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!