Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 | Looking Back and A Year in Review

This is it. The last day of 2017 and I can't possibly put up a post on the very last day of the year without doing a year-end review.

A part of me feels that 2017 was a blur because the year really flew by very very quickly. Before I know it, here I am typing the last post for the year while trying to recall how the year had gone. The other part of me thought this is going to be a short entry because I didn't think a lot had happened. Oh boy, how wrong was I! Having done a recap to help me write this post, I can safely say that A LOT happened during 2017.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Day | How To Be A Gracious Guest

When you live in a different continent and thousands of miles away from your family, you will have to make your own Christmas tradition. Over the years, I've done an equal number of times when I spend the holiday with the family and when I stay in the London to enjoy some quiet time. And it is often when I choose to do the latter that my lovely friends would welcome me into their homes on Christmas Day.

So today, I thought I'd pen down a few reminders on how to be a gracious guest that will guarantee you another invite in the future. None of these is groundbreaking, but there is no harm in reinforcing the importance of being a gracious guest.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas Holiday | Things That I Am Looking Forward To

So it is one week until Christmas eve and for about a week, London will turn into a ghost town. If you are anything like me, you may well be excited at the prospect of an upcoming holiday, but actually not quite ready for the Christmas day itself. Work wise, I still have things that need finishing before the out-of-office can be switched on and gift wise, I haven't finished shopping so let's not even mention gift wrapping.

If you had read this post, you may remember the three things that will have kept me busy leading up to the present. It feels like a long time ago that I wrote it and at that time Christmas felt so far away.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Holiday Season Party Style | My Classic Essentials

December is always the busiest month when it comes to social diaries. I am sure it is the same everywhere else but even more so in London. Leave it too late, it will be almost impossible to see your friends before they break away for the Christmas holiday and you'll most likely won't be able to see them this side of the year.

As someone who often needs to balance work commitments and social diaries, I find having a few classic items in my wardrobe helps tremendously when it comes to dressing up for the festive season efficiently. Whether it is catching up over cocktails with my friends or attending the office Christmas parties, I found that these essential items have worked for me over the years.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Holiday Gift | What I Would Buy If I Was Buying A Gift For Myself

Christmas is not a festive celebration that my family and I celebrate but it is a day of celebration and a national holiday in Malaysia where I used to live before moving to London, which is my home now. If you don't already know, Malaysia is a multiracial country and its nationals celebrate every festivity that takes place throughout the year, be it Chinese New Year, Eid, Diwali, or Christmas, to name a few. 

Since living in London and fast forward to the present, Christmas has become a big part of my life. I mean, how can it not be? It's simply impossible to not get sucked and roped into all the festivities and holiday spirits that can start as early as September with the launching of Christmas shops in Selfridges, Harrods, and Liberty followed by the switching on of Christmas lights on Oxford and Regent  Streets in November. The festivity feeling fully peaked in December as my calendar gets filled with Christmas party invites, drinks with friends, office Christmas lunches and secret Santa gift exchange at work. Although I may not have many gifts to buy, I do get a small number of gifts as a token of appreciation especially for those who are in my support system.  

While it is nice to know that I don't have to sharpen my elbow wresting the crowd or cracking my head when it comes to gift shopping, it doesn't mean that I don't have a Wish List myself. So today, I thought I would share some of the items that have caught my eyes and if I were to buy a gift for myself, I'd start with this list. 
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