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January 26, 2009

Auspicious Ox Year To All!

It's kind of strange for me to wake up in the gray cloudy morning (which seem to warn me anytime soon it will start to rain) with occasional gusts of wind pounding at my room's glass windows. The morning after yesterday's eve of the Chinese New Year is... looking rather dull and uninviting. The streets below is almost void of people (now I see a couple of two people walking slowly, hand-in-hand). It's awfully quiet that it starts to bug me in a strange way. Well, the only sounds I currently hear are the gentle wind and occasional birds twittering (and now the passing MRT train).

Red hong bao envelopes for you! Happy auspicious 2009 ox year!

I always find the Singapore celebration of New Year (may it be the traditional Chinese or the worldwide version) quite emotionless for most part of the island nation, as not all seems too giddy to celebrate with happy sounds like laughter, family or friend greetings, and such. I know that there is a law (not sure about the exact details of this but I just heard from local friends and strangers alike) that prevents people here from engaging themselves in noisy activity that disturbs the peace and quiet of their neighbors (unless it's a wedding party celebrated below the HDB flats that I mostly observe). New Year celebration is the exact opposite of the New Year celebration that I'm used to and miss back in my home country, the Philippines - the the laughter, the boisterous shouting of happy children and young adults, the mini-street and house party noises, and of course the firecrackers (not fireworks, which are mainly done in the city areas) blasting all around us. I miss all of these noises, minus the firecracker noises which I've dreaded and hated since my childhood days.

Anyway, I hope to see and experience good fortune this year. A short prayer will come a long way to ease anyone of their tensions felt from the previous year. Resolutions are a passe; careful plannings are the way to go this year. I could not clearly see a bullish year (pun intended for this 2009 Ox year) ahead, but who knows, with careful plannings, hard work, and a kiss from lady luck will help us to achieve anything we wish and hope for ourselves, our friends, and for our families.

Xin Nian Kuai Lei (uh, did I say it right?).

A bit of trivia I've learned recently as I curiously pondered why people like to start their New Year greetings with the word auspicious (sometimes playfully as "Ox-picious") - the word means to bring or augment good fortune and sucess. So in way, we wish each other good luck and success in life.

We also have no work today and tomorrow. Yay, a long vacation here! :-D.

January 12, 2009


To reiterate what this timely blog post has mentioned from one of my favorite blog haunts (freelanceswitch): "Are you sure this is your path?"

Lately, at the start of this year, I've been thinking a lot (as in lots of my daily time) about another question to myself: "Should should I stay or should I go?". I know it's quite cryptic (to a degree), but for some close friends and office mates of mine whom I confined about it, they know my plans (well, just plans and not yet written on stone).

I guess I just have to end this short post here (I had to exhale my thoughts).

January 04, 2009

Happy New Year 2009 To All!

Belated happy new year! 2009 will really be a challenging year to all of us. I agree, as I soon found out once I stepped back into reality inside my office's premises. :-)

Smiling burger for everyone for the new year 2009!

Things will change. I just could feel it. Moreso, things will change here in this blog. Changes, like a new lifestyle catered to the recession everybody is experiencing even here in Singapore. Soon.

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