About Lilian

I'm a 20 year old Australian-Chinese student, currently in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Applied Finance/Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. Finance gives me a headache, but law is great (most of the time =P).


What I did in 2014

23rd December 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again :).

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? 

I had a lot of new experiences this year:

2. Did you meet any of your important goals for this year? What are your goals for next years? 

Last year’s goals were to be admitted as a practicing lawyer and to find a full time job. And I have been successful! :D

Next year’s goals:

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

I feel like every year, the answer to this is ‘yes’ because one of my cousin gives birth. I just have a lot of cousins.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 

I had some uncles and aunties pass away :(.

5. What countries did you visit? 

NONE! :( However, I will be going to Fiji and New Zealand in early 2015.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? 

More confidence. I think I have a lot more confidence this year, than I did last year, but I think I could still use a little more. I’d also like a little more patience!

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

April 15th – my graduation

October 10th – my admission

March 1 – my best friend’s 21st

All huge milestones.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 

My admission as a lawyer! 6 years of hard work finally paid off.

9. What was your biggest failure? 

Not being assertive enough. I didn’t stand up to people enough. But this is something I am working on – baby steps!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? 

I lost my voice and it was hilarious! I sounded like Darth Vader.

11. What was the best thing you bought? 

All those books I bought throughout the year, of course!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? 

Nick Kyrgios for his Wimbledon efforts, hahaha.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled or depressed? 

The behavior of Australia’s mainstream media and certain politicians during the Martin Place siege in Australia. Honestly, the media really needs to take more responsibility for what they report and politicians really need to think about the ramifications of their words, beyond the next election. Some of the idiotic things being reported and the ridiculous headlines were completely disrespectful and beyond irrelevant.

For example:

“The siege victim was gay” – HOW is this relevant? How is this even news?

“There is a flag that appears to have Islamic writing on it” – Islamic is NOT a language.

14. Where did most of your money go? 

To paying off my HECS debt. :(

15. What did you get really, really excited about? 

My admission to practice! This was my biggest milestone so far!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? 

“Let it go, let it gooo, can’t hold it back anymore…”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: 

a). Happier or Sadder?  Happier.

b). Thinner or Fatter?  I think I am slightly fatter.

c). Richer or Poorer?  Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? 


19. What do you wish you’d done less of? 

Wallowing in self pity. Such a waste of time.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? 

Same way I always spend Christmas – with family!

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

With many, many fictional characters.

22. Read any good books? 

I read good books EVERY year.

Notable mentions:

Throne of Glass (and sequels) – Sarah J Maas

Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

American Desperado - Evan Wright

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Essential Tales and Poems  – Edgar Allen Poe

City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

23. What was your favourite TV program? 

I didn’t watch any. Oops!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? 

No.  I have learnt not to waste any energy on hating people. Most of the time, anyway.

25. What was the best movie you saw? 

X-men: Days of Future Past.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? 

Hmmm, I don’t think I have an answer to this.

27. What did you want and get? 

My practicing certificate!

28. What did you want and not get? 

A new bookshelf. Next year, maybe.

29. What did you do on your birthday? 

Decide not to celebrate it next year!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  

More time to travel. Although, I feel that this year was satisfying enough for me. I had a lot of big milestones this year. :)

31. Who kept you sane? 

The usual people.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 

Alexander Skarsgard (same as last year and the year before, hahaha!)

33. What political issue stirred you the most? 

Tax, tax and more tax! Probably because I do a lot of tax work at my work place.

34. Who did you miss?  

My extended family.

35. Who was the best new person you met? 

All of my awesome colleagues! And my boss.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014. 

Don’t be sad if someone who you thought was a friend cannot be bothered to make time for you – they’re not worth your tears.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you’ve had the time of your life”.

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What I did in 2013

31st December 2013 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 

I went overseas without adult supervision (hahaha!) and while it was hard, it was such a good learning experience.

2. Did you meet any of your important goals for this year? What are your goals for next years? 

Well this time last year, I wanted to get a graduate job. Sadly, I haven’t got one yet, but I have met other goals – getting a paying job; having a healthier lifestyle for example :).

Goals for next year – well I’m aiming to be admitted as a practicing solicitor and I definitely want to find a full time job.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

My cousin did! He was so happy because both he and his wife thought they were beyond child-bearing years. I’m so happy for him :).

4. Did anyone close to you die? 

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit? 

Oh wow, so many. I visited Austria, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Next up: London and Japan (they’ll probably have to wait until next year, though).

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? 

Autonomy. I think in 2012, I spent a lot of time matching my schedule and altering my choices and whatnot to match others’, and doing this I didn’t want to do because people pressured me in to them. I realised some time this year that I am ALWAYS accommodating others, but I’m not sure they would do the same for me. I think that it’s time I started being more assertive and not just bowing to everyone’s wishes.  RAWR!

