ON FAMILY and FRIENDSHIP
2014 made my family closer. My parents continue to be the most generous people I know and my sibs have made their big sis proud (my not-so-little sister is singing for none other than Pope Francis when he visits Manila in a few weeks’ time). I’ve reached out to cousins whom I haven’t really spent much time with and intend to keep our circle tighter. I continue to love being a godmother to my five beautiful godchildren.2014 reminded me to weed out toxic people in my life and that friendship does take effort, no matter how easy relationships should be. I have become more appreciative of people who take their time talking and listening by all means of communication media, and I’ve been trying to do the same. We have been collecting ‘friends’ long before the days of online social media but when was the last time you actually had a conversation with the person who sat two rows ahead of you in high school? “Like” buttons and Emoji expressions can be limiting after all and in the end, 2014 taught me that the conversations you have with people, those that need no written affirmation, will matter most.
Food is still a big inspiration and 2014 elevated my palate with so many flavours. A couple of highlights include finding the best pad Thai, a decent tapas place and really good Peruvian food in London; falling in love with indulgent angel hair pasta and being introduced to “Mod Sing” in Singapore; having a lovely Parisian lunch date; finishing my own serving of Heston Blummenthal’s meat fruit; perfecting my pasta negra and learning to bake chicken, hanging out with bloggers at the London Coffee Festival; and being served an amazing home-cooked meal by my future husband.
2014 gave me so many opportunities to experience cool things and travel to places. Whilst I love Paris and continue to shuffle and shuttle between Singapore and Manila, London continues to be the perfect hostess and home away from home. I fell in love with Cambridge and a bit of Oxfordshire, too. Work brought about pretty cool stuff including visits at the UK Supreme Court, hearing Bianca Jagger speak for Amnesty International, doing the London Legal Walk for the second year to help legal aid, seeing the Isabella Blow exhibit, having lunchtime training walking tours, etc. Nuffnang gave me the opportunity to become a detective, a walking rainbow, a bartender and an official press person whilst Zomato fed me a lot. My friend Alex & I survived the Live Below The Line challenge which really opened my eyes to how the other half live and what it means when we waste food.
My most profound experience in 2014 though, was battling and surviving alopecia. 2014 gave me a certain kind of strength I didn’t think I had.
I am so ready to move forward with you, 2015. I pray that you’d take care of me and my loved ones and that you’d shower us with more lessons. Keep on giving us the extra push we need so we may continue to seek betterment and joy. You are going to be a big year for me, 2015 and I hope and pray you’d be kind to all of us. Keep us hungry and humble. Keep us all grounded.
The Girl Next Shore
Here’s to such great heights in 2015, folks.
Thank you for dropping by. <3