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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bye Bye 2013. Hello 2014.

December has been such a busy month full of nothing but preparation for the festive season and meeting up with many good people. I almost wished that 2013 would not come to an end.

For once, work has taken a back seat in this more cheerful month of December. Although I wasn't on long leave like many others, being in the office in December was a lot more relaxing than all the hectic months before that. In fact, I was glad to be busy being happy. 2014 would be a very challenging year for our whole department, organizing a major national event and many more tasks to come. On a personal scale, there would also be challenging tasks ahead. I'm hoping to catch a little more rest before the year ends (yeah... like in a few hour's time).

I would most probably spend New Year's Eve counting down in my sleep. I've been lacking quite a lot of sleep during the pre-Christmas season up till now. Today's NYE half day was spent walking part of the Southern Ridges with some people in my department, followed by a farewell lunch for a colleague.

As I'm typing this, my headache is getting worse. Moreover, the hubz is down with a bad virus after his overseas work trip and he is raging a high fever now. My heart breaks to see him so sick and I guess I would join him to sleep our NYE away. Our bodies are probably protesting about the way we treat them.

I hope to wake up to a cheery 2014 tomorrow. I would need some me-time cooping myself at home coz the past week had been full of going out and meeting up with friends. Hopefully, I would be able to start a blog post chronicling on the whole festive season.

On the last day of 2013, I would like to say this:

Thanks to those who hated me, they made me a stronger person.
Thanks to those who loved me, they made my heart bigger.
Thanks to those who were worried about me, they let me know that they actually cared.
Thanks to those who left me, they made me realize that nothing lasts forever.
Thanks to those who entered my life, they made me who I am today.
Just want to thank all of you for being here in my life!

As we usher in the year 2014, let us all be wiser, and be grateful for our blessings.


  1. Hi Jo! Im so sorry you arent well and your husband is sick too, hope you both could get better soon. Glad you had a lovely Christmas time, I stopped by wishing you a very happy new year! May it be full of happiness, health and success!:) Kisses and take care! xo

  2. I hope you both feel better when you wake up on the 1st day of 2014. Rest is good...and a good way to start the new year. Hopefully it's a sign that the year will be restful. I wish you and kh good fortune and good health!

  3. Happy New Year's, Jo!!
    I hope your headache gets better + your hubby gets well soon; in the meantime though, I hope you both enjoy the New Year's festivities! :)
    Here's to 2014!

  4. Lovely post my friend. Best wishes to you and the Mr. healing quickly and both getting some rest. It has been wonderful getting to know you a bit this year, a real amazing surprise for me :)

  5. Happy 2014 girl! Here's to an even better one for you <3

  6. oh nooooo!! i hope both you and the hubs feel better soon!! i've been knocked out with the flu since christmas too it's awful i feel like death lolol!!

    cheers to 2014!!! excited to see what the new year will hold (and i desperately need to get back on the diet wagon lol)

    so sweet thank you for the sweet comments you made about me and the hubs hehe.. actually you know it's funny you mention it.. i've been thinking about trying out daily disposables because it's harder to get infections with it.. and just like you said it's more breathable.. i agree i think it would have looked better without glasses with my formal ball gown!!

    i wanted to ask you you wear colored contacts a lot.. are those disposable?? or no? and which colored contacts do you use??

    1. Hey Lisa, There are periods of time when I wore my coloured contacts a lot -- sometimes when I'm travelling (vain pot wanna look good in photos... hahaha), during some festive seasons and special occasions. The reason being, my coloured contacts are 1-month disposable so I would try to make full use of a coloured pair once I open it.

      Coloured contacts are not made to be worn on a daily basis so you have to give your eyes some rest in between by wearing normal clear contacts or glasses. There are also daily disposable coloured ones though those available here dont have such variety and pretty shades of colours. Coloured contacts are a lot less breathable due to more layers sealing in the colours.

      If your eyes are super sensitive, you might wanna try Acuvue TruEye. A few months after my cornea infection, my eyes could not even take clear contact lens and so the optometrist suggested TryEye. It is the most breathable with most water content out of many in the market. I had a second opinion with the eye specialist who backed this up too.

