Triskaidekaphobia. That's the fear of the number 13.
For those of you who suffer from this condition, it must be a relief that in three days, 2013 will finally be over.
I've read that in some high-rise buildings, there is no 13th storey.
They either call it Floor 12A or just skip to 14.
Sometimes, I wish there had been no year 2013.
We could have called it 2012A or just skipped to 2014.
But it's a little too late for that now.
2013 is basically 365 days where every day is Friday the 13th.
The year started unluckily for me when I struggled to produce a stool sample for my medical check-up in January.
Coincidentally, that was the same month as the Punggol East by-election where the contesting People's Action Party candidate is a colorectal surgeon.
Somehow, I believe those two things are related.
Since the colorectal surgeon lost the by-election, 2013 started unluckily for him too.
The year also seemed unlucky at first for MediaCorp actress Joanne Peh when her break-up with long-time boyfriend Bobby Tonelli was reported in 8 Days magazine in March.
Then in April, the publication reported that MediaCorp actor Qi Yuwu was dating Peh, much to everyone's incredulity, including mine.
But now, eight months later, they're apparently still together.
I once tried to broach the subject with their artiste manager, but unluckily for me, the manager headed me off at the pass: "Don't ask me if it's a publicity stunt, hor."
I mentioned how my column on Peh's surprise split with Tonelli seemed to be popular since the article was reproduced on three AsiaOnerelated sites, which was a record for me.
The artiste manager replied: "So she helped not only 8 Days' sales."
But despite my hard-hitting analysis of the Peh-Tonelli break-up, my greatest journalistic achievement of 2013 is that I'm the first person to use the word "selfie" in a Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) newspaper article.