Friday, February 11, 2011

Dad's 51st Birthday

A year has passed! Just a few minutes before I took this picture, I clicked on a photo album on my sisters facebook page. Coincidentally, it was a picture we took of my dad and us celebrating his 50th birthday in Newcastle.
Only 3 of us were present. Mum was in JB, while Kay was on the webcam.

It makes me sad when I realize that I havent been able to celebrate my mother's and sister's birthday in 4 years.
This year, I have been thinking about why I have to leave my family to study in Australia.
Being able to see your family twice a year isnt the way it should be!
Anyone can see that I am a "family-girl"
I love and need my family to bits, and I miss them everyday. =(

Here's wishing you many many years of good health, happiness and wealth =D

Loving and Missing ALL of YOU!

Friday, February 04, 2011

All about Vera

Vera looking scary and naughty! When she growls and plays with me, I seriously get scared!

Vera asleep. =) I love watching her sleep. So peaceful!

"wipes dust once again"

I think my new year resolution this year would be to blog frequently!
I really love this blog of ours, and I have no idea why I find it so hard to maintain it.

Anyway, CNY is here! Its the 2nd day but I feel like the celebrations have been going on forever.
I have been missing CNY at home ever since I started Uni (except for my first year) and it really feels great to finally celebrate it at home.

Vera has also been very difficult to take care of. Being a baby, she hasnt been toilet trained, so she has poo-ed in many places where she isnt suppose to.
To make things worse, she had diarrhoea 2 days ago. Gahh. the horror!

But she seems to be doing well, except for the kennel's cough she probably caught from the pet shop. We actually brought her to the vet the 2nd day she arrived, and called the vet again on her 3rd day because she had diarrhoea. lol.

Flight back to Newcastle is in 2 days time. Im not looking forward to going back, but am quite excited about starting surgery =)


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Welcome to Holland

This semester is a little different than the others.
Exams will happen in a month, and for the last 2 months, we will be on our HES placements!
I was fortunate enough to find out that one of the nurses at my GP placement is very involved in helping kids with disabilities. ( which will be my topic for HES..)

We had a little chat, and she showed me this poem which I find very touching.
She has a daughter with cerebral palsy herself =(


I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.


She told me that I would have to narrow down my topic, make it more specific so It'll be easier to write a good report.

I cannot wait to start placements =)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sports Carnival 2010 . Gooo MYSUN!

We had to wake up at 4 to catch the 5.30a.m to Sydney Aquatic Center.
I was super sleepy and grumpy, and tried to sleep throughout the whole journey.
Stole photos from a girl that came along because I was too lazy to bring my camera

I didnt get to play alot that day, and although I was a bit dissappointed I guess it was for the better! The teams we played against were really good! Esp the girls from Sydney University and UNSW!
They were fast, tall and had excellent team work!
I miss netball practices already. It was good fun =) and the team that represents Newcastle next year better start practicing earlier than we did! Because we have so much to improve on.

Basketball was soooooo nice to watch as well!
The boys were all soooooo talented!!!
This has to be my favourite sport to watch. I wished Andrew played it more often now. =(

Basketball, netball and football team =)

It was a tiring two day event, but something that I missed for a long time.
The whole "togetherness", sportsmanship and all brought me back to secondary school, and all the wonderful memories I had in Convent.

We had to stay at a backpackers! Which was quite EWW, but alright lah.
Had korean food (Again!) but tummy was a little upset due to gastric!

I was very proud of Andrew though. Everytime he played I felt really proud of him and understood why he enjoys his games so much. Good work dear!

It was great fun, and I enjoyed every second of it.
New friendships were made, and I got closer to some girls, which is really good =)

Goooo MYSUN! =)

Friday, April 16, 2010

I am 3 days away from completing my 8 full day placement at the Kotara Family Practice.
My GP is wonderful, and I am sooo glad I got him as my first doctor.
Imaging starting off your clinical years with a crappy fierce doctor.
He is lovely! And most of the patients love him.

i had to take a bus back because Andrew wasnt free today, and this little boy in front of me was trying to play with me. He decided to start shooting me with his dirty little fingers, and he tried to make the shooting sound as he did it, so I ended up being covered in his saliva, =(

Tolerated it for 5 minutes, and ran to the toilets at Uni to wash my whole arm and face. lol
Kids - i guess!
But he was pretty cute la!

Andrew and I are off to Sydney tomorow. We are taking a 5.30am bus with the whole lot of msian students for the Sports Carnival at the Uni of Sydney.
Should be fun! Our first games starts at 9.50am the same day, and we will be competing with 4 other Universities.

Wish us all the best! =)
Its been such a sleepy day with GP in the morning, and tutorial from 2-4.
So right now, Im relaxing with a cup of steaming hot coffee, and well, washing my laundry for the week! Clothes have been pretty stinky because I have been exercising! lol
Practice this whole week okay!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Room For The Year

I moved out from my previous house because It was getting a little disgusting, and we couldnt stand the landlords! He hasnt given us our bond back, but Andrew has been calling him to complain. (I hope!)
We were lucky enough to get a place in Barahineban this year. I wanted to stay here because most of my friends were on campus, and its such a nice place to live in, but sadly, they changed the policy and places were given to first years instead, so most of them are off campus now. =(

However, Im loving this place! =) I dont have to clean the toilet! And I HATED doing that!
I have my own kitchen, bathroom, tv, and the best thing is everything is in a room!

I guess it can get a bit boring, being cooped up in the room, but I guess im boring like that, so thats not a big problem.
Our room is pretty messy all the time, and although we try to keep the mess to a minimum
I cant help it! We are both messy people. =(

The kitchen. I love how I can just cook and watch TV, or use my computer without walking far. =)

My clean, pretty toilet!
This is the neat-est my desk can get. =) There are always books, papers, highlighters and pens thrown around normally.

So there you go. Hopefully I dont get kicked out next year (although there is a high possibility) so I can enjoy the luxury of fast internet, air conditioning and cleaners!

My cbox expired because it was too quiet i guess? =( SO SAD!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I love my new header! Its so funny! =)

I had GP placements this morning, and decided to stay for a full day since my GP told me a patient with good cardio signs was coming in this afternoon. He left me in the room with her and I manage to find her murmur!
It was quite easy, but this is the first time I have ever heard a heart murmur on my own =)

Anyway. After placements, dear picked me up and all I wanted to do was to lie down in bed when I realized it was 4.40 and I needed to go for netball practice =(
I was soooooo tired and sleepy, and begged dear to drive me to the forum!
Game was good, although I was abit nervous and threw the ball anywhere I could whenever I caught it which was quite dumb!
Am going to play subs this Saturday, no stress! So thats good =)

Came home, had a nice bath, then had dinner. I slept till 8.40 and sat on my table to study.

Its 12.36 now and I just started studying!
Got distracted with Hotel City, Pet Society (its monday!) and photoshop!

Long day ahead tmr...
9-5 classes, then netball after that.