Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bidding goodbye to a happy 2013;


Last blogpost of the year and in a couple of hours, we will be bidding goodbye to 2013!

How has 2013 been like for you?

This 2013, I'm extremely grateful for the relatively good year in terms of love, health, fitness, friends, family and career. I'm counting my blessings for all the good things that have happened while the tougher times serve as a challenge and happen for a reason.


"Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live" was a quote that was instilled deeply in me since last year. I'm glad that my family was kept safe and in good health this year and that to me is the most precious gift and greatest blessing. Also, my perpetual sore throat bug went away quite abit in the last quarter despite my continued lack of love for water.

I'm still me - as impulsive, passionate spontaneous, introvert and stubborn as ever like any Scorpio, doing things at the spur of the moment. True enough you only live once, but perhaps it's time for me to start thinking more rationally before acting as more commitments and responsibilities come by. This year, I've improved on my time-management and to sleep before midnight, something which I failed to do so last year. There will be time if you make time and I've managed to keep up with my blog and to work out at least 4 times a week while juggling between full-time work, tuition and social life. The upcoming year will be far more challenging to with the wedding preparations, house renovation works and busy work schedule so I'm hoping to pull it through with fingers crossed. I'm also hoping to take up new skills and top of the list are cooking, driving and managing a home.


Friendship wise, I've gotten closer to the true constant ones that mean the most by meeting up more often and staying connected all thanks to technology. It takes two hands to clap in any friendship and both parties must be willing to put in effort and to be completely upfront with each other no matter the length of friendship. I'm extremely blessed to have a group of girls whom knew me inside out and were always a phone away to confide in. They have taught me to stay true to myself and to always put yourself in your friend's shoes without any judgement nor harsh words no matter what situation.



This year, we went through 2.5 months of LDR which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, teaching us to be more appreciative and understanding towards each other. This was probably the first time in our 4.5 years of relationship that we were apart for quite abit due to his constant work trips. I could remember our third year where things became more challenging with us picking on each other's flaws & vast difference and we got irritated easily. Absence has indeed made the heart fonder and brought our relationship to a higher level. I've also became more independent in the process, going for my races myself, having more time to hang out with my friends and learn how to take care of myself better. The marriage preparation classes attended earlier in the year have also prep us better for the new chapter and taught us the need to constantly "surprise" each other and to shower each other with attention. There's no perfect relationship, just constantly putting in effort to make it work. 


Goals wise, it has been a great year unexpectedly.  The only regret was my first overseas run at Hong Kong where I fell sick and only managed to walk the whole of 10km. It was indeed very disappointing after all the anticipation but still, it was still a great virgin experience together with the Intimate girls! I would still want to make it back there to complete the full distance, maybe in 2015? Very, very excited to attempt Toyko Marathon next year which was part of the six World Marathon Majors along with Boston, like a dream come true. I've also managed to tick an item off my bucket list this year by completing my first bike race for Tri-Factor Bike 40km, back in one piece but came in the last ten hahaha. It was a totally different experience from my usual runs and hopefully a step closer towards my first triathlon race. Part of the many reasons why I like doing long distance was to fulfill that penchant for solitude inside me, to spend hours on my own running without any human contact that not many would understand. I'm also very glad to break my running plateau by achieving three pbs for my 10k, 21k & 42km races this year. Every improvement is an encouragement which motivates me to sign up, train and run harder for the next one. I've always believed in taking the first step for your goals without the need for affirmation or swaying to any peer pressure. You are your own critic and worst enemy, not anyone else.


The craziest item done this year was probably the Sundown Ultra-marathon which made 2013 extra meaningful. Looking back 4 months ago, it still feels impossible completing the full 100km in one piece together with my partner. I could still remember hitting the roads for training almost daily just to complete that "dream" and turning up at the race venue sick but extremely determined. It's definitely NOT something I would want to do it anytime soon. However, the 17 hours journey with TC has brought us closer and affirmed my decision that he was the right one.


Still in the midst of our sports-themed wedding preps and so far, the major items like the guest list, wedding shoot, floral arrangement, videographer, photographer, outfits and venue have all been ticked off. We are left with the nitty gritty details which could be the hardest like the logistics, photo montage and the list goes on. All thanks to my sister and besties for helping me out selflessly and giving me opinions all the time. About 5 more months ticking away to the Big Day, I can't wait to start the new chapter as a Mrs.

