And good riddance too, I might add.
2005 has been a positively bizarre roller-coaster ride for me. Up and down, up and down, up and down, much like the rickety Lethal Weapon ride I took while in Movie World at Brisbane, Australia. It felt as if I will always be the source of things that are opposite to serene. There was a point in time when my life was going swimmingly well and I actually stopped and thought to myself, “Gee, this is too good to be true. I have nothing to complain about, nothing!” And well, before I knew it, the ride began again. I am a clairvoyant, I tell you.
Here are some highlights of my life thus far, in this year.
Worked up my courage, aided by Jiahui, to go for my wisdom teeth extraction operation, just a week before my birthday. Ended up looking like a very square-jawed
cheekchipmunk, very ugly indeed.
Officially signed a pact with he-who-is-my-boyfriend to encourage him to lose weight. If he loses 15kg before his next birthday in March, I would have to fly him to somewhere around the region on a budget airline ticket (my suggestion for this scenario: from JB to KL). If he fails, he would have to do likewise for me (my suggestion for this scenario: Australia, Vietnam, Bangkok, Hong Kong). On this last day of 2005, he has another 8kg to go before the bet concludes in exactly three months’ time, heh heh heh.
In the name of work, I took to the skies, flying to Sin City, Las Vegas. To my regret and disappointment, that also proved to be my last with the company, as it announced its decision to close all its publishing operations in Singapore.
Out of a desire to leave that blasted company, I went for an interview with one of Singapore’s biggest media company and came away astonished at its miserly ways. The London bombing threw the rest of the world into panic but at the same time, revealed a side of us that proved to be more resilient and strong-willed that we had ever expected. Terrorists shall not rule our hearts and minds with fear.
Victoria Chorale held our annual concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall and while it was well-received, I still wished we could have done better and more. Let’s stop being complacent singers and work for the World Choir Games in Xiamen in 2006!
Despite seeing my work published on the WWW, my restlessness only grew in leaps and bounds. I doubted myself and questioned my sanity. Wrong. I shall resolve to learn from my mistakes but never to question my own abilities.
I went on a week long journey to Cambodia, which kickstarted the change in my mindset. I loved Siem Reap, from its dusty roads to the wondrous sights of Angkor Wat to the beautiful children. I didn’t want to come back to Singapore, I didn’t want the bubble to burst.
I am brimming with positivity and optimism for 2006. It’s true that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. I have changed and I believe that I will be a happier and stronger person than before.
And so ends 2005. Farewell, 2005, you have been really full of excitement for us this year. Hello 2006! I have high expectations for you and you had better not let me down.
here’s wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead, with plenty of laugher, joy and faith!