So it has come to another end of another year. This year flew by way too fast.

I still remember on this day last year, I was still working at Loof as a bartender and having a blast after the clock struck 12 because everyone was spraying water at each other with the bar gun after our assistant manager toasted champagne with us into the new year.

Man, I really miss working there

End of 2008
Corin, Zen and I at the end of 2008

Anyway, 2010 will be a great year. Well, I am planning that it’ll be a great year. I have lots of goals and I hope that I can accomplish them. 2009 kind of failed since I didn’t have much goals set up. But next year would be different.

1. Journal diligently – I used to write in my spiral-bound notebooks/sketchbooks almost every other day back when I was in secondary school. Somewhere down the line two years ago, I stopped. Or rather, I wrote rather inconsistently. I was either too tired or my hand cramped way too easily while furiously writing everything down. I realized that it left a huge gap in my memories and a lot of things remained forgotten :?

2. Blog frequently – When I first opened my domain, I blogged religiously everyday. I guess it took a whole lot of my time because the reason why I blogged lesser and lesser was that I felt that blogging took quite a huge amount of time. I guess I like things to be neat and I edit every photo I post here (Hint to Guan: Blog more!)

3. Remember people’s birthdays – I always tried to keep up with everyone’s birthdays. I would be faithful in wishing them a birthday greeting. But by around April, I would tend to forget or the dates kept slipping off my mind. I must really try to keep this in 2010

4. Be more crafty – I stopped designing and coding websites for a couple of years now. I still have no passion in redoing my current theme (Laziness. Still, this current layout is nice). And every since I graduated from school, I stopped doing any crafty thing (aside from scrapbooking recently). I hope that my creative mojo would be back next year.

5. Get involved in communities again – I stopped forum posting when I put most of my online life on hold. It’s time to get back to the good ol’ community and make the connections again

6. Brush up on photography – As much as I enjoy photography, I am (as usual) still mediocre. Guan and I got this photography book and it’s all so wordy and full of theory that reading them makes me shudder :neutral: But he said he would help me out so I hope to take better pictures. I’m not sure if I should do the whole 356 photos a year (one a day) but we’ll see how it goes.

7. Finish up that cross-stitch piece that has been sitting uncompleted for the past year – That kind of spoke for itself

8. Take up Japanese class – Ever since I was 17, I have signed up for three Japanese classes. And I never completed any of them. It’s about time I completed one, eh?

9. Exercise regularly – Ever since I had to stop my late-night running with Felix, I totally stopped exercising. And I found out that I could no longer do a pull-up I have to be able to do my usual three pull-ups at one go!

10. Keep things neat and clean – I have been a very messy person since young. Unfortunately, Guan is also a very messy person. My attempts to keep our room dust-free has not been going well so far. Let alone keeping it neat and tidy. I can now understand what my mother has been trying to teach me all these years. (Thank goodness I don’t have my own home yet!)

This isn’t the full list but I thought it would be nice to share 10 things on my list What about yours? (Feel free to link to your blog if you have blogged about it.)

Well, half an hour more to go!

Wishing everyone a Merry New Year! May 2010 be a great year for all!

Merry New Year!
Merry 2010! From Guan, Zayden Asher and myself

So, if anyone remembers the blog train last week, here’s another with the same folks but this time, we’re putting the current answers

My hair colour is… still brown, but darker and copperish-red.
My hair style is… shoulder-length hair tied in a pony tail with a long fringe.
My favourite brand of makeup is… I still don’t wear makeup.
My “fashionable” item is… my hugeass crumpler bag
My favourite outfit is… bermudas and tee.
My favourite colour is… still blue!
I drive a… I still don’t have a license. I’m hoping to get a motorbike license though.
On a Saturday I go… nowhere. I stay home with Zayden Asher
On a Saturday night I go… nowhere unless I’m meeting friends for birthday gatherings.
On a Sunday I go… to church with my family. Then over to my parents’ place.
Monday-Friday I go… nowhere since I’m a SAHM.
My best friend(s) is/are… still Darren.
My favourite place to go out is… the beach.
My favourite subject at school is… I still don’t have a favourite subject at school.
When I grow up I want to be… a bartender. I was and now I’m not :?
My favourite drink is… ice cold Milo.
My favourite food is… still ice cream, as always
My favourite shop is… any crafty and scrapbooking store
I want to marry… five years ago. But, hey! I’m married now
My favourite actor/actress is… I still don’t have one
My favourite band is… Paramore. But I wouldn’t say they’re a favourite favourite, IYKWIM.
My favourite TV programme is… How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Veronica Mars, Heroes, Ugly Betty and Glee!
The one thing I want to do but can’t is… still riding a motorcycle.
My most used mode of transport is a… train, car and bus.
If I had all the money in the world I would… buy a DSLR, a laptop, a surfboard, hop on a plane to USA and take a road trip and start an online business selling scrapbooking and crafting supplies.
I wish I could visit… Hawaii.
My favourite sport is… basketball and canoe polo.
This fall I… fall still doesn’t appear here.
At Halloween I dressed up as… Halloween isn’t really celebrated here.
I recently saw… Up! and thought it was… very, very touching.
I am reading… Fullmetal Alchemist graphic novels.
The big newspaper story this year is… uh, Tiger Woods scandal?
The most dangerous thing I’ve ever done… um, I shall skip this
The furthest away from home I’ve ever been is… still Malaysia.

