Lately, I’ve faced the challenge of finding the right shade of red/plum lipstick that will suit me. No success so far. I have so much to write about and tomorrow night will be perfect to squeeze some writing in as I am having a Skype date with Dah! :)
It’s been a while. But I saw this today and it pretty much sums up everything the past amazing month.
This month of February has been pretty crazy. Four different countries in one month. So far, I’ve met many new and interesting people during my travel. It is so cliched, but traveling really does freaking open your eyes. It opens your eyes to the importance of culture, soul, character, arc of conversations, knowledge, food…the list is endless. Talking to people of different wavelengths makes me appreciate what I have in life. It makes me realize that sometimes I need to stop behaving like a spoilt brat.
Tomorrow I shall be flying off to Taiwan, but before I leave home, I just want to share about something that spoke to me at church in Melbourne. Marcus spoke at the youth service about how it doesn’t matter where you are - you are in a good place. This really enlightened me because for the past three months, I felt lost and directionless after graduating from university. I looked at my student status letter that was sent to my house three days ago and it read “this student has fulfilled all the graduation requirements at National University of Singapore. The degree will be conferred on 26 February.”
I read the words and realized that this was it. School has officially ended. Work begins at the start of March. It’s a new chapter of my life and according to the book I am currently reading, the Twenties are the Defining Decade in life.
It hasn’t hit me that work is starting. It didn’t hit me when I signed the job contract yesterday. It didn’t hit me when Sarah and I went shopping for work clothes today. It still didn’t hit me when I set up my bank account for my payroll. And I don’t think it will hit me till I face the setbacks and challenges that every graduate experiences in his or her first job.
I am excited, tired, pretty optimistic and most importantly, happy to be where I am today.
Melbourne day five: this pretty much sums up what I did on my fifth day. After having macarons and tea with the girls, I met up with Sling for dinner. It’s been one and a half years since ad properly caught up on everything. Dinner was at this amazing place called Bangkok Terrace in Hawthorn. Yep. Thai food again. I also gambled for the first time in my life at Crown. Won 150 bucks! :)
Melbourne day 4: brunch was meant to be at 11 but Grace and I couldn’t wake up so we had lunch with Ash and Marcus instead. This trip has involved a lot of fattening myself up. Had tea with these lovely girls. It was nice seeing Kathleen for a bit! As it was a Friday, we decided to go out for dinner in the city at Korean barbecue, pre drinks at some bar in an alleyway and then Alumbra!
Melbourne day three: we went for brunch at this quaint and cosy indie cafe called Bella Sistas along Toorak Road. I had the normal eggs and bacon (making a mental note not to always choose the conventional item on the menu.) Shortly after a fulfilling brunch, we went for froyo at Cacao Green. And as Jono was living very nearby, we dropped by to hang out for a bit before I took the train back home. I had a dumplings date with Sarah - super romantic. Then I came home to be surprised with a lovely bouquet of pink roses :)
Melbourne day two: loner picture outside Chin Chin. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne at the moment. We had to wait one and a half hours to get a coveted table, so we roamed the city for a bit. The restaurant boasts a contemporary south East Asian cuisine - it’s essentially Thai food though. Super appetizing; but I already had my overdose of Thai food in Phuket. The desserts were amazing. Then we headed to this bar called The Spice Market, where I got rejected because I wasn’t carrying any ID. Sigh. Great to know I still look underaged!