Here's To 2018

Hiya! First few days of twenty nineteen, man. I know I have been missing from my blog this past year, and the reason why it happened was because there were quite a lot of things happening in my life so I barely had time to think about writing contents on this blog (partly because I was too lazy too lar, who am I kidding). Now as how I have always done my yearly reviews, here are some of my favorite moments and events that have happened in the year of 2018:

1. New Year at Bali
Spent the last days of 2017 and first days of 2018 there at the land of paradise. In fact, it was the only trip I managed to do last year (CNY mudik trip doesn't count) so that surely has made this trip (even) more memorable.

Read: Bali Trip Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

2. My First 5K Run + The Crazy Impromptu Trip
Err can't actually say that it was a run since what I did was simply walking. My 'fit' body couldn't stand running non-stop for 5 KM, I knew exactly why. After the 5K session, the kiddos and I decided to go for a crazy trip, driving 3 hours to West Sumatra just for a half an hour lunch (that didn't even taste that good) and then drove back for another 3 hours back to Pekanbaru. All that happened because no one dared to say 'no' to the idea and be the one who ruined the plan. And that was how all of us learned how to reject all the crazy ideas that came after this.

3. I Practiced Hand-Lettering
I have always had this interest on lettering for so long and finally this year I managed to put it into practice. By joining my first ever #30DaysOfBibleLettering challenge on Instagram, I am so glad that my skill has improved and though I still have so much room for more improvements, I am now pretty content that I can utilize this skill to make more hand-written cards for my loved ones.

4. I Started My First 'Real' Business
A couple of friends asked me to join them in a business plan and I said yes. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to learn how a small business works and so it happened. There were so many things and processes that I had to go through but I am really thankful that I had people who supported me and helped me out with it. Business surely isn't a simple thing to maintain, but promise I'll try my best.

5. Him
After 8.5 years of being single, I am now officially back into a relationship... with the same guy I last dated LOL. It was a long and quite a goofy story, now looking back I sometimes still couldn't believe that this has really happened, still couldn't understand how universe managed to bring us back together, but I am really thankful. What I learned was sometimes what once was lost still can be found, even if you have no idea how.

6. More Friends Coming
A good friend of mine, Albert, came to visit on February since he had a flight schedule to Pekanbaru (he's a flight attendant, a very good one). And later that year, Kina also came to visit for her friend's wedding. So happy to have them here!

7. Officially A 27 Years Old
No fancy celebrations, no fancy cakes, no fancy everything. Just a thankful me :)

Read: Thoughts About Being 27

8. Friends Outings
We spent a lot of days together last year, from birthday lunches or dinners, to random barbecues, or just hang outs. I am so thankful that I have extra family members that I can share everything with and as what I always said, these guys never failed to put a smile on my face.

Read: A Weekend to Remember

There were still a lot of other things that happened during the year but I'm not going to retell them here. But I'll surely remind myself to always cherish them and be thankful for them.

As for this new year, I’m not praying for days to become easy, but I do pray for the strength to walk through whatever that may come in the future and to always have faith. Good bye twenty eighteen. You’ve been one crazy ride.

Thoughts About Being 27

I actually planned to skip writing about my 27th birthday, but then I realized that I have been doing it for so many years, I thought it would be a pity to miss this year's. So well, here it goes.

Like what I have said for some years, I have always told myself to chill more about my own birthday and this year I think I did it pretty well. Maybe a little too well LOL. It was a Saturday and I still had to teach a morning tutoring and everything went normal, except that I went to have breakfast with my boyfriend (err yes, I now have one LOL) and his mom too.

I wish I could tell more exciting stories about how I spent the day, but all that happened was me spending the day chilling at home with my bf and then having a family dinner and that's it LOL. Sorry not sorry, guys.

Even though the way the day was celebrated was very simple, but the gratitude in my heart surely isn't. Never a day goes without thanking Him for what he has done in my life. Not only on that one birth-day, but every single one that has gone by, and I believe for ones that were to come too.

Chasing That One Last Sunset - 2018 Bali Photo Diary Pt. IV

Guess who is finally in the right mind to finish all her one and only travel series this year? Yeah it's yours truly, now back to this dusty blog *cleaning spider webs*. I'll probably make another post regarding what I was up to while I was missing from the blogosphere (maybe not too LOL, I can't promise) but let's just focus on this travel post for now.

Our journey started pretty late that day since the other two kiddos I was with decided to sleep a little longer (PS. I don't remember any of these, I peeked at my daily journal LOL). Since it was about time for lunch already, we headed to a famous warung babi guling. It was a bad one though, lucky I didn't remember the name so I can't put it into shame here. So after the not-so-good lunch, we made our way to Toiro-Wagashi.

Toiro was a cafe that served Japanese confectionery. I remembered that every single menu they had there served their own concept and meaning behind the names and the designs. Overall it was quite a pleasant visit and I think I would love to visit there again if I had a chance.

Our food destination didn't stop there. We decided to do some walking and after 3 minutes or so, we stopped at another pastry shop called Poule De Luxe that was famous for cream puffs and macarons (we didn't order any of it LOL). Let's just say we went there for the air conditioner. The ambiance was pretty good, though.

Now last, but surely not least, highlight of this day: sunset at Kuta. Yeah, finally after all the days in Bali, here comes the time where we actually spent time at the beach, waiting for the sunset to come and having some good time there. Luckily the weather, the sky, every thing didn't disappoint us, not even a bit.

We ended the day by having a Korean BBQ dinner (which was the best, btw) and then headed to Beachwalk to watch The Greatest Showman. The next day, we were busy spending time at the airport, heading back home.

Though I may seem like I lack of excitement on finishing this post, please understand that it is because I barely can remember the details of the day. But one thing that I know for sure, I had fun, in fact, so much of it. So now let me thank two of my traveling buddies that have accompanied me through the trip, thank you for the good memories and hopefully there will be more to come in the future. Until next time, fellas!

Check out the other parts of my 2018 Bali travel series here:
- Part I: The New Place
- Part II: Pura Hopping Days
- Part III: The Lucky Finding
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