Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008

I was planning to summarize 2008 in this post...
But i realize that there's just too much to fit in just one post
Everything flew by so quickly
dat i never really had the time to sit down and appreciate all of it...
Every event in 2008 felt like it all happened yesterday
within 24 hours...
Seriously WOW
I can still remember clearly where i celebrated last new year's eve..

What can I say?
I just wanna thank God for every single second in 2008
It is a real blessing how much I learnt
and how much i've grown as a person...
How He opened my eyes to see the bigger picture of life
and the friends He brought into my life...
How He revealed His purpose for me through different incidents..
I am truly amazed by His Work in me and my family...

to summarize 2008,
I would say dat I have indeed
Live Life with No Regrets
How bout urs?

P/S : I've been tinking a lot about my 2009 new year resolution. Will share more bout it with u guys once i've finalize them. God bless n A very Happy 2009!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Christmas to Remember

Few weeks before christmas,
Mum asked where would I be spending my christmas..
I was tinking,
if Santa were to grant me a wish,
I would ask for a Christmas with 'him'...
Guess what?
My wish did come true...

The Bf asked me over to Sabah and i said Yes!!

Island trip to Pulau Sapi

From left : John, Kimmay, Me, The Bf, Shereen,Tim,Chris

The Bf was TRYING to be romantic by bringing me to Tanjung Aru =P

Beautiful skies of Sabah

On Christmas Eve, I had my first Gingerbread house at John's

The house was so beautiful dat we din know where or how to start eating it
and we got our first Christmas gift from Tim & Shereen
so sweeet of them.. =)
The day before I left,
we were going to Mount K...
Of all times, the tyre had to puncture on de way there... =(

We had to call for help...
After the tyre was changed, it started to rain..
So our plan to Mount K had to be cancelled.. =((
While waiting,
we discussed on certain guidelines regarding us...
A bird's eye view of Sabah taken from the plane
This trip was certainly a memorable one for me...
Though i did not visit many places,
it was the time spent with him
and the opportunity to meet his mum
dat i cherish most

Ps : Sorry for being too cheesy at this time. Bear with me kays. Hehe...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Dr.M !!!

one of the very few people I admire and respect turns 83..
He is none other than our former Prime Minister,
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
He was Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister, occupying that seat from 1981 to 2003.
A man of all embracing vision,
one can say without a doubt Malaysia's former premier always spoke his mind.
My hats off to you, Dr.M for your boldness
that has made Malaysia's name known in the face of the world...

Here are two articles taken from MSN Malaysia News:

Dr Mahathir Mohamad introduces a photo of a child victim of war on display while delivering his speech at the "Expose War Crimes, Criminalise War" International Conference and Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 5, 2007. Mahathir accused George W. Bush and Tony Blair of being more evil and worse murderers than Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11 attackers. In some of his most blistering insults against the U.S. and British leaders, Mahathir said their war in Iraq had caused worse terror than al-Qaida's suicide bombers around the world. (AP Photo)

Dr Mahathir Mohamad tries to hold back his tears after his last speech at the general assembly of the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) as Malaysia's prime minister, before his retirement. Kuala Lumpur, Thursday June 19, 2003. (AP Photo)

I remembered vividly that very day Dr.M announced his retirement 5 years ago.
I was browsing through the tv channels to see if there were any
interesting programs after one whole day of revision .
And then, I happen to land on the live telecast of UMNO's general assembly.
Dr.M was giving his speech at that time.
Normally, i wouldn't be bothered to listen to another boring speech
and would quickly switch to another channel...
Somehow I just did not on dat historic day..
I continued listening and then came that defining moment
where he announced his stepping down from being the PM...
and I literally broke down into tears right in front of the tv...
i'm serious.
Was that a joke or was it for real?
I asked myself.
I couldn't believe my eyes nor could I believe my ears.
Sadly, it was true.

5 years has gone by.
for making the difference to Malaysia, my beloved country.
You will always be remembered.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Family Malacca Trip

It was surprisingly cloudy when we arrived at Malacca,
promising a perfect one-day trip for us...
It has been awhile since de last time my family went for trips..
Our first stop was de famous Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant...
We waited for at least half an hour b4 our turn arrives...
but it was all worth it..
Daddy loved de Chicken Rice very much!!!
Jonker Street
Shopping at Jonker Street
Camwhoring with Lil Sis
Daddy & The Bf

Family Picture b4 leaving to our next destination

Ahh not to forget, a picture of Mum & Dad with The Bf =)

Shortly after we left JOnker Street,
it started to rain...
So we headed to Mahkota Parade for shelter n a drink...

Now, dis is better...hehe...

Jonker Walk Night Market b4 we drove back to KL

What a wonderful trip!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Today is exactly one year from the day i started blogging. However, I'm writting this day with a totally different spirit. Last year, i started off with unforgiveness in me. At this very moment, i dare to say that i'm a free person and have experienced the power of forgiveness tremendously in my life...Praise God!
And so i thought i shud share sth about forgiveness to commemorate dis day- How forgiveness actually changed my life in 2008!

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. -Colossians 3:13-


Adapted from Cleo december 2008
Most folk go through life living with the certainty that people who hurt us deserve to be punished, not forgiven. what's more, we feel that it is us who have to deliver this punishment; that it is our God-given duty to smite these cruel souls on behalf of all good people on the planet; that we have to make them pay.
Mostly, we simply choose to withhold our forgiveness under the mistaken belief that the bad guys actually care. We assume they need ourforgiveness to move on with their lives, when in fact, they don't.
The sad truth is this : we can live without the forgiveness of the people we have wronged; but without being able to forgive the people who wrong us, we die.

What Forgiveness is Not
  • Forgiveness is not forgetting

By forgiving the people who hurt us, we are not erasing painful past experiences from our memory. We cannot forget, nor should we. Those experiences, and even the pain they caused, have a great deal to teach us, both about not being victimised again and about not victimising others.

  • Forgiveness is not condoning

When we forgive, we lessen the past's impact on our present and future, but this does not alter the fact that the injuries and injustices we experienced were painful and unfair when the ordeal occurred originally. Forgiving the people who hurt us does not mean we are saying that what was done was in any way acceptable. In fact, true forgiveness cannot occur while we are in any way denying, minimising, justifying or condoning the actions that harmed us.

  • Forgiveness is not absolution

Forgiveness does not give us the right to get all self-righteous and to play God, temting though it may be. It does not let the people who have hurt us off the hook. We do not absolved them of all responsibility for their actions, and one day, they will have to make their own peace with their past.

  • Forgiveness is not self-sacrifice

Forgiveness is not martyrdom, tolerance or "being nice". There is no such thing as half hearted forgiveness. We either forgive or we don't.

  • Forgiveness is not a clear-cut decision

Forgiveness cannot be forced, and no matter how sincerely we want to let go of the past, we cannot schedule it to happen next week, next month or even next year. Forgiveness is what happens naturally as a result of confronting painful past experiences and healing old wounds.

Adapted from Forgiveness : How To Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life by Sidney and Suzanne Simon

"Forgiveness is all about working through the unfinished business, letting go of the pain and moving in for your sake. You forgive so that you can finally get rid of the excess emotional baggage that has been weighing you down and holding you back; so you can be free to do and be whatever you decide"

Learning to forgive will save you a whole lot of money, time and unhappiness, because you don't forgive the other person for his sake; you forgive for yourself.

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