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2016 Reverberating Revoo

I forgot about doing this until I spotted Shauna Reid’s edition. Oh noes! I’ve missed the haze of a post Christmas/New Year lethargy, but if I don’t post now, I never will.

Edition 2015
Edition 2014
Edition 2013
There was no Edition 2012.
Edition 2011
Edition 2010

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

Changed jobs. This may not sound a big thing to you, but after spending 10 years at the same company (ancient, I know), and then upping sticks for different work environment, that’s HUGE for me. Plus, I had a fondness for the old workplace which was slowly eroding away, as the good things that had made it a wonderful workplace were being eroded away.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
Can’t remember what they were, and thus I can’t remember if I kept them.
More for this year:
being present in the moment!
Being grateful for the little things.
Stop buying stuff.
Start decluttering.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my friend Clare. Such a gorgeous little thing, sometimes she greets you with a serious look, and then suddenly she smiles. Wow.

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
Father in law. Friend’s sister.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA. Taiwan. Funeral. Holiday.

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?

7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Anzac Day (25 April), we were in our Nation’s capital, we saw a football game, and then on the drive back, the father in law passed away.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making the leap from one job to another. Yes I know, I should define myself more than my work, but you do spend 30% of your time there.

Catching a LOT of swarms – BEEcoming obsessed.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Being present in the moment.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Gave myself some form of RSI from squeezing honey out of honeycomb using my hands.

11. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?


b) thinner or fatter?

same same. Slightly porkier.
c) richer or poorer?
One year’s salary richer. One year’s spending on vintage tupperware poorer.

12. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Have you heard about this? Every saturday morning, around 8am (or whatever suits the local council), there is a free, timed 5km running event at various locations.

13. How did you spend Christmas?

With the family. Surprisingly, I didn’t kill them. There’s always next year.

14. Did you fall in love this year?

With my friend Clare’s baby.


15. What was your favourite TV program?

The Katering Show. I discovered it. Watched two seasons cover to cover in (almost) one sitting, and then started again.

16. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t read that many books in 2016, but I just found out about The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, which has even been made into a film!
How did I miss that?

17. What was your favourite film?

Inside Out. I watched it on the plane.
I also watched Bad Moms 1.5 times, it took me a few days to realise that the plane version had *censored out* the video sex scene. One day the main character had a husband at home, the next day she didn’t.

18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Didn’t go to work. Old enough to know better.

19. Who did you miss?
Mother in Law. She passed away in early 2015, and not a week goes by that I think “She would’ve known the answer to that!” I wish she was still with us.

Reverb 2015

This year, I started Reverb 2015 in August. No joke. I think I was avoiding doing actual work on my post-graduate degree. Hear that?! I finally committed to further education!!

Reverb 2014 starts here: here.

Other years’ participation are listed here.

2014.6. Prompt for 6 December 2014 :
Money. Where did you spend your money this year? Did you save it instead? What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?

I started a post graduate degree! I haven’t gone the whole hog, because *that’s* 24 thousand big ones, but I’m doing the graduate certificate version. Why? Because I’m paying for it, not my work.

2015.1. Prompt for 1 December:
What sorts of lists do you have on the go at the moment? What do they suggest you are praying for?

Many many to-do lists. To-do at work. Shopping lists (I should really just have a perpetual shopping list). To-do at home lists. It would appear that I am praying for better organisation and structure.

2015.2 Prompt for 2 December
What surprised you this year?

I recently wrote a post about how I was a little busy, and would return to the blog shortly. My post originally had stated: “I’m so snowed under what with work, bees, family, uni studies… “. I was a little surprised that I had put work first amongst my priorities. I am trying to change that.

2015.3 Prompt for 3 December:
When was the last time you stopped to look up at the moon?

What did she have to say to you?

I really do admire the moonrises, especially when the sky is that lovely purple-pink-blue colour of sunset. I think the last time I tried to take a photo of the moon was when the planets Jupiter and Venus were in the western sky, and the International Space Station zoomed past. I missed that photo, but I followed the International Space Station from West to East, whereupon the moon was rising. Hello! It happened just after the weekly yoga session at work.

2015.4 Prompt for 4 December:
How can you replenish your (physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional) resources? What do you need most of all at this moment?

Me time. Rest.

2015.5 Prompt for 5 December:
Go on, show us your selfie! You know you want to.


2015.6 Prompt for 6 December:
In 2016, how can you bring healing to these patterns of thought that are holding you back?

Think before one speaks. Learn to be less reactive

Round up, round up, it’s Reverb13

Madame Truffles

So I’ve written for Reverb11, Reverb10. Whoops, looks like I skipped a year in 2012. I also can’t make the reverb badge work. Oh, technology.

