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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Wow, its pretty slack when the last time you have updated your blog is new years.

That is ok. I am here now, and I'll shoot out a quick update of what has happened recently....or more recently anyways.

In June I took off to go to Malaysia for a month. We actually had a great life while we were there. We lived in a 4.5 star hotel and they changed out duvets every single night! That part actually shocked me! We were treated to a complimentary huge buffet breakfast (officially S.E. Asia has amazing breakfasts) every morning, and food was generally inexpensive for the other meals. There was a gorgeous landscaped pool area and a nice gym that we could go to everyday. It was meant to be a trip to go and study, but I believe that alot of us got alot more fun out of it than we expected.

While we were away we booked a weekend away in the Perhentians. That is north of Kuala Lumpur where we were staying. It took 5 legs of transport to get there. It was not really worth it unless you like the 'roughing it' routine. I personally do not. Do not get me wrong. It is a beautiful island, with great people, and really cool travellers from all over the world. However, running water and a flush toilet (i wont rock paper scisors and got the good room) comes at a premium that in KL gets you a 4 star hotel and maid. However, on the island you can take a 2 hr trip to 'turtle island' where they have a father/son turtle conservatory. It is really cute, and there are literally hundreds of baby turtles that they rescue in hopes that if they grow up a bit before migrating to the ocean they will survive. I'm not entirely sure if this is that much better for them, but this is literally all these two guys do. And the island they live on is entirely deserted. Kind of creapy, but also really beautiful. We were the only 6 people there!

Back in KL we studied 5 days a week 1/2 days, and then had the afternoons off to do our own thing. Most of the time was spent studying, but with a full street market only a 7 dollar cab ride away called 'Petaling Street' this became a frequent haunt for Mel, Erin and I. Erin had a real knack for picking out really nice designer labels and genuine CD's so we really had to chaperone her to make sure that she didnt get TOO GREAT of deals. Among some of her better purchases were 'Elizabeth Dior' genuine perfume.....what?!! And, a Robbie Williams CD sung by an asian impersonator....and the BEST part of that purchase was that she listened to it for a few weeks after we got home and SHE HONESTLY thought that it was really Robbie....ahh! Oh erin, at least you and your corrinthians made for good laughs!

Erin by the way was the third girl in our 2 man bedroom. E-rine (as we liked to call her) had a fruit loving roomie with habits that could not mesh with her own, and so it was easier and more peaceful to have her crash with us.

It was a really fun month, and living in a hotel really suited me, but then I had to come home.

Since then I've basically been in school (well since February) non-stop. Therefore, I will be really looking forward to October 30th which is officially my last exam! That will be a wonderful day for me. I have not traditionally been finished my exams quite so early in the year so this is really a treat. I will actually be able to go to the melbourne cup races and wear a pretty fascinator. This will come with pictures in facebook - naturally.

Memorable dates worth mentioning are that Lars and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary on September 26 (also Andrew's bday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). We went to E Gusto a restuaruant in Southbank and had a lovely dinner looking over the Yarra River.

I have recently finished my mid-semester break (it fell quite late this year) and will be gearing up for exams for the next 3-4 weeks. Which basically means that there wont be much updating on my part.

Future dates worth mentioning are that sometime later this year (i think later november) my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Alfie will be comming to Australia to visit me! (well not entirely just to visit me, but let me remain in my self-obsessed bubble!). That will be nice. Out of which I am sure that I will get to catch up with an old family friend Jill. So I do look forward to this.

Also, End of Exams on the 30th of Oct (repeated...i know), Melbourne Cup on November 7th, Oaks day sometime in there with Louisa, End of Professional Practice on the 29th of November!, HOME on December 3rd, but stopping in Malaysia for 2 nights, and should be home around the 5th or 6th.....

I do realise that this update is only from June onwards which probably doesnt say much about my first semester back at school. It was a rather uneventful mix of school and study....but it was fun non-the less.

Australia is well into spring now, and the sun is shining more, which makes it lovely to have windows and doors open and do outdoorsey sports. Lars and I have taken to going on bike rides on the Scotchman's Creek Trail that goes from our suburb (Notting Hill) to the city (takes about 1.5 hrs at lars' pace, or around 2+ for me!). Lars has also taken advantage of the great weather by going roller skiing which to this day scares the pants off me (think skis with wheels and no breaks). And now he tells me that he would like to buy FASTER ONES....oi vei.

Well this is long enough, my guilt over not maining anything worth reading for almost a year has well and truly passed.

Miss everyone at home - esp, my girls and fam! See you all soon, and get ready for some catch up lunches and fun nights out!


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