I am 33

Back in February this year, I decided to challenge  myself by coming up with a list of 33 things to accomplish before I turn 33.  Well, here I am just hours away from turning 33 as I’m writing this.  I guess now is a good time for me to reflect on what I have and haven’t done this year.  Out of the 33 things I wanted to do, I managed to complete only 9.  That’s quite bad.  I’m ashamed of myself to be honest.  You see, I have this really bad habit (among many others) of not finishing what I’ve started.  So this is what I’m going to do.  I will complete the rest of the things on my list while I’m 33.  The challenge now is 33 things to do at 33.  Yeah, I know it’s a bit lame but I really want to complete all of them.  Some of the things on my list are very important to me such as learning Slovak.   A student of mine told me that instead of learning one word a day (which I very often failed to do), I should learn one phrase or sentence a day.  I like that idea.  Now I just have to find ways to motivate myself.  I always think of having to speak only in Slovak language to the ill-tempered and unfriendly Slovak immigration officers who don’t speak a word of English.  That usually motivates me.

Oh and to all my blog readers (yes, I have like 3 loyal blog readers)  I want to thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last months.  It is so motivating to hear I inspire you to do the same or that you are learning Slovak language with me.  Of course my friends and students have been wonderful too.  I know that they know I have a blog and that I’m pretty sure they don’t read it.   And I’m wondering how many of them will go, “Hah! I told you you wouldn’t be able to finish your tasks. We know you too well, Hon!”


Help save my cousin’s life

Dear blog buddies,

You most likely don’t know me.  Perhaps you came across my blog just now.  I started this blog almost a month ago to document my adventure as I attempt to complete my 33 things to do before my birthday this year.   It’s supposed to be about my life and things I want to do and achieve.   Alas, life is so unpredictable.  Just when you think you have everything under control, life throws you a curve ball and you’re not prepared for it.

Today, I got the news from my mom that my cousin, Daniel, has been put on the waiting list for a liver transplant.  He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C late last year.  He contracted Hepatitis C as a child when he had blood transfusions as part of his treatments for leukemia.  Thanks to the “fantastic”  public healthcare system in Malaysia, his Hepatitis C infection went undetected for a long time .

This month, his illness has progressed to the point where his liver is shutting down.  Hence the reason why he is on the waiting list for a liver transplant.  The process of finding a donor will be a long and complicated one.  His doctor wants to in inject a potent antiviral serum into his body to prolong the life of his kidney while he waits for a donor.  This is a 60% chance of keeping his liver functioning for at least a few years.

Daniel is only 24 this year.  He still has so much to live for.  I watched him battle cancer when he was only a baby.  He was such a trouper.  I wish I could help him back then but I was a kid myself and I felt helpless. Many of my family members are helping financially and emotionally.  I want to do my part and to help as much as possible.  There are things more important in life such as to actually save a life.  This is urgent and important.  More important than anything on my list of 33 things.  Daniel’s first round of antiviral medication will cost around 20,000Euros.  I am campaigning to collect donations to help pay for Daniel’s medical expenses.   Please help me raise 8,000Euros.  This sum will not cover his first round of antiviral medication but it will be an excellent message of encouragement and support for him and his family.

I’ve started a fund-raising drive for Daniel on GoFundMe website.  You can help me save a life.  You can help me let Daniel know that he is not alone in his battle.  Let him know that people from all over the world support him and want him to get better.  Please reblog , share, donate and spread the word.  Thank you very much.


A picture of Daniel Chong 

Ships Are Safe in the Harbour

All I live for is now
All I stand for is where and how
All I wish for are magic moments

As I sail through change
My resolve remains the same
What I chose are magic moments

Because ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are made for
The mind could stretch much further
But it seems that is not what our minds are trained for

We call for random order
You can’t control Mother nature’s daughter

Ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are built for

The witch hunter roams
The scary thing is that he’s not alone
He’s trying to down my magic moments

As we sail through change
Ride the wind of a silent rage
And sing laments of magic moments

– author unknown