Saturday, November 27, 2010

Roadtrip

Last minute decision for a 3 days 2 nights getaway to Lakes Entrance& Tyers. C.Ying managed to arrange for a huge holiday house for all 15 of us. The house was much spacious and elegant than I could have imagined :D And it's my first attempt of long distance driving. I only managed to sustain my attention for about 2 hours though. Need more practice!

The day  kicked off with C.Ying's brunch when we stopped over at Traralgon-- hotdog croissant. We then headed to Lakes Entrance. The day was sweltering hot, the sand at the beach was scorching but the water was rejuvenating. And we've missed the dolphins again.haha. After a scrumptious lunch, we then explored the beach near our holiday house. The day was just perfect for beach goers. The 90 miles beach near the house was quite secluded and it's quite like our own private beach. We planned to play beach ball and frisbees but the wind was too strong and Li Ping and I had to run across the beach for about 300m just to get the ball back. It was a lot of fun to be buried underneath the sand. Very cooling. The BBQ dinner was enjoyable too as C.Wang, Ryan and I were in charge of the grill. We had onions. corns. sausages, mushrooms, chicken pieces and lamb chops.

We had trouble planning what to do on day 2. It's because there are a zillion things that we could do! Everyone was ready for the day at about 8.30am. lol. The sun was so bright that no one could sleep in. After much detouring and asking around, 6 of us (C.Wang, Ryan, K.Wen, Li Ping, Jess and I) finally started crabbing. The others went cycling around Lake Entrance beach. It was interesting to note that how hiring nets was not the way to go. So we bought 2 nets and ended up with 3 nets instead (someones abondoned theirs). According to one of the other 'crabber', he used to get about 100 crabs in a day. But he only got like 3 that day. And we got 2--one got away and the other one was terribly handicapped. The excitement of finally getting a crab was overwhelmed by my sympathy towards the crab. We didn't eat it. It had no pincers and there was a mussel deeply wedged into it's right eye. I suspect that it lost  a fight and ended up in this pathetic state. We cleaned it and put it in a pyrex bowl. It passed away peacefully during the night. We then buried it at the beach near our house. Now we've got nets, more excuses to go crabbing! The night was a 'romantic' one with our own 'high school' themed dinner. Everyone dressed up. But I didn't really have anything in my wardrobe vaguely resembling high school gear so I just dressed up as a girl scout. haha.

The last day was a lazy one. It was quite a gloomy morning though. We packed our luggage and left the fun behind.

Photos on FB, group photos

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

At least there is no more exam for the next few years!

Yes, I have officially finished 4th year (I hope)! I have survived and hopefully have succeeded. The gruelling papers& OSCEs. The morning awakenings. The palpitations. The life with books. The life with exam talks. The life without enjoyment.

But I probably have enjoyed myself a little bit too much these few days.
Holiday Day 1: Lunch at Yum Cha Inn. Mow the almost 1m long lawn in our front and back yards, then off to Southland shopping, then PFE till home at 2am.

Day 2: A lazy start, then return Amy's lawn mower, then Dandenong Market, then shopping at South Wharf, then buffet dinner at Chilli Padi, then BBQ at Zhi Xuan's.

Day 3: PBL gathering at Chaddy for a few hours. Had heaps of dessert at Lindt cafe then had Hungry Jacks for lunch. Also explored the store a bit.

And the next few days went by in a blur, including cleaning the house for the coming inspection. But I am coming down with a cold. I can feel it :X

Photos on facebook!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

1 more day!

The ordeal is going to be over soon. Gone the days with early morning awakenings and palpitations! Last paper tomorrow but I just can't seem to concentrate on last minute revisions. The excitement is too overpowering :D :D

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nightmare

I have never dreamt so much in my life and actually remembering it! It's about, erm, now I have forgottten. Must be the terrible exams. I've got PTSD. Source: exams :p

Anyways, my long neglected blog, hello~

2 more days of exam till freedom/emancipation(as Tae called it :D)

lalalala. Extremely exhausted after OSCEs. Didn't perform at my best in some of the stations because I was too nervous but I think I'll pass :D

Went to Dinnis's, the Indonesian place for dinner today. First time there. Food is tasty but a bit too salty. Also tried es teler (like ice kacang with avocado and jackfruit). Not bad. Met Ken Chuah and Eugene Tan there too. What a coincidence!haha. Talking to Ken has put things into perspective. I can imagine myself being a junior doctor soon.

Enough is enough. Be self-contented :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

感恩:人生的功课



Thanks aunt for sharing this article.

一名成績優秀的青年去申請一個大公司的經理職位。

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
他通過了第一級的面試,董事長做最後的面試,做最 後的決定。
He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

董事長從該青年的履歷上發現,該青年成績一 貫優秀,從中學到研究生從來沒有間斷過。
The director discovered from the CV, that the youth's academic result is excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never has a year he did not score.

董事長問,你在學校裏拿到獎學金嗎?該青年回答,沒有。
The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarship in school?" and the youth answered "none".

