Looking back @ 2015……

Looking back, it seems like yesterday when I shared my 2015 resolutions with the whole team. Now that year 2015 has come to an end, as I look back and think about the whole year’s events, I came to realise that I have achieved some and yet I have failed a couple of them and I would like to pen it down as a record in this festive season. Here’s my resolution for year 2015:

– To be healthier and lose weight by working out. Current regular exercise is brisk walking of 1 hour 6 km twice a week. Hope to increase frequency and walk minimum 650KM in this year. Current weight – 63KG. Intend to lose – 5KG.

– To improve on prose writing and get them published in articles

– To improve on photography and get an Nikon FX camera at the end of the year (don’t know how to measure this. Hopefully my photographs can be selected as topic of the month in NikonClub one day!)

– To organise a family trip for our parents with my siblings’ families.

One of my greatest failure this year is being healthier. I started off brisk walking twice a week from the beginning of the year. The evening walks were good, which allowed me to wind down and let my thoughts fly. During the walk, I would look back on the day’s events and thought of what could have been better. There were also times when I just think about almost anything, including how things have turned out the way they did.

Unfortunately, self discipline is one of the greatest barrier to self achievement, which my “twice a week” walk became “once a week”, then “once a fortnight” and totally stopped when the haze started. Just like I have always believed, blame it on yourself when things don’t turn out the way you want and thus I blame it on my own self discipline.

Quitting smoking was another thing that I set out to achieve, and yet again and again, I failed. For almost 30 years, cigarettes have been part of my life, no matter how much the price of a pack of cigarette climbs. Sometimes, I do wonder why is it so difficult to quit smoking, when I saw my colleague just quit so easily. For that, I respected her.

My first prose was published in a Chinese Literature newsletter in February, which I was very excited about, although it is a free publication. And throughout the year, I have had 5 articles published out of 6 newsletters and I am very proud of that. However, I do have my regret in this area, which I didn’t manage to pen down my thoughts and submit for a competition in China.

For whatever reasons, I have neglected writing my proses and thoughts and I noticed that bulk of my time was spent on other things and photographs editing, which has now become part of my dream too. Dreams may not come true, but the process of pursuing one’s dream is really the greatest joy of all.

It was by coincidence that I found some interest in photography and started to learn some tips and tricks from YouTube videos, including photo editing. Knowing that we have a professional photographer in our team, I have kept a low profile in my newly found interest.

While I didn’t manage to get a FULL FRAME camera, it is something that I am still looking forward to have. Throughout the year, I have spent some “ME” time alone taking pictures in and out of Singapore and here’s some of the pictures that I have taken and like them very much:

Favourites 2015-7

Charlene
Charlene

Favourites 2015-3 Favourites 2015-5

Charlene
Charlene
Riverside hotel
Riverside hotel
Beach
Beach
The world outside the windows
Open up to the outside world
Nikon D5300
25 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Glasses & iPhone 6
Glasses & iPhone 6
1/160 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1400
35 mm (35.0 mm f/1.8)
Nikon D5300 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100 105 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Nikon D5300
1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100
105 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Nikon D5300 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100 105 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Nikon D5300
1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100
105 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Nikon D5300 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200 40 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Nikon D5300
1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200
40 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

One of the resolutions (and most important and major one) was to bring my parents out for a holiday, and I was glad that I have made it happen. This idea suddenly came to me one day when I was looking at my parents’ white hair and realized that they have aged a lot and have not had any chance of going holidays with their children and grandchildren.

I planned for a 9 days Taiwan trip for the whole family, including my elder sister’s family, my younger brother’s family and my dad and mom. We had an enjoyable bonding trip which was really once in a lifetime. What I have learned in recent years is to be contented and cherish what you have in life, and you will find beauty in your surroundings.

Life is so beautiful!

Here are some nice pictures of my whole family and Taiwan:

Favourites 2015-8 Favourites 2015-9 Favourites 2015-11 Favourites 2015-10 Favourites 2015-13 Favourites 2015-12
Year 2015 was not an easy year, but it wasn’t really tough for me either as I have prepared myself for the year and always ready to be independent.

I spent my time studying and analysing all issues surrounding customer integrations and picked up a lot of business knowledge along the way. It is my belief that knowing how the business function will make my job easier.

Life is a journey, in fact, it is a learning journey, and day in day out, I learn new things from people around me, directly or indirectly. What’s most important is to make my life a fruitful one, whether in work or in personal life, and enjoy the fruits of my own harvest.

I have new resolutions for next year, and the year after next. And I hope with each year passing by, I will become better and wiser.

22.12.2015

Francis Lim

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