Just a quick update. I would like to start writing again – short updates as I prepare for the upcoming World Youth Day in Krakow. Being the “planner” that I am, I pinned most of the important venues on Google Maps so that my friends and other pilgrims can make good use of the map.
You’ll be able to find the Blonia Park (Opening Mass), Campus Misericordia at Brzegi (Vigil & Papal Mass) as well as other tourist attractions around Krakow. Links are also attached to the venue for further reading.
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A quarter year has just passed! Poof! While I was a way few things happened…
Little did I realise the impact of my parents growing older to us children. Though they are still healthy and able to walk, they are no longer the energetic mum and dad of my childhood years. My parents came over and stayed with me for a month, in between I brought my dad to see a trusted cardiologist, a friend of my uncle. It was necessary to seek a second opinion, the doctors who treated him in Borneo Medical Centre couldn’t give us a closure of what was wrong with his health despite us paying hefty medical bills. Now that we know that his health is okay and he just have to take his medication religiously, we are less worried now.
The quitting thought
I have, for some time, considered quitting blogging. I hesitated for almost a week whether or not to renew this expiring domain. I renewed the domain, at last! Call me indecisive. Most times I do not know what to do with this blog, hence the thought of shutting down this blog. But then there are sugary memories. Such irony!
Life is without doubt stressful. Work is stressful with piles of applications to go through and several projects to manage. Other than that work is pretty manageable. Being an introvert, people related issues stressed me up more than anything else. I try to shut myself off from these negative people. The people in my life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing more to it.
While I was away I’ve charted out some plans for this year. The primary being sitting for my professional engineer assessment. Next up the upcoming World Youth Day pilgrimage and Europe trip, I’m looking forward to this trip. I missed the three WYDs (Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro). Finally after 8 years!
The coming back
I hope it’s not to late to wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter! After a long hiatus from choir, by God’s grace I was asked to sing the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) on this very special Easter Vigil where Christians anticipate the joy of Christ’s resurrection.
I’ve got to admit that I make impulse purchase for a great number of times thinking it’s cool to have this planner or that spanking new toy.
I ended up not writing on that Starbucks planner, or taking pictures with the camera anymore, or wearing that blazer I thought was cool, or that special edition Starbucks’s tumbler, or that facial wash, or that extra earphones I thought I needed as a spare.
“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook
Experience and passage of time has taught me to adjust my priorities and my wants vs needs, hence forth this post after a long hiatus.
To remind myself not to make any more impulse purchase, I’ve started selling off the items I no longer collect or use. By getting rid of the stuffs I owned, I’m learning to detach myself from material things. It’s no shame to admit that most people love their stuffs, and they love acquiring more stuffs.
For us guys, we do not have that much of emotional attachment towards material stuffs. I know my sister wouldn’t give away her unwanted items let alone earning some income by selling her used goods.
Also by selling off those things that I never used and don’t really care about, I’m creating more physical space for my house. The money goes to my savings for the upcoming World Youth Day and also paying of debt. The clothes that I do not fancy wearing will be donated to someone else.
My money habit for this year is experience over things – stop spending, scale back, live lean..
“Speak to them of the great mercy of God… Sometimes people are helped by your telling of your own lamentable past.”
St. Francis Xavier
Blessed Feast day of St Francis Xavier
I turned 31 two months ago.
The other day I was scrolling down my Facebook feed, one by one just like travelling back to the past. Looking back, I can say that I was definitely more excited about birthday. Weeks before my birthday, I would make sure to post hints and double-check that my friends can see my birthday on Facebook. I’d get dozens of greetings and well wishes, and of course meals and cakes.
This year has been different. I did not mention to anyone. On my birthday, I learned how to celebrate my own life. I took the day off from work, sent my car for servicing, had my driving license and identity card renewed. I merely wanted to be happy on the day, dolce far niente, which I was. There was no anticipation or expectation of who I will be meeting on that day. Most of all not having to juggle between different groups of friends.
Evening came, my youngest sister asked me out for dinner and we had western food. That’s just all. As I grow older, I realise that I prefer the simple pleasures life brings. Throughout the day, only a few close friends sent their wishes which I took time to reply each one of them.
And I thank everyone who made my weekend a memorable one. A special hand crafted cake from a friend and a heart-warming steamboat session with the friends.
I’m glad that I made that choice of keeping it on the down low.
Cheers to 31!