July 04, 2008

The Past Month In A Glance

Giving updates on my life here in Melbourne hasn't been the easiest thing to do. First of all, nothing has been going on. I can't tell you how stressed out I am at work, because I'm not working yet. I can't tell you of the places I've been to, because I haven't traveled anywhere. Thus whenever I'm asked of how I was doing, I'd say "oh pretty much the same". Which pretty much meant nothing.

Still, I'm going to give it a go here, a rundown of what I've been doing for the past month.

Daily Going-Ons
I wake up early in the morning, and the second thing I turn on is my laptop (first being the electric kettle). My laptop has been a real lifesaver, connecting me to the world which I left behind. I cook dinner almost everyday. Once a week, we'd do a takeaway, which is usually Nandos, because for some odd reason, Tim is addicted to the peri-peri chicken. Me, not so much.

At least once a week, I'd head to the city. It doesn't matter where I go, as long as I get out of the house. I love walking in the city; the hustle and bustle of working people rushing out to lunch, shopping and all under an hour, the students packing the trains, etc. And the odd smelly folks whom I get to sit next to on the train.

Geekchic keeps me sane during the day, with our daily emails, chatting about nothing and everything. Downloaded movies, series of drama and sitcom to sift through while I'm on my computer. That sort of thing.

Celebrated my second birthday here in Australia. It was a quiet affair, just with Tim. Dinner cooked by the husband, chocolate cake for dessert, and a song which he wrote me.

Chocolate Birthday Cake

I wouldn't trade that for anything. Turning 28 in Australia - I call it moving on to a new phase in life.

I've been reading a lot more since I got here. Thank God for the public library, which is but 5 minutes away from our apartment. Somehow going to the library reminded me of my student days. Ahh those were the days indeed. Plus the library is stocked with the latest magazines (which people aren't allowed to borrow just yet), so I get my mag-junkie fix for free.

It's more expensive to watch movies in the cinema in Australia, yet somehow I watched more movies here than I did in Malaysia. Cheapskate Tuesdays, yeah! (only AUD10 on Tuesdays)

Jumper was disappointing, Indiana Jones 4 was rather anti-climatic (though Harrison Ford, he's still got it), Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was meh, and Sex and the City: The Movie rocked. Get Smart was funny, but there's no chemistry between Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway. That's what I thought anyway. Who wants to watch Kungfu Panda with me? Come on, it's Jack Black doing kungfu! Well, sort of :p

Family and Friends
I miss my family and friends so much, it hurts. I miss the familiarity of home, of being able to do what I wanted, without judgment. I miss hanging out with my girlfriends at work. Tim's friends are great, but it's very easy to tune out when medical talk easily seeps in.

It's amazing how small the world can be, and how blogging can really bring you places and more importantly, friends. Through my blog, I've managed to make some friends of my own here. Girl's day/night out, birthday party and such with Geekchic and some friends I got to know through her and sweets indulgence with Jules have been the highlight of my month. I've still yet to meet Ed, which I'm hoping I get to sometime soon.

Leaving my world behind to join another's in a place so foreign has taken quite a toll on me. Frustrations get the better of me many times, which makes me wonder what I'm doing here in the first place. Remembering that He is in charge, that He will take care of me, of us, putting our faith in Him, are what gets me through. Regularly attending church helped too. It's sad that I hardly go to church when I was in Malaysia. I made it a point to attend church services regularly when I'm here, and that's what I plan to do. Odd slip-ups now and then, but so far so good.

Well, I'm at home, writing this. I haven't done this in a while, and it feels surprisingly good.

I don't know what tomorrow will bring, for I am living every day, each at a time.


pelf said...

This is very well written, Tine :D And it really keeps bloggers like me (who don't have time to follow each of your posts) "in the loop" as to what is going on in your life :D

jemima said...

That's the best way to live.. take each day as it comes.

Have a Blessed weekend to you & Tim.


jemima said...

That's the best way to live.. take each day as it comes.

Have a Blessed weekend to you & Tim.


the Constantly Dramatic One said...

Hey Tine, I might be going to Melbourne. To futher my education and all that jazz you know. Early next year.

If I do, you wanna meet up? =)

Jo said...

i'm dreaming of your current lifestyle. haha.... we all need a break sometimes. so enjoy it while it last!

zewt said...

so... still no job eh? :)

hey.... you bought your own domain and then transfer your achive here or now? how did you do it?

teach me teach me...

zewt said...

drop me a mail ya... thanks :)

Mirebella said...

It is always difficult making any changes and leaving ones comfort zone is 1 of the hardest of all.Phone calls, emails etc with family and friends do help lessen the homesickness but end of the day, it is not the same.

Give me a buzz if you ever would want to extend your network in Melbourne.

geekchic said...

I'm planning another dinner party in Prahran/South Yarra area. Be prepared! It'll be a themed-party! woohoo!

Not telling (yet), don't ask :P