2011 has passed, but that’s no reason for me to stop thinking about it. As always, I’ve had an adventure of a year and I hope all of you have had some sort of adventure too.
Life is full of infinite experiences, and so mine will last a lifetime. In no particular order at all, here are 12 adventures in 2011 that I’ve learnt from or loved.
I was invited on an all-boy’s trip to Taiwan with some old friends that I went to school with. Although I didn’t get to do much girly things (like shopping), we went hiking, running and roadtrippin’ through Taroko Gorge and breathed in the scenic air of stunning Shakadang Trail – which was so much better!
Found an amazing spot somewhere, don’t think we were allowed to swim in it… but boys will be boys, and so we did.
My Taiwanese friend claimed that it wasn’t dangerous, it’s just that most locals don’t know how to swim?!
Had such a great time in Taiwan that I went back to Taipei a few months later for a party trip. It was a good friend Adam’s birthday, and a bunch of us flew up from all around the world to celebrate it with him.
I strolled the sights, checked out #Marquee, #Spark101 and #Primo, but mostly spent time with some people. I especially remember my friend’s birthday dinner where we downed goose meat and Taiwanese pi jiu at a loudy ‘n’ rowdy local joint.
#11 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Baring my sole and my soul for Habitat for Humanity was not enough, but it was a start. I love charity events so dragging along family and friends to do this with me was definitely a memorable stripe in my year.
Volunteered to teach 5 & 6 year-old kids as many Saturdays as I could, and quickly gained respect for teachers and mothers. Teaching them to spell and sing in between a bit of storytelling is probably some of the most tiring afternoons I’ve ever had. And I would do it all over again.
#9 SKIN AND SUN
Went a bit far with a plan to get my skin fair, but it fast failed. I always find it hard to resist a bit of warm Sunday sun at #TanjongBeachClub.
#8 KEIRA-ROSE ASAD
#6 COUNTLESS ACTIVITIES IN MY COUNTRY
When I’m not travelling (i.e. broke), I love having friends and foreigners visit me so I can show off my country. One of my best friends came to visit me from Sydney but since we’ve done everything touristy, we went to East Coast Park for a bit of double-trouble biking.
If you don’t pedal in perfect sync, the chain on the gears tend to become misplaced. Those double bikes are not so easy breezy!
More posts on things to do in Singapore on my blog and to come.
#5 HORIZON 7
Better than biking, was boating around Singapore for my birthday.
#4 PLAY HARD, ONLY IF YOU WORK HARD
Working across timezones completely possible.
But we went to the beach too.
Ending my tenure in my last job, I took a month to sip the finer things in life in Spain, Barcelona…
Sauntered through the Room of Maps in Rome, Italy…
#3 FAMILY MATTERS
#2 MY BROTHER
#1 REAL LOVE
Being single for more than 2 years can sometimes suck, but I learnt that the never-ending love adventure with God and my family is more than enough.
What was YOUR favourite adventure of 2011 and what do you wish for in 2012? Please share them with me, I’d love to hear them and I promise not to laugh (out loud).
You can watch the recording of my New Year wishes for 2011-2012 to Singapore which was played to the public during the Marina Bay Countdown celebration. (My part is at Clip 4 and after the first 6 minutes.)
I can’t wait to share my next (and last) post on the #MarinaBay2012 NYE countdown with you! (Fireworks included.) In the meantime, here’s to moving forward and soaring higher this new year!