Goodbye 2011! Hello 2012!

It is high time for this post to be published… I have not been productive in blogging as I always get bogged down in this routine:-
Hatch the idea for a post but I procrastinate the writing part -> do my damnedest to write a post (by sticking to my resolution of using at least 1 newly learned vocab in every post) but lazy to post online /internet’s not available.

If I were to give a theme for the year of 2011, it would be “my happiness project”! I had been working real hard for the pursuit of my happiness (to recover from falling-into-shit hole-symptoms and to feel generally happier). Major events that took place were:-
1) Pastille triggered allergy on 4th day of Chinese New Year, was admitted to hospital
2) First time trying sea kayaking at Port Melbourne
3) Took up swimming lessons at Unimelb, learnt free style (half cooked), back stroke and water threading!
4) First time watching musical show: Xanadu (budget), Love Never Dies (flashy)!
5) First time watching live comedy show
6) Joined Unimelb softball club
7) First time taking hot air balloon flight
8) Backpacking around east coast and outback of Australia
9) Family visited Melbourne
10) Graduated with master’s degree!
11) First time skiing!
12) Flew to New Zealand for working holiday!

My report card for 2011:-
1) Drink at least 2 L of water every day. achieved 50% of the time
2) Finish reading at least the New Testament. failed!
3) Try my best to score 3As for my second semester. accomplished!
4) Maintain my current weight at all costs. succeeded throughout 2011! not after that…. 😦
5) Read at least 5 good books. completed 3 books, and then 40% of book A, 10% of book B & C :p
6) Apply masks 3 times a week. achieved 50% of the time….
7) Cook more in Melbourne, eat out less. accomplished!
8 ) Work-holiday at land-of-Lord-of-the-Ring, even if Sue ditches me and I have to travel alone. accomplished!
9) Eat, sleep and be merry! Practise positive-thinking as hard as I could. accomplished!
10) Tour around koala-land. accomplished!
11) Be more involved in uni activities. accomplished!

2012’s resolution! I am bent on achieving the following by the end of 2012:-
1) Continue doing 2011’s resolution
2) Learn at least another 5 new recipes
3) Practise free style and back stroke more
4) Do volunteering works once going back to normal life, aim to put more focus in the field of environmental conservation
5) Activate my blog again!
6) Maintain current fitness level and take part in my first half marathon

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