2012 is coming to an end!

Wow! Procrastinator first time writing about concluding remarks for the year in advance! Applause! :p

2012 is a year of great travelling, workout and reading for me! Oh yeah! It’s also a year of great jumping! Hahaha!

My first gift received in 2012!

My first gift received in 2012!

First gift came together with this first card! When can I have my hiking and caravaning partner? :p

First gift came together with this first card! When can I have my hiking and caravaning partner? :p

The travelling!

Left footprints in New Zealand (Nelson – Abel Tasman – Wellington – Levin – Napier – Wanganui – Auckland), Australia (revisited Victoria – Tasmania), China (Tianjin, Beijing, Handan, Shanghai, Hangzhou), Singapore. Not forgetting the upcoming Thailand + Laos trip.

NZ and OZ: Oh! I miss the cold weather and the clear blue sky! I also miss my carefree days, when happiness was made up of very basic and simple things like having meat in the diet and being able to have ice cream after meal. Can you imagine, I even found joy in washing toilets? (Haha! But I must clarify the toilets in NZ are a lot less hideous). I also miss being able to hug and kiss (peck on cheek) freely. I remember G mocked that I hugged too loosely, like a grandma, and that I was ashamed of the hugs. Now that I learnt how to hug passionately, I can’t do that here, it is like a kind of taboo. While I was in Beijing, touched by JP’s kindness, I gave him a hug before we parted. He’s in total shock! Now I only received powerful hugs and kisses from foreign friends who visited me in KL… There were several occasions when I felt the urge to give someone a hug, nothing sexual, just to express that I enjoyed someone’s company or touched by someone’s kindness or even just simply because I wanted to show I cared, but I just had to dismissed the thought!

Gloating about being able to have eskimo pies!

Gloating about being able to have eskimo pies!

China: The whole reason why I adopted the name of “Sam” because I thought my given Chinese name is too girly for me. But I miss how Kev’s family pronounced my name as 莹莹儿, sounded so warm!

Singapore: I like being welcomed as a foreign guest and how friends really tried to make time for you! Special thanks to Shirely, Tina, Suecing, ah Ball, Taur, Richard, and CG!

Singapore: It's fun to catch up with friends who enjoy your sampatness!

Singapore: It’s fun to catch up with friends who enjoy your sampatness!


Ok, I don’t feel right not to mention about my cuti-cuti Malaysia trips covered during the weekends mostly (Haha! 崇洋媚外!). I have visited old palace, Colmar Tropicale, UK farm + revisit Batu Pahat, Kuala Selangor, Taiping, and Penang!

Me, acting out my "creativity" in BP :p

Me, acting out my “creativity” in BP :p

The workout!

In 2012, I walked, hiked, jogged, biked, ran more than all the mileage combined from 2006 (after graduation from KUiTTHO) to 2011. Significant mileage came from the following events:-

a) NZ: Abel Tasman hike and kayak

b) NZ: working as zucchini picker = sheer hell! Walked around and bent my back for a total of 204 hours!

c) NZ: Biked to wineries in Napier = 20km

d) NZ: Coast-to-coast walk in Auckland = 16km

e) Standard Chartered KL Marathon = 10km

f) Nike Run = 10km

g) Putrajaya Night Marathon = 21km

h) Training leading to my second half marathon in life (mid July to mid Nov) = 128km

Hey! Statistics don’t lie! But I can’t believe it is so little! So averagely I only jogged 32km/month or 8km/week!

SG ran 30km/week! 😦 Suecing trying to console: i jog 2km/year! 😀

i) Penang Bridge International Marathon = 21km


With sweat and pain!

j) Biked around at Wanganui (NZ), Pulau Ubin (SG) and Penang

Catch-up with SG after not meeting each other for 6 years!!! It was a fun hang out!

Catch-up with SG after not meeting each other for 6 years!!! It was a fun hang out!

Oh! I got to train a bit of softball with KL and the gang

Oh! I got to train a bit of softball with KL and the gang

The reading!

I have been really productive this year! Good books caused sleepless nights (burning midnight oil to finish reading) as well as puffy eyes (cried too much!).

The jumping!

I reckon I took the most jumping shots this year! Just when I almost attained nirvana in both taking jumping shots and doing the jump, I got my 4th ligament injury! No more jumping shots for me! I’m still in denial about the injury: I refuse to share the photo capturing the moment of shame :p

Macam-macam ada jump!

Macam-macam ada jump!



Other major/special events!

a) Visited Perhentian island for the first time!

b) Changed career path! I know, I know, it’s a bold move! 

L: Macam mana kerja lu kat KL ni?

Me: I jadi consultant dah

L: Alamak! consultant? Lu boleh duduk diam kat office meh? Buat design?

c) I sort of became part time tour guide! I seriously think, besides full time tour guides or those who actually work there, no one can beat my records: visited Batu Caves x 5 times and KL City Gallery x 6 times!

d) First time hugging sheep!

e) Fireflies watching!


Oh! My blog is going through renaissance this year after being dead for almost a year while I was in Melbourne. I think my extra reading acted as a catalyst for writing more: the more vocab I learn, the more I wanna use them (kiasu)! Besides, i’m having memory like sieve as I grow older busier. So, writing is good, lest I forget. *updating updates* I realize I am behindhand with clearing backlog of blog while writing this post, gotta gear up! Too many to do, too little time (and energy!)

I discovered something very spirit-lifting in 2012 too! Suecing always says I’m the most technical person, until she met CC, haha! I like CC’s “technicality”, but she’s a no-nonsense type of person so I can’t really kacau her that much…. CN also once remarked that, “You’re educated, but more than that you’re naturally curious and pretty sharp…those are very powerful things.” But at times, I offended people’s feelings for being too technical. To some people, it’s 赢了又何喜,输了更可悲… BUT, I’m so glad I discovered someone who’s equally (if not, more) curious and geeky! *eyes blinking* I’m a happy soul now! 🙂 I pray that someone would not be pestered by my frequent kacau-ing!


4 Responses to “2012 is coming to an end!”

  1. 1 Ai Ling December 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Haha–L is probably right–it’s hard to imagine you working in an office, you are so active. ^_^

    BTW don’t worry about “only” running 8km a week. You shouldn’t run too much, or at least, I read an article saying that running is good for your health, but everything needs to be done in moderation (they studied runners and found that people running more than 2-3 miles per day actually had a shorter life. The theory is that at that level you are overusing your body.)

    You have had a HECTIC year. May 2013 be just as fun-filled!

  2. 2 Leang December 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Welcome back! 🙂

  3. 3 samanthalyy December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

    u guys also please revive your blogs, i’m feeling lonely in the blog-sphere! :p

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