Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2011 in Review


It feels like only yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year and looking forward to whatever 2011 would bring. Twelve quick months later and we're wondering what 2012 has in store for us.

This past year was a really good and busy one; we traveled a lot and got really comfortable living in Singapore. It's times like this that I'm glad I have this blog to help me look back at the things we've seen and done. It makes reminiscing about our year a whole lot easier...

January: We rang in 2011 from Shanghai and had a blast. It was freezing! I don't think I've ever been so cold in my entire life. I also witnessed Thaipusam, one of the most moving experiences I've ever seen.

February: The second month of the year was all about hockey. Jeff played in two hockey tournaments, including the World Pond Hockey Tournament. We watched the San Jose Sharks play a home game. We got a chance to catch up with family and friends during an extended visit to San Jose.

March: March was spent exploring Singapore. We finally went to Pulau Ubin, where we visited the German Girl Shrine. I also got to experience Men's Fashion Week and the Singapore Biennale.

April: We spent a very relaxing Easter in Kota Kinabalu. Later that month, Jeff and I went to the Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang and stayed in Putrajaya.
May: After we took a quick trip back to the US, Jeff's parents and cousin Logan came to visit us. We celebrated Jeff's birthday in Ho Chi Minh City and played tour guides for the family in Singapore. I also got my beloved bicycle, The Pidge.

June: I visited Bukit Brown Cemetery (if you haven't been, you should go before it turns into shopping malls and condominiums), we attended Beerfest Asia, and I got freaked out by the bizarre and frightening Haw Par Villa.

July: I went to the Singapore Blog Awards, where I was nominated in the "Best Travel Blog" category (I didn't win, but it's all good). Jeff and I took a weekend getaway to Malacca by bus. I also rode on the last train out of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Oh yeah, and we saw Lady Gaga in concert!

August: We discovered one of our favorite hangouts in Singapore, Smokey's. Jeff and I visited Bali for a weekend and spent another weekend in Penang. We took the dogs to the National Dog Walk and speaking of dogs, I wrote a FAQ on exporting dogs to Singapore.

September: My birthday month! We had a great time at the Singapore Grand Prix, too.

October: Finally got around to visiting Hong Kong and we fell in love (mmm, egg tarts). We spent a day in Macau, too.

November: We enjoyed Hong Kong so much, we went back to celebrate our fourth anniversary. We also spent almost three weeks in Bangalore, and took a great day trip to Mysore. I reached my 200th post and visited the Berlin Wall without having to leave the Little Red Dot.

December: Our move back to California became official. My sister came to visit us for our second and final Christmas in Singapore.

With the upcoming move back to our hometown, the beginning of 2012 feels like a pretty good place to start over again. A new place to live, a kinda new job for Jeff (and hopefully one for me too!), and a new outlook on life. Living abroad really changes the way you see things. It has taught us a lot about ourselves, our relationship, and the relationships we have with others.

I don't really know what 2012 will be like, but I hope it involves more traveling, exploring, learning, health and lots of happiness.

We hope 2012 is full of health and happiness for you, too. Best wishes for a prosperous New Year. Thanks to everyone who has read the blog and kept in touch over the past year.

See you on the flip side! (Name what movie that's from!)


  1. Awesome review of the year fren. I could totally hear you saying this and I laughed hard at the haw par villa comment. You don't freak out easily but when you do, sorry, it's pretty funny- the plugging into the floor outlet in the mlk study room comes to mind. I have truly enjoyed following your Singaporean adventures. Even though you will be here in the flesh, I'm gonna miss your blogging so I hope you keep it up even though it will be in boring lil Cali. I'm sure you can bring out the best of it since you are a pretty freakin talented writer!!!! :o) happy 2012!

  2. Thanks Nlo! I hope to keep up this fresh outlook on my surroundings and bring it with me to rediscover my hometown/homestate. Being away from it has made me realize that you truly don't know what you've got till it's gone. California is a beautiful place and we want to take full advantage of it when we get back.

  3. Hope this won't be the end of blogging. Would love to read all about California!!!

    All the best for 2012!

  4. @Pam, I'll definitely keep blogging about CA! Probably doing similar types of posts, just different location.

  5. thaipusam looks intense! great year in review.

  6. I hope you keep blogging. I always enjoy your pictures and your stories!


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