Sunday, 25 December 2011

2011 in retrospective

2011 is almost coming to  an end and I realised what better way to remember it than to take a walk down memory lane. I've had  an amazing year, travelling and meeting new people topped the list, but I've also had my own share of struggles.  No one's perfect, you and I make mistakes and while I've come to take upon those learnings ever so patiently, I wonder as well, what and when would be my tipping point?

On a lighter note, these are some of the best events that happened to me, which I  must share, of course.

Meeting Lady Gaga

Of course I was as nervous and shaky as the mountain in Fukushima; she was evidently, the best-selling artist of our time, very Italian, very brash with her fashion sense. And I was in between my transition of moving into a new position with MSN Malaysia, still at odds with myself if she could be the last artist I'd be interviewing, cough, stalking. But if she was, then I would be happy to say, I've sort of sealed that chapter with the one and only Gaga.

She was amazingly humble, went up to every reporter in that tiny room to shake our hands, and when she came up to me, in that half dyed hair in blonde and black, she shook my hand and said, "Hi, Reta", after I introduced myself. The Gaga said... my name. And I  went to pop heaven.

Lost in Translation

I find myself in Tokyo, courtesy of RSH, getting lost in the subways on my own, looking for that Hachiko statue I never did find (you may scoff at me), and falling in love with the cities' quirks and finds. And on the last day, Miranda, Fashion Editor for JUICE and I decided we wanted to live here, and so fate has it, a recruitment consultant was seated beside us, in an old but working restaurant in a quiet street, whom we made friends with. Tokyo, you're somewhat cosmic and magical like that, and I vow to return soon, someday.

Pulling through

Bite me once, shame on you, bite me twice shame on me! I thought I'd never say this, and I've been given some fairly warnings sporadically but never really put much weight on them, but I don't think I'd ever learn not to be too trustworthy. It's just embedded in me, that I hate confrontations, I leave people with benefit of doubt and I can be fiercely ambitious in what I do. So I'm going to bulldoze my way through 2012 with the same set of learnings and experience and hope for the best. Because I know I am living every day...

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