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 5th – because I was forced into the most difficult situation I have ever had the misfortune of being in (peer pressure, jet-lag and homesickness all at once). I hated this day, but I learnt so many important things about peer pressure and standing up for myself, and as horrible as the memory is, the lessons I learnt are something I would never want to forget.

December 13th – this day it was confirmed that I will be graduating with honours.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 

Completing my degree, of course! Five years of hard work has finally come to an end :).

9. What was your biggest failure? 

At the beginning of my trip to Europe, I let myself be bullied into making really stupid decisions which ended up having a seriously negative effect on my health and my wellbeing. The people I was with were partially to blame, but I think that I’m also responsible for not standing up for myself.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? 

Well I got diagnosed with asthma this year (thanks universe, keep piling on the health issues x( ), and I did have a few other health scares, but this year was actually pretty good, injury-wise xD.

11. What was the best thing you bought? 

The Power of One (Commemorative edition) – Bryce Courtenay.

I was so sad that Bryce Courtenay passed away last year, and I thought I’d be sad all over again this year, because for the whole of my degree, Bryce Courtenay has released a new book somewhere around my end of year exams, and after my exams I’d always run to a bookstore and buy it. This year, I thought there’d be nothing to buy, but out of habit I just walked to Dymocks, and found this commemorative edition, and bought it to continue my tradition :P.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? 

Andy Murray for finally winning Wimbledon! :P.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled or depressed? 

My government’s royal commission into church-sex crimes. Not that I don’t support the idea of a royal commission in to such matters, but I think that the government did quite a poor job of the one they ran, which resulted in a lot of unnecessary suffering for the victims :(.

14. Where did most of your money go? 

To my trips overseas! Hahaha. A lot of it went to my trip to Thailand D:. Other than that, most of it went into buying books for myself.

15. What did you get really, really excited about? 

LOL, the release of What Maisie Knew in Australia. I was waiting for that movie for what felt like forever. I LOVED it!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? 

22 – Taylor Swift. Purely because I turned 22 this year, and he happened to release that song this year. Soundtrack of my birthday, hahaha!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: 

a). Happier or Sadder?  I think I’m slightly sadder.

b). Thinner or Fatter?  Thinner :).

c). Richer or Poorer?  Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? 

Travelling! You can never travel enough.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? 

Same as last year: procrastinating! Hahaha.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? 

Well I have relatives coming over from Malaysia for Christmas this year, so I guess I’ll be spending time with them and taking them around Sydney.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

No. Maybe next year? :P.

22. Read any good books? 


Divergent - Veronica Roth

Insurgent - Veronica Roth

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Looking for Alaska - John Green

We Need to Talk about Kevin  – Lionel Shriver

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Angelfall - Susan Ee

The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux

The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

23. What was your favourite TV program? 

I don’t think I watched any tv programs in 2013 D:.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? 

No, I don’t, but I’ve learnt not to be so trusting of people and my opinion of some people definitely has changed.

25. What was the best movie you saw? 

What Maisie Knew or possible Disconnect.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? 

The piano arrangement of Skyfall by Kyle Landry (on youtube). It’s AMAZING.

27. What did you want and get? 

I wanted a paying job, and I got it! :)

28. What did you want and not get? 

Hmmm…a grad job, I guess. I’m still looking!

29. What did you do on your birthday? 

I went to uni! Hahaha and I guess I also ate lunch with my aunt. I’m not really that big on celebrating my birthday.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  

Hmmm…well a full time grad job for next year would have been a really good start!

31. Who kept you sane? 

LOL, I don’t think anyone kept me sane. They all just encouraged my craziness like the awesome friends and family they are :P.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 

My answer is the same as last year: Alexander Skarsgard. Hahaha I think my obsession with him is becoming slightly unhealthy D:.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? 

Same-sex marriage. I live in Australia and the ACT (one of our territories) attempted to pass laws allowing same-sex marriage, but they got overturned by the High Court of Australia :(.

34. Who did you miss?  

I miss a lot of people, especially my family overseas. But having said that I did get to travel to Malaysia and visit most of them this year, which was nice.

35. Who was the best new person you met? 

Ummmmmm…Probably the Peer Assisted Learning coordinator – she gave me so many new opportunities this year and so much advice. I’m so grateful :).

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. 

Well as negative as this is going to sound, I think that I learned not to trust people so easily. Even people you least expect can turn out to have ulterior (selfish) motives, so sometimes you have to be on your guard and protect yourself a little more.

The other less negative thing I learnt is that time goes by VERY quickly, so it’s best to enjoy the moments you have and to take up every opportunity you have of spending time with your friends and family.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

‘As we go on, we remember, all the times we’ve had together…and as our lives change, from whatever, we will still be, friends forever’ – Graduation (Vitamin C).

Because I finished uni this year, so I’ll be graduating :D. Fitting, right?

