December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009, welcome 2010!!

Goodbye 2009, Welcome 2010!!
I'm sure it's not something new that you read about. There are so many people bidding farewell to 2009 and anticipate for a NEW YeAR, for a new START.

And this is also the time where people start making NEW YEAR RESOLUTION and all...

Now I wouldn't be against such a plan because after all, this is a NEW START....let's plan for a change...but I'm sure most of us know the results of it at the end of each year....most of our plans ended up in smoke.

I'm reading books lately....mark the word...it's BOOKS. That's right...thanks to the long holidays that I have and for those of you who don't know, I'm now JOBLESS!! (No longer teaching tuition, will be focusing on studies). Anyway like I said, I was reading books and what kind of books...I would probably said it's fictional story book, motivational book, religious book and hey...BIBLE!!!
I mean, I know I have not been reading it for a while now but I guess it's time to be back into it.

Well, to be honest, I've been trying to be fit and back into NERDING mood as soon as uni starts or as soon as I go back to UM. Probably all these are due to the influence of the books that I've been reading. Making a CHANGE...Make a DIFFERENCE...Leave a LEGACY...Go the EXTRA MILE.."All those words are ringing in my head!!"
And I think it's not about waiting for New Year start but about having a NEW BEGINNING each day. So why the need to wait for 2010?
Embrace 2009 before it passed....wouldn't that bring more meaning?

"Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love." It is definitely not going to be an easy start but I believe it is about making little changes everyday. Let this ring through our head in 2010!!

There are so many who said 2009 being a miserable year (economic flop, stagnation, stagflation...whatever term you know, you can call it) but for me, 2009 is really a year where I start making little change. I wouldn't said it is BIG CHANGES but I believe it is SMALL CHANGES, CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. At least better in terms that I agreed with. loL! And it is also a year where most of my KAKIS and I turn 21....we are entering ADULTHOOD in the midst of the fallen economy....how interesting and challenging would that be!! ;-)

I read a story about the need for people to FIND THEIR VOICES and I think it is so true. Imagine the reason why I'm starting a blog with so many other BLOGGERS. (we're looking for a space to SPEAK UP....to have our VOICE heard!!) I don't think I have that problem finding my voices any more but I believe there are so many out there who couldn't find that voice. It might not necessary be people from FARAWAY land but it could be the people attending the same course as you. It might also be the guy sitting next to you in church...or maybe it could just be someone you met on the internet. Well, I guess 2010 should be that year where we learn to be part of the UNHEARD VOICES and CRIES.

I stopped giving tuition for a purpose...to give myself time to think, reflect on 2009, and move FORWARD. I know some of us look at HISTORY as a past but how do I put it...maybe I should take golf as the example. (after all, Tiger Woods is so popular with chicks thanks to golf...but then that's another story) When we play golf, we don't just swing it forward but we swing the golf stick back and forward....the same goes with our lives...we need to look BACKWARDS and MOVE ONWARDS...back and forth!! Although I also agreed to a certain extend that we should leave the past be the past and we're going to FIND the FUTURE!!

2008, 2009 has a lot to do with work and learning to be independent for me. Maybe in a way, I succeded at it but there are so many other things that I left behind in my quest for INDEPENDENCE...loL! In a way, I felt that I'm looking at people like Alexander the Great. A man so determine to conquer the world, uniting it and giving it a new BREATH of life. While of course the legendary Alexander the Great died before he even began his planned route to Arabs, I hope that I could give a NEW BREATH of life in a different form to people that come across my life.

Everyday the community or the people that I am part of grow. I remembered Evon saying me being a sort of ANTISOCIAL in university and I wouldn't deny that. It's part of the uncertainties that is running through my head. I'm sure 2010 will be a year for me to THINK more, DREAM more, VISUALIZE more, and to FIND FAITH again. But then again even at this point, I don't see a shrinking community but a different form of communities and conversations taking place.

Writing about it is enough to spur me ON!! Anyway I guess it's enough of ME, ME, and ME.
I just want to say THANK YOU to those who come along the way and be PART of my life, showing me the little LIGHT in the midst of the darkness that surround our poor planet EARTH. People that has been a great blessing to me deserves to be posted in my beloved page:

my family and YenLeng.

how could I miss my brother here...

LiangHin (mentor, friend, brother)

Now I think I need some time to elaborate about a close buddy of mine, more than a friend but a brother...also my mentor, teacher, sensei, adviser, guide, coach (whatever word that you think is suitable) I think it has been quite some time since I asked for any advice or guidance from my Big Brother here but I think the time we spent together has in a way create me to be who am I today.

Now how can I not mention Addie....a companion, buddy, friend and brother!!

Chun Fai (or Chun Dai already ah?), Samuel Choo, Gavin and Jian Yao....it is always great when we meet up together. For some reasons, I know that we're in the same team!!

William...now who would share the LAME JOKE with me if not you?

