Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Mighty Messiah

Taken from The Star, Sunday, 27 December 2009.


A rare classical music gem was performed with great skill in KL last week.

Dec 17-20, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

YOU might not know it, but Handel is a lot like Vivaldi – you are more familiar with him than you think.

Take, for example, his “Hallelujah” chorus: it has featured in TV series and movies like Little Black Book, Someone like You, Runaway Bride, Only You, Dumb and Dumber, and Face/Off.

The German-English Baroque composer has also left his mark with other music, including Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Zadok the Priest, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, the “Largo” from the opera Xerxes and “For unto us a child is born” (from Messiah), that resonate not only in concert halls but in so many other parts of our lives.

The “Hallelujah” chorus is from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, probably the composer’s most enduring and beloved work and one of the mainstays of the Western choral repertoire.

(Completed in 1741 and with a libretto by Charles Jennens and entirely drawn from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, Messiah, simply put, is a contemplation of the birth and death of Jesus Christ.)

Melding beautifully: The KLPac Orchestra led by Paul Baker, the choir and (from left, standing) Rachel Jonas King, Cecilia Yap, Gabrielle Maes, Solomon Chong and Cha Seng Tiang. – KLPac

That said, performances of Messiah in Malaysia are rare things, which is why the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s staging of the oratorio (a large musical composition including an orchestra, a choir, and soloists) was so welcome, especially since it featured the entire oratorio instead of just selections.

The performance featured soprano Cecilia Yap, alto Gabrielle Maes, tenor Solomon Chong and baritone Cha Seng Tiang, the 35-piece KLPac Orchestra guest conducted by Paul Baker, and a 40-strong, specially-assembled chorus.

I really enjoy visiting KLPac; I like its laidback yet committed approach to the arts and greatly appreciate its magnificent surroundings. What I find disappointing, though, is how badly its visitors can behave. Last Sunday’s matinee saw members of the public entering the hall while the performance was ongoing, and the same thing happened again after the interval.

Some might think this is no big deal, but I do think that this is rude and disruptive to those who take the trouble to be on time.

Then there is the issue of mobile phones. I am always amazed at how people think it’s all right to use their mobiles during shows. The couple next to me not only kept up a steady stream of text exchanges during the performance, but also answered calls twice. Frankly, I feel that if you are too important to remain incommunicado for a few hours, you should really stay away from events like this.

All said and done, I have to praise the KLPac for putting together a fantastic event, with excellent voices and steady conducting.

Alto Gabrielle Maes has a finely-modulated and distinct voice and, throughout the concert, sang with unflagging control and emotion, outstandingly in the arias “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion” and “He was despised and rejected of men”.

The baritone Cha Seng Tiang was just as commanding, singing with a heartfelt passion that reached its peak in “Thou has gone up on high” and “The trumpet shall sound,” although I thought he struggled to keep up with the almost furious tempo of “Why do the nations so furiously rage together?”

The tenor Solomon Chong was, I felt, the weakest of the four soloists. He has an undoubtedly fine voice but was let down by his enunciation – “rod of iron” came across as “a rod of ion,” while “O death, where is thy sting” sounded like “O death, where is my sting.

Cecilia Yap was a splendid soprano, who married talent and technique to great effect, hitting top notes with little effort and entrancing all with her impassioned singing, especially in her glorious version of “I know that my Redeemer liveth.”

Yap was also gracious enough to allow her understudy, Rachel Jonas-King, to demonstrate another fine voice in the making with an impressive “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace”.

The real star for me, however, was the chorus, which sent shivers down my spine from its very first contribution, “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed”, and never once let its guard down to fluff a note.

All the four chorus voices – soprano, alto, bass and tenor – were in fine fettle, echoing and dovetailing with each other with consummate ease and elegance.

Working through all the voice was the KLPac Orchestra, which carried its burden of playing almost entirely throughout the two-and-a-half hour performance with indefatigable wit and grace.

Paul Baker, with 15 previous Messiah productions behind him and conducting for the first time in Malaysia, lead with a steady hand, charming both performers and the audience – exhorting the latter to stand and join in with the “Hallelujah” chorus.

