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Happy New Year, Wishing you the best 2018

Happy New Year family and friends!

2017 turned out to the be the best year of my life so far. There were ups and downs, but overall, significantly more highs. I had 3 main goals: Home Ownership, Get into a Healthy Lifestyle, get into a meaningful Relationship, and a handful of sub-goals. I accomplished 2/3 of the main goals. Early into the year, I crossed off the first main task and became a Home Owner for the very first time. This was a truly eye-opening experience. I love my house. The second goal was a big battle, but I knocked it out of the park and over exceeded anything I ever imagined. I went from being overweight and weak at 185 lbs to 130lbs in 6 months. I went from not being able to run at all and ran a Half-Marathon in under 2-hours. Nutrition was 85% of the battle, and “discipline equals freedom”. Embracing a Whole Food Plant-based lifestyle is game changing. My third goal definitely fell short. I haven’t had any kind of long-term meaningful relationship in my life thus far, and determined it was time. I signed up for a couple of online dating apps, went on a few blind-dates, and mixers, but all came up empty handed. Quite possibly, I was too occupied with the stresses up moving into my new home, getting settled and focusing on my personal health.

For 2018, instead of having 3 goals, I made it more streamlined to only 2. First, I want to continue on my health and wellbeing success and become an “elite version” of myself. I’d like to remain around 130lbs but lose 5% body fat and replace it with lean muscle. Also, I want to increase my upper body and core strength. To do this, I joined CrossFit. I have also signed up for a Full-Marathon and Spartan obstacle races. Second, now that I’ve settled in my home habits, and hit my general health goals in a sustainable manner, I can now put higher quality effort into nurturing a loving relationship. After some advice, I hand-wrote a very detailed sketch of what my ideal soulmate is.

Whether you had an awesome or terrible 2017, I would like to personally wish you all the best in the New Year!
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Photography, Travels

Happy New Year, NEW Image Gallery and South America

Photo taken by Sean Chin at www.SeanChin.com.

Taken at “Songs of the Sea” performance in Sentosa, Singapore in 2007.

First of all, let me just say Happy New Year! I hope all of you have a fantastic 2013.

I want to take this moment to give you all a little gift from myself. Over the last 3 months, I have been secretly and feverishly been going through my entire photographic archive since 2005 and re-mastering all of my favorite images. This portfolio includes four main categories: travels, concerts, special events and sports. I really hope that you take some time to go through it and please do leave me some comments as I enjoy reading your feedback and constructive criticism. For the longest time, I’ve been tired and sick of using “social” sharing portfolios such as Smugmug, Zenfolio, Flickr just to name a few. There are just way too many privacy, pricing and copyright insecurities that I no longer have the patience to worry about. After many hours of research, I stumbled upon an amazing new platform called Piwigo. It is a software that you can install on your own server, which means that I am in full control of my work. I never have to worry about a company like Flickr closing down and then losing all of my comments.

As many of my readers know, I LOVE traveling and plan to continue my bucket list of exploring all seven continents before I am 30. In just a few weeks, I will be leaving on a journey to South America. More specifically, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru. I really look forward to visiting Rio, Iguazu Falls and of course Machu Picchu. In the next week, I will be writing a “what’s in my bag” featuring what gear I’ll be carrying for this trip.

Again, all the best in 2013!

Update December 9, 2013: I am now using the “New Smugmug”. Many of the photographers I follow use the new service with great pleasure. So, I decided to take the plunge along with the Black Friday 40% off discount for the year. 

Update January 3, 2013: Many thanks to Pierrick Le Gall, creator of Piwigo, for working directly working one on one with me for the last few days to customize my image gallery!

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