Finally got the internet up and running in the campus! So here are the photos taken recently.
It's still so cold here. Errrkkk..
And guess what? I'm the only Chinese in my flat. My room mate happens to be some cool American guy named Luke. There's also another American guy in the next room and two other girls living together. Hah.
Greetings from Perth! I'm presenting exploiting one of the free wireless networks outside my hotel which allows me to go online for a limited period of time. So when my session dies off, I'll re-apply for a new trial account. It's kinda dumb but a desperate situation calls for a desperate measure man!
I've taken lotsa photos but unfortunately, I couldn't get them uploaded because picture files are big! And when I exceed a certain amount of bandwidth which this trial account provides, I get disconnected. So it's really pathetic. But at least, I could still talk on MSN for a decent period of 15 minutes? Hah.
So what's up in Perth?
Firstly, it's really cold here. Everyone wears a jacket wherever they go. In the night, it gets even colder when the breeze attacks! The temperature falls between 9 to 17 degrees so it's pretty much free air-con for the city!
Secondly, food prices are crazy! A food court style serving say chicken rice will cost AUD 9.50. Take that and multiply by 1.3 (exchange rate) and that would give you a rough SGD 12.50! A 600ml bottle of coke from the supermarket will cost AUD 2.60 which is about SGD 3.30! And the final bomb is this - a plate of white rice (I'm talking about plain normal white rice you get from chicken rice etc) will cost AUD 3.50. It's $4.50 for a freakin plate of plain rice! I should consider eating the bark of the tree outside my campus whenever I'm broke.
Thirdly, Internet is very expensive! Over here, there aren't any unlimited plans such as those in found Singapore. How lucky you Singaporeans! In Perth, they charge by the amount of data that you download. So I have to actually disable images when I surf the web. I feel like I'm an online beggar now. Once, I was an online tycoon ripping off gigabytes of data via bittorrent everyday!
Fourthly, Australian television is airing much crap. Just check out Jerry Springer. This is something that our MDA will not tolerate! And I honestly think that our government is doing the right thing by putting the right stuff on screen. There's even this program featuring some psychic guy trying to connect to the death. And The Simpson's cartoons here seem more crude than what's showing in Singapore. It's interesting but altogether crappy at the same time.
A BIG thank you to everyone who came to dine at Sakae!
I have a wonderful time having you guys around. Your presence tonight has been a great encouragement to me. Now, it makes leaving singapore so much harder!
Here are 10 things that I will miss in singapore ..
Chilling out with the notorious partners-in-crime
Playing the guitar for cell group
Listening to Miranda's preaching
Attending Saturday service with everyone
Having Pastor Kong/Tan inspires me
Having meals together at BEST coffee house
Walking Charlene back home
Talking to Charlene on the phone
Meeting Charlene for random movies
Pacifying Charlene when she's annoying
It feels so humane and sometimes even natural to take things for granted. Like the people we meet in our mundane life. When I come to realise that I won't be joining my cell for meeting this weekend, I feel a sudden strange discomfort that stirs up within me. But I reckon that it's just natural to feel like that. I mean, who wouldn't?
On a lighter note, Daniel was baptized last week! Here're the photos!
The photo collage plastered at Frontier Community Centre (next to Jurong Point). We had the privilege to be part of this nationalistic movement! Hah!
But a great pity I'll have to give this year's national parade a miss!
I have been excruciatingly lazy to blog though I have many things in my mind - hence much to say, grumble, rant and ramble about. So this morning, I've decided to do just that! Aren't you glad?
This is an old newspaper article published about a week ago. But I am still very inspired by what was spoken by the judge who passed the verdict.
As you may have known from the recent spate of news since about a year ago, one national serviceman committed a grave offense when he took his rifle and 7 rounds of ammunition he had been issued with and fled out of camp. To hunt him down, police mounted an intensive manhunt, with more than 200 officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department and the Police Special Tactics and Rescue. 20 hours later, Dave was caught by the police with his rifle and bullets at a public toilet in Cathy Orchard Cineleisure. Reports have suggested that he committed the act in the midst of severe emotional stress after a failed relationship with his girlfriend.
'MY HEART hurts for you that so young a man will have to spend some of the best years of his life in prison and have to undergo so many strokes of the cane, but I trust that you understand a deterrent sentence is unavoidable in the circumstances.
Dave, you have had a very hard life. I hope that this unfortunate and traumatic wrong turn in your life will make you much more mature and a whole lot wiser and that you will spend the next few years reconstructing your young life.
I hope that you will pursue your studies, listen to good advice from counsellors and learn many skills while in prison and that, upon your release, you will have a life full of meaning and purpose to honour the memory of your grandmother and your beloved younger brother.
It has been written, 'To everything there is a season'. There was a time when you loved, there came a time when you hated. There was a time when you felt you wanted to kill, now is the time for you to heal. There was a time you were broken down, now is the time to build yourself up. There was a time when you were at war in your being, now is the time to restore peace within.'
The different seasons of life as spoken by Justice Yong Kwang is also illustrated in the bible in the book of Ecclesiastes. No wonder, it so threw me off my feet when I first read it!
1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven
2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
Truly, the wisdom of God surpasses all human knowledge and understanding. I believe that the judge must have prayed really hard before passing the verdict, having noted that a deterrent sentence is unavoidable in the circumstances.
ANOTHER LIFE TRANSFORMED
I have a friend in my group who experienced a radical transformation in his faith by this incident. He was an officer whom was involved in conducting military exercises for the company which Dave belonged to. When the event broke out, an investigation was carried out and he was found to be indirectly responsible for certain glitches.
At that point, there were news that he would be charged by the military court for negligence. A staunch Buddhist then, he desperately sought help from the many temple gods he knew. Sharing his testimony with me, he described how his life started falling into a million pieces as he anticipated legal action against him. As a result, he picked up heavy smoking and isolated himself. Infertile with his own efforts, he decided to believe in Jesus Christ and found genuine peace and new strength. Shortly later, he was left off with a hefty fine instead.
And today, he is a pious believer and fervently serving God!
3 more weeks to departure. I am excited for a new change but still, I'll miss everyone! It's in the middle of winter in Perth so it'll be really cold. I was told that the temperature could be as low as ZERO degrees at night. Gee, I hope I won't have to get up to pee at midnight and realise that the toilet bowl is frozen.
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