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01/01/2018 - Happy New Year

As with the start of every new year, here is my compiled list of New Year Resolutions:

01. What are your goals for 2018?
To be filled with happiness, love and contentment.

02. What do you you want to see, discover, or explore?
The world, but most specifically, the Southeastern part of Taiwan.

03. What personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
Determination and persistence.

04. What habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
Feeling too lazy to exercise, sleeping in too late, and staying in my comfort zone.

05. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2018?
Family and friends. Would also like to validate people in my life more.

06. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
A new language, coding and computer programming.

07. What do you want your everyday life to be like?
To be content with what I have in life, to wake up happy, and to do the things I enjoy.

08. How do you want to remember the Year 2018 when you look back on it years from now?
A memorable year of growth, happiness and good memories.

How about you? What are your New Year Resolutions for 2018?

Personally, the previous year wasn't a great year for me, but I'm hoping that everything would only get better from this year on. The only thing is that I've to keep reminding myself to have persistence and determination, as setbacks are inevitable and only temporary. Hang in there, everything will get better over time.

05/01/2018 - Bad news

Just over a week ago, I happened to find out that one of my friends was moving interstate in a month's time. My heart dropped upon hearing the bad news. You see, a few years back, I had quite a lot of friends in Perth. We would hang out occasionally, spending time with each other whenever we could. One by one, they started moving away. Some, to their hometown (international students), and as for the others, they found job opportunities in other parts of Australia. This friend, was actually the last friend I had that was still residing in Perth. But this time, I was going to lose her, just like how I lost my other friends. I was sad, really sad.

I know, I know. I could always keep in touch with my friends via text messages and phone calls. But nothing really beats the comfort of physical presence. Going shopping together, having a picnic at a park or even watching a movie together sounds nice. Having all my friends move away would only mean that I'd have to depend on technology to keep in touch with the people who mean a lot to me. A situation that I would prefer not to be in. Sadly, distance is only going to provide opportunities for both parties to drift apart.

Look. The point here isn't that I no longer have friends in Perth, because I can always go out and make more. It's the loss of a friendship over distance. Maintaining a long-distance relationship requires both parties to put in a lot of effort to keep in touch. But from experience, it's usually the case that the invested effort ends up not being reciprocated over time. (Perhaps due to life commitments, or even pure laziness.) Truth is, distance can compromise even the best of relationships, let alone friendships.

But then again, I suppose distance could act as a test of a true friendship...

Here's a true story:

I met a guy online in 2007, who was residing in Los Angeles, California. We started out as penpals, before becoming friends. Before we knew it, we ended up being so close that we became best friends. Over the years, we have been keeping in touch via Skype, phone calls, and text messages. Despite having work and relationship commitments (on his side), as well as the time difference between Perth and the US, we have been making our friendship work. As it's currently 2018, we have known each other for about 11 years so far. Our friendship is still going strong. Can't wait for the time we'll actually meet up in person.

Although distance may not be that much of a bad thing, but I would say that it brings more bad than good. The only positive side to this is that we would be able to know whether it's worth maintaining the friendship. I'll definitely miss my friend when she moves to Sydney, but I trust that everything would work out in the end. Thanks to technology, we can always keep in touch on social media platforms till the day we meet again. We can even hang out in Sydney one day, and make new, precious memories that we'd hold dear to our heart.

09/01/2018 - First mother-daughter date in 2018

It has been over two weeks since I met up with my mum, so it was quite nice that she invited me to hang out with her today. We had a simple lunch in a Japanese restaurant, sharing sashimi and other dishes from a sushi train. Watching my mum eat was quite hilarious, she kept dropping food everywhere. On the table, on her arm and even on her bag. I had to clean up the mess for her, and it was a clear reminder that she was getting old. What she did for me as a kid is what I'm doing for her now. This year, she would be 62 years old.

Over lunch, we chatted about what I've been doing with my life since the last time we met. I told her about how I bought a coding book a week ago, and have spent the past week working on creating a website cum blog from scratch. It took me one day to read the entire eBook, two days to code (HTML/CSS/Javascript) and another two days to fill the website with content. Did it in record time, given the fact that most people take weeks and even months to finish creating a website. I'm really pleased with myself, but I must say that it's not very surprising as I've always been a pretty fast learner. Showed my mum, and she really liked it.

We then went to Westfield Carousel for the rest of the afternoon. I brought my mum to have a look at Japanese and Korean cosmetics and showed her several products with good reviews. But also encouraged her not to buy anything unless she really needs it. Funny thing was that she's supposed to be the mum, but I'm trying to help control her spending. Oh, on a side but related note, (you probably don't already know this), I'm quite thrifty in my spending, and only buy things that are considered a necessity. However, there's still a long way to go to be living the minimalistic lifestyle. A work-in-progress, I must say.

After a long day out in the scorching heat (36°C) , my mum drove me home and thanked me for spending time with her for the day. It made me happy that she really appreciated my company. My relationship with her has always been good, and I hope that we'll continue to be this close in the future.

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