Hopeful 2021 – In a overview

Oh hello! *dusting the cobwebby weblog* After a 12 months of hiatus, right here I’m again excellent earlier than the 12 months ends! 

Right here’s to a different 12 months, one other twelve months of being grounded proper right here in Singapore. I suppose I can account for the shortage of updates because of not travelling overseas, proper? *Cough* Excuses. *Cough*. There are many previous travels to doc, however in actuality, it’s all the time simpler to submit bite-size content material on Instagram.  

Living the pandemic with mask
Dwelling the pandemic with a masks.

I themed the 12 months, Hopeful, hoping that life will regularly revert to pre-covid days. Trying on the present scenario appears to be like like I’ve underestimated the facility of Covid. That’s me, just a little too optimistic and idealistic. Trying on the vivid aspect, we’re getting there! I remained comparatively optimistic all year long, so hope was one thing I held on to. 

Now it’s time to replicate on the previous twelve months, so let’s start with my resolutions for 2021

2021 Decision – Reflection

Learn 15 books – 🙁 

Though I solely accomplished 12 books as a substitute of 15, this is among the highest e book counts I’ve learn in recent times. Kudos to that! As well as, I’ve expanded my studying style, a lot in order that I solely learn one novel this 12 months! It takes effort to tug myself away from all of the distractions to learn a e book, however whether it is adequate, I’d have a tough time placing it down till I flipped all of the pages. 

Sundays with Sumiko book with coffee
One of many twelve books I learn this 12 months.

Holding match – 🙂

I’ve cut up this decision into two parts, one for and one for different types of exercises, making certain that I get some cardio completed and muscle tissue toned. The quantitative goal I set for the 12 months was to run 200km and end 25 hours of exercise. I tracked myself diligently all year long, and I’m comfortable to announce that I ran a complete of 233km and accomplished 27 hours of static coaching. I pushed by this unknowingly as a result of I believed I set the next goal! Properly completed, Pam! 

Discover and begin a course – 🙁 

Ooops. Sadly, this has fallen by the “crack” for different issues resembling getting cash took precedence. I began trying to find programs below the SGUnited programme; nevertheless, nothing fascinating caught my eyes. On one other notice, I made a feeble try and study to program once more solely to be reminded why I dropped out of programming aeons in the past. The saving grace is that I MAY have an concept of what to enroll in subsequent 12 months. We will see! 

I didn’t look too achieved finishing one out of the three resolutions on paper. Nevertheless, in actuality, it was not shabby in any respect. Though 2021 is one other 12 months of residing with the pandemic, it has been an excellent 12 months to a big prolong and right here is why. 

A transparent imaginative and prescient

I lastly did the LASIK eye surgical procedure to make my imaginative and prescient good once more! The dry eyes and indicators of eye exhaustion drove me to this life-changing resolution. For somebody who fumbles for the glasses each morning since eight years previous, the flexibility to see clearly once I open my eyes each morning is such a blessing. Okay, let’s be sensible; I’m nonetheless experiencing a aspect impact: dry eyes within the morning. However then, I used to be already coping with some dry eyes points earlier than the LASIK. Thus, the trick is to drip a drop of eyedrop into every eye each morning to assist resolve the problem. It’s not too dangerous in any respect. For now, let me benefit from the good eyesight and take care of the presbyopia when the time comes. 

Beer and fries
Definitely not lacking the spectacles.

Intermittent Fasting

It’s all the time difficult for somebody who just isn’t overweight and workout routines often to shed the previous few kilograms. I stumbled upon a present about Intermittent Fasting backed with an experiment and interviews with subject material consultants, so I believed, why not give it a attempt? So I did. I adopted my IF regime strictly for 2 months throughout Could and June, which properly coincides with our Part 2 Heighten Alert. The dearth of social gatherings and no dine-in ruling made it simpler for me to train this IF. I misplaced 2 to three kilograms which I had bother eliminating beforehand. Now, I now not apply strict IF; it’s troublesome, particularly with year-end social gatherings; nevertheless, I nonetheless make an effort to maintain as much as it as a lot as potential. 


This 12 months, I’ve additionally expanded my cooking repertoire and am extra artistic and experimental within the kitchen. Beforehand, my cooking consisted of utilizing a number of completely different pre-mixes. Nevertheless, Tiktok opened my world to new creations. I additionally discover myself cooking extra than simply shopping for meals residence to eat. Not solely is it more healthy as a result of I get to manage what I put in my mouth, but additionally I’m consuming method much less quick meals and processed meals because of this. Good job, Pam! 

A dish of salmon with tomatoes and spinach.
Salmon with spinach and tomatoes.

Discover Singapore

Regardless of the opening of Vaccinated Journey Lane (VTL) in September 2021 with Germany and Brunei and subsequently, with many different nations added to the listing, I select to remain put. Being so Pam, it’s for sensible causes, such because the excessive price of PCR assessments and my job. Thus, I spend the 12 months actively looking for adventures throughout the borders of Singapore. I’m fortunate to have like-minded buddies preferring going from heartlands to nature, checking off untouristy elements of Singapore as a substitute of hanging out in malls and going procuring. Simply gonna listing them down for the file. 

  1. Geylang
  2. Dairy Farm Nature Park
  3. Spottieswoode
  4. Toa Payoh
  5. Pulau Ubin
  6. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  7. Clementi Forest
  8. Keppel Reservoir
  9. Crawford Avenue
  10. Botanic Gardens – Gallop Extension
  11. Ang Mo Kio
  12. Bukit Brown
  13. Joo Chiat
  14. Mount Serapong
  15. Hougang
  16. Bukit Timah
  17. Potong Pasir
Riding a brick bike.

If I dare say, it’s fairly a feat! 

Properly, with all these good issues, the 12 months just isn’t all the time a mattress of roses as I hit my lowest in August this 12 months. 

Lowlight of the 12 months. 

All the month of August was simply horrible. It consisted of a handful of episodes all consolidated right into a month. Trying again, I got here to grasp the indicators of gaslighting, maybe because of somebody’s insecurities. I additionally will settle for among the blame as a result of it was an excellent get up name the place I compelled myself to self-reflect and take motion after that. I’m nonetheless grateful to brush previous the individual in my life. The following episodes had been full shitholes the place it was the place they exploited my vulnerability. Anyhow, I finally obtained my shit collectively, stood by my stand, made my level loud and clear (however some individuals simply don’t get it, can’t blame me), ended the whole lot and moved on to the brand new month! Oh boy, it was a troublesome month, however I pulled by. 

Blowing a birthday cake.
Right here is to a different 12 months!

All in all, I fee 2021 an 8/10! I’ve my justifiable share of ups and downs with some anxiousness, uncertainties, and self-doubts, however that’s life, huh. It’s nonetheless unbelievable, regardless of the worldwide pandemic. How did yours honest, and the way would you fee yours? 

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