Hello from the OTHER SIDE
Reporting live from Sydney! Thank God I made it back in one piece (barely actually. haha). I FEEL SO EXHAUSTED. Sorry for being MIA (again!). I was busy with moving (2nd time and counting), work and most importantly, I HAD NO WIFI! #toughlife
The days leading up to my flight back to Sydney were absolute chaos (the good and the bad kind). Good because I had a lot of catch ups and meet ups. Bad because well, panic packing (HAAAAA!).
Leaving home for the second time was tough. You’re no longer going to a new place. While I have many other different things to look forward to (placement program, new temporary accommodation, meeting new ppl etc), there’s still that sense of familiarity. I’m not too sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Maybe it is neutral. I guess I’m anxious and excited at the same time. Excited that I’ll be going back and starting a new sem but ANXIOUS BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. GAHHHH!
But either way, I MISS HOME!
This is going to be a tough semester. It will be a steep learning curve on my end. Praying that I’ll stay sane and that all goes well!
NOT ready to do life (HAHAHAH!). I hope I will be able to update my blog and write as often as I would like to.
Let’s jump back to my summer break in MALAYSIA.
It was a good 2 months back home. I was able to do whatever I wanted to do and also catch up with family and friends.
My last 2 weeks in Malaysia (felt like dejavu from the last time I left) were “difficult”. SO many things had happened in that short span of time that I cannot even begin to describe what I went through. It felt like I was stuck in a blackhole. When you’re feeling everything between the extreme ends of the emotional meter, you just feel detached from reality. #lost
In between the series of unfortunate events, I was able to see the silver lining (THANKFULLY!). There were also many things to be grateful for.
Shoving all unhappiness aside, I was VERY productive. I had written a long to-do list the minute I came home. I did not get through half of it until the last 2 weeks! We seem to able to function under pressure.
I felt a sense of urgency. Humans are funny. We only seem to appreciate when we lose/about to lose something. Just like how we only start to take care of ourselves when something goes wrong (sickness, disease etc) or how we seem to be able to complete an assignment 5 hours before it is due.
For me (and others), I felt the NEED to DO things and to SEE people (before going back to Sydney). Thank you to each and every one of you for spending your time with me (you know who you are).
I guess my point is that we don’t DO enough or APPRECIATE enough until we don’t have the luxury of it anymore (whatever “it” is).
Don’t wait till it is too late. JUST DO IT!
This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to just be present. I still find it difficult to BE in the moment. My mind is always in the future, worrying and thinking of what is ahead.
Ok, I shall not bore you with how I feel.
HIGHLIGHTS of my summer break:
First meal back home!
Had an extended family dinner the day I arrived! ALL THE MALAYSIAN FOOD! SO SO SO GOOD! Catching up with family over food is the best.
SIEW BAOS! Only the best from Jln Imbi. OH How I’ve missed you!
And of course, POPIAH! This uncle still remembers my special order.
Seafood dinner for my aunt’s birthday.
Family Wefie! It’s a thing now.
THUG LIFE with the granny.
Made it back in time to celebrate the life of this VERY SPECIAL PERSON. <3 Thanks for ALWAYS being there and having my back.
Overdue massage sesh. Too much walking in Sydney. #toughlife haha!
Very old issue of Running Malaysia but I was still able to have that 5 seconds of fame-fan-moment.
Camp commy for this year’s VBS – Journey Off the Map… SORTA. Fell sick for the FIRST TIME in 2016 on the VERY first day of VBS! Talk about good timing (I BLAME ALL THE FOOD!).
On that note, I really thank God for my health throughout my time in Sydney. I had ZERO signs of sickness. #blessed
Tres Amigas Buenas! <3 ALWAYS a good time with these 2! #forlife
Trio! So good to catch up on each other’s lives. We’ve changed so much over the years but glad to know that some things still remain the same.
TT – Track Tuesday! I can ALWAYS count on them to crack lame jokes and to provide relevant updates on running/non-running/useless info in our group chat! I literally LAUGH OUT LOUD every time! So good to have them around.
MMT’s Tom, Dick and Harry’s 7th Anniversary! WOOHOO! Always feel right at home with this bunch. Ever so supportive!
