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Reflection: A Moment of Silence in the Sky

Moment to myself to reflect!

There is something very emotional or at least thought provoking as you watch the last ray of sunlight gradually gives way to darkness. From the comfort of my seat approximately thousands feet above ground, I watch the beautiful shades of red and orange slowly fade into darkness, as the day comes to an end. Sometimes I wonder if it is a blessing or a curse being disconnected from the rest of the world when I am on a plane. It is a curse for someone like me who spend most of my time glued to my MacBook, iPad or iPhone with Internet connectivity where information is endless and social media notifications keep me occupied. It is a blessing in a disguise, in some way, it gives me the moment to reflect upon life in general and perhaps an opportunity for some technology detox. My work surrounds digital marketing and social media where Internet is parts and parcel of my life. My life depends greatly on the Internet. The Internet to me in some way is like water to fish.

Flight from Brisbane to Perth takes approximately over five hours. It could be torture for someone like me. After a whirlwind trip with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to attend a conference in Brisbane, I pack not only my luggage with me but also a wide range of emotions to process. Perhaps this five-hour flight is just the thing that I need – to unpack and process these emotions before I am ready to start my Monday after an eventful weekend.

It has been my third conference with the Institution but with every conference I walk away with bags of emotions. This conference has fuelled me with enthusiasm and motivation. Having seated in a room filled with like-minded driven individuals for two days, it has given me the motivation to march forward. Like-minded passionate individuals have always been able to give me an adrenaline rush to get back home and share with others what I learn. I am beyond eager to share with my mates all the great things that are happening across the Australia New Zealand region. I feel so happy to be in these conferences, having reunited with familiar faces. One of the highlights of all these travels is to reconnect with familiar faces and to forge new bond. I am forever grateful of the opportunity the IET has provided me with. It broadens my network and social circle. Having friends from all around this region is such a cool thing, don’t you reckon? It is always great to catch up with old mates and to see what everyone is up to.

Brisbane is a city where I have not been before. I live for the quote “Make an effort to travel to a place that you have never been before once a year.” Across social medias, we see people showing off their travel snaps and stories. It is only human nature to feel slightly jealous and the urge to hop on the popular culture bandwagon to fit in the norm. However, are we that desperate to hop onto that bandwagon that we lose our rationale? This could be another topic of discussion some other day. What I wanted to say is that I feel extremely privileged to be flown to places I have never been before and the deal becomes sweeter when it is an all-expenses paid trip. Of course I have done a lot of work prior to this conference but I still feel extremely privileged. I reflect upon all the opportunities that I have. Firstly I am forever indebted to my parents who worked hard, saved every single penny to move our family to Australia. Australians take pride in the value of fair go for all regardless of who you are. If you ask me 10 years ago, do I see myself as a migrant in a Western country who adapts well and functions in the country, and has all these wonderful travel opportunities? I will call that out as a joke. Without my parents’ support I will never get to where I am today. My parents have first given me the good head start and the rest undeniably is through diligent work and perseverance. This ties back to what my dear grandmother has taught me growing up. Hard work and perseverance bring you far. My grandmother was the most hardworking individual I have ever known. She saw through hardships and odds such as World War 2, economy destabilisation and much more. In many ways that has shaped me to put in effort and above all, to be grateful of everything that I have today.

Today as I take the last glimpse of the breathtaking Brisbane city skyline, emerging skyscrapers along Brisbane river, I feel sad to leave this beautiful city. On the first day of arrival, I leisurely strolled along South Bank and in many ways it does have a vibe similar to that of Perth. People jogging along the river foreshore, tourists with their cameras or iPhones snapping the picturesque views and cool breeze with warm sunshine, these ingredients make the perfect love potion for people to fall in love with the city. I took my time to take in all the views and snapped photos for my Instagram. I had not explore the city in great depth as I believe Brisbane still have a lot to offer. However I know I am here for work so I am contented that I have the chance to walk around the central business district and South Bank area. Brisbane has definitely its own charm and it is a city I would visit over and over again.

They say travel can change one’s perspective. I could not agree more. This business trip has not only given me the privilege to visit a place I have never been before, it taught me a lot of things which makes me feel that in many way I am very lucky and sheltered. It gives me the urge to step up and grow. It has also let me grow closer to these people whom I feel extremely lucky to call friends. The experience which we share together is forever irreplaceable and it would not be something easily forgotten. It is a shame that my trip to Brisbane is such a short one but I decided against the idea to extend my stay in Brisbane. I recalled the last time in Sydney, having to return to the same hotel where we had eventful days and nights together, suddenly the hotel seemed so empty after everyone left. I loathe the feeling of emptiness from within. This time I decided to avoid the feeling by heading home the same time as most people. Whilst it is always sad when a trip comes to an end, I would much rather be home soon in the comfort of my own bed. Home, it is forever irreplaceable and now as an adult, I finally understand the saying home is where the heart is. I gladly say that I cannot wait to be home.

As I lift my head and look outside the window, darkness has completely engulfed the light. Whilst to many this is just another flight transporting passengers safely from one city to another it signifies more to me. For one, I am filled with sense of gratefulness. I feel so motivated and recharged, ready for new challenges ahead. Another thing is I realised that I am flying home – yes even though it has been nearly a decade, sometimes it is still surreal to think about that I have called Perth my home.

