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2009, You’ve Been Quite A Year


January was adrenaline.  To watch one my favourite Broadway singers LIVE, and to pat the most handsome dog in the world.  To meet up with a stranger whom I’ve never seen up close before, and to catch up with an old friend whom I have dearly missed.  What more, to do all that in a foreign country!

February was challenge.  To turn ideas into something real.  To watch a bunch of little hands working together to produce something new, something fresh.  Never in my life would I ever imagine that I would paint a church.  Moving out to a bigger building was so exciting.  We even got help from a pair of hands all the way from Melbourne!

March was friendship.  It was the month where we spent time with God at the beach, to talk about each other’s lives and to share about what we know or don’t know.  A birthday surprise for a friend.  A quarter of a cake made as if it was one.  A toy duck that quacks.  And a whole bunch of people that I love.


April was faith.  I got (finally) got baptized, in the clear waters of Lata Kinjang, a majestic waterfall in the heart of Perak.  Cold as it was, the atmosphere was warm, because on that special day, both my parents were present too.  It was also about having faith in a team, or in this case, a band.  I joined Seven Sweet Surrender and took part in Euphonious 2009, a band competition in my university.  We didn’t win, but we had faith.  And that’s all that mattered.

May was work.  Exams.  What more can I say?  But it was also a month where I sat down with a pen and paper and thought about what I wanted to do next.  Decisions were made, and time flew very quickly.

June was fun.  I decided to put aside the graphics designing work I used to do in KL, and stayed in Penang where I interned with Redbox Studio as a web designer, a field that I really love.  I had more fun than work – Jenga, Monopoly, chess, Master Mind sessions – Nic and Krista, my bosses and friends rolled into one, became like family.  I wished time flew much slower then.

July was breaking the mould.  I had a phobia of Japanese raw food, until Nic and Krista brought me for some and decided to help me overcome that silly fear.  I can proudly claim that I now eat a few slabs of salmon and raw fish without puking.   It was also a month where I learned a little bit more about money.  We learned how to play Cashflow 101, and I learned a little bit more about expenses and income.  Financial freedom, here we come!

August was chaos.  It was the new semester for everyone, and a time of adjustment for some.  New places, new faces.  A-H1N1 landed and everyone was in fear of contracting the virus.  We had masks, and school was closed for a week, much to everyone’s delight.

September was making new friends.  We had a barbecue night for the juniors, and I flew to Singapore again and this time I got to know some people a little better.  I met a handful of new people, all fun-tastic and inspiring the same.  I fell in love with jazz, over and over and over again.


October was happening.  And that is an understatement.  It was a month of pushing the limits.  It was a month of trials and testing; pain and joy.  An elaborated (wet) birthday surprise all the way to another town, a gathering to catch sunrise, to put a video together — all just to make a difference in other people’s lives, and my own.  It was a month that felt like many, many months.

November was change.  Probably a withdrawal from October, but it was month filled with reflections and decision-making.  It was also a time where new adjustments had to be made.  A sad, temporary goodbye to certain things, habits and people, but an eager heart to something new.  I became an official intern as a mechanical engineer at AMD, Penang.  Nic and Krista officially became my neighbors.

December was home.  I caught up with faces I have not seen for years.  Walked, danced, and jumped in the streets I love.  Made new friends who will soon become a prominent part of my life for the next eight months, and possibly my entire life.  Oh, and I turned 21.  And I was shown, in many ways, that I am loved.  For that, I am very grateful.


What a year you’ve been, 2009, what a year.   There were times I could never forgive you, yet there were times I wished you would walk a little slower.  I thank God for everyone who has been a part of this short 365 days, for making it more meaningful than it ever was.

2010, you have a tough act to follow.

Happy New Year, everyone, and God bless.  =)

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  • Vern, so glad to know that 2009 has been good to you. Let’s pray that 2010 will be just as good, if not better! Here’s wishing you all the very best for 2010.

  • LOL… 2009 was a rough year for me, but I am so, so happy for you that it was an awesome year for you, Vern. You’re loved, and remembered…. that’s so damn right… and I had hard time stalking you down every time you pindah rumah. LOL….lucky now got twitter liao… ahaha… anything can disturb u there. 😛

    Aiyaks, forget to wish you Happy New Year. LOL…Hope you’ll be blessed whole year through.

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