2017 – A year of the unknown

I have been doing up the resolutions for each year and this year will not be an exception. Looking back, the year of 2016 has brought many fun times and memorable learning experiences.

From my BIOC course and the Medicine entry saga, to the 3rd and final rotation that I will be doing with my S2 branch, to the ORD speech that resulted from something so stupid, to heading over for HK with my attachment friends from A*STAR, to deciding to do UKCAT, to warming up to my classmates from Nursing(who sadly, might not be my classmates anymore due to reshuffling), to the various healthcare programs I have joined in NUS, to the clinical attachments, 2016 has been a prosperous year of knowledge and friendship forged. These are definitely the times I will never forget, and the struggle I had to reach my goals of getting into Medicine.

Before I input the next 17 resolutions for 2017, I will go through the past year’s goals and see how much have I achieved.

Here are my 16 resolutions for 2016.

  1. Getting shortlisted for interviews in both local universities (This didn’t happen at all. You can read the Medicine saga from the link in the 2016 review paragraph.)
  2. Accepted Medicine for the year of 2016 (If I cannot get shortlisted, I cannot get accepted)
  3. Managing to find a way through the interviews as well as army commitments (I did, surprisingly, but sacrificing one of the trips I have been dying to go to with the same group of friends in BIOC)
  4. Top student for BIOC (Did not happen, but I definitely topped one of the major test for BIOC. Still, it was really heartwarming to hear from friends that I’ll always be #1 in their hearts.)
  5. Be the top 20% for my cohort (I don’t really remember what top 20% of the cohort refers to. If it refers to BIOC, then I think I fall into the category. If I’m talking about nursing, then I definitely fall into that category as well)
  6. Do Bunjee jumping (IT WAS AWESOME!)
  7. Maintaining the exercise adrenaline (At least I have been exercising throughout the year, though not as consistent as I would wanted.)
  8. Start up something impactful (Probably the most memorable impactful thing I started out was my crash course class for my classmates who are struggling with anatomy and physiology.)
  9. Blog more about health related articles (I did! I remembered blogging about mental health and diabetes!)
  10. Reduce the backlogs for my read – economist (Okay, I admit I left them all on the shelves, and discarded them cause I really couldn’t find the time to read.)
  11. Be more confident (Generally speaking, I think I grew to be more confident and sociable, especially after going through communication skills module, public speaking and critical thinking module, as well as being the class representative, all of which forces me to be more outspoken. But I still need to be more confident!)
  12. Think more logically (I don’t think I satisfied this criteria, but during one of the heart to heart talks, they said I was very analytical and logical and was surprised I had an “F” in my Myer Briggs type (INFJ).)
  13. Improve my conversational skills (During attachments and the various events [like SMEC, PHS, NHS, HOP, SL], I was definitely forced to improve my skills and adapt them to situations!)
  14. Keeping and maintaining a happiness dairy (Used to wrote it down every day, until it turned out to be a chore and I don’t think I am someone who really needs to count every blessing given that I appreciate a lot of things!)
  15. Stay in touch with OCS friends, BMT mates, S2 branch personnel, Polytechnic cliques and Secondary school friends (OCS checked, BMT nope, S2 checked, Poly checked, Sec, checked)
  16. Do something I would never have expected to – something really bizarre – and blog about it. (Definitely the incident about the ORD speech and its sequel.)

Compared to 2015, there were a lot more green than red and that is a good indicator that my goals are achievable and not too far fetch. Before I end this, let me share 17 goals I hope to achieve by the end of 2017.

  1. Attend the interviews for UK schools.
  2. Getting an offer from at least one UK school.
  3. Get shortlisted for NUS Medicine.
  4. Receive an offer letter from NUS Medicine.
  5. Finish Nursing Year 1 with a CAP/GPA of no less than 4.8.
  6. Participate in Interfaculty games for NUS.
  7. Pick up Intermediate sign language course and become an instructor for basic sign language.
  8. Do something really unexpected and blog about it.
  9. Surprise 5 people in the year of 2017.
  10. Increase the number of achievements I can include in my CV.
  11. Do something I have never done before in my life.
  12. Increase the size of the Pcrevice within the year (personal goal).
  13. Be able to do a handstand.
  14. Clear IPPT with a silver minimum.
  15. Be more confident of myself.
  16. Cook something I have not cooked before.
  17. Doing my best for everything I do!

I do hope that I can achieve at least 70% of what is listed here (that is around 12) and I hope getting into Medicine is part of what I can achieve.

Nonetheless, I hope you readers have your own 2017 goals in mind and do keep reviewing them from time to time to remind of yourself what you really want!

Last but not least, Happy 2017, and a happy new year :)!

Brand New 2016

Before we start with all the 2016 resolutions and what not, I believe as important as it is to welcome the new year, 2015 deserves a proper closure as well.

Saying thanks

As such, I spent several hours typing personal messages and send those out when the clock struck 12. I was brawling around my bed since 10 pm. By the time 2016 came, I was not completely done with my messages. When fatigue kicked in subsequently, I proceeded with the decision to carry on the rest when I am more wide-eyed awake.

When I woke up, I read some of the replies and needless to say, I was quite touched.

There were other more of these messages, but these are some of the few  received earlier that I would like to share. The rest are probably still in their slumber.

A summary of 2015


The mosaic of 9 photos sewn together above depicts the most important highlights for my 2015. Each photo represents a significant part of my life in 2015 and how they shape me into maturity.

#1: My first skills badge! 

Marching 32km definitely was not easy, but the friends made this easier to pull through. I remembered constantly lagging behind and trying to catch up. Thankfully, I completed it!

