The craziest 3 months ever!!

For the first few months of this year, I didn’t post any updates because there was nothing interesting happening. Life got into that routine of uni, work, exercise and binge watching Tv shows.

Then all of a sudden, life became FULL ON.The past few months have been absolutely crazy and jammed packed,so much so that I just haven’t even had the time to think about blogging. Each of the individual highlights deserve their own posts, and I should really get around to it (but probably won’t) so here’s the summary of the best months of my life condensed in a blog post.

Ready? Go!

  1. I entered my final semester of university
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the almighty and majestic UC Crane

I am currently in my final semester of University(Chemical and Process Engineering). It is quite a scary place to be; starting the job hunt, moving on with adulthood, but quite exciting at the same time. 

2. I flew to China 

In July, my flatmates and I decided to plan a trip to Chengdu, China to visit our friend studying there.

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It was a week full of catching up, trying new and interesting food and generally having a good time. This was a music video I made, mainly filmed in China (and also a collection of my all time favourite shots), and I think the video explains the trip better than I would with words 🙂


3. I got my dream(part time)job

Although it’s not full time, I can proudly say that I’m a paid musician. Long story short, I saw an ad online, auditioned and eventually got the job accompanying an incredible singer on keyboard. He’s got serious mean Maori vocals.

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I haven’t got any photos of me playing, but that’s ‘H’ on the right.

We usually play 3 hours sets in bars and pubs on weekends. This job has challenged me musically, to learn a whole bunch of new songs in hardly any time. The best part of it was meeting two more awesome musicians, Kyle(guitar) and Alannah(vocals) that I gel really well with. We formed an acoustic band and will be entering an competition soon.


4. I entered an online tv show: Red bull can you make it

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CRUIZE

Recently Brad, Levi and I signed up for an adventure and boy did we get way more than we bargained for. The idea was that 24 teams were to race around Australia, completing challenges and reaching checkpoints in the span of a week. The catch was that all our phones and wallets were confiscated at the start, and the ONLY thing we had as currency was RedBull cans which we would have to use to barter our way around.

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Waiting at the start line in Brisbane with an excited Nathan 🙂

You can check out the whole episode here, but here was some of my personal favourite moments.

http://www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com.au

 

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Challenge: Get a car ride in a cop car! A lot harder than we thought it would be.
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Challenge: Get a crowd to chant your group name
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Challenge: Trade red bull cans for a night stay in a luxury hotel

This one deserves some explanation. We thought this would be impossible, but we gave it a shot anyway. On the first night of the competition, we approached 2 hotels in Surfer’s Paradise, and to our utter disbelief, one the hotels hooked us up with a room. It wasn’t an easy process, having to go all the way up to the management, but we were absolutely ecstatic. QT hotel, you are absolutely amazing, and you’ve earned yourself a lifetime loyal costumer (that is when I actually stop being a broke student).

Unfortunately, every night didn’t live up to bar set by the luxury accomodation. 🙂 we were busy spending our time trying to sort out transportation, that we neglected trying to find sleeping places and food sometimes.

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A few nights later, waking on the street of Canberra, after a rough, rainy and cold night
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No biggie, just getting interviewed BY A TV STATION!!!!!!
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My personal favourite moment

I realised that throughout this week, I had taken the time to watch every sunrise and every sunset. I had disconnected from most technology and spent hours bonding and talking with my teammates. Every day was exciting and new and unknown. There were definitely some lows, and crazy moments (ask me about the murderer-while-hitchhiking story if you see me in real life). Definitely a week to remember.

 


5. I jumped on stage and sang, dance and acted : Whanau

The Malaysian club at my university (CMSA), decided to put on a production last year. I helped out backstage, and had so much fun just hanging out with the crew members.

What I loved most about the production last year was showing off so much of Malaysian rich culture to the local kiwi community, as cliche as it sounds. For example, my flatmates who made so much fun of me for confusing a horse with a cow, couldn’t tell the difference between Chinese and Malay.

I decided to sign up for this year’s production, and it has been an incredible few months to say the least. The cast mates involved bonded and got along so well, we felt like a family into no time. It has been a great journey with long practices, late nights junk food run, road-trips, and heart to heart talks. For the benefits of my friends back home, THESE are the incredible people that I have had the privilege to spend the past few months with:

There’s Akid “Elvis” Rosli, and our bromance will put Eminem and Dr. Dre to shame (both on and off stage). It’s awesome meeting someone with the same interest, sense of humour. Thankfully I don’t share the same taste in girls (because dude u messed up :P). I shared the best run of my life with you and best moment on stage with you bro, and will always remember that.

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There’s our very own drama queen and lead actress, Shalini “Siew Lan” Krishnan. I remember meeting her at our first rehearsal, saying “so…you’ll be my love interest in this production huh” 🙂 Thanks for spending the past few months putting up with Akid and I, and been so fun to act with and also tease you. And sorry lah, you’ll still have to put up with me even though this is all over.

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Shalini

And last but certainly not least, Clarissa (Mama Clar). I can confidently say that you won’t find a more genuinely and caring person than her. Put aside the fact that she has been working tirelessly on Malam for a year, writing the script and putting the cast and crew together, what makes her the BEST director, is how much she cares about everyone.

I’m sorry for not following all your advice and sometimes instructions over the journey, but thank you for still supporting me wholeheartedly regardless.

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Clarissa

The full video will be out soon (So many of my close friends couldn’t make so I’ll link it to you when it’s up), but here are some of my favourite shots from the night)

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“What’s going on? I have no idea…”
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My moment in the spotlight, singing True Colours.
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Easily my favourite moment from the night.
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Final scene! Bollywood dance.

6. Last but not least

My flatmates and I have a long running gag.

It started last year when we decided to take photos after a fancy night out. We were just messing around with poses and they all decided to be cheeky.

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July 2015

Then at the start of this year, Nathan (2nd from the left) went to China for a year of study, They are still dating, just doing long distance.

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April 2016

and, this is how things are now, September 2016 🙂
Now all we need Nathan to get his ass back home so we can take a complete photo.

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September 2016

Yes, I’ve met someone really amazing . As uncertain as the future is, I’m excited for it, and know that I’m a lucky guy.

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I’ll admit I’ve spent a few sleepless nights worrying about the future. Okay, that’s not true, I usually sleep within 5 minutes. But I have been worrying about the future a lot, (anyone want to offer me a job? :P) with a lot of major decision I have to make soon. I am excited, and optimistic about it, though. 

Thank for reading! 

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