Now, Alicia...the one person who for some reasons manage to put a smile on my face. Inherit the magic from her mother, Aunty Lindy. (Too bad I don't have her photo...loL!!)

What can I said: People like Guo Jian, Evon, Jo Ee, Wai Soon, Teik Tzuan....I wouldn't trade these friendships for any gold in the world.

Sai Mun, Kee Cheong, Siew Wei, Carey....sometimes I wonder how is it possible that I have friends like you. We are so different and yet I know there are so much that I've learned from you. I guess that's what friendship means...regardless of our difference, the melody played from the friendship is sweet to our ears.

And how can I forget USS1....each time I'm back for holiday, the one thing that I'll be looking forward is definitely the gathering with you guys. After all, we're the champion in the march past.


And last but not least, my bunch of friends in university that makes tertiary education a bit more meaningful for me!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I'll miss 2009 but I'll definitely not forget to love 2010

Cheers to 2010!!

December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

So what did I do this year? Nothing special...just some time spent together with family and buddies from school. I went to Maria's Cafe with my family (including YenLeng) on Christmas eve for dinner.

the snapshot taken with YenLeng once reach Maria's Cafe

Well, overall I don't really like the food there (my family agrees with me) but I guess it's always good to try for something new...but one thing for sure, I don't think I will be going back there for another trial round...


the soup

salad

salmon

beef

turkey

Now I must said that I don't know their names...(they have fantastic names but the food is ordinary only, if not worse...in my own personal opinion). And of course, sitting inside Maria's doesn't help as the noise of the workers working are terrible...drop of spoon, fork etc....anyway, I am still happy to be able to spend precious time with my family members though..


my bro took this photo...too bad he is not in it...

And now my brother and I

After that we head to Starbucks for my favourite coffee!!


And this is what I got, the 2010 Starbucks planner!! ;-)

Now some of you might wonder what presents I got or give this year...let's keep this a secret ok? Hehe!!

Well, on Christmas day, I had a gathering with my USS1 pals...great to be seeing them but though we had one injured person, Jessie Cheah (drunkard)...hehe!! Not injured..just drunk and free fall...loL!!

I guess that sums up my Christmas celebration 2009!!


December 24, 2009

I couldn’t understand why

There are so much things that I couldn’t understand why. For example, I don’t know why is it that the tale of Christmas has turn into a tool to promote consumerism. (although I am very much part of it) Then, there are things that seem to bother me.

Relationships. I’ve seen so much broken relationships and seriously as much as I would love to defend the “men” species, I found that sometimes we lack responsibility to go through the pain in it. (although I believe there are many of these people out there who make decisions that at times hurt them even more) At times, I wonder what is love if that love could so easily turn cold. But then again am I saying that every relationship must work out…definitely not. After all, it is a process that two people work out together.

Then there is this one BIG question mark: RELIGION and GOD. At times I wonder why is it that such FAILED SYSTEM in this world was allowed if GOD is indeed LOVE. Another question mark.

My brain need a bit of rest la….aiks…been thinking too much lately….

December 23, 2009

Continuing from my previous post

I didn’t know why but I feel the need to continue from my previous post. Maybe I felt that the last post was incomplete and it doesn’t speak entirely of what I am feeling.

After published my previous post, a friend of mine asked me why am I in a somber mood…why am I moody? I think it’s a good question but at times, I wonder “isn’t that what we ought to feel when we are seeing the world turning into a worse place?”

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As I first stepped into the world,

I saw light,

I saw hope…

But as I journeyed through it,

I felt that I’m stuck in the darkness covered within it,

I wonder where was the light I first see as a baby boy,

Could it be that we are too busy with our own lives that we failed to see the light any more?

Maybe Christmas is the right season..

To ponder about what GIFT is,

What hope is…

Not sure if those of you who read it could understand it but anyway, I’m just being random here as some things come across my mine….Hope I didn’t bored you with my thoughts.

December 22, 2009

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong

I first read about this theory from a good friend of mine, Addie which I’m sure most of you know of. Anyway, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” is the Murphy’s law. At my first glance of it, it seems illogical but as I ponder about it, it makes sense even from a mathematical point of view.

It is a reflection of what we learned from Mathematics and what we call as "Probability". An event which is possible (non-zero probability) will almost surely take place if given a long enough or sufficient time. No wonder we are seeing the Depression era one after another.

Today, I read from Time magazine about the Person of the Year according to the magazine. Federal Reserve Chairman in the United States, Ben Bernanke. After all, 2009 was the story of a weak economy that could have been much, much weaker.

Sometimes, I felt that it probably takes more than reading to be successful but knowledge might be the fundamental of success. Everyday seems to be a learning process for me nowadays, all the more now that I’m not teaching any tuition classes. I have the time to think about stories, write poems, dream some dream, listen to songs and stories of hope, play a bit of games. Maybe that is what I mean when I said “I want to walk, run, jump and embrace everyday.”

