As I mentioned in my last post, I spent New Year at my Obaachan's house in Tokyo.We spent a quiet day indoors, eating too much of good food, but not going all out - in Japan, if a relative has passed away in the previous year, it is seen as a sign of respect to have a toned down New Year celebration as if in mourning...something that baffles me a little about Japanese culture as I'm the type that always likes to look ahead and be positive. Don't get me wrong, grieving is important, but I think there's only so much you can do. Grief won't bring them back, after all.
Anyway, here are a few snaps of the food we had.
|New Year in Japan; |
when one can have sake for breakfast.
- Get involved in more Charity work
- Lose weight and make realistic, small goals
- Learn to cook a few dishes, and be able to repeat them (make packed lunches for work every day if possible)
- Be healthy at a realistic level and look after self (less illnesses, better skin condition, go to bed early, wake up early, careful on overindulgence of "bad" food)
- Save money through less spending on pointless things (in particular, cosmetics and clothes)
- Sober up (cut down on drinking)
- Be more time efficient (be on time for things more often!)
- Expand knowledge by reading more, watching more (articles, books, films)
- Be more efficient in household chores (try to at least keep rooms tidy to a level that any last minute guests can come in)
- Write more, Blog more
- Get back into web design (work on dead domain)
- Expand knowledge and skills in music (band activities, listen to more music, work on improving singing skills)
- Spend more time with friends, keep in touch
- Stop being a lazy, last-minute arse (pay bills on time, reply to messages)
I swear there are tons more that I had in mind, but they are mostly little things that branch out from the resolutions I have written above. For example, one of my worst habits is deciding to stay out all night in Sapporo, then spending too much money on sleeping in a Manga cafe and buying cosmetics, clean undies and the latter that I didn't bring with me. Hence, that relates with my "save money" resolution.
My overall resolution is to be positive, no matter how tough things turn out. I would like to say "live every day like it's my last", but that's pretty much near to impossible because of our modern day lifestyles, isn't it? If I was living every day like it was my last I would be spending my money on gorgeous clothes without a care, indulging in deliciously rich food with friends and family and scrambling on a stage to sing and dance on (very materialistic of me, I admit, but materials make me happy). Alas, I have a job, and a schedule to keep to, but I mean to keep at it with a positive outlook, and to enjoy even the little things in life. I like to think that I am overall a very forward-thinking person, but I did dangerously verge on the cliff of emo-ism in the second half of last year; reasons being problems within the family, friends, work, health, etc. I laugh now I look back and think about how petty everything was, and also feel as though I wasted what could've been good times. In saying that, I don't regret those sad times - I think it's only human for us to have moments where we get low, and it is because of these little tiffs that we can appreciate the better. Still, I need to remind myself to keep at it.
2013 is going to be the best year of my life ;)