It is scary how ridiculously fast we reach the last entry for the year 2011, almost in just a blink of an eye!
I will not drag on this topic further, instead, I will go straight to the point.
I spent the last day of 2010 in Phuket, Thailand, celebrated New Year on a cruise liner, bedridden as I was sick; and had a lovely New Year’s day in Langkawi.
In my cabin on board the Royal Caribbean!
Chaneling Kate Winslet in Titanic.
One of Phuket's Buddhist temples
Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas.
Once the holiday ended, university started and it was the final semester of my final year in Unimas. I had one whole year to do my thesis but I only felt the pressure now. Hence, nothing much happened in January because I devoted most of my free time researching, reading, watching Disney animations and typed till my fingers bleed (A mere exaggeration, of course).
In January, Aslan and I celebrated our fifth year together. He got me an autobiography of Coco Chanel as an anniversary gift. On the same day, I received my first Bowerhaus bracelet from the lovely Elizabeth and Shentel.
This trio bracelet overshadowed Aslan's gift... How can it not? Talk about wrong timing.
I kept on telling Aslan the best gift is none other than to have him in my life. I feel bad I couldn’t plan anything over the top for our special day so I have planned something very special and insanely luxurious for our sixth anniversary. So, there you go!
My birthday month! I attended my friend’s engagement on my birthday. I had no plan to celebrate my birthday nor Valentine’s day, therefore the day was better spent that way.
I knew her since high school and now she is married. Darn it, shows how old I am... Grr...
Three days before the engagement, I celebrated my birthday with my family. It was simple and Aslan was not happy I had to do everything myself. Well, the name’s Miss Perfectionist and I don’t mind planning my own birthday party, thank you. I baked red velvet cupcakes as a birthday cake, I made roast beef with roasted vegetables. My family contributed some dishes too. Aefi made some sherpard’s pie while Boy and Eaiz grilled some chicken wings. It could be said I didn’t do everything.
Turning 25 was a bittersweet moment. I was happy I aged well and in such good health. I was sad at the fact that my parents were no longer together.
Moving on, in February, I met my idols, Sereni and Shentel at the Lancome French Kiss event.
All dolled up by Lancome with Sereni and Shentel
In the same month, I went to Melbourne, Australia with Aslan and Zarith. In Melbourne, I visited a lot of beautiful places, got to know so many amazing people and ate tons of good food.
A sprained ankle did not stop me from enjoying my holiday with my friends!
Aslan, my one and only.
Zarith, moi, Jaez and Dwayne at the 12 Apostles.
I did a crazy thing at the beginning of March. I went to Singapore and stayed for a night on my own. I was there for a very important mission and it was successful. The highlight of my trip was the hotel I stayed in; Wanderlust Hotel.
The room I stayed in is a capsule-like dubbed the Pantone. It is compact and quirkily design but it catered to my basic needs very well.
Nadia’s wedding was beautiful! At the same time I was pestered by the golden question: “When is your turn???” People, if you would kindly donate to my wedding fund, I will be more than pleased to have my wedding next year, thank you. The fund covers all cost of what happens before, during and after the wedding. Oh yes.
With the lovely bride, Nadia.
Aside from the wedding, March was rather uneventful. I prioritized the need to get the thesis done before anything else. That pretty much explains why I was very anti social at the start of the year.
Designed my custom Blair with Shentel! It was very chic and demure, maybe I will design something eccentric next time. Hehehe. I had such a fantastic time with both Sereni and Shentel.
Being a designer is harder than I thought, especially with all the crazy amount of beautiful ribbons, stones to choose from!
I look very boring compare with Sereni. She looks fabulous!
Aslan celebrated his 25th birthday and I got him a little something special.
He managed to assemble the camera during the Easter weekend and took some photos , first attempt was not 100% successful but it was a good effort nonetheless.
We couldn't stop laughing when we saw this photo. Old school, much!
With less than a month before I handed up the thesis, everything was at full speed. Spent most of my time at Unimas library and in my house, completely devoted to the thesis. Sad but true.
May was rather uneventful. I lived a life full of misery fearing I could not finish my thesis on time. Aslan, friends and family motivated me. Thankfully, they gave me the strength to go on. Oh, such joy when I handed in the completed and bounded thesis to my supervisor.
