Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Adieu 2014, Annus Horribilis!!

An intimate portrait of myself in reflection - photo credit to Ng Miew Luan.

In 36 hours’ time, we will bid farewell to 2014 – a year full of unforgettable events not only on the personal side to me but to my motherland, Malaysia as well as to the world in general. 2014 is not the year that I will forget, though not all bad, it has turned out to be annus horribilis.

Each quarter of 2014 consists of unforgettable loss that will remain in me throughout this lifetime. It starts with the disappearance of MH 370 during the first quarter. On the second quarter, my beloved daddy passed away unexpectedly. During the third quarter, Malaysia was hit with another disaster of MH 17 and finally, just days that we thought we will look forward for the sunny days of 2015, another aviation disaster hit close to home involving Air Asia while bracing for Malaysia’s worst flood in history.

2014 is the year that I see clearly the good and the bad in people, especially those who call themselves friends and relatives. Daddy’s passing exposed me to the hard truth of who are your true relatives who cry together and who are those that will only share laughter but not tears. I do wish to hide my disgust at certain relatives who only stick on during the good days as well as those few who think it is their duty to be involved influencing the decisions that my brothers and I made. To this group of people, my only kind word to them is, please leave us alone and please do not try to change my mother and the way we conduct our family affairs.

2014 also serve as a reminder that I should always be thankful to God for blessing me with wonderful friends and colleagues who did their best to make me bounce back as soon as possible whenever I face any setback. It is also amazing to see how everyone get together to render their generosity at the mere mention that some other friend whom they have not even met need help. I am also humbled by the many important lessons that I learn from them, be it big or small, the camaraderie of members of the New Movement group and my brothers and sisters from MCA. Last but not least, I have to say my thanks to the team from Shanghai Restaurant at J.W.Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur that took good care of my every gastronomic needs and quest for perfection.

On another personal side, everything was smooth sailing at work and my career path is on track and I am very fortunate to have a very understanding boss who gave me a free hand in making important decisions as well as my dedicated group of colleagues, for without them, things may not go as smoothly as planned. 2014 were full of interesting new cases and challenges but I am not at liberty to disclose them.

Finally, I would like to close this chapter in life with a note of optimism that tomorrow will always be better. For there are downs, there are bound to be ups. Air travel is still the safest mode of travelling despite the multiple tragedies, and I’ve clocked considerable amount of air miles in 2014 for work and holiday, starting with Guilin and ending with Shanghai and many other cities  in between. As always, books are my best companion, having achieved more than my aim with 55 books read in this span of 12 months. 

Adieu 2014, and I look forward to 2015, may it be annus mirabilis

Friday, 12 December 2014

A memorable birthday 难忘的生日

An exquisite masterpiece by Shanghai Restaurant, JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.  
I am deeply touched and honored by the birthday dinners, luncheons, messages, gifts and the efforts by each of you to celebrate my birthday this year to make it a wonderful and memorable one. No details however small were missed out on yes and no when it comes to food, especially on my allergy to eggs, thus enable me to have cakes baked without eggs, fruits platter with all my favorite fruits in it and air flown melon all the way from Hokkaido and how can I miss out, the selection of birthday gifts that I know aren’t easy for someone fussy like me. Last but not least, the message of best wishes from all of you; which I am very certain that it will all come to realization.  

Home sweet home and here, I am comfortable in cotton shirt and pant. 
And finally, today, I am back, in hometown to have a simple belated birthday dinner with my family members. It is another feeling all together when I see mummy, my spoilt rotten cat Baron and all the beautiful bonsai trees. I look forward for tea and reading at my little heaven – the balcony before leaving for Shanghai and Hangzhou soon.

Once again, thank you very much for everything rendered during this auspicious occasion of my birthday. I am blessed to have all of you, all the wonderful people around me. 

感谢,感恩 ! 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The car is found; kudos to the police force. 谢谢,弟弟的车已经找到。

Dear friends,

My family and I would like to inform you that the Royal Malaysia Police Force found my brother’s missing Ford Fiesta during the wee hours on 2rd December at Masai, Johor. The car was in good condition except for minor scratches. We would like to thank everyone, especially the police force for the help in recovering this car as well as to friends and relatives for helping to share the message on the missing car.

For the naysayers out there who doubt the ability of our police force, I think this incident is a good spokesman for the ability of our men in blue. Less than three days after we lodge a police report, we were told to travel to Masai to take the car home. The process was quick (less than an hour) and the policemen were very helpful in guiding us to the nearest petrol kiosk and workshop for us to ensure the car is able to be driven back to Kuala Lumpur. To be honest, even I was quite surprised at this quick find. 

Once again, thank you very much.