2018 in Review

A friend got me into this habit of reviewing my year, and I think this is my third review so far, and second in this blog. I find it a challenging thing to do, but great once I finish it for the year.

1.What did you do in 2018 that youโ€™d never done before? Move to HK! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I still can’t believe that we live here now, it’s still all a bit surreal…

2.Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year? My theme for the year was “consistency”, which I stuck to for quite a fair bit of the year – until the news about HK came up, and all hell broke loose! ๐Ÿ˜‚

3.Did anyone close to you give birth? One of N’s good friends in SG, just before we left for HK, so N didn’t get to meet the bub ๐Ÿ˜”

4.Did anyone close to you die? A friend’s mum passed away. I’ve known this friend since my primary school days, so I knew her mum too, having gone over to her place numerous times during our formative years. Her mum had been ill for a while now, so hopefully she is now in a better place.

5.What countries did you visit?

Australia – dance comp

Hong Kong – reconnaissance trips ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vietnam – dance comp

Philippines – wedding ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ’’

6.What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018? Money. I didn’t focus on this area enough this year ๐Ÿ˜”

7.What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 18 November. Moving to HK. Pretty big day.

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting some consistency in my trading.

9.What was your biggest failure? Probably losing sight of my finance goal ๐Ÿ˜”

10.Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully nothing serious, touch wood.

11.What was the best thing you bought? Hmmm… Perhaps my new desk. Much better than the one I had in SG. I feel like I can do some solid work on this new one ๐Ÿ‘

12.Whose behaviour merited celebration? Iceland’s equal pay for men and women ๐Ÿ‘

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Laura Ingraham ๐Ÿ™„ Not depressed, just appalled.

14.Where did most of your money go? Rent, again, by far.  This will continue to be the case – even more so – in HK ๐Ÿ˜”

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about? Getting my scooter, perhaps ๐Ÿ›ด Which I had to sell not long after I got it, coz we got the news that we’re moving to HK, and this city isn’t the most scooter friendly (nor do I think they’re legal here) ๐Ÿ˜”

16.What song will always remind you of 2018? Sweet but Psycho by Ava Max

17.Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Fatter/thinner? Richer/poorer? Sadder, thinner, poorer.

18.What do you wish youโ€™d done more of? Explore SG more. We left the country before I finished exploring ๐Ÿ˜”

19.What do you wish youโ€™d done less of? Ironically, planning!  I think I get a bit too excited when it comes to planning, and go a tad overboard with it.  Just a tad ๐Ÿ˜‰

20.How did you spend Christmas? Hiking! We walked up The Peak ๐Ÿฅพ And then dinner with N’s Brother at Lan Kwai Fong.

21.Did you fall in love in 2018? I fell in love with a Korean drama, does that count? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was sooo good. Fated to love you. Check it out ๐Ÿ‘

22.How many one-night stands? I really should just delete this question… ๐Ÿ˜’

23.What was your favourite TV program? I’m always slow on the uptake, but I finally caught up with the rest of the world on Game of Thrones! I also loved Downton Abbey, and watched the entire series this year too ๐Ÿ˜Š Oh and see question 21 ๐Ÿ˜†

24.Do you hate anyone now that you didnโ€™t hate this time last year? Asia’s traditions. OK it’s not a person, but some things that I took for granted in Oz are just not the norm in Asia, which frustrated the living daylights out of me this year!! ๐Ÿ˜ค

25.What was the best book you read? Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. I liked it way more than I expected to!

26.What was your greatest musical discovery? Sweet but Psycho by Ava Max I LOVE this song!! ๐Ÿ˜

27.What did you want and get? A proper home office. I love it!!

28.What did you want and not get? The very first apartment we went to see in HK! As soon as we walked in, we both knew we wanted this place. When you just know, you know. So it was terribly disappointing when we didn’t get the apartment.

29.What was your favourite film of this year? I actually watched a few movies this year, which is unusual for me. Two that stand out: I enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle much more than I expected to; and Color Me True / Tonight, at the Movies (ไปŠๅคœใ€ใƒญใƒžใƒณใ‚นๅŠ‡ๅ ดใง) was freaking awesome!!

30.What did you do on your birthday? We did a combo birthday and Valentine’s Day dinner at a Japanese restaurant in SG

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Perhaps getting rid of more clutter. There’s still too much crap in the house ๐Ÿ˜”

32.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018? While in SG, the usual: casual summer clothes. And then we moved to HK during autumn, soon to be winter. And my cold weather wardrobe is very limited, which I would describe as “black, white and grey” ๐Ÿ˜‚

33.What kept you sane? N, especially when I overthink or get too worked up about something ๐Ÿ™

34.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018. Enjoy each and every day as much as you can, what you have now may be taken away from you at any time. Never take your life for granted and be grateful for every day, no matter how mundane or routine it is.

35.Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Joyride by Roxette ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hello, you fool, I love you

C’mon join the joyride

I hit the road out of nowhere

I had to jump in my car

And be a rider in a love game

Following the stars

Don’t need a book of wisdom

I get no money talk at all

She has a train going downtown

She’s got a club on the moon

And she’s telling all her secrets

In a wonderful balloon

She’s the heart of the funfair

She’s got me whistling a private tune

And it all begins where it ends

And she’s all mine, my magic friend

She says, “hello, you fool, I love you

C’mon join the joyride”

Join the joyride

She’s a flower, I could paint her

She’s a child of the sun

We’re a part of this together

Could never turn around and run

Don’t need no fortune teller

To know where my lucky love belongs, whoa no

‘Cause it all begins again when it ends, yeah

And we’re all magic friends (magic friends, magic friends)

She says, “hello, you fool, I love you

C’mon join the joyride”

Join the joyride

She says, “hello (hello), you fool (you fool), I love you (I love you)

C’mon join the joyride”

Be a joyrider, ow

I’ll take you on a sky ride

I’m feeling like I’m spellbound

The sunshine is a lady

Who rocks you like a baby

She says, “hello (hello) you fool (you fool) I love you (I love you)

C’mon join the joyride”

Join the joyride

Hello, you fool, I love you

C’mon join the joyride

Join the joyride

Hello, hello, you fool, I love you

C’mon, c’mon join the joyride

Be a joyrider

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