Saturday, 30 July 2011
Would You Do It?

I stumbled on this video when I was looking up on a campaign that I read about in my uni's magazine. It's a pretty empowering and enlightening video.

Would you try it out? Basically, the project is that you're supposed to live on less than $2 AUD (over here, anyway) a day, for 5 days. And you get people you know / support you to donate to the cause, and all the proceeds go towards helping end poverty.

Now, the campaign is over, but I thought that it's a rather powerful cause. Maybe I'll join next year (I stress on the maybe). Anyone up for donating in my name?
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Monday, 25 July 2011
Tomorrow Will Be a Good Day

I'm a little shocked that it's a week tomorrow since I last updated, because I honestly have not really thought about this blog that much in the past week- just been pretty busy!

But today's post will be about tomorrow- I will be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! I wasn't excited yet when we bought the tickets on Sunday, but I definitely am excited now!

For those of you who don't know, I'll just have to refresh your memories. Harry Potter means a lot to me. My journey with Harry did not start in the 90s when J.K. Rowling first emerged; rather it was only in 2001 (I think) when I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the movies that I began to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (yes I skipped Chamber of Secrets; but I read it after Azkaban).

And I was hooked- I began devouring word after word, page after page of J.K. Rowling's brilliance. After that there was no turning back- I moved on to other books, and thus began my love for reading, and later, writing as well. But the reason Harry Potter is so special to me is because I cannot imagine myself not being a bookworm and someone who aspires to get published. I don't know what I would've been like had I not stumbled on Harry, but I sure as hell would not have been the person I am today, which is why I'm thankful that the books actually shaped who I am today.

The books- they mean so much to me! And I definitely need to take a picture of my own Harry Potter books. 

So, if you did the maths, it's been an 11-year journey, a long time if you will, but I definitely am ready to move on. Of course, the world of Harry Potter will always be special to me, because it has been such an important part of my childhood and who I am today; but now that I'm all grown up and have different priorities, it is time to keep those memories and carve new ones (but then again, I could just continue living in that world if J.K. Rowling's new project is interesting).

Look at how much they've grown! Hmmm... I wonder what I looked like when I first started reading the books?

I will definitely be posting a review of the movie in the next few days, but it will definitely be biased and filled with personal meanings, so maybe I should call it a reflection instead.

I'm thinking that you can tell that this movie is no ordinary movie- it has a lot of very personal memories and emotions, it brings back memories of a time when I didn't have to worry about whether I've made preparations for my next meal, or whether I've done all my chores and responsibilities. The end of the movie will definitely be symbolic- I started my journey back home, as a 10 year-old, who discovered that some books are actually worth reading, and will end it here, in Melbourne, a little over a month shy of turning 20, who worry about so many other things in life.

Now I've to begin preparing for class tomorrow! See you!
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Tuesday, 19 July 2011
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The new semester has started, and I'm busier than expected. Not because of coursework, at least not yet. But I'm definitely pretty busy these days (with AIESEC).

And stress has definitely gotten to me a little, but since semester only just started I'm still pretty energetic and full of energy as a result of the overwhelming amount of sleep I've been getting when I was sick.

Today was a long day, my class started at 930 in the morning and lasted all the way till 530 with 2 hours in between.

Anyway, just thought I'd update to let you know I'm still alive.
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Thursday, 14 July 2011
Internet Dependency Syndrome

Upon my return, I slumped on the bed and fell asleep for about 10 hours. It wasn't too long, probably because I wasn't very sleep deprived to begin with, and also because I had a pile of things to do before classes begin next week.

The first thing I did after refreshing myself is to power up my laptop and connect to the Internet. As I had no access to Internet, not even via my phone. Being the news junkie that I am, one of the first things I did was to read the news.

I definitely felt out of the loop- most stories did not make much sense because I had not read the earlier articles concerning those issues. Like the Bersih rally. Or the carbon tax announcement (in Australia). Or the Tiger Airways suspension (the airline I was with). It took me awhile to get all the information I was seeking.

Then it hit me. We seem to be so dependent on the Internet nowadays for so many things- communication, information, that living without it is next to impossible. When I came back, it was only a week that I've been gone but it felt much longer. Even during the last day, everyone was happy to leave because we all wanted to get back to 'civilisation'.

