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The Joy of Origami

When I was rather small, we used to have an origami booklet and I’ve always found the whole process of making an origami enjoyable — from trying to figure out what the diagrams mean to actually finishing the piece. So when I saw a pack of origami paper at Muji, I immediately got one. Below is the first one I made.

And the joy has never left.

Hello 28. Nice to meet You.

A year older, hopefully wiser.

Reading Malcolm Gladwell

One of the things I wanted to do this year is to read at least one book a month. So far I’ve read two books and about to finish another. All of them by Malcolm Gladwell. I first read his latest book — “Outliers,” which illustrates that circumstances are as important as effort in being the best or successful at something. Then I read the one before that — “Blink,” which explores how sometimes quick decisions can be better than pre-mediated ones, that we are much smarter than we think we are. Now I’m reading and about to finish his first — “The Tipping Point“,  which tries to explain the factors that can make ideas, news, trends, etc.  become an epidemic. I like the way he writes — very observant. I think it’s similar to how I think, how I take in experiences and process them. Sometimes though I hope I can explain things the way I process them.

Things I want to accomplish this year

Since it’s still the first month. I think it’s not too late for me to list down several things I want to do this year. So here goes my list, in no particular order:

  • read at least one book per month (the first book I’m reading right now is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell)
  • learn a couple of new languages (I’m leaning towards Objective-C and Python)
  • create and develop a web or mobile app or both
  • have more mastery of frameworks (MVC, JS and CMS among others)
  • travel to some place we‘ve never been
  • capture more moments through photography
  • grow and expand the business I setup with a college friend several years ago
  • take my mom on a vacation
  • write more
  • talk more
  • have more structure in saving for the future
  • have more days doing none-tech stuff
  • have more initiative and be more pro-active at pushing great ideas into fruition in the workplace
It’s still a partial list from the top of my head. I might add or delete some as time goes by. So I’ll just edit this entry from time to time.

The Year That Was (Part 2)

And so enough about technology and on to more personal stuff for the second part of my year end entry.


Probably the biggest thing that happened to me personally was the loss of our father. It was quite sudden and untimely. He was only 57. Even if I always exude an aura that I’m fine, I know that I’m still hurting, grieving and recovering from the loss. All of us in the family are. We’re all just trying to be strong for each other. Because, being the always jolly and smiling person that Dad is, he would’ve wanted that we celebrate the life he lived.

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It’s Christmas

The cold air at night. Eating, laughing, staying up late. Catching up with friends. Being with family. Just the way I wanted to spend Christmas. 

I’m just glad to be home.

Missing my Dad

It’s been about a month since my Dad passed away and this morning I just missed him — his texts from time to time how I’m doing here and how he always liked the food in Newton Circus, which sadly I have never been to. I was wishing I could still text him about my rockstar moment yesterday. I miss him terribly.

And So September Ends

Last month was quite eventful and exhausting. We had to travel to Manila twice. The first time was when my father was in the ICU. The second was to pay my last respects. After a couple of months of enduring different procedures, my father passed away September 21. It was a painful and enlightening ordeal. But I’m sure he’s happy up there. We love you dad.

Back in Singapore

I’ve been away from Singapore for one whole week. My father was in the ICU from Saturday evening until Thursday morning. He had to undergo an operation to address bilial blockage. According to my brother, it’s palliative (a new word I learned) so there’s still a lot of uncertainty on how his condition will go from there. Before we left, he was getting stronger and was already talking. Hopefully his condition gets better and better so he’ll be up and about when we come home again for Christmas. I missed them all a lot.

Missing Family

My brother just passed the nursing board exams a couple of weeks ago. I wish I was there to congratulate him on his big day. He’s now a certified R. N.

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