董事長問,是你的父親 為 您付學費嗎?該青年回答,我父親在我一歲時就去世了,是我的母親給我付的學費。
The director asked, " Is it your father pay for your school fees?" the youth answered, my father passed away when I was one year old, it is my mother who paid for my school fees.

董事長問,那你的母親是在那家公司高就?該 青年回答,我的母親是給人洗衣服的。
董事長要求該青年把手伸給他,該青年把一雙潔白的手伸給董事長。
The director asked, " Where did your mother worked?" the youth answered, my mother worked as cloth cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hand, the youth showed a pair of hand that is smooth and perfect to the director.

董事長問,你幫你母 親 洗過衣服嗎?該青年回答,從來沒有,我媽總是要我多讀書,再說,母親洗衣服比我快得多。
The director asked, " Did you ever help your mother washed the cloth before?" The youth answered, never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books, furthermore, my mother can wash cloths faster than me.
董事長說,我有個要求,你今天回家,給你母 親洗一次雙手,明天上午你再來見我。
The director said, I had a request, when you go back today, go and help to clean your mother's hand, and then see me tomorrow morning.
該青年覺得自己成功的可能很大,回到家後,高高興 興地要給母親洗手,母親受寵若驚地把手伸給孩子。
The youth felt that its chance of landing the job is high, when he went back, he happily wanted to clean his mother's hand, his mother feel strange, happy but mixed with fear, she showed her hand to the kid.

該 青年給母親洗著手,漸漸 地,眼淚掉下來了,因為他第一次發現,他母親的雙手都是老繭,有個傷口在碰到水時還疼得發抖。
The youth cleaned his mother's hand slowly, his tear drop down as he did that. It is first time he found his mother's hand is so wrinkled, and there are so many bruises in her hand. Some bruises incites pains so strong that shiver her mother's body when cleaned with water.
青年第一次體會到,母親就是 每天用這雙有傷口的手洗衣服為他付學費,母親的這雙手就是他 今天畢業的代價。
This is the first time the youth realized and experienced that it is this pair of hand that washed the cloth everyday to earn him the school fees, the bruises in the mother's hand is the price that the mother paid for his graduation and academic excellence and probably his future.
該青年給母親洗完手後,一聲不響地把母親剩下要洗 的衣服都洗了。
After finishing the cleaning of his mother hand, the youth quietly cleaned all remaining clothes for his mother.
當天晚上,母親和孩子聊了很久很久。
That night, mother and sons talked for a very long time.

第二天早上,該青年去見董事長。
Next morning, the youth went to the director's office

董事長望著該青年紅腫的眼睛,問到,可以告訴我你昨天回家做了些什麼嗎?
The director noticed the tear in the youth's eye, asked: " Can you tell you what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"
該青年回答說,我給母親洗完手之後, 我幫母親把剩下的衣服都洗了。
The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'
董事長說,請你告訴我你的感受。
The director asked, " please tell me your feeling."

該青年說,第一,我懂得了感恩,沒有我 母親,我不可能有今天。第二,我懂得了要去
和母親一起勞動,才會知道母親的辛苦。第三,我懂得了家庭親情的可貴
The youth said, Number 1, I knew what is appreciation, without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, I knew how to work together with my mother, then only I can realize how difficult and tough to get something done. Number 3, I knew the importance and value of family relationship.

董事長說,我就是要錄取一個會 感恩,會體會別人辛苦,不是把金錢當作人生第一目標的人來當經理。你被錄取了。
The director said, " This is what I am asking, I want to recruit a person that can appreciate the help of other, a person that knew the suffering of others to get thing done, and a person that would not put money as his only goal in life to be my manager. You are hired.
這位青年後來果真工作努力,深得職工擁護,員工也 都努力工作,整個公司業績大幅成長。
Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates, every employees worked diligently and in a team, the company's result improved tremendously.

假如一位孩子從小嬌生慣養,習 慣了被人圍著寵著,什麼都是“我”第一,父母的辛苦都不知道,上班後,以為同事都應該聽他的, 當了經理後,不知道員工的辛苦,還要怨天尤人。這樣的人,會有好的學校成績,會有得意風光的一時,但社會上的這 類人,都不能成大事,都不會感覺到幸福,都要跌跟鬥,那父母是愛孩子呢還是害孩子呢?
A child who has been protected and habitually given whatever he did, he developed "entitlement mentality" and always put himself first. He is ignorance of his parent's effort. When he started work, he assumed every people must listen to him, and when he became a manager, he would never know how suffering his employee and always blame others. For this kind of people, he can have good result, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement, he will grumble and full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parent, did we love the kid or destroy the kid?
你可以讓你的孩子住 大房子,吃大餐,學鋼琴,看大屏電視,但你在割草時,也要讓 你的孩子在大太陽下拔拔野草,你在吃飯後,也要讓你的孩子洗洗碗,不是你沒有錢雇人,而是你真心愛孩子。你要讓 孩子知道,即使父母掙不少錢,但早早的白髮,和那位洗衣服的母親沒有本質的差別。但更重要的是,要讓你的孩子學 會感恩。
You can let your kid lived in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experienced it. After a meal, let them washed their plate and bowl together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parent are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learn how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learn the ability to work with others to get thing done.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt