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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 (03:25 p.m.)

I seriously want to update this page, I've been keeping notes on my HDD at home so it shouldn't be too difficult. Therefore for the time being I'll be updating this old page slowly while writing current entries on http://kamal2.pitas.com. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 13, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Took the 12pm bus to Clayton today with Lihao and Ian. They had lunch at the Chinese restaurant down the road (or was it Mcdonalds?) while I ate at the Indian restaurant- I love their food, much better than the stuff back home. I managed to catch the bus back to the halls with Ian, Lihao went to Springvale for the IT market. I rested for a while, packed my bag then took a bus to Clayton at 3.30pm. I took a train to city and did something very silly- I boarded the train using a Zone 2 ticket, and tried to get off at Melbourne Central(Zone 1) with the same ticket! Luckily the station was deserted and there was only one official and he was busy on the phone, so I just waved my ticket at him and used the manual gate- whew! I wandered around for a bit then took the 5pm train to Hoppers Crossing. Abang Siva fetched me, and I spent the night at his place- I got to watch a Murder She Wrote movie too :)

Saturday, January 12, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Went to Chadstone at 2pm today, walked around the shops, bought soap from Priceline then ate kebab at the food court and a Barmy Banana (delicious!) from Feeling Fruity. After that I bought dynamo and water from Coles, and several truffles and marzipan stuff from the Chocolate Box- they were having a closing sale and everything was on sale! I changed my Euro dollars to AUD, then walked to the bus-stop and waited for the bus, but didn't know that it comes every two hours on saturdays! I hung around coles browsing all the fun food products they have, the bus eventually came at 5pm. By the time I reached home it was 5.40pm and I was very, very tired :( Joe was going back today but I was too tired to follow Lihao, Ian and Francis so I stayed in my room while they went to the airport. Joe called me before boarding the plane, at least I got to say goodbye- I'll be seeing him in a month's time anyway :) I tried calling Bel at 10.15pm but she was at KLCC with her relatives so we couldn't really talk...I'll probably try again on Monday.

Friday, January 11, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Woke up fairly early today, called Halina at 9am and talked for an hour- and it only cost me AUD4! Wah I'm so happy the Aus-UK rates are so cheap =) I went for the tute today, apparently it was an important one so I missed prayers =( The students in the tutes have been mixed around, as it turns out I'm still in Borgy's class but KJ, Georgi and Ian are in a different class (taught by Selly Santuso) at the same time. After class Simon picked me up from the bus loop and we drove to Caulfield and took a tram to city. We met up with Tammy's friend Dylan, who's studying in RMIT I think. We had lunch at Hungry Jacks then walked around, Simon was looking for a car audio system and Dylan wanted to buy stuff from Body Shop. We stopped by Target where I bought a bicycle lock, since I'm thinking about borrowing Abang Siva's bike so I can cycle around for exercise. I bought a white kit-kat too, yum-yum! We said goodbye to Dylan then walked around a bit more, I was looking for some good bookstores, but the ones here aren't as good as Sydney's =(

We took a train back to Caulfield, Simon sent me home and I pretty much bummed around heh...seems like I spend most of my time in my room nowadays.

Thursday, January 10, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Bit of an uneventful day today- I went to Clayton in the afternoon, tapaued some Indian food then walked to Joe's house. We had lunch while watching Babylon 5, then Joe suddenly remembered he had to pass up his Chinese IT assignment, so we quickly took a bus to campus and walked along Bedoe Ave. looking for his teacher's house. I waited outside while his work was being reviewed, then we walked to the bus loop and took a bus to clayton. We took a train to city then walked around since Joe wanted to do some last-minute shopping. We had some bubble tea (turns out I really hate pearls- what are they made of anyway? Yuck!), visited Mindstorm (something like Mindshop) and a few other shops (bookstores mostly), finally we ate an early dinner at Hungry Jacks near Melbourne Central. That silly Joe, he accidentally ate my vege burger and didn't realise it wasn't meat! Hahaha....nvm, its a good thing I opened up the other burger and discovered the mix-up b4 he had eaten too much :) We reached Clayton at night, Joe walked home and I took the bus back. I guess I must have lazed around for the rest of the night...

Wednesday, January 9, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Woke up early today, had breakfast then took the 9am bus, caught a train to city and reached Flinders at 10.05am, Abang Siva had come and gone, so I called his office and he walked out again to meet me, and we set off down Swanston Street. We tried out one of the shoe shops there but they didn't have what I wanted so we went further to Myers. The sports dept there is really huge, and I spent an hour trying out different shoes but they didn't have the right size (10.5 inci) for the ones I wanted and since I really needed a pair of shoes and the salesman had already gone to a lot of trouble bringing out sooo many pairs for me to try, I settled for a pair of Puma shoes which he had. Not quite what I wanted, but I guess they'll do. Abang Siva unexpectedly paid for my shoes (AUD100), then walked me back to the train station. By the time I got there it was 11.45am, and the next train was 12.10pm. So by the time I reached Clayton and caught a bus, I reached the lab for the last 15mins of tute hahaha :) Borgy didn't mind, so I hung around for a bit.

At 1.30pm Lihao, Ian and I went to Southland, we walked around, they got some nice shops there, especially this shop which sold medieval swords and shields. Canggih stuff!!! They even had Braveheart, LoTR and japanese style designs. Wish I could buy them, but I'm sure customs will cari pasal nanti ;) I spent quite a bit of time at GNC talking to the salesperson, poor Lihao and Ian waited patiently for me to finish...sigh..I wish I could browse shopping malls alone, I feel like I'm wasting their time since we got different tastes in shops. In the end I bought some protein powder from GNC, we walked around a bit more then headed down to the bus stop at 5pm. I bought myself a chocolate thick shake, it wasn't bad, and it was a good thing I finished it before the bus came, 'cos we can't eat/drink on the bus.

I called Bel at 10pm and we talked for an hour, then I spoke to Choon for a few mins, but we got cut off and I didn't have any more change. Later at night around midnight I met Dillon while collecting my clothes from the dryer, we sat and talked until 2.30am hehe! That was fun =)

Tuesday, January 8, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Only Ian and KJ went for lecture this morning, Georgi and I have chosen the lazy path of sleeping in hehe..its a good thing I skipped class today, 'cos the janitor dropped by at 10AM with an armchair for my room (it was missing when I moved in)- so now I have the complete set of furniture :) I only got ready at 10.30am, had a snack then walked to Campus Centre- bumped into Francis but he was busy today so couldn't see him later. I went to the computer store and ordered a Verbatim notebook stand like the one LiHao has, the guy said it'll take at most a week and since I don't need it urgently so I agreed to his terms. Then I went to the phone shop and bought an AUD56 Ezycom card, got membership too so next time I get a 10% discount. It was almost 12.30pm so I went for class with the others.

After class LiHao, Ian and I took a bus to Clayton- I ate at the indian restoran while the others went somewhere else. The food was quite good, but I don't really like the style here- curry dishes are all sold separately (even dal!) at a minimum cost of AUD7, and the amount is so huge I have to eat at least 2 naans/paratha's which are quite big...enough food for 1.5 days! Hehe...I met up with the others after that and we took a bus back, I think we reached close to 3.30pm. LiHao said he wanted to go Southland and I wanted to follow, but he had some things to settle first so I waited and waited- actually fell asleep with the door open! He came back after 5pm, turns out his fren was going back today so LiHao had to 'inherit' some stuff. Since I was already sleepy I decided to sleep until past 8pm hehe :)

I called Abang Siva and arranged to go shoe shopping with him tomorrow since he has a Myers discount card, hope I make it back in time for the tute! I was quite full so I didn't feel like eating, after the other 2 fellas had dinner we watched Simpsons on my computer- I'd found an excellent website to d/l the latest Simpsons eps, so we've set a nice nightly routine to watch Simpsons heh :) After the show I surfed awhile, then went out with Simon at 11pm. We drove to Coles Clayton, then went to Coles Chadstone, where I bought milk, some Oat 'n Honey Cereal (yum!), Tim-tams (biscuits) and a milky bar. We went to Mcdonalds on the way back, I just had a coke and my milky bar which turned out to be WAY too sweet for me, made me feel kinda ill actually. Simon just had a sundae. Luckily we finished at midnight, 'cos that's when the McD ppl kicked us out so they could close shop. After that Simon sent me back to Richardson and I went to sleep.

