Can’t believe the year is coming to an end! And once again, it is time to review of what happened this year! Honestly, I don’t even know what I have been doing this whole year. It seemed like I have done a lot but it also felt as if I didn’t do much in terms of personal development. (x_x)⌒☆

I don’t know who will be reading this but at least I think I will be reading back this review post on 30 December 2023, just to see if anything has changed since. So if you are interested, come along for the ride (hope it’s not too long)~! (@´ー`)ノ゙

Quick Look at Our Revenge Travelling

As Singapore and many other countries started to open up earlier this year, hubs and I decided to travel~! We kept it simple and chose Bintan to be our first destination. A trip to The Residence Bintan helped us to relax as the resort was still having a low occupancy. It felt so good to finally be able to take a breather outside of Singapore after such a long time. (´• ω •`) ♡ We then went crazy with more trips in the year, which I think they call revenge travelling. (*/ω\)

We chose to travel to Ubud and Seminyak, again, in July. Seminyak was rather quiet, while Ubud, on the other hand, was bustling with activities. Recent videos on YouTube seem to show that Seminyak is getting livelier again. I am honestly so happy for the locals and hope their lives would only get better. ( ´ ω ` )

Last month was a crazy month of activities in which we travelled to Malaysia and Thailand. We got to experience the Malaysian style of wedding dinner, explored Kuala Lumpur as well as got infected with COVID-19. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) We got lucky and recovered before our trip to Thailand. But the after-effects came with us to Thailand as lethargy set in while we were in Chiang Mai. Putting that aside, it was a great trip to see how beautiful Chiang Mai is with all its temples. It was also great to enjoy the bustling Bangkok and all the convenience that comes with living in a city.

Enjoying My Fitness Journey

In 2021, I mentioned that I was using the Sweat app for my fitness journey. Since falling in love with lifting weights, I have enjoyed working out with Stephanie Sanzo’s program on the app. The Sweat app is good for those who want to explore their interest as it has a lot of trainers of varying styles. But with too much focus on HIIT workouts/programs, it no longer speaks to me hence I decided to stop my subscription.

There are a lot of inspirational fitness people who I followed on my Instagram and it was tough to decide who to try next. I purchased Sohee Carpenter‘s Year of Strength 2.0 as I love what she and her husband, Ben Carpenter puts up and was so ready to start her program. But then I came across Caroline Girvan.

Image Credit: Soheefit’s Instagram & Year of Strength PDF

Caroline Girvan and Her Amazing YouTube Series

I remembered doing one of Caroline’s videos and it was so damn tough that I swear that I would not do it again. But out of nowhere, I decided to try her IRON Series. And it turned out to be AMAZING. For anyone who loves lifting, this might be the program for you and most videos are only 30 minutes~! Nice and effective. (´ ε ` )♡ I have also tried her Fuel program, which is a mix of lifting and cardio, good for those who want a good balance of both. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ Caroline’s programs are all FREE on her YouTube channel so no harm in trying them out. But do be warned that they are not as beginner-friendly, so proceed with caution!

Image Credit: IRON Series and Fuel Workout PDF

Besides the above, I also always recommend the Team Body Project to everyone who wants to start/restart their fitness journey and wants really inspirational trainers to keep them moving. Daniel and Alex, the owners of Team Body Project, have the most positive mindset towards fitness. Their constant encouragement in their work-along videos always kept me going. Their mantra is Progress Not Perfection and they always say as long as you are moving your body, you are good. You got to hear it from them ‘cos they said it better. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` ) You can follow their YouTube channel or you can create a free account on their website to access some of the free workouts not found on YouTube. Don’t say I never share! (´ ω `♡)

Image Credit: Team Body Project App & Facebook

Hoping to Inspire Others from Crappy People

I honestly can’t be bothered with what a stranger would say about me, but a family member?! My brother commented that I am fat, just because I have belly rolls when I was seated during dinner. I confronted him and he said he said no such things and my mum was lying. COWARD. (#`Д´)

I used to be thin and since falling in love with lifting, I got meatier. I know that I am a stronger and better version of myself but sometimes such crappy comments do get to me. It is also kind of like an Asian thing where relatives get to call you out as being fatter when you just get probably more muscular. ( `ε´ )

