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happy new year 2010 December 26, 2009

Filed under: blah blah blah,Uncategorized — daughterofdestiny @ 01:33

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
a) rock climbing


b) staying single for the longest time since i was 16 years old
(ok, my life in year 2009 is boring but i’m not complaining)

i’m sure there were other firsts in 2009 but nothing worth mentioning.

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 in 2009. and may not make any in 2010.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
no. but a student of mine experienced a second birth.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
no. but *baby megan’s passing away affected me somehow.
* a friend’s 4-month-old daughter

5. What countries did you visit?
indonesia – jakarta, bandung & jogjakarta.


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
greater love for others

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
none. told you, my life in year 2009 is boring.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
having taught my students the best that i can and being appreciated in return.

9. What was your biggest failure?

10. What was the best thing you bought?
car – out of necessity

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
maya – strength

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

13. Where did most of your money go?
the car

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
erm… cheaper durians? yes, now my life is officially boring.

15. What song will always remind you of 2009?
amazing grace (my chains are broken)

16. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, fatter, poorer (refer to Q.13)

17. What do you wish you’d done more of?
jogging, diving, photographing

18. What do you wish you’d done less of?
snacking on junk food in the middle of the night

19. How did you spend Christmas?
with friends in church

20. Did you fall in love in 2010?
sadly, again, no! oh wait, does falling in love with durian count?

21. What was your favorite TV program?
hardly with time for TV!

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
yes. but i choose to forgive, and still am forgiving… 70×7.

23. What was the best book you read?
captivating by john & stasi eldredge. i’ve read it before a couple of years back. but this time round, my heart was more receptive towards what God has to say through the book.

24. What did you want and get?
a car

25. What did you want and not get?
greater love for God & others

26. What was your favorite film this year?
i won’t say it’s my favourite film but district 9 left an eerily lasting impression.

27. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
i think it was around chinese new year, so my relatives came over to our place. i was 33.

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
greater love for God & others

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
i’m loving my leggings and oversized t-shirts.

30. What kept you sane?
God and close friends.

31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
homer simpsons!

32. Who did you miss?
ezra, my little nephew & maya


33. Who was the best new person you met?
lim, my colleague


34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
when you make a mistake, repent and move on. God and others are bound to forget it, so should you.


2 Responses to “happy new year 2010”

  1. Hi&Lo Says:

    greatest lesson of the year: stand by your conviction even if the odds are against me. Between loyalty and truth, stand for what is right even if it means losing a friend.most exciting social encounter: meeting people who are perceptive. people with purity of heart who see me as i job assignment of the year: being invited to cover china asean expo in nanning. to meet young people of china brimming with national pride, yet so inclusive.proudest achievement: being acknowledged for work is a byproduct. it is the process that gives me the ultimate lie i told myself: am going on 60. my work lifespan is shorter by the day. have no time for petty stuff.what i hope for 2010: remain single and live the life according to my script. be my own man.what i hope to avoid: be entangled in relationship because i treasure liberty in every sense of the word. love myself enough to need another's love but have more to give.what do i hope to change: be more patient with people. accept people as they are.what do i hope to keep: my sanity. if i ever got madly in love, please knock sense into my head. heehehe

  2. Hi&Lo Says:

    best compliment received in 2009: by a china student who said i open up the world of possibilities for her. she is now emboldened to attempt new things which she only dreamt of.worst insult: so far none right in my face. but artificial obstacles to do my work.axiom of the year: greater to serve than be served.about dreams: it's not the destination but the journey. the mountain is best admired from the valley.relationship with God: acknowledge him every moment. His grace. Not by might, but by his spirit. my life story is about Him working in my life. but the last thing is to be religious.

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