Sunday, 28 February 2010
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So 15th of February was the first day of my orientation. Since I had no internet I can only write it in Word, so this is a brief recap of my 2 weeks’ orientation, which was pretty fun!

The first day we just had a talk and then that was more or less finished for the day. The second day was just a repeat, so I didn’t attend. On Wednesday we were required to head to the City West campus (there are 5 campuses- City West, City East, Mawson Lakes, Whyalla and Magill where I’m at) for a compulsory briefing for all international students. Immigration department, South Australian Police, and others came to brief us on important information we would need to know.

On Thursday we headed once again to the City West campus, where the first session was a talk on the public transport. Basically we were taught the basics of the public transport here, which is really efficient. I think it’s one ticket fits all, not like Malaysia where you need different tickets for LRT, KTM, bus, monorail, etc.

After that was a making friends session, where we were separated into groups and were given tasks to do. Basically we had to interact with the people in our group. It was pretty nice, there was this Polish guy who was married in my group- he’s only 23!

The final session for the day was accommodation advice. The accommodation officer, who has been helping me deal with my problems with Student Living, gave good advice, but it was mainly for people who have not found a permanent place to live in yet. But then again, I’m moving out next year at the latest, so I guess the information was still helpful.

On Friday we went on a tour to the Adelaide Hills. First we stopped at this lookout point, where you can see most of Adelaide. Then we moved to Cleland Wildlife Park. Saw kangaroos and other Australian animals up close, as in really close because we were in the enclosure (like in a safari). It was normal I guess.

At night, we went for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. We didn’t go in, just saw the parade which in itself was something worth watching. The whole of Adelaide seemed to have converged there.

The second week I had only 2 days of orientation. The first was for the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, which I’m under. There were some very informative sessions, before we were separated according to our courses. There we were given an introduction on what to expect in our course, and I found it very interesting.

On Friday, February 26, 2010, the last day of orientation, I attended a talk on Part Time Work. The speaker gave us tips on getting part time jobs, what our rights and obligations are, the procedures, etc. The next talk was on making the most out of your degree, how to market yourself as a graduate, how to get a job as a university graduate, etc.

So all in all, it has been 2 weeks of informative sessions. I got to meet people, made some friends, as well as listening to useful talks.

And I'm sorry I can't upload pictures, I didn't take many pictures and I don't want to use too much of data, my internet has a limit.

Classes start tomorrow, I'll update on it soon!
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Friday, 26 February 2010
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Hi all. So you may have been wondering, what have I been doing while disconnected from the entire world? And how I managed to survive this long?

I honestly do not know how I managed to survive this long. Living away from family in a faraway place is not an easy thing to do. You just have to be so much tougher; bring it up a notch, and I have no idea how I managed it. Survival instinct perhaps?

Or maybe it’s the things that keep me occupied- during the day there are so many things to do that I simply do not have time to think about home. Coming to a new place is not easy; there are so many things that one would need to do. And I have been kept busy with my accommodation problems (which will be in another post) and the general lack of stuff I would require to survive.

At night, I have made do with DVDs that my friend had loaned me. If not for them I would not know how to spend my nights, which can be very lonely because this is when I unwind from the day and relax.

There are still things that I have not completed, and I will hopefully be occupied by it until my internet arrives and classes begin. It is true that there is nothing to do in Adelaide, unless you’re a pub person. Everything closes at 5 or even at 4. Things here get done very slowly. The buildings, houses and infrastructures look ancient. Basically it’s a small town, except that the population’s 1.1 or 1.2 million now, so during peak hours congestion does happen. Can’t really picture it in your head? Come here, and you will understand.

I have met some friends, 2 of which are staying at the same apartment as I am. We have been going places together and bonding, for which I’m grateful for. Oh and at 19, I’m the youngest in the group. The oldest one is nearly a decade older.

I have survived so far, and am determined to ride this out, although at times I do reach a low point. But the main thing is that I am at a stage of adjusting, and am not giving this up so easily.

