Optimism pays off

The past few months has been a whirlwind of emotions and self-conflict. First there was overloading and then there was studying intercampus, all the while I worked in the city.

On top of that, I was applying to study abroad. Needless to say, I suffered from a mini-meltdown.

It’s hard to say that I’ve fully recovered but I have learnt something important: optimism pays off.

My application to study abroad was a tough one. There was a lot of complications with my course structure as well as the selection process of my university.

As a result, I went back and forth between deciding on whether I should continue to put myself through this. In the end, I tucked my chin in and kept a positive mindset.

It all paid off because as of today, I have officially been accepted into NUCB’s Undergraduate Exchange Programme.

Thank-you to everyone who have offered their kind words of support. I will continue to work hard and make you proud!



Summer is officially here in Australia. Well, it’s currently raining outside but that’s Melbourne for you. At least our hydrangeas will be happy.

The past week has been great. I’ve been catching up on sleep, which has been doing wonders for my skin. I still feel lethargic, but it’s probably because I’m oversleeping. I’ve also been catching up with a few of my friends.

Last Friday, I dropped by T by LuxBite with E. I’ll probably write a more comprehensive post later in the week. Before that, we had lunch at Kaneda Japanese Restaurant; I didn’t realise they were so popular.

I also saw another good friend on Sunday. The weather was quite hot, so we wanted to order naengmyeon from Kimchi Hut. Unfortunately they only open in the evening, so we ended up at Monga Sweet Lounge. It wasn’t the best dining experience; you can read my updated review here. Luckily I had such great company that day, or else that day would’ve sucked.

On other fortunate news, I submitted my application form this afternoon! I finally spoke to the exchange co-ordinator in person. She’s a really nice lady and I’m so fortunate that she’s managing my application. NUCB’s Undergraduate Exchange Programme seems incredibly comprehensive. I really look forward to take part in it!

Moving Forward

It’s been over two months since I’ve heard any word regarding about my application to study at NUCB. I was beginning to give up; it was disheartening seeing everyone progressing forward without me. For the past few weeks, I’ve been preparing myself to survive alone in a foreign country. I’ve gone as far as to check  the closest green grocers on Google Maps.

To my delight, I received an email early this week from my exchange co-ordinator. There was some technical error and as a result, the we weren’t receiving the replies NUCB were sending to us. To cut to the chase, I have been invited to apply for their student exchange program! In addition, I have been offered a travel scholarship. The application seems like a formality more or less but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.

The deadline is December 12 but I have to get everything sorted out before December 5. There’s a lot of paper work involved but prospect of learning in a new environment makes it all worth it.