What I did in 2016

Unemployment: I became unemployed on the first day of 2016, and I figured I would use the break to figure what the hell I wanted to do exactly and focus on prepping for an exam I was due to take in June.

Exams: I cleared the exam I worked hard on for the first five months of 2016 – and with very good results might I add – and also got some tuition money back in the process which for my soon-to-be broke self was a big deal. Extra saving/spending money? I’ll take it, thank you very much.

Gym & working out: I started going to the gym for the first time in my life and it was perfect until the only ladies’ gym in my area decided to close down. I’m naturally slim so my goal wasn’t weight but strength and although some days I loathed it, I became aware of the changes working out regularly did to my state of mind and body.

Hair experimentation: I got my hair colored for the first time in my life earlier this year and I liked it but I’m not sure if I’ll keep doing it. Probably not. Last month I chopped off hair I had been growing religiously for the past two years and finally felt like myself in a long time.

Volunteering: I volunteered at a training center for children with special needs for a couple of days and I was humbled by how the kids there, despite their challenges, are so ready to take on life. Definitely want to do more next year.

Weddings: Sure, I’ve attended weddings where the brides have been younger than me, but this time the wedding was of a very close younger cousin of mine, so it was definitely weird with a pinch of melancholia and a whole lot of fun.

Awkward meetings: Speaking of weddings, I had my first ever (and last) ‘boy’s parents meet girl’ meeting and it was the most awkward thing I had to do this year and needless to say, a disaster.

Books & reading: I read about 30 books in the second half of 2016. I don’t think I read any in the first half and being unemployed was a boon in a way because I had never before gotten so much time to just read and reflect.

Dancing: Learnt some choreo, had some fun.

Skateboarding: I’ve wanted to learn to skate for a while now and this year I finally got myself a skateboard and found out that I love skating on it. Tricks next year? Who knows, the future is wild.

Blogging again: Much less frequently than I would like to, but something is always better than nothing.

Studying again: I started studying again for my next level of exams. Good thing I actually like absorbing information into my brain because there is quite a bit to take in.

New job: I got a job in a company I’ve always had a lot of respect for and although the position is temporary, I’m looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people.

Ermm..that’s all I can think of, for now.

For me personally, 2016 was a year of self-doubt, self inflicted misery  and settling for less and the world around me hasn’t done all that well either. I’m creating a vision board to get my shit together in 2017 and I hope the world around me does as well.

Here’s to a healthy, happy & productive new year. Cheers!

I woke up.

Today morning, I woke up.

I did not take a shower. But then again, when you’re unemployed, taking a shower in the morning is virtually unheard of. I made my bed. Because I figured I would have to lie down on it again exhausted after two hours of hard hitting procrastination – and I’m only unemployed – not an animal, I need a made-bed to lie in. I started this book by Jeffrey Archer called Paths of Glory. About a mountain climbing adrenaline junkie in the early 1900’s. Must feel nice, to know exactly what you’re set out to do in life. I’m talking about both Archer and George Mallory.

While I’m unemployed, I do have a job. And that is being the unpaid chauffeur of the family. My niece has to be picked up from school at 1.30, my mom has to go shopping and my younger sister has an interview she needs to be driven to. Rinse and repeat.

I’m also learning German. I dance as well. So although I’m unemployed, on paper it looks like I have quite busy days. Not really. The German learning happens every third day. The intense dancing happens once in a blue moon -usually after I’ve had Burn, this new energy drink that is my only motivator in life.

Dancing aside, I’m free styling right now though. I did not mean to publish a post today but my spontaneity and spunk in life got the better of me, I guess.

Cheerios.

 

 

Guilty pleasures and Korean heartthrobs

You have no idea how many times I’ve opened the New Post tab in the past couple of days only to close it again. Let’s just say I’ve been a bit.. distracted lately.

Blame it on them Koreans! (And a few Chinese – Han Geng, stop being so hot!)

How dare they be so awesome?!

My friend introduced me to K-Pop back in 2010. I immediately took a fancy to this band, Super Junior, after listening to ‘It’s You‘ and proceeded to ignore the rest of the K-Pop world. ‘Cause I’m cool like that. Thirteen men (thirteen members in a band?! I know right!) who could sing, dance AND look good in suits – what more could a girl ask for? Anyway, I obsessively listened to them for a couple of months, and then like any other college kid, got distracted again by shinier stuff.

Let’s fast forward to now. During the weekend, I was searching something up on YouTube, one link led to another (you know how it is on YouTube – YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK) and then another … and after a couple of hours I found myself re-watching all of Super Junior’s MVs.. and TV shows.. and live performances.. and …

That was 4 DAYS BACK. Since then, I’ve found myself dedicating ALL of my free time (which included WordPress time, by the way) to SuJu related stuff. Yeah, I’m quite the enthusiast. Why am I so jobless?

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Have I mentioned these guys are absolutely hilarious as well?

What’s cool about this band is that they’re great entertainers. They get on a talk show, leave everyone in splits; perform awesome live shows, from what I hear; and basically, are just really down-to-earth souls with amazing talent.

So yeah, when I talk about K-Pop, I just mean Super Junior; I’m not a music person *awaits gasps*. Occasionally, I find a song/artist that I love and obsessively listen to the song(s) till I get sick of it and then revert back to my next favourite sound:- Silence.  

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S&M Random Confession Time: 

Remember the time you used to make fun of your little sister for watching Hannah Montana while secretly loving it yourself, you sly little thing, you? *takes deep breath* Alright, I admit it! I watch Korean dramas for fun every once in a while, it’s a guilty pleasure! *exhales*

The story lines will more or less be the same always – a rich/poor and hotshot/not-so-hotshot guy falls for a poor/rich and not-so-pretty/pretty girl or vice – versa – rich family opposes – enters third guy/girl who falls for the girl/guy – by the time the girl/guy realizes she/he’s in the love in the first guy/girl, some misunderstanding occurs – drama drama – finally, guy gets girl. That’s Korean chick drama in a nutshell for you.

What can I say, a gal needs her ice cream and dose of chick flick material once in a while!

I digressed here. Back to Super Junior!

Here, have some K-Pop love. This song never gets old.

I slept through El Clásico 

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There’s still time before kick-off; I’ll just close my eyes just for a teeny tiny bit”. Bah.

And then with about twenty minutes of the game remaining, my brain FINALLY decided to wake up. Salvaged what I could but all the fun stuff had gotten over by then, damn it!

Oh well, there’s always March 2015.

Maybe Suarez will bite Pepe then.