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Big Spender

Posted in It's my life, Thoughts and Musings on October 3, 2008 by shiying86

That refers to me, thy, mua.

I have quite a bit of indulgence this semester, though if I may call them investments.

I enjoy every bit of it, and here, I very much like to make an Oscar speech of thanking my mum for her generosity. She came down about 2 months ago and in my opinion, have been an awful daughter. There was much struggle for me as much it is for her to reconcile my life here with hers. 

After spending almost 3 years in Sydney without my parents, having one around during semester was never my idea of fun. So when everyone went gushing, “Oh my, That is SO NICE!.” and before you go ” You unfilial bitch.” I must say both comments apply. 

It was great having my mum around and finally having a glimpse of my REAL life, though I have to clarify it’s her 5th time here-essentially for work and a few days extra for me. But as a parent, it’s never great waking up at 3am to find your daughter still in Uni, nor is it comforting to know that she wakes up before you do (note: mum’s an early riser) and sleeps way after you’ve started snoring. 

Not in any way do I lie to my mum about my life either. Though I must say, there is always a tad more complaining, whining and dramas on my part. But for her to see what I do, how I live is really, sad for me. I tried my best to cover up, I threw tantrums to hide real feelings, act tough so she stops worrying but at the end of the day-I know she knows me best. She always wants the best for me, I know, and I wished she would have a better time here.

What did I learn? Seriously, just let it be. If I didn’t try to fight away those emotions and pretending so hard that I have time to spend with her plus those unnecessary worrying, I could have better enjoyed however little moments there were. To side track, I also learned to navigate through Sydney City in car, terrifyingly bold experience, I must say. In short, Mummy I love you. I’m sorry for being such a bitch and I miss you. I miss you fussing over me, I miss you nagging and thank you for letting me go and learning that my freedom comes with responsibilities.

I came to realized as I grow older, that our parents age too. Sounds like a bimbotic statement, but how many of us really feel like our parents may just die any bloody day? Well, they would. On this note, I pray that Lionel, your Dad will get well, enjoy every single moment with him and don’t look back.

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From top left: Jo, me, Vivien and Lionel on his birthday

Friends of the same age or slightly older, have lost their parents just this year, shows that nothing stand against time. Old age and sickness just happens. Life is indeed impermanent. When that happens, what you wished for was to have spent better time with them, even when you are physically away from one another. I count my blessing stars, for those who have theirs alive, and that mine is healthy and leading a life of their own. Blood does run thicker than water.

Enough sentimentality, otherwise it might seem my emotions are spent instead of money.

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My newly arrived table (only this morning!) after loads of hiccups, iPhone, 22-inch monitor screen, my-oh-so-sexy MacBookpro, the latter from my mum. XD
Yes, I am a new mac convert. What’s up with this new addiction? Design and apple= marriage made in heaven. I’m not going to provide a review on any of it, but i’ll say the table is solid as a rock and my Mac serves me perfectly well. Thanks to friends helping me set up and providing me with program installations while I flapped around aimlessly with a new OS.
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They are so pretty, they deserve some cam-whoring.
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My old phone contract expired almost the same time this baby came out. I was lucky to only have to wait 4 hours in line (when I just happen to hop into the shop) on the 3rd day of its release, no camping out the day before for me.
I’m a visual person. I like seeing aesthetically pleasing items with minimalist design and beautiful+intelligent interfaces. So they work well for me. But I must say I am not using them to the full potential, just jumping on the apple craze bandwagon? Not without assessment and my rusty-judgement.
Now that I have everything I need, seems like time, I start focusing on my studies. I’m dreading it. I have inspiring courses but I feel like I am going downhill cos of my inability to simplify and clear shit outta the way. Literally and metaphorically.


Posted in It's my life, Life's simple pleasures on October 3, 2008 by shiying86

MIA=missing n action

Something I’ve been practicing diligently, if I would shamefully proclaim. Why? Cos I happen to both be lazy and busy, if those two ever happen to coexist, it’ll be with me. To better illustrate this, I will confess that I only check out facebook once in 2 weeks. Yes, I don’t have a social life and No, I am not suffering from depression. So bugger off now.

Thus, in an attempt to revive the blog and my life, I will blog again in an upside down manner, from most recent to future. Which brings me to this:

Distortion of scale:Valley or puddles of water?

Image taken at Maroubra, with Cheng Hiang’s super-uber cool macro lense.

And, no, I will not get one cos I’m too poor and too lazy to carry it around.

Which brings me to say that, I have not been taking photos myself, the baby(my trusty Canon D500) is old and dusty. I’m poor cos I’m a student and I currently using my very expensive recent purchase as large as my bed. Does this mean I have to take another photo to illustrate this?

Oh well, I’ll divert it to pretty images taken off the coastal walk along Maroubra Beach and half-way attempt to Magic Point:

Sun rise; Image courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

The Girls; Image courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

The Colours of Spring; Image courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

The group radiating at sun rise, From left: Mandy, Khai Yi, Me, Lucky, Vickey, Ian, Mei Ling & Serene

Vickey & Me; Image courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

Faking the moves-I insist that I was forced to do this!;Image courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

“I beg you please, let me move in with you!”


