Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Decade That Was (Final Upload)

10 years. Many memorable moments and phases. Here are mine:

  • Meeting my wife-to-be, Chrissie, whilst working on a project at Malaysian National Insurance (2000)
  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu and walking like a crab for days after that (2000)
  • Getting a job in Singapore and living half a year in a hotel (2001), something repeated the following year in Jakarta
  • Seeing the North - the first - Tower collapse and not believing it (2001)
  • Doing a Bachelor of Divinity part-time and (finally!) putting all those books to use (2001-2004)
  • Starting a part-time stint at Malaysian Care (2002)
  • Staying in Jakarta for 5-6 months on a banking project (2002) and resigning by accident(!)
  • Holding my grandmother's hand as she breathed her last (2002); my maternal grand-mum would also leave us 2 months later
  • Preaching my first ever sermon, something on Jesus, the paralytic and his mission-impossible-minded pals (2003)
  • Getting married and going through the whole 'wedding planning' project cum headache cum joyride cum celebration (2003); I guessed I'm still amazed how Chrissie can 'stand' me after about 7 years (smile)
  • Beginning my journey into "post-modernism" via Leonard Sweet's Soul Tsunami (2003); I've never looked back since (though I have stopped reading Sweet)
  • Becoming an 'official' teacher at Fairview International School in what would be, I suppose, a vocation-defining half-decade (2003-2008)
  • Visiting San Jos√© and San Francisco and sharing an unforgetable 3-4 days with Derek, my cousin (2003), my first trip to the States (there may be another one in about 3 months' time, but I'm not holding my breath...)
  • Beginning a blog (2003-2010)
  • Seeing my firstborn child, Nicholas Lau, emerge from the hospital's Operating Theater after 1.5 hours of waiting (2004)
  • Being part of the Emergent Christian Movement / Church / Network conversation in Malaysia and globally (2005-ish and beyond - in true emergent fashion it's kinda fuzzy, *grin*)
  • Visiting Australia (2005), Thailand (2006), The Philippines (2007) for the first time
  • Doing an MBA (2006-2009)
  • Giving my first ever conference presentation at the International Thinking Conference in Sweden (2007)
  • Seeing Tottenham Hotspur win their first trophy in 9 years! (2008)
  • Joining KDU College (2008) and being introduced to a whole new world of learning (which I'm still exploring, btw)
  • Holding newborn Melody Lau in my arms (2009)
It's been an adventure with God cheering and lighting the way. What comes next - I can't wait. This blog, though, has run its course. I hope it's helped some - even as I pray it hasn't angered too many! - who've visited.

Do share your best moments between 2000 and 2010 and leave the link in the Comments area if you will.

Goodbye (for now).



Sivin Kit said...

blog sabbatical?

Barbsie said...

Sorry to hear you're taking a "break" from blogging - keeping fingers, ears and toes crossed that you'll come back soon.

Your posts has been inspiring, thought provoking and perspective changing.

Here's my two cents to your list of memorable things:

Visiting Australia 2005 - getting off the train at the wrong station and lugging your bag to the right one!

We've had absolute fun times bro! Here's to hoping for more to come, despite our different paths!

blogpastor said...

Is this the end? Or Akan Datang?

alwyn said...

Sivin ~ kinda like "blog exile" decade, gotta disconnect to breathe a little :)

Barb ~ that Wollongong trip was very memorable, not least for the fact that i was left alone in the apartment the 2nd night! (but i won't tell you what i did...hahaha)

Kenny ~ it's "Siaran Tergendala"...maybe until a new channel takes over! ;>)