Completely happy new 12 months to all. This publish got here late. However higher late than by no means, :-).
Trying again, 2023 has been some of the eventful years. I had a significant operation, shifted home, modified job, modified automotive, children graduated, and with utter disappointment, my finest pal handed away finish 2023.
Refer here for what does H2F3 (Well being, Hobbies, Household, Finance and Associates) means.
Refer here for 2022 overview.
Feb 2023, I had my first ever main operation in my life. Grateful that it was profitable and I’m wholesome at the moment. Discuss with my earlier article here. Extra gratitude that each one members of the family additionally ended 12 months 2023 wholesome. My weight elevated to 82-83Kg this 12 months. I did train commonly both by strolling or taking part in desk tennis or doing gentle fitness center exercise. Nonetheless, it’s troublesome to shed extra pounds. Metabolism fee have to be decrease as I ages.
2023 Plan: Praying for a profitable operation and no extra tummy ache. Weight to be 78Kg and under.
2023 Precise: Profitable operation. Weight nonetheless above 80Kg.
2024 Plan: Hit the fitness center and/or jog a minimum of twice per week.
After greater than a decade, I took a leap of religion for a profession change in 2023. It was a courageous determination as I’m doing decently properly in my earlier job, hitting gross sales goal and with loads of work freedom. Relationships with ex-boss and ex-colleagues had been good too. Moreover, the tangible ‘pull’ advantages is petty!
The decisive issue for the transfer is identical motive I began this weblog. i.e. I wanted to interrupt my “consolation zone”, and experiences new issues. Maybe, that is what the brand new position offers. Moreover, I’m shifting up the worth chain to the client facet of the enterprise.
Given the way in which issues are going now, the transition is significantly better than anticipated. Colleagues are all very pleasant, and I getting alongside very properly with my crew. The market that we’re in is fairly strong. I’m nonetheless linked to many similar purchasers/companions, whereas attending to know many extra. Total, I’m comfortable regardless of extra busy than earlier than.
Final 12 months’s enterprise journeys additionally introduced me to Dubai the place I’ve missed since 2011. This can be very nice to be there once more. I additionally went to Vietnam and caught up with an previous pal. Even be-friended many new enterprise associates with good relationships.
2023 Plan: Maintain enquiries coming, preserve orders operating, and most vital of all, preserve the job.
2023 Precise: Achieved goal with many good orders. Saved my job and actually, modified job!
2024 Plan: Keep within the job. Study new issues and hit goal. Good relationships with boss and subordinates.
Web value, Funding, Family Bills
Except for placing some money in fastened deposit and promoting Apple shares at first rate revenue, 2023 is the 12 months the place I paid little consideration on the paper worth actions of my investments.
It’s obvious that our greatest investments these days are our children. A lot money and time has been invested on their well-being, research, sports activities actions and many others. It goes with out saying that our family bills sky rocketed with further kids’s enrichments and training commitments. Nonetheless, we don’t intend to withhold the investments so long as we will nonetheless afford.
2023 Plan: Will increase nett financial savings by a minimum of 10%! Total funding portfolio loss no more than 10%.
2023 Precise: Nett financial savings lower larger bills from surgical procedure, automotive buy and better family spending. That stated, the premise of our financial savings are to pay down mortgage. Total, it’s nonetheless constructive financial savings. Funding portfolio loss continues to be >10%, however enhance barely from earlier years on account of higher inventory market in 2023 in comparison with 2022. Web value improve >20% yoy in 2023, because of the steep rise of property worth and lesser mortgage quantity.
2024: Don’t lose cash in any investments.
Household is nice. Children are rising up properly, busy with studies-sports-friends-play. Elevating children isn’t simple. In actual fact, it may be down-right laborious at instances. But, we’re dedicated to present them our greatest, with out asking something in return! Guess that is simply human nature for many mother and father.
Our three kids graduated this 12 months. Eldest is graduated a semester sooner than most of her friends and is entering into working world with nice prospects in IT and cybersecurity Already she went for interviews and obtained gives. The median wage of her 2022 class is at a whooping SGD5,500 per 30 days. Fairly good for recent graduates.
The opposite lady captained her faculty to Nationwide College Video games Champ in 2023, and has entered Singapore Sports activities College (SSP) taking part in Desk Tennis. It will likely be an unconventional expertise as she shall be boarded and is anticipated to journey abroad for competitions. The impression of SSP up to now has been glorious. I sense an excessive amount of compassion. Scholar athletes are generally very well-mannered, impartial, disciplined, decided and useful to 1 one other.
My youngest lady managed to enter into Nationwide Junior Squad Desk Tennis and likewise fought for herself many medals in 2023 and we’re happy with her. My boy graduated from kindergarten by taking the lead in giving the 12 months finish commencement speech. Thus far, he has no drawback adapting and actually he’s fairly excited going into a brand new surroundings. The one draw back is him lacking his good associates in Kindergarten.
