Monday, December 29, 2008

Back again, after more than a memory of my beloved grandpa that passed away a year ago.

It has been more than a year since I last blogged from Bangkok. It was a long silence since then, perhaps some of you have wondered why I have just suddenly stopped and did not continue my story on my Bangkok holidays.

I just simply couldn't bear blogging since then. On the 3rd day of my Bangkok trip, I received bad news from my sister in Malaysia - my grandpa was admitted to hospital and was in a coma. We rushed back from Bangkok 2 days after, and the moment we touched down at the Kuala Lumpur airport, my sister called with the bad news....grandpa has left us.

It was a tragic experience for me, I felt so bad and miserable that I could not see him before he died. If only I decided to come back straightaway, I would at least have seen him before he left us.

Tonight, as I write, is the eve of my grandpa's death anniversary. I could still remember his laughter and smile vividly, and how much I loved him let me sit over his head and shoulder when I was a little girl. Today, all is gone and he's probably in a better place, just as happy as he was.

He lived almost a century, 95 when he passed away. Hailing from a small village in China, he has never gone back since he came to Malaysia on a boat with my great grandpa and grand uncle. But he was always happy, always with a big smile on his face, regardless good or bad times. Something that unluckily did not pass on to me haha...

This year, I went to Thailand (Koh Samui) again for my Christmas holidays. And it was on this island that I decided I should blog again.

In the past year, I've relatively achieved quite a bit in my food styling and photography journey. I've also managed to develop recipes for a multinational food company and styled and took photos for restaurants. This blog is going to continue with my journey in recipe development, food styling and photography.

I will however, take it easy, and post whenever I have the time and mood, as I've gotten busier with my new endeavours in food styling and photography. But cooking, will always remain a part of me, physically, mentally or spiritually.

Cooking...always heals.


wahlau said...

welcome back.

Tartelette said...

I have been following your photography on Flickr for a while and I don't know why I had never visited your blog before.
This post really touched me as my grandfather is 98 and I am living in the US right now while the whole family is in France. Whenever the phone rings I jump. My heart goes out to you.

Welcome back! Looking forward to spending more time here in 2009.

Thank you for your inspiring photography!

CY Phang said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought I should spend more time blogging again, since the past year has been crazy and I was still feeling upset every I logged on to the blog...

Yeah life is unpredictable, but at least if we have treated someone well..when he/she has to go, she has to go...Then we live no regrets...

You have a nice blog too...and hailing from Provence (as I've read), you're so lucky!