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Most Fascinating Things of 2015

Barbara’s list of the most fascinating things of 2015  is out, people. Unlike last year when I couldn’t relate at all with her list, this year, we both agree on Amy Schumer, Bradley Cooper, and Tracy Jordan making the cut. That being said, I still have my own 10, or at least 8, things that fascinate me the most this year. And I thought what could be a better time to share it with you than on the day I have to write a Blogmas post but couldn’t find any fascinating idea to write. So here goes the first part of the two parts of my most fascinating things in 2015.

1. Taylor Tippet

I rarely idolize real non TV human, and among the very few, I added Taylor. She is a flight attendant who writes positive encouragements and inspirational, sometimes hilarious, notes for the flight passengers to discover (#WordsFromTheWindowSeat). I have followed her Instagram ever since I read about her and officially stalk-fandom her (scrolled through her Insta from the very first post). Man, isn’t she amazing?! I love her happy life disposition and would very much like to make her my best friend.

2. Wait But Why

I was introduced to this blog by Andre, a work friend or just an acquaintances as we like to call ourselves, during a long tiring ride back from Bromo. This blog covers the most interesting topics I could ever think of like Your Life In Weeks or How To Pick A Life Partner (completely opposite to the trashy ideas from those trashy magazines). And sometimes, it’s like they peeked into my mind before writing stuff like Why I’m Always Late and Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. If you don’t believe in reading newspapers, as don’t I, this blog is the next best thing to regularly expand and nudging your mind.

3. A Sexy Bra

Another wisdom fruit from a colleague. I am not a stranger to the concept of a good fitting bra ever since Oprah told us so, but a sexy bra? Err, I was more of a funky color kind. But that was before Che, who sat in front of me 5 days a week keep reminding me of the power of sexy underwear. Wear it to the meetings and feel the difference, she said. Wear a skirt to see yourself walk taller, she said. Two trips La Senza later, and both times not to buy Monkey PJs, I am a believer Che. Ps. I just got another pair today.

4. Twinkie Chan

I couldn’t remember how did I stumble upon a Twinkie Chan’s blog, Twinkie Chan. Probably by googling something like “wear food” or “sushi necklace”, but I am sure glad I did. Twinkie is a craft queen blogger with runs a successful craft business with a huge number of followers behind her. And what I like the most about her blog, other than the constant influx of delicious-looking wearables, is that she keeps it personal. In the past couple of years, I had seen a few of my favorite bloggers, who turned their semi-personal blog into a professional outlet. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, I guess, but I have lost the reason to read their blog. On the other hand, I have gone through Twinkie’s archive to know that this lady keeps it real for years. For that, I salute her. I plan to order one of her scarves to rock in Melbourne winter next year. Any suggestions which pattern I should get?

5. Awkward Black Girl Web series

2015 is the era of web series. Or maybe it was two years ago, but since I am always late to the party, it’s only this year that I manage to catch up with it. Among others, including the highly recommended (by BFF) Fragments of Friday, I fall in like with Awkward Black Girl. Maybe because I could relate to her, maybe because it reminds me of The Office, maybe because of the narrator’s hilarious train of thoughts, maybe because the quirks of each character, or maybe because I couldn’t stop hearing the damn “booty call.. booty call” ringtone in my head. Whatever the reason is, I like it so much I watch each of the episodes many times. My favorite episode is when Jay and Cece become friends.

Alright, you guys, that’s all for today’s Blogmas, half of my most fascinating things of 2015. I will write the rest of the most fascinating things of this year in the next few days. But only after I manage to finish work’s work, packing, wrapping gifts, unpacking and repacking, send the very late Christmas cards and not feel sick due to exhaustion in the process. In between stuffing my luggage with instant noodles and painting my nails, I remembered I haven’t written the second part of the most fascinating things about 2015. Ops!

If you want to read the first part, click here. Now for the rest of the most fascinating things of 2015:

6. May28th.me

I wanted to write about Apple Watch, which I am sure was one of the most fascinating things for many this year. I do love the watch. I am not going to argue whether it’s a gimmick or not. Even if it’s a gimmick, it’s the best gimmick in town, the hottest gimmick of the year. I have done plenty of things with it, including taking pictures and getting constantly encouraged that I have reached my daily goals. All this wasn’t a reason for me finding it amusing. What’s amusing is the number of people who had come to me and claimed that the watch that I bought for 300$ costs ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. What do they think my employee paying me with? Bricks of gold?

But my attention went to more to this fully customized watches. Yes, From the picture on the dial, the material, bands, buckle, and keeper. It was fascinating indeed. All for under $50. Guess who just got one for herself?

7. Colleagues

Speaking of colleagues. I got the best ones ever! Having had my experiences before, I don’t think work-friendship is a real thing. I am not saying I work with bad colleagues before, but the people I work with now are smart, hard-working, and super fun people who are also passionate about their life and work. At least half of us are studying for one thing or another, trying to better ourselves. They inspire me and because of them, I am truly looking forward to going to work.

8. Japan

You didn’t think I would stop yapping about Japan and its awesomeness did you?? I went to Japan again this year and fell deeper in love with the country. Hokkaido and the seaside life portray another side of Japan which is the exact opposite of Tokyo’s Shibuya. If there is the most fascinating country in the world competition, Japan would win it every year in my book.

9. Passion Planner

It all started innocently when I read Xandra’s post. I checked it out but never had enough reason to get myself one since I navigate life pretty much okay using my 2.do app.

Then yesterday morning, Che told me about getting a planner and I suggested the Passion Planner. After that, I couldn’t really remember what made me change my mind, but we spent the day obsessing over this planner and stickers. We tried to find one that can ship before the new year (Che) and the cheap/fake version of it (me). We convinced my colleagues who were still working until the last minute (some of us, fortunately, don’t need to) get one as well. At 5.40 PM we clicked buy.

10. Change Your Password, Change Your Life

Call it God, power of believing, the secret, etc. I am a believer. I have seen and experienced again and again the magic of thinking and believe that things you wish for will come true. I am not saying all without efforts you need to do your work. But the power of mind and Universe combined is.. magic.

After reading this article, a few months ago I changed my password to a combination of words+symbols that represented my biggest goal for this year. Nothing much happened until a couple of weeks ago when I finally got the good news. I am super excited to share it with all of you, but I have to wait until everything come into realization. Hopefully soon 🙂

And that’s a wrap. Time for me to sleep so I won’t feel groggy for my morning flight to Singapore. Thanks for reading. Happy Holidays!


What are your most fascinating things in 2015?

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