Actually it wasn’t a very good year for traveling, since there was the A(H1N1) Flu going around and the economic downturn. Not a very good time to travel. Irregardless! That doesn’t stop one from visiting either places of SO MUCH interest!!
So this post is the highlights of the year 2009 in my view. Like how they publish it in newspapers… :p I’ll try to make a “in pictures” highlight if I can or if I want. So… Without further ado, I would like to tell you about the year 2009 the “robbstar” experience. Please do scroll further.
Nothing is better than starting the year by working! *Obviously not, if you didn’t sense the sarcasm in that… please… don’t go on.* Of course the moolah is gonna be so darn useful later on. The highlight of this month would be…. GAME ON!
How can an exhibition where you can play games be bad? Plus they have Monkey Island, Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, The Sims, Pong and even Prince of Persia. There was this really interesting train game which this boy was laughing at me cause I couldn’t stop at the platforms. Hahahaha… oh well.
Apparently I watched a lot of movies too…. Looks like it’s erm… 26 movies? LOL Don’t ask me how. I was having a marathon of sorts with myself. Come on it was the semester break. What was I gonna do while I waited for “work” to call us?
Ah ha! This is where all that money that we earned working on public holidays becomes totally useful. It is the month of our “Australian tour”. Not great or anything. But it’s 3 “cities” in a month! Woohoo! Australia here we come!
The sad thing was that Black Saturday happened a few days before we arrived. The land was still burning.
Yes. The Sydney Opera House is yellow. In this picture it is. I don’t know why. Yes we got caught in the shortest storm I have ever encountered. Of course Sydney is also home to a very awesome fish market! Doggone it I want more Oysters!!!!
No better way to capture the Great Barrier Reef than the top or when you’re at the reef itself. Since I don’t have no up close & personal reef shots so you get the aerial view. It is absolutely GREAT, in capitals! Without a doubt the reefs are the most amazing reefs I have ever seen. But of course due to human encounters the reefs are dying… There are other causes too… but sometimes we humans get to fascinated and we want to touch. Please do not TOUCH, in capitals!
Another interesting mention in February is the SEXPO, sex expo. I think you get the picture.
Ah… Classes started. Classes at more varied buildings. Classes with long breaks in between. But I could catch up with a good book under a tree.. Ah…. Bliss. hehehe. *I have an odd feeling that some one wants to smack me right now.* Apart from that, the highlight of March would be.
Barbeque party! *No decent pic of this one*
At the Manors! By the pool! Ok. I have no other words to describe this. Good times. Great food. Happy Smiles. Carefree life. Sounds like what life would be like in Oz.
Oh wow, April has quite a few interesting ones. I made my first bibimbap and created the “Happy” list but the highlight of April was between the Coffeeholic’s Birthday and WB Movie World. WB Movie World was fun, but I honestly am not a theme park fan. I’m more of a “cycle by the river to a rose garden that is wilting since it isn’t spring anyway” kinda person. So yes… the highlight is what we did on the Coffeeholic’s birthday.
It was fun. It’s different riding a bike and walking. With a bike you can go further. You adhere by different rules. You use roads which you normally don’t use… You can bring the bike on the City Ferry. =) That was nice. Cause the City Ferry is obviously small. That day I think we cycled to 2 different parks, Brisbane Botanic Gardens & New Farm Park, 3 if you consider Southbank’s. =) Next!
Hmmm.. Now this is between Api’s birthday and Buddha’s Birthday. Api’s birthday is cause we ate at Freestyle Tout, their desserts are amazing! And we went to Campos soon after. First time there, the best affogato ever. The BEST! Ok since I mentioned about her birthday. The highlight of May would be the Buddha’s Birthday.
It was an experience on how Australians celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday. They celebrate it with more fireworks! It was more festive than CNY actually. Hmmm… Oh my timing to capture the fireworks got better this time round.
Not nice? Well.. ok let’s move along now. Oh wait.
This was also the month of revelation! It was when I realised my student life was ending. 😦 My last semester as a student was reaching it’s end and there was nothing I could do about it except… study something else…Masters maybe. But it will never ever be the same. =(
Gosh. June was an emo month.It was the month where classes officially ended, and I have an entry to prove it. “End of it all?”. See?