It was, in all, an unforgettable show, where everything – even the lighting, used to great effect in the “Amen” finale when it highlighted each section of the chorus individually as it sang – went right and brilliantly so, fully deserving of the ultimate accolade, a standing ovation.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Nicholas and Adeline 2009

The newly wedded.

The coming together of the Leow and Voon families.

The siblings, minus Victor.

I was really sorry that I couldn't make it for the KL reception, but was glad that there was thankfully a second one in JB for me to redeem myself!:) Pictures here were therefore all taken in JB.

A memorable and momentous occasion. Congratulations and best wishes for a blessed marriage! Love ya both!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


10 demanding weeks of rehearsals...
4 awesome performances at the KLpac...
in dedication to 1 great MESSIAH.

My journey with KLpac's ambitious staging of Handel's Messiah in its totality has come to an end. And what a wonderful journey it has been!

Being my first venture into commercial performing arts, it's been quite an eye-opener in many ways. I would have to say that this experience has helped me learn much and mature as a singer and performing artiste. And it has been such a privilege to work with so many talented people in this production. Pretty humbling. Heh.

Earlier today, as the last strains of the final "Amen" faded, quite a few of us were left teary-eyed. The crowd offered us a standing ovation and called for an encore. We obliged with a reprise of the Hallelujah chorus, which blew the house away. Even our jovial conductor was reduced to tears as he put down the baton for the last time, and turned around to acknowledge the roaring crowd.

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, glory and blessing! Amen!"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

curtain call

My breakthrough to commercial performing arts!:)

Presenter : klpac
Conductor : Paul Baker
Artistic Director : Joe Hasham OAM
Executive Producer : Dato' Faridah Merican
Featuring : Cecilia Yap, Gabrielle Maes, Solomon Chong, Cha Seng Tiang with the klpac orchestra and klpac choir
Dates : 17 - 19 December 2009, 8.30 p.m. and 20 December 2009, 3.00 p.m.


klpac is once more pushing the boundaries with an ambitious production of the sacred oratorio Messiah. Considered by many to be the most famous piece of work created by George Frideric Handel, Messiah is regularly performed all over the world in churches and concert halls before Christmas.

klpac will be presenting a version that is as close as possible to Handel’s original intention, albeit with modern instruments. Guest Conductor Paul Baker will be leading the 35-piece klpac Orchestra along with a 40-strong choir assembled specially for the performance from 17 to 20 December. Without a doubt the stars of klpac’s production of Messiah are the four soloists - Cecilia Yap, Cha Seng Tiang, Solomon Chong and Gabrielle Maes.

Composed by a German living in London and premiered in Dublin, the klpac production will be conducted by an Englishman with an all-Malaysian orchestra and choir. Although Paul has been involved with over 15 different productions of Messiah, this upcoming one will be a special one as it marks his maiden conducting stint in Malaysia as well as with klpac.

Treat your family and friends to what is undoubtedly Handel's finest masterpiece.

You can’t fail to be moved by one of the greatest stories ever told and how Handel has brought it to life.

Friday, December 11, 2009

looking forward to looking back...on this day

Exactly one year ago, I was seated on a Plusliner coach with an awesome friend, heading down South. Our destination - Jay-Bee, then the Lion City. It was to be the beginning of a great holiday and I have many fond memories of that short but sweet break.

Today, I'm typing out a quick blog entry at the office before I walk through the doors of 19th Floor, Plaza OSK for the last time this year. Tonight, we practice some 'hot moves' before we make our trip down South again, albeit to Bandar Bersejarah Melaka.

Hoping it'll be a good one too:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

dear beloved,

What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ's body we're all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

- excerpts from Ephesians 4 (The Message)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


So weary and tired...

"Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary."

Help me wait on YOU.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


A perverse man stirs up dissension,
and a gossip separates close friends.

- Proverbs 16:28

Thursday, October 29, 2009

life's lemons

The last I checked...

I wasn't the one who turned away and stopped smiling.
I wasn't the one who took everything and then gave up.
I wasn't the one who stopped trying.
I wasn't the one who spouted all kinds of unkind words.
I wasn't the one who never bothered to utter the words "I'm sorry".

The last I checked...