The girls <3
Trying to recreate our last pose. 😛
And of course, PUMA! <3 So much has changed. A lot of our “old” members have grown out of the group and moved on in their running life (very happy for them!). It was good to see the “new wave”.
These 2. When we are together, we’re the loudest. #noshame #goodtimes!
MONASH-ians! <3 We haven’t seen each other in a long time but it felt just like our uni days. And hello JANEY!
Summer job at Fit Orange! I wouldn’t call it a “JOB”. More like PLAYTIME!
Decided to dedicate my time to training my brother. 2 months of working out consistently! #gains He is so much stronger and healthier now. I will definitely miss our training sessions together! I am glad to know that he has kept the momentum going. Always asking me for workouts and a plan. #happytears #allthefeels #proudsis
Getting my legs fixed at APPLE PHYSIO! Happy to announce that I am FEELING A LOT BETTER! Slowing getting back into the swing of things… VERY very very slow that is. I have come to realise that I am in it for the long run. Why rush?
Just enjoying every moment I get to MOVE! #grateful
These guys… JOKERS! So full of themselves. #runningbrunchbuddies
Christmas family wefie!
More runs with MMT!
Thanks Jason for the invite! Got a chance to try my very first spinning class! SO MUCH FUN!
Seriously, give it a go! You’ll be sweating buckets. Oh, and you are required to strap on a HR monitor… NO CHEATING!
PUSH! No pain, no GAIN!
Gong Xi Fa Cai with the #Garminbuddies
More session at Apple! I have a long way to go! THANKS JESS! <3 If you’re looking for a good physio, well, you’re looking at one! 😉
With my fav kid! <3 Board games night with the church mates till… 2am?
Heart to heart talks and pigging out with Sylvia. What we do best! <3
Crab feast courtesy of Colin @ Crazy Crabs!
Indian food. 30 ringgit for a roti in Sydney… I’ll be missing this!
Lou sang with TT. So much laughter... my tummy was hurting!
Brother’s 15th Birthday! <3
I miss having my kakak around! She has been with me for 27 years and counting! She is ALWAYS looking out for me and cooking all my fav foods. She knows me too well. <3
Special thanks to Garmin Malaysia for all their SUPPORT in my fitness journey. From running to gym based workouts. These watches are so versatile, there is a function for everything! When I got injured, I was still able to track my HR, workouts, cycling etc!
Catching up with Lucas and his #rants. #jokes!
Always fooling around and having a good time at Fit Orange, talking about all things HEALTH and FITNESS!
The bosses behind Fit Orange! Thank you once again for this awesome opportunity to explore EMS!
Already missing this kid T_T!
Lou sang with runners and someone who plays a crucial role in a runner’s life (physiotherapist!). Haha! Special thanks to Kian Ming for dinner!
Special Lou Sang set @ Runner’s Cafe! It was really good, something different! If you’re a runner and live in Malaysia, CHECK THEM OUT!
KC girls unite! I love how we just… CLICK! <3 #friendshipgoals
ICE CREAM! #shamelessselfie #selfiestick #notmine
Last run in KL before I leave! Shoes were washed and ready to go! Oh, and thanks to Puma Malaysia for these AWESOME minimalist kicks!
Finally got to meet Kian Ming and his wife, Ee Leng! Before this, we’ve only ever “seen” each other on social media. I love how that brings people together! Thanks for being so genuine, down to earth, supportive, encouraging and #real.
Somebody has got a goal to hit this year. 😉 Watch out world!
Running TWIN! She’s always keeping me up to date about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! I’m still amazed at how similar we are – food and running! I miss running with you! Come to Sydney for a run kay? All the best to your #roadtosub345! That goal is yours, go get it!
MCKL-ians! Missing our Skype sesh! This bunch will ALWAYS be there when you need em. LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3
Last yummy dinner before I left for Sydney!
Pre-CNY family dinner! <3 MISSING YOU GUYS! <3
Just some of the BEST bits of my Summer! I’m sure I’ve missed out on many other things. I apologise in advance if I’ve left you out (def not intentional)!
SO SORRY to those that I’ve not been able to catch up with! Next round.
Back to reality now. Back to the grind!
Keep an eye out for another update…
because HELLO WIFI!
Till then, keep doing #YOU!