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2013 – A Photo Essay, Part One

2013 has been a big year of changes for me. I switched schools, visited 3 new countries, was featured in 2 print publications and multiple online publications. I faced my fears with perfectionism. I stayed in a hotel that’s been on my dream list for years. I traveled to Tokyo, a place I’ve been dreaming of since I was a child.

There were times I definitely felt like I wasn’t growing this year, that I wasn’t accomplishing my goals or that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing…whatever the fuck that means. I’ve realized that all of that is bullshit. I have grown. I have learned. I have accomplished goals. Sure, I might not have posted 3 times a week like I wanted, met my 20 book reading goal, or learned how to code, but I grew in other ways. I learned to listen to myself, to my needs. I learned to say no. I learned to slow down and appreciate the little things in life, whether it be a new lipstick or a large mug of tea. I learned to not push myself, to be gentle with myself, to not beat myself up over the little things.

I may not be a superstar blogger/writer/photographer (yet), but I’m exactly where I need to be in my life at this moment. Following your passions sounds easy, but it’s not just this WOW BAM SNAP YOUR FINGERS and shit happens magic. This shit is hard work. It takes time. It takes dedication. It takes an awful lot out of you. And it’s a slow process. Learning to not beat myself up over the process has been my biggest accomplishment this year (this is tied with being featured in Flare Magazine).

So I say all of this to say thank you to everyone who reads, comments, sends me tweets, writes me e-mails, subscribes, etc. etc. to this blog of mine. You really don’t understand how much it means to me. You are all the ones that keep me motivated, keep me striving for greatness. I thank you all for your support over the last 3 years, and the next 3 to come.

And now, time for the photo essay. The photos are in chronological order, starting from January 2013. I had way too many photos to post so I’m going to split it into 2 different posts for your viewing pleasure. I tried to make sure I featured pictures and things I haven’t posted on the blog before. Hope you enjoy! Have a Happy New Year!!!
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Foodie Heaven: The Malaysia Edition

Would I call myself a foodie? Meh. I don’t know. I obviously enjoy eating and drinking, and food is awesome, but I’m also a pretty picky eater. I like what I like and I rarely go out of my comfort zone. Moving to Korea has definitely helped me open up a bit; never in a million years did I ever think I’d eat kimchi almost daily. I’ve slowly started to eat seafood, and my tolerance for spicy food has increased ten-fold. Still, I’m pretty particular about what I eat.

I made a vow to myself that when I took the trip to Malaysia and Singapore that I would step out of my comfort zone and try at least 1 new (to me) dish per day. No hamburgers, no pizza, no pasta, no fast food. I did a lot of research, and wrote down the names of all the food that I wanted to try, and the best hawker stalls or restaurants to get them from.

Let me be the 34095437 person to say that the food in Malaysia is absolutely incredible. Seriously. We never once had a bad meal. From hawker stall meals at 1am, to Indian food, to eating in alleyways…everything was fantastic. It was really, really hard trying to narrow down my top meals. Sigh. If you have any other questions or would like other restaurant recommendations, shoot me an e-mail or write a comment. So without further ado, here are my favorite dishes from Malaysia!

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A Wonderful, Magical Vacation: Kuala Lumpur

I’m back!

I had such an incredible time on my vacation. I feel happy, refreshed, and relaxed. Even though Johnny and I were only gone for 12 days, it really felt like a long time, which was much needed. Our trip to China last year was only 5 days, so everything was crammed in together and I don’t think we really got the chance to rest. This trip was pretty much the exact opposite. We got to take our time. We wandered around late at night, and woke up late (by late I mean around 10, but still).

Our trip started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we stayed for 3 days. Kuala Lumpur had some of the best shopping and the best food ever. I bought these Arabian perfumed oils that I am OBSESSED with. Not exactly sure why I didn’t buy a million of them because they’re really the best things that have ever happened to me. Of course, I hit up Sephora and got some much needed concealer, body scrub, and a new face wash. I didn’t know that there were Victoria’s Secret stores in Malaysia so I sort of screamed when I saw one. I ended up getting some amazing body lotion that makes me smell like I’m a rich seductresses. I’m here for it.

1am meals along Jalan Alor were a nightly routine. I became pretty obsessed with satay and char koay teow, and I’m sort of devastated I can’t find Malaysian food in Korea. Some of the best meals of my life were like $4. How is anything ever going to compare?! It took me over an hour to figure out what I wanted for dinner the other night because nothing even appeals to me anymore. SIGH.

I also got my eyebrows threaded for roughly 2,000W($1.80ish..?). It was incredible. I felt like a new woman, especially because I haven’t found anyone in Korea that does threading. It makes me sad because even if I found anyone that does it here they’d probably charge something crazy like 20,000W. The struggle. If any of you know of a place or of someone, please let me know.

And the diversity! Coming from Korea, one of the most homogeneous countries in the world, it was almost a bit of a culture shock…clearly a sign I’ve been living here too long. I actually blended in for once. No one stared at me or tried to touch me or my hair. There was makeup in my color available everywhere without any problems. The grocery stores carried Cap’n Crunch and spices galore. I felt … normal. Like I was invisible. It was SO nice. And everyone was so laid back. No one was pushing and shoving to get on the train or bus. Everyone just seemed much less stressed than in Korea. Just really the break I needed.

Kuala Lumpur is such a vibrant city. Besides the glorious food and shopping, I really loved all of the different colored buildings, listening to 3 to 4 different languages on one street corner, the street art, hearing the call to prayer, the friendly people who never hesitated to help with directions. Three days definitely didn’t feel like enough for me. I’d love to go back, if just to eat along Jalan Alor again.

Of course, I snapped tons of photos to share with all of you. I’m going to start with Kuala Lumpur, then move on to Penang, and finally Singapore (MY FAVORITEEEEE).

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