This is the 1st time I sum up my whole year. Maybe I'm starting to appreciate things more..
Starting of the new year. 2010 is suppose to be a perfect year because 10 is always perfect. Isn't it? It's the 3rd month of my working life and I'm beginning to get along with my colleagues. It is also my birthday month and I had a surprise birthday cake from my colleagues. So touching, since I'm only there for 2 1/2 months but they still celebrate my birthday.
Pandan Layer cake, NICE!
And then it's celebration with my besties from college. Since we all started working, we haven't been seeing each other very much.
Oh, and how can I forgot a reunion with my secondary pals. We only see each other about twice a year since we stay far and different timetables..haha.. so we really cherish the time when we meet. It's a really valuable friends I can have.
This is also the month which I confirm being a part-time piano teacher. Started replacing classes for another teacher who was on maternity leave and was suppose to end at Dec. But the centre call and ask me to continue teaching as the teacher wants to be at home with her child more. So I'm a happy teacher. ^^
It's the Chinese New Year month and more things happened!
Since CNY is coming, d'Gurlz (our online boutique) decide to have our 1st ever bazaar at Subang Parade. Nope, business isn't good and it we did not earn any money at all. But we did have a lot of fun. Managing our stores and doing a different things than what we do normally (sitting at office whole day) is really great fun.
And then, since it is CNY, my boss decided to have the 'sao gong' dinner at Delicious. Special huh? Food is damn expansive but since it is free we all eat happily. ^^
My ex-collegues.. ^^
My 3 ex-bosses..
What's more happier than getting a bonus? Eventhough I have work not even 6 months, my boss gave me a bonus as well. It's not much but it meant a lot to me!
Oh, and CNY is the time when supplier and others sent hampers and gift to the office. And we receive 20+ and our office did the yearly routine. Each of us can pick a number out of the hat and grab a hamper back home, plus a box of mandarin orange. Damn heavy okay.. I have to grab mine down the leave, down the stairs and inside my car.. Nearly faint. But it's very exciting. haha
CNY come and like usual we decorate the house and go back Tapah, my dad's hometown. Eat delicious food and go roaming around the cave at Ipoh. It's always a fun time because daddy have long holidays and whole family can get together.
Cave at Ipoh
March is a charity month because boss decided to do charity and go to visit a old folks home.
The red shirt are us!
It's also another great month because I went to Genting to see Sammi again!
One of the nice pix I'm able to snap of Sammi! ^^
April fool's day come and go. Did not trick anyone nor do I being trick. Nothing much happened in April but times flies. Working in the day and teaching at night. And also around this time that I decided to take part in the Asian Piano Competition in Hong Kong. A very big decision. I did not take part in any of these before and am damn excited. But things don't go smoothly. Many emotional matters comes in and I started to regret.
Been practicing a lot since we need to get through the audition 1st. We have to make a video of our duet and send it to them. Nerves are getting me. There are times when I nearly cried and the teachers seem to be dunno-what-to-do-with-you-two..
Around this time, I have been thinking of going oversea for studies. It's actually an escape from the normal routine and I really wanted to experience life abroad. Another big decision and I couldn't make up my mind. Parents were supportive and ask me to make the decision.
Another besties gathering with SiawCheng and HuiTeng.
We have a company trip to Tasik Kenyir at May and I'm actually quite reluctant to go at first since it's 7 hours+ drive from KL and it's a public holiday........ but it turn out to be quite alright.. minus the boring and not so good sleeping bed.. haha
The scene is beautiful but all we can do there is just..sit..and relax..... =.="
nice view huh? imagine seeing them for 3 days... =.="
May also saw us make our 1st recording for the competition audition and you couldn't guess how terrible it is to go through it. We can't play well enough for teacher to approve our video but time is running out. We nearly decide to just give up. Luckily, we did not.
Debussy Petite Suite no. 4
Oh, and the 1st time I go with my colleague to LCCT for a site visit, and I slip and fall right at the main gate of LCCT... =.=""""
It is a real tough thing to search for a nice gown, black colour. I went high and low looking for the perfect one and finally just settle on an Okay one.. T_T
June is the month which saw us performing our duet at Panggung Bandaraya. My first live perfomance and it did not went really well coz I'm really nervous. Nervous until no pix.. a regret. Haha.. Me and my partner, CheeKwai were wearing formal gowns and in high heels. I'm having a lot trouble stepping the pedal with my heels and it make me more nervous. However, I do enjoy my 1st performance eventhough we did not play very well. I think our teacher aren't very pleased as well.
By this time, I have already decided to go Nottingham for MA studies and submitted my application. It's all waiting time now. Busy with my application and busy with practice and busy with teaching. Nearly break-down.
