About 3 weeks ago, it was the Australian Federal Election. I’m not really into politics so don’t worry, this entry isn’t about politics! XD Instead, I wanted to talk about the voting location.. My primary school :3
Yesterday I did an Advanced Adobe Illustrator Course..and I was the only student! Is that awesome or what? lol
I was pretty tired and brain-drained by the end of it. 7 hours in a row on one program was a bit much, but it was good. I feel like I haven’t used my head in such a long time XD It reminds me of why I was so stressed during my schooling years, *gasp* I had to USE MY BRAINS. ahaha.. Surely people know what I’m talking about?
It was a useful course as it forced me to really sit down and TRY learning it. I did learn some stuff :D Now I know how to draw shapes and transform them! WOOT!
I was going to draw something to put up here to show, but yea ^^; Maybe when I’m better.
And that is all the courses planned for this year. The rest is work :D
Oh, plenty of fun coming up though.. Jacky organized a Snow Trip in August! yay I’m so excited! 6 of us will be gggoooiing :D
It’s not confirmed, but chances are I’ll be going to HK and China end of year too…wheeeee…
Yesterday I officially turned 22. I feel 22 now, so that sounds about right! Thank you for all those Birthday wishes :)
Jacky took me out for a lovely dinner at Cockle Bay Wharf, which is also close to the Star City Casino! It seems I haven’t given up on it yet.. I wanted to use my free $10 credit (new membership $) and get additional $10 credit since it was my Birthday :) I was pleasantly surprised to also receive a voucher for a free meal at Garden Buffet- but we were both really really full then, and it went to waste since it’s only valid on the day. Still, these little things make me smile :) Oh, and the man said I looked 16, thanks :)
We end up spending the $20 credit at the pokie machine XD No thought, nor much skill- but that’s fine with us…cause, we’re not hardcore gamblers or anything like that! We were a little amused, got a bit excited when gold coins came of the machine, were a little quiet when nothing was happening.. and used the line ‘better than nothing’ when we got about 4 credit points or whatever XD In the end, we gained $11- though technically we lost $9 from the original but who cares! LOL It’s enough to buy a return ticket ^^; After experiencing my first time gambling at the Casino, I think I’m in love with this place and will be back for MORE MORE MORE!!! Nah, only joking, of course. I think it’s just silly throwing money away like that! I would never waste my own money at the Casino, it is an evol place…. (unless you get freebies XD) heheheee…
wheeeee… now all of 3 of us has graduated! =D Kazzy’s graduation took place yesterday, and boy did it remind me of my graduation XD I helped take lots and lots of pictures, and the scary thing was, when I looked back at some of the photos, I thought Kerry was me ^^;; Do we look alike or not?? haha.. I can’t make up my mind. Sometimes I think we look really different, but then theres just some..angles… that has striking resemblance.Â Everyone thinks we’re identical twins, but we’re not and t’is a fact.
The day turned out pretty well, the weather was nice and many people came to celebrate with her ^_^ In no time it looked like Kazzy had a farm or something (with lack of better word for a place where bears are kept XD)
I mean, really, check out this picture:
Oh no, my bear is covered ;_;
XD As we approached the evening, Kat joined us and the whole family went in to attend the ceremony. Surprisingly, Kazzy got called up on stage pretty early on, which only meant the remaining 2 hrs or so felt even longer. I was bored to tears..hahaa.. and Kat was commenting on everyones’s heals on stage. Mum would be commenting everytime a ‘Jennifer’ or ‘Mark’ got called up on stage, and Dad would always be asking ‘Are those Doctors?’ XD
After the ceremony, we had some refreshments, took portrait photos, had dinner and headed home. ahh..very long day.. by the end of it I felt like I was dead- but then it’s the reason for my extremely good sleep last night ^_^
Yesterday Mum and Dad took a day off work, Mark arrived at work at 7.30am, and left at 11am, and Kaz skipped her Uni tutorials for my Graduation!! =D (Yes, I took a day off work too but that doesn’t really say much ;p) Woohooooo… I’m officially graduated with a Bachelor of Digital Media Degree- it’s a degree I actually want too. It’s a happy moment for all of us though there’s a little sadness in it as well.
We arrived in UNSW Kensington campus around 3pm, and went to the Graduation store to grab our Gowns and hats. I saw a few of the other COFA guys there already dressed up. The hat was kinda too big for my head, and I had to keep adjusting it throughout the evening cause it was slipping off, lol. The gown was nice, had a strip of gold and pink at the top but was a little heavy for me. Am I too small to graduate or something? haha. I liked it though, it made me look all nice and smart (and kept me very warm)
Once the outfit was sorted we wasted no time and went straight for the photos! Kazzy took us around to some great location on campus to take family photos, and pictures with those who came along, including Leo, Lemon, Francis, Brian, Richard, Louie (did I forget someone?) Thanks for coming by guys =)
It was a lovely day but it got dark pretty quickly. We made our way up to the library lawn, where we saw the COFA gang and started our group pictures. Lots of families, lots of smiles and camera flashes =)
The Graduation ceremony commenced at 6.30pm and ran for about 1 hr 15 minutes. More BDM people and familiar faces. However, there were still quite a few people who weren’t present… wonder what happened to them?
After the ceremony, we threw our hats and headed off for refreshments where some people took portrait photos. It was getting late and we were hungry, so we headed home.