As stated on the website….Project Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days. These prompts are meant to be answered in posts on personal blogs, and anyone can join in.

1. Prompt for December 2:
Shine: What was the best moment of 2013?

Having played badminton for a mere six months, I managed to score a placing at the Corporate games in the doubles. I note that the team that came first were in a league above the rest of us – with one of the players having won that morning’s singles games.

Yes. The medal is shiny.

2. Prompt for December 5:
Challenge: Did you take on a new challenge? What was it? Is there are challenge you deliberately avoided? What do you want to do to challenge yourself in 2014?

Aha. Insert new years resolutions here. What were last years’ resolutions. I can’t remember. See? This is why I do the reverb project, even if it is only small select portions.

a) Read at least 20 books in 2014.

I used to be such a bookworm. Now, because I drive to work, it’s a lot harder to read during the commute. Other people tend to object if you try and drive and read at the same time.

b)Use my poor forgotten dSLR more.

I bought it. I used it for a bit. I did a short one eight hour photography course. Then I forgot all about it because it is just so easy to carry the point and shoot around. Then I replaced my phone with a smartphone and started using that for photos because it was just so easy to take photo, tag it, email it all in one unit. But the quality of the photos has definitely suffered.

c) Procrastinate less.
Reduce the number of my “to do” projects that are cluttering up my projects room, and make them “completed” projects.

Work-wise, I was asked to take on a leadership role for a small project with an impossible time frame. I did it… but I’m much happier being part of a team. I have this feeling that “they” have more of these sorts of things in store for me. Considering that I’m a rather loud extroverted type person, this is a challenge that I have been avoiding.

3. Prompt for December 18:
Wear: What piece of clothing did you wear again and again all throughout the year? Why? Is it all worn out? Are you going to replace it or keep wearing it?

Despite my protestations about if you buy a piece of clothing from a chain store or $5, how much has the poor person making the garment made…. I bought a dress. For $15. I have worn it, and worn it, and worn it. So much so, that I probably shouldn’t wear it again. As much as I love buying locally made investment pieces, there is something to be said for cheerfully coloured wash and wear material.

4. Prompt for December 26:
Five Moments: Tell us about five moments you don’t want to forget from 2013.

Winning a medal for the badminton competition.
Experimenting with, and having various levels of success with yeast-based baking: bagels, pretzels, and babkas.
Completing my little project I mentioned in Item 2.
Traveling to Utah, and exploring the amazing San Rafael Swell.

Actually, one moment from 2012 which I don’t want to forget is traveling to the back ends of Yunnan Province in China. We visited the Mekong River on the Chinese side (In China it is called the Lan Cang River 瀾滄江), and bumbled around from town to town. We also saw some rock art. It was awesome, and I will tell you a little more about it soon.

5. Prompt for December 31:
At the end: What’s next for you?
This is probably a bit too similar to the Prompt for Dec 5.
However, I think I need to look more serious in doing some sort of post graduate study in my field of employ, not necessarily because I want to, but because everyone else already has.

How about you? What are your key moments looking back at 2013, or looking forward to 2014?

Reverb10 – 31 December – Core Story

December 31 – Core Story What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.) (Author: Molly O’Neill)
Central story hmm. Since I started this reverb10 thing, I have been on a little love in and have discovered some uncomfortable things. I like winning (achievement) and I’m trying to fulfill that through sport rather than personal life. I am a bit of a workaholic and I think a bit too much of my identity is tied up with that, which I am trying to rectify.

Phew. I’m glad that’s over and done with. It only took me six months to get here, so I guess I had better get started on Reverb2011 now!

Reverb10 – 29 December – Defining Moment

December 29 – Defining Moment Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)

Hmm. Can I say my bootcamp sessions? I finally twigged that although I still identify myself as a climber, a mountain biker and an adventure racer, I actually hadn’t dine much if that stuff for a while.

Once I started with this boot camp thing, it was like teamwork through adversity. I had to leave my desk by a certain time on bootcamp days, and we were all very sore the next day around lunchtime.
Now I’m looking up for some shorter orienteering events in my area, and it looks like the season has just started!

Reverb10 – 28 December – Achieve

I really need to finish this, 2010, even 2011 is getting a bit long in the tooth!
December 28 – Achieve
What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. (Author: Tara Sophia Mohr)

I have sat on this one for ages, well into 2011, because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to achieve this year.

I’d like to achieve a better understanding of my garden so I can work out what grows best where and in what season. Already I am observing how much the fence is starting to over shadow my planter boxes, so I am looking forward to growing more shade loving greens like rocket, spinach and Chinese greens.

