First post for 2009: what a wonderful world

I have been blogging for the past seven months, which  started in June 2008 when I came here in Hanoi, Vietnam to pursue a scholarship on Vietnamese Language. The creation of this blog was prompted by my existential yearning, of the need to constantly assert my existence. Though the reasons may have changed why I write my blog entries this time, the blog is still grounded on the basic objective to tell the stories of a twenty-something caught (or chose to be caught) in a situation of almost-daily uncertainties.

My 2008 was a year of pandemonium and constant changes that sometimes I felt I have most of the time failed to digest and reflect on all the events that occurred to me. These I think are missed opportunities that could have allowed me to grow more, learn other things, and ask important questions whose answers are equally as important if not more important. I met a lot of people, lost contact with old friends, but at the same time linked those lost ties I have with people whom I thought will forever not cross on the same path with me.

Last night, while I was with a group of foreigners celebrating the new year in a small pub in Hanoi’s old quarter, amid the singing of Abba’s “Happy New Year”, and the all-important countdown, I almost ruined the mood when I started asking my self why I am in that place and doing the middle-class version of meeting the new year, and then began thinking that this is a wonderful world while humming Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s cool, deep version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.


My life may not be as perfect as I want it to be or people who are close to me think, but I am happy with my current status. My bank account contains shameless, almost nonexistent amount of money; I don’t have a house to go to at the end of every tiring day, but at least I don’t have something that would keep me rooted in one place and continuously ask myself what can be found in the moon’s dark side; I don’t have a permanent job to speak of, but I promise after school l will look for a decent one that I can be proud of and will provide me a compensation that won’t make me feel short-changed.

What lies ahead is what today is yesterday – uncertain, unknown, but something we look forward to.

I may not sound hopeful, but I am a man of hopes and almost boundless dreams. I’ll bring 2009 on. I danced the night out last night, I hope my 2009 will be as exhilarating, as exciting, as challenging.

Happy New Year everyone.

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  7. I was just trying to be honest when I said those things, but yeah, I am enjoying life to the fullest. Happy New Year.

  8. you just have to enjoy life to the fullest. don’t be too sentimental on things. you are in a situation to enjoy not to think of the “middle class” way of celebrating new year. everyone came to that place to celebrate and thats the point. to celebrate and be thankful of the year that was. its a beautiful world indeed amidst the adversities. you can get through of all these hardships. your labor is not in vain believe me 🙂

  9. It took me some time to make my peace with that fact that my life is not perfect. The anger and destructive attitutde did not actually help. I’m glad you’re looking at it this way and I’m glad you have faith in tomorrow. Sometimes that’s all we need.

    Happy New Year again!!

  10. I have been reading your blog entries now and then. I am now in fifties and you are in the twenties. I think if u multiply your age you will get my age. How wonderful it is for us to get together, we have so many things in different and few things in common. I would say we are different in nationality, in mother tongue, in religion, in marital status and so on. However, we have one thing in common that we love to live and we live to love and joy. So young man be less worry and more sleep and less anger more laughter. The difference between you and I is that you think you have more time to pursue your life and I have less time for that.

  11. This is one of the most uplifting posts about 2009 I read today John.

    Many of my friends are whining about the economy, as if that would change anything 😉

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