Review of January 2016

Helloooooo! Is there anyone out there?

Anyway, with an audience or without, I’ve decided; I’m going to sweep the dust off this ol’ blog of mine and start blogging regularly again.

Why? Well… I’ve started to notice I’m no longer as eloquent as I used to be (ahem), maybe because due to the lack of thought processing/formulation and articulating those thoughts. I want to record my observations of the world that I’m living in, to journal down the changes I’m going through, to keep a digital record of my life here, and to share whatever I’m liking and enjoying so far.

So this year (as with any other year with the same aim at bettering myself), I’m going to make it a point to blog, at least once a month, to share what I’ve been up to for the month and so on so forth. So what’s up in January?

I went to Bangkok with Kevin on 1 Jan (immediately after counting down at JL’s place)! Our early morning flight saw me make use of the Snooze Lounge at the transit area at Changi Airport (for the first time!) to catch forty winks. I didn’t sleep particularly well because:

  1. The area was still too bright for me (I need pitch darkness to sleep)
  2. The security did a good job to make sure to check that passengers who are arriving in Singapore do not overstay in the transit area (hence they woke me up) and
  3. I was feeling cold, I had worn shorts and not my long comfy pants that I usually wear for red-eye flights. #ichosepoorly

It’s been at least a good 3 years since we’ve been there and on top of the usual places we usually visit (like Platinum Mall, Chatuchak Market, MBK, etc), we checked out new places like Asiatique, Em Quartier, Terminal 21, Talad Rot Fai Ratchada (also known as Train Market) and cafes such as Audrey Cafe & Bistro and Karmakamet. Ahh, too many cafes on my list to check out, but too little time! I love Bangkok, but I think… I’ve may have outgrown it? =\ It no longer thrills me to score a bargain like when I was still a poly student (things are already so cheap to begin with!!) so I no longer try to haggle with shopkeepers.

I’ve also begun exercising more! I’m hoping that I can keep this routine up as the year progresses🙂 I no longer have to leave home at 7am for work, so I use that time in the morning to get a run or workout in, read while having breakfast before prepping for work. Which brings me to the next point…..

I’ve just started on a new job this month! I know, I know, you may say that it’s still too early to tell it’s the job for me, that I’m still the honeymoon phase, but honestly if you ask me? I know I’m in my sweet spot, doing what I do best, surrounded by people who simply want to do good work. I enjoy being creative, I appreciate it when my opinions are valued, and I enjoy the work I’m assigned to do (with the occasional cup of coffee on the house, hehehehe). Which brings me to the next point…

Sometimes you can only connect the dots when you look back. Last year was a difficult year for me career-wise (though my natural eyes saw it as a restoration of finances), but it’s a journey I needed to take. The past year saw the breaking of my pride (which I didn’t know even know existed), the changing of my mindset (to stop comparing myself to others) and really knowing my identity in Christ. There were several occasions where I felt unvalued and my hard work unappreciated but these experiences are needed. Now with the benefit of hindsight, I see that if I don’t live by the men’s praises, I wouldn’t die by their criticism. I now know that my Daddy God’s heart for me is good and He will not bless others at my expense. I shouldn’t be comparing my behind-the-scenes to people’s highlight reels because everyone runs a different course. If this job had come up any earlier, I wouldn’t be as thankful as I am now. Well, this job was most definitely a door opened by Daddy God for me, so praise Jesus!

And so, that’s my January and I’m looking forward to an awesome February where I get to travel for work!😀


What a year 2015 had been! I’m thankful that by the grace of God I’m still alive (something we take for granted), for the experiences I’ve gained this year and here are some of the best things that happened this year:


I took a bite of the Big Apple. We were greeted by buildings blanketed with snow upon our arrival despite it being spring and I didn’t take as much pictures as I wanted as my fingers were freezing (hello, -2 degrees). Nevertheless, I had a good time with Kevin, who acted as my compass/GPS in the city.🙂 We visited museums, Hell’s Kitchen flea market,stood in Times Square, got a bird’s eye view from the top of Empire State Building and Top of The Rock, cycled in Central Park, experienced falling snow (!!!) and even visited the flower market!



Daddy God has been so good to me this year, I was blessed with a pair of tickets to catch Hillsong’s No Other Name concert by a friend.



I’m so happy that this year I got to show Kevin around the place where I called home and studied for 1.5 years as he’s never been to Brisbane/Gold Coast/Queensland before! This is the first trip that Kev didn’t need to plan. =P We even made time to meet up with Adila for dinner! Btw, it was the coldest winter I’ve ever felt while we were there. We went to the regular haunts that I used to visit and places that I bring friends to when they come to Brisbane. Oh yes, I saw so many rainbows while we were there, Daddy God knows what really makes me happy! On this trip, we made an impromptu decision to rent a car and drive up to Springbrook National Park to hike.



One of the major highlights of the year would be attending Hillsong Conference 2015! It was awesome, with many qarah moments that only Daddy God can orchestrate🙂 We learnt from our first Hillsong Conference experience and we packed our own meals for the Conference. It was really nice going with friends too!



