It’s been a year…

In my blogpost two years ago, I said that 2019 was “not too bad a year but looking at it now, after two dreadful years, it was truly an awesome year filled with smiles and laughter, so much joy, so much happiness.

I have not been all that well so these days, I do not do that much gardening anymore. However, I can say, in all honesty, that I am getting on all right just that I am now on a low-carb, low-sugar diet and I’m off smoking for good (I’ve gone off alcoholic drinks for years and years now) but I have to faithfully take the doctor’s prescriptions for this and that. Thankfully, my regular test results have been good, nothing to get overly worried about, praise the Lord.

This year, we haven’t been out and about all that much. Except for when we had to top up on our food supplies…

…and basic household needs as well as my prescriptions, we just stayed at home…

…most of the time. We confined ourselves to the shops in our neighbourhood, places near our house…

…that are convenient and not crowded, no traffic jam and easy parking and all and except for the few times when I went out…

…we just ate at home. Surprisingly, time went flying by even though nothing much ever happens, just our usual daily routine.

If the figures they give us daily are anything to go by, things sure have improved by leaps and bounds. Here in Sibu specifically and in Sarawak in general, we only have a single-digit total number of cases each day. Hopefully, it will stay that way even though we may not be completely free of the scourge. Nonetheless, we cannot go back to the way it was – we still have to #staysafe to #staywell, put on masks…

…when we go out, observe social distancing, avoid crowded places and stay home as far as possible, the so-called “new normal“. As soon as the borders were open, a lot of people were going here, there and everywhere but no, we chose to stay put – we are quite happy the way it is.

We did not start 2021 all that optimistically and no, I am not getting my hopes up too high for the year that is to come either. As the new year begins, let us say a prayer for the repose of the souls of our dearly departed, all our family members and friends who have left us last year and of course, I shall go on praying day by day that the Good Lord will continue to bless and protect us in the days ahead.

May He keep us safe always throughout the coming year, 2022…

…and for all it’s worth, a Happy New Year, everyone!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

13 thoughts on “It’s been a year…”

  1. How times flies. It has been a very dreadful 2 years for everyone of us due to the Covid 19 pandemic. I am also not getting my hopes up too high in the coming years but just praying hard that our good Lord will protect and keep us all safe throughout the coming year. Lastly, here is wishing you and your family a Blessed Happy New Year 2022.

    Thank you so much and wishing the same to you and yours as well. Yes, we can only pray for better days ahead and put our trust in God. Going into Phase 4 on Monday but it does not look like much has changed.

  2. Perspective is all comparative, isn’t it? Wishing you much health and happiness in 2022.

    Thank you, and the same to you and your loved ones. Fingers crossed, 2022 will be a good year for all of us.

  3. Your home looks really big, spacious and “homey”.

    Happy New Year 2022 to you too.

    Not really but the garden is bigger than those of the houses these days. Old place, from the 1980’s.

  4. Happy New Year!! It has been 2 years, I hope this year brings more joy, hope and blessing.

    Thank you and the same to you. Yes, it has been a long long time, too long…starting to get quite depressing but I guess we’ll just have to learn to live with it. Things aren’t going to be the same ever again! Now they are talking about the 4th injection! When is this madness going to end?

  5. Happy New Year to you and your family too! I am trying to be optimistic and hope that 2022 will be a year of healing and improvement all round. Health is wealth so let’s drink to that!

    Thank you and the same to you and yours. I guess there is nothing much that we can do except to hope and to pray very very hard that 2022 is going to be better. Sibu/Sarawak will go into Phase 4 on Monday though I do not see much difference in most of anything. Life goes on, same old SOPs to follow, #kitajagakita

  6. Looks like the new normal is here to stay. It can never be the same as before. It is a wet start to the new year, been raining from yesterday till now. Happy New Year to you and loved ones. Thank God for good health and protection as we continue to follow the sop.

    Thank you and the same to you and yours too. Thankfully, the weather here has been good, fine weather when we went out for dinner yesterday evening and fine all day today too even though we did not go out.
    Yes, we must take all precautions to #staysafe and #staywell. As they say, #kitajagakita

  7. Your house is spacious, got enough room to grow rambutan, jambu and starfruit trees.
    Starfruit is a good choice since it’s non-seasonal and you can harvest the fruits all year round.
    In my little kampung, we sometimes like to sprinkle some salt on pineapple or starfruit.
    Do you have this habit in Sibu too?

    >That’s 2012 – is this parade going on to this very day?

    Yes, it’s back this year, despite of extreme high Covid cases in the UK (it was nearly 19, 000 cases yesterday)!
    They skipped the parade last year though.
    Before it was free, but this year you have to pay £35 for entrance ticket.

    1. We do not eat starfruit…and our pineapples these days are very sweet. We used to sprinkle salt or dip in soy sauce when it was sour.
      I love parades.

  8. I agree with you. 2019 is a very good year compared to the next two years that followed it. 2021 has some improvements regarding the pandemic and I do hope that it will further improve in 2022.

    Happy New Year Arthur. May you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe. Merry Christmas also. God bless you

    Thank you and a Blessed and Happy Christmas and New Year to you and all your loved ones too. Here’s to a better and brighter 2022, let us pray.

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