WHAT WERE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS?
A mix of old and new. I listened to a lot of 90s English songs, and a bit of clubbing songs. My interest in Jpop/Jrock has waned and with my attachment to an epic historical mainland drama (what a mouthful!), there is an equal number of Mandarin and Japanese songs. My favourite Korean groups and singers have been busy this year so there’s still quite a number of Korean songs on my list.
I Believe in You ( Il Divo feat Celine Dion), I Got You (Leona Lewis), The Call & Better (Regina Spektor), Brave (Idina Menzel), Crawling (Superchick), Cannonball (Vienna Teng), A Drop in the Ocean (Ron Pope), Sympathique (Pink Martini), Concrete Angel (Martina McBride), Merry Happy (Kate Nash), Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen (Baz Luhrmann),If I Fell In Love & Hey Jude (Beatles),Hello Alone (Anberlin), Singing Over Me (Kari Jobe), Only Exception (Paramore), Grenade & Count on Me (Bruno Mars), What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction).
The One Direction song is the most memorable because it is attached to a lot of happy memories for me for 2011:
International Love Song (The Black Skirts), Airbag (Tablo), Strong (Park Kyung feat PO), Still Fly (ZICO), Tell Them (Block B), Tonight & Love Song & Stupid Liar (Big Bang), I Am the Best & Lonely (2NE1), Can You Hear My Heart (Infinite), A Goose’s Dream (Hyorin), 君がいるから (AYAKA),Cherish (NEWS), Hello (YUI), 一念執著 (胡歌 & 阿兰·达瓦卓玛), 三寸天堂 ( 严艺丹), 我們都傻 (楊丞琳).
And since my love for 步步惊心 trumps all other Asian dramas I watched this year, I can’t believe I’m actually sharing a video of 一念執著 (A Persistent Thought).
WHO DID YOU MISS?
University of the Philippines-Manila, BS Occupational Therapy Block 20 (2006)
More than ever I miss my friends from university – somehow they managed to get me and accept me. And it’s not just the nostalgia talking. I missed them so bad the first year that I came to Singapore, after that it waned and this year I found myself missing them even more. No culture gap or generation gap or even wavelength gap, we were all sorts of crazy but managed to meld together into a cohesive group. They are a super intelligent yet super fun bunch of people.
I miss aimlessly walking along Roxas Boulevard talking the night away. The food trips, the out of town trips - I miss mainly the conversations I’ve had with them. I miss them so much my heart aches. I want to visit them soon!
WHEN DID YOU TAKE THE EASY WAY?
I don’t believe that there is an easy way. Or maybe I just grew up with not taking shortcuts or escaping the inevitable. Hard work pays off that’s what my parents have always taught me, and the rewards are more fulfilling.
For me, taking the easy way was when I gave in to my frustrations and snapped at people. Even when I push myself to become a better person – tolerant and understanding , there are just circumstances or people who bring out the worst in me. Blowing up in anger or venting out my frustrations on others when I could have been more understanding, more loving and more considerate is taking the easy way. There are things I’ve said and done which I am not proud of, and I hope that as the years progress I don’t make the same mistakes.
WHERE DID YOU EAT?
I am so fortunate to work around the Katong area. Whatever craving I may have it is just a walk or not more than four bus stops away from my office. There’s the Korean restaurant – I just cross the street and I can get my fill of bibimbap or tteokbokki. Not to mention two ice cream cafes that’s a mere ten minute walk from the office. A great selection of Western, India, Penang, Hong Kong,Japanese, Filipino and local Singapore cuisine and of course the famous Katong Laksa. There’s Awfully Chocolate, and a ramen place at the newly opened Katong 112.
Not to mention Arnold’s Chicken at City Plaza in Paya Lebar – the most sinful fried chicken I ever tasted. Four bus stops away from my office is the Old Airport Road Food Centre – for the best bean curd and a wide array of affordable yet delicious food! I go there for the pasta!
My good friend C brought me to a restaurant at Novena that serves Penang food, and I fell in love with Penang Laksa. So hearty and the right blend of spicy and sour, just thinking about it makes me drool!
WHICH BLOGS DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
I enjoyed a lot of blogs but here are the blogs that I keep frequenting the whole year of 2011 – so much inspiration!
A Beautiful Mess
Oh My Handmade
Awkward and Beautiful
WHEN DID YOU CELEBRATE?
There were a lot of things to celebrate about, but my birthday celebration was the most memorable for me. It was the first time planning for my own birthday party – it was a lot of stress but I was happy. There were friends who helped me plan it and friends who made the atmosphere so fun that there wasn’t a dull moment.
I invited those who were very close to my heart and to have them there on my special day made me feel so blessed and loved.
Yay! I’m almost done with Reverb 2011 ~ Thank you for staying tuned!