This year also marks another milestone in my Rock Kidz journey, where I’ve also taken up the role of a pulpit teacher. I feel thankful that Daddy God entrusts me with His little sheep to take care of and to preach the gospel to, it really is a privilege. Nothing gets me quite as excited as seeing little hands raised wanting to invite Jesus into their hearts🙂


Birthday Wishlist


November is my favourite month of the year because… it’s my birthday month! Now I’ll be glad if any of these items make its way into my possession…😉

  1. Calfskin Messenger Bag in Burgundy, JCOS STUDIOS
  2. iPhone Slim Case in Marble, Society6
  3. Love Style Life by Garance Dore, OpenTrolley
  4. Pocket Tote – Black, TheDailyEdited (love the monogram!)

If You’re not my One Thing

In every season, there is a song that speaks to me, and wrecks me in a good way. In this season, this song is my heart’s cry… Because if Jesus is not my One Thing, everything I have means nothing.

I tasted the world seen more than enough
Its promises fleeting
Of water and wine I emptied the cup
And found myself wanting

But there is a well that never runs dry
The water of life the blood of the vine

Cause all I know is
Everything I have means nothing
Jesus if You’re not my one thing
Everything I need right now
All I need is You right now

Just one thing I ask and this I will seek
If only to know You
To be where You are and go where You lead
My God I will follow

The things of this world I’ve counted as loss
I lay it all down to take up this cross

Cause all I know is
Everything I have means nothing
Jesus if You’re not my one thing
Everything I need right now

Cause all I know is
Everything You are and nothing
Jesus if You’re not my one thing
Everything to me right now

And I’ll sing
Whoa whoa
I want nothing but to know You
And to be with You my God

And I’ll sing
Whoa whoa
And with everything within me
I will worship You my God

Wanderlust dreams

This world is such an amazing place, filled with countless of cities and places that I wish to visit in my lifetime and these are on my dream list (it’s not exhaustive hahaha):

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

Northern Lights, Norway

Hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Dead Sea (Jordan’s side)

Snorkeling in the Gulf of Aqaba

Lavender fields, Provence

Santorini, Greece

Being transported in time in Kyoto

Sleeping in a PurePod glasshouse under an open sky in New Zealand.

Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria


*Images are all from Google.

Home Decor Inspiration

Since I was young, I loved going to Ikea and absolutely adore the Scandinavian-style furniture. I envision living in a home that possesses an understatedly elegant and pared down aesthetic, a home that is functional, and most importantly full of light. I had amassed numerous interior design pictures of mostly Scandinavian and Industrial style over the years, only to realise recently… that I’ve developed a taste for something slightly different. | décor  : modern classic

Ornate austerity, they call it. There’s something quite captivating about the juxtaposition of the ornate mouldings and clean, sleek lines of modernity. It’s as if I’m no longer charmed that’s all bright and new. It’s like I’ve developed a liking for ceiling medallions, chandeliers, concrete floors and modern furniture, just the things this girl’s dreams are made of.😉

What I’ve been using recently

I have a list of products that I always go back to, but I love trying new products too. In the past month I’ve introduced some new products to my skincare routine and my skin is taking well to them.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: I bought this when I had run out of my Philosophy moisturiser on my New York trip. The weather was punishingly cold (and it’s supposed to be spring already!) and I knew I needed something more moisturising than usual so I picked this baby up. Its consistency is slightly heavier than the my usual Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturiser, so I would warm it up between my fingers before applying it on my face. I liked it that it’s fragrance-free and it gets absorbed into my skin easily. I was worried that it would be too oily for my skin but my worries were unfounded. The only con about this product is that it’s in a tub form so people who are finicky about hygiene may have an issue with it but I’m unfussed by that.

SKII Cellumination Aura Essence: I decided to purchase this because I had good experience previously with the SKII Cellumination Essence EX. It has a light texture, spreads easily and gets absorbed into my skin quickly. Although I’ve just started using it on a daily basis, I haven’t really paid much attention to its brightening effect. But as long as it doesn’t make me break out, it’s all good for now. That being said… It’s quite pricey, but if it does its job well, it’s acceptable right? Hahaha, we shall wait and see.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose: Picked up this up because of its adorable pocket-sized tin packaging! It’s light pink in the tin, and smells really yummy upon application. It is moisturising and it’s a good thing it’s not flavoured as well because I would be licking my lips ever so often! Now I’m regretting not getting a few more tins in other flavours to try but that’s okay, there are still so many lip balms to try out there.

 Fresh Lip Sugar Scrub: I use lipsticks a lot so it bothers me that sometimes lipsticks do not go on evenly when I apply it. I had been diligent with my moisturising but not with the exfoliation bit. I wanted to make my own lip scrubs with sugar, honey and lemon (ooh, it tastes yummy too) but I always found it too time-consuming. So when I walked into Sephora on my New York trip, I knew this item is going to come home with me along with other products. I tried it for the first time and I realised the awesomeness of this product. I pick up just a little of the product and run it over my lips. It doesn’t crumble easily and the oils in the product really nourish my lips, leaving me with soft, kissable lips (that I want Kev to kiss!).