Happy New Year, everyone. May next year be as awesome for you, as I hope it will be for me.

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Once in a while, I actually remember that I have a blog…

26th April 2013 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

… and then feel immensely guilty about neglecting said blog.


Why did I suddenly remember I had a blog, you may ask. Well I would love to say it’s because I am an awesome blogger and I have a blogging-moral-conscience, but alas, no. It’s because I’m procrastinating from preparing an 8 minute presentation (very bad, I know) and needed something semi-productive to do to assuage my guilty conscience, hence this blog post. Heheh.

Shut up, guilty conscience. It IS technically my midsemester break, you know? Ugh!

So…what have I been doing since I blogged about my epic Europe trip, oh so long ago? Well…lots!

I’ve started running Peer Assisted Study Sessions at uni :). They’re actually pretty fun. We’re ( me and the other two PASS leaders) not supposed to actually teach directly because that would create a relationship of reliance and we’re trying to help students develop skills to help themselves, so it’s pretty challenging trying to come up with ways to help the students get to an answer without being super-obvious. But hey, challenges are good, right? It is pretty awesome when they do the ‘Ohhhhhhh!’ of realisation.

I’ve started tutoring highschool students too. Well 2 high school students. Which is more challenging than I thought it would be, mainly because they need epic help in English and they refuse to read. My god, getting them to read is like trying to pull teeth with tweezers D:. They are nice kids. Just a little lazy :(.

Other than that, I’ve been doing work experience at a Community Legal Centre, lots of uni readings (as usual), and applying for GRAD JOBS! The maths, literacy and logic tests I’ve done as part of those applications @_@… I don’t know, I’m just not good with picking which square comes next in the pattern D:. I’m pattern-ally challenged? LOL, I just realised that if you say ‘pattern-ally’ out loud, it sounds like ‘paternally’, but hey, that’s true too. I’m a female so I can’t really be paternal :P.

I’m still waiting to hear if I’ve reached interview rounds for any of the jobs I’ve applied for, and this waiting is doing crazy things to my routine. I wake up every morning, and my first thought is ‘OMGSTAREATPHONEANDWAITFORPHONECALL!’. Probably not the healthiest lifestyle change I’ve made. Hopefully this time, next year I’ll have a grad job, which means I might have something more interesting to blog about, hahaha…you know, if I still remember that I have a blog.

Right now, as I mentioned above I am on a mid-semester break :). I’ve spent most of it doing uni work, but hey, at least I don’t have to wake up at 6.30am  every day. It’s nice! And I totally got to watch Iron Man 3 two days ago. IT WAS AWESOME! I feel like I should be watching it another 3 times in the cinema just to emphasise how awesome it really is, but…break ending! No time :(.

On that note, I should probably get back to the presentation… given my fast-ending break and all.




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21st February 2013 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Helloooooo my very poor, much-neglected blog,

I just got back from short-term exchange in Vienna and travelling around Europe about two weeks ago…and it was AWESOME, so I’m going to blog about it right before uni starts, which is next week.

So yeah, at the beginning of this year (HA! I have finally remembered that it is 2013 and not 2012. How’s that for progress?), I took two extremely long plane rides to Vienna, Austria for my one month of short term exchange at the University of Vienna =). It was pretty intensive, given it was basically 2 weeks of intensive study and one week of exams, and my GOD the work load was so much more than I was expecting, but I SURVIVED (and passed everything)! And I even had time to HAVE FUN.

Here is a picture of the courtyard at the University of Vienna (It was SNOWING! YAY!).




But when I wasn’t at uni and/or studying, I also visited Vienna zoo, the oldest zoo in the world (primarily to see the Giant Pandas :D. But also because I just love zoos); the Belvedere Palace which is actually an art museum with a huge collection of Gustav Klimt works; the Leopold Museum, the Kunsthistoriches museum; Schonbrunn palace (where we watched a marionnette show :D. In German, so we couldn’t understand, lol); Stephenplatz which is the city centre; and Iwalked around the Hoffburg Palace grounds and saw the Vienna Boys Choir perform with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Hoffburg chapel; and I went to Mozarthaus which is where Mozart used to perform, to watch a string quartet perform works by Austrian composers and musicians. LOVED IT.

We also went to:

1). Salzburg, which is where The Sound of Music (doe, a deer, a female deer xD) was filmed. So of course, we had to do the Sound of Music tour xD. They basically took us to all the places that they filmed the sound of music and made us sing along to the songs on the tour bus. So. Much. Fun. And so amazingly pretty thanks to the snow. I so want to go back in Summer when it’s green. I think then, it’ll be pretty in a different way. 


SALZBURG! The frozen lake.


Do you like the Sound of Music Cow?

