My Top 5…Moments of 2015

IMG_7947Oops, I’m a bit late with creating this post since it’s already over a week into 2016, but I guess late is better than never!

 

2015 was an incredible year and one that I won’t forget anytime soon! Myself and Jason are, for the first time, heading in to a new year with so much uncertainty and a bit of fear. I hope that 2016 ends up being an amazing year, but for now I’m going to focus on how great 2015 was.

So here are my top 5 moments of 2015:

5. WWOOFing in Washington

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This was a great chance for both myself and Jason to firmly leave our comfort zones. We worked hard, learned a lot and most importantly had fun while working at Paradisos Del Sol Winery in Zillah Washington.

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4. Weekend trip to Seattlewpid-img_20150910_074009.jpg

For Jasons birthday I got him tickets to see the Mariners play baseball. That, coupled with the gourmet food tour that our friend Ian gave us, created an awesome weekend full of fun memories that I’ll cherish for a long time to come!wpid-img_20150908_120110.jpg

3. Beomosa Temple Stay

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What an incredible experience! We got to live in a temple for the weekend, meditate, pray, eat and drink tea like monks. We also learned a lot about Buddhism and were able to clear our minds for that wonderful weekend. IMG_9292

2. Finally Spending Christmas with Family

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It had been 6 years since I’ve spent Christmas with any family. Both myself and Jason were getting down in Denver thinking about spending another Christmas alone, so we made the decision to load up the car, drive 2 days to Washington and spend the most incredible 2 weeks with his family! We even had a white Christmas…it was so perfect and gave our spirits a badly needed lift.
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1. Our honeymoon in Singapore and Bali

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Ever since myself and Jason got engaged we both knew that if we had to choose, we wanted our honeymoon to be the highlight instead of the wedding. At the end of the day, we care way more about travel and experiences than we do about dresses and place settings so we did exactly that, had a low key wedding and enjoyed the most wonderful 2 weeks in both Singapore and Bali. We splashed out and stayed in an amazing villa with a private pool in Ubud and the memories from our honeymoon are going to stay in my mind forever.wpid-img_20150224_073315.jpg

 

So there we have it, my top 5 moments of 2015. It was so nice to look back on them while writing this.

How about you? What are your favorite memories of 2015??

 

Singapore with my niece!

imageI can’t believe that it was over two weeks ago now since we arrived in Singapore!

Just to update you all, even though myself and Jason got married back in August, we didn’t have time to have a honeymoon so decided to have a belated one in February (it just happened to be my 30th too)
We decided to go to Bali for our honeymoon but with my niece after recently moving to Singapore we decided it was the perfect stopover before Bali.IMG_7791

Now, before I go any further I guess I should mention that my niece is actually only a year younger than me.

Both myself and Jason were so excited to catch up with Sarah and see what her life is like in Singapore, meet her boyfriend Peter, see the city and of course, try the food!

On our first night we got insanely jealous when they showed us their apartment complex (complete with two pools and a gym) but the best part…was their private rooftop terrace with a hot tub and a barbecue. We enjoyed a couple of drinks in a local pub and then drank some more on the rooftop. It was the perfect introduction to Singapore.

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The next day we got a taxi to the downtown area and caught our first glimpse of the Marina Bay Sands.IMG_7663

The city is just as beautiful and clean as people say and the architecture is so beautiful.

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The Durian is the national fruit, so they built this building to replicate it. My favorite building in Singapore!

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But I think that the thing I loved the most about Singapore was the fact that it’s so multicultural. It blew our mind just how many different people were living in Singapore. Different religions and races but all living together in harmony. Sarah told us that only about 20% of the population is Singaporean. This shocked us, especially compared to Korea which has such a low level of foreigners and expats.

The next day was our tourist day. Peter had to go to Jakarta for business but his mom was visiting so we spent the day with her and Sarah doing all of the touristy things. It started off with an incredible cheesy Duck Tour.IMG_7733 IMG_7737

Then it was time to go on the Singapore Flyer. (Which was great!)IMG_7794 IMG_7768 IMG_7788

And then it was time for the Gardens by The Bay. This was a wonderful experience and I’d definitely recommend a visit there if you have the chance! You could spend all day there and still not see it all.IMG_7825 IMG_7818 IMG_7835 IMG_7845

As the sun was nearly setting we decided to go to a brewery that Sarahs friend had told us about. When we arrived we were all in awe with the incredible view from there. It’s called Level 33 because, yep you guessed it, it’s on the 33rd floor. Sarah even surprised us with an early birthday dessert plate!IMG_7857

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As you can see, the views were just out of this world! (the food was awesome too!) I even got to have a Singapore Sling (or as we’ve been calling them, a slingapore)

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On our final day in Singapore we decided to head to Chinatown and see the preparations for Chinese New Year (we’d be missing it by a couple of days) As you can imagine there were goats everywhere since this is indeed the year of the goat.IMG_7795 IMG_7892 IMG_7885

The architecture in this area was so beautiful and we had a great morning buying some souvenirs.

Before we knew it, our time was up and it was time to get on the plane for our honeymoon in BALI!