Wednesday, May 23
Tuesday, May 22
I just finished writing my script for my Japanese Oral Test happening later today.
These are the tell-tale signs of the approaching period of sleepless nights & strenious readings.
After this, 2 small tests, 2 big tests, 1 small assignment & 2 big assignments to finish!
(Comparatives used to emphasise the grade weightage the assessment carries.)
End of trimester assessments are like a thief in the night who comes to steal your sleep & your peace of mind.
Lest he robs you blind of everything that you hold dear, be prepared for his coming & you will overpower him & emerge victorious as the clouds of debris settle.
But I will not let them sneak up on me!
I will be prepared!
No matter how small or how big they are!
Friday, May 18
In this way, I hope to improve my skills, experience, knowledge & etc every year!
It's half way through the year now & i realise that if i do not plan for my year soon...
I may live to regret it.
So here is my reflection...
The year 2006 was an awesome year!
I just arrived at a new country speaking a familiar yet different language. It was a challenging experience and a time where i grew as a person tremendously.
My highlights were my travels to the South Island of NZ & my West Australia trip to the 3 major cities in Aussie (Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne).
As well as finding a great church, Arise Church, to grow in & contribute to.
I also met some really outstanding & inspiring people where... Ester Yap is number 1!
My weaknesses in NZ 2006:
- lack of foresight; didn't think about what I wanted to do with my time in NZ
- social shyness
My strengths in NZ 2006:
- met loads of new people
- made some great friends
- part of a growing church that loves Jesus
The year 2007 so far is just amazing!
It's my second & LAST year overseas. Therefore, I know I need to use my time wisely.
I've been a part of some great initiatives. Vic Crew in orientating international students & Campus Coach in being a big bro to first year students. I've also completed a few one-off jobs & added to my pool of experience.
I've also been elected to Vice-President of the Victoria University of Wellington International Students' Council. I help plan & run events targeted at international students!
I've taken up a new language. I'm learning Japanese in Vic University. It's tough but I'm loving it!
I also had the wonderful opportunity to get to know a special young lady; whom I will be sad to part with at the end of the year. She's the sweetness of honey in spicy wasabi. She's the capricious shell of a soulful young woman. A truly unique person who has much to contribute to the world!
So after some thought, here are...
My priorities in NZ 2007:
1. Experiences that are unique to this locality
2. Making a difference in lives
3. Building my network of friends
4. Completing my degree
My goals for NZ 2007:
- complete a North Island tour
- complete my degree courses
- have more wasabi
- up my contribution in church
- take my relationship with my Lord Jesus to a deeper level
- speak Japanese fluently (for a foreigner, of course)
- do more one-off jobs to enrich my experience
- make the best of the time i have left!
On the Plane Leaving NZ
with a Sense of Accomplishment
& NO REGRETS!!!
Friday, May 11
After singing him a birthday song, we made him blow out his birthday candle...
Watch as he fails for the second time!
Friday, May 4
I returned from Australia with many new experiences, unique souvenirs as well as a significantly reduced bank balance...
If my plans to travel in the next holidays are to materialise...
I need money... LOTS OF MONEY!!!
So I decided to take up one-off jobs to widen my pool of experience, besides my regular work in the evenings at Satay Kampong, and by the way...
they pay much better than regular work!
p/s: I lost my regular work with Unistop & Illot cafe due to a lack of time for the employer.
JOB 1: VIC CREW
Job Description: Meeting Service Representative
The first job i took was with Victoria International, the wing of my university administration that deals directly with International students.
As part of the Vic Crew...
I man the Victoria International Help Desk during the Orientation Week
I get the wonderous task of reporting in for duty as early as 8am
just to be given a box of colourful chalks
& having fun filling the streets outside uni with graffiti!
The purpose is to show new students where to go for their orientation.
Are you a new international student?
Yes? Need help?
Seek "The Vic Crew" in their oversized green t-shirts!
did i have fun for the whole two weeks of duty
as well as the later on and off airport pickups!
JOB 2: Campus Coaching
Job Description: Campus Coach
The second job I took up was with the university's Students Services Group.
first-year students are given a choice to sign up for a 1 month long Campus Coach programme.
Those who sign up will be organised into groups based on their chosen university degree major.
During the 1 month, the group meets once a week for about an hour
& the Campus Coach chats with them & makes sure they are on track in their first month of univeristy.
I had a group of science students & out of the 11,
an average of about 4 turn up regulary each week.I hada great time leading the group & im sure they had a great time visiting the many food places i brought them to!
All the best to you guys!
As a Campus Coach, I also helped out at the InfoDesk
where first years come for infomation & free maps, guides, calenders & etc.
We also... erm...
give away free condoms...
JOB 3: Traffic Surveying
Job Description: Traffic Surveyer
The third job i took, and is still taking up on and off, was with the Traffic Design Group.
They write reports on the use of streets in and around the Central Business District for the Wellington City Council so they can make better plans for future transport development.
Easy job for easy money...
A good boss too!
JOB 4: TypistJob Description: Librarian's Typist
My latest job is with a mature woman who is a volunteer librarian with a community group she is part of.
What i do is type mini library cards for her in a certain format on an electronic typewriter.
The old lady is wonderful & very very kind.
LIFE IS AWESOME!!!