As 2014 comes to an end, one can’t help but look back at the year. It is hard to believe how quickly time has passed. In light of events that have happened in the past year, I feel lucky to be alive and more so, grateful to be able to study abroad.
So 2014, what happened? I left my job as a veterinary technician (probably) for good after taking a gap year from my studies, entered the University of Queensland and completed my first semester. Here I am, back in Singapore and in the comfort of home. I have come to realize that I enjoy living independently overseas, where freedom is a given and I am feeling like a total grown-up. The feeling of homesickness came in fleeting moments and left just as quickly – I think I handled living without my family overseas rather well. That said, I’ve made new friends since the start of school who helped me to ease into the Aussie lifestyle and well, I wouldn’t be where I am now without them.
I recall how determined I was to not have Australia as my study destination just 6 months ago. Eventually, I decided to go ahead with studying in Brisbane and I do not regret the decision that I have made. In fact, I have come to appreciate and embrace the lifestyle that I was afraid of. What did I fear? I can’t say for sure, but it seems trivial at this point.
One good thing that came out of getting to know more people was that it was truly an eye-opener. As I often believe, one should be selective of who you keep close to you. Just a semester in university exposed me to how ugly people can be. I daresay that I do not regret knowing such people, though. I try to live my life to the point where I do not regret, and I choose to think of it as experience.
2014 has been a pretty good year for me. Keeping things in perspective, I really enjoyed my semester in Brisbane. I can’t remember what were the new year resolutions I’d made for 2014, but I’ll keep it simple for 2015. I aim to get good grades and be more adventurous as well as spontaneous. Anything else good that happens to me will be an added bonus.
Alright, so I’m cramming 6 months-worth of road trips & photos into one post. Here I go!
Mount Tamborine (Queensland)
Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, Queensland)
2 road trips, 5 months apart, same beach.
Caught the 3am sunrise at Surfers Paradise.
Night drive to Lake Moogerah (Moogerah, Queensland)
^ I tried.
Eat Street Markets (Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland)
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane, Queensland)
” I’m so down with this.”
Cheers to the new year, guys! Hope you have a great one!