Good bye 2015. You’ve been great to me. it has been better than 2014 and there are so much progressions since i was at my lowest few years back. Every year tiny improvements are added and i’m all the more grateful and thankful for all the wonderful blessings. 2015 has been a turning point in my life where i experienced new things, met new people and been to new places.
i’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and even though we might be rude and angst to one another, i guess that’s how my family roll. the old people are getting older and it has become a routine duty to fetch them in and out of hospitals, clinics for health checks. but just to have them alive and yelling at us, i guess that’s all we could ask for. to have them with us as long as possible. my baby bro however, 2015 wasn’t exactly a great year for him. in fact, it was probably the worst he had ever encountered. maybe he needed this one great fall so that for him to appreciate and even cherish what’s even better in due for him. would definitely wish for him a better 2016.
2015 continued on from 2014 with all my wonderful friends around me. there were some hiccups during the start of the year but i guess by and by time will slowly heal. though I’m not sure how much it would heal, but i have to slowly learn how to let go and move on. i’ve mentioned before that it wasn’t easy to gain my trust. i can be nice to everyone but once my trust has been betrayed, it’s probably not easy to gain it back. what’s meant to be will be. to all my friends who have stayed with me through 2015, thank you for your love and support. ever grateful for you guys whenever i needed someone to talk to, play with, annoy and share my joys and sorrows. in life, people come and leave. those who are here to stay, I’m ever more grateful that my companionship is to your liking.
Traveling has become one of my priorities every year ever since i was up and about. This year was no difference 🙂 Went to a few different places with different and great companions. Countries including Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Italy and Switzerland.
One of the first traveling in 2015 was to Bintan, Indonesia, with the group of sisters and brothers of xinyi and qingxiang’s wedding. the money raised during gatecrash was used as the fund for this trip. crazy bunch of people whom i love and people who i’ve come so far with. every year’s christmas party without fail and crazy activities done once in awhile. My baby bro joined us during this trip as well. It also happened during the week of which late Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed on and we were actually watching the funeral procession on the last day. I guess 2015 really was a year with great remembrance.
Went to Taiwan for my taiwanese friend Nicky’s wedding. Super excited when she invited me and i booked my tickets right away! told her long ago that as long as she invites me, i’ll definitely fly over to attend. and i kept my promise! knew her ever since my last year in aussie and we have come so far! taiwan has been on my traveling list almost every year. and so to say, i get to meet her at least once every year! ask pat along this taiwan trip as i thought it would’ve been nice if we could make up for the lousy korea trip we had 2 years back. and i needed a friend to go along and i was so sure that she would not reject taiwan. my crazy gf! haha! the trip was around 5 days and i managed to bring pat to places which she actually did not been to even though she’s also a frequent taiwan traveler lol. all in all, it was a great and exciting trip! taiwanese wedding was such a great eye opener. thankful for the experience! hoping the hongkong/malaysia wedding will happen soon as well~
My once a year trip with the bff also managed to happen this year! Japan was on our list this year and hello Tokyo~~ this was the second trip we went together and she’s definitely one of my favourite travel partner! this trip was basically major shopping and shopping! went to a few attractions and of course Disneysea! super excited to go to disney! Can’t wait for our next trip again! it would be better if we’re able to travel at least once a year together! had to admit i was quite lazy and procrastinate on the planning of itinerary this trip. but all in all i guess the trip was still amazing! my half pass 6 japanese wasn’t exactly well put in used but oh well, we survived! glad to have you as my bff!
Made another trip to Taiwan in end of June as well together with my aunt, cousins, baby bro, grandparents and someone special(shall elaborate later on). it was a trip solely for my grandpa after his surgery. initially he was very reluctant to go for the surgery, but after some convincing and bribery, he went through it! and this taiwan trip was an incentive for him. he probably would not be able to travel so far anymore. anyway, it was a great trip nonetheless!
As for the remaining trips to Italy and Switzerland, lets move on to the next part first. 😉
Me + One
2015 has even been better than 2014! my skin condition has improved ever since i started phototherapy at the end of 2014. however, as the sessions got reduced, the skin problems came back.. tried the blood letting method this year as well. still hoping that one day it will fully recover and so far the improvements have been great motivation for me. going to novenas every saturdays has also been a base for keeping my faith strong.
