Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017.

2016 really seemed like it passed by in a flash! Where did the year go lol. But honestly, looking back, I think 2016 has been a rather good year. I:

  1. Started full time work in Habitat for Humanity Singapore. This is probably the highlight of my 2016. My first full time job! And I think I’m really really fortunate and blessed to be doing something I enjoy and also to have such awesome coworkers! And come February, I’ll have worked here for a whole year! Crazy lol. It really feels like I only just started work yesterday.
  2. Taught in Sunday School. Honestly still terrified of teaching hahaha. Am always afraid that I’d say/teach the wrong thing, or that my lessons won’t be interesting enough for the kids. But I’m so thankful for encouraging co-teachers, and that though some of the kids may be quite a handful, they’re honestly all really sweet and fun kids to be with! Thankful for the opportunity to teach them!
  3. Walked alongside 2 new-ish girls in Youth. It was really quite challenging at times because of my (and their) introvertedness. Also, same as above, afraid of saying/teaching the wrong thing to them. My prayer is that I’ll be able to break down walls (both mine and theirs) and walk closer with them 🙂
  4. Went on multiple holidays with family and friends! There was Hong Kong with the Melbourne gang in January, Hainan homecoming (homegoing? LOL) in March with the family, My first house building (Batam Build) project in June, Malaysia with the parents in September, Australia with the cousins in November, Church camp in Malaysia in December, and a final Malaysian getaway with the parents and godparents to end 2016! That’s like a holiday every 2-3 months hahaha! No wonder my leave ran out so fast!
  5. Decided I needed to keep fit and exercise, so I started going to the gym to work out! Though every single time I go I wonder why I’m torturing myself like that LOL! But I’m thankful for a good trainer who always encourages me and never lets me give up!
  6. Also decided to start learning the Guzheng again after 8 years! Took my grade 5 exam in December (while feeling super unprepared!) and passed with Merit LOL. That was a nice surprise because apparently the examiner was super strict, and I really thought I’d fail lol.

Yup that about sums up my 2016. There were many other things too of course. I feel like I’ve done so much is this past year and I’m so grateful to be able to do so!

So, goodbye 2016. And hello 2017.

Please continue to be good to me 🙂

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It’s been 6 months!

Oh wow time has really flown by this year…In the blink of an eye, I’ve already been working for 6 months! There’s really so much to give thanks to God for.

It is really amazing to see how He has sustained me and helped me all this time at work. Couple of examples:

  1. Times where it seemed like my cleaning session was going to be a mess, but things turned out well in the end.
  2. The time when I had high rate of volunteer and Champions (our regular volunteers) drop out, but everything kinda worked out in the end because there was also a homeowner who pulled out of the session last minute.
  3. The other time that there was a homeowner drop out last minute on cleaning day (just last week actually, lol), and we randomly met a Lions Befriender at the void deck, and he was able to help us approach 2 seniors on his list, and they were willing to let us go in and help clean their houses even though it was so last minute!
  4. Good work colleagues!!!!! Still think it’s really amazing how there is like no politics in our office! It’s most probably because everyone has the same goal in mind – to put God’s love into action, by bringing people together to build (or in our case, clean) homes, communities and hope.

Also, one thing that I really liked about starting work was, having time (and more importantly, money LOL!) to pursue interests and things that I never had the time to do before! I’ve managed to take up Guzheng lessons again (It’s been 8 long years since I’ve touched it in Secondary school), and I’ve also started gymming more regularly (trying to keep fit heh!) The downside, I guess, is that with all this extra money, I’ve also been online shopping a lot :/ bad habit that I really need to curb..

The other downside, and the far more important one, is that after starting all these activities, I’ve not been spending too much time with God, and it’s something I really really want to work on! Going to start setting aside time everyday to do my QT, read the word, and talk to God. Hoping to start reading more christian lit too..have bought so many books from Logos Hope, but it’s all just sitting on my shelf lol.

Father, I thank You for sustaining me all this time, and for helping me so much even though I’m so unworthy. Give me the discipline to set aside (and follow) time every day to spend with You, and grant me the desire to want to know You more and more.