Birthday Post: The 32nd Birthday Bash

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Time really flies, and today, I celebrate my 32nd birthday. With all honesty, I feel like I just left secondary school yesterday, but a quick look in the mirror would instantly make me realize that I’m no longer that age.

Well, as usual, every-time my birthday comes, I’d commemorate it with a special birthday post like this one. This time around, I think I’d just share to you the highlights of being 31, or rather the year 2014.

A group photo during the house warming last year.
A group photo during the house warming last year.

My 31st year alive was indeed an eventful one, with so many things happening almost on a monthly basis. It all started with the big move in January, with my wife moving into the single storey-semi D house I’ve purchased in 2011. The joy of having someone sharing this property can’t be described by words as I let my wife decide on most of the decoration ideas, since I’d have the tendency to turn the house into a commercial looking lot.  A delayed house warming for friends and family members were done months after the move however =P

Performers at the Miri Country Music Festival 2014
Performers at the Miri Country Music Festival 2014

At that same age, I also managed to squeeze some time to attend the very first Miri Country Music Festival, with my wife and I unexpectedly flying home with a free 32-inch television courtesy to a lucky draw which was non-related to the music festival we attended.  To date, this is the biggest haul from a lucky draw for me because I’m really bad at things involving lucky draws!

One night at BB Bunkers with friends, and this happened.
One night at BB Bunkers with friends, and this happened.

I also experienced my very first stay at a Bed and Breakfast accommodation, staying up til the wee hours of the night, enjoying the good company of friends.  Not exactly something different considering I’ve spent over 7 years in boarding/hostel life, but it was indeed a good feeling to re-live that experience although it was just for a day.

The Ho Chi Minh Memorial in Vietnam. Massive place!
The Ho Chi Minh Memorial in Vietnam. Massive place!

The trip to Vietnam and Thailand also proved very memorable as it was the first time I reached Vietnam, and the first time I got compounded in a foreign land for driving without a license.  In my defense, I do own a drivers license, but I left it at home because I thought I wasn’t going to drive on the trip.

View from the Tip of Borneo. Mesmerizing!
View from the Tip of Borneo. Mesmerizing!

My dream to travel by car from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu (KK) also became a reality in 2014 (when I was 31), with the whole journey making me realize that such trip is not advisable if you didn’t have more than a week to spare.

2014 was also the year I was awarded for my work at, well work.  It was something really surprising because I never thought I would actually be recognized for my contributions at work, but it happened and it was a wonderful surprise!

Me, talking at the Ohhsome Fest 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
Me, talking at the Ohhsome Fest 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

Just as the year came to an end, I was invited to give a talk in Kuala Lumpur for the #OhhSome festival, marking my first talk beyond the Sarawak shores.

Baby Carissa =)
Baby Carissa =)

Immediately upon my return, my expecting wife finally delivered a cute baby girl, hence upgrading my status to ‘the father’ of Carissa Dhea.

Umm… I am actually running out of ideas of what or rather how to write this post, so do pardon me for leaving out any huge moments in my life in this post like being part of a couple of forums in town, being interviewed on radio, and many more.

I have always found it rather difficult to write about my accomplishments, but birthdays are usually the best time for me to reflect on what I have done in my previous age.

With that said, I think 31 was quite an experience for me, and it was indeed very eventful.  I am looking forward to 32, and despite the fact there would be little celebrations this time around due to my new found commitments, I am anticipating a great 32!

Cheers, and I know it’s lame, but here’s a very blessed Happy birthday to myself!

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