Two Thousand and Seventeen

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It’s almost been a year since I started this blog, and while I often don’t have time to write much, I’m happy with the fact that this journal will always be a click away whenever I need a platform to channel my thoughts, travel adventures, and my love for little things in life.

Looking back, 2016 had been a remarkable year. To say that the first half of the year was tough is an understatement. I remember clearly the days where I was feeling frustrated, bitter, angry, and days where I was simply a miserable mess. But it’s okay, because it taught me to let go. I learned from the hard times, the heartbreak, the tears, from the mistakes and from my own shortcomings. It made me a little bit wiser and a little bit stronger, and as much as it sucked, I wouldn’t change a moment of it because it brought me where I am today.

If I had to pin-point one moment that changed everything it would be moving to Australia. It was one of the most challenging and exciting things that has ever happened to me, and leaving home has changed me and shifted my whole perspective on things. It taught me to survive on my own.

I can’t stress how badly I realized that I love home and the people I call so. There are days where I wanted nothing more than to wake up at home and sneak into my parents’ room and turn on their TV to watch Sunday morning cartoons.These are the things you learn to appreciate more and more as you return home.

I admit, my school itself is a whole different level there than it was in Indonesia. I had to upped my study game to merely pass (I’m glad that all those late nights in the library had successfully paid off). In the weeks leading up to my departure, I remember being absolutely terrified about not being able to “click” with the new place. But never had I been so wrong. It seems like I’ve made more new friends in the past 6 months than I did in 20 years. It may sound crazy, but these improbable friendships often seem destined. It’s when the cliche sayings of “You cross paths for a reason” make absolute sense. Coming from different parts of the world and despite all of our differences, we were there for each other. I’m eternally grateful for the moments I got to share with them, big or small, from pulling up all-nighters in the library cramming our final Unit Ops reports to all the parties we went to with a little bit of liver functionality that we have left.

2016 gave me a lifetime supply of stories to tell and moments to look back to. I’m thankful for the times I spent laughing my face off, the times I stayed up talking to someone I loved, and the times it made me feel invincible. Unlike all other years, it left an impact. As for 2017, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Happy New Year from yours truly.

x,
Amanda.

Some of my favorite moments from 2016.

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A Little Bit of Everything

Six stories from around the web

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  1. Check out this adorable DIY Matches Vanity Tray. What a statement.
  2. Discovered about this 5 year old Presidential expert Macey Hensley from one of Ellen Show’s videos and this was when she got to meet President Obama for the first time and asked him some “very important” questions.
  3. Most adorable baby animal photographs that just melt hearts.
  4. In the spirit of spring, here are some egg-cellent Easter ideas to brighten up the celebration.
  5. Meet the South African artists using Instagram to push their wacky works.

  6. Kate and Leo, our dreamiest of dream duos, fulfilled all of our fantasies at the Oscars by being absurdly adorable together.

x, Amanda.

What’s In My Bag

So I was just clearing out some crumpled receipts in my bag the other day and thought it would be fun to show you all what everyday bits you can most certainly find in my bag. And so here are the stuff I usually can’t leave home without.

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  1. Bag (Unbranded)
    If I had to pick a go-to bag, this has to be it. I purchased this a few years ago on a street market in Vietnam. It was so cheap that I’m surprised it even lasts this long. I love how it is so light and the neutral colors make it so versatile that I could wear it with almost anything.
  2. Burberry specs
    Without this or my contact lenses, I’m practically blind.
  3. Kate Spade pouch
    This is where I stash all my smaller bits and pieces, random tickets, and polaroid pictures. Plus, the pop of pink really makes it so eye catching and I love how it’s big enough to carry it solo when I don’t feel like carrying a bag.
  4. Apple Earphones
    The one and only kind that works for me since my ears are too small for most earphones to fit properly. One Amanda’s weird fact revealed.
  5. Lucas Papaw Ointment.
    This papaya-based Australian salve goes onto my lips, elbows, cuticles and knuckles as a dry skin pick-me-up.
  6. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST
    I’m only comfortable using disposable contacts since it offers a fresh, new-lens feeling every day. Also being the clumsy rabbit that I am, I don’t have to worry about losing my lens (which did happen quite a few times).
  7. A flashdisk, just in case.
  8. Eyebrow pencil: Lovely ME:EX Design My Eyebrow by The Face Shop in Dark Brown
    Recommended by a friend. They work. I like them.
  9. Make Up For Ever Dark Brown Eyeliner Pencil
    I’m super fussy when it comes to eyeliner since I’m not really a pro at using it. Thus, it has to be easily applicable and this is definitely my favorite that I’ve tried so far.
  10. The Face Shop Lip Tint Stick: Vernis à lèvres en bâton in Sweet Cherry
    As a fan of all things pink, it’s only natural that I’m always on the look for a classic pink lip shade. Unlike most lip tint, this one is really buttery and light and love how I can’t really go wrong with it.
  11. A multi-coloured gel pen and a Moleskin diary
    Since my iPhone is usually occupied for taking photos, it can be helpful to have a good old-fashioned notebook to jot down blog ideas, inspiring quotes, doodles, or just general nonsense.
  12. Calvin Klein Perfume, Eternity
    I’m all about the light, breezy, fresh smelling perfumes. My dad got me this travel size Calvin Klein Perfume Kit that comes with 5 scents, but Eternity is by far my favourite and it’s one of those things I would re-purchase if I must say.
  13. A butterfly hair clip for hair emergencies.
  14. Charles and Keith wallet
    A birthday gift that I’ve had around for quite some time now and still absolutely love it just as much as then.
  15. And my iPhone, always.

Other things I would normally bring are wet wipes, a pack of gum, hand sanitizer, and a powerbank. What are your bag necessities that you can’t leave the house without?

x, Amanda.