Plans for tomorrow: Go city in the morning, then go tute.

Monday, January 7, 2002 (11:59 p.m.)

Woke up at 7AM today, then figured that since I live so near the lecture hall, why bother? So I slept another hour, got ready then left with Ian and LiHao at 8.40AM, reached the lecture hall (can't remember which one, but its mainly used by engineers during normal semesters) at 9AM. We went in with KJ and Georgi, sat down, the lecturer waited a bit knowing some students would come late....one guy even rode into the hall on a bike and parked it by the door! Then the lecture started, usual subject overview stuff etc. and the lecturer (Mr.Leonid Churilov) said he'd throw out anyone who spoke during lecture- ouch! I looked around the lecture hall- its almost as big as LT7, like an old cinema with pull down seats and tables- plastic of course! And something funny about the ppl taking the subject- 2 Mat Salleh, 4 Indians, me and 153 Chinese! Wow! And here I was expecting a Mat Salleh group of students...sheesh! The lecture was long, boring and I was drifting in and out of consciousness- he gave a total of 3 10 min breaks though, which was good, and he threw a guy and girl for talking to each other.

The lecture ended at 11.30am, then the 5 of us walked to Campus Centre to eat. As expected there was nothing for me to eat apart from donuts and other sweet stuff, though I was fortunate to find a spinach roll- incredibly oily! We bumped into Francis who joined us, and we sat around until it was time for tute, and made plans to go Chadstone afterwards, 'cos I needed to buy a new pair of shoes. My Nike shoes needed replacing since a few months after I bought it, and I've been using them since SAM! I finally decided this morning that I should buy myself a pair. The tute was ok, our tutor's name is Agustinus Borgy Wahluyo- really really cool name! After that Ian, KJ, LiHao, Joe, Francis and me took a bus to Chadstone.

Chadstone is a really big shopping mall, actually its the biggest here, but only equivalent to 2 stories of KLCC (haha so its quite small by our standards!). We went to the food court first for lunch, there was a kebab place there called Adonis, but I wasn't sure whether it was halal or not, and Joe was so nice he went and asked them whether it was, and they said yes! So Francis, Joe and I had lamb and chicken souvlakis (another name for kebab), Lihao had some noodles, KJ had a chocolate shake and I don't think Ian had anything. Haha Francis said the Adonis ppl are normally not so friendly, but today since Joe asked the halal question, they were really friendly! I was quite happy to taste meat again too! We went to several shoe stores, but none of them carried Reebok which was the brand I wanted since its never failed me before, unlike Nike (when it comes to walking shoes). We also went to Toys R Us, had good fun playing with the Lord of the Rings troll haha...we tried Myers and Target and eventually gave up the search for Reebok. Francis walked home, the rest of us went to Coles- Ian, Lihao and KJ left Coles early and by the time Joe and I came out at 4.59pm, they had boarded the bus and left! :( Anyway Joe and I went to the newsagent and browsed around, he showed me this Episode One calendar he wanted to buy- quite cool lots of nice artwork. We took the 5.20 bus back, Joe got off at an earlier station whereas I got off at the bus loop and walked back to the halls- its a good thing Clayton campus it a LOT smaller than the aerial shots led me to believe ;)

Dinner was some vege rolls I tapaued from Adonis, and I finally got to shave myself (I had forgotten to bring my shaving cream). The Gillette Gel seems better than the standard cream, and I realised something weird- my hair grows slower in Australia! It grows at 50% my normal rate, so instead of shaving every 2 days I only need to shave every 4 days hehe :) I called Bel at 6pm, silly me I forgot that it was only 3pm in Malaysia and it turns out she was sleeping so I talked to my sister a little bit. I spent a lot of time trying to get tmnet mail to work, still can't get smtp to run! I called Bel again at 10pm and we talked until my card ran out- almost an hour! I should buy a bigger card next time, AUD10 doesn't last long enough.

Seeing as how the lecture was SO boring, I've decided not to attend them anymore. Unfortunately I still got those tutes to attend hehe...

Plans for tomorrow: Go Clayton for lunch, pretty much loaf the rest of the day.

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