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Friday, January 20, 2006 0 comments
Iranian President Cements Syrian Alliance
Currently listening to: Some Chinese New Year Song
Quote of the day: "The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool." - Jane Wagner
Its about time i listed down my resolutions for this new year and reflected back on the old one...
(...and even the insane, morbid, godless, and cynical bastard that makes up my being knows enough to be thankful for more than a few things that life has brought his way)
2005 was pretty good by most standards - mainly due to all you good folks and new friends out there who allowed me to have a good time throughout the year's entirety! Heck without you, there wouldn't have been a weekly dinner, short movie project, gaming nights at Alvin's, shows at the philharmonic, dance lessons, mamak sessions, sports...
Thanks guys - you really made my year... :)
On another note - WAH! Have i REALLY only gotten to know most of you in the last year!!?? It feels like its been forever... (especially with some people *humph!*)
Kidding, kidding! :p
To all my new friends and acquaintences, i'm glad my various eccentricities
And, of course, to my family and all my old and trusted kamaraden from my days in the OSS and the NLC, from ye ole wilds of Canada, to the land of the Platypus, to the jungles of Borneo (and even India!), and even further beyond into my past... thanks for the continued companionship, through good and bad, for all the fun times, the shared experiences(!), and the pleasure of your continued company. 2005 has been an amazing year for keeping in touch and even, if chance permitted it, meeting up with you in person, and that to me is what made this year amazingly special. Thank you all...
Wah, makes me wonder what my resolutions were at the time... lets take a gander:
1. Quit smoking.
Yes, snickering aside from the lot of you i DO plan to break the habit during the course of this year... i have to! Its getting too expensive! Have managed to cut myself down from one pack a day to 6 odd cigs a day... That, and each time my brother catches me smoking i give him RM1... Wish me luck, this is the SIXTH year running that i've resolved to quit smoking. ;p
Fucking obvious. Think about it, i've been in uni since i was 16 and its all been downhill since then... c'mon, stuck at TWO ELECTIVES for the last one and a half years is... is... AAARGGGHHH!!! I truly believe that much of my current problems will disappear once i get that blasted piece of paper that has ruined oh so much of my life thus far!!! One more to go, and the world will follow... *repeats to himself mantra-like*
3. Leave the country.
An ongoing frustration (ie: purpose, or the lack thereof) aside, i still plan on leaving Malaysia for good, or at least a significant period of time, by the end of this year... by hook or by crook...
The plan? Armenia is the most promising as well as being the best option at the moment, followed by Vietnam and the Phillippines. Should these options not work out, more desperate measures should be considered such as the Peace Corps, French (or EU if it happens by then) army, UN, or even... yes... the French Foreign Legion. :(
Ah well... one outta two ain't too bad right?
Ok, so the ciggies one died REAL fast (good thing i got rid of that RM1/ciggie deal with my bro, he'd be a millionaire by now!) and the Armenia plan didn't work out (*sob sob*) but at least i graduated. Finally.
AND i even managed to find some decent employment with a great bunch of people immediately after thanks to my internship with them at the beginning of the year.
Heck, i somehow even made a good showing at uni in that final semester, what with finally getting to know some people (*friendly wave to Soo Jin, Sherly, and Ivana*) and even some of the tutors/lecturers there, and managing a D and HD in my subjects while working part-time at NSS...
...and then starting out with them, full contract and all as soon as i had gotten my confirmation of graduation.
It couldn't have been more perfect. :)
Truly, i am more thankful for it all than i think i could ever have the courage to honestly show.
Well, can't end the post without this year's resolutions right? ;)
Here we go...
1. Quit Smoking
Aie aie aie, i REALLY have to make a better effort of it this time around. :(
2. Financial Independence
With financial independence comes self-sufficiency and with THAT comes what really matters. Options. I may have a job, but i have yet to create the streams of revenue or acquire the amount of capital to attain such a status which will allow me the freedom and ability to strive towards my own goals or to help others move towards theirs.
And this is the year to do it (or at least make a concerted effort at starting to do so). A myriad number of opporunities have presented themselves, and who knows what more lie in wait to be discovered? One does not find what they seek without first looking or attempting to do so... Regardless i have to work harder at what i am currently doing as well as actively go out and try out new opportunities.
3. A Change Would Do Me Good
This year worked out great with some new ideas that i ran with - such as the weekly dinners and short movie project - and i really want to run with these and try and make something out of it... On top of that, who knows other new activities might crop up this year? Truly these are the most interesting activities which i partake in at present. :)
Oh, and i'd like to try my hand at another job towards the end of this year. NSS has been kind to me but... how about new experiences? I'm currently toying with the idea of looking for work overseas with a major MNC, working for the UN in some sort of capacity, or even joining a tech startup! And who knows - Armenia might yet happen... ;)
New experiences - small or large, or for better or for worse - thats where its at!
Well i only started doing a serious amount of regular exercise last year and its had its ups and downs... this time i resolve to keep at it to the absolute best of my ability. Must. Not. Slack. Off. Again. (as happened 3 times last year)
5. Erm... Others?
Did i miss anything?
Still, there are the smaller resolutions such as wearing a tie to work everyday (makes me feel more productive and... well, lets just say that i've JUST learnt how to tie one :p), getting to know my family better, travel more, get more sleep, getting my SCUBA cert, joining the gun club, learning Russian, taking over the world... yada yada...
In terms of blogging i've really gotta be more regular. Think i'll try doing shorter posts of interest and have more articles as well since some people do find such things interesting. More short posts with the occasional personal long-winded one. Yeah.
Ah, well, at least the horoscope is good... (can anyone recommend a decent Chinese one?)
Anyhow, here's to a great year ahead!
Name: Patrick Pincon
Studied at: Monash
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