Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Tiring Start...

The first day of uni was not uneventful. Being muddle-headed as always, I was late for the first tute. And this maybe just so rare for a second year student! I had a glimpse at the group list and thought that I had gotten the correct avenue. I was late for PCL so I rushed off without a proper look. So, I ended up at the histo lab and found it locked. Then I travelled all the way back to CMSHE just to catch the third last for the tute which was held at a room near the lab! So much for the first tute of the year.

I was not able to concentrate fully during the lectures as well. I kept feeling like dozing off halfway only to find that the lecture had already come to an end!

Just another random piece of recent happenings, I bought a set of knives from Big W in the city. We were actually going to get birthday presents for Yeu Sheng and Chean Ying but ended up listening to a salesperson talking about his Forever Sharp knife. The set cost $90 but we got it at $33. It should be worth the while! So much for my resolution to save more this year…

Friday, February 22, 2008

Back in Melbourne!

After a pretty bumpy flight, I am finally back!

When the flight took off, I felt a pang of homesickness but it was quickly countered by me being jetlagged due to a mere 4 hours of sleep!

Seeing a lot of juniors in the campus reminded me about last year when I was still a freshman.There were plenty of opportunities to slack and enjoy and explore life in university.Yet a glance at the timetable and assignment sheets made it obvious that there is really a much higher expectation for us, medical students.

I saw a lot of first years during Yu Wan's housewarming yesterday. And it dawn upon me that I do not feel like a second year student!

There are still a lot to settle before the start of the semester. Hopefully, by then, I feel comfortable enough to cross the gap into my second year!

Friday, February 15, 2008

The End of The Holiday

Almost everyone gave me the envious look when I told them that I had 3 months of summer holiday. Indeed, I am so glad to be away from the stress in the medical school, from the unending tasks. But, somehow, I actually look forward to be back in Melbourne!

It is definitely easy to get homesick when I have to fend for myself in a completely foreign land. Yet, after staying there for a year, I have become so used to the latitude and become too contented with my newly found family-- MISU!

And I have found myself to miss MISU during this holiday.Not so much about the course, but the people around me. It dawn upon me that being a family is all about the social relationship, not so much about the blood links.

So, I am pretty much homesick wherever I am. Believe me, this kind of sucks because I somehow feel that I don't belong at certain times.

Anyways, I will be back to Monash in a jiffy.
Back to the challenges and back to MISU!

Au revoir to my family in Malaysia!
Bonjour to Monash and MISU!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hmm...perfect for the ss me :p

What Angel Ho Yun Ying Means

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.
You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.
Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don't appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.
And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.
You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Herald Of A Brand New Year!

Time really flies!

Tomorrow will be the day when people flock back home and enjoy a nice reunion dinner!
And I will be finally be able to meet my old friends!

Happy Chinese New Year, my family and friends!

Below are just some interesting superstitions (extracted from wikipedia):

Good luck

  • Opening windows and/or doors is considered to bring in the good luck of the new year.
  • Switching on the lights for the night is considered good luck to 'scare away' ghosts and spirits of misfortune that may compromise the luck and fortune of the new year.
  • Sweets are eaten to ensure the consumer a "sweet" year.
  • It is important to have the house completely clean from top to bottom before New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year. (however, as explained below, cleaning the house after New Year's Day is frowned upon)
  • Some believe that what happens on the first day of the new year reflects the rest of the year to come. Asians will often gamble at the beginning of the year, hoping to get luck and prosperity.
  • Wearing a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you.
  • The night before the new year, bathe yourself in pomelo leaves and some say that you will be healthy for the rest of the new year.

Bad luck

  • Buying a pair of shoes is considered bad luck amongst some Chinese. The word "shoes" is a homophone for the word for "rough" in Cantonese, or "evil" in Mandarin.
  • Buying a pair of pants is considered bad luck. The word "pants"(kù) is a homophone for the word for "bitter"(kŭ) in Cantonese. (Although some perceive it to be positive, as the word 'pants'(fu) in Cantonese is also a homophone for the word for "wealth".)
  • Washing your hair is also considered to be washing away one's own luck (although modern hygienic concerns take precedence over this tradition)
  • Sweeping the floor is usually forbidden on the first day, as it will sweep away the good fortune and luck for the new year.
  • Talking about death is inappropriate for the first few days of Chinese New Year, as it is considered inauspicious as well.
  • Buying books is bad luck because the word for "book" is a homonym to the word "lose".
  • Avoid clothes in black and white, as black is a symbol of bad luck, and white is a traditional funeral colour.

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