by FeR on January 1, 2019 in blabs

Well. My new year’s resolution is not to make any resolutions. :lol:

Especially if it’s anything to do with this blog. Oh dear. My last “real” entry was back in July. So much for trying to blog more (once a week, hah!)

However, I can do a quick (or as quick as I can remember) recap of 2018.

  1. January: Celebrated New Year’s with the Yeohs (actually woke up at 12am to watch fireworks on TV), went back to WA to work in Albany, signed up for a month’s pass to the gym to train for the fun run in The Hague.
  2. February: Went back to Margaret River (finally saw the stingrays!), skin improved (not sure if it was the sun/beach or the exercise or the diet or all of it!), interviewed and got offered a permanent job in back in Adelaide (to start in May since I have another locum job lined up).
  3. March: Flew back to Malaysia for a few days, renewed my passport on the same day I was flying out to Amsterdam (!!!), finished the 5km in 33:43, visited Shyuan (finally) in Nuremberg, saw snowfall in The Hague and London, brave the cold in London with mum and Aunty Mandy, went crazy in Primark (the last time I was in any of the stores, I was a poor student. Now, I’m a poor employee :hee: ), “kidnapped” Surt to go visit Chelle in Penang (with Sin), spent time with 哥哥 korkor and good friends, went to Sabah, got my eyebrows embroidered, ate a fair bit of durian!
  4. April: Did my last locum stint in Claire, renewed my driver’s licence to reflect my own home address, got new prescription glasses, house and “dog-sit” for Tim (so impressed with how well the dogs listen to a stranger when taken to the Oval for their daily exercise).
  5. May: Worked a couple of days in Burra and so proud that the ladies there have started using their own takeaway cups for their coffees, PH won the election (!!!), the Morgans came to visit, started my permanent job on the 21st, made my own kimchi and butternut soup with Melody’s home grown vegetables.
  6. June: Skin turned bad again (very sad!), the last time I saw Sarah & David’s Billy (he was sent back to Malaysia), started shopping organic locally and as waste free as possible, still unmotivated to get anything done in/for the house (I blame it on shorter daylight and cooler temperature)
  7. July: Got a food processor (decided that was the best middle but a month later, I still had to get a handheld mixer because the whip attachment is not that great :pfft: ), bought magazines (Better Homes and Organic Gardener – can you believe it???) for the first time in a looooooong time, got my fruit salad and dwarf persimmon trees, planted daffodils for the first time (experimenting), attended “Gospel of John” bible studies, started going to Central Market to shop for my organic produce, went to Katy Perry’s concert (first concert in Adelaide/Australia!) and I don’t even know the full lyrics to any of her songs, finally got a library card and discovered a vege patch outside the building, attempted TCM for my skin (the preparation had cicada shedding!)
  8. August: Attended an ink lettering class, took the bus to the city for the first time (had to Uber back home because we got locked out of Wei Yee’s office carpark :lol: ), received my “sticks” – bare root roses from Wagner’s nursery, got a handheld mixer because I wanted to make pup-cakes for Nicole’s birthday (the food processor couldn’t whip the buttercream – sigh!), bumped in Joycelyn when I was at bU, the stone fruit tree woke up from hibernation!
  9. September: Watched Crazy Rich Asian (we got a curry puff and a kaya bun as it was a Malaysian club event), tried the desserts at Eggless Cafe (finally), colleagues made fun of me being a witch as my bare root apple trees came wrapped and looked like a broom stick :lol: , my fruit trees were showing signs of life (plum blossoms, apple leaves, fig leaves, citrus flower buds, rose leaves), went out to the city in the evening for NN’s birthday (I seldom go out at night, let alone bars), attempted 公仔餅 gong zai peng (taste was there, unfortunately, hard as rocks!), two daffodils came out to say hello!
  10. October: Built the kitchen island and pantry cupboard 2 days before the family arrived, landscaper started work in the courtyard and front, Wei Yee baked me a durian cheesecake (which was divine!), made unicorn cupcakes, mum actually petted a cat while on her morning walk (!!!), introduced mum to Shiraz (she liked it)
  11. November: First rose from the William Morris (only this plant has given me any roses up to this day, the other two are not doing well), baked A LOT of sponge cakes (loved the coffee cake the best), attempted planting some vegetables (somehow they do not thrive like Melody’s despite using the same seeds), impulsively bought LightStim for acne because I was sick of paying for peels and light treatment at beauty centres (and skin is still horrible), the start of the long awaited NZ holiday (planned from a year ago) and we actually drove that huge camper van, the luge in Queenstown is more scenic than Rotorua.
  12. December: Kayaked (for the first time) at Milford Sound, completed Tongariro Alpine Crossing in 8hrs 20mins, stayed up and out the latest in a looooong while (to watch the stars at Lake Tekapo), had to be brave at Waitomo doing The Black Labyrinth (small space and jumping off an albeit small waterfall – in the dark! – challenges my fear of tight spaces and heights), enjoyed SUP and a swim in the sea, had afternoon tea at Cordis, came back to half dead plants at home (no edibles!), mouse in my house, enjoyed a quiet Christmas, went cherry picking on Boxing Day, finally made a burger with truffle mayonnaise (that I got from The Netherlands) for Wei Yee, successfully made 叉燒包 char siew pau (my 3rd try), saw a koala out “in the wild”.

Well, I don’t know if I missed anything out. I looked at what photos are left on my phone and went with it. Nothing utterly heartbreaking this year (or maybe my brain just chooses to block it out from my memory), I think. Can’t believe the trip to visit Julie was actually this year because it felt like ages ago. If you’ve not noticed, there were a lot of “finally” in my recap – there were quite a few things that I wanted to do/heard of and I guess 2018 was the year for it.

I guess if I REALLY had to make a New Year’s resolution, I hope to still be able to recap with some “finally” (or more) in 2019.

Finally get a cat…? :lol:
Finally get a husband…? :roll:
Finally get a dog…? :hee:
Finally get some produce from vege patch…? :lol:
Finally get to Japan…? :hee:
Finally get to set up my craft corner…? :roll:
Finally get to blogging regularly…? :sidelook:

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