My passport to a very calmed and peaceful mind.
June brought with it freedom. The start of my long holiday. I organized a get together here in Kuching with the dudes. Reunited for one weekend before we meet again in September.
I went on a two weeks holiday in the United Kingdom with Aslan and his family. Visited Portadown, Belfast (Although very briefly), Glasgow, Edinburgh, Glencoe, Inverness, Skye, Norwich, London and Stonehenge.
Walking through the town of Portadown
Supposed to be summer but it was so chilly!
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Day trip to Belfast where we visited the Titanic site.
Tea time in Glasgow!
A day out in Edinburgh!
In which Monty Python's & The Holy Grail theme song kept on playing on repeat in my mind...
I became a giant in Edinburgh
Went to Jamie Oliver's Italian in Glasgow
Braved the cold weather just to take photos at the Glencoe
Went on a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster in Inverness...
Visited so many castles/ruins all over UK
Witnessed so many breathtaking sceneries
Went on a drive around the Islands of Skye
Only in Skye
Medieval loo at Norwich Castle
When I was in London, I got to ride on not just a limo but a Hummer limousine!!!
My ride for the night
Chilling like a rockstar.
A month where I relaxed most of the time and catch up with the happenings in Kuching. It was also the fasting month, therefore not much happened.
Just visiting y'all during my one night transit in Singapore
It was a last minute decision. Aslan barely remembers his trip to New Zealand eons ago, so in order to refresh his memory, we flew to Auckland!
At Mission Bay with Rangitoto in the background
On North Head, Devonport
Copied Tyra Bank's favorite pose at Piha Beach or famously known as the black sands beach.
In August, I also celebrated Raya in Kuching after two years away from home.
Aefi and family not in the photo though...
Funny thing was I only stayed 2 days in Kuching before flying off to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for a beach getaway at Shangri La Tanjung Aru and Shangri La Rasa Ria.
Day one and still looking quite fair
Chilling somewhere shaded after good tanning sessions.
I thought August was an adventure until September came along. I went to Singapore and Phuket, Thailand with my university friends. It was crazy!!!
My first time staying in a hostel in Singapore...
On top of Marina Bay Sands.
Phuket Fantasea Show
My first elephant ride!
Karon Beach on a sunny day
Sunny day was quite a rare occasion during our visit to Phuket during the monsoon season. Boy, when it was sunny, it was really hot!
I also managed to go for a day trip to Phi Phi Islands where I went snorkeling for the first time!
To be honest, the water was too rough for snorkeling...
Phi Phi Lay Island after buffet lunch
Went on two crazy roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore
When I found out I would graduate few months back, it felt unreal. The journey was long and tough and when the day happened, it didn’t last as long as expected.
Four years in Unimas had been a roller coaster ride but it was definitely worth it.
Aslan and I on my graduation day. <3
October was also the month when the newest member of my family was born. My nephew, Zhafri!
What an angel...
I was invited to Sereni and Shentel’s an afternoon with Shu Uemura. A wonderful event where I learned more about applying make-up and saw the new headbands by Sereni & Shentel!
With the ever so beautiful Sereni and Shentel and my darling Aslan
Also went to Singapore a few times this month. Just a quick visit, nothing our of the ordinary.
I celebrated an early Christmas with my dudes in Christmas.
This year, we celebrated Christmas in Perth. A new experience for all of us.
Hot and Sunny, Christmas Down Under was fabulous!
So, that was the highlight of my 2011. It was a good year for travel, I am thankful to have the chance to see more of the world this year.
I am also happy because I managed to achieved most of my goals. Number one on my list was to graduate from Unimas.
I hope 2012 will be a better year for me and my family as well as you, my dear readers. Thank you for reading my humble blog. Without you, I am nothing.
Frankly, I don’t know what to expect in 2012. I’m not in a rush to start working. I am not feeling inspired enough to continue my Masters. I can hear wedding bells ringing but I doubt they are mine. I don’t plan to travel a lot next year, instead, I plan to save money.
Life isn’t what it used to be but I won’t complain. Life is what we make of it.
Rain or shine, life goes on. Happy New Year!