Oh what a year it was, 2011…

2011 was definitely a memorable year for me in many ways, both good and bad. As always, i was busily consumed with numerous adventures and all sorts of celebrations with close friends and families, such as birthdays, holidays, friends visiting me, and of course, many events of delicious high tea’ing, dining, and dessert’ing.

Now while i do look forward to a fabulous 2012, i thought it would be good to start the year by reflecting back on what 2011 has given me, and what i have learned from all my experiences over the year. So here goes a quick recap of my 2011!!!

The year kicked off with a festive Chinese New year spending it with families in China. The celebrations in China are always over the top with the lovely flower decorations and fireworks that was heard from a distant in my parent’s village. We had the luxury of celebrating our company annual dinner at the sophisticated 1930′s Shanghai inspired, China Club, which is for members only. There was delicious and traditional Chinese food served, whilst people anxiously waited to see who would win the best 1930′s Shanghai costume of the night. Art jamming was in session to show some creativity with painting for BFF’s birthday! High tea’ing at the Four Seasons to start the year with my 3 lovely BFF,  fresh warm scones and Earl Grey tea kept me sane for those excruciating cold winter days. Got big fat bonus at work and had a big blow out at the YSL make up counter. Merci YSL, i love you!

I was going through a rough time with my relationship in the early months of 2011 and i was so grateful that i had my 2 BFF’s continuous support and for being there for me. Their countless times of happy hours and coffee breaks with me was definitely a mood booster, i love my girls!!! My brother and his entire family including my cute nephew and 2 nieces came to Hong Kong for a visit. It was a fun day at the amusement park, Ocean Park, packed with walking, witnessing sea animal in the under world, and trying rides with the kids. Discovering the new froyo shop Smiles, for froyo lovers like myself, definitely put a big smile on my face! They even have these cute pretzel sticks that’s covered in different flavors.  Finally bought the Elle Singapore issue as i was trying to be fashionably spontaneous one day, and i never looked back!

A series of celebration followed on with  Mother’s Day, my BFF in Canada came for a visit and we spoke like we never left each other while sipping over Cosmos, and i finally managed to watch the Kylie Minogue Aphrodite live concert!!!

May also marked the month where my relationship reached a turning point and went for the worst, i was no longer with the BF. Though the following months were and still is painful,  i have learned that  through lost and vulnerable moments, we discover who we are and what we want, and everything in life seems to have a whole new meaning to it. I see life and the small details that’s made up of it, very differently as opposed to 7 months ago, and i do believe that this is a valuable lesson gained. In a way, i am thankful for each and every experience that i have been through, no matter how hard it was, because it has made me the person that i am today.

But i learned to enjoy life again, in ways that i haven’t done in a while, i went biking with friends and just catching up for lost times, and everyone was very supportive and stood by me.  I don’t know what i would had done without them. Finally got around in picking the perfect photo for my lovely zebra print mirror photo frame. Yes, it’s Audrey Hepburn, she is absolutely stunning and her beauty takes my breath away!

Summer came before i knew it, and hiking trips with friends were scheduled. Lovely breath taking view at the peak and rewarded ourselves with dim sum for lunch. Shopping splurge was on full gear, bought summery floral dresses, vibrant colored make up, and the biggest gift of all, my iphone 4! As the saying goes, we lose some, we win some. Through my rough times during the break up, i had gotten to know one of my casual friend better and we are so much closer now. High tea’ing was in session at the Marco Polo Hotel on a lazy Saturday afternoon, sipping on English tea whilst laughing the afternoon away.

Healthy bike rides underneath the beaming sun and indulging myself with macarons from Paul Lafayet.  Organized one of my good old friend’s 30th big birthday bash at our friend’s recently opened Pizzeria. My birthday celebration over karaoke with close friends, singing the night away. My sweet sister all the way in London, got me a special gift, a Jo Malone perfume! I attended church for the first time and befriended a London bloke,  who is the wackiest person i’ve met. Cheap good local food, long night strolls and talks are mostly expected after our church meetings, and chatted the night away one time until sun rise. Simply most beautiful sight i’ve seen.

Traveling mode made it a memorable November, with a family weekend trip to Singapore and a one day trip to Macau with a friend.  Happy hours at The Peninsula Hotel inside the chic 1930′s Shanghai inspired “Salon de Ning” bar or as they call it “”Paris of the East”, listening to good old 80′s and 90′s music with delish and quite pricey cocktails. More dosage of high tea at “The Parlour” was much needed after a long day of shopping, and the mini green pistachio sponge cake was utterly divine.  Paid my respects to our ancestors at their graves, which was an emotional moment. Its been 2 years since my grandma passed away and i still miss her dearly. She is the funniest grandma you can ask for, she is just so cute in the smallest way, like how we used to arm wrestle for fun or i would comb her hair to beautify her, lol. But i know she is in a better place now.

Happy news was up in the air to end 2011 beautifully, my high school friend was getting wedded at the Sheraton Hotel.  The entire banquet was lovely done up with all these different tones of beautiful purple flowers. Absolutely a magical and unforgettable night! Prior to the wedding day, a crazy hens night took place  at the posh Armani Aqua with non stop alcohol and food!!! More delicious food with fairytale Christmas decorations displayed at the Aberdeen Marina Club made it an excellent company lunch party. Pre Christmas dinner with my BFF was fun times, admiring the view of Hong Kong at its finest moment. Super  excited upon receiving my very first Christmas card of the year from London, my heart just melted at the sight of the red glitter of the iconic London bus and post box.

