In the second entry of my 2016 look back series, I've summarised the Facebook posts I've made for the past year that contain things that I'm either thankful for or make me happy. All this positivity is perfect for balancing the negative energy that emanates from the previous entry. With this balance now all is reset thereby putting in the best position to welcome the new year.
I love these nights when I veg at home watching my downloaded videos waiting for my boo to come home from work. Totally relaxed but fully prepared to hop like a bunny to the front door at the sound of it opening.
The sound of fire crackers is finally ringing in the air heralding the impending arrival of the new year and in about nine hours, I will greet my mummy at the airport kick-starting her one-week stay to experience the vibrant new year festivities in a Western country for the first time. Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey everyone!
Suddenly feeling the need to be thankful. Be thankful that you're throwing out thrash because it means that you have the financial means to own things to begin with. Be thankful that you have a warm bed to sleep in tonight (even luckier if it's with someone you love) knowing that there are many sleeping rough outside in wintry Melbourne.
For the first time in my life I've exchanged actual products with my frequent flyer points, all thanks to the numerous flights to and from Cairns for my Papua New Guinea assignment. $200 worth of free groceries here I come!
Boo will be back early and home soon!!! Elation drowned out questions and so excuse me now as I need to warm my arms up to prepare for major hugging later!
Do you know why my happiness level on Thursday mornings before work is comparable to a Friday evening when the weekend starts? Because that's when I'm furthest from my next gym visit, time-wise.
Even as an amateur song-writer who does it only as a hobby, I've gotten quite a bit of royalty so far from just one song since 2010. Imagine how much I can amass if I put my total heart and soul into it as a full-time song-writer!
All our stuff is now in at our new place. We have power, gas and hot water! A whole new page of our lives have officially started! Super excited but super tired as well!
It's a quiet night at home for me while husband's out enjoying himself. I'm so glad we can be equally comfy with being apart and being clingy when we're next to each other. It's a balance fine-tuned over the last 8 years and Ision and I are loving it!
For a nerdy engineer with a very limited social circle both online and in real life, to amass 180,000 blog hits is quite a feat. Now what should I post to really make the hits go through the roof I wonder...?
Breakfast boo made was so yummy and filling that I can do without lunch today and the extra calories that come with it. What a way to enjoy food without the guilt!
Last day of work before the Christmas break is now done! Final Fantasy XV I'll be visiting you intensively for the next 4 days!
It's always nice to find yourself on other people's blogs especially blogs that feature hot guys!
Advantage of being married #65: Free relaxing mutual massage sessions at home where you can moan to your heart's content.
Tried the nice ramen place just opposite our apartment. How lucky are we to live in Melbourne huh.
I used to compare myself with other guys in the gym who have hotter bodies than mine and get upset. Now I tell myself - as long as you are a regular gym-goer who is there to really work out, you're already better than 90% of the people out there. You don't have to set yourself up for failure with unrealistic goals.
Tonight I can finally taste the capability of the newest member of the family a.k.a. the slow cooker. Smells really nice booboo!
Being the only one topless at Pink Dot (yes, the ONLY one) I took so many pictures with so many people today it's not funny. If only I charged them per shot! But then again I'm a camera whore and I love all the attention so it's all good. It's such a good decision to come back just for this major Singaporean gay event. Love is love no matter who you are and nobody can deny you this love that you deserve. #PinkDot2016
An elaborate breakfast this morning greeted me when I woke today. Hope your married life is as blissful as mine! Baked eggs with vintage cheddar, Hungarian salami, tomato, parsley, garlic and onion plus portobello mushrooms pan-fried in butter and soy sauce, and toast.
I know I've been complaining a lot recently regarding a lack of work. I do know that I'm already much luckier than a lot of other people who don't even have a roof over their heads or an able body to look for a job in the first place. It looks like things are going to improve very soon though! #ThankingMyLuckyStars
Mummy asked hubby what he added in his mushroom breakfast dish that made it smell so good. The chef must be feeling proud! By the way the secret was butter, something not used in traditional Chinese cooking.
I was exploring my neighborhood after gym and I found the perfect jogging route. It's great that we live almost next to the Glenferrie Oval. I sense lots of outdoor cardio from now.
8 years ago today I stepped foot in Australia as a permanent resident for the first time and now I call this country home, for better or worse. Actually there is no "worse" as my life is now complete with Ision. However 8 years on the engineering industry is now in a very different place and steady employment at this point will make my life even more complete. Hope I'm not asking for too much here. Well here's to another 8 years!
Birthday dinner with hubby. And yes, I got my requested birthday present and have already started using it. Now on to my 39th year on this planet.
"Your drive and work ethic combined with your obvious skill has been a real benefit not just to us in the Production department but OSL, in striving for Operational Excellence, so thank you very much." This came from the highest-ranking person on site in Papua New Guinea. I think I did an OK job in my close-to-2-years there.
I've tried and tested the new WhatsApp video functionality (ABOUT BLOODY TIME IT'S MADE AVAILABLE!) and it's all systems go. I now finally don't need my obsolete iPhone 4 with me when I travel alone just to Facetime with boo!
A day of crisp country air followed by a night of restful sleep coming up. A good weekend it has been so far. Goodnight.
Step 1: Asking to collaborate with photographer. Step 2: Securing a time slot. Step 3: Body conditioning. Step 4: A little bit of tanning to add colour. Step 5: Waiting for the shoot to start. Step 6: Actual shoot. Step 7: Waiting for the pictures. Step 8: Final editing. Step 9: Posting the finished product. Step 10: Relishing the compliments. Guess which step I'm at right now? Mave hope it'll be a great one today!
"Why I love married life - reason #27:
Ision: There is leftover chicken and vegetable soup for you if you want it.
Me: Thank you boo!"
It's Monday again and I'm really thankful that I've a job to go to. No Monday blues here at all! :)
Having a gorgeous muscular man of mixed parentage turning his head to gawk at you while walking and then bumping into other people... Priceless. Looks like I still got it!
Well I shouldn't be angry with hubby for buying that new iPad Pro because this means that I'll be taking over his old iPad 2. :) #HaveToUseiTunesAgain #NotAnApplePerson
Mummy is back in Singapore safe and sound and that formally ends her Melbourne trip. Now that I've booked my flights home, I have to make a list of her best dishes that I need to savour when I'm there. Your mum's cooking is something that money can't buy and we should all cherish it as well as our time with our mums when we still can.
I'm thankful each and every day for not having children, otherwise
I'd be a slave for them for the rest of my working life in a job I'm
forced to like just so I can rise up the ranks and earn more to feed the
people I brought to life yet have increasingly no time for.
So there you have it, my 2016 in a nutshell. The reason why this second part of my 2016 look back series is posted on this new day of 2017 is to serve as a reminder to continue being thankful in this new year. Hope you've had a great time revelling wantonly in drunken merriment. Happy 2017!