My my my! Where should I start?
2010 had been a great year for me. The only complaint I’ve got is, I can never have enough time for more things to happen in my life.
It had been a few weeks since I started my new job at that time. I KNEW I won’t stay for that group for more than 3 months. I just knew. I was kinda ‘depressed’ partly because I didn’t have Kian with me.
On the bright side, I watched tennis @ Australian Open! E* was flying in from the West. We spent some girlie time together. It was fantastic!
I had finally moved into our love nest. I had spent some times driving around, getting bits and pieces done. It was quite an experience driving around in Victoria especially in Melbourne City. Guess what? I survived the Hook-Turns! Yay me!
I still can’t believe this is our OWN place. *deep breath*
I can’t describe how good we feel about our new place - the living area wall was painted in three of my favorite colors: sunflower yellow, pistachio green and sunrise orange.
February is my birthday month. I decided to travel to Tasmania and visited my girlfriend whom I haven’t met since NAPSA Congress 2007!
New friends meet, old friends reunited.
I experienced snow in the Summer for the first time
I received another job offer not long after I had dropped my resume off at a local pharmacy. A phone that had come through seemed like the light of the end of (another) tunnel
I took a few days flying off to fly to Perth, a place where I once called home. Saying good-bye to friends hadn’t been an easy one especially you know the next trip will be far far away. On the bright side, Melbourne is so much awesome, and a lot more to look forward to!
By the end of the March, I was officially joining the Pharmacy Australia Congress Sub-committee Members organizing several social events
Kian joined me in Melbourne. We were finally together again. We celebrated 9th year anniversary.
For the kick start of our life in Melbourne, I’ve decided to attend Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix.
I had my 23rd blood donation in my life.
Started working in a new pharmacy.
This is another learning journey for me. I’ve kept myself busy going around in Melbourne City, sourcing out the best venues for PAC2010. Priceless learning journey for me especially being in a new place.
We both have been working very hard. We needed the money for the house. For the first time in my life, I miss my mum and dad very badly. What had happened to the generous allowance from the old folks?
For the very first time in my life, I feel like a grown-up. Officially.
I’ve never stop being a foodie, eating out and playing hard.
We had a great night at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Here’s a little secret, I’ve always wanted to be the extra in the stand-up “Thank God You’re Here”. I wanted to say THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE out loud when the celebrity comedian walking through the door.
How awesome is that?
Had a car accident. Ouch! A mum hit my car. No one hurts at the end. Thank Buddha for that!
Work, PAC2010 had been keeping me occupied.
During this month, I was already able to swim 100 laps. Non-stop.
Apart from those physical activities, I had been watching a fair bit of documentaries, reading loads of geeky stuffs.
Knowledge is power.
We never failed taking a short break from all the daily routines; Russell Peters was in town. You guess it right, we went and watched his show.
Kian and I spent sometimes exploring a few more places in the City.
We tried out more Yum Cha places in Melbourne too! I have to say that Yum Cha over here is so awesome!!
I was invited by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victoria) for being the Official Photographer for one of their event, Horizon.
The event was taken place in Cossar Hall. It brought me back to the good ol’ NAPSA memories from my student days. It was back in 2007, I was the Official Photographer for the first time in my life. Here I am, back again for the same role, yet an Early Career Pharmacist (ECP)
I had never been serious in learning any musical instrument. Just like any Chinese Asian parents out there, my dear mother got me to play do-re-mi before I started kindergarten. The result was absolutely expectedly bizarre.
Thank mum for not dis-owning me at that time.
I never gave up wanting to play piano. But throughout out my life, I never settled in a place where I can call my own ‘home’. My parents sent me far away from home for further education. I moved more than a few times for the many levels of education.
Secretly, I have been telling myself, if I ever own my place, I will play a piano from start.
11th June 2010, I bought my first Yamaha acoustic piano in my life.
24th June: 24th blood donations
I’ve been introduced to Kian’s cousins.
15th July - I enrolled myself in a local music school, started playing c,d,e all over again.
My piano teacher is Steve Jaz, and he is awesome!
