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Marching Forward 2018!

After hitting 20,000 steps walked in a single day, the Charity Run at work was fun and memorable. It is in an effort to raise funds for children with cancer and needy children with medical conditions in rural communities. Although I wasn’t running, I was helping out with the logistics and the PA System there. Two days of waking up at 4:00am took it’s toll. In the end, being a facilitator to help raise funds for children with illnesses, is a good thing. It is nice to see when people congregate and come together for a cause. Well, anything off work, is a good change.

Back home, dad’s off to India. He didn’t take me this time, this being an old people’s guided tour thing. Hope his legs hold up as dad is suffering from knee and joint pains. Otherwise he will be sitting in the tour van while the rest of the tour group wander around Kashmir. My 73 year old dad will be limited in his mobility and ability to travel; so this year is probably a push to do as much as he possibly can!

For me, I plan to see through 2018 with less drama as possible. I think music events and comedy shows will calm me down and make my mind less stressed. Come to think of it, work has been relatively kind to me. Let’s hope the remainder 10 months will stay that way. Some say I should look for a challenge; maybe I’ll take small steps in starting some online business.  Freelance work is huge; being an Uber / Grab driver or doing computer work for people can be fulfilling. But it’s hard to pay the bills solely off these odd jobs.

If bowling was an exercise, I would be slim and fit! Alas, it’s merely a game of hand-eye coordination and luck. If you’re up for it in the Bukit Mertajam, Kulim or Penang island areas, give me a buzz and we will bowl!

March is also wedding month. It would be fun to reunite with old friends from the KL college days and relatives who live in the same village but whom we seldom meet. It’s nice seeing friends succeed in business, work and relationships. As I crawl through this journey called life, hopefully the year of the Dog brings me some luck. Some things are just out of our hands; so let there be good luck!

As my Brazilian dance instructor, Luciano de Jesus once exclaimed: PORRA!

Chinese New Year – the Warm Fuzzy Feeling when we gather

I like gatherings. Whether it is an open mic, or a meetup of old friends, I truly enjoy the WFF when we come together to share opinions and points of views with one another.

Today is Reunion Day (the day before the actual Chinese New Year). Families from afar will congregate at the parent’s house, or, the eldest sibling’s house and share a meal together. Since we value convenience, we are doing it at a nearby restaurant in Lunas; one of many that’s offering packages of set course dinners.

This year it will be 4 days of celebrations, as the CNY holidays coincide with the weekend. Good; we get to visit more relatives and friends, and spend more hours in front of the TV and iPad sharing news and #fakenews and other small talk.

To liven things up, my colleagues decided to go karaoke. It was interesting albeit somewhat monotonous as we played through Jay Chow’s Discography. Meh, as long as we are gathering together on Valentine’s Day as colleagues, all is good! I belted a few of my favourites like Owl City and anything with a happy upbeat tune.

The year of the Dog is upon us. I felt last year I was a bit unlucky with things ranging from work, life, and work-life in general. There’s a comic that makes fun of this phenomena. “New year, same shit!”, basically. Somehow, being an optimist by nature makes me feel a change for the better is coming.

2 more paragraphs and I’m done. I used to like writing my thoughts down; penning them and making videos for those who care to hear out. If you haven’t yet seen, click the Youtube link at the  top of the screen to have a look at some of my ramblings.

The world is ballooning. When dad was born in 1944, there were 2 billion. In 1986 there was 5 billion. Today, estimates say we are standing at 7.6 billion people. The world is changing. The faster we adapt to the changes, the better chance we will survive.

Lastly, a good quote I will leave you with: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.” The Germans have a term schadenfreude which means deriving pleasure from someone else’s misfortune. It’s a chemical in our brain that makes us happy when others fall. On that bombshell, this is Pip, dropping the mic.