Monday, December 29, 2014

Year 2014 - ch3's take

Even though I have been missing (a lot) for the past 363 days from my blog - I figure I still want to end the year with a post. 2014 was a year of firsts - as I have mentioned here.

First time joining a kickboxing class (and sticking to it for the past 6 months!), first time doing a fun run/walk (only 10 km but still an achievement!), first time travelling to Hangzhou, China and parts of Europe (both without signing up tours) ... the year was dotted with many more first times. It was also a year with lots of ups and downs, of laughter and tears - I have attended a couple of weddings, celebrated a handful new births and also a few more wake services.

Highlights of the year (amongst many more memorable moments):
Clockwise from top left: Doraemon Expo - introducing mum to Doraemon, Hangzhou trip - beautiful place,  Melaka food trip with buddies - burp!, Port Dickson retreat - a gift from a dear friend, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium & Germany) - thumbs up, my (annual) Singapore trip to visit bestie.

Clockwise from top left: PESS (alma mater) 100 years celebration fun run, Chinese New Year celebration with family, church camp in Taiping with mum tagging along, my farewell party with the office people (after 5 years, it was a difficult decision), road trip up north to Penang and Perak with guest from HK, celebration dinner enjoying KL sunset view.

Malaysia, as a nation, went through a trying year - with 3 unforgettable aviation-related mishaps, most serious flood in 20 years. Of course, there were triumphant moments which we should not write off. All these made part of our history, part of who we are. Let the happy moments teach us to be grateful for what we have and let the sad ones teach us to be strong and courageous.

Came across these words of Anna Quindlen just a while ago:
Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.

Cherish life.