December 26, 2007

2007 roll up

2007 has been a ‘Regine year’ for both Emily and I. This is because everything that we did in 2007, has influences of our baby girl in it. From making plans to executing them, from allocating budgets to splurging them, from the balcony of the house to the kitchen patio, Regine is never far from any equation. She is like, the carbon of our lives, and will remain so for a very long time.

And I guess that is why we haven’t got much activities outside our circle of family. We have been so busy showing our little girl all the nice things on this planet, that we have left ourselves very little time for leisure. For example,
– we’ve only been to the cinema together ONCE in 2007 (for that shitty Transformer flick), compared to hundreds of times in the pre-Regine years.
– I myself been to far less orgies, parties and drinking outings compared to any other years in my life (used to be zillions, now only millions).
– zero overseas vacation for both of us (unless you define traveling from Penang island through the stupid bridge to the mainland as ‘overseas’… then yes, many times over).

…among many things…

If our lives were to be summarized into minutes, there will only be 2 points

– time for Regine the Little Samseng.
– time for Work

But then, not that we’re complaining or anything. Though 2007 may seem to be lacked of conventional desirables, it was one of the most wonderful year to date for me, if not for both of us. The primary reason of all, is to see Regine grow by the day. Her progress can be best described as remarkable. Like, you know, she only started to learn how to walk at the 8th 15th month, and got us piss worried like hell. But then, she made it back up by learning everything at warp speed. She came back home from the daycare, day after day, and showed us new things that we’ve never seen before (new words, special dance moves she observed at the nursery, etc). Now, at 18 months old, she can understand 2 and a half languages (probably some accidental profanities from daddy’s road raging moments), knows how to run, climb, jump, dance rhythmically and do my tax (I was kidding about this one).

As for my career, I said I’d give it a wake up push a couple years ago. This year, it was the payout time. I became the most productive engineer in the workgroup. I met only a fraction short of the impossible goal line. I got good feedbacks from other peers, that I’m now not so much of a jerk I was before. And then one of my old project, was nominated for the US patent office. Though it is now still in the 2nd level review process, I have received lots of recognition for this. The VP and GM – they all wanted me to shake their hands (and I missed all of them coz I’m too cool to give a damn… ahahahahh). And last but not least, I finally fucking got my promotion (finally, like releasing a big piece of stale shit that had lodged in my rectum for ages). I’m a level 3 engineer now, and that’s the highest one can ever get for this level. (trivial achievement for some of you rich & lucky bastards, but this means a lot to me… so, fuck you)

I couldn’t have been any happier.

So, what am I planning for 2008? I think I’m going to give it a rest. I’d like to stabilize my career over – now that I have bigger responsibilities with the new level and shit. As for Regine, the goal is to get her to master a proper speech, and to get her going to places. And I hope everything will go as well as it is at this juncture of my life, and then, I’m gonna have another 2007 in 2008, and the subsequent years to come…

But for now, I’d like to wish you guys a happy brand new year. May your wish and mine come true.

See you next year.

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21 Comments to “2007 roll up”

  1. Bart says:

    Congratulations on the good year you had. Wishing you, Emily and Regine a Merry Christmas Season and Happy New Year 2008. Regine looks so cute :o).

  2. vincent says:

    Mike, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family

  3. Sooi2 says:

    Aww, she looks like such a big gurl now! Learning how to walk at 8 months is like super fast innit??? Or do u mean learning how to turn/crawl???

    Happy new yr to u and your lovely family too! Looking forward to many more year-end roll ups from!

  4. puxape says:

    Hey dude, Merry Christmas n a Happy New Year.

  5. anas says:

    encik micheal, selamat menyambut tahun baru 2008. semoga tahun 2008 akan menjadi tahun yang hebat dan memberangsangkan buat anda sekeluarga.

    dan regine adalah samseng yang comel, pasti akan mengelirukan pihak lawannya nanti. hehehe

  6. Feizal says:

    Happy new year to u and ur family!

  7. Ah Bia says:

    hey! congrats!!!! Level 3 huh =D

  8. jusoh says:

    where got looking startled like that? more likes forcing herself to act normal when her dad was taking her photo.

    why dont want to simpan her hair panjang-panjang one? then can ikat nice colorful ribbons on her!

  9. jiok says:

    regine: “hmmm?”

  10. michaelooi says:

    sooi2 – Apparently yeah, that was a mistake. She actually started to walk at 15.5 months. So, in just 2.5 months, she already know how to walk, run, climb and do a macarena maneuver…

    the rest – happy new year.

  11. saintis kreko says:


    she reminds me of you and your juvenile terror. hahaha. anyway .. congrats 4 getting to the next level.

    ps: lost your contact during the shipment from france, and got 2 bz since then in kl. very thousand apologies.

  12. blusher says:

    Happy New Year to you.

    Regine looks so grown up already. I think by 2008, you’ll probably have to fend of suitors of her age already. *winks*

  13. Wilson C says:

    Hey, Congratulations!!! Diam diam hah… are you planning to treat a meal to share your joy ? I can sponsor a bottle of VSOP… hehe :-)

  14. sweewon says:

    Have a blessed new year! I hope you have an even better 2007 in 2008 :D

  15. Primrose says:

    2007 seemed like a good year after all. 2008 should be good. ‘8’ ma. The chinese all love it what – 20.08.2008, 08.08.08. Happy (spanking) New Year!!

  16. Andre says:


    Congratulations with the raise and the progress of your daughter :D

    Best wishes to you and your family in 2008!

    … and please keep blogging :D

  17. sasha says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. ashotiwoth says:

    Happy New Year 2008 bro :)

  19. littleComma says:

    Have an awesome 2008 with your family :)

  20. azlin says:

    Congratulations Michael! haven’t been reading your blog for quite some times already.

  21. alexis says:

    hey Michael…if im not mistaken, Regine’s pic was taken at this cafe at Times Square.tot i saw u guys during lunch with ur family.anyway, happy new year!

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