Thursday, December 22, 2005

Oh What A Year!

I suppose nearing the end of every year, most of us will take some time to reflect on the year gone by and ponder over significant events.

This year has certainly been nothing short of impressive ... both good and bad.

I remember at the stroke of midnight 1st Jan 2005, I was sitting home alone (back in our old rented apartment in Allawah) watching the fireworks go off at the Harbour Bridge on TV mulling over the fact that Eric had to work and I had to welcome the New Year in such a miserable way. No one to scream happy new year and no one to kiss and hug away rotten 2004.

This year, Eric baby will still be working NYE and I'll probably be sitting at home again watching the fireworks go off at midnight. This year though, I will not be mulling.

I remember Eric and I started this year off waking up to a beautiful morning and having a hearty breakfast at Sheraton in the city. It felt like a sleepy morning ... actually more like a hangover after all the celebrations in the city the night before.

We watched our 1st musical together, "We Will Rock You" which was awesome! Though I'm still kicking myself for not catching "Mama Mia" when they were in town.

In Feb, I made a trip back to Malaysia after touching down in Australia for more than 2 1/2 years I was pining for home! Although I had to leave Eric behind I couldn't help enjoying myself! I can't wait for the day when I can bring him home and show him where I grew up.

Then came March, Eric had a blast on his birthday and got pissed drunk. I wasn't very happy about that. Then came the big bust up at home that casted a shadow over everyone's moods in the following months.

2005 was also the year my career took a turn for the better. I suppose I've come in leaps and bounds since I started my first full-time job data-entrying all day everyday and then by some stupid stroke of luck a good friend, Chris introduced me to the manager in ACN and after 10 minutes of meeting him I had a job. The job wasn't tops but it was definitely a step forward and at that point ANYTHING was better than the place I was before.

In April I applied for an internal vacancy for an IT role but lost out to Chris. It was disappointing not getting the job but I knew if I didn't get the job, Chris would be only logical choice. I was and am happy for him.

But it all works out in the end because a new role came up and I was having a lot of self-doubt especially after having lost out on my last application. But Chris was the one who thought I should apply for it. I still wasn't sure and thought what have I to lose and handed in my application on the last day.

Welp ... I got the job in May!! I was over the moon!! Even now after 6 months, it's been great. I'm learning so much more now in week than 3 months where I was before. I'm loving it!

Sometime end of June early July, I found a tiny lump on the back of my neck and was quite suitably freaked out for about a week before I mustered some courage to make an appointment with the doctor to check it out. Turned out it's a benign inflamed lymph node ... thank god! I do not wish cancer visions on anyone.

Then came September ... Eric and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary in Gold Coast. It's been 3 years! We had so much fun this time in Gold Coast. Last time we were there, we were on a VERY tight budget. This time it was no holds barred! Awesome!!

Though at the very end of our holiday, I got so damn sick. I was almost reduced to tears at the airport because I was in so much pain and discomfort. I was burning up and felt so weak. Turned out I had an ear infection. After that I lost my hearing on my left ear for 4 days before it popped and ohhh...glorious! I can hear again!

Throughout the next couple of months, we were all weighed down by the prospect of losing a home, reckless spending and all the frustration that comes with people, ego and money (what a lethal combination those 3). This all went by pretty quickly ... it's all a blur to me now but the frustration is still very much there.

And then another year has gone by ...

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