The time has come to review my 2013. What a good year! We travelled a bit, cooked a bit and generally figured out more about life.
Rather than rambling on, here goes:
January started out really, really well. A bunch of good friends and the husband got together to give me the surprise of a lifetime. They rented my wedding gown again for me and gave me a new bridal photoshoot as on my chaotic wedding day there weren’t any proper picture of me in my gown.
# – Trying out my wedding gown, again :)
These aren’t just friends to me, they are family.
Chinese new year fell in February. It’s our first year as a married couple so we had to give out double red packets to every unmarried friend and family member.
# – Packing angpows.
March was a really quiet month, blogging-wise. There were no postings, other than advertorials. We did go to Bali for the husband’s birthday in March and blogged a little about it in here and here. It was both our first time. We finally mustered up the courage to visit Bali only after we’re married because of the famous Bali break-up curse lol.
# – With hubs.
# – With babi guling.
Wasn’t our best holiday to be honest. There was so much driving and getting stuck in the jam. And the weather was so hot. I made the mistake of trying to cramp in too many things at one go and ended up getting stuck in the car most of the time. Next time, we will stick to staying at only one area.
Finally saw The Prodigy live for the first time ever at FMFA! T_T It was surreal!!!
# – With the hubs at FMFA.
# – # – Keith Flint on the gigantic screen.
Also helped to cook a Star Wars themed menu for Mike’s birthday.
# – Star Wars menu.
Took the 2nd best holiday of the year, a diving trip to Pom Pom Island in Sabah. I really miss it. Had such a great time diving and just chilling.
# – Sun, sea and beach!
Voted for the first time. And went to a political rally for the first time, didn’t blog about this..only instagram. Definitely a life-changing experience.
It’s also the month I embarked on journey to perfect teeth. Put dental braces on after years of contemplation.
Took mom to my favourite city in the world – Bangkok. We had such a great time, shopping, eating and massaging for 5 whole days :)
# – Suppertime with mom in BKK.
This is my favourite month because it’s my birthday month! Whenever there’s special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays or Xmas, we celebrate it for a whole week. So, I got to have a birthday week where my husband indulged me in whatever I wanted to do or eat.
# – Happy birthday to me!
I had my deep-fried pork intestines in KL, had copious amount of Japanese food…yums yums. Got to sing karaoke too, hehe.
# – LOVEEEEEEEEEE Japanese food!
I was feeling so loved up this month so I was able to write two comprehensive posts about our wedding :) Part 1 here and
part 2 here. Also blogged about our Registration of Marriage day here.
Also made my first instagram video…
# – Me in my element.
The most exciting month for the year. We embarked on our epic Eurotrip #kimgaretheeurotrip
9 countries in 21 days…England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. It was such an awesome holiday we had quite bad post-holiday withdrawal.
# – On the White Cliffs of Dover in England.
This is the month of nursing our emotions back to health. We had such a great holiday that being back home seemed so incredibly depressive – all the traffic jam, no manners Malaysians, hot weather, humidity felt much worse than they really were.
I tried to cheer myself up by doing some baking. Baking always does the trick for me. Made Hokkaido Chiffon cakes.
# – Hokkaido chiffon cakes.
This month I started to think about having babies :P We’re not trying but letting nature takes its course. It’s also our 1st wedding anniversary on 27th October :)
We went to Malihom, Penang as a 1st anniversary getaway. It was so, so nice :)
# – At Malihom’s pool.
The happiest month of all months! Cause it’s Xmas :D It’s also the chinese winter’s solstice so I made an epic 9-course dinner for my family.
# – Homemade 9-course Winter Solstice Dinner :D
As for Xmas, we held the Annual Xmas Party at The Davieses too. I made roast loins with crackling, roast chickens and roast pork belly. I didn’t manage any picture so am posting some nicked from friends.
# – Roast chicken.
# – Meringues with cream and berries.
# – Pork belly, skin roasted and meat braised with fennel and stock. This was so, so good am going to make it all the time, muahahahahaha.
# – Roast loins with cracklings.
As usual, on Xmas morning hubs and I ripped open our presents for each other. I am really happy with mine, he’s done a great job this year :)
# – I got a brand new laptop (w00t!), 1.5 kilograms of gourmet jelly beans (wheeeeeee!), Chanel no 5 and Babyliss Miracurl (the best thing since sliced bread!!!!)
Me on the other hand, failed a bit with his gifts…
# – Nespresso machine, Lab Series facewash, phone casing and a shaver.
Well, the shaver made him bleed T_T and the phone casing…..well he dropped his phone this morning and the screen broke. FML.
But all is well now, we have changed the shaver to a better model and fixed his phone screen, haha.
To read about my highlights in previous years, click:
2011 (this one was a cheat, honestly was too broke saving for the house until no activities hahaha)
12 thoughts on “My 2013 in a large nutshell”
The Nespresso Machine is a very good buy. I have two units personally, one for the office and one for the home. My advise is to definitely invest in an Aerocino milk steamer! You will constantly get good latte and cap with Farmhouse Milk.
Please do a review on the babyliss curler. So contemplating to get it!
Happy New Year and may the year of the horse brings you good news in the baby department!
i wish i have a like button for your comment hehe. thanks for the tip on the milk steamer, my husband is looking around for one.
the babyliss curler is STUPENDOUS! i am extremely uncoordinated and i could never curl my own hair but this curler makes it a breeze. the curls lasted long too, after 2 days of sweaty walks etc they managed to keep! might make a video one day
I highly recommend Nespresso Aeroccino which is retailing at SGD 199 ( can get GST refund 5%). Or if you have friend’s coming back from Australia, get it from there, relatively cheaper. The best thing is, warranty last for 2 years and its 1 for 1 return from the country you purchase in.
ooh thank you for the tips Michelle! appreciate them! have a good weekend :)
here’s to 2014!
2013 was a great year for you! I must compliment how beautiful you looked in your bridal gown! WOW, will have to suffice.
You and Gareth appear to have grown together as a couple and that is so important. The alternative of looking out for oneself leads to the end of marriages.
Wishing you a happy, prosperous and joy filled 2014.
Perhaps a little one will further change and challenge you this year!
thank you david. have a wonderful and prosperous new year 2014 to you and your family too! :)
A great year for you! Happy for you!
thanks nick! happy new year to you and your lovely family :)
dang.. it sure has been a while since i’ve been here. NICE REVAMP!!! love it, so clean <3
and yayyy, you have a special tab for all your wedding(related?) posts!!! can't wait to go through those. (i'm such a sucker for people's weddings)
22 days late but hey, HAPPY NEW YEAR kimberlycun <3
thanks babe, good to see you around! happy new year to you too! :D