creative retreat // day one.

MY PALS. Sorry for doing a little disappearing act on ya 😉 The past few months have been an intense mish mash of mostly a lot of blurry yuck stuff (but some good stuff happened too, and I’m gonna blog about the nice things soon!) – basically it is very hard to maintain a blog when depression and anxiety are all busy bothering you. The good news is, I am getting really good help now, and I’m on a course of anti-depressants which fiiiiinally (I hope? Fingers crossed and pretty please?) seem to be kicking in, and my lovely family, friends and boyfriend are supporting me through this. Things aren’t quite better yet, but I am hopeful that they are maybe starting to be a little bit better (I’m sitting here writing this blog, aren’t I!) and any steps are good steps! Continue reading

christmas days.

image-0-02-06-2c2e7b6df94ff732f501ec806b75a4aa0017966d1428e647931e8b1b9dba72c2-vMERRY (belated) CHRISTMAS LOVELY PEOPLE 🙂 ❤

In New Zealand, our Christmas celebrations pretty finish up at the end of Christmas day – every year, in the couple of days after Christmas, my family packs up as many Christmas decorations as we can bear to and then we head off to go camping at the beach. Basically the entire country takes a holiday until at least the 4th of January, so there’s this sudden transition from Christmas to beach holiday! My family also celebrates Christmas to the fullest – so our Christmas day is the most jam-packed celebratory time you can imagine, as we try to fit all of our celebrations into one single wonderful day. Continue reading

japan holiday day 8 / nearby wonders.

This was the last day of our Japan trip! Our flight back to Singapore was at midnight so we had a full day to fill with whatever we liked. I personally had two things I wanted to do on this day: a) buy a whole lot more stationery, and b) try the hot baked apple drink at Starbucks 😛 (I know, I know, Starbucks is everywhere and all that but Starbucks in other places don’t have hot baked apple drinks and also hot baked apple drinks in winter at Christmas time was just something I had to do!). The rest of the gang also had a few last things they wanted to buy and shops they wanted to see, and so we decided to explore our local area around our hotel and have a look for things!

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So many cool streets!!!

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japan holiday day 7 / the happiest place on earth.

On the 22nd everybody parted ways – Uncle Mel was meeting a friend for lunch, Auntie Carol and Vera wanted to do some shopping, and Glen and I… went to Disneyland Tokyo!!! We had a magical day; it was really, really great. While the entire holiday was, of course, marvellous, I had been dealing with some really horrible bouts of depression and anxiety on a daily (ugh and nightly 😛 ) basis, and escaping to the world of Disney for a day was just lovely.

Also – Disneyland at Christmas time?! So cool 😊 Here’s a lil preview of what the night time looked like hehe CAUSE I’M TOO EXCITED TO WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THIS POST 😛

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WOWOWOWOW

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japan holiday day 5 / walking in a winter wonderland.

I LOVE KARUIZAWA. This day was such a magical Christmassy day. We’d been crossing our fingers for snow, but unfortunately the weather warmed up just a liiiiittle bit too much! Snow was due on the 24th though, which is nice 🙂 We weren’t there anymore, but I hope Karuizawa did get a white Christmas! 🙂 Anyway, snow or no snow, Karuizawa is this picture-perfect winter wonderland, and being there at Christmas-time just feels like a storybook 🙂

GET READY FOR SO MANY MAGICAL TIMES.

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We took a very adorable old train out to the Hoshino area.

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Arriving in Hoshino!

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