The 25th Birthday Message which was never posted.

I celebrated my 25th birthday in Hong Kong which I never expected to happen in this lifetime. It wasn’t the best trip but still very thankful that it did happen. A lot of hiccups from the start until the end.

I created a birthday message for my 25th like 2-3 months before the actual date and have planned to post it with a picture of me blowing a cake with 25th candles. Ermm… my family isn’t all for surprises so that’s unlikely to happen and it NEVER did happen.

So while I was writing the message, I was quite emotional and there was this song running on my head. Not sure now as I’m going to retype it.

I have always believe that my 2016 was the better year of my life. Finishing my academic obligations was my utmost priority and I was able to achieve that in 2016. But 2016, despite all the blessings, there was still something missing. 2017 comes and the 1st quarter of the year was a roller coaster. Despite all that happen, I was able to solo travel to the country which I have always wanted to go to, Japan, last March 2017. I have thought that would be the last adventure I would have for 2017.

But how wrong I was. In my life, I would never expect that I would have added experiences.

To all the new people I’ve met this year, thank you for adding color to my mundane life.

Today marks my 25th living in this world. I’m celebrating my birthday for the first time in a long time with the people who I care for.

Despite things not going my way, I’m grateful.

For the first time in a long time, it feels good to be alive.

To more adventures and experiences.

I wrote the caption on Aug. 27, 2017. When things were still okay, lol.

And now I don’t feel the same.

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My Wish List 2017

This entry is already pretty late considering we’re already at the 2nd Quarter of the year 2017.

Do people still write wish lists? I wrote one on 2012 and reminiscing about it was a good memory. Despite not being able to accomplish all, some have stayed behind as a want, some were fulfilled and of course some were forgotten.

I can buy some of these things but unless it is a complete necessity, I would love to waive it for as long as possible.

1) Hard Drive

As I grow older, I spend less time in front of the PC. But that doesn’t mean I have no files in the PC. My brother has been telling me to remove my files from his hard drive but I still haven’t brought one until now. This item was on my previous wishlist and it still is. It’s been 7 years since I wanted this thing.

2) Laptop

I originally wanted a Macbook but with its heavy price tag, I can’t afford it. Maybe someday… Sometimes I wonder if I’m influenced with the Apple Craze but honestly, I just want to try something different from Microsoft.

To be honest, I don’t really stay on the computer for long since I really can’t sit upright anymore, say like 10 years ago. This item was on my previous wishlist and it still is.

3) Travel to 2-3 countries this 2017

For the past 3 years, I’ve been really lucky to be able to travel to at least 1-2 countries a year. In my life, this is probably one of the things which I have never expected to happen 10 years ago.

I already did Osaka this 2017 so hopefully, 2 more?

4) Reach a 6 digit sum in my bank account (Priority)

Reaching my quarter age soon, I’m so disappointed at myself that I haven’t reach the 6 digit mark yet. At the same time it’s acceptable since circumstances is limiting me to reach my goal. If my computation is correct, I should be able to reach it at the end of 2017 or mid-2018.

5) Contact lens

I have been wearing glasses all my life so it would be nice if I can have a day to see without the glasses. But I’m not prepared with being a neat yet.

This item was on my previous wishlist and it still is.

6) Driving

At 24, I still can’t drive and it really doesn’t matter since we don’t have a car. I’m still trying to convince myself that I can do it.

7) LASIK

Aside from #4, this is one of the things which I want to more than #5. I know that the possibility of wearing the glasses again but sometimes, it’s just good to not wear the glasses.

8) Mystery Room Game

I’ve always liked detective games and would like to try it. Limiting factor is probably the price tag.

9) Trampouline Park

I’ve been seeing this advertisement at Metrodeal and it seems like a new and good experience. The only limiting factor is the location and my laziness doesn’t help.

10) Archery (DONE)

I’m pretty much divided about this. I want to try but I also don’t want. I know that I’m weak in dexterity especially those involving target practice and it’s my number one limiting factor.

Actually, my brother won a voucher from the archery at Megamall when we went there last time. It was actually the time when I should have first tried archery but I was a coward and told him to do the activity himself. (Additionally, the instructors that time were busy doing something else (eg. talking among themselves) and felt that the attention given to a first timer was insufficient). So he won that day, and he wanted to claim the voucher so we went again last week of March.

This time around I’ve realized that I’m really unfit. It was only 25 arrows but I really felt tired after shooting less than 10 arrows. It doesn’t help that my form is bad and I can’t close my left eye. Instructors this time were better and more attentive to us first timers. My brother was better the first time around so I still think he also needed a refresher. The shooter and target practice was nearer this time compared to the last time we were there. Since I’m the slowest, I just felt pressured shooting the arrows since everyone is waiting. Even the kids are better than me. 

Would I try again? Not in a pressured environment.

**Will be updated when I think of new things.