      I use FreshKon as I personally feel this brand of coloured lens causes the least irritation. I know many beauty bloggers love using Geo lens and other Jap, Korean, TW lens bought online. They are very much cheaper but I'm just wary of fakes around. My last cornea infection was after I wore a pair bought from a reputable online store.

      Sorry, I took some time to get back to you. Hope this helps! =)

  7. Hope you feel better doll!! Happy New Year to you. I hope its the very best for you. Filled with good health ;-) Love, happiness, adventure and a lot of laughter!!! Big hugs from me to you Xxx

  8. Thank you for the lovely comment! I followed you back on GFC. I'm sorry to hear the readership of your god daughters blog has fallen, that's sad to hear when it could teach people so much and her story should not go forgotten. Your friend not updating as much has probably meant a lot of readers are not coming back to read the new content - but that might be for the best as keeping the blog updated often may cause more pain and prevent your friend from moving on/getting over a very painful thing - not that it is anything one can ever get over - but you know what I mean, I hope.

    I really hope you and the husband feel better soon and manage to have a wonderful start to 2014 - a duvet day with plenty of soup and old movies sounds perfect - you should do it and give yourself a rest!

    Corinne x

    1. Hey Corinne, Thanx for following. I really love it when there's meaningful 2-way conversation with my readers and fellow blog friends. I know what you mean and that's really very sweet and kind of you to pen out those words about my god daughter, Charmaine and my good friend, Cyn. I hope the first week of 2014 has been treating you well!

  9. Hope you two will get well soon and that you had a great new start 2014!!! Maybe I'll post the pic. I will keep you updated. Wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May your dreams come true and all the best for 2014!!!

    xx Mira

  10. Olá!!!, Deus te abençoe boa tarde, Amiga hoje eu só quero AGRADECER, pela oportunidade de ter você como amiga e que neste ano a nossa amizade seja melhor e mais forte apressar de ser virtual mais eu agradeço por todos recados que você durante o ano todo mandou mesmo sendo critica ou que gostou eu amei cada palavra por que aprendi a amar e a respeitar cada pessoa, e a prendi com os erro e acerto e ajuda de você que para cada dia o post no blog fica se melhor eu preciso de você para dizer o que esta bom ou ruim eu só tenho a agradecer pela oportunidade de conhecer você e me desculpe por tudo, mais uma coisa eu sei DEUS, pela sua infinita bondade colocou você na minha vida para exalta o seu nome a cada dia e ser glorificado por nós, 2014 vai ser o ano da nossa vitoria. 2014 DE SUCESSO.
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  11. 2014 will bring lots of work-related challenges for me, but I'm vowing that, "I got this!" So glad your December was a relaxing one. Sending restful thoughts your way and healing thoughts to your hubby. :) Happy New Year! T.

  12. Hope you feel better Jo and praying for your husband. It's horrible being sick especially this time of year. God Bless Doll.

  13. Happy New Year Jo!! First I want to wish you and your loved ones the best for 2014, second I hope both you and your husband feel better soon! Fever and headaches are no fun at all.

  14. happy 2014
    New Post

  15. Get well soon hun. Wishing you a Fabulous 2014! May it inspire greatness and bring you heaps of success and love, topped with happiness, peace and prosperity.

  16. Hope you're feeling much better now! A blessed, wonderful new year to you :)

  17. Happy New Year, Jo. Hope you all recover soon. I hate sickness during winter months, for some reason it feels more miserable. Totally agree how quiet it got at work in December, really enjoy peace and quiet times. I am not quite ready for everyone to come back next Monday. Love everything that says in that first pic, so true to heart.

  18. Wonderful words! Feel better soon sweety. Hope you're having a fantastic start to the new year!

  19. Hope you are feeling better. Happy new year.

  20. aww get well soon for you and your family , i hope you had enough time to rest and recover :) happy new year jo <3

  21. Thank you lovely babes and hunks for all your comments. They make me smile. Happy first week of 2014!


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