December 31, 2010

2010 in review

2010 is a year that marks many firsts for Yan Yan.
- Started Yan Yan on solids when she hit 6 months old, and over the one year period, she has now graduated to taking adult food together with us.
- Went to our neighbourhood playground for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed herself with her che-che.
- Had her first haircut (just the fringe) at 10 months old. Her hair hasn’t really grown much since birth though.
- Started Yan Yan on formula shortly before she turned one.
- Celebrated Yan Yan’s 1st birthday and papa’s birthday in style, complete with a clown to entertain the children.

As for Yiu Yiu, the highlights of 2010 are:
- Had a H1N1 scare when one of Yiu Yiu’s classmate was infected, and she was placed on quarantine for five days.
- Participated in her first ever art competition, organized by her art class – she didn’t win and was hugely disappointed. Mummy’s fault for letting her use some poor quality colour pencils :-(
- Yiu Yiu had several cavities that needed to be filled so a visit to the dentist we went. She took to the procedure bravely and didn’t make any fuss throughout the three visits we made.
- We celebrated Yiu Yiu’s birthday not once, but three times – once with my extended family, once at home on her actual birthday and another one at the kindy. Lucky girl, she is.
- The finale of the year is Yiu Yiu’s kindy concert, an impressive effort by the kindy. Few days later, she came back with an award to round up her 2nd year in kindy.

We also went for a family holiday to Langkawi with younger sister and her family, and mum.

For me personally, my company undergone massive restructuring following a merger and my boss was moved to a different portfolio, and I chose to move with her. Unfortunately, as with any merger, the chaos that followed (the disruption, the down-sizing, etc) created an unpleasant work environment and I left seven months later to join a totally different industry. It was hard leaving a company I’ve worked with for eleven years but life goes on.

On a brighter note, I got to travel to Rome for work, and took the opportunity to extend my stay in Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. Feel really blessed to have had the opportunity as Italy is among the top in my list of countries to visit. I also revisited Beijing in the course of work.

Hope you’ve had a great year and here’s wishing everyone a Blessed 2011, and may 2011 be a year filled with abundance happiness, health and joy for you and your family.

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