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    Sunday, December 22, 2013

    Down Under

    Is anyone still here? I'm fast forgetting about this private space of mine, sorry to disappoint. My current location is \Australia Victoria state, an old town called Ballarat. Nope I'm not here for a holiday, I'm here to have my flight training done. As of now I've been here for 7 weeks already, and there's roughly another 15 weeks to go at least, to have all my training completed before returning to Singapore.

    This is the very first time I've left home for so long, but good thing that I'm not alone with all my course mates with me going through this together. Flight training here isn't easy with the turbulent weather conditions that I have to get used to in the tiny plane called C172S. Small it may be, it actually is a very fun plane to fly.

    I'm practically living the dream right now doing what I enjoy the most, although I do miss home. Spending all the festive periods away from my family in a foreign country will be quite an experience. It's during this period you appreciate what your family does for you.

    Over here, I have to worry about every single thing. Doing my laundry, cooking all my meals, doing all the cleaning up, it gets very weary after a while. I can't wait to be able to dabao again from the hawker centre where I can get cheap and yummy local food. The carrot cake, bak chor mee, roti prata etc etc oh goshhhhh I'm feeling hungry already.

    Hopefully I will find more time to update this space. For now, pictures to show my past 7 weeks here in Down Under.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 12/22/2013 09:21:00 pm | 1 has delicate hands

    Saturday, June 08, 2013

    Hi There

    I'm back! Apologies for neglecting this little space, if anyone is still here faithfully to read what I write. Time flies, it's been almost 6 months since I last posted a blog post. So what happened during this period of time? BUSY is all I can say. Busy with books, busy with tests, busy with exams.

    Within this period, I had 7 exams in January and 9 in May, which have only juz concluded, hence my return to this blog. I'm glad to say ground school is over and I've passed all exams required for me to proceed into the next phase of training at flight school in Melbourne. Right now I'm juz bumming around waiting for a departure date. It's exciting yet at the same time worrying.

    I've never left home for 6months, and now I gonna have to adapt to the climate, food and culture there, at the same time coping with the steep learning curve of flight training. Sounds daunting huh... But I won't be alone, thankfully. A whole class of us will be going together, so it won't be as bad I guess.

    There's still a long road ahead, but a third of the journey has passed with a remaining 12 months to go. Many hurdles lie ahead and I'm not taking anything for granted. I'll leave the rest of what I have to say with pictures then.

    Our classroom at Seletar Airport

    SPL ala PDL of driving lessons

    A quiet moment in class

    Schedule for the final exams. Incredibly crazy

    My buddies with a common goal

    Instruments of an aviator

    Sometimes, we go crazy

    This was what I had to absorb in 6mths.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 6/08/2013 11:29:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Singapore Woes

    Haha!! He said everything i wanna say. Indeed, life is pretty tough in Singapore, everything here is so costly. The houses, cars, food, medical services etc etc. I'm 27 yet still very much single. Even if i have a partner i won't be able to afford any shit right now, let alone getting married n buying a HDB flat.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 12/13/2012 04:02:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Saturday, December 01, 2012

    5 weeks

    Ahhhhh.. How time flies, it has been 5wks since ground school started and we're already in the final month of 2012. Exams will be after Xmas n all of us are pretty relaxed yet stressed right now. Some of us aren't doing very good n I've oso started to fail some papers in the progress tests.

    It's frustrating to be honest. The CAAS papers aren't very straightforward n it's very easy for u to get duped into choosing the wrong option in the MCQ. Heck!!

    Nevertheless, i believe all of us will not give up n continue striving till the Tech Phase exam. I won't be blogging much during now till after Xmas I guess. Wish me luck~~

    Long road ahead

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 12/01/2012 02:24:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands

    Saturday, November 03, 2012

    New Chapter

    Still remember that aviation dream I mentioned in my July blogpost? I'm now on the route to realising it. Perhaps it's 3rd time lucky, i made it past the final panel interview with an airline n has been accepted into their cadet programme. It is the 3rd airline i tried for.

    Everything went so fast it was quite unbelievable. I didn't have much time to settle the mind n let the acceptance sink in. The computer assessment was in late August n after two rounds of interview, i received a call in end Sept telling me I've been accepted, with the course starting in end October. I could hardly breathe. 60 people vying for 15 slots n I was lucky enuff to get in.

    Needless to say, the time has come to pursue this little dream of mine. I resigned from my previous job, which wasn't as easy as I always thought, due to the fantastic people i was working with. I was actually quite sad leaving them. I was very comfortable with the place n with the work, which made it even harder.

    However, I knew it's a chance I cannot give a miss. Who would??!! Yeah so now I've already started ground school n exercising my brains with the books again, more than 2yrs after leaving NUS. The course will take 18months to complete. It won't be easy, it will definitely be tough. 6months of ground school with a heavy syllabus, 5months of flight school in Australia, ending with another 6 months of simulator.

    It's a long road ahead, one which I'm immensely excited about. When I don that uniform, it makes me feel so different. The stares i get from the public when I travel to class, though quite uncomfortable, is something I can live with.

    Right now I'm keeping focus n my fingers crossed. Hoping everything will go smoothly in ground school.

    After 22months, bye~

    Ground school ATPL, tough workload

    Will have to take this yearly from now on

    The uniform has been mistaken as one worn by security guard LOLLLL

    Perhaps she's right, really might fly aeroplane

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 11/03/2012 11:45:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands