I started this one and only blog in 2009 and my first posting was set in stone on 28 December 2009. It went something like this or rather this was what I posted “Salam & hello everyone out there. I’ve always wanted to blog but never really got down to doing it. The hesitation is not brought about by laziness or procrastination but rather the decision on the focus of my blogs. People might just interpret what I blog as my organisation’s viewpoints and that is a no-no. So, finally, this morning, I registered and my blogging life begins. Contents …. definitely not work-related (I hope) as the tagline suggests. It would be the other things I do to keep me alive.” I made a silent promise to myself then that I will blog at least once a month and yes, I do have lots of stuff to blog about since I was constantly on the move and my days, weeks and months were packed with activities.
Today, out of the blue, I decided to take a peek at my blog. I could remember the URL but totally lost out on my password but me being me, I have written and kept it safe. So, here it is – the blog that I have kept for 8 years, with 40 posts, 41 comments and 11 followers. Sounds utterly pathetic but did I expect a zillion followers? Eleven is reasonably good for a random person like me. Only 40 posts? What was doing all this while? I kept notes and I did take tons of photographs but I procrastinate – to procrastinate simply means to delay or postpone action; put off doing something – that is so so so true of me.
I just remembered a tweet I read this morning – make peace with your past, enjoy the present, and hope for your future. Well, let’s not dwell on the past and let’s move on and get down to some serious business. I retired on 28 May 2017 and what that means is that I’m 60 years old and I don’t hold a 9 to 5 job any more and I’m free. Am I? My last date of work was 26 May 2017 and the following day was the start of Ramadhan which lasts for a month. This Ramadhan was especially meaningful to me since I get to spend it with my daughters (31 and 27 years old respectively) and a granddaughter (4 years old) in the true sense of the word – no rushing from the office and making do with fast dishes for iftar and sahur. I get to prepare food that are their favourites and mine as well. On top of that, since there is no need to prepare breakfast and lunch, I managed to utilise the entire month to declutter the entire house and cleaned it as best I can from top to bottom. We then celebrated Syawal and we did our Syawal fasting for 6 days after that. Once that is over, I settled into a set routine from 6.30 am. to 11.30 am. and it’s a routine I follow diligently since it will leave me with time to do the things I want to do for the rest of the day and night.
So what do I do? I attend meetings at least twice a month since I still sit on a number of Boards and Committees.
Meeting in Shah Alam
… and meeting in Putrajaya
… and meeting in Kuala Lumpur
… and another meeting in Kuala Lumpur
What else? I read a lot more nowadays, do lots of editorial work and I write short pieces for an official blog.
Reading this now for a short write-up
… and this as well but literally crawling since it is an Indonesian novel
I tend to my small patch of garden on my balcony but 4 pots of my orchids have wilted. Yours truly confidently walked into a hardware store and came across orchid potting medium flown in all the way from the USA. I bought it and transplanted all my orchid plants to the new potting medium. My youngest said something to the effect that sounded like “Malaysian orchids in US soil? What were you thinking Ma?” Point taken. I was also given a hoya plant and I’m looking after it with so much TLC that the other plants are jealous. Some time back I bought 4 air plants but only 1 survived and I pathetically asked for one from the hoya plant owner. Both air plants are doing well.
This is not mine but I found this on the Web. Praying for mine to surprise me one day
What else do I do? NO … I am definitely not a couch potato. Someone once advised me not to watch to much TV or else my mind would become dysfunctional and I’m sticking to that advice. What else do I do? Definitely enjoying the company of the one lil’ monster in the form of my 4 year old granddaughter. She is a blessing in my life and is one of the many reasons I wake up each day.
My 4-year old bundle of joy
And I also do a lot of catching up with long lost friends … these are from my secondary school days
Catching up with retired librarians at a Hari Raya do
So how do I fit in this blogging thingy in my new lifestyle? Well, I have to blog at least once a week – but then, do I have enough stuff to write about every week? There will definitely be lots of stuff to write about as I journey through the remaining years of my life but once a week? Hmmmm … but first things first, I need to change the name of the blog. When I started out, it was to record the things that I do that are not work related. But now, as a retiree, The Other Side of My Life is so so so inappropriate. Here goes then – Life of a Retiree, Ramblings of a Retiree, My Life Now …. or let’s go for The Other Side of My Life Then and Now. And another thing, I need to start lugging my digital camera around ‘cos my S6 hand phone does not capture moments brilliantly. Or, should I get a new hand phone?
So I now leave you with this which sums up my life right now.