Friday, 11 January 2008

In Reflection: 2007...


Hey Folks!


I'm back!

While I was away, I’ve been doing some thinking, and I thought I’d kick-start my return to blogging by reminiscing on what 2007 was…(Ok, so I am later than most in doing this post!)








Some friends of mine and the little 21st birthday celebration they threw for me in the hostel...








I blogged about the first decade of my life, and subsequently, the second decade, and I think this would be a good time to blog about the 21st year of my life, seeing that it is coming to an end already!


So what kind of year has 2007 been to me? I would say, it has been a great one! I had some personal losses, but I think the gains I got helped…Here are among the *Ahem* highlights…








Chee Keong dear...





The first thing that came flooding back in remembering 2007 was the death of my dear Chee Keong…Chee Keong was a special needs boy, with severe Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, and a whole host of other health problems…In the course of my 10-month stint with the hospital, I had found myself inevitably becoming terribly attached to this (at that time) 16 month-old child who weighed a shocking 4 kg’s…And what I thought would just be another child I worked with turned out to be the one child whom I gave my heart to completely…




I shared 6 whole months with him (daily) and later would bug my dad to drive me to see him in Selangor, something my dear dad occasionally obliged…

His death from measles in March 2007, came as somewhat of a shock, and among the feelings I also felt, was anger...My family of course, was of great help...









Presenting the Lings...One reader (who only wanted to be known as Aunty Teoh) whom I met a few weeks back commented she had never seen my dad's picture...So here he is!








I knew, from my various visits to the home, that they had not been taking proper care of him…Most of their care was lavished on 2 ‘normal’ children there, whom had come into the home since they were a couple of months old…I supposed the caregivers of the home found it more ‘rewarding’ to care for children who responded to you like any normal-needs child would…Morover, the bond was already there (for the two kids)…





I was wrought with anger that perhaps, if they had paid more attention to him, he would not have died…A feeling which, by the way, was shared by the nurses of the Ipoh GH, where he called home for nearly 14 months in total…







But in retrospect, Chee Keong’s death comes as a blessing in many ways, and indeed, the best place for him to be was to go back to God…(After a lot, a lot of crying, mind you!)…The virtual hugs and support from the readers of this blog helped tremendously too, so thank you!



I still miss him a lot, but at least, I am moving on…I still think and speak of Chee Keong in the present tense, so spell checks do come in very handy! ;)










Before the campaign...






Then there was the Siti Aisya campaign, which was a much bigger success than I could ever imagine…The intensive nearly-2 month campaign managed to raise RM 14, 450, along with pledges for a one-year supply of diapers, milk, and glucose…

There were some weirdos (for lack of a better word, because the alternative would be to curse =)) who decided to make it their business to make things difficult for this campaign and the people involved, but there were also many others who came forward to give their support! And I think that is more important than weirdos with nothing better to do…=)









4 months into the campaign...






For a full update on how things are doing now for the Shahidan family, click here




2007 was also the year that I went fully-public with my blog...I met many new people in the course of blogging, and in the process, made many new friends as well, both from near and far…



There’s Jacqui, who was my first friend from Germany (now she’s in the States); There’s Uncle Lee and Winnie in Ontario, Canada; There’s Jenn, Kak Farina, Gurdeep @ KL_Girl, Aunty Rita and Kak Puteri in the States; There’s Kak Teh in UK…


On the local front, there’s the very hug-‘Care Bear’-gable Danny @ Kerp, the (by choice!) baldy in the yellow wheelchair;
There’s Kak Pi, the PLWHA-saviour, who lives about 5 minutes away from me;
There’s Chris @ Mob, the poster master with the pony-tail;
There’s Aunty Dalilah, the very courageous cancer survivor with the sweet voice;

There’s Abang Mat, perpetually stuck on an oil-rig that nobody is allowed to visit unless they have the physical-properties of a Decathlon athlete;
There’s Doc Tokasid, the good doctor with the great sense of humour and tons of advice;
There’s Chegu Nazir, the ‘Godfather’ of Penang Island who is really cool;

