Saturday, January 20

My Infatuation Continues...

In the morning of Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007, I was inspired (actually... more irritated...) with my Sydney friend's unending love for his Japanese idol, Ryoko Hirosue, so i decided to pick a young lady from a neighbour of Japan, Korea, as my new infatuation!
I picked Hyori Lee...

Little did i know tat i was setting myself up for the greatest discovery of all time!

That afternoon, the the gang (Nesa, Shawn, Seng, Khairil, Norzie, Shiela & Myself) decided to head down to the city central for a little sight seeing & a buffet dinner at Star City, the Sydney casino...
And as usual we had to endure a tedious 1 hr bus ride to the city from the subrub we reside in.

I was the last to get on the bus, in our group of 7, so i was seated alone at the front of the group who decided to occupy the last few rows of the near empty bus...
We chat a little to pass the time but after a while we depleted every topic of discussion...
Then, I decided to lean on the seats in front of me with my arms & lay my head on my arms as i enjoy the fly-by sights outside the moving bus...

Soon i caught a more than beautiful sight waiting at an emerging bus stop...
She was dressed in pretty black halter-neck top & a cute short black skirt... her hair was beautifully & fearfully made with a cute black ribbon on it...
even from that distance, i sensed beauty...

I studied her as she got on the bus...
admired her...
adored her...
in my heart, i grew fond of her...

but looked away, jz as she turned her head my way...
staring at the trees outside the static bus...
so that she wouldn't notice...
so that i wudn't be dissapointed...

but i needed to see her face...
i needed to know her eyes...

i turned back...
to notice her just avert her eyes...
her beautiful eyes...
she was looking at me...

there was a buzz behind me...
the gang was excited about this girl...
they described her as DEFCON 3...
she was a 2 to me...

she sat on the outer seat near the front of the bus...
far away...
but close enuf for me to adore her...
i admired her from afar...

she started powdering herself as she waited...
perfecting the already blemishless face...
i yearned to talk to her...
but i waited for the right timing...

she put her powdering kit back into her bag...
checked her hair with her delicate hands...
then she just sat there...
looking outside the window...

that was my time...
i stood up...
approached her...
tapped her shoulder...
my moment of truth...

"May i sit next to you?" i asked...
she was a little shaken but she agreed & moved into the inner seat...
it was difficult at first...
but we had a happy chat for the next 1 hr on the bus!

Her name was Gina...
she was from China...
studying business in Macquarie University...
she likes chocolate & sketching...

she is such a sweet little thing...
how i wish i knew more about her...
because i used her...
& left her...

Looking back i think i did something really stupid...
i tot i was not going to stay in Sydney long so i decided not to take down any contact details...
nor giv any...
she was surprised at our sudden parting...

We had a good chat...
I let her go without taking down her number...
forgetting the wonders of the internet...
we walked our seperate ways after the 1 hr bus ride...

but i managed to take one picture...
which i will greatly treasure...
till we meet again...
Gina, DEFCON 1...

Thursday, January 18

My Dream House


A few hours ago, a message was left in my voicemail...
It was the real estate company...
My dream house was given to another applicant...
I was devastated...

But I wont let this get me down...
Perhaps God has a better place for me!
=D

Therefore, im calling out to all those who believe Jesus exists!
Ask Him on my behalf for:
- a house with 3 bedrooms
- $600 or less per week
- Good condition & maintenance
- Fully furnished
- Good location in city

May the Lord bless you back 10-fold for the little mustard seed of kindness you will show me!
=D

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UPDATES!!!!
(Sunday, 21 Jan 2007)

I landed a house alright & it's a good one!!!
Signing the forms tomorrow!
Will show you pictures of d place when we move in on the 11 Feb!!

Thanks for all your support & prayers!!!
GBU!!!

Wednesday, January 17

My Trip To Australia: Melbourne

My search for a home in Wellington ended this morning when i went to view this AWESOME townhouse on The Terrace!
It's spacious, clean & well maintained!
Furthermore, the rent includes furnishing!
HOW AWESOME IS THAT???!!!

I went straight to the Real Estate Agency to sign up for the place!
Now waiting for my application to be approved...
Do support me in ur prayers....
Im gonna call them every day & ask if i got it!
=)

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koko' In Melbourne
I arrived alone in Melbourne to find this city as warm as the previous Australian cities i was in...
but there was a twist... Melbourne was more windy & breezy that the others...
The wind had some resemblance to those in Wellington but gentler & more refreshing; complimenting the warm weather...

beautiful, isnt it?
There are no theme parks... ntg to pump ur blood...
but there is architecture of beauty & creativity...
for the gentle soothing of thy soul...
 

Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world with an extencive network of trams linking the city!
 

Melbourne Central...
where the central train station is & where i watched "The Persuit of Happiness"
An "award winning" film that has moments of refreshing humour...
3 out of 5
 

Ur either completely blind or deaf to miss Federation Square!
Its unique architecture & colours attract stares...
while its loud music & occasional performances attract more attention!
A must see in Melbourne!
 

New Quay... pronounced Niu kee...
not to be confused with Ngiu Kee Sdn Bhd (Sarawak).
A tremendously beautiful & newly built restaurant lined waterfront overlooking the docks & Bolte bridge.
 

Give a shout for the architecturally superior Melbourne museum & exhibition hall!
 

I also got to check out the local casino Crown & the hourly fire display!
It was a blast of heat & pretty exciting!
=)
 

 Here are somemore interesting places...
From Top:
National Gallery of Victoria (Victoria is the state that the city of Melbourne is in..)
One of the many unimpressive Chinatown gates
The breathtaking St Patricks Cathedral Presbytery
The handsome Melbourne Library
 

Melbourne is home to many wonderful parks & gardens!

The very first two fotos were taken at Docklands Park which is designed by Swinburne students.
(Ohhh... I can still see the proud grin on your face, Dewinta!!)

Also you will notice that much of the green is all yellow & dry!
Melbourne, as well as most of Australia, is currently going through a very bad dry season!
Let's remember them in our prayers...
Ask God to forgive them & heal their land!

The last photo of a "Selamat Pagi" brick was taken at a circular brick floor tiling surrounding a fountain in Fitzroy Gardens.
The dates on some of the bricks suggest that production was in the 1960s!!

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Food
Much like most of Australia, Melbourne has good food in great prices!


In the top left picture, the Gorgeous Dewinta,
my private tour guide for the whole of my visit to Melbourne city.
She's such a wonderfully humble & kind young lady!
Oh, how i adore her so!
=)

In the bottom two pictures, you see a gargantuan bowl of Vietnamese rice noodles in soup...
Dew said i couldnt finish it... Not even her dad could...
As you can see... I proved to her i was more of a man... & she had to pick up the bill!
=D

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Melbourne: the Place for Shopping!!!
When I talk to people about Melbourne, many will speak of it as a capitol of shopping!
Now i know why!


All over Melbourne city, there are many boutiques & shops offering all sorts of clothings & brands!
WONDERFUL!!!
At the time of my arrival, many of them were having clearance sales...
So you can gues wad i'v been doing with much of my time...

The photos above are from two of Melbourne's more popular shopping destinations...
Chadstone factory outlet & Chapel St...

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Sports in Melbourne
Melbourne is said to be the centre for sporting events & performances...
I couldnt agree more...
The design of the city & the large numbers of stadiums support this.


From Top:
First, the Telstra Dome, where football & rugby is played.
Then, where tennis is played.
(I forgot the complicated name, its fur-sumtin-sumtin, Dew help!)

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RMIT & Swinburne University
A personal must see in Melbourne is the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where my dad studied accounting/marketing!


Upon arrival, i was confused at which campus he studied at...
So i decided to visit all the campuses in the city...
i found that the facilities needed maintenance & upgrading...
but i ges it is still one of the better universities in Australia...

Dew insisted on taking me to all the Swinburne campuses in the city...
I was reluctant but the perosnal tour was very pleasurable!
=)
& i found that Swinburne has modern & very good looking campus grounds...
much better than RMIT!
well... all u Malaysian Swinburne ppl can start looking at the prospect of twinning!

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My Personal Firsts In MelbourneMy stay in Melbourne was an amazing one thanks to the sacrificial sweat & blood of Dewinta...
Among the many things i did, some of them are firsts...


It was my first time staying at such a run down place...
Victoria Hall.
However, the rent was cheap, the bed was very clean & comfortable plus the staff is friendly.
So a 3 out of 5
 

Before & After...
My first time having make-up on in public!
Dew is quite the talented artist!
 

Planetshakers City Church
The church that visits Malaysia for conferences every year
& brought to the world songs like "This Is How We Overcome" & "Open Up The Gates".

