Happy 2013

2013 is going to be an exciting new year. I haven’t got much to talk about in terms of resolutions, after all 2012 has been a great year in general and I’m thankful for the opportunity that came to me.

New company, well kinda

I left Cherry Credits a while back seeking to do something different. I landed on a JavaScript role which will be interesting for me. I’ve always been somewhat a generalist, a full-stack developer, and this role requires me to concentrate on JavaScript, mainly Backbone.js.

Community involvement

I would like to have more involvement in local communities (in Singapore). It could be anything really, but I would prefer a technology slant as always. Because things are so vague I cannot write much but it’s definitely something that I will be pursuing as a personal project in the upcoming year.

Travelling

I will try to go to at least 5 countries this year, including transit stops! I haven’t been able to travel as much as today. My parents never brought me on a holiday before and when I started earning money, unsurprisingly that’s the first thing I want to do — to travel. This year, the key place might be Dominican Republic, but we’ll see.

Writing

I read too much; I should write more. I like how writing slows down my reading and consolidates a lot of what I read. Without jotting things down I’m just reading and forgetting. Sometimes I wanted to refer back to articles I read before but I have almost no way of uncovering them. Pocket is definitely going to be a useful tool for this project.

Recounting 2011

New year’s coming and I am excited that I am going older a year. This year has been particularly fruitful. I completed most of what I set to achieve. Here’s a rough status:

  • On religion, I ascertain my religious stance. I am neither theist nor atheist. I found out about the word “ignostic” (or theological noncognitivism) and felt it describes the thoughts that are forming from 2008 to now and I learn that I am not alone.
  • On consumption, I have deeper appreciation on the finer things. I learnt to enjoy coffee in its bitter form. I finally got it.
  • On living, I am slowly discovering what my motto in life is. It’s kind of flaky and I should not discuss it now. I feel a lot of decisions that I make or do not make is based on this narrative. While it differs from most people, I found peace in that statement and that everything will be okay if I continue to invest my options towards that goal.
  • On work, I quit ONG&ONG because I got too comfortable. I never realized I crave for uncertainty that much. I traded stability for excitement. It’s the first step to reprioritize myself. I look forward to 2012.
  • On clothes, I am more willing to try out something less conservative. I wanted to believe that there is a perfect form of fashion but this is perhaps fundamentally incorrect. I am confident that nearly no one has any idea if a set of apparel and accessories is matching. It depends on the person having the confidence to pull off the most ridiculous of combinations.
  • On verbal and written communication, I could do better. I should work on this more in 2012. I tend to be misunderstood.
  • On health, I am less healthy than before. I will go to the gym more. Oh and by the way, I somewhat concluded that the most important thing in life cannot be health. Anyway who claims that haven’t thought through the subject sufficiently. If you believe in that and you aren’t a health product salesman please let me pull you out of this disillusion. Call me.
  • On music, I like fusion jazz and electro swing more. And Nicki Minaj of course. I got a pair of Marshall headphones this year and it is best investment this year. Thank you Joanne.
  • On people, I grew less skeptic and less protective of myself this year. Am I just waiting to be hurt really badly? Maybe. People are kinder to me this year — empirical evidence of something done right.

See you next year.

Gender segregation in Malaysia criticized

Oh this is funny, men and women sitting separating in New Year’s eve countdown celebration has been criticized.

Gender segregation bid at New Year do slammed

GEORGE TOWN: The Kedah government has come under fire for trying to impose gender segregation at its state-level New Year’s eve countdown celebration in Sungai Petani.

Kedah MCA chairman Datuk Chong Itt Chew said he received many complaints from revellers who were unhappy that men and women were “advised” to sit separately during the gathering near the clock tower at Jalan Ibrahim.

He said a large LED screen had displayed words advising couples not to sit together but to sit in the arrangement which segregated men and women.

“I don’t know what is the motive of the organisers. They should respect the sensitivity of non-Muslims,” he added.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said there was nothing wrong with men and women sitting separately.

He said such a move could avoid problems such as pick-pocketing and indecent behaviour.

Azizan said the gender segregation was merely a suggestion and nobody was forced to comply with it. [Source: The Star]

How would gender segregation, particularly, pick-pocketing. Is this applying that, statistically, it is more likely to have pick-pockets targeting the opposite gender?