There’s Uncle Bernard, the man with the pipe and the big bear hugs;
There’s Anu @ Galadriel, the lady with the eye for photography, who is also very helpful (I’m supposed to tumpang her if I want to go Mee Rebus Tuesday);

There’s Aunty Nuraina whom I initially thought was A. Samad Said’s daughter;
There’s Aunty Maria, her sister, whom I heard cooks extremely well, and for a platoon, no less!;
There’s Kak Ruby who looks good no matter where she goes…=)

There’s Uncle Jimmy @ The Razzler, who is such a sweet person who never runs of comforting words;
There’s Jimi, the soft-hearted teacher with a penchant for movies,
There’s the enigmatic NightWing, who makes me quite curious;
There’s Elviza, the Crocs lawyer with the super charming (very young) son;
There’s Mott, who’se gonna have a baby soon, and Sharlydia who already has a son;

There's Ibu who's a real dedicated mother to her lovely sons;

There’s the witty Zewt, who just had his wedding reception with his lovely bride;
There’s Jo-D, the spunky girl with the red hair;
There’s new-found friend Akmal, who is going to be an OBGYN, but who plays with slippers;

And there's Aunty Teoh, a reader whom I met by accident, who identified me by accident, and who saw my dad by accident!



As for ‘celebrity’ bloggers:-
There’s the sweet Aunty MarinaM who is the epitome of ‘big things come in small packages’;
There’s ponytail Rocky who brews quite a sensation;
There’s Uncle Jeff who is giving newspapers a run for their money;


Really, not bad, if sitting behind the computer gets you so many new friends!








The kids admiring the montage on our beloved country...




2007 was also the year we Malaysians all celebrated our 50th Merdeka! And the kids were not left out either! And I still have not gotten the opportunity to meet Tun Dr. Mahathir! And I guess I never will...=(






At the horses' stable...





2007 was also the year that I ventured into a new form of volunteering, and that was with horses and special children under the RDA (Riding For the Disabled) Program…It was also the year in which I met many Down Syndrome children, and their families. These children, along with their family and caregivers were very instrumental in my short little study on DS…






Hydrotherapy...





The children of course played a big difference in my life, this year, like the previous year...Hydrotherapy was one area which I managed to continue helping out in during my hols...It was a good form of exercise for me, as the water is warm...Kinda like being in a sauna...=)



Here are two pictures I like very much, of some kids I have met...






Baby Amin: Somebody's sleepy...






Sharvin: Somebody's happy...





Whatever it is, this year is going to be another big year for me...Let's see how it goes; Keeping my fingers and toes all crossed!

Here's looking forward to another wonderful year of friendship with all of you...Thanks folks!




37 comments:

Jo-D said...

Finally decided to come back~Good! He He. Great recap Daphe and thanx for mentioning me here. Hugs to you.

Akmal said...

Daphne,
Call this one 'slipper'y comment. Don't worry, not gonna target any terompah or selipar jepun on you hahaha.
Welcome back Daph. Glad you are at large again on the net.
You will have a wonderful 2008, believe me.

Mat Salo said...

Daphne!

Tertunggu-tunggu macam some lovesick puppy, he...

Mmmm, Abang Mat got a special mention here, thanks --means a lot to me.

Hey, when was your 21st B'day? How come we don't know about (or maybe just me?) it?. OK laa here's my belated birthday wishes. Alaamak, your friends in the hostel semua cute lah, get all these tua2 keladi excited oni. :)

Anyway, Here's Wishing to a great 2008 and keep your faith Daphne, you're doing a great job and I think you might get to meet Dr.M this year. Percaya-lah. Take care my Fuzhou Bahai-ist...

winniethepooh said...

daphne gal, u managed to pack that many things into 365 days along with ur studies too! :) well done! im sure when u recap ur 'in reflection: 2008..." will definitely will another memorable 366 days :)

take care and cheers!

zorro said...

Welcome back girl. Twas positively a fulfilling year for you. Was good to have met you on BUM night last May. Will arrange with Marina for you to meet up with Tun M. But you got to tell us in good time your next visit and dont steal into KL so quietly to meet Danny and Chris.
Happy 21st, and so quietly also.

zewt said...

one thing for sure... i always feel ashame reading your blog... whatever you're going shows that there is still a glimmer of hope in this world...

