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Film at the Art Gallery of NSW – “Mother”

Made a trip to the Art Gallery of NSW last Wednesday to catch their film screening of the Korean film, “Mother”.

To say that the plot was well planned is an understatement. No scene felt superfluous, at least not in hindsight. The actors were extremely convincing as well – truly a work of art.

Will plan to go back again and explore the rest of the galleries. Too many things to see, too little time!


Gratitude from Down Under

My official course introduction starts tomorrow, and needless to say, I am very happy and excited (as well as nervous, and slightly worried…) about it.

Before everything gets started,  thought it’d be good to take stock of another gratitude list, seeing that I have not made one for a while, especially since I got here. So here goes.

  • SKYPE. Oh what would I do without you.
  • WHATSAPP. And all the lovely people who use it too
  • The friends who check up on me, just to say hi, just to make sure I’m well, just to know I’m ok, just to keep me company, and make sure I’m alone but not lonely!
  • I have my own (thankfully clean!) toilet
  • I wake up to an ever-changing landscape every morning – the view from my window is a natural TV
  • The nice weather (albeit a little chilly)
  • Friendly (and relatively quiet) housemates
  • Students concession for travel (which only got implemented last year – how fortunate is that!)
  • Ability to cook my own meals, and survive my own cooking
  • The parents who support me in more ways than they ever knew they could
  • The brother who can still crack me up with his humour, 6000km away!
  • And all the lovely strangers who have helped me ever since I got here, answering my silly questions, helping me with directions when I get lost, giving me a hand when I didn’t even know how the bus ticket system works =p

And tomorrow… will be a new day 🙂




It was a cloudy, drizzly day. Classes had not started. After reading for almost the entire afternoon in the quiet of my room, I decided to go out for a walk around the campus grounds.

The moment I walked out, I felt the cold chilly wind hit my face, and my bones went cold.

Coincidentally, I saw a guy skateboarding, yes, SKATEBOARDING -down the slope, in all his singlet glory, against the bristling wind and fine drizzle. In contrast, my arms were wrapped around my pathetically thin cardigan, trying to amass whatever warmth I could.  I could not help but smile in amusement at our contrast.

Today, the weather forecast predicts sunny skies, and I’m planning to do a walk around the city. Wish me luck!

Grocery Shopping

In the student handbook very kindly provided to us, it recommends that to save money, we should limit our shopping to only once a week, buy what we need, and avoid impulse buys.

Sounds like a plan, right?

That is, unless your campus is located in the suburban area in the middle of nowhere, and the nearest supermarket is
A) a 5 minute downhill walk + shuttle bus + train ride away, or
B) a 5 minute downhill walk +15 minute public bus journey away

The trouble you have to take to get there means that you’d do well to make your trip worthwhile, because who wants to make such daily trips to the supermarket when you can do all your shopping at one go? Unfortunately:
A) Unlike other students, I do not have a car to lug all my groceries home
B) I do not have enough strength to even lug half of what I want to buy home!!

Something else I discovered today was:
When you walk downhill, you will eventually have to walk… UPHILL.
So, carrying at least 4-5 bags of groceries, I made my way uphill. What took 5 minutes to conquer earlier on now took me almost 15, and by the time I reached my room, I was panting and perspiring, even in the chilly autumn air.

Don’t get me wrong – I love my room, I love the spacious landscape, I love the quiet and peace we’ve been having so far.
I just guess… there’s a price to pay for everything ;p

Home Away From Home

It’s been about a week since I first stepped into this room, and already, I can imagine how I’m going to feel when its time to leave.





Mum’s orders:


Dad’s orders:


The view from my window:


Back in sg, I felt the frequent need to escape to cafes because  I needed that time alone. But here, it seems to be the opposite. I am alone by default, and I go out to look for people only when I feel the need to (which, well, isn’t very often).
I miss the people back home, but for now…
Enjoy this while it lasts…