Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A wrap up of 2014

There were many ups and downs in my 2014 and I guess this is the year where I go through Changi Airport the most as well. Some with tears in my eyes and some with smiles on my face.

Last post I mentioned about losing my Dad. What I didn't mention was that I lost my one and only Grandparent that I ever known in my life, my Grandma (Pwa Pwa). I never met my Dad's parents. They died before I was born. My Mom's Dad pass away in Sydney probably when I was around 8 or 9 and I met my Grandma at the age of 13 first time when I went to Sydney even though I grew up with my Grand Aunt (Pwa Pwa's elder sister) till I turned 13, it was a great feeling or I should rather say mixed feelings to meet my only grandparent for the first time in my life when I met Pwa Pwa.

Where my brother and I have lost a father and a grandma this year, my Mom has lost her life partner and her Mom and I am proud of Mom to be this strong.

Pwa Pwa taught me heaps of things in my life.
To be independent
To have faith
To believe in yourself
To never stop learning
To never to afraid to admit something that has been wrong
To be a go getter
To never give up
To hold my head high ever if everything else around is falling to the ground
Lastly, to keep going ....

2014 has been a year where I learnt that I could still do the things that I never thought I would be able to ever again. Challenges that came my way, never did I once hesitated to step back and run away from them but with an amazing support and believe people have in me has made me face them with went through them.  

None of the events that had taken place in 2014 that I would change. Only thing if I could ask would probably be, for my 2015 to have more of the events that would make me smile more.

There were a lot of first times in 2014 for me as well which made it special. I did say there we UPS and DOWNs. So not all are sad stuff.

I got to experience F1 for the first time in my life and loved every bits of it. I was really happy that I made the decision of going (yes, was a little skeptical before decided to get the tickets).

Visited Melbourne for the first time, pretty amazing too and a great experience that will  stay with me forever.

And a couple more.....

Even though, it's still 15 days away to the end of 2014, this is the last well second last post for the year and in the next post (which I hope to do so before 2015 or 1st of 2015) I will be listing down my "goals", my plan for 2015.

With everything above, I just want to say thank you for being in my life and being apart of my life..... Goodnight.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2.5 years after and a tribute to the most wonderful person in my life

So many things has happened in my life since the last post. Woah, it's 2.5 years ago. I can't believe I have forgotten how peaceful it is to come here and write my heart out.

I know it's December 2014 but I am not planning to document the past 30 months of my life. BUT, I do want to share a few significant events that took place in my life that I will remember forever.

February 2013  - Dad's 75th Birthday

Dad always loved to go on family trips. His dream was to have the whole family going on a road trip. Yes a road trip. Not a plane ride trip. He loved to stop at random country sides and tried local stuff. Love that about it. So it was a dream came true for him. I flew back to go on a trip with the family. Mom, Dad, my brother and his wife and myself. Mom bought him a 2 hour massage session on his birthday and I will never forget the grin he had after the massage saying it was the best I have ever had in my life. Well Dad, it was US 150 massage and it had better be good. So, all and all he has a really wonderful time and I was really happy I made the effort to go and spend time with the family. Oh and since the trip was sponsored by Mom, at the end of it Dad said, "Dawn, next year you'll be 70th, and I will sponsor the same for you". .....


December 2013 to May 2014 - Dad's first and last visit my house and first and last ever experiencing my driving.

So Dad seemed to be upset with something and he refused to come and visit me since his last trip in 2009 but he agreed to come along last year December together with Mom and my brother and also to go and visit my sister in law. I was thrilled that I got the chance to drive him and my brother. Trust me, in my 35 years well 34 then I've only been driven by them but never they had ever let me drive. So, DUH! Of cuz I was ecstatic. Dad's comment (She drives better than her husband) :) well that comment was made to Mom and not directly to me. One thing Dad would never do to his children, praise them in their face. He loved the house as well and I was really happy.

From here they continued their trip to my sister in law's place and that's where things start to go down south. Dad was covered with big blot of rashes and he grew weak BUT he never stayed back when the rest had planned to go out. He didn't want one of them to have to stay back because of him. Selflessness was one of his virtues. We were away in Thailand and whenever I saw the pictures of him I knew something wasn't right but he never complained so not to bring down the mood of the rest and ruin their holidays.

Finally they returned back to us and Dad was really in bad shape that he could barely get out of the house because of the rashes and he wasn't sure what was causing him. I felt helpless and took him to the doctor etc.

From there on, he never recovered and finally left us on the 19th May 2014. I miss him but I know he loved us. Very much so that he never laid a hand on both of us, he had never scolded us, he was the diplomat between my Mom and me. He didn't teach us what to do instead he lived and showed us how we should behaved and treat others. He always told us to treat others the way we want to be treated.

Lastly about my Dad, he never liked it when I'm sulking for frowning. He would say "Why do you have to make that ugly face when you have such a gorgeous smile. You should always be smiling and your smile always makes people happy. When you are happy, nothing matters. Be a happy person always"

I love you. Goodnight Dad "Phay Gyi" I promise to keep smiling always.

More 2014 moments to come ......