It’s all too nostalgic yet fresh in both heart and mind.
AI was a blast cos of the friends that I had and whom have stuck with me for all these years and they have been a constant pillar of support for all these years. I know I wasn’t the best student in the school, neither was I the most popular, but I had the friends who made me feel like the whole world. And to this day, I’m thankful for their presence in my life, especially Shivaranjani (if not for you, i won’t have gotten through basketball!) and Peiling & Huai Yu (if not for u both, lessons would have sucked big time).
I learnt a lot of lessons then and one of them being, it’s possible to be who I wanted to be. Leaving secondary school forced me out of my comfort zone to start working towards becoming my ideal self (which perhaps sparked my incredulous change in attitude & life).
I would say my JC days were awesome. 😛 Running around showering people with water from my water bottle, skipping econs class and ‘listening’ in Mrs. Kwang’s maths class (haha.. those were just fun moments). Who can forget the occasional ‘Sorab’ moments which Shiva till this day will never forget. With friends like my CTG 210, who have stuck together through thick and thin and where we shared a common loss in our dear friend Suresh, it just made me realize how valuable friendship is and how precious life is.
I got into NUS, just in time to let my granddad know. He was the one who challenged me all my life to work hard to get into Uni, which I did for him. But i lost my granddad 2 months later – it was a real turning point in my life and made me realize that life doesn’t wait for you to try to accomplish the things you want to do. It made me value family more too.
I scored my driving license at my first try in that same very year. (Is that amazing or what!?) I remember being so joyous yet disappointed that my grandfather wasn’t around to share the moment with me. But I knew he was proud.
NUS had to be the most spankin’ great time in ever! I would say I am Proud To Be An ALUMNUS! I loved NUS to bits. Shiva can attest to that. I was like every lame freshman, eager to attend every single camp, explore every single part and just soak up varsity life. Goodness, I was your typical freshman! (Well, at least I dare admit that.) Life was great. I made loads of great friends who have just made NUS life even more fantastic.
That was where I met Calvin too.
My grandma’s passing followed within a year of my granddad’s and it was sort of a closure to me. I felt as though my duty as a grandchild had been fulfilled and I had their blessings to continue the rest of my life without them. Calvin was a gem during this period and I always felt that he had a purpose – to carry on walking with me through my life journey after my grandparents have left off.
And then the magical thing called ‘falling in love’ took place.
NUS came and happened. In between, God had other plans for me and set me off on this entrepreneurial route that I am on. Looking back, I would still say it was a choice sparked from complete faith and I will say that it wasn’t easy from the start and it’s only through God’s will that everything fell into place.
So I thank God every single day.
We registered a partnership before graduation and after graduation, we have made it through 1 year of working from home full time, against all odds. And in this year, we moved into our new office near CBD area and we officially registered our PTE. LTD. company.
Our baby car, Mazda 3 is the latest addition to “our family” and every single day, we only have God to thank for He brought about all good things that happened in our life. We thank Him for the times where we needed to rely on him for emotional and physical strength but we also rejoice in Him for the times where He showered us with love, grace and blessings.
My parents have been my stronghold through this decade with Calvin joining them for the last 3-4 years. God bless them all for being my pillar of strength. May the next decade be filled with all great things for them.
My friends have been my social and peer support all these while. Without them, along the way, studies, CCA, commitments would have weighed heavily. But they have been such jewels in my life. God bless them for being around all the time. May the next decade be filled with doors of opportunities for them in the areas of work, life and family.
My other family members (wherever they are) who have always showed their support and care for me. Thank God for you all and may the next decade be showered with wonderful things for you and your families.
Thank you everyone who have made this decade possible.
What’s ahead in the next ten years?
AMAZING, EXCITING STUFF!
So, may we all look forward to the next decade with hope, love, peace and joy in our hearts, ready to seize the day! 😀
God bless and Happy New Year!