creative retreat // days two – seven.

Welp okay so things are getting a little better I think but it is slow going! But today I am having another good day so I am back to the blog and here to update you! πŸ™‚ Here’s what Mum and I have been getting up to on our creative retreat. First here is a photo of our creative space!

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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 πŸ˜› ) 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 πŸ˜›

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i’ll be home for christmas.

Not really πŸ˜›

But I did a lil cover on my ukulele a couple of days back πŸ˜›

Now that the build up to Christmas is really in full swing, I’m missing my family a lot a lot a lot. I’m enjoying hearing about all of their Christmassy stories though – in a happy/sad/but mostly happy sort of way!

I knew right from the get go that being away from home for Christmas would probably be my biggest challenge. It is. I feel super blessed to have the Pois around me, who have welcomed me so completely, which helps a lot! It’s very exciting to be having this wintery Christmas time at the moment. I am trying to be gentle towards myself about coping with anxiety and such through all this, and to enjoy different sorts of wonderful moments, both with my family at home, and here πŸ™‚

I hope your build up to Christmas is going well! ❀ More Tokyo stories coming soon πŸ˜‰

oh hey there melaka.

A week and a half ago (the 29th of November, if you were wondering), my flatmates and I took a day trip out to Malacca in Malaysia! We really wanted to go on an adventure together before we all moved out, and going to an adventure in ANOTHER COUNTRY is twice as exciting! It was a really great time and we all felt like we could have stayed for much much longer – it’s such a cool and colourful place πŸ™‚

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Crossing over to Malaysia – an exciting part of the 5+ hour bus trip!

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On another bus to get to the town centre – almost there!! This bus was very interesting becauseΒ there was no bus driver when we got there. Everyone just got on the bus, and then when the bus was full of people the bus driver arrived and went around the bus collecting change for the tickets, and then we were off!

This is a very interesting, vibrant place – it was colonised and occupied by a variety of nations at different times, and the unique combination of influences on the architecture and surroundings have lead to almost the entirety of Melaka City being named a UNESCO world heritage site.

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wedding time.

Last last weekend, as in not this weekend that just passed, but the one before that, one of the guys on Glen’s dragonboat team got married πŸ™‚ They invited us to the wedding which was super fun. I had never been to a Chinese wedding before! It was really enormous. There was a very delicious 8 course meal! It was on Sentosa Island (fancyyyy) – I hadn’t been there yet either, so that was cool too πŸ™‚

Here are some photos for you!

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The dragon boat table!

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a whole bunch of new.

I have discovered a thing – doing something completely different is a rather effective antidote to perfectionism. Having no expectations on yourself is very freeing! Also, I feel like living overseas was such a big step that doing anything else is just a little hop away. Anything is possible! Hello world, you oyster! πŸ™‚

So brimming with confidence in doing wild and uncharacteristic things, I auditioned to be a radio host on NUS’ student radio, Radio Pulze, yesterday… aaaaaand I got in!! I’m going to have a radio show!!!! EEEP!

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