Sunday, January 03, 2010

Hello 2010!

Dear Diary,

Feels like we haven't spoken for a while.

So 2009 has arrived and is now done and dusted.

Looking back, it had been a learning chapter for us in those three6five days.

See, we moved back to SG on the last day of 2008. After frantically packing up our belongings in Melbourne and transitting in Perth for 24 hours, we arrived blurry eyed on the 31st of Dec.

Starting off the year 2 0 0 9, back in the homeland that we grew up in, we took some time to adapt to life back home again.

The kids started school, based on the recommendation of a girlfriend, and completely loved every moment of their student life. They learnt that there were other people who loved them just as much as their Mommy and Daddy and spent a fair bit of time getting to know their extended family.

The toddlers that we brought back from Oz blossomed into sentence speaking kids who are comfortable in their own skin. It's amazing how grown up they are now as compared to then.

Darien went off to work in his Dad's business. He had much to learn as it was a trade that he was not familiar with. There were networks that he had to set up, business trips that he took and exhibitions he had to attend. He was basically learning the ropes of running a business .

In between that, he was busy catching up with his friends and, of course, dedicating much of his time to his beloved Basketball.

I came back to SG with the notion of settling the kids into a set routine and then planned to head back to the workforce. But that all took a backseat when I fell pregnant with our third child. It was quite a surprise as we didn't plan to have another baby for a couple of years. But the minute Kate arrived, we fell in love with our first lil gal. She is just the cutest baby!

So I pretty much played the Mommy role for all of '09.

We did a lil bit of traveling last year. As a family, we went to Bali for a week long vacation. It was a relaxing trip with lots of massages and spa treatments. It was a good time that we spent hanging by the pool and suntanning @ the beaches. Both my folks and my sister came along and it was a blast.

Darien and I sneaked off for a trip to Europe. Air tickets were sooo cheap that we managed to travel to Paris and Rome on a ticket price that was usually meant for one. On the way to Paris, we hopped by Dubai and was doing an Amazing Race kinda trip to see what it had to offer.

Europe was a beautiful continent, albeit a lil different from what we read and knew. It was filled with lots of history and culture. The food was good. There was plenty to see and discover. We saw ancient ruins, majestic palaces and lots of museums. Most of all, we got to spend some time with each other and our friends, sans kids.

It wasn't an easy year for us as a couple. There were a few rough patches along the way. Through all the arguments and uncertainties, I realize that my husband is a loyal partner who is quite determined to be married just once in his life. He is going nowhere. Plus, he refuses to let the lil things take us down and so our new year resolution is to be better partners for each other this year.

And that was our 2009.

This year, all I want to do is to find a place to buy for us and to make it into a home. And I would like to have more me time. I'd think I'd let my own standing in my life slide a lil and I would like to make ME a priority this year.

That's it! 2010... here we come. So bring it on. =)

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