2). Prague, Czech Republic, where the famous astronomical clock, which can tell you everything but the time, is.  I’m in LOVE with the clock. I think, of all places I visited, I loved the old town in Prague the best. Maybe I have a thing for old buildings :P. But Prague was so old-timey, it just looked like it had so much history.

The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock


3). Munich, Germany, where we all went to a traditional beer house and I drank half a litre of non-alcoholic beer. It was gross. But hey, what’s a visit to Germany without beer, right? We were meant to write our names on the benches, and I totally did. But I also drew a picture of Thor saying ‘ANOTHER’. It was so bad, I had to label it before my friends could see what it was.


My non-alcoholic beer

My picture of Thor

My picture of Thor


4). Berlin. It was a great city to visit because of the history behind it, but having said that it’s history and the devastation it suffered during WWII which they’re still trying to fix, makes it a pretty sad city. I think everyone should go here just to learn the lessons of the past, and to hear the escape stories and the stories of heroism by ordinary people.

The Memorial for all victims of wars and oppression

The Memorial for all victims of wars and oppression


The Jewish Memorial


On a more trivial note, we also did get to see the infamous Michael-Jackson-Baby-Dangling-Hotel :P.

It's the building with the green roof.

It’s the building with the green roof.


5). PARIS! Can’t go to Europe without seeing Paris, right? We stayed in a hotel right next to the Eiffel Tower and LOL, the Australian Embassy (Helloooo home country). We were pretty tired, but we crammed in a LOT: The Lourve, the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomph, the Eiffel Tower (of course!), Notre Dame, the Sacre Couer Basillica, the Moulin Rogue. We even saw a pickpocket get arrested on the subway – oh, the drama!

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles


Of course, I am obligated to post a photo of the Eiffel Tower xD


The lock bridge – on a scale of crappy lock, to bike chain, I love you a bike chain xD.


And yeah, that is where I went in Europe :).

I learnt so much on exchange. Not all of it was good, I mean the first week and a half was pretty rough for me. I was so homesick and jetlagged and I learnt the hard way about how bad peer pressure can get and a lot of other crappy things I won’t get in to. BUT I think I also learnt to appreciate my family and my closest friends (Georgie, Rena and Belinda),  more and how much unconditional support they actually give me. The trip, overall was AWESOME and I would totally do it all over again.

Anyway, like I said before, I flew back to Australia 2 weeks ago (longest plane ride. EVER). Since then I’ve had my Chinese New Year Reunion dinner with my extended family (KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! Happy Year of the Snake), hung out with my 3 closest friends (YAAAY) and did training to be a Peer Assisted Study Session Facilitator, which was actually pretty fun. And I’m going to hang out with Rena tomorrow and after that UNI. My final year :O. Wish me luck.



What I did in 2012.

23rd December 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since it’s practically the end of the year, I stole Georgina’s Year-In-Review Meme *badass*. Okay, I lie. I asked for it and she sent it to me (thanks Georgie).

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

I WENT TO HONG KONG! My aunt took me there in September. It was oh-so hot and humid but AWESOME. I loved it. I’m so going back.  Here is a picture of HK Disneyland :):

Hong Kong Disneyland
2. Did you meet any of your important goals this year? What are your goals for next year?

I got a job! Yeah man :D. I don’t feel like so much of a failure anymore. Next year, I think I’ll aim to get a graduate job. Wish me luck!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Ummm my aunt’s god-daughter gave birth to her second child. ‘Aunt’s god-daughter’ sounds like a very distant relation, but I’ve known her my entire life so she’s sort of close to me. Well close to my family, anyway.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully :).

5. What countries did you visit?

I visited Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand earlier this year, and then I went to Hong Kong and Macau in September.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Hmmm. Time management. I swear I pulled so many all-nighters in 2012. It was sad. So very sad.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Well I’ll remember September 20 – 27 because that was when I was in Hong Kong and Macau :). And I’ll remember April 10th because I won a law prize that day ^^.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Probably the law prize. Hahaha I’m so glad no one I know in real life knows about this blog (except Georgie <3) because outside my family, I think I literally only told 3 people about winning that prize.

9. What was your biggest failure?

LOL, I failed my 8th grade piano exam…for the second time :(.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Well I got my wisdom teeth removed. The entire left side of my face was bruised after I got them removed. I looked like I was turning into the incredible hulk when the bruises started turning green D:.
11. What was the best thing you bought?

Quintana of Charyn - Melina Marchetta. I was waiting for this book for a YEAR. It didn’t disappoint :P.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

MINE! No, seriously, I think I’d have to admire Bryce Courtenay for being so brave in accepting that he was dying. RIP BRYCE COURTENAY!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Oh god, I was so appalled at the media this year. The slut-shaming of Kristen Stewart, the intense media coverage of Kate Middleton being admitted to hospital for morning sickness (can we not give her SOME semblance of privacy during her PREGNANCY?!) and her other photo scandal (papparazzi are such DISGUSTING JERKS), interiewing CHILDREN after the shooting in Connecticut (Do you not think that they’ve been traumatised enough, media?), that horrible prank on the poor nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital. All DESPICABLE!

