Thursday, December 17, 2015

Can the winds melt my misery?


Meet the new addition to the friendship circle!

Sincere apologies for the sudden disappearance. It's just that the second semester emotionally and mentally drained me (hence the flights out to KL and Brisbane).

It's disheartening for me that I almost flunked a course that I had the most experience in. I'm not angry, just disappointed in myself. I was still awake at 6.30am on a Monday morning, struggling to complete the remainder of the take-home paper. I was like, ugh, I'm not forcing myself to sleep after submitting the refined answer. Everything already looks incoherent (even to my exhausted brain).

At this stage, I was losing a battle with my emotions. Not only was I upset with myself, I was at the verge of bawling my eyes out while crawling past the exam questions.

It didn't help that my performance on the Public Law exam paper was affected by the pre-exam nerves that I felt (for the first time!). Who knows I might have even attained a bare credit if I remained cool as a cucumber?

*sighs*

Maybe it's best that I freeze all forms of communication whenever I have a take-home exam to prevent an explosion of emotions.

It is the reasons above that I decided at the eleventh hour to return home and visit Brisbane. The desire of momentarily leaving Adelaide grew stronger by the day and I knew it spanned from the academic stress. Talk about not being in the right zone!

You see, I was against the idea of paying the penalty fees (and maybe even the fare difference) to adjust the schedule for both flights just for the replacement exams. But hey, at least I've sailed through and can now focus on prepping myself for another round of intense studies. I seriously hope that the mistakes and lessons learnt will nudge me to become a better planner and time manager (read: studying alone in the library, away from the buzz).


Chocolate Mud Cake and Flat White in Coffee Club Brisbane Square, QLD.


Pumpkin and Ricotta Pie with Caffe Latte in Zarraffa's Coffee, Myer Centre, Brisbane, QLD.


Christmas Carols Spectacular by Hillsong Brisbane in Mount Gravatt, QLD.




Night Quarter Market in Helensvale, QLD.


Raw Treasures, in Surfers Paradise and Helensvale Night Markets.

Although I'm aware that there's such a market in Adelaide, I admit that I've been too lazy to visit Flinders Street Market. I've no idea why, but I have a tendency to visit tourist spots that are furthest from me.


Supper while flying to KLIA

It's mostly food that I ran after during this trip home (as I craved the authentic flavor), not shopping or catching up with friends. I didn't have the luggage space to accommodate the shopping spree and with the limited time that I had, I'd rather reserve it for myself or the people close to me and errands.

What probably made it more special was the surprise that awaited me, though. The payer did not know it was my birthday when we went out together for seafood. I was such a smart mouth (sarcasm intended) to let it slip out, argh.

I don't think I want to recollect the events of that night, but let's just say that we did have fun amidst the travel hiccups.

Look who came to greet me while I was on campus earlier!



Am I looking at a duck? O.o
- After researching the details for Eurasian Coots, the image above is indeed a duck! It's known as Australian Wood Duck.

14 comments:

  1. Hang in there. You're going to get through it. Cute duck pic and I would want to order the pumpkin and ricotta too.

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    1. Thanks, Yum List. =) I guess it was just me getting used to a new academic environment (in addition to moving at least 5000 km) after all.

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  2. happy to be reading your updates again ... it sounds like there've been rough patches and more than a few challenges ... but here's to a much, much, much better 2016, yes!

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    1. Trust me, there were lots of challenges in the last couple of months. *sighs* But it's all in the past now. Oh my god, yes, I sure hope that 2016 will be smoother for all of us, Sean. =)

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  3. Glad to see you're back! :)

    I can totally understand how devastated you must feel. I nearly had to repeat a semester (!!!) coz I wasn't doing well at that time too, repeating a subject I've already done (stayed back during summer break to catch up) but repeating a whole semester would be crazy! Luckily I didn't have to do it but I know how it feels.

    It's just a few more days before 2016 rolls along. All the best in everything, I wish you pleasant days ahead.

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    1. Repeating the subject for the whole semester's actually for the core subjects.... like, if you fail Property Law and it's a prerequisite subject, there's no way out but to spend an extra 6 months (of time and money). From what I've heard, summer/winter school is for the electives, though I won't know for sure.

      Thanks, Huai Bin. =) I hope that 2016 will be a much better year than 2015. ^^

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  4. Festive season's on the way. Have a Happy and Blessed Christmas and an awesome 2016. Cheers!!!

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    1. Thanks, STP! =) Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year to you and your family too! ^^

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  5. Hehehe... It's ok. No worries ;) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year again!

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    1. I feel so bad, Irene, for the silly mistake... >.<

      Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you too!!! ^^

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  6. So sorry to hear about your predicament, dear. I'm sure you'll do better next time. Think about happy things, it's Christmas just in few days. I'm sure all good things will come to you. xoxo

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    1. It's okay, Shirley. =) I'll just have to up my game next time... and hope that I have my priorities straightened. Thanks for the advice, will try to take it to heart. =)

      Merry Christmas and New Year to you, though! <3

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  7. Look on the positive side: at least you have the option of flying home or away as a method of de-stress. That's a bloody good option to have! I don't think very many people can resort to this. :/

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    1. Now that you have mentioned it, CL, that's something I haven't fully thought of either. The recent one (and the Brisbane flight too) was not by choice, though. Comparing the feeling that I felt back in July, I wasn't even looking forward to return home this time around. =/

      But yes, I do agree with that. =)

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