Prelude to the Year In Review

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

It’s time for another year in review *claps*, I have always loved to do this since it covers the past year and presents new goals for the new year. I wasn’t too sure on what kind of approach I would be going for this year, so I did some research on this old blog and shall list in down clearly (to my surprise I actually done 1 for 2009 which was the year I started this blog!). For 2014, I shall do it in a more special way, by dividing it into 2 posts (which means I need to think of 2 post titles ughhhh =.=”). I will cover a bit of the 2014 review here as I do not want to plop one whole bunch of words into 1 post. To start off, here’s a review of the yearly reviews I did so far (what a bad pun LOL):

2009: I did a recap in the format of lessons that the year had though me, using different months as pointers of what I learnt during that time of the year. Personally, I liked this style a lot, but the usage of month gives you a sort of a mental block since you make yourself think that the things that happen must occur in different months to be written down. Content-wise, this has got to be one of the more forgettable ones LOL, the level of maturity… I blame it on puberty. I also had a list of new year resolutions, not too many and really simple.

2010: I separated my resolutions and my review for the previous year of resolutions into different posts, both were really simple and straightforward. The resolutions I made for that year were not very meaningful and more of me trying to set resolutions just for the sake of setting resolutions. 

2011: Some trends can be observed on the kind/type of resolutions I made, while the level of maturity is getting higher. For that year I was in J2, which a lot of things happened to be, so I could tell that my mindset/principles/attitude changed, definitely for the better. The resolutions made that year were much detailed and more meaningful, and even though I didn’t really follow them all, I was heading in the correct direction. By the way, oops I didn’t even check back on my resolutions for the previous year lol!

2012: I have no idea how I got the inspiration for this one. Since I was engulfed by academics in the form of A Levels the year before, I didn’t think much and was glad to attain freedom. Perhaps because I wasn’t in school anymore and was moving onto the ‘army boy’ phase, there wasn’t a basis for any resolutions to be set, so I didn’t need much change and hoped everything stayed the way it was. You could tell the fanboy in me during that time was strong, as seen by the number of SNSD references I made. Oops again no review, but that didn’t really matter since most of it was revolved around the As and when it was over, so were them.

2013: Another K-reference: this time I used my favorite drama for the year. It was somehow like the one I did for 2009, but I focused on a specific date for each incident. 2012 was probably one of the worst years for me, since quite a lot of shit happened mid-year and the bounce back up was very slow. I did list a few of the resolutions for the year (which I will review, I promise!!!) , and content wise it’s pretty much similar to the previous years. The D-Day concept… I found it just alright but not that impressive. It worked okay for 2012 since there were a number of major events which I could pin-point exactly. There is really zero things that I could pinpoint out for 2013, so this D-day thingy is a total no go for this year. And again somehow I did fanboy a little at the end.

These were the resolutions I posted for 2013, so without any more delay, let’s check it out:

1) Maintain SILVER for IPPT
2) Run more to achieve the following targets – 52:00 for 10km, 1:55 for 21km, and lastly complete in any way a full marathon (even if I have to crawl my way to the finish line LOL)
3) Focus and study more of my Korean (no more procrastinating)
4) Post more in this WordPress, and revamp the whole thing if I am able to find the time.
5) Go out more often and waddle less at home on my bed with my laptop  (I need to have a better social life .__.”)
6) Get my driver’s license and drive my family out (so that my mom does not need to drive me all the time .__.””)
7) Improve myself as a person overall throughout the year 2013

So the only one which I really accomplished was the one regarding my driving, and I did achieve much more, having both my civilian and military driving license, so *pats myself on the back*. The ones regarding fitness, as the year progressed it sadly totally went down the drain. This is one resolution which I would still like to keep, but I’ll make adjustments to make it more realistic and feasible. I have mentioned many time regarding my Korean, but somehow after not going for structured lessons, it also went down the drain. Posting more here… I did a count for posts for the past 2 years: 2013 – 12, 2012 – 13. So I didn’t post more, but I didn’t post less, which I think it’s good enough here. The other ones are the questionable ones again, since they are quite general. Yes, I did make some effort to go out more often but not by much, and improvement as a person, I didn’t face anything new (since I was stuck in army for this entire year), so nothing much. Just a simple review, and outcome: I would say I did an okay job!