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

welcome back, Daphne Ling!

one thing's for sure, personally i'm glad to have jumped in on the blogging bandwagon, or i would not have know you. then we met, bonded, argued, made peace and inevitably to argue some more. see, we hit it off well, didnt we? hehehe...

but that carebear sounds a little poofy la wei.

so anyway, dont stop what you're doing. and if the opportunity to meet the Great Living Legend this year, do count me in.

*uncle B, please tell MarinaM to count me in as well!!!!

mott said...

Hi..thanks so much for 'remembering' me...I've been so quiet here...

am kinda lost right now..being in a new country n all. now that the dust has settled...i will be dropping by more often!

Thanks for sharing your family photos..it was really nice to see them!

Hope this new year will be a healthy, stressfree one for you!

Take care Daphne....

LiLy said...

Hey there Daphne,

I am glad you're back on the Net, wow,winniethepooh was right! How did you manage to do much and juggle your studies too...*hats off to you!*

Will it flatter your ego if I told you that you're an inspiration? =p

Lily

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Haha...Thanks for your friendship and support thus far...I hope I didn't forget anyone here though...*Paiseh*...=)

And, it's good to be back!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Yeap, 'slipper'y' alright! Lar, I remembered your slipper games in uni ma...Couldn't resist...Still don't get what the game is all about, by the way! ;)

I'm "at large on the net" huh? Macam some criminal! Hehe...

You'll have a wonderful 2008 too, dearie...Here's to all of us having a wonderful year ahead!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Abang Mat,

Haha! Lovesick ya? Funny lar you...

Well, this blog-experience won't be complete without the readers and fellow-bloggers, both of which became friends...I think the least I could do is give them a mention and acknowledge their presence in my life...=)

Aiya...I didn't just turn 21 years old lar...I was blogging about my year as a 21 year old...You know, what I learned and 'achieved' in my one year as a 21 year old...=) Since my 21'st year is coming to an end already, I thought I'd blog about it...

I'm gonna be 22 this year...Old!!!

Haha!

Lar...How to keep faith about meeting Tun? Sudah berapa tahun mahu meet, tak jadi pun! Nevermind...Dream pun jadi ler...

PS: I'm Hokkien, no 'Fuzhou'...=) Chinese ler...Senang...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Winnie!

Long time no see you...=) Wait, I still 'owe' you an email ler...*Paiseh*

Everybody packs a lot of things into a year, but with a blog, you can recap more easily! Keke...Got archives ma ;)

You have a great 2008 too, Winnie, and hope to finally meet you later this year...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle B,

Er, let's leave Aunty MarinaM outta it, k? Not fair lar...I'll just keep my fingers and toes crossed!

But the next time I come down to KL, will holler...The last time, my schedule was darn packed, so I was 'quiet', cos I could not meet up with everybody ma...Sorry ya?

As for the quiet 21st, haha...Read the answer to Abang Mat...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Zewt,

Congrats on your wedding! Lovely bride, lovely groom, and may you guys have a wonderful life together...=)

Well, nothing to be ashamed, lor...Different people have different likes and talents ma...

Reading your blog makes me feel like 'God, this guy is dripping with wit!'...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Haha...You know, we have been in constant touch throughout my break what!

I'm glad you took up blogging too, and I'm glad I took it more seriously...

What's so poofy about CareBear? Like you said, you care, and you're like a bear!

Haha! But it's been great knowing you too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Hi hi! You moved to Down Under right?

"Hope this new year will be a healthy, stressfree one for you!"

I'll drink to that! And the same to you too...=) Keep in touch, k? And you take care...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Lily,

Haha...Nope! Nothing to flatter ler...=)

There are what we all call holidays ma...I get bored easily, so during the hols, I'm itching to do stuff one lar...

But I love holidays! I can choose my schedule, and I can sleep the rest off! Hehe...=)

PrincessJournals said...

only 21 (goin on 22) and already seen and did sooo much. i feel so kecik. the pleasure of knowing u is all mine my dear!

dont give a hoot abt those weirdos. there will always be somebody who wud criticised, sensationalised and politicised wht u do or say. ur TRUE friends will always back u up. so keep up the good work Daphne girl!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

you mean the wlcome back thing? just to make it formal lar...

