The obligatory my-2016-in-review post
It's the time of the year where you inevitably put on Enya (or in my case, this version of Auld Lang Syne - I had fallen in love with it from SATC and it's been a good 8 years since... I'm playing it as I type now lol) and think about life. I think all that rain certainly plays a part... not complaining though, I LOVE the weather now!
Like every year, I'll think that it's been the craziest year ever and that the next will be hard to top. But I've since learnt not to speak too soon... because, I end up saying that every Dec 31 lol.
But truth be told, this year has been both fulfilling and challenging on the personal, work and family fronts and I won't say it's been the most gratifying but I guess I can say I'm contented.
When I still found it Instagram-acceptable to post selfies and non-curated images. But I also miss those shoot-and-go days... thank god for my @floraisaHELL and Insta stories. This was the month where I did the pin up shoot with the girls and the month that I decided to exit another business and spent the month trying to tie up loose ends so I could free myself from things come February.
And fell in love with the first Chinese song I've listened to in YEARS, 小幸運 (there's a version with some English translation here... but you should take it with a very large pinch of salt.)
Made it to Japan. I think these are my favourite pictures of the year and I'm super thankful till today that we might have caught the last Shirakawa-go light up!
It was also when Zach's father passed away and I never really spoke about it... but it got to me pretty hard cause I'd known the man since I was 17. He's really one of the kindest men around and sometimes I can't believe he's gone :(
Bali for work! Coincidentally, it was when I was first contacted by Cetaphil and I had brought all the products along to shoot there... and it ultimately culminated with me joining the Cetaphil Experience 2016 in August in Bali. Talk about coming full circle.
It was also when I had introduced Smith to the team and little did he know that he would soon end up becoming my slave lolol.
(But I'm sure he's the happiest slave around.)
Lastly, for the first time in over a decade, I decided to keep my hair black.
Took off to Bangkok for work! Somehow all my work travels to Bangkok only happened in the first half of 2016... as much as I thank Asana, Slack and Trello and the efficiency of our Thai office, I miss being there
and stuffing my face with food.
This was the thinnest I've been all year... I've since gained 3kg? and it's been A HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS (no, it's NOT all about that bass) trying to lose it!!!!!!!
Back to Bangkok again. This time round for a project with Grande Centre Point group and the start of the "something new" that I've been working on and so cryptic about lol.
Erm, back to Bangkok lol. I distinctively remember Zach was in Singapore making our National Day flypast flag and I was in Bangkok... sleeping in the same bed with Nui lol. In other news, reminder to self to blog about Maygori (and my updated Bangkok haunts soon) - the royal milk tea bingsu was SO GOOD.
Spent 2 weeks in Australia with the hubs 'cause military wife duty :joy: Started a routine of spicy salmon handroll alternated with Guzman y Gomez for lunch.
Then came back to Singapore to realise that Guzman is already in Singapore wtf and continued having it for lunch thanks to UberEATS lol.
Hong Kong with Nui with Conrad for their #StayInspired campaign. OMG I WANT MILK TEA NOW!
This is the month I saw the most of Nui cause we had both been separately picked for the Cetaphil Experience. And for some strange reason, while she lost weight in Bali, I gained 2kg in like 4 days wtf? Actually it's not very strange, I was happily eating all my bread + butter at EVERY meal. Came back to Singapore and promptly signed myself up for hot yoga. I still can't say that I enjoy it but well... at least I'm starting to move it move it.
I turned 31 in Phuket.
Last year, someone asked me on the eve of my birthday if I was happy. Back then, I had said I don't know if we can ever truly be? but one year on, I think I'm in a good place.
I mean, I have my shitty days where nothing goes right, the I wear my favourite white dress and spill chilli all over it type of days but - I'm not sure if it's a good thing - but I've since started being more chill about things when they don't always go my way.
So yeah, I guess I'm mostly happier now.
I STILL remember the EXACT moment that I knew New York was gonna happen!!!! And trying to keep it under wraps was absolutely keeeelllliiinngggggg me (didn't want to jinx it) but OMG, some 27 hours later, WE IN NYC!
Screams CONCRETE JUNGLEEEEE WHERE DREAMSSSS ARE MADEEEEE OFFFFFF!
I also remember having to deal with 5 time zones - NY, LA, SG, BKK and Australia (cause the hubs was again on detachment) and the jetlag took me like a week?! to get over it. It didn't help that I was working through the night (in SG timing) and had to be out in the day to work (for my NY assignments) but omggg, it's New York!
I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!
The longest I had survived being apart with the hubs... a good 3 months! I came back from the States, he returned from Australia and then we took off to Japan with the family! Lucky (or unlucky) enough to meet with the first November snowfall in Tokyo in 54 years when we had packed for 15 degrees weather. But it was a good reminder that life doesn't always go as planned. Travelling with the family wasn't the easiest but it also made me appreciate the in-laws, the family I married into and the past 3 (good) years with the hubs.
The only month this year where I didn't travel (though it looks like I'm in LA on Instagram lolol. Look out for my Harry Potter pics!!!!). Mostly cause the project I have been talking about is all coming together (!!!!) and my slave broke his leg. But in my very wise words, "you think I'm gonna tell people we're closing shop is it? You break leg not head what!"... so yup, please don't call MOM.
I started trying to be a little healthier... mostly drinking 4 cups of water first thing in the morning (I started with one then worked my way up), and trying to have a cup of green tea every evening. And switching to decaf coffee.
Overall, 2016 has been pretty fruitful. It's not my BEST year ever (cause I'm a ACS fan y'know?) but if I end up not waking up tomorrow, I won't have regrets I guess.
Except that I have yet to try the nasi lemak from The Coconut Club.
(Yes, the one Duterte had when he was in Singapore.)