Thursday, 8 January 2009

In Reflection: 2008...



And now, it’s that time again: Reflecting the year that was (Yeah, I know I am late...Again...)

Boy, it sure feels like I just wrote the reflection for the year 2007! How time flies...



In the year 2007, I was dreaming of meeting Tun Dr Mahathir, busy putting together my scholarship application, getting ready for Canada and wondering if I would survive Autumn.

And I am now in Canada, halfway through Winter, and still very much alive! Indeed, how fast time flies...


2008 was a wonderful year too, in many aspects.




RDA: Shahirah and me...(And I got my braces out too!)




The RDA featured strongly for the first part of the year. I had the opportunity to volunteer both in Penang and Ipoh, where I got to work with many special children, and also with the many horses. There is something very special about being around such beautiful and majestic creatures. Very calming and very humbling...







THE Letter...




Then of course there’s the entire hullabaloo about finally receiving news from the scholarship committee. I had taken so many months to put it together, and they had told me I would be notified by the end of April. So when the news came on the first week of April, I was not prepared in the least.

I gave my poor mother a shock when I called her late at night, blabbering and crying. She started crying too because I was crying...and she didn’t know why I was crying...=)





And then there’s the part where I finally met Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah! I was a complete idiot, but it was completely worth it! Enuf said...;)





They don't need introduction, do they?



And a good three months of my life was spent eating, and catching up with people before I left for Canada...The bloggers featured very strongly among the people I was meeting up with...



I am very glad I took that time to meet up with people back home, because it turns out, I won’t be home for at least another one-and-a-half more years...I’ve been busy planning my schedule and by the time I factored in the volunteer work I wanna do, the courses I need to take, the professors I wanna work with (they said yes!!!) and the attachment-positions I’m eyeing, I won’t be home till, the earliest, Summer 2010.

Although I’m very sad I won’t get to see my family and friends for such a long time, not to mention the food I’m missing, I am very excited to see the different things I have ahead of me...



And Canada has proven to be a wealth of experience...





Psychology Department, where I spent most of my days...




I have met so many people from such diverse walks of life. One German girl, Shirin, whom I met in Canada, turned out to be half-Malaysian. Her mother is a Sarawakian...





From left: Izzatul, Me, Shirin, and Asyraf, on traditional clothing night...




Friendship: Who said size matters?!?



I also experienced my first Thanksgiving Dinner...



From top: Kate, Bilen and me (at Kate's Aunt's place)...



I’ve had the opportunity to work in the puppeteer program. From this program, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many town in Ontario, places I would never have otherwise visited...I have had the chance to meet so many wonderful little children, and talk to them about the importance of standing up for yourself, and why it is important to express yourself. And to hear their responses is simply...wow!






Who said friends have to be two-legged only?



I’ve also had the very rewarding experience of volunteering in the Disability Services Office on campus, working with the senior tutor after office hours. I am very glad I took up this position, because I would not have met such an amazing person otherwise.


Why? Because people always say how scary the senior tutor is and how we should stay away from them because they’re the people you meet when you fail, when you have trouble with your work, when you’re caught cheating etc. In short, the person you should stay away from!

And yet, Derek has proven to be a wonderful source of information, is a great person to talk to, and equally nice to tease!




I’ve also been volunteering in the local hospital, making up document-sets for the staff. I was at first a bit bummed out that I could not work with kids (it’s not a children’s hospital!), but turns out to be very therapeutic, doing nothing but paperwork!





From left: Ee Lynn, me and Ken...



And moving to Canada has given 'family' a whole new meaning. My aunts, uncles and cousins have been great. It's like I suddenly have an older sister and brother too.


I see many of my friends struggling with life here, and end up buying all kinds of clothes that do them no good (not warm enough!), and here I have my cousin, Ee Lynn, and my two aunts, who are very willing to set aside stuff for me, so I don't waste money buying them.

And my cousin, Ken, and my Uncle, they spent the whole Sunday lugging my bags, books, boxes and fridge when I shifted rooms. No joke of a feat, lugging them 3 flights of steps down, down a hall, and up another 3 flights of steps!






Calendar for January...



My 2009 is already brimming with activities, according to my calendar. If you’re wondering how I’m gonna be able to do all that is slotted in, you’re not alone, because I’m wondering the same thing!

But...I’m determined to accomplish them...

After all, life is short, and you gotta live each day to the fullest...Right?




PS: I got a leng-chai professor this term. Everybody was gushing about him ("Ooh, he's so hot!", "Wait till he flicks his hair!", "Aww man, why is he married?"), and I wasn't bothered about it (you've seen one professor, you've seen them all, right?)...

Until I got to class...Guess classes are gonna be interesting this year; even if the class turns out to be super-boring, at least it will be, ahem, aesthetically-pleasing *Winks*



12 comments:

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

It's always a blessing to read your Blog & knowing that you're okay!

I am sure you will manage to conquer all of life's challenges ahead & a leng chai professor does helps! hehe... All the best!! :) :)

whre4arthou said...

UHHHHHHHHHHHH..

Leng chai professor..

Hehe.. trust me to spot that..

For some reason your post reminded me of the time I was supposed to meet at your house but I was late and your mum joked that I probably followed a leng chai bus conductor to town.. hehe..

I miss those days..

Happy New Year nai.. ; )

Faridah Khan said...

What a great year you had Daph! I am so proud of you. Im sure you will have a fantastic year in 2009 as well and I look forward to reading your reflections of 2009. I am overwhelmed seeing your january caledar as it is. As for your leng chai profssor oolala.

Salt N Turmeric said...

2008 is definitely YOUR year! I cant believe Iv known you for more than 1 yr already.

Eh mana gambar leng chai prof? curi2 snap lah masa class. hehe.

Akmal said...

hahaha...wicked~~~~ :D
Eh, so many things done, many more things to be done; many many many many experiences you're going to get. Needless to say, you got a guy envying you here >:(
EnJoY! :D

Ms B said...

daph,

Lucky you! Leng chai professor! Definitely brightens our day, eh?

Happy birthday to u too! Do share with us the celebration, k.

ps: it has been snowing for the past few days. Surprisingly it isnt that cold.

mott said...

Hahahahah.... funny, lengchai prof.

Glad to know that you had a fruitful year..and a very busy year ahead! I look forward to reading more posts (if you have the time la!).

Have fun!

Jo-D said...

DAPH!! How come is it you manage to squeeze in one year more rthan I can squeeze in ten years?

Nightwing said...

Helo,

All the best in 2009. Am sure u will accomplish what u set out to do.

Keep in touch through your blog...am sure many readers here love to hear about your life over there.

Stay warm and keep well now...cheers.

Puteri said...

I can just see you girls go all goo-goo eyed on that prof! Heheh.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi people,

Will reply comments later la, k?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Thanks for the wishes, and for keeping in touch!

I hope I will make it through this year all well, too. And yes, having a leng-chai professor really does help!