alicia & hongwei

Monday, December 22, 2014

The day after I returned to Singapore, I traveled up to Muar, Malaysia to attend my cousin's wedding. I never really liked weddings or marriages, but my perception might have changed after attending my beautiful cousin's wedding.

Here are some of my favorite photos I took from the wedding!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Yet another year of my life has passed. I suppose it's true when they say that the more you age, the faster it passes. A year ago today, I was leaving my friends and family in Singapore to embark on my third backpacking trip, this time around Southeast Asia. This was believed to be my last trip for the next two years of my life.

Fast forward a year, and here I am; writing and laying comfortably in my room, in Southern California where I presently live. This year has unfolded itself in ways I'd never thought it would. A year ago, I had never expected myself to be where I am now. I went from the worst thing that has ever happened to me to the best thing that has ever happened to me - all within a year. Life is wonderful in so many ways; mostly in mysterious ways like this.

Half of these past twelve months was spent in a nightmare, while the other half was spent in a blissful dream. Experiencing the dichotomy of these two antithetical fantasies within a year is least to say life-changing. I've changed this past year, most subtly, that I haven't noticed the changes. A lot of me have become more mellow, while parts of me remain invariably young, reckless, and passionate. I suspect these are the parts of me that might never change.

I am thankful for the places I've been to, people I've met, and the experiences that I've had this past year. As I age, I've become more sentimental about places, affectionate towards people, and attuned with my experiences. I am also more thankful for and appreciative of my friends and my family. I miss home greatly, but this is my new life now, and this is now my new home.

It's my last year of being a teenager. The thought of this frightens me greatly. But despite it, I look forward to another wonderful and mysterious year; another year full of marvel in this crazy, beautiful, blessed life of mine.