Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Four months and surviving

It's my fourth month here in Sydney and it has been kaleidoscopic so far. The nature, people, the academics, the beautiful campus, late nights at the pub, the walks, and everything in between, makes up my wonderful experience here. Being a student at Sydney University is never easy and I am almost done with my first semester. Assessment deadlines just keep on coming and it was such a relief to be able to submit one of the major requirements today. There's plenty more to go, so it's a bit of a challenge now to manage my time since my energy is almost drained with the previous task, but I have faith that all will be well.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bring sunshine

Flexibility is the key to avoid stress these days. The closer I am to my departure, the more stress I feel, especially when faced with issues at work. I try not to let these matters affect me anyway. I should just be thrilled right now while I wait for my ticket, and I hope the weather in Sydney won't dampen my excitement. It will be my first winter and I doubt I will be able to adjust right away, especially that it’s still dry hot season with El Nino here in the Philippines. But then again, as what I keep saying, wherever I go, I should bring my own sunshine.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dialogue on air

The past two days have been interesting and exhausting at the same time. There were a lot of work related tasks to accomplish and one of them is to attend a group discussion, which was held at a radio station in the city. The dialogue on air is a weekly segment by one of the broadcasters. I believe it's my first time to be inside a studio of a radio station, and it is just weird how DJs are able to deliver a joyful and even a party mood, when it’s so lonely inside the studio. While waiting, I kind of imagine it would be fun to be in front of what looks like a baggs condenser microphone every time we broadcast our forecast, and have our own little studio perhaps. I wonder how my voice would sound like; this could be a possible project in the future.
At first I was really nervous, being the only first timer among the attendees of the gathering. But eventually, I felt relaxed in answering the questions as i slowly realized that I have all the data in my hands and I can just browse through them anytime I want and I would still sound confident. Because I panicked on my way to the station, I almost forgot there’s no camera in front of me and I was in a radio program.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Anxiety fills my days recently despite the news that I am accepted at the University of Sydney. I want to be always positive but I just can't fully be sure that I'm leaving in June since we don't have the Visa and tickets yet.

So, we are supposed to leave on the 2nd week of June and I'm hoping by next week, everything will be finalized so I can be ready. My major preparation includes leaving my boarding house, making arrangements with my phone lines, making appointment with my dentist, shopping for some travel essentials, taking care of work documents and turning over some tasks to my colleagues.

I have barely a month to do all these and I just can't start any of it coz my mind is pre-occupied with the what-if-my-visa-won't-be-approved kind of thought. However, the good thing is that I don't need to worry about my arrival in Sydney; my family is there so no need to worry about accommodation, one major task off from my list.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

April Sun and Fun

Can't wait for April, my sister, and her family will be home and I'm going to be with my adorable nieces. I'd love to bring Chy to the spa and maybe eat ice cream afterwards and just chill while I listen to her stories about school and her friends, and maybe answer some of her witty questions. It's always fun to talk to her. And of course, our little Ky is growing up so fast, I would really want to watch her run and play and giggle. It will be summertime, so we might spend more fun time at the beach, something they would miss for a couple of months as winter awaits them when they go back.
Then, I will be much honored to be part of an important event, when Imoy and Elvie will exchange their vows and gold wedding bands. I'll be there as substitute and I've been enjoying this role since last year, the Baquials are just like my brothers, and they're the coolest. But the sad part is that when they go back, my parents will go with them, and I'll be alone again, but hopefully not for long.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


After all the heaps of documents has been submitted, I believe the facility is now ready to send our application for our first choice university, and now I'm hoping to get positive feedback before the month ends. If I won’t get in, it would still be exciting since I also really like my second choice, especially the elective subjects offered.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Another stage

Another stage for my scholarship is done and I’m back to my place. We had a three-day course counselling with the facility, and we were able to meet representative from 22 universities. It was held at Marriot hotel but our accommodation was at Quest hotel. Both hotels are close to Ayala Center Cebu; my favorite mall; I kind of miss the place since I haven’t visited there for several months. I had time to leisurely roam around the mall yesterday and noticed so much has changed. I was surprised to see new shops like Aeropostale, Zara, and another Starbucks on the top floor, a resto called The Socials, another one named Planet of Grapes and both looked cool and classy. Then there’s ballet school with cute little girls dancing and a music school doing drum selection process; both establishments are starting to get busy as summer vacation is getting close.  Anyway, I had to shop for some footwear, for my niece and for my sister. Good thing, So Fab always has small sizes for their chic sandals.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


When I heard the song "Take Me to Church", it sounded weird for me at first, but I ended up loving most of Hozier's songs, especially "Jackie & Wilson”. I kind of like the indie & blues feel of his songs and the lyrics are quite interesting. Hozier is an Irish musician, which I thought was not very common from that country, but when I looked up, I learned that some famous groups like U2, The Corrs, and The Cranberries, Sinéad O'Connor and Enya are all Irish. Aside from that, recently, I noticed that, European artists are slowly taking over the mainstream music, just like Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Adele and Birdy. I'd say, in general, their music has a unique tonality, which isn't hard for me to appreciate as my first love for music was greatly influenced by a European group, none other than the legendary, The Beatles.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CNY 2015

It's Chinese New Year, and I'm highlighting this day, because I finally took the plunge and made a big, necessary, exciting, but scary move.