I had still faithfully continued to offer a ride back each time.
I gave and I gave, maybe more than I should have.
I tried my hardest but was met with a stone cold wall.
I had only your best interests in mind.
I have lost count of the number of times I have apologised.

I have always mentioned that I hate jumping on the defence, but you're pushing me into a corner. This is not a game. This is not war. And I don't want to battle. Definitely not with you.

I will walk, but only this far. I will stand here a little while. And then one day, with a heavy heart, I will turn around and walk away.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

the days

A little more,
a little less...
with each passing day.

But some things still haven't changed.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Honour Him and He will honour you.

Have a great one today.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


I've got my pen.
And a million thoughts in my head.

Now what do I say?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

nothing but consumables

Perhaps in your world, we are all just commodities waiting to be consumed, and then conveniently disposed off after we have served our purpose.

Remove your blinds.

Open your eyes to see
what we see.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

rest upon us

My soul is weary and my cup is dry
I am so in need of You
Though my righteousness is rags
Your mercies are new
So Lord, come down to me
So my heart can see
How encompassing Your grace can be

My mind is heavy and my days are long
I lift my eyes up in the night
My heart, it weighs me down
But Your burden is light
So Lord, come walk with me
Until my heart believes
All the bounties that Your grace can bring

Holy Spirit, rest upon us
Breath of God, touch my soul
Come unfailing love of Jesus
Rest upon us, rest upon us

- Written by Laura Story & Andrew Osenga

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Maybe this tension still remains because I still care...

and that you, for some reason, no longer do.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

behold, I make all things new

The realisation that things aren't the same anymore; that things are but a sad shadow of what they used to be.

And the longing to harken back to a time when things were much simpler; when words didn't have to be over-analysed; when feelings were respected and upheld; when truth and honesty was a given; a time when we could simply just be ourselves.

This morning, my thoughts are on the God who "makes all things new".

Monday, September 07, 2009

not our own understanding

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.

You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security.

He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

- excerpts from Proverbs 3 (NLT)

Friday, September 04, 2009


You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience. (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you. It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it?

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

- "The First Letter to the Corinthians", Paul of Tarsus

Thursday, August 27, 2009

this is a little long, but so worth the read

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.

Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong.

Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.

Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.

- Proverbs 2 (NLT)

Monday, August 24, 2009

monday reflections

Been thinking about community. What/Who/Where is my dominant community? What does it mean to live in community?


The weekend has been pretty eventful. The PJGH community welcomed back 2 close friends after their 2-year stint in the UK, and it was great spending time with them over the weekend. It's funny how it feels like we all just picked up from where we left things the last time. Has it really been 2 years??


An eventful weekend made for random noodle and ikan bakar nights; dessert chillaxes with a view; passing on the temptation to sleep in on a wet Saturday morning for the sake of melt-in-your-mouth siew yoke in downtown Kay-El; 8 second zapped Krispy Kreme glazed donuts...and nuts; sipping drinks at a Rich Pappa's crib; more ikan bakar still; enriched chocolate catchups with an 'old' good friend.

I'm tired.


I'm tired.

I'm really tired of the last I-don't-know-how-many weeks.

I have been reminded to "be still". Tough it is. But still I try. Because I know that I've done my part. And because there really isn't much else that I can do now but pray. And hope.

I hope you realise that the ball is really in your court now. So are you gonna play or what? I'm still waiting.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

being human

"If it makes you happy, I'll confess to you - I'm afraid. I'm scared. I'm sick." - Rip Darren, Six Who Died

"I need you. You need me." - CPK sharing on the body of Christ (1 Cor 12)


I laugh. I cry. I worry. I yearn. I hurt. I rejoice. I feel.

I too am only human.

Like you.

Monday, August 17, 2009

unexpected insights

I think I now understand better where you were coming from when you posted those words on 13 March 2008. It's funny how I never saw things from that perspective until recently.

I regret that I never had the chance to talk to you about what happened back then and was fed information which represented only the side of the story that wasn't yours. I guess it took me to hop on the same boat that you were once on, in order for me to see things from your vantage point.

I think I understand now. I think.

EDIT: If you think I'm referring to you, I'm not.


1 month. How many more?


Spotted on a friend's FB wall...
"Forgiveness can be unilateral; reconciliation is always mutual."