Good news. Another job offer! Bigger role, better location. Well, the workplace is close to home. 3 minutes from home, literally.
Light from the other end of the tunnel. Well, sorta. I am not complaining. My competitive nature defines my own ‘light’ in super mega watts, not those you see in story books- that candle-powered light.
I took a few days off from work. Flew oversea and visited my parents. I wanted to tell them the good news.
Dad was happy for me, deep down I could tell he wanted me to carry on with his business.
Daddy, I am sorry I’ve chosen a slightly different path. But I promise, I will make you proud.
The trip is not complete without awesome noms.
Got invited as the Official Photographer for the second time at PSA event, Pharmacy Student of The Year (Victoria).
p/s: something worth mentioned for this month: I watched a shitty movie: Twilight Saga.
There were many question marks constantly floating in my mind. What if this, what if that.. too many what-ifs, yet so little answers.
30th August, I survived my first day at work as a Managing Pharmacist.
Here’s come the Spring! Woohoo!
Watched an awesome movie: Inception
Finally got to do my tax return. Disappointed.
Super duper busy. Endless to-do(s) in the diary pages.
Early Career Pharmacist Working Group (ECP WG) Cocktail Night was a great success! YAY me! So happy!
Thanking Ramesh for providing the ‘bolts and nuts’ networking game. I hope he liked the cake that Tara and myself organized for his birthday.
My first time at Melbourne Cup. It is so different to see the horses racing in tv screen and those in real life.
It was very overwhelming.
The fashion, hats, crowds .. …
Best of all, I won some money! ^^
Two weddings to attend for this month.
I headed to Singapore for a long weekend in order to attend my girlfriend’s wedding.
Julia looks absolutely stunning! It has been a long journey for her and her hubby before they tied the knot. I was so happy for her!
When I was asked when I will be getting married, you know what, I really don’t know.
It was fun to meet up with my sister in between my busy schedule for some shopping. In the meantime, I met up with Elaine.
Had one of the biggest steroidal-boosted prawn and lobster in Singaporean style. Oh my! That’s was gooood!
Tip over and sprained my ankle. fml.
Attended Kian’s cousin’ wedding
1001 people asking us ‘the’ same question.
Work had organized a dress-up Christmas function started early.
Me and Kian went party in m&m’s
That was fun! Not until you had too much to drink and rocked up at the cousin’s wedding the very next morning with gastro bugs.
Back at Cossar Hall for the 3rd time being the Official Photographer for PSA.
I had my very first piano performance at local Town Center. I played “The Closet Thing to Crazy” by Katie Mehlua. I am pleased with my performance, hoping I will do better next year this time around.
Another new journey had begun for me at Early Career Pharmacist Working Group when I was elected as National Representative for Victorian Branch. Can’t wait for another exiting year ahead!
We bought the very first Christmas tree!
Got bitten by White-tailed Spider on Christmas Eve. I have been sick ever since. The whole body feels like I got run over by Megatron. What the heck I thought. I still drove all the way to South Melbourne Market to pick up some fresh seafood.
Christmas was spent at home eating seafood to our heart contents.
I had spent the last few days of December stacking Lego while nursing the wounded toes.
It wasn’t hard to put up the Imperial Flagship. The main challenge was looking for THE RIGHT PIECE for THE RIGHT PART. Let alone the spider toxin had been playing up in my body, I suffered from all sort of signs and symptoms. I will hunt that little wanker down and peel his legs off - one by one.
2010 was a great year.
Before I finish off this blog post, allow me a mini Oscar-like thank-you speech.
Thank you Bill Suen, Francis Ip, Judy Sinclair and Brownwyn Flanagan from PSA Victoria for having me in the family. I am very much looking forward for another new start
Thank you for putting up with me my dear colleague(s). It’s not the easiest task to do so, but you’ve done well. :)
Thanks mum, dad, koko, Shuoh and Alli. Your love is everything to me.
Thank you all the family (other side), friends for all the great times and memories.
Thanks Honey, 2010 couldn’t be this AWESOME without you. Love you.
For those who are still reading this blog, I sincerely wish you all the best in 2011.