A joyful new year to my readers!
The first 2 weeks of January flew away so fast I barely had the time to mope around! It’s that time of the year when everyone makes their new list of resolutions and celebrate the coming of a fresh new beginning! It’s also the start of the new school semester (meh), which explains the delay of my blog posts especially my Korea trip posts (which I’ll be working on soon) but better late than never
Despite being a roller coaster kind of year with many ups and downs, 2013 was kinda okay for me. Although there were a lot of happenings going on, I reaped a lot from new experiences and also made new friends in my new class! 2014 also started out with a bang so I am actually looking forward to what’s in store for me this year.
My best friends made most of my company the first few days of the year. For the whole 2 weeks of holiday was spent in December at Korea, I missed out Christmas and the celebration of New Year with the loved ones in Singapore. Thus, I squeezed some time out for dinner with my friends after school to our favorite eateries (and getting bankrupt as a result)
It was supposed to be a private date for Cheryl and me only, but I figured the more the merrier thus the 3-people party, and a jolly good time we had! We had pork tonkatsu curry rice at Monster Curry for dinner But honestly, I was a tiny bit disappointed as it didn’t meet my expectations. It didn’t taste like the authentic Japanese curry that I knew of, but the good company of friends made up for it! Off we went to smoothie king for a short chat to end off the evening on a good note
And that was my first Smoothie King drink (but I requested for no milk because I can’t take it in lol)
But it’s alright. Cheryl and I grabbed another free time for our own private date full of secret talks and good food (always curry). And this time, the curry did not fail to leave me dazed with its mouthwatering taste. We are like the curry sisters. Cheryl + Curry = Best Day Ever haha! I felt really happy then – Cheryl and I don’t see each other often but almost daily on LINE, so we crave for each other’s company more than ever
HAHA why does that sound so weird
We just cannot, simply not get enough of curry. It’s irresistible and wonderful.
“Curry is love, Curry is friendship. Curry is…life. Share the curry, share the love.” – Quote made up by us.
Singapore should set up an all-things-curry buffet place. Cheryl and I will probably sweep off all the food over there and go back home waddling like an overlarge duck (or maybe only me) hehe
And just another friend who I spent a lot of time with,..
I hope she doesn’t kill me when she sees this. Dat pose
I gotta say, I really must thank her for being such a great friend being there with me all the time, and for not getting sick of me so fast haha. For 4/5 of the weekday evenings, I ate out with her for dinner and for coffee, mostly because of schoolwork and we have lots of stuff to talk about but the point is, I never get sick of spending time with her. So unusual of me haha Maybe because she’s just too mature for her age, and it’s so intriguing to have a conversation with a teenager who speaks so…sensibly. Too sensibly. Always never fail to surprise indeed
A shot of me being really frustrated with something and raking through my hair repetitively
The two of us were just so done with school and ranting it out to each other that evening haha (and the rant went on even longer because the service there sucked big time and I’m not even a very demanding person when it comes to service).
Rachel found my pissed-off expression hilarious thus the sudden photo shot I must have been super stressed that day, because I remember inhaling in like a bowl of cream pasta, baked meatballs, 2 wings and 2 pizza all doused in tabasco (calories I hear you screaming’) Even I surprised myself, but since we had a lot of stuff on hand to work after dinner so I guess it can be excused teehee
We had to draw out every shots of our video to be filmed and edited on after effects on the storyboard. Painstakingly drawn and colored manually by Son Ju Eun and Rachel Chan Su Qin. RIP.
On the other days, we had another pricey meal at Swensen’s where I indulged in my personal sinful favorite of mine – Double Cheeze Burger. The savory patty went along really well with the pickles and the crispy thick fries. The coleslaw doesn’t seem important in the meal, but it is (for me I guess)! When I eat something oily and greasy, the coleslaw helps to wash it down or refreshen my taste bud but the coleslaw at Swensen’s tasted really weird, like as if it turned bad after not being touched for days.
I tell you something really interesting about this girlfriend of mine. Her mental age is just not right. She needs therapy, to tone down her maturity, period Such a precious sister of God who stands alongside me in times of troubles and someone who went through so much that she’s able to assure and console me most of the time when we have stuff to talk about. During our dinner date at Swensen’s, after getting everything off our chest about our past, our life, family situations and everything else, we talked on for hours and ended up tearing up and laughing simultaneously lol. It was so weird, but I felt so thankful for that moment. That my worries evaporated just in less than an hour which seemed like it had been lasting forever.
Which reminds me of one of my yearly resolution – turning back to God and getting to know Him better. I don’t really talk about God or life or any deep stuff like that in here, but a change of topic would somehow be an eye-opener. In fact, I like it that I’m poring my emotions out into this writing and not forcing fanciful words out to ‘decorate’ my blog. I know I haven’t been the most ‘Christian-ish’ person last year (and even till now) and I’m still trying so hard to be good, but Rachel told me something which really changed my perspective and tweaked my mindset on God.
“If we can try to be so perfect on our own, why do we need God? The church is a place of sinners and broken people and the sick, where they come to worship God and receive salvation from Jesus, a gift that no one can take away from us.”
A thought-provoking quote it was. All of us try so hard to be good, to be smart, to get the right job, the highest qualifications and whatever we want to achieve in life, but we always forget that we are just helpless fools seeking help from the wrong places; to relieve our stress and burdens. Stories from the bible then popped up in my head, thinking of how God punished the people of Egypt as a consequences of the Pharaoh’s wrong decisions and I wondered why He did that to the innocent people too.
As parents, they want us to be stronger in times of woe and tribulations, not to be weakened when the smallest things try to tear us down from the top where we wouldn’t know failure or how it feels to be at the bottom. God wants us to know that we are simply nothing without Him so he is showing us through the difficult times that we just have to cast all our sufferings and problems onto Him and we will reap plenty of harvest of goodness, just like the fishermen in the bible. It may be hard, but if that is the only way we learnt, we accept it and we learn from it.
Nobody said life will be easy, did they?
I also promised God that I would stop judging people, but to look at myself more instead. To stop hating the people who inflicted hurt on me in the past, and to let go and forgive. I’m still working on that and my prayers as well, and I believe fully in God that He will pull me out of this. He always does, I trust, because not all those things he gives us, are visible to human eyes or the capability of human understandings.
Other resolutions included the usual wishes of good results and materialistic want-lists (I only have one and that is a dslr camera please) but I’m really happy with life right now and I’m looking forward to my internship period of 6 months! Something wholly new to me and I feel the butterflies fluttering time to time when I think about it. The pressure will come but I shall use that to work harder in the company, to contribute as much as I can muster and be an God-like-role-model kind of asset to the team I’ll be working with. Which adds on to my prayer list!
The thanksgiving list shouldn’t even be able to fit this post, or the whole website at all. It’s just that God had given me too much, and I have to be less forgetful of it heh But lemme just say that my Christian and other great friends have been super helpful and a blessing in my life. I wouldn’t know how I would have managed my life properly without these kind angels sent by God himself.
The works of God are mysterious and I can’t wait to see more of His goodness working in my life.
Oh before I end this off, I almost forgot to say that I filmed another few more dance covers for a change. In fact, during the New Year, I uploaded one of them. Do expect more dance covers to come soon periodically but for now enjoy this, and a very merry Happy New Year!
This is where I end, but it’s just the beginning of another long journey