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Motivational Monday

From one Aries to another.

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Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.

This is such an empowering statement from one of my all time favourite celebrities, Lady Gaga. We live in a world where people criticises without caring about others emotional being. These people live their life bringing people down behind the screen without considering the consequences of their words. This is why it is important now than ever to #BeBrave and stand up against bullying. We need to build a world fill with compassion, love and understanding. We cannot build tomorrow based on discrimination, hatred and prejudice. Together we need to spread love to make tomorrow better for all.

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Motivational Monday

Advice from Adele.

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Here’s some Monday Motivation. In honour of Adele starting her very first Australian concert in Perth, over the next few days all the posts on my page will feature the one and only Adele. Make sure you stay tuned for more.

 

 

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In A Nutshell: 2016

What a year twenty sixteen has been. It has been a roller coaster ride for the entire world. I started the year with an album called #BLANKSPACE2016 as I believe each year is a blank canvas. As we move through the year, we paint this canvas with colours and fill in the blank space with stories. As a tradition, I like to summarise a year with some of my top unforgettable moments that happened in my life.

#1: Two Decades of Formal Education

I have come such a long way to complete my Masters of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Process). It has been a long way to get to where I am today. I recalled from my very first spelling test to my last exam ever, spanning over nearly two decades in schools and university, I am happy and relieved to say that I am done or at least taking a break from formal education. I do not believe learning stops after school. Learning is a lifelong process.

#2: Overcoming Odds

As part of my masters degree, I am required to complete a thesis and I have been allocated the topic of LNG & Its Properties. Working under a team where there is a demand for high quality, high performance and high speed was not an easy one considering I have my other commitment happening in life. I thought of quitting halfway through but I am so grateful of my family and friends whom I confide a lot. I am regularly on the phone with some of my best friends. They offer me the most precious moral support I cannot find elsewhere. Finishing my thesis with a Distinction is perhaps one of my proudest achievement so far. As I close this chapter with the team, I know when I move forward into the future, though there will be bigger obstacles but I know I have the resilience and the support I need to move forward.

#3: ECM Kimberley Cup 2016

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This year I was lucky enough to be selected to represent my University at the ECM Kimberley Cup in Broome 2016. Broome has always been on my travel list. I am so grateful to have my first ever #spon trip. Broome in many ways have opened my eyes and broadened my horizon. Spending a week in Broome has not only reaffirmed my strong belief and passion in education equality, I have had the best experience living in the country area and blending in with the Aboriginal community. I am forever grateful for this trip to Broome.

#4: SRRC Conference in Sydney

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In August, I am awarded my second #spon trip of the year. It can’t get any better than this. This time I am sponsored by The Institute of Engineering & Technology to fly to Sydney to attend a conference. The conference has been an eye opener for me too. Not only did I get to reconnect with old mates when we had the conference in Perth in April, I am fortunate to meet other engineering students and young professionals around Australia and New Zealand. Spending a weekend in Coogee has helped me in many way. Despite it is in the midst of my thesis, it helped me to recharge physically and mentally to march forward.

#5: Anndrea and Leon Take Melbourne

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Anndrea and I did a sort of spontaneous trip to Melbourne, one to reward ourselves for finally finishing our engineering degrees, two to surprise Sarah, one of our best friends, who recently relocated to Melbourne for work. Spending 4 days 3 nights in Melbourne was a retreat we both needed so much after all the exams, assignments and stress. It was such a fun and unforgettable trip. I look forward to more trips with Anndrea in the future.

#6: My First 4K Run

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This year I have also ticked off another item on my bucket list which is to do the HBF Run. I am so proud I finished the 4K run under 30 minutes. Leading up to the run, I have undergone training with HBF and preparing myself by going a lot of outdoor running. I also want to shout out to Sarah for doing the race with me. She has been a great motivator and I am so grateful for a training partner like Sarah. In 2017, I aim to do the run again and to finish the run at a shorter time.

#7: Zhann’s Got Hitched!

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Zhann (middle) is one of my closest friends since secondary school. We knew each other for 13 years now and this year she decided to tie the knot with her husband, Roland. She is the first among all my friends to get married. I am so elated and excited for her. I decided to fly back to my hometown Kuching to attend her wedding. Almost one year into her marriage, she is already expecting her first baby. I cannot wait to meet baby Koey in January!

#8: First Australia Day in Australia

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This year finally I get to celebrate my first Australia Day in Australia. Usually I am overseas in January but this year I happened to be in Perth for a school camp. I decided to stay for Australia Day and I am so grateful I get to spend a lovely arvo by the river with some of my closest friends. These friends mean a lot to me as they welcome my arrival with open arms. They make me feel like home again.

#9: Chinese New Year Trip to Hunan

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For something different, Dad has decided to fly the entire family to Hunan for Chinese New Year. It was great to experience winter for Chinese New Year. This trip is special one to us too because we went there not just with our family but also our family friends whom we have known for decades. It was definitely a unique experience but nothing could compare to Chinese New Year at home. Plus, all my friends who know me would know I struggle to survive flights on budget airlines. Never ever I will want to fly on budget airlines again.

Life sails forward as always. As we usher into the new year, let us put all the bad and sad things in 2016 behind. Let us continue to sail forward with positive attitude and energy to embrace 2017. Till then, Happy New Year 2017!