Played tennis for the first time!

Mike and I went to UQ to play tennis with Xuan and Kee Ping today! The weather was quite overcast and even rained in the morning but cleared by the time we hit the courts at 9am. The courts were a little wet but nothing a squeegee couldn’t handle!

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My first time playing tennis – I was slightly dreading the experience, as sports have never been my forte. Although decent at badminton, I was at a complete loss when I first held a tennis racquet. It felt too large my hand and added an extension of length I was not familiar with.

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Luckily for me, the boys were quick to give tips and were quite encouraging with shouts of, “Good one!” when I was able to return the ball. Xuan especially, was very encouraging (“Keep in it!” “Keep moving!” “Run!”) – thanks again! Apparently, I’m not too bad for a first timer, but I think they are just trying to make me feel better. 😉

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Had a good workout, I’m sure I will be a little sore tomorrow!

Booking the court for 1.5 hours cost us around $21 with racquet rentals at $5/each. I enjoyed the experience and would be quick to play again, even invest in getting my own racquet because it would definitely be worth it!

Savoyards: Phantom of the Opera

Mike and I had the pleasure of joining Christine and Fiona last night to watch Savoyards’ production of Phantom of the Opera at Iona Performing Arts Centre.

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The production opened on May 25, 2013 and it is not only the Queensland premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most popular work, but also the second amateur production of the musical in the world.”

What an amazing night! The show was 2.5 hours long with a 20 minutes intermission.

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“With a cast of 52 and a 27 piece orchestra, it is one of the largest productions Savoyards have ever mounted in their 52 year history and will play for 14 performances.”

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If not for our dear friend Roger playing the organ/keyboard in the orchestra (who did an awesome job by the way!), I wouldn’t have known or thought of attending.

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I had never seen Phantom of the Opera before and for others who don’t know the story:

“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, is a darkly romantic musical about a mysterious “Opera Ghost” who inspires a young singer, has become a legend, drawing standing-room audiences throughout the world.  With unforgettable songs such as “The Music of the Night”, All I Ask of You”, Masquerade” and of course, the title song, this will be a night at the theatre that you won’t easily forget.”

The main characters, Phantom and Christine Daae played by Lionel Theunissen and Monique Latemore, respectively, were definitely stars of the show. A wonderful, talented cast with great music, amazing costumes and beautiful sets.

Roger in the pit with the orchestra at the end of the show!

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What a great night out! Dressed up with awesome company, a delicious dinner at Absolute Thai, a night of amazing musical talent!

Surgery: The uterus is pretty cute

Last week I had a chance to observe a 2-in-1 surgery.

There was an elderly lady with colorectal cancer who needed to have a high anterior resection. In this surgery, the sigmoid colon and part of the descending colon are removed. The remaining descending colon is then anastomosed (re-attached) to the rectum.

This woman also had a large lesion in her uterus and would need to have a hysterectomy (removal of her uterus) as well. It was decided that both surgeries would be done laparoscopically (minimally invasive surgery done through a number of small incisions, also known as keyhole surgery) and at the same time.

After the colorectal team finished mobilizing (freeing) the colon, the gynaecology team took over and removed her uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The colorectal team then came back and finished the surgery, taking out the part of her colon with cancer and reattaching the remaining parts.

The other medical student observing the surgery with me told me to expect the uterus to be really cute. So tiny with its little fallopian tubes and ovaries. I have to say, she was right! How amazing that such a tiny thing can carry babies for 9 months. This woman had had 6 children!

I asked permission to take this picture. You can see the uterus with the fallopian tubes and ovaries (white oval structures). And if you look closely, you can even see some cysts, with clear fluid in them.

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High Tea at Coffee & Chocolate

Christine Q invited me out for a high tea and study date at Coffee & Chocolate, how could I say no? 😉

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We met last Sunday at Queens Plaza with reservations for 12pm and were told we could each select any of the hot or cold beverages.

Christine chose a Callebaut Strawberry Hot Chocolate, which was served on a stylish dish with some marshmallows.

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I got a refreshing Mango, Guava & Lychee Frappe.

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We chose seats by the window and didn’t have to wait long for our high tea, which came out on 2 tiers – savoury on the bottom, sweets on the top.

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Pretty Christine with the goodies!

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Started off with the savoury goodies – chicken salad finger sandwiches, puff pastry triangles with a meat filling, mini quiche tarts, and bread rusks with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Quality of food was good, everything was tasty but presentation could use a bit of work!

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On to the sweets! Warm soft scones with jam, butter and whipped cream, chocolate cake, strawberry bar, macarons and mini muffins (blueberry and chocolate). The desserts were all average, nothing that wowed us but they were all enjoyed. The macarons were unfortunately undercooked and the turquoise one, despite the lovely colour, had no flavour.

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For $12 a person, we had a good time and left with happy bellies to get some studying done 😉

I have to say, I was a little concerned after seeing so many bad reviews on Urbanspoon, but I was glad to have been overall proven wrong. Decent food with prompt service, hurray! Would I come back? Well, I would like to give their chocolates a try, so maybe if I’m ever in the area?

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