I went to see a fortune teller recently. He said that if 2019 is a bad year for me, then 2020 will be even worse. In fact, I will reach my rock bottom this coming year. Honestly, I don’t know if my fortune can go even worse than what I’m experiencing now. But hey, bring it on.

I’m still wondering how all these are going to connect the dots in the future. But they say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And probably makes a great story too. Let’s hope there will be people interested in hearing my story when I grow old.

I’ve been thinking about doing new year resolutions. After all, its a new decade. And I’m turning 40 next year. Maybe this will be a good time for some resolutions. But the thing about new year resolutions is that they don’t work for me. I’ll most likely forget about them before February arrives. Maybe one of my new year resolutions should be keeping my new year resolutions.

A part of me doesn’t really look forward to 2020. But nobody can stop time. It might be another difficult year. It might be the year I hit rock bottom if the fortune teller is accurate. But sometimes you need to hit rock bottom in order to bounce back. At least I’m not alone on this journey. And that’s good enough.

So cheers to the new decade. Bring on the challenge. And see you on the other side.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And the 39 is here. The last year that I can say I’m in my thirties. Come to think of it, it’s kinda scary. Next year, I’ll be a 40 year old uncle. Wow. I feel old.

2019 has been kinda unexpected. I wasn’t expecting myself to be still jobless now. I thought I would have found a job by mid this year. Well, the job hunt was not as smooth as what I was expecting. But I guess it was for the better. I rather be out hunting for a job than ending up in a job that I hate. Someday, all these will make sense. Just like what Steve Jobs said during the 2005 Stanford commencement address.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

I don’t know why but whenever my birthday is around the corner, I’ll find myself singing the song Forever Young. Maybe it’s to remind myself that I’m no longer young.

So many adventures couldn’t happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
We let them come true

I don’t remember what happened almost 10 years ago when I moved my web hosting from Dreamhost to HostGator. I know it wasn’t a smooth process but I don’t remember it to be this tedious. Maybe also because back then I was just migrating a few years worth of data. This time round, I’m migrating more than 10 years worth of data.

I tried using the default WordPress export feature. But it seems like it wasn’t able to take the load. The process keeps on time out. Since the export feature is able to pick up from where it stopped if I restart the process, I simply didn’t search for an alternative and keep restarting the process whenever it time out. BAD IDEA. I must have restarted the process more than 20 times.

Long story short, never ever do that. In the end, some data were not copied over.

I tried copying the entire database server and file folder from my old web host and copy them over manually. That that created some issues too. For some weird reasons, I can’t upload any files to WordPress after I copied the old database over.

So finally, I decided to use the default export feature to just copy the database entires. Then I manually FTP the files over to my new web host. Tada. Finally done. Sort of.

I’m still fine tuning the site. Trying to find a new WordPress theme. It’s been a long time since I changed my WordPress theme. My old theme doesn’t load well on some mobile devices. So I need to find a new theme that is mobile responsive. In the mean time, I’ll use this basic theme first.

OK, next step is to cancel my old web host. Goodbye HostGator. Hello Vodien.

PS: Note to self, you’ll need this link next time when you migrate to a new host.

I was watching the latest YouTube video by landscape photographer Thomas Heaton just now. For some reason, it resonates with me. There are too many things bothering me in 2018. Things that, when I looked back, are so minor and not worth my attention. Yet I spend so much time harping on it when my time could have been spent on something more meaningful.

It’s time to start over.

And this is really a good time to start over. It’s a new year. I’m moving to a new web host. (sorry about the mess. I’m still bug fixing) I left my job in late July and it’s time to find something new. It is good to be on sabbatical leave once in a while. Take a break and look back before the next push forward.

But don’t get me wrong. 2018 is a good year. There are ups and downs but life is better when you are not facing it alone. And we’ve been travelling quite a bit this year. Been to Taiwan, KL, Batam and Bangkok. That’s nothing to many people but quite a lot for someone who seldom travel out of Singapore.

I must say that I really love the Taiwan trip. Taiwan is a beautiful place and full of surprises. I think I’ll be going back again. (and yes, I know I wanted to blog about the trip but I haven’t) And Bangkok is nice too. I always thought that I prefer a holiday by the beach but it turns out that the nicer holidays that I had were all in the cities.

As we look back at 2018, it is also a great time to look forward to 2019. I don’t know what 2019 will bring but I’m ready. It’s time to start over. Goodbye 2018. Happy 2019.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Don’t panic. If you are seeing this as the first post on my blog, that means I’m still migrating my blog. The good news is that we are now on the new web host. The bad news is that we still have lots of things to fix.

So expect everything to be broken for now.

I know, I know. I haven’t been updating this blog much lately. Even though I should be more free to update this blog nowadays since I’m on sabbatical leave. I have no excuse. 

Anyway, just a little update here. My hosting plan with my current web host is almost expiring. This made me think about what I should be doing with this blog going forward. Don’t worry. I’m not shutting down this blog. I cannot imagine ever closing down my blog. After all, I’ve been blogging since 2003. (This blog only contains entries from 2005 June cause nobody wants to read the emo shit that I wrote in the past) But I’m definitely changing my web host. I’ve been on HostGator for almost 10 years. I’ve always been happy with them until recently when their standard dropped significantly. Since my plan is expiring, I think this is the best time for me to move to a new web host. 

Which is quite scary come to think of it. Even though I have IT background, I’m not good when it comes to web related stuff. (Maybe I should have paid more attention during my Internet Programming lecture) But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. 

So yes, I’m moving web host. If you see this post on top of my blog, it means that I’m still struggling to move. Let’s hope this will be a pain-free process. I’ll blog more about the move when the move is over. In the meantime, if I’m not back by Christmas, then Merry Christmas to you. If I’m not back by New Year, then Happy New Year to you too.

If I’m not back by Chinese New Year, then something have gone wrong.