Friday, March 30, 2007

World's Greatest Shave

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, people. I'm kinda busy and the internet connection isn't working at my place.

Anyway, I am going to write something today. :)

Why are there sitting outside the engineering building?

I know today, there's an event going on. So, I purposely rushed back to uni earlier after lunch to witness the event. Can you guess what's that?

It's the World's Greatest Shave today! I have actually seen the posters all around the engineering building.

Be brave and shave!

What's that you might ask. It's all about shaving your head to raise funds for the Leukemia Foundation.

Waiting patiently for their heads to get shaved!

There's people walking around to get donation while these people getting their head shaved. All the money will go to the patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

All done.

The World's Greatest Shave is one of the biggest fund raising project across the country (Australia). About 100,000 people participate in this event.

"Can I have a look at the mirror?"

It's actually a challenge to have your head shaved. Some of the people just couldn't take it but there are people willing to shave off their head just to raise funds for charity. I salute those who are brave enough to shave off their head.

You look cool, mate!

Anyone is welcome to participate in this event. Even if you don't shave, you can colour your hair. If not, you can...

Do something like this guy did.

wax your legs! Some guys even waxed their chest which I didn't manage to witness. I know why they had their head shaved but, colouring their hair and waxing their legs and chest? Can anyone tell me why?

Anyway, good job to these guys. I was just not mentally prepared for this. If not, I would have my head shaved off as well. One, I can do this for charity. Two, I can get a free hair cut! How nice right? ;)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Busy Bee?

As most of you have noticed, I update my blog less often these days. I have too many things to catch up and 24 hours a day are not really sufficient for me.

Basically my daily routine is like this. Everyday, I wake up at about 9 a.m. (most of the days but sometimes as early as 8a.m.). Then, attend lectures from morning till afternoon. Of course, in between, I have an hour, or if lucky, have two hours of lunch break. One hour lunch break, I'll most probably have my lunchbox with me. Sandwiches, which is prepared earlier, would be my lunch. For two hour lunch break, I'll walk back home and have lunch.

Sometimes when I have break in between lectures, I'll try to make full use of the time for the preparation of go-karting event. Yea, I'm organising a go-karting event for some 50 international students on behalf of International Student Service (ISS). I have to send emails, prepare poster and flyers for promotion, contact bus company, contact go-kart company, discuss with the other committees about the event, and so on. Easy? I don't think so.

You'll see me walking non-stop from a place to another, mostly to deal with this go-kart event. I couldn't believe myself that I can walk for so long in a day. To go to school, I need to walk for 20 minutes, and in uni, I think I have to walk here and there for at least 40 minutes (more than that actually), and to go back home, I need another 20 minutes. If I'm going back for lunch, I have to walk again. And at night when I have to go to uni for some group meeting/revision, I have to walk again. Now, you do the calculations. :P

If I'm not busy with the preparation of go-karting event, I'll try to read some of the text required by the lecturers/tutors in order to complete some of my assignments. I can remember there's one day, it's from 9a.m. to 5:30p.m., without any break and only 30 minutes of lunch break. It's worse than working!

After going back home from uni, I'll prepare dinner if my housemates haven't done it. If I'm too late, I'll have to wash the dishes. Done with the dinner, I'll take an hour break. Then, I'll take a bath and again, go back to uni. I spend more time in uni than at home. Almost every night, I'll stay till late in uni to do some assignments or revision with friends. We also discuss our Final Year Project. One of my biggest worries now. Normally, I'll stay in uni till 11p.m. or 12a.m., before walking back home and call it a day.

Despite having fully utilised my time, I still find it not enough for me. I still have a lot of revision to be done. Hopefully I can have more time to do my revision after the go-karting event is over.

Today is the end of daylight saving. Time will revert back to normal. That's mean I have an hour extra! I can have more time to rest now!:)

Till then, I'll still try to find some time to update my blog.

P/s: After walking so much everyday, I still find no improvement in my waistline. *Sigh*

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Members of My Family

After two or three weeks using

Two buckets.


A brush brought all the way from Miri.

to wash my dirty and smelly clothes, finally, let us welcome a new member of my family in Perth to take over this task, Wishy the washing machine! *Clap clap*


Wishy was adopted by us from his previous owner for only Aud$100. Date of birth was not known but according to his look, I guess he's only two or three years old. I hope he can serve us well.

Wishy's previous owner also introduce us, Fred the fridge!

Muscular Fred.

Let us welcome him with a round of applause! *Clap clap* Fred was adopted by us for Aud$160. According to his previous owner, he's only two years old. Although his body has several scratches, he's still strong and fit. He stores all our food inside his brain and tummy. However, he's still consider small in size.

Now, with Wishy, I don't need to hand wash my clothes anymore. And with Fred, I no longer need to survive ONLY on instant noodles and canned food! (Of course, I do consume them once in a while :P)

So, isn't it great to have two more new members in my family? ;)

Friday, March 16, 2007

I'm Richer!

Couple of days ago, I received a mail which I had no idea who sent it.

Guess who sent this?

My housemate, Darren, passed this mail to me. I was scratching my head, trying to guess who sent it. "Don't tell me I need to pay for any bills again. I'm broke!" I thought.


I didn't bother guessing anymore. Curiosity forced me to tear off the envelope and looked into the contents.

Two gift cards.

To my surprise, the envelope contained the reward vouchers from a research company, Valued Opinions.

Earn reward vouchers online.

I became a member of this research company the end of last year and since then, I have participated in several market research surveys they conduct. This company rewards you with reward vouchers for every survey you complete.

