April moments

During my Obstetrics & Gynaecology rotation, I was often leaving the house before 6am in order to be at the hospital in time for 8am. It was a drag, but some things made it worth it. The fact that I got a bit more exercise, since I was walking approximately 7km everyday to and from the train stations. Rediscovering all my favourite songs on my iPod. Since most of my travel is with Michael, I always preferred chatting in his company rather than listening to music. Walking by myself was actually quite a nice and relaxing change of scenery, something I used to know so well but had become unfamiliar to in the last few years.

And little moments with nature you experience. Like this possum carrying her young one across an electric wire:

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And beautiful skies like these over my head

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On April 11, we attended The Dashounds’ Kids Again EP launch at The Hideaway. The Dashounds consist of our two friends James Fielding and Pete Dixon, as well as Bas Pelly and Steve Ceccato.

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A Brisbane based, indie/pop/acoustic band, here is a quick blurb from their Facebook page:

The Dashounds have supported Josh Pyke,The Resin Dogs, and shared Festival stages with Regurgitator, Boy and Bear and many more. They played at the Caxton Seafood Fest and the Red Deer Music Fest in 2010, ’11 and ’12 to packed audiences of happy tail waggin’, raindropping fans. The ‘Hounds have recorded two EPs (available on iTunes). They are best known for their vibrant multi-layered vocal harmonies, dynamic acoustic pop anthems, and quirky lyrics about girls, dogs and their beloved home town of Brisbane.

A really fun and great night with amazing performances by the guys.

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CLICK HERE to visit triple j Unearthed and check out some of their tracks, even download! You are missing out though, because the recordings simply cannot capture the sound and energy of their live performances!

Bought a hardcopy, can you see the outfit similarities? 😉

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Despite a busy rotation, we did get out once in a while! About to head out for some yummy dim sum at New Shanghai with Yoni and Xuan in this photo.

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This was also the night we discovered a dish called “Deep fried calamari coated with salted egg yolk” Deliciously crunchy, rich and salty dish that was extremely well received by all of us!

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Girls day out with Christine, Fiona, Kristen and the cute Abigail on April 13th!

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Started with a lovely breakfast at Samson and Sophie Cafe in Teneriffe, followed by a walk along the river that ended with a drizzle and left us at the Old Museum enjoying tea and each other’s company for a little while longer… oh no! 😉

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As babies often command, and being as cute as Abbey is, she was definitely the centre of attention!

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Not often are the 4 of us in the same place at the same time, so it was lovely seeing them all and catching up!

And my sad attempt at photographing the Blood Moon night of April 15th. 😛

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My pathetically long blog absence

Dear friends,

Where have I been? Here and there. Doing this, doing that. I’ve been terrible at including you, I know. I’m sorry!

Today has been a very difficult and emotional day for me. Michael, my fiance, is currently flying back to Canada where he will be completing his next two rotations (3rd – Critical Care and 4th – Medical Specialties) while I remain in Brisbane. It will be an exciting and scary journey for him rotating through a number of different hospitals, but I have no doubt he will fit in and excel. Fortunately, I will also have the opportunity to complete Rotation 4 (starting in two months) in Canada. During the last 4 weeks of that rotation, we will be only 1.5 hours drive apart so we’ll finally be able to see each other! I already feel so alone! Never in the years we’ve been together have we been apart or tested by a long distance relationship. I’m sure these next few months will not be easy but thank goodness for texting and video calling. I miss him so much already.

I have a number of topics to catch up and share with you on this blog, including:

  • Some happy moments with friends back in April
  • The MCCEE exam that I finally wrote on May 5th
  • What food have I been making?
  • My Obstetrics & Gynaecology rotation that ended May 9th, including how the final exams went!
  • Our amazing one week vacation in Bali (May 10 to May 17) which was also our first experience with Club Méditerranée, commonly known as Club Med
  • The wedding of our 2 wonderful friends James & Kim on May 17th
  • My upcoming 3rd rotation in Critical Care

In addition, as I have found it very difficult to not only keep up with blogging but also find interesting things to write about during busy and full-on rotations, I have decided to start a new daily blog series project. Starting tomorrow, the first day of my 3rd rotation (Critical Care), I will be doing a Daily Highlights and Lowlights (DHAL) post. This idea was inspired by April & Justin whose daily vlogs I enjoy enjoy watching on YouTube. At the end of each of their videos, they share the highlights of their day. I thought this would be a good way to remember the happy moments, as well as the more difficult ones of each day. Hopefully when I look back at these posts, I will be able to see how I’ve grown from the positive and negative experiences on a daily basis.

Thank you for sticking around with me, I hope you enjoy the blog posts to come!