Wednesday, November 20, 2013

revisiting monash

Has it really been almost three months since i last updated?
I honestly really miss updating this space.

Last week, Sarah and I had to stop by Monash to register for our graduation photography packages, so we decided to make an outing out of it and snap some pictures around Monash while we were at it : )
Just within the span of four months the campus changed so much that it didnt feel like ours anymore, like something that was such a big part of us, that we had to wrap up and hand it away.

I am beyond thankful to have met this woman during the first week of uni back in 2010 in Business Economics and Statistics. I almost did not enroll for this unit because I wanted to take another unit first, but had that happened, I think my whole uni experience would have shifted.









We had to heave the huge graduation photo frames around with us, hence the Monash University paperbag.
Goodbye Monash, thank you and i'll definitely miss you.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

september

Hello September :)

It feels like ive lost my sense of time ever since I finished university life. Ever since results came out in July it feels like im stuck in a limbo of the long year-end holidays since all ive ever known in my life was to associate my long holidays with year-end holidays. I also don’t really consider myself an official “graduate” since the graduation ceremony itself is in November, but yes the status still stands: I am unemployed (haha).

It’s been a little over a month since those final results were out and the official start of my unemployment. I am however starting to apply for jobs which are exciting news to me! Truly am excited for what the future may hold but I also realize that my enthusiasm usually gets the best of me and that I can succumb to falling face down into the pits of disappointment. Yes, everything is still a little hazy but Im on my pathway away from pessimism.

On a side note, being at home has really got me going on some self-reflection mojo. I realize that I did mention once that if you had me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you would be able to piece what ive probably been doing.

I think the forlorn thing is how those platforms have become something that defines us. I think we are all so hung up on what people say or don’t say that we solely paint a picture around an individual based on those borders and that tethering outside the lines is impossible and unrealistic. 

For example, just because I don’t post about how I can play the drums doesn’t mean that I cant. Just because I don’t talk about my extremely sweaty workouts doesn’t mean I don’t exercise. The same goes with saying that if ive never or rarely express my deep affectionate love for my significant other doesn’t mean I love them any less. I think we’ve all (and by no means am I excluded) succumb to that habit consciously or unconsciously.

Yes the statement still stands, you will be able to get a grasp of what ive been up to through all those platforms, but I guess what im trying to get across is that in all honestly I do love sharing my thoughts and fun times on my platforms, but I really don’t want it to be the only deciding factor of my character, what I am capable of and a podium to make sure people approve of me.


and just so you know, I cant play the drums and yes I do love my significant other :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 13

Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name
- 1 Chronicles 29:13

The first question we should ask is simply this: what is the "therefore" there for? In other words, why are we to give thanks and praise to God's glorious name?



The answer is in the previous verse, and in David's declaration that everything we have comes from God:



"Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all" (12).



No matter how hard you may have worked, or how well you may have done, everything that you are enjoying ultimately comes from God's gracious hand.



Do you have enough money to cover your expenses? Have you moved up the ladder at your workplace? Is your name becoming well-known as a success in certain circles? Then it is God who has given you the skills, the health, and the mind to flourish in this way.



On the other hand, perhaps you have not known worldly success, or been honored as of late. Know this: God, in his perfect wisdom and with his mighty hand, has dispensed to you exactly what is best for you, if you are his.



Therefore, no matter what your circumstance or situation, we thank you, God, and praise your glorious name!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fat Spoon Cafe, Damansara Uptown

Always wanted to try this place out and finally did!
The whole place had a very homey, quirky vibe that makes you think of your kampung.

Sidetracking abit, my hometowns are Klang and Penang. As far as I remember, for me, every festival occasion that calls for family gatherings would be in Klang and very rarely, Penang. In comparison, the visits to Penang were definitely more rustic and what you would picture automatically when you hear "hometown". Ever since both my grandparents in Penang passed, my visits to Penang became even more sporadic.
So i have a very faint memory of what my grandparent's house looked like.

The setting in Fat Spoon definitely brought me back to my hometown/childhood. The mismatched chairs and tables, the classic metal table fans, and the lady bird books.
Ambiance wise, I really really like the place.





So they used the classic ladybird books as table menus which were somewhat questionable as to whether it was a waste to ruin such a dear book, but I cant say im not drawn to it. Truthfully, I feel guilty for liking the creativity behind it.


Wall menu for their specialties.


What I had, Spicy Beef Macaroni Soup.
Nothing special.

Sago Pudding with Salted Gula Melaka Ice Cream
This I like! 

Cempedak Spring Rolls with Vanilla Ice Cream.
This I LOVE. 


I would definitely come back here for the desserts, and probably not so much for the main meals.
Also heard that the coffee is good too, so got to try that out soon !


Sorry for the photo quality. Didnt take my camera out with me that day.







Wednesday, July 24, 2013

patience and hope

The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him
- Habakkuk 2:20

When we cannot see evidence of God at work, or are puzzled by the unfolding of His providences, there is a tendency to draw the wrong conclusions. When evil was rampant in the land of Israel, Habakkuk assumed that God was doing nothing. He asked, "O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!"



He ultimately became satisfied that God is sovereign and that all should bow before him. His observation is a good reminder for us: "The Lord is in his holy temple." Some things may be confusing us and it may appear that there is chaos all around us, but to remember that the Lord is in his holy temple is reassuring. No matter how out of control things appear to us, God is still reigning.



Every affliction that comes our way is under his control. Therefore, we must not complain. "Let all the earth keep silence before him." Knowing God has a purpose in our trials gives us hope. Surely the affliction will purge us of our pride, our self love, or envy. Surely by our sufferings we will be made more holy, more like Christ, and God will reveal to us more of himself.



