Bong Anu Nobu, may 2022 be better for everyone

Bong Anu Nobu.

Like last week’s Christmas wish (Bong Natal), Bong Anu Nobu is in the Kristang language, and means Happy New Year.

Sadly, my knowledge of my ancestors’ language is very limited.

Maybe, that should be my resolution for 2022 – to learn more Kristang phases for next year’s New Year Diary.

The first diary posting of the year will focus on five things I did over the past 365 days.

It is a great way to remind myself that I need to try new things in 2022.

HOSTING A FOOTBALL TALK SHOW

Twentytwo13 editor Haresh Deol and I host a bilingual ‘live’ football talk show called Rembat! on Football Tribe, every Thursday at 9pm.

I have appeared as a guest on talk shows on the internet and television, but this is my first time hosting one.

I am lucky to have Haresh, as he has plenty of experience in front of the camera. The trick is to let him do most of the talking!

We have had some great guests, such as former Perak and Thailand coach Steve Darby, former international Serbegeth Singh, and FA of Malaysia’s media, communications and public relations committee chairman, Christopher Raj, since we started 13 weeks ago.

Besides talking about top-tier football, we focused on women’s football and the grassroots.

For that, three other guests – Kuala Lumpur Women’s Football Championship general coordinator Farah Dhiba Abd Aziz and the league organiser Khushairi Aizad Jamalludin, and National Football Development Programme general manager Muhamad Yusuf Ibrahim – joined us to discuss their plans.

Being a host is daunting, and I still make mistakes. But I have enjoyed it, most of the time!

WALK, WALK, WALK

In 2020, I joined a boot camp for the first time. Last year, I started a walking regime after being inspired by Zeti Ariff.

A group of us started a 3-5km daily walking challenge on Aug 11 – it was supposed to be for a month, but yesterday, we completed 143 days of walking.

The idea was to complete 3-5km of walking on top of our daily distance.

Using this method, I completed at least 10km each day, and even exceeded 20km on several occasions.

Unfortunately, when I had my regular check-up in November, my weight had not gone down!

The doctor said it could be because I was overeating and suggested cutting down on snacks.

I countered by offering to walk even more, as no way am I giving up any meals or dessert! So, I have to aim for an 8-10km walking exercise regime in 2022!

BEING A VOLUNTEER

I spent a few weekends helping out the nation’s Covid-19 vaccine drive.

Firstly, I was a volunteer with docs2us – the health care organiser (HOC) in charge of Hall C at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) in Setia Alam.

It was the same vaccine centre where I received my first two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. What a humbling experience it was.

I was then a volunteer driver for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s (NCSM) house-to-house Covid-19 vaccination programme.

It was a small gesture, but I wanted to do it since I was recording the effects of Covid-19, firstly in a daily diary, and now, in this weekly version.

I wish I could have done more. To all those who helped, Twentytwo13 salutes you.

A LITTLE OFF THE TOP, NOT

Now for something silly. I went the whole year without going to the barber.

Not an achievement in the grand scheme of things, but hey, it’s a first for me.

From someone who used to have short hair – my usual request to the barber was “Boss, No. 2 all over” – to not cutting it since March 7, 2020, is strange.

What I miss most is the ayurvedic head massages by the barber.

Perhaps, it is time to support my barbershop once again.

MORE TIME IN THE KITCHEN

I love to eat (see second entry), but I also like to cook and bake, two things I hardly did in 2020.

Well, I managed to do more of both in 2021.

I even came up with a new twist, where instead of making my world-famous (ahem) lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of rum, and raisin chocolate cake, I created a dark chocolate ginger Tuak fruitcake.

It was (un)surprisingly tasty!

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

We thought we had won the battle against Covid-19 at the end of 2020, but boy, were we wrong.

Rewind: As of Dec 31, 2020, these were the numbers.

New cases: 113,010; Recoveries: 88,941; Deaths: 471.

Until yesterday, these are the startling statistics:

New cases: 2,758,086; Recoveries: 2,685,378; Deaths: 31,487.

Worldwide, there are 288.3 million cases and 5.45 million deaths.

Horrifying, indeed, and we pray for all those who have lost their lives and livelihood to Covid-19.

Hopefully, we will get it right in 2022 as the numbers have been encouraging – 22,845 new cases,28,304 recoveries and 197 deaths in the past week.

The last time we had less then 200 deaths in a week was May 8-14.

While the numbers are slowly going down, let us continue to be vigilant.

BEST TIKTOK RECIPES

I do not have a TikTok account, but this article is interesting.

JINGLING NONA

Perhaps the most famous Serani/Portuguese Eurasian song is Jingling Nona or Jinkli Nona. Depending on whom you ask, there are several ways to spell it.

Usually, a folk dance called Branyo would accompany the song.

Until next week, stay safe.