#2: Feast before the Famine

A mini celebration to mark the tough times we have made it through thus far, and the many more challenges we face ahead.

#3: Fractured finger, fractured dreams

A calamity that resulted in the demise of my JCC badge, a second skills badge I hope I was able to achieve.

#4: Brunei’s R&R

That was one of the best (and was thought to be the last) moments spent with my platoon 2 mates after the horror occurred prior JCC. Of course, I got to learn how to cherish them a lot more.

#5: BKK trip 

One of the first overseas trip with these group of awesome people!

#6: Commissioning Parade

The long-awaited moment!

#7: Commissioning ball

Even though this was supposed to be a celebration to mark the end of cadets day and the incunabula of an officer, those in 1SIR had an experience different from the majority.

#8: Unit Induction Program

The toughest shit all of us has ever been through in our army lives. Which is why we are more closely knitted compared to others.

#9: 21st birthday

If I were to choose between Taylor Swift concert and Batam trip, I would still be stuck not knowing which to go for.

Surprisingly, all these top moments in 2015 have a blog post tagged onto them! You can read them by clicking the title. I have linked the post up to their respective moments.

Looking back

Facebook’s notification about the memories I shared with people on this date brought up some interesting status I submitted a few years back. Here are two of which I want to imprint it on this post.


Talking about the army and my future ambition as a doctor eh.

Anyway, the facebook status was a random segment for this article since the desktop notification for Facebook pops up as this post is being churned out. Now, looking back at my 2015 resolutions, we shall unravel how much has been accomplished and working onwards and forward, the new 2016 resolutions!


Did I get IPPT gold? Well, not yet. The closest I was to getting gold was 10 seconds faster in my run time. Speaking of so near yet so far eh?

As mentioned above,  I did not get my JCC badge due to some unforeseen circumstances. It is a huge pity I was not able to participate it, but oh well. I guess each incident has its own lesson to learn from.

Thankfully I managed to commission and not getting out of course for my fractured finger! 😀 

I did study hard for BMAT for did not allocate sufficient time to work on my section 1. The results? Pretty low for section 1.

And I did not manage to hit any of my BMAT target with the exception for my English Grade for my Essay section.

Completed two essays on why Medicine is for me and is still undergoing editing.

And yup, the application has been prepared and I have applied to overseas universities as well.

A short novel? Probably short horror stories.

Traveled to Brunei, Bangkok, Thailand as well as Batam in 2015!

Even though I did not get the SOH as what I aimed to achieve, it does not really matter to me anymore The word is a physical manifestation of outstanding achievements I think our current SOH, Arif, deserves to have it. I am happy with what I have taken from the Officer’s course as well as my time in 1SIR.

Reconnected with several groups of them! 

And yeap, I have whipped up more dishes than I ever hope to achieve for. 

Am I more confident now? Definitely. Can I be more confident? No doubts about that!

Have I? Probably yes and no, depending on circumstances. These are not the one word kind of answer ya’ll know?

I am sure I did, but occasionally, doubts and uncertainty would inundate me when people give me the impression that I have been too nice.

Among the 15 resolutions for 2015, I managed to accomplish 11 of them. Not too bad for a start!

Here are my 16 resolutions for 2016.

  1. Getting shortlisted for interviews in both local universities
  2. Accepted Medicine for the year of 2016
  3. Managing to find a way through the interviews as well as army commitments
  4. Top student for BIOC
  5. Be the top 20% for my cohort
  6. Do Bunjee jumping
  7. Maintaining the exercise adrenaline
  8. Start up something impactful
  9. Blog more about health related articles
  10. Reduce the backlogs for my read – economist
  11. Be more confident
  12. Think more logically
  13. Improve my conversational skills
  14. Keeping and maintaining a happiness dairy
  15. Stay in touch with OCS friends, BMT mates, S2 branch personnel, Polytechnic cliques and Secondary school friends
  16. Do something I would never have expected to – something really bizarre – and blog about it

These are my goals and aims for the incoming year of 2016. I really hope the  process of getting into Medicine, given my current circumstances, will not be stymied or crumpled up into dust.

And happy new year readers :)! What are your resolutions for 2016?

2015 Resolutions

Before many bid farewell to 2014 and welcome with open arms, the new year, 2015, they would pen a list of things they hope to achieve in this upcoming year. This is what they call ‘resolutions’. Resolutions are a common indication that a new year is making its way to the present. For those who are totally oblivious to the dates and days, posts of people sharing their resolutions on social media is a harbinger. 2014 has been a rather smooth sailing year for me. Graduated with a Diploma with Merit, working as a part timer in KOI cafe and enlisting in June is a summary of 2014. New friendships bonds were created while a handful was lost in the dust of time. Definitely, I matured more than what I started out a year ago. I grew stronger by the lessons my life experiences brought me. I learned how to communicate better to strangers. Lastly, the dependency I had on others shredded with the end of my disparaging relationship. Despite the bad that encompasses 2014, the good brought me the motivation to carry on.

Right now, there are four days more prior the start of a new beginning. I shall list down my resolutions for 2015 and work hard towards them.

1) Get IPPT Gold
2) Pass JCC and get the JCC badge
3) Commission as an Officer in 2015
4) Study hard for BMAT
5) Score at least 6, 6.5 and 4B for BMAT
6) Typed out two essays on why Medicine is for me
7) Prepare the application for Medicine, batch 2021
8) Write a short novel
9) Travel overseas to explore the world
10) Get the Sword of Honor
11) Reconnect with friends I had not seen in a long time
12) Cook up two dishes that I created
13) Be confident
14) Lead with pride, honor, and integrity
15) Be a leader that inspires and garner respect without fear

That’s 15 resolutions for year 2015!

What’s your new year resolution?