And civilisation it is, indeed- without Internet we didn't know what was going on outside out little bubble- a war could be going on and we'd still be clueless. We are now so dependent on our technologies that we cannot imagine how we got by just a few years back without mobile Internet and free WiFi.

I've not been on a long holiday for quite sometime, but I am curious- will holidays continue to be a time of relaxation and to unwind from the hectic lives we lead, or will it be filled with anxiety over all the work we have left behind?

What do you think? Do you agree?
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Hang In There

I'm back!

Surprisingly, I did not have reception for my phone, nor did I have 3G connectivity, which meant I could not get Internet on my phone, either, which is why I did not even update my Twitter.

But while I would love to write a lengthy post about the trip (and how I got back) / some thoughts I came to while I was there, upon my return I have promptly fallen ill, and have so much work to catch up on that I really don't have the luxury to type out anything detailed.

So in the meantime, here's a funny video for you to enjoy while awaiting my return.

Have a good week!
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Monday, 4 July 2011
Leaving In a Day!

In about 12 hours (yes it's that close) I'll be leaving for Brisbane. It won't be my first time in Queensland, but it will be my first in Brisbane, so I am a little excited about it, and of course trying not to think about all the extra money being spent.

In terms of being stranded in Brisbane, I think that I'm pretty much prepared for it- I packed enough to last me a few more days, just in case. I also made enough preparations back here (this is one of them) for returning later than expected. I'm warming up to taking a BUS back to Melbourne, a journey that takes 30 hours. But it passes through Sydney so I won't be sitting in a bus for more than a day straight- I'll definitely be making a detour first.

Having said that, I definitely won't be able to update this week, so check back again next week. In the meantime, pray for me that my return trip will be unaffected, won't you?

I actually had a more insightful entry that I planned to write before I leave, but I'm feeling a little too anxious so it'll have to wait.

In the meantime, check out this movie trailer! It is so funny!

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Saturday, 2 July 2011
Finding Humour

Originally, I had planned to update tomorrow, also adding that I will be away for a week.

Then today, I found out that my flight to Brisbane has been cancelled. Apparently, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority suspended the airline's operations in Australia because of safety concerns (if you're really that interested, here's a news report on the issue).

Can you imagine me doing that?

While I was by no means as inconvenienced as so many other passengers, there are doubts in my head whether or not my return trip will be affected (according to the announcement, I'm returning a day AFTER the grounding is scheduled to end). Now that will be an experience- it would be my first time being grounded in an airport, possibly having to hole up in the airport's hotel, or worse, right in the airport itself.

But there are bright sides to this tale. When purchasing the ticket, even though many people told me that it is highly unlikely that anything would happen (I was afraid of losing my luggage), I calculated that it was an investment- it costs 12 AUD, whereas I will definitely be packing more than 12 dollars' worth of items. And coincidentally, it covers cancellation of flights as well, so I'm definitely hoping that this will work to my advantage as well.

Anyway, today has been a relatively hectic day spent trying to sort out this whole mess. However, I did learn a few things about myself- I don't get as easily rattled anymore. I didn't freak out, didn't get frustrated and started to regret anything. I was actually.. indifferent. Even went out for a leisurely lunch.

Maybe Failblog helped

I guess after all, in life, we should always strive to seek out the humour in a frustrating situation? I mean, I'm pretty sure I'm the only person you know so far who have encountered being in this situation before. After all, the incident has happened, there's nothing you can do, so there's no point regretting.

I'd like to be one of those people who is always thinking positively, pushing the negative aside and not letting challenges frustrate me. I actually think these sort of people are very inspiring, the way that they can maintain calm even when they are being put in horrible circumstances. They're like the beacon of light that pushes other people along, and I think being one of those people isn't too bad (like this person)!

So yes, my flight's been cancelled, but I'm booked on another airline, departing a day later instead. Hopefully, I'll think of something to write about before I leave.

If not, see you when I get back! (I'll let you know if I get stranded- through checking my Twitter would probably be a better idea since I can update it from my phone)
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