I'm tired and I need sleep. ZZZzzzZZZzzz...

Saturday, August 15, 2009


TWICE in the span of about a month simply sucks.

The white Viva makes its appearance again.

Thursday, August 06, 2009


A traffic accident involving you. Sad conversations. Standing beside some lalang watching people play football in some random field. C&S group. Zombies invading C&S group. Zombies that look like normal human beings but are not. Guns. Running low on ammo. A warehouse. Running. Running some more. Bright lights.

I opened my eyes and picked up my phones. It was just a dream. And I was very late for work.

Monday, August 03, 2009


The weekend was bittersweet.

Things are still pretty much status quo. I thought I saw a glimmer of hope early Sunday morning. But I guess I know better these days that it's sometimes better to be a pessimist. You make it look so easy. Effortless. But I'm not you. And I find it difficult to smile when...

Worship on Sunday was a panacea to the soul. Thanks Benny.

A picture painted of God's redemptive love // Draw me close. Soar above the storm. Our one unchanging constant. Victory // Welling up. Flowing down. Quivering. Choking. Standing. In awe.

CPK's sermon was inspiring. But sad. To love the LORD with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. To love our neighbour as ourselves. How far have we missed the point. I wondered if...


3 Sundays have passed since.
A lot more has happened in between.
And I still don't know what, when, why, how...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

27 July 2009

My personal Black Monday.

A day when everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

Monday, July 20, 2009


When the darkness fills my senses
When my blindness keeps me from Your touch
Jesus, come

When my burden keeps me doubting
When my memories take the place of You
Jesus, come

Jesus, come.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

come to the water

You said You'd come
And share all my sorrows
You said You'd be there
For all my tomorrows
I came so close to sending You away
But just like You promised
You came there to stay
I just had to pray

And Jesus said, "Come to the water
Stand by my side
I know you are thirsty
You won't be denied
I felt every teardrop
When in darkness you cried
And I strove to remind you
That for those tears I died"

Your goodness so great
I can't understand
And dear Lord, I know
I know You're here now
And always will be
Your love loosed my chains
And in You I'm free
But Jesus, why me?

Jesus, I give you
My heart and my soul
I know that without you
I'd never be whole
Saviour, You opened
All the right doors
And I thank You and praise You
From earth's humble shores
Take me - I'm Yours

- Marsha Stevens


1.30 am.

3 hours and counting...

Surviving on Guinness and fries in my tummy.

And still I wait.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

something's up

It's not that I WANT something to be wrong. It's just that I SENSE something is wrong.

And IF something really is wrong, then I think we should acknowledge it and then try to fix it.

Because I can't do it alone.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

a blank

Life's tough. Life's unfair. Life's a roller coaster.

Live with it.

Monday, June 01, 2009


Goodbye May.

You've been too long. Too tiring. Too volatile.
You've given me hope only to crush it underfoot.

I wish I could crush and throw you into the fire.

It rained today. Outside and within my deepest recesses.

Hello June.

Please be kind.

Friday, May 29, 2009

wishful thinking

A habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire.

I want P to be true.
Therefore, P is true.

I don't know whether to laugh or throw up.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

ps 73

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from the burdens common to man;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.

From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, "How can God know?
Does the Most High have knowledge?"
This is what the wicked are like—
always carefree, they increase in wealth.

Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure;
in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been plagued;
I have been punished every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus,"
I would have betrayed your children.
When I tried to understand all this,
it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.

Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise,
O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge.
I will tell of all your deeds.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

a new day has come

It's a new day and it feels as though the 'Reset' button has just been hit and we've booted up on a brand new operating system. It's familiar ground, yet also terra nova. Newer versions are usually known to be better than their predecessors. Let's just hope the bugs have been fixed!

On a somewhat related note, I missed out on my usual nap on the train this morning because I couldn't get a seat. But that gave me the opportunity to catch a glorious sunrise as the train journeyed on from PJ towards KL. The sky was bathed of brilliant hues of orange, gold and violet. Cirrus clouds danced in graceful swirls. The rays of the rising sun slowly pierced through the darkness like knives pointing out in all directions. Mesmerising.

And to top it off, I saw a rainbow while walking from the train station to my office building. Nice.

