So I suppose this is to tell you (yes, all three readers) that I am alive and well and in Manila until the 31st of December. It's very strange to actually go back to Singapore on New Year's Eve, the last day of 2007, but I suppose with everything that's been happening for the entire year, this is not so surprising after all.
I've been out most days since I got back and I will be out most days until the end of the month - Christmas with the family and relatives, friends that I haven't seen in half a year and will most probably not see until after a year's time, professional engagements to fulfill and wrap up, and a life that I've missed but seems only half-real half the time. I wish there was more time, I suppose: to meet up with more people, to spend more time in the city, to acclimatize to the hustle and bustle of Christmas insanity in Manila. Still, I'm thankful for what little I have with friends, people I truly love, and that I got to see them before I leave. (Well, most of them, anyway. I am sure I've left behind a couple of important people but there's just not enough time.)
This is also the longest time I will be away from my family. While the company I've been hired to hasn't given me the terms of the contract yet, I am assuming that it will run for a standard six months to a year, which means that there will be no more summer breaks or long periods of inactivity. I will be back to joining the professional world and I'm not sure how to take that. At this point in time, it seems like a mere stepping stone to other, more important things, and for me I'm at a point where I need to seriously re-assess my priorities and goals and figure out where things really fit in. But while hesitation plays a major part in this cocktail of feelings, I am also excited because of this adventure, where I'm taking on the mantle of something that I've never thought I'd be taking.
And it also seems that 2007 is rushing by with all the things it wants to do before it officially comes to a close. I've never seen so many changes happen with me and my circle of friends, some for the better and some for the worst. I guess the best thing we can get out of this is the knowledge that we can't really plan everything in our lives, because the universe can sense it when your life is static, and will throw a curveball in your direction to shake things up. That's the nature of humanity, I guess. We are all subject to change.
So just in case I don't get to write here until I get back to Singapore and a more stable Internet connection, here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (whether you're a Scrooge or a Tiny Tim), and a 2008 that changes for the better. ^_^