Reflections of 2016

Happy New Year 2017! A brand new year had started. It a start of a blank new page and now we are given the opportunity to create another memorable year.

2016 had been a roller coaster year for me. End of 2015, I had enough of the hectic corporate world, and decided to take an extended career break.

I started 2016 with a memorable holiday with my beloved girlfriends. It was amazing how, we flew in from different destination meeting each other in Osaka. Although the journey started dramatic for me where the airline wrongly tag my luggage hence my luggage only arrived in Osaka 5 days into my holiday. My girlfriends comprising of Korean, Thai and fella Malaysian entertained me throughout the stressful time of waiting for the luggage to arrive. The support they extended to me was truly touching. I am indeed blessed to have them in my life.

In the 1 week of travel with them, I had many first experience. Them being a longtime VIP / fans of Big Bang (a very popular Korean Pop group), they convinced me to join them for Big Bang Dome tour in Osaka. My first and very memorable Big Bang concert and experience. If you had missed it, read all about my memorable experience  here

Kudos to our lovely Thai girlfriend, she arranged for our first Japanese Ryokan experience. The joy and laughter of 6 girls of 3 different nationalities were a truly trilling experience. Some of us were very conservative, myself inclusive…. the shocked when we discover upon arrival at the Ryokan that it is a common shared bath…… read all about our Japanese Ryokan Experience @ Amami Onsen Nanten-en here…. 

Also during this trip, I had my first experience with Exotic Japanese Cuisine…. Fugu (フグ) fish…. A truly trilling experience indeed… An experience I would definitely go back to again. And definitely highly recommended should there are such there are any of such opportunity…

Another memorable day we had was our exploration to my all time favorite place in Kyoto… Arashiyama (嵐山). Spending time with best friends creating wonderful memories… what more can one ask for!

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Ending a memorable and exciting week long holiday with these wonderful girls…. I returned home feeling refreshed. With Chinese New Year just round the corner, together with tinkerbellsan, we baked Chinese New Year cookies for our friends and love ones. A truly enjoyable weeks where we spend almost day and night together. And we managed to create some interesting cookies that had become some of our friends favorite today… Dairy Free Healthy Cookies and Coffee Crunch Cookies

I was indeed privilege when I made another trip back to Osaka in February, not long after Chinese New Year with another good friend of mine. During this trip, we explored some of my favorite place in Osaka and Kyoto. While it was re-visit for me, being able to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site : Kinkaku-ji Temple (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) and Osaka Castle (大阪城) with someone dear to my heart and new to Japan was indeed an honor. The almost week long holiday to Osaka was truly memorable as we were very lucky to be able to see beautiful Sakuras

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The months progress where I started my first C-Novel Translation that were made available on tinkerbellsan. My first translation, Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚) took me several months to complete. It was a truly amazing experience where I gain a lot of friends worldwide… readers and lovers of C-Novel but could only rely on English translations to enjoy the talent of these talented Chinese Novelist.

My passion for C-Novel translations all started from reading the translation works of the wonderful team at Fanatical. And without the support of Suteki Da Ne and her mentioned on the start of our translation on tinkerbellsan, we would not be able to get the amount of readership so quickly. There were many more wonderful translators and readers out there whom had supported us throughout the year in which we were very thankful of.

During our free time during the period of time when I took the career break, I spend mornings when my boys were in school exploring cafes and restaurants with tinkerbellsan. A truly memorable time we spent together…. And my far most favorite experience is  Memorable Evening @ Huck’s Cafe and My First Sake Pairing Dining Experience

I decided to return to the corporate world, taking up a contract work of 3 months to help open a new 4 star local branding hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. A truly memorable experience where I gained some wonderful friendship with wonderful colleagues.

I finished the 3 months contract and then took a month away from work where I went on a 15 days vacation to South Korea with my love ones. On this summer vacation, we arrived into Busan for several days exploring many different places of interest in Busan, my favorite being the popular Busan Gamcheon Culture Village (부산 감천문화마을), also known as the Santorini of South Korea.

From Busan, we then spent a total of 9 memorable days in Jeju where we explore the Mystical Island of Jeju. Some of my most memorable places on Jeju were The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (성산일출봉) and Seopjikoji (섭지코지) where my dream of many years came true. And the most memorable experience on Jeju is indeed the exciting Seogwipo Submarine (서귀포잠수함) exploration

We ended our summer vacation to South Korea with several memorable days in Seoul where one of our highly recommended places to visit where UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (창덕궁과 후원)

Not long after returning from South Korea, I went on another memorable short vacation with my colleagues to Bangkok. We did an amazing yet crazy 3 days 2 night shopping trip to Bangkok, creating wonderful memories together.

It is soon back to reality where I continue working, this time turning into a permanent employee of the organization. And the start of my new passion, reading manga….. Check out my reviews on two of my favorite manga here

Some of my completed favorite read this year are:

Can I Not Marry? (可不可以不嫁人)

Blazing Sunlight Book 1, 骄阳似我

至此终年 /只要我们在一起 Together Forever

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼)

2016 is also a year where I watch drama from K-Dramas to C-Dramas and my latest passion being the J-Dramas…. and my favorites are:

A beautiful and touching K-Drama: Marriage Contract (결혼계약)

After a long wait and anticipation… Remembering Li Chuan (遇见王沥川)

Highly anticipated C-Novel adapted Drama: Love O2O aka Just One Smile is Very Alluring (微微一笑很倾城)

A beautiful story of un-forgettable childhood love : She was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다)

Catching my favorite Japanese Actor, Dean Fujioka in Happy Marriage (はぴまり), a manga adaption from Hapi Mari (はぴまり)

A truly amazing and memorable 2016, to some extend, I am glad that the year is over. And I definitely looking forward to another memorable 2017 where I could create more memories with my love ones far and near.

Here, wishing everyone a Blessed 2017! May the year ahead be a memorable and fantastic one to everyone!

Ending this post by sharing something that a close friend sent me today:

CONSIDERATIONS FOR 2017
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1. ON EARNING:
Never depend on single income. Make investment to
create a second chance.
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2. ON SPENDING:
If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.
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3. ON SAVINGS:
Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.
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4. ON TAKING RISK:
Never test the depth of a river with both feet.
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5. ON INVESTMENT:
Do not put all eggs in one basket.
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6. ON EXPECTATIONS:
Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.
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7. Past is a waste paper, present is a newspaper, and future is a question paper. Come out of your past, control the present, and secure the future.
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8. When bad things happen in your life, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.
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9. Our eyes are in the front because it is more important to look ahead than to look backwards.
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10. We use pencil when we were young, but now we use pens. Do you know why? Because mistakes in childhood can easily be erased, unlike now.

Happy New Year 2017!


 


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