Just how time flew us by and we are 2 days old in 2015! In 2014, I also re-ignited my love for blogging (the best decision ever!) – penning down my thoughts, sharing what I love, gathering like-minded people together and creating my own memories. Blogging has always been something I love to do and it probably reflects my character very much too, expressive. I love sharing what I know and would be happy if someone out there appreciates it or find inspiration on what I wrote or shared. It is a very special feeling for me being able to inspire and motivate others.
Besides looking forward to a brand new year with lots of new challenges and achievements, I am grateful for everything that has happened in 2014 – a year full of ups and downs.
I started 2014 traveling to Japan with my family and I truly enjoyed every moment spend with them. We experienced different culture, food and learnt many during our overseas trip together. It is essential for me to travel with my family members – as I truly felt that time and experiences together cannot be exchanged with any monetary terms. All of us were knitted closer to one another and together, we gained another topic for discussion for talking and bragging. This is how we stay close to one another, having common topics and interest. Good relationships don’t just happen; they take time, effort and patience.
Sometimes we get too busy with our own work and achievements; we tend to neglect the ones who spend their whole lifetime looking after us. Cherish and spent more time with our parents, they are the only ones who love you the most and fight the world for you.
W and I got hitched on 13th February 2014. This day I marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for and dream with. The thought of getting hitched make me felt old, but registering our marriage was the bestest decision ever! I am grateful to have W being by my side for the past 4+ years, tolerating every bad temperament of me, very thoughtful towards me & my family and taught me a lot of things (although sometimes he is so muddle-minded you can strangle him to death). Meeting him is still the best thing that ever happened to me. Up till now, I still find him funny, loving and most importantly, he love my family and friends as much as I do. Grateful :’)
I was rewarded by my company for an all-expenses paid trip to Bangkok with some of my favourite girls at work. It was my first time traveling on company expenses although it is a short trip. Those moments together were amazing and fun (shopping and eating, of cause) and we bonded together as a team. Though things have changed now, but good memories will prevail.
This May, I also participated in Adidas Sundown Half Marathon completing my second 21.1km long distance run. If you read my previous post, you will know how much I am not a distance runner by nature and the maximum distance I do usually ranged from 5km to 10km. The complete soreness, pain and satisfaction after a long distance marathon is only understandable after you have experienced it, no any other ways. Proud to have did it again in 2014!
One of the most rewarding milestones being a blogger was to yield acknowledgement. I received a number of products from sponsors for product tasting and feedback review! I am really glad to have the honour to write for local brands like Unisoy and Bruneus, it was a wonderful experience for me as someone who blogs and take interest in health food. Thankful for all the opportunities given.
Ah hah! One of the most precious friendship we made during June! Got to know our lovely and cute neighbours, Walter and Melody. It all started off with walking our fur babies downstairs and now, we meet them almost any other day for our BBG workout training! Friendship happens simply because we feel comfortable with each other companionship and these don’t come easy. Cheers to many more years of friendship.
JULY! Our long awaited trip back to W’s hometown. Yes, W is a Malaysian and catching up with his parents and friends seems to be a challenging task for me. We have limited time hanging out and could communicate through phone calls, messaging or chatting online most of the time. I always try my best to pull myself together with his family, as close as possible though it is really not easy – counting the days I am in Ipoh which is about 10-14 days in a year comparing him at my place (365 days – x days in Ipoh). Now you see the difference?
So W and I took much effort together to organize a trip with my family visiting his hometown during July. It was 5 most precious days of our lives. Seeing them getting along well and enjoying their time. All our hard work paid off – behind the scenes was both of us debating on what are the best dates, which hotel to book, where to go, which car to rent and so forth. Everything was awesome and everyone was happy. So, W and I also make a pact for 2015 to visit Ipoh more often spending more time with his parents and friends cause nothing is more significant than our family presence and being together.
No, not our anniversary but a simple birthday chow time for W yearly – we don’t fancy restaurants or café dining usually but we take an extra effort to dine in during one another’s birthday. His 5th birthday celebration with me and I can still vividly remember what we ate and where we were during 31st August 2010. He may not be the most romantic partner, neither a rich husband but I know he will be the one gridding his teeth out there working hard for me, us. Grateful for yet another year being together and I can’t seem to be more thankful for you.
Hello BBG, welcome to my life! I made this decision to start BBG workout as I started to gain weight unknowingly after working desk-bound for almost 2 years even though I do occasional runs and frequent the gym sometimes. For the past 2 years, I don’t see any results physically neither did I felt more confident about my body after my workout sessions. I disliked my body and I have serious body image problems internally even though I am not obese. I would go on a diet for a month or 2 and give it all up by stuffing myself with so much food and trying to puke after every meal. Yes, that bad. Working out and eating well was never a topic that blew my mind so much until I started BBG. It was one of my life-changing choices I made in 2014 making fitness and health my priority.
Starting on BBG allows me to love my body more and appreciate life even more. I learnt how to be more appreciative towards health and not take it for granted. I realize by starving myself isn’t going to help cause after I start eating – those kilos will creep back. My body is capable to achieve and be stronger only when I make the decision to start loving and work hard for it. We can all achieve our fit and healthy body, why not?
I came across a quote stating;
”Never underestimate the gift of your health. It’s the greatest wealth you will ever own and it’s the foundation for every chance at happiness and success life has to offer. Your body is the only place you will truly ever live.”
The truth is most often we take our health for granted most. Do we enjoy junk food so much that it is worth getting sick for? Being negative about body image can be a danger for our health too. Definitely, I don’t mean eating salads and chicken breast everyday but by exercising moderation in our food selection. Indulgence for those who worked for it, fair enough? I really think so.
Do refer to my previous blog post on working out and eating well.
I made a promise to myself to upgrade myself every year and I did it. Last year (2013), I did a course in MIS (Marketing Institute of Singapore) and this October I did an intensive course (Social Lab) from Hyper Island. Hyper Island taught their classes in a different way from traditional Singapore’s school classes and I gain many insights on speaking out, challenging potential, working as a team, being a leader and changing personal perceptions. I believe strongly on skill upgrading and being constantly on the ball of knowledge.
Way to go improvement, 2015 let’s bake and burn more brain cells!
A month of full of weddings – feeling blessed for both Windie and Sharon as they marry their beau this November. We finally got a chance to take a break from work and unwind at W’s hometown during the month of November. Spending time with his folks and doing little things together makes me really happy. Moreover, we have an additional family member on 13th November 2014. That’s something worth celebrating and be happy about! 🙂
What? I am writing about the last month of 2014 already?
“It is the most wonderful time of the year!”
Started the month with endless meet-ups and gatherings with all my loved ones from pot-luck to buffet to cheese party. Year end are always celebratory and fun after a whole year of crazy events and happenings. A time to unwind and gather together. For the people who always love, thank you.
Definitely, not forgetting the little furball at home who is constantly yearning for our attention just because we meant the whole world to him. I wish for good health for my baby companion, Jester! ❤
Life is beautiful because it isn’t eternal; it has an ending. Losing a loved one gives a new found appreciation for existence itself. In year 2014, I lost 2 beloved uncles. From witnessing how they fell ill to frequent visits to hospital to their funerals. Life fragility. There is nothing more important than living a fulfilling life with our loved ones and all those cherished moments. Live in the present and love every day.
Lessons from 2014 to 2015;
- To cherish and to love every day.
- Be grateful.
- Take things easy but not granted.
- Don’t be too hard on myself.
- Focus on the right things.
- To do what I love.
Bring on 2015!