We had two household holidays this 12 months and each being in Taiwan, as a result of we mixed our children desk tennis coaching there with household vacation. The 2 journeys have massive climate distinction, one in summer time and one other in winter. Each are good. Value mentioning is Taichung with nice climate in December. We’re captivated by the sheeps in Qing Jing Farm and the thrill of Feng Jia Night time Market there. We additionally went to Zhongshe Flower market, Gaomei wetlands, Nina chocolate manufacturing unit, Yi Zhong night time market and many others.
In Taipei, we spent many days in NeiHu as that’s close to to the colleges and coaching place for the youngsters. Neihu is the expertise district in Taipei, but in addition with many eateries and outlets. We additionally spent many days in Ximending, as we love the stay performances and the various outlets there. Leofoo village and Taipei Zoo leaves deep impressions for us in Taipei. Leofoo combines theme park, wildlife park and water park (we didn’t go to water park), the place you’ll be able to benefit from the rides and likewise see the animals by way of tram and bus. Taipei zoo is big and showcase many animals with vast strolling paths. Grownup entrance charge is barely NT60 which is lower than SGD3. Different locations we went to incorporate Shifen, Jiufen, Danshui, Bali previous village, Taipei 101, Xinyi Purchasing space, New Taipei Christmasland, Night time markets like Shilin, Raohe and many others.
Through the journeys beside the locations of curiosity, our kids and ourselves get to know many new associates. Some turned our excellent associates and so had many gatherings thereafter.
Our 14 12 months previous household automotive bid farewell to us in 2023. She is changed by a brand new 7-seater with a great drive and trip, and with stunning inside aesthetics. The security options of the automotive additionally prevented a significant accident for me! Thank God!
2023 Plan: Household togetherness, work laborious and play laborious collectively. Profitable PSLE for my lady. Yr-end vacation in Japan.
2023 Precise: Regardless of not going to Japan for vacation, household togetherness is attained as we spent 25 days in Taiwan final 12 months. My lady additionally handed her PSLE and entered into the categorical streaming to Sports activities College.
2024 Plan: All wholesome in 2025. Eldest capable of finding a job with good prospect and the place she has ardour in. The second adapting and having fun with sports activities faculty life. The youthful lady to have the ability to enhance her research and sleep early.. haha. My boy continues to be cheerful, smiley and at all times fill with laughter in his life.
FRIENDS & HOBBIES
Whereas I make many new associates in 2023 and likewise new colleagues, I additionally misplaced just a few good ones.
My saddest second is when my finest pal suffered from mind haemorrhaged and handed away shortly after. It’s shockingly sudden. He’s solely 48. A couple of days earlier than the tragedy, we had been nonetheless mountain climbing for 2-3 hours with him main the pack with the very best health. He’s the final particular person I can consider to move away at a younger age, since he lives a wholesome life with no identified dangerous habits. He at all times selected wholesome meals, sleeps and wakes up early, workouts commonly, don’t eat alcohol and lights no cigarettes. Each household and work had been all good too for him, with good husband-wife relationships and children all grown up efficiently. Neither have I hear of any well being complaints nor ache throughout our weekly meetup!
It’s utterly unimaginable for his passing away and my coronary heart actually aches. From 2nd day of 2023 as much as November, I nonetheless go strolling with him commonly. Actually miss him a lot!
Earlier this 12 months our beloved and revered blogger pal CW8888 additionally handed away. Attended his wake with just a few different blogger associates. We grieved his demise and am positive he’s at Abraham’s blossom now. An ex-colleague at 60, whom I used to be closed to up to now, additionally relaxation in peace lately on account of diabetes problems.
Reality be advised, life is admittedly unpredictable! It makes me marvel if over worrying and over planning typically is sensible? Or maybe we should always benefit from present second!
Except for taking part in and competing in desk tennis crew occasions with my kakis in 2023, I additionally spent a fair proportion of time teaching.
After going by means of many classes, a number of sensible and theoretical checks and on-job teaching for main faculty and para athletes, I turned an NROC (Nationwide Registry of Coaches) SG licensed Desk Tennis coach this 12 months. Some of the memorable moments is help to teach Nationwide Para Athletes. Their dedication and dedication are to be significantly revered regardless of decrease recognition than ready bodied athlete. Not forgetting the nationwide para coach and the supporting staffs who reveals deep ardour and love in direction of the athletes.
2023 Plan: Collect with new and previous associates with no new virus, and continues to take pleasure in my hobbies that features: desk tennis and figuring out.
2023 Precise: Many gatherings with new and previous associates together with associates from Japan, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. No covid virus in 2023. Performed desk tennis a minimum of as soon as per week, and took part in a number of crew competitions. Attained SG teaching accreditation in Desk Tennis. Went to fitness center every time I travelled abroad, however solely advert hoc ones and positively not sufficient!
2024 Plan: Proceed to hike with different associates as reminiscence of our good brother. Coaches desk tennis for different children. Constructed again some muscle mass within the fitness center.
Hereby, I needs everybody a Completely happy New Yr forward. Let’s hope that 2024 shall be higher.
Even within the midst of darkish clouds, we are going to nonetheless be rising, similar to the sky lantern within the image under.