Two Zero One Nine…

How was 2019 for you? I hope that it was somewhat a good one. 🙂 Mine started off with closing a 3.5yrs chapter. Trust me; it took alot of contemplating, sleepless nights and buckets of tears to finally bid goodbye to the familiarity that was once so dear and comforting but, it was for the right reasons esp. when we didn’t see the same future anymore.

I learned to smile again thanks to my now, Hubby that stepped up his game. He showed me that I shouldn’t feel alone and that someone who truly cares, would be able to sense when you’re going through a tough time and would willingly listen to your inner thoughts and issues and try their best to help because they just want to see you happy and nothing less. They’ll make sacrifices because you’re worth it. I finally found someone who treated me the way that I’ve always treated my other halves. True love is not lost but it exists when you love unconditionally. ❤

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This year, we got engaged and months later, we got married. It may seem fast but it felt right to us and that’s what matters the most. ❤ We experienced so many new things together, planning a ROM and being in a LDR Marriage. It definitely is a huge challenge  being 9000++ miles apart to be honest and 12/13hrs time difference. That being said, we communicate alot on a daily basis. Skype Calls, Whatsapp Calls + Messages, Instagram, FB and also iMessaging.

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We’re definitely looking forward to picking each other up from the airport again. The excitement level is always at it’s upmost peak when it’s just days, hours and then minutes to seeing each other.

Last year in February 2018, I chopped my long hair short to donate it to Locks of Hope, in the hope of helping someone and also I felt like it was time to change up my hair as I’ve had medium to long hair for easily 20 years at that point. Having short hair gave me alot of mixed feelings tbh. I liked how much less shampoo I had to use, I noticed that I hardly found my hair on the floor and it also took pretty fast to dry just with a towel but on the other side of things, I had to get a cut, a shave, a trim almost every 2-3 weeks once to either maintain the style or change it up and Boy!! did I go through a phase of wild, crazy shave haircuts as well. Why not right? Since it’s already that short to begin with and hair grows afterall. I received many compliments from friends and hairstylists saying that the new look matches my personality and that I pulled it off well. I honestly, enjoyed having short hair except that besides using hair products like Wax, Pomade and all that to style it, there wasn’t much versatility so the other thing that I did alot to make it more feminine when I wore dresses was to put on a nice hairband. I also dyed it in Blonde, Grey/Silver, Pink and Purple earlier this year but when I got engaged, I realized that I didn’t want to take our Pre-Wedding photos having rainbow hair and opted for a more natural hair colour so I visited my favourite Colourist Expert/DJ, Eddy Mino from AVEDA to get my hair coloured for our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot and for the ROM. Btw, I love AVEDA products as it’s really very natural and has less chemicals compared to the many other brands out there. 🙂 From getting my hair and makeup done for the Pre-Wedding Photoshoot and also ROM, I realized that I need to grow back my hair in order to be able to have the versatility to style for our Wedding and ontop of hating the number of hairpins and hairspray that was needed to hold my hair in place. It was painful to remove btw.

Work on the other hand started off really bad this year as a huge international consultancy firm played dirty and shortchanged my work with them and not pay me on top of things. If I had to be honest about it, it made me really mad as they were not handling things professionally and have left a bitter taste in my mouth based on this experience. I would only expect this kind of unprofessional-ism from a small company but not at their level. Because of that, I’ve blacklisted them and will never ever have anything good to say about the organization and I’m leaving it up to Karma. I slowed down work to focus on planning the ROM earlier this year as well and spent some quality time with my then Fiance’ and also my parents whenever possible.

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Mom’s health has been a roller-coaster ride over the past 4 years and this year, she had to go for more Chemo + Radiotherapy and in August she had an accident in the bathroom and it fractured/dislocated her elbow and needed emergency surgery to correct it. Months have past and they’ve finally removed the metal rods in her elbow but she’s still recovering from it. It has been tough seeing her struggle and go through the different treatments over the years but we’re not giving up as the most important thing is, she’s still able to enjoy life and our company.

What will 2020 have in store for us, for me? I know that I’m definitely looking forward to my travels as I’ve successfully gotten my American Travel Visa. It was definitely an intimidating and stressful experience but it’s the first step to a whole new chapter and experience. Fingers and toes are also crossed that our Alien Relative Petition (I-130) application goes through smoothly so that we can take the next steps. Also, I’m planning to up my workout regime and stay active. Definitely going to catch up with friends for lots of yummy food too. 🙂

I would like to end this blog post by wishing everyone, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!” 😀

XoXo, VAS