Christmas times jam packed  with setting up my Christmas tree, gift shopping, and lots of eating.  I received a cute Prada teddy bear key chain for Christmas! More post – Christmas dinner with delicious Korean BBQ and Korean Hite beer while catching up with New York friends. Christmas Eve and Christmas day in Macau with a friend to watch the much anticipated  water show, “The House of Dancing Water”. The dance and acrobatic moves were impressive with beautiful costumes, and the stage setting really did wonders where it creates a water and non water based floor within minutes! Quick dinner at the Venetian food court followed by a night of chit chats in our hotel room, while nibbling on Belgian truffles and sipping on Portuguese Rose Wine, Mateus, into the morning hours. Juicy Beef burger and red wine at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel was the way we rolled to enjoy our lovely dinner on Christmas Day. Just got super lucky and witnessed a lovely musical water show outside the Wynn casino, a perfect ending to our Macau trip!

Christmas in Macau 2011

2011 was definitely a life learning and life changing year for me. I have learned a lot through my good times and bad times, and i feel like i have re-known myself in another light. I am so blessed to have such great friends and families that care for me, and showed their support when needed. I am more opened to opportunities now and try to seize every moment, where i take each day as it comes because we never know what tomorrow will bring.

And last but not least, i want to give a big shout out to all my wonderful bloggers out there, wherever you are, for following me over the past year. Your sweet comments, touching emails, and all of your support means a lot to me! It just puts a smile on my face when i see how this blog has blossomed, filled with lovely memories from you all. A big thank you to each and everyone of you! Here i am wishing you all a happy new year,  all the best to 2012!!!!

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14 responses to “Oh what a year it was, 2011…

  1. Your life sounds like a dream to me! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and the stories, it made the stories come more to life by being able to see everything in pictures. It sounds like you had a great year..being able to get back on your feet after a break up can be rough and it sounds like you stayed strong through everything. Congrats on an awesome year! -Meggan

  2. Clare

    Great recap! Sounds like an AMAZING year. I am jealous!
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  3. Wow! It sounds like you had such a fun year! Those Christmas pictures look magical! Lets hope this year is even better! :)

  4. What an amazing post Cinz! I don’t even know where to begin! I LOVE afternoon teas and the ones you went to sound divine. The Shanghai-inspired club sound so cool too. I’ve always loved Shanghai in the 1930′s (from all the Chinese movies I’ve watched when I was younger lol). The women were so glamorous with their Hollywood-styled hair and beautiful cheongsam. I love the stories about your grandma :) I’m so happy that you were able to get through your tough times with such a positive outlook on life. It’s so great that you formed stronger bonds with your friends and family. Life is so short and we should only focus our energy to those that loves us and makes us better people; the rest doesn’t matter :) Let’s make each year even better than the last!

  5. Happy New Year! Such beautiful collage of photos.. So dreamy :) Thank you so much for your support on my blog and wish you have a great 2012! xo akiko
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  6. Oh I really love these personal snapshots, I love learning more about the girl behind the blog ;)
    Looks like a wonderful and delicious 2011 you had! I hope 2012 is even better, and yummier!!

    x

  7. Despite the break up, 2011 sounded like a great year for you! Your summer with friends seemed like so much fun.
    Glad to have discovered your blog in 2011 and hope to see more of it in 2012.

  8. May

    Looks like you had an amazing year from the photos sweety!! I absolutely adore Shanghai in the 1930s….the glitz, glamour, sound and marcel wave….and make a habit of wearing my collection of Qi Pao every Chinese New Year! Love your blog by the way!
    What doesn’t kick you down can only make you stronger….I understand what you went through as I experienced my own heart break in 2011. Time is a true healer…so lets hope that 2012 will be greater, brighter and better! Happy New Year!!
    May x
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  9. That is one really long and amazing 2011 wrap up! So glad that you ended your year on a high note – you very well deserved it. :) Really sorry for your loss, and the rough times, but hey it’s always a blessing and amazing to have awesome best friends who are there for you no matter what!

    Your holiday photos make me green with envy! Haha. It looked like an incredible time! So happy for you, Cinz!

    And thank YOU for being an amazing blogger friend. You’ve been so supportive and kind throughout and it’s a blessing knowing you. :) Here’s to a great 2012 ahead for the both of us. x

  10. swisshera

    What a 2011 for you sweetheart! One good thing to note is that you are so blessed with all these wonderful friends around you, especially when you needed them the most. 2012 is going to be a much better year for you, and happy chinese new year! :) All the best for you!

  11. Oh, 2011 — It was such a busy year for all of us, I think. I hope that 2012 goes a bit smoother for you. :)

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  12. Oh wow, this must have taken you the longest time to write up! I am really impressed and I love the photos. Sounds like you’ve had a crazy 2011 but I’m sure 2012 will be much, much better! I look forward to all of those!

    Yeah the MAC thing- if you return 6 empty packaging to MAC you can get a free lipstick, it’s part of their recycling program which is really cool!
    Also, I bought that ribbon ring in Causeway bay somewhere- I think it was from one of the little shops in Causeway place. I so want to go back there!

    Haha, I am still learning with Mahjong but it’s fun to play with my grandma and keep her busy! :)

  13. you looked like you had an amazing year :)

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