Hopeful 2021 – In a evaluate

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Oh hello! *dusting the cobwebby weblog* After a yr of hiatus, right here I’m again good earlier than the yr ends! 

Here’s to a different yr, one other twelve months of being grounded proper right here in Singapore. I suppose I can account for the dearth of updates because of not travelling overseas, proper? *Cough* Excuses. *Cough*. There are loads of previous travels to doc, however in actuality, it’s at all times simpler to publish bite-size content material on Instagram.  

Living the pandemic with mask
Living the pandemic with a masks.

I themed the yr, Hopeful, hoping that life will steadily revert to pre-covid days. Looking on the present state of affairs appears to be like like I’ve underestimated the ability of Covid. That’s me, just a little too optimistic and idealistic. Looking on the shiny facet, we’re getting there! I remained comparatively optimistic all year long, so hope was one thing I held on to. 

Now it’s time to mirror on the previous twelve months, so let’s start with my resolutions for 2021

2021 Resolution – Reflection

Read 15 books – 🙁 

Even although I solely accomplished 12 books as a substitute of 15, this is among the highest e-book counts I’ve learn in recent times. Kudos to that! In addition, I’ve expanded my studying style, a lot in order that I solely learn one novel this yr! It takes effort to tug myself away from all of the distractions to learn a e-book, however whether it is adequate, I might have a tough time placing it down till I flipped all of the pages. 

Sundays with Sumiko book with coffee
One of the twelve books I learn this yr.

Keeping match – 🙂

I’ve cut up this decision into two parts, one for and one for different types of exercises, guaranteeing that I get some cardio accomplished and muscle tissue toned. The quantitative goal I set for the yr was to run 200km and end 25 hours of exercise. I tracked myself diligently all year long, and I’m joyful to announce that I ran a complete of 233km and accomplished 27 hours of static coaching. I pushed by way of this unknowingly as a result of I assumed I set a better goal! Well accomplished, Pam! 

Find and begin a course – 🙁 

Ooops. Unfortunately, this has fallen by way of the “crack” for different issues similar to creating wealth took precedence. I began looking for programs underneath the SGUnited programme; nevertheless, nothing fascinating caught my eyes. On one other word, I made a feeble try and study to program once more solely to be reminded why I dropped out of programming aeons in the past. The saving grace is that I MAY have an thought of what to join subsequent yr. We shall see! 

I didn’t look too completed finishing one out of the three resolutions on paper. However, in actuality, it was not shabby in any respect. Even although 2021 is one other yr of dwelling with the pandemic, it has been a superb yr to a big prolong and right here is why. 

A transparent imaginative and prescient

I lastly did the LASIK eye surgical procedure to make my imaginative and prescient excellent once more! The dry eyes and indicators of eye exhaustion drove me to this life-changing resolution. For somebody who fumbles for the glasses each morning since eight years outdated, the power to see clearly after I open my eyes each morning is such a blessing. Okay, let’s be reasonable; I’m nonetheless experiencing a facet impact: dry eyes within the morning. But then, I used to be already coping with some dry eyes points earlier than the LASIK. Thus, the trick is to drip a drop of eyedrop into every eye each morning to assist resolve the difficulty. It is just not too unhealthy in any respect. For now, let me benefit from the excellent eyesight and cope with the presbyopia when the time comes. 

Beer and fries
Certainly not lacking the spectacles.

Intermittent Fasting

It is at all times difficult for somebody who is just not overweight and workout routines repeatedly to shed the previous few kilograms. I stumbled upon a present about Intermittent Fasting backed with an experiment and interviews with subject material consultants, so I assumed, why not give it a strive? So I did. I adopted my IF regime strictly for 2 months throughout May and June, which properly coincides with our Phase 2 Heighten Alert. The lack of social gatherings and no dine-in ruling made it simpler for me to train this IF. I misplaced 2 to three kilograms which I had bother eliminating beforehand. Now, I now not observe strict IF; it’s tough, particularly with year-end social gatherings; nevertheless, I nonetheless make an effort to maintain as much as it as a lot as doable. 

Cooking

This yr, I’ve additionally expanded my cooking repertoire and am extra inventive and experimental within the kitchen. Previously, my cooking consisted of utilizing lots of completely different pre-mixes. However, Tiktok opened my world to new creations. I additionally discover myself cooking extra than simply shopping for meals dwelling to eat. Not solely is it more healthy as a result of I get to manage what I put in my mouth, but in addition I’m consuming approach much less quick meals and processed meals because of this. Good job, Pam! 

A dish of salmon with tomatoes and spinach.
Salmon with spinach and tomatoes.

Explore Singapore

Despite the opening of Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) in September 2021 with Germany and Brunei and subsequently, with many different international locations added to the listing, I select to remain put. Being so Pam, it’s for sensible causes, such because the excessive price of PCR assessments and my job. Thus, I spend the yr actively in search of adventures inside the borders of Singapore. I’m fortunate to have like-minded associates preferring going from heartlands to nature, checking off untouristy elements of Singapore as a substitute of hanging out in malls and going buying. Just gonna listing them down for the file. 

  1. Geylang
  2. Dairy Farm Nature Park
  3. Spottieswoode
  4. Toa Payoh
  5. Pulau Ubin
  6. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  7. Clementi Forest
  8. Keppel Reservoir
  9. Crawford Street
  10. Botanic Gardens – Gallop Extension
  11. Ang Mo Kio
  12. Bukit Brown
  13. Joo Chiat
  14. Mount Serapong
  15. Hougang
  16. Bukit Timah
  17. Potong Pasir
Riding a brick bike.

If I dare say, it’s fairly a feat! 

Well, with all these good issues, the yr is just not at all times a mattress of roses as I hit my lowest in August this yr. 

Lowlight of the yr. 

The total month of August was simply horrible. It consisted of a handful of episodes all consolidated right into a month. Looking again, I got here to understand the indicators of gaslighting, maybe because of somebody’s insecurities. I additionally will settle for a number of the blame as a result of it was a superb get up name the place I compelled myself to self-reflect and take motion after that. I’m nonetheless grateful to brush previous the particular person in my life. The subsequent episodes have been full shitholes the place it was the place they exploited my vulnerability. Anyhow, I ultimately acquired my shit collectively, stood by my stand, made my level loud and clear (however some folks simply don’t get it, can’t blame me), ended the whole lot and moved on to the brand new month! Oh boy, it was a tricky month, however I pulled by way of. 

Blowing a birthday cake.
Here is to a different yr!

All in all, I charge 2021 an 8/10! I’ve my justifiable share of ups and downs with some nervousness, uncertainties, and self-doubts, however that’s life, huh. It continues to be unbelievable, regardless of the worldwide pandemic. How did yours honest, and the way would you charge yours? 

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