Thursday, June 30, 2011

4ONE Day-27-30JUN11

Sometimes, you really don't appreciate little insignificant things until u lose them... this is one of those stories... I don't really care if I look like a sook... this is my story and I am going to tell it... so, i try to work whenever I get back to Adelaide... this time back, having not worked for a while, I had not put through any scripts for a long time... anyone who has worked with me, will know that I am pretty pedantic when it comes to putting through scrips and will almost always try to get rid of all the staples... problem arose = no staple remover... solution... be a man and pull them out with my nails.

Consequence = really sore fingers and to a point where if I touch something metallic, it would give me a small electrical shock sensation...

What did I do about it...? did what any man would do... whinge about it to my fiancee... and here is what she got me...

Point is, you really don't realize a lot of the time how much you use something in your everyday life, something as small as a staple remover makes all the difference in my life. Take a moment today and think about some of the small things in your life that you may miss if one day it disappears.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4ONE Day-26-29JUN11

We don't chose our families, so I am grateful that I have a loving family that gets along and takes care of each other. I am sure that although we all have rough times, deep down we still love each other. Go on guys, go out and give your family a big hug tonight and tell them that you love them.

This is my family, without them I wouldn't be who I am today.

Have a great Wednesday peoples!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

4ONE Day-25-28JUN11

What do we have here today as my contribution? Is it a green wall? is it the fire hose reel? whats in those boxes? what can i possibly appreciate in this scene? the answer is staring right back at you. This is something I look for, and go out of my way to acquire. It is a... "loner park". This is one of the best loner parks I have come across. No one can park next to you, there are rarely any trolleys nearby and it is extremely well lit. So my car feels so safe parking here. With all the stupid people around these days that scratch your car and dent it without leaving a sorry note, parks like this are invaluable. Just want to share something a little different today.

Hope everyone had a great Tuesday!

Monday, June 27, 2011

4ONE Day-24-27JUN11

Sometimes I just love taking photos of random things with no meaning. Thankful to be able to do that without having to worry about anything, anyone caring... just me, my camera and whatever... dropped off a roll of film to develop today. can't wait to see what there is on there, cos i have forgotten already. hope there is something worth posting online for everyone to see. Thanks everyone that has been following me on this journey. I appreciate your views and make sure you let me know what you think every now and then so I can keep on improving and generating new ideas!

Happy Monday peoples! and have a great week!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

4ONE Day-23-26JUN11

Having spent a day back home... I feel so relaxed here, not a care in the world at the moment... well..there are questions... "what do we eat for lunch?" "what do we have for dinner" "what should we watch tonight..." but these are all small problems... hahaha... better enjoy it whilst I can right...

Something I really miss when I am in Geelong and really appreciate when I am back, is someone special holding my hand... especially when I am driving... today Sunday 26th of Jun 2011, I really appreciate you being there for me when I need you. Love u always.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

4ONE Day-22-25JUN11

What a day, been awake for the past 30 odd hours.... stuck in the airport from 2am this morning... and now finally home... and able to rest... so what can I be grateful for?... whilst I was pacing aimlessly in the airport at 3am... I was thinking, I should be grateful, that even though I was so exhausted, sleepy and in need of a hot shower and a toothbrush, at least I had somewhere warm to rest my weari-legs.

Friday, June 24, 2011

4ONE Day-21-24JUN11

There is one thing that I am extremely grateful for today!... My final exam!!! OHH...... YEAH.... party time... on the road to Melbourne out to dinner and hopefully a good show of crazy dennis... lol.. hahah.... anyway... today I am extremely grateful for the end of exams and looking forward to see my beautiful fiancee again!... take care guys! hope everyone in my year did well in the exams!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

4ONE Day-20-23JUN11

Last day of studying... I am absolutely buggered... first time I have felt this terrible for an exam. Such a late post, it almost counts for tomorrow... lol... just got home and about to crash... so I thought I would upload a quick one for today... it is more a what am I?... what is ZhenTi grateful for today?

Its not that hard right... will make it harder next time... but this is something I have been grateful for, keeping me company every night before I go to bed.

Take care guys... Good Morning... and to my classmates... good luck for the final one... almost there...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

4ONE Day-19-22JUN11

Day 2 of exams, I thought I would share with you something that is extremely important to me during exam period. Sometimes if I need a quick breakfast, whilst frantically studying for an exam, Up & Go is the only way to go. I have saved so much time by having this as my liquid breakfast, usually during exam period. I am so grateful to be able to grab a box of this breakfast, and rush out of the house and "eat" along the way! Yay! 2 exams done... 2 more to go!... then hopefully my posts might get a little more interesting.

