Two Thousand and Eight

2008.jpg

I know, I know. It is just cliché to write about how fast a year has gone by. But how can you disagree with that? Personally, I just do not know how else to put it better. It does feel like 2008 has passed us by in a flash. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing at all. More often than not, it’s a good indication of how much has happened in the year. And boy did 2008 have many up its sleeve.

Looking back, this year has not been without its trials and triumphs. China survived an earthquake and flood, gave us the biggest Olympics and scared the hell out of us with melamine; U.S voted for their first African-American President; Lindsay Lohan became a lesbian; while the world’s economies went into a limbo. Those were amongst the biggest headlines. On a local front, we are not without our drama. Who can forget the monumental March 8 election – the political scenario will never be the same again, the hoo-haa about Yoga or the recent landslide in Ampang?

On a personal note, 2008 must have been one of the best years. There are many little things to be thankful for this year.The last 365 days were filled with nothing but LOUD LAUGHTERS, SILLY SMILES and above all, LOVE.

McCutie became a huge part of life. I just cannot imagine life without you around now. Friends had their relationship put to the test. I’m glad things worked out fine. Was also very painful to watch a close friend loose the one most important person in his life. The BEST wedding ever also happened! My best friends, Elise & Ivan tied the knot in July. Congratulations again!

I’ve been blessed this year to be able to travel and gain new experiences. Snow and Disneyland were foreign concepts to me until this year. They may be overrated but nevertheless special moments. Being able to taste sushi in Tokyo. Enjoyed the cool highland breeze of Cameron’s, the 6-star pampering in Bangkok and the old charm of Lone Pine – they were all too good for words. Unforgettable sun-baking in Bali and Redang. Ahh… c’est la vie. And finally, catching Mamma Mia: the Musical. On the whole, not too shabby I’ll say.

This was also known as the year that Cupcakes took over the doughnut craze. These little sugarcoated dessert made its appearance at the office many times over, namely the Chinese New Year celebration, bosses & colleague’s birthdays, the French Bastille Day, and several other occasions. My friends did not escape the phenomenon either with Keith and WiFi celebrating their birthdays this year with these little cakes. Oh yea, they also appeared at Elise & Ivan’s wedding too.

Work wise, although I didn’t manage to move up the corporate ladder as I hoped, but I’ve achieved many satisfying moments – being able to design the best possible set-ups. And now I can look forward to 2009 with an exciting new role. Let’s hope I’ll kick ass!

2008 was also the first time I’ve been hospitalized. It was daunting, creepy, and painful. Not a very good experience for anyone. But thanks to McCutie and friends whose made the stay bearable. See, told you that the year was filled with love!

So, many say 2009 will be a painful year ahead. Economies will bleed; more political Tsunamis and businesses will suffer. It sounds dark and scary. But I choose to believe that if we hold on together, have some faith, give some love, speak our mind and be a little more careful in the way we spend, I’m sure we’ll see a silver lining waiting for us.

With only two more days before we usher in the New Year, I hope everyone is able to look back at this year and remember all the good that came with it. Looking through all the pictures from the year, it’s so hard to cramp everything into one single comic page. There were just too many good moments. Thank you everyone who’s made my year a fantastic one.

Now, give yourself a good pat on your back for finishing this year – good or bad – and here’s wishing & hoping that 2009 will be a great year ahead!

9 Responses to Two Thousand and Eight
  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2008 | 2:27 pm

    Hi you lil’fat monkey,

    For now Im going to address as that. Perhaps later down the line when we get to know each other we will go by our real name!:-)
    Ive been a big fan of your blog.Found it very entertaining and very well written. All in all, it has my attention. Guess,we gay folks have great talents! ahahaha Good in been artsy and better in bed, so to speak.
    Your last entry on your blog was well written and indeed 2008 has went so very quickly.2008 has took me to plenty of countries and thru’ the travels Ive seen good and sad things. A trip to Cambodia was an eye opener for me…Ive no idea there’s so much poverty and so many kids that need medical attention.I was glad that I can be part of a medical team that was able to provide what we can during our very short visit to Siem Reap.
    Medical trip to Central Americas was another soul searching exp.Going to all these 3rd countries: Nicaragua, El Slavador, Panama and Guatemala has indeed change my way of thinking about what is the term “dont sweat the small stuff”!
    Well….I hope that we can keep intouch and enrich each other life and Im with you about 2009. Is going to be a better year and for a start I’ll be going to central Europe for another trip. There are always sick kids to take care off in this world of ours !
    Thanks once again for your blog…my rgds to McCutie.
    BTW. Im an ex-malaysian, now reside in the USA. I come back to PJ at least once a year..hopefully ouor path will brings us together!
    Wishing you and your love one a Happy New Year !! Pop the bubbles but go slow with it ! Love life, fanily and friends.