May 2014 be a good one for all of us and to all the blog readers (thanks for the constant support and emails!) - good health & filled with happiness. We will just make the best out of everything, like how we always pull through difficult situations and tests. :)
Happy New Year! ♥

Friday, December 27, 2013

Because it has been a while...

Because it has been awhile...since the last #OOTD post haha!

I conclude that I need a flea once a month to clear my clothes for space for the overwhelming incoming new ones! Just had a flea two weeks ago with my dear friends and I was glad to clear 1.5 luggage of shoes, bags and clothes. And of course, each piece is about $2-5 with shoes & bags priced at $10.. made about $300 but I think I lost way way more haha! The thing was that my room was back back to square a day later. I absolutely cannot imagine lugging everything over to my new house next year so the situation has to be improved! #hopeless
 
These days, I find myself repeating more of my clothes and trying to find new combinations for it. It takes time to dig a suitable bottom to match a dress-turned-top or matching bag/ shoe within minutes in the morning but I pretty enjoyed the process of doing so.
 
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Wore this for a Christmas white theme party. I love full-white even though I'm such a messy and clumsy eater.

 
BKK crochet dress & necklace // ASOS Heels // Celine Bag// Darlin Jewelry

Probably my most comfty ASOS Heels so far. The white straps didn't dig into my feet on the first wear and I'm in love with the pink tweed heel!



ASOS Dress & Heels // BKK Necklace

Still one of my fav floral dresses for its cutting.

SMooch Necklace & Dress // Zara Heels

One of my fav colour combi - Cobalt x White



ASOS Skirt & Top // TB Necklace

Pastel Floral.

 

TTR top // Topshop Skirt (Selling!)// Mango Heels// Miumiu Bag

The chiffon top that I stocked up in BKK in 4 colours.

 

BKK top // American Eagle Shorts// RM Bag

Flattering floral dress for an advertorial with cut-out sides at the waist!
TND Waisted Cut-Out Porcelain Dress // ASOS Heels// Bal Bracelet

Romper for another wedding prep weekend.
TVD Eyelet Romper // Zara Bag

In pastel hues for a lunch wedding
 
SMooch Wanderlust Dress // Ferragamo Heels// DP Clutch
 
The amazing CWC dress with the best fit ever.

CWC dress // Maschino Chain watch

Company's event; another score from SMooch.

 

SMooch dress // Zara bag// ASOS Heels

A full SMooch outfit and first time pairing green-red.

SMooch top (selling!) & Skirt // Zara bag & Heels

Leather details on a racerback white dress.

ASOS Dress & Watch// Zara Heels & Bag// BKK necklace

Full black because i ran out of ideas.

 

BKK Dress // Hollyhoque wedges// F21 necklace

Clashing prints coz I couldn't decide on one.
 
 

ASOS Peplum // TB Skirt // Ferragamo Heels

My $15 heels from JB which was mad comfortable!



 

TND All that sparkles dress // M)phosis necklace

Another romper day.

 
Wearing the famous LB dress as a top. 
 
 
LB dress // Bershka Skirt // Zara heels// BKK necklace// Miumiu Bag
 
A too-sweet and not-very-me ensemble
LB mint dress// ASOS Jacket (selling!) & Heels// Longchamp
 
Another same same but different leather dress.
H&M Leather dress// BKK necklace// ASOS Heels
 
Loving the Melissa flats!
 
 
Agneselle top (selling!)// BKK skirt // Melissa Flats
 
The crop top that goes well with everythingggggg.
CWC crop top// ASOS HWS
 
Blue x florals
 
 
 
TB shirt // ASOS Skirt// Zara Heels
 
The 25235th skirt from ASOS
 
 
Full white.
SMooch top// LB skirt// ASOS Heels

My River Safari outfit!

ASOS Bow top // American Eagle shorts// Adidas Cap
 
Christmas Eve outfit.
TND Cleopatra Dress// BKK Necklace

Christmas Outfit
Floral dress (selling!)// Taiwan Bag// Pazzion Heels
 
New leather skirt from TE!
HH top// BKK Necklace// TE Skirt

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Have a good weekend lovelies!♥