2016 Reading Challenge
Thursday, December 31, 2015
2016 Reading Challenge

I saw this on Pinterest and I figured since I'm getting back into the reading bandwagon that this would be a good way to broaden my reading horizon and try on different genres that I probably won't tap on myself. So let me get my reading hat on ready and let's get right into it!

1. A book based on a fairy tale
2. A National Book Award winner (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
3. A YA bestseller (Carry On by Rainbow Rowell)
4. A book you haven't read since high school
5. A book set in your home state  (Humans of New York Stories, not exactly a home state but a city)
6. A book translated to English
7. A romance set in future
8. A book set in Europe
9. A book that's under 150 pages (Is It Evil Not To Be Sure by Lena Dunham)
10. A New York Times Bestseller (Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines)
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year
12. A book recommended by someone you just met
14. A book you can finish in a day (Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur)
15. A book written by a celebrity
16. A political memoir 
17. A book at least 100 years older than you
18. A book that is more than 600 pages (Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire)
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club
20. A science-fiction novel
21. A book recommended by a family member
22. A graphic novel  (Saga Volume 1 by Brian Vaughan)
23. A book that is published in 2016 (A Modern Love by Will Darbyshire)
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer (The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson)
26. A book and it's prequel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with (The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath)
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that is guaranteed to bring you joy

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2016 Goals
Thursday, December 31, 2015
2016 Goals

Yes, Ze list. The list I make every year but only manage to tick off 2 or 3 from it. I usually write it down on a notebook but I tend to change notebook as the year progresses and I kind of forgotten where I jot it down. So I thought why not put it up here and keep it as a record so I could look back after 365 days. Sounds like a plan?

Generally I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, we know how that turn out last year, yet at the same time I want to challenge myself beyond my comfort zone. And hopefully this time I can say that yes! I have committed to it and that for once in my life I have achieved all the goals I have set out for the year.

1. Drop to 41kg
2. Read 35 books
3. Get engaged
4. Be permanent at my job (2 March 2016)
5. Complete a TIU workout challenge
6. Complete Wreck This Journal
7. Complete 30/40 of 2016 Reading Challenge
8. Complete 50 cents and $5000 a year money saving challenge
9. Complete photo a day challenges

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A Look Back on 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
A Look Back on 2015

I've been meaning to do this post but not sure if it's necessary. I'm not sure if anyone reads my blog anymore but if no one does well it still serves as a keepsake for me on all things I love and done in the past.

I'm not sure I'm ready to bid 2015 goodbye just yet. 2015 was a roller coaster ride for me. It has it's ups and downs, both a mix of accomplishments and threats but as the year comes to an end, it all seems to turn out well. It scares me what me 2016 would bring but I'm ready to start a new and face new challenges and focus my mind on accomplishing goals I have set out a long time ago.

  • A major heartbreak after about 2 years
  • Run my first 10km marathon
  • Got 3 more tattoos
  • Met a guy who potentially could be ze one
  • Went on a company trip to Taiwan
  • Move to an MNC
  • Move to another MNC
  • Realize I enjoy spin class
  • Got my YSL croc emboss tassel bag
  • Maintain my weight below 50kg (yes finally!)
  • Started taking medications for my ED
  • Completed my pandora bracelet
  • Spend Christmas with my family after 6 years
While browsing through Pinterest, I saw this and I thought it would be a good way to wrap up the year and look forward to a new one.

Looking Back at 2015
1. My biggest accomplishment - I managed to get into an MNC.
2. My nicest memory - Spending Christmas with my family after 6 years.
3. My most beneficial experience - Getting retrench turns out to be a bridge for a better one.
4. My favorite book - Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
5. My biggest challenge - Looking for a new job.
6. I learnt - To always trust your faith in Him. Always.
7. I travelled to - Taipei, Taiwan
8. I failed in - Accomplishing some goals like reading list.

Looking Head to 2016
1. My goals this year 
2. I want to continue - getting into fitness and not judge people by what they seem
3. I want to try - cooking new food from my cookbooks once a month
4. I want to stop - procrastinating
5. I want to travel to - Scandinavia country
6. I promise - to be more kind to myself

Whew! That was a lot wasn't it and I haven't even covered it all. There are things I'd rather keep for myself but for the most part these are the major events that has happened. Let's see where 2016 would bring me and I hope it would be a good one. 
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Top 5 Books of 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Top 5 Books of 2015

2015 wasn't the best reading year. I read a total of 18 books compared to 28 books back in 2014. And the quality of books I've read aren't all that great, mostly short poems and biography. Sad times but hey I still manage to read some amazing contemporary and started reading Harry Potter! I'm planning to continue on reading it but for now I feel like getting myself into more contemporary feels. Let's see where 2016 readings will take me but for now let me share with you my top 5 books on 2015 in no particular order.

Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson
Paper Towns - John Green
The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Perk's of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
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