    KFoo

  2. drownedglass
    December 30, 2008 | 1:28 am

    Yeah, if we hold on together, baby! Ms Diana R couldn’t have sang it better. Hehe

    Have a fantabulous new year! I’ll see you on the other side :D

  3. Life for Beginners
    December 30, 2008 | 1:39 am

    Oh, 2008 was a brilliant year, no? One of the best ever! I’m glad I got to know you better through McCutie. (Who says ex’s aren’t good for anything? Hur hur.)

    If ’08 was a year of revelations and changes and milestones, let ’09 bring achievements and moving us forward… Go! Go! Go! :D

  4. little miss kechik
    December 30, 2008 | 4:19 am

    yea.. it has been a tough but great year. great to know you babe.. and thanks for that great wedding for my bestie too.. highlight of the year tuuu!!

    here’s to another great year ahead..mwahhhhhhhhhhhh!!

  5. qwazymonkey
    December 30, 2008 | 2:57 pm

    KFoo: Wow, that’s like the longest comment anyone has ever left on my blog. Great to know that there are people out there – who aren’t my friends – actually follow this blog. It’s unreal, but not in a bad way. Thanks for the good words.

    Anyway, I do agree with you on how traveling can be an eye opener, especially when you’ve been to places like Cambodia. It makes you realize just how much we have to be thankful for. I can still recall how I felt when I visited Siem Reap 2 years back. It’s heartbreaking. But that’s another story. Needless to say, it did make my dramas/problems feel so small.

    It’s admirable and amazing what you and the Angelinas of the world are doing. God knows how much these kids need your help. You have a story to tell and hope you’re able to share and inspire others with one day, perhaps then I could follow your blog too. LOL.

    Drownedglass: I knew someone was going to bring out that Song. And it’s gotta be you. And you said you didn’t feel like Karaoke-ing! Well let’s do a (few) session in 2009 k?

    LOB: You know my sentiments on 2008, and it’s been great getting to know you too. Here’s a toast to new friendship and so excited with crossing to 2009 with you guys!

    Miss Kechik: It’s wonderful to meet you after hearing so much about you from Lis. And yes, the wedding was like one of the great highlights of the year wasn’t it? Was just talking to her the other day and it all seems too good to be true. And you got hitch yourself too – I’m pretty sure that THE highlight of your year. Congrats again. Hope to see you soon beb!

  6. Anonymous
    December 31, 2008 | 2:14 am

    Hi qwazymonkey,

    Thanks for your reply on your blog. Will continue to view your blog…always fun and entertaining. Is there a way we can actually communicate? Like email,phone or facebook. Im in Facebook and you can always drop me a line or two.
    Once again….thanks for your reply. Like to hear from you.

    Kfoo

  7. qwazymonkey
    December 31, 2008 | 2:38 am

    KFoo,

    You can mail me on qwazymonkey@gmail.com. Cheers

  8. thule a.k.a leo
    December 31, 2008 | 5:35 am

    Recently I have been reading your blogs a lot. I started blogging in facebook and now continue in blogspot… still continue with facebook though,as there is where my most friends are.

    2008 will officially be over by the stroke of midnight (tonight)… and boy it has been a looonnngggggg year for me. Ups and downs are norms… but I always remain optimistic all the time, as I don’t want to make my wife worried too much.

    Overall, 2008 has been a good year. I had already pat my head… lol! Happy New Year.. may the coming year brings more excitement to you!

  9. qwazymonkey
    January 1, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    Thule: Thanks for following my blog. You got a nice one going on too. Keep it up.

    Good thing is, it’s the new year, it’s all about new beginning. Here’s wishing you’ll have an eventful year of good things. Eat well and enjoy!