January 01, 2022

What a year it’s been.

A reflec­tion on the goals I set for myself:

  • Read 40 books
    • Only man­aged to get to 31.
  • Start learn­ing French
    • Nope, I still wanna get to it in 2022 though.
  • Olympic weightlift­ing
    • Nope, but maybe my fit­ness goals have changed.
  • Spend less money on hob­bies and non-essen­tial stuff
    • Cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly yes, espe­cial­ly com­pared to 2020.

On the other hand, I:

  • Trav­elled a fair bit with friends and my fiancée
  • Ate quite a lot of good food
  • Start­ed on an excit­ing jour­ney with some people (which I’ll share more about in the coming days)
  • Gained some expo­sure into the world of crypto
  • Dras­ti­cal­ly reduced my caf­feine intake
  • Fin­ished read­ing my first full-length Japan­ese novel (Nor­we­gian Wood by Muraka­mi)
  • Shift­ed my exer­cise goals to focus more on cardio

A list of things I bought that I really enjoy using:

  • Philips Soni­care Pro­tec­tive­Clean 4100, with Ultra Soft Sen­si­tive Brush Heads
    • I’ve also start­ed the habit of not rins­ing my mouth with water after brush­ing. It appar­ent­ly gives the flu­o­ride more time to do what­ev­er it needs to do to in the mouth.
    • Dental flu­o­ro­sis is a pos­si­ble issue.
  • Oral-B Glide Advanced Dental Floss
    • I start­ed floss­ing for the first time in my adult life.
  • Mac­book Pro (16 inch, M1 Pro, 32GB ram)
    • Truly phe­nom­e­nal machine. The first machine I’ve used that comes close to “It Just Works”.
  • Tem­purpedic Sleep Mask
    • I’ve tried six dif­fer­ent sleep­ing masks, and only two pro­vides true total black­out (the other one being the Manta Sleep Mask).
    • It does­n’t use elas­tic mate­r­i­al for the head­band, which is great for dura­bil­i­ty since they tend to wear out quick­ly.
  • Air­pods Pro
    • Not having to max out the volume to listen to music while out is a big, easy win for hear­ing pro­tec­tion.

My favourite foods in 2021:

  • Arsi­cault Bakery (San Fran­cis­co)
    • Best crois­sants I’ve had.
  • Ba Bar (Seat­tle)
    • Solid Viet­nam­nese food in South Lake Union.
  • Bren­da’s French Soul Food (San Fran­cis­co)
  • Butcher’s Wife (Sin­ga­pore)
  • Car­son­’s Kitchen (Las Vegas)
  • Daeho Kalbi­jjim & Beef Soup (San Fran­cis­co)
    • Be lucky they opened in SF, not LA.
  • Del Popolo (San Fran­cis­co)
    • Peti­tion them to put the quat­tro for­mag­gi back on the menu!
  • Delaud­er’s BBQ (Gatlin­burg)
  • Dim Sum Haus (Sin­ga­pore)
  • El Mono (El Cer­ri­to)
    • Solid Peru­vian food. Get the Cevi­chi­to (ceviche) and the Maracuya Sour (creamy pas­sion­fruit-based cock­tail).
  • Farm­house Kitchen Thai (San Fran­cis­co, Oak­land)
  • Fonda Don Chon (Covina)
  • Gao Viet (San Mateo)
    • Accord­ing to a Viet­namese friend, this place is even better than what you can find back in Viet­nam, because the chefs are as good and the pro­duce is better.
  • Golden Gate Bakery (San Fran­cis­co)
    • For the moon­cakes.
  • Happy Lamb Hot Pot (San Fran­cis­co)
  • Hinata (San Fran­cis­co)
  • Horn BBQ (Oak­land)
    • I’d get just the brisket, and go all in on the sides.
  • La Taque­ria (San Fran­cis­co)
  • Langer’s (Los Ange­les)
    • Beats Katz’s, hands down.
  • Mon­teverde (Chica­go)
  • San­poutei Ramen (Sin­ga­pore)
    • Still my favourite ramen of all time.
  • Skalka (Seat­tle)
  • Spruce (San Fran­cis­co)
  • Stay Gold Deli (Oak­land)
    • Don’t sleep on this one. Better ribs than Horn.
  • Tango Sur (Chica­go)
    • Phe­nom­e­nal Argen­tin­ian steak­house.

Goals for 2022:

  • Revis­ing my book target to 24
    • I think I stretched myself a bit too thin in 2021.
  • French is still on the menu
  • Con­tin­ue caf­feine absti­nence
    • This one is going to be tough enough that I need to call it out here as an explic­it goal.
  • Keep my bio­mark­ers the same as they were at the start of 2021

Mostly, 2021 was about recon­fig­ur­ing my foun­da­tions, and 2022 is going to be about sus­tain­ing them. And some more stuff that I’m not quite ready to share pub­li­cal­ly yet. Here’s to 2022 being anoth­er blast!