Saturday, December 15, 2012

A tribute to Melbourne

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I don't usually write blog post that are too personal but I thought, I owe it to these amazing people, to write a final tribute post to commemorate my journey in Melbourne.  
I use to write thank you notes at the end of each school year, and they've usually been rather short, and sweet but this time... it's going to be pretty long because this will be my final thank you note; ah.. I'm already beginning to tear up as I write this. 

I didn't think I would feel all these mix emotions or even miss this place because up until a month ago, I was ready to say goodbye to this place for a while but boy... was I wrong.  I love you guys so much, and I'm sorry I probably can't address every single person but one thing's for sure, you have all touched my life and inspired me, more than you'll ever know. I'm incredibly grateful and honored to have had you guys as part of my journey in Melbourne. Four years ago, I came into this school not knowing a thing, I remember freaking out when I was faced with the machines and the deadly overlockers. I was fresh out of high school, missing home and friendless. You guys have been so incredibly welcoming, and have made moving here so much easier.

I want to begin with a countless list of thank you(s) because I would have to write a book about you guys if I wrote about every single one of you. <3
Angel, Listi, Simona, Natasha, Ines, Kara, Wei, Tanya, Sarah, Teegan, Emily, Kate, Duo, Henry, Jason, Ty, Hong, Bernadette, Ashlea, Alice, Lois, Elinor, Fozia, Jiwon,  Adi, Sunny, Danielle, Perle, Nixi, Mia, Audrey, Georgia, Lauren S., Amanda, Tan, Aileen, Vlad, Will, Cindy, Noom, Alex, Jack, Dara,Gracia, Lynette, Erica, Alice R, Lauren, Amber, Hannah, Karla and everyone else that I didn't get to note down! <3

This next part of this post is a letter addressed to 15 individuals who have made such an impact on my life, this is my thank you note, and I guess.. a goodbye note as I'm leaving Melbourne for good in less than 48 hours. I've decided to not mention names in the next part, I thought it would make it more special if the 15 people I chose to dedicate this post to, could identify themselves without me disclosing their identity.
  1. You have been such a dear friend to me. I'm really glad I got a chance to meet you and attend concerts with you! We always have so much fun eating and karaoke-ing. Hopefully, the next time we get to karaoke, we'll finally learn our duet lines. lol. stay awesome:)<3 We'll have many more adventures.

  2. You are incredibly talented and such an amazing friend. I really hope that you know how awesome you are. I'm glad we got to know each other a little better this year. I know it can feel like you're all alone in it sometimes, that no one is really looking out for you or want the best for you but I want to tell you that, I think you're pretty darn amazing and I know the future holds big things for you:)

  3. Thank you for being such a loyal friend even though I've pushed you away and given you countless reasons to not come back. You have been such an inspiration to me and I'm so thankful for our friendship.

  4. Having you in Melbourne with me for college made the transition so much easier. I've been privileged enough to see you grow into a more mature woman. Our friendship had also been put through a series of test through the years but we've shown the world that it'll always be us against the world.:) I'm glad that our friendship has triumph all the bad and come out even stronger than ever.

  5. I went through perhaps the biggest breakdown in my life this year and you have been there through it all. You have given me strength and so much faith that it wasn't the end and for that, I'm eternally grateful. Indeed, everything happens for a reason. I love you, oh and skype rocks. haha;)

  6. We use to be incredibly close friends but I guess with with new people, comes new challenges. We can't deny the fact that we've floated apart more than ever in the past few years. From close friends that laughed about anything and everything, we quickly turned into strangers with awkward exchanges. We might not ever be that close again but I won't forget the good times we shared.

  7. I have to give you the biggest thank you because if it wasn't for you, I would have never gotten this far. You've inspired me in ways I couldn't even begin to describe. I'm sure you wouldn't even guess this little note is addressed to you because you're the most humble, sincere person and I absolutely love that about you.

  8. I met you at a really low point in my life, and I guess the stress that I was going through heightened all my insecurities. Although I wouldn't say we're that close anymore, I would like to say I'm sorry because I know how much I pushed you away and you tried all you could to remain close despite it all.<3

  9. I was incredibly honored that I had the privilege of attending your wedding this year. I wish you the best. :) cheers to pancakes and seven eleven! Our friendship is one that I hold so close to my heart.

  10. Our friendship has been put through a roller coaster of ups and downs. Sometimes, I'm left wondering how such an amazing friendship of 3 years can go so wrong in just a few months. I remember when I first met you, I knew almost immediately we would get along, and of course the minute I heard your ring tone, it was a clear sign that we were in sync:) I'm so punny. Our light spirited self quickly faded as our friendship turned into a mess. I guess what I'm trying to say is, this year or so, hasn't been easy on us but the most amazing thing is, we have never given up on this friendship, what other people might consider as fake, or denial, I see as enduring. I love you dear friend, and even though I might seem aloof, I want you to know, I'll always be there for you. It'll take time for us to return to the old days but I have full faith that we'll get there:) Melbourne wouldn't have been the same without you and nothing could ever replace the good times we had. Always lost and never found in our own world remember? ;)

  11. The first quarter of this year, has definitely been a whirlwind of detrimental events for us. I'm incredibly grateful to have had you by my side throughout this entire fiasco. Thank you for always being there for me and staying positive, I hope I've been there for you too. I know because you're a stressball, you're probably freaking out about the next chapter but stress not! because you're one of the most dedicated people I've ever known and I'm so proud of you for keeping your head high through everything.

  12. Always, us against the world. enough said;)

  13. You have been such a supportive friend. Even though we don't meet much, I know I can always count on you. Thank you for always being there for me<3 You are so incredibly lovely and it has been such an honor working with you.

  14. I love you girls! you guys have been incredibly inspiring, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you:)

  15. I love you! you're one of my closest friends in Melbourne, thank you for your constant support and I await for the day that you finally visit me in Singapore-> when I'm there obviously lol. I'm glad you've found direction in what you want to do next, I'm really happy for you!

As cliche as it sounds,
To everyone I mentioned above and didn't get to mention, thank you, thank you, thank you and I really do mean every word.
Thank you for enduring me at my worst, the genuine laughter we shared,  the moments that are irreplaceable:)

So heres
to getting to Uni at 7am to ensure a sewing machine and table space;)
to brunching at 2pm and pretending it's 11am.
to the countless shots we've downed.
to skyping to the a.m.
to begging random teachers to stay till 10pm.
to seven eleven runs.
to random outbreaks into songs and dances.
to trusting my baking skills even though you know that I can't bake muffins to save my life.
to never getting mad at me for borrowing, your chalk, measuring tape, foots, you know the drill:)
to making every rainy day on level 10 seem brighter than it actually is.
to praying and hiding from the security guards.
to freaking out because the printers on level 7 seems to never work when we need it to.
to running out of drafting paper.
to most importantly, just always being yourself, because that's more than enough.

There are not enough words to express my gratitude and love for you guys. You are all so dear to my heart and I'll never let go of you guys. Can't believe my chapter in Melbourne is all about to end.


 Thank you again for the wonderful memories I'll always cherish
You guys have really made all the difference to my days. I'm so incredibly honored to have had the chance to meet all of you guys, god knows, I didn't do anything to deserve any of you<3
I won't say goodbye because I know we'll always keep in touch but I will leave you with this,
toodles till later

It has been quite the journey ;)
I'll always be that girl that lives above the rock climbing place<3

p.s. Don't worry about being narcissistic haha, if you think the note is addressed to you.. it most probably is;) but I'll never tell hehe.

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