Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Meet Shel....

So here is the second random cartoon of the day.... Shel! And yes, it's a she....

Meet Shel 2010
Meet Shel.... The female version of Rooly.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Meet Rooly...

Out of boredom, Rooly was born... My first "Sketched" Cartoon Character which is then coloured with photoshop.  Any ways, it is quite random... But Rooly is the beginning of many great and new things in my life. It is considered another "achievement" in my life. I am not good at sketching. LOL!

Meet Rooly.... 2010
Let me introduce to you... Rooly!

P.S.: The name is quite random too. LOL! But me LIKEY!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Holidays in Melbourne

Holidays are here and the slacking has begun.  Been so lazy that I almost forgotten to update here. It has been a tough week but we all have to move on (but then, there are new things going on).  Anyways, I been window shopping with friends for 2 days, then slacking at home for another two.  Life is good.  Managed to take some nice pictures of Melbourne while I was out, but am not going to post all. Melbourne is getting cold and also wet, been raining for the past few days.  That's the reason of slacking at home.  But anyways, when you have the chance, walk around Melbourne City, there is much to see and also hear.

Night bridge
Till the next post, hope I have more photos to share. Happy Holidays to those who are enjoying it now.  You deserve it.
Salmon at don don sushi
Also, enjoy some food, chillax and enjoy the unpredictable WORLD CUP!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The loss of a great guy, a great friend

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Woke up this morning with a shocking and sad news.  My friend from CF, Joash passed away this morning (Malaysia time).  My first thought was, I promised him to find him when I go back to K.L. but I guess I will never have a chance to anymore.  Sad as I am, I must be happy that he is back with the Lord.  Life is short.. Its unexpected.  Its a gift.  Shall miss you my friend.  Say Hi to God for me... 

My condolences to Joash's family.  God Bless!

With a Heavy Heart, to my dear friend Joash:
You are a great friend who encourages and cares for those around you, you will be greatly missed.  You were a great Brother in Christ. Rest in Peace my friend. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

What the Cold brings....

The cold has taught me one thing.  And that thing is to never complain that the weather is hot and maybe in the future to never complain that it is cold. If you ask me now if I miss home, I will tell you: "YES! I MISS HOME!!" I miss home because I miss heat. Imagine being in a fridge the whole day and you won't be able to get out for the next 3 months and it only gets colder day by day.  But the good thing is, you get to enjoy hot drinks like hot chocolate or a hot cup of Chocolate Irish-Cream Mocha and you really appreciate it.  It tastes better during the cold.  Some free time before I start my revision for my first exam here in Melbourne, so I looked back to some old pictures from my college years.  One thing for sure, I have stopped (for the time being) from asking myself why am I doing architecture and why I want to become an architect.  I realised that the reason most of us do it because of passion.  Trust me, if there is no passion, you won't make yourself suffer for more than 4 years in Uni then your lifetime as an architect when you graduate.

My reasons into why I think I am in architecture:
1. We are given/shown the world.

Holding the sun
And instead of just appreciating and live in it, we want to contribute to it.  We want to create something more meaningful and beautiful to contribute to society.  They say architects are gods, I say bulls**t.

On the edge
We are merely imitators of what God already created and we gain inspiration from the nature around us.  We grasp it and we try to understand it and then we create the buildings people live in.  You say you don't need architects because engineers can also design, I say, if you like living in a box, good on ya!

 2. Because we are not into saving lives.
But we are interested in letting people begin new lives. Architecture does not only concern the aesthetics of the external but also the internal.  We all need a place to live, to find shelter and to start a family.  Don't tell me you want to start a family on an open field.

We do not just design boxes, if we do design boxes, we design it with style and with thoughtfulness. Of how it fits with the character of those who dwell or work there.  We are not doctors, but we are also concerned on how people live and how our designs will affect them.

3. Its a journey.
No one ever says the road to a career is easy.  So why is architecture any different?  We get to see the world through books and through travelling to places.  Architecture has shown me that the world is so big and tell me how much I haven't seen.  Its not about the money, I would rather be working on site than in a big stuffy office.  I rather be free than being in a cage with four walls.

Architecture is an unending journey in life.  Some architects even work and enjoying their work till their death.  Their dedication like no other.  These are the men I admire.  They been through up and down but they died being remembered till centuries later.  Their works became inspirations to young designers like me.  Their works lives centuries after centuries.

