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I have a morning routine. First thing in the morning, toilet time then chunking down a mouthful of water, or a glass. Then, get back to bed, reach out to my big ass mobile. As usual, scrolling on whatsapp replies, checking out instagram uploads, viewing Facebook updates and reading twitter feeds.
Today's twitter feeds are filled with CNN and BBC breaking news. I see live tweets on Boston's marathon explosion. All celebrities I'm stalking following retweeting news, messages, links of videos, help and prayers. I checked the stock market. Dows down 265.86 points. That's 1.8% . Big deal. Then I realize, why am I checking on stock market when tragedy is happening.
I begin thinking~ Oh god, of all places to attack.. Why near the finish line of a marathon? Do they have any idea of the crowd? Family members, children will be at the finishing, waiting for their runners. One 8yo boy dead while running to hug his daddy when he saw him finishing. Many children badly wounded. Many victims losses part of their body, and some... their soul. I never do the "pray for Boston" thing like many did over the social network. Although I silently chant amitabha.
Then, a Facebook status caught my eye. "Today, Boston explosion took 3 lives and many injured. Anyone happen to know 53 lives were taken from 5 car bombing in Iraq last Friday?" (I rephrased) True isn't it? Why is explosion in Boston catching more attention and heart of the world than the one happened in Iraq? In fact, when there's tragedy, everyone feel bad. Perhaps it's about the expectation. If it happens in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, people expect riot, chaos, unatable, bombing, even death of innocent lives. However, people do not expected that in developed country. People like myself do not expect bombing at marathon. People do not simply do not expect death.
I haven't watch any footage or interviews of the victims at scene. It is already painful by reading the news feed. I don't have to see it myself to feel worst. All I did was posting "If any of you happen to be in Boston, please visit your nearest Redcross station and donate some blood. Please do something. " That's all. It's seriously bullshit to say or tweet or post message of "pray for Boston". How many of those who posted will actually do it? One will do it without having to claim he pray for the victims and Boston publicly. I don't really pray, sorry but I just don't. But there are moments I deeply, sincerely feel sad and sorry for what had happened.
Today ended with 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked border of Iran and Pakistan. Death toll reaches 75 as I blog. Government expecting hundreds of dead. On side note, a magnitude 6.7 hit Iran just 6 days ago, claiming over 30 lives. To be frank, we are all helpless. Isn't it? Lives are taken everyday, every hour, every minutes and there's nothing you can do to stop it. You just can't. Amitabha.
Little things in my mobile phone..
Billy's 25th surprise! Flew back in the evening, took a nap, then went over to surprise him when the clock hit twelve midnight. Everyone's here! It's been a while.
Our 11th years together
With our new friend, Ive and Eric. Both diver too! On our way to Tap Mun.
Eric took this group photo using his GoPro Hero 3. 8 of us 2D1N camping at Tap Mun.
Wonder what are we doing? We played the old school game, water balloons!
Reluctant to post this but.. Oh well, something we did for Miss Koe 's birthday.
Finally tried the Coco Curry House nearby my workplace. It's Japanese curry. Love their appetizers and dessert. And love that They offer to discount if you requested for less rice. That's good cause as much as I don't like to, I
always often have something left in my plate.
Mr M and myself .
Another day, we tried the new ramen house. Not bad. Quite enjoy the collagen dry ramen I ordered. Apparently it's very famous and welcomed buy the OL in Tokyo. I would say.. everything with collagen in it will get famous :p
I'm glad that two of my favorite person get along very well. They went Thai massage while I went for some hair refreshment.
Lastly, myself in front of the fitting room waiting for Mr. M
I am well aware of that...
Haven't been productive?
Anyway I needed some time to figure it out. Setting little goals. Furthermore, renovation and picking tiles, home appliances etc. definitely used up my patients to sit tight and blog. So, this took a while.
On side note, it's not for any of you who somehow come across my blog.. it's for my own record isn't it?
