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. 🙂
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.
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.
（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.
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.
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.
工作满足感 Work Satisfaction
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.
物质满足 Materialistic Satisfaction
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.
Happy birthday to me!