Thursday, December 31, 2009

BitterSweet 2009

Few more minutes to go and we'll be saying goodbye to 2009 & welcome 2010!! I can't believe that one year had actually passed doesn't seem that long ago when we were counting down for 2009 at New York! Unlike last year, New Year's eve this year is gonna be so quiet coz I'm goin' nowhere. =.=

And so, it's the time of the year again for us to look back at the past year and start making New Year's resolutions. As for me, 2009 had been a bittersweet year...or should I say...'sweetbitter'. First half of the year was sweeeeettt coz I was still in the States...second half of the year was bitter coz it was all about 'stu-dying'.

(: Sweet :)
Traveled quite a good bit as well this year:

Apart from all these, I've had a wonderful Spring semester in UAH with all my friends...had lotsa sweet memories with my boo...and it was great coming home to my family!! :-)

): Bitter :(
  • Was 'lucky' to get an infection and had to go for a minor operation while I was in the US. The medical bill of $2,000 almost freaked me out...luckily the insurance company settled it.
  • Had to say goodbye to my lovely UAH friends whom I may never meet again in the future.
  • Bidding goodbye at Huntsville airport was really know what I mean.
  • Coming back to TARC for final year was a huge contrast to my life in the States...tough, stressful, tired, boring...and on top of that, disappointment. Well, I know I shouldn't be complaining about study life, especially after seeing my friends who have started working. It's actually a luxury to be able to study full time...guess I should enjoy my last 6 months being a student.
As for New Year's resolution, I don't believe in it and I've never set my resolutions. How many people stick to their new year resolutions anyway? Life is ongoing and I just try to live my life to the fullest everyday, do what I wanna do and be who I wanna be. We don't have to wait for the 31st to start thinking what we want in life right?

We should reflect upon life to find happiness and meaning now, not next month or next year. Many people get so caught up in looking for what they didn't have that they seldom appreciated what they did have. So, do the reverse New Year's resolution. Look ahead, but also remember to look behind. Know that you need to be happy now, to enjoy your friends and family, and to follow your dreams.

Hope that 2010 will be a greater year ahead!! :)

Happy New Year 2010!!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dreaming of Last White Christmas

Merry Christmas peeps!! Pathetically, I spent my Christmas day sitting in front of my computer blogging and sorting out pics instead of crowding the malls like many other people. Well, it wasn't that bad after all coz completing this post was my 'christmas project'. Looking back at all these pics brought back all the memories of last Christmas...there's no such thing as 'White Christmas' here, so it's okay for me to day-dream right? Hehe!! :p

I guess this is by far my looongest post. In fact, I've been working on these pictures for months!! Pheww...finally I'm done with all 11gbs of photos that we've taken throughout the trip. We traveled a pretty good bit within the 12 days' East Coast trip --- New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island, & Baltimore...Amazing!! That was definitely a lotttt of traveling and I'm glad I got to visit so many places and see so much within 2 weeks! Best of all, bro & I got to travel with mom & dad and spent Christmas & New Year together!! Sweeeet~~!!!

23 Dec 2008: Central Park - Rockefeller Center - Lincoln Center - YMCA

Picturesque winter scenery at Central it!!

Snowy scenery everywhere!!

Sunset view of Manhattan from high above...looks like Lego city huh!

Getting darker

The entire city is lit cool!!

Day n' Nite

Watched George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' by New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. This was totally unplanned but I didn't wanna miss it though.

We weren't allowed to take pics during the performance...and they were really strict about this!!

I've always wanted to watch a ballet performance, especially after watching the inspiring movie 'Center Stage'.

Mom & Dad finally arrived NYC after a long journey from M'sia!!

24 Dec 2008: Liberty State Park - Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island - Battery Park


25 Dec 2008: NYC Chinatown - Pier 17 - Manhattan Financial District - Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Times Square - Empire State Building - United Nations - Rockefeller Center - Hyatt Regency Philadelphia Hotel


26 Dec 2008: Liberty Bell, Philadelphia - Independence Hall - Washington DC - The White House - Washington Monument - Capitol Hill - National Air & Space Museum - Jefferson Memorial - Lincoln Memorial - Vietnam War Memorial - Hyatt Washington Dulles Hotel


27 Dec 2008: Hershey's Chocolate World - Corning Museum of Glass - Niagara Falls, Buffalo - Adam's Mark Hotel


28 Dec 2008: Niagara Falls - Boston Chinatown - Sheraton Ferncroft Resort


29 Dec 2008: Harvard University - M.I.T - Trinity Church - Boston Cruise - The Breakers Mansion, Rhode Island - Quincy Market


30 Dec 2008: Yale University, Connecticut - Manhattan, NYC


31 Dec 2008: West Point Military Academy, NY - Woodbury Common Premium Outlet - Times Square NYC


1 Jan 2009: NYC - Baltimore


2 Jan 2009: The Baltimore Basilica - Inner Harbour - PF Chang's - Top of the World Observation Deck


3 Jan 2009: Inner Harbor - Federal Hill - Back to Huntsville

Haha...congratulations and thanks for 'scrolling'!! I know...this post is so freakin' long!!!!