Time does fly in a blink of an eye, don't you think? It feels like just yesterday I was writing the entry 2015 In A Nutshell and now I'm doing another recap for the year of 2016. Phew! It's no surprise that one day I wake up as a 100 years old granny who walks slowly dragging her suitcase to board a plane for another adventure. LOL! Okay, that would be too much to imagine :p
2016 is definitely a better year as my phobias started to fade away. I also learnt to love and to appreciate my body more. I'm getting good in ignoring other people's nonsense about what is the perfect body image. I started to believe that I don't need to be as skinny as a stick to be beautiful. Though as an extreme introvert, it does take lots of effort to brave myself to come out from my comfy cocoon and to meet new people. A bit awkward in the beginning but I know I'll be just fine.
January - Bali
|Jatiluwih rice terrace|
February - Bali
|maid of honor on duty|
March - Semarang, Magelang, Yogyakarta
|nasi ayam Bu Pini in Semarang|
|sunrise at Borobudur temple, Magelang|
|pre-wedding photo shoot at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta|
May - Singapore, Hong Kong
|I kissed a stingray. Marine Life Park Sentosa|
|Nan Lian Garden, Kowloon|
July - Makassar, Lombok, Banyuwangi, Bandung
|sunset in Losari beach, Makassar|
|Sade traditional weaving village in Lombok|
|the Blue Fire in mount Ijen, Banyuwangi|
|my #TripOfWonders family at Kawah Putih, Bandung|
August - Semarang, Magelang, Yogyakarta
|Kenzo, my guardian angel|
|Blenduk church, Semarang|
|Umbul Sidomukti, Semarang|
|Borobudur Temple, Magelang|
I tried to pull myself together and organised a 'fix the broken heart' trip with my family who were also as sad as I was. I chose the road trip route Malang-Semarang-Magelang-Yogyakarta-Malang simply because I really enjoyed my previous journey.
September- Welcoming baby Zorro
Meet Zorro, my new adopted puppy.
I was actually not sure if I was ready for a new family member. Losing Kenzo definitely left a deep wound in my heart and still hurts so much. But this little fella needs a new loving home, so we took him in. Welcome to the Leksonos!
October - Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Poland
|make friend with a friendly seagull in Taallinn|
|Trakai island castle, Lithuania|
|the Old Town of Krakow at night|
I decided to have an early birthday trip in October though my birthday was still a month away. It was another 'last minute holiday' and I had only less than a month to organise everything. We were lucky to be able to apply the schengen visa through VIP service. It was granted within 5 days only. Otherwise we would missed our flight and ruined the whole itinerary, lol. My main reason of this journey was to visit the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. Some places about which I had zero expectations and ended up loving were the Balkan countries. Each of them has its own charm and beauty that I left home with a heavy heart :'(
So that's basically the highlights of my 2016. It was also my second year spending my Christmas holiday at home. I kinda love it now spending some quality time with family, friends and my dogs instead of travelling abroad.
Farewell 2016, you made me cry and you made me laugh. It's time to move forward but I'll remember you. Aaaand hellow hellow 2017! Let's be friend & let's rock and roll together! Cheers to the new awesome year. May everyday of the new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you. xoxo