But with all that, I love what I am doing because I have the passion in what I am doing.  Its not always about fame, fortune and riches.  Heck! Its not about any of those.  Its about realising your dreams, your happiness and you life's work.  I like this quote by Mother Theresa:
Now, time to stop questioning why you are in your course, but be glad you are in it and make the best out of it.  Don't blame your parents, don't blame society... Just have passion and you can make it some day.

A New Layout

I can't believe that half of 2010 has past.  Its surprising that seasons changes faster here in Melbourne.  Unlike being in Malaysia where there is only 1 season.  But I do miss the warmth.  Somehow.... (going to regret saying this when I go back)  Today, the max temperature is 9 degrees.  So yes, its cold!  The thing to keep me cheerful during this season is photography.  And my favourite spot in Melbourne is the Memorial Shrine.  Anyone have other suggestions to where I can go visit in Melbourne?  Which uses the less $$? LOL... Anyway, can't wait for the month long winter break.  Going to hibernate and rejuvenate.... And hopefully, reshape. LOL!!  Exams in a few days time. Whew!  Gotta study hard!
Memorial shrine pano

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A little something by me


Autumn has left and winter has come.
The leaves has fallen and the cold has come.
Sitting on a bench thinking of some,
but in the end, ending up with none.

Lovely Yellow Rose

The wonders of the world we behold,
What God our Father has foretold.
A world we live in wonder and true,
If only we believe in what is true.


Gone are the days where sorrow is,
Gone are the days we say we miss.
Here comes the day mercy gives,
Here comes the day when men go free.

Aaron C-2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shadows of the past

Shadows of the past
Sometimes, there are shadows in our lives which scares us when we think about it.  It might not be ghosts or ghouls but the things that we are done.  We walk down those dark corridors and think to ourselves why did we do that or why didn't we do that.  It can even be the decisions we haven't make but we have to.  Those shadows follows us till we find the light.  I really need to find that light.  But I do feel it coming.  Oh Lord, you are my light...


HURRAY!!!! MY HISTORY ESSAY GOT A H1! H1! Wohoo..... HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!! And here is the comment by the marker.....

Dear Chen Wei Li Aaron, It is a very good work, well done. The argument is clear and precise, as well as the illustrations and points. But, maybe the argument is a little bit too big, and your scope covered many intentions of Wright’s later works. If you can add some previous works of Wrights to further make a series of comparisons, the article will be more precise! Or, you may have narrowed down your argument and only focused on one or two “new” strategies of Wright. Maybe you can say something more which has been never talked (try to be more critical and creative). Maybe try to carefully look at the drawings and images of building itself and precisely analyze them by yourself. Maybe try to say more from your personal opinions, as the result of your analyses and comparisons. It is a very good start, and it will be much better in the next time.

Look out for the mistake... I AM NOT CHEN!! ITS CHEW!!!!! CHEWWWW!!!!!! But ok la... Typical me being too long with my arguments.... Oh well..... BUT A H1!!! WOHOOOOO!!! ON CLOUD 9! But I am wondering if there is a next time... HAHAHA....

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Feeling like a seed....

A thousand seeds...
Thinking about it, I sometimes feel like a seed.  Destined to grow and become something some day.  The only problem is like a seed, you won't know where you will be sowed, you won't know where you land and you won't know if you would survived or ever serve a  purpose.  Sometimes, you will feel like you are insignificant even though people tells you that you are talented.  Discontentment and disbelief runs in our veins.  Sometimes, you just feel that you are losing your mind.  Uncertain and paranoid about the things that are happening around you.  Hopeless, just like a seed waiting to be sown.  On hard earth or soft fertile soil..... I want to be the one who lands on soft fertile soil, where life can be simple and all decisions already made.  But the more you wish, the more you won't get what you want.  Destined but worried, Given but discontent..... Oh lord, this is the day I need you the most.....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Quotes to encourage

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

Silent Protest in Melbourne

When you think the world is chaotic back in September 11, 2001, let me tell you the world has escalated into a stage where chaotic is not the word to describe it but inhumane.  This is not the first time I seen a protest in Melbourne but well, when I saw what they were protesting about and the reasons behind it, my heart churned and my mind just went blank. Well, if you are wondering what I am talking about, you can just check it out on http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/31/gaza.protest/index.html.  I can't judge to say who is right or wrong but this is what I think: War is never the answer.  It just hurts families and destroys things people love.  Here are some of the scenes I saw today:
SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 6

SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 7
NO one is to be blamed. Everyone should be ashamed...

