2008 was a great year for Lulu.
Lulu bought her kenwood and baked a lot of cakes, cookies, pies and bread. Some jadi-ed, most could have been better.
BN lost their 2/3 majority in the elections.
MCA got trashed.
Tony Pua was elected as Lulu's MP, and this was made doubly sweet cos Chew Mei Fun lost.
Lulu changed job and shifted.
Lulu managed to sell her apartment before the financial crisis got too bad.
Lulu made new friends, and hopefully, no enemies.
God reassured Lulu of His presence and sent His angels to watch over her every step of her clumsy way.
Indeed it has been a good year.
2009 will be a challenging one for both the nation and lulu.
We will definetly be impacted by the economic slowdown and recession happening in the west. To make things worse, the price of our two most blessed commodities, petroleum and palm oil have dropped like crazy, around 1/3 and 1/4 of its price. As if that was not bad enough, our economy and finances are run by a group of people who think that what is good for UMNO cronies is good for the country cos they know that if the cronies do well, UMNO will get lots of "donation" which will enable them to continue running the country "well".
On the Pakatan front, whilst there are reports of cracks, Lulu agrees that there are disagreements, but also bears in mind that
1. the mainstream media is playing up on it esp in light of the KT by-election
2. the disagreements show that within Pakatan, there is room for disagreement and to agree in their disagreement rather than the Barisan way of "there is only one way - the UMNO way"
3. hudud is something that PAS has always held on to and DAP will never agree to. Whilst PAS, even with the help of UMNO, is unable to get the 2/3 to go along with this, we still need to keep tabs on this without being overly alarmed.
4. aiyah.. as with all newly weds [not like lulu knows from personal experience], there will be some quarrels here and there.
Lulu hopes that 2009 will be a year of defeat for Khairy. defeat-ah, not defeating. Lulu hopes he gets trashed in UMNO Youth elections. May he get a resounding "NO" from the people he pretends to be one of. Maybe we'll get lucky and like those typical Malay movies of Malaysia, he will insaf and bertaubat.
On a personal side, Lulu sees a lot of challenges ahead.
A new job in a totally new environment,
meeting new people of which most of them [dont tell them, kay] scare Lulu half to death cos Lulu's quite timid,
baking cakes which Lulu hopes will jadi,
going through emotional highs and hopefully, not partnered with really low lows,
Lulu's prayer for 2009 is that she will remember God at all times.
1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
Lulu hopes that you will rise above the challenges faced in 2009