Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year 2015.

2015 has been another year filled with blessings. No doubt it wasn't a bed of roses but I learnt to appreciate the little things I have in my life and I'm thankful. I pray year 2016 to be another year filled with love and good health for my love ones. 
2015 was a year I graduated from Diploma in Marketing at Temasek Polytechnic and it was also a year which I made an important choice to what I should take up in University. With advices and encouragement, I took a leap of faith and decided on Economics and Finance. It was a genre way out of my comfort zone and during the initial starting of my course, it got overwhelmed. I panicked and even had thoughts on changing back to Marketing. It was only when my good Friend who gave me strength to believe in myself  I was also lucky enough to have Jasmine with me in this course and we met many helpful friends along the way:) I can't be thankful enough. We worked very hard for all the assignments and with our results out, I'm proud to say Yes! We did it! 

Note to self: 'Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.' 
-Zig Ziglar
This year because I was too caught up with my life, I lost someone. A buddy who supported me all the way and who cared for me. Because my Friend was always there for me, it became a norm, I took it lightly and failed as a Friend. At the end of the day, damage was done. They say you will never know how important that someone in your life is until you lose him/her. Even though there were always burning thoughts in my head, I treasured the friendship a lot. I was afraid to carry on with my life as he was a friend who gave me strength to believe in myself. It was hard to picture my life without him but I know what's the best for him now. 

Note to self: 'As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.'
- John F. Kennedy
One of the main highlights this year was the trip to Korea with my sister. We were both lucky enough to get to experience the richness of Korea culture and unforgettable memories were made. It was a trip that swept us off our feet like a fairytale in our dreams. Only when I came back to Singapore then I realise I was being bought back to reality. Nevertheless, it was a trip worth remembering and I will not exchange these memories for anything else. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith, follow your guts and you will be surprise how life will turn out from there. Every learning journey counts. 

Note to Self: 'To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.' 
- Hans Christain Anderson
 I met someone this year who I am proud to call him my Boyfriend:) He is like my comfort pillow, someone who I can talk to. Being with him makes me happy! Looking back, never in the world would I have thought we would talk.. I guess life just has its way around! You will never know who you will meet and how it will turn out to be. No doubt there will be endless questions in your head.. but know that your concerns will only add up to your worries and not your solution. So why not have courage and take a take a bet?  You may surprise what will happen at the end *wink*

Note to Self: 'Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.' 
- W. Clement Stone
I used to question how I will be like when I'm 21. How different will I be to who I am now? Well,  being at 21, I'm still me but maybe someone more mature than before? I thought being an adult means having the courage to take a risk and make decisions. I will be strong and know how to handle myself in difficult situations. But.. I am wrong. There are a million things I am ignorant. However, that being said, as long as I choose to not give up growing, I am sure I will become a better person year by year. 

Note to Self: 'Do not be afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of only standing still. Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.'
- Unknown and Doug Firebaugh
I hope 2015 has been a fulfilling year for you too! With that, let's all enjoy the rest of 2015 and may 2016 be a year filled with happiness for everyone. 

With love;
Patrine Choo

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas 2015

'Christmas is the wonderful time of the year!'

Besides Chinese New Year, another one of my favorite festive season is Christmas. Christmas is a season of joy and giving:) While I love receiving presents, I too, love to see the smiles of my friends face when they receive my presents for them! Every year, my Christmas eve will be celebrated at my daddy's side and during Christmas day, it will be celebrated at my mom's side. The food, presents and being around the people you love is what keeps my Christmas vibes going :) Last night, I went to my friend's house to celebrate christmas! We had Hai Di Lao steamboat and gift exchange together. It is always a night filled with laughter with them around. Thank you for the night, girls. 

May this Christmas be a day filled with happiness and love x

With love;
Patrine Choo

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mission accomplished: Swimming

I never knew how to swim. Sure, my dad tried being my coach when I was younger. 
Being underwater is fascinating and yet very scary. If you loose it, water takes control. When I was young, there was once I accidentally let loose of my float and even though my dad pulled me up to the surface very quickly, the images of being underwater and struggling were vivid. A part of me was panicking and another was intrigue by the underwater view.

Back in my Secondary school days, school provided me an opportunity to learn swimming. I was distracted and didn't appreciated. At the end, I didn't learnt anything out of it. Therefore, I gave up swimming until...

One Sunday, my sister forced me to go swimming with daddy and her. Well.. I haven't been exercising since graduation and on top of being feed and seated all day long in the office, my body isn't in great shape. Uni had just started and I was feeling stress adapting to the course. This resulted me in feeling bloated and discomfort. It got real bad. But... after the swim that very Sunday, I felt so much better about myself. The motivation to lead a more relaxing and healthier lifestyle and to loose all the tummy fats got real! Next thing I know, I started liking swimming more and more. I wanted to make sure I master it! My dad has been swimming regularly and he became friends with some of the lifeguards at our area. Hence, the lifeguards were more than happy to teach me:) 

It hasn't been an easy road for me and with the haze and my typical busy work-student lifestyle going on. Only when my holiday started, when I swam more regularly. I used to feel retarded holding onto the float and swimming from one lap to another. Yknow.. you don't see an adult carrying a float around the pool! With my daddy's constant encouragement, I did it!

Last week, with my daddy's push, I managed to swim 20 laps in the middle of the pool! My first 20 laps and I am so so so proud of myself :) *patonmyback*


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

City lights

I chanced upon a cafe with very interesting food concept and pulled D along to try it. The food wasn't to my disappointment and as it situated at a very remote spot, little did I know I could enjoy the amazing view of Singapore city lights. The transition of the urban landscape from day to night was truly mesmerizing. I never knew how beautiful Singapore was until now:)