Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quote by Paula Rego


Every change is a form of liberation. My mother used to say a change is always good even if it's for the worse.

- Paula Rego

Monday, June 29, 2009

Relocation


If any of you who has moved house before then you certainly can understand what I am going through to organise and plan the whole thing.

The past year I have contemplated relocating back to Singapore to spend more time with my family and my dad who isn't well. I was brought up with a very loving and caring family; and being away from them and not living in the same country can make it quite difficult.

I have spent almost ten years living in Australia first in Canberra and then Sydney. During those time I have worked in two jobs and have made many wonderful and thoughtful friends who have filled my life with fun and laughter. That has made my stay in Sydney memorable and the friendship I certainly will treasure for a very long time.

Planning and coordinating a move, selling personal belongings, packing and shipping of stuff can be quite daunting. The past weeks I have finally have enough courage to make all this happen.

To begin the process, I had to identify every items in my house that I like to get rid of and those that I like to ship back to Singapore. Quite a few items especially large furniture I was tossing between whether to sell them or ship them. Some I finally decided to keep due to its excellent quality and the money that has gone into it. Otherwise if I sell them, it will not fetch much value. For that reason it is better to keep them.

I have also created a website with the items that I wished to sell. Over the last few days I have been slowly taking pictures and cataloging them which was very time consuming. The buyers I will be targeting are friends and other online auction websites like ebay.

Wish me luck in clearing all the items on time as I have only three weeks to do so before I have to vacate my place.

Stan

Friday, June 26, 2009

Goodbye Michael

1958 - 2009

The world today mourn the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop of 1980s-1990s.

I remember back in the 1990s I was a big fan of Michael. Together with thousands of fans, we have gathered at the National Stadium in Singapore to watch him perform. It was at the height of the MJ fever. Then suddenly through the P.A. an announcement was made that Michael was ill and wouldn't be able to perform. I was so close to watching one of the greatest performer performed but with sadness I will never ever again.

There will never be another Michael. The King of Pop legend leaves on in his music.

Michael, R.I.P.

Photo of the day

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Drive to Tidbinbilla

I have spent the past two weeks visiting a beautiful national park south of Canberra called the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. I was there to implement a new tourist systems for their visitor centre.

The word 'Tidbinbilla' is Aboriginal in origin and is derived from the word Jedbinbilla – a place where boys become men.

I drove from Sydney to Canberra which is about 300km south. There it will be another 40km drive through through stunning valleys and mountains.

Close by the park is the Canberra Deep Space communication complex where I go to have my lunch. The complex is operated by NASA that listens to signals from outer space. The giant dish is a sight to behold.


Wikipedia on Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - read
Canberra Deep Space communication complex - read