2015, i’m no longer alone. after waiting for quite a long period of time, i’ve finally found someone who’s able to accept me for who i am, for my skin and just me. even though he does have some complains on my body size, all in all, he is still there for me right now. started our relationship even though we know that we will embark on a ldr. it was definitely a leap of faith. there were unhappy periods as well but i guess ultimately both of us had to put in similar efforts to keep this going strong. spent a lot of time together before the ldr started and was able to travel together in 2015. covered quite a few countries and cities despite such a short period together. but it was really a great experience. traveling together really shows how a person is and gives us an idea if we could really bear each other. as our traveling period increases through the travels, i was able to appreciate more of how he is as a person and yes, there are definitely negative sides as well. but, slowly by and by, we are able to accommodate each other’s habits and love each other unconditionally.
even though he wasn’t exactly my type, in fact he was quite the opposite, but what matters most was that we were able to communicate well and talk things through. i might not be as rational as i thought i would therefore I’m thankful that he brings me down to reality whenever i needed a wake up call.
in 2015, we’ve covered bintan, malacca, taiwan, tanjung pinang kelong and recently italy and switzerland.
bintan was together with the brothers and sisters so i guess i could skip on that!
malacca was a short weekend trip together with his family members. it was my first time really exploring malacca and it was great! despite the hot weather, the trip was quite relaxing. to add flavour to the trip, a small hiccup happened at the end. glad that all was ok.
taiwan trip as said before was with my family members. however, we had most of the time for ourselves but this vegie, whom i affectionately call on social media, was sick during the trip. it was still great that we were able to cover quite a few ding tai fungs in taipei. and, it was really great that we were able to spend some time together before he flew off once we reached singapore.
the next short getaway would be to elly kelong together with my family and extended family. it was actually arranged so that he could make it during his short vacation back in sg.
the final and last trip we made in 2015 was our Europe trip to Italy and Switzerland. we were apart for around 5 months by the time we met in december once again. it was a trip much looked forward by both and a lot of planning was needed. it was also a trip which i’ve met with much hiccups and actually felt helpless and sad during the start of trip. thankfully, everything went on smoothly and in fact, was getting better.
before planning for this trip, i was so afraid that my dad would not allow me to go, which in fact the first time he rejected. after assurance to him that i would only be at italy and switzerland and the period i go was to be kept within 2 weeks, i was given the green light. from booking flights, accommodation, transport tickets to itinerary, i had to do almost everything myself. this vegie basically threw everything to me. his reason was that i loved planning such things more than him and he was in fact happy to go along with whatever i planned. it was great that he was not a fussy traveler. in the end, i was thankful that i need not be the one who plans and also to find the directions. he’s the one to navigate.
in my other travel trips, usually i had to plan and find the directions. was really grateful that i could just follow his leads(actually i think it was google’s). our trip started from Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice then moving on to Zermatt and Zurich. was really amazing that we managed to follow the itinerary rather closely and covered most of what i had planned. all the famous churches and historical sites were covered and the highlight for me was the novena church and matterhorn. before the start of the trip, i was quite paranoid that i would actually be irritated by him since it was the first time we were going to be together for 24hours everyday for 11-12 days. it would actually be the breaking point if any unhappiness occurs. but thankfully, none of those feelings occur and in fact, i was really happy and excited to have him around. the trip was really memorable but it was very sad when we had to say goodbyes. we had no idea when exactly we will meet and it was hard to bid goodbye. nonetheless, i am really grateful, happy and thankful that the trip happened.
not having my plus one beside me through so many months was actually tiring. we were not able to celebrate many occasions together. the first celebration of his birthday together, christmas, new year’s eve, new year, valentine’s, chinese new year and even our 1st anniversary. it was definitely not what i had in mind when i started a relationship but i guess this will probably make everything more memorable.
thank you for tolerating my nonsense.
thank you for being goofy together.
thank you for accepting me for who i am.
thank you for all the effort you have put in.
thank you for your patience and occasional nonsensical temperament.
thank you for being you.
thank you for coming into my life in 2015.
and thank you for letting me have something great to look forward in 2016.
2015 truly has been great. God has abundantly blessed me with joys and laughters. thank you all who showered me with love, support and happiness. i would not be who i am today without all of you. looking forward to a brand new year with lots of faith and love.
God Bless and Happy New Year!
~counting my blessings~