Hello 2019

This photo sums up our 2018 – year of adjusting and coping with three active kids + moon. With all our relatives and friends help that we are able to conquer this year.

#elliottlim is growing into his elder brother role and he is growing up at an incredibly fast pace. The individual character of #edithlim & #everettlim are slowly coming out as we get to know them better. #missmoonthedog is always here watching over everyone in her non-fuss way.
Moving into 2019, @missene and I are plannjng to make some adjustments so that we will get to spend more time with #eeeblings and moon. As the big 4-0 approaches, I also hope to allocate some me-time to clear my bucket list.

Time is an infinite resources and as such, from my family to yours, we hope everyone will have time to do whatever you want in 2019.

So it is true

Chinese believes that the Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar.

The animal year when a person was born is called his zodiac year of birth. And I happen to be born in the year of the Goat.

So earlier this year (before Lunar new year), my colleague forwarded me this prediction for the year:

The Goat

Even though you may be diligent in your approach to work, there will be a strong chance that you may not see the career progression you deserve. This is because your superiors will fail to get your attention and it will be the reason you will feel as though nothing is improving in your career prospects. Simply hold your head high and keep on doing what you do, your efforts will eventually bear benefits further down the road.

I thought nothing of it as I strictly believe that hard work, best effort, and good attitude can and will overcome any difficulties. Then I received my annual increment result for last year effort – a pathetic figure that does not even cover inflation (btw I’m assuming the inflation is 2%).

Silhouette of Person Sitting Beside Body of Water

It is deflating because of all the effort and the sacrifices that were made, all the time spent working overtime when I can spend the time with my family, all the leaves canceled because I am needed at work. All the job offers rejected because I believed I will eventually be rewarded according to my contribution and hardwork.

But not so this time.

Of course, life is never fair and never will be. There will be people who will say, look at me, I have achieved a certain success in life (car, condo, money whatever), why take this so seriously? My reasoning is that all that I have achieved so far in life is through my hard work,

My reasoning is that all that I have achieved so far in life is through my hard work, effort and sacrifices, not hand-out money or inheritance. And all that was achieved was based on one key personal value:

hardwork = reward

And this is one of the values I was hoping to impart to E because I truly believe that nobody can fault hardwork regardless whether you are smart or dumb, talented or talent-less, pretty or ugly.

This is probably a depressed me trying to rationalise my feeling and I will snap out of this in a few days.

But at the moment, this work is shit.

 

 

 

More than meets the eye

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Snapped this photo during my weekend on beach – what looks like a completely normal photo of East Coast beach on a sunny day right?

Right?

Now take a closer look.

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I took this photo due to these two reasons:

  1. The couple on the left is from China. They walked past me while posing for lots of photos along the beach. Then there was a group of paddlers who just finished their training and just came back on shore with their canoes and left it on the beach. The Chinese lady just saunters right up to the canoes that were left on the beach, sat on one of the canoes and begun to pose. And naturally, the photographer proceeded to take a couple of thousand shots in various angle, standing, half squatting, squatting, squatting on one leg, portrait with raised elbow, landscape … half landscape….!?!
  2. Then on the right, there is this caucasian lady who looks like she is 6months pregnant, plonking herself on the beach and started to suntan her belly. Maybe that is one way of avoiding jaundice on the baby in her tummy?

One thing for sure, East Coast Park is never boring!