Another emo occasion was… the end of the UQ Ultimate league, for that semester. But the last for us. Ever! 😦 Sigh… brings back very fond memories. Playing Ultimate is never the same again. The UQ Ultimate finals is also the highlight of June. I’ll miss Wednesdays indeed. =(
The only happy thing about June was. I finally came face to face with a Tesla Roadster. Yes! A bright red Tesla Roadster.
Wow. July was a busy month. We had to move out off our unit and the hassle that it involved, we went to Byron Bay & Wet & Wild *Wet & Wild is fun!* But the 2 main things that happened in July is of course My Graduation, yes I’ve graduated, and New Zealand! Graduation is a huge thing! New Zealand is an awesome place. I bestow a tie for July. =)
There is no 1 picture that can represent the time in NZ. We did so much. We hiked a glacier, did ice climbing, para gliding, skiing, went for a “star” tour and turns out we have been looking at Jupiter all along and man! We can even see the Milky Way! Went to so many different towns, I lost count, got sick, slept on pretty bad beds, saw snow all the way, totally awesome.
The only place where we really had nothing to do but sight see.
Highlight #2 – My Graduation. =)
That’s the convocation hall also know as…. I forgot what it’s known as…. Ah! The UQ centre! Try spotting me if U have really really good eyesight. I can’t even see myself and I know where I’m seating. hehehe… maybe I’ll try one day when I’m really free. Wow… I’m no longer a student. The feeling hasn’t quite set in.
My last day at Brisbane and it’s a sad one. I only recently got to write about it. The highlight of August would be me returning to Malaysia of course. Not much of a highlight eh? Well I’m not a person with a lot of highlights. I don’t think a picture would suit this month. I started taking less pictures. Poor camera must feel neglected.
Highlight of September? I started work! Hahaha… that’s a highlight in my books. Again no picture to show since I don’t have a picture of the place I work nor will I ever post it here even if I had one. So September was the month I started my work life. Boy is it going to be a long one.
Nothing much happened this month. Sad but true. Just the usual going to work and all… Started missing Brisbane. The life there. Had a lot of unimplemented plans, obviously. Wanted to get a car but obviously I do not have the means for it yet. It was Shu Wei’s bday. Maybe that’s a highlight. But I’m not sure. Hmmm… I didn’t do anything special enough to be a highlight. So. October has no highlights. Poor October. I feel ya… hehehe
Lots of things happened in November in the workplace for me. I’m not comfortable talking about it though. I just realised pretty much that it’s time to move on. I guess the highlight of November would be going to Skybar? How juvenile eh? 22 and never stepped in Skybar until now? Hahaha… oh well.. there are firsts for everything. So I present to you a slightly blurred picture of the view from the Skybar.
Wow! December was filled with all kinds of things. Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Movies, week long holiday =) But the highlight would be the company Christmas party. Everything was to the theme, the stage, the food, the people. The performance too. Pretty interesting to see what company parties were like, this was more a dinner & clubbing event. hahahaha Didn’t drink much. had 2 drinks but didn’t finish both cause I don’t know why I just left it there. Hehehe No pictures for you cause… it’s pretty private.
So that pretty much wraps up 2009, the year for traveling for me. Not much highlights but sometimes the little things count a lot too.
Now for some little entertainment of my own. Notable mentions in the year of entertainment!
Movie of the year = Avatar *Man! Pandora? Wow!*
Notable mentions, 500 Days of Summer, Zombieland *Killing zombies has never been this entertaining*, Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen. *From movies that I’ve watched*
TV series of the year = Glee *without a doubt*
No comment on single & album of the year. But I must say that Entertainer of the Year should rightfully go to Lady Gaga. She is entertainment itself. Who has never heard of her? Her outrageous outfits, sometimes downright absurd, her very catchy songs, she just draws attention.
So that’s it for 2009. Last entry for 2009 folks. To cap it off,
I would like to wish all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2010 be a better year for all!