It’s May already?! Wow. I’ve been so tied up with work and other projects that I haven’t had the time to sit down and journal. Anyway, here are the highlights of 2015, presented in a nutshell!
IPOH ROAD TRIP
In January, my friends and I took a road trip northbound to Ipoh, the land of food, coffee and quirky cafes. It was a fun weekend of eating, bonding and exploring!
I’ve been on three marathons since August 2014, and I intend on going for more. This shot was snapped at the Great Eastern Run with my besties after we completed our 12 km marathon. The feeling was AWESOME. I’ve learned that running actually challenges your mind more than your body, because when your lungs are begging you to stop and your knees are threatening to give way, it’s the perfect time to push yourself and keep going. I love the sweet relief that I get from completing a run, both physically and psychologically.
This is such an exciting year as I’m expanding into portraiture, events and food. The photos below are of Dana, Summer & Joey, Espresso Attic, and several birthday events. Oh, and I’m always interested in meeting other photographers so hopefully we’ll get to collaborate on some fun projects together! Instagram is perfect for that.
CHANGED MY HAIR
A few months ago, I got a new look! Well, it’s not much of a drastic overdo, but I had my hair layered and colored at Spazio Hair Studio in Subang Jaya. That place is amazing. It reminds me so much of my days at Butterfly Studio, the trendy salon in midtown Manhattan where I used to work. I do miss the employer perks at Butterfly Studio — like free hair cuts, colors and treatments worth over $100. Not to mention, the 50% employer discount on all hair products. Butterfly Studio was Kerastase’s flagship in New York, so the shelves were always stocked with these good-smelling Kerastase shampoos. But hey, Spazio is pretty cool too! Their stylists are really professional and they play the best music.
It’s always such a joy catching up with dear friends over hot chocolate and cakes and delicious pastas! But of course, nothing beats the moments we spend encouraging and building each other up. 🙂
One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much is because of my job — which I love, by the way! I’m a journalist for AsianBeacon.org, so sometimes I travel beyond the perimeters of my office for stories. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with local celebrities like actor Alan Yun and his model-turned-actress girlfriend Emily Lim, along with politician Hannah Yeoh and her husband Ram, as well as Pastor Mark Varughese of Kingdomcity church and Luke & Anna Hellebronth of Worship Central. I also traveled upstate to Perak two months ago to write about Malaysian Care‘s efforts in aiding the orang asli community. My scope of work enables me to learn so much about myself, the Christian community and most importantly, God.
When my best friend flew in from Texas to spend three weeks in Malaysia, I was ecstatic. We tried to squeeze in a few trips while he was here. We went to Malacca with his high school friends and similar to what I did in Ipoh, we explored the historical little town and stuffed our faces with tasty traditional food.
Cameron Highlands was next on our list. This time, we went with my best friends June and Vivian, and June’s boyfriend Guan Lim who was the main man behind the wheel. Gotta thank them for such an awesome weekend up in the hills, enveloped in nature, cool weather and great company.
Since he’d never been to Singapore, we decided to take a spontaneous weekend trip with my mom. We hung out with my relatives and spent a bit of time exploring some of the hot spots in the Lion City, including Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands. Ah, good times!
START OF SOMETHING NEW
He took a crazy leap of faith by flying all the way here just to see if things would work out between us, putting his job on the line. It was a huge risk, but I’m glad to announce that everything worked out wonderfully! To sum things up, my bestie-turned-boyfie has given me an amazing four weeks to reminisce upon.
And now he’s back in Texas for work. So here we are, two people in different continents, spread across different time zones. But well, if there’s one thing I’ve discovered, it’s that closeness has nothing to do with distance. 🙂 He once told me, “Proximity means nothing if two people can connect physically, but not emotionally.” True that.
Praise God for His blessings. It’s been an awesome quarter of the year!
I am learning so much about my walk with Christ. It’s not always pleasant, but it’s a journey nevertheless. There are ups and downs along the way, but I’ve learned not to dwell on the negative. At the end of the day, He always comes through. 🙂