Thursday, March 3, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 New Year Resolutions

You can't start a new year without having some resolutions to guide you through.
So here's mine:
1. Save up a certain amount of money
This is definitely one of the resolutions everyone must have yearly. To set a savings goal. I don't feel comfortable listing down the exact amount of money I'm going to be saving but you should have a specific amount of money to save for the year. Make it realistic as well. Don't set too high to make it unattainable and don't set too low to make it pointless. One tip on how much to save is to look into the future. Think about what you're saving for. A few examples would be car, housing and wedding. All these seems pretty far right now (for me at least), but I should be saving up for it now. It's never too early to start!

2. Travel at least once
I have set this goal to satisfy the wanderlust in me. Since I do not come from a wealthy family, I survive on my own income. That's why I can only afford to travel once/maximum twice this year. I already have plans to travel this January to Port Dickson and to Korea near year-end. I have reached my quota for the year. For those who are on a tight budget, do some budget forecasting so you can set aside some money to travel. Everyone needs a break from their hectic life be it school or work!

3. Start on my car license
For future road tripping and all that, I've decided that learning to drive a car is indeed a useful skill. I don't intend to get my license this year but starting on it is good enough. Which means my goal for next year is to get my car license!

4. Do more vlogs
Vlogging is considered to be my hobby. Depending on the kinds of hobby or hobbies you have, it's important to include them in your resolutions because it's important to leave time for the things you love to do! As you all may know, spending time on yourself is crucial. You need some bonding time with your soul as much as you need bonding time with your other half and close friends.

5. More patience and perseverance
Last year, I was lacking in this area the most. So this year, I've made it my mission to practice patience and perserverance in  my daily life more often. This goal is unmeasurable, but just in my daily life, when I face problems, I have to remind myself to be patient, or when I'm in my new job and I feel like quitting, to know that quitting doesn't exactly help. I got to try harder, work harder and stay on during difficult times. This also applies to my relationship.

6. Contribute more in my relationships
Just to clarify, it doesn't mean that I'm cheating on jx and having multiple relationships ok! What I mean by this is be it friendship, family or my relationship with jx, I want to put in more effort. Recently, I've fights with jx that was really, dramatic. I don't want history to repeat itself and I just want to treat him better than he deserved. So not just jx, I want all my closest friends and family to be loved more.

7. Drink more water
I wanted to put, be healthier, as a resolution but that's a bit general and vague. Drinking more water, even though it's again, unmeasurable, helps to constantly remind myself that hey, i should drink more water. And then do it. At the end of the year, just based on how many times I've followed through with that thought on getting that glass of water down my throat, instead of brushing it off with "ugh so lazy maybe next time", I'll know if I've accomplished this resolution.

8. Exercise regularly
Another one on health (it's always important to be healthy!). Last year, I started running again with jxn 'cause I gained weight!!!! Everyone said I became fatter, my face rounder and tummy bigger... So I must start getting toned. Running doesn't provide me with much motivation, so is going to the gym as the one near my place is not a women's gym and I always feel so insecure with all the guys there, carrying weights with bulging muscles. If my pay check allows, I will take up either Passport Asia, or a yoga membership!

9. Let go of hate
This is a big one, I'm constantly being reminded of the people that I don't like.  You know that feeling when there's just this person that gets under your skin and no matter how hard you try to scratch it out, it still stays and the worst part is, you get hurt in the process. Hating on someone only hurts myself, I am inflicting pain on myself for very stupid reasons so that's why, I want to let go of this hatred. What I plan to do is pray for that person, think positive and not compare myself to anyone. Most importantly, to not let it affect me.

10. Judge less and care less about people's judgements
In this world we live in, especially at this age, everyone judges everyone else. Anything that you do, be it good or bad, someone's going to have something negative to say about it. And no matter what you do, there'll always be someone hating on you or judging your actions. I want to care less about this and contribute less towards judgements. I know how it feels to be judged and I know a lot of people do as well, so why contribute to the hate? Invest in those who invest in you, fuck the comments of those that don't matter.

Lastly, to all the people that I've loved and lost, I thank you for having been part of my life. You were a part of molding me to who I am today. Every one of you, that was once someone close to me, I thank God for you. There's a reason you were in my life then, and a reason why you're not by my side now. Be it a lack of effort on your end, or mistakes that I've done that caused the end of our friendship, it doesn't really matter anymore. What's gone is gone and there's no point holding on to negative memories of each other. But for the ones that I've wronged and the people that were collateral damage, I apologize. To err is human, and I am definitely not the most perfect person and I am mostly filled with flaws. So I apologize to the ones that have suffered because of me and I wish you all well. May the new year bring you more love, happiness and success.