And as my previous blog post would indicate, I was appalled that Georgie was made to apologise for her opinion by her university ==.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Books. LOL. And Disney dvds.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Hong Kong! Hahaha. I’m currently really, really excited about Europe. I’m going to Vienna for short-term exchange in January :D. SO UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson or Gangnam Style - PSY. FOREVER STUCK IN MY HEAD!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?  Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner. Barely. LOL.
c) richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?


19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Procrastinating :(.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

With my extended family. Christmas lunch :D.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?

With Hong Kong. Hahahaha.

22. Read any good books?


And yeah, I’m going to stop there. I’ve read a lot more, but I don’t want to list them all because a. It would take too long; and b. WAY TOO MANY TO LIST.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

I don’t really watch that much TV. But I do watch Generation Kill (the HBO mini-series) a lot, so I’m going to say that one.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Not really hate. More like strongly dislike.

25. What was the best movie you saw?

I can’t decide between Avengers and Battleship D:. I loved them both.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I learnt how to play half of Big My Secret - Michael Nyman from The Piano, on piano :). I sound terrible though. So terrible.

27. What did you want and get?

I wanted to go on exchange. And I got into the exchange program. WIN.

28. What did you want and not get?

An internship :(.

29. What did you do on your birthday?

Haha my final take-home exam for Advanced Tort Law. How sad.

But I did go out to dinner that night too :).
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

High Distinction marks. I didn’t get any :(.

31. Who kept you sane?

My friends and family, who else?
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?


33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Homosexual adoption in Australia. I had to write an essay on it for Family Law.

34. Who did you miss?

My family back in Malaysia.
35. Who was the best new person you met?

Ummmmm…I’m not entirely sure D:.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:

I’m going to quote from Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta: ‘I’m not interested in those who do me wrong. There’s not enough time in the day for them’. 

It’s true… people who do you wrong are not worth your time.

Hahaha now to put this lesson into practice!

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
‘Hey I just met you, and this is crazy. But here’s my number. Call me, maybe?’

Sorry, but like I said before, this song is annoyingly catchy and FOREVER STUCK IN MY HEAD!

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RIP Bryce Courtenay =(

23rd November 2012 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

Last night, Bryce Courtenay passed away from stomach cancer. This makes me so incredibly sad because I LOVE his books so much.

Georgie introduced me to Bryce Courtenay when I was about 13. I think Tommo and Hawk was the first book of his I read. It had a really ‘graphic’ scene *cough* that we were a little disturbed by because we were so young at the time, which kind of amuses me now given the content of other books out there which is so much worse. But Bryce Courtenay was such a huge part of our high school lives. By the time we were in year 12, I think Georgie and I had managed to read all his books that he had out there, except maybe April Fool’s Day because we couldn’t find it in libraries (I think we were looking in the wrong section).  One of the biggest memories I’ll take from highschool are carrying around huge hardback versions of Bryce Courtenay books.

OH! And that time our year 9 English teacher insulted Georgina by saying she needs to read more. She and I each got like a stack of library books including Bryce Courtenay books and stacked them in front of us in class, just to make a point that we DID read. LOTS. Ahhh those were the days.

His stories were AMAZING though. He writes the kind of books where you laugh and cry and curse and go through every emotion possible. I LOVED the books he set in South Africa the most. The Power of One is totally my favourite book of his. I didn’t like the movie adaptation, but I don’t think many books are as well written an emotion evoking as The Power of One. It sounds silly but I learnt a lot about the apartheid regime in South Africa from reading those books. I mean, I don’t want to claim I know every historical fact about aparthied from reading a fictional book but I think because of the story, and Bryce Courtenay’s writing, I got an idea of how devastating that regime was, and I think that anything that makes you a little more empathetic and a little more aware of history’s mistakes is definitely worth reading about.

Bryce Courtenay always releases his books in November and that’s when I usually finish my semester 2 exams, so since I started uni 4 years ago, I’ve always had this tradition of running down to the bookstore after my last exam and buying his latest book. It occurred to me this year that this would be the last year I could do that. It was such a bittersweet day for me :(.

At the moment I still have Fortune Cookie, April Fool’s Day and his last book, Jack of Diamonds to read. I think I’m not going to read Jack of Diamonds for ages because when I finish it, it’ll really feel like he’s gone and it’s like…the END, the end. Right now I’m basically oscillating between ‘He’s gone, I’m heartbroken’ and ‘This can’t be real’. This is so tragic, but I’m glad he had a really long, and really fulfilling life :). And I’m really glad he shared all his stories with us too. And I’m really glad that his books will always be there so I can force my children to read them. And my grandchildren. And their children if I live that long xD.

