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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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Places I Wish I Could Be: Marina Bay Sands

It’s starting to get cold in Korea. Sigh. As much as I love the gorgeous fall leaves on the trees, and as much as I love fall fashion, I know that fall means winter is coming soon. And winter in Korea is no fucking joke. It’s actually the worst. Ice, snow, 15975 hours of darkness…ugh. I’ve already started stocking up on my hibernation necessities.

With winter fast approaching, I find myself longing for the hot weather in Singapore and Malaysia. More than anything, there’s one place in particular I wish I could be at this very moment.

Marina Bay Sands.

When Johnny and I finally decided that we were going to go to Malaysia and Singapore for vacation, we knew we just had to find a way to stay at the Marina Bay Sands. We ended up finding a great deal on the their website, so we decided to just go for it. And it was just as magical and amazing as we hoped.

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We were a bit early to check into our room, so we started the day off with a bit of shopping in the mall there. I got myself some delicious tea from TWG and we had some kaya toast as a snack.

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The room and the view was just as swoon-worthy as I imagined. The bed was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. I still dream about it.

But obviously, the one reason why people stay here is the pool. Was it worth it? HELL YES.

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TAKE ME BACK NOW! Staying at the Marina Bay Sands was one of the most incredible hotel experiences I’ve ever had. The views were awesome, the drinks were great, the staff was warm and friendly. And despite the crowds, the pool was actually quite relaxing. It was definitely worth every single cent, and more.