So I close this chapter of my life, and open a new chapter where I will make more smart mistakes, bring more love and cause less hurt.
To 2016!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015: Trying

Another year flew past and itś time for reflections. There were so much tears and most days I just feel lost. Even till now, as Iḿ quitting my job towards something I never thought I would be doing, I still feel uncertain. But itś the end of 2015 and I just want to remember everything. The good as well as the bad so when Iḿ older, I can look back at this period of my life, this transition into an adult, these trials, and know that they are necessary to mold me into a better person.

Highlights of 2015:
Job hunting/hopping (lol)
I changed 3 jobs, can you imagine. Iḿ the epitome of strawberry gen!! Currently at my 3rd job, and quitting that too. I really am still on the journey of self-discovery. Kudos to all those people who manage to stay past 1 year at their job (priscilla thats you). But I have big plans for 2016. I always have big plans.

my 21st Birthday party @ Equarius Hotel
Really had a blast at my birthday party! Even though the night ended with security guards chasing all of us out for being too loud (hey that means the party was real fun right), the drinking continued with jxś bunch of friends with my closest friends and we all drank a lot and some people toh (yes you jxn and jess lol and myself at the end hehe)
Not forgetting the rest of the birthday parties I attended and had a part in (jxś and jxnś)!

Vlogs

This year, I was more active on Youtube than on my blog. I have strong interest in videography and I really went the extra mile to vlog some of the outings I had with my friends and even doing my sisterś BTS wedding photoshoot vlog as well as my friendś birthday parties. Iḿ not the kind to be in front of a camera and speak about topics or beauty products. Iḿ more of the event type of girl? I like to do travel vlogs the most! Hopefully next yearś korea trip will happen and I can do a really good vlog on that!!!!

Taiwan Trip
Speaking of travel vlog, the only travelling I did was to Taiwan with jx! Going overseas is definitely a highlight so no surprise here. You can read all about it in my previous post hehe

I guess that sums up the whole of 2015. It really wasn´t my year to be honest. But I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the opportunity that I´ve missed, I´m sure God has better plans for me elsewhere. So to everyone else that are feeling lost, take time to live in the moment a little, trust God a little more, have faith and maybe just maybe, 2016 will be your year.
xoxo/

Saturday, November 28, 2015

#JXMYASH to Taiwan

In end October, jx and I travelled to Taiwan for our annual holiday trip. We explored most of Taiwan in a span of 9 days. I spent $900 on expenses in Taiwan while jx spent around $1100. Our air tickets and accommodations add up to about $500++ per pax. Is this considered ok for a 9 days trip around Taiwan? You decide. For now, here's our take on Taiwan:



Day 1: Singapore - Taoyuan Airport - KaoHsiung

We arrived at Taoyuan Airport near 5pm. The sky was already turning dark. We took the airport bus to Taoyuan HSR. It was a 2 hours journey from Taoyuan HSR to KaoHsiung HSR. Took their MRT to Formosa Boulevard and checked in at Cloud Hotel which is conveniently located at the end of LiuHe Night Market. It's known to be a Tourist night market so the prices are steep. I recommend a visit to RuiFeng Night Market instead.

Day 2: KaoHsiung - Kenting
(KaoHsiung Street View)


Woke up early to travel to KaoHsiung Main Station for a shared-cab ride to Kenting. It should be about NT300 per pax. Quite affordable for a fast and comfortable journey. 2 hours later, we arrived outside Meifon Hostel. Arranged for pick up the next day before we checked in and explored Kenting on electric motor scooters we rented from 帅哥租车. A full day rental was NT800 per scooter. The store lady drew us possible routes and one of the staff gave us a crash course each on riding the scooter.

We rode from Kenting Town to Maobitou to 佳乐水 beach before we parked at our hostel to have our dinner at Kenting Night Market. We spent our night walking up and down the night market, eating and playing games. Jx won me that Patrick the starfish above.

Day 3: Kenting - TaiChung

Our morning started with traditional breakfast brought by the hostel staff (who is the family of the owner!).  Just before we leave for our morning ride on our electric scooter, the owner reminded us to ride safely. Heart-warming words in the morning started our day really well. Cheers for Taiwanese! We took the opposite route from yesterday, visiting Eluanbi Park that houses the Lighthouse which is known as the oldest lighthouse in Taiwan. Our 2 hour ride ended in a blink of an eye and we boarded our cab for the journey back to KaoHsiung.

