Thursday, 3 March 2016

MUCS Welcome Rehearsal & Free Wine and Cheese Night

This semester, I decided to join the Melbourne University Choral Society (MUCS) to use singing as a form of stress relief and meet new friends. The membership is only $2 for a year, so it's pretty worth it! It has also been one year since I sang for The Canticle Singers (TCS), based in Malaysia, hence I thought picking up some form of singing in the community would be great.

During Week 1, MUCS had a Welcome Rehearsal & Free Wine and Cheese Night, which took place two days ago, on Wednesday at the Harold Woodruff Lecture Theatre in Melbourne Uni. It was kind of an adventure looking for the venue as I have not been to the Microbiology and Immunology Building on campus before. Took me a good 10 minutes to find the place.

Anyways, we had an attendance of about 150-200 people based on my rough estimate. We filled up the whole lecture theatre. We then practised a few songs like Alleluia, Ave Maria, Set Me as a Seal, and Ave Verum Corpus.

After the rehearsal, the director introduced us to the European Tour in January 2017. But unfortunately, it costs at least $8000 to travel to Europe for 24 days / 23 nights, which was something I cannot afford as a student. Well, this means I have more time to pursue my professional development!

After the announcements etc, we proceeded to North Court at Union House to have our wine and cheese! They are so much better than the barbies often organised by Sciences or Arts students' society.

Here are some snapshots!

Some AWESOME cheese, grapes, carrots and biscuits
A closer look
Love-shaped chocolates!
I managed to talk to a few people, some locals, some from China and Chile. Super awesome time with these people, there are youngsters and seniors, of different ages and from all walks of life. How fascinating!

Can't wait to attend rehearsals in future weeks. Should be a fun time!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Becoming a Pescitarian

Hi readers,

I am currently a big food lover, especially meat lover. I love eating pork, chicken and fish/seafood. But, of recent months, I realised that there is a lot of animal cruelty around the world and that animals are  living creatures. And I felt it was not right (for me) to consume them just for my own appetite.

So I have been thinking of becoming a vegetarian for a while. I mean, I don't eat beef because my family doesn't, sort of a Buddhist culture thing (even though I am not a Buddhist), so it's easier I guess for me to try to become a vegetarian. However, there are some hurdles, namely, I absolutely LOVE eating pork, like the chinese ChaSiu, or XiuYuk (Roasted pork) among others. And I don't like eating vegetables that much except lettuce and carrots really. And I possibly could handle eating fruits like tomatoes, bananas, oranges and apples. Becoming vegetarian will probably take a while longer (perhaps in a few years time), so I am good with just reaching my goal of becoming a pescitarian soon.

As I decide to become pescitarian eventually, I need to cut down meat in my diet, slowly at least.

Maybe starting with the easiest, chicken. Then I could eliminate pork. Then I am left with fish/seafood. I could be selective and only eat fish (salmon, freshwater fish, sardine etc) and other seafood like oysters, crab and prawn. I know it's not considered totally vegetarian, but that's my aim, to be achieved in the next one year.

Basically, ideally, I should be able to choose to only eat:
1) Fish
2) Oysters
3) Crab
4) Prawn
5) Milk
6) Cheese
7) Honey
by the end of Feb 2017.

I really don't know if I can achieve this. But for the sake of the animals in the world, I will try. This means that I will eat more vegetables and fruits that I like and avoid any meat possible other than seafood.

I will update on my journey / quest to become a Pescitarian every month here. :)

P.S.: I will be straightforward here. You are free to disagree with me on the ethics of eating animals. We will just agree to disagree. This choice is my personal preference to live my
life from now on. I hope you can respect my decision and not question it other than as an attempt to understand me. Thank you in advance.