2013 is coming to an end.

& I can’t wait for 2014 to come… so glad to leave 2013 behind. too much sad memories to hold on to that I just want to let it go with the arrival of 2014. & of course spend time with my loved ones.

December has been such an eventful month. Been going out almost everyday and mum has been like nagging at me constantly to tidy my room. still working on it. woops. showed bestie and des the picture of my messy room and they were so horrified! so I can’t wait to show off my tidy room to them once it’s done (definitely by 31 Dec 2013) hehe.

I feel really loved and blessed this month. Actually it contains a mixture of different feelings and emotions. There were moments I cried (actually quite little) but there were also happy moments. & Ever since I came back from Thailand, have been wanting to spend time with the people who are closer to my heart. so glad that I’ve been able to meet bestie, twinnie dine, min, dy and Jo. this coming week, mini and nana.

Several highlights of the year:

– turned 22 in February

-scored the highest GPA in my entire uni life for year 2.1

-went for a bangkok trip with my sec sch mates (2nd time travelling out of sg tgt!)

-became single after 37.5 mths of relationship (ended things off mutually and there’s a proper closure)

-had 4 wisdom tooth surgery extraction + an assignment due all on the same day as the start of singlehood life

-started drinking socially (wine, beer, alcohol) & realise i’ve developed a love for truffle fries ❤

-joined my first ever 5K women’s marathon

-went to Chiangmai/rai with my colleagues for 11 days and experienced the life of villagers + teaching & sight seeing

This year hasn’t been an eventful year for me except the drinking and merry making with friends when we’re out. Praying and hoping for a better 2014. Afterall, it’s gonna be the year of the Horse and that’s my year (according to chinese zodiac). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone! ^^

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Short trips

so this week was one of the most happening week of my Hols ever since I came back from Thailand last week. went to JB for Hello Kitty Land, little big club and thomas & friends on Monday with bestie. On tues, went for my hair treatment apptment, and movie (Frozen which is quite nice! 🙂 + dinner with dine and jm. wed, met up with my NIE coursemate for brunch at Wild Honey, went to get my classic pedicure done, met ah fang for dinner at westgate. spent the whole day at Legoland Msia + JPO today. tmrw will be gym workout day + sec sch xmas dinner gathering. 

verdict of hkt land: 7/10 (would be fun for kids) | little big club: 5/10 (can’t comment much since only played bball there) | thomas & friends: 8/10 (most rides are catered to kids so not really suitable for adults) would I go back there again? probably in future when i wanna take my kids there. 🙂 

verdict of Frozen: it’s such a nice and touching movie about the power of love. it’s really worth watching and better than Hunger Games if you love Disney movies. 🙂 

verdict of Wild Honey @ Scotts: nice ambience. our table was approached to try the Christmas brunch special. pretty okay, not that bad but slightly pricey. 

didnt really walk around westgate much so cant really comment about this. their Ippudo there is cheaper than the one at Mandarin Gallery for sure! 

verdict of legoland: a place for fun but not much adventure. mostly for kids… 6.5/10 I believe it will be better in future when more attractions/rides have been established. good thing is that we get an RM10 food voucher each (+ discounted tix since my colleague is a Msian.) 

verdict of JPO: good.. they are having sales in most shops. worth going. more shops will be opened somewhere next year so u might wanna go next year instead. 

okay that’s all for now! 

Mae Salong. Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai.

& so, I came back on 11.12.13 after spending 11 days in Thailand. 

the weather there was terribly cold, especially the first 5 days way high up in the mountain regions, at Mae Salong. 

accomodation there was really cheap but the stay left much to be desired- heater broke down several times and my colleagues had to bathe cold water in the cold weather. and the bed was really hard so it took quite a while to fall asleep every night.

our teaching was from 4.30-8pm so every morning before that, we would walk by foot around to the tourist attractions to explore what Mae Salong has to offer. did a lot of walking so that makes up for the lack of running. usually after lunch we will rest for a couple of hours before walking to the school to teach. teaching for 3 days was a humbling experience. the students there are so well mannered, polite and hungry for knowledge. it was such a joy teaching them albeit a short stint. would have loved to stay on longer to teach because 3 days really aint enough.. what we went through were still the basics… so much more for them to learn. hope that i’ll have the opportunity to go back there again some day. Xing Hua School, you rock! 🙂 

on the last day of our teaching, the principal invited us to the VIP hosting room to sing Karaoke and eat hotpot with him and a few other teachers. drank Singha beer for the first time and felt it tasted good! stayed there till 12+ am (which is 1am sg timing) before we went back to our guesthouse. 

took a 2 hours+ car ride to Chiang Rai the next morning. the weather was more comfy than the mountains. fell in love with the resort that we stayed in though it was quite a distance away. it was a major contrast from our guesthouse stay because over here, there were bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, fridge that resembles a smeg fridge, rain shower, super comfy beds with 2 pillows each, ample power charging for our phones, tv with more eng channels, drying rack for us to hang our clothes to dry. so on our first day, we walked out to Big C and Central Plaza. bought my hello kitty from Macs (yes! they have it there now 🙂 and it so happened to be the King’s bday cum father’s day so it was a public holiday. there were fireworks…a welcoming sight indeed. 

on our second day at Chiang Rai, we went for a day trip. explored most areas of chiang rai. on the 3rd day, my colleague fell sick so we rested in our resort for abt half a day till late afternoon, then headed out for the weekend market and walking street. spent quite some time there buying gifts/souvenirs. 

checked out on the 8th of dec and took a 3 hours + car ride to Chiang Mai. this hotel looked not too bad on the outside but our hotel room wasnt really how we expected it to be. in fact, we agreed the resort was better. but this hotel’s breakfast was better in terms of variety. had 2 rounds of breakfast in the morning usually, before we went back to our rooms to sleep. checked in early to the hotel room, then took a tuk tuk out for Mango Tango. spent quite a while walking around that area before we went back to our hotel after dinner, then walked to the walking street which was their Sunday Market. reached back at 11+ and bought more souvenirs. hahaha. on the subsequent other days we went to visit several temples, shopping complexes, the night bazaar nearby our hotel, a cultural night dinner trip to the cultural centre and of course foot massage + back, shoulder and head. that more or less sums up our trip! 🙂 

during this trip, was quite thankful for God’s protection over us. and i also had the chance to re-evaluate my life, missing my loved ones, my friends and everything that i was comfortable with back in sg. now that im back, im missing the things i experienced in thailand. would i go back there again? maybe explore other parts of thailand like Koh Samui, Phi Phi, and Hatyai. if time permits maybe bkk in june or dec. 

next trip: Australia. 🙂