2005, the year that was…

As the year draws to an end, it’s only normal to look back and reflect on the year that was. How time flies! 2 thousand and 5 started with a literal bang and I’m not sure how we ended up here so quickly. It’s an amazing year filled with amazing events. As I look back, I really thank God for all the little (and not so little) blessings. I may not have gotten a nice package or the job I wanted. Neither did they give me the raise I asked for. I didn’t manage to deploy WebAperture’s Photo Blog (it’s officially at the 0.1 milestone already though!) by end August, in fact a lot of to-dos got pushed till 2006. Yet, I think about how rich 2005 has been, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I thank God for all the wonderful people in my life and how rich they have made it. Even the sorrows. I’ll miss Kenny Lee but he thought me the meaning of living life, not looking back with regrets or to be filled with anguish or hate over what life throws at you but to go on, with dignity and generousity and peace that only God can give.

I thank God for Jeff Wong who managed to snag that Halliburton job – I’ll miss our crazy overnight makan escapes but hey, you did it! I’ll quote your goodbye words here (from a hardcore Tolkien friend obviously) “Well, here my dear friend, comes the end of our fellowship here in Malaysia. I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are evil. We may never meet again, but we always carry a part of each in us.

Most of all, I thank God for my darling, who’s made my life sing (dance and a couple of somersaults too), for lighting up and putting all the color into my life and be my biggest inspiration. 1 like no 1.

I think about the 365 steps (days) that went by and I treasure them. The many little escapades, the joy shared over a meal, the hurried cleaning and moving, the digging, weeding, and planting, the freezing chill of Harbin, the 5600 frames till now (that’s 15.3 photos per day!), I can’t help but be amazed but that said, let’s get 2006 on the road of life… Happy New Year!


On the road of life, take the unfamiliar road…