My first time at this church & im loving it!
Wad an honest & spontaneous church!
If i stay in Melbourne, i'd go to Planetshakers!
 

My Relatives: The Gan Family
My very first meeting with this family!

the older man here is the cousin of my mother...
very shy & gentle man but wad a charismatic wife!
=D
A very accomodating & loving family...
Cooked me really nice curry for dinner!
They also took me for a drive around the city before dropping me home
& invited me to their friendly Pentecoastal church!
What a blessing they have been!

Our good Lord has seen wad you hav done...
may He bless you ten-fold for wad you hav blessed me with!

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All The Best, Australia...
I had to leave after my 5 day trip...
When the sun was high on Monday, 16 Jan, i made my way to Tullamarine Airport wif a heavy heart...
I left behind a friend that i hav gotten close to & wish i cud have spent a little more time with..


On my way to Wellington, i had to switch planes in Brisbane.
In Brisbane, I had to leave the domestic airport,
grab a free train ticket to the International Airport
& wait to board my plane to Wellington...
Before I knew it, i was out of Australia & Home Sweet Wellington...

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Glad to have gotten to know you better, Dew!

From our time together, I was able to see your heart...
Your a gentle as a dove & as generous as the sun...
What a wonderful person you are...

Thank you and... sorry...

Tuesday, January 16

My Trip To Australia: Sydney

Now that I'm back in windy Wellington, i hav to sort out some things here, like getting a place to live in, but i somehow got some extra time to write about my Sydney trip!
Therefore, you Sydney guys can stop pestering me now...
=)

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The Capital of Australia!Coming from Brisbane, my companions & I knew wad to expect...
WARM WEATHER & GOOD TIMES!!!
We came wif great expectiations & we were in for a treat!
=)

Sydney from the air...

Arent we a good looking & happy bunch?

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"My" House
For the 2 weeks I spent in Sydney, I squatted in an empty room in the house of Norzie, Shawn & Seng Chee...
FREE OF CHEARGE!!
The house is situated in a subrub of Sydney, Mansfield, 1 hrs bus ride away from the city central.

This is wad the house looks like...
They got an Xbox360 & Nitendo Wii in the living room!
We had hours of enless fun in there...
AhSeng & I completed "Gears of War" in "Insane" difficulty here...
hehe... we are such gays of war!
=D

We also played Mahjong in the living room...

When it gets too crowded downstairs...
There's a PS2 in ah seng's room!

This is my room...
As you can see, the rooms are spacious & hav an attatched ensuite toilet (not in picture).

Every time we ate in, Norzie & Shiela prepared wonderfully delicious Malaysian meals!

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The Sites In Sydney...
Everyday we got out of d hse...
but we need to head out to the bus stop as soon as possible due to the looooooong bus or train rides needed to get to our destinations...

Here is ur regular bus stop filled with posers...

Here are some sites in Sydney that i visited...
Upper Left: Market City
Upper Right: 3 Monkeys Pub
Lower Left: Darling Harbour Overlooking Sydney City
Lower Right: Darling Harbour Overlooking Sydney Opera House

There is a story from Market City...
Market City is a place for ppl to get souvenirs...
it's like an indoor pasar malam...Furthermore, it is also the location of 2 girls ah seng is interested in!
One works at a juice shop... where ah seng visits every week to buy juice!
She is exactly the kinda girl tat ah seng wud like...
She's very attractive but looks very very "young girlish"!
I cant bear to see her in a relationship wif me because i'd feel like im dating my younger sister!

The other works at a DVD shop... where ah seng visits every week to buy pirated DVDs!

She is a better choice in my oppinion coz she's got a hot body & she looks more matured than the former...

He has yet to approach either...

He needs our support!!!
=D

Visited Macquarie University...
Gigantic university in the subrubs but the campus grounds do not offer much eye candy...
Full of asians too btw...
;)

A Sydney must go = Bondi Beach
They say its very comercialised but i dont see any shops on the beach...
It's a very clean beach too!
It's very big & beautiful & we did a fair bit of exploring on the beach & the rocks on the left side of the beach...

A personal Sydney must go = Hillsong Church!!
The church that pioneered the Pentecostal movement & gave us songs like "The Potter's Hand" & "My Best Friend"!
Big big church packed to the brim!
May God's work through this church continue to impact the nations for His name!