Here they are! My 2013 To-do list:
1. Move in by end of May
2. Pick up yoga/ pilates
3. Read at least 3 book
4. Plan well (financially)
5. Travel to a new place
6. Dine in more
7. Learn a language
8. Achievement at work
"Wherever you are, be home for new year", says Papa for the past 15 years.
Chinese new year is greatly celebrated by the Chinese, I personally think (and supported by many) especially the Malaysian. We keep the tradition. And I'm sure we will pass it on. In comparison to those I met in Hong Kong or my colleagues from the PRC, I deeply feel the festive mode from my fellows Malaysian. As for myself, I couldn't wait to be home for CNY!
Its different now that grandma left. It's our second CNY without her. Anyway, life goes on. Her spirit and love will.be with us, always.
Lastly, Wishing all a happy, healthy, prosperous and blissful year fill with many laughter and appreciation.
Oh. It's been a very long while. Anyway, I just haven't got the time to blog. Haven't got time to list my 2013 to-do list too.
January went by. And now, February ends. Not much happen but definitely too lazy to go through with words. Lets just do those prior CNY. Keeping it simple, just pictures and captions.
In early February '13... I went Sipadan, divers heaven with Roy, Louis and KC. Love the place so much I'm definitely going back!
Flew to Sipadan from some awesome dive trips.
Sipadan Water Village Resort, Sabah. Love it!
Dive buddies - Irene, Sen, Serene, Naito -san, Louis, K.C., Roy and our dive master, Valentine!
Closest and prettiest Nemo Fish picture ever with my Olympus XZ-1
Great self-dive experience
Surprise birthday celebration! HAPPY 25th my dearest
Mandarin fish! Super cute. Self dive to Paradise 1 only to find it and take pictures of it.
So many sea turtle around you don't even have to look for it.
Saw many frog fish. This is in orange (obviously). Met some white, yellow and green ones too.
Puffer fish not puffing. Spent so much time frightening it, hoping it will puff up but it didn't.
Swimming with or across a pool of fishes are always fun. Of course not barracuda!
A lot of reef shark and white tip shark around. Not in luck for hammer shark though. Maybe next time!
Angry squid from our night dive.
Sunbathing at our own deck with a can or two of 100plus.
You barely recognize anyone under water.. Maybe through his or her gear? or silly move...
At Sipadan Island. After paying entry fees,.everyone must register. The protection is necessary. Btw, only 120 people allowed per day.
I enjoyed every moment here. The dive experience, the sunset... of course,.this is all because of my most amazing companion, Mr M.
We just Love diving. 15 dives in 5D4N
Remember earlier this year, I've listed my 2012 goals?
Well, maybe I should check on it before I start making another list.
Goal 1. Learn how to bake.
Except the Itoya Japanese Cheesecake baked. I never learn anything new. This is bad. There are lots of excuses.
Goal 2. Continuing with my fitness plan and trying to lose some weight.
Status: Success and Fail.
I haven't lost a pound in scale. However, I seem to lose some. My arse and tights are smaller. My tummy is flatter. My arms are still flabby though. More hardwork needed I guess.
Goal 3. Budgeting and save money.
Roy and I have our own home now! Although parents helped a lot for first installment, but we got our mortgage loan approved. So, financially independent. Paying bills and now loans.
Goal 4. Read twelve books before 31 December 2012
Honestly, fail big time. Most of my time spent at work, sports and catching up dramas. I have not make time for books. Not proud of that but... well, I won't give up on this goal !
Goal 5. More dive trips
It is really hard make time for dives. Dive trips normally require 5 days at min. Our maximum holiday break is 4 days. Furthermore, with new commitment, I have to be smart in handling our account from now. So, perhaps once a year ?
Goal 6. Photo project
I have more than 365 pictures. At least one per day.
Goal 7. Be more creative with love and happy thoughts
Well, again, I bought a book but haven't write a single word in it. There are lots of love, growth, happy and positive surrounding. Too much that it's not easy to keep track of. Perhaps I should think of another way. Something similar? Or try it again next year. Never too late, right?
So, I guess overall I failed. Never mind. Let's do it again, next year!