Oh, and there's one weekend, after my guzheng class, I was locked inside the shop with my teacher for about 15mins. The maid LOCKED the gate without realising there's still people inside.. so funny..Luckily the boss live nearby and come straight away..haha..
I went for MPYO audition for violin. It's so scary that I thought I would just forget about it but in the end, I go for it. Cause I know I would regret if I did not at least try.. I failed it though..haha..but still, at least I try. So I'm happy. Haha..
It's my big month. Finally, we are going oversea for the piano competition. My 1st competition and it's at Hong Kong. Very exciting. The competition place isn't very grand though and a bit messy because everyone seems to be confuse by what they are suppose to be. I'm quite dissapointed though. But still, it's a very nice experience.
the cert that prove my effort
However, I got 1 thing that I still feel 'sting' until now. I know I'm being childish but well, it's me. During the competition, one of the judge (who will not be judging us because she's recommend us) is the teacher of CK's teacher and she know her very long already. So, after our performance, she approach us who are standing a side and she speak to her about her playing. About her good and bad. And totally ignore me. She doesn't know me at all. But frankly speaking, I feel hurt. We are both playing the duet together and we are both standing side by side and she only look at her and speak to her without once looking at me. Alright, I'm being stupid right? Don't mind me then.
Our competition number
4 of us..
After the competition we walk around HK and Macau and it's another story because it's too long. Haha..
going to Disneyland
Oh, and because of this trip, I take 2 weeks unpaid leave.. T_T
But I have already gave in my resignation letter since I have already receive the offer letter from NTU. ^^ By end of July, I have already ended my 9 months working life.
Eventhough I'm not working 9-5pm job anymore, I'm still teaching until end of August. By this time, I already getting very emotional because I know I will miss my little students and I'm not really sure whether I made the right decision.
farewell.. i miss you guys a lot... T_T
I have gained so much and now I'm letting all of it go. Being a piano teacher had never been my dream but since I get the chance to teach, I'm loving it and I don't know if I go UK and back, will I get the chance to teach again? I don't know if I will regret.
However, things had been decided and I couldn't go back now. The whole month I'm seen busy preparing my departure and meeting up with friends to say bye. It make me so emotional. And also very busy. All because of the stupid visa regulation which make me go here and there and there and here...........
Another emotional month.
My grandma leaves us forever to another world. It's not very sudden but it does come as a shock. And then it hit me that I will never see her again.
A very very very big month for me because I'm leaving behind my family and friends and all the things I love and hate to another new place. Taking the plane to UK is really very challenging because I know I will not see my them for the next many months. I still not sure whether I'm up to this challenge or not. All I'm excited is going to a new place. All in my mind is like, travelling, going for a holiday, seeing new things and buildings which I've always wanted to see. Studies? Oh ya, and study. ^^
Settling down in Nottingham is not really tough because I love the cold weather and I still feel excited over my new life. However, getting back home and not seeing anyone nor talk to anyone, especially my family is depressing. Luckily skype save me from crying of homesickness.
I'm still exploring the UK life and I love walking all around, just looking at people life and things that's happening.
NTU's Arkwright building
Things start to get a bit bussier. Assignment are not a lot but since Dec 6th is the presentation, works need to be done. Luckily, because of my carefree attitude, I don't really get stress until the final few days.. LOL..
1st time see snow!
Planning of going London during Christmas break.
This is the month full of festive mood.
My 1st real presentation in UK and it went well. I pass my 1st stage and then it is holiday.
Go to London on the 17-21 dec and enjoy sightseeing there. London is really an interesting place to be. Finally, after 3 months in the UK, I went to another place besides just Nottingham. I'm happy.
London tube map! Very important
Sit on the snow!
Coming back from London, I make the fast decision to go Manchester on the 23rd, dec. It's a spontaneous act and we are just there for half day but we manage to visit Man Utd and walk around the city and look at the Christmas decor. Interesting day as I finally meet someone cheerful and happy. ^^
Around the city with my tour guides.. haha
Well, it's finally the end of the 2010. I don't know why but always, the end makes me sad. It's like it's slipping away but I still have a lot to do in 2010. I don't know.
To sum up, I feel 2010 had made many changes to my life and I have gained a lot a lot experience. The most memorable have to be taking part in a piano competition and coming to the UK to be ALONE..
I do like 2010 a lot though. It's really an eye opening year for me.
So, we are having a steamboat session tonight. Simple dinner, nothing much. Just the 3 of us and I doubt we will do anything crazy. Haha.. So, see if I get to snap any photos later and will show you guys my 2010 dinner..haha..
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!