18 of 365 Days – “Ring out the Old, Ring in the New”


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I could think of no better way to welcome the New Year with – “Gratitude”

2017 serves as a chance for us to start anew. And instead of wallowing from all the misfortunes of the past, it is a great opportunity for us to appreciate and be grateful of the many blessings that was showered upon us during the previous years.

It has been 8 years of being far and away from home during the Holidays. And to ease all that longing I normally celebrate it here (Singapore) either with close friends and their families or with housemates. But this year it’s a bit different as there’s no celebration, I opted to stay at home in my room reflecting on the little moments that mattered in 2016. Grateful that I came out strong and never been this determined to be the

“Better Version of Myself.” 

As the clock strikes 12′ I looked outside my bedroom window, seeing a glimpse of Fireworks Display happening at MBS and I was able to record it. It was a Beautiful sight of Happiness from afar with a touch of a bit sadness and longing. All I hear was complete silence. I was imagining of how happy it would be if i’m with family amazed by this magnificent view. Instead of being depressed and emotional, I prayed and went to bed.


On the 1st day of January I went out and bought some stuffs for my Room Make Over. The following day I make use of my Holiday organizing, sorting, declutter and re-arranging my room. The result was Happy and fulfilling.

“Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New” – George Harrison

The previous year has been an eye opener for me. Years of undying procrastination – one day to the other.

  • I’ve wasted so many precious time of trying to find and figure out what’s my biggest passion in life is. And I’ve recently come up to a conclusion that I had an eye and love for “Photography”, one thing that was with me all along aside from Drawing a skill I didn’t manage to develop.
  • I needed to save up more for the future – to be able to buy my own house and as well as to set up a small business, a Food Cart or Coffee Shop 
  • I’ve been staying in Singapore since 2008 and I didn’t even think of applying for Permanent Residency.
  • I should get my personal Insurance Plan (Singapore)
  • I’m being short tempered lately; Patience and Tolerance were quite low.
  • In terms of health, I’ve been eating unhealthy food. I should continue cooking and bringing “packed lunch” to work.
  • I needed to visit the Dentist.
  • I should avoid on taking Cabs to work.
  • I should minimize my lateness and of falling sick.
  • I should exercise and lose those unwanted fats in my belly.
  • I should watch out my expenditures, recognizing where it’s going and start budgeting on food, transportation, etc
  • Spending more time with Family and Loved ones whenever there’s opportunity. Strengthen relationships with Family Members.
  • In terms of Spiritual, to devote a time for Church, Prayers, Repentance and Reflections from time-to-time.
  • Travel more.
  • Cross something off my bucket list. Don’t make excuses as to why I can’t accomplish something.
  • Conquer a fear.
  • Rid myself of enemies. Apologize for what I did wrong and forgive those who have wronged me.
  • Rid myself of “frenemies”
  • If you hate your job, quit your job.
  • Keeping a journal.  Documenting my experiences is incredibly important.

These were some of the resolutions I came up with that needs focus on improving this year. They say that it’s easier said than done; but there’s no harm in trying if it will benefit me in return. Our future would always lie on our Decisions and Actions.

One Article says: “The reason that resolutions fail is that people don’t put in enough effort to allow them to succeed. The things we resolve to change in our lives are generally the systematic failures in our lives. But even if we want to make a change, it is not easy to make systematic changes in our behavior. We have habits that gets in the way of achieving our goals. Have a “Positive Goal”. Most people also need to make realistic plans for what they want to change about themselves. There are days when you will succeed and others when you will fail. On the days you fail, treat that as an opportunity to learn about what to do in the future rather than as a reason to give up.”

I bid goodbye to my old self and say Hello to the new and better me.

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