Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 IN A LIST

I actually intended to write a legit post but damn that would've been wordy and lengthy.
So hey why not just make a list?

In chronological order (well the best I remember it), I present to you a list of my 2014.

  • Rode an ATV (that's an acronym for All Terrain Vehicle)
  • Backpacked solo to Indonesia (Padang - Sawah Lunto - Sijunjung - Bukit Tinggi - Padang)
  • Couchsurfed for the first time.
  • Started dating
  • Stayed in backpacker hostels for the first time. (Hostels in Indonesia are crap, hostels in Laos are good.)
  • Ventured to Chinatown, Pasar Seni, and Little India.
  • Mission trip to the Phillippines (Manila - Palawan - Manila)
  • Moved out on my own for 3 months.
  • Got a tattoo (on my back)
  • Slept in airports (thrice)
  • Backpacked solo to Laos (Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Vientiane)
  • Got a second tattoo (on my ribs)
  • Got a freelance writing job.
  • Got a fulltime marketing job within the fitness industry.
  • Got my damn driving license (yes I know I'm late)
  • Promptly got into 3 accidents (nothing major) and 1 parking ticket within the first month of driving. 
  • Participated in a charity fitness fundraiser collaboration between District 13 CrossFit and Epic Homes. 
  • Turned 22.
  • Realized how much my younger, unemployed self took time and sleep for granted. 
  • Surgically removed both my bottom wisdom teeth.
  • Found a life mentor. 
  • Started questioning (interrogating?) deeply my life beliefs and principles.
  • Current lift PRs : Deadlift - 95kgs, Back squat - 75kgs, Clean - 50kgs, Clean and Jerk - 50kgs, Snatch - 35kgs, OVH squat - 35kgs.
  • Finally succeeded at double unders and pull ups. 
  • Realized that I am incredibly blessed by the company of people around me.

So.. that pretty much sums it up.

Happy New Year 2015!

Friday, December 26, 2014


To date, most of my Christmas celebrations have always been pretty predictable and pleasant.

Pleasingly palatable, but nothing juicy or tantalizing.
Until this year.

The first party was at a family friend's mansion. Every year they pull out all the stops to put out a grand do and this year was no different. I spent most of my time there catching up with a friend who moved to Singapore a few years ago.

After that, I moved on to the next. The second party was when it got interesting. While I do enjoy the odd glass of bubbly, I'm not much of a drinker and after last night I'm even more certain that I'll never be.

Innocent chatter turned into cheery (but still innocent) singing turned into raucous bawling at the top of our lungs (Frozen's 'Let It Go', anyone?). I watched amusedly as the party spiralled into drunk delirium - intoxicated makeouts, no-holds-barred dance offs, bouts of giggling at nothing and everything, lap-grinding moves. 

Alas, what goes up must come down. Face first in the toiletbowl. Vomit spattered everywhere. Me holding back my friend's hair as she 'Let It Go' in the bin. (Okay, that was a bad joke). At the end of the night, the few sober souls remaining gathered up the incoherent merrymakers and bundled them home safe and sound.

Merry Christmas indeed.
And a Happy New Year ahead!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Over the past few days, certain questions have been on repeat in my head. 

   Do I really know what I want out of life at all?

There are some beliefs I held dear in the past, which I now consider to be of lesser importance, irrelevant even. I believe everyone can identify - losing interest in a hobby, getting bored with a routine, falling out of love with a person, etc. 

While some people may say it is fickle or unprincipled to chuck them, I think that there is no loss in receiving different insights, evaluating and weighing them up to your own, and developing new ideas and perspectives than to stubbornly and blindly hold on to stale old views all because one is unwilling to be challenged. You either hold your ground by delving deeper and gaining a better understanding of why you believe in what you do, or jump ship. 

Yes, there are certain goals I have set my sights on. I cannot say for sure that they will be the same in 10, 5, or even 2 years - after all, change is inevitable. I as a person am still evolving, hence my wants and desires shift and shape as I do. Though I do not know if I will still want these things in the future, working to accomplish something (anything really) keeps me in constant motion and on my toes.

   Am I happy? 

I am pretty thankful to be where I am in terms of work, relationships, fitness, and writing. I consider myself incredibly blessed to have a career within to the fitness industry, to be surrounded by amazing mentors and peers, to have a capable and healthy body, to have so much creative liberty as a freelance writer. 

Happiness is a state of mind ; choosing to be appreciative and grateful for the good that you have despite all the other numerous not-so-nice things that are part and parcel of life as well. Happiness is a constant never ending road trip where there is always one destination after another. Happiness is being contented without ever getting complacent. Happiness is being thankful for the past, being able to revel in the present, and being able to eagerly anticipate the future without fear.

Yes. Yes, I am happy. 
Undoubtedly and assuredly so.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


" I want to be a pastor when I grow up. I love people and want to spread God's love to them. "

He was zealously telling me about his involvement in church and recent mission trips. 

Just then, another guy wearing a tight ripped tee walked in and started warming up nearby. My company looked over, then smirked.

" Gay. Man, that's just so gay. "