Few more days till we say good bye, 2012. Despite the ridiculous world-end joke and countless of lives taken by natural disaster and some by corrupted monster. It has been good to me. I just looked back my photos from 2012 and some little notes I've been writing througout the year. It's all quite beautiful. Sometimes you don't realize how much you've done and what happened in a year until it's all over!
So let's do a little recap. Mostly for myself, really.
Roy and I rang in the new year in Taiwan, which included good food from local restaurant to night markets, and comfortable stay at Taipei, Beitou and Taoyuan.
Shortly afterwards, I celebrate my forever-21 birthday with closest friends (seemingly my only crowd too) in Hong Kong. With most delicious cheesecake cake, hometown favourite's bah-kut-teh and homemade party food.
That same month, Roy and I went home for Chinese New Year. The first Chinese New Year without granny. Prayed. Missed. Smiled.
Travel to Chiangmai, Chiangrai, Laos, Myanmar and Bangkok with Roy, his sister and father in February.
Start working with Roy's father in March. A motor manufactory. Office based in Hong Kong. Department? International trade and development. Job title? Business Development Manager. Job description? Mostly acting as a translator, then, some sales operation, handling customer inquiry and follow up, and production organizer.
April, my first business trip to Taipei.time 3D2N , Taipei, Taichung and Taoyuan.
Stay up all night for the Champion League Finals in May with the boys, mahjongs, blackjack, poker, boardgame and lots of snacks.
Another business trip in June, to Japan! Excited. I haven't been to Japan since 1995. So , business or not, busy or not, it's still a great trip. 4days 3nights in Tokyo. Shibuya, Shinjuku, Odaiba, Asakusa; Sushi, sashimi, crepe, ice cream, ramen, bento; even went hot-spring at Ooedoonsen!
A lot happen between July and August...
Visit Sophia and spend time catching up with her mother after months.
Applied to study law and accepted by HKU.
Girlfriend, Claudia finally came for few days.
Completed our probationary period. Having my very own work station.
Exploring different summer activity such as Kayaking...
and clam fetching
Then, September. Marked the fifth year. 1827days together. Not long, but definitely not short.
Travel month - October... I went Taipei and Taichung with Roy and my parents. Then to Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto with Roy.
November, big month! Most important of year 2012. Roy and I bought a place of our own. A place we proudly call "our home". Although it means years of loan repayment and certainly one of the biggest commitment, but we are truly happy. We are very blessed, to have supportive family, to have good luck in property hunting, to have the bank approved our mortage loan. Thank you.
Flew to Wuhan with Roy and his mother to visit her family, relatives. Great luck to have experienced first snow on Christmas night.
Hello from Wuhan! Just a short post.
I'm at the airport waiting to board . Heading back to Hong Kong after 4 days here. Well, it's a 3day3night trip to be exact. Relatives are very welcoming as usual. New home at Dong Hu (East Lake) is big. 2600sqm on 26 floor. However , the environment is bad. Still developing. Perhaps it need another 5 years to be fully developed. Basically eat, badminton, eat, talk, sleep are all we did. Weather is bearably cold. We have first snow on Christmas night! And right now outside the boarding gate as I blog. Not the first time I see snow or snowing ... but you know.. it's always excite me.
Anyway, Happy boxing day! xoxo
Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut, Newtown, shootings. These are words "trending" over the world. Children lives taken by a mentally ill with a gun. Over 100 shots. 20 children, 6 adults. No parents should ever have to bury their children. I am sorry. I hope you are at a better place now, watching over your love one, help them through this.
Like what Morgan Freeman said , turn off the news. If the media is going to heroically report name of the killer, turn off the news. Nobody has to know who is the killer, he shouldn't be remembered, for what he did. It's true that it possibly lit the fire for next tragedy. Luring criminals to topped the current one. From university massacre, to high school massacre, and now elementary's... so what's next? nursery ? If you are going to tweet, post "pray for the victims in Newtown" or something like that, let's take a moment to remember, at least one of them. Can you?
Let's remember the victims for once :
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hocksprung, 47
Madeline Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6