The Purple Rain Season

By the time the 1st of November rolls around, Australia’s purple rain season has finally arrived as pockets of the country burst into blooms of jacarandas. It’s a good feeling to be back here in my favourite season (spring), and I plan to make the most of it.

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The last three months of a full year always has me full of feelings. I find myself looking back at the first half of this year feeling accomplished and proud but also looking forward with excitement, hopeful plans, and fingers crossed. It flies like an arrow and since I’m always one to celebrate big and little things, and I feel like I owe it to myself (if not all of you) to recap on life since the last time I posted here.

  1. I graduated. It’s still hard to wrap my head around the fact that all those days I spent ranting about engineering school and sleep deprivations eventually came to an end. Am I going to miss them? Doubt that. But after the past two years of constant nightmares and living on caffeine and microwave foods, for a brief second, I was suddenly not ready to say goodbye to it all. I would say “bittersweet” was an understatement.
    Nonetheless, I couldn’t be happier to walk out of all four-year worth of sweat and tears, with two engineering degrees behind my name (and an Honours too). It was truly a mission impossible if not for the constant love and support from the people closest to me, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
  2. I got a job. If you’re a fresh grad like me, you must be familiar with the horror of applying for jobs. I had a good phase of writing about fifty cover letters to be sent, then getting excited about interviews, and then crying over countless rejection letters. Although in the end I was lucky enough to be offered a position for a job I didn’t even apply to, I’m still not going to undermine the struggle of getting a job. It’s indeed an ugly world out there, so just hang on a little bit more.
  3. I’m officially a Temporary Resident in Australia, yay!
  4. Gained a few solid kgs after spending two months back home, but hey, I just don’t want to be back in Australia thinking “I could’ve eaten that.” On a positive note, I’ve recently started working out again and am surprisingly sticking to an actual routine (hope I don’t jinx it). I try to go to the gym at least twice a week now, and I’ve honestly never felt better.
    On a side note, if you’re into yoga like me, I can’t recommend this app enough. Truth be told, I haven’t gotten very far, nor have I used it very regularly, but this is the one I’ve (infrequently) returned to. You can work your way through a series of guided classes, and there are clear photos of each poses to make sure you’re not making fool of yourselves too.
  5. I will be spamming this page with photos from my graduations, trips, and all the lovely places I went to. Because what’s a better way to finish off the year right if not throwbacks?
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