Hello 2017!

I hope everyone's had a lovely 2017 so far. I can't believe week 1 whizzed past just like that! If you've been following me on Instagram, I rang in the New Year in Hong Kong - pity I wasn't able to catch the incredible fireworks display as I landed in the afternoon. 

I've never been the kind of person who writes resolutions, because I can't stick to them but I thought I should try again this year. So here are some of my resolutions this year:

- to constantly find motivation and push myself
- to hand make all gifts this year
- to give back more
- to be less cynical of everything
- to save at least $500 a month in preparation for rainy days
- to spend less on impulse purchases and more on experiences and/or investment pieces

With social media, you see a lot of people travelling and living the life but in fact, travelling is still a luxury to many. I think it would be nice to save up and finally visit UK/Europe in Fall or early Winter this year. Also, in a way to reward myself for staying through the above mentioned resolutions (specifically point 5 and 6).

2016: A Year to Remember

Typically, posts like these are done when we are literally days away from the next year, but I started drafting this post back in October because I wanted to make sure I jot down both important and less significant moments, good and bad times. Life is made up of these little moments. I was afraid that by the time December came, all the festivities would put me in such a good mood that I wouldn't be able to give an 'honest' recount of the year.


“I've learned a lot this year.. I learned that things don't always turn our the way you planned, or the way you think they should. And I've learned that there are things that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I've learned that some broken things stay broken, and I've learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.”


What an incredible year 2016 has been. It's nothing like other years, I felt like I lived but I had difficult moments as well (midlife crisis).

June to August were life changing months. It felt surreal to be in New York City, a city that everyone talks about. When you're there, it's not hard to see why it's one of the most popular cities in the World. Spending 8 weeks in a city I've always wanted to go - now my favourite city - is a dream come true. San Francisco not only took my breath away (countless of times thanks to those damn slopes tbh), but my heart as well. I waited 2 years, making plans and then have them shot down couple of times, but I am thankful beyond words to my parents for finally agreeing. I still dream of the fog and streets till this day, literally. Being in Dubai and seeing so much sand for the first time!


trust the timing of your life

Somehow, it still hasn't dawn on me that I've had so many cities crossed out of my bucket list this year. I wake up and realise that life is happening, and it is not a dream.

September and October were difficult months, as I had to readjust to being back home. And also since I've graduated, I had to start looking for jobs which just makes me more anxious. I had to think about which industry I would like to be in, if this job was going to be a career. But sometimes, I do feel like I give myself too much pressure and that just adds to my anxiety issues.

Then November came and Dale fell quite ill, which gave me a scare and made me rethink my life - what mattered and what didn't. 

In 2017, I want to be able:

1. To say no to people, turn down certain job offers and not feel guilty about it. So many times I find it extremely hard to turn someone down especially if they are asking a favour. Not because I'm afraid of offending anyone, but just because it isn't the nicest thing to do. That said, I am not a saint but I don't sugarcoat the things I say and will never. 

2. To get over past mistakes (sounds serious, but really isn't). I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, but more specifically by the choices we make. The Universe throws options at us, but ultimately whatever choices we make creates a separate timeline. 

3. To look at the bigger picture. To see and understand that there's more than the present. Tunnel vision is the worst mindset ever.

4. To be more comfortable in opening up to people. I'm not sure when, why or how I turned into an onion - layers after layers. I am totally ok with the fact that people will never know me, the entire me. 

la vie est faite de petits bonheurs