Took the KaoHsiung HSR to Taichung HSR and asked our way to our Airbnb apartment. A unique dwarf room that is entirely made of wood. Wendy, the owner of the apartment attended to us and was the most helpful and friendly host in my Airbnb experience. Before reaching our apartment, we were reprimanded by the bus driver for blocking everyone's way by boarding from the front. I guess Taichung people are not as friendly as KaoHsiung? Jx and I even quarreled... But we made up before leaving for Fengjia Night Market. Cabbed to Fengjia Night Market and was pretty unimpressed at the first few streets. After walking further in, the night market came to life. The streets bustled with locals. Settled at a hot pot restaurant for dinner. Jx bought a trenchcoat-styled jacket for me as I was freezing in my little white romper.

Day 4: TaiChung



The 9am bus to Cingjing Farm was full so we shared a cab. A round trip was NT1000 about 1.5 hours each trip. Explored the Swiss Garden before we went for early lunch at Carton King Restaurant. After filling our tummies, we took a bus up to Cingjing Farm. The sheep were huge and I was slightly intimidated by them. We went to purchase a few packs of food to feed the sheep. When the sheep notices you holding onto the packets, they rush over immediately and nudge for you to feed them. There was a sheep shearing show that was entertaining and hilarious. We left at 430pm to avoid traffic jam.

Made our way to YiZhong Night Market for shopping and dinner. The picture just above is of me devouring a 鸡扒. What wasn't photographed was the delicious beef cubes with rosemary salt and seasoned corn. Oh and Jx won me that black cat.

Day 5: TaiChung - Taipei


We bid farewell to our cute little room in our Airbnb apartment and took the Taichung HSR to Taipei HSR to Ximen Station. Muzik hotel, which we are staying for the last leg of the trip is located at the end of Ximending Street. We strolled around Ximending Street and went to Shihlin Night Market for dinner and more shopping. The only photo that we took was the famous Hot Star 鸡扒. Every bite is heavenly. We had our dinner at Shihlin's food basement. After a night of shopping, we chilled at Starbucks to rest our feet before making our way back to our hotel. We slept at 2a.m. as we were watching 'Escape Plan' on TV. #thingswedoonavacation

Day 6: Taipei

Met up with jx's friends for buffet lunch. After which, Jx and I went to Taipei 101. That glum photo of myself is 'cause we quarreled over a minor issue. Went over to Wufenpu and met up with his friends to shop and explore the area together. Going shopping in Taiwan this season isn't ideal as it's mostly winter clothes. We went on a Monday despite knowing that Mondays are the day that retailers get their stocks. It wasn't as bad as we thought so I think it's ok to come Wufenpu on Mondays.

We then walked to Raohe Night Market for dinner. Indulged in the famous black pepper bun, the first stall when you enter Raohe Night Market with a very long queue.

Day 7: Taipei


First stop of the day is Yehliu Geo Park. Stunning rock monuments and sea view, indeed something pleasing for the eyes. Filled with Korean and China tourists, we left the park after awhile, headed for Jiufen. Jiufen was also bustling with tourists. We had our lunch here snacking on Taro balls, boar sausages and fried mushrooms and taking in the 'Spirited Away' scenery. Rushed over to Ruifang Train Station to take the train to Shifen for our sky lantern and 那些年 moment.

Took the train back to town to visit Shida Night Market. There were many quaint jewelry shops and that's where I bought my new watch! The jewelry is cheap and pretty here so it's a great place to buy some souvenirs back for your lady friends. We had our dinner here at a little eatery. Shida Night Market is trendiest night market (so says my taipei research).

Day 8: Taipei 

Our last full day in Taipei has us having brunch at 'Eating Time', a cafe along Yong Kang Street. After a fulfilling meal, we headed over to 'Cafe. Waiting. Love' for dessert and coffee. The atmosphere is cozy and we really felt like we're on set the movie. Our last meal in Taipei was........... beef cup noodles. Oh and check out my loots of skincare and masks from Etude House and 86 Shop! 

We prepared for the night and took the train to Omni Club. We were a bit early so we drank at a nearby bar. Thanks to Jx's friend that works in Omni Club as she put us on her guest list and even gave us drink coupons. Had a blast chatting, dancing and laughing the night away. We K.O-ed in our hotel room after that. 

Day 9: Taipei - Singapore


Back to Singapore. 

That sums up our Taiwan trip and surely a return trip will happen sooner or later. We have yet to visit Beitou district for some hot spring, and even relax at the beach in Kenting. Because of time constraint, we hastily went through each places of interest. I would love to release some sky lanterns in the day time and even take some pretty sweet #OOTD on the train tracks. 

But for now, this will do. Kudos to my man, jx for taking care of me throughout the trip (as usual) and being the best travel companion ever even though there were days we feel like strangling each other. 

Do await my Taiwan travel vlog that will be up real soon. 

Thanks for reading as always. xoxo