Hello everyone. It’s about half an hour to a brand new year, new beginnings and new what-nots. Have you psyched yourself for the new year?
I haven’t really. I never have been able to. Yes I am already home before the clock strikes 12 and I don’t know if I will even be awake to say hi to the new year when the clock reads 12 midnight because I am already feeling sleepy and tired. It kind of makes me feel like it’s the Chinese new year instead of January 1, because on most years during new year’s eve I will be out somewhere with some friends drinking. It’s fun to be out with a bunch of people revelling in drinks and stuff, counting down to the new year together and wishing each one well. But well, I guess sometimes it’s good to do things differently or perhaps we all just change.
This year, I spent the day out as usual. Since it’s a Saturday, I was as usual out early for class in the morning, then went to meet a friend for brunch at Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery. After that I tried to do some shopping in town to also at the same time take advantage of the air-conditioned goodness of the malls but it got a bit too crowded and boring for me after a while so I went home for a little rest before heading out again for a movie. Caught the Matt Damon show “We Bought A Zoo” and I really quite enjoyed it even though I felt it was a tad slow and longer than its 123 minutes, then had a quiet dinner at Pronto by Al Dente.
I mentioned in a previous post how this year I’m really glad to say that I kind of fulfilled quite a number of the new year resolutions I set for myself, and going forward, in 2012 I will not be setting myself too many resolutions because I simply cannot think of too many things that I want to achieve. Of course there are still some but I don’t think I can list 10 this year.
Let’s just look at 2011. This year, I moved on from my job that was located in town for a job that is really inconveniently-located. Now I have to commute by bus to work, and it’s not a direct route, because it involves a change of bus and a further 10-minute walk. You’d think why I still decided to take on the job, well beats me. I still complain incessantly about my job because there are still flaws that I tend to pick on and also because I am never really content with anything. But still, I am thankful for this job that has let me travel to many places in the short 8 months that I have been with them, some cities which I have never been to and which on my own I doubt that I’d ever think of visiting. In 8 months, the job took me to Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Mexico City, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Delft. Let’s hope that the list will grow in 2012 but frankly I do feel the toil somedays from travelling. It really does take its toll on me even if I really enjoy travelling and have always wished for it to be a big part of my job. My dreams have now taken on a newer direction, and I will continue to work towards it if possible and let’s see if a miracle happens in 2012 that will take me onwards the path of my dreams.
When I think of giving thanks, I am always trying to learn to be appreciative of the people around me. I won’t profess to have a lot of friends but there are a number of them I keep close to my heart. Sometimes, due to my commitments locally and also the requirement to travel for work, I don’t get to meet up with them as often as I would have liked to, but I’m always grateful for them because they definitely help to make life an easier journey to get through. I know that friends are sometimes transient in nature. I have always felt that nobody sticks around forever but for those that stick around longer, thank you for being there. For those that have been there for a season or reason, thank you for being there before and probably one day when we cross paths again, we will still have fond memories of the past.
I didn’t stick to my original plan in 2011 to write more. I don’t know if I am or not because I don’t really keep track. But sometimes I’m encouraged if I know there are people reading what I’m spewing online. It’s like every writer’s dream for their words to be read, but this is not a blog with any specific focus; it’s but a recounting of events that occur in my mundane everyday life, occasionally peppered with some depressing thoughts of the author and pictures taken on-the-fly in Singapore or abroad. I love to write, and I love sharing photos of food I eat and the places I visit, but I don’t have any fixed direction where I want this to go. But still I write because it is a big part of me and it’s one of the little things that I enjoy. I guess sometimes we cannot be doing something we love and make a livelihood out of it; reality is reality and even in the midst of praying for a miracle we still need to be practical.
Nevertheless… I hope that 2012 will be a smashing year for everyone! May the new year bring lots of cheer, joy, prosperity and health for all of you. I hope to be able to travel to more places! Happy new year, and goodnight!