Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Day I Say Goodbye to 2007 & Make Wishes for 2008

I know this came one day late, but I've planned to do this beforehand, so I'm gonna do it anyway. This year has been a hell of a ride. I've been all the way up and I've also fallen all the way down. But life's like that. Nobody enjoys status quo; Change is necessary.

1. Becoming a Full-Time National Serviceman


It was one of the defining moments of my life. From the moment my head was shaved, I was branded to be of age and loaded with the responsibility that every adultolescent male in Singapore has carried since the conception of the Army 40 years ago. I've never experienced such a myriad of emotions ranging from incredible loneliness to indescribable fulfillment within the short span of a year in my 19 years of existence. I've carried a friend on my back, willingly allowed people to stick needles into me (vice versa), and jumped from an airplane that's 1000 feet in the air. I hope that the coming year would also be filled with such expriences that allows me to reminisce about for life.

2. Diagnosed With A Possibly Life Threatening Disease


I was diagnosed with hyperlipidimia in late August and my life took a huge turn because of that. I never felt more vulnerable and useless in my life. It was then that I realized that health was truly the most important thing anybody could ask for in this life. Deciding to look at it optimistically, I changed my diet and everything started to look more positive for me. Remember, what you eat determines how long you live. So choose wisely.

3. Tried Out Something That I've Always Wanted To


I started Dragon Boating this year and it has been nothing short of amazing. I've always wanted to try it but never have actively sought out a team to join. Now I have. It seemed almost idiot-proof initially, but when I actually got down to rowing, I realized that it's more that just dip and heave. Technique, power and team-camaraderie are crucial points in the sport. I'm really enjoying it. Can't wait for my first race. As for the five rowers lost recently in Cambodia, my condolences to their friends and family as I know your loss came suddenly and tragically. They will live on in the spirit of the sport.

4. My First Whirlwind Romance


It was unexpected.
It was mutual.
It was enjoyable.
It was memorable.
It was heartbreaking.
I never thought that such a thing would ever happen to me, but it did. If you're reading this, thanks for everything that we've had. It was so special. Even though it did not work out the way I'd desired, it was an experience that I will cherish and remember for life.


The New Year has come and it is time to say goodbye to 2007. It was great while it lasted. In 2008, I have some things that I wish to be able to fulfill. So here goes:

1. End my stint in the Army peacefully
2. Apply successfully to my desired College
3. Eat well, sleep well
4. Work out consistently and conscientiously
5. Record new songs
6. Save enough to backpack at the end of the year
7. To be a responsible Sunday School teacher
8. Win a Dragon Boat race
9. Learn the guitar
10. To perform on stage again

To all my friends, I'll try to update my blog more frequently. Many apologies for my lack of posts in December. To everyone, thanks for being there for me in 2007. Have an eventful and memorable 2008!

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