Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Bubble: A Half-Centurion's Wishlist

Oh yes, there is no denying that this baby-boomer will be qualifying into the half-centurion's club this year!  How I've managed to reach this point in life, still in one piece is quite a big blur to me.  I've become an amnesiac for the most part of my early years and I am pretty selective of my memories in the twenty-something and thirty-something years.  Forty-something is the most happening years of my life and if I can't fully retain these memories, then I guess I will have to start preparing for dementia ... sadly I do have a family history for that.

I am happy how life has turned out for me at the moment.  Why not?!  I am still married after 26 years, a son who's turned 22 and working on a future for himself, a beautiful home, family and friends.  Not forgetting too, I am retired to do anything I want, anytime, anyhow.  But these are common denominators of a life well-lived ... not yet to the fullest.

So before I hit the actual milestone, I figured I'd better get some real achievements into my gunny sack. While they may easily make it into my 50th Birthday wishlist I have prepared for myself, achieving them may require a lot of self-talk with myself!

1.  Kuantan Century Ride 2013 - a 160 km bicycle ride which unfortunately I had to forgo due to a hand injury.  I will claim this belated birthday present next year in Kuantan Century Ride 2014.

2.  Muar Cross-country Run 2013 -  The furthest I've ever participated in a running race was 12 km in Perth.  Thankfully, I managed to complete my first ever 21 km run in the town I grew up in.  No more such runs for me ... close shop!

3.  Register My Domain -  Yes I have done it!  After months of ficklemindedness, I've finally registered my own domain and my blog is now redirected to it ...  All the unnecessary worries about technical glitches and loss of traffic ... sometimes reading too much forum can be counterproductive.

4.  TMBT Ultra Marathon 2013 -  The Most Beautiful Thing Ultra-trail marathon to be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah where I hope to complete the 50 km challenge in one piece.  As it will be held in my birth month, this will be the ultimate birthday wish.

5.  Publish my first proper ebook -  I am in the midst of writing it and fingers-crossed, I'm able to say afloat with the ideas and inspirations. Toes-crossed, I'm able to complete and publish it within 2013.

Well it's only 5 items on my wishlist but should anything new give me the fancies, I won't have any qualms to add-on to the list.  So far 2 down, 3 more to go.  Wish me luck!

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Bubble: A Two-Month Silence

Looks like there's been a 2-month silence here on my blog.  Well, there has been one too many distractions and finally, I can sit and pen something.  Lest my blog-friends may think I have gone MIA.

Anyway, I had been part of a school reunion committee making preparations to celebrate our half-century mark in life together.  The turnout was way beyond our expectations along with most of our teachers whom we could locate.  Teamwork ensured everything went perfectly well.  Our theme for our reunion night was 50 & Sexy.  We even had a 'back-to-school' trip the following morning and were welcomed with performances by the primary kids from our alma mater.  Old memories were recalled and lost connections rekindled.  It was a complete success that suggestions were already flying among the attendees to celebrate our 60th birthday in as grand the style.  Well, 10 years may be a long time away but as we all know ... time flies when you are not watching. 

I was also not doing much article writing as I was concentrating on this book I was ghostwriting.  Several revisions were made to the draft and I am now waiting for the feedback on the last edit.  This book has taken longer than it was agreed upon and lucky for me the delay at been on the author's side.  Anyhow, my fingers crossed that the edits are accepted and I can expect the final payment soon.

Meanwhile, I have finally rearrange and change a bit of the look on my blog.  Firstly, I've finally gotten my own domain after months of thinking and this blog is now pointed to it.  Anyone who googles my name will have no problem locating my blog.  While there may be thousands with my name outside, I am happy that I at the top on the first page of Google.

At the moment, I am writing my second e-book and hopefully I can finished it within the next month.  I also have an unfinished work for the school reunion - a post reunion video which I am sure all my schoolmates are eagerly waiting for.  [Sorry MMGs for the snail pace!]

Tomorrow I will be hitting the road back to my hometown to participate in a cross-country run.  This is going to be the first 21km run that I've ever taken part in.  My training has taken so far taken me 16km and I certainly hope I can complete this run within the qualifying time of 3 hours.  Wish me luck!