After much dissecting of previous posts, I still do not have an exact clear picture of what I want to do for this year, but I have pointed out a few things to improve the resolutions that I will make for the year. So some guidelines for myself: Make it feasible, make it more specific, and have an alternate plan for some since I may not have time to achieve them. It’s not necessary to come up with new ones, which year after year, there have been repetitions. What do I do with them, do I give it up or persist on it? Follow the above guidelines and make the right judgement. I would also like to touch more for the year onwards, as just listing some resolutions may not be adequate to really do a good ‘resolution’. Okay this may not make sense (and maybe it really doesn’t), but that’s not the main point. Posts-wise, 2013 I have been more carefree and just reporting on daily activities, rather than limiting to a specific event and making it a must to extract some life lessons out of it, so there has been more ideas for me to play around, which makes posting here that much more fun! This, I might say, is a reflection of what the year was for me, just me being more open-minded, even if it was only by a small amount. Considering all of the above mentioned, I will try to craft out one more year in review with my own unique style. Just expect some Korean reference and add-ons! 😛


Even Taeyeon has something to look forward to for 2014!



BONUS: Song which was stuck on my playlist during the end of 2013, such a relaxing and bubbly song!


The D-Days of 2012

I never did my yearly review and reflections in a specific way. The 1st 2 years I did it by listing my new year’s resolutions, while for last year, I just recapped on what made my year happy. This WordPress has really come a long way, and at this generation who can proudly say that they have kept to 1 blogging platform for such a long period of time! I was always thinking how I wrapped out my year in a post, and so I decided to end it this way, inspired by a K-drama which I recently watched and loved, Reply 1997! During 1 episode (if I recall it was Episode 7 or 8 where all the main took their final exams), there was this mention about D-Days, which gave me the idea for this post.


Hands down my top K-drama for 2012!

Kim Yuna lived on the ice rink 12 years for four minutes and 10 seconds at the Olympics. For this test, we waited, ran, and prepared for 12 years. August 18, 1998. Our D-Day was passing by like that.

You could say that the ultimate D-Day of my life have already past in 2011 when I took my A Level examinations, 12 years of studying down to those few hours worth of papers (but I don’t want to touch on that subject anymore). But other than the major exams, everyone of us had our own D-Days in our own lives, big or small. 2012 was quite a mixed year for me, many good and bad things have happened to me. It didn’t felt as fast as 2011, as the days at Tekong passed really slowly. This year has been an emotional roller coaster, but although it may sound bad, it has thought me to appreciate the small moments in my life and the life lessons which i can learn from them. (Again, they may sound repetitive, so I’ll try my best to make it sound nicer.)

March 2 2012… The day all 18-year old JC students were waiting for, getting back their A-level results. Although the constant thought about it wouldn’t change the results, the small possibility of flunking was still up there. I knew that I was going to do alright since I mugged like crazy for the past year, but how well? I didn’t really expect such good results, but it was a testament of how hard I worked for. Like I said, there wasn’t much to worry. My first choice course was going to be Maths, which doesn’t require that excellent grades. It was more about the worry that if the grade were lousy, my future would be jeopardized as I could not get a good job and would lead to a snowball effect. Of course, having scored so well felt great, but even if I was to do badly, the me today and the me before would still be the same. Life waits for no one, life goes on. Does that piece of paper means that I would be made for life in the future? No, it merely opened up many paths for me, but in every path I still would have to work hard to reach the end-point. Okay I already talked about regarding this on my previous posts and  I hate harping on the topic of studies, so moving on…

March 6 2012… The day which I knew was coming sooner or later but never wished would happened. After receiving my results just a few days ago, in an early Tuesday morning I took the bus and boat to Tekong and only to come back 3 weeks after going through confinement. In a flash, I was now in the army, wearing green for the next 2 years. I never knew how it was going to be like in there, so I was expecting many cultural shocks going there. Turns out army wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but nonetheless the transition to military life was hard. I never really treasured my civillian life until then, and now I just want my pink IC back and want to have nothing to do with the army (14 months to go c’mon rawr!). No one likes any changes in their lives, but every Singaporean guy got forced into this shithole. I made many friendships on that island as well, and although we only spent 4 months together, imagine 5 days a week where we go through shit together, and slack together in our small bunk, along with the nightly HTHT. And during that period of time, book outs felt the best as you really appreciate the things around you. Now, every book in and book out feels like a vicious cycle, and every weekend burned is a super burden to our more and more uneventful time outside in civilization. During our recruit times, it was like a must to do something eventful during every book out before going back in but now, it’s like a part of life and you just get used to it. Life as a recruit went on for 4 months, with training week after week and finally, we were ready to march the hellish 24km down to the Marina Platform.