Sorry everyone for such a late upload, got caught up studying and also the uploading didnt work...!!...arrghh...frustrating!...but here it is anyway. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

4ONE Day-18-21JUN11

Such a cold day today. I think it was only 10 degrees during the day, and tonight apparently in Melbourne it might drop below zero. After a long day of studying, I was so happy to be able to get some hot noodles and soup. From a fake japanese shop here. Although it was not the best taste in the world, having something hot to eat on such a cold day of studying is something that I appreciate very much. Hope everyone had a nice hot meal today and stays warm. Take care!

Monday, June 20, 2011

4ONE Day-17-20JUN11

First exam today. Done and dusted... hopefully did ok... considering it is a 24 hour exam... lol. I should be grateful that I have one exam down, and only three to go, but today, I was up and looking at the garden, thinking of things I could include in my blog. The light was quite pretty in the morning and glistened of the morning dew, thinking of how nice it would feel... and how grateful I am for the sense to touch. Without it I wouldn't be able to feel the warmth of your hug.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

4ONE Day-16-19JUN11

Since not being able to drive as freely, alternative methods of transport have been looked into. I have been cycling, walking, hitching rides, but lately I have found a new mode of transport. Skateboarding. Having never skated before, I think I am doing very well. Until today. I have only since starting, fallen over once, and that was because of a friend giving me a "great" idea. Today I fell over again, I am fine. No injuries except for a bruised ego... So what is there to be thankful for? Without failure, we wouldn't know what success is. So I am thankful for two things. One that I am ok, and two, that I have the opportunity to fail in life. 

So don't forget, "try to fail but don't ever fail to try"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

4ONE Day-15-18JUN11

My beanie is something I have been extremely grateful for especially of late as I have had a haircut and not enough hair to keep my head warm. Not to mention the amount of information that I am loosing by not having enough hair follicles to trap it in.

No only is my beanie something to keep my head warm, but when I did have hair, it meant extra sleep (and anyone that knows me, knows that it takes me almost an half an hour to get ready in the morning). So if I rock up to uni with a beanie, it means that I woke up late.

Stay warm this winter. Hope no one gets too sick. Take care.

Friday, June 17, 2011

4ONE Day-14-17JUN11

One of my favorite senses has to be hearing. I love listening to music, even though I can sing,play or dance to music, I still really really enjoy it. Chilling out listening to my favorite tracks has got to be the most relaxing things in the world. I can be on a flight, on a bus, in lecture, but if I have my music, I am right where I want to be.

So today, I am grateful that I am able to hear. Sometimes we hear things we don't want to hear. it is not always because people don't like us or because we are bad people. Sometimes it is simply a misunderstanding. You can't chose or control what people say to you, but what you can control is how you think and react to what they are saying.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

4ONE Day-13-16JUN11

Sticking with the theme of senses, I love eating and enjoy cooking, so where would I be without my taste. Now I know that a lot of taste come from our sense of smell too, but today I am thankful that I can taste at the wonderful things edible:
- dad's curry
- taiwanese street food
- pizza
- pho
- cakes from brunetti's
- angie's cheesecake

There are 5 main tastes... Salty, Sweetness, Bitterness, Sourness and Umami. What is umami? apparently it is an appetite taste - and although it can be tasted in cheeses and soy sauce amongst other foods, it was actually discovered I think in MSG!! =) yummy.

Hope everyone has had a tasteful Thursday! Take care!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

4ONE Day-12-15JUN11

What am I grateful for today... Apologies for my dirty glasses. I should have cleaned them earlier.

I remember when I was younger and had perfect vision,  I always wanted to have glasses... stupid right? I can't believe that when I was about 10 or so, I really really wanted glasses... I have no idea why, and when i finally got them, I was the happiest kid in the world (what a loser). Then as I made my way through high school, I was teased and made fun of... I was a geek and what not...and really wanted to get rid of my glasses, but couldn't see very well without them haha...

Now looking back, and thinking about it all, today I thought that I should be really grateful that I am actually able to see. I am grateful for the gift of vision. 


Hope you all have had a great day, and be thankful today for being able to see. Without it, the world would be a very different place.

