Happy New Year!

Mincemeat tart (with dinosaur motif)
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Happy New Year everyone!

I didn’t post anything on Mon so you’ll get two posts today! Yes! All 25 of you, my regular readers.


I had a secret pre-New Year’s resolution (pre-New Year because I made it, like, at the start of Dec, I think): to post an entry each day so that I hone my craft by sharpening the saw.

(Except for weekends and public holidays, of course – I’m pro-work-life balance like that.)

However, I missed Mon’s deadline as I was busy making a set of Cards Against Humanity for a New Year’s Eve party.

(It’s really fun; I played it last Fri at a party and I was all, like: WHERE DO I GET A SET OF MY OWN?

It’s sold out, though, so I had to download a PDF file of the game, buy the card stock, print it out at a printer and cut the cards manually (couldn’t be arsed to use a huge-ass cutter).

It took me the better half of a day – “the perks of being self-employed”, according to Prem Vadiveloo, my new Chindian friend – but I certainly had fun playing the game on New Year’s Eve with my friends.)

New Year’s Eve aside, I want to be introspective and all because it was a briefly popular trend on New Year’s Eve, and you know how good I am at quickly adapting to new technologies.

So where do I start? I’ve to go back about five years, actually.

When I look back to when the previous phase of my life began, I’d say that:

  • 2008 was a year of success for me. I never had so many achievements in life come my way at one go, and I really felt blessed that year.
  • 2009 was a year of tumultuousness, and the year in which the decline began.
  • 2010 was a year of decay. I didn’t know where I was going; I just knew I was going downhill.
  • 2011 was a year of stagnation. I don’t think I progressed very much – I can hardly remember the happy moments of that year.

But 2012 was a year of realisation, renewal and a return to a state of normalcy and happiness.

I quit my job; I embarked on a new career.

I lost weight; I started living healthier again.

I stopped beating myself up; I started believing in myself again.

I reconnected with family and many old friends; I even made a new Chindian friend!

Sadly, I let go of a girl I should’ve stuck with – but I guess that paved the way for many interesting dates.

Most importantly, I’ve found most of the old me once more – and so far, it seems that this is what matters the most for now, in the grand scheme of things.

So on that note, I want to bid goodbye to 2012 in obituary form, because it deserves it.

In Memory of 2012

(1 Jan – 31 Dec 2012)

Thank you, 2012, for all that transpired.

You weren’t particularly brilliant, but you were necessary for me to move on with life.

So this ain’t a fond farewell, but neither is it a good riddance.

Here’s looking to an awesome 2013.

P.S. This is a longer-than-usual post, but it still counts for one post. Stay tuned for the other post and don’t worry – I won’t cheat you of the money you didn’t pay for reading this premium content!

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Laremy Lee

A versatile educator, writer and editor, Laremy Lee (李庭辉) has the uncanny knack of being one of the few among his generation in Singapore who crafts compelling stories in different genres.

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