Nightwing said...

Helo Daphne,

Welcome back...and thanks for the mention...:)

Thanks for sharing the recap and i am sure 2008 will be a great one for u too...:)

the Razzler said...

Welcome back..Daph!!

You have some of life's experience that many of us could only hope & wish for!!

Any parent would be proud to have a daughter like you!! :) :)

I am most thankful to get to know you!!

Happy New Year 2008!! & Keep up your good works, Daph!!

Raden Galoh said...

Dearest daphne...Thank you for the lovely mention about me...(I'm in cloud nine...hahahaha)

Like abang Mat, me too don't know you have celebrated your birthday...your 21st birthday pulak tu...Happy belated birthday sis!

You have quite a trail of events going on for 2007...Especially the events relating to your social work...You are really a gem sister!

Keep it up and will always keep you here in my heart.

Puteri said...

What an exciting year it was for you,Daphne!

I am glad that blogging has made it possible for me to get to know a wonderful and giving person such as yourself.

I wish you the very best for this year.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Haha! Tengok your gambar, you memang more kecik than me! Bleh!

"There will always be somebody who wud criticised, sensationalised and politicised wht u do or say"...

How right you are...And yes, like you said, my true friends stood by me...So thanks again, guys...=)

You keep well, Kak Farina...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Yeah lor...;)


Hi NightWing,

I'm sure 2008 will be a great one for you too, and it is a pleasure knowing you...=) Take care, and I owe you an email too =O!

nstman said...

Hey, you hokkien lang, I am also hokkien lang. Welcome back, we miss your mussings and vignettes of everyday life. Welcome back to the real world of blogging.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

It's been great knowing you too, although I wish we stay a little closer so we can meet up! You're soooo far away...=(

As for my 'life experiences', indeed I was blessed...

Sometimes, you just gotta be at the right place, at the right time...Serendipity, some say...

I guess Lady Luck has been smiling down on me...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Dalilah,

Hahaha...You call Abang Mat, Abang Mat too? And he let you? I nak panggil him Uncle Mat, but he don't let...;) Say old wor...*Laughs*

I'm glad to know you, Aunty Dalilah...You give a lot of us inspiration, you know? To keep on fighting and never give up...

So thank you to you too! *Hugs*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

I'm glad to know you and your lovely 'twins' too! They're such sweeties...

Thank you for contacting me a long time ago...Such simple things can start beautiful relationships, huh?

So, thank you to you too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey NSTman,

Oops, sorry, I missed your comment...

You Hokkien lang oso ar? Serious ke?

Thanks for the welcome...Hope to stay for a while! =)

kl_gal said...

The honour and pleasure of knowing you and reading your inspirational blog is all mine. Happy 21st !

tokasid said...

Dear Daphne:

Welcome back after a long hibernation.

A very nice round-up of your 2007 and nice photos too.( me too becoming tua-tua keladi like your Abang Mat(Salo).
Take care.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi KL_Gal,

I hope your flu/cold is much better now...No fun huh, when you can't smell your food to enjoy them?

As for whose pleasure it is, enuf! No more arguments with anybody at all...Let's just put it that we're all honoured to have met each other, k?

Because a friendship cannot happen if both sides don't reach out their hands and hearts...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Doc,

Nice new pic!

Haha...You all ar...Apa tua-tua keladi ni? Cannot lidat...Got underage readers on this blog, eh...

Hehe...Anyway, you take care too, Doc!

ruby ahmad said...

Hello Sweetheart,

Minta maaf banyak2 sebab lambat sampai sini. I have been more on a real slow cruising speed in blogland of late. But what counts I still arrive now..ha ha. Gosh! I am so honoured being mentioned here and being mentioned in a sweet way..he he. Thank you dear. What I would like to say is for a girl so young in her early 20s and yet she has touched people in her special ways with warmth and kindness that makes her unique and rare. I wish there are tens of thousands more like you and there would be less sufferings and sorrows around. Keep up your good work.

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