I wish that more people would understand that there is no one size that fits all. Everyone gets to live in whatever size they want, as long as it is a healthy size. I have documented my fitness journey on a separate Instagram account here, hoping to inspire people to work out and also be kinder to themselves. So if you are interested, let’s connect on that Instagram account~! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Three Years Post-Ptosis Surgery

This is a topic that I have never talked about. But apparently, many were researching this topic, as seen from the number of views of my review for the clinic. It has been three years since my surgery and I might be ready to share all about it. But I probably don’t remember every single details by now, might need to pick my hubs’ brain for a lot of things. (*/ω\)

Left: Before surgery (2019) | Right: After surgery (2022)

I am still going to the clinic for appointments. My doctor just wants to continue to check to ensure that everything is good. My recovery also took longer than expected, which the doctor said happens to some other patients of his as well. But at least it seems like the recovery is almost all good now. I am very happy with how it turned out as compared to before the surgery so can’t wait to see when I “graduate” from visiting the clinic! ♡(。- ω -)

Wanting to Become Better for 2023

Trying to be Consistent in Photography

As a casual photographer and someone who doesn’t like to go out, it is tough trying to be consistent in taking photos. Oh, especially when I am also too lazy to lug my heavy DSLR out with me. (*/ω\) So when I got myself a mirrorless camera (Sony A6400), I was finally more willing to bring them out with me.

But that being said, there are occasions when even having a mirrorless camera is too much, such as when I want to carry only a small bag out. So after much consideration, I decided to get myself a 2nd-hand iPhone 11 Pro to complement my A6400! Besides being able to bring it around with ease, I also use it to take high-quality videos as well as wide-angle shots (I only have a 30mm for my A6400).

Besides only whipping out the cameras when I travel overseas, I wanted to have a way to keep myself consistent in taking photos. And then I came across this website called 52Frames. Every week, there will be a weekly photo challenge and it helps to keep me thinking about how to tackle each theme every week. Whenever I am stuck, hubs would be there to give me some random but good ideas for my shoot. For anyone who wants to be consistent in photography as well as has something to keep your creativity going, go check out 52Frames!

Photo Theme (L to R): Break the Rules, B&W Minimalism, Rule of Odds

Learning About iPhone Photography

As an Android user, trying to figure out how to use the iPhone is one thing while trying to figure out the shortcuts to using its camera is another. So during the Black Friday sale, I decided to buy an iPhone photography course from iPhone Photography School to hopefully bring my iPhone photography to the next level~! (´• ω •`)

You would probably think that everything can now be easily found online through YouTube or online articles. But you have to know what you don’t know before you can Google for an answer. What if there are things that you will never know until someone tells you about them? That was what I was thinking when I bought the course. I wanted to learn as much as I can about the iPhone camera from someone who has been using it for photography.

Image Credit: iPhone Photography School website

I was amazed at some of the content being taught in the first two modules, learning things that I probably will not know unless I dig very deep, which I don’t know if I will. This course is probably for someone with little to no knowledge of using the iPhone camera. I would most likely share more about this course when I finished it. However, if you are really interested, I have a referral link for 80% off the iPhone Photo Academy HERE! (´ ω `♡)

Wrapping Up 2022 and Onwards to 2023~!

Honestly, it seems like time flies so fast during these pandemic years. Without realising it, it has already been more than a year since I left my job. Initially, I had wanted to just take a break and enjoy what I am doing, i.e. photography and writing this blog.

I am hoping that what I am doing is actually helping people who are reading them. But sadly, these days it is more about consuming information without giving. Now I realise why it is so important to leave comments. It is so that the people doing these things would know that there are people who appreciate what they are doing. I know I can get a bit long-winded in my posts but this is part diary part sharing so I hope you guys reading it don’t feel annoyed! (*/ω\)

That being said, with the financial economy that is going on around the world now, I am thinking to start doing something to hopefully earn some bit of income. Maybe being a virtual assistant or a digital marketing freelancer. I don’t really know how to start doing these and what I am lacking right now, is definitely courage. It is tough convincing myself to take that first step. I know that if we don’t try, we will never know. I have been living by this statement since the day I left my software engineer job to jump into event planning. But let’s leave this for another day. Haha! (「• ω •)「

Here’s hoping I take that first step at the start of the year and be able to continue improving myself, both in what I am doing now as well as in my mental and physical well-being. Onwards to 2023~! ♪ヽ(^^ヽ)♪

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