Saturday, December 29, 2012

YEAR 2012 REVISITED....




Christmas Day came and it went. Gosh, it won't be long before the year is over. In fact I feel like it is going by like a lightning speed. Perhaps it's time to reflect upon what one had accomplished during the year. I had some terrific times and some challenging ones. But who doesn't,  for how can one appreciate the good times if one did not experience the bad times, right.  Those are part and parcel of life. But how does one know if it was good or not. Sometimes we have the tendency to focus on the bad sides but forget to remember the positive or good times.  To reflect, I prefer to focus on those things that I am thankful for. It could be a small thing - perhaps meeting of an old friend or a snap with my camera of some lovely moments.

I have a lot to be thankful for really. I have my family, my extended families, I made many new terrific friends. Friends I feel I can count on. I've traveled to a few places. All these I attribute to blessings from God.

There are too many memories to remember but I would like to share some pictures in random order, some of the highlights that I went through this year.




 the first motel we stayed in New Zealand

  the first tea we had in a NZ restaurant,. This is enroute to Late Tekapo


                   Simple dinner that we cooked - Dunedin, NZ. Dunedin at night 
was brrrr...cold. Hence, the wine hahaha... 



A farm in Seddon NZ




shearing a sheep in Seddon NZ


 Taken on Valentine's Day Dinner with friends

 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

 a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Brunei.
Left Melinda Louis (UNK 2012) and right Puan Joanna Kitingan


Yours Truly at the gate of Sultan of Brunei's Palace. .. the guards looked fierce haha


Christchurch

 damaged by earthquake..


and the beautiful part

 with a friend, Christchurch, NZ

 'Middle Earth Kingdom' 



rustic countryside, NZ

my nephews and niece, Family Day at UMS Beach, KK

 sharing laughter - Family Day

 Group photo to Gayana Resort courtesy of Digi



SYTs


some of the stuff I sold at the Hari Wanita Bazaar

a wedding dinner of a 'Kadazan Princess'
Mandy Nandu

 High Tea with Toh Puan

Group photo with Toh Puan


 with members of the KDCA supreme council 

 KDCA Delegate's Conference

 Yours Truly part of the Documentation Team during
the KDCA Delegate's Conference

Mt Kinabalu

 At a nephew's wedding

 my darling

 a very tame squirrel of Mt Kinabalu

 Dinner with my siblings

 meeting my former teacher (middle) after more than 30 years, now a US resident and
my lovely friend (right).

 Group photo of UNK Team to Miri


 sponsored by MasWings

 my daughter and her cousins ushering the new year 2012

 Visit to Gayana Resort

 Group photo trip to Teratak River Cruise


 Yours Truly planting a Duku Langsat at the family orchard

 Canterbury Plains, NZ


the kids participating in the planting of fruit trees at the famliy land

 Visit to  Chang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan

National Pesta Kaamatan Keningau



releasing baby turtles to the sea, Sipadan Island



Wishing everyone
Happy New Year!!

Sharing some Irish Toasts
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.
May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.
As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.
May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
May the sound of happy music, and the lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays forever after.
May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty. And our ale never turn musty.

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