I had never written a review of my year before. Not that I never wanted to, but as you know, the new year, in between celebrations and resolutions, is usually the busiest time for everyone and the laziest time for me, hence no review. This time though, due to my injury, I got plenty of “resting” time to reminisce and review 2014.
In January I..
Opened the new year with my family who visited Singapore. We had the BEST chili pork in town for lunch, which I ate many more times throughout the year.
I only made one resolution at the beginning of the year, to wear more lipstick, since I like buying lipstick, which would be a good excuse to buy more of it. I think I have accomplished it. This year, I have colored my lips more often that any other year.
I distributed Christmas presents to my colleagues in the middle of January. I couldn’t make it last year because it was such a hectic end of the year (read the first paragraph). I hope it’s the thought that counts. Anyways, as a sidenote, I love getting Christmas presents any time of the year.
This month I had my first gig as a travel writer, I wrote a review about Bunc Hostel. I didn’t continue on that path this year, even though I have had some offers, because I was holding a full time job. Now that I’m not, I have decided to be more flexible. Let’s see what the next year going brings.
I went to Korea with my besties. This was our big trip together this year and I was so happy! Happy to leave my office work for three weeks, happy to visit Korea and happy for some quality time with my favorite people in the world. I, of course, love everything Korean; the food, the style and the vibes. Thankfully, K-Drama, K-Pop and K-Guys didn’t stick with me. Looking back one of my most favorite memories in Korea was going to naked spa with Vi and my most favorite meal was the black pig in Jeju Island. Jeju was gorgeous, btw.
I also got a double happiness charm from Hulk, which he gave me on the day he sent me off to the East. It remains as my favorite charm until now.
Lastly, also in January, I experienced my first snowfall in Korea. It was whooaaa! I made Yin video the whole thing.
In February I..
I started watching White Collar in Chinese YouTube, Youku, I’ll get really confused between him and Ian Shamolders when the time comes and they both ask my hand in marriage. Btw, are they like half brothers? Cousins? Or a government experiment regarding really, really good genes?
I celebrated Chinese New Year with my bestie, Yin, and her family. I was invited to their house and served a delicious meal. I felt so welcome. Thank you Mama & Papa Yin.
There was a big reshuffling in the office. My cubicle was shifted to the corner; I had a much better view and less people around me. This was the most powerful period of my career, cubicle wise.
On Valentines Day, I got a bouquet and ate Gulab Jamun. It was a sweet day.
I flew back home to celebrate Papa Geek’s birthday. It was just a few of us, a birthday cupcake and a Starbucks decaf, which he complained to be expensive. I nodded in silence and guilt for treating myself with it on some workday mornings.
Speaking of workday mornings, on a particular shitty one, I went drinking during lunch, and finished the rest of the day with a happy buzz.
In March I..
Celebrated my 100th post on this blog. I am pretty proud of it since I have traded countless hours of sleeping time in the favor of writing.
The month of March has always been bland for me. I tried to incorporate a self declared holiday on the 8th every year. I shared this fact with Hulk and BFF, they just accepted it half-assedly the first time and conveniently forget to celebrate it each year. So yeah, bland.
This year, it was also the saddest month. Two of a very few people who I respect so much passed away. It was hard to accept for me. I can’t imagine how their family and close friends felt. It felt like a personal nudge for me to appreciate my parents more while they are still alive.
It was Hulk’s birthday! We had a small celebration at his place with a power ranger cake (he was not pleased with it) just the two of us. I can’t remember what I got him for his birthday. Gah! That’s how bad my memory is! *texting him now to find out* (Abercrombie tee and perfume).
BFF and I started a new called Glitter Geek Project (yes, we are fully aware of our age), with the vision to do more fun things together and create many more memories as adults. Our first self appointed task was to try a new restaurant in town. There was this French bistro that I had been wanting to conquer since forever called TSF Bistrot. We went there, had a super delish meal and got pretty drunk in the name of making memories. Also, I started cooking again.
I went to a painting class again, and painted my masterpiece, titled Miaw. I remember how painting rejuvenated me; maybe I should take it up again.
In May I..
Threw Fia a teeny tiny baby shower together with Yin and VI with balloons and birthday caps. Vi baked cake, Yin took pictures and I, well, posed with the mother to be.
Met a lot of my otherwise forgotten relatives because there was a wedding in the family. We flew to India (my first experience), wore saris, had briyani. Weddings are fun, no? I love it! Especially the fact that every cousin from God knows where flew down to gather around and share gossips while holding vadai plates.
I didn’t get to see much of India this time, but I did get a glimpse of the everyday ethic clothes. They all are colorful, glittery and full of the blings. I concluded that India’s my kind of fashion heaven.
In June I..
Put my paper down at work. Finally, after contemplating for so many moons! It was a huge move. Partly because I knew I would be moving back to Jakarta and I didn’t have a clear idea of where I wanted to work next. I still did it and am proud of it (that time, now I am kicking myself for not having a backup plan).
I went to one (and turned out to be the only one) of the places I wanted to visit this year, Angkor Wat. It was as magical as I thought it would be. I could feel the presence of another part of the world. On top of that, I tried “happy pizza” in the attempt to get high for the first time of my life. Unfortunately, I felt nothing at all. I also could make do without the summer heat, it really burned, and I went home two shades darker.
Also, I got my hair cut short. It had nothing to do with the phantom heat from Cambodia. It was just one of the items in my Before 30 wish list, to cut my hair short ala Anne Hathaway. So I did, and no, I didn’t look anything like Anne Hathaway afterwards, maybe if I start wearing Lancôme..
And that’s that, my milestones of my first half of the year. How about you? What did you do this year? What are you happy about? What are proud of? Tweet me about it @foreigngeek.