July 9 2012… The day where we turned into “men”. I don’t really believe in any of the army shit where we defend the country etc, but at last we’re getting out of the shitty island. There was this sense of pride marching into the Marina Platform, but now I think of it, it’s like “Meh, whatever… it was just the start of a shitty 2 years in NS”. If they really wanted to help us “celebrate”, they wouldn’t make us suffer and let us march 24km carrying a shitload of stuff. Hell just call some buses for us to the platform and let us do our parade. Putting aside the pain we suffered, overall the parade was okay, but after which I was just tired and smelly. The block leave after that for me was a little waste as compared to the leave I was enjoying last week, as half of the time I was lying on my bed resting my poor feet and legs. So what have I learnt about the army? Yeap it’s stupid LOL (sorry for being so anti-SAF, but I think most Singaporean guys think this way). There are some life lessons learnt through my journey as a recruit and my time serving in the army which I will take back, and I think by the time I got back my pink IC, I would have matured much more and become a better person. I could have gone through another period of being a cadet if I had gone to OCS/SCS, but I don’t think I would make it through another 6/9 months of just suck thumb and do blindly things as instructed. But I shall just take life as it goes, I could have been in much worse places so I shall be contented with what I have!

July 14 2012… Okay this may sound like a random date but to me, it’s something significant. No one except for one would have an idea on what happened during this day, but it was a start of yet another lesson of self-discovery. On this day, I did something which I never, ever would have thought of doing, and just thinking about it makes me feel oh so freaking embarrassed *hides under blanket*. It was a big step forward in my life, and with all the dust finally setting down, with a composed mindset I can finally talked about this topic more comfortably. Of course there are many questions I ask myself when I look back into this: Should I have done it differently? Should I have even done it at all in the first place? How would it have been if I done it at a later date? But what’s done is done, you cannot change the past. Now after going through all of that, I feel like a big rock was lifted off of me. It just wasn’t meant to be and I was too simple-minded to think that all would work out smoothly. Okay I shall elaborate on this topic in another post, but overall, since it turned out to be like this, just take it as a lesson in life and move on. I’m too young to let this thing put me down, and there are still many chances out there and perhaps the one who would be the right one for me would come at the correct time.

October 21 2012… The day I tested my physical limits. You never know how capable you are if you don’t try, so I decided to try out a 10km run to see if I could achieve finishing that distance. Although the run was a total killer to the legs, it felt extremely good to finish it, especially to finish it under an hour during your first try. Seeing my age group, there were many younger guys who ran faster than me, but to me it’s a personal thing which I wanted to try and see for myself if I could really do it, so the position didn’t matter. At this age, it seems like you need to be good at something if you enjoy it; for example if you enjoy soccer you would naturally be good at it. However, running to me isn’t something where I must be the best, it’s more of a personal challenge which I set to myself. After the last dash, I myself realize there’s a bit more in myself than I think, and that comes when you really push yourself. Of course timing is important as an indication to whether you’re improving, but I have really enjoyed the process of myself running. Now I feel much fitter, and it has indirectly monstrously helped my 2.4 timing as well even though I have been running much longer distance. The decision to start running has benefitted myself immensely and now with regular runs, it has keep my body in good shape since some of the long-distance runs which I do cancels out the pigging out of buffets and high-calorie snacks during the weekends.

There are some things that I would have loved to touched on for this year-in review, but I would just cover the more important ones which have made an considerable impact on my 2012. So I realized I never did a new year’s resolution list last year, so I’ll end this post with a few simple things in mind which I hope to achieve in 2013.

1) Maintain SILVER for IPPT

2) Run more to achieve the following targets – 52:00 for 10km, 1:55 for 21km, and lastly complete in any way a full marathon (even if I have to crawl my way to the finish line LOL)

3) Focus and study more of my Korean (no more procrastinating)

4) Post more in this WordPress, and revamp the whole thing if I am able to find the time.

5) Go out more often and waddle less at home on my bed with my laptop  (I need to have a better social life .__.”)

6) Get my driver’s license and drive my family out (so that my mom does not need to drive me all the time .__.””)

7) Improve myself as a person overall throughout the year 2013

Okay 7 things for this year. Kept it much more simple as compared to my previous resolutions and many things can fall under number 7. So that’s a wrap for 2012. Thanks for the memories and roller-coaster ride, and 2013 is going to move like a coal-powered train from the 70s, slowly given the miserable status that I’m under now (le NSF), but shall not wallow in pity because every other guy has gone through this stage at 1 point of his life, so in a flash I would have 2 months left to ORD and I can start to countdown from there. Until March 5 2014 aka ORD date comes, just take life simply as it goes and may I fill 2013 with many happy and memorable moments! :))

OFF-TOPIC: SNSD’s I Got A Boy comeback stage is absolutely awesome DAEBAK!!! Everything from the singing to the dance is super polished and during the live performances the girls are just brilliant. *fanboy mode back on* (rapes replay button~)


Right now, it’s Girl’s Generation!!!