And that was how it happened, in a short version of my story. Voila! May I introdue to you my new housemate-Khai Yi:

One Happy Family, oh wait, where’s Rosie?

Images courtesy of Cheng Hiang Lim

P/S:It’s amazingly fast to upload photos and actually update my blog now! I love my new.. oh wait, that deserves another post eh?

Meditation Workshop

Posted in It's my life on April 6, 2008 by shiying86
Meditation Workshop 2008
The Search Within: Metta Meditation

Speaker      : Bhante Sujato
Date           : 12th of April, Saturday
Time          : 10am-1pm
Venue         : To be confirmed (UNSW)
It took me sometime to decide whether or not to publish this on my blog. I never exactly tell people what I do on campus and why. But I am passionate about what I do in Unibuds, the Buddhist Society of UNSW and this is an up-coming events I am organising. 
Meditation is so popular now, it has became a trend and a popular culture. People are curious, suspicious, enthusiastic and some, fearful of it. There can be a whole lot of talk and analysing to go about what it is.
But this is all I can say:
Meditation is about experiencing every single moment. 
Masters/Teachers can teach you about it.
Books can guide you.
Internet tells you everything you hope to know by googling the right questions.
But practicing is the only way to reach deep within, and find out what’s it all about.

O-week at UNSW

Posted in It's my life, Photography on March 5, 2008 by shiying86

O-week is on.



Orientation at such a large scale are organised by students, for students. The great thing is that anyone can choose to join or not join, and to what extend you want your involvement to be, is completely your choice. Such freedom exercise freewills, and thus, no torturous or excruciating pain that one did not call for. And not to forget: loads of freebies and fun! Meeting people and just chill before uni starts. There is probably way more things happening in any point of time than my camera could ever capture, and so, the presentation of O-week on this post are only an individual’s point of view. There are parties, dancings, free food markets classes etc. etc.happening. Just that I have only 1 body, 1 mind and limited amount of energy.

UNSW Main Walkway and the stalls

4 hot guys and girl 😉

Optus’s stall

More stalls



Taekwondo Demo: Amanda in action! Loved her demonstration of a small skit on self defence


Girl power!

The coolest shot

Free Candy Floss!

I helped out at a few stalls, hang around and muck around a lot more.

CircusSoc performance

Khai Yi working on Unibuds’ stall

Our ‘neighbour’ stall: Kate from Russia for 85Boards Society; Background is MSO’s(Malaysian Student Organisation) stall 

Dinesh and me

Twin posers: Dinesh and Dominic

Thoughtful Foods: Food Co-op on campus; left: Laurace and friend.

The commercial stalls

That’s it from the paparazzi of o-week 😉 Hope you all have fun! Do come down and help out in the stalls!

Life’s good

Posted in It's my life, Life's simple pleasures, Photography on March 3, 2008 by shiying86

-but just for now

Love lounging on the Physics lawn doing nothing-bludger that’s me.

O-week coming right up!

3A residence

Posted in It's my life, Life's simple pleasures on February 26, 2008 by shiying86

I went from mingling with brothers, back my bunch of sistas in my Sydney residence. 

From left(clockwise): me, Susan, Rosie and Linus in Sunnataram 2007

Sadly, Susan is now in Melbourne working, I’m wishing her all the best here and that I miss her.

So, it’s back to gossipy nights and Gal’s PJs. Or just me, bugging everyone, like good old days.

Happy Birthday God Brother!

Posted in It's my life, Thoughts and Musings on February 23, 2008 by shiying86

It’s 1:52am in Sydney now. so technically it’s 11pm in Malaysia.

This post is a 22nd birthday dedication to Yinn Khurn, my dear god brother. Here’s our early birthday party at his place right before I left for Sydney.

Honestly, I am too lazy and busy for a new post as I just got back to Sydney yesterday. However, I think you deserve a birthday shout out.

Yup, that’s the birthday boy

His two favorite woman in the world: Mum and girlfriend

Family cat fights


Ain’t he lucky?


Yinn Khurn,

Happy 22nd Birthday,

Good luck on your exams,

and have the time of your life in Jefferson University.

Come whatever may, I’m sure you’ll handle it with confidence and care.

May you be blessed with wisdom and courage to accompany ur journey.

Wishing you all the best, and it was great having a chance to catch up again. I’m proud to be your god-sister, and certainly cherish our ‘family bond’.

From Left:(Top)Sook Yee, Chai Ying, Zee Hui, Sin Li, me;(bottom)Chiau Huei, Yinn Khurn and Peng


Certainly could not forget Ee Ling as well, who had to leave early!(Go girl! ur working class now!)

Always remember this group of friends, for better or worse, for laughters and tears or just for nothing.

Take care, and probably the next time we meet, U’ll be Dr. Ooi =P

Oh! and as I had emphasized: U better invite me to ur wedding dinner!!! I am just waiting for it to happen. 

Lotsa Love,

Your god-sis