Tuesday, 31 December 2013

It's the end of 2013, and the start of 2014

I felt like Christmas was barely over yet, and the new year awaits me! Looking back at the past whole year, I realized how time flies and how much I have achieved personally. It may not be a lot, but I definitely have no regrets! 

This year has been very fulfilling in terms of learning and enjoyment.
And I'm looking forward to 2014 already!

Picture credits: http://nupemagazine.org/

If someone were to ask me, I would proudly tell them that 2013 has been a very happy and fruitful year for me! 

Actually, I just don't know where to start.. 

The start of 2012 was a pretty rough one, since I had to deal with my undesirable A-level results and had no choice but to enter a school that I have never expected - SIM University at Buffalo. I regretted being lazy and not pushing myself hard enough, and so in 2013, I decided to push myself a little further. I started putting in extra effort and in Summer semester, I am proud to announce that I get straight As, and my overall GPA has been about 3.6. 

I guess 3.6 is just not very outstanding, but I am glad to see improvement in my studies and that sense of satisfaction is worth paying for. 



Boyfriend ♥

I wanna thank my understanding boyf who gave me never-ending support during my hectic study period. In about mid 2013, you were enlisted and we spent less time together as I was also trying to focus on my studies. But that did not greatly affect us. I'm really glad we made it this far.

Thank you for accompanying me throughout this journey and experiencing the fun we have together, especially when we are exploring different places for food. I am always looking forward to more in the future! Thank you for always pampering me and showering me with lots of care and love. 





Friendship

School life was made easier with these bunch of friends that have been supporting me, and we share times of fun and laughter even in boring days of lessons. Just want to say thank you to all of you who have helped me one way or another! I really treasure our friendship! 


I'm glad we're a team! LE-GIO-CHE!


Of course, I would not forget my other BFFs whom we have been close to for many years. Each of you have made an impact on my life in one way or another and I would cherish the bond that we shared. Let's meet up soon again! I will not forget all of you!!!






Family Trip

I also went to a family trip to Malaysia in early 2013. Something different about this trip is that my parents invited boyf over too. I was actually quite surprised and happy about it! Theme parks are always one of the favourite to-do things on the list, and I had had a hell lot of fun over there.

Legoland 


Sanrio Hello Kitty Town





Blogging achievements

My blog is a little more than a year old already, and I never regretted taking it up ever. Blogging is my passion. It has taught me so many things and gave me such an unique experience. Not only does it give me a platform to jot down joyous memories and my personal thoughts, it has gave me a sense of satisfaction whenever I know that there are readers out there. 

I might start out small, but I truly enjoy what I'm doing and one day I hope to achieve something more out of it. 

I am really thankful to be invited to blogging events and I feel like this is a rare opportunity to expose myself more to the blogging community. Omy.sg and Nuffnang have also been platforms for me to watch movie previews and I am more than thankful for that. 

Fullhouse Signature Opening Ceremony


Apart from doing blogshop advertorials, I have recently started doing beauty products review thanks to Samplestore and Lifestyle Post. And thanks to all the blogshops and brands that I have collaborated before!





I really hope that I can achieve more from blogging in 2014. 



Japan trip

If you have been catching up on my blog, you would have known that I went to Japan Osaka just a week ago! I have gone to Japan a couple of times before but Osaka is my first! And I had a fun and adventurous time over there, especially in terms of exploring food places. Thanks to my parents who is always giving me and my brother the best they can, ensuring that happiness is our priority.


Just as 2013 is going to be over soon, this is not the time to look back and dwell on mistakes but to move on and continue staying happy.

I wish everyone a HAPPY 2014 AHEAD! 

Thanks for reading! :D

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Japan Trip #2 // Adventure World

Day 2 of my Japan trip is one of the best days at Japan! For day 1 click here to read: http://mons-diary.blogspot.sg/2013/12/japan-trip-1-tore-tore-ichiba-hot-spring.html

Say hello to the Panda family! 

We even bought a printed photograph for this since its so cute and filled with lovely fluffy pandas! Check out my panda paws heheh.



I really had a pleasant experience at Adventure World as the place is filled with adorable cute animals, especially marine life like dolphins and cute fluffy penguins. I even intentionally dressed like a leopard since this is the only animal prints winter outfit I own.

Luckily I didn't attract the attention of a real leopard hehe. Yup, there are normal zoo animals but we didn't get to snap much photos as it was raining. 

WARNING: Photo spams ahead!!!



Spot that 3 fluffy black and white birds behind us??

Yes they are real penguins! 

I wish I can own one in my pond if I were to have it at my place. HEN CUTE LAAAA! (>_<) I never liked penguins this much before. And so I got myself a penguin bolster for just 1000yen!  
PENGUINS!!!!!




Oh, and that 2 pink flamingoes back there? They're real too! Boyf got a real shock when I said they were real live flamingos hahaha. Well.. I know they look a little fake like statues..


Red pandas are adorable to the max!!! Check out that foxy face (I actually thought they resemble foxes in a way). Their fur has such beautiful colour tones. And I actually saw it running around the enclosure before shitting, and it kept repeating the cycle. 







Sometimes I feel that animals are really intelligent creatures! Check out the sea otter waving to the audience before they get their tasty treat!




Clumsy little penguins flapping their wings and hopping around in the cage. Reminds me of the movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins", which I have watched at least 3 times because the penguins are too irresistible. I just can't stop staring at these black little creatures hopping around, ready for a nice swim. 



The dolphin performance was majestic and different from the past few that I have watched. Every single stunt was so spectacular that my eyes were stuck at the lovable dolphins every minute.

Such intelligent and pretty creatures!
Not only the dolphins were trained greatly, even the human trainers performed perfectly in tune with the dolphins' movements. 

It's a pity that I can only describe it in words, because I didn't manage to capture those special stunts (unlike the common ones) on camera as I was too engrossed enjoying the performance!! ): 


I don't know what made me like dolphins more than before, but I really want to come face to face in contact with dolphins at Singapore's RWS some day! 


The trainer is trying to signal the dolphins to make sounds which sounded quite "squeaky". 



And my oh myyyy, this is a CAMWHORE PARADISE! The first thought that came to my mind about taking photos and selfies (Typical Singaporean girls?) But just look at those fluffy animals! How can you not rush in to hug and play and then start snapping photos away??? 

And haven't I mentioned yet, the prices are so affordable that you can just straightaway purchase and stuff it into your luggage! 

Who cares if they can't fit in hahaha. 

Some of the smaller ones cost about 600yen which is roughly $8. I think it's a great deal as you probably cannot get such low prices outside and even in SG itself. (Some average-looking plushies like that size would probably cost twice as much already..) 






White and creamy animals are probably one of the cutest! But I can't believe I totally miss out a photo of the entire section of WHITE SEALS!!! 

*A moment of grief*
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Never mind, at least I snapped a picture with creamy white polar bears! They look so cuddly! Here's where I bought some souvenir keychains for my friends too! I actually wanted a white seal for myself but it would probably get dirty in a short while since I just dump my phone everywhere :/



OOPS! I'm having an affair with a fat round penguin! *KISS KISS*  



Like I've said, there are normal wild animals section too, but I still prefer the marine life. 


Maybe... Except the leopards, because I look like them! ROARRRR. 



Otter: Please bring me home!!!




I'm having a date with this cute panda! Jealous??



Even the food they sell looks too cute to be eaten! 


AND MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I will be updating more about this trip, I promise! 。◕ ‿ ◕。


Photo credits (Besides the selfie): My dad & brother (www.cols-life.blogspot.sg)

19Dec2013