The Year In Retrospect: 1 of 3

The Year of Becoming: Exceed, Explore Enrich – my 2016 theme, written on a brown paper bag, with a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish. I wrote about this during the early part of this year, in another post, to share and put into writing what I hope my year will be. They say that it is good to have goals, something to aspire for. Though not all of them may always be met, it gives us direction.

It did give me something to look back on, every now and then, to see if I do get to tick off something from the list. It was never a strict routine, as I still allowed life to happen on its own. I always wondered if I’ll be able to write about the list again but here I am, back in my humble abode. I am back to share my list, and will do so in three parts. Each part will highlight some of those goals and stories on whether I was able to achieve them or not.

So, I begin.

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Breaking the ice

“Who are you?”

Kai asked.

For those wondering who Kai is, who among you has watched the movie Kung Fu Panda 3? If you recall, he is the villain whom Po battles with.

Our Kung Fu Panda Po answers, “I’ve been asking myself the same question… Am I the son of a panda? The son of a goose? A student? A teacher?”

When I heard those lines, I was struck because like Po, I am also… a panda.

Kidding aside, like Po, I too ask myself the same question. Who am I? I believe we all ask ourselves this question, have asked it, and may continuously do so.

As a lot of words and thoughts and rushed into me, I finally settled with three words that I thought would tell a lot about who Mai is a person – Mai is a daydreamer, learner, and lover.

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Random Surprises: A Gallery

Danke schön. 谢谢. Thank you…

To the team that has taught me a lot.

To the mates who know how to make light of things.

To friends who remain.

To the people who matter most — family.

To life and its heartaches and joys, tears and comfort.

To God who loved me first and loved me best.

Cheers to another year!

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The Not-So Secret Life of My Pet, Oogway

“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” – Master Oogway

Inspired by Kung Fu Panda, I named my turtle after Master Oogway.

Not everybody knows that I have a turtle but when they do, they get surprised. This is probably because not everyone would choose a turtle for a pet. Similarly, when I meet someone who also owns one, I feel sort of connected to them as if we, turtle owners, are the only ones who understand why we have this kind of pet in the first place.

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