2+4 Things I’m Grateful For This Birthday

今天是我24岁生日!生日前夕泰国曼谷却发生了爆炸案,心里百感交集,所以决定记录下这个生日感恩的2+4件事!

I turn 24 today! In light of the Bangkok Bombing I decided to make a record of 2+4 things I’m grateful for this birthday. 🙂

  1. 梦想中的大家庭 The big family I dreamt of

    以前在小学/中学的时候,同学常常会说周末又要到阿嬷家吃饭、新年有拜不完的年,总是觉得自己的家人好像比别人少。现在长大了、比较会跟亲戚说话了、哥哥也有了自己的新家庭,渐渐觉得自己的家人好像终于也有那么多了。Back in primary and secondary school years, I’d often hear my classmates talking about going to their granny’s place over the weekend or Chinese New Year for dinner and I felt like I was missing a chunk in my life. Now that I am getting better at communicating with my relatives and my brothers are expanding into their own families, it feels like I’m finally having the big family that I hoped for, for so long.

    Family

  2. 身体健康 Healthy

    最近台湾谈话节目请了很多妈妈谈怀孕时期的艰辛,更加深刻体会到怀胎简直就是一场赌注,不知道哪个环节会发生什么事,照顾孩子一不留神也可能会有事,长大后也可能发生意外、体质转变,所以很庆幸自己身体还算健康,身边的家人朋友也是。

    A lot of mums were invited on Taiwan talk shows to share their pregnancy incidents and memories lately, which made me realize that bearing a child is possibly one of the biggest gambles of all time because you never know when or how something may go wrong. So I’m glad that I’m still healthy and kicking now, so are my family and friends.

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    (上)几年前胃痛在急诊室,妈妈拍了这张照片说看我以后还敢不敢不对时间吃饭。结果是……还是会。 Taken years ago when I was sent to A&E for severe gastric pain. Mum took this photo as a reminder for me to have my meals on time. Apparently it’s one lesson I haven’t mastered.

  3. 进步 Improvements

    无论是在心态上还是实际摄影上,都觉得自己有所调整。无论在哪个领域,都会遇到一些不合作、让人生气的人,但跨过去了,其实也就没什么,不必强求也不需要放在心上。最近第3次拍EOY角色扮演节,也从照片中看到自己的进步。

    I used to get annoyed or upset when things don’t work out at work, but everyone would come across such people regardless which field of work you are in I guess. So I see myself making some adjustments in mindset and learning to let go of those negativity and start on a clean slate when each event is over. A recent trip to take photos at EOY for the third year in a row also made me see my improvements photography-wise.

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    (上)2013-2014-2015年的拍摄成果 Improvements on EOY shoots each year.

  4. 朋友 Friendships

    今年也跟不少朋友重新取得联系,例如中学课外活动的学长、以前同班同学、前同事等。有些朋友虽然在离开/毕业后没有联系,但再次重逢却不尴尬,其实挺开心的。

    This year was also about reconnecting with friends and colleagues from the past. It’s heartwarming to know that getting back in touch after all these years wasn’t awkward as I thought they would be.

    Friends

  5. 工作满足感 Work Satisfaction

    要不是因为去采访活动,我也不会有那么多机会到新加坡各个角落走一遍。这些经历让我习惯迷路、学习独立、开始喜欢看地图、地标、找方向。也让我在不用买门票的情况下增广见闻,认识不一样的新加坡和新加坡人。

    The opportunities to cover events have been a great bonus to my life, giving me many chances to explore Singapore and learn to be okay with losing my way, navigating around and being independent. It’s also a great eye-opening experience without having to pay for event tickets, which is another bonus la.

    Events

  6. 物质满足 Materialistic Satisfaction

    摄影器材和配备都几乎齐全了,也有自己的电子缝纫机、电脑、很满意的手机,所以觉得今年生日其实真的不需要什么特别的、多余的,其实真的已经很满足、无所求。

    I’ve had pretty much everything that I’d ever dream of having – DSLR and accessories, my own sewing machine (and knowing how to use it), computer and a handphone that I really enjoy using. There really isn’t anything else I can think of asking for this birthday – it’s ultimately a sense of satisfaction and gratitude that makes it uniquely 24.

慧颖生日快乐!!
Happy birthday to me!

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