Last year I made a review of what happened to me the whole year. Although I never thought much of New Year's before, I want to keep doing it for the years to come. Doing reviews/flashbacks is one of my favourite activities. I was so scared of what 2012 had to offer for me last year but glad that it came. Here's what I've achieved throughout the year:
This is the month (and year) I started blogging. I got interested after seeing Bonnie of Flashes of Style's blog. This was the month I saw a Halle rendition of My Fair Lady with some girls. On a sidenote, although I didn't blog about this, I went on an impromptu trip to Leipzig with my friend, Atika and we stayed over at our friend, Aqbas's place. It was all very sudden and I got to see the Völkerschlachtdenkmal upclose and personal in winter. So beautiful!
This was the last month I visited Karlsruhe. It was the last month I got to experience the town with my beloved and friends still living there. Impossible to think of this time without a pang of nostalgia. This month we (The Suyabifytjoeng gang or whatever) were supposed to head to Paris but forgot to plan it out and went to North-Rhein Westfalia instead. This was also the month Firu and I celebrated our 19th monthversary and I baked cupcake for everybody. It didn't look good but tasted yummy all the same. Yum!
This month was tiring yet filled with not much of an event to celebrate. My fondest memory was of the Buchmesse (Book Fair) Atika and I attended in Leipzig. It was crowded to the brim with people cosplaying and such. I just wish I could've been there with someone else because Tika doesn't enjoy such things as much as I do. My not-so-fond memory was picking up my one and only inkling. That was a pain.
Aprillocal Pompeii Exhibition - which I adore! Zahra and I planned to visit the magical town of Weimar on Easter Break and it was poetic. We both drooled over the quilt pen. The month was closed up real nice with the grill party held by the Indonesian students in Halle. Despite my own belief, it was a blast!
The last month before my finals. Instead of studying, I decided to reunite with a good friend in Kassel. This was my first time coming here. It was beautiful and mystify me in a way I never though I could be after leaving Karlsruhe. Little did I know back then that life would lead me to this small town later. The next week I went to Primark Hannover for the first time - my first Primark experience. I was completely flabbergasted by all the products!
Finally, finals! I've been hearing about it for a year now and I've passed it, thank God! Before finals, though, on the weekend, I went hiking with some kids from the university. It was exhausting and awesome! I had a total blast. My first and only hiking experience in Germany so far. After finals, I've got all this free time and nothing to do so I met up with Netta and fool around with someone else's SLR camera. What a summer experience! Later on, Divina came to visit me for the third time in Halle. We took pictures and made a video. Yaay for June!
July was insane. Everyone was busy applying for a place at graduate school. I was no exception. Despite that fact, I could still fool around with Netta, Mimi and a camera. Although so, I went back to Kassel once again to apply for the university there. After everything was said and done, the only thing left to do was wait so Rezy, Ervina and I went to Göttingen for the first time. Firu came just two days before our second anniversary and we traveled to Leipzig, Berlin and Dresden before I left Halle for good. We also explored Kassel a lot afterwards.
The peak of summer, the time I fulfilled one of my annual wishes: going back to Indonesia. Lady luck was on my side. Reunited with high school friends I was, my soulmates/best friends as well and, of course, my most beloved sister. I got to spend Eidul Fitr with my big family too. My sister and I ended up having quite an adventure that month, which you can read more about here.
Second batch of home in September. My best friends (of 8 years) and I had our great reunion - where I cosplayed - and Takoyaki party! It was a blast and I miss them in the wee hours here. The last weekend in Indonesia I spent with my family, discovering a new culinary treat, and Firu's family. Then Germany called and I had to go back, where then I featured a local clothing store in Kassel and made friends with people.
October kicked off with a good start. I found a permanent home and Firu helped me move there. This was the month I started university life with so many expectations, gained some new friends and explored new places. For starters, Firu and I visited Düsseldorf, the Japanese quarter of Germany. We both enjoyed the experienced and gulped down two bottles of japanese lemonade with glee. Later this same month, Firu took me to Venlo, Holland for my birthday and we raided the Indonesian grocery store there. I went on a ladies' date to a local flea market with 3 ladies, including Sakurako. Also, I entered a New Look competition and won cold, hard cash! (look out, this will come up again!)
Sakurako quality month, this is! I slept over at her house - in an impromptu ordeal. Not much else was happening, aside from me exchanging clothing items with my sister. To commemorate my and Firu's 28th monthversary, we went to Essen and watch birds by the river. At the end of the month, Sakurako and I met up again to make onigiris and dashimaki tamago for the International Dinner we attended. Needless to say, our tummy was full to the brim and we went home well-fed.
December means christmas! Although I don't actually celebrate the event, christmas markets always excite me. Sakurako was also very excited about it and we explored to two christmas markets this month. It was a total blast! I am so happy and glad to see my sister wearing the shorts (from Selective Potential) that I sent her way. How our worlds total upside down, I find very interesting. With the money I won - and some financial support from Dad, I finally purchased my first SLR camera! Nearing the end of the year, Firu and I went back to Karlsruhe and traveled to Paris (I'll post all about this).
With all that is said and done, I just want to wish you all a completely belated Happy New Year and write down my new resolutions. Before that, let's review what I promised myself I'd do last year:
Uhh...yeah, 3 out of 5, how bout it? To be fair, no. 4 is in progress, although not artistic at all, and I can't really tell if no. 5 is accomplished or not. I did gain more friends and broaden my horizon in friendship. Does that count? Either way, here's another list of resolutions/goals:
- Become financially responsible (as well as mentally etc. too, though)
- Become more artistically involved in anything (projects, competitions, etc.)
- Learn to love Firu right and stay in a loving relationship with him ♥
- Go through with the semester abroad program (find out the infos first)
- Experiment more with photography!
What are your resolutions/goals this year? Did you accomplish the ones you set out to do last year? Happy belated new year's, all! Hope 2013 will bless us with a lot! Cheerio!