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Hopeful 2021 – In a overview

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

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

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

I themed the yr, Hopeful, hoping that life will regularly revert to pre-covid days. Wanting on the present scenario appears like I’ve underestimated the ability of Covid. That’s me, just a little too optimistic and idealistic. Wanting on the brilliant facet, 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 mirror on the previous 12 months, so let’s start with my resolutions for 2021

2021 Decision – Reflection

Learn 15 books – 🙁 

Despite the fact that I solely accomplished 12 books as a substitute of 15, this is without doubt one of the highest e book counts I’ve learn lately. Kudos to that! As well as, I’ve expanded my studying style, a lot in order that I solely learn one novel this yr! 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 yr.

Protecting match – 🙂

I’ve cut up this decision into two parts, one for and one for different types of exercises, making certain that I get some cardio completed and muscle groups toned. The quantitative goal I set for the yr was to run 200km and end 25 hours of exercise. I tracked myself diligently all year long, and I’m glad to announce that I ran a complete of 233km and accomplished 27 hours of static coaching. I pushed by this unknowingly as a result of I believed I set the next goal! Effectively completed, Pam! 

Discover and begin a course – 🙁 

Ooops. Sadly, this has fallen by the “crack” for different issues reminiscent of getting cash took precedence. I began trying to find programs below the SGUnited programme; nevertheless, nothing attention-grabbing caught my eyes. On one other notice, 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 concept of what to enroll in subsequent yr. We will see! 

I didn’t look too completed finishing one out of the three resolutions on paper. Nevertheless, in actuality, it was not shabby in any respect. Despite the fact that 2021 is one other yr of residing with the pandemic, it has been a very good yr 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 excellent once more! The dry eyes and indicators of eye exhaustion drove me to this life-changing choice. For somebody who fumbles for the glasses each morning since eight years outdated, the flexibility to see clearly once I open my eyes each morning is such a blessing. Okay, let’s be life like; I’m nonetheless experiencing a facet 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 problem. It’s not too dangerous in any respect. For now, let me benefit from the excellent eyesight and cope with the presbyopia when the time comes. 

Beer and fries
Actually not lacking the spectacles.

Intermittent Fasting

It’s at all times difficult for somebody who will not be overweight and workouts frequently to shed the previous couple of kilograms. I stumbled upon a present about Intermittent Fasting backed with an experiment and interviews with material consultants, so I believed, why not give it a attempt? 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 shortage 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 bother eliminating beforehand. Now, I now not apply strict IF; it’s tough, particularly with year-end social gatherings; nevertheless, I nonetheless make an effort to maintain as much as it as a lot as doable. 


This yr, I’ve additionally expanded my cooking repertoire and am extra inventive and experimental within the kitchen. Beforehand, my cooking consisted of utilizing plenty of totally different pre-mixes. Nevertheless, 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 international locations added to the record, I select to remain put. Being so Pam, it’s for sensible causes, such because the excessive value of PCR checks and my job. Thus, I spend the yr actively searching for adventures throughout the borders of Singapore. I’m fortunate to have like-minded mates preferring going from heartlands to nature, checking off untouristy elements of Singapore as a substitute of hanging out in malls and going buying. 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! 

Effectively, with all these good issues, the yr will not be at all times a mattress of roses as I hit my lowest in August this yr. 

Lowlight of the yr. 

The whole month of August was simply horrible. It consisted of a handful of episodes all consolidated right into a month. Wanting again, I got here to grasp the indicators of gaslighting, maybe attributable to somebody’s insecurities. I additionally will settle for a number of 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 following episodes have 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 folks simply don’t get it, can’t blame me), ended every thing and moved on to the brand new month! Oh boy, it was a troublesome month, however I pulled by. 

Blowing a birthday cake.
Right here is to a different yr!

All in all, I fee 2021 an 8/10! I’ve my fair proportion 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 honest, and the way would you fee yours? 

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