What a calming effect the truth can have on us. If there were forces outside God's control, or events over which he had no jurisdiction, our condition would indeed be desperate. But to constantly rejoice in the fact that he is in his holy temple and is reigning according to his pleasure gives us peace and hope in the darkest of times.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

round two

Another exciting brunch outing because by now you can probably establish how much i love my breakfast/brunch meals.

Red Bean Bag, Publika.



Bella and the Jets
Really enjoyed this! Also because i love eating rockets with balsamic vinaigrette


Some pancake mix with bacon.
Cant recall the name! and its not on the old menu. 
If im not mistaken its somewhere along the lines of "Bachni" (??)

and of course we ordered Specialty Baked Eggs again because that's how good it is!


Previous trip documented here.

Gimme a breakfast menu, coffee and some cakes and I can survive with those things for the rest of my life.
Thank goodness these places are relatively far from where i stay or ill end up burning a hole in my wallet.
cannot resist!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Upstairs











Picked this lady up as soon as she finished her paper.
I finished mine 3 days prior to that plus I havent seen her in like a million years :p
Headed to a place nearby Monash: Upstairs Cafe. My first time! and I really like it so far :)
I had spaghetti cabonara and the caffe latte which were both good and reasonably priced! Too bad I was too full I didnt have room for desserts :(
Will definitely go back to have a taste.


Dont mind how pale and weary I look. Even after a few days of post-exams stress I am still recuperating.
I looked the worst the day I finished exams! Literally felt and looked like a cave man.

Im not sure if its because im in the final semester of my final year and that the subjects seemed harder to study for or if its because im so close to the end it just got so hard to face the books. Studying this semester was such a dreadful task. Maybe its also because its been the longest exam duration ive ever had and that I had two papers in a day? But then again, I would pick this time table over the one I had last semester which was four papers in five days. But hey! its over now and I can rejoice that I made it :D Definitely with divine intervention that kept me calm, family who treated me like a queen and friends who cared :)

The after-exams feeling is always the best ! and its going to be very bitter-sweet that this will officially be my last time sitting for exams this way. I wouldnt say it would be my last time studying, because im sure in the future I would probably take up a course or a certification kinda thing which would require studying for, but this is definitely a seal in this part of my life. :')

In terms of what my future would be like is, so far, a complete blur to me. Im the kind that dislikes not knowing where im headed to exactly or not being in control of my own whereabouts but for this moment, all I can do is wait and hope for the best. More on that next time.

As for now, there seems to be a lot I want to do, the things i put on hold while I had assignments and exams.
Definitely going to use this time to rest, catch up on my reading, catch up with good friends, and get my life into order. I have this strong tendency to clean my room every time I finish exams. One because my room always end up in such a chaotic state during exams and because I have this OCD to arrange / plan my things.


:)

Monday, May 20, 2013

may

Why hello there.

Clearly ive been a very horrible blogger but i would never give this place up.

Id have to admit, most of the time its because i have nothing much to blog about or say. 
I mean, i have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in which I am constantly using, so if you'd piece it up together you'll probably know what ive been doing (haha!).
But i still like having this space to ramble on and blog about things in slight detail and what not.

So anyways, the past four weeks was a little cray for me, with three mid semester tests and four assignments.
I think partially why it was so heavy for me was because three out of four of the assignments i had were 30% individual assignments and i did not want to screw anything up.
Throughout my whole three and a half years in Monash so far, never once had my assignments been postpone, but somehow this semester, ALL four were postponed, which was quite annoying because it screwed up my work schedules- but what matters is its over! 
Also, since all the work was lumped together, I now have a few weeks to prepare for finals, something pretty rare.

I passed up my last ever university assignment on Thursday and on Saturday we headed to Baci to celebrate Meiyee's and Mike's [ missing Shiatteen :( ] belated birthdays.

* stuck at home for four weeks i was soooooooo happy to go out.






Something we do every year in May :)
What I love is how enthusiastic the bunch is that we plan months (not joking) in advance of our next outings. With such a huge (and ever growing) group and people who live all over the place it gets pretty hard to accommodate everyone and make sure people are free. Hence the enthusiasm of extremely early planning.










Im about a month away from closing this study chapter in my life. bitter sweet.

I would loveeee to shower you with pretty pictures of the places ive been to and all that but lets be honest, I really do have a dull daily routine. 
I spend my time in class or home during the weekdays and during the weekends, I either go over to Darren's or he comes over to my house so we both can hang out and do our work somemore. Worst is i only see him on average, once a week D: 
#lifeofafinalyearstudent.

so please bare with me (if anyone is even still reading my blog)!


Happy belated birthday Shiatteen, Meiyee & Mike!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

wasteland













Saturday, March 30, 2013

Future Things

March 30th

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away
- Revelation 21:4

Sometimes the future looks dark. Because of financial problems or health problems it can look very uncertain.

We must accept the fact that life is often full of troubles and disappointments. In fact Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation." But for God's children, there is always a sight ahead which gives hope and joy. There are burdens to carry now, there are battles that must be fought, and often there are tears to shed. But think of that day when God will be with his people in heaven.

Here is the promise: "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying neither shall there be any more pain." What a day! Home at last. Free from conflict and struggle. Free from the temptation to sin; free from the very presence of sin.

Where there is no sin there is no sorrow, there is no crying, no pain. Living in the presence of Jesus and finding it a delight to praise and serve him forever.

While we are yet here we need to remember that the Lord uses our sufferings to move us to think about heaven, and to rejoice in the thought of going there, and to live now in the anticipation of having every tear wiped away one day soon.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Milk & Butter and Alexis














Milk & Butter wasnt that good.
Alexis was to DIE for, although definitely some place I would only go for special occasions, like that day :)
Having tea in a very upclass place like this reminded us of tea in London, minus one other special person of course.


Happy birthday.

<3

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