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A humble beginning to 2010

An old saying goes along this line:

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

To a certain extend, I’ve got to agree with the above quote after I’ve had bad experiences of being unprepared previously and ended up paying a huge price. Although many will point out that the plan may be subjected to changes, I thought it is better than having none. This is why I make it a point to pen my new year’s resolution though I missed it last year unknowingly.

It is not so much of listing the items and announcing it to the world but rather, I felt that this method serves as a useful tool to keep track of goals I’ve set out to accomplish for the year – with a repercussion effect of pressure and reminders from friends and strangers whom may be interested with the progress.

Hereby presenting the 3 resolutions I hope to achieve by the end of 2010:

1. Visit the gym and exercise regularly
I have not been visiting the gym and exercising regularly since returning from Australia in 2008. As usual, one of the main reasons I’ve always managed to convince myself is work commitment and feeling lethargic. Of course, this is not entirely true and I realised I’ve just been getting lazy.

Before things get out of shape and I begin to fail my annual physical proficiency test, I’ve decided to live a healthier lifestyle by visiting the gym at least once a week even during busy work schedules. I’m pretty sure I can afford to sacrifice at least an hour during weekends with the exception that I’m being deployed elsewhere that has no access and privilege of working out.

2. Resume reading of non-work related books and articles
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I figured that by resuming my hobby of reading and completing at least a book a month, I would have expanded my horizon and gain a better perspective of various subjects. Though there’s probably so much more to read and absorb in the course of my work, deviating and reading on other subjects, be it a novel or biography is definitely refreshing.

3. Better time management and remaining focus
Procrastination is the art of living with yesterday. Given the amount of work to complete daily and personal agenda, it will be disastrous and unforgiving if things started to snowball and get out of hand because of procrastination. Thus, I hope to work on my time management and task prioritisation skills in terms of administratively and getting things done without distractions.

In short, by achieving the above, it should put me in a better position – both physically and in character.

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Welcome to the new year

Welcome, 2008!

Barely a minute ago, we’ve all bid farewell to 2007. For me, it was a great year coupled with fun, exciting activities and memorable experiences. For the new year, I look forward to many more events and opportunities. On top of that, there’s a list of resolution that I hope to accomplish:

Health

I’ve been going to the gym lately and I hope to be able to kick start my gym routine once again and build some solid muscles — though it’ll prove to be challenging when flying starts again. Still, I’m sure I’ll be make sacrifices and find free time to lift weights. Since my eye surgery in late 06′, I’ve been maintaining 6/4 for both eyes. I hope to maintain this excellent vision and this means spending less time on the computer and caring for the precious eye.

Work

Another 6 months and I’ll have completed my basic flying training. I certainly look forward to the day I complete my officer-ship training and put on the ‘golden bar’ on my shoulders.

Social

This should make up a big chunk of my resolution for the year. First and foremost, I want to improve my communication skills, interpersonal relation, patience and character. I realized that I’ve been lacking in these areas and hope to change for the better. As shown in the infoporn, I’ve only read a total of 3 pathetic books for last year. I hope to beat the record and improve on my reading list this year!

This should sum up what I wish to attain for 2008. Easier said than done but I’m up for the challenge.

Happy holidays!

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2007 resolutions

Having spent the last few days of 2006 doing self reflection, I’ve came up with a list of resolutions which I hope to accomplish for this year. Before I list them, I thought of what’s the significance in listing out a New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I felt that resolutions are just like a roadmap that spells out what needs to be achieve for the entire year ahead. It also gives a clear direction on what needs to be done

When I initially penned down my resolutions for 2006, I was uncertain if I could achieve it but I made it a point to review it during mid-year to see how much have I achieved and how much more effort is needed.

So, what do I have in mind this year? To start off, I’m about to start my driving lessons having passed the theory tests. I hope to achieve my driving lessons before leaving for my basic wing training next year. Next, I want to achieve gold standard for my physical test as well as hit the gym more often to build up my body. Since my eye surgery, I’ve not been able to exercise and keep fit but this will change next year when I’m certified medically fit by the doctors. The amount of books I’ve been reading have somewhat decline over the past few months. Hence, I hope that I’ll be able to keep up on reading with at least one book a month.

As my Chinese language has worsened over the past few years, this year, I hope to be able to pick up the language and at least know how to read and write properly. Last but not the least, I wish to spend more time with my family and to have a successful and smooth sailing career and life!

What about you? Have you pen down your resolutions yet?

Have a great year ahead!

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Stumbling with chinese

It didn’t took me long enough to realise my Chinese language of command have degraded substantially since graduating from secondary school. I hardly have the opportunity to “keep in touch” with it, less reading or even writing it. The only time I’m able to use it is during interaction with friends or family.

Our government have been actively prompting the use of proper mandarin, placing emphasis on the post-65 generation where the majority comes from English speaking family. Everyday, I read from the newspaper on how China is rapidly expanding into the global market and why is it important to master the Chinese language and even the culture to stay competitive. I have to admit that I dislike Chinese for the numerous strokes in characters and difficulty in using the words correctly. I’ve always barely passed my Chinese tests and exams while in school and I regretted not putting in more effort. Unlike English where one can roughly try to spell the words correctly by placing the letters around, Chinese requires a little more patience and understanding of the culture in order to master it.

With my current job, there’s almost zero possibility of using Chinese at work. All the presentations, briefs and even conversations with superior are in English. This made it tough for me to practice and master my Chinese language. However, I’ve thought of alternatives to counter this problem and could help me to improve or at least maintain my Chinese language standards. One of the most efficient and effective way is to read Chinese newspaper. I know it’s going to be tough as most probably, I would have to refer to the dictionary for every few words I read. (Yes, this is how bad I think it’ll be). Another way is to read from past Chinese textbooks and even well written composition books. I guess all of these would help to maintain my Chinese and speaking of proper mandarin.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to kick-off this idea and this shall be one of my new year’s resolutions for 2007.

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