Here I Am: 2016

Since creating this blog five years ago, I started a habit of writing reflective pieces on New Years Eve. It lets me gather my thoughts and reflect on my achievements. It also allowed me cherish the better things in my life.

This year was the exception, where I wanted to unwind from a stressful six-day week at work and enjoy the company of my family. I’m here to make up for it now.

In a nutshell, 2016 was a momentous year in my life.

This was the year where this blog reached full circle. I started TWINS as a means to pacify my irrational fears through writing. As a teenager, I was haunted by the uncertainty the future held. I was never the type to have strong aspirations and my interests were always changing.

I believed things would be clearer by the time I completed my tertiary studies. Well, October 2016 was the big moment I graduated from my undergraduate course.


On that overcast day, I wore my black UNIQLO dress from Japan and had my hair in loose waves. I was seated in the very front row along with the friends I made during my course. This was the culmination of four and a half years of work, sweat and tears. After the ceremony, we celebrated at Nishikian.

With some consideration and well-sounded advice, I accepted a full-time position at my current workplace immediately after finishing my exams in July. By October, I had already been working for three months.

I admit this was not a part of the plan. Then again, I never had a plan – or at least one that I stuck with. It was only supposed to be a temporary measure so I could save and travel abroad to soul search.

Honestly speaking, I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life and I don’t think I’m the only one. Perhaps the decision I made was the most convenient one. Whatever it is, I am currently content.

After the notions of 2016, I feel a little braver; I feel like I can take on whatever the world throws at me.

Resolution-wise? I only have one: to take life by the horns. 



  1. turtle · January 23, 2017

    liking the grad pic =D for some reason i didn’t make as many close friends in my own program courses, i dunno why. my close friends from high school were my close friends in university. but that’s ok cuz i like them a lot.

    I think getting the full time position was even better than any other plan. stick with that plan for a while. Can go to japan any time in your life~

    congrats! aye aye!

    • Vivien · April 25, 2017

      Thanks for the comment Kev! I’m so sorry for only seeing this now. I hope you have been well, old friend :)

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