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I was supposed to blog at least once a month this year… And I failed miserably. But instead of focusing on my failures, I think we should look at the positives and what I have done.

Here’s a monthly recap of my 2018 so far:

 

January

Deathly Hallows Tattoo

Deathly Hallows Tattoo

January was a blur to me, the month went by so fast, I didn’t even have time to plan out my New Year’s resolutions! The only thing I remember doing was getting my first tattoo. It was painful, but not as painful as I thought it would be. The healing process was actually more difficult than the tattooing. It was super itchy and I couldn’t scratch it. I did my best to relieve the itchiness by tapping it repeatedly. Didn’t really help much though.

And yes, I am an obsessed Potterhead. Although J. K. Rowling has been controversial lately, the Harry Potter series will always be dear to my heart. It was just such a big part of my childhood growing up, when I thought of getting a tattoo, it was the first thing that came to mind.

At the end of January, I went to Sabah to do something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time – ever since I left high school actually. What is it? All will be revealed in February.

 

 

February

Those who know me will probably remember my everchanging hair colour, but one thing I’ve never really done is have my whole head of hair dyed. I just didn’t want to deal with the ugly hair regrowth and the maintenance of touching up my roots. This year, I thought it was TIME. If not now, then when?

 

And of course, it’s blue. ?

 

March 

After attending the Viper Challenge in December, I went from exercising 5 times a week to… Not exercising at all. I found it very difficult to juggle working life and exercising. I’m too tired after work, and I would honestly rather spend my weekends lazing around. But for the sake of my health, I signed up for a gym membership. It was really difficult finding a gym, I don’t like the practices of gym franchises in Malaysia. There’s so much secrecy, every single gym I enquired did not want to reveal their prices over Messenger/phone call, they insisted for me to walk-in instead. They really did not want their prices to be written anywhere in black and white. Shady AF, which makes me wonder, how different are they charging each customer? #conspiracy ?

Since I had no other option, I decided to pick the best from the limited choices I had, which so happened to be Chi Fitness. If it were up to me, I would have liked to keep searching for independent gyms instead of settling, but I had a deadline to meet. And that deadline was the Nottingham Charity Run. Me, being the person that I am, decided to sign up for the 10KM run, even though I’ve never ran anything more than a 5KM.

With one week of extremely mundane jogging on the treadmill, I managed to complete my first (and last) 10KM with a time of 1 hour and 10 minutes. I even made the top 100 and got a medal! Yay me! ?

Nottingham Charity Run 2018

L-R: Syl, Andy & me. Nottingham Charity Run 2018 (Photo Credit: Andy Low, but not really cause his friend took the photo)

What I’ve learnt from this is, I really hate running.

 

April

This was the month I’ve been waiting for because my friend Daphne and her husband, Justin (collectively known as Daphtin), came up from Singapore! It was really fun having them here in Malaysia! We visited 3 states in 3 days, ate a lot of food, hiked up Broga Hill, and played a really stressful game called Overcooked. ? Please come back soon! ?

April was also the month I bought this domain! ? I’ve been blogging on and off since I was 12, and I’ve always wanted my own domain. So, here it is! ?

 

May

In May, I made a major life decision. I decided to quit my first job, and I was less than 6 months in at that time. It just wasn’t the right job for me. I tried to go with it and hold on for as long as I could, but it was taking a toll on me. I was dreading work every day and I felt miserable after work. I just didn’t want to go on living life that way. I wanted to explore other opportunities and do something that I actually enjoy.

Life is short, so just do what you want to do.

 

June

I finally had something to look forward to in June! After I left my job, I finally had the time (and energy) to travel. I managed to squeeze in three short trips in the last two weeks of June. The first trip was to Da Nang in Vietnam, where I spent 5 days with my mum and sister. Honestly, I don’t think I would go back there again because there isn’t much to do. I would much rather visit other parts of Vietnam instead.

Bà Nà Hills, a place with winds reminiscent of UK. ? | ?: @marissamint

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Two days after returning from Da Nang, I went to Langkawi with my best friends! We’ve all been friends for almost 10 years, but it was our first holiday together. Langkawi was enjoyable, but the food was quite expensive. None of us were fans of the beach, so we didn’t visit any of the islands. We pretty much spent all our time in the tiny town.

We were nearly eaten by a hungry hippo today. ?

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Then, two days after my Langkawi trip, I embarked on a weekend trip to Malacca! Just a quick and relaxing break with my best friend, Syl, who’s also my housemate. We mostly just ate and walked up and down Jonker Street. There was this guy who also tried to con us, and asked us to pay RM5 for parking at the FREE hotel parking. When we ignored him and continued walking, he actually followed us and demanded for the money. After we mentioned we were hotel guests and that the hotel parking was supposed to be free, he backtracked really quickly. ? After reporting it to the hotel, we found out he doesn’t even work there! RUDE.

 

July

July was the month of new beginnings for me. I started Japanese class solely based on the fact that I love Japanese food. I really want to visit Japan (again) someday, and I don’t want to miss out on anything. It’s about time this monolingual learnt a new language anyways.

The other exciting new thing is… My new job! I’m now working as a Content Specialist at SearchGuru. It’s a different experience from my first job, but I welcome it. The work environment is not as stressful, and it’s been great so far. I’m still not a morning person, but I don’t hate or dread going to work now! I guess you could say I’m content. ?

Last weekend, I went on a trip to Ipoh! I went with Syl and her high school best friends, Jov and Ariss (collectively known as Jovariss). It was a pre-birthday celebration for Ariss (2nd Aug) and me (5 Aug). ? We had a lot of fun playing card games, drinking, and eating.

Us at Kek Lok Tong, Limestone Cave Temple

L-R: Me, Syl, Ariss & Jov. Kek Lok Tong Temple.

 

Last Words

If you made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back.