Monday, July 2, 2012

Half way there (Praise report) + Mum's birthday

Finally, I've finished the 3rd semester of my 3 years degree course which means I have 3 more semesters to go. Again, I have to say time passes really fast. This four months flew pass extra fast because I was so into studying for one of the hardest subjects in the entire course. After this sem, I really gotta say to students who just went to study abroad, don't decide to fast on whether you want to stay on in the foreign country you are at right now. Give yourself at least one year, you will definitely change your mind. At least, that's the case for me. I remember how sure I was back then about coming back to Malaysia RIGHT AFTER I GRADUATE. Whenever friends and relatives asked me about my plans for my future I will say I hate it there because home is always the best bla bla bla and I wanna come back and how the angmos I met were very racist bla bla bla. Obviously, things changed this sem. I don't know why and how it changed but I just started to appreciate the opportunity God gave me to study in Melbourne. I'm beginning to like it there. Mum said it's because I have a 'target' to fulfill there zzz. And let's not get into that yet. Of course I still miss home a lot when I was there but then I did not feel depressed or homesick anymore. I now plan to get a PR. :X yes, very surprising to some people. I used to think that if I ever planned to settle down in Melbourne I will be separated FOREVER from my family. But NO! After  working, I can just ask my parents to come visit and stay with me whenever I want them to do so because Dad is retiring soon and he will have all the time in the world plus, I will be earning quite a good salary(hopefully, but at least better than what I am gonna get in Malaysia) there I can fly them over anytime I want. I know of Malaysian parents who don't like the culture and lifestyle in Aussie but thank God my parents love it so much there so I don't need to worry about them not wanting to go over. Also, my parents fully support me to continue staying there after graduating. Not only do they support, they keep encouraging me to do so.

Besides, it is like the best timing I went to Aussie. There's this new policy that Australia will be implementing or have already implemented, not very sure, that all international students will be given a two to four years work permit straight after graduation. So we students will not need to worry about not getting a TR or PR and then get kicked out of the country because we can't find a job there. So the scenario now is after graduating, I will have a work permit that helps me buy time and allows me to continue staying in Melbourne while I go job hunting then if I get a job, hopefully the employer will sponsor me a PR. I think. Not very sure if I got it right. I just know that it's a good news for all international students.

Another thing I wanna thank God for is my results for last semester. I never could have gotten such good results without His guidance, favor and revelation. God did not give me just a mere distinction but actually a High Distinction (H1) for the subjects that I thought I would have gotten a much lower grade when most of my peers just barely passed. I was expecting at most a H2 for my core subject (the tough subject that I kept complaining about). And for my selective I was also expecting the same grade because I didn't quite know how to do one of the blocks but I also got a H1 for that. I took finance as my breadth subject and realize commerce is just not for me but I still got a H2A for it, all glory to God.

I also started serving in the production team in the church that I attend in Melbourne. And that was when I started realizing a lil something something that might be a big thing in my life in the future. Will reveal if it works out. I thank God for letting me realize that there are actually quite a number of beautiful things/person/people in Melbourne that I will miss if I kept to my initial plan of coming back to work in Malaysia. Thank God for slowly unravelling His plans for my life in Melbourne. All in all, it was a great great great semester!

I bet a lot of you just skipped all the words. Lol. I'm now back in KL for the winter hols. My sisters and I brought mum to Shangri-la for afternoon tea on her birthday last week and here are a few photos taken.

The variety of sugar options for the tea

International Cheese Platter

Birthday girl


Me and Dad in the background.

Bad resolution and retarded because Leanne asked me to crop her off!

After that I just focused on nomming and didn't have the mood to take more photos. And with this I'm gonna end this post. Toodles! 


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