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happy new year 2009 December 31, 2008

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1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
making a choice, with God’s help, never to let my past be a set back for what is ahead
learnt to make sushi
drank sochu
walked the streets of hong kong… alone… past midnight
facing the truth about myself
white water rafting
visiting a us navy ship

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
did not make any new year’s resolutions for 2008 but plans to make some for 2009… we’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
no one comes to mind

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
beijing, china… love it!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
greater love for self & others

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
4th august 2008 – start of a new career, teaching

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
having three of my nursing students worshipping God together with me, and one of them receiving Jesus into her heart. praise God.


9. What was your biggest failure?
no failures, only lessons learnt

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nothing serious

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a pair of comfortable aldo shoes on sale… yes, i’m vain like that

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
aunty vui tze – for her longsuffering love
cynlee – for being a friend

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
ahmad ismail

14. Where did most of your money go?
good cause

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
public holidays… hahahaha… i sound so… sad

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“amazing grace (my chains are gone)”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, maybe thinner, slightly richer… not because i’m earning more but rather, because i’m spending less on unnecessary “wants”

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
spending my free time wisely

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
reading blogs

20. How did you spend Christmas?
church, family, friends

christmas song presentation by kiddie club


daniella playing the violin for kiddie club

cell group, my 2nd family

dancing to “the star still shines – celebrating Jesus”

after christmas church service, the ladies went to tg aru beach

mainly bacause the sarawakian students have not been there before


later, brought my parents for christmas buffet


finally, had supper with julia. or rather, she had supper as i was too full after the buffet dinner

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
nopes, tiada, meiyou, iso

22. What was your favorite TV program?
grey’s anatomy

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
none. hating someone wastes one’s energy.

24. What was the best book you read?
just being inspired by different women e.g. florence nightingale, catherine booth & gladys aylward, who are mentioned in “compassion: a call to take action” by james w. & michal ann goll.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

26. What did you want and get?
my job

27. What did you want and not get?
an apartment

28. What was your favorite film this year?
bucket list. okay, technically, it’s a year 2007 movie. but i only got to watch it in year 2008. very meaningful movie about our priorities in life. it’s not about climbing the highest mountain nor travelling to an exotic foreign land. but rather, it’s about putting right the wrong relationships in our lives.

29. What did you do on your birthday?
my birthday fell on the 2nd day of chinese new year, i think. i felt rather blessed because my mother made an effort to make me a blueberry cheesecake. and friends blessed me when i least expected it.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
nothing comes to mind.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
fashion? what fashion?


32. What kept you sane?
God, cell group leader & members, friends


33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
i’ve got the hots for simpson… homer simpson. sexy!

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
now, i’m not going to pretend like i know much about the malaysian political scene. but knowing that the current pm is going to transfer his power soon, i kind of wonder what’s going to happen.

35. Who did you miss?
maya & mel c

36. Who was the best new person you met?
some of my colleagues (cheras & kk)

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
letting go is liberating

here’s wishing you a H A P P Y N E W Y E A R 2 0 0 9 !



gaya street christmas celebration December 29, 2008

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19th december 2008 – went to the annual gaya street christmas celebration as a cell group.

 with my students/cell mates


something is definitely wrong here. or maybe, perhaps… the tongue is the greatest evil of all?

christmas @1Borneo December 27, 2008

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20th december 2008 – a christmas “project” assigned by a friend…

…taking pictures of 1borneo shopping mall’s christmas decor


since mng @1borneo was on sale, a few of us decided to shop there… cynthia, moi & fui yee

fui yen & fui yee

snowing in the mall?


after a few hours of shopping (and getting only a pair of RM5 socks from daiso), we went over to menggatal township for their paus (buns)

this month, my credit card has been screaming in pain but don’t worry, it’s only once a year… and it’s for a good cause. here’s wishing you a
m e r r y c h r i s t m a s !

happy hours December 20, 2008

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17th december 2008 – it was to be the final “aramaiti” for year 2008…

ewww… beer… i’m definitely staying away…


NOT! *grins*
post scriptum: faces of other “kakis” are not revealed for…erm… confidentiality’s sake. pictures courtesy of… erm… erm… erm… ya… of one of my “kakis“.

new development December 15, 2008

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early december – finally met up with julia after the longest time! we went shopping at 1borneo, sulaman.

trying out sunnies at vincci accessories


i think this one looks cute on her! christmas gift?


 later, we went to mc donald’s for dinner. love the shake it fries!

few days later (or was it 1 week later?), julia & i met up with mei hsia at 1borneo (again!). we grilled mei hsia to exhaustion at the…erm.. new development in her life.


oh, how i love my friends!

preloved items December 6, 2008

Filed under: friends,photography — daughterofdestiny @ 23:50
23 november 2008 – took some time on a sunday afternoon to visit vivien & her baby, jasper… as well as to take pictures of vivien’s merchandise to be sold online.


no, this is NOT the merchandise. this is baby jasper, who looks so much like his mother! the eyes… it’s unmistakably vivien’s.


was there with sharon, who was reeled in to help model the scarves.


yea, this is my hand. the other one was holding the camera. how about that…



like what you see? go to or the second link is still bare as i have yet to pass to vivien this set of pictures. patience… good things must wait *winks*

my God & i December 5, 2008

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a couple of weeks ago, on a week day, i was awaken at 5.30am. however, i did not feel troubled nor disturbed. only a sense of peace. with nothing else to do, i pulled back the curtain of my bedroom window, and was totally amazed at the view… full moon over the harbour, with its light illuminating the sea! still hazy, i pulled out my camera and snapped a picture of it, bleary-eyed and all. but this picture does NO justice whatsoever to what i witnessed that morning. it was a beautiful moment shared between my God and i.