RIP Bryce Courtenay, you will be missed :(.



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Rage on behalf of Georgie

21st November 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments


Today my best friend, Georgie, had to speak to her unit convenor about a post on her personal blog which contained some criticism about a unit she took for her graduate diploma and her tutor.  Apparently her tutor, and some other anonymous *cough4-year-old-tattletale,suck-upcough* saw her post and complained about it. Georgie had to make her posts private and send an apology to the tutor.

I am so pissed off about this.

Let me tell you what this is, this is someone LEGITIMATELY posting their opinion about a subject on a PERSONAL BLOG. And then because people DISAGREED with her opinion, she was forced to APOLOGISE for nothing more than HAVING an opinion. I don’t know but I just have to question how someone can be forced to apologise for their opinion. This whole idea is plainly offensive to me.

We live in a liberal and democratic society, and we’re arguably all entitled to have an opinion and to voice it freely so long as it’s not hurting anyone, and by ‘hurting’ I mean something more than having a bruised ego ==. This is something that’s generally accepted these days. People have litigated for the right to voice their opinions and courts have engaged in lengthy discussion about how important it is to have intelligent discourse where all opinions are voiced. Yet because her tutor didn’t like someone having a bad opinion about them, Georgie’s opinion automatically became illegitimate?

The only time Georgie should have had to offer an apology is if what she said was defamatory. But it wasn’t. There’s a difference between defaming, for example ‘My tutor is a nazi-sympathiser who talks a lot of shit’, and offering an opinion such as ‘I did not enjoy this course, and felt that the tutor was not the best tutor out there’. An IDIOT can see the difference. Just because you offer a course and teach it doesn’t mean that EVERYONE who sits that course has to like it and say good things about it. If the tutor tried to bring a defamation action, he would have failed. Epically, and HILARIOUSLY.

Furthermore, this was on her PERSONAL blog. PERSONAL. What right does her UNIVERSITY have to regulate her activities beyond the scope of her student-life? It’s not like she posted the blog on a university forum or even USED university internet to post it. In no way was she holding herself out to be representing the uni in this respect. What’s the next step after this? That we turn into the dystopic society of Georgie Orwell’s 1984 with thought police regulating everything we think? Is that what it’s going to come to? I don’t understand how a tutor can use the university as a means to control Georgie’s behaviour OUTSIDE uni. I think that is plain LOW that he even tried to (note: I think. My opinion). Its not like EVERYONE that ever sits that course is going to automatically look at Georgie’s blog and not want to take that unit. Her PERSONAL blog is for her online friends not her university acquaintances ==.

Apparently Georgie violated some university code of conduct. Again, I ask: how? This was OUTSIDE UNI. For god’s sake she anonymised everything. Yeah she named the unit, but as if the average person reading her blog would know the specifics of that course was from the name. I highly doubt that everyone automatically thinks of that ONE tutor from looking at the course name. If the tutor thinks that he can be identified by that, he’s obviously flattering himself into thinking he’s more important than he actually is.

In all honesty, I think what’s happened here is a tutor with a bruised ego and some suck-up student (no offence but you don’t get extra marks for being a suck-up. Doesn’t work that way these days, largely because throwing your fellow students under a hypothetical bus isn’t  a prerequisite for meeting the course requirements, thankfully) have tried to get Georgie into as much shit as they possibly could because she didn’t share in their admiration of that tutor. How mature.


I obviously fail at blogging.

17th September 2012 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

Helloooooo blog, it has been a very long time indeed.

Let’s face it, I am just NOT a very good blogger. I was supposed to blog every month (or maybe it was week…) this year and it’s September and I think I’ve only blogged about 3 times. Heh. Sorry blog, everything just gets in the way D: . Well, uni does at least. Hahaha.

Anyway, I should probably mention that I did turn 21 since I last blogged because that is apparently a major milestone, but I think that if I tried to report everything that’s happened to me since the last time I blogged, I’d end up writing a thesis-long blog post, which would probably be very boring so I’m just going to summarise my week and blog about a few random things that I’ve found kind of annoying/interesting in the past few months. I had a pretty…ridiculously busy week thanks to uni, and also the Sydney Running festival and I’m quite exhausted right now, so please excuse any typos!

This is my week, starting from Wednesday because that’s when everything started getting hectic.






And yep. That just about summarises my week – one 9k run, one test, two assignments and no sleep xD. But I am on a two week uni break now. My aunt is taking me to Hong Kong for a week, starting this Thursday so I am MAJORLY excited about that. And I’m majorly, MAJORLY excited about the Saturday after I get back because that’s when me and Georgina are going to meet up and catch up. We’ve not seen each other for AAAGES and of course I miss her heaps cos she’s my best friend <3.

