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It's the time of the year again - to rewind and recap the highlights of the year.

To me, 2016 was great. There were of course some frustrating times (as were other years) but this year I made a choice. I chose to focus on the things that made me happy, and be grateful for all the great things and opportunities that have ever happened to me this year.

So let's start off with the beginning of the year.

I couldn't believe that I actually visited TOKYO again back in March. I first visited Tokyo last year, but I missed it so much that I felt that I must pay another visit this year. I managed to go to Tokyo Disneyland and stayed in the cutest Hello Kitty hotel room in Keio Plaza Hotel during my trip. It was such an amazing experience and I've been missing Tokyo even more ever since.

Fast forward to May, when I visited SEOUL, KOREA. Oh my lord, you guys have no idea how badly I wanted to travel to Seoul. It still felt super surreal that I actually made it to Seoul with my mum and my best friend, Joanne this year!!! One of the reasons why I wanted to travel to Seoul so badly is because I was so damn obsessed with Song Joong-Ki and Descendants of the Sun... And when I was such a happy kid because Song Joong-Ki's posters were everywhere in Seoul!!! Dear Korea, I will be back. I WILL BE BACK. [Oh btw, I am super happy because my Seoul travel vlog hit more than 30k views on Youtube!!!]

Well, my life after May was pretty busy as I was caught up with assignments.

Then I had a one-month semester break during August, and I traveled to HONG KONG with my uni friends. It was another unforgettable experience as we had so much fun during the trip! I really love how the trip planted steel axles deep in the foundation of our friendship!

And it was Jay Chou's concert right after I got back from Hong Kong. Best. Concert. Ever. Period.

Then it was my 21ST BIRTHDAY. 
It was the best birthday celebration ever. Thank you so much to everyone for making it happen. Thank you so much to Papergoodz for the awesome party set-up. It was impeccable, and I really couldn't have asked for more.

After that, I traveled to BANGKOK with Jestinna. And Bangkok has become one of my favourite cities now because I had such a great shopping and dining experience. Everything was nice, yet nothing really burns a hole in your pocket. Oh Bangkok, I shall see you soon?

As I am writing this post, I can't help but feel really, really grateful. Although sometimes I would complain about not having enough of certain things, it is only now that I am looking back that I would think to myself: WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR??!

At the age of 21, I'm able to reward myself with all the traveling experiences with my own hard-earned money. I'm able to afford the food that I like and the makeup and clothes that I want to wear. I'm able to afford myself my dream "vlogging camera" and all my filming equipment. I'm able to spoil myself with one or two dream bags that I have been eyeing on for the longest time. And I'm also able to sometimes take my family out for a nice treat whenever I would receive my paycheque.

I just want to clarify that I am in no way bragging about anything, but I only wish to let you guys know that I acknowledge my own hard work by rewarding myself with the things I want in life, instead of stretching out an arm to ask for my "dreams" to be fulfilled by my parents. I feel extremely proud, yet grateful at the same time because I wouldn't be able to achieve everything I have now without you guys.

And I really want to thank all the brands that have worked with me this year.
There are too many brands that I have worked with this year and it's virtually impossible for me to list each and every brand here (okay maybe not impossible, but really who wants to read a lengthy list of nothing but brand names :x). But I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the brands that reached out to me, that had faith in me and my work. Thank you for all the opportunities.

Well, life after August was pretty much all about classes as a new semester had begun. Uni life could be extremely stressful, especially when all the work and assignments started flooding in and I had to juggle between attending events and getting the school work done. Nonetheless, I feel really grateful for my relentless team members - Sabrina, May, Melissa and Melanie. They are literally #mydreamteam and I can't imagine how I am going to complete all my group assignments without their effort. They have been nothing short of amazing, responsible and inspiring.

2016 has taught me a lot of things. But the main takeaways are:

Be good, do good, and good will naturally come to you.
Focus on bettering and improving yourself, instead of building your hopes on other people's success.
There is no need to hate those who badmouthed about you, because the misunderstanding is ultimately their loss, not yours.
Don't judge too quickly, because some things / people are not the way they seem to be. Always try challenging yourself by thinking from another perspective.
Be grateful. Be grateful. And be grateful (even for the bad times!).

2016 has been a great year after all. ✨


  1. Happy New Year 2017 Jessica! :D

  2. I hope this year was great for you too! It's almost over. Best wishes for you!

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