ValenSports Day 2014

February 14, 2014

Ah yes, the highly anticipated yearly event for many UQ medical students – Sports Day!

What is it? A whole day of sanctioned drinking and fun, dressed in scrubs. Here’s what the breakdown of the day looks like:

08:00 – 4th years have breakfast at the Mayne Medical School
09:45 – 4th years move on to Birdees to join the 3rd years
10:45 – 3rd & 4th years move on to Transcontinental Hotel to join 2nd years
11:30 – 2nd, 3rd & 4th years move on to Fox Hotel to join first years
12:00 – All move on to Dutton Park for General Fun with games, slip’n slides, jelly pools, bouncy castles, BBQ, etc.
17:00 – Leave from Dutton Park to after party venue

As you can see, it is literally a whole day filled with lots of drinking for all parties involved.

The #1 rule of Sports Day is: Only fourth years are allowed to wear pink scrubs, or pink anything. Anybody in the years below caught trying to wear pink will be severely punished πŸ˜‰ Other than that, it’s all about having fun and enjoying the day!

Despite it being a yearly tradition, I’m sure there are many people in Brisbane who get quite confused seeing loads of people dressed in scrubs flood the streets, venues and public transportation… while intoxicated… during the day. I think this year may have been even more confusing for the general public as it was Valentine’s Day and many were dressed in pink. We even had a mention on Reddit πŸ˜›

My favourite aspect of Sports Day is champagne breakfast with PBL 25 and friends before beginning the day, pretty much a tradition now! In case you don’t know, PBL 25 was our allocated tutorial group back in first year.

This year, we met up around 6:30am at Fi’s mum’s – thank you again for having us πŸ˜€

Unfortunately, Michael didn’t join the festivities. The morning is when he studies best so he took advantage of that to study for the MCCEE. And I left after the fourth year breakfast in order to study too! Home by 10:30am, not too bad!

Some photos, enjoy!

Note:Β If you are interested in more photos and seeing what the entire day is like, a colleague did a great job capturing those moments. Hopefully you can view his albumΒ HERE





So much food!



PBL 25 girls + Little One!


Group photo!


PBL 25!


The girls again


Mr Fielding, the creative one πŸ˜›






Driving over to Mayne Medical School for breakfast and to meet up with all the other 4th years



See of pink


Welcome speech from Professor John Pearn, our beloved UQMS Patron and Honorary Life-Member of the Society


Photos with friends!














So much pink! Had a good morning, lovely to see faces I haven’t seen in a while but definitely couldn’t be as carefree as everyone else with the MCCEE looming over me. Also needed to get studying done so that we could have the evening off for Valentine’s Day! But that’s for another post…



Date with Abigail

February 8, 2014

Mike and I went to visit Matt, Kristen and their baby girl this past Sunday… and I remembered to take photos!

Only been a few weeks since we last saw them but Abbey has grown so much already, how cute is she? Nearly 8 weeks old!


My first baby shoot. Haha, not really, just some opportunistic fun shots!

Proud parents



Family photo



Uncle Mike smells mommy!


Even cute when she’s crying


She loves this position, we learned something new today!


Family moment


Mother and daughter




Resting on mommy


Keeping a close eye on mum


Pretty smiles


And of course, we had to get a picture ourselves!


A double negative first impression

What, my title doesn’t make sense? πŸ˜‰

The other day, I met a person who left me puzzled with a terrible impression. Exactly why he/she acted so ‘high and mighty’ with a side of snob and disrespect, I don’t know. It wasn’t until later the same day that I realised that I had met this same person over a year ago in a different setting, no wonder I thought he/she looked familiar… But unfortunately, I had left that encounter with the same impression as well.

Meeting people like that reminds me of why I find it so much easier to be kind and respectful towards others. Leaving the above mentioned negativity out of one’s personality makes for a much more enjoyable interaction! Not to mention you never know if and when you might encounter the people you once met again. May have to work with them, or even for them! Unless lucky, there’s only ever one possible ‘first impression’. Why start off any potential relationship on the wrong foot?

And of course, “Every person you meet knows something you don’t, learn from them.” – H Jackson Brown Jr.

First batch of Year 4 Food

As you may know, I have gotten into the habit of keeping a photo diary of food I’ve been making since coming to Australia from Canada 3 years ago.

Going across the world was my first time moving away from home, and I hardly ever cooked before that because my mom’s food was too fabulous to bother trying. Curse of living at home? πŸ˜›

I am proud of myself for continuously trying and improving my skills in the kitchen. I am most certainly not the best at anything, but I am enjoying trying my hand at new things, and most importantly, it brings me happiness that people (especially Michael) enjoy the things I make. Being in the kitchen is my ‘relaxing activity’ believe it or not. And I especially love to cook and bake when I can share.

Annoyingly, I still have family members that ask, “So… how do you feed yourself when you’re living in Australia?” and are so surprised when I reply, “I cook for myself.”

“Really? You can cook?!” Why yes, yes I can. Did you really think I have been eating just take-out and salads for 3 years? Come on!

And the way I see it. Anybody can, they just have to want to try!

You’ll notice there’s no meat in anything below. Mike and I wanted to go meat-free for a few weeks, especially after indulging so much over the holidays.

First ‘hot meal’ after we finally got groceries on arriving back to Brisbane. Breakfast for dinner, a favourite.


Creamy cauliflower soup, with onions, potato and sweet potato. Definitely a new favourite!


Trying my hand at gnocchi from scratch for the first time. Sweet potato gnocchi (can you tell I was really lazy with the shaping of it) with a butter garlic rosemary sauce, fennel and apple salad and some grilled haloumi. Quite an odd combination, I know. But hey, it works! We shop the sales and then decide on the menu, not vice versa. Life of a student, you know? πŸ˜‰


Ricotta lime cookies with a lime glaze. Made these for “Friday Bake Day” at the hospital, which were enjoyed by many. Will definitely be making these again.



Pasta salad with green beans and carmelised onions with a greek yoghurt dressing. Side of cucumber and tomato salad.


Coconut basil shrimp!


Peanut butter cookies with caramel chips. Made these for another Friday Bake Day


Had some basa fillets that I cooked up…


To make delicious fish cakes for the first time! What an easy method to serve fish in a totally different and flavourful way!


And 2 dishes that I made when back in Canada

Quiche with mushrooms, onions and bacon. Cheated with store bought crust though! πŸ˜‰


Cream of (wild) mushroom soup