Saturday, January 10, 2015

Start of The Year

Alert! Alert! First full week of 2015 had just passed by. Yes, it's more than a week into this brand new year, that's not that brand new anymore. So the year started quite peacefully. On New Year's Eve, I decided to join in fellow friends to celebrate this day, instead, in a quieter place. We met for dinner and found this very awesome tzu char place near Bishan MRT station. The price was reasonable with the portion and the food was delicious. We spent the next hour discussing and chatting, about past year, present year and future. It was great.

As time was near, we made our way to the temple. There were already activities going on, with people paying homage to the Buddha, writing their wishes and so forth.

When the clock striked twelve, the bell-ringing ceremony commenced. The monk rang the old-fashioned bell 108 times, and just by completing that took quite a while. So we sat near a pond and closed our eyes, as the bell chimed through our ears and senses, to wake us up about the coming of a new year and reflections. It was very peaceful.

This is the first photo I took of the year:

And we took a few photos before making our way back. My friend and her family stayed back for further prayers though. It is a very nice way to celebrate New Year and very peaceful. It kind of feel a bit hippie but I think as long as one is comfortable with the choice, it is the ultimate choice.

The very day, on New Year's Day, nothing much happened except I did get to read some book, went for a run and ended up falling down a staircase. I know - what a way to start the year! I'm now healing and pretty much walking properly now except still on a no-running-no-jumping session.

Other than that, everything is resuming the run. The lab is up and alive, with meetings starting to fill up the schedule, intertwined with more experiments for me to grow up. I am sure this is going to be another great year to improve, to grow, to contribute and many more!

And thus, is the first week of New Year.


Fanny Ng said...

Nice story, and get well soon! I want to try the tzu char.. :p

Mafer said...

Haha, yes! Let's try one day!