The finding of this protest was kind of accidental.  Was taking the tram back home after celebrating Shi Qi's birthday and stumbled upon it with Way Wen and Daniel.  We decided to stay around to "experience" the situation.  Well, sorry for being so "Suaku" but you wont see these kind of freedom of speech or expression in Malaysia.

SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 5
Daniel with his pro camera, like a journalist....

SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 1
SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 3
SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 8

DSCF8916SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 4
Save the world.. Free us all...

SIlent demonstration in Melbourne 2
Enough of the terrorism jokes... The whole world, every government is acting like one.  Sending terror to other nations. It's so wrong!

It's time to pray for the nations.  Humanity is at stake.  People killing people out of greed, out of feuds. Like what Black Eye Peas sang before:
Where is the Love?

p.s.: I don't know it if got noisy because before anything unhappy happened, we left. For our own safety.

One month worth of post

Sorry for being gone for so long, been busy with assignments and studio that I almost forgotten that I got a blog. Oops.. Well, I do have a lot to write and many pictures to show.  So please don't mind the many many pictures I took.  May was an interesting month.  First, its almost the end of fall, then its like rushing assignments time, then lastly mum's and grandmum's visit to Melbourne for my cousin's graduation.  Even though I was in the midst of assignments and all, I still visited mum and followed my relatives to places in Melbourne which I haven't visited since I came to Melbourne.  Got quite a few good pictures to share.  Some might make you drool though. LOL!
Autumn is almost over. One of the most beautiful season of the year ever.  Well, it's because the leaves are all changing colour and changing for the season.

But somehow, there are still many beautiful flowers around.
Grandmum's favourite things to do any time and anywhere she travels is looking at flowers.  And thank goodness there are still many lovely nurseries with beautiful flowers around for her to enjoy.

Flowers of autumn....

Apple Tree
Apple Tree!

Surprisingly, the roses is the most beautiful during autumn. The colour and the smell... Mmmm~
Red Rose
Blooming rose
Pink ROse
From reds, pink and....

Lovely Yellow Rose
My favourite yellow roses.

The thing about trips is that we usually will go look for food.  And in my mum's case, it's deserts.  So when I followed them to Mount Dandenong, we went to Miss Marple's for their homemade scones and jam. YUM YUM!
Miss Marple
Presumably, this is the original Miss Marple.

Miss Marples!
The menu....

Chocolate FUDGE!! YUMMY!
We ordered scones with jam, and a hot fudge for our afternoon tea.  Not to forget the yummy coffee I had.

Oh yea... Don't forget to head down to  Healesville Sanctuary if you love cuddly animals like the Koala. 
Now I know where they got the idea for Stitch..

I love this shot... Look closely and you can see the Koala sticking it's tongue at me.

Cuddly Koala
Tried the National Geography Style but.... Nahhh....



Hawk at work!

Sad eyes
Can someone give me an awwww? LOL..... Cute eyes..

But the best experience I had for May was not the flowers or animals but it was the first time I tried Teppanyaki at Kokos at the Crown Casino for my cousin's graduation dinner.  The food was so so but the experience was nice.  So cool to have someone cooking in front of your eyes and the experiencing the heat. 

Started off with cooling seaweed appetizer. 

Hot tea
And to accommodate the dishes is a tasty cup of green tea.  I love their green tea because it has sort of a burnt smell in it.  Anyone in Melbourne know where to get it?

Mummy dearest
Dearest mum... Oh yea, she came for Mothers' day... So nice... It has been a few years since I celebrated this day with her.
Quick cook
Chef at work... Fast hands and hot table...
Many new to digest huh?  Well, sorry if there is not much story behind it.  Just not in the mood to type.  I just finished my studio so yea.  Hoping to show you all my work once I am done and you can give your very honest comments.  Well, till the next post (hopefully not in a month time), hope you enjoy the pictures.  This is my experiences in Melbourne...