so excited and positive that we will bak ean excellent cake for LiPing's housewarming on the coming thursday...

And I have just finished cutting Christina's hair!! She is my second guinea pig..lol... ( I was the first one of course! ) We were both very satisfied with the result...she couldn't contain her excitement and showed Wan Jie her new hairstyle...


Wan Jie was asking me to cut her hair as well...but, right, I don't think I can cut styles yet...

Christina went like' "I had never have such a nice girl haircut before!" The sense of achievement is going to fill the rest of my day, or perhaps, the whole holiday, or maybe, until people have
stopped complimenting me!! lol...


















And I am off to baking cake!!! (at least let me enjoy the weekend before I start on the whole mugging routine for the final exam =p)

The start of the break

well, I finally have a new blog!

i thought that this break has been the much-needed respite..after all, i have been really slack this whole week...not a person who is accustomed to playing truant (I admit), I have already skipped 4 classes over the past 2 weeks...

I have planned to minimise the work that I have to do but I just discover that this is virtually impossible...

but yesterday, after the last lecture about popliteal fossa, i suddenly realise that i have nothing at all in my mind regarding the coming week...I took a couple of pictures with blooming flowers but soon enough, I realise that I might have an anaphylactic reaction!So much so for my enthusiasm in appreciating the beauty of spring...sigh...but at least christina is kind enough to do my hair for me...this sounds more like spring!! more lively at the very least..lol...






































boredom then insinuated....I browsed through all the websites I could...checked all my e-mails, and as usual, my facebook and friendster account....I thought the the START of the holiday can at least be more exciting than this...I watched episodes of House, marvelling at the absurd differential diagnosis of Hugh Laurie...I hastily finished my anatomy task assigned by Cheng Khoon but to find out that I have nothing more than Msn to do..I called home and chatted with mom but I still felt that I was bored stiff...I drew some random manga as usual but that wasn't satisfying!
How should I fill my holiday? beats me...
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt