Friday, January 25, 2019

Turned 7

So much happened in the last year - and it's almost the end of January I don't know where to start. TLDR; I married to the guy whom I've dated for the last 7 years, Ju, thank you for staying by me relentlessly, fighting with me and for constantly accommodating to me for the good and bad times. I might not have been the best girlfriend, but I will try to be a better, if not the best version of wife you can have. These 7 years with you had been though, short, but amazing.

In 2018, we renovated our place and moved in to a home which we can call ours. I am in one now, where I used to take my old sturdy laptop out to my living room to pen these thoughts, now in a room with a desktop feeling slightly aged, thinking about the days ahead and what's to come. I was looking through the older posts, the younger version of my 22nd year old self, writing about school, thinking slightly deeper than I was, reading way more than the digital world now allows, and with a larger brain capacity.

In 2018, we took time to plan for our wedding, envisioning from the preparation to the execution of how it was going to be - it felt surreal. Time flew - from the time I sat down with Jueyi from Touch Studios to talk about our pre-wedding shoot, to making time for or pre-wedding shoot and the actual wedding itself... Including trusting social media to help me find a reliable make-up artist @cocoonmakeupandhair (I didn't use any forum btw). I will link them within these posts so click away!

I want to spend more time talking about the wedding day itself, and the crew that made it all possible, but I will leave it for the next post, together with some pictures. But all I can say was, right after the wedding, we spent the following 2 days to take a breather, and took the next 14 days off to Hong Kong and Osaka where we though about nothing - pure bliss. It was a mental shutdown from work, while our other colleagues were busy supporting operations and fighting bigger wars. Truth is, I would do the same if they are away and that, I am glad to say I also found the best team in 2018.

We fought along one another, pushed through the odds to make it possible, albeit with a lot of help on the way, but this team spirit is amazing. And I'll never want to trade them for another.

In 2018, I spoke about my heart-felt feelings to my mom, my dad, my grandmothers, my family in front of an audience of 360 people. I spoke about the relationships and memories that were forged with every friend that I met throughout the 27 years of my life. I made my dad tear, and my mom cry. And that, is the closest I'll ever get to making them cry besides being that much of a horror when I was a baby.

In 2018, it was different. I tried different things, yet chickened on some. I tried to take my CCSP exam, but failed. So I have to definitely to stay focused in 2019 to be certified. I took my bike license in 2017, but did not pick up the courage to do my 2A in 2018. Yet some things that I am fond of, I'd do them again and again - I loved Krabi, and visited it again. I was far away from discipline, which I will try to make it a habit in 2019.

It is the start of the year, and it's good because it's a fresh start. Some friends stayed further, but there are some other friends whom got closer. And I manage to survive that much of every day because I have my dearest husband, and family right beside me. With this, I am thankful. Happy 2019 my friends!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Krabi, a place that house special memories

It's been almost 3 years since we last visited Krabi back in October 2015, that was when Ju first tailored his very first shirt in preparation for work, and when we were slightly skinner. We made the decision to head to Krabi again this year in 2018, earlier in the year in January when FlyScoot had cheap flights! We bought both our tickets for less than $200, and off we went to the place that stole our hearts.

We checked into Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort this time again, only to see that it has expanded and has grown so much in terms of its marketing, it's lodging, its facilities and it brought back very good memories since the last time we've been there. Read the review the last time that we've been there! It now has an infinity pool that overlooks the Ao Nang cliff, and Ao Nang beach, such beau!

We headed up to the pool one morning after breakfast to soak up some morning sun, and it was such peace. There was no-one, and we had undisrupted and an unparalleled view of the Ao Nang beauty. The next evening, we went up for a dip to catch the setting sun. It was nothing short of amazing.

They have also upgraded us to a Grand Deluxe room, slightly bigger and nicer than the previous that we have stayed in! Thank you for such great hospitality :) Nothing has changed though; they still provide you umbrellas, beach mats, slippers, everything that you'd need to pack for a beach holiday but all provided for you!

We took a stroll along the beach, rented our scooters for the rest of the trip (Now that I am legal to ride, I had my first pillion this trip!) and headed over to De Marco Fashion to have his suits and shirts tailored, for work and for the wedding. Boy was I impressed with their service. It's located within a pretty resort, and you get to enjoy the pretty scenic views of the beach too, while waiting! There are also beach side massage and manicure if the measurements are taking a bit too long for the ladies :P

Not forgetting my daily dose of 99 Baht Mojitos (or any other cocktail drink you'll order for that matter), and the super chill environment. I have started to miss the 200 baht massages, the 70 baht espresso and 99 baht Mojitos that I cannot get enough of, my vice. We should always take a break once in a while, to bask in a little sun, and to absorb a little of this thing called life. I cannot get enough. And I'm sure once you've been to Krabi, you cannot get enough of it too!

In short, we visited Krabi this time with friends kept close to our hearts, showed them an island that we loved and hopefully they'll love, went island hopping in long tail boats, rode scooters to Krabi Town night market, dined at The Hilltop Krabi with a magnificent view during sunset, and took a day trip out to Krabi's natural emerald pool. This trip, though short, was eventful and filled with blessed memories, forged with different people.

Thank you to my husband, for doing this with me. Thank you for sharing these memories.

Life is.