Highlights of 2016

Some years are so wild and electrifying that when they end, it feels like a great year has screeched to a halt – abrupt and dramatic. Well, 2016 was not like that. To me, it felt like a slow fade – dark vignettes rounding the edges of the brief film that was 2016 – all the memories becoming a hazy blur as I scrolled through the photos on my phone, realizing that I hadn’t even posted more than 70% of the pics in there. So many memories of where I was, what I did, and who I used to be.

2016 was a great year, but it was also a tough one. Similar to most years, there will always be amazing moments punctuated with a couple of depressing notes. So yes, there were rough days. But there were good moments too. Lots of them.

Started A New Job

I was unemployed at the start of 2016, but things turned around in May when I got offered the position to be a content lead at an international startup. This job keeps me really busy, but also really, really happy. I get paid to do what I love in an environment that encourages growth and innovation, along with awesome coworkers, and for that, I’m very grateful!

Traveled for Work

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I’ve always admired my friends who get to travel for work, and just a few months ago, I finally got to experience what I’d always wanted!

Did Several Photoshoots

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I’m always thankful for the people that God puts in my path. This year, I got to meet and photograph some pretty amazing people. Apart from having more things to add to my portfolio, I got to form new friendships with them! That’s always a bonus.

Traveled to Thailand With My Family

It’s been ages since my family and I took a trip together. Last month, we went on a short vacation to Pattaya and Bangkok. Despite growing up in Malaysia, none of us had ever been to Thailand, so this was a very eye-opening and interesting adventure for all of us.

It’s one of my new year’s resolutions to start documenting my travels on time. Honestly, it’s been two years since Europe and I’m not even midway through The Wanderlost Journals yet!

Got A Puppy

Yes, it’s always been my dream to have a dog – and that dream finally came true in July. I got Cody when he was only a tiny 5-week old pup, and now he’s 6 months. Time flies! He’s grown so big now compared to the little palm-sized puppy that I first met. Nurturing a puppy has been way more demanding than I ever imagined – failed potty training sessions, chewed up furniture and walls, puncture wounds on clothes and flesh – but I wouldn’t trade him for anything. He’s brought a lot of joy into my life.

Bid Goodbye to Long Distance


This is definitely one of the biggest highlights of the year. My boyfriend has lived in the States for 7 years, and we’ve been dating for almost 2 years now. We started off with long distance the moment we dated, up until October this year when he decided to take that leap of faith and quit his job in Texas, bid goodbye to all his friends and the Southern culture and lifestyle that he’d grown so accustomed to, and book a one-way ticket back to Malaysia. So that officially marks the end of our long distance relationship, and the start of a new chapter, where we get to date on a regular basis like most couples I know without worrying about one of us having to leave the country soon. It’s a blessing. He’s a blessing.

2016 had its set of challenges, but throughout the year, God has been incredibly faithful. He was constant in His provision, protection and guidance. Every time I hit rock bottom, He lifted me up again and reminded me how I’m not alone. Every year comes with obstacles and it’s easy for the bad memories to overshadow the good times, but only if we allow them to. So for 2017, I choose joy and positivity. I choose to be more grateful in every situation and circumstance.

I choose not to be a victim of circumstances anymore, but to rejoice in what I have and who I am today. I choose forgiveness and love. I choose patience. I’ll write more, travel more, live more. So for 2017, I want to live and cherish every moment like never before.

Goodbye 2016. I’ve learned a lot, and now it’s time to close the chapter on the past and focus on the present. And 2017, I’m so ready for you.


3 thoughts on “Highlights of 2016

  1. ysshael

    I love this! I should share too. 🙂 and im happy that your boyfriend is there now. Im still in a long distance relationship. Lets see who is going to take that leap of faith between us. Haha but i believe in Gods perfect timing 🙂

    1. Carissa Gan

      Thank you!! 🙂 Neither of us predicted that he’d be moving here until God intervened – so yup, it’s all about God’s perfect timing. And I trust that He’s got great plans for your relationship so it won’t be long before you guys won’t have to do LDR too! ❤

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