Thursday, December 3, 2015

24! The end of year edition

Merry Christmas everyone! It's been a crazy year of ups and downs: I got engaged, I had some trouble with a lawsuit, finally found my footing in a job I love, wrote a script for church and had it performed in front of thousands, lost a couple of friends, gained many more friends and.. so.. much.. more.. I thoroughly enjoyed 2014.

Who knew that in the span of one year so many things would change! Turning 24 is no big deal to most, but I think it's my most significant birthday cause so many things have happened and I feel at peace with myself. Today, I'm chilling in bed after Christmas, and though a particularly nasty period cramp is wreaking my morning, I still feel like I'm on top of the world.

Mid-20s power trip? No. I'm overwhelmed by the knowledge that I am greatly blessed, highly favoured and deeply loved.

It's been a great year with so many things happening (and a few bad things, but forget the bad and remember the good) and I just want to take the time to list them out cause the best way - for me anyway - to remember anything is by writing it down.

I'm engaged!


Oh my. I can't begin to stress what a big change this is for me. Aged 18 to 20 I always went about professing the same thing, "I'm NEVER getting married till I'm 30. I want to concentrate on my career." I waved that big career girl flag around and laughed, hard, when I heard stories of friends getting married way too early. "Why would you do that?!" I asked them, "don't you want your freedom?"

Now I know, I still have my freedom, but I'm enjoying it with someone I love. And that's a wonderful thing I think. Being able share this little pause in eternity we call life. And that wonderful man and I are both growing together, learning more from each other and supporting each other in our careers together. It's wonderful. Disgustingly cheesy enough, I really feel like a character in those Mills and Boons trashy novels, my heart is overwhelmed by the love I feel for someone else and I hope it never changes. Of course there are days where I wanna rip his head off and think he is horribly chauvinistic but most of the time he is my best friend who is so much fun to be around with. 

I can't wait for our next adventure! 

By the way, the big day will be 12 Dec 2015, which means this blog is gonna be chock full of bridal stuff soon. 

I've graduated and found an awesome job.

Not many people can say they have a job they love. And i'm lucky to count myself as one of the few who do. It wasn't easy getting here though. It took my years to get this job and countless internships. But I think it all worked out for the best. 

Working at Home and Decor has opened up a whole new world to me and I'm exposed to so many great new brands and experiences. I get to learn about the colour of the year, visit strangers' houses and get first peek at things before they even hit the shelves! Most importantly, I get to wax lyrical about it and ask people questions about anything and everything. The kaypo auntie in me is loving it.

My scripts have been picked up for several church plays!

Might not seem like much to many of you.. But to me, watching scripts that I wrote in school performed by talented actors kinda fills me with a soft, quiet pride that swells and overwhelms me. And you know what, I never realize how funny my scripts are till they're actually performed. 

Many thanks to those who took part in the Father's Day play:

Cupids, and the Christmas Toy Play at Suntec Convention atrium! 

I was so touched to watch them
Being performed!

Here's to more great scripts in 2015! I wanna do something bigger and better! 

I keep winning stuff!

Is it cause I'm happy? I really don't know, but all this joyous, less stressed out energy has made me much brighter and much more cheerful, which makes winning all these great things even MORE wonderful! 

I'm so blessed. I can't even.. I don't know but God's blessed with some great things and you can't even say this is rigged cause most of the things I've won is truly is by luck! 

Abel and I won the CityRadio contest where we did a cover of For All You've Done and played the cup song while we were at it:



I went along with Jes and Wei Qi to the Hilton wedding showcase just to keep them company and I won the lucky draw for a trip for two to the Conrad Maldives! I have to say, it truly was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.



During a media event at XTRA they had a little tongue twister contest, for people to read out the She Sell Seashells:

She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.

And the winner would win a Eames fibreglass rocking chair! I won!


Then of course there have been little things as well, like winning 2nd prize in the office lucky draw, winning a chest full of goodies from Singapore Trading Post at another media event, getting $200 vouchers and a free pass to the Epicurean Market 2014... It's been a roller coaster of blessings. And honestly, where got so coincidental that I keep winning right? I tell you it's God's blessing.



Plus I feel as though I've more or less got my life sorted. I bought insurance, I'm slowly slowly saving money, I have a HDB flat along the way, I'm getting married next year and I'm in a stable career! Of course my globe trotting adventures have yet to begin, but that's just in a matter of time!

Not going to lie, there were some downs. Like the car insurance incident... Let's not bring that up. Plenty of quarrels and a few set backs. But still 90% more awesome in the year! I'm really looking forward to what 2015 has to bring!

I'm so grateful and I want to give back. I really do. I want to volunteer to build houses or help in the missions field but I don't know where to start.. So I started small. Participating in the Boys Brigade Share A Gift... hahaha small but, at least I tried right!

After the wedding craziness next year, I think I want to attempt this:


Do some good, have some fun and learn new things. I have plenty of friends who have done stuff like this, so its just a matter of reaching out. haha.

Anyways, to end my post, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Be blessed and be thankful for all that you have. :)