Monday, June 13, 2011

4ONE Day-11-14JUN11

An early post today. Day 11 hey, wow... I am still here. I can't concentrate on study at the moment. My heart keeps on wanting to do everything else except for study. So I thought that rather than procrastinate, if I get this out of my system now, I can get back to studying. Creativeness for the day... complete. So what is the meaning of the photo today?

I have to be extremely grateful to my friends for driving me around at the moment. Also to get into the car each day and see a smiley face is just a bonus. 

Thanks so much guys for all the lifts you have given me and for all those that are to come. Thanks heaps. It means alot to me. Although I do enjoy my walks - but that's another post... =)

4ONE Day-10-13JUN11

Yesterday I was thinking of what to be grateful for today... and couldnt really decide, so decided to sleep on it and figure it out in the morning.

Morning came around and I realized what I have been really grateful for lately.

I am grateful for the extra 5 minutes that I get after hitting this button.
I think sometimes I press it without knowing and like this morning, overslept, compromising my valuable study time. I was quite annoyed with myself but then decided, that maybe it is a good thing, my body is getting some rest, my brain is revitalized and consequently had a rather productive day.
Good night everyone... enjoy your sleep.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

4ONE Day-9-12JUN11

Everyday I'm studying...

so many little things mean a lot to me at the moment. I love finding a quiet spot somewhere and take some time out listening to music. It takes me to a place far far away... Hopefully everyone can find their quiet place, where they can go to get away. At the moment, this is my quiet place which I am grateful for.

A wise mentor told us that if you are feeling one or more of these feelings:

Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired

Don't forget to HALT and consider what you are doing.

Hope everyone has had an awesome weekend.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

4ONE Day-8-11JUN11

Waking up and staying awake has been such a struggle over these past few weeks. Thank goodness that when I have time, I can wake up, turn on my espresso machine, tamper some granules, extract some liquid gold, stretch some skim milk and have myself a wonderfully fulfilling cup of coffee. Smell of roasted coffee grounds wafts through the kitchen, smooth velvety milk washes over the tongue, creamy, nutty, coffee taste rolls tantalizes the tastebuds and the caffeine hits the AWAKE button in my brain. Just what I need to get ready for an intense day of revision.

Hope everyone has had a great Saturday. The weather has been miserable, but what better excuse to stay indoors, cuddle up with your favorite book or person and stay nice and warm. Thats what I would do if I wasnt studying... and back in Adelaide.

If out in Geelong, hit up Cafe GO for a great drop of coffee. The grind is great, milk is awesome and service is really really friendly. If you are hungry, even the food isnt too bad! 

Friday, June 10, 2011

4ONE Day-7-10JUN11

Hmm... sitting in my PBL tutorial room, sipping on sake, reading about testicular descent... I should just take a photo of this and be grateful for today... but today I wanted to share something that I am actually grateful to Victoria for.

Victoria seems to always try to steal our South Australian thunder, they have the Melbourne Cup, they did not use to have Famer's Union (they do now) and they stole the Formula One from us... but something that we don't have in SA that I really appreciate here is supermarkets that close at MIDNIGHT!... that right adelaidians, instead of hurrying and panicking around 9pm, the supermarkets here, COLES and WOOLIES(some are still safeway) are all opened until 12 midnight! It is such a luxury being able to go out almost anytime after uni, after work and get some shopping. The best we have in Adelaide is a COLES that OPENS at midnight.

So today, I think in Geelong I am pretty lucky to have the luxury of longer supermarket operating hours. What do you think? I think you may not really think much about it, but if they were shorter, it would make a lot of difference, would mean that I need to get organized!... = bad

Have a great night people!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

4ONE Day-6-09JUN11

How wet would I be if I did not have an umbrella these few days... it has been pouring down!! lucky today wasn't too bad, but I am still very very... grateful for my huge umbrella. Without it, I would most certainly be cold and miserable many times now. Not to mention my kicks would be absolutely soaked.

Also stumbled upon some photos on flickr. They are pretty awesome. Loving the colors and feel of the photos.  So if you have a moment, go check out JiaRen Hui, the color work is pretty awesome.

Enjoy the rest of 09 Jun 2011!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

4ONE Day-5

Hurrah... almost didnt make it... but here we are at day 5.

I was struggling to think of something creative to post up today... but then reminded myself, that the purpose of my project is not to go out of my way to impress anyone, but to do this for myself. Post up what I want to be thankful for.