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Glorious Food!
Sydney is a wonderful place to dine out...
Furthermore, the prices are better than New Zealand!
I'm an Asian food lover & i found that the gargantuan asian population in Sydney has a positive effect on the Asian food quality!

We had some warm & spicy Korean BBQ...
 

Pancakes...

Lowenbrau German restaurant...
where i hada gigantic platter of meat & sausage and also...
where Shiela won a prize for having the loudest support (obviously from our group) during her spontaneous performance that night! 

Tuesday dinners at Heritage Belgian restaurant where their specialty of muscles are half price for men!
Tuesday Nights Only!
YUM!!!
 

Star City Casino Buffet...
Quantity over quality...
Din really enjoy the food here, but there is a great range for selection...
Everybody was loading on the shrimps!
Crazy! Look at all those shells on the table!
I cudnt take more after my fifth!
=p

We also had some Malaysian food now & then...
 

Went for seafood platter at the Sydney Fish Market...
Really yummy fishy stuff!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
On Saturday, 30 Dec, i went to bed early because the next day i needed to wake up early to go to church...
i completely forgot my birthday...
At around 1am, 31 Dec, i woke up to a loud choir singing "Happy Birthday" in my room...
to my horror i was also covered in talcum powder!

Thanks guys for the 2 Undercolours of Bennetton Boxers & d pleasant surprise!
=D

At noon after church,
Shawn & I headed down to the Sydney Opera House to find a good spot to wait for the night's fireworks...


Our location overlooked the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the "Coat Hangar"...

Also, u can see that the place is getting full pretty quick... & its only 3pm!

Our location was on the left wing of the opera house overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge...
We had 12hrs to burn so we mucked around....

Our obscenities were numerous...

We also slept on the pavement!!
HOW COOL IS TAT?
=D

Nesa & Shim surprised me wif cakes & sang me a birthday song in public!
Most of the bored crowd joined in the song & clapped at the end!

How awesome was tat?

Like I always said... EVERYONE celebrates my birthday!
Thanks, guys!
=D

We caught sight of Batman!
We thought he came all d way from Gotham to make sure that everything went well...
but this guy is actually a young adult that didnt grow up...
;p

The fireworks were beautiful
but our location put us at a disadvantage in viewing most of the fireworks in Sydney
exept for those that went off on the bridge...

I'd rate the fireworks 3 out of 5.

I met a terribly hot chick that night...
this camera angle does not flatter her...
you gotta meet her in person to see her beauty!
=)

People were dancing on the streets after the fireworks!
wad an awesome atmosphere!

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Other Highlights In Sydney
My 2 weeks in Sydney was not an uneventful one!

Wei's Car Broke Down!
Just 1 month before he gets it traded in for a flashy new Honda Civic...
Wei's Volkswagen Golf breaks down...


Wei was being the usual gentleman taking the girls home, after out Tuesday dinner at Heritage..
when his car suddenly stalled as he tried to leave & would start again...

While waiting for the mechanic to arrive, we decided to hav a little party wif juice & m&ms!
We also brought out the tripod & took a picture!
=D

Wei managed to start the vehicle before the mechanic arrives but decides to play safe & wait...
The mechanic found no fault wif the vehicle & Wei was able to use his old faithful until today!
YAY!

One day Shim decided to go for a haircut...
I had ntg to do so i decided to join him...
Soon we were deciding on hair colour & highlights!

I decided to go for warm red highlights
while shim decides to do a dark drown base before his light brown highlights...

He turned out very Hong-Kee & I'm...
ABSOLUTELY CHARMING!
=D

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Farewell Dinner & Karaoke!
My farewell had to be ntg but spectacular...
so ah seng took me to a restaurant for dinner & karaoke after tat!
Wad an awesome friend!

We hada steamboat style dinner at a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant...
Yum!
=)

After that, we spent the rest of the night singing away at Viva Karaoke till the wee hours of the morning!

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Heavy Hearted Departure
Im really grateful for the new friends that i made & the old friends that i have in Sydney...
They are a special bunch that didnt hesitate to go the extra mile to make my visit a memorable one...
Thanks, you all...

Shawn & ah seng sharing my burden...
They took me to the train station...
We hugged & talked of the future rendevous in NZ...

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Many Thanks To SengChee, Shim TetChon, Norzie, Shiela,
Kenrick Wei, Bev, Ben,
Khairil, Julie, Madeline MunYee & AiLing...

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For a wonderous time in Sydney!!
GBU!!!

=D

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