Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chronicles of my life post St. E in a nutshell of course...

Since my sudden reunion with my ex St E girls, Ive gotten many questions on where Ive been since we parted ways in 1994. So out of my narcissistic nature, Ive decided to post an entry to summarize the 14 lost years in hope of their little interest in my interesting journey... hehehe.

Nov 1994 we finished SPM. I went for a short vacation just 3 weeks. Upon return, my mother, bless her heart enrolled me into American University Program at Inti Sarawak campus. In less than a week, I packed my bags ( I havent even finished unpacking from my vacation) and went off to Kuching. There I finished off 4 semesters of classes in one breath, putting me in sophomore standing as far as 4 year college is concerned. That was December 1994 till March 1996.

Went to Inti Subang April 96 - July 96.

August 96 - transferred to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Food Science and Technology department.

May 99 - Graduated with Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences.

May 99 - Aug 00 - worked on campus. Upon the expiration of my working permit, was offerred an graduate research assistantship to pursue a post graduate degree.

Aug 00 - Jan 04 - completed the requirements for my Masters of Science.

Jan 04 - Immediately after my oral defense I packed my bags again, in less than 48 hours, I was on the plane heading for Hong Kong after 7 plus years in good old Nebraska. I had decided to set apart that year to do missions. So, I signed myself up for A Year in Asia Program with Youth With A Mission Hong Kong. Initially planning to just stay for a year, after much prayers and consideration, I felt compelled to stay longer. So I signed up for a 2 year commitment as part of the YWAM HK staff. It was THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE!!!! Halfway into that, I got reunited (over long distance) with my then estranged ex fiance. Two months later in Nov 05, we decided to get married a year from then, after my commitment with YWAM HK was over.

Feb 2006 - Wedding date was set, church booked. My sweetheart flew over to Hong Kong on the valentine's day weekend with a diamond ring and proposed. Then he went back to execute all the wedding plans (now where do you find a man like that?? :)).

3 weeks before the wedding, I packed my bags and left Hong Kong. We got hitched on Nov 11 2006 in Klang, Nov 18 in Sibu, then only the honeymoon.

Dec 2006, I accepted the offer to work at Sunway Medical Center.

I have been working there since...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ode to my St E girls

Recently, out of some curiosities and of the blue, Ive decided to track down a group of friends that I had decidedly 'abandoned' since years ago. Ever since I signed on Facebook (Dec 2006, yep..that early), I have been looking out for college friends from Nebraska particularly and of course at that time and my Hong Kong friends who were diehard Myspace loyalist ( I was too). So, most of the time I was just waiting for people to get signed on. And my dream came true sometime last year when one after another began signing on and more and more this year and then eventually even those whom I never would have thought would get into this social networking thing signed on . Hurrah!!!

Anyway back to my main point. One boring afternoon, I was wondering how I could get in touch with my long lost seatmate in class who sat with me practically since the first grade (primary 1 that is). Her name simply Jane Lee didnt help me much with searching. But I couldnt remember whom I fingered and finally I got a possible lead. With a few clues here and there, I decided to sned a message to Jane who chose a profile picture of two knotty stuff. :). and of course, it was Jane no less. I found my Jane. That opened the door for many other leads.

Many of the girls have changed their names as in adopted some western names (due to overseas exposure, jobs etc as quipped by Maeve Hou, formerly known as Hou Siew Ming). Lau Kin Fong has become Amanda Lau, and Teo Chun Leng has become Jolene Teo to name a few. And even myself, I have also become Angeline Yong legally. It is interesting to be reunited with them with their new identities. Besides the name change, relationship status have changed as well. Many of us are married now and some even with children (to my delight). I had some good times catching up with a few of them this week even though most of it was brief. Many are still out there. People like En Ji, Swee Sim, Hie Ching and Belinda, I am still wondering about them. I dont know how cool they are in regards to getting hooked up with ex highschoolmates. I was not too keen on it myself at one point of time, not meaning I didnt want to have anything to do with them anymore. It was just that for the past decade or so, I hardly thought much about secondary school or anything pertaining to it. Maybe I was just too distracted with the present moment. But I guess, everything has its own time.

Now it has come around a full circle. I feel a certain completion and somewhat a sense of closure. I have finally returned to my roots.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

i wanted to write something...but

i forgot what i wanted to write about.
sorry chisso ko ko.

i will be back. hang in there.