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Reflecting 2010

January 23, 2011 | | Posted in Rants

Harlo to year 2011. Welcomed Day 1 of 2011 by waking up around 730 am this morning. Not working today. Played with the baby abit before proceeding to do the house chores. Technically, we slept through the countdown last nite. We had a nice dinner (cooked by me la :P) before spending the nite further with baby Nathania. But of course, we were woken up by fireworks booming through the skies. Lovely view from the room. Nathania cried. Think she is pretty ‘disturbed’ by the loud sound. Now I wonder how she will react during CNY. It will be 10 times louder and merrier.

Well..Looking back at 2010, alot of things happened throughout the year. *btw, its 23 Jan 2011 now. Doing post edit* I got married on the 30th Jan 2010 to my beloved wife Yee Woon. Actually we registered our marriage back in 2009 on the 28th of Fed *Thanks for pointing out dear*. You may be asking why am I listing out the dates :) This method actually serve as a reminder to myself. So excuse in future if I can t remember the dates of the important days in my life. Marriage was never on my mind years ago until I met Yee Woon. Love at first sight? Hahaha. I still remember the very first time I saw her at the clinic when she reported in. Not so pretty due to the ‘aunty’ hairstyle. But as time progress, I realized she is indeed beautiful. Back those days, my dear wife uses make up *enhances the beauty* but nowadays she seldom make up *naturalist ma..:P* And she is slightly meatier back then. Now after delivery of Nathania, she lost a lot of weight. But makeup or no makeup, fat or thin, she is my beloved wife. Love ye dear!~

Next best news of the year! Promotion. Who does not love promotion? Be it in the gov or private setting, everyone welcome the good news of promotion. Been working with the gov since 2004. Started on U41 grade. The lowest ranking ‘officer’. PM Najib introduced automatic promotion in 2010. Was upgraded to U44. Now, it takes only 14 years only to reach U54. Back those days..You can slog till you drop, but no promotion guaranteed.  I know some very senior officers who have served for more than 10 years but still stucked in the U41 grade. But good news for them. Most of them are upgraded to U52 or U54 immediately after the new scheme was launched. Many ask why am I still in the gov, I get this question all the time. To be honest, back in the student days, I have always look up to my dad who was a KKM staff as well. I practically grew up around the Cancer department HKL. I welcome the Dettol smell everytime I stepped into the hospital compound. So when I was in my final year in Uni, I was determine to join HKL to do my pupillage. Thus my journey in the gov begun. Yes..the thought of leaving the gov service did crossed my mind a couple of time during the past few years. Something always held me back. Anyhow, am grateful for the cheap house loan. Without it, I will not be able to purchase my current property.

Speaking of property, we got the keys to our first home in April 2010. I have to say a big ‘Thank You’ to my cousin Anderson and his wife Joy. If they did not notify me of the project, I would have not pay the show room a visit. Never did give  thought to the idea of buying a property back then. Went back home and had a serious discussion with Yee Woon. We knew we couldnt afford a landed property. I wanted to have a home near to my parents place. But price of property was soaring and it has not slow down till now. We bought the condo for RM250k in 2008 and it has risen to around RM450k now. I wanted to cash out but..I know very well I cant afford landed property for the prices has gone even much more higher now. Anyhow, we moved into the new home on June 2010 *cant remember the date*. We did a simple reno to the place. Lighting and plaster ceiling. Just nice. Of course, if $$ is not a problem, the place would have been a lot nicer. I look forward to spending some good years at the condo. If God bless me with some good money, I ll invest in another property.

The biggest happening of the year was the birth of our precious daughter Nathania Ng En Qi on the 19th of July 2010. It was not a planned pregnancy, but God had His own plans. We got the big news about the pregnancy on the eve of Anderson and Joy’s wedding day. Hahaha. My wife couldnt sleep and she broke the news to me at 8 am on the 29th of Nov 2010. I was really happy..Euphoria!~ I have always wanted a baby. I love kids. Hahaha. Had some trouble breaking the news to my parents. I expected Dad to be pissed and Mom to be happy. But I got it wrong. Dad was really cool about it and Mom was kinda angry. But she got over it pretty quick and soon she was wondering what if it was a pair of twins? Hahahha. Ladies and Gentleman, that s my mom. Being traditional ,she was kinda pissed coz we have not gone through the traditional wedding yet. But hey..We are legally married :) The next 9 months of journey was preparing for the arrival of the baby. We made multiple visits to the MCH at KK Jinjang to make full use of the ultrasound machine and etc. We kept good track of the baby development. I remember I felt Nathania first kick when we came back from Pangkor Laut trip. It was just outside the entrance to Sierramas at the traffic light . The feeling was like ‘WOW! I felt the baby moving’. Now as off 22th of June 2011, baby Nathania is already 6 months old. I love her dearly. She has brought joy to our family. Mom, Dad and even my sister Ling Huey spend a lot of time with her daily as mom takes care of her during the day.  Am grateful to my parents for making the effort to wake up early daily and travel through the notorious potholes infested Jalan Segambut Dalam to reach my condo to pick up little Nathania back to the Kepong house. Even my brother Yang is making good progress with the baby. Funny thing, it sorta gel the family together. To God, thank you!~ The baby is indeed a gift of God. The name Nathania means ‘Gift of God’. Papa and Mama loves you dearly. May 2011 brings us even more joy and happiness.

Overall, 2010 was a pretty good year with ups and downs. But the 4 above were the major happenings of the year. I look forward to 2011. It has not really begun well, Notebook rosak la and Car rosak la etc etc. But hey…I got some really good stuffs to start the year off. Wedding photography was good too. Been involved in several assignments with some of the big names in the wedding industry. Well..Time to sign off. I hope to write more. But as usual la..Writers block LOL. 73!~ Cheerio (HAM language)