Happy New Year!! *throws confetti in the air* I bet everyone’s thrilled we didn’t die last year and we’ve got a spanking new year (many more, I hope) to look forward to!
Looking back at 2012, it’s been a pretty rough year for me with its many downs. I would deem last year the most challenging year of my life.
First, I became a graduate for the second time. Then came the big question: To work in the UK or to come straight home.
I chose the former. For a while before deciding on the latter in the final quarter of 2012.
Kicking off with England. I love England. I love her people, her architecture, her everything.
Here’s one of my favourite tourist attractions in Kent, England:
Canterbury’s West Gate Towers. I still recall how Mum and I shuddered when the massive double decker Uni Bus squeezed its way through the narrow gap. It’s now closed to traffic and only open to pedestrians, 4 years on. I admire how the English conserve their heritage and it makes me sad to watch our very own government demolish buildings that bear so much history. Destroying heritage makes us lose our identity, something I associate myself with as I never really got to understand our own heritage. It’s also embarrassing to acknowledge that I know more about British history than I do my own.
I came back to dreary England sometime in April and was welcomed with signs of Spring!
I love the weather. Cold, grey and dreary. Am a little strange like that. 😉
Living away from home made me appreciate the finer things in life. I stopped to smell the flowers. Or blow into a dandelion or two:
Of course, one of the most amazing discoveries of 2012 has to be this:
Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra core ice-cream. If you love caramel and chocolate the way I do, this will send you straight into ice-cream heaven. I went through one too many tubs of this and I wish I had more before coming back!
2012 was a year I missed doing stuff like walking past this magnificent building:
St. Pancras International Hotel. I used to walk by this beautiful hotel each time I come into London to visit the boyfriend. British Library for research. This was all done in 2011 but I felt the need to document this as 2012 was a year where I moaned the loss of doing the ‘little extras in life.’
Then there’s my favourite coffee place in the world:
Monmouth Coffee Company in Covent Garden. This place makes the very best coffee I’ve ever tasted and I will never fail to drop by whenever I’m in London. There’s a gorgeous barista in there who wears the brightest shade of red lipstick ever known to my eyes and I’m sad to say I never got to ask her what lipstick she wears!
I usually order a Cafe au Lait with a Spinach and Ricotta pastry on the side. =)
On a more exotic note, I truly enjoyed Kent’s Farmer Markets where I drank way too many samples of local cider *hic* and ate many a burger:
Venison burgers, to be exact. Their wild boar + apple sausage is fabulous too! I remember gorging on this with a coursemate of mine and we went back for thirds! =)
Apart from all that, I’ve made many friends in 2012 and all of you know who you are! Thank you so much for supporting me and being there for me, Stephanie especially who turned nocturnal when I was living away from home!
2012 was a wonderful year in terms of experience and closure. Now bring on a wonderful 2013 and I wish you all joy, happiness and prosperity in the coming year!!
For now, this will forever lie in the depths of my heart:
Happy New Year, everyone!! =)