Reminders of Your grace. Reminders of a God who loves. A God who redeems.

It's a new day.
And the day is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Twisted, mangled, convoluted thoughts.
Fumbling over slippery stones.
Spilling hesitant words.

Seeking to always seek the good of the other.
Seeking to temper truth with grace.
Seeking to forgive and forget.
Seeking to love.

I'm still holding on.
Not wanting this chapter to slip away into history like the rest.

Friday, April 03, 2009

traveling at 2 km/h

You uttered those words as we were walking together to the LRT station this morning. Words that made me reminisce a little and smile. These were more or less the same words spoken by me to you several months back, and they were now coming back like a boomerang in full 180-degree turn to hit me. This time, I was on the receiving end.
“It sometimes takes a situation like this to force us to slow down and appreciate the things around us” [paraphrased]
It sometimes takes a sudden jolt to make us realise that we sometimes run such hectic routines. We get so caught up running our races that we forget to take time out to smell the roses.
The last couple of days since Tuesday really forced me to slowwwww down, like it or not.
I was immobile - No car. One good leg. I was pretty much rendered a dependent.
But despite the various inconveniences that I was subjected to, I am really truly thankful for the whole experience. I am thankful for friends who graciously fetched me around from place to place; who checked on me to see how I was doing; who brought me to see the tit-dar man to fix my leg; who offered to tapau food for me; who opened their houses to me to stay; who lent a supporting shoulder when I needed one and who even carried me over puddles of water when my leg was all bandaged up. Above all, I am thankful to God for enriching me with the experience. It was tough looking for the silver lining within the overhanging clouds but today I can say that the experience has allowed me to enjoy even more of Your blessings.
So thank you…and thank You.

Monday, March 16, 2009

keep on walking

Here’s a rather random thought to punctuate the silence on this blog:

It takes a certain something in a relationship for its boundaries to be tested and stretched close to their limits, and yet come out of it only stronger than ever before. I guess I should know better after all that the paths that we take are never meant to be all rosy anyway. It’s up to us to deal with the thorns and briars that come our way and to decide then whether to let them stop our journey, or hack them to total oblivion (in a rather graphic depiction of conflict resolution) so we can keep on walking down that path.
Keep on walking.

Friday, February 20, 2009


"We're meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?"

Monday, January 26, 2009

on the first day of CNY, I blogged

Yes, I guess I am guilty of neglecting this space for quite awhile already. There's so much to do sometimes that blogging normally gets relegated to the back of my list of priorities of things to do.

Over the last month or so...

- I busied myself with Christmas rehearsals, and then Christmas
- I had the most awesome 12 straight days of leave, taking each day one at a time, cooking up spontaneous plans and not worrying about having to catch the LRT for work at 6.45 am the next day
- I got to know you better than ever before
- I welcomed you back into my life
- I said goodbye to you and wished I had spent more time with you while you were around
- I will soon say goodbye to you
- I got told unbelievably weird pieces of information that made my eyes open wide like saucers
- I re-discovered bowling
- I went for Youth Camp 2008 at easily our most cushy camp venue
- I now see Bros water bottles in a different light because of you...heh

----- 2008 turned into 2009 -----

- I went to Genting for the umpteenth time while it was your virgin encounter...still we both really had a blast that day!
- I made my 3rd trip to Jogoya and brought you and you along as well for a great afternoon together
- I suffered through super-spicy Portuguese grilled fish during my 2nd foodie trip to Petaling St with you, you and you...yum!
- I had an unexpected night 'chillaxing' at Sky Bar for the first time with you (x7)
- I aim to keep eating and working out regularly with the numbers 70 as my set target by year-end
- I finally got my 50 mm f/1.8
- I am still looking for a good price for my SB900
- I had my fair share of emo moments (who doesn't?)
- I got roped in as a RBS mission team supervisor
- I discovered an addictive game called Gunbound, and together with you, we remain an unbeaten team!
- I have been more consciously affirming my primary love languages
- I went for yet another movie premiere...this time for Underworld 3
- I received my 'letter' and was not unexpectedly indifferent

It's almost the end of the first day of CNY now. Time to go wash up and hit the sack soon. I've gotta wake up early for breakfast tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.

So there. I blogged =)