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2022 August

  • Once again I was unsure what to write about for this year's post, so I took the opportunity to once again crawl back through the archive of birthday posts. It's one of the big benefits of twenty years of blogging, it's easy to take a dive back into the past for insights. I missed a few years here and there (especially during the lean blogging years), but have been quite consistent recently. Notably, I've managed to keep a streak of these posts going since number 36 way back in 2014. I look at that number: forty-four. And it feels impossible!

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2021 August

  • Had some trouble thinking about what I wanted to write for this year's birthday post. And while I was thinking about it I accidentally published an empty draft of this post earlier today. Sounds about right. I like to consider myself an optimist, but it's been a challenging 365 days. We are still very much in the throes of a pandemic, threatening to overrun our vaccine defense with mutated variants. The entire twelve months since the last birthday have been spent in quarantine. The world is burning, experiencing record levels of heat. The internet is dominated by big silos that

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2020 August

  • Forty two is of course the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything." (if you haven't yet read the 5-book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, I suggest you do so, you are in for a treat.) For some reason I imagined I would be able to take at least a couple of days off of everything else I'm doing to chill and actually craft a well-written, deep, introspective post for the occasion, but alas, various things I'm working on and all the usual distractions means I am here in the early morning hours of the

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2019 August

  • Such an uninteresting number. And it hasn't really been an exceptional 365 days around the sun either, but this has become a bit of a yearly tradition now. Things I considered doing today: spend the entire day offline (Hah! As if.) go out for a walk at the old university (unlikely to push through, given the gloomy weather recently) go to the mall and buy a new external hard drive and a new monitor and eat at Yabu (I like Yabu) and maybe watch a movie in the cinema (I don't really feel like going to the mall on a

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    Fri, Aug. 9, 2019, 8 a.m. / / blog / #birthday / Syndicated: twitter / 👍 1 / 310 words

2018 August

  • "Life begins at forty" -- Walter B. Pitkin It's supposed to be a milestone of some kind, isn't it? Like any other birthday though, I don't feel much different. I still feel like a kid (hence the "kid-at-heart" in this blog's header), no more an adult than I was twenty years ago. More or less still the same person. I still enjoy the same pursuits, prefer the same foods, have the same hobbies, appreciate the same things. I would like to believe that despite the harshness of the world I still remain mostly an idealist. That in the face of

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2017 August

  • I haven't had much time to write recently. Been busy. (I'll write about that some other time.) But I've kind of been posting regularly on this date for a while, so here we are. Ah, time. And the inexorable passage thereof. There's some kind of big milestone for me in around three hundred and sixty-five more solar cycles. Well, I don't personally consider it big, since that's kind of arbitrary. But as people are wont to say, life begins... maybe I'll save that for next year. This year, kind of at a crossroads. Considering where to go and the way

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2016 August

  • Thirty eight lessons I've learned through the years, in no particular order: Do not be beguiled by pretty things; not all that glitters is gold Remain true to yourself in the face of adversity You can't help people who aren't willing to change People will believe what they want to believe You don't have to do what everybody else does Happiness often comes from small things Be thankful for what you have and appreciate the people who are there for you Other people think about you a lot less than you think Time you enjoy wasting isn't wasted time Spend

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    Tue, Aug. 9, 2016, 9:30 a.m. / / blog / #birthday / Syndicated: tumblr twitter / 565 words

2015 August

2014 August

  • Thirty-six is a semiperfect number, meaning it is the sum of some subsets of its natural divisors. Like thirty-six, life isn't perfect either. But there's still much to be thankful for. I am grateful that I have a roof over my head and am able to eat at least three square meals a day (if I so choose). I am grateful that I have wonderful parents and siblings who are always ready to support me no matter what shenanigans I get into. I am grateful for friends who are interesting and who share my interests and are more than willing

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2010 August

  • I maybe getting older but as anyone can attest, I'm still a child at heart. As they say: life is a journey, not a destination. I still don't know what my destination is, but I'll keep moving forward one step at a time. Looking forward to the next power of two.

2009 August

  • Days seem to fly by at such an unforgiving pace. Has it really been thirty-one years now? I have a lot to be thankful for the past thirty-one years. Family, friends and other wonderful people that provide love and support; a roof over my head, three square meals a day minimum and a nice, stable and well-paying job. For all of these, I am thankful. One would think that at such a point in my life, I would be very satisfied for having been so blessed. I was never one for being so easily satisfied. I remember when I was

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    Sun, Aug. 9, 2009, 8:43 p.m. / / blog / #birthday / Syndicated: facebook / 💬 7 / 640 words

2007 August

  • Check. Yeap, I turned 29 a couple of days ago. There's a typhoon signal no. 8 over HK right now as I type this. For people in the Philippines, that's hard to imagine since our local indicators only go up to storm signal no. 4. But it's really a bit calm where I am right now, some wind but not much rain. I'm not inclined to go out though, I'm running out of clothes as it is. I'm flying back next Tuesday, hopefully the storm has dissipated by then. I miss my own bed. :p

2005 August

  • Yeah, so there. It was an impromptu hiatus anyway. Unplanned and whatever. Work has been hell lately. Not a tedious kind of hell though. Just the sort that sucks up a lot of time. I spent more than 15 hours in the office on my birthday. Twenty-seven huh? I wish I had more to say, but birthdays seem to matter less and less as I get older. I'm in a good place right now, but I'm still not where I ultimately want to be. I have a long road ahead of me. Maybe someday I'll get around to it.
    Sun, Aug. 14, 2005, 4:42 p.m. / / blog / #birthday / Syndicated: blogger / 99 words

2003 August

  • Well, not exactly. But I am now 25, in any case. Looking back, there are many things I might have regretted, but my life philosphy tells me that there can be no regrets. The past is past, and the future is yet to come. Somehow, I'm only a few steps closer towards achieving my lifetime goals, but my gut tells me to keep on dreaming. Such is the folly of a dreamer. In case you're wondering, my lifetime goals include becoming an accomplished indie game developer, and world domination. There are more, but these are the ones that are most

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2002 August

  • I turned 24 yesterday. Generally uneventful birthday, as usual. I'm glad I got the whining done in the last post. Spent the night before at David's (whose birthday is a couple of days before mine). Dave, Mon and I played approximately seven hours of CvS2, watched a Jet Li flick then played around eight hours of Warcraft III. WC3 is the bomb! (And it further highlights my craving for a new computer) Anyway, went home the next morning, got some sleep. Then the usual birthday food in the evening, and some new pants. I had forgotten to go to Church

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    Sat, Aug. 10, 2002, noon / / blog / #birthday / Syndicated: blogger / 222 words