But right now, I’m just very relieved that I don’t have to stay up and read another set of law readings due tomorrow. Hahaha. I’m planning to sleep for twelve hours straight after I post this blog. I totally earnt it man :P.

So on that note, I guess I’ll just leave it there. GOODNIGHT!

Maybe in a few days time, or perhaps after I get back from Hong Kong, I’ll blog again about stuff that’s not as boring as my incredibly busy week.







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I know, I know…

17th March 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

…I resolved to blog every 2 weeks during new year, and I’m FAILING ALREADY! I’m very, very sorry.

I’ve just been a little busy D:. And by that I mean ‘buried under a mountain of readings for uni’. I’m not even kidding. Last week I had to read:

And on top of that I had:

Omgggg. Seriously, I’ll not be surprised if I need super thick glasses next time I go see the optometrist. And on that note, I have just decided to avoid seeing the optometrist for as long as possible.

In light of the 50 bazillion pages I have to read for this week, here is a dot point summary of what’s been happening to me since the last time I blogged, which is I-don’t-even-remember D:.

  1. I got 3 wisdom teeth surgically extracted the Friday before uni started. As in gums-cut-open, needs-stitches extracted. It hurt. My face was swollen and bruised for a while. LOL.
  2. Because of said extraction and my own stupidity, I tried to take 2 panadeine plus tablets on an empty stomach. Result: nausea and dizziness for 3 days straight. Got that stuff is strong @_@. Lesson learnt.
  3. Back to uniii (hence all the work and readings). Wah. How sad.
  4. Did a group presentation with a  powerpoint that actually had relevant pictures and was so much  cooler than the group before ours. When we were sitting down, I overhead the group in front of us say ‘God, that was so lame, they just pointed at a bunch of random pictures’. You know, I always thought it was common courtesy to wait until the people whose work you are insulting are out of an earshot before you express such negative opinions. How very rude x(.
  5. Disney is having a 2 for 1 sale in Australia! I’ve bought 6 dvds already. I love Disney. Even though like half their movies make me cry. Fox and the Hound, anyone? Bambi? OMGGG T_T <– this is me.
  6. I’m applying to go on exchange to Hong Kong for a month. Wish me luck and hope I get in :D.
  7. HUNGER GAMES BOOKS!  I managed to read 2 of them before uni started, and it’s so frustrating because I want to read the 3rd but I can’t cos I’ve got too much uni-reading to do T_T. But THEY’RE SO GOOD! And the movie’s coming out soon :O. ‘May the odds ever  be in your favour’. Hehe.

And yes! my blogging time is up. Sorry for the crap quality of this blog and any typos in it D:.


I shall leave you with this random picture:



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The Fifteen Days of Getting Fat (Excuse me, Chinese New Year *cough*).

13th February 2012 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Hello everyone.

I am back from Malaysia (and Thailand and Singapore) where I’ve been holidaying for the past month :D. Happy Belated Chinese New Year, by the way. Let’s hope the year of the Dragon totally owns the year of the Rabbit. Dragons totally eat Rabbits, right? RIGHT? Oh god, now I have an image of a cute, fluffy rabbit being eaten by a dragon. NOOOOO T_T.

Anyway, moving on.

So I flew out to Malaysia on the 16th of January (aaages ago. So long ago, I actually had to look in my diary to remember when I flew out), and haha funny story:

My cousin is a flight attendant for Malaysian Airline’s, which is what we (my mum and I) were flying. She wasn’t on our flight, but half way through the flight, this flight attendant comes up to me and asks “Are you Ally’s cousin?”

I totally FREAKED out because I look NOTHING like my cousin so there is NO WAY he could have known just by looking at me. It turns out that my cousin realised we were on her friend’s flight so she told him to look out for us. He found out where we were sitting by looking at the  seating plan. LOL. It was totally cool though because he gave us this giant bottle of water and a HEAP  of airline peanuts and toiletries we weren’t actually supposed to get because we were only flying economy and only Business class and above are entitled to said toiletries.

I was SO happy about the water because it was a 1.5 L bottle, and one of the things I hate most about long flights is that there’s NOT ENOUGH WATER x3.

So yeah after about 7.5 hours of movies we landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You actually have to take this aerotrain from one part of the airport to the main entrance:

The KLIA Aerotrain.

I hope you guys like that crappy photo. I actually got off the aerotrain to take the photo and by the time I finished I realised the doors had closed and the train was leaving. With my mum on it. Oops.

But yeah after a few more mishaps like my cousin getting confused about what time we were arriving and picking us up about an hour late, and my mum randomly trying to get into some strangers car (LOL), we MADE IT to KL, where there was a lot of shopping, eating and relatives-visiting to be done.

We actually went to KL to celebrate CNY over there, and with Asian relatives, the 15 days of Chinese New Year turn into 15  days of eating lots and LOTS of food XD. No surprises, I totally gained weight over there :P.

