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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Looking back at 2017

Like they always say - in a blink of an eye, it’s the end of another year, again. It seems just perhaps a couple of months since I painstakingly crafted out my new year resolutions, which by the way, are still 50% incomplete. Time flies when you hit 20. At age 26, I finally get the meaning. I used to dread about going school and how slow time passed from term to term, semester to semester. I would countdown to the next December break every year and hoping the year pass as quickly as possible. You know what? Now I wished the opposite. The grass is always greener on the other side, eh? 

They say time passes even faster when you hit 30, and progressively faster after that. Not complaining, at least I am still alive at this stage and that’s one thing to give thanks for. People, especially Singaporeans, like to complain and that’s because we don’t find reasons to give thanks for. We wah lao and wah biang everything. So, here’s my annual attempt to give thanks for:

Thank God for companionship. Here’s an insider news (ok actually not so, since I can’t wait to share on Instagram), we are getting hitched in February 2018! Somebodayy pop some confetti! Our engagement journey started last August when I proposed to the most amazing lady in life, Lady M, during our trip in the gorgeous Gufufoss in Iceland. Although the marriage planning phase, not to even mention the whole relationship, is sometimes lined with all sorts of conflicts and arguments, I give thanks because there’s at least someone who’s willing to put up this fight with me. Like the old phrase goes, no rainbow without the rain, no happiness without the pain.

Thank God for the ability to explore more of planet Earth. I don’t travel as much as some of you, but to be able to step on another piece of land, another country is a great blessing. This year, I explored the kelong of Malaysia, the beautiful beaches of Bintan, the iconic architectures of London, the gorgeous scenery of Iceland, and my fiancĂ©e’s hometown in Xi’an. Saint Augustine once said, “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." I am looking forward to read more of this book next year! Talking about that, we are booking our honeymoon trip soon, so yay!

Thank God for family and friends. In the midst of growing up, we spend more time working, getting into relationships, and minding our own individual businesses. Although I don’t spend as much time with them, each of them still holds a special and irreplaceable spot in my heart. People come and go at different phases of your life. At the end of the day, at the very least, I know that most of them have my back in times of need - sometimes that’s what it matters.

Thank God for the ability to serve Him and others. This year has brought in new opportunities for Lady M and I to serve onstage and offstage, to bring blessings to others in various forms. We participate more in church, in cell group, in being lead and to lead. In the process, we face challenges, and more often times then not, it forces us out of our comfort zones, that's where we learn, that's where we improve and grow. In the coming year, we humbly pray that may God use us more to bless the people around us.

It's the last few days of 2017, what did you gain from this wonderful year? Reflect. Give thanks. I wish you a blessed year ahead.