New Year Resolutions 2013

What’s new year without setting a list of new year resolutions that will most likely go unfulfilled by the end of the year? Here’s a bunch of goals I hope to keep in mind as we step into 2013.

  • Pass all my exams – Passing all my exams in medical school would be great
  • Exercise regularly – I shall exercise at least 3 times a week, run at least 50km a month and obtain the gold standard for the Individual Physical Proficiency Test with a 2.4km run timing of less than 9 minutes before the start of the second academic year.
  • Learn to drive – I shall start driving lessons during the long break after my first academic year and aim and get my license by the end of 2013.
  • Find time for personal time – It is easy to get caught up in the never ending list of things to study in medical school, but I hope to set aside at least 48 hours a month to connect with family and friends or to engage in my personal interests

A year in review: 2012

Yet another year’s passed and the first day of 2013 seemed a better time than any to take a look back at the year 2012.

In 2012, I have reached 3 landmark moments in my life. Firstly, in March 2012, I celebrated my 21st birthday, marking my official entry into adulthood. Sure, there was no sudden revelations of maturity, but a couple of days back, as I was clearing my old emails, I realised I have come a long way from signing off emails with “LiFe iZ liKe a sTraw, iT sux”.

Secondly, in July 2012, I completed my 2 years of National Service in the Singapore Armed Forces. It was an enriching experience and I often look back at those times with fond memories. Though those times are mere memories now, the friendships I have forged and lessons I have learnt will definitely last a lifetime.

Lastly, the end of National Service also meant it was time to pursue higher education in university. In August, I matriculated into the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, part of the National University of Singapore. Enrolling into medical school was a tough decision to make, especially given that I was offered an scholarship to pursue an Infocomm Systems degree at Carnegie Mellon. Infocomm was a large part of my life and CMU had always been my dream university, but in the end, I chose to study medicine as I figured it would be more fulfilling and meaningful career. So far, after one semester, I am still quite sure I have made the right choice.

However, 2012 was not without its regrets. The greatest regret I have is not making full use of the free time I had before school started to pursue my personal interests and activities. I largely failed to fulfil my 2012 new year resolutions of learning to drive and improving my photography skills. Now that the academic year has started, I found myself having much less time to engage in such activities.

Nevertheless 2012 had been a pretty great year for me. Here’s to hopefully another good year.

New Year Resolutions


Yet another year’s gone by and it’s time again for new new year resolutions. But first a look at last year’s resolutions:

I will successfully commission as an infantry officer of the Singapore Armed Forces and I will be a responsible and respected officer.

Yes, I did manage to commission as an infantry officer of the Singapore Armed forces on the 9th of April. As for the second part, it is not easy to judge myself, especially given that my unit has only 2 junior officers (including me), but I think I’ve done my part, though of course there are some areas that I could have done better.

I will fix my bike and join my cycling club for their weekly Sunday rides once I commission as an officer. I will also run more such that I can run a half-marathon and complete my 2.4KM run in under 8 mins 45 seconds by the end of the year.

Sadly no and no. In fact my 2.4KM run timing has actually increased to 9 mins 42 seconds the last time I checked. This is something that I shall improve upon before leaving the Army.

I will hone my photography skills and use my camera more often.

I’ve accomplished this to some extent – I’ve definitely learnt and practiced some new photography and post processing techniques this year.

I will save at least $6000 by the end of the year.

This is the ambiguous one – I can’t remember if I meant save an additional $6000 on top of the amount of money I have at the end of 2010 or if I meant have a total of $6000 in my bank account by the end of 2011. I think it’s the former. If so, I’m somewhat short of my target by about $2400. However, I think it’s mainly due to a few major expenditures such as my camera purchase and my trip to Taiwan which was not really planned for.

I will keep myself abreast of current affairs. I will also take the SATs in May so that I can apply for a US university next year.

The first one I did but the second one I did not thanks to the procrastinator in me. I feel quite guilty now.

Looking back, 2011 passed by much faster than I would have liked, but nonetheless it’s been quite a fulfilling year.

