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Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Turning Glissando

"Cuz since I was a youngster I came to know that you was the only way to go. So I had to grow and come to an understanding that I'm down with the King so now I'm demanding that you tell me who you down with, see? Cause' all I know is that I'm down with G-O-D."
Joyful, Joyful (feat. Lauryn Hill, Ryan Toby, Devin Kamin & Ron Johnson) - The St. Francis Choir
(From the soundtrack of Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit)

In the midst of the post SPM bliss, it is once again the time for me to say goodbye to yet another fantastic year. 2009 is ending so soon, and I am going to miss it.

But I'm not gonna sulk and reminisce like what I did 365 days ago. Instead, I can't wait.

I have pretty much lost and gained much in this year, but I decide not to look back on the year, but on the entire decade.

10 years ago today at this time, I was at the St. Ignatius Chapel in Sungai Way getting really restless at the priest's sermon. I wasn't even half as faithful as I am today. I was pretty much still a cradle Catholic. The passing of the 20th Century wasn't as exciting as anticipated.

9 years ago, it was pretty much the same. I was 8 and living in the first year of he 21st century. It didn't feel that special or unique, probably because I was too naive and immature to understand the time frame.

8 years ago, I was in a different school and trying to cope with life there. It was totally new and I was just about to kiss afternoon sessions goodbye for good.

7 years ago, I was breaking under the pressure of living in an environment of people who made life difficult for you for totally no reason, and people started telling me that I had a beautiful voice, which I ignored.

6 years ago, I jumped ship from a government-school to a private institution in Shah Alam. Again, everything was different. I joined a choir and it was a bumpy start that smoothened out pretty fast.

5 years ago, the pressure of UPSR, the first public exam in my life was on, but I was still living in my couldn't-care-less self that is still rubbing off on me today.

4 years ago, a whole new world opened to me. Secondary education was the pits where I was because I was caged up without a chance to shine, and I thought that's how life should be.

3 years ago, I couldn't take the cage anymore and I shifted my talents over to Sri Nobel. I breathed a sigh of relief and was happy for a while until my bad habits started coming back.

2 years ago, I witnessed the passing of a family member for the second time in my life. My grandmother went to rest with Jesus and it was a traumatic and sad time for me. It was also the worst year of my life considering all the mishaps and the haphazard management of my school.

1 year ago, I was sealed with the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation. I took on the name of Jude-Valentine and never looked back at that. I was also brought into another point in my life that showed me hope in everything I do. It was THE life changing year for me. The year that I truly saw the light.


I have made a stand to reach for my stars and follow my dreams, and I am not going to let anything get in my way of that. I also stood in the shoes of the youth of all Petaling Jaya to make this city a better and safer one. I turned from my old unpatriotic self to someone who appreciates what there is to be thankful for in this country, and I also changed my attitude and views towards life because there's really, really something to live for. You'll find it someday, because I've found mine. It's really better late than never.

So goodbye 2009 and hello 2010! Let's see what you've got in store for me!

To all my readers, wherever you are,


This is Daniel Jeyachristi Jude-Valentine Anthony signing off for the last time of the first decade of the 21st Century!


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