Right now, I have not gotten my internet, and have no idea when can I get it. So, just be patient!
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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So I have arrived in Adelaide, and have been settling stuff since then. On the day I arrived (which was in the morning) I just went out the whole day getting things done, that by the time I went back I was exhausted. It wasn’t just because of jet lag or adjusting to a new place, it was because of the flight. I barely got any sleep. The lights were turned off for only awhile. They served supper, but by that time it was already past midnight. Then after they kept everything they turned the lights off for just an hour or two I think, before the lights got on again and breakfast was served.

I shall not tell how Adelaide is, for I do not want to make any judgements before I know the place well. I have not been exploring yet, but I have been brought around places that I can go to.

I will have to do so many more things, especially exploring and getting my bearings, but in the meantime I shall survive. My apartment’s really minimal; nothing much so I’ll need time to decorate it a little.
The people I’ve encountered so far are really friendly; smile at someone and he/she will smile right back at you. The other day when I was getting my phone number the guy was just so friendly. When the process was nearly done he said something like “There! We got there pretty quickly, didn’t we?” and when I was approved (it’s called a credit check, basically they want to know you can use and pay for their service for a given amount of time as they’re giving you a really good deal plus a good phone) he said something like “And there you go! You’re approved! Not too hard, eh?” I found it so hard to reply, except smiling and saying “Yeah”.

Oh and by the way, this post is typed on Word when I don’t have internet access, and this is posted using the university’s internet. Internet will take a few weeks more, so I won’t be able to update either. Maybe when I do I can write a few posts on surviving without internet, eh?

There will be more posts when I have Internet, I promise. Right now I'm writing everything in Word.

Till I have Internet then! Cheers!
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Monday, 8 February 2010
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There's this column in The Star called But Then Again, and today the author wrote about how a person finds it hard to clear their closet because of the sentimental value.

I find it to be so completely true! There are some articles of clothing I own that I just want to pack along to Adelaide, but just can't find the space to put it. So I need to prioritize and not bring everything.

But it's not all about clothes, either. There are some items that I just want to bring along with me because of its sentimental value. Right now I'm trying hard to determine what are the things I really need and what are the things I don't really need. It's very hard because I want to bring things that will remind me of good times when I'm feeling homesick. I know, it might just make me feel worse, but I think it'll also give me something to hold on to.

I used to think that leaving home isn't that hard; but now I realize and understand what others have gone through. Leaving home is harder than one may think, and you won't know how it feels until you're the one leaving. But it's good for me I suppose, now I'll have to be independent, something I can only learn by being away from home.

Now I'm busy figuring out how to pack everything I want to bring with me. Hopefully I don't exceed the weight limit.

Oh, and here's the full article.
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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
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I will be leaving in a week! It's so surreal, I don't think it's really hit me yet.

I have not started packing yet. I just don't know where to start. Normally when I pack it's for a short trip, but this time I can't afford to forget anything. I'll probably start tomorrow.

Today I managed to watch The Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne Johnson.

And it was not bad! While the dialogues didn't leave me howling in laughter, the sarcastic one liners definitely made me like the character more as he served his sentence as a tooth fairy. He was just so sarcastic! There were some funny scenes too, considering he's a muscular athlete who is forced to become a tooth fairy involuntarily and of course, he rebels and does not accept that lifestyle.

But it wasn't just lame one liners. I liked the idea of the movie, not that tooth fairies exist, but that it's not wrong to chase dreams. As kids we all dream of being some famous personality one day. Be it an actor, singer, businessman, everyone dreamt of being someone in the future. But of course, there's always the lecture of being realistic. A few days ago I even read an article about an English school who was teaching 7 year olds how to write a resume for a "realistic" career and what should they do to achieve that.

Dwayne's character (I can't remember the name) was some ice hockey star who, doesn't believe in dreaming and constantly smashes the hopes of young children.

But I suppose it's a matter of perspective. While it's true that we're just kidding ourselves by dreaming, if we don't then how do we know we won't make it? Hollywood wouldn't even exist without dreams.

I think that while we should be realistic about what we can and cannot achieve, there's no harm dreaming and hoping, is there? I mean, you can go on with a normal life, a day job, but go home at night and sing your heart out in the hope that a record label will pick you up, right?
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