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Hopeful 2021 – In a assessment

Oh hello! *dusting the cobwebby weblog* After a 12 months of hiatus, right here I’m again good earlier than the 12 months ends! 

Right here’s to a different 12 months, one other one year of being grounded proper right here in Singapore. I suppose I can account for the shortage of updates as a result of not travelling overseas, proper? *Cough* Excuses. *Cough*. There are many previous travels to doc, however in actuality, it’s all the time simpler to put up bite-size content material on Instagram.  

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

I themed the 12 months, Hopeful, hoping that life will progressively revert to pre-covid days. Trying on the present scenario appears like I’ve underestimated the ability of Covid. That’s me, somewhat too optimistic and idealistic. Trying on the shiny aspect, 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 replicate on the previous one year, so let’s start with my resolutions for 2021

2021 Decision – Reflection

Learn 15 books – 🙁 

Regardless that I solely accomplished 12 books as a substitute of 15, this is likely one of the highest e book counts I’ve learn in recent times. Kudos to that! As well as, I’ve expanded my studying style, a lot in order that I solely learn one novel this 12 months! It takes effort to drag myself away from all of the distractions to learn a e book, however whether it is ok, I might have a tough time placing it down till I flipped all of the pages. 

Sundays with Sumiko book with coffee
One of many twelve books I learn this 12 months.

Protecting 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 executed and muscle tissue toned. The quantitative goal I set for the 12 months was to run 200km and end 25 hours of exercise. I tracked myself diligently all year long, and I’m completely happy to announce that I ran a complete of 233km and accomplished 27 hours of static coaching. I pushed by means of this unknowingly as a result of I believed I set a better goal! Properly executed, Pam! 

Discover and begin a course – 🙁 

Ooops. Sadly, this has fallen by means of the “crack” for different issues reminiscent of creating wealth took precedence. I began trying to find programs underneath the SGUnited programme; nonetheless, nothing fascinating caught my eyes. On one other word, I made a feeble try to be taught 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 12 months. We will see! 

I didn’t look too achieved finishing one out of the three resolutions on paper. Nonetheless, in actuality, it was not shabby in any respect. Regardless that 2021 is one other 12 months of residing with the pandemic, it has been a very good 12 months to a big lengthen and right here is why. 

A transparent imaginative and prescient

I lastly did the LASIK eye surgical procedure to make my imaginative and prescient good 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 previous, 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 aspect impact: dry eyes within the morning. However 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 isn’t too dangerous in any respect. For now, let me benefit from the good eyesight and take care of the presbyopia when the time comes. 

Beer and fries
Definitely not lacking the spectacles.

Intermittent Fasting

It’s all the time difficult for somebody who shouldn’t be overweight and workout routines usually to shed the previous few kilograms. I stumbled upon a present about Intermittent Fasting backed with an experiment and interviews with subject material specialists, so I believed, why not give it a strive? So I did. I adopted my IF regime strictly for 2 months throughout Could and June, which properly coincides with our Section 2 Heighten Alert. The dearth 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 hassle eliminating beforehand. Now, I now not apply strict IF; it’s tough, particularly with year-end social gatherings; nonetheless, I nonetheless make an effort to maintain as much as it as a lot as doable. 


This 12 months, I’ve additionally expanded my cooking repertoire and am extra artistic and experimental within the kitchen. Beforehand, my cooking consisted of utilizing loads of totally different pre-mixes. Nonetheless, Tiktok opened my world to new creations. I additionally discover myself cooking extra than simply shopping for meals residence to eat. Not solely is it more healthy as a result of I get to regulate what I put in my mouth, but additionally I’m consuming approach much less quick meals and processed meals consequently. Good job, Pam! 

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

Discover Singapore

Regardless of the opening of Vaccinated Journey Lane (VTL) in September 2021 with Germany and Brunei and subsequently, with many different nations added to the record, I select to remain put. Being so Pam, it’s for sensible causes, such because the excessive value of PCR exams and my job. Thus, I spend the 12 months actively looking for 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 purchasing. Simply gonna record them down for the report. 

  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 Road
  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! 

Properly, with all these good issues, the 12 months shouldn’t be all the time a mattress of roses as I hit my lowest in August this 12 months. 

Lowlight of the 12 months. 

The complete month of August was simply horrible. It consisted of a handful of episodes all consolidated right into a month. Trying again, I got here to grasp the indicators of gaslighting, maybe as a result of somebody’s insecurities. I additionally will settle for among the blame as a result of it was a very good get up name the place I pressured myself to self-reflect and take motion after that. I’m nonetheless grateful to brush previous the individual in my life. The next episodes had been full shitholes the place it was the place they exploited my vulnerability. Anyhow, I finally received my shit collectively, stood by my stand, made my level loud and clear (however some individuals simply don’t get it, can’t blame me), ended every little thing and moved on to the brand new month! Oh boy, it was a troublesome month, however I pulled by means of. 

Blowing a birthday cake.
Right here is to a different 12 months!

All in all, I price 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’s nonetheless unimaginable, regardless of the worldwide pandemic. How did yours truthful, and the way would you price yours? 

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