Sunday, January 1, 2017

[Recap] 2016

As 2016 comes to an end and we bid welcome to a brand new year, just wanted to do a short reflection of the year, to give thanks for everything that has happened and in case my future self wanted to keep track.

- Left my second job at Inconvenient Questions, my brief one year foray into media and publishing. Had a lot of fun producing videos, writing articles and covering Singapore's general election, an experience unlike any other. Sad to note that it has closed down, given the potential that it had, but alas things don't always go your way.

- Joined and left IPG, my even briefer foray into an advertising/social media agency. It has been a really great six months there, where I learned so much in that brief period of time. Helping to support NDP's social media coverage was really memorable, and it's funny to note how my first official national day celebration was with my adopted country. It's sad that I had joined IPG when I am in the middle of settling down in life, because it would have been one hell of a journey.

- Fulfilled one of my wishes to join the public service, which is quite the interesting experience when you get to see things from the other side. Would definitely want to see how far I can go in this job, and hopefully 2017 will be an equally exciting year career wise.

- Visited Cambodia, particularly Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, our only overseas trip this year, and it was quite an unforgettable vacation. Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, they all served as a reminder of how small and insignificant our lives can be in the larger scheme of things, which is why what matters most is living out a life that you want it to. No regrets.

- Of course, last but not least, celebrated the two year anniversary with the girl who has been a constant throughout my one year journey, this year: Dawn Chan. It has not been an easy path, of course, filled with numerous challenges and obstacles, but I am thankful that we have journeyed through 2016 together, both good and bad memories included. I've grown so much thanks to her amazing patience with me, and there's no one else that I want to face 2017 with than her.

2016 has been not a bad year, to say the least. I've met with so many amazing people, and despite how short our time together were, be it through work or other areas, I realized that I have still so much to learn. There are many other things that I've not mentioned too, like officially stopping blogging and starting to put in more effort into creative writing, but nevertheless I hope 2017 will continue to be an equally amazing year (provided if the world doesn't end by then).

And to everyone who's reading this, wishing you an awesome new year ahead and happy 2017!

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