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Greetings folks. I have just come back from a few days in Kuala Lumpur; first time spending CNY with the in-laws. We had a great time. Over the weekend, my timelines have looked like this: fireworks, yee sang, lion dancing, ang pows and a whooole lot of red. Love this time of the year!
In KL, we spent the first two days visiting a number of older loved ones, including an aunty in a nursing home. It was rather sombre, but timely.
As my wise father-in-law put it, it is important to remind ourselves about the brevity of life, to stay humble and to remain compassionate.
Happy Chinese New Year folks!
I attended the Curtin Sarawak Australia Day celebration in Miri on Saturday 25 January 2014. Staff of the university and their families, students and members of the community gathered over a sausage sizzle barbecue event held on campus. The event kicked off with speeches from Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Chairman of the Curtin Sarawak Council, Karen Welsh from the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and Curtin Sarawak’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Mienczakowksi. They shared what Australia Day meant to them, highlighted the dynamic relationship between Malaysia and Australia, and alluded to the importance of the Australian "give it a good go" outlook on life. Following the speeches, Australian eucalyptus and gum tree seedlings were planted to mark the occasion.
The food was great, a good old fashioned lucky draw and also an extensive playlist by Australian artists playing in the background - the likes of John Farham, INXS, Met at Work, Peter Allen, and I believe even a few tunes by Slim Dusty.
Australia Day, often a day for official community events and citizenship ceremonies to welcome new immigrants, is celebrated in many ways. These come to mind as quintessential things to do: backyard cricket, a barbeque with mates, a day out at the beach, having a meat pie, and fishing off the jetty. Hope you had a great one! I know I did. Thank you Curtin Sarawak for the hospitality!
Here are some photographs from the event.
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan
Professor Jim Mienczakowksi
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