We went to my mum’s hometown for Chinese New Year’s Eve for a reunion dinner and then that night we followed my cousin into the next state, Ipoh, because we wanted to see their new house. It’s a very pretty house :D. And of course Ipoh is famous for (amongst other things):

Big-headed prawns


Bean Sprout Chicken =)

Yaaaaay! So obviously we ate a lot.

We also unfortunately had to find out how attractive I am to insects x3. I was walking along the street where there were NO FLOWERS whatsoever and I got STUNG BY A BEE x(. I have no idea WHAT kind of crazy, mutant bee stung me but it half disabled me for a week because I couldn’t use my left hand. Here is a picture of my swollen, bee-stung hand (hopefully it doesn’t gross you out too much):

But yeah, so ends our two days in Ipoh :D. My mum and I along with some of her side of the family (3 sisters, 3 cousins, one god-cousin) took a coach up to Hatyai in Thailand :).

God, getting through the Immigration place at the Thailand/Malaysian border is a PAIN in the ass and it takes SO long because the place is SO disorganised, and no one knows how to line up. Everyone just pushes in. Pisses me off so much x(. But Thailand itself is great :D.

We visited a lot of temples (they’re very pretty) and did a LOT of shopping because everything is so cheap there. And food is great there too :D, even if the place is a little dirty D:. Here are a few pictures :):

The mini water market.

The Goddess of Mercy from one of the temples.

So yeah, that was Thailand. We only stayed for about 2 nights, 3 days but it was still awesome :D.

After that, my cousins took my mum and me to the Cameron Highlands, which are really pretty. We visited the tea plantations and the flower gardens but I think the most fun thing we did there was pick strawberries. It sounds totally lame, I know, but it’s more fun than it sounds :P. It rained like you would NOT believe when we were down there though. God, rain in Malaysia is crazy. It either doesn’t rain, or it pours BUCKETS. I got drenched to the point of no return running 5 metres to the car D:.

Me picking strawberries :D.

The strawberries we picked :).

After that we had to go back to K.L to spend time visiting my dad’s side of the family and visiting all the shopping centres, of which there are like FIFTY BILLION @_@. But it’s good to visit them all around Chinese New Year because they have such pretty decorations up :).

One shopping centre. It’s called ‘The Pavillion’. They had THE MOST awesome decorations this year. They had all these identical statues of bears outside the shopping centre, but all were painted differently. What they’d done was send one bear out to every country to be painted and then sent back to be displayed. So every bear represented a particular country. It was so cool.

This  is the Australian bear:

And this is a picture of all the bears at the front of the shopping centre:

Cool, right?

One thing I really hated about KL was the public transport though. Public transport is SO bad in KL. The trains NEVER run on time and they come so infrequently, it SUCKS if you miss the train you’re aiming for. But I could live with that if it weren’t for how rude and STUPID people were. Seriously, in Australia people (apart from a select few) know how to WAIT for people to get OFF the train before getting on. In Malaysia, they have no common sense, so it’s a FIGHT to get off the train with people pushing to get in ==. I saw this lady stand RIGHT in the middle of the ‘keep clear’ area just to bee first onto the train.

I wish very hard that she’d fall down the gap or be crushed to death (mean of me, I know), because I got SO annoyed, but sadly she didn’t :(.

And another thing: if the train is PACKED TO THE DOOR, people will STILL try to shove on, against all common sense and logic. They make EVERYONE uncomfortable.

Also, there are PICKPOCKETS on the train. I was on a packed train with my mum and my aunty’s goddaughter, and this fat man decided to squish onto the train, making everyone uncomfortable in the process. At the next stop 3 men got on (making us even MORE uncomfortable). One of the younger men stole the fat man’s wallet out of his pocket and gave it to the other man next to him. The following stop, they got off the train. Not long after, the man was like ‘My wallet is gone’. OOPS.

I probably shouldn’t focus on that though. It was only ONE bad thing :).

We also went to Singapore because it’s only a 5 hour bus ride from Malaysia, and I have cousins there. We spent about 1 and a half days there. My cousins took us around Sentosa Island. I love that place. More importantly I LOVE the giant Candystore there! Hahaha. There’s actually a Universal Studios on Sentosa Island, but we didn’t have enough time to go there :(. Apparently the Casinos are pretty cool too, but I’m 3 months too young to go on. Hahaha, the irony!.

Candilicious, the giant candy store :).

One of my uni friends was staying in Singapore while I was there, so she came out and walked around Sentosa with me and my family :D. It was fun :).

And yeah, that was my holiday :). Now I’m back home in Australia *sigh*. But it’s all good. I’ve still got 2 weeks before uni starts again =). AAAND I’m watching Star Wars on the big screen tomorrow, so I’d better get some sleep. It’s pretty late right now.



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