The Only Thing I Want for Christmas

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Tall Christmas tree in a mall

Merry Christmas folks!

When the department stores are decked out with pine trees and snowy trinkets, the weather didn’t get any colder — because it’s a tropical country here — yet what it signified was, the end of year is near.

As I gathered my thoughts for a review of 2016 and plans for 2017, I wanted to share something I’ve learned for the past few days, and also some pretty photos I’ve snapped.

This Christmas I learned that instead of gifting physical gifts, why don’t we do something for a change and start to gift “experience”.

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Glittering red baubles

Let’s give our loved ones something they can remember us by, gifts like preparing a home cook meal, a dinner for two, spa indulgence time, watch a comedy together, be healthy and exercise together, pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing or just spending time chatting with closed ones over a pot of tea.

These “experiences” helped create unique memories together with the people who matter most in the festive season and what could be better than receiving gift items that we sometimes may not want, right? 🙂

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Pretty shining gold baubles

How would you spend your Christmas with your loved ones?

Write a List

Here’s a list of 5 things that I can struck off from my bucket list:

  1. Passed my piano grade 8 practical exam!!! I’ve been wanting to tell this 😀
  2. All the way to Shanghai to get a book I really want… actually… it’s on the way 😛
  3. Bought an FFVII game soundtrack when I travelled ❤ (game soundtracks are non-existent in my country 😦 )
  4. Attended Jacky Cheung concert, no regrets.
  5. Attended Yundi Li piano recital, die with no regrets.

Don’t really have a fixed list but that’s a gist of what I like to do!

I Write Because . . .

At some point in life I resort to writing as an outlet for my expressive soul.

There are many ways to express oneself — through art.

I could draw a picture of characters whom I loved.

I could sing a song which is a mirror of my soul.

I could play a melody which carved the strongest emotions of memories.

I could compose a music where my creative energy flowed.

And I could write imaginative stories brewing in my head.

I could write the bizarre dreams I had.

I won’t stop at one, and I will stop at none.

Back To Blogging

I am glad to say that my piano practical exam is over 😀

Crossed my fingers and hope I will pass and graduate.

It took some time to sink in, the fact that I don’t have to practice hard everyday and keep pushing other stuff aside, because I’m freeeeeee now!

Well not exactly… I still have another theory paper to complete the whole course but then again writing exam isn’t as scary as practicals.

Now that I don’t have to worry about exams I could read, start blogging again and so much more!

It’s nice to be back ❤

May Updates

Wiping the dust off of my blog, it has been sporadic updates now and then… mostly about books.

Life was getting busy when I started working months ago and the rest of my free time was dedicated to prepping for my music exams and family. I still find time to read though.

I’ve had several books read but haven’t got their reviews written. I noticed that I need space and time to be able to write, my mind gets tired. And when I really have the time and mood, I write — here.

I’m going to change things up a bit in my Book Events category. Instead of posting heads up for the event, I’m going to post my visit and experience to any of the book sales, followed by my catch of the day — book haul 🙂

I shall have more time when July is over.

Till then I will still write occasionally.

Thank you so much for visiting now and then whenever my blog posts went up :D. I’ll try to visit you whenever possible. Oh I miss the days when I could blog and read blogs whole day.

 

 

 

My blog 2015 in review

I was impressed that WP created a personalized report summarizing our blog’s yearly performance. And was thrilled when they used New York subway to describe my view counts 😀

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.