A brighter 2022 – Pam goes travelling %


In a blink of a watch, we’re within the fourth month of 2022. Wow, Q1 flew by identical to that. Finally, I’m sitting in entrance of my laptop computer, able to pen down the annual ritual piece to set the tone and path for the yr. Usually, this yearly publish would have been up by Lunar New Year, nevertheless it’s virtually 2 months late this time. 

Let’s rewind somewhat to the final little bit of 2021. Normally, by the tip of the yr, I’d have a good suggestion of what I wish to work in the direction of the next yr; nevertheless, I used to be nonetheless clueless till the final day of the yr. With all of the uncertainties Covid brings, I’ve realized to handle my expectations and be extra fluid with my plans. 

Now, 3 months of 2022 have handed, and I’ve extra readability transferring ahead. 

Since we’re in April, let’s simply contact briefly on what has occurred previously 3 months of my life. 

Q1, 2022

Allow me to explain Q1 of 2022 in 3 phrases: Festivity, Frustration and Busy. 

Unlike final yr after I misplaced the Chinese New Year festive spirit, this yr, I’m glad that the celebratory temper is again! I bought to spend a while with my prolonged household and associates. I at all times respect the CNY for it’s the finest time to take a break and meet up with each other amidst our all yr spherical busy schedule. 

Why frustration? The two years of the pandemic have left me jaded, flat in a method that I’m uninspired, going by the movement of residing. I used to be contented with staying put in, exploring pockets of neighbourhoods final yr. However, I can’t and don’t wish to dwell this fashion anymore; thus, I really feel this fashion. I discover myself getting more and more impatient, short-tempered and, dare I say, unkind. Unkind, not in the way in which that I want loss of life upon folks however extra like, much less empathetic and extra irritable. For instance, suppose somebody by accident knocks their bag into me, I’ll have the urge to retaliate, that form of unkindness. I actually dislike this model of me. 

Let’s simply say I’ve became a workaholic. I’m juggling between the job that pays the payments and different gigs. Undoubtedly, the job that pays the invoice is comfy; it’s unchallenging and generally even dreary. Despite that, I’ll proceed so long as the organisation renews my contract (for now). Don’t be mistaken; I’m not complaining about my work, though my schedule can generally get somewhat cray-cray. Still, I’m very grateful for each alternative that has come my method to this point! 

So, I suppose that sums up my first three months of 2022. 

Now, transferring on

What’s subsequent? 

This yr, I get my sight at 2 targets. 

I’ve been wanting to do that for the previous two years. If nothing goes mistaken, I’m going forward with the plan. I’ve kickstarted the analysis on the precise route I intend to stroll. I’m feeling a mixture of pleasure for nervousness. Excitement as a result of I’m going on an journey to expertise new issues and sights. I’m additionally nervous as a result of I’m frightened that my chosen route could also be too difficult for me and all of the what-ifs and uncertainties. It’s regular to really feel this fashion pre-trip nevertheless, I would like to arrange myself effectively and expertise it, imagine within the good in folks, myself and miracles that every little thing will work itself out.

My flat might be prepared between 2024 to 2025, so it means I’ve 2 years to save lots of up for the renovation. The renovation might be one other headache by itself that I don’t even wish to take into consideration in the meanwhile. So, I simply want to verify I’ve bought sufficient cash by then as a result of I definitely don’t wish to take up a renovation mortgage. 


Speaking of how I don’t like the present model of myself, the one method I can mend my methods, be much less bothered and extra empathetic and open, is to go and journey. It’s the ability of journey as a result of a pal as soon as mentioned we’re one of the best model of ourselves once we journey, and I can’t agree extra. 

So far, most nations are on observe to opening up their borders. Please don’t let the virus mutate right into a critical and lethal one. We have come to date, two years, two years of youth which were misplaced. Also, for the love of humankind, cease the conflict in Ukraine so we will get again to normalcy for as soon as. 

Between now and Camino de Santiago, there’s work, sleep, work, socialise, work, and me-time. Yeah, that’s about it. Counting right down to the second, I jet off for a REAL break as a result of I wish to discover one of the best model of myself once more. So right here’s to a brighter 2022.

Out at sea, with Pulau Satumu behind


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