And now, hop on back the train to Laura’s answers

It’s December! That means a lot of things. Like 24 more days to Christmas, one month to the new year, 10 days to my mom’s birthday and today’s my dad’s birthday!

Happy Birthday to my awesome dad!

And that means this domain is 6 years old! Wow. It has been a really long time…

So… I’m part of the 17 Again blog train started by Kate where I’m supposed to answer the following as though I’m 17 again.

And I didn’t realize until I started answering the questions did I find out that I don’t have a photo of myself when I was 17 :? The earliest digital photograph I could dig out from my hard drive was when I was 18 so I guess that photo will have to do (I look the same then, anyway.)

And so, here’s taking you back to 2002:

My hair colour is… brown.
My hair style is… long hair tied in a pony tail with a bit of long fringe.
My favourite brand of makeup is… I don’t wear makeup.
My “fashionable” item is… not really into fashion.
My favourite outfit is… baggy tees and three-quarter pants with skateboarding shoes.
My favourite colour is… blue!
I drive a… I don’t have a license. Then again, I need to be at least 18 to attempt to get one.
On a Saturday I go… and meet my church friends.
On a Saturday night I go… to church, then to play pool/snooker.
On a Sunday I go… nowhere unless I’ve got plans.
Monday-Friday I go… to school.
My best friend(s) is/are… Darren.
My favourite place to go out is… town, I guess.
My favourite subject at school is… I don’t have a favourite subject at school.
When I grow up I want to be… I’m not quite sure just yet.
My favourite drink is… uh… Pepsi?
My favourite food is… ice cream, as always
My favourite shop is… I don’t really shop much.
I want to marry… when I turn 19.
My favourite actor/actress is… I somehow like Claire Danes a lot but wouldn’t say she’s a favourite.
My favourite band is… uh, not a bad but I like Avril Lavigne
My favourite TV programme is… Roswell hands down!!!
The one thing I want to do but can’t is… ride a motorcycle.
My most used mode of transport is a… train.
If I had all the money in the world I would… buy a Nokia 7250, a digital camera, a laptop, hop on a plane to USA and take a road trip, making sure to buy a board and surf!
I wish I could visit… Hawaii.
My favourite sport is… basketball.
This fall I… fall doesn’t appear here.
At Halloween I dressed up as… Halloween isn’t celebrated here as well.
I recently saw… Lilo & Stitch and thought it was… awesome!
I am reading… Roswell series.
The big newspaper story this year is… uh, I don’t really read the papers :?
The most dangerous thing I’ve ever done… I don’t think I’ve done anything dangerous.
The furthest away from home I’ve ever been is… Malaysia, and that was four years ago, and I went with my family.
And I look like this…

Elisia and I
Elisia and I at her 18th birthday

After reading the above, you must probably think what a boring person I am! But this is only because I really can’t remember much when I was 17. I could go through my journal and read the entries again but it’s somewhere in some hidden corner of the room Hope you got to know me a bit better with my past questionnaire

And now, taking you even further back into time to 1984, check out Laura‘s meme when she was 17

This was from The Simple Woman’s Daybook in which I found via here.

Outside my Window: It’s past midnight where the sky is dark and the air is cool after an afternoon of rain.

I am Thinking: I should clear some space on the bed so I can actually sleep in it later…

I am Thankful For:
Guan who will be home most of the time till the beginning of December

From the Kitchen: A loaf of Gardenia wholemeal bread

I am Learning: More about Zayden Asher each day

I am Wearing: Canoe Polo Opens Championship 2008 tee and shorts.

I am Creating: A couple of birthday cards.

I am Going: To brush my teeth before hitting the sack. Or maybe eat some wholemeal bread before that

I am Reading: Fullmetal Alchemist volumes 20 and 21. (The series is finally ending *sad*)

I am Hoping: That I can actually accomplish something later today.

I am Hearing: The MIL doing the laundry.

Around the House: Two words—very messy :?

One of my Favourite Things: My (growing) collection of journaling cards

A Few Plans for Next Week: Spending more time with Guan and Zayden and making a few layouts.

A Picture to Share:
Zayden

Zayden is communicating and responding even more compared to two weeks ago when he started cooing back when we talked to him. And, yesterday, he fell asleep on his own when we put him down for a nap. Yes, there were some attention crying every now and then. But after a while, he was finally quiet and still and fast asleep! Guan and I felt so proud of him

… till he woke up crying around half an hour later. Nah, we’re still proud of him

How time (somehow) flies.

Zayden Asher is now officially two months old! And he’s growing heavier and longer each day I must say though that there’s more growth in the first month compared to the second. Still, I can’t wait for the third month because my mother said that it should be easier taking care of him. I certainly hope so!

Zayden
The little kidney bean

Zayden