Just got back from a 9-day trip to Japan. More on that later. I know I am a little late, but feel compelled to do a contemplative 2008 post.
As I was browsing through my past blog entries for 2008, I realise my “milestones” ranged from the very trivial and frivolous but noteworthy nonetheless to the emotive and milestones to be proud of. There weren’t very sad stuff, something I am very very grateful for.
2008 was the year I achieved quite a bit (by my standands) in work and was proud that I never made the wrong decision to move from my previous job despite the big pay cut I had to take.
It was through work that I learnt to speak up and to fight for my rights and things that I thought was wrong. It was the year, together with my other colleagues, we lanuched many new initiatives and “shook up” the division in hiring practices.
Some new initiaitves and happening things we did included:
interview before shortlisting
launch of new ad campaign
and the list goes on…
I was promoted twice over a span of 8 months and I am now heading a new unit that takes charge of the management of foreign teachers. New challenge definitely, but am looking forward to it!
I did quite a bit of travelling in 2008, to Taiwan in April and Japan in Dec/Jan. I was continuing my “record” of travelling every few months, from New York in Apr 07 and California/Nevada in Dec 07.
Taiwan was fun, and it made me realise new things (both good and bad) about friends. I grew closer to 3 of them as a result of the trip. Japan was totally awesome! I experienced single-digit temperatures, spent both Christmas and the new year in another country for the same time, saw snow (but did not get to touch it) for the first time, among many firsts. More on that when I start my posts.
2008 is the year I finally decide it is time for me to give him up. 4 years is way too long to hold on to someone/something that will most likely turn out to be futile.
2008 is the year I (may have) found love. As one of my most-commonly used phrases says, the ball is in my court now. I need to make a decision fast.
This section describes all the “other” (i.e. minor and possibly frivolous things that do not fall into any “important” category.
Sentosa and Singapore Zoo
Visited Sentosa and the Singapore Zoo for the first time in many years. This was made possible by a 2D-1N escapade to Rasa Sentosa in August.
Had complimentary tickets to ride on the Singapore Flyer for the first time. All I can say is, it is all because of the complimentary tickets.
2008 was also the start of a movie-watching “marathon”. Averaged about 1 per week, sometimes 2 per week. Caught movies that I previously would have just bought the DVD off the shelf. So much so that we actually ran out of movies to watch on the plane to and back from Japan!
Dark Knight – check.
Mummy Returns – check.
Mamma Mia – check. twice.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth – check.
X-Files – check.
*Movies currently showing on JAL.
This takes the cake for the most frivolous “first” of 2008. Yes, my first Gucci. All $770 of it! Snagged it at a Gucci sale that my boss informed me of. I pray that this would be the first of many others to come… ;P
2008 has been a blast and 2009 will be an equally splendid one!
Happy new year!