With the weather getting colder and colder, today i think would have only been about 9 degrees in G-Town, there are so many things that I appreciate. Today the 8th of June, I am grateful for something that most of us take for granted and don't really appreciate much, but I am sure if we lost it though, you would notice and be quite miserable. I really am grateful for being able to have hot showers every morning and night! Gets me warm and ready for the day or sleep!... enjoy. When you are having a hot shower today... just remind yourself how lucky you really are.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

4ONE Day-4

No this is not a campaign promoting KRAFT, although they do make lots of great stuff, vegemite, crunchy peanut butter and philly cheese... mmm... hungry... today's photo has a little more to it than just sandwiches.

When I was young, my parents would pack lunch for me. This was my lunch - from memory. I used to remember day in day out, opening my lunch box and finding a neat sandwich in a plastic sandwich bag, smeared with peanut butter... as the years went on, I started to get bored of this lunch and would often "lose" my lunch in the bin... opting to rather not eat lunch at all, rather than take lunch home and get told off for not eating during lunch time! how silly I was when I was little. Now, living away from home, I have no one to make my lunch...

So today Tuesday 7th of Jun 2011 twenty years late, I would like to thank my parents and let them know how grateful I am for taking care of me through all of my growing up life...even though I may not have appreciated it at the time. Some people are still lucky enough to get packed lunch!...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

4ONE Day-3

Day THREE! My current target is 5 days lol!!

I was lying in bed this morning thinking of all the possible things I could be thankful for. So many things came to mind, how would I choose one? Then, I received a text...

Sometimes little things like a text message might only be just that... a text message. But a text message from my beautiful fiancee reminding me that even though we are hundreds of kilometers apart, she still loves me is always a great start to the day. So today 6th of Jun 2011, I am grateful for the little things that Angie does to remind me that I am loved.

4ONE Day-2

I made it to day 2. YES.. achievement... made it before midnight so it still is day 2... right?

Had a great talk with Angie last night, and was complaining to her about how much study I have... and how I am going to fail... the usual topic of the past 2 or more weeks.

"You will be fine. At least you CAN study. So many people want to study but can't"

So today Sunday 5th of Jun 2011 I am grateful that I have the chance to study. Not only that, but I have a chance to study something that will hopefully help someone other than myself in the future.

So in-line with everyone frantically studying for exams at the moment, don't forget to take a break (which i am sure you are doing now... cos you are reading my blog).

I know that sometimes studying can feel like:

But, in the end everything will be fine in the end. Good luck with the next week, SWOTVAC and EXAMS everyone! See you on the other side.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Personal Project. Day -1

I have been wanting to do something with my photography for a long time. Photography, being an art, will not be accepted or appreciated by all and I think it is time for me to do something for myself. Need to stop looking for people's approval and learn to appreciate life, knowing that there is more to life than being popular. Not everyone makes it. If I make myself and those closest to me happy at least in my heart, I have made it. I really need to be more grateful, appreciate life and not take it for granted.

This project that I am starting has been a long time coming, I have just needed to find a reason in myself to do it. Many people are part of the project 365 or APAD, where they take one photo a day for a year and share it with the world. I always thought that the aim of this project was to improve photography skills by taking a photo a day, and always criticized people that posted up photo after photo of random crap.  Who was I to criticize them? Just because a photo has no structure, poor quality, doesn't mean that it has no meaning. After stumbling across a blog by Hailey Bartholomew, I have been, I guess inspired somewhat.

Big call, I hope I can keep it up, because I am known to be lazy... but today, I will do it.

For the next 365 days I will be appreciating life. A small portion at a time, taking 1 photo a day of something I am grateful for. Someone once said, "The length of your life is fixed. The width and depth, is up to you". I hope to add to the width and depth of my life and the lives of others that follow my journey for the next 365 days.

"1 photo a day, 1 camera, 1 lens, 1 thing I am grateful for"

This is the 4ONE project.

Day - 1
I was discussing this project with Angie last night, and asked her "What should we be grateful for tomorrow?"

Angie - "We have jobs".


To start off the project today, Saturday 4th of Jun 2011, I am grateful that I have a job. I have a job that provides me with an income so that I have something to eat and drink, so that I have somewhere to sleep tonight. When you actually take some time out to think of all the things a job provides for, no longer is it "Urgh... I got to go to work again..." Without a job i wouldn't have this heater that is keeping me warm as I tap away at my keyboard. Although some people have a job that they truly enjoy, and I am certainly envious of such people, at least I have a job, and don't have to worry where my next meal is coming from. Grateful that I have a job.