Small Talk: I’m getting used to waking at 6am everyday. I feel old.
And so 2012 draws to a close. Sad thing is that I only wrote a total of four blog posts last year. I guess that says a lot about the year for me. So, as is customary, I thought I’d take some time to review the past 12 months and see where I am now. But first, some good music for your reading.
I screwed up.
First is that I fucked up my FYP. Long story, not interested to go into details. So, flip table, fuck everything, and I took some time off to visit my brother in Miri. That proved to be a great relief for the mind. I missed my brother’s kids, so seeing them and leaving behind my troubles brought peace to my raging heart and mind. I’ve never been more grateful to be their uncle. Had a nice long chat with my brother over a great beachside meal, comforted by the gentle ocean breeze.
Another thing I screwed up is with a girl. It was largely my fault, I think. While I think she’s not exactly guilt-free, I do believe the bigger fuck-up was mine. For that I wanted to apologize, I tried to sit down and have a decent talk. But I guess she was pissed off enough to not see my face, and there nothing I had to say that she wanted to hear. So, what to do? Suck it up and move on. After past experiences, this one didn’t hurt so much anymore. Or maybe because I’m getting old.
I got hired!
So I decided to take a break from my studies. Applied for leave of absence, settled paperwork with MMU and got myself hired. Yeap, at the same place where I did my internship. In the 6 months that I’ve been away, the company had hired plenty of new faces, and some of the colleagues I knew had left, some had changed departments. So I’m back in the seat of a graphic designer, this time as a full-fledged employee, and with more responsibilities than my previous stint here.
Now I’m seated next to a Japanese programmer (who wants to learn English), and flanked by two pregnant ladies, and in front of a guy with a pregnant wife. So all around me is babytalk, and my escape is by speaking moon.
I DJ-ed again.
Comic Fiesta 2012. Our tenth anniversary. Can’t talk about the year without mentioning this one. I ended up being useless for most of the year, until Edo left and I took up his job as stage manager – which is exactly what I did last year. We got a bigger stage this time, and better performers. We got more special guests from Japan, including RedJuice, Bless4 (okay, they’re from America), and (gasp) Danny Choo!
I had a wonderful time that weekend, blew a load of cash staying at Traders Hotel (totally worth it, btw). Got to chat with wonderful folks, including Danny himself. Saturday’s programmes went smooth as butter, but something fucked up on Sunday that ultimately added up to a 1-hour delay. Thankfully, the stage content was great and people were (for the most part) happy. Oh btw, we got 25,000 visitors. So it’s all great :D
Also, my final Comic Fiesta as a committee. It’s been a great ride, but it’s time to move on.
I started baking
I love bread. I love cake. I love baked goods. So I started experimenting with herbal butter, and with the infused butters, I made herbal treats. I cheated, though. I bought pre-mixes of cake, muffins, brownies, prepared by the wonderful folks of Bagus Baking Solutions. They have mixes for all the favourite stuff, including a blueberry muffin mix! (which is my current favourite).
So I bake. And I add molten chocolate, nuts, dried fruits. I experimented, and sold them off to friends for some pocket money. They loved it, I’m happy that I found a neat little hobby that pretty much sustains itself. Feels great, man.
I made new friends, again.
Having been in the local ACG scene since 2006, the bulk of my friends are made up of people from this circle. Since I started going on Twitter, I found myself making friends outside of this circle, which is absolutely fantastic. I’ve met only a few of them so far, but I’ve a feeling 2013 will see meeting more and more new faces and expanding my circle a little bit further. So that’s great.
All in all, I’d say 2012 has been a pretty decent year. It’s got a pretty harsh downward curve, but it ends on a rather positive (and high) note. Some friends came and left. New faces are born, and some old faces have passed on. Hopefully 2013 will treat me better, because I’m going to make the best of it. The best of life has yet to come.
Happy New Year :)