Off To Melbourne!

Before I start, I just want to let you guys know that I’m currently in the process of writing a more detail of my internship with SBS so I won’t be writing in this post however, though, I’ll be giving a brief summary because right now, I’m still trying to recover from last week and I’m just taking it easy. Tired and exhausted! That’s how I’m feeling after having a long week. As most of you guys already know from last week, I did a one week work experience with SBS in Sydney which started on Monday (31st March) and last Friday (4th April) was the last day for me being at SBS. It was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget…probably one of the best work experiences I’ve ever done in my life and that’s big for me.

Working with SBS, I’ve learnt a lot from them and it was very interesting to see what they do in their different departments. I’m actually having mixed emotions at the moment. I’m sad that it ended so quickly even tho it didn’t feel that long and I’m going to miss all the people there but I’m happy that I was able to experience what it was like working in this industry and how my internship was a successful one. Of course, I’m glad I don’t have to work the long hours because I was so exhausted by the end of the day and actually, on Friday on my way home, I caught the wrong train (which wasn’t my fault!). Luckily, I did manage to catch the right train and coincidentally, I happened to be on the same train with two of my close mates who I haven’t seen in a while since when I went overseas for my study trip. It was a good thing I found them coz my iPhone died but I’ll save the details for later. =P
I also have some great news…it’s not work related but I found out that I’ll be going to Melbourne with my dad to visit my sister! I’m very excited because this will be my first time visiting her and it’ll be great to catch up again so it’s sorta like a small family reunion. I’ll be leaving Sydney this Thursday during the evening and takes like about 1½ hours to get to Melbourne and arrive there late at night. I’ll be staying there for a few days and I go back to Sydney on Sunday night. Not sure what we’ll be doing in Melbourne but I’m sure my sister will have plans to take us out somewhere because I don’t really go to Melbourne a lot, only a few occasions.
The last time I was in Melbourne was back in May 2010 when my parents and I visited family friends and then my dad and I watched the Socceroos played against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground beating them 2-1 before they headed off to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Surprisingly, I got to meet the former Melbourne Victory manager who happens to be the current manager of Wellington Phoenix, Ernie Merrick  With 2014 World Cup coming up in Brazil, sadly, I really don’t see Australia going through to the group stage especially when we’re facing the World Champions Spain, runner-ups Netherlands and Chile unless they could surprise us maybe? We just have to wait and see and I reckon Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will do a bit of planning before then.
Another reason why I’m going to Melbourne is because I’ll be going to the A-League game, Melbourne Heart who will be facing against my beloved team, Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday. This will be a massive game because if the Wanderers can win this game, we’ll be second on the ladder which means we get to host a semi-final home game and have a chance to go through the grand final. I’m not getting my hopes up yet because as you know and especially since it’s the final round of the season, ANYTHING can happen in football. Also a special mention, it will be Harry Kewell’s last game as he’ll be retiring from professional football. I know he’s been getting a lot of criticism lately but what a legend he is and always has been for Australia. I can’t believe another one of our former Socceroos is retiring as well as Mile Sterjovski who will be playing his last game and Brett Emerton who just recently retired. Sad to see them go but it’s a great opportunity to get young or new players to play for the national team.
Since I’m on the topic of soccer, on my last day while I was working at SBS, I had an opportunity to meet some of my idols who happens to host the A-League Game on SBS on Friday nights. I doubt most of you know who I’m talking about but for those who do, I got to meet David Zdrilic, Craig Foster and Ned Zelić who were all professional players and played for Australia but now working with SBS. Now, some of you guys know how much I’m a massive fan I am about soccer and it was like one of my dreams literally came true. Seriously, it was. I was actually jaw dropped when they came in and I couldn’t speak or move at all. I just couldn’t believe my eyes that they were actually at the studio in person and words cannot explain how I feel and you really have to be there to believe it. Even now, I’m like…whoa did that just really happened?
They were all nice people. Tho, I didn’t get to talk to them a lot (especially with Ned) because of their work. I had so much fun hanging out with them and even watching that crazy game between Adelaide United & Melbourne Heart. I would’ve like to talk to them more because I had so many questions I wanted to ask but like I said, unfortunately, they were too busy with work and I think the crew behind the scenes wouldn’t want me to bother them too much. To be honest, I have to say I’m very lucky that I got to meet my idols because I realise it’s not every day you can meet them or even better, get to work with them. That’s the truth.
Before I finish my post, (seems like I always do this but) I just wanted to say so sorry for the lack of updates on here and Facebook because SBS gave me long shifts and unexpected ones like on Tuesday, I was suppose to finish at 8pm but ended up finishing at 10:30 in the evening because they wanted to show me how they do the production of the show, Dateline. Then the next day I had another late night shift because again, they allocated me with another production crew of the show Insight. Now you can see how tired I really am right now and then not having dinner until after you finish work but to be honest, I actually enjoyed every minute of it because this is something new to me and very different compared to the usual office hours working from 9am to 5pm or whatever. I do have to admit, it’s so much better than working at the food court but nah, that’s different and I rather prefer this job than that one.
With my next post I’m working on about my internship, I don’t know when I’ll finish it but hopefully it will be up soon but like I said, it’s been a hectic month for me and I’m just taking it one day at a time. If you missed or haven’t read my previous post about my first day at SBS, check it out by clicking on this link -> First Long Day.

I do want to say that the internship with SBS has been a life changing experience for me. I would’ve like my internship to be longer but you can’t always get everything. I know there will be bigger things ahead for me. Who knows? Thanks to you guys and everyone for all their support and especially those who were involved with my internship with SBS. I’ll leave you guys with this photo to end with!

Be random but stay safe all! ^_^

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