You guys, Hello & Goodbye of 2014 in the blogosphere. Tomorrow I am celebrating the new year with my people, we are keeping it low key yet bubbly, meaning we are going to stay home, play a variety of drinking games and get super drunk. Classy, I know.
I want to hug and thank each one of you for reading and subscribing to my blog, thank you for making connections, reaching out and sharing meaningful online moments with me. Because of you, I feel like I finally belong somewhere, in this blogging tribe. So yes, THANK YOU. My biggest goal for this blog in 2015 is to improve my writing because I want to grow it from inside out. Wish me luck and send me good vibes all year long.
Here is the continuation of I Review 2014:
In July I..
Explored Hong Kong with my BFF. We both wanted to travel somewhere just the two of us, especially since we were going to part our ways soon. Hong Kong came up and Hong Kong it was. We ate countless pineapple buns, took shots in Lan Kwai Fong and hit up both Ocean Park and Disneyland. Jik, I am looking forward for our next year travel. How about the Great Barrier Reef? We shall do the “you jump, I jump” reenactment.
We went to a cat cafe and tried to befriend the cats that in return ignored me completely.
Also, I completed Gala Darling’s #RadicalSelfLoveJuly Instagram challenge.
In August I..
Left my job. On my last day I thought I would be happy, but I was sad to leave my job, I mean steady paycheck, and some colleagues who I have grown to tolerate, behind.
We booked flight tickets to New Zealand on a whim. After the drama of being stopped at the airport for incorrect visa documents we reached Auckland two days later. While Auckland was gorgeous at night and Wellington bored me to death; Rotorua captured my heart. I would definitely visit New Zealand again and this time it would be to southern island.
The trip to New Zealand also inspired me to be a professional sheep photographer. I spent days considering to tap into the business side of it.
We also went to the Singapore Gardens By the Bay and I took a bunch of close up pictures of flowers there. Retrospectively, I can only think, why did I do that??
In September I..
Celebrated my birthday with everyone I loved at Mangotree, a Kerala restaurant in Singapore. The theme was stripes; there were balloons and colorful macaroons. Surrounded by them (friends and family, not the cake) I felt so much loved. I of course love my gifts but I really appreciate the words written on my birthday cards. Thank you guys for another memorable birthday!
I moved back to my parents’, back to my purple room, and participated in #BlogEverydayinSept.
In October I..
Stayed at home, which is exactly what I wanted to do after living a hobo life abroad. I also took a Photoshop course to fill my empty days, so I wouldn’t become stupid(er). I now know how to photoshop myself into Downtown Abbey dinner scenes. I showed it to my mama, she said no one would believe on cat t-shirt being a fashion trend during that era. Nevertheless, I am pretty proud of it.
We threw a Diwali celebration at home. There were food in abundance and laughter. Everyone from the age of 3 to 53 went back with a goodie bag in their hands.
We also sort of discovered two fancy-smancy coffee shops in Jakarta, called DJournal and 1/15. I have a long overdue post about it. Soon you guys, soon.
I visited my primary school one day and was lucky enough to meet some of the teachers. Most of them remember me as the weird one, some things never change I guess.
Packed my bag and traveled to Europe. I had my picture taken in front of Manneken pis, fell completely in love with Berlin, went inside (my first ever) a castle, tried and hated Sacher Torte, saw the most breathtaking view of my life in Jung Frau, got my passport stamped at the kingdom of Liechtenstein, visited Nice and Monaco in one day, was awed by Sagrada Familia and got crazy high in Amsterdam. In short, November was the best month of 2014.
This month felt like a continuous gathering for me. I finally got to meet baby Peach for the first time. She’s oh sweet and adorable, just like her mama 🙂 I also met Vi and Yin for dinner-and-coffee date. A few months back, this was a usual event, but I hadn’t had my girls’ night out for a while, it felt like a treat. We caught up with each other’s lives, including boys, babies and boys who act like babies. It felt just like old times.
I sent Christmas cards all over the world. It was a small gesture and the happy buzz stayed with me for a whole day and every time someone texted me that they got the card.
I injured myself last week. I remember what Papa Geek told me once, “We should be grateful for an injury because it could have been bigger than that, but God protected us from it”. These words have been ingrained in me and made me more resilient in life. Even now, when I walk like a Gollum to everywhere and am no longer flawless (cue Beyonce’s song). A highlight of this injury, now that I am on painkillers and can’t move much, I have plenty of time to do some scrapbooking, even if it feels like a fifth grader could do better than me, it’s the silver linings that matters you guys.
Celebrated Christmas at W’s. I let Miaw took over the blog and wish you all a very merry Christmas on that day. Thank you W for the Xmas gift, I love mugs.
Hulk took me out to celebrate our anniversary. If you ask me, I think it should be the other way around, I should be to one who treats someone who is willing to put up with the craziness that is moi for another year, but he insisted. We went to Shabestan, a Persian restaurant on Robertson Quay. Everything was a new taste for me and the service was excellent, it was definitely a meal to remember.
And that’s my 2014 in a nutshell, at least the part that I am willing to share online. It’s about embracing new things, taking risks and throwing celebrations using any possible excuse. I LOVED it. I hope you enjoy this and if you do, check my first part here.
Now, tell me about your 2014 highlights, even if you think it’s small do SHARE it with me! I really, really want to know. Thanks for reading you guys! Happy New Year’s Eve and see you next year! God Bless.