Dinner? 2 minute noodles, lol.
Thanks Kaz for the huge pink flower, Peggy and Lawrence for the tulips and Mum and Markos for the lovely expensive frame =) It’s another memorable day of my life.
Phew.. home at last, my legs are feeling a bit tired from today. I haven’t been going to work for the past few days (and including the weekend, that makes 5 days off!) I’ve been rather occupied with various things, did plenty of shopping, had things to plan and organise, went to the dentist, had Yumcha with Grandparents, had a few appointments and today was my bro’s graduation ceremony- yay to him!
This graduation ceremony was the first I’ve been to- but pretty much what I expected. It was all rather exciting for him, and I was mainly snapping heaps of pictures. He looked good, and rather smart in a tie and suit =) Kazzy came after going to a job interview so she was also in a business suit! I felt a litttttle out of place, but it’s okay- at least I look young, haha. Peggy also attended the ceremony with us and gave me a early birthday present! It was a pretty Swarovski pendant, thank youuu ^^
The actual ceremony took about an hour, and I can see that my graduation will be extremely similar- with the same processes getting on stage etc. It was an enjoyable experience, even though Mark was second last to get on stage (I think I’ll be pretty similar too….seeing as Ws love making us near the end of lines XD)
Afterwards we went out to have some refreshments, helped him takes more pictures with his friends- and we headed home. Kazzy was somewhat depressed during the day as she didn’t perform very well in her interview today- but then- during the trip home, she got a call from Ernst and Young who offered her a position (from yesterdays interview)! yay- Congratulations Kaz =)
Here’s some photos of work-in-progress I took using my phone while working on the animation. Some were never used in the final thing. Every frame was drawn individually using a wacom tablet in Photoshop (at 100% scale), inked, coloured and shaded. They were then sequenced using Adobe Image Ready, then all brought into After Effects to composite.
Today I attended my final tutorial class at COFA (Adv. Analouge and Digital Animation).. so what does that mean..? Jen is finished with her University assignments and no longer have classes!!! I still have till November 16th to prepare my major work for the COFA Annual exhibition, but in terms of marking/assessment wise.. everything is in.
wow. it feels weird. So this is it..is it? I feel like I still have some kind of burden on my back and I guess that can only be gone after the Annual Exhibition (gotta touch up my animation more) That aside… what a year! You may have noticed that all my blog entries for October have been rather depressing..yes, I was stressed, very stressed. I feel like I didn’t have a life this year..but hey, it is the final Uni year and we were warned that this year was going to be crazy, lol. yes it was.
A lot of people have been asking me what I’ll be doing next year.. plans and things. I know I’ll be going overseas for a little holiday sometime early next year and have told myself to work on personal projects. The funny thing is.. before I started this degree, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.. and now finishing it, I still kind of don’t know what I want to do, haha. Let’s just say, I’ll take it easy for a while ^_^ Do a few part time jobs to keep my wallet happy and just enjoy life for a bit. I entered the workforce the day I finished my final HSC exam (3 years ago), and since then I’ve been working in a variety of places.
Officially the mid year break~ I played pool against some new faces I met today in the common room~ wooty.
Today the group decided to hang out and went to have lunch at Burgalicious before heading to watch Shrek 3 in the City. It wasn’t the first option, but it’s pretty hard to cater for about 10 people so Shrek it was! I enjoyed the movie, there were plenty of laughs and cute bits, but the overall story was a bit..ordinary? Lots of predictable parts but hey, it’s still funny and donkey still ownz! I always thought Shrek himself was rather uninteresting ^^;;
After the movie, the guys headed off to Kenso Campus for the end of session party, while Jacky and I had our own plans ^_^ What can I say..on a blog? hahaa…
It’s pretty much the end of Semester 1 of Uni for me; the only thing I have left is submitting my Digital Studio Log Book which I’ve completed. =) I’m very excited about this, finally a break from..going to Uni ^_^; I’ll have to initiate a master plan to ensure chibi meets her deadlines (namely for her major work) so it should be a busy few weeks of catching up and so forth. If I’m busy working, it’s a GOOD sign. If you see chibi on MSN bludging and whatnot, she is doing evil. Go knock some sense into her and remind her she should be fighting for animation and justice *does the sailor moon pose*. *cough*
Anyway, with all that said, I don’t mind going out and catching up now and then, that’s sooo overdue! It should be a good break, (apart from doing a Winter Session Gen Ed which slightly..isn’t good in the short term) but that will depend on how chibi uses her time.
I can’t believe how fast time just comes and goes. I feel so much older mentally (haha, you’re probably thinking ‘no…you don’t sound any more intelligent’) Nevertheless, my point brings me to the fact that I almost feel this desperation not to let go of what I’ve had during my time at COFA. Some reason I feel that everything will become a memory and that’s it. I remember my final days in High School, I was feeling very excited and sad at the same time. I remember being with everyone crying like we never cried before. These have all become precious memories for us, and yet we knew we were going in our own ways, moving on.
I think that in stages of life, the same process reoccurs again and again. I’ve found myself facing the same situations over and over, with each time saying “I’ve done it before, I can do it again”- yet it’s not always so simple.
I hope that when I do finish my degree, some things won’t change. At the end of the day, there’s only so much one can hold onto.