Some of my friends look at me as materialistic while some others look at me as independent. Still, some others look at me as religious, while some think that I’m always talking about “nonsensical stories”, with others just being my companion. I’m not very much bothered about labels any more, neither do I start labelling others as often as I did. I’m not sure why am I writing so much about these today but it’s just thoughts that come into my mind.

We read a lot about the failure of our political, economical as well as the education system. Then we have the Copenhagen Accord under constant criticism. Well, maybe it is true indeed regarding Murphy’s law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” and true indeed. Our world is a mess, failing in every way. It makes us wonder at times, “Is there hope?”

The Christians talk about hope in Jesus…that’s what Christmas is about for Christians but most people don’t feel and experience that hope. I remembered reading about the beggars who have been disfigured from “The Star” newspaper. What is humanity? I wonder about all this even as I listened to the song “Man in the mirror”. Can really changing ourselves help change the world? It really hurts to hear about broken relationships, failure in our own country leaders. It makes perfect sense for Christians to look at Jesus as the hope. But in this darkness is it possible to even talk about hope? I’m not so sure….change start from self. That’s the best I could do I guess…and we keep trying everyday…maybe not perfect but a little change a day might help. Am I making sense? I think it’s time for reading again….couldn’t continue blogging in this somber mood.

December 20, 2009

Memories...

I've been trying with the Microsoft Research Autocollage 2008 and seriously, it works fine.

Here is the photo that I edit using the program. Seriously, I'm feeling that Microsoft products have improved a lot....I'm not in the mood to blog about it at the moment but here is the photo that I edit...memories.

nice snapshots!!

Apple Iphone takeover...

Apple Iphone takeover...in just 30 months.

If you are wondering what sort of takeover, it simply means that Apple Iphone is now taken over Microsoft Windows mobile operating system in terms of smartphone market in the US (this from metric firm comScore's latest measurement of operating systems actually in use by customers by sampling techniques, not overall device shipments or sales by wireless carriers.)

That is right. Windows can curse themselves for the stagnation although after existence for about a decade. Then there is Android. Google's slew of Android-based devices will ensure Microsoft won't have an easy time as customers shrug off the old and dusty for something new and shiny.

The question remains is will Microsoft survives in 2010? We have some people predicting the downfall of one of the strongest information industry based company. While some others are convinced with Windows Mobile 7 which is highly rated but a fall on the up and coming products might mean it is finished for Microsoft in the smartphone industry.

Well, it is indeed interesting to follow at the smartphone industry as we are seeing so much development at the moment. While Steve Ballmer might have insisted that Microsoft will continue to invest in this market, it will be interesting to see how the company is going to bring about a new change in their upcoming Windows Mobile 7. Let us anticipate that in year 2010 while we hope the companies will ponder on their mistakes and development in 2009.

December 14, 2009

Holiday season

So what do you do when you finished your exam? Well, as for me, when I finally done my Financial Mathematics paper, I went for pool with my kawan. We had fun but too bad we didn't bring any camera to leave behind the good memories. I managed to pass the 2nd paper for Actuarial Science...felt relief...hehe!!

And now the holiday time...I actually spent a night with my ex-classmates (Carey, Chip, TeikTzuan, YenLeng, Chee Lupp, ChenDong and gf, non-classmate member, Boon Tat, Kok San, YookYarth) makan and chit chatting until 1 am...the next day, we went over to Boon Tat's place to watch horror movie. Although those movies are pretty boring, I'm sure we had a good time together....only a small group of us though, including Chip, Carey, ChenDong and gf as well.

After the movie, we sent Boon Tat to the bus station.

Safe journey to our taiko, BoonTat...

Well, then comes my date with YenLeng...been a while since we go dating and we went for Christmas Carol...I know most of you guys watched it already but the movie was awesome. Had a lot of meaning in it and really, there need to be time for celebration and also to share the joy with the poor and the needy. The movie was fantastic and the date was awesome...I enjoyed the time we spent together...

After that comes YenLeng's brother's birthday...
Here are some of the snapshots:



Getting ready to go...getting vain and trying out my brother's camera..

We went to Olivenz and the food was awful on that day but thankfully the environment was good enough for the occasion.
I didn't take photos of the food though...only the drinks as I was rather annoyed by the food that night.


Anyway we eat the cake back in YenLeng's home...

birthday cake...take 1

take 2..

and..

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take 3...tada...oops!! wrong angle..


and the birthday boy with the sister...

Now my blog without me would be incomplete so here is one that I took with the birthday boy...


How can a birthday be complete without the candles right??

So this is the last photo session here (enjoy!!):

Well, I remembered a friend of mine how am I going to walk, run, jump and embrace my day...I think my answer would be to embrace each moment with people around me.

That's it for now while many more gatherings awaiting...




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