In 2012, I will:

  1. Improve my photography – I hope to try out new photo techniques such as light painting and portrait photography. I also hope to become less of a luck photographer and more of a skilled photographer.
  2. Exercise more – Somehow the Army has made me more of a couch potato. Hence, in 2012, I want to push myself to exercise more and improve my fitness, even after I leave the army.
    • My 2.4KM run timing should be below 9 mins when I leave the army in July
    • I will take part in a half marathon again and complete it below 2 hours
    • I will exercise at least 3 times a week and take part in weekend rides with my cycling club at least 2 times in a month.
  3. Save more, Spend Less – In 2012, I hope to save more and spend less, especially given that I will no longer have a fixed and secure income source after leaving the army.
    • I shall not eat out more than 3 times a week
    • I shall not spend more than $150 per month on entertainment and alcohol
    • I will save at least $6000 before I leave the army in July
  4. Be a responsible and respected officer – A continuation of last year’s resolution, I shall continue to strive to do my best to be a responsible and respected officer.
  5. Learn to drive – Enough said.
  6. Pursue higher education – I shall enroll into a good university (be it local or overseas), hopefully on a scholarship.

New Year Resolutions

It is indeed hard to believe that yet another year has passed. 2010 has been rather unfulfilling, thanks to the army. And looking at this year’s new year resolutions, I can say I have largely failed to keep my resolutions.

I shall run at least once a week and join my cycling club every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and complete the full distance Powerman race in Malaysia at end 2010!

Sadly, this happened to be rather unachievable thanks to my job and the army. Every week when I come back home from camp, I am so tired that I am simply too unmotivated to exercise. Moreover, my weekend schedule is usually packed as it’s the only time where I get to meet up with friends and do my own stuff. As for the Powerman race, well, I couldn’t have gone for it anyway since I can’t take leave from the army. (yet)

I shall take my SATs and excel in them.

Ah, SATs. Again, my schedule (as well as a lack of motivation on my part) did not allow for it. Not to mention a complete dulling of my intellect thanks to the army. (I have almost forgotten everything I ever learnt in JC)

I shall watch my spending – especially when I head down to town.

Ah, finally something that I arguably managed to achieve. Well, thanks to the army, I don’t have much opportunity to spend my cash, though admittedly, I still spend quite a bit whenever I do have time to go out.

I shall learn Objective C and Cocoa.

Nope. Gee, I think I really have to make better use of my free time.

I shall try my utmost best to get into OCS or School of Infantry Specialists.

The one resolution that I managed to achieve. Interestingly, I managed to go to both OCS and School of Infantry Specialist.

However, it wouldn’t be fair to say that I didn’t achieve anything this year. For one, army has introduced me to new groups of friends who I hope to always keep in touch with, especially my SCS section mates. I also learnt stuff that I would never otherwise learn (e.g. killing and skinning and cooking a quail with just bare hands, mess tin, muddy river water and a piece of solid fuel).

But anyway, a new year means new new year resolutions, so here they are:

  1. I will successfully commission as an infantry officer of the Singapore Armed Forces (Done as of 09th April 2011) and I will be a responsible and respected officer.
  2. I will fix my bike and join my cycling club for their weekly Sunday rides once I commission as an officer. I will also run more such that I can run a half-marathon and complete my 2.4KM run in under 8 mins 45 seconds by the end of the year.
  3. I will hone my photography skills and use my camera more often.
  4. I will save at least $6000 by the end of the year.
  5. I will keep myself abreast of current affairs. I will also take the SATs in May so that I can apply for a US university next year.
  6. I will go prestige at least once in Call of Duty: Black Ops (oh, did I forget to mention that it’s a OMG great game?) (Done – now slowly climbing back up to level 50)

Here’s to a great 2011 for all of us.

New Year Resolutions

  1. I shall run and cycle morerun at least once a week and join my cycling club every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and complete the full distance Powerman race in Malaysia at end 2010!
  2. I shall take my SATs and excel in them.
  3. I shall watch my spending – especially when I head down to town.
  4. I shall learn Objective C and Cocoa.
  5. I shall try my utmost best to get into OCS or School of Infantry Specialists.

That seems to be it, really. Here’s to wishing everyone a great 2010!