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Galloping Into the Year of Horse

Chinese zodiac

Generally, I don’t consider myself as a superstitious person. I don’t believe that washing hair on the first day of Lunar New Year will wash away good luck, nor do I think that wearing red will bring good fortune.

However, I do believe in Chinese New Year zodiac predictions. That’s something that I look forward to read every year to find out what my zodiac sign has in store for me on that year. Do you believe in zodiac predictions too?

Last year, my zodiac prediction showed that I’ll be faced with a lot of obstacles at work due to pressure from the boss and troubles from the customers. There is a taboo that when a Snake meets another Snake from the yearly cycle, that year will not be a good year for people born in the year of Snake. True enough, last year was a rough and challenging year for me, especially at workplace.

This year, however, my zodiac prediction sounds more promising. Here’s my zodiac predictions separated into 4 segments.


It says, “This year may be faced with minor obstacles at work, but things will get smoothen out quickly with the help of kind people. All form of difficulties can be solved with ease. There will be ample opportunities to stand out at work too.”

This is exactly what I wanted to hear! I have kind people surrounding me, not backstabbers. LOL.

Truth be told, I’ve been working in this company for 11 years – from singlehood to motherhood. One decade is a very long time, and this company feels like a part of me now. Although I feel like I’ve reached a stagnant phase of my career, I’m reluctant to step out of my comfort zone to experience new challenges.

I mean, I can go home on-the-dot every day. I’ve good working relationships with my colleagues and suppliers. I’m comfortable with my pay cheque. I can’t ask for more. I think I’ll just spend another few more years here before I retire. I want to retire early – ideally when I hit the big 4-0.

In short, this year I don’t have any grand plan for career switch.


It says, “The fortune of wealth is not bad this year. High-risk investments are not advisable but you may expect to be pleasantly surprised with sizable gains from alternative sources of income.”

Oh, wow! I wonder what my alternative sources of income would be. Rental? Nope – our new place is not ready yet. Blogging? Nope – I’ve planned to cut down on blog projects this year. So, I don’t have a clue yet.

Seriously, I’m not an investment person, or even highly skilled in finance. I don’t even understand statement like this: ‘You work hard for your money, so why not make your money work even harder for you?’

Worst of all, I’m not a risk taker. So, I’m contented to continue to enjoy peanut interest rates from my savings accounts.


“This year’s top priority will be to take preventive measures against illness. The fortune of health is generally alright, but maintaining a good diet and more exercise can reduce the occurring of illness and improve immunity.”

I do agree that health is my top priority now. It has been 1.5 years since I was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis and till now, I’m still on medication. Sometimes it feels like I’ve been walking in a dark tunnel for so long, I was blinded by darkness, and I couldn’t find my way out.

I don’t know when I’ll go into remission. Each time I walk out from my rheumatologist clinic, I go home with a bag of medication. Despair and hopeless. Despite having a saddled nose that bleeds easily, battling with weight gain and self-esteem issues, I convince myself to have faith that one day I will recover and be medication-free.

Having said that, I’m still glad that I can live my life as a normal person to take care of the people I love. I realized that the simple joy of being alive, being able to move freely, and being able to live with my loved ones are daily blessings that I should never take for granted.


Lastly, it says, “Married couples can expect to celebrate newborns in the family this year.”

Congratulations to those who are born in the Year of Snake! I’ll have to let this opportunity slip away this year. As I’ve mentioned a while ago, I’m still on medication and thus, I’m unable to conceive. If I do get pregnant, it would be disastrous!

Nonetheless, predictions are still predictions. I will not drown myself into believing them 100%, but rather take them as a general guideline for the year.

Have you read your zodiac predictions this year?


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