Aud$10 Coles Myer gift card.

There are several rewards you can choose from. I have chosen the two Aud$10 Coles Myer gift cards. Although it's merely two Aud$10 gift cards, I can feel that I'm Aud$20 richer!

Red Ipod Nano.

I hope I can earn more money either from the psychology experiments in my uni or from the online market research surveys.

This is because my next target is the 4gb red Ipod Nano! ;)

P/s: Is there anyone who wants to donate to my 4gb-red-Ipod-Nano-fund? You are welcome to do so. Or, if anyone wants to send me a red Ipod Nano for my birthday present, I don't mind, too. But please let me know so that I won't have two red Ipod Nano. :P

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Swan Valley Trip with ISS

Last Saturday, Nicole (Social Secretary) and I (Sports Secretary) of the International Student Service (ISS) organised a combined event to Swan Valley. Most of the preparation work was done by Nicole, I must admit. Since I was not back to Perth earlier than she did, she had to take over my part.

In the bus.

At about 8:30 a.m., we started our 45 minutes (approximately) trip to Swan Valley. Everyone was kinda excited about the trip.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Our first destination, The Margaret River Chocolate Company. The company has another branch at Margaret River which is actually their main branch.

Everyone trying to seek for the best chocolate.

Once entered the shop, everyone started to browse around, trying to check whether the shop offers any yummy chocolate or not.

One piece of those costs you Aud$1.50++.

I must say the factory produces one of the finest chocolates I have ever tasted. I didn't buy any actually (quite expensive), I just went for the "Free Tasting". :P


Their products range from the most popular chocolates to the company's very own merchandise.

Chocolate Easter Bunny.

That is the chocolate which caught my attention. I wonder if anyone would give me any chocolate Easter Bunny or not this year...

Snack's Corner.

There's a Snack's Corner at the chocolate factory. You can order a cup of hot chocolate if you haven't had any breakfast. ;)

Chocolate dip.

Again, I didn't order that. Nicole, Jonathan and Bernice ordered that. Basically, you can dip everything you can think of into the chocolate they provided.

From left to right: Kok, Bernice (Deputy of Social) and Nicole.

After spending about an hour at the chocolate factory, we decided to leave for the next event; Supa Golf.

Waiting at the "cafeteria" for our turn to play.

Supa Golf is actually a mini version of the golf. I guess, most of the golfers learn their basic skill from Supa Golf.

Game rates.

We have planned to take the "9 holes" for everyone.


We were divided into 8 groups and each group consisted of 5 people.

I couldn't remember most of their names already.

They couldn't accomodate all 40 people in the golf course, so we had to wait for our turn.

Record for your shots.

Golf clubs.

Golf ball.

Now, you can see Supa Golf is really for beginner golfer. ;)

Hole 1.

After waiting patiently for about half an hour, there I went, Hole 1!

First strike of the ball!

It was tough at first. The ball landed not far from where I have hit the ball.

Finally in the hole. ;)

It took me about 4 or 5 shots before the golf ball went into the hole. Not bad for a person who never holds a golf club before eh?

"Pro" golfers from left to right: Rachel, Cheryl, Lydia, Jonathan, Kok.

It took us about 1 and a half or two hours to finish all the 9 holes. Tiring but fun! A must try for everyone!:)

Move on next was a tram ride at Whiteman Park after our quick lunch. For your information, lunch was sandwiches and drinks which was partly prepared by me. :P

Jonathan and I on the tram.

The tram is an electric tram which takes you to a 4km tram ride.

Left or right?

It takes about 30 minutes to complete a journey and it departs every half hour.

Bush fire on the far side.

Inside the tram, you'll get to see parts of the park and also some wonderful scenery.

I know I'm fat!

You can also take some beautiful photos.

After the 4km tram ride.

It costs an adult Aud$5 for this short ride. For me, it's way too expensive and not worth the money. I'll rather add some more money to visit the Caversham Wild Life Park which is just situated beside Whiteman Park.

The trip came to an end at about 4p.m. I was drop dead tired after the trip. However, I must say the Swan Valley trip is a success. Let's wait and see for my next sports event for ISS; GO KARTING!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Book Fest and Sausage Sizzle

Last Tuesday was a very busy day for me.

Kok The weather is super hot lah!

Despite the hot weather, with the temperature exceeded 42 degrees Celcius, the International Student Service (ISS) managed to organise two events; Book Fest and Sausage Sizzle. As I'm one of the committees, I was expected to get involved.

Small Book Fest.

Book Fest was organised by the Education and Welfare Officer of the ISS.

Various second hand books for sale.

Basically, the Book Fest is a place for all the students to buy and sell second hand books.

"Aud$30 for two books, can?"

ISS doesn't make any profit from this Book Fest for your information. It is a direct sales between the students.

Sausage Sizzle.

In the afternoon of the very same day, ISS organised a Sausage Sizzle for all the international students.

Come and grab a sausage with bun for free!

The main objective for this Sausage Sizzle is to extend the warmest welcome for all the international students.


The ISS committees took this opportunity to explain to the students about the advantages upon becoming an ISS member.

Chit chat and have fun!

Guess which country they come from.

Some came just to grab free food but some came to meet more friends.

Part of the ISS committees, one guy and all girls.

Both events received overwhelming response from the students. Well done to all the ISS committees. Next event up would be Swan Valley Trip. Stay tuned!:)

P/s: Apologise if you think this post is not properly done cause the weather is so hot and I just don't have the mood to write well. I'm melting at the moment...
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