I’d like to achieve more positivity for me. I have this terrible habit of being very negative on myself. Self sown takk poppy syndrome? I need to remember that it is my job to be quietly confident rather than to behead my tall poppiness. I don’t mean that I’ll go around bragging about how wonderful I am, more that I won’t preface my words with stuff like: “this could be wrong, but …”.

So. I would like to achieve more ‘mindfulness’. Thinking before I speak, observing the world more, believing that “yeah, I can do this”, and reducing my impact upon the world by growing more of my own food stuffs.

Reverb10 – 26 December – Soul Food

December 26 – Soul Food

What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

This took me ages to think of. I’ve eaten out a bit in 2010, and even went to Marque for a celebratory event. the food there was yummy, different and interesting, and I though I ought to write about that.

But I’m not sure that that was the one that touched my soul.

We were in the town of Yilan, along the west coast of Taiwan. There was a night market underneath a main road (Jiu Cheng road overpass) and I was happy wandering past the stalls, pointing out random things to eat. There was fresh ready diced fruit, bubble pearl teas, dumplings, noodles. I was in heaven! Then I eye-spyed a stall down the end with a queue of at least 5 people, near the intersection of Yi Xing Road Section 1 and the Jiu Cheng road overpass. Shallot pancakes. Oh yeah!

I joined the queue and ordered the cheaper 20NT one by pointing. This got me a plain deep fried one, and you brushed on your own chilli sauce / pepper combination on before it got bagged and handed to you. I swooned. It was so delicious – crispy and crunchy and wonderfully moreish. I think my eyes rolled backed in my head it was so yummy.

I went back the next night and tried the more popular version with egg, which was only 5NT more. It was good, but the addition of the egg seemed to have generated steam which made this crispy delicacy soggy. 😦 Definitely get the plain pancake.

Shallot pancake with egg

Originally uploaded by A Sydney Foodie

I found that The Yilan Guy blog gives a good rundown of the yilan night markets here, although I wished I had read the post before I went.

Hello Kitty Shallot pancakes
Yilan night markets
Intersection of Yi Xing Road Section 1 and the Jiu Cheng road overpass. (eastern side of train line).
Yilan, Taiwan

Reverb10 – 25 December – photo

Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.
(Author: Tracy Clark)
Reverb10 - photo

So I talked before about joining a bootcamp type fitness session. Every now and then the trainer organizes a joint training session, where all his clients can come together and participate in joint madness.

So here I am, conked out on the sand after one. I mostly remember this one as involving LOTS of crawling through sand. And pushups. But mostly how the sand would grate your elbows and knees as you crawled through it, especially after running into the surf.

I did 4 laps in order to get a place (lucky last!), rather than the minimum of 2. And I only kept going in order to keep pace with someone from work (thus comes out my competitive nature). The photo was taken by an event photographer, and as I ran towards the finishing line, I asked: “Are you ready for it?”, as I spun around and pretended to collapse at the end. There’s the drama queen coming out. I also like this photo because I manage to slot this fitness challenge in en-route to going on holiday! Priorities, people.

Reverb10 -24 December – Everything’s okay

December 24 Prompt – Everything’s OK What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? (Author: Kate Inglis)

I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Okay, I’ve got it, although some of it happened this year in 2011.

Several years ago I met a bunch of Contractors tendering for a job I had advertised. After an intense and long meeting, I remember thinking as they walked out how terribly intimidated I felt
by them, and how slick and knowledgable they were in comparison to little old me.

I met them again recently for another advertised job. I’m not sure if it was
the exact same bunch, certainly some of the individuals were. This time, it was more as equals, and I wasn’t intimidated at all.

Plus, I got told by someone else: “you look nice today”. Shows that if I bother to make the effort and wear “corporate”, and not the equivalent of tracky-daks to work, I can make a good impression.

Reverb10 – 23 December – new name

December 23 – New Name Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why? (Author: Becca Wilcott)

Am I supposed to hashtag these posts or not?

There seems to be a trend of letting young Chinese people pick their own ‘english’ name. I’m not sure if it is their legal name or a nickname. Often it ends up being a word or phrase the young child likes the sound of, so you end up with Flora, Sunny, Jemmie or Tyrone. Tyrone? Tyrone gotta be a big blackfella!

For a while I wanted to be an ‘Elizabeth’, because Lizzie Bennett was just so feisty. Doesn’t everyone? But really, I’m a pretty feisty being all on my lonesome, so I don’t need any dizzy lizziness to up my quotient.