2019: A year of self-love

2019 passed by WAYYY faster than I can imagine. I still remember throwing up 12 times that day and having to board a plane (that was delayed), and having to change my travel plans to check out Bantanyan island, Cebu. Eventually, I bought an air ticket home as I was feeling so unwell.

And now, I’m back again in Cebu, hoping to visit Bantanyan & Malapascua island again. However this time round, there’s a typhoon. This is the fifth time I’m in the Philippines for the forth year and also the fifth consecutive time I’ve encountered a natural disaster here haha!

2019 was a great year. I was blessed to travel ALOT this year:

  • Penang, Malaysia (4 days)
  • Bangkok, Thailand (4 days)
  • Bali, Indonesia (6 days) (work)
  • Krabi Islands (Krabi Town, Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta, Phuket), Thailand, Myanmar (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Lake Inle), Luang Prabang, Laos, Perth, Australia (30 days)
  • East Java (Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Mount Bromo, Mount Ijen) (4 days)
  • Budapest, Hungary, Bratislava & Zdiar, Slovakia, Krakow, Poland (7 days)
  • Hualien & Taipei, Taiwan (7 days)
  • Vegas, USA (9 days) (work)
  • Cebu, Philippines (7 days)

I spent a hell lot of time this year riding an emotional roller coaster – nursing a heartbreak, transitioning into a new job, putting my guard down and confessing my feelings to someone… only to have my heart broken again lol.

I also spent a hell lot of money. This was the year I decided to put myself first and to really practise self-love. Finally I got my braces (yay Invisalign!), revamped my room (choosing the wall colour, pasting the wallpaper, buying new furniture etc.) and got a diving license!

This year, I also had the pleasure of visiting/playing host to some of the friends I made on my travels:

With Marcel in Budapest, Hungary (We met in Krabi, Thailand back in 2016!)
Javen visited in November (We became friends at a pub crawl earlier in May this year!)
Met Sujeong in Singapore for Winter Wonderland this month (She’s the very first friend I made for my first solo trip back in 2015!) 

I felt great.

Bit by bit, I could see myself progressing. I was achieving my goals and ticking off all the must-do’s on my to-do list.

For 2020, there’s only one last big item on my ultimate to-do list…

Finding the love of my life








Just kidding.

My to-do list include: getting a driving license and reading more.  After which, it’d be time to act on my big plan (fingers crossed!).

